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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?

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Write n' Win!

In group news I can announce that on September 13th, our group will officially have it's own literature article featuring our own members as well as other members in the DeviantART literature community! Stay tooned for the Literary Almanac Monthly coming to retailer near you! :heart:


Pick a random book off of your shelf, your phone, or your computer, and flip yourself to page twenty-four. If you want, this could be your favourite book or your least favourite book or just a book that happens to be a book. When you get to page twenty-four, pick out ten of the first words you see and like and jot them down on a piece of paper. Now, write a piece of flash fiction or a poem using those ten special words you've picked.

*Make sure that you include your ten words in the deviation's description!*

Ex. (If you need to, you may use these words and this example. :))

A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle

1. Tea
2. Coffee
3. Morning
4. Ancient
5. Rune
6. Plum
7. Pudding
8. Car
9. Avocado
10. Flaming

Note--This prompt is open to both prose and poetry of all types. :heart:


Bullet; Black Keep to a reasonable mature level. (PG13)

Bullet; Black Fanfiction will totally be accepted; just tell us what it's from in the description!

Bullet; Black One entry per person.

Bullet; Black 4,000 word limit for prose—100 line limit for poetry.

Bullet; Black Please link to your deviation in a note to the appropriate admin. (This week: Naktarra

Bullet; Black You don't have to be a member to join. Heart

Bullet; Black It can be a deviation from August 2014 or a new Deviation.

Bullet; Black Incorporate the prompt or challenge in your own creative way!

As always, the most important rule is: HAVE FUN! :dummy:


Points 15 points from Naktarra for the best entry.
Journal la A journal feature in the September 2014 Literary Almanac Monthly for all participants.
Hug A big squishy hug for all participants. 

 September 1st

Happy writing!
When an artist decides to draw eyes differently, some say that they use a different style though the eye shape is literally all that changed. Their originality is often questioned. Never understood why there's so much controversy over such a small thing.
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 Hello my fellows Romans

I understand that you are currently in the process of creating and submitting you applications. This is wonderful news! If you haven't gotten started yet click the 'CREATE YOUR ROMAN' link above. 
I'm here to inform you that if you are having trouble with the creation process of your character/application I, FlameFireheart am here to help! As the Camp's resident oracle, I'm practiced in guiding my fellow man! So please, if you seek assistance whether it be conceptual or visual, contact me. I'd be more than willing to help.

May the gods be with you,  
Cassie Vaticinatio, Oracle and member of the first cohort of New Rome </span>

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  • Eating: Baklava
Meet Emma Vieceli—writer of Fran Kenstein!

Good morning, gang!

It’s update time on Madefire’s 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge. So far, things are going swimmingly and the community’s overwhelmingly positive feedback has been gratifying—reaffirming our excitement for this! As a special treat today, let’s meet the voice behind our story—Fran Kenstein writer Emma Vieceli!
First up—tell us a little about yourself!

Hi there! Okay, so I'm Emma (emmav) and I've always loved telling stories; whether on stage, through writing or through comics – which combine the best of everything, I think.

Some of the projects I've worked on include: Alex Rider (current), Vampire Academy, Manga Shakespeare, The Avalon Chronicles, Young Avengers, My Little Pony and my creator owned titles, Dragon Heir and BREAKS (Which you can read RIGHT NOW for free at You can find out more about me at my website: or on my deviantART page. (Which I must update!)
How did you come to be acquainted with Liam/Madefire? Are you a fan of what we’re doing with digital reading both as a creator and fan?

I've known Liam for a long time. Comics are a pretty happy family most of the time, and it's hard not to get to know your fellow creators. Years ago I got to know Liam through the London MCM Expo event; a show which had just started to grow back then – and that apparently saw over 100k people through the door this May! Liam and I stayed in touch off and on over the years, and then we found each other on devianART! I've been following Madefire with interest as they're really on the button in terms of what can be achieved when you combine comic storytelling with media. I'm not a fan of standard 'motion comics' as they often run the risk of being a watered down version of either animation or comics, but Madefire are doing incredible things with the medium and are coming up with ways of genuinely forging a new way to read comics. A lot of it follows on and improves on steps I took along with the fantastic Thrill Electric ( team a couple of years ago – so it's a medium I've always had interest in.
How did you come to be involved with this project?

I was lucky enough to be approached by Liam and Ben, and asked if I was interested in scripting a short comic for them. Fran sounded a really fun concept, as was the idea of seeing deviant artists working on it. So I immediately said I'd love to join in!
You’re known as a writer-artist but have you ever written a script for another artist to work from? How was that different, process-wise, then how you write for yourself?

