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Are highly intelligent or very talented people better able to hide their misery from loved ones, thus making it all the harder to “read” them and help them? fav.me/d7ux38b

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Point Giveaway (open)

Sun Sep 21, 2014, 8:07 AM
Haven't held a single giveaway yet this year… so, let's hold one now! Here it goes:

PRIZES:

- 6 winners in total -

◊ 1st place:
100 points (one winner)

◊ 2nd place:
50 points (two winners)

◊ 3rd place:
25 points (three winners)


RULES:
:+fav: this journal


Although appreciated, it is NOT required to watch me, give a llama, advertise, etc.
Reasons for rules can be read here
WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN THROUGH

RANDOMIZER NEXT SUNDAY (SEP. 28)


Unrelated, but if you want to help me, please answer (some of) following questions: Which social sites/platforms do you frequent? Do these sites have easy & user-friendly access to archives? Could any of these work as a free online encyclopedia? What are your favourite online encyclopedias/wikis and why? For an online wiki, is it better to have its own site or part of an already-existing site? Should it have a masterlist of all topics, or is tags-only okay? Allowing visitor comments on a free encyclopedia, yay or nay? Anything else?

hello dear members,
it's time for a new give away :la:

Edit the winners will get their prize tomorrow :)

Rules of the Give away .

  • to enter in this give away fav and comment on the journal below this is important because you need to get a number from me(if you don't comment you cannot get a number and not win)
  • this give away is only open for members,contributors,admins,and co founders of CI (in order to enter join Creation-inspiration: (excludingmariridoodleparadise and Tsuki-SoraRuki (both accounts are from Me)
  • if you are a member and want to give it to a friend we accept it just let me know in a comment.
  • at the end of the giveaway winners will be randomly chosen (with random.org)
  • you must be a member of deviantart for at least two weeks in order to enter in this contest!
  • write anything you want on this blog no mean,or rude comments 


very special thanks to my donators for this month   we can continue holding these   thank you guys for all the support

:happybounce:~~A  big thanks to our donators for the Month  August:happybounce:
(btw if you donate tell me if it is for our monthly give away or a super group status thank you ^^

for  those of you who do not know, I, Tsuki-SoraRuki decide to do a project
called project Pm give away here you can win Pm's for free :la:  
EDIT: only Pm's away NO POINTS!


how can you enter ?


once again enter Simply fave :+fav: this journal and comment below so that I can give you a number (meow) thats all

what are the Monthly prizes?

1 month premium membership (for one lucky member
3 month premium membership(for one lucky member 

to keep up running this project....

I need lots of support 
I'm holding the give aways like this 50 % by :points: me and 50% :points:by my donators 
if you have some couple of points to spare and want to help me out please donate
even if you don't have points feel free to share this journal with your friends and watchers ^^
How do you donate?
To donate to this cause, go to `Tsuki-SoraRuki or mariridoodleparadise page and click "Donate" on the donation pool, or go to the "Give" drop-down menu at the top-right of the page and select "Give Points." No matter which way you give, I still get them! 

After you donate, I will contact you fast as I can  keep in mind I'm not all the time online sometimes you need to wait a little longer.
why do I contact you ?

starting from 7 January when you donate: as my thanks that you help me with my project in return I will feature 4 of your works on CI profile  
but only when you want to be featured.
in case if you don't want this I will feature your name on the groups profile .
but if you want to have a friend featured instead let us now :D

the more points you donate to longer you will be featured on the groups page
you can find my prize list below 
~ prize list~
1:points: a day 
5 :points: a week 
10 :points: 2 weeks
15 :points: 3 weeks
20 :points: 1 month 
50:points: 2 months
100:points: 3 months
200:points: 4 months 
300:points: 5 months 
400:points: 6 months 



