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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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600 POINT GIVEAWAY (PRIZE DOUBLED)

Tue Sep 30, 2014, 2:00 PM
Pumpkin Solo Divider - F2U! by Drache-LehrePumpkin Solo Divider - F2U! by Drache-LehrePumpkin Solo Divider - F2U! by Drache-LehreI love Autumn by converse-kidd-stampsPumpkin Solo Divider - F2U! by Drache-LehrePumpkin Solo Divider - F2U! by Drache-LehrePumpkin Solo Divider - F2U! by Drache-Lehre


Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-neko

Hi Everyone! Since Fall's coming around,

I figure now would be a good time to host a quick giveaway!


THE PRIZE HAS NOW BEEN DOUBLED TO 600 POINTS

I made it onto dA's front page! ;v;

Thanks everyone!



I'm doing a giveaway to help draw some traffic to my page as well! It's very VERY hard to get ahead on dA, and I really have no other options ;x;'
I'm a good artist, so please check out my gallery! ; ;



Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-nekoRULES:Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-neko

Favorite this Journal entry! ( +1 Number )
Once you favorite, leave a comment saying you did, and I'll assign you a number!
Please DO NOT  remove your favorite until after the giveaway ends, or you will be disqualified!


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Make a journal advertising the giveaway and link it back here! ( +2 Numbers )

Watch me and favorite some artwork! ( +1 Number )



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Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-nekoPumpkin Solo Divider - F2U! by Drache-LehrePumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-neko**Optional Entries Notice**Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-nekoPumpkin Solo Divider - F2U! by Drache-LehrePumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-neko

Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-nekoOnly NEW watchers may receive another number for WATCHING me.Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-neko
I want to encourage new users to take a look at my artwork, and I've been struggling to do that, so the second option will only apply to those who have not watched me before. Do not try to cheat this rule, I have a tallied list.

Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-neko
IF YOU DO THE OPTIONAL ENTRIES, PLEASE SPECIFY WHICH ONES YOU DID!
Failure to do this may end up in skipped entry numbers, and I will not be responsible for that!
Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-neko
Winner will be decided through a random number generator!

I hope this all goes well!
In the meantime, checkout some of my artwork! ;v;

Lord Hyacinth [open] by Solar-ParagonCrimson Dreamer [open] by Solar-ParagonTundra Drake [open] by Solar-Paragon
Prince Of September [open] by Solar-ParagonNocturnal Acrobat [open] by Solar-ParagonGodina Of Embers [open] by Solar-Paragon

Starglider [OPEN] by Solar-ParagonQuasar Killer [open] by Solar-ParagonSunset Spirit [For Sale] by Solar-Paragon
Divine Healer [SOLD] by Solar-ParagonCOM: Drakequine Design Custom by Solar-ParagonFeather Mage [SOLD] by Solar-Paragon






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CUSTOMS:
Paypal Customs List: OPENGeneral rules:
:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue:[Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue]
MY COMMISSIONS AND CUSTOMS ARE NOW SPLIT JOURNALS.
1. Payment can be either half-half, or up-front. Upfront payments will be taken if the custom needs to be done quickly, or if I am working on a time-based schedule.
2. The prices listed are general. They may not apply to your specific custom. Your custom may be cheaper or more expensive, depending on what you want drawn. If you want a true quote, please just note me. I don't bite. uvu
3. All commissioners will receive the full, unwatermarked image of their custom, for their private use. Only the watermarked images may be used by the commissioner..
4. THIS JOURNAL IS NOT FOR GENERAL COMMISSIONS. FOR THOSE, PLEASE CLICK HERE: http://solar-paragon.deviantart.com/journal/Paypal-Commissions-List-OPEN-Slots-3-7-461092471
5. If you


COMMISSIONS:
Paypal Commissions List : OPENGeneral rules:
:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue:[Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue]
MY COMMISSIONS AND CUSTOMS ARE NOW SPLIT JOURNALS.
1. Payment can be either half-half, or up-front. Upfront payments will be taken if the commission needs to be done quickly, or if I am working on a time-based schedule.
2. The prices listed are general. They may not apply to your specific commission. Your commission may be cheaper or more expensive, depending on what you want drawn. If you want a true quote, please just note me. I don't bite. uvu
3. All commissioners will receive the full, unwatermarked image of their commission, for their private use, which may not be used publicly.
4. THIS JOURNAL IS NOT FOR CUSTOM DESIGNS. FOR THOSE, PLEASE CLICK HERE: (http://solar-paragon.deviantart.com/journal/Paypal-Customs-List-OPEN-461098110 )
5. If you have any questions at all, pl