This is the very first time I've scripted for someone else, and it was so much fun! I'm used to scripting for my own purposes, and I'm very used to drawing from other writers' scripts, so I think I had a pretty firm idea of what an artist who had never worked with me might want to see in a script.

I was able to consider what was feasible in a direction, and what could be done with the space without making things really difficult on an artist, because I AM an artist :) What I did find was that I was a lot more careful than I would have been when writing for myself, haha. When I script for myself, it's very messy and loose as I know I'll be re-scripting more firmly once I've seen how the pages actually shake out visually. With Fran, I had to be sure that any artist could understand what I was explaining, so I had to be a little more clear than my own messy scripts ;). Hopefully I've still left enough room for any artist to play, though, and make the pages their own. That's a lot of the fun of comicking.

Today’s design by Gilang Andrian is that of Oscar, Fran’s near-perfect male classmate:

Any advice for aspiring creators?

Gosh, there are a million things someone can offer as advice but, when it comes down to it, everyone will forge their own path in comics and art. Few paths are the same. But in terms of handy coverall advice, I'd definitely recommend challenging yourself to practice everything...especially the things that you don't want to draw or write. Sticking with what you're comfortable with will never lead to improvement; only within very small boundaries. Comics often require us to step out of our comfort barrier, so get ahead of the game and test yourself early! Hate drawing cars? DRAW CARS! Hate writing romance? WRITE ROMANCE! ^_^
Lastly, can you tell us some of your favorite deviants?

Oooh that's hard! I follow so many people on deviantART and it's very hard to pick any above the rest. I guess some of my favourites are:,,,,,,, and
But there are many more!

Thanks again to Emma Vieceli for taking the time to sit down with us for that great interview! Now it's time to announce yet another judge…so ladies and gentlemen, let’s give a warm welcome to:

Dave Gibbons (davegibbons)

Dave Gibbons truly needs no introduction as the co-creator of many of the greatest sequential stories ever told. Ever heard of Watchmen? Yeah, that Dave Gibbons…and we’re insanely lucky to have him on-board!

We'll bring you another update in just a couple of days, so keep watching and have a great week!


Name my Oc Contest (OPEN)

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 26, 2014, 4:47 PM


I am in desperate need of a good name for my oc! Coming up with names for characters is my weakest point, therefore I have decided to ask you guys for help!

(below, before and after pictures) 

Kitty by DragonDawn18    Chibi by DragonDawn18
     Original                       Redrawn

So, it's contest time! :3

A brief blurb about the character:
Although his backstory isn't completely finished yet, here's a little about him:

1. He is a shota boy <3
2. He is perky, friendly, and playful
3. He is 16 years old
(I'll add more later) 

What you need to do to enter

1: draw the above character (any media, style, pose, background, etc. is fine!) 

2: Give him a name (that's the main point of the contest) 

3: Be a watcher 

(optional steps)

Advertise this contest via a journal or poll (much appreciated)

Donate prizes (if you want to donate prizes, I will feature you and 1-2 deviations of your choice in this journal)

Prizes (as of right now, they are likely to increase): 

100 points, a llama, and a watch

A fullbody chibi (such as the one on the right above)

You MUST credit me for the original design/ownership of the character
You may not use the character without my permission (fanart is fine, but no rp, stories, etc. please)
Write "Kitten" in your comment to show you actually read the journal
limit is 1 entry per person

I will be judging based on effort and creativity, not artistic ability! Don't feel like your art isn't good enough!

Enter by linking your drawing in the comments below! (Contest has no official end yet as of right now, will be added later)

This Journal Skin was designed by Zaporozhenko Vitaly (Vint26)
In this journal, we introduced our project for featuring your art with 0 constructive comments. Now that plenty of awesome pieces have been submitted, thank you, and it's time to showcase them! La la la la

0 Constructive Comment Submissions

Consider commenting on these deviations constructively. Give them some love!
Note 10 images will be featured bi-weekly in the order of their submission, starting from the oldest. 

