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Do you create Collections for yourself, or to share and feature artwork with others?

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It's been a while since I've been actively online.
But even though temporary, it did changed my perspective on some matters.

It's weird how much the internet can become an influence, and how this process goes so unnoticed. At a certain point the countless voices of people around you blend into a continuous buzz. A buzz that you soon get so familiar with that you forget there was a life before it. I guess that's what social media does in general; creating a buzz. An artificial need for you to continuously be online and check your messages, because you might just miss something otherwise. Life, in general, has become so infused with the internet that it sometimes scares me. I'm part of the internet industry. Hell, I even made it my job! But even I sometimes find myself wondering where the time has gone that I could work on an artwork for hours straight, without feeling that creeping itch to check my messages. 

The last few weeks before the break, I've repeatedly felt bad about myself. Why? Basically because people told me I didn't meet their expectations, and I just happen to be a person that hates to fail expectations.

As a kid, I was happy to be creative. Even though I only made drawings for fun, making art was a nice way to spend time and it genuinely felt good to be always full of ideas. As I saw most of my classmates lose their childlike imagination as they grew older and their interests shifted, I used to take pride in the fact that such a thing never happened to me. As most of my classmates submitted to peer pressure, I still followed the voice from within. And until not too long ago, I thought that that was what being an artist was all about.

As of lately, I've gotten quite a view what is the art world is actually about. About the constant struggle from many people that all try their hardest to get one of the few jobs in art and the hostility that comes with that competition. How art school students, that are supposed to be taught to be open-minded and accepting towards all kinds of art, are often the ones that pass the strongest judgement. About that you don't mean shit as an artist, unless you have the job to prove that you have skills. And how hobbyist artists are regarded as inferior because they simply don't earn money and haven't got a thing to prove. 
Money. That's what it all about. Living on myself, I can honestly understand that, because having a career is important. As a web developer with 10 years of experience in the industry I'm the least person to tell you that there's no difference between "just messing around with html" and working in the industry. However, hobbyist or professional... we do have something in common. We both love websites. We share our love for the same thing. And that's something so important I cannot stretch it enough.

What this whole thing comes down to?
That many of the people I look up to and I'd love to learn from (often those with professional-level artwork) belong to the above group -- something that isn't exactly motivating. And as we are all influenced by the people around us it's hard to make art my way and follow my own feelings and instincts, when the internet collective tells me that I'm doing it wrong and that I should feel ashamed I put my talent to waste. (For those wondering; that was literally said to me.)

The strength of the internet --that everybody can say what he wants-- has also come to be one of it's major downsides. Downsides that even drove many famous artists to the brink of depression. 
It's hard to maintain a sense of "self" within the buzz of people continuously talking about you, your works, your characters, and what you could (or should) represent. I think anyone even remotely known on any place on the internet can confirm that with me. It's even harder when you're an artist and you need this sense of "self" in order to create. Because let's be honest; for most of us our vision of life is the sole reason we create. Or at least for me it is.

My health has slowly gotten stable over the last few weeks. I've seen some doctors, got a new medicine for the migraine attacks, and whatnot. I've been back to training fully again, which I guess kinda helps since the RSI-specific training also strengthens the muscles in my neck. I'm still waiting for the checkup at the hospital, though (Those waiting lists... seriously...). Some days are good, and I try to enjoy them as much as I can. Some days are terrible. I'm still tired pretty often. but it seemed to have stabilized a bit. I think a large part of the tiredness came from trying to force myself to keep up with everything, even while in miserable physical condition. And in that regard, I think taking my distance really helped. I realize now that I can't keep up and that it's not a shame to admit so.

I guess strict moderation is the answer in this case. The answer for shutting myself off from too much negativity. If people in real life talk shit about me, I'm not afraid to tell them to shut the hell up. So why shouldn't I be able to do the same online (by removing and blocking)? It's not like people that deliberately try hurt others have the right to complain about that. 

To conclude this (already too long) message I would like to show my thanks to the massive support that I've gained from the DeviantArt community during my break. It's heartwarming to see how many people out here actually bothered to show their support. Either via e-mail, Facebook, or via DeviantArt's private message system. Not people that I know in person, but also people that are complete strangers to me and just happened to learn about my hiatus. Thank you. Thanks a lot!

(Here are some of the kind messages that people send me (and I've already read -- there are still many more).

Thanks Hiatus2 by DamaiMikaz

At this moment, I still have 17.376 messages to catch up to (artworks excluded), from which 7500+ new messages and even more replies to... whatever stuff I made.
I still have to read the replies to my last journal to find out who the winner is from the previously announced "contest".

Hiatus Replynr by DamaiMikaz

There are a lot of things going for me at the moment;
Animecon is coming up soon. I'm currently in negotiation with Mangaschool about their schedules, but if everything goes right I might return doing a workshop there... or at least be at the manga-drawing stand there. Which will give you, Dutchies, a chance to say hello and make me help you out with your art. 

Dynamic pose by DamaiMikaz
(for those that were curious about the previous workshop, check the link behind the artwork above)

What also might be interesting, is my upcoming kiriban of 1.000.000 pageviews. I'm still doubting about the prize. It's gonna be either points or a head-shot drawing of your character. The choice is up to you. Whichever gets the most votes will do.