SPECIALTY/POINT COMMISSIONS:
Specialty Point/USD Discount Commissions OPENPoint commissions are only applicable to certain art types, as follows. Paypal is a buying option for all commission types throughout this specialty journal, and my regular commission journal.
These are Specialty commissions which don't fit in my regular journal. They're discount buying types not readily available from me, and are a bit cheaper than my full-scale artwork.
THESE ARE ALL EXPERIMENTAL STYLES.
My main commissions journal is here: http://fav.me/d7mit87
All rules are still applicable for these.
Just ask if you have a question! ouo
Prices slightly lower for less-detailed characters, just ask if your character applies for a discount!
I have a very fast turn-out time .u.
Once this journal closes, all prices will go up and will not be available at this tier anymore.
USD Buyers will receive a slightly higher-quality image than Points buyers.
Sorry but, I have bills. ono;

PRICES:


1. Simple 600px Icon

110:points: OR $1.20 USD

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Message Center Management

Wed Oct 1, 2014, 1:00 AM by Windklang:iconwindklang:
:iconprojecteducate:
:iconprojecteducate:



Community Week

Everyone who is on dA for some time knows the story:
You are new to dA, you enjoy every little drop of attention. You thank everyone for every llama and every favorite. You respond to every comment at length, you return smileys and you comment on all the artwork that your watchers post. After two weeks you have already joined a couple of groups and you enjoy receiving more art you are interested in from different people in your message-center. You also take part in some contests and you get updated every now and again.
Then there is a weekend - you are for some reason absent.
On monday you take your time to come back to work, and in the evening you want to relax, looking at some nice art on dA - BUT - when you open your profile, you already see that you got several hundreds of messages in your inbox  omfg  .

I feel the love by celesse

Even if you catch up with your messages: You know from that moment, that you need to organize your message center somehow, or you cannot add any groups or watch more people than you already do. Maybe you stop thanking for llamas or favs, or you stop responding to very short comments. However, you might feel bad about that.
So I decided to make out how other deviants deal with their message-center. I picked mostly deviants who have been on dA for a very long time already. I asked Community Volunteers as well as senior-members and others. I will give you an insight of what they told me, and summarize each section with some tips. Of course those are only suggestions and show how it is commonly handled. You can just pick what helps you personally.

I have too many Messages by Dragon-of-Midnight




Comments on profile pages and artworks

It is very clear, that all deviants prefer answering even short comments on their profile page and artworks if they somehow can. Communication, appreciation and love for interaction seems to be the motivation to do this even though there are often only small messages. Especially friendly comments, encouraging words, critiques, comments that are longer than 3 words and questions are always answered. Still: Most of the experienced  deviants seem to stop responding to very short messages at some stage. This would include messages like "thank you for the fave/llama" and such. They also delete emote-only-comments, chain-comments (you know this "send-it-to-10-other-people"-Thing), one-word messages, :points:-beggars and any sort of spam.

Tips:

  • If you feel flooded, stop responding to short messages.
  • Make the decision and delete messages without bad conscience!
  • Return Llamas instead of thanking for them. To give llamas with one single click install this script by Kishan-Bagaria
  • Include a general "You are welcome" for the messages you are not going to answer anymore in your profile-widget, or create a custom widget if you are a premium member.
    Example:
    Please understand, that I am not going to reply to comments like:
    Thank you for the llama
    Thank you for the fave
    --> You are most welcome - go off and create more art instead of thanking me :)
    I gave it to you because you deserve it, and because I KNOW you appreciate it - show your appreciation in being creative!

  • Sometimes it is even more efficient to use images like these:

     
    Don't thank me for.. stamp by wol4ica-stockLongButton: No Thanks PLZ by Emotikonz



Notes

Notes are commonly considered the most important sort of messages in our message centers. Almost all deviants claim to answer them first. Nobody mentioned that she or he ever got mixed up with notes. However, it happened to me, since I tend to manage a lot of group-stuff but also my projects like contests via notes. However, it seems to be the best organized part of our message center.


