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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 ) 
Clover - Free Icon by etNoirgood luck everybody!Clover - Free Icon by etNoir

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. :)

Weekend Fun

Sat Sep 20, 2014, 6:04 PM



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Welcome to Friday Fun!


FRIDAY! by ILifeloser


Friday Fun is a new weekly blog dedicated to our affiliates contests and events. If your group is affiliated to us, you can send a note to the group with a link to the journal describing your event. Note that a journal is required; we will not write a description for you! :) If your news is time sensitive, please consider that we will only feature it on the next Friday.

If you want to affiliate your group with us, please feature dAWishingWell in you group in a journal and send us the link in a note. We will then affiliate to you. In exchange, your group will appear in the next Thursday Greets and you'll be able to send us your event to feature in Friday Fun.


Contests


1000 Member's Giveaway!~ :bulletgreen: AnimeContestGalore
Anime Twin Contest!~ :bulletgreen: AnimeContestGalore
Designn Magazine Cover Art Contest :bulletgreen: deviantART-Related
Flash Manip Challenge 01 - Dreams :bulletgreen: iManipulate
Invictus Art Contest :bulletgreen: EyeHeartYourArt
Mini Contest! :bulletgreen: STICKSUPPORT
The Illuminated World Contest :bulletgreen: The-Stock-Directory

Features


Art Nouveau Deviation of the Week XXVI :bulletgreen: artnouveau
BAM Check These Fellow Deviants Out! :bulletgreen: Digital-Dreamscape
Monday Munchies [22] :bulletgreen: fella
Donators Feature! :bulletgreen: DeviantsGallery
Donors' Feature #4: AUGUST :bulletgreen: I-Heart-Colors
Featured Artists - Volume 21 :bulletgreen: The-Feature-Showcase
Picture of the Week! :bulletgreen: PetPicks
ProjectPorkchop Vol368 :bulletgreen: ProjectPorkchop
Senior Selections #16 :bulletgreen: dAseniors
TRADITIONAL TROVE 37 :bulletgreen: dAseniors
Weekly Feature :bulletgreen: ArtisticAnimanga

Interviews


Heart to Heart Interview: egil21 :bulletgreen: deviantHEART
SA Interview - DamaiMikaz :bulletgreen: dAseniors

News and articles


dekorAdum ~ Addressing Issues: A Project Summary :bulletgreen: DevNews
Endangered Animals Feature I: Snow Leopard :bulletgreen: Unframed-Nature
Gismonda :bulletgreen: artnouveau
Nature Stock :bulletgreen: The-Stock-Directory
News You Can Use! :bulletgreen: DevNews
Providing Stock + Resources - Part 03: Stock Rules :bulletgreen: The-Stock-Directory
Site Update: New Beta Features, Collections :bulletgreen: hq
Stock and Resources PE: Pre-Cut Images :bulletgreen: The-Stock-Directory
Stock and Resources PE: Premade Backgrounds :bulletgreen: The-Stock-Directory

Projects, events and help needed


DeviantART Compliments #133 :bulletgreen: dACompliments
DeviantART Compliments #134 :bulletgreen: dACompliments
DeviantART Compliments #135 :bulletgreen: dACompliments


That's all for this week! Have a good weekend!

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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:

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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...

***

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).

***

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!


#our generation contest

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 21, 2014, 9:43 AM
The 70s were a wild, hippie-filled time, Michael Jackson and Madonna set the tone in the 80s while wonderfull movies like Forrest Gump, The Sixth Sense, Mrs Doubtfire (bless you, my captian), Tatanic and many more dominated the 90s followed by great polical change (the first black president of the US, the first woman as Germanys Federal Chancellor, e.g.) in the 2000s.


So many things are happening in the world. So many things to leave a mark (good, bad or neutral) on you as time passes.

Now my question is: What defines your generation? Was it a certain couples of year, only one event or the overall "feel"? :)


Put your impressions down on your paper or your screen or whatever you can hold long enough to show to others. :giggle:


Rules


:bulletgreen: You can enter up to 3 times but only one piece can win a price~

:bulletgreen: Any media is allowed.

:bulletgreen: Any entries violating DAs policy will get you disqualified.

:bulletgreen: Judges can not enter the contest.



Judging


    I am looking for judges for this contest! :la: You do not need any special qualifications. Just note me or comment below if you are interested. :heart: I would like to get judges from as many generations as possible.

Current judges:
:iconfelizias:


Prizes



:heartofgold: First place :heartofgold:

1,000 :points: Felizias
llama Felizias
front page and journal feature for at least 6 months Felizias



Silver Square Bullet Second place Silver Square Bullet
unlocked after 4 entries

500 :points: Felizias
llama Felizias
front page and journal feature for at least 3 months Felizias



Red Square Bullet Third place Red Square Bullet
unlocked after 8 entries

250 :points: Felizias
llama Felizias
front page and journal feature for at least 1 months Felizias



Purple Square Bullet Fourth place Purple Square Bullet

unlocked after 12 entries

100 :points: Felizias
llama Felizias
journal feature Felizias


Prize donations are very appreciated! :love:



Deadline is on 30th November 2014; 00:00 GMT!




Questions and anwsers



Are collaborations allowed?

- Yes, they are if you tell me how will receive which prices before we announce any winners. Remember that a collaboration counts as your own piece and will affect your winning chances.


Hello, My Beauties! As you may know, It is September-Which is also Suicide Prevention month! I would like to make a stand against this; I want to share MY STORY, WITH YOU!
I was and am a suicide victim/survivor, I know of alot of deep, dark, writers and artists who have had the same experience, I know I am abit late, (seeing as it is the 21st of september) but this topic definitely hits home for me, as I know It does for many of you, Its not just for people who have seen it, or done it, but also for the people who feel like giving up, ones that are strong, but suffering, this month is for ALL of us! I want my followers to spread the words! Tell your followers! encourage your followers to spread it on to their followers-and so on, and so forth. so here is my proposition! For every follower that I get, I will release one chapter of my suicide/depression story, Encourage a fellow deviant to release their story, and I will donate an hour of my time, to raising money for sexual assault/suicide victims, I will keep you all posted on how much money you have raised for the cause and open a donation box for points on my DA, I will use them to buy art to sell for fundraisers, You may also send in your art! I will be doing this until the 21st of october (so a month) PLEASE! DO SHARE! LIKE COMMENT! WATCH! GIVE ME NEW IDEAS TO SUPPORT THE CAUSE!

I WILL TRY TO UPDATE NEWS EVERY DAY OR EVERY OTHER DAY!

-Malia