Uploading artwork might still take a while. I have a whole lot of sorting out to do. And as weird as it sounds; I still feel a bit insecure about publishing stuff online again and exposing it to an audience that is even more massive than the day I left. I guess it'll take a bit of time until that feeling is entirely gone. And even aside from that; I've got a lot of sketches and stuff to sort out.

Sketchdump january 2014 by DamaiMikaz

Having learned from previous experience, I'm taking my time to catch up.
So it might take a while before I'm fully operational again. In the meanwhile; please bear with me.

~ See you around!

TLDR version; I'm back

Crowned with chaos by DamaiMikaz

We Are Resurrecting!

Tue Apr 15, 2014, 1:38 PM


Hello all 

Following our previous journal on our zombifiction revival, I am pleased to say it is crazy enough to have a go! I don’t expect every one of our 1500 members to get involved, but even if there is a handful each time getting some good out of this, then that’s one handful getting a better attack on their writing and understanding their niches. These groups hold a great opportunity to explore and stretch even the more experienced writers, and I believe that’s what made this group so good to begin with.

The Plan Batman

So here is my plan. 

In May, we will hold a new workshop. The entire workshop will be encapsulated in one month: 2 weeks to write, 2 weeks to workshop.

Week 1, Day 1: Workshop brief is launched and you have 2 weeks to submit. The standard to what you submit can be anything from a rough draft to something you have worked on, it doesn't even have to be complete yet. (Please ensure you put it in stash or scraps if it is a WIP)

Week 3, day 1: Submissions are posted for critique and review

Week 4, end: At the end of the week, Workshop host to summarise results, pick a few pieces that stand out

End: We all celebrate with a glass or three.

 The intention would be to have these run from the first Saturday of each month.

So what workshops are we doing?

All sorts. The idea is to vary what we do; covering different forms and styles and concepts. We want to look at habits and behaviours; things you don’t always consider as a writer first off. We also may use real examples, such as submission briefs in zines or contests going off elsewhere (maybe even some dA contests you can genuinely enter). We want to stretch you!

But I never get any feedback!

Urgh, critique. That thing we all want but rarely give ourselves. Critique isn't free; you can’t just throw up a deviation, go have a cup of tea and watch the responses come in. You have to work for it. There are PLENTY of opportunities to ask for critique including: Chat events, Critique groups, Critique forum thread, Helpful people who offer it in journals (networking!), asking people who you think would help you (and ask nicely!). We would expect anyone who submits in a workshop to actually participate in giving feedback to others in the workshop- that’s kind of the point. Plus it is AMAZING how much you can learn about your own work by looking at someone else’s- so it is ideally a win-win situation! /end rant


In this workshop environment, we do ask if people are participating, they at least offer feedback to one other piece in the group. If there needs to be an incentive to encourage this, thoughts are welcome.

So what can I do to help?

Easy help- Give this some encouragement! I'd like to see this journal full of enthusiastic comments or fancy banana drawings.
Medium help- Spread the word! Link this article in your personal journals, polls and groups!
Hard Help- If anyone has a desire to host a future workshop, let me know!
Big scary commitment help- I am looking for some backroom support to help manage this/ bounce ideas off/ plan workshops etc. If you are interested, let me know and we will have a chat.

Easy help is just as appreciated as the big scary! Support and enthusiasm is what keeps a group strong!

Roll on May... I guess I better be getting a workshop together! :woo:

:icondragonhi: Hi everyones!!

Finally I have the necessary points to make a little giveaway, for the members of this group.
The points are from my personal points :points: box. :meow:

Only one will can win this special price.

Addicional Gifts: I will raffle 3 free commission beetwen the participants too (exept the winner)

How Participe? Is very simple

1. Watch me :D SolKorra :iconsolkorra:

2. Fave :+fav: this draws

Legend of Sol: The Power of The Avatar Girls by SolKorra

K-O-R-R-A Storm of Powers by SolKorraSol and Coqui by SolKorra

3. Comment with the word "Done".

4.If you want participe too for the 3 free commissions, comment with the link of the image of the character or oc you want for the commission.



~Dead Line: Sunday 10th of May~


Founder SolKorra :iconsolkorra:

Senior Support Stamp Contest

Welcome to our second event for Senior Week at projecteducate!
This Senior Support Stamp contest was inspired by the CR Stamp Project which took place in April last year.
This contest is open to everyone, not just Senior Members!


The point of this contest is to create a support stamp for your favorite Senior Member(s)! Pick any of us that you'd like! Show your support for our various projects, talents, hobbies, personalities, services, or contributions! :aww:


  • Stamp must contain the username of a Senior Member (distinguishable by the symbol).
  • Do not include the words "I support" in your stamp's text! Make it unique and special to the Senior Member you're featuring (e.g. "Astrikos is awesome!", "I miss winehaus!", "IceXDragon for Deviousness!").
  • Submit your stamp to the Senior Support Stamp Contest folder in projecteducate's gallery! We won't count your stamp as an entry for this contest if it does not appear in this folder by the deadline! You must be a member of projecteducate in order to submit to our gallery.