without any further do these are the winners 


congratulations to the following lucky members who have won 

number 26 and number 3


a present by Krissi001:iconharumikoto: and :iconli-ten:a present by Krissi001

if you are curious this is the list of all monthly give away winners so far :3
I have made these people happy so far :3winners of the give aways have have hold so far
Updated 21 september 2014
:icondarkkawaiifox::iconVishw::iconphongtu::iconjemikam::icongailsouthworth::iconcitrinepetal::iconpandaotaku::icononidenki::icongemastarlight:,:iconpuppypal32:,:iconroxy2344::iconforonceandforever::iconterekoi:,:iconmystykness::iconshiro-jinja::iconkinouchi::iconrainbownarwhals::iconchopstickle::iconepicmaj::iconmetamoor27::iconminibabylizard::iconpatamonkt::iconspanner88::iconpopyfriend::iconmekimz::iconbeautifuleternalsun::iconcolor-sekai: :iconpuppypal32:  :iconaryiatia::iconbuffy23::iconheyeveryone123::iconmiyuhinamori: :icondysplasia: :icontjhiphop: :iconcharlottesearson: :iconvishw: :iconxhobocakes: :iconszuzka::iconwolvesmaycry::iconlaureleikirsch::iconflamingmarshmallows::iconiwantarocketship::iconwingsprite::iconinfernape77::iconastridstormlight::iconkiangi::iconsavanah25::iconkileandra: :iconcleo0084::iconisacchi::iconirzakurawolfe: :iconpokeaday::iconmsliuvar::iconninated::icontsurukicchi: :


when is the deadline of this give away
This give away ends on( 21 October ) 
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To l-Gotta-Believe,
You are one of my most amazing, hilarious friends. You make me laugh until my sides hurt and you always put a smile on my face. Say what you want about your art, but I personally think it's amazing and I'll never stop thinking that.
Thanks for being there for me and supporting me, Icey, I couldn't thank you enough.

To Z0MB1EK1TTEN,
You're my first ever dA friend and probably my best. We laugh until we cry, we ship each other's characters, make gifts and commissions and we'll probably never stop laughing about the join.mes where we watched that Pirhana 3D movie, or wrote hilarious fanfics, or massed up Fred's face...
Thank you for being there all this time, you're amazing and your art's amazing and I could never live without you.


LizzyOfTheWolves,
You've always been an amazing and supportive friend. I remember when we first met over Facebook when Pokémon X and Y came out and we battled and traded together. Weve been friends for over a year now, and I'm really happy that I met you! You've introduced me to Ren, and you've made a huge impact on my art thanks to your pointers and tips.
-hugs- THANK YOU <3

Ramenkittens
you're the best friend ever
and your coloring is getting super good :D
keep at it gurl

PaprikaGrins
GURL you're amazing and don't EVER let ANYONE tell you otherwise
bruh
BRUH
you're the most swagtastic person i know
please don't lose that, thinking it's not a good thing to be
whoever told you that is wrong
dead
wrong
you go keep being awesome now

Shadoeater9871
you're a really sweet person and i can't believe it took me 14 years before I met you
hang in there with all the hurts life has to offer
because we're all in this together ^_^
STAY AWESOME
-just guess who

amaezingness
okay you listen here
you're one of the most phenomenal artists i know
just everything-
and you're so nice and you just-
GAAH i wish there were more people out there like you

SpectralGamer
i know life is hard
just know you're never alone out there
hang in there bud- we can make it
p.s.
you're better at fusions than i'll ever be


corkie11 Just-Stupidly-Random MidnightTheAvenger
you 3 were my first 3 followers- and i'll remember you through my life's journey
thank you so much for contributing your kindness and overall fun attitudes during my awkward beginning on this website
HUGGS! ^ v^
-a happy deviant

STlCH3D-UP
you're a very cool, nice outgoing person
i really don't quite know what outgoing means
but i'm sure you are
people say it to mean something good and i know you're a good person
so
*clears mind to make better thing*
sheesh i'm baaad at this
okay then-
i just really like the fact that you can actually talk
like hold a conversation
it's so frustrating when people are like
ye
and don't help move it along you know?
you're fabulous dude
stay
amazing
and hang in there
for everything that happens

BloodLustingCreature
basically this is kind of fun,
so hey, i know i have really only known you for a short period of time, but it feels so much longer then that,
you are one of my closet friends, and one day i truly cant wait to meet you,
you have helped me alot, so thank you,
i hope you know that you are so very important to me,
and i just want you to be able to get that.
that you mean the world to not only me, but to all of your friends,
i know that i have to share and all, but i mean, its hard, i need attention
but ugh i guess i can try and share you amazing piece of person
but yeah, besides the point,
you are a fantamzing person, i love you, you have taught me alot
so thank~
love you.

Arty-Ikko Ikkosystem
Hey Ikko,
i know i dont know you as much as i would like to,
but i want you to know, that you are an important friend of mine, i have loved watching you improve in your art so fast, it is truly an amazing thing
i have enjoyed the silent calls, the surprise pictures, your cosplays, your fluufffy blanket, how your pretty quiet until you play a game, it all
how you rp, //even though i havent really rped with you, but from what i have seen love//
getting to meet you was also a great experience, and although i cant say i know a whole bunch about you, one day i might, and well i can wait, your also stuck with me now, im sorry to say, so you dont have a choice but to get used to me and buckle up.
you have been a great friend, so thank you, thank you for reassuring me, and for the art, and for being online all the time, for being you.
you are an inspiration you butt , and i look up to your art, and how you color, and draw, it all.
but this is just to say, that i love you, you cutie, and your hella important to me in my life
i love you bunchessss~

TheRafflesia is someone I've only met recently and I'm glad I have! :D She is a really nice person to talk and always seem to have something nice to say. If you check out her profile page (well worth it btw), you'll be introduced to a charming individual with a lot of talent and a kind heart.
What I particularly like about her is this little snippet from her bio:
'I am really fond of helping another people, so if you have some problems, you can write on me, I'll see what I can do.'
If only there were more people as caring as you, Amy! Keep being awesome :tighthug:

D-omii , nambers , iyd , lupisvulpes , xSpickeyx , QuietLaw , ClTYLIGHTS , th3-g4yl0rd , th3-pr1nc3ss and aztteq are super kind and generous people that step out of their way to make other people happy V u V <333 they all have original and gorgeous styles and their attitudes towards everyone they meet are amazing <33 anyone who stumbles upon them are super lucky to know such kind people!! /I'm/ super lucky to know such kind people ;w;;"

daz1200 I want you to know I really appreciate what you've done for me. I want to repay you, but I don't know how. I hope you don't mind because you're an amazing guy. You really are.

To Dayofthemonth,
I know that our relationship is almost severed, but you're THE best person i have met on deviantART. No other person understands me better. I have no words.
Love,
Cain, aka TheFatassTeletubby
<3

Shoutout to Doopnooper because you're hella awesome

S-HElle / Doudouxd:
You two are amazing and I love our little crazy conversations. You two make my day bright and I'm grateful to have met you both. I know that I can be myself when I'm with you two and I am proud to call you my best friends. I also know where to turn to when I feel alone. Again, I'm maybe repeating myself but it'll never be enough on how a life saver you two are.
I hope our friendship will last even with the upcomming life challenges ahead. But I think I don't have to hope as I know we will be friends still. :lol:
I deeply love you two guys. You'll forever hold a big place in my heart and soul. Nothing will compare to you two. :heart: Never ever.
You two deserve a compliment and much more :hugs:
With love, NebulaWords

To my lovelies from Cracktopia (Aka AldrutheBrovahkiin / Fabusol / Wasserbienchen / TeamHeartGold / CritexMind / Lion-Oh-Day / MADrevolution / TOAO-OneAndOnly and more.)
Thank you so much for accepting into your little community :heart:
You guys make my days more fun and I love going to each streams (whenever I can of course. I hope going to more in the future).
Each of you are specials and are amazing friends. Can't be more proud to be friend with you. :hug: :heart:
Love, a little shy Foxebula~ :meow:

TheStoryTellerMaiden is an amazing friend. She's always been there for me and I can easily say she's one of my top best internet friends. Also, I think she is a really great artist and writer as well ^^
Love from Olivia <3

princessoftheweirdos is my amazing bestie! ;D She's always random and an amazing Roleplayer. I've only known her for a few months. But she's one of my top besties who's always there for me c:
Lovee from KittyKewl

Dear Daniishe
How do i start, I have known you for the longest of times. You where one of my first friends here AND the only one that had stayed with me. You introduced me to korra, Julia, Bitty and many other friends and closest friends i have today <3
You mean the world to me. We share the same interests, jokes, thoughts, you name it! You will always be my friend. Always.
I don't know what i'd do without you. I always want to stay close to you. You are one of the most important people in my life. My hetalia loving, fish saving, waffle eating son <333
I'm glad that you call me your papa <3

Hugger-Luver SparkleFox789 XBluexMoonX SweetPlum34 TWINKLESKETCH123 @hicuporrell sunnie68s you have been my friends for a long time and i love that and want it to stay like that you are amazing artists and will never be like you(because i can`t draw(well not on laptop cause i have nothing else that will let me draw but paper) i can only use bases) ^U^

BabyAbbieStar is getting way better at art! I am so proud of my soul twin! I wish I could talk to her more often...I haven't been feeling well..