Tips:

  • Check your notes first before you start sifting through less important messages.
  • Create folders also for notes, even if you think you might not need to get back to the notes. - Do not leave all of them in the inbox after reading
  • mark notes as unread if you read, but need to go back to them later again



I HEART Receiving Notes Stamp by BasmaSmiley  NOte Spam Stamp by HlTLER  Notes are like Drugs... by Haters-Gonna-Hate-Me



DeviantWATCH stacks from watchers

Watching a certain deviant seems to be quite supervalued by a lot of people who are trying to reach a certain amount of watchers and freak out when they reach it. My little research has shown, that most deviants don't comment on people's deviations more often than on others (like those they receive from groups). Commenting and keeping track of a deviant seems to be a privilege that most times occurs after a very good interaction or if the deviant is considered as friend, or even close friend.


Tips:

  • Use the tools to your advantage. If you are interested in certain aspects of someone you watch, there's the ability to watch certain things from your friends or watchers. Like deviations only, journals only, etc.
  • If one of the artists you watch submits regularly to a group you also watch, consider watching the deviant for his Journals only, receiving his art through the group.


I Have Silent Watchers Stamp by Torotix   I :heart: my ACTIVE watchers by StampsByNeekko   Anti-Silent Watchers Stamp by just-a-web-artist



DeviantWATCH stacks from groups

Most deviants have more groups on their watch list than they are actively watching.
Still there are amazingly many deviants who watch over 100 groups and still receive all messages (meaning: not turned e. g. Deviations off), and sift through all the notifications! Therefore it seems to me, that watching groups is more important than watching Deviants. I suppose, that latter is more for the purpose of interaction and friendship and groups rather for exploring more art and enjoying group news...


Tips:

  • Turn off deviations in groups that tend to accept a lot of deviations per day/week, especially those, who accept without a voting process or limitations.
  • Open your stacks and delete pictures that don't draw your attention. Go to those you like afterwards and enjoy.




How to catch up after hiatus

Everyone seems to know the phenomenon. Take in account, that most deviants consider notes to be the most important kind of notification. They tend to answer those first.


Hiatus Sign + PLZ by Mirz123

Tips:

  • Either you start with deleting all things that were outdated or not important, or you start answering the most important things first.
  • Create folders at the left side of your message center and sample journals or deviations to look at them later. This way you can keep them without being stressed and still get to a zero in the message-center counting.
  • Figure out which journals were outdated and delete those first.
  • tend to reply to notes and comments first.
  • Most deviants drop group deviations first.

Hiatus by nidhi-rathish




Last but not least


I think that the most important thing to learn when you feel stressed is the following:

Stop having a bad conscience about deleting stuff. Do not feel obliged to see every single message going through your message center. Of course there might be certain obligations, but most of the things have one main purpose: to bring some love and happiness to people and make you smile. Considering this you might find, that all those lovely notifications fail their purpose if they start to stress you. Make up your mind for priorities. If you lose interest in one group, just unwatch it and move on to the next (at least as long as you did not take any responsibility e. g. as contributor).
Those groups and people who really deserve it and give you back what you are putting into will automatically stay on your watch list and those will also understand if you skip some things for whatsoever reason :).


Remember to enjoy ;) It's the key :)

I wish you all the best, and if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to comment below :). I will be happy to help if I can :).
Mel






dA Love by ClefairyKid







Related articles and links


Did You Know - NotesNotes
Within your Message Center you also have a section that is for notes only. Notes are something like deviantARTs internal mails.
Your Notes center can be easily reach by either clicking on the little note symbol in your menu or by selecting the Notes tab in your Message Center.

On the left side you have - similar to your regular Message Center - your notes menu. Beside 6 default folders (Inbox, Unread, Starred, Sent Notes, Drafts and Spam) you also can add your own custom folders to organize notes.

The little number next to the folder indicates how many notes you currently have there.
When you hover over the name of a custom folder, a little arrow symbol will appear that will give you some more organizing options.

When deleting a custom folder your notes won't
Do's and don'ts for flawless interactionNot much to say about this.
Just some basic tips and tricks for flawless interaction on DeviantArt Nod 
Watching
Do
:bulletyellow: Watch people when you honestly find them interesting.
:bulletyellow: Watch your friends, even if they don't have amazing art. It helps you stay updated with their progress.
:bulletyellow: Watch groups. They'll offer you a fine selection of art you're interested in, and will help you discover new (interesting) artists.
:bulletyellow: Check the faves of people you watch. As you like their work, you might have similar tastes in art. Checking their faves might help you find cool art.
:bulletyellow: Recommend art from people that you watch for a Daily Deviation (if good art, of course).
Don't
:bulletyellow: Uncheck all boxes when watching. There's nothing more disappointing than an empty watch.
:bulletyellow:&

If you know any related articles, please comment below so I can add it ;).



Add ons that might help


 
'Self Suspension' from DA by ViscountDevilDev_Multi_Open by DediggefeddedAhub_MessageCenter_ContestWidget by Dediggefedde




Special thanks to the participans of my enquiry!!


:iconastralseed: :iconriemea: :iconsimplysilent: :iconkovowolf: :icondrake1: :iconuszatyarbuz: :iconastrikos: :iconginkgografix: :iconclovis-thecutestcat: :iconlatestarter63: :iconidjpanda: :iconmiloticscale: :icondeevelliott: :iconpiratelotus-stock: :iconzanchi-phoenix: :iconlinneaphoto:
(I hope I did not forget anyone!!)
You can find most of their original answers here.

And also a special thank you to my proofreaders:
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Hello there, peeps! :wave: Yeah, I know this is late (again, I'm notorious for that) and my only excuse is that I was busy. But enough about me, let's get on with the fun!

Perksofbeingwallflower1 by DrippingWords


You should be finished with the book, and for those of you who have never read it, be warned; there may be spoilers in the journal and/or comments!

FAAAAAAAAAN AAAAAAAAART!



Perks of Being a Wallflower by krazykitten2310 The Perks of Being a Wallflower by StarGirl30 perks of being a wallflower by kimberlytaya
Perks of Being a Wallflower by claviclecurve Perks by CourtneyTomey wallflower by Nekopie
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower Fan-made poster by TributeDesign Wallflower. by TiffanyAnnIsAG6 The Perks of being a Wallflower Movie Poster Remak by EmmaSo


And NOW, Our Discussion Questions!



  • Do you like that the story is told through letters? Do you feel you know the kind of person Charlie is? His friends and family?
  • Why do you think Charlie wants to remain anonymous? Have there been times when you wish you could have, or did?
  • There are so many books, songs, and movies referenced in this book. What do they mean to the characters? How do they affect the way you read the book?
  • THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER was (not-so) recently made into a movie, with a screenply written by the author. If you've seen the movie, how does it compare? What did they leave out, and why do you think they did so?
  • How did you feel when Charlie realized what happened to him with his Aunt as a kid ? Do you think the author handled this revelation well? How did if affect your view of the novel as a whole?
BONUS FUN QUESTION:
  • You've got 30 minutes a side to your blank cassette tape. What songs would you put on it to make a mix tape for your best friend? Your significant other?



We've got two great books to give to the top participant this month! We're giving away a copy of PLAY ME BACKWARDS by Adam Selzer and GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES by Isabel Quintero. Each book will also go into the end of the year's prize basket!

How do you get participation points? Make awesome comments on these journals! Participate in the end of month journal and make meaningful contributions to the discussion! You can also write a critical review (uploaded as a lit deviation) or fanart, note CRLiterature about it, and get points for these as well.  The team is keeping track of who's doing what, and we're so excited to see everyone's enthusiasm!

We will announce the winner of this month's prizes in the mid-month discussion journal for the next book, which will be a series of short stories perfect for the month of Halloween: selections from THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP AND OTHER WEIRD STORIES by H.P. Lovecraft! It will be hosted by ShadowedAcolyte. Excite!

You can check out our Book Club Schedule to see what books we're reading next!

This week, I will be hosting the Writing-Rampage Weekly Contest. The theme I am applying is the month of October.
Take a deep breath. Smell that? It’s the sweet scent of pumpkin spiced everything, and slowly recovering from failed football bets.

The most obvious change brought about by October is the change in the weather, turning our plush green backdrops into earthy-toned autumn spectacles. Although autumn technically begins in late September, it seems that not until October that Mother Nature truly embraces the season with a few light drizzles and colorful wardrobe changes before she strips her branches naked in time for a good wintery blizzard. Remember, everything has to die off so that it can be reborn again in the spring, so go nuts with the cavities.