Judging will be based on 3 areas, and we will have 3 winners (one for each area):
  • Most Creative Stamp
  • Best Animated Stamp
  • Best Static Stamp

The winner for each area will receive 600 :points: each, courtesy of deviantART!


  • The deadline to submit your stamp to the Senior Support Stamp Contest folder is Friday, April 18th at 11:59:59pm (Los Angeles Time). If you submit your stamp into the folder for voting by a projecteducate admin, we will still count your entry valid if the vote doesn't occur before the deadline. As long as you've submitted it before that time. :)

Good luck, and have fun! We all appreciate your support!

Stock and Resources News April 2014

Tue Apr 15, 2014, 9:51 AM


You guys rock, and it goes without saying that the time, effort, creativity and drive from the stock and resources community at large is phenomenal, and you all make that happen!

We've seen a great increase in new members of the community - so welcome to you all!

We've also seen a really good increase in the quality of stock and resources being submitted which is really good for the entire gallery so big thumbs up!

:bulletgreen: In the mean time whilst you are all being very creative now spring has sprung we are asking for suggestions of how you would like US to help YOU :)   Features? Contest ideas? Off the wall inspiration interviews? More exposure? More/less/different DDs? 

Feedback from you is vital to us if we are to continue supporting you in the ways that mean the most to you, but unless you tell us what those ways are, we can't read minds! (Unlike deviantTHOUGHT :D )
Drop us a line, send a pigeon with a scroll, note us, email us, leave a comment here!!

Ongoing miscats

Yep still happening, your continued patience, understanding of the difficult situation and the sheer volume of submissions we have to try and catch is appreciated.  I would like to take a moment to reiterate the fact that we are volunteers, this isn't our "job" and we don't get paid for spending oodles of time on the site.  We do this because we know its a big concern for the community at large and we do our best to make a big dent in the problem areas. 

Shouting/ranting/flaming at artists because they simply don't understand our stock and resources guidelines or perhaps don't speak English as a first language is never ever (ever ever) going to be ok.  :stare:

By all means talk to them - in fact we positively encourage you all to get out there and talk to these artists who might be posting images that are not stock or resources, they are still part of our community!  A kind word and a little time taken to make sure they understand what the issue might be is a far far better way to help people and improve things.  Speak their native language? Even better!! Translation problems can make a simple subject completely confusing, so be a little patient, show a little kindness and give our big big community some love :)

Sub Category alterations

We've had 2 recent changes to our gigantic category tree which should hopefully clear up a few confusing issues


Line art & Character Templates…   Has been RENAMED :)  
There has been for some time now huge confusion about where artists should be posting their character designs and this sub cat ended up collecting them all which is no good when the vast majority aren't designed for other artists to use.  To be completely clear -

:bulletpink: Personal/unique character creations or character stat sheets should NOT be posted to lineart and character templates.  They are purely artwork and need to be posted to the most appropriate traditional or digital art category.

:bulletpink: BLANK/EMPTY character sheets FOR OTHER PEOPLE TO USE AND FILL OUT should be placed in the line art & character templates sub category.

:bulletpink: If you have unique character designs in this sub cat they will be earmarked for being moved, we are more than happy to help you move your own if you have a lot, just drop any one of us a note and we'll get them moved for you.

:bulletpink: On the same note ADOPTABLE art/characters should be placed in the deviantart related/devious fun/adoptables… category NOT into the line art & character templates resources gallery!


Literature Templates… Has been CLOSED for further submissions.  This sub category has for a long time been superseded by the stock images/premade backgrounds sub category which essentially does the same job. 

:bulletpink: Anybody currently trying to look for literature templates would be hard pressed to find any valid submissions in the past 12 months and the majority of the submissions in there are miscatted literature pieces which will be moved to a more appropriate literature gallery over the next few months. 

:bulletpink: Once this sub category is empty it will be removed from the category tree.  So any future literature templates/backgrounds can be posted to stock images/premade backgrounds…

March Daily Deviation Roundup

Is here -

:bulletpink: REMINDER - we need your suggestions!! Without suggestions from you, the community, great stock and resources can easily be missed by our 3 pairs of eyes, so please keep on sending suggestions to us!  Don't be put off or concerned about sending us lots and lots, we like spam from you all :D  

Even if your suggestions are not always given a daily deviation all 3 of us regularly feature stock and resources in news articles and feature articles so theres a very good chance the stuff you suggest to us will get exposure in other ways!

