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

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Hello, I'm holding a 200Points point giveaway for anyone and everyone that wants to participate. It is 100% free for anyone to join in and get the chance to win 200 points! :D

All you have to do to enter is favorite +fav this journal
After you do that you are in the giveaway :)
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You don't have to comment on this journal, watch me, or favorite any of my works to be in the giveaway (unless you want to do it, if you do I really appreciate it and thank you!) :D
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I will be using random.org to pick the winner
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Good luck to everyone and most of all have fun :happybounce: 

Facebook My Facebook page please check it out and give it a like, I'd really appreciate it :)

Edit: People are asking about the end date, I'd say it'll be about a month maybe less depending on how much support I get for this. If it's still getting favorites in a couple of weeks i'll keep it going until next month, but if it stops getting favorites then i'll end it. Sorry for the unsure end date but I just want to make sure that everyone gets a shot at this and everyone who wants to gets to enter. Thanks for the support so far guys, I really appreciate it! :D
I haven't spend much time on my computer last weekend, but enough to see that DeviantArt was kept busy by a troll that apparently did really well for as much as trolls can 'do well' on the internet. A little over 4000 pageviews in just 4 days the account is online proved not only the artists involved in the matter took offense... but apparently a lot of other DeviantArt members as well. Even those that seemed (to me at least) totally uninvolved with the troll or the particular type of art.
For those that wonder about the issue; It's about Foxbun's rather cynical joke about the 'closed species' matter. (I'm usually against name calling here. But this account has intentionally created for its goal. It has been all over the site already and would've been in the comments within 10 minutes, even without me mentioning here. I don't provide a link, though. Use your search engine if you want to research it.)

The term white knight is to most older members of DeviantArt (or the internet in general) a well known term, and not for its positive connotation. It's most used in the context of fanatic fangirls or groupies that defend a celebrity or (in this case) famous artist on basically every front, regardless of checking sources, or if this person is right and reasonable or not. This often leads to awkward situations, harassing people, spamming and entire wars against a single (sometimes unaware) critic, often with devastating consequences. 

Seeing the huge amount hateful of comments on this single issue, and considering the fact that a few of the artists attacked where considered 'big shots' on DeviantArt, I consider this again a classic case of white knighting. And regardless of the person being a scam or not; I do not like the sight of that. Not at all. It reminds me a bit too much of the high school bullying where it was often 10 people against 1, and the rest stood by and just watched and laughed. I just can't help to cringe at that kind of behavior. 

Sure, this person might be an experienced internet user. A troll, or whatever people might call it. But not all people are aware of internet rules and community etiquette.
In one of my early years on DeviantArt, I once made the mistake to post a critical comment on an artwork from a user that had a rather big fanbase. Despite my good intentions of actually of wanting to help this artist, and the fact that my comment was overall balanced, the comment was everything but appreciated. At least; not by her fans. Even before she could reply I got at least 5 replies in my inbox written by her fans. They told me, not in the nicest way, my comment was unjustified and that I was a **** [you may imagine] for even having the guts to write something like that to their idol. In the end the artist herself never replied to me, but the negative feeling that came with her drawings lasted a long time. I unwatched her for a while. And even when I found back the courage to watch her again (when I realized she wasn't the one responsible, but her fans were) I actually never commented again. I liked her art, but wanted to avoid her fans really badly.

A few years of experience and a lot more watchers have basically forced to view the issue from the other side as well. 
And this makes it part of the reason why I want to share this with people.

Because as an artist I've learned that you can't completely control a watcher base. A few days ago I made a piece for the MH17 airplane disaster. Just, heartfelt, because as a fellow Dutchy (a lot of people from my country died there) I felt like it. Most reactions were positive. One, however, was negative. But before I even woke up the next day and had the chance to look at it and write a reply to it... another person already wrote something instead. Luckily this was a very sensible person and a very sensible and thoughtful comment. But the point is; with such exposure, people answer things before I myself can even get to it. And that's basically how part of this happens.
Part of it, I say. Because I firmly believe the other part is controllable with responsible behavior. There's a difference between making a journal about "Somebody insulted me. I feel bad today"  or "Person-X insulted me. What a ****". The first statement is probably going to get you some cyber hugs and comforting reactions. The second thing will most definitely redirect all the hate towards that Person-X. And while that sweet revenge might bring you relief for a second, it won't make you anything more than just a big cyber bully. Overall; refrain from name calling, unless positive... or unless it's such a big blown up matter that everybody already knows it and not saying the word is like ignoring an elephant in the room.