RoseTheZorua
This person is one of the people who have made me for who I am today. She was the one who helped me get into something that I do today. With her flaws just like many others, she is one of the most interesting person I know. She knows when to be the toughest of the group and when to be the mother or older sister when no one can or is to afraid. I for one am jealous that she has the courage to say things when I clearly don't. She is also an amazing artist which has grown so much over the days, months, and even years. I'm so proud of her :heart:

KleinerKiller
He is more amazing then he ever could know. He has helped me and others through more things that he could ever see and know. Throughout my life, I have been though some really tough stuff. For years, I felt and still sometimes feel alone. But he helped me realize that I'm not alone. EVER. With his stories, with his amazing personality and his kind-ship, he has helped me mold into the person i am. His stories encourage me to keep going with my talent and to not let people bring me down when I fail. Thank you for the laughs when I needed them the most, and for being you. :heart:

Prometheus-ZERO
I always get so nervous when talking to you for some reason and to let you know somethings. But while I am here I want to thank you for being by a person's side that I really care about. I always look to people who are there for my friends when i can't be. When I fail at being a friend. I always respect how much you care for a person and how much of a sweetheart you are. Your art is freaking wonderful! I get jealous of you cartoons cause I can't do that. YOUR AMAZING! I know life can get rough and sometimes I know it gets rough for you when we rarely talk. Remember when i used to check on you? I was always worried about you and then there were days that you were on my mind. You may not ever know this, or who this is. But your very special in my heart, your very special in my life and others. :heart:

StitchedSmile1 :3 thank you for everythings

AkatsukiLoverXDX3
I can never find the words on how to explain how much you mean to me. How much of an impact you have made on my life and others. I know times can get depressing.. WE have all been there. When you feel alone, feel sorrow, feel like the world around you is either against you or fighting back. But that's why you have your friends there, your friends that love you just like family. I used to be the same way. I have to admit, I still do sometimes. But When I talk to you (and others) All of those problems, all of those bad thoughts vanish. I have cried because I could never tell you my true feelings for you. How much more i want to be part of your life.. How much I want you to be better and let your pain and sorrow go away..... When I hear your laugh it makes me laugh and smile. When I hear your screaming it makes me crack up, even hearing your voice makes me crack a smile. Either way, around you I smile. :)
Do something for me would ya? Next when your in school, maybe your feeling ok or down. Get to your group of friends, or just maybe one. Think of all the memories you have with them or that friend. Think of the things you love about them and Maybe you will see what I see in you, an also see the reason why I smile just about everyday. C: :heart:

UxieWriter
Thank you so much for the sweetest compliment ever!! //wipes tears
When you commented on my drawing, I just had to check your profile. Of course the first thing I thought when I saw it, I was like "wow... overly decorated much?" XD I went to your gallery and your arts were so gooood. I just knew we were gonna become friends! <3
I'm totally jealous about how you come up with really cute designs! You should really make more adopts.. I bet everyone will buy them~ *7*
-Ily, Keri-tan

cateawren
Wow, how long has it been since we've first talked? Like, what, I think it's almost two years now? I think it was because you submitted an entry for my "Leafswirl's mate" project on Scratch (haha, remember that website? Remember how much it sucks? Yeah.) and then I was like 'DAMN GURL LOOK AT THAT ART AND ANIMATION' and you instantly became my senpai. After that, things only went uphill. (Or maybe downhill, depends how you look at it?) When I had a skype, we talked all the time through video calls. Even now, we occasionally talk to each other through the phone on join.me. You were one of the original members of the Amie Chats, which I'm going to ASSUME is still going on, and ever since I got TGB, we've RPed on that too.
 So yeah enough of the sappy stuff but you should watch Noragami man and I THINK you're my first or second wife I don't even know anymore.
//whispers//do it for the vine man


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Here is the second journal post of some of my favorite youtube artists, (check also the 1st part) that inspire me and I hope that these resources might be helpful for you too.  :) (Smile) 



Will Terrell
Amazing channel by Will Terrell (willterrell) , who is a cartoonist and his video series : people sketching are so fun to watch and they are full of great advice on art and life. 