News and features from the Community

Stock Radar #4

Tiles Texture by IvaxXx
Vanessa Chun Li Original 2a by jagged-eyeRockStocks300S02059 by RockStocks
Japanese garden 7 by stockdeana
places484 stock by pranileJelly Fish Stock by Hands-and-Teeth
2013 Shilin's drawing tutorial/walkthrough by shilin        Photomanipulation Tutorial on blending by tamaraR         Black-Wings way of doing Nature's elements by Black-Wing24
Wireframe Fractal Pack by NichrysalisWork In Progress: That's how I make textures! by mercurycode
Premium Texture Pack IX by Sirius-sdz
  Stock Radar #3

Chicks 2 by kayosa-stock
Icy Branch by SafariSyd
Tori 9 by CathleenTarawhiti
Nikka Kneeling With A Sword by comicReferenceDSC08168 Dragon Boundary Mark by wintersmagicstock
Carousel Horse Celestial by ReQuay
Purple Flowers by fuguestock
In The Stock-Light: wintersmagicstock:spotlight-left: In The Stock-Light: Vol. 7 :spotlight-right:
Deviant For: 1 Year
Profile Stock Rules Gallery
Explore Their Gallery




Game Of Thrones: Stock FeatureGame of Thrones: Stock Feature
     To celebrate the premiere of the new season of Game of Thrones tonight, I decided to do a quick feature. We all love fan art. We're inspired by movies and shows to create art based on the characters we love. To achieve our goals, we need a reliable source of stock and references. So what are we to do? Well, take a look at this list of stock providers who look like the Game of Thrones characters we love or love to hate. Remember to follow the individual stock provider's terms of use when using their stock. By downloading it, you agree to abide by those terms.
Cersei Lannister

Daenerys Targaryen

  In The Stock-Light: At-Stock:spotlight-left: In The Stock-Light: Vol. 6 :spotlight-right:
Deviant For: 8 Months
Profile Stock Rules Gallery
Explore Their Gallery



  AT-Stock- Animal032 by At-Stock 
 AT-Stock- Animal028 by At-Stock  
In The Stock-Light: 10eke-stock:spotlight-left: In The Stock-Light :spotlight-right:
:star: 10eke-stock :star:
Deviant For: 3 Years
     Welcome to the fifth volume of the weekly "In The Stock-Light" feature series. This series is all about featuring stock providers in our community! Each week we will be exploring the galleries of different stock and resource providers.If you know of a stock provider whom you'd like to see featured, please send me a note titled: "In The Stock-Light Suggestion." For the beginning of this series, I will be focusing on providers who have been on dA one year or less, or have less than 20k pageviews.  Keep in mind that each stock provider may have a slightly different set of rules regarding the use of their stock. By downloading and using their stock, you agree to abide by their terms of use. Remember to follow them as per each individual provider's instructions. 

Daily Devation Suggestion RemindersHiya Darlings,
     Today I'd like to send out a reminder for what I look for in a Daily Deviation suggestion. We've all seen the classic DD comment about how so-and-so does great work, but they never get featured. Well, there's a very easy solution to that problem. Suggest them! There are just a few things that you need to consider before sending me or the other Stock & Resources CVs a Daily Deviation Suggestion.
:bulletpink: What type of stuff do you feature?

     - I can only feature submissions listed under the Resources & Stock category of deviantART. For all other categories, please check out this handy guide:

:bulletpink: Have they been featured with a Daily Deviation within the last six months?
      - This is a very easy thing to check out. The way I do it when I'm checking to see if they've had one in the last six months is by ad
  Recent Stock and Resources FavsStock Gallery
Stock Rules
Art Account
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Things I've Added to my Favs Recently
I was looking around the stock gallery today and going through some other feature journals and added a ton of kickass stuff to my favs!  I haven't posted just a general feature journal for quite a while, so here is a sampling.  Enjoy!
Check This Stuff
The Unseen Stock - AprilMODEL
     Faun/Centaur/Satyr/Pan STOCK 23 by DamselStock
Spring by anettfrozen Rebekah Stock 28-1 by artmaniabychristine Elsa Stock (inspired) by Liancary-Stock Farewell Summer 4 by Anariel-Stock

Spring 2 by YBsilon-Stock
Forest 07 by BmAStock Desert 4 by Achiha-Azteca arena_23 by abelgalois pond with sun reflecting by NovaScotiaDream
Deserted by StarryHorse Sky by Adeleene Nature 269 by Dreamcatcher-stock Botanic Garden 23 by LeikyaStock
 Stock: A New Day is Dawning by Celem Fire by Aredelsaralonde Fog 30 by MASYON Haapsalu 44 by MASYON 


Shanty 1 by kimmy-k-stock freestock - link back by skittles010 Chichen Itza by yinetyang

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By techgnotic
Mastering The Magic ofMonster Making
15.7 million fans tuned in for the fourth season finale of the AMC cable channel’s hit series The Walking Dead, making it one of the most watched hour-drama broadcasts in cable history.
More than a mere gore fest, critical approval for the show has come by way of nominations from the Writers Guild of America and the Golden Globes. World War Z
  The Stock Market - No. 9depthRADIUS
Issue No. 9|

Stock Market

About Stock Market
The inspirational magic of one image awakening the creative muse of hundreds of artists.
This issue's stock image
White Peacock 01 by MapleRose-stock

White Swan by Essilou-Art

White by KittyScorpiaNoa

Featured Stock - Easter and SpringEaster Bunny Basket Static Here is a little selection of spring and easter related stock I found around dA,
I hope you like it ! If you do so feel free to add it to your favourites :heart:

Happy Easter by Burtn egg stock 9 by hatestock
2610 Easter Sweets 2 by HelenaRothStock Easter Egg - broken by dull-stock Hatched Background by GRANNYSATTICSTOCK Easter eggs by MajesticStock
Eggs by wintersmagicstock Bird Nest with Eggs 01 by FairieGoodMother Stock 221 - Cracked by pink-stock
Easter II by darkcalypso-stock Wooden Easter Eggs by bhorwat Easter Stock by FrankAndCarySTOCK
Easter stock 2 by InKi-Stock

The Unseen Stock - March (ll)MODEL
Broken Bride by QueenWerandra  
Kirna 9 by MASYON
 River Stock 4 by MoonHowlForever Japanese garden 1 by stockdeana my old barn on a snow day by ChipmunkSailor
Free - sunset 16 - creationtakesun by creationtakesun Orange and Pink Sky 1 by chelsmith18 freestock - link back by skittles010 Untitled by ReneKunert 
Austria 5 by fallen-cherubim Forest 7 by NobleShrimpStock Forest by YordaDeriya freestock but you must link back by skittles010
Sunset Beach Stock 2 by naturalhorses Beach Garbage by Kia01-Stock Canyon Road Stock by YvaineGlareStock Desert 3 by Civetta70
306 by MASYON Sunset Stock by Vinyonga
  Starting our new contest on April 20 and FeatureMegaphone curious :D  We have found a wonderful new theme and we hope this will inspire you a lot.  :dance: I will post the contest-journal with our contest-stocks on April 20th. The theme is still a secret :D
:iconevelivesey: :iconcd-Stock: :iconybsilon-Stock: 
If you want to help us with some donations please let us know, every little help (eg. exclusive stock-packs, journals....) is sooo much appreciated. :hug:
We will have two categories of winners (beginner/light intermediate & more intermediate/advanced) so we need all donations double :D Flirtatious Please 
Easter egg
Have a lovely Easter
Here are some awesome Easter-Stocks
Inspirational Stock and Thank You FeatureI started this account a year ago, with no clear idea of what being a stock provider entailed or just how much work goes into making and providing stock. This is to say thank you to my fellow stockers for all your hard work and support, answering my questions, promoting newbies like myself and sharing your wonderful resources :love:
     Texture 51 by Malleni-Stock  Fennec Stock 02 by Malleni-Stock  Mossy log Stock 05 by Malleni-Stock
Texture Eleanor by CD-STOCK  Moulding 10 by CD-STOCK  Twisted Woods 03 by CD-STOCK by CD-STOCK  Contaminated 01 by CD-STOCK  Premium Ornament by CD-STOCK by CD-STOCK 
Window 06 by CD-STOCK  Track by CD-STOCK   


News from Stock and ResourcesLine-art & Character Templates Gallery
The Line-art & Character Sheets gallery has been renamed to "Line-art & Character Templates" in hopes of less confusion going on there.  The gallery is meant for line-art (there seems to be no problem with this) and the less-understood item called a character sheet template.  These are character sheets that have NOT been filled out yet, and are available for others to use.  
Pre-filled character sheets need to be placed in Digital Art, or wherever is appropriate.  As a reminder, please only place resources for others to use into the Resources & Stock Images gallery.  We are putting some extra focus into this sub-gallery to get it nice and shiny!
If you need help moving your filled-in character sheets out of the stock gallery, give one of us a holler :)
Contest Winners

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Stock & Resources CV's

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Stock & Resources FAQs

FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?
FAQ #257: What sort of permission do I need to use someone else's work?
FAQ #193: How do I prove that I had permission to use someone's work?
FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want?
FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?  
FAQ #809: What are deviantART's stock image guidelines?
FAQ #572: What does deviantART consider "Fan Art" to be?

Stock & Resources Policy Clarification:  

Challenges around deviantART

Tue Apr 15, 2014, 7:16 AM

Contests, projects and challenges around deviantART to inspire your creations and to give you the opportunity to win some goodies! :dummy:

Draw This Picture hosted by salem-poe
Senior Support Stamp Contest hosted by MiloticScale and cinyu
Cupcakes & Cookies Contest hosted by WorldWar-Tori
Ca$h Prize Contest! hosted by NikHero

Host a contest, project or challenge?

If you are currently running a contest, project or challenge and would like fella to promote it for you, please send us a note with the following information:
  • Title of your contest/project/challenge:
  • Hoster(s):
  • Medium:
  • Deadline/Running time:
  • Contest, project or challenge information journal link

Massive Charity Collab Announced!

Tue Apr 15, 2014, 9:55 AM

    From the ever so awesome :iconwildcharmander: we proudly present a brand new, wickedly talented one and only Adele Dazeem MASSIVE CHARITY COLLAB!

WildCharmander is happy to announce the next theme!

Grumpy Collab!

Grumpy Cat is the theme of this collaboration!! Let us honor the world's grumpiest cat and raise money for the Animal Shelter!!

For every submission I get, I will add $0.50 to the pool. That money will be sent to the SPCA right here in Swift Current. this is a "no kill" shelter and the are in a bind right now. Every grumpy cat will be for a good cause! Help me reach 200 people again! If I get 200 submissions, I will donate 50 dollars worth of pet supplies to the shelter as well! If I get 300 submissions I'll donate 150 dollars worth of pet supplies!

Please fav HIS journal so that more people can see it and participate in the collab! 


