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Do you believe that art can fundamentally change your sense of who you are?

Vote! (69,751 votes) 891 comments
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400+ watchers Art Raffle!!

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 31, 2014, 1:39 PM
deviantART Winners Info
Bullet; Green There will be 2 winners.

deviantART Prizes Info
Bullet; Green 1st place recieves a full shaded picture of any character, one character only, with a medium complex bg (optional).
Bullet; Green 2nd place recieves a flat colored picture of any character, one character only, with a simple bg (optional).
(unlocked if 50 + people joins)Bullet; Green 3rd place recieves a flat colored cheeb-ish picture of any character, one or two characters included, no bg.

deviantART How to enter?
Bullet; Green Firstly, you must be watching me - it is for my watchers, after all (although any new watchers are welcomed)
Bullet; Green Fav this post.
Bullet; Green Comment with the link of your OCs
Bullet; Green If you want a bigger chance to win, write a new journal named "Art Raffles" with link to this post and then write there a comment with a link to the journal.
Bullet; Green Join this group :iconproject-undiscovered: Gives extra ticket.

deviantART How will be the winner chosen?
Bullet; Green The winner will be chosen by Random Generator.

deviantART When is the AG ending?
Bullet; Green 30th September

Participants here ~
Okay, I think that's all Sweating a little...
 If you have any questions, feel free to ask me, I'll reply asap! And thank you once again Heart  

Chibi me #4 by MadhurupaChibi me! by MadhurupaI love sleeping by Madhurupa

'The Unseen Stock' to art contest

Thu Jul 31, 2014, 9:26 AM
Hey people! I'm starting my first little contest :happybounce:
This is some kind of a test, if you like it and there are many entries I will probably do a contest
like this more often, maybe every two months or so.

Here are the simple rules:
Gray Dot Bullet - F2U! you must use at least 1 resource from every of these 4 last Unseen stock features:

The Unseen Stock - JuneIf you like this feature, please add it to your favourites so more people will see it! (:
:heart: :+fav: :heart: :+fav: :heart: :+fav: :heart:

 Thorfinn by Liancary-Stock 08 by TheniaAfentoulidou STOCK Lady in Red by Apsara-Art 2014-06-02 Treasure Monger 19 by skydancer-stock
Military Stock4 by Redherc46 Lormet_Renaissance-0030 by Lormet-Images 2014-05-18 Hamlin Piper 51 by skydancer-stock white dress stock 04 by simoona lpz02 by Amliel
My Love 8 by LadyAquariusStock Steampunk Pirate Stock 1 by Sayashi-Stock Greek Queen 25 by kirilee
Lake 2 by Wildarts-Artwork
  Natural arch by SacMPhoto staw... by mirandaarts
  The Unseen Stock - June (ll):heart: :+fav: :heart: :+fav: :heart:
I hope you enjoy these underappreciated stock photos as much as I do! :love:
If you like the journal please add it to your favourites so more people can see it :hug:



Pisqah Green Wizard 2011-05-24 67 by skydancer-stock Snow Princess Stock 3 by kayleeehall Little Wizardess Preview by RachgracehStock Tangled 2 by kirilee Culdalasse Laihendi Ranger 4 by PirateLotus-Stock

  The Unseen Stock - JulyModel

Dark by LadyAquariusStock Mucha Inspired - Midas 10 by HiddenYume-stock Culdalasse Laihendi Ranger 10 by PirateLotus-Stock Free Stock Photo by ElectricSorceress

    September Sky 11 by adarkerpurpose-stock    

 Bottom of Waterfall Stock 2 by BeccaB-Stock-N-Art Waterfall 2 by AircatSkylion Red Rocks and Trees by dollieflesh-stock Snow Scape by Ardenstock Another Sunrise Stock by Cinnamoncandy-Stock
  The Unseen Stock - July (ll)Model

 Unicorn 01 by KittyTheCat-Stock Little Forest Fairy_4 by anastasiya-landa
  Crimsonella stock 6 by charligal-stock Downward Glance by Danika-Stock Woodland Archer 4 by IthiliamStock Double Agent 03 by Null-Entity


 Snow Scape 4 by Ardenstock Tree 09 by cemacStock Waterfall Black Forest Triberg by BVFoto Dry Hill2 by oddmountain