Media: Prose and poetry
Theme: October--The changes in season, festivities, and activities that will or have happened during life in this generally spook-filled month. 

Prizes:

1st Place – 50 Points
2nd Place – 30 Points
3rd Place – 20 Points
+A feature in Naktarra's Literary Almanac Monthly (November)


Rules:

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: smith4891)

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! I am a dummy!

What are you waiting for!? Let your senses guide your way through your writing, the wonderful smells of fall, the visual beauty of changing nature, hearing the sounds of birds migrating and squirrels gathering, and start wearing warmer clothes! Good luck and happy scribbling!

Due by: October 7th
*Edit (2/15)*
Alright, alright! hitherestranger, LucyXxNyuu13 and I would like to announce our group's first contest! :D

Now this contest will be a little different than the others. Instead of us, the co-founders, deciding the winners, it's gonna be you! We will make a poll of all the stories enrolled in the contest and the other members can read and vote for their favorite one! All entries should be submitted before or on October 30th. Between October 31st and November 3rd , the top 3 stories with the most votes are the winners!

There will be a journal entry where all the submission will be posted for all of you to read. Please do keep an eye to every update, afterall, this is a people's choice contest.

To get all of your inspirational juices flowing we are going to suggest some themes you MAY use to make your story, you don't have to use them if you don't want to.
Themes
:bulletred: Undying Love
:bulletred: Shy/innocent Love
:bulletred: Twisted
:bulletred: Betrayal
:bulletred: Choices
:bulletred: Halloween

These are just some ideas, maybe someone will actually get inspired and write using these themes.

Now, to talk about prizes!

First place winner:
•3 story requests
• 2 art requests or points

Second place winner:
•2 story requests
•1 art request or points

Third place winner:
•1 story request
•1 art request

Important Rules! Something that cannot go unmentioned, your story MUST be written for this contest, it cannot be any previous work. It cannot be stolen either, because we will take the liberty of disqualifying and reporting to the original author of what you did. It can be a series if you wish, but it would be much, much better if it was a one-shot. Be aware that we will be very careful with the entries.

Attention! Your story does not need to be a lemon. Since dA has been cracking down on lemons, we don't want any of you to get reported and have your story taken down. If you DO decide to write a lemon, you can post it on another site and send us the link to it so we can put it in the contest story journal. Any questions whatsoever please do not hesitate to comment in this journal or to note any of the tagged members. We'll try our quickest to reply to all your questions. (Suggestion: Note all three of us because eventually one of us will reply quickly.)

Thank you all for being amazing members! We hope you all have fun with this ^^
Also! If you want to do a story or art request for one of the members, please message: DatAwesome, LucyXxNyuu13, or hitherestranger or send a note to the group itself :3



Ongoing projects



CalendarProject fav.me/d7sh6ko
The Calendar Project is a project that is based on the famous christmas calendar, which was 'invented' to shorten the time you have to wait until Christmas is finally there.

Naktarra's S.M.I.L.E. Project fav.me/d7w0gp2
S.M.I.L.E is run by random acts of kindness and it's supported by random acts of kindness supporting giving random acts of kindness. Basically, at the end of the day my wish is S.M.I.L.E is something you can say, "I did that and it made me happy."

Medoriko's ABC's of Lit Community Project fav.me/d7zxvwn
The aim of this project is to serve as a single collaborative collection of literature forms. The project can focus mainly on poetry forms, but can also include types of prose (examples: non-fiction, six word stories)! :la: Since this project is about all of the writers on dA, that is where the community comes in.

iingo's Sweet New Icon Revolution Project fav.me/d7uivml
"This icon revolution is also dedicated to creativeness! We want to see your creative side by creating a popsicle icon. "

Savaliste's Eyes of the Artist Project fav.me/d7wk76b
A fun project that allows people to submit photos of their eye, to later be made into one large montage creating an eye out of eyes.

All-about-features
"Our goal is to give extra exposure to features and new members of the community.
If you are preparing any features, please remember to tell us so we can spread the word."

meiyue's Artist's Telephone Game fav.me/d7szmw6
The ATG is basically a twisted version of the classic game, Telephone. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the game Telephone, the concept is to pass a message along a chain of people and see how the message has changed by the time it reaches the last person. The idea for the ATG is to incorporate art into this game.