Project Deadline is penciled down for July 1st! 

Patterns by Subtle Patterns | Fonts by Google Web Fonts
Layout & Code by pica-ae | Copyright 2012

Intermediate Tournament - Round 2 - Go!!

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 15, 2014, 2:52 AM
Hi everyone,

I apologize again for the delay in posting these themes. Here they are:

Every7thHeartbeat - War
annemaria48 and nova63 - Fantasy theme with all 4 seasons

  KimmieKrazy and Godiva500 - black and white macabre /horror
mippieArt and Shedboy68 - Happy childhood manip from this image:  

peroline and SoulcolorsArt - Underground town
dreamswoman - "A Man and his car"- It must be in a city and it must be dark or funny.

Annuski - Norse gods
twostepsfromhell2 - simple, emotional portrait manipulation

  Hehayo - surreal manip using bright colors
itznikki530 - horror and macabre underwater

Your deviation will be due to CRPhotomanipulation on or by May 15th at 11:59 PM US Pacific Time (dA time).  If you are working as part of a team, please be sure to list who did what in your submission. As per usual, all stock must be credited and legitimate. Please ask if you have questions.

Best of luck!


Project EARN - Bullying/Intimidation Issue #2

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 15, 2014, 1:27 AM


APRIL - Friendship - Bullying/Intimidation ISSUE #2

Hi everyone! :D

I've started to receive some contributions to the project and so far so good! In this second issue I'm having an interview with  PaleAuthor about her poem and her personal experiences with bullying, facts from, some featured deviations and other awesome stuff. If you'd like to participate yourself, please read the introduction journal, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!

Introduction Journal:…
Friendship - Bullying/Intimidation Issue #1:…


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Laugh with the Kids

Ha ha
Ha ha

You're so stupid
Have you noticed?
Have you noticed?
She has a funny
Full of fear

Ha ha
Ha ha

You're so slow
Have you even seen?
Have you even seen?
Her ugly 
Full of shame

Ha ha...

She walks funny
She talks weird
Now she throws
her face
against the wall
like it wasn't hers
breaking her nose

Ha... Ha...

Now she's...
holding a gun...
against her head...
Is it loaded?
Is it loaded?
Then she shot


Interview with PaleAuthor

That's a really good and very powerful poem, what inspired you to write it?

I wrote it, because I wanted to show to people how much bullying hurts me from the inside. I have always been against bullying and wanted to be nice to everyone. It feels bad when you get bullied for the fact that you were too nice. It's like punishment for being good. And thanks~

Do you think bullying is a normal reason for people to commit suicide?

It depends on the person and how harsh the bullying is. If bullying happens every day and it reduces the person's self-esteem or even turns it into self hatred, suicidal thoughts are very possible. I got suicidal thoughts when I was 16 for the fact that I didn't feel like there was any point for living anymore. Part of the problem was that I thought that everybody hated me and that thought came from bullying.

What is your opinion on bullying?

Bullying is just something that exists because we people can't accept others the way they are. Also we are all very different. I still believe that bullying is unacceptable and wished I could just end it, but there is no way to get rid of it completely. There are only ways to reduce the amount of it in the world. Fashion is not one of those ways.

You write in the description that you've been bullied yourself, in what way or ways have you've been bullied? (verbal, socially, physically etc.)

I was socially discriminated. I was called disgusting and ugly and got laughed at almost about everything I did. I never got really physically bullied although I was afraid of that often especially with the boys.

How did you get away from the bullying?

After elementary it just stopped as the other students weren't noticing me anymore.

Has it affected your life in long-term? Why/why not?

Yes. I was traumatized badly by my experience. I have still panic attacks in social situations and fear crowds of people and think whenever people are laughing they are laughing at me. It makes finding friends extremely difficult in real life.

What do you do if you see someone get bullied?

Depends on the situation. Usually I want to interfere but I don't know how, so I won't really do anything. It has also a lot to do with my social trauma and the fact that I'm extremely shy. What I think that people should do when they see something like that happening, is to try and help the person getting bullied with everything they have got.

Do you have any helpful tips for someone who's bullied?

It's not your fault and never think that way. You have to always put the bully below you and rise yourself up in your mind, because that is the truth. We are all amazing and we shouldn't let other people control our lives too much.

Do you have anything more to add to this interview?

Sorry for my bad English, I hope I didn't traumatize anyone.

Lastly, what do you think about Project EARN?

I think it's a very cool project. I'll be looking forward to see the other topics.

Thank you PaleAuthor for this interview and for being so open and honest about this. This is exactly what Encourage Awareness is all about. By the way, your English is great! For everybody else, don't forget to look at her other poems!

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Giveaway Information

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I have a special deviation right here.
It's made by ElvirasThirst who recently passed away.
That's truly heartbreaking, she was a new deviant and I'm really sad that I never got to talk
to her. This is a deviation centered around anti-bullying and it deserves to be seen.

  Anti-Bullying by ElvirasThirst
Anti-bullying by ElvirasThirst

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How Does Bullying Make People Feel?

"One of the most painful aspects of bullying is that it is relentless. Most people can take one episode of teasing or name calling or being shunned at the mall. However, when it goes on and on, bullying can put a person in a state of constant fear.