the freeze by dolphinsrock101 Audrey Hepburn by Tottaparadise Cherry Racheal by missimoinsane Moonlight Necormancy. by missimoinsane Tears of nature by ringthedeathknell 
Sail: Chapter 1"Ouch!” I cursed under my breath and pressed the bright line of blood across my thumb to my mouth.
“You’re doing it wrong,” Fendul said. He took the driftwood and my whittling knife, peeling away a thin curl of wood with a single smooth motion. “Hold it like this. You’ll stab yourself in the gut otherwise.”
“Nei. It doesn’t work that way.” I pulled the palm-sized figurine back out of his grasp.
We sat cross-legged next to each other on a rocky beach, looking out over still, turquoise water muffled by fog. Colossal hills surrounded the lake valley, their dense layer of trees barely visible against the dark sky. A dull pink glow silhouetted mountain peaks in the east.
I missed the cool, dry air of the mountains already. The forest behind us dripped with humidity. My fingers were too damp to grip the smooth bone handle of the whittling knife.
Voices drifted down the shoreline toward us. “Don’t you have somewhere to be
 (TFB Concept 1)  VS Mechanolich Soul by Ouroboros-Armageddon Acrylic Self-Portrait by KinduhSortahMaybe butterfly by dolphinsrock101  Sail: Chapter 1"Ouch!” I cursed under my breath and pressed the bright line of blood across my thumb to my mouth.
“You’re doing it wrong,” Fendul said. He took the driftwood and my whittling knife, peeling away a thin curl of wood with a single smooth motion. “Hold it like this. You’ll stab yourself in the gut otherwise.”
“Nei. It doesn’t work that way.” I pulled the palm-sized figurine back out of his grasp.
We sat cross-legged next to each other on a rocky beach, looking out over still, turquoise water muffled by fog. Colossal hills surrounded the lake valley, their dense layer of trees barely visible against the dark sky. A dull pink glow silhouetted mountain peaks in the east.
I missed the cool, dry air of the mountains already. The forest behind us dripped with humidity. My fingers were too damp to grip the smooth bone handle of the whittling knife.
Voices drifted down the shoreline toward us. “Don’t you have somewhere to be

The Second Pantheon by Ouroboros-Armageddon

Mini Constructive Comment Contest (+ Winner feature!)

La la la la

Congrats to  meaty-nosebleeds 

with this comment on Alice - Lidfox

by geek96boolean10!

C: meaty-nosebleeds by LemonPoppySeedMuffin Art Challenge #2: Winter Speedpaint (with video) by meaty-nosebleeds Chibi Kai by meaty-nosebleeds Abilene Commission by meaty-nosebleeds 

These articles will be published on a bi-weekly basis, and the winner of each mini contest will be awarded with a feature on the next article! 
  1. First, find a deviation above that's to your liking. Or you may find one from the folder!
  2. Comment as constructively as possible on the piece. We are looking for the most constructive, and will be judging on that! 
  3. Copy the comment link once you're done, and then link it via comments section under this article. To find the URL of your comment on a deviation (or anywhere), you submit the comment, right click the time stamp, and then select copy link address. 
Happy constructive commenting! 

Have a great week,
Legend of Sol The Official Team Avatar by SolKorra

This is a little example of an Anime Team, in this oportunitie, are my OC's.

What is your favourite Anime Team???

You can share images or draws of all anime series!!!

Founder SolKorra:iconsolkorra:

If you haven't seen S.M.I.L.E. yet, be sure to check it out! 

Tagging rules: 

1. Complete all the questions or alter them to make it your own!
2. Please link back to the S.M.I.L.E. event or at least mention it in your journal's title. 
3. Tag as many people as you'd like to fill out these questions! (The more the merrier)
4. Have fun or else! Or else! :D
5. Repost these rules in your journal. Or else! :heart:


1. What is your unwinding activity?
2. How do you feel about your DeviantART community?
3. Is there anyone you admire in the community?
4. What is your usual art format(s) on DA? (Literature, photography, crafts, blogs, drawing, paint, etc.)
5. What do you do when you're feeling blue?
6. What do you admire in your own work on this website?
7. Do you do anything else besides DA regarding what you love to do? (Tumblr, Blogspot, forums, etc.)
8. Quick! If you could give anyone here on DeviantART a big squishy hug, who would it be?
9. Have you ever suggested someone else for a feature whether in a group dedicated to it or for a Daily Deviation?
10. What does a smile mean to you?


Create your own questions! Maybe you want to tag a special someone and you want to ask them an embarrassing questions to make their cheeks go all red. (How long was it since you washed your underwear? LOL) Maybe you just want to ask someone about who they are, what they prefer or you just want to ask them another question for the sake of asking another question! Create what you like and there is no limit. As long as the journal produces a smile, it can be altered as you choose. :heart:

Happy writing!

For the first challenge, I'm going to tag a whole bunch of people I think are just darn groovy and who I would give just the squishiest of hugs to. (Loving asphyxiation.)


If you want you're allowed to post your responses in the comments. I'm not holding anything against you if you want to regulate how may journals you post. :heart:
So yeah I'm doing a design contest. I doubt anyone will enter but eh what the hell....

So what i want you guys to do is redesign Skully--->smexyskeleton2113.deviantart.c…

I haven't been very happy with her design lately and wanted to see your guy's amazing little designs ^-^ 

- Same color pallet 
*Bone tail
- Crown
- Necklaces/bracelets
- spiked collar(s)
* gauges/earrings/piercings
*Large floppy ears
* some sort of skull or skeletal pattern
- Glasses
- Headphones 
- new design be feline
- can also be canine (or both)

* Dubstep/Techno
* Bats
* Crosses
* Skulls
* anything Halloween related
* Dark/Creepy things 
* Mountain Dew
* Monster
* Vampires
* Werewolves

1st place: 2 full body drawings + shading + background, 2 headshots, and 2 chibis

2nd place: 1 full body drawing + shading + background , 1 headshot, 1 chibi

3rd place: 1 full body flat color drawing and 1 chibi

*N/A ( or none at the moment)

Anyways have fun and note me for questions or concerns C: And if you can't join at least spread the word? PLEASE? 
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I taked lots of picture of this one, but I'll post only the betters
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Fore some reson Dirk and Gamzee are arguing (that Levi in the corner)
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aaaaaaaaaaaaand Eridan (there was an Attack on Titan thing behind but they finish it during the Homestuck thing so I didn't take pictures of them ;v;
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So much grey alien dudes with horns..

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I love Nepeta and her shopping X3 (dat Equius cosplay looks like him a lot umg)

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GAMZEE HAVE A BUCKET EVERYONE RUN!!! (yu can't understand the bucket thing if yu didn't read Homestuck btw)
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Why is Dirk fighting with Dream Dirk?

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I really love this Calliope cosplay, so fabulous.

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Alpha kids! (jakestopkissingdirksdeadhead)

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the only Ancestors

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The Beta kids (aka the 4 main characters), in different version X3

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Egbert and Crocker family (everyone loves dad)

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Harley and English family...and a boy version of Jade in the midlle

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Lalonde and Strider family (aka the cool guys aka the blondies)

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Family tradition...drink the alchool

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I love how ''dead Dirk that get off his head'' is siting write in front of his head XD
(he get off his head for saving his friends and he is still alive by his dream self that get out of derse for come in their universe ... homestuck is so complicate)

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I wanted to pust a picture of them but during there time they put out there middle finger and my parent will be like ''y u take a picture of dat''
(caus Karkat is so vulgare...but I love the way he insult, he insult in such a creative way XD)

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I love that girl version of Tavros

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Solluuuuuux  Sollux Captor by AnfelMeva and a doll of his ancestor X3

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Leijion family (everyone love cat girls)

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This Kanaya in the left is so cool (dat vampire fashion queen)

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I love Terezi, hse is blind but so cool, if I ever cosplay a Homestuck character it will be Terezi we are similar in some ways (like I LOVE DRAGONS and the read color ect)

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Vriska is cool but she's a real b****

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STRONG PICTURE (see whut I did there XD)

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dat towel

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Gamzee umg I luve him, such I nice person (dat scary psycho clown make have the clown phobia x1000000000000000...)

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Dat Condence •3• dat Feferi cosplay is awsome >u<

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So yeah that's last picture I taked it was almost done but I had to go for some reason...
 my father had to go in Algeria for 3 weeks and I don't want to tell why, so I'm kinda free for three weeks again :D

BUTcat face 
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I freaking had time to hug Sollux Anime Emoji (Blush Oh yay dance) [V6] 
I wanted to hug Gamzee to but he was with the other people taking pictures so I didn't ;D; same for Karakt ;//D//;

Stuff I bought there, I get there with only 90 dollars so I didn't bought lots of stuff (thank to dat huge SNK poster that cost me like 40$ >:U )
Sebastian Michaelis plsuhie:  Untitled by AnfelMeva  I have a british-demon-butler on my bed, I love british accent, I love demon, I love his butler suit, I love his hairs, I love his eyes, I love his love for cats, (I love the fact that he can tie a cherry stalk with his tongue (is that even possible? anyway that mean he's a good kisser XD) I love his smile even if he seriously creep me out...…
Gaara figurine: Untitled by AnfelMeva  My first figurin of my future otaku-geek figure collection ☼_☼
Link poster: Untitled by AnfelMeva The artist that draw this is so cool.
and finally
Attacl on Titan/Shingeky no Kyojin poster: Untitled by AnfelMeva this thing cost me freaking 40 dollars!! >:U But it's so cool, it's like the official image of SNK that you see everywhere. And it's long like 1 meter or somthin'.
We bought other stuff but for my brother.

I did other stuff but I didn't take pictures of it (you can't take a picture of an HD One Piece Film Z in a cinema...)
Yeah that's it for rhis year ;v; 
Good advice of my experience: When you go in a convention and you want to buy need more then 100$