Artistle's TeamWork Project fav.me/d7qgsp7
The project teams two (or more) artists together as teacher and students to learn from each other about a certain topic over the course of 4 weeks.

Detective-HQ
Puzzles, solving mysteries and simulated online investigations. Detective-HQ is a unique group that challenges your mind into thinking outside the box, encourages creativity and critical thinking in a whole new different level.

SeniorSelections
SeniorSelections stands to feature premier artwork from the deviantART community through weekly features from each gallery category.

Mrs-Durden's Group Spotlight Project fav.me/d7p3l3y
Regular feature of active community driven and involved groups to help encourage community activity by groups.  

TwoThousandWords
an art and literature collaborative project where artists and writers get to work together. Artists can create their works, and writers will choose something that inspires them to write an accompanying story or poem. Read more here fav.me/d7iubln

FriendHunt
This group is filled with activities to help deviants make new friends.

ArtistAssociation
This is a group against the disrespect towards art and art as profession. We hope to fight against underpriced art by setting a minimum wage for art commissions." Everyone in the group has to have commissions at a price higher than 500 points.

Web5teR's Emote Story Project fav.me/d4nwc44
In this project you can show not only your drawing skills, but also the ability to write an interesting story!

Aimyee's Project Earn fav.me/d7ds3cq
"Project EARN, which stands for Encourage Awareness. Every month I will choose a certain topic and invite everyone who wants to, to submit art, write journals and participate in discussions etc. to raise awareness in these certain topics. I will also hold points and premium membership giveaways or contests/other things."

VonDiezyl's I'm Real, Are You? Project fav.me/d751a93
A project that asks people to submit a photo of themselves showing that they are real people with feelings etc and not just someone pretending to be someone or something they are not.  

iDJPanda's Revamp Your Article Project fav.me/d75mngo
Inspired by the Draw This Again meme, this project asks people to revamp their old articles.

fella Help Update Fella's Dictionary

WorldWar-Tori's 2014 Positivity Project fav.me/d75luv8
"The whole point of this project is to spread positivity through photographing inspirational/positive/motivational/uplifting quotes written on paper"

Collab-o-Nation
A group for artists to get together and collaborate!

Bonelos' Inspiration Project fav.me/d73ihoy
"This is a series of articles featuring artists that you in the community find personally inspiring. "

Astrikos's Praising Life Project fav.me/d57pnt7
"I am hoping to reach at least 300 inspiring messages from the community if I can."

Tifa22's The Great Language Gathering Community Project fav.me/d4w5i1n
"My idea is to list all the languages people on dA can speak / write with both their English term and the original name, plus the sentence "I speak language" (correctly translated of course)."

deviantHEART's The Kindness Quilt Community Project fav.me/d59ifix
"The Kindness Quilt is a blanket created from the love of deviants right here on deviantART. This quilt is built upon love, respect and gratitude. Every person has a reason to and a means to create their own quilt square. To say thank you, to share a collaborative work, to show off a gift, commission or request, as a present, or simply as a design. The quilt square is 500x500 pixels, and when included in a completed quilt, can be resized smaller."

Infectious-Kindness
" Here, we will place a new Deviant each week! Deviants who are featured here are either upstanding members of our Deviant Art Community or are people who our members have caught committing an act of kindness! Any act qualifies, and we encourage members to be on the lookout for any Deviant who is worthy of this spot!"

MirachRavaia's Art For Trees Project fav.me/d4thax3
This project encourages you to participate in two different ways, either plant a tree, or offer art in exchange for trees being planted.

dAWishingWell
"dAWishingWell is a group specifically created to give back to the dA community by granting dA-related wishes such as premium subs, supergroup status, giving items off of wishlists, point donations, features, DD requests, and more! Do you have a wish? It could come true!"

deviant365
"deviant365 is deviantART's official 365 Project where you will be provided with weekly tasks for the whole year. The aim of this is to give you motivation to participate in areas of our community that perhaps you have never experienced before, make new friends, work on your art, learn more about deviantART and enhance your experience on deviantART."

ProjectComment
"ProjectComment is a Group of many projects centred around comments, but, more importantly, constructive comments.
We offer Members of deviantART a lot of opportunities to get comments, give comments, participate in comment projects, win points, get featured and much, much more!"