Guys and girls who are bullied may find their schoolwork and health suffering. Amber began having stomach pains and diarrhea and was diagnosed with a digestive condition called irritable bowel syndrome as a result of the stress that came from being bullied throughout ninth grade. Mahfooz spent his afternoons hungry and unable to concentrate in class because he was too afraid to go to the school cafeteria at lunchtime.

Studies show that people who are abused by their peers are at risk for mental health problems, such as low self-esteem, stress,depression, or anxiety. They may also think about suicide more.

Bullies are at risk for problems, too. Bullying is violence, and it often leads to more violent behavior as the bully grows up. It's estimated that 1 out of 4 elementary-school bullies will have a criminal record by the time they are 30. Some teen bullies end up being rejected by their peers and lose friendships as they grow older. Bullies may also fail in school and not have the career or relationship success that other people enjoy." -

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featured deviations

Not hurt enough by banANNUmon Words Hurt n Kill by XxFiery666xX 

Bullying by Zana-Driade Bullying by SignHermitCrab

People should hug more by TempestOfFeathers Toradora Fanart 2 - Sadness by HitmanN

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by PrincessSkyler

It is by far the WORST way you can kill someone....
The many suicides caused this year were due to bullying. I was a victim of bullying, it was when i used to go to public school. There were boys in the hallway, and when i went to go get a drink of water, i was called the B Word for no reason what's so ever.... I looked around at them, wondering who said it, and i noticed it was a tall wide boy, who has called me that, and another boy called me that again and added "Like yo mama".

Now i was really ticked off by that, and i started crying my eyes out, and i screamed at them. This wasn't the first time i was bullied. And the teachers tried to calm me down, and they talked to the boys.... But here's the thing: The boys decided to LIE, and said that I just started yelling and screaming for no reason. Guess who they believed....
Bullying to make yourself feel better is NOT okay.
Bullying can affect the life of that person, and even lead them to suicide.
More than 70% of lives lost this and last year was due to bullying. The recent suicide of a girl in public school in this state was caused by bullying..... But here's the thing: Suicide is NEVER the answer. If you are being bullied currently, or WERE bullied and thought of suicide. Remember these words: Suicide is NEVER the answer. It will affect everyone you love's lives FOREVER.
See, people. Suicide is NEVER, EVER the answer.
And for those people who ARE bullying someone.... You need to STOP, You are putting that persons life in danger! You might think its funny, and you know the saying "it's only funny until someone gets hurt"? Are you trying to complete A GOAL?!!! To laugh at that person till they hurt themselves or even KILL themselves? Here's a saying i made up: "It's NEVER funny, especially if that person gets hurt!".

And here's a tip to people who are being bullied: Tell someone, and if they don't do something the first time, keep telling them till they do! If that person threatens "If you tell us, we'll make your life miserable", dont be scared, tell anyway, and tell that they've threatened you with whatever they said if you tell someone. And the most important part: SUICIDE IS NEVER THE ANSWER!!!!! You may feel nobody wants you in this world, but people DO need you, there ARE people out there who care about you A LOT. So if you are thinking of hurting yourself in any way, remember these words: SUICIDE IS NEVER THE ANSWER!

And for people who see someone being bullied, here are a lot of ways you can help: Don't EVER walk away from someone who's being bullied, stand up for them and get them out of that situation! If you DO walk away, make sure it's to get a teacher if there isn't one currently in the area. If you see someone being bullied, do NOT join the bullies, that'll make you one of the bullies.

And for those who are wondering "How many suicides are caused each year due to bullying?" Well, picture this: If you had a tree for every amount of deaths each year due to bullying, you would be living in a forest. And there is all kinds of bullying out there that can cause suicides, there's Physical bullying, verbral bullying, Relational aggression, Sexual bullying, Prejudical bullying, and the most common one: Cyberbullying. If you think Cyberbullying is not real bullying, you are DEAD WRONG. Anything with the word bullying in it is bullying, no matter what, and even though Relational aggression doesn't have the word bullying in it, it still is bullying.
It's never okay to bully someone because: They are a different race, they have a disability,they cry alot, they are transgender, they're gay or lesbian, they like a certain kind of band that nobody else might be into, their weight, their---

okay forget it,

Also you guys know those shootings that happen once in a while, the reason those happen most of the time, is because of bullying. I was watching the news the other day, and a kid got arrested because he said "I wish i had a gun to teach you bullies a lesson". He didn't bring any gun at all, but he said he WISHED, and HE gets arrested, when the bullies should've been. Bullying can lead to shootings, it'll drive the victim CRAZY, and it will take control of their minds, all they will think of is two words: Death, revenge. A school near my old one had to go into lock down because someone was bringing a gun there, and it was RIGHT NEXT to my school, and my prediction is they wanted to get rid of the bullies. The reason that people are causing shootings most of the time, is because of bullying. Bullying can affect the mind, the life, and the actions of the victim.

We can make a change, we can stop bullying, but I know that we can't do it alone. It is my fondest wish to stop bullying, and I know i can't stop it alone, i need as much help as possible.
There are MANY ways we can stop bullying, but the important part is to Stay Strong. Keep moving, Follow your dreams, and stay strong! We can stop bullying together!

