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Tips For Commission Artists

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 27, 2014, 11:12 AM


Hello! :wave: I thought of making this small guide, based from my personal experience, to give tips to artists, mostly beginners, to be more successful at selling commissions, since seeing from my previous journal many had difficulty with it. So here are some tips to help boosting your sales.



Have your commission info somewhere visible


Possibly, people won't even know you are taking commissions or if they are open if you don't put your commission info somewhere they can see. You can do this in a journal, that I mostly recommend, since it will be showing into your watcher's inboxes and most of your watchers probably rarely visit your profile page. You could still also use the commission widget, or donation poll to write your info. You can also link to your commission info in your signature or the artist's comment of new drawings you upload.

Keep it simple


Don't add too many unnecessary rules or info. Keep it as short and simple as you can. If it's too long or complicated to read, people might get bored or find it more complicated to do than it is and will go do something else instead.

Be clear about your pricing


If you are not sure what prices you are selling your art for, people probably won't be sure if they want to buy either. Most people don't have more than a specific amount they can/want to spend and like to be sure before requesting. If you, for example, state that you charge $10/hour, you could show some examples of works with the amount of time you spent of them, so people can have something to base on.

Visual examples


This is an extremly important element. Most people are lazy and won't bother looking into your gallery for examples, and they also want to be sure of what they are going to be paying for. Most people won't buy if they are not certain of what they will be getting. For example, I've tried offering a much cheaper commission type in the past, but without any visual examples. I didn't get any sale for it, yet my other commissions with examples got many sales. As soon as I put a visual example up, people immediately started to show interest.

Look good


Don't publicly "undervalue" your art or products. Avoid saying things like "It didn't turn out as good as supposed, sorry!" "This looks terrible" "I could of have done better""my art suck". You need to be more confident or people won't be confident of buying something from you either.

Popularity?


I way too often see people blaming they don't get commissioned on the fact that they are not popular enough. Popularity is only one of the factors, it is a big plus yes, but it is something everyone had to work for in a way or another to reach. People complain that is it much easier for popular artists to get commissioned, they have more watchers, get more favorites, comments and attention... of course, but you know what? Popularity is not about chance. Popularity don't happen magically. I've been on deviantART for 8 years, since that time I didn't stop being active and build myself a fanbase, by working hard and improving my art. You can't get tons of potential clients overnight. It is something you will build over time. keep improving your art, be more active, and you will slowly gain more popularity.

Lower your prices


This is probably the last thing you will want to consider doing. Make sure you don't underprice yourself! Avoid selling anything lower than a price you are comfortable with, otherwise you might end up losing motivation to work on it and procrastinate too easily. Cheap products can make clients think they are not worth it but if it is sold for more expensive, people will see the product as something of higher quality.

Remember that 100 points =$1


 1 point is not one dollar. If you are selling something for 20 :points:, you are only making a profit of 20 cents. If you want to make a profit of $20, the price in points should be of 2000 :points:.

You cannot please everyone


There will always be someone to complain about your prices. Don't bother about them, most likely they have no idea what they are talking about, and see artists as slaves and expect art to be free. Be prepared to receive many criticisms, most often from people who don't agree with the way you do your things and sometimes, from people who are jealous. It might be very hard at first, especially if you already have a very low self esteem, but you will gradually build a better tolerance to it if you keep going.

Enjoy it


If you don't like to draw for others, commissions might not be for you. This is going to be much more difficult (if not impossible) to success at something you don't like doing. You will need to truly enjoy what you are doing. You need to enjoy drawing A LOT. If you do and have the time to draw everyday, your chance to succeed is much increased!

Be patient


Probably the most annoying part that most people fail at. It takes a lot of time, determination and work, more mistakes than successes, to stand out among the rest. You will often be discouraged, feel like it's not working, lose motivation. Don't give up! Persevere, try something different, gather new ideas. Try again. Rome wasn't build in a day. If you want to someday be able to sell your art for as much as all the popular and skilled artists, it is indeed possible! But you need to be very dedicated to your art, spend a lot of time drawing, trying to improve, and constantly gather new potential clients by being active and uploading a lot of art.

White Knights and Why They're Harmful

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 2:34 PM
This is quite a huge/concerning topic, and I know that not all deviants share the same point of view, and I respect that. I'm sure that there are many other journals touching upon this subject, but because I personally have had very bad experiences with it, I want to inform my watchers about it myself! Hope it helps some.

____________________

White Knighting


So, for the past year or so I've noticed that some people saying that they specifically dislike  a lot of "popular" dA artists due to the overprotective behavior of their watchers.

I personally find it very sad that people are turned off by my artwork simply because they associate my username with "[my] white knights".

There's no way I can possibly control what my fanbase does or says, and this can lead to some very awkward situations and conflicts on my end.

Don't get me wrong...I love each and every one of my watchers, in fact without you guys my artistic life would be incredibly more lackluster. I'm sure many other people feel this way too. But there is no denying that some watchers can take things too far when it comes to "defending" their favorite artists against thieves, trolls, and tracers.

I've seen some very nasty things said to others due to alleged tracing/stealing/trolling. Name-calling, offensive/vulgar slang, and even death threats are tossed around like it's nothing...and that just isn't right.

Is art theft bad? Yes, of course it is.
Trust me, It sucks having your artwork stolen all the time, not to mention it is copyright infringement.
Having your work traced?
Even though it's acceptable by dA standards, I personally find it very distasteful to use someone else's art to selfishly pursue your own gain.
And trolling?
Definitely annoying, but let's face it, anyone who trolls usually has some sort of superiority/insecurity issues anyways, so not much to get upset over.

But guess what?
The only person who should be seriously dealing with these situations are the artists themselves -- there is no need to lash out at thieves/trolls/tracers on behalf of the artist that you idolize.


 In fact, trying to take on the role of a "savior"usually only makes the situation worse.

When a bunch of "rabid fans" mindlessly defend their idol without a second thought, not only does it makes the white knights look foolish, but also the original artist themselves. In fact, this is a surefire way to damage your favorite artists' reputations. And I'm sure that's the LAST thing you'd want to do, if you truly care about the artist!

 Now, when passerbys see the artists' name come up, they'll think "Oh, so-and-so, isn't that the guy with the crazy, bloodthirsty fans? Yeahh, I'm staying away from them."
It makes others afraid of interacting with the original artist out of fear that they'll be somehow attacked by the white knights.

"You are who you surround yourself with", as they say.

Also, by trying to take a situation into your OWN hands instead of simply letting the original artist know privately, you are disrespecting the original artist by not letting them have a say in the matter and trying to act on their behalf. Artists can handle themselves; they don't need their own personal armies to come to their rescue over small things! :nod:

You are not doing anyone a favor by acting hatefully!


____________________

Also, please don't get "white knighting" confused with those who calmly correct misinformed statements about an artist, or those who warn an art thief that it is against dA's rules to repost artwork without the original artist's permission.


For example, this is not white-knighting:
Person: "Omg liek I heard Billy is such a terrible person, they turned down some guy's commission cuz they thought the character wuz ugly!!!1 wow what a self centered asshole!"

One of Billy's watchers, in reply to Person: "Hey there! Actually, Billy did not accept that person's commission because the character they wanted drawn had a lot of neon colors in it. Billy speicfically wrote in their Terms of Service that they do not accept neon characters, that's all!"



But this IS white knighting:

Person: "Omg liek I heard Billy is such a terrible person, they turned down some guy's commission cuz they thought the character wuz ugly!!!1 wow what a self centered asshole!"

One of Billy's watchers: "WTF HOW DARE YOU SAY THAT ABOUT BILLY! THEY ARE THE BEST ARTIST EVER AND WAAAAY MORE TALENTED THAN YOU'LL EVER BE! I hope you go cry yourself to sleep over how much your art sucks, LOSER k bye!!!" *POSTS PUBLIC CALL OUT JOURNAL ABOUT HOW MUCH PERSON SUCKS*



See how foolish the BOTH of those people look now? Don't put yourself on the same level of the hater. ;)


____________________


If you are ever feeling harassed or bullied by a "white knight", I would recommend ignoring and  blocking the user, and maybe even report them depending on how serious it gets.
I have had to report several malicious users on my page in the past, and have had positive experiences with the staff in dealing with them.
Cyberbullying is not tolerated as lightly as it was a couple of years ago.

Depending on your level of comfort/familiarity with the original artist, you could let them know about the harassment as well.
Perhaps they can speak privately to the white knight and ask them kindly to stop.


Also, if your artwork is ever directly stolen, there is a VERY easy way to get it removed.
Simply file a DMCA complaint to dA.
If you can prove it's your original work, the staff will have the theft's taken down within a couple of days.It also often results in the thief being banned from dA, which is a bonus!
No army of white knights necessary :)


And just remember:

"Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding."

- Mahatma Gandhi

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Dear, deviantart fellow artists  

Sometimes we tend to feel unmotivated and uninspired to do anything... but there are also those blissful moments of creativity, when inspiration strikes and time goes by unnoticed. Not getting distracted, going with the flow, so merged in the process, that there is no need to do anything else until the work gets done. But how to get in that mood more often..? Here are some ways/tips that helped me over the time. :)

ctgraphy:

Prince of Egypt - the parting of the Red Sea

1. Prepare your work space

Make the place you work as comfortable and useful as possible. Clean the desk from all the clutter, gather your tools in a most accessible way, organize in order to avoid mess. Set the according light, have some inspiring quotes, goals written around. 

2. Avoid distractions

Turn off the internet. Or close all the tabs, you don’t need. Especially, social media sites. Don’t check the news/e-mail/mobile phone all the time. Get in the place where nothing and no-one can distract your attention. Focus fully on the task and procrastinate only on certain amount of time in the breaks. 

3. Set creative triggers

Whether it’s a cup of tea/water/coffee, the scent of your favorite candle, walk outside or couple of minutes of sketching. Be aware of what helps you to focus better, which activities get you in the creative mindset, what motivates you the most. Then use them when you need to get in the zone.

4. Music

Maybe It’s silence, or maybe it’s the music that helps you to get inspired. Choose the songs that are similar to what you want to create – movie soundtracks for epic landscapes, disney songs for cute characters – whatever mood you want to achieve. Or listen to new playlists in order to not sing along your already favorite songs.

Also listening to talks/podcasts/audiobooks can help to stay focused. There are in additions such lovely websites as rainymood and coffitivity with relaxing sounds that help to be more productive.

5. Just start

It may sound really obvious, but that’s the main way to get in the mood, to create and get things done. It’s not easy to start – there are so many possibilities to fail, to not exceed the expectations, to make a crucial mistake.. but how can you ruin something that you not have created yet? Just do it. Get the paintbrush/pencil, get the paper, open that painting software etc. Prepare, so there would be nothing that would stay in your way of creating.

Don’t wait for magical moment of inspiration.

Choose one thing. Only one - and focus on it.

Do something for 5 minutes. That’s really not that much... And then do that for another 5, then more and more. You’ll be less aware of how much time has passed by and how difficult that task have really been and it will seem more possible to do. And when you won’t even notice that you’ll be in the zone, being productive and making amazing artworks. So ... just start

 

So, how about you - what are your thoughts/tips about getting into the creative zone? 

(first of all – thank you so much for faving/commenting my previous journal ----- it means so much to me and it helps more struggling artists to find these articles and help  in their creative journeys) J

This week I found some lovely resources – wonderful article - The Ultimate Guide to the “Don’t Break the Chain” Productivity Method  , beyond amazing artworks by Craig Mullins - www.goodbrush.com/ , inspiring Facebook group -  Daily Spitpaint (been posting some speedpaintings there an they are also posted in my tumblr blog), various references by KatePfeilschiefter  on www.pinterest.com/katiepf/ , insightful interviews with beyond amazing fantasy artists by wicked-fairytale   on  kirileonard.com/category/inter… and stunning and captivating movie about the world we live in – Samsara. :)



y-ouphoria:

The most beautiful place I’ve ever seen

P.S. I quite frequently post some sketches and artworks in my art tumblr - snowmarite.tumblr.com/. and I have a weekly Music Sunday post on aerismade.blogspot.com/  and weekly 8 song playlist :)

Have a wonderful week!

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” ― Ira Glass
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Literature Basics Week

Our world is so full of noise and distraction. It’s no wonder “Walden” is a classic—Thoreau had time and quiet in which to write it! And plenty of inspiration from nature.

So how do we focus, as writers, on our craft? Even if it’s our passion, sometimes it takes a lot of effort to sit down and just write—especially if we struggle with attention or hyperactivity, whether diagnosed or not.

As someone who has studied both academic writing and reading in college and graduate school, and a veteran of National Poetry Writing Month for 7 years and National Novel Writing Month for one, I can attest that intentional writing, for fun or for a grade, is not easy to focus on, especially without a good writing environment.

So what to do? Many professional writers will tell you just one simple thing: write. James Patterson said,
“The trick is making writing into a daily habit. Same time. Same place. Same hot beverage of choice. Every. Single. Day. Again. And. Again.”
But what are some practical steps for the attention-challenged?
Here are some things to ask yourself, to help your focus and your purpose:

  • What is your muse?
  • What is your audience?
  • Why do you write?
  • What kind of writer are you?
  • What kind of thinker are you?
   

Your muse:


You won’t hear many people say they think Greek goddesses whisper inspiration to them as they did centuries ago. But today, many artists will call their inspiration their muse. So what’s yours? Are you inspired by nature? By love? By faith? By a specific person? By a TV show? By a passion for storytelling? By politics? By imagination? Find out what it is, and write a few pages, or poems, about just one muse to get your creativity flowing.

Your audience:


Sometimes your driving force behind your writing is who you’re writing for. Do you hope to be published? Write for a wide audience by focusing on what interests others. I’ve read a book or two that were clearly written as a publication of some author’s life-long passion, but which absolutely no one else would be that interested in. Don’t write that way. Write what you love, but know your audience. Study the market, and the process of publication. Are you writing for a grade? Sometimes you just have to know what your teacher likes. Are you writing to express yourself, only for yourself? Enjoy the freedom to blow off some steam. Use the "who" you're writing for to give you a reason to write. 

Your reason:



Do you have a driving passion to say something that matters? Does writing give you a creative outlet? Does it give you a sense of self-worth? Do you just like to share your opinion? Do you write to improve your craft? Do you write to instruct? Keep your purpose in mind, and use it to give you momentum.  

Your style:


Are you the sort of writer who writes spontaneously? Do you only write with blue ink on paper? Do you start your stories or poems in the margins of your notes at school? Do you only write if you’re sitting outside? Are you only able to write well if you’ve eaten a bagel with cream cheese while sitting cross-legged, and having sprayed Chanel No. 5 in the air three times while chanting in Vulcan? Whatever it is you do to get in the zone, however strange it is, do it. But also: don't let bad weather or a missing blue ink pen or your lack of cream cheese keep you from writing either. There are no excuses. 

Your brain:


Here’s a key question to ask yourself if you struggle more with focus than inspiration: how does your brain work? Depending on how your brain works, you may need to make changes to your writing environment. Some people need an environment that is visually stimulating because it triggers ideas. Others find a stimulating environment highly distracting. Those who are more visual may like music in the background as dull noise. Others find music disruptive and want total silence. Others may want noise, but not music, and will turn on rainymood.com instead.

Here are some tips for creating a writing environment:

  • Pick a spot. Are you most comfy in your overstuffed chair? Are you more focused sitting upright at a desk? Do you have a room you can escape to for writing? If not, find a spot outside, or find a good library or coffee shop. Virginia Woolf wrote in a basement. Sir Walter Scott once wrote on horseback. Agatha Christie wrote in a hot bath. Maya Angelou wrote in a hotel room. Many famous authors went to their version of today’s coffee shops: the local pubs. If you pick a spot that’s intentional for writing, you’re more likely to actually write while you’re there. But whatever you do, don't use your lack of a good writing environment as an excuse not to write. Like the famous authors above, make one, whatever the cost. 
  • Dress comfy—take off your shoes, wear sweatpants, or write in your underwear (but not if you’re writing at a coffee shop, please).
  • Snacks: a cup of tea has inspired many a writer. Bring candy—give yourself a piece as a reward for finishing a page. 
  • Remove distractions: are you distracted from writing because you feel guilty for writing instead of cleaning? Keep your workspace clean so you don't get up and clean it all the time.
  • Materials: do you have a favorite pen? Buy ten just like it. Keep all your writing materials nearby, so you don’t get distracted looking for them. If you get up to go find your thesaurus, you might find yourself wandering to the kitchen and washing dishes instead.
 
Don’t get discouraged: writing is like any art—you write a few excellent stories, you write some terrible ones. Or you write some terrible ones and revise them until they’re great. Read some pep talks. Enter a contest. Seek critique. Try a challenge. But most of all, give yourself grace to fail, and take pride when you succeed. Our work will never be the literature of the next generation if we don't even write it. 

Figure out the answer to all of the above questions, and own your uniqueness in each category. Knowing how and why you write is a great way to focus. Writing without purpose or identity is so much harder to do. It is better to stand out for being different than to not stand out from the rest because you don't know who you are as a writer. Remember also that your answers may change a bit depending on what you’re writing and who you’re writing for. But even so, your writing is uniquely yours. My challenge to you is to make a mission statement for your writing. Author Elizabeth Barone kept it short and sweet on her website. She said: "I write New Adult drama with grit—stories about characters struggling with inner demons, like substance abuse, mental illness, and self-discovery." What's yours? Share it in the comments below, if you like.



For more inspiration:
The world is at your fingertips, literally. Just as you need to breathe, just as you need sunlight, just as you need water—if you’re a word person, you need to write. Sometimes you may know where you are going, and other times you may be embarking on the long road to possibly nowhere—it doesn’t matter—you’re getting the words out.
–Hallie Durand
 
“Many an aspiring writer is just in love with a glammed-up idea of being an author, but not enthused about the actual work. Well, the only way to learn to write is to write (and to write a lot). Sit down and get started. Even if you just type, ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’ Writing is wretched, discouraging, physically unhealthy, infinitely frustrating work. And when it all comes together it’s utterly glorious.”
–Ralph Peters
  For Discussion: 

  • What is your muse?
  • What is your audience?
  • Why do you write?
  • What kind of writer are you?
  • What kind of thinker are you?
  • What is your writer's mission statement?

For further reading:
www.explorewriting.co.uk/creat…
avoidingatrophy.blogspot.com/2…
writetodone.com/31-ways-to-fin…
www.buzzfeed.com/doree/quotes-…
www.buzzfeed.com/doree/quotes-…
elizabethbarone.net/creating-a…

For prompts, challenges, news:
irrevocablefate.deviantart.com…



OKAYY!!
So as most of you may know there's been a MAJOR delay in D.M.O. ((Drown Me Out.)), BUT- A crack of light has been shined within my coffin and I have been granted with a gift. Although the light caused temporary blindness it has also granted me with internet connection!

It's temporary but Fuck yeah! That means I can work on the next page!! I already have the first sketch and it should be done by tomorrow or the day after!     FINALLY YOU GUYS CAN GET OFF MY BACK ABOUT HOODIE AND HIS MASK AND SHEEEEET. 
XD
I also want to donate points to people who need them more than I do, so Soon I'll be going around and doing that to random people who I think deserve it!

Guys you've stuck with me this far, a little longer won't hurt! Bear with me!! I'll be working on the page for a little bit in the morning!It's like 2 AM and I am going to eat and sleep till later! 
Thanks for sticking with me!!
  • Mood: Relief
  • Listening to: If you knew by Joel Faviere

WishingWell Weekly (Yes, 101st Ed.)

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 7:14 PM



   
:iconsparklingpinkloveplz: Welcome to WishingWell Weekly :iconsparklingpinkloveplz:

Hello Dear Members, Watchers, and Visitors,

   
WELCOME TO dAWishingWell!

:iconwowplz:

What FANTABULOUS Events Happening in Our Group!

:eyes: CHECK OUT "Fishing for Wishes 7.3":
Fishing for Wishes 7:3Featuring DD, Group and Exposure Wishes.
:icondAWishingWell:
Take a look at the new wishes!
DDs
:iconBloomingRoseXeniia:
:star: BloomingRoseXeniia wishes for DD. :star:
  
:iconC0MPASSION:
:star: C0MPASSION wishes for a DD of one of those fractals: http://fav.me/d7haten, http://fav.me/d7e80yr, http://fav.me/d77coz4, http://fav.me/d76csmy, http://fav.me/d4xlqq3. :star:
  
:iconEsthiell:
:star: Esthiell wishes for a DD. :star:
  
:iconfrantices:
:star: frantices wishes for a DD. :star:
 PSD Coloring 038 by frantices PSD Coloring 033 by frantices
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Please DO Comment if you help, we would really appreciate it so much! Thank you! :love:

:eyes: YAY :w00t: It's the "Wishing Jar 7.4"
The Wishing Jar 7:4Featuring Memberships and Point Wishes. :iconlainloveplz:
Hello everyone! This is DeviBrigard and I will be watching over Eve's big jar of Nutella while she is on a temporary break! :D
:icondAWishingWell:
Take a look at the new wishes!
Memberships
:iconjolynn1012:
:heart: jolynn1012 wishes for a 12-month premium membership. :heart:
  
:iconmiaowkat:
:heart: miaowkat wishes for a 12-month premium membership. :heart:
  
:iconNala15:
:heart: Nala15 wishes for Rasgonras to receive a 3-month premium membership. :heart:
Nala15's art
  
Rasgonras' art
 Sunset in a Lamp by Rasgonras Lantern by Rasgonras

Please DO Comment if you help, we would really love your help, if you could! Thanks so much! :love:

:eyes: And See "Wish Fondue 7.4"
Wish Fondue 7:4Featuring critiques/comments, prints, badges, contests/events, commissions/adoptables and miscellaneous wishes.
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Take a look at the new wishes!
Critique/Comments/Feedback
No new wish.
Prints
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:star: SilverInkblot wishes for photo prints from her wishlist. :star:
Some of the prints:
  
Badges
:iconviokcha:
:star: Viokcha wishes for llamas. :star:
  
Contests/Events
:iconRedilion:
:star: Redilion wishes for people to participate in Owl-House Birthday Giveaway. The "FOREVER" status is lent by

Comment if you help, please and thank you, kindly! :love:

:iconrainbowarrowplz: Yay! "Monday Muses"!! I adore me, some Monday Muses! :iconlittleheartplz:
Monday MusesTuesday Treats | Wandering Wednesday | Thursday Greets | Selfless Saturday | WishingWell Weekly


Welcome to our activity on Mondays - Monday Muses!
It's all about the artists and artworks that inspire you! :painter:
There are many ways someone can be an inspiration. By displaying inspiring community spirit, or providing helpful resources for example. Or maybe you just stumbled over an amazing artwork that simply knocked you off your feet and inspired you to make something of your own right away. No matter what it is, we want you to share it!
Simply pick an artist or deviation you find inspiring in some way, and post them in a comment on this journal. Pleas

It's NOT too late to participate, and it's easy! :iconlittleheartplz:

:iconrainbowarrowplz:  "Tuesday Treats!" is always fun! :excited:
Tuesday Treats: Colored monochromeMonday Muses | Wandering Wednesday | Thursday Greets | Friday Fun | Selfless Saturday | WishingWell Weekly
This week, we want you to find a colored monochrome artwork, meaning using different tones of the same color. No black & white this time since it's already covered, just colors (black and white are accepted as complementary "colors").


Select a colored monochrome deviation (even from your own gallery) and link it in a comment on this blog. Limit of 1 deviation per member please! Each submitted deviation will be featured in the next TT! Enjoy and have a good day! 


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:note: It's always a really great topic! :rose:

:heart: And let us not forget to check these out:
Thursday GreetsMonday Muses | Tuesday Treats | Wandering Wednesday | Friday Fun | Selfless Saturday | WishingWell Weekly
:spotlight-left: Welcome to Thursday Greets! :spotlight-right:
Thursday Greets is a weekly feature of a few of our newest members, in hopes to give them some exposure! Below you will find some of their artwork, their wish, and any interesting going ons that they may have.
Let's meet some of our newest members and spread the love. :heart:
:iconjolynn1012: jolynn1012
Artwork
   
Wish
jolynn1012 wishes for a 12-month
Friday FunMonday Muses | Tuesday Treats | Wandering Wednesday | Thursday Greets | Selfless Saturday | WishingWell Weekly
Welcome to Friday Fun!

Friday Fun is a new weekly blog dedicated to our affiliates contests and events. If your group is affiliated to us, you can send a note to the group with a link to the journal describing your event. Note that a journal is required; we will not write a description for you! :) If your news is time sensitive, please consider that we will only feature it on the next Friday.
If you want to affiliate your group with us<
Selfless SaturdayMonday Muses | Tuesday Treats | Wandering Wednesday | Thursday Greets | Friday Fun | WishingWell Weekly
:spotlight-left: Welcome to Selfless Saturday! :spotlight-right:
Selfless Saturday is a weekly feature to promote one of our active members.
:iconkiwicocktail:
If you go to dAWishingWell, you're going to see KiwiCocktail EVERYWHERE! KiwiCocktail joined the Well in February 2013 and have been a very active member since then. She grants wishes, a lot of them. She participate in all our activities! And she have the cutest nickname! :meow: If you take a look around, you'll probably some comments too!


:megaphone: Month Hopper news and important changesAugust Wishes
For now on, every wish received will be featured in August. It will leave time for the admins to write the last July journals and it will also avoid confusion with wishes. The Showcase will remains, with July wishes, until Monday. Don't forget to note the group with your new wish for August.
Granted July Wishes
Have you granted a wish in July and forgot to tell us? If so, please comment on this journal with the wishes you granted. If your wish was granted and you know who granted it, you can tell us too.
Important changes
When it came for llamas and hugs, the dAWishingWell admins used to check for every known member who gave a llama or a hug to put it in the "Confirmed granted and semi-granted wishes" journal. It's very time consuming, especially when we have to check llama hoarders herders. Starting in August, we will only feature those who will notify us they gave a llama
:pointl: IMPORTANT INFO.!
:trophy: Fun Stuff HERE:
Scavenger Hunt winners and featureSince people are too good, we had to donate more prizes! :D
First places
:iconcelestialmemories:
  
:iconflightpixel:
  
Second places

    :icondestinyrose09:
  