As for people in whose name is white knightned (if that even is a verb). I cannot speak for all of them on DeviantArt here, but I'm sure there are many people with me on this one, that don't particularly like it when their "fans" go all out on someone or something. Having a reasonable discussion with someone about a subject, even in the name of some else, is totally fine. As long as it's done in a polite manner and with some solid arguments. Trolling people, harassing them, spamming them, calling names, bullying them... etc... is not cool.
It might seem cute and everything. Defending your idol. And sure, I can imagine people being protective towards someone else that else that already gets a lot of criticism -- I don't deny the fact that some people here are in fact exposed to harsh criticism. But doing bad things in the name of your idol only gives your idol a bad name and reputation. And that's the one thing you don't want as fanatic fan. People turning away from your fandom, because they might've liked the fandom itself, but can't stand the fans. 

To return to the beginning of my DeviantArt journey. I was a newbie on the site, a non-native English person (took me ages to write a message in English) and unaware of the general culture on the site. I thought I did something helpful, and those reactions scared the shit out of me. That being one of the first experiences with that particular artist on the site, it left such a bad taste in my mouth that I never commented on the artist work again. Ironically not even up until today. I could've been an amazing fan, though. Considering that, back in that time, I was a basement dweller with basically no life and there were other people that I commented on all the time. But yeah, those so called fans just scared me away.

What I wanted to say is; just don't be that person that ruins the experience for other people on the website.
If the artist himself wants to be an ass and chase away his fans... that's up to him. Those are his fans, so it's his loss. But don't do it for another artist. If someone personally attacks you, your family, or your best friend... it's totally be okay to get involved. If someone attacks your art, it's okay to get angry. But don't get into a fight for an artist you barely know. Or at least not without doing a proper background check on the subject and having a solid opinion on the subject that's actually yours.

And as a final note. Before any of you go harassing to comment section saying "OMG! U support art theft!!!!" or anything like that, just because I mentioned this particular case; learn to read context. I don't support art theft at all, and I've never done so. But I don't support cyber bullying either. My stance on this case is rather neutral, and the only reason I brought it up is to serve as a recent example.
Hello everyone! :sun:


It's the middle of the summer already but we couldn't let it pass without having an artsy, fun and very manly event for all of you awesome people!

So! Lets start :dummy:

We've prepared several small events for you and everyone is welcome to participate, there will be a new mini event each week and the winners of each event will be announced at the end of the summer. There is an amazing prize pool to reward the winners thanks to the very kind people who donated prizes. (you want to donate? please do ^^ never enough prizes! you can comment here: i-draw-boys.deviantart.com/jou… )

Week one!
Lucas' summer vacation mini art contest


Rules

:bulletblue: feature our manly mascot Lucas inside a summer themed picture.
The art style , the techniques and format are for you to decide.
But remember, the winner of this challenge will be the one who submits the most original entry in terms of content.
(some inspiration: beach, swimwear, holiday, cocktails, sunburns etc. )

IDB - Lucas by hellangel

:bulletblue: The challenge will start tonight (Greenwich meantime) at 11:00 p.m and end on Tuesday July 29th 11.00 p.m.
the challenge folder will be closed one exactly at this time so make sure you've submitted your entries by then!

:bulletblue: you are of course allowed to participate in all of the challenges! And you can also participate when you donated a prize! There will also be a prize for the most fanatic participants! So don't miss any of the challenges :la:

:bulletblue: You need to be a member of this group to participate (just click the join button!)

If there is anything unclear, dont hesistate to ask!

Now start creating! :la:

with summery love from you admins at :iconi-draw-boys:
Hey everyone!

We are having another mini-contest!

Our challenge to you...Write a poem about a color.  Pick a color- any color and write us something beautiful.


