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

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I just started being active on this account not too long ago and I've racked up almost 700 watchers.

//heavy sobbing

I love you  guys so much!! :]

For you beautiful people who chose to watch me, I'm gonna raffle off a pixel doll (please, only animals)

like this:
Eight by dogebutt


:bulletwhite: Please fav this journal! (this is how i find out who will win and you can unfav this after it ends, idrc)
:bulletwhite: since this is a gift to my watchers, you must be watching me (it isn't too late either ouo)
optional: you can write a journal about this for another chance to win ! :'D (please link back on this journal)

that's it :'D

please comment with your reference sheets,, even if you don't win, i might draw a request aha

that is all

and remember

You're Awesome by dogebutt

deadline is friday

Sentience by TylerReitanCruel Beauty by TylerReitan
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 :)
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
I will be using to pick the winner
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 :)
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.
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?
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:… )

Week one!
Lucas' summer vacation mini art contest


: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:

Hiya Darlings,

I have the pleasure of sharing a fantastic contest with you that has some very generous prizes! This contest is perfect for artists that are interested in the field of book covers. Please take the time to check out the journal that I am including in this one for more details about the contest. It promises to be a very fun contest to participate in!


- Cheryl

Novel Expression Cover Contest

❤ Skin CSS © Nesmaty

- Cheryl - Stock & Resources Community Volunteer

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 ! Each one of the participants will get a number!



: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)


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: )

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


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:
Bloop. Another contest already! haha!

Deadline: August 25th
Or later if something comes up in school.

This time Its about Ships! (No, not the Argo 2 lol)
It can be any type.

It can be both PJO or HoO characters, your your OC paired with one of them.

It doesn't matter.


:bulletred: 2 pieces max
:bulletred: Must contain a ship. It can have other people to but it must contain a ship. (Like obvious shipping. Holding hands, etc. )
:bulletred: Must be a new submission. (No using old art this time!)
:bulletred: Must be your art. (No bases, collabs, etc.)
:bulletred: Nothing that is overly sexual please.
:bulletred: Please put in the description that it's for this contest.
:bulletred: Put entries in the folder labeled "Contest Entries"

:bulletred: Can be a flashback
:bulletred: 2 pieces max
:bulletred: Must contain a ship. It can have other people to but it must contain a ship. (Like obvious shipping. Holding hands, etc. )
:bulletred: Must be a new submission. (No using old art this time!)
:bulletred: Must be between 200 and 2,500 words. (Please, don't go overboard. And we are willing to be lenient.)
:bulletred: Nothing that is overly sexual please.
:bulletred: Please put in the description that it's for this contest.
:bulletred: Put entries in the folder labeled "Contest Entries"

Comment if you want to join!

(If you want to be a judge, note an admin.)

/5 Originality
/5 Neatness
/10 Effort
/10 Emotion and shiz

/5 Originality
/5 Grammer, spelling, etc.
/10 Effort
/10 Emotion

Anyone want to contribute?
Bloops! piggy here!!!
One ANkle up  ANything :iconpiggylover29:
>Headshot for any of their OCs  :iconjaezure:

>Fullbody chibi drawing of one of their OCs  :iconjaezure:

Animal,Any type :iconpiggylover29:
Llama :iconjaezure:

:bulletblue: Judges =D

:bulletyellow: Participants:

Good luck to y'all!!!
:iconbadwolfrin: :iconladyswirlz: :icondaughterofthehunt10:

Note: The winners from the last contest still need to tell us what they want.
If it is one thing that I'm tired of seeing, it has to be the closed-minded talent unbelievers, especially when it comes to art. There IS a such thing as talent. It's not my fault that you're too trapped in a box to realize that it exists. I hate it so much when people are so stubborn and can't understand the reasoning I tell them. Talent is not a religion therefore it shouldn't have been a controversial topic.:no:

I will briefly mention art so there are not tutorials or anything, just my insights. Oh, I'm guessing that this is a good category as it's not quite personal since I want to get my thoughts out there.

Here are a few on-the-spot reasons I know talent exists (because as I'm typing this it is late):

1. "Talent" is often misused as "skill".
This should be avoided at all costs. I see people justifying talent in place of skill for why they can't get better at art. Saying that someone has more "talent" than you even though you haven't been practicing is the worst thing you could possibly do using such a word. This is an appropriate time to reevaluate yourself and your study habits and get to work. Who knows, you may blow the "talented" people out of the water if you work hard enough.

