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The most amazing thing happened today!

Mon Jul 21, 2014, 12:36 PM


This morning, a guy rand my doorbell and i thought that was a little weird because i wasn't expecting anyone. He said he has a delivery for me with 2 tubes from deviantART. I was really surprised because i didn't remember giving my address (it was such a long time ago that i did probably) or didn't remember ordering anything and only until i opened them did i realize they were print gifts from my wishlist! But i have no idea who sent them :icontearyguyplz: They were both prints of this artwork Bless the girl by jurithedreamer
and i am not sure if there were too separate people who sent them (they appear to have been sent at different times) or one person. BUT WHOEVER YOU ARE THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU WONDERFUL PERSON!
The prints are amazing looking! Kudos to deviantART because the quality of the print is astonishing :la: the prints are on material not paper and that not only makes them more durable but it also has a very neat oil painting feel to it. :love:
This just made my week! I will put both of them in frames :love:
But i want to know who are the people who gave me these gifts! I want to give you a virtual hug :iconglompplz:




Totoro Journal Skin by starrily
wow.

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

Rules:

: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

OH YEAH,,
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 :)
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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 :)
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 an 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: 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:


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!

Love,

- Cheryl

Novel Expression Cover Contest







❤ Skin CSS © Nesmaty

- Cheryl - Stock & Resources Community Volunteer
:new:


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:
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.
GirlxGirl
BoyxBoy
BoyxGirl

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

It doesn't matter.
FANFIC IS ALLOOOOOOOWED!!!!!

:bulletyellow:Rules:

~Fanart~
: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"

~Stories~
: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!

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

~///FanArt\\\~
/5 Originality
/5 Neatness
/10 Effort
/10 Emotion and shiz


~///Stories\\\~
/5 Originality
/5 Grammer, spelling, etc.
/10 Effort
/10 Emotion

:bulletyellow:Prizes:
Anyone want to contribute?
Bloops! piggy here!!!
~///1st\\\~
One ANkle up  ANything :iconpiggylover29:
>Headshot for any of their OCs  :iconjaezure:



~///2nd\\\~
Headshot!:iconpiggylover29:
>Fullbody chibi drawing of one of their OCs  :iconjaezure:




~//3rd\\~
Animal,Any type :iconpiggylover29:
Llama :iconjaezure:

:bulletblue: Judges =D
:iconpiggylover29:
:iconpermenantmarkers:
:iconfasiha105:

: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.

Monday Muses

Mon Jul 21, 2014, 1:54 PM



Welcome to our activity on Mondays - Monday Muses!


It's all about the artists and artworks that inspire you! :painter:

There are many ways someone can be an inspiration. By displaying inspiring community spirit, or providing helpful resources for example. Or maybe you just stumbled over an amazing artwork that simply knocked you off your feet and inspired you to make something of your own right away. No matter what it is, we want you to share it!

Simply pick an artist or deviation you find inspiring in some way, and post them in a comment on this journal. Please also include why you chose that artist or artwork. Your suggestions will be featured next week! :heart:

If you want the feature to be a surprise for the deviant(s) you suggested, please leave away the '@' or :dev: when typing the username (and post links to artworks instead of thumbs), that way your Muses won't be notified of your comment here through the mentions system.

Also feel free to post this wonderful stamp the awesome a-neverending made on the profile pages of your Muses once the feature is published:

Give a stamp! - You are my MondayMuse by a-neverending




This week's Muses are:



:bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen: :iconxarime: :bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen:

Life by Xarime
"Even though Mary has only been on dA for two months, she's doing so much to spread positivity in the community! She's writing features and running the wonderful group TheStudentGallery and is always kind to fellow deviants.
And let's not forget her amazing art! Heart"

~ KiwiCocktail





:bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen: :iconegil21: :bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen:

"So my thanks go to egil21 - she runs the group TheFavouriteShowcase and when I became a member there, she invited me soon to the contributors since she saw my love for making features. From there she helped me through a lot of techniqual struggles and was always there to answer questions and explain things over and over again to me :) (Smile) Finally she gave me a pm and keeps working a lot for the group and the dA community as such. She really inspired me with her efforts for the community :D (Big Grin)"






:bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen: :iconrisandell: :bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen:

Sunset 48 by Risandell
"Risandell is my friend and a photographer, mostly of lovely flowers and beautiful sunsets :) (Smile) I really like his pictures and the simply way that he captures nature :) (Smile)"

~ UszatyArbuz




Thank you for participating! :heart: