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WARNING - Please read

Wed Jul 30, 2014, 10:08 AM

If you take commissions or make adopts please do not let the users Pixlett or ToxicMutagen buy from you. They will pay after a few days, BUT they will issue a credit card chargeback on the purchase. (They "share" a Paypal name/email, so I am suspicious that it is just the same person who moved accounts)




I'm now in the negatives in Paypal due to the chargebacks, and sadly Paypal does NOT cover digital goods (including art) so I won't be getting this money back.
They are doing this to other users/my dA friends as well.
Here's just 3 of the chargebacks they sent me to show as proof. (They have spent thousands on my art, their paypal email is jacobredarcanine@gmail.com)
Screenshot (190) by witchpaws


As you can see, I tried to provide evidence for one of them (still have many to go through)



Anyways, as this is a clear breach of my Terms of Service, I'm reclaiming ALL of their Sushi Dogs + an adopt that they purchased made by myself and Kawiku.

So yeah, please be safe guys. Being a digital artist is risky business, and it's sad that people go so low as to do things like this to hardworking people. And it's even more unfortunate that Paypal does not recognize our jobs as eligible for protection /:

UPDATE: I have contacted Paypal customer support over the phone. I have written up a large statement explaining the situation, as well as providing screenshots proving the purchase.
The guy on the other end told me that this was enough information to bring forth the case to Pixlett's credit card company.
He said that showing that I sent the product directly to Pixlett via Notes will hopefully show that they have already received the product, and therefore the Chargeback is invalid.
BUT THERE IS NO GUARANTEES -- crossing my fingers!


IF YOU HAVE BEEN SCAMMED BY PIXLETT, PLEASE. CALL. PAYPAL CUSTOMER SUPPORT AND SHOW THEM EVIDENCE
The more we bring this user to notice, the better our chances of getting our money back!



SimplySilent - Journal
Anyone who has been an internet user for a period of time should know that drama is one of the hallmarks of the absolutely wonderful technology that allows us to be connected 24/7. It's like glitter, one moment all you see is just a fleck of it then suddenly, it's everywhere. DeviantArt is chock full of massive amounts of it (drama, not glitter!) at any given time, so let's talk about what you need to know to avoid it (aaaand what to do if you find yourself in it)!

:bulletred: I just caused the argument because... I wanted to get more pageviews, I wanted to be popular, for the lulz, I was bored

 

Girl, bye.

:bulletred: I ALWAYS have to reply

If you think the interwebs is the only place you'll find people you don't agree with, I think it's time you spent a little more time away from your computer. First off, let me say that there's nothing inherently wrong about disagreeing with someone. Nothing at all. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, even if that opinion is not popular or similar to yours. So for the purposes of example (since we are visual people) here's a hypothetical comment thread:
  • Commenter: No offense, but I think this artwork sucks.
Now, let's assume that you like the artwork, or even worse, it's yours. What would be the proper response?
  • #1. I've looked at your gallery, and you can't do any better so ha! Your artwork sucks!one111!!!
  • #2. Why don't you like it?
  • #3. Nothing. You hit the red 'x' and ignored the comment entirely. 
It will be extremely tempting, but responding with #1 is not the way to go. Mainly because you would be inciting a fight, and starting dArama. If you select #2, proceed cautiously. Though initially harmless, it could lead to issues you weren't prepared to deal with, especially if the artwork was not yours. Let me quickly segue into the subject of white-knights for a moment. I've seen some things written recently about white-knights, and why they are harmful, and I think it's worth clearing up the apparent confusion as to exactly what they even are. 

A white-knight is not someone who defends another person regardless of what the argument or issue is. If you even knew your internet history at all you'd know a white-knight is a (scummy) boy standing up for a girl online he has feelings for with the hopes of "favors" in return. How it has mutated to what people now think of it as an annoying 13 year old Belieber (or that 'leave Britney alone' guy) is far beyond me. A white-knight is not a troll, or any of the above. In fact this person can actually bring a little bit of clarity and common sense to a troll off. It's not pointing out facts or even blind defense. Anyone who blindly defends something (or someone) is an idiot, not a white-knight. Please stop confusing them :XD:
Let's review. THIS...
NOT THIS. Got it?
Ok, now that that's out of the way, let's discuss option #3, non-engagement. Option #3 is your honest to goodness, foolproof way to avoid getting into what might become a mucky situation. Some comments truly aren't worth you replying to, so don't give them your time or effort honey!
You are not required to reply to any comment that you do not want to. Plain and simple. 

:bulletred: This person is WRONG and I can PROVE it!

Congratulations, you have logically indisputable, irrefutable facts about a subject either from personal knowledge, actual study, or a quick Google search. Is it truly necessary to go out of your way to prove it to others? I'll save you some time: no. The reason why? It's quite simple, changing what people believe is harder than trying to wash a cat. I'm not saying bringing a little knowledge into a conversation isn't important, of course it is! But this is about who to even bother imparting that knowledge onto. Let's go back to the previous hypothetical comment thread and let's say you decided to go with #2 as an initial response:

Commenter: It sucks because anime sucks! The anatomy is all wrong, just look at how huge that head is! Weeaboos are lame! You're one of them aren't you?

Well that wasn't very nice! Let's see what your response options are: 
  • #1. Is that so? Your artwork looks like trash! How dare you assume things about me?!
  • #2. Actually, it's called stylization. Western cartoons are stylized too, just in different ways.
  • #3. Nothing. You hit the red 'x' and ignored the comment entirely. 
Soooo, #1 is a definite no-no. You've just come down to their level and lost a little dignity while you were at it :no:
#2 is good, you presented fact. If you go with #2, don't leave it open ended. A statement of fact (in a condescending manner) can often shut down an unkind commenter. Never use insults of intelligence or name calling, it totally cancels out whatever you said beforehand. 
#3 Once again, will free you from any further issues with that person in that comment thread. 
Don't feed the trolls guys, really.


:bulletred:What if I'm being harassed?


Just imagine this is on the other side of the screen
Regardless of your views on 'cyber-bullying's' legitimacy, harassment via the internet is 100% real. Because of the anonymity of the internet crowd mentality can come into effect swiftly and with little warning. There are several actions that you should take, and the first one is blocking.Don't know how you say? How to Block Someone on DA by wondermanrules
There's a false notion going around that blocking someone means that you are somehow inferior at arguing, 'butthurt,' or you want to get the last word in. No, no, and no. There's also an incorrect notion that blocking is the Help Desk's lazy way of avoiding doing their jobs. Again, no. Blocking someone from interacting with you is a prime way to avoid dArama, never be too intimidated to use the feature. How do I know it works? Well, at one point I was being harassed by not just one person, but a group of people plus whoever decided to jump on their demented bandwagon. I had to block nearly one hundred deviants at one point. Very time consuming, but entirely worth it. 

The second thing you can do if you are being harassed is to hide comments. Again, this is not some snarky method of communication, rather a way to stop the spinning wheel that is dArama. Don't know how to hide comments you say?
How To Hide Comments by Sparky-the-Scraggy
Both methods of blocking can easily end any amount of harassment you are receiving. Most unfavorable interactions can be remedied with those steps, however things can get spectacularly nasty at times and that is when you need to contact the Help Desk. 

Before I walk you through that step, let's go over what you can and cannot submit to the Help Desk as an Abuse Report:
  • Do: Report excessive amounts of racial, ethnic, homophobic, bigoted slurs, personal threats, & extreme language.
  • Do: Report someone who has made alternate accounts, or is having a friend continue harassment on their behalf. 
  • Do: Report account hacking or evidenced spying.
  • Do: Report forum threads that are not following the rules.
  • Do Not: Report someone after a simple disagreement.
  • Do Not: Report someone for stealing someone else's artwork (there is a separate method for that).
  • Do not: Report someone for calling you stupid, or any other childish name that could be remedied by blocking. 
  • Do not: Submit screenshots as evidence, they cannot and will not be considered in your case. 
Consult the following FAQs for info on what is considered 'abusive' language and behavior:   
So, let's say things are very bad. The person harassing you is using extreme language, has threatened you and has sent other people after you (or is making alternate accounts to continue harassment). This is a case to submit as an Abuse Report. When you submit your report you need to have the following things:
  1. The username of person you are reporting.
  2. Links to comments that support your allegations. No need to 'unhide' them, moderators will still be able to see the conversation. 
  3. A concise outline of the complaint.
  4. Block all parties involved.
  5. Be patient. It may take the Help Desk time to get to your complaint depending on the seriousness of the situation.

Very Special Thank You Feature

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 30, 2014, 1:18 AM

:iconyellowpiedbudgieplz:Special Thank You Feature for Our Voters:iconparakeetplz:

A HUGE Thank You to our Super Special VOTERS, both Members and Administrators alike,  here at Unframed-Nature who voted on The TOP SUBMISSIONS of UNFRAMED-NATURE for the three voting periods of: 
JAN.-FEB., and MAR.-APR., and MAY-JUNE, 2014 !!

Jan.-Feb.'s TOP SUBS of Unframed-Nature and News!Welcome to JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2014’s Top Submissions of Unframed-Nature.
:iconhappysunplz:
Thank you for being here whether you are a Member yet or not!
We welcome you and your support! :thanks:

A GRAND Welcome to ALL of Our NEW MEMBERS!
:squee:  :clap: :clap: :clap:  :squee:
And a HUGE thank you to our loyal Members who have been submitting your fantastic
Nature Work to our Group for a long time now.
Without you, we just simply wouldn’t be here. :aww:
:iconyellowflowerplz:
Thank you so much to ALL the amazing MEMBERS (and Admins.) who returned to vote on our main folders (and the THEME) for these months! :love:
:iconbouquetplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbouquetplz:
Let’s continue to submit our own BEST QUALITY work, enjoy it, improve upon it, enjoy the work of others, and Nature in general. It’s what it’s all about-
combining our love of Art with our love of Nature, and coming together under that commonality!
March-Apr.'s TOP SUBS of Unframed-Nature and NEWSWelcome to MARCH-APRIL 2014’s Top Submissions of Unframed-Nature.
:iconhappysunplz:
Thank you for being here whether you are a Member yet or not!
We welcome you and your support! :thanks:

A GRAND Welcome to ALL of Our NEW MEMBERS!
:squee:  :clap: :clap: :clap:  :squee:
And a HUGE thank you to our loyal Members who have been submitting your fantastic
Nature Work to our Group for a long time now.
Without you, we just simply wouldn’t be here. :aww:
:iconyellowflowerplz:
Thank you so much to ALL the amazing MEMBERS (and Admins.) who returned to vote on our main folders (and the THEME) for these months! :love:
:iconbouquetplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbouquetplz:
Let’s continue to submit our own BEST QUALITY work, enjoy it, improve upon it, enjoy the work of others, and Nature in general. It’s what it’s all about-
combining our love of Art with our love of Nature, and coming together under that commonality!
Without fu
May-June TOP SUBS of Unframed-Nature and NEWSWelcome to MAY-JUNE 2014’s Top Submissions of Unframed-Nature.
:iconhappysunplz:
Thank you for being here whether you are a Member yet or not!
We welcome you and your support! :thanks:

A GRAND Welcome to ALL of Our NEW MEMBERS!
:squee:  :clap: :clap: :clap:  :squee:
And a HUGE thank you to our loyal Members who have been submitting your fantastic
Nature Work to our Group for a long time now.
Without you, we just simply wouldn’t be here. :aww:
:iconpinkflowerplz:
Thank you so much to ALL the amazing MEMBERS (and Admins.) who returned to vote on our main folders for these months! :love:
:iconbouquetplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbouquetplz:
Let’s continue to submit our own BEST QUALITY work, enjoy it, improve upon it, enjoy the work of others, and Nature in general. It’s what it’s all about-
combining our love of Art with our love of Nature, and coming together under that commonality!
Without further ado...


:icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz:

It is our philosophy that this is the Group’s Group,
:heart: :community::community::community: :heart:
and so this particular Monthly Activity is open to ALL Members. :aww:
Simply Watch :eyes: for the Group Blog announcing WHEN and HOW to vote.  
:note: The NEXT one will be out on AUG. 31st. :la:

For a very very long time, at least two, maybe three years, we voted on this "Top Subs..." event, every single *MONTH* AND ALSO produced a subsequent News Article to reflect the results, which also included our own group News, and news from some other extra special affiliate groups...

:note: HOWEVER since the very beginning of 2014, a super important change was made here at Unframed-Nature.

The event was changed to occur EVERY TWO MONTHS, instead. :nod:

So whereas last year, at THIS time, we would have had membership voting SIX times, and had published SIX resulting News Articles, INSTEAD, we have cut this event back in half, to membership voting THREE times, and THREE resulting News Articles. :)

There were a few reasons for this change, to be honest, but one very important one, which is easy to explain and understand, is the TIME and WORK factor. In this new way of doing this event, we save Members AND Administrators a lot of time and effort on having to go through our main folders, and sometimes the THEME folders, to vote! Rather than doing this EVERY month, now they're only doing this half that time! :la:

I mean, let's face it, should they choose to make the commitment to do this, at all, it is a great effort to be certain! There are still a LOT Of pages of work to sift through- and TONS of talented work to decide upon!  With TWO months worth of work to look through, there is MORE work to look through- even though we DID cut the submission limit, by a lot! Our membership continues to grow, so that affects it, too.  :nod:

So, their help, and dedication is just outstanding, and it is always appreciated, and will always mean a lot to me and the group in general! :aww: :heart:

This also saves me some time and effort, too, because I am not tallying votes, pasting them in my spreadsheets, and re-pasting them in the news articles, and putting together the news articles for publication *monthly* -rather every OTHER month. :D

So, it's just better all the way around. :)

Of course there's more point donors to account for and feature, (but hey, if there's one thing to have more of...! ;) ) and the choosing of more members of the month... so in some areas it can be almost twice as much work, but overall, I DO think it is better! :aww:


:note: So, the NEXT Special Thank You Feature for voters, would be for voting on the folders of JULY-AUG., and SEPT.-OCT., and NOV.-DEC. with the Feature coming out sometime in January... but likely due to all that goes on that time of year, probably later- like February or so.


Aside from all the incredibly beauty inside these amazing Nature folders, making it very difficult to narrow it down and choose so very few to vote on,
given that we are a large group, we DO need enough Members to vote, to give a nice enough representation of what is reflected in our folders.

So, as you can see, this is quite a pretty important bit of volunteer work for our Group!

:icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz:

It is why, it is very important to recognize those Members and Admins., of our Group, who have been assisting us by participating in this process, therefore supplying us with this amazing monthly every-two-month activity. :lol:  Thank you ALLLLLL!  :thanks:

Some voted in ALL THREE of the dual-monthly periods, some voted in TWO of them, and others voted in one dual period. :heart:  And even once is so welcomed! :love:

Whatever amount of help that has been volunteered,
:iconspreadmoreloveplz: It is GREATLY APPRECIATED! :iconspreadmoreloveplz:

:iconballoonplz:

SO, Without further ado....