Gray Dot Bullet - F2U! you must use at least 2 resources from my gallery
Gray Dot Bullet - F2U! the pictures you chose from the features and my gallery must be clearly visible in your work
Gray Dot Bullet - F2U! you can use as many other stock photos as you like
Gray Dot Bullet - F2U! the contest theme is open, let the beautiful unseen stocks inspire you !
Gray Dot Bullet - F2U! all used stocks must be credited properly and from legitimate resources
Gray Dot Bullet - F2U! allowed are digital art/manipulations, traditional art and mixed media

How are the winners chosen?
There will be 2 winners:
Gray Dot Bullet - F2U! one chosen by the community by voting in a poll
  (no asking for votes allowed,please be fair !)
Gray Dot Bullet - F2U! one chosen by me. I will choose by concept, creativity, skill and overall impression.

How to submit your entry
Gray Dot Bullet - F2U! just send me the link of your manipulation and say that it's an entry for the contest
Gray Dot Bullet - F2U! a maximum of 3 entries per member is allowed
Gray Dot Bullet - F2U! you have 1 month to finish your entry(s). Deadline is Sunday, August 31st
Gray Dot Bullet - F2U! when the contest ends, I will start the polls with the entries.
   There will be enough time to vote to get a good result (:

This will be only a small challenge, so there wont be huge prizes - it's for the fun!
(Forgive me, I'm just a poor student who has saved some dA points :sigh:)

Both winners will get:
Gray Dot Bullet - F2U! 250 :points:
Gray Dot Bullet - F2U! a feature in my journal and in the blog of 2 of my stock groups
Gray Dot Bullet - F2U! glory, honour and my admiration :giggle:

(If you want to support this contest, you can donate some points.
All points will be spent on future challenges! :heart:)

Free Art Giveaway!!!

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 31, 2014, 6:34 AM
Hi guys!

It's about time I start being generous. So here's my first art giveaway! :iconlahdplz:
The winner will get this kind of art~:
Commission: Tarjaa Silverriver for ntvr2 by Shin--chan
OC or fanart. Whatever the winner wants :D

All you have to do is follow these rules:

1. MUST be a watcher. You can watch me right now even :D
2. Fav this journal. I will give a number to those who do
3. Advertise this journal. More chances of winning for those who do. They will receive another number
4. Comment on this journal. They will receive YET another number
5. No trolling or fighting with other deviants

I will use a random number generator to select the will. The winner will be announced on 
14 August 2014

So hurry up and join! :D

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:deadpool: Enjoy video more kicking ass 

:deadpoolla:  Love my own game got all cute scene 

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Ongoing projects

meiyue's Artist's Telephone Game
The ATG is basically a twisted version of the classic game, Telephone. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the game Telephone, the concept is to pass a message along a chain of people and see how the message has changed by the time it reaches the last person. The idea for the ATG is to incorporate art into this game.

Artistle's TeamWork Project
The project teams two (or more) artists together as teacher and students to learn from each other about a certain topic over the course of 4 weeks.

Puzzles, solving mysteries and simulated online investigations. Detective-HQ is a unique group that challenges your mind into thinking outside the box, encourages creativity and critical thinking in a whole new different level.

SeniorSelections stands to feature premier artwork from the deviantART community through weekly features from each gallery category.

Mrs-Durden's Group Spotlight Project
Regular feature of active community driven and involved groups to help encourage community activity by groups.  

an art and literature collaborative project where artists and writers get to work together. Artists can create their works, and writers will choose something that inspires them to write an accompanying story or poem. Read more here

This group is filled with activities to help deviants make new friends.

This is a group against the disrespect towards art and art as profession. We hope to fight against underpriced art by setting a minimum wage for art commissions." Everyone in the group has to have commissions at a price higher than 500 points.

Web5teR's Emote Story Project
In this project you can show not only your drawing skills, but also the ability to write an interesting story!

Aimyee's Project Earn
"Project EARN, which stands for Encourage Awareness. Every month I will choose a certain topic and invite everyone who wants to, to submit art, write journals and participate in discussions etc. to raise awareness in these certain topics. I will also hold points and premium membership giveaways or contests/other things."

VonDiezyl's I'm Real, Are You? Project
A project that asks people to submit a photo of themselves showing that they are real people with feelings etc and not just someone pretending to be someone or something they are not.  

iDJPanda's Revamp Your Article Project
Inspired by the Draw This Again meme, this project asks people to revamp their old articles.

fella Help Update Fella's Dictionary

WorldWar-Tori's 2014 Positivity Project
"The whole point of this project is to spread positivity through photographing inspirational/positive/motivational/uplifting quotes written on paper"

A group for artists to get together and collaborate!

Bonelos' Inspiration Project
"This is a series of articles featuring artists that you in the community find personally inspiring. "

Astrikos's Praising Life Project
"I am hoping to reach at least 300 inspiring messages from the community if I can."

Tifa22's The Great Language Gathering Community Project
"My idea is to list all the languages people on dA can speak / write with both their English term and the original name, plus the sentence "I speak language" (correctly translated of course)."

deviantHEART's The Kindness Quilt Community Project
"The Kindness Quilt is a blanket created from the love of deviants right here on deviantART. This quilt is built upon love, respect and gratitude. Every person has a reason to and a means to create their own quilt square. To say thank you, to share a collaborative work, to show off a gift, commission or request, as a present, or simply as a design. The quilt square is 500x500 pixels, and when included in a completed quilt, can be resized smaller."

" Here, we will place a new Deviant each week! Deviants who are featured here are either upstanding members of our Deviant Art Community or are people who our members have caught committing an act of kindness! Any act qualifies, and we encourage members to be on the lookout for any Deviant who is worthy of this spot!"

MirachRavaia's Art For Trees Project
This project encourages you to participate in two different ways, either plant a tree, or offer art in exchange for trees being planted.

"dAWishingWell is a group specifically created to give back to the dA community by granting dA-related wishes such as premium subs, supergroup status, giving items off of wishlists, point donations, features, DD requests, and more! Do you have a wish? It could come true!"

"deviant365 is deviantART's official 365 Project where you will be provided with weekly tasks for the whole year. The aim of this is to give you motivation to participate in areas of our community that perhaps you have never experienced before, make new friends, work on your art, learn more about deviantART and enhance your experience on deviantART."

"ProjectComment is a Group of many projects centred around comments, but, more importantly, constructive comments.
We offer Members of deviantART a lot of opportunities to get comments, give comments, participate in comment projects, win points, get featured and much, much more!"

"dA's Community Relations Team bring you ART HISTORY, a series of articles about the entire History of Art."

"Project Educate, originally launched in 2008 by the Community Relations team, is a project to promote and support artistic growth and knowledge."

"Spread positivity throughout the community by letting everyone know! Send in your compliment(s) and they will be published in a later "deviantART Compliments" journal."

Nameda's Angels Without Wings Project
Angels Without Wings is a project that recognizes community members that work hard at promoting others or stand out otherwise in the community.  

Recommend your friend for a feature and get featured also.  

This group aims to focus on uniting people and encouraging them to support each other through life. We will actively encourage members to share their stories and talk to each other to make new friends, we will discuss important issues that may affect our members and we will accept all artworks that deal with an emotional issue. This is not limited to mental health issues, and the group is open to anyone.

We are a place to feature and promote community projects, events, and news, inspire collaborations of all kinds of art, educate others on how to get involved in the community and where they can go for projects and support, and other various community inspired activities.

Here you'll find useful tutorials, a critique corner, and activities to help you develop your artistic skills even more!

This group is not about getting attention for your art, it's about spreading awareness for Cancer, Aids, Child Abuse, Hunger, and the many resources out there needing help.

petrova's PrintsForPanzi project
Help contribute to Panzi Hospital by donating art or money.

This group works at interpreting deviantARTs faq to other languages so non native English speakers have a better chance of understanding them.  

non-real's Art Liaison Project
The aim of this project is to inspire artists to do some collaborative work.

Helping Hands

CRCommunityProjects is proud to announce that we have launched a Mentoring program! Now that it's live however, we are looking for community members who are willing to be mentors.  While our mentor program can focus on art and art creation, we aim to provide support in the community as a whole so we're looking for mentors who are familiar with certain communities and or sub communities and or running projects or contests within them.  
If this sounds like something you'd like to help with, have a read over our program here to see how to apply to be a mentor.  

Planning any Community Projects?

CRCommunityProjects is here to help you with your projects by giving them some extra promotion, or even help you brain storm your ideas so that you can get your project off the ground.  If you are planning any contests or projects, or are currently already running/hosting one feel free to shoot us a note to see how we can help you breathe extra life into it or help you with any problems you may be having.  

Want to be featured in next months round up?  Send CRCommunityProjects a note detailing your project and let us know you'd like to be included in our next round up.  