Mark Crilley
Mark Crilley ( markcrilley ) is an American manga creator and children's book author/illustrator. His how-to-draw videos are so great and lovely - from manga & anime styles to highly detailed photorealism.



Drawing Tutorials Online

Wonderful art/drawing tutorials and stunning & creative sketchbook videos. They also have a lovely website.  




Fine Art-Tips

Channel by Leonardo Pereznieto ( ArtistLeonardo ) who is a Mexican artist, sculptor, and painter. Pereznieto has studied in Mexico, Italy and the United States and has mastered engraving, serigraphy, watercolor, pastel and oil painting, and marble, bronze and resin sculpture. His videos are filled with positivity and wonderful artworks. 



Matt Kohr (Ctrl + Paint)

Matt Kohr is a freelance concept artist and Illustrator - in his art related vidoes he explains and his thought-process.
There are additional free videos, custom brushes, worksheets in the main website - www.ctrlpaint.com



Swatches

Hosted by professional illustrator Clint Cearley ( ClintCearley )  , a freelance illustrator/concept artist for projects such as Magic: The Gathering and Legends of the Cryptids. Swatches is where he discusses the issues of living an artist's life. His videos are full of great insights and art advice. 



So, how about you - who are your favorite youtube artists? 

This week I found some lovely resources - these awesome textures and photos by NASA, amazing artist - Francis Vallejo  (fvallejo) (those figure drawings are so captivating), this great art website with stunning art and tutorials, beyond-stunning movie - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - adore the storytelling and everything about that movie and a talk  by Andrew Maximov (d1v) gave at the Art Institute of Californi, where he analyzes what constitutes beauty and I found this great video to be really eye-opening. :)  




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.cm/  and weekly 8 songs playlist.
and a youtube art channel:) (Smile) 
(and thank you for suggestions in comment section, will check them out and there'll be also more parts of the youtube artist series in the near future) :)

Have a wonderful week!

"“You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands - your own.”
—Mark Victor Hansen

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Stock & Resources


1. You have been on DA for 9 years and your work has come a long way, but what first brought you to DA and what keeps you here ?


9 years ago I didn't have that many friends with whom I could share my art and hobby outside of the internet. While my family always supported me and my art I also wanted feedback from other (unbiased) people as well.

And I saw many great pieces of art always being posted on DA. So one day I just took the courage and signed up as well.

I admit there are good times and bad times here on DA, but the good times outweigh the bad ones.

What makes me stay is the opportunity to stay in touch with my (online) friends, exchange ideas with a great community, the possibility to share my art with a lot of people of varied interests, skills, tools of trade. I learned so much from the experience of other artists via tutorials or questions they replied to.

And I hope to learn much more in the future, too. That’s why I’m staying here. To share, learn and help and for all the other things that come with the community spirit that make DA a unique place.

Tedious Correspondence by Chenria    The Eversong Well by Chenria



2. The majority of your art is fantasy in nature or theme... do your influences reflect this or are they quite different (who are a few) ?

My main source of inspiration and influence is by far the vast Dragon Age universe. I get influenced by the original games as well as fanfictions. Many of my friends play the games and write fanfictions and thus we often have the same topics to talk about.

I am also really interested in Medieval European history and the way people lived and how it changed over the course of history. I have the luck to be able to share my ideas and thoughts with great people on and off DA.

The combination of fiction and history and its possibilities is what influences me the most in the moment.

Rhangyl Mahariel by Chenria



3. When using stock for a piece what typically comes first, the idea or the stock pose ?

I can unmistakably say: It depends.

Sometimes I see a stock picture and it sparks an idea.

And sometimes I have a picture idea and just don’t get the sketch working with me. In such cases I start looking for stock. Sometimes I just need body parts like hands or feet. For that I use my own camera (or iPhone for simplicity, really). Sometimes even a mirror is enough. But sometimes I need to rely on the help of online stock images for more complex poses... I am so glad DA offers such a great collection of stock pictures provided by so many talented stock artists! Sometimes it requires some digging but in most cases you find something helpful.

Fereldan Follies by Chenria

4. What do you look for in stock and reference pictures ?

I don’t really know because there are a lot of aspects that speak to me when looking for pose references. Often I prefer plain stock pictures like Null-Entity or SenshiStock provide them because I can get the pose without being “distracted” by costumes. And the character sketches can then be dressed to my liking.