:clap: :iconthankyouplz4: :iconthankyouplz4: :iconthankyouplz4:  :clap:
 
:iconblueanomis:            
G R A V I T Y by BlueAnomiSLittle T by BlueAnomiS
M Y __ S U N S H I N E by BlueAnomiSD A Y D R E A M by BlueAnomiS

:iconhansmar:            
Krokus5 by HansmarPhysalis by Hansmar
Droplets by HansmarFloating In The Canyon by Hansmar

:iconzenmoments:        
Day dreamers by ZenMomentsMemorial. by ZenMoments
Touched by a kind heart. by ZenMomentsThrough the city. by ZenMoments

:iconmittarimato:            
Forest Path by mittarimatoThe Big Oak by mittarimato
Sunset Meadows by mittarimatoThe Final Hour by mittarimato

:iconerozja:            
163. Mermaid princess - Fluorescence by Erozja87. Fairy of frost by Erozja    
156. Magic Fairies - angelic gardener by Erozja158. Steampunk angel by Erozja

:iconsilivrentinu:    
Autumn Scene 2 by SilivrenTinuLight and Shadow by SilivrenTinu
Shine by SilivrenTinuOn the Road by SilivrenTinu

:iconschwarzwieebenholz:    
Troestende Worte by SchwarzWieEbenholZTiptoe by SchwarzWieEbenholZ
Little Nation by SchwarzWieEbenholZLucky too by SchwarzWieEbenholZ

:iconyanagi-no-yume:        
Spring magic by Yanagi-no-YumePromises of spring VII by Yanagi-no-Yume
On my way by Yanagi-no-YumeSimple necklace - garnet by Yanagi-no-Yume

:iconravingeaglemedia:    
Fired Glass Beads by RavingEagleMediaTreasures of the Earth Necklace by RavingEagleMedia
Attitude by RavingEagleMediaGrand Canyon Panoramic by RavingEagleMedia





:clap: :iconthankyouplz4: :iconthankyouplz4: :clap:


:iconcacharoth:    
corn by cacharoththistle by cacharoth    
pink rose by cacharoth    

:iconsarapereiraart:    
Idyllic by SaraPereiraArtLet the sun shine by SaraPereiraArt
Put your lights on by SaraPereiraArt

:iconphilippel:
Siamese Friends by philippeLRunning Horse by philippeL    
Kissed by a Squirrel by philippeL    

:iconelen89:    
Tommi Watercolor by elen89Bambou by elen89    
Commissioned -Ellie- by elen89        

:iconjocelyner:            
Cutiepie by JocelyneRClose Encounter by JocelyneR
Fluffy Clouds Before Dusk by JocelyneR

:iconpeeshan:        
Aeon by PeeshanLorelei by Peeshan
Frozen Light by Peeshan

:iconausrejurke:
Needles of Flower by ausrejurkeWonderland Lawn by ausrejurke    
Cold Wind of Winter by ausrejurke    

:iconmiss-whoa-back-off:
Summer Dreams by Miss-Whoa-Back-OffThe World Looks Different Upside Down by Miss-Whoa-Back-Off
Collie on the Porch by Miss-Whoa-Back-Off
    
:icongigi50:                
Pink streaks by gigi50Highway view by gigi50
Before the rise by gigi50

:iconawesome43:               
Awakening by awesome43Night Bloom for my DA Grandson's birthday. by awesome43
Transformation by awesome43

:iconsesam-is-open:
My Corner Of Joy by sesam-is-openThe Perfect Place For Summer Dreams by sesam-is-open    
Unanswered Questions by sesam-is-open

:icondeviantteddine:        
Lavender Craze by DeviantTeddinePoppy Red Craze IV by DeviantTeddine
Herrenberg From Above by DeviantTeddine

:iconadardurden:            
uummm. . . .Why is everyone looking at me??? by AdARDurdenHappy Spring from Florida !! by AdARDurden
Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis - a580 by AdARDurden

:iconcoffeenoir:    
Single Stalk by coffeenoirSibling Chain by coffeenoir    
Tiger Lily by coffeenoir

:iconblue-koi:    
Daffodil by Blue-KoiRose 1 by Blue-Koi    
Lobularia maritima by Blue-Koi    

:iconingelore:                
busy by Ingeloremerry month of May by Ingelore
hydrangea by Ingelore




:clap: :iconthankyouplz4: :clap:


:iconaltergromit:
Minnie the Cat by altergromitRookery by altergromit

:icondonnasueb:
Center by donnasuebThe Very Best Day by donnasueb

:iconkeziamara:
Princess by KeziamaraPsalm 139:9 by Keziamara

:icondeb-e-ann:
Sweet Peas by Deb-e-annGolden Lily by Deb-e-ann

:iconupironetopyr:
Unusual couple by UpironetopyrSyrphidae by Upironetopyr

:icongeak-of-nature:
Turtle Eggs by Geak-of-NatureNorthern Water Snake on the Trail by Geak-of-Nature

:iconannissina:
First kiss 98/365 by AnnissinaWave by Annissina

:iconlayaboutjoe:
Portland Japanese Garden 17 of 28 by LayaboutJoePortland Japanese Garden 22 of 28 by LayaboutJoe

:iconvampirbiene:
Ready for dinner by VampirbieneA leaf for two by Vampirbiene

:iconcarthaginian:
Standing Out by CarthaginianSepia Sunset by Carthaginian

:iconaldistar:
8 Of Wands by AldistarFunnel by Aldistar

:iconjewel-firefly:
On the Loose by Jewel-FireflyAlight by Jewel-Firefly

:iconrospberry:
Peer Into Purple by rospberrySleeping Leopard by rospberry

:iconlacedshadowdiamond:
The Gatekeeper (09.07.14) by LacedShadowDiamondBlack-Headed Gull 008 (04.03.14) by LacedShadowDiamond

:iconthedewdropfairy:
Simple pleasures by TheDewdropFairyWhere the wild faeries play by TheDewdropFairy

:iconshinyheels:
Bridge over troubled water by ShinyHeelsWhile you only see the seed by ShinyHeels