Let's get the pesky rules out of the way.
1. You must be a member to participate.
2. You are allowed 1 entry per person
3. The deadline for submissions is 8/30. This gives you plenty of time to come up with something fantastic!  
4. Entries must be a new deviation- something written specifically for this contest.  
5. You MUST mention this contest in your artist comments and if you could fav this journal, that would be much appreciated!


Prizes!
We will pick one winner who will receive 50 points and a poetry commission from me.
We will also have 2 honorable mentions that will get 25 points each.

All winners will be featured here, my personal journal, and a journal feature in :iconpoeticalcondition:  AND :icondeviantsgallery:

Prize donations are gladly accepted.  

The fabulous :iconhermionefrost: will be helping me judge.  :)

Be creative!  Have fun with this! And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
I have a plan
more like a suggestive rallying cry if anything else really...
 
- - during the weekend, something hit me and I want to do something about it.
   Even though Mark isn’t able to attend a bulk of cons that are out there,  
   many of his followers/subs would and do attend them.
 
- - we have to find a way to meet up and plan to meet up as a collective.  
   Even if it’s just 2 people for 10 minutes, it’s going to be worth it.
   
- - what are some suggestions for making this happen?
 

More Giveaways!

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 22, 2014, 4:07 PM
1-Month Premium Membership GiveawayI am going to give away my 1-Month Premium Membership.
Yes, I did work very hard to earn enough points to buy one, and I did enjoy it very much, but not as fun as I'd hope for. Therefore, I am going to give it away. Here are the rules:
#1 You have watched me
#2 You must :+fav: this journal
#3 You must advertise this PM Giveaway in a journal of your own
#4 Leave a comment below with a link to your journal
If you feel like it, you can also advertise my page in the same journal.
I will be using random.org to choose the winners, so it'll be totally fair.
The contest will end 7/28/14.
Good luck to everypony that joins!
I am going to regret this in like 2 minutes XDD
But don't worry I won't cancel it CX
Dathie's 700+ watcher raffleoh my goodness, thank you so much for the 700+ watchers!
So shall we play this raffle as if we were in a fairground?
well i am~ lets go~
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Rules to enter!
(gives you 1 ticket~)
1) you need to be a watcher of mine!
(new or old, but dont just watch for the raffle, watch for the art~)

2) comment below~
(so I can give you a number!)
To get extra numbers!
-Make a journal/poll advertising this and comment it below! (easy)
gives +1 ticket

-in your comment at some point use the word "tea" (easier)
gives +1 ticket

-Name my favorite type of tea (pfft have fun!)
gives +1 ticket
up to 4 tickets can be had in this!
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PRIZES!
1st place prize~ (open)
halfbody with detailed background

(requires 0+ peopl
dATweet : 100 Points Giveaway #1.Hello everyone! Welcome to my latest points giveaway for the week :D (Big Grin)
Thanks to all of those who are reading this, (When it comes to point giveaways. :stinkeye:)
So, here's how to enter:
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Bullet; Green Add this journal to your faves.
Bullet; Green Add dATweet to your watchlist for more points, giveaways and more! It's never too late to watch me. 
Bullet; Green Write a journal to spread the word!
If you want, you can just copy and paste this:
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:icondatweet: is holding a 100 point giveaway!
 
With dATweet, you can donate points to receive watches, llamas, and favs! 
200 

Art Raffle~ (Open)Hi~ it's my first time making a raffle, okay? ; 3;
Prize: 
A detailed chibi 
(If I have more than 30 people entering i'll add more prizes >v>b)
End date: July 26th (the raffle is only for 4 days x3 but if there's alot of people entering i'll make another raffle in the future)
Sample of me chibis: (More samples in gallery uvu)

How to enter:
Must be a watcher~ please don't watch and then unwatch afterward because that's lame :(
Fav the journal (that's how you'll get your number)
Make a journal advertising this raffle u vu~
Comment with your character reference and the link to your journal.
Rules:
Your ref must be an image. PLEASE don't put a description as a ref ; __ ; 
I draw mostly girls but I will try to draw guys but they might look weird.. xD Also I will draw fanart but give me ref. 
If you win please don't sell or say you drew it and don't mess wi


  • Eating: pizza
  • Drinking: Lemonade

How it works…


Advertise this journal + the Raelans group! That's all you have to do. Let me know that you did, and you will get a raffle ticket with a number. When the raffle is over, we'll roll for a random number and whoever has that ticket wins! Simple, right? :meow:

How to get tickets:


:bulletblue: Advertise this journal + the Raelans group in a journal and get 2 tickets.
:bulletblue: Post the link to the journal + the Raelans group in a poll and get 1 ticket.
:bulletpurple: Donate a prize of 100 :points: or more OR artwork and receive two additional tickets.
Please make sure you can actually provide the prizes if you wish to donate.