I don’t need the best lightning or the biggest resolution as long as I can see the pose and can create my stick-figure sketches with their help to get the anatomy right.  

But sometimes “costume stock” like for example provided by faestock or mizzd-stock is very helpful to get the proper feeling for how the fabric flows or folds or moves around the body in motion.

Stock with some requisites is great, too. LaLunatique has some really awesome pictures in her gallery. And syccas-stock provides great “action” poses and fantasy themed stock pictures with horses and weapons.

I don’t own a bow or a sword or a gun and have no clue how to handle one. It’s 11pm at night and you want to know how it looks if someone rides a bike? Stock pictures help a lot to see such tools “in action” and draw them properly.

Fateful night... by Chenria AT - Kina by Chenria

5. A lot of your work involves couples and sexual themes, also the mixture of who is "leading" the scene is very varied, what is your mind set when planning and creating these pieces and do you think having a woman's perspective make them any different.

In most cases I try to tell a story with my pictures. I am no writer and I want to get my story told with the pictures I draw. Or I got a scene from one of the stories I’m working on with friends. The characters often interact with each other in my head before I can draw them. And even while drawing them they are still giving opinions and pictures often turned out really differently to what I planned because I realized while sketching that one of the characters would respond differently to what I had planned.

As for my mature art: I just can’t deny the beauty of a female body (and they are easier to draw in my opinion...)

Love is also something beautiful and I like to let my characters experience all kinds of love from the innocent just-holding-hands to the passionate-tumble-between-the-sheets.

When drawing nude women I try to still show that they are strong and independent characters and not just toys or supportive characters to underline the male hero. I am not sure I am always succeeding in showing that – but I surely try. If anything, sometimes I just like the opportunity to not having to worry about clothes and textures and how fabric moves around the body.

 The Enchanted Forest [NSFW Yuri] by Chenria When I look into your eyes... by Chenria

6. You recently drew several pieces for a Calendar, is there anything else you do/are planning relating to your art outside of DA that we may see in the future ?

This year I sadly had to abandon my calendar project due to real life and my job interfering with the creation process. Art is and always will just be a hobby of mine and has to back down to the real life needs. MY plan for the future is: one day I really want to manage to finish 12 pictures for a calendar.

Other than that I realized in the past that my life tends to interfere with “bigger” projects. So I think I will just let myself be surprised with what the future will bring and for what I may use my art.

Capricorn - Fenris by Chenria  Aquarius - Teagan by Chenria

7. If you could guide or offer the stock community one thing from an artist’s perspective, what would it be ?

Sometimes simplicity is the key. I know that I am not only speaking for myself – sometimes a simple standing pose or a “daily life” scene is what some of us are looking for. Such daily life scenes are often very hard to find. There are occasions when I find numerous pictures of fighting couples in so many variations while I would just like to see a simple hug of a standing couple (maybe from various angles to understand the anatomy).

Other than that... I think the stock artists here on DA are amazing and wonderful for providing so many inspirational pictures for all the various kinds of art! And I just want to say thank you! I can honestly say that they saved some of my characters facing (more) severe anatomical issues.

I would like to offer my thanks and a big hug to Chenria for being kind enough to answer my questions and agreeing to be interviewed. :)

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Hello poets and aspiring writers!

Marye-the-Minstrel and I are finally kicking off that contest you've all been waiting for!
We chose the topic suggested by KaineKamui, so thanks to him for that. Now down to the contest info:


Topic:
Write about the deeper beauty hidden in a thing or things that don't normally strike people as beautiful.
You should pick an object that isn't commonly considered worthy of being written about, like a stick, cold lasagna, melted crayons, or a toenail.
If you would like to enter, but just can't think of anything, send a note to me or Marye for a couple of prompts.


Rules:
Share
this journal.
Limit is two entries.
No profanity, please.
Submit your entry by October 4th.
No late entries will be accepted.
Entry lateness is determined by date of posting to DA, not date of comment.
No poems written before the date of this contest will be accepted.
Any style is accepted; free verse, songs, or good old-fashioned ABAB rhyme and meter.
Submit your poem as art, not a journal.
Post a link to your finished deviation in a comment on this journal.


Judging:
The Judges will be the hosts of the contest, and certain private individuals not on DA.
The entries will be judged starting at midnight on the due date.
You will be judged on originality, impact, narrative, grammar, and effective length.
Up to thirty-five points are possible, for a perfect score.
Your personal score and details will be disclosed only to you, but you are free to share it with others.
The score of the first, second, and third place winners will be public.

Originality: Up to five points may be awarded for originality of subject, rhymes chosen,
use of title, descriptive phrases, and repeated words.

Impact: Up to ten points may be awarded for impact, based on the personal reaction of the judges
and the readability of the poem.

Narrative: Up to fifteen points may be awarded for narrative, based on the development of
the poem's action, background story(if any), finality of the ending lines, and emotional revelation.

Grammar: Up the five points may be deducted for incorrect spelling or grammar.

Effective length: Up to five points may be awarded for effectiveness of the length of meter(or individual
lines if Free Verse), the amount of time devoted to each feature of the subject, and overall length of the poem.



Prizes:

First Place:
A Custom Drawing
 or story cover in a traditional style from The-Dead-That-Live
A Custom Drawing or story cover in a digital style from Marye-the-Minstrel
A Custom Profile Pic from The-Dead-That-Live or Marye-the-Minstrel
A Limerick, Short Verse, or Dedication Poem to proudly display as the winner of the contest
Your Profile Page and winning poem featured on both of our profiles and the contest page
More prizes to be verified

Second Place:
A Custom Drawing or story cover in a traditional style from The-Dead-That-Live
A Custom Drawing or story cover in a digital style from Marye-the-Minstrel
Your Profile Page and winning poem featured on both of our profiles and the contest page
More prizes to be verified

Third Place:
Your Profile Page
 and winning poem featured on both of our profiles and the contest page
More prizes to be verified

If You would like to contribute a prize:
Please note me or comment on this journal with information about your contribution.

Tips:
Good grammar
gets a higher score.
Ask your friends and family to proofread your poem before submitting it.
If you're at a loss for rhymes or meter, check out Rhymezone.com
Check, double-check, and triple-check that grammar!
Got questions? ASK US!!
The contest is public, so get all of your friends and watchers to join by sharing this journal, because the more people join, the more fun it will be!
ProjectComment presents the community of deviantART a project that will question what it really means to be a commenter, an artist, a member of deviantART. All of these challenges relate to commenting in some shape or form, and we sincerely encourage everyone to take part! :la:

You do not have to be brilliant at writing comments and we are not asking you to perform miraculous feats. We are just looking for people willing to make a difference. It is all too easy to receive constructive comments, but giving them is equally, if not more, rewarding.



Each week, a challenge is set with the deviations of those who participated in the previous week featured in a news article. Many thanks to CameronKobe for participating in Week 36!

Lost To The Captain by CameronKobe



Participate in this week's comment challenge…

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Design me an OC Contest!

Sun Sep 21, 2014, 8:24 AM
Well, two OC of mine: Stud Di-Eh and Gorgona Fulff

Stud is the eccentric captain of a small spaceship, the Fuzz 31. He's a Strandean. Strandeans are tall, thin humanoids with long limbs.
As stated above, he is quite eccentric, hyper (looks like he's always sugar high) and kind of a jester. He's also one of the best pilot in the whole Universe.

Gorgona is his second in command. She's a Bordian. She's ginger (and that's all I now about her looks). She's feisty, brave, short-tempered, she has a strong personnality and don't like sillyness.

Both are aliens so don't hesitate to add/remove limbs, use rare skin colors, etc...

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What do you expect?
It's a "design an OC" contest, so, I guess it's quite clear: design my OC's! :) More precisely, I'd like you to design the species AND the outfit(s).

Do I have to draw both OC?
Nope. You can choose to design only Stud or Gorgona. Or both! It's up to you.

How many entries are allowed per participant?
As many as you want, really! Nonetheless, you have to make one entry per design.

Do you judge quality? 'Cause I'm not a very good artist (me think).
Do not worry, the design is what I'll judge. Of course, I'm hoping for better quality than stickmen ;P

Well, that's cool, but what will the winner(s) win?
There'll be two winners; one for each character.
As for the prices, each winner will receive 500 :points:

Oh, you didn't tell when the deadline is!
This contest will end the 31st of October (but it would be extended if necessary).

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This contest will be cancelled if there is less than 5 entries per character, so spread the word!
If you have any question, feel free to ask in the comments.

Good luck, everyone!