:iconlydiarhianne:
Burst by LydiaRhianneOrange Lacewing by LydiaRhianne

:iconclu-art:
Lilium album by Clu-artMountain Lake View by Clu-art

:iconmysteryprone:
Signature by MysteryProneLittle Ones by MysteryProne

:iconwindinthecoffeecup:
Flowing by WindInTheCoffeeCupNo flash photography please by WindInTheCoffeeCup

:iconsilenttragedy37:
Here Comes The Sun by silenttragedy37yellow. by silenttragedy37

:iconcottoon:
Mystical sweetness by CottoonLost at sea by Cottoon





:icongewalgon-divider1::icongewalgon-divider2::icongewalgon-divider3::icongewalgon-divider4::icongewalgon-divider5:


The Previous "Special Thank you Feature":

:heart: Very Special Thank You Feature:iconyellowpiedbudgieplz:Special Thank You Feature for Our Voters:iconparakeetplz:
A HUGE Thank You to our Special VOTERS, both Members and Admins., alike,  here at Unframed-Nature who voted on The TOP SUBMISSIONS of UNFRAMED-NATURE for the Months of: 
SEPT., OCT., & NOV., 2013

:note: JAN./FEB.'s TOP Subs of Unframed-Nature will be out in just a few more days!
Thank you for your patience!
:icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz:
It is our philosophy that this is the Group’s Group,
:heart: :community::community: :heart:
and so this particular Monthly Activity is open to ALL Members. :aww:
Simply Watch :eyes: for the Group Blog announcing WHEN and HOW to vote.  
:note: Traditionally, we were voting during the first week of each month, for the previous month...
but we have made a VERY recent change! We will try some
:heart:


:icongewalgon-divider1::icongewalgon-divider2::icongewalgon-divider3::icongewalgon-divider4::icongewalgon-divider5:



:iconballoonsplz: Our Group’s NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS! :iconballoonsplz:


:pencil:Unframed-Nature's UpComing News Articles :pencil:

:bulletpink: VOTING on "The TOP Subs of JULY-AUG. 2014" is due on AUG. 31st.


:trophy: Upcoming Themes & Contests :trophy:

JULY-AUG. THEME: CURRENT:
VOTE on MAY-JUNE and NEWS!   
Voting on Top Submissions of MAY & JUNE 2014
:icondoublehugplz::icondoublehugplz::icondoublehugplz::icondoublehugplz::icondoublehugplz::icondoublehugplz:
:iconpocketwatchplz: TIME TO VOTE ON MAY/JUNE's FOUR ORIGINAL FOLDERS :iconpocketwatchplz:
:iconcip33::iconcip33::iconcip33::iconcip33::iconcip33::iconcip33:
~~~ :icontulipplz: ~~~ HOW to VOTE ~~~ :icontulipplz: ~~~
MOST Months We Hold a WHOLE GROUP Membership Voting, and we Welcome our AWESOME MEMBERS/[plus ADMIN.!!] to VOTE on what each feel are the TOP Submissions from that time period, out of our Folders!
We believe this is the Group's Group.
:heart: :icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz: :heart:
You May Vote on:
:bulletblue: 2 from "Birds, Inverts, Aquats, Repts, Amphibs, May-JUNE'14" - HERE: http://unframed-nature.deviantart.com/gallery/49433601/Birds-Inverts-Aquats-Repts-Amph

Scroll to the bottom to see details and prizes.
The DOUBLE or NOTHING, CLOSE-UPS Submitting Folder

AUTUMN THEMED CONTEST: Likely beginning sometime in OCT.


:iconspreadmoreloveplz: :new: Customized Group Journal Skin...  Coming Some Day! :iconspreadmoreloveplz:

My dear Members, and other fellow-Admins.!

I just wanted to take a quick moment to announce to you that there IS a :new: Customized Group Journal Skin, in the works... courtesy of our very own, very active, and very loyal Admin. Lily Annissina! :love:

I am VERY VERY excited about this, because this is something I have truly been interested in, for our group for a long time, but is not something I've been able to do myself, or have a chance to ask around for help, etc., :blushes:

Even, NOW, that she had surprised me with this by NOTE, quite a WHILE ago by now, :blushes: I am the ONLY reason, why this wonderful news is being delayed... because I still have so many notes that I have yet to answer because of everything from before, most of which still continues, and therefore my lack of time in general, and the lack of ability to get organized on dA within so little time.

But, I really want this to happen very badly, and I want to thank Lily, for taking this on, and I WILL be getting together with her about this, as soon as I am able!
:iconcatlaplz:


:icondonatepointsgreenplz: POINTS for Our Group! :icondonatepointsgreenplz:

We still have a lot to fund, currently, and coming up!! :eager:

To help us to achieve these plans and goals, if you do have a few points to spare, feel free to donate to our group, HERE:
:points: Unframed-Nature-PTS :iconunframed-nature-pts: :points:

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Stock Radar #9

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 30, 2014, 2:00 AM

The Stock and Resources gallery on DeviantART is a digital treasure trove, filled from top to bottom with creative, imaginative, beautiful, unique and inspirational images - all waiting for you to turn them into masterpieces. Heres just some that caught my eye and my imagination over the past few days.

Stock and Resource providers are incredibly generous with their skills and time providing all these wonderful things for you to use, please don't forget to read their terms of use and to credit them correctly when you use their work!!


Stock Radar Archive
Stock Radar #1 | Stock Radar #2 | Stock Radar #3 | Stock Radar #4 | Stock Radar #5 | Stock Radar #6
Stock Radar #7 | Stock Radar #8


*****Thumbnails are still borked, sorry this feature doesn't look as pretty as usual!!! ******


Castle Marienburg 7 by wollibear
04 Wood elf - JAMARI LIOR by SivariaJaw Fantasy creature sculpture by Nexu4
Horse Stock 53 by Blissfully-Blind
Texture 33 by cemacStock
Gray Wolf Stock 17 by HOTNStock
Barton On Sea 03 by LadyxBoleyn
Beach Stock 153 by Cassy-Blue Storm Front 01 by kuschelirmel-stock
Ruins 01 by NellyGrace3103
8 Water Bottle Textures by kazaki03
264 by La-Esmeralda-Stock
Stock-Photo [172] by Model-Salvaje
Parc du Grand Blottereau 57 by Jules171 White elf original cosplay stock by Kawaielli-stock
Lormet-Statue-0805-01sml by Lormet-Images
Submarine 01 by bumblebee-stocks
Akhal 11 by Colourize-Stock
Square Tower 3 by fuguestock Castle Tower 8 by Civetta70
Lights fractals by starscoldnight by StarsColdNight
Castle 2 by Starbl00d-Stock
Sea shell Stock 041 by Malleni-Stock
Texture 592 by Sirius-sdz Pretty in Pink by GreenEyezz-stock
Saaremaa windmill 6 by MASYON
Flying Falling Stock 2 by SilentGod88
sr|phz seven by ntone
White Peacock STOCK by Stolen-Aura
Ruine 2 by Civetta70 Airsoft M4 Stock by KaylaDavion




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Official dA News


:bulletpurple: Community Operations Newsletter - July 2014

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Official Contests


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Community Relations Projects

:bulletgreen: projecteducate Upcoming: Galleries Month!   View the whole schedule here
:bulletgreen: Did You know?
:bulletblue: Appreciation and the Community
:bulletblue: August 16th devMEET - Toronto Centre Island
:bulletblue: Basic CSS Style Guide
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:bulletblue: Creators First
:bulletblue: Critique 4 Critique - Time to Comment
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:bulletblue: Eating Disorder Awareness
:bulletblue: Everything You've Learned about Writing is a Lie
:bulletblue: Getting Started in Comics
:bulletblue: Hitching a Ride with Dialogue
:bulletblue: July Workshop - Flash Fiction Month
:bulletblue: Literary Terminology Guide
:bulletblue: Mid-July News: Appreciation
:bulletblue: #Artisancraft News + Weekly Gallery Highlight
:bulletblue: Novel Expression Cover Contest
:bulletblue: What is Art? Art for Smiles, a new program in the making
:bulletblue: PE: :Literature Basics Settings
:bulletblue: Photographing People on your Travels
:bulletblue: RubyStories Volume 1
:bulletblue: Sculpting Femme Fatales
:bulletblue: Sneek Peek: deviantART's NEW Today Page
:bulletblue: So You Want to be a Concept Artist?
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:bulletblue: Watercolour Tutorials
:bulletblue: Testing Limits





Features & Interviews


:bulletred: -404 Deviant Found vol 47
:bulletred: All Snapped Up .24 - Elisanth
:bulletred: Beast Vision Vol 14
:bulletred: Celebrating Diversity 56
:bulletred: Culinary Arts Feature
:bulletred: dA love for everyone 104
:bulletred: Daily Fractal Features for July 18th, 2014
:bulletred: Equine Escapades Vol 15
:bulletred: Fan Art Friday - Summer Special Edition 1
:bulletred: Hot off the Press Reaper-x is Published
:bulletred: I Think that I shall Never See
:bulletred: Light and Dark
:bulletred: Monday Munchies 14