:iconkiwicocktail:
 Ode to Breakups by KiwiCocktail Color my World by KiwiCocktail
Third places
:iconberry64:
WITCH and seeker contest by Berry64 CE: Draw our Mascot Contest! by Berry64 Bubbly girl by Berry64
:iconjessica500:
First Snow by Jessica500 Commission #1 for PiwyLullaby by Jessica500 Vixenoflight Commission by Jessica500
Runner-ups
:iconrainylake:
Stare by rainylake Alert by rainylake Sway by rainylake
:iconxarime:
Death by Xarime


:icongiveroseplz: BIG Thank You's :icongiveroseplz:
:iconcuterainbowplz: Thank you to everyone who has been supporting this group, in a variety of ways, such as through your donation of POINTS :points:, HERE: TheWishingWidget, promoting us in your profile journals, group journals, participating in our various Group Activities, Commenting on our other very Special Features that we have, and :+fav:'ing the work that we are sharing with you, AND
:star:ANYTHING to do with helping to make dA wishes come true!:star:
:thanks: :thanks: :thanks:
This is all VERY IMPORTANT support and participation, and we are truly grateful for all of it!
Most recent POINT feature:
:new: Point Feature - June 2014Monday Muses | Tuesday Treats | Wandering Wednesday | Thursday Greets | Friday Fun | Selfless Saturday | WishingWell Weekly

Hello everyone! :wave:
This is a feature for everyone who donated to our point collection account ~TheWishingWidget :la:.

:points: All the points donated are used to grant wishes. :points:

 
If you would like to be featured in the next update please donate "Here"

"Anonymous" donors are not featured but we thank th
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THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO DONATED POINTS TO OUR POINTS WIDGET! :w00t:

:icongrouphugplz::iconpinklilyplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz: :icongrouphugplz:

:icontreasurechestplz: The Treasure Chest :icontreasurechestplz:



:megaphone: It's BAAAAACK, again! :la: (And you can help again for next week! :nod: )
   
"The Treasure Chest"- truly OUTSTANDING work, found from around dA from Active Deviants, any genre, with 299 faves or less.
Here goes our 14th ONE! :la:

THE TREASURE CHEST!
:icontreasurechestplz:


In the Tree by eddiecalzDans le ciel ou rien ne luit by AngelaNorthenMega Mawile by FlightPixel

Lestrange Triplets - Autumn Fun by MitsukiTinkyBluebird of Happiness by MeadowDelightsthe Way by DaisyDinkle

Oh How I Love The Daisy by CecilyAndreuArtworkEmerald Bay Sunset by DaveinwiltonBallet by StellaSte

(All We are Saying) Is Give Earth a Chance by DanielBrooksLaurentEsmesen de olur.. by fiyonk14The 7th by SplitEnsds

Me and one of my treasures by brietolgaReflective Twins by LASKANWLFAuburn and curious by kosharik69

Metallic Leaf by Nitrokflames by sth22artRainy Day Lily by Faircloth-DigiTalArt

Sunset over Wilderness by JKase911An end, a new start. by CatistColumbine 1 by jennystokes

Spring Melody by seven-sThe Delight of Love Flowing Onward by C0MPASSIONA Colourful Mind by Jessica500

Spencer playing Saxophone by CarolynYMClose Encounter by JocelyneRAs The Thoughts Rush by CRGPhotography

   

If you would like to participate in "The Treasure Chest" feature, simply refer to the criteria above, and IF you are an Admin., Member, or Friend of dAWishingWell you may feel free to suggest, UP to three deviations you feel are worthy of being found in the Treasure Chest.

All you have to do, is place the thumbcode or link of the deviation in a comment below. And that's it!
This is for the work of someone else, besides yours, in this type of activity. :XD:
Just please remember, that "three" is a MAX number. One is fine- and please don't suggest more than three... per week! :la:
Thank you!!!! :love:


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:cake: :party: Birthday Corner, For: rainylake and for, morningstarskid and for, SaraPereiraArt and for, BiBiARTs and for, Sserenita and for, DemonMathiel and for, ArtByCher and for, TheGalleryOfEve and for, philippeL and for, Destroyer77 and for, Squeek98j and for, LindaTateWilson and for, Brian-B-Photography and for, veeegeee:party: :cake:



The Admins and Staff at dAWishingWell love to celebrate and share the :dalove: and we hope you will share in our celebration of these wonderful artists!  Feel free to wish them well!


Kathy rainylake - July 10th
Jelly gif by rainylakeCompanion by rainylake


Mark morningstarskid - July 12th
NEW DOGG by morningstarskidREADY by morningstarskid


Sara sarapereira - July 12th
Solitude by SaraPereiraArtInfinity by SaraPereiraArt

   
Bibi BiBiARTs - July 16th
Bondage of life by BiBiARTsAdmiral by BiBiARTs
   

Matthias DemonMathiel - July 18th
Pure Tear by DemonMathielWinged by DemonMathiel


Denise Sserenita - July20th
Kamo by SserenitaZulran Chronicles - Zulran and Amina by Sserenita

   
Cheryl ArtByCher - July 22nd
Stockholm Blues, Breathe by ArtByCherRebels In Community by ArtByCher

   
Eve TheGalleryOfEve - July 23rd
Happy Birthday my friend! by TheGalleryOfEveCherished by TheGalleryOfEve


Philippe philippeL - July 24th
A Pair of a Kind by philippeLKissed by a Squirrel by philippeL