2. "Talent" is a separate entity.
I get really tired of people who destroy the meaning of talent and then put their misguided "opinions" out there without looking it up any. I comprehend talent as something that is a great addition to skill. It is like extra credit on a test when you can do above average on everything. That extra credit boosts your score to get a better grade, you see? There is a difference between someone who has real, raw "talent" and is a highly skilled artist and then you just get the basic highly skilled person. The talented artist will have taken it upon themselves to get to an even more advanced level of feeling and devotion to this practice while your average highly skilled artist will have artwork that is missing this certain "something".

3. "Talent" is like "potential" and "intelligence".

If at an early age you can tell someone has an interest in something like art for example, the child may be showing an advanced perception of the things around them when they start doodling. You know, everything looks like it makes sense and it's not just a mere scribble. This is one way to tell that this particular child has the potential to become a great artist (and this is from personal experience when I was little lol). If the child has an exponential interest in art and has the proper mindset, then they may be talented as talent is not skill but like an easy way to higher education. Why else are there schools for gifted students? Are you going to tell me that they all should be eradicated?

4. "Talent" does NOT equal "lazy".
People often misinterpret talent as being lazy. If you are talented or if you learn things faster and better than others, this does NOT give you any reason to slack off. As a gifted person, you are supposed to take it upon YOURSELF to STUDY and get an even BETTER education compared to the average person who has to work ten times as hard to reach your level. The faster you learn, the more inclined you should be to take in more information quicker and utilize it to the best of your abilities.

5."Talent" is in NO way a substitution for practice and hard work.
Yeah, keep believing that it is. It's wrong and because of this mentality, people don't believe that it exists in the first place. You have to WORK to get better at art. Like I said, the talent just helps you get a better grasp on things compared to your average artists.

6. People must stop thinking talent does NOT exist.
Just because it took you longer to learn something compared to another person doesn't make you a bad person. We are all different and we all learn differently and at different paces. But for people to just dismiss this innate ability as nothing when they lack it themselves is going too far.

In the end, talent is REAL and people are constantly dismissing it as if it doesn't exist. This is like an art teacher saying that "manga" and "anime" are not art when all they have been doing is looking at badly drawn "manga" and "anime" as examples justifying this and overlooking the fact that excellent examples exist.

Well, anyway, it is not all right to say that talent doesn't exist. The only problem I have with it is that people use it as a substitution for skill and practice when it is not that.

I know full well that we ALL have to work HARD to achieve ALL of our goals and it sickens me how people don't believe in diversity. We ALL learn differently and there is NOTHING wrong with that. If you have to study something one hundred times to understand, then fine, do that. But don't get jealous of someone capable of getting it in only three to five times if that much. Some people have to work a lot harder than others to get to different artistic goals and any other goals for that matter and that is NORMAL. Though we may be different, we are ALL the same in that regard.

Thank you, and happy commenting.:star:

If you're not talented, don't be afraid to work harder. If you are talented, you had better work hard, too. :nod:
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dA Premium Membership Contest

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 21, 2014, 6:12 PM
Hello, everyone~!
I'll be having a contest where there will be a first and a second place winner. (Sorry, no third places!) First, let me explain how this contest will work.

Now you see, in this contest you'll be drawing a cute, adorable, character duck. Just a simple, generic, yellow, duckling. That's it basically! Just draw me a cute simple yellow duckling, and the person with the best ducky will win...

:bulletyellow: 1st PLACE: 3-Month Premium dA Membership or 636 dA points
:bulletyellow: 2nd PLACE: 1-Month Premium dA Membership or 396 dA points

Whoa there! Of course we can't get started yet until you read the rules! Here are the rules when drawing the little yellow duckling.

:bulletwhite: Do NOT use bases/templates
this means not to use pictures which are set as examples to draw over; i consider this to be unoriginal and unfair to those who're actually putting in effort with their own drawings
:bulletwhite: Do NOT use art which is already drawn
this means, commissioned or not, do not use art which is already drawn, it's unfair to those again who're making new drawings
:bulletwhite: Do NOT harass/threaten other contestants
this can mean not to say stuff like, "my art's definitely better than yours, you should probably drop out", it's rude, disrespectful, and very arrogant; please refrain from being a jerk

Finally we're done. I'm still unsure when the deadline should be, so the deadline which I'm setting up for right now is written in pencil, not in pen.

If you're participating and you're done with the sketch/painting/drawing, please send me a note with the link to the drawing. The drawing MUST be uploaded to dA, so I can add the drawing to my contest folder. The drawing's title/name should start with: "Ducky's Art Contest ~ _______".

--Thank you, and have non-plagiarized fun~! c:


August 25th, 2014; 8/25/14