:bulletred: Project Porkchop Vol350
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Commissions




Whoas - Theme: Comics



100DoN - Puppy. by emedeme Disney GOT Bram and Hordor by nandomendonssa The Great Cat-astrophe - Page 5 by Junedays 
Ever Ever After by dronio Knot - Page 01 by secondlina Angel of the Night by jeffchendesigns 
The Athenian!! by Nick-OG If Oden Kun characters were human? by juriTanaka Honey Lemon from Disney's BIG HERO 6 by princekido 
Ultimate X-Men trade cover by diablo2003 The Life of Santa Claus by NunoDias Just My Opinion by mjranum 
Dark Tower cover color by J-Scott-Campbell Hogan Comic Pg 06 by J-Scott-Campbell MARVELous Art of J. Scott Campbell: Interiors Prev by J-Scott-Campbell 
Time Square is a Lonely Place by ToolKitten Executive Assistant: Assasins 3A by ToolKitten witchblade 144 variant by nebezial 
ravine  friend of yours? by nebezial ravine- dont piss off her dragon by nebezial my spider sense is tingling by nebezial 
what is best in life?...hellyeah for oldschool by nebezial so i found my llord of the rings soundtrack.... by nebezial The perfect scroll by princendymion 
The things I've learned by princendymion Something Funny by TomPreston 
 
  
 
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Next issue to be posted August 13, 2014 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Super Heroes.  

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Daily Lit Recognition for July 30th, 2014

We are proud to feature today's Daily Literature Recognition!

You can show your support by :+favlove:ing this News Article.

Please comment and :+fav: the features and congratulate the artists!




Poetry

Suggested by: Edges-to-Everything

Featured by: UnspecifiedUnknown

Jack and the Beanstalkeveryone laughs and says
I sold my bread and butter for
a handful of beans that won't buy jack
but where they see dirt I see 
a ladder brushing its fingers against the atmosphere
twisting up and around itself to form
new growth so green and alive and yes
I may be on the bottom rung and true
I can't see the golden goose from here but
they say there are giants in the promised land
and I hope to God it's true because
I want to feel afraid when I get there.

Jack and the Beanstalk by ReubenDeFlash



Per the suggestor: tigerli-ly's comment says it well:

"...that is the perfect manifestation of not only hoping for the 
better things in life, but also actually taking a chance at bringing 
them into action! I love how you twisted the single-sided 
nature of the moral of the original story and turned it to show 
the positive side of ambition (not necessarily greed)..."




Featured by: AyeAye12

FinalityThe Man of Many Maladies
has flowers that fade to grey,
the dry rot,
the twenty-one grams
and he is already gone by morning.
An overpowering, a tyranny of mind
seeped through the porous skin-
it is there now,
it will be there.
The engine, custom made
by some sick saboteur, is slow now-
it makes gruesome churning sounds,
metal against metal, noxious sparks-
like an expiring titanium bird.
The ivory keys of a piano
play somewhere in a distant room.
There is at least meaning in that.
He hears it and tries to imagine himself walking,
just walking, nowhere in particular.
Where in that place there once was air,
rich and sharp colours,
movement and sound.
Where there were wall-mounted clocks
that could be easily ignored-
other people pass through there,
and will again.
But for him there is just the music,
the music, and the darkness.
Dead on arrival,
I expected to be-
dark magic
with a twist of tragedy,
a flick of the syringe
a plunge.
I lunge forward,
forlorn and trembling-
you can see my ed

Finality by ncaph



Three poems in one, the tale of drugs 
and a victim to them. Sharp as a syringe.





Prose

Suggested by: haphazardmelody

Featured by: chromeantennae

Eyes to TellGeordie knows what happened to the 'sno-cone man. Why he don't come round no more. Same time the Reverend's bright, handsome boy Dennis went to visit his relatives in the 'States.
He knows too what's buried 'neath the empty lot, next to the old brewery on Fairview Hill.
Thinking over the things he knows, Geordie gets a sly-puss smile on his face. ‘I got a roof need fixin 'fore hurricane season and me without a dime to spare.’
He’s been letting this one sit. Two months gone and sure bet the Reverend thinks his secret’s safe. But the Bishop’s coming for the dedication of the new church. Now’s the time to make his play.  
He makes sure his lettering on the note is just right. It takes a couple tries―he don't got the steadiest hand no more—then he seals it up good in a nice new envelope and goes to wait patiently by the door. It ain't quite morning bright but he knows the postman likes to beat the sun.
Sure enough not more'n a few m

Eyes to Tell by leyghan



Suggester says: This piece is fantastic for two reasons: 
an incredibly sinister atmosphere and perfect adherence 
to dialect. This flash fiction crafts such a story in so few words.



Suggested by: MagicalJoey

Featured by: TwilightPoetess

RebootI punched a kid twice in fifth grade for trying to see up Gemini Hetherington’s skirt when her twin brother was home sick. The Hetheringtons could get away with things like that if they ever lifted a fist in the first place, but for a Holthausen it was like a criminal offense, and all of the better-neighborhood parents gasped at the news and wondered what went wrong in my development. I sat in the car while the principal spoke to my dad about it. Through the window I heard him warn that I would no sooner be punching Walt Burtons in elementary than pulling a knife on a man for his wallet in adulthood, and that immediate correction was necessary unless he wanted me to wind up in jail with the rest of the scum of Airedale.
While my dad tried to calm the principal down, Gemini Hetherington tiptoed up to the window when her nanny was distracted. At first she signed ‘thank you’ to me through the window.  She breathed on the glass and drew a heart on the foggy circle. T

Reboot by Moonlightauthor



This short story introduces a new and intriguing world, 
and carries some hefty morals with it. 
Also, the opening line is great.





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Prepared by: TwilightPoetess



Skin by SimplySilent

Digitally Delicious: July 30th

Wed Jul 30, 2014, 8:00 AM
Features from the Digital Art galleries.



Infinity Mei by dCTb
Infinity Mei by dCTb

DEATH of GAIA-copyright Orlando AROCENA 2013 by olo409
DEATH of GAIA-copyright Orlando AROCENA 2013 by olo409




Forest Spirit by NezuPanda
Forest Spirit by NezuPanda

Red Plum - Cover by saltytowel
Red Plum - Cover by saltytowel