Coding by SimplySilent
Ghost Gaming Makes Fun If Team Crafted?! OMFG!
Hello my fellow awesome humans! Kokonose Haruka (Cute Happy Smile) [V1] 

I have finally found the confidence to open up commissions for the first time ever.

This is mainly because I really wish to keep my premium membership but also, since I'll be working on my mangas right now, I thought it would be a good idea to use commissions as a break from looking at pages filled with panels so that I won't get too tired that easily. U v U

So without further ado, below are the prices and the types of commissions that I will do. Kokonose Haruka (Drawing) [V5] 

Commission Prices

Head Shots [Length of Time: 1-2 Days]

Colour [+50 pts] | BG: None/White/Transparent/Basic Colour [FREE!] Simple [+25 pts] Detailed [+50 pts]
Additional Character [+50 pts]

1. Sketch (Digital and Traditional) [50 pts]
Serene by KuroshiroKey Oh darling by KuroshiroKey
2. Line art [100 pts]
Meow Mizuki Line Art by KuroshiroKey
3. Line art + Colour + Simple BG = 175 pts
Mysterious Itou by KuroshiroKey
4. Painting [200 pts] + Simple BG = 225 pts
Shinogu's Passport Photo [OC] by KuroshiroKey

Bust/Half Body [Length of Time: 2-4 Days]

Colour [+100 pts] BG: None/White/Transparent/Basic Colour [FREE!] Simple [+50 pts] Detailed [+100 pts]
Additional Character [+100 pts]

1. Sketch (Digital and Traditional) [100 pts]
NaruHina Reverse Sketch by KuroshiroKey Magical Girl by KuroshiroKey
2. Line art [200 pts]
No [OC] by KuroshiroKey
3. Line art + Colour + Simple BG + Additional Character = 450 pts
Surprise [OCs] by KuroshiroKey
4. Painting [400 pts] + Detailed BG = 500 pts
Jonathan and the Dandelions [Kiriban 4444] by KuroshiroKey

Full Body [Length of Time: 4-6 Days]

Colour[+200 pts] BG: None/White/Transparent/Basic Colour [FREE!] Simple [+100 pts] Detailed [+200 pts]
Additional Character [+200 pts]

1. Sketch (Digital and Traditional) [200 pts]
Caplet 0.5 Sketch by KuroshiroKey Setsuna Plus [OC] by KuroshiroKey
2. Line art [400 pts]
Setsuna Plus Adult Line Art [OC] by KuroshiroKey
3. Line art + Colour + Simple BG = 700 pts
World Lampshade [OC] by KuroshiroKey
4. Painting [700 pts] + Detailed Background BG = 900 pts
Ito Kashitaro 2014 Birthday Present! by KuroshiroKey

Unspecified [Length of Time: ??? Days]
Bro Times 2 [OCs] by KuroshiroKey XOXO - Zhang YiXing Birthday Gift :D by KuroshiroKey

I will typically draw in a manga style so please feel free to send me a note with your questions!
Prices will be negotiable with this type of commission.

Commission Style Notes

Unless you specify the style that you want your drawing to be in, your drawing will be taken as an experimental piece for me to try out different styles and colouring schemes.

Scared of uncertainty? Feel free to browse through my gallery to choose what style you'd like your imagination to be created in. Kokonose Haruka (Joy) [V4] 

Form and Guidelines

Please use the form below when you send me a note for commission info, thank you! :iconpweaseplz:

Commission Type: Head Shot|Bust/Half Body|Full Body
Colour: Yes|No
Background: None/White/Transparent/Basic Colour|Simple|Detailed
I would like a: Sketch|Line art|Painting
Of: *Insert your figment of imagination that you would love to see materialise! A character reference sheet would be very helpful!*
Additional Notes: Have some very specific instructions? Please let me know! > v <

I am quite open to a variety of commission requests so to make it easier, I separate this part into three categories:

What I have done previously: OCs, yaoi, fan art (Anime, manga, and celebrity related), manga panels, moderate hentai
Also other digital stuff such as banners, signatures, extremely simple GIFs, and posters
What I'm willing to try: Mecha, furries, anthro, yuri.. hmm.. others that aren't listed in the category below
What I will feel uncomfortable to draw: Extreme ecchi and hentai art, art related with sensitive issues which includes religion and racial involvement

When I mentioned moderate hentai I really mean that I try to make the art sexy but in a subliminal, slightly classical and elegant way. Something that doesn't make your eyes too sore. :iconblushingtamakiplz:

For those who would like a drawing of a line art or a painting, I will send you a sketch via notes to get your approval before progressing any further.

I will only upload a smaller version of your commission on deviantArt which will include a watermark but I will send you the link for the full sized version without the watermark via notes.

Please use the artwork for personal use only and please credit me for the artwork.

I will not remove my signature from the drawing and I hope that you will respect that. I will place the signature strategically, so please don't worry too much about that.

Please do not pay me before I accept your commission proposal!

Slots and Work in Progress

I will only be opening up 3 slots i.e. 1 drawing per slot as I really want to concentrate a lot on drawing manga for the rest of the summer.
The commissioners will get their slot based on a first come first serve basis.
However, if I feel uncomfortable with your proposal, I deeply apologise but I have to reject you. I hope to never do that though ; v ;

Commissioners will be able to keep up to date with the progress of their drawings by taking a look at my profile page which I will update on a daily basis as I will definitely work a bit on the drawing per day. Kokonose Haruka Chibi (Happy) [V3] 

I will work as fast as I can but please note, I am currently under forced labour as a part-time maid and part-time driver for my family so unfortunately, I cannot dedicate myself to drawing 24/7. :iconyuicryplz:

Final words

And if you have troubled yourself to read till this far...

Congratulations for being such an awesome human for bearing with my OCD-ness for wanting to be extremely detailed!!!

I can't think of anything else to add at the moment but for now, I guess this is it. Please leave questions in the comment section if you have any general questions or suggestions that you would like to add!

I just want to let you guys know that I will sincerely do my utmost, very best to produce something amazingly spectacular for you guys to the best of my abilities!

Thank you so so so much for reading this and thank you in advance for showing your interest in commissioning me! Kokonose Haruka (Cute Happy Smile) [V1] 

  • Mood: Euphoric
  • Listening to: From Y to Y - Itou Kashitarou
  • Drinking: Water

MMA Round 3: The Battlefield Appears

Thu Jul 31, 2014, 8:40 AM
Sunrise Inspiration by AngelicHellraiser

Your eyes snap open.
You see carnage everywhere.
"Wasn't I just in a dream world?"
Your thoughts don't make any sense as you try to figure out what you see before you...

Emerging from the dream cyclone, you cry out as a blast of energy ripples past your face. You could feel the searing heat from it... your skin burns slightly. Your attention turns to the massive battle happening before your eyes....

The NGCs are leading the Sisterhood into battle against Dark Cecily and... Could it be? Is that Sailor Cosmos?! The darkness has surely spread to great lengths since your trip through the Dream Cyclone. The battle is fierce. It is time to choose a side...

WIP Sloan Queen by Singing-Kiwi [Drachea Rannak] Sailor Messier 1 by GabiStar Enter: Centauri - Leader of the NGC's by Maiyuna

:star: revamp VS :star: revamp

A fallen star~ by Maiyuna Dark Cosmos by PhiMouse

Who will you fight for?

Round 3, the Battlefield.

Your Messier Sisterhood senshi has emerged from the realm of dreams into a nightmarish reality. The battle before you is intense. The fight to save Cecily has come to a climax. It is full-out war now! Your senshi must now decide which side to fight for.

Should she choose to join the NGCs, NGC 1952 will give her the temporary power upgrade to a NGC to help you in your fight against this darkness.

Should she choose to fight with Dark Cecily and Corrupted Cosmos, Cosmos will infuse her with darkness to give her frightening new powers.

:star: revamp This round ends 10/1/2014 :star: revamp

Round Goals
Choose a side (good or evil).
Create an upgraded senshi based on the side you chose.
Show them in their upgraded form fighting the opposite side.
You may choose to fight: Dark Cecily, Corrupted Cosmos, Centauri or the Sloan Queen.
Describe the transformation and the reason for choosing the side your senshi chose.
Yes, in this round, you must show 2 characters minimum. This does mean you don't HAVE to do full body art.

Judging Points for the Battle Rounnd

Writing and Presentation
Write a short 2-paragraph story that follows the visual work you submitted.

CREATIVITY (Power/Attack)
Did you get creative with your new power or did you use one that we have seen a million times before? Did you show it off in a dazzling display or is it rather blah?
HOW ORIGINAL IS YOUR DEPICTION OF YOUR power upgrade and new powers?
How epic is your battle scene?! How well does it showcase your senshi's newfound power?