D77 Destroyer77 - July 28th
Nom by Destroyer77Central Park view by Destroyer77


Jules Squeek98j - July 29th
Hanna's storyIt's like you're different
I don't even know you anymore--
In a good way--
Because you've changed
You no longer go days without one bite
You no longer live by knife
You no longer want to leave
And i am overjoyed
Because
Though i still worry
I no longer fear
For losing my best friend
Because forever she's here
You've made it
You've kicked ass
You recovered from--
what was it?
3?
4?
Maybe more?--
Disorders
And a monster on her tail
And now you're here
Forever
and Always
And when my kids
Grandkids
and everyone after
Has a tough time in life
As we all do
I will sit them down
And i will tell them about the one who made it
Against all odds
And fought with passion
And courage
Yes, when they have troubles
I will tell them all about
Hanna's Story
rose gardenGentle calm and controlled
Beautiful as the sun
But with thorns
Protective to keep others out
to prevent harm
None to get too close
None to get to know
The true beauty this rose beholds
I'll grab around the thorns
As the blood drips from my hand into the soil
I care not
For to hold the gem laying in my hand
One must shed a little blood
A compromise
But a compromise well worth
To hold the rose some time longer
Never wanting to have to let go


Linda LindaTateWilson - July 30th
maroonedTree by LindaTateWilsonEclipse by LindaTateWilson


Brian Brian-B-Photography - July 30th
Busted by Brian-B-PhotographyShaw Falls II by Brian-B-Photography


Valerie Grace veeegeee - August 1st
All Cracked Up by veeegeeeOur Towering Rage by veeegeee
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Please keep an EYE :eyes: out for our next weekly feature articles and events to participate in- as they are outlined and summarized in the top portion of this weekly news article!

As you can see... Lots of really fantabulous things happening here in our group!
Check back every day!
:iconloveitsignplz:

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:iconspreadmoreloveplz:

Results and Prizes from the game of The 100th Edition WWW!

:iconspreadmoreloveplz:
   
See Article HERE: WishingWell Weekly 100th EDITION!!Monday Muses | Tuesday Treats | Wandering Wednesday| WishingWell Weekly

   
:iconsparklingpinkloveplz: Welcome to WishingWell Weekly :iconsparklingpinkloveplz:
   
Hello Dear Members, Watchers, and Visitors, :wave:
WELCOME TO dAWishingWell!
:iconspreadmoreloveplz: It just might be the most awesome group EVER!!! :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
Now sit back and enjoy the show, and whatnot, which is this week's VERY SPECIAL EDITION!
:iconpopcornplz: :popcorn: :iconpopcornplz: :popcorn: :iconpopcornplz: :popcorn: :iconpopcornplz:
:iconfireworkplz:This is OFFICIALLY, Our 100th EDITION!:iconfireworkplz:
It won't look much the same as our other WishingWell Weekly Journal Editions,


After much thought, and consideration over this past week, it is decided we have TWO first place Winners (preliminary thoughts/reasons can be seen there at the bottom of the Article, after game was closed...),
the 100 :points: that was made available for this contest will be shared, if the two winners are okay with this... ?? (sorry but I just don't have more, and I already had asked Stygma for a set amount of help for this. :XD: )

:rose: :trophy: :star: :iconkiwicocktail: :star: :trophy: :rose:
Sign of Summer by KiwiCocktailRedheads by KiwiCocktail
What is Strength? by KiwiCocktailBurst of Color by KiwiCocktailSea Life by KiwiCocktail
and 50 :points:

:star: WISH: Wishes for POINTS!

:note: Also, as part of these prizes here, these winners may choose someone from the Feature/Exposure Wish List, to be FEATURED, NEXT WEEK!
OR, these winners, may simply choose WHOEVER they may want to feature- either way!
Comment here, or NOTE me, please!

:rose: :trophy: :star: :iconredilion: :star: :trophy: :rose:

Autumn by RedilionMechanical owl by Redilion
French Bulldog by RedilionSpirit of the city - Kyiv by RedilionWorkaholic Owl by Redilion
and 50 :points:

:star: WISH: Wishes for people to participate in Owl-House's Birthday Giveaway-
It's our Birthday! (Giveaway!)
Hello everybody!
:iconstardivplz:Our group is turning :iconpurple-4plz:   in a week!
:iconstardiv2plz:

That's why we are happy to announce an owl-themed giveaway!

BAG Description

You can get this owl tote bag if you will do next:

1) Draw a birthday card for us (with an owl on it, of course) using any media. We will be happy to see everything owl-themed: design covers for a birthday card, cake or cake topper design, banner, etc.
Here are some examples to inspire you:
  Owl Cupcake by apparate
2) Comment with a link or a thumb below this journal (or you may use DAmuro 'ad

The "FOREVER" status is lent by A-Wakefield for a month!

:note: Also, as part of these prizes here, these winners may choose someone from the Feature/Exposure Wish List, to be FEATURED, NEXT WEEK!
OR, these winners, may simply choose WHOEVER they may want to feature- either way!
Comment here, or NOTE me, please!


:star: :star: :star: :star: :star:

Lastly, based on some deviations chosen by our Members who got to play the game, during our 100th Edition... here is a feature for our very talented, and super hard-working Founder,
STYGY Stygma

Life by StygmaNutellhug by StygmaStupid Love by Stygma
Departure by StygmaEerie Night by StygmaParty Animals (collab) by Stygma
The Ice Fortress by StygmaCharity Adoptables by StygmaQuiet time by Stygma

Thank you for ALL participants in the Game we had that night,

AND most of all, for ALL participants in the event "100 Ways to Love The WELL"

YOU all, made "The 100th Edition of WWW" really AWESOME! Couldn't have done it without you...
:icongrouphugplz:

:star: Something interesting to think on...