You can do one, two, or all of the above to get tickets! If you do a journal, then a day later decide to do a poll, you'll be assigned a random additional ticket(s)--they just won't be in numerical order.

Participants and ticket numbers will be posted on this journal to keep track. The rolled number will be screenshot and posted in my gallery as well.

This contest starts now! and ends on August 5th at midnight CST.

Here are the prize tiers!


5 people or less participate –

1st place only, 1 month premium OR 400 :points:




10 people  –

1st place: 3 month premium OR 700 :points:,

2nd place: 100 :points:




25 people –

1st place: 12 month Premium OR 2,000 :points:

2nd place: 3 month premium OR 700 :points:

3rd place: 1 month premium OR 400 :points:.



35+ people —

1st place: 12 premium OR 2,000 :points: AND a custom Raelans of your choice.

2nd place: 3 month premium OR 700 :points:, and a breeding slot to a natural Raelans group cat of your choice

3rd place: 1 month premium OR 400 :points:




50+ people –

1st place: 12 month premium OR 2,000 :points:, AND a custom Mutation Raelans of your choice, a semi custom natural Nordanner …AND something from the DA Print store to the value of $50 or less OR the point equivalent (4,000 :points:)

2nd place: 3 month premium OR 700 :points:, a custom starter Raelans (natural coat) AND something from the dA print store for the value of $30 or less, OR the point equivalent (2,800 :points:)

3rd place: 1 month premium OR 400 :points:, AND something from the dA Print store to the value of $10 or less OR the point equivalent (800 :points:)




A word on donated prizes:

  • Donated prizes will be given by the donator to the winner(s) directly once the raffle has ended.
  • Any unpaid donations may disqualify you from future Raelans contests, and/or revoke the prize if one of your tickets wins during this raffle. 
  • If you, for any reason, can no longer donate your prize, you may contact us to remove it (must be before the raffle is scheduled to end).  We will remove any extra tickets earned by you from your donation(s) should you choose to retract it.  



Prize Donations:

Zandromina 100 :points:
SloppySwishingEva one headshoot to each winner
fennexxfox 50 kaaring
SageFacility 2 pieces of artwork: Lineart + Flat color + shading ontop with a simple background
Night-angel-stable 100 :points:

Ticket Holders:

Zandromina Tickets 1-5
Pickle-Paws Tickets 6-8
SpiritWolfeLily Tickets 9-10
TheBrooklynnYouLove Tickets 11-12
SloppySwishingEva Tickets 13-17
fennexxfox Tickets 18-22
SageFacility Tickets 23-27
Fort-Ridgely-Stables Tickets 28-30
ameDigital Tickets 31-32
Night-angel-stable Tickets 33-37




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Hello, my dear Dereon lovers!!

Our group reached 100+ Members!!!!!!!!!! :la: :la: :la: :la: :la: :la: Thank you all for your continuous support and love!!! :hug:

Time to hold a contest to thank you for your devotion to Dereons and participation to our big family!!!!!! :hug:

Four lucky WINNERS will get one Dereon Design by me :iconayane2: of a 150+ :points: cost (which means an amazing one) FOR FREE!!!!!!! WHICH MEANS FOUR 150+ :points: DEREON DESIGNS!!!!!!!! The new Insect Species will be included!!!!!!!!! PLUS..............................................50 :points: will go to EACH OF THE FOUR WINNERS!!! (Sent by me :iconayane2: )

If more donators are added, more winners and prizes will be added as well!! The more the donators, the more the winners and prizes!!!

Winners will be announced in 10th of August! The four lucky winners will be chosen with www.random.org/ ! Each one of the participants will get a number!

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RULES:

:bulletgreen: You have to either be an already member-watcher of the group or a new comer member! JOIN OR WATCH!
:bullergreen: Fave this journal!
:bulletgreen: Write a journal-poll about the contest adding a link or the thumb linking to it and comment below with a link to your journal-poll!!
:bulletred: No dublicate accounts!
:bulletred: No Point-Plz-Ask Accounts!

If you read all of this journal, comment your answers to these two simple questions! (If you don't answer these questions, your entry won't be accepted!)

Q1: Who is your favorite artists? (Tag min. 2 people)
Q2: Who is your in-DeviantArt best friends? (Tag min. 5 people)

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The Dereon Designs images will be added on this journal as soon as they are all ready and posted on DeviantArt. (Will be posted here: ayane2.deviantart.com/gallery )







Thank you all in advance for your participation!! Good luck to everyone!!!!!!!!

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PS: If you'd like to become a prize donator and add a Dereon Design, :points: or anything else, you'll be welcomed!!!! Every donator will be featured on the Group's :icondereons: main page as well as on my page :iconayane2: ! (If you want to become a donator, please fill free to note me :iconayane2: or the group :icondereons: ! ) Thank you in advance! :hug:
Purple Butterfly Divider by CherushiMetsumari
D.Grayman by Ennun
Featured art by Ennun


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As of late, this group has been very inactive. However, it's also accumulated over 160 members now! Since there are more of us, I've been thinking of ways to make the group more like an actual fan page and less like a mere art dump.

In order to keep the fandom alive and to get everyone to feel like they have a say, I've considered posting Monthly Discussion Questions.



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What's up with Monthly Discussion Questions?


These questions would be posted on the group page EITHER at the top of the page, down and above the comment section, or posted in a separate journal (haven't chosen yet).

Every month, admins will post a new question regarding D.Gray-Man that the members will have the chance to answer in the comment section. The idea is that people can share their opinions openly, and communicate with other members freely.

All questions will be opinion based, and everyone is entitled to their own. There are no "correct" or "incorrect" answers.

As a rule, members should respond to the previous member's comment BEFORE posting their own. This is how we can get the discussion flowing an no one can feel left out or ignored. Everyone matters.

:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred: All flaming will result in a warning. If the flaming continues beyond that, you will be blocked. We want this to be a safe environment, and no one deserves to be put in a corner for speaking their mind. The victim will not be punished, but instead, promptly apologized to for the trouble they went though whilst participating. :bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:


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Purple Butterfly Divider by CherushiMetsumari

Also, if you didn't notice the lovely artwork at the top of this journal already, we have been considering featuring at least one piece from the group's gallery in each Monthly Discussion Question as well.





~Comment below~
 :icondownarrowplz:   :icondownarrowplz:
:bulletgreen: Do you think Monthly Discussion Questions are a good idea?
:bulletyellow: Would you actively participate?
:bulletorange: Do you think it'd be better to do weekly questions, or would you prefer we provided a larger window of opportunity for members to respond?
:bulletred: Would you prefer the Discussion Questions be posted as a Journal, where each individual Journal houses a separate discussion for organization purposes? Or would you prefer to keep the discussion on the group's page, to maintain a steady flow of members to scroll by the group's lovely artwork?

Are you ready for see your great character in FULL Color?. Yes, I know that many love my style of coloring. If you like my art style, you Win a free drawing. Just read the following details.

Badge/Avatar

The character's face. With a fresh background.
For Male/Female characters. Humans / Furries.

For Boys

A Half-Body draw of your character. No background.
For Male characters. Humans / Furries.

For Girls

A Full-Body draw of your character. No background.
For Female characters. Humans.

Portrait

A draw of your real face. In a cool toony style. With full color background.
For Male/Female peoples.

**RULES**

Only 1 Original Character. I Need the Reference of you Character. No about Politics/Religion/Erotism. And YOU SHOULD give me the Credit if do you wanna upload it the art in another site.

ABOUT the Portrait selection, send me your photo (or, if possible, more than 1 photo). You can feel free to specify preferences about your features, but without exaggeration... PLEASE.

Contact Me via Note.

Just send me or comment here about your character: Reference Image and his Name/Gender. Feel free to question me.

This is possibly my last plan for free works. Come on!