Learn about your basic judging points here:

Miss Messier Alliance 2014: The CatalogHere be a catalog of all MMA Activities and Updates
The record-keeper, Messier 22, requests that all MMA Sisters read this and comment with missing information or updates please.
NewNew New 
Sir-Frog 's internet should be working again soon.
Please bear with us as our fab-frog gets back online!
Little Pixel Heart Little Pixel Heart Little Pixel Heart 
MMA Official Rules, Prizes and Story
Open MMA Rounds 

Closed MMA Rounds
Official Results of each Round

Sunrise Inspiration by AngelicHellraiser

♥ template by miontre ♥ header by Tigers-stock ♥ skin designed by iLantiis

August is HERE

Thu Jul 31, 2014, 7:51 AM

Well sort of...

I mean, it is tomorrow after all. So I am celebrating early. :3 How about all of you? Have you got your senshi in?

The First week in August

The admins will be working to make sure all the dorms and teams are balanced. One admin (pokes myself) still has to make a map of Story City for you, so that will be done soon too along with a new core journal of all the maps for your easy retrieval.

August Events

It's the first day of classes! o.O That is right, you are being thrust into your classes. Four weeks in August means four attempts to wow your new instructors! For this event, you can do either written work or visual artwork. Visual artwork does NOT have to be colored but needs to be more refined than a sketch. If you don't participate at least one time (meaning submit at least one work), you will lose your opportunity to possibly be the Cadet Chief of your dorm/team. This is the Lieutenant's second and her eyes and ears when she isn't around.

Week 1
It is your first week in classes. You don't know anyone and your team hasn't been officially announced yet. How do you impress your fellow cadets? OR what happens that makes you look a little less impressive to your fellow cadets?

Week 2
Your team has been assigned and you have moved into your dorms. There is one sweet spot in the dorm room next to the window with its own nightstand. Do you get that spot that all 4 of you on your team want? If so, how did you convince the others to let you have it? Did you create an enemy in your team? Did you start a secret alliance?

Week 3
First practice as a team! You have been chosen as temporary Cadet Chief and your Lieutenant has issued a challenge to cross a series of walls as a team. No one can be left behind and no powers can be used. What does your course look like? How do you plan to get you and your team across all the walls without leaving a single person behind?

Week 4
Finally, you have proven yourself! You are allowed to use your powers in classes now! It is the first class for testing your chosen ability. What is your power? How do you activate it? What happens the first time you try using it? Is it a hilarious mishap? Are you successful beyond all reason and belief?

Timeline and Rules

All entries must be submitted to the August event gallery folder by August 31st, midnight. You do not have to submit one entry a week. We want you to be creative, so you are more than welcome to do a series of comic pages, a short fanfic, collaborate with another artist (must state who and who did what in the description of each work), etc. Take your time and have fun with it.

Lit works must be at least 2 paragraphs long and formatted for easy reading.

Sketches are not allowed. Must submit at least finished lineart if doing visual works.

Judging is based soley on creativity.
We will not judge you for your drawing skill level or English speaking ability. Creativity is where it is at!

Cadets So Far
LCA  Cadet -WIP- by Re-Pyper Sailor Cadet - Ray-Cel (Kairos) by leopup13 Sailor Cadet Andromeda. by Multi-Facets LCA: Minoru Kiyoshi by petermueller88 Sailor Cadet Eurydice. by Multi-Facets Tuxedo Cadet Orpheus by Multi-Facets LCA Cadet Clara by KobayashiHisa Cadet Senshi by PhiMouse Commish: Tuxedo Cadet by iLantiis Cadet Lorelei Seth by goddess-of-the-moon1 Cadet Yuki Miraki by goddess-of-the-moon1 Cadet Rei Chouko by goddess-of-the-moon1

Your Officer Team
CAPTAIN TSUKI MIDORI by goddess-of-the-moon1 LCA General Jasmine by KobayashiHisa Admiral: Twisted Vines :MSP Rnd2 by goddess-of-the-moon1 Cadet General Daedra by iLantiis

Coming in September

Once everyone has introduced themselves, we intend to be in the RP come September. We will attempt to be as active as possible there during August as well for you all to start RP-ing now if you are ready.


Winning artists (written or visual) will be honored as the Cadet Chief of their team and be the stand-in leader if their Lieutenant or Captain must step away. This includes a couple perks such as fewer duties, the best bunk in the dorm, and a few other things to be disclosed later. The winning Cadets also get to wear a special armband at graduation and will receive a flat colored custom art of their cadet at graduation by iLantiis . Other prizes to be announced later.

Original skin by CypherVisor | Edited by iLantiis
Hello Horde :salute:

Welcome back to ApocaLit Fridays; Apocalypse-writing's bi-weekly roundup filled with news, information, features and updates on things ..... well, apocalyptic and literature in nature (hence the clever name :slow:).

:spotlight-left: In honour of our 300th member, we are holding a contest; The ABC’s of the Apocalypse. Check out the official journal for all the details! :spotlight-right:

This week we have the usual Group, Affiliate and Lit Community updates, as well as "What to Watch/Read/Web".

:star: Fun Fact Friday: 14.4 million letters are lost in the mail every year. :star:

Group Updates

:bulletblack: Due to illness, we had no prompt for this week. Prompts will resume as scheduled this Saturday 2 August.

:bulletblack: We are looking for 2 Contributors to help out with blogs, prompts, articles and to help stir some interest and get activity going within the group. Click through on the link for details on how to apply.

:bulletblack: We are still seeking prize donations for our contest. If anyone would like to donate prizes, then send us a note. We would be most appreciative of any donations. Also If you would like to donate points, feel free to do so here.

Affiliate Updates

:star: Previous Affiliate and Lit Community Update.

:bulletred: AnotherContestGroup has the latest Winners Package Results.

:bulletred: CRLiterature has updates on July Book Club and a Literature Gallery Restructure.

:bulletred: Over at communityrelations this week: Putting the Art in Artisan, Hot off the Press! Reaper-X is Published!, Challenge Fun #13 Winners, CRphotography Needs You!, Handy Hints & Tips, Stock Radar #9, Cartoons and Comics: Illustrated Interviews, LUSH! Pinup & Glamour Features, Digitally Delicious July 30th, Hot off the Press! The sun under the shade, RAoK Fan Fiction Contest, and Welcomes two new Team Members.

:bulletred: Horror-Writers-Unite have posted their latest July Prompt.

:bulletred: LiterallyUnknown has the New Member Feature.

:bulletred: PoeticNation announce the Feelings Without Feelings Contest Results!

:bulletred: SixWordStories updates the 7 Deadly Sins Project – Week 5.

:bulletred: theWrittenRevolution posts Writers of the Revolution - July.

:bulletred: Unseen-Writers has a question for their members regarding Graphic Novels.

:bulletred: We-Write-To-Escape posts Important Housekeeping & Reminders.

Lit Community Updates

:star: Previous Affiliate and Lit Community Update.

:bulletblue: DailyLitRecognition has a Visual and Found Poetry Feature .

:bulletblue: IrrevocableFate posts the latest Love dA Lit!. *Note: Love dA Lit will be taking a break while IrrevocableFate takes a [well-deserved] vacation! It will return, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, after the 13th of August.

:bulletblue: The current volume of LadyLincoln’s Ladies of Lit is up!

:bulletblue: Lissomer is hosting a Micro Colour Poetry Contest. The deadline is August 19th (PST).

:bulletblue: neurotype regularly updates A Smattering of Lit News.

:bulletblue: Nichrysalis is hosting Fella: A FFM Contest. The deadline is August 7th.

:bulletblue: SpriteBlayde has posted the latest volume of The Ink Stained Quill.

ApocaLit Features

This week’s features showcases the winners of our esteemed affiliates, :iconwriting-rampage:, Prompt Contest.

First Place

DisruptedThe terminal's glow protruded from the screen, grew through the air and eventually died on my face: a blue hymn of cognizant numbness. A chorus of tip-tap-clicks played a symphony of sporadic notes while the rain pummeled the roof. The LANders Lounge was a common refuge for those weary of the exhaustions of social niceties and atrocities: a mecca for tuning out with movies, games and internet alter-egos. I was surprised to see how busy the Lounge was considering the awful weather that night, but I suppose it's good being alone together, right?
Then, suddenly our god deserted us: heat, light and entertainment all snubbed out with the indignity of an omnipresent sear of lightning and swelling orchestra of thunder. Everyone cooed their surprise and rattled off their nerves in halting laughter. A room moments ago brimming with hums, whirs, mp3s and games suddenly became a mausoleum of anxious statues jerking their eyes left and right to see if their neighbors warranted the risk of attempte
- by Kelcobi