critic concept work by thatnickid
critic concept work by thatnickid

Apprentice Bone Summoner by sarahfinnigan
Apprentice Bone Summoner by sarahfinnigan




Forest Sentinel by JoseArias
Forest Sentinel by JoseArias

Bg01 by TuArtist
Bg01 by TuArtist




Last of the Turstakuri by kunkka
Last of the Turstakuri by kunkka

Dragon Knight of Darkness 1 by Blackfoxst
Dragon Knight of Darkness 1 by Blackfoxst




Elysium Field by Zicuta
Elysium Field by Zicuta

Rainbow Sea by dawnpu
Rainbow Sea by dawnpu



Art Challenge and 200 Points Raffle! #2

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 30, 2014, 12:14 PM



 Commission: Mini Derp for Twitter-light by Sarilain Commission: Mini Derp for Windnara by Sarilain Commission: Mini Derp for Ruuchiya by Sarilain

Part 1 is here: sarilain.deviantart.com/journa…



Part 2: Your favourite season(s)!


It doesn't have to be a nature drawing, it can be a character design or anything that incorporates this theme.




Raffle is Open!


4 winning numbers will be drawn in approximately 48 hours.  Winners will receive 50 :points: each.




How to Participate:



:bulletpink: Create any kind of artwork according to the prompt using any medium (pencil, digital, clay, photography, etc.)

:bulletpink: No premade linearts, unless it's made by you!  The idea is to challenge ourselves to create and improve!

:bulletpink: Submit your image to your gallery with "Art Challenge" in the title.

:bulletpink: You may join at any time you like, and skip parts if you like, it will affect your eligibility for the raffles however!

:bulletpink: Favourite this journal to enter the free points raffle.  Only those who complete the art prompt are eligible though!

:bulletpink: Linking back to this journal is appreciated, but not required!

:bulletpink: Comment with a thumb code or link to your entry, and I will add all of the participants to one of my favourites folders so everyone can see them.  I will also choose a few of my favourites to feature in the next journal.

:bulletpink: New prompts will be given every 48 hours (approx.).  If you'd like to keep up with the challenge, it might help to watch my journal at least, not required though!

:bulletpink: All skill levels are welcome!  This isn't a competition, so just have fun!




Art Challenge Features:



Art Challenge by shalaineamulet Art Challenge - Dragon by SeptemberSongstress Sarilain's Art Challenge| Day 1 | Favorite Animal by MonoSpectator Favorite Animal_Sarilain's Art Challenge by MissingFirefly
Art Challenge: Owl (Free to use doll) by GhowlsFavorite Animal - Art Challenge by Waffle-Pies
Art Challenge - Day 1 by Kiwicide {Art Challenge} Day1 ~ Favorite Animal by CattyMcNuggets

Completed Entries: sarilain.deviantart.com/favour…




::Skin and CSS by Shattered-Earth::

'You don't use your Character/Design Hoader/Price'

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 29, 2014, 6:32 PM


Someone needed to make a journal about this.

I have many characters and designs, roughly 30+ from ones I made myself, some I bought, some I traded, and some given to me. From those I have 'fan made', original, and closed/open species characters. Every single one of my characters have a typed up Bio, proper ref, and own folder on my computer. Every single one is properly 'cared for'. I commission art all the time to 'care' for my characters and support the art community, I draw my characters all the time from doodles at work to drawings privately stored on my computer (I only post roughly half the art I make online), and even if I didn't 'care' for them in this way these characters and designs belong to ME. I can do (almost) whatever I wish with them.

I have gotten a lot of "You are hoarding characters/You don't use your characters!" and "Leave some for the rest of us!"
It's extremely rude to assume someone doesn't care for their character(s) just because they don't have the time or means to draw them every second of every day and even ruder to assume they are a 'hoarder' when they have what people consider 'a lot of characters'. Most of my characters were bought or traded for especially the species ones such as my mantibabs, water dogs, ren fair, sushi dog, etc and at one point everyone in the entire community had an equal chance of acquiring them.

Another common phrase I hear A LOT is "I don't have enough money/You are rich/These characters are too expensive."
I work a full time 40+ hour job, I save my money, and I budget my money. Regardless of your age or situation you are capable of doing the exact same thing to some degree. Art is also a luxury and many artists want some form of payment for their work and creations, which is completely reasonable, and usually that is money. People do not, nor should they be expected, to give out their work, time, and creation without some form of compensation. Many of the characters I and others own that were bought were on commission or for auction for a VERY fair price or starting bid and were available to nearly every single user on this site at one point. People fairly bought or bid to acquire that character and yes, sometimes that price may seem 'high' to others but bottom line is it was offered for a FAIR price to begin with.

Which brings me to my last point.
An artist should NEVER feel guilty that their work is sought out for, demanded, or bought for a good price.
This is THEIR art and as a community built upon ARTISTS shouldn't we support these ARTISTS for doing well with THEIR art?
Shouldn't we be happy they are succeeding and even living off of what they love?

Because that is not what I see half of the time.
In nearly every single Auction or Commission journal I see extremely rude, unwanted, and unnecessary same few comments of:
"This is too expensive/Not worth this much!"
"This design/species is unoriginal!"

Who the hell are YOU to judge what is worth this much and that so and so is unoriginal especially ON THE ARTISTS OWN DEVIATION/JOURNAL?
"Freedom of speech/I'm just giving my opinion/I'm giving critique/It's a public forum!"
None of these statements are any form of an excuse to be a rude asshole which is exactly what you are when you make comments such as these ESPECIALLY if they are not asked for. This has been said a million times but all you have to do is ignore, walk away, or keep it to yourself. When you post comments like this how do you think it makes an artist feel because I guarantee it's not a positive feeling in the least bit.

SO
The entire point to this journal and the bottom line is:
Think before you post because those words mean a lot more than a few pixels on a screen.

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