Thank you for listening to me, and I hope my speech opened up many of your eyes about how much bullying can affect peoples lives. And once more: "It's NEVER funny, especially if someone gets hurt!"

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Hurtful Words by Atrox-C

Hurtful words by Atrox-C

Discussion Questions and Answers

You find some answers in the comments section of the previous issue

Questions for discussion and/or inspiration: 

  1. Why do people bully each other?
  2. How to prevent bullying? How can you prevent?
  3. If you see someone being teased, how do you react?
  4. Is bullying a common problem at workplaces? Why?
  5. How to show support to someone who's a victim of bullying?
  6. How to help someone who's considered a bully?
  7. About friendship: What is a friend to you?
About bullyingThis is for
As my contrubutation to this, I'm going to be answering some questions about bullying.
Why do people bully each other?
Well, people bully each other for a lot of things. It could because they're mad, they want to get revenge, or simply because they don't like someone.
How to prevent bullying? How can you prevent?
You can prevent bullying by just avoiding the bullys. Tell someone you trust about the bullys so that they can stand up for you.  And if you know someone that is bullied, you should stand up to the bully. Tell the bully to go away and stop hurting the other person.
If you see someone being teased, how do you react?
Simply tell them to stop. Even teasing might offend someome and start an argument.
Is bullying a common problem at workplaces? Why?
At my school, it's not really "common" but there are people that get bullyed. Like me. It probobly not that common because most people
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April: Friendship - Bullying/Intimidation #1

First issue of Project Earn and I really look forward to this. :D A lot of people have shown interest and support and that's awesome! Thank you! :heart:
This month we're dealing with bullying and/or intimidation, however, I also want to discuss friendship and how we value our friends and family, what is a good friend? etc. You can submit a deviation with something that relate to this topic - a photo, a painting, a poem, whatever you'd like, or you can write a journal with your opinions, your own experiences or facts about the topic. I'm open for everything! When you've done that, you note me with a link to your deviation or journal and I will feature it in different ways during this month. Since this project is completely new, this is more of a test-month to see if it actually works! :aww:
Some statistics about bullying:
It's the most common form of violence in our society, 15-3

About friendship: What is a friend to you?
A true, true friend helps a friend in need. A friend will be there to help you see. A true, true friend helps a friend in need to see the light that shines from a true, true friend. (Lol mlp fim refrence) - greenpower12 
If you see someone get bullied, how do you react?
 I really hate to say it but every time I see or hear this going on, I usually don't really know how to react. I try to be a help in stopping it but in the end I don't really know what to do or how to do it. - D9341
It can be very difficult to notice sometimes when its happening. I remember not going to any teachers or counselors about it, because it was MY problem, and I feared that talking to someone about it would cost me further humiliation, what friendships I had, and fear of being perceived as "weak".  Most of the time victims hide the issue just as much as the aggressor. - adamforce

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It will be a while (I'm thinking about a week) until the next issue comes out and hopefully I've received a lot of cool contributions from you guys! This issue shows how it will look like, more or less. If you have any questions just ask! Thanks for your support! :hug:

Aimyee :heart:

What is Project EARN?

It's a project about spreading awareness, read introduction here: Project EARN /introduction

Can I donate?

Yes, of course! Points are used to hold giveaways & contests and to support the contributors. I also use points for other community charity purposes. Donate here: Donation pool

We are over half way there with two weeks to go.  If you're running out of ideas, check out yesterday's prompt.


Bullet; Yellow  The contest from week 2 is now closed! The winner will be announced on Friday.
Bullet; Yellow  The gallery folder for week 3 is open, so please submit poems #15-21 there!
Bullet; Yellow  Want to donate to the prize pool for all the NaPo winners? Send HillsOfMyst a note! We're really low on prizes and we'd love to have some fun things to offer to the winners. Features, points, llamas, comments, and faves are all welcome! (keep in mind last year there were about 35 winners!)

 black heart bullet This Weeks Challenge: Perspective black heart bullet 

write a poem from the perspective of an inanimate object.

Bullet; Purple examples: the perspective of flowers, a rock, a stuffed animal, a book, etc.
Bullet; Purple You can tell about it's life, how it's felt/feels, how it copes, what it's been thought, its happy times, it's sad times, were it's been, what it's seen, has it fallen in love. Be creative.
Bullet; Purple Definition: 1. An object that is lacking the qualities or features of living beings; not animate.  2. Lacking any sign of life or consciousness.
Bullet; Purple YOU MUST indicate in your author's description or the title what your inanimate object is.

Some rules, of course!

Bullet; Orange You MUST send your entry in a note to NaPoWriMo entitled "Weekly contest 3". You may still submit the poem to the gallery if you wish.
Bullet; Orange please indicate in your author's description or the title that the poem was written for this contest.
Bullet; Orange It does not have to be one of your thirty poems, but I would recommend it. :D (Big Grin) (one more poem out of the way, right?)
Bullet; Orange Entries will be accepted up until Tuesday, April 21st, at midnight GMT-3. The winner will receive 30 Points, a feature on the group's home page, and in the group's journal.