Second Place

Dragons and the Highway"Dragons and the Highway"
By Jeremy Johnson
Driving home at 4 am.
The sprinklers water business lawns
in their secret mist, except
for one rebel, gushing straight up,
a geyser against the smoky skies
As the moon lights up its last cigarette.
Victimized, the nocturnes launder their cowls
and fall asleep before they finish their prayers
for vengeance, damning their soft, soft eyelids.
These are dragons that live as people.
They sleep like people sleep.
Not but a few hours prior, they were chasing
Swinging flails in their claws, magic maces
and scepters with iron spikes, thirsty
for no blood in particular, and finding none.
No demons left to slay, long nights
resume the throne as nemesis.
Desperate, the dragons strike
at sprinkler heads. Defeated.
It will take all day
for my cowl to dry.
But at least people
will see my geyser
and know that I was there.
- by Schofield-Alan

Third Place

Living memoriesThe way to the little house is covered with weeds.
She remembers the stones under her bare feet, wet after a rainy day.
They pricked her skin and she had to return to the grass besides the way.
She sees the big, old tree in front of the house, an old one, with a wide
trunk and big branches. The leaves are light green and singing their song
in the wind. Her father built a swing for her, which still hangs there.
She smiles. The memories of her childhood are good ones. At this time
everything seemed to be alright and the cruel world outside the garden
and house couldn't harm her.
Her mother was outside on a day like this, sunny and with very little clouds
at the sky. She cared for her tomatoes and potatoes, salad and strawberries.
And for her little daughter, swinging back and forth, long brown hair,
She can still see the little acre, now overgrown with green grass,
dandelions and thistles.
Near the tree stood a table with the best lemonade Janet could imagine.
It was some kind
- by Shari01

Honourable Mentions

Demon Eyes [Contest Entry]
    That day lived inside me like dangerous disease. You were contagious. You and that goofy smile of yours.
    I couldn't help but love you.
    But you were a normal boy. One who could live a perfectly normal life. With a perfectly normal family. With a perfectly whole heart. With two perfectly normal eyes.
    Those eyes.
    Radiant and sparkling, like the ocean with the sun's rays bouncing off. Blinding me.
    But whenever I look in the water's reflection, I don't see the sparkling sunlight. I see only imperfection. I see only the cursed boy who lived alone in the alleyway.
    These puddles I stared at showed the truth. My eyes were those of a demon's.
    With my demon eyes, I watched you past by every day. You never noticed the ragged, cold boy in the shadows.
    But I'd rather keep it this way then let myself fall in love.
    Alas, it was inevitable. I'd caught a di
- by RinKagamineluvr

:CE: First Day Back
First Day Back
It was my first day back.
Now let me tell you something; the first day back is always the most awkward as you try to readjust to the familiar settings. That's how I was feeling when I arrived. It had been days since I came back to this place. I had been gone for awhile now; gone on a big trip around the world to work on my training. My brothers had went with me, each of us getting stronger with each passing day.
But something remained weak inside.
It was a fragile thing people called a heart. Now, to be perfectly honest, I've never really fallen in love. Girls were icky when I was a kid, and as a teenager all I could do with the opposite gender was mess around in bed after getting drunk at a party. But there was this one girl. I've known her for awhile now; I guess you could say something about her caught my eye.
She wasn't like the other girls I dated. Oh no. She was perfectly competent and preferred not to be pampered. She was independent. Smart. Perfect. She wa
- by kuku88

Some amazing work! Congratulations everyone! :clap:

What To Watch

Z Nation Trailer. Brought to you by Syfy and The Asylum.

""Z Nation" starts three years after a zombie virus has gutted the country, when a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all.

With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America."

Z Nation is a new zombie series airing later this year on Syfy.

What To Read

Locke & Key by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez.

"Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them... and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all."

What To Web

Interesting Literature - A Library of Literature Interestingness.

"Welcome to Interesting Literature, an online library of all that is most interesting and captivating about literature. Here you’ll find fun facts, interesting research into writers and their work, and blog posts which seek to capture the most fascinating facets of the literary world. So pull up a chair at this virtual library of literary wonder, and begin browsing!"


:iconliterarycompass: - Group featuring and promoting long-form fiction, novels, and on-going serials.
:iconthebackofthebook: - A group for browsing for/or advertising your books.
:iconpublishing-group: - A group for writers seeking to be published and for publishers seeking writers to publish; poetry, prose and fan fiction; horror, science fiction, fantasy and romance, manga, comics and cartoons.

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CRLiterature’s Literature Articles You Should Know
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