A couple of the questions in the game were "just for fun" with "no wrong answers"

I  wanted to share with you the answers to the LAST and BONUS question in the game...
"DESCRIBE the group dAWishingWell using ONE WORD"
ANSWERS:

GENEROSITY, LOVE, HOPE,
TEAMWORK, FUN, MAGNANIMOUS,
FRIENDSHIP, MAGIC...


I loved seeing these words and agreeing 100% with all of them! :la:


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Thank you so much to Members and Staff Alike! :thanks:
We, at dAWishingWell would like to WISH all of our Members, Watchers, Visitors,
a MAGNANIMOUS last week of of JULY! :XD: Butterfly love by Nina1love1

:iconstars-plz:

:iconblowkissteaplz:, Tea





Does anyone wanna ship one of your guy OC's
With Silent night?

Draw Me An OC! {OPEN}!

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 27, 2014, 7:59 AM


My Profile PageMy GalleryMy Journal

Alright! Because I doesn't feel like going to draw anything now, I decided to do a contest! :D Below you can see the rules! 

:star: Rules :star:


- You must watch me if you do like anything unique from me! :D


1. No gory stuffs
2. No sexual themes or anything mature.
3. You can enter more than once but note that only ONE drawing will win :) 
4. Do not troll, or insult people's artworks. If you do, you'll be blocked and not allowed to join this contest.
5. Don't post artworks that isn't yours! If you do, you'll be reported and not allowed to join.
6. Comment in the comment section "Coolio OCs" to mark you have read the rules :D 
7. You can post digital arts, traditional arts, realism arts, semi-realism arts, cartoon, chibi, pixel art, anime, with background or not is your choice :) 
8. 


What you must do is draw an OC for me that is really something cool and awesome! (I think every artworks does :)

What I likes :
- Cool tomboyish outfit
- Awesome accessories (black sunglasses, watch ...)
- Wavy hair and double colored 8D
- Badass Pose :meow:
- Gloves (mostly gloves that is without finger :p
- Jackets 
- Horror-ish stuffs 
- INCLUDE! Cool hairstyles :D 

What I dislike : 
- Girly accessories -o- (But I like some :3) 
- Too much gore
- Too much accessories 

However you do not need to draw exactly of what I like and dislike, this is just to tell you what is my favorites ;P

Hmm ... So let's off to the prizes! 

:heart: Prizes :heart:


1st Place Winner :
100 :points: from me 
A llama, watch, and 3 favorites from me 
A llama from OniArtistNee-San
A full body chibi drawing from OniArtistNee-San 
A free fullbody drawing like this from me : 
Random Drawing by PokiMagicalLyraXD Drawing! by PokiMagicalLyraXD

2nd Place Winner :
50 :points: from me 
A llama and watch from me + 1 favorite
A llama from OniArtistNee-San 
A half body chibi drawing from OniArtistNee-San
A free chibi drawing of your OC like this from me :
My New OC by PokiMagicalLyraXD Daisy by PokiMagicalLyraXD

3rd Place Winner :
25 :points: from me 
A llama and watch from me 
A llama from OniArtistNee-San
A normal headshot drawing from OniArtistNee-San
A free headshot drawing of your OC like this from me :
Gift For GiulyGiuloreen by PokiMagicalLyraXD (might will add more examples) 

If you want to contribute prizes, go tell me! I'd love to add you :D 

You can see your entry here : sta.sh/01qh16hydr5f I'll try to edit if I have more contestants 

:star: Deadline :star:

Ooh, I forgot to add the deadline! :shakefist: The deadline is : 

20/08/2014 or August 20th 2014 Go go go!! :eager: 



:bulletpink: What do we judge :bulletpink:
- Creativity
- Anatomy 
- Originality 
- Coolness :p 

:bulletblue: Judges :bulletblue: 
- PokiMagicalLyraXD
- Goodnightpip 
- DemonGiuloreen
-
etc.

If you want to be the judge please tell me and I'll add you! Remember to judge the artworks fairly :) 

Thank you! ~PokiMagicalLyraXD




This is where you feature your friends.
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This is where your featured deviations go.
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Skin created by (c) r0se-designs (modified by PokiMagicalLyraXD

devSINCERE's Acts of Kindness

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 5:56 PM




devSINCERE (standing for "Deviously Sincere") is a project aiming to encourage random acts of kindness and general sincerity in every day actions among the community.



Random acts of kindness are often praised and rightly so. Being generous to others without expecting something in return is one of the nicest acts a person can commit.

A random act of kindness is defined as “a selfless act performed by kind people to either help or cheer up a random stranger, for no reason other than to make people happier.

But, what if you want to make a person happier who you know? What if these acts are planned and not at all random? Are they still as genuine? Of course.



I challenge you to do one kind thing for another person (or deviant) each day for the next seven days.

Record these acts of kindness and note devSINCERE at the end of your seven days with a list of all of the things you did for a chance to be featured and rewarded.

What kind of rewards?

Features; points from pointsSINCERE; and group credits (COMING SOON) are all likely prizes. Reward donations are also accepted (please note the group).

Donate:
:iconpointssincere:
Turn this butchy babe into a glamour girl using only the liquify tool. CHECK IT OUT!
Join this makeover contest! by RogerStork