ArtHistoryProject
"dA's Community Relations Team bring you ART HISTORY, a series of articles about the entire History of Art."

projecteducate
"Project Educate, originally launched in 2008 by the Community Relations team, is a project to promote and support artistic growth and knowledge."

dACompliments
"Spread positivity throughout the community by letting everyone know! Send in your compliment(s) and they will be published in a later "deviantART Compliments" journal."

Nameda's Angels Without Wings Project fav.me/d6fpgmp
Angels Without Wings is a project that recognizes community members that work hard at promoting others or stand out otherwise in the community.  

RecommendAFriend
Recommend your friend for a feature and get featured also.  

BurdenedHearts
This group aims to focus on uniting people and encouraging them to support each other through life. We will actively encourage members to share their stories and talk to each other to make new friends, we will discuss important issues that may affect our members and we will accept all artworks that deal with an emotional issue. This is not limited to mental health issues, and the group is open to anyone.

ComeTogetherProject
We are a place to feature and promote community projects, events, and news, inspire collaborations of all kinds of art, educate others on how to get involved in the community and where they can go for projects and support, and other various community inspired activities.

DArtschool
Here you'll find useful tutorials, a critique corner, and activities to help you develop your artistic skills even more!

Spreading-Awareness
This group is not about getting attention for your art, it's about spreading awareness for Cancer, Aids, Child Abuse, Hunger, and the many resources out there needing help.

petrova's PrintsForPanzi project
Help contribute to Panzi Hospital by donating art or money.

InternationalFAQ
This group works at interpreting deviantARTs faq to other languages so non native English speakers have a better chance of understanding them.  

non-real's Art Liaison Project fav.me/d6wbbfy
The aim of this project is to inspire artists to do some collaborative work.




Helping Hands



CRCommunityProjects is proud to announce that we have launched a Mentoring program! Now that it's live however, we are looking for community members who are willing to be mentors.  While our mentor program can focus on art and art creation, we aim to provide support in the community as a whole so we're looking for mentors who are familiar with certain communities and or sub communities and or running projects or contests within them.  
If this sounds like something you'd like to help with, have a read over our program here to see how to apply to be a mentor.  





Planning any Community Projects?


CRCommunityProjects is here to help you with your projects by giving them some extra promotion, or even help you brain storm your ideas so that you can get your project off the ground.  If you are planning any contests or projects, or are currently already running/hosting one feel free to shoot us a note to see how we can help you breathe extra life into it or help you with any problems you may be having.  

Want to be featured in next months round up?  Send CRCommunityProjects a note detailing your project and let us know you'd like to be included in our next round up.  

Coding by SimplySilent
Thank you all sooooooooooooooooooooooooo much for watching me and liking my artwork. You don't know how much that means to melet me show you the dance of my people 

So I decided to make a Raffle! This is my first time making one. The person who wins this raffle wins 50Points, a free request, and can have all of my adopts im working on right now for free when I post them!

WHAT TO DO-
1- Favorite this journal (Once you favorite it don't unfavorite! If 'unfavorite' is even a word..)
That's all you gotta do and I will  pick at random who will win. I will not pick favorites just because I might know the person who is watching me, don't worry.

WHAT NOT TO DO-
1- Send me a note begging me to choose you
2- Submitting a comment on my wall asking me to pick you
3- Spam me with messages asking to pick you when I make my next raffle
Seriously don't do it. It will really piss me off and it's annoying.

And if you want you can repost this journal letting all your watchers, or friends, or even anyone know about this raffle. Even though it's nothing big......The Raffle will end in 5 days maybe a week. Have Fun!!!!Love 
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: EXO- Wolf (Korean Version)
  • Watching: My laptop screen
  • Drinking: Water

Styggy's Community Board 2014.4

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 30, 2014, 8:28 PM

:groups: Group highlight: All-about-features


:iconall-about-features:


All-about-features is a group where you can submit your features and also get featured. They have many types of features like the "DA Starters", a feature to help promote new deviants.



Tuesday Take-ins:iconall-about-features:
Heart Rules | Open features | DA Starters | Strangers Sunday | Monthly Masterpieces Heart
Welcome to Tuesday Take-ins!
Each Tuesday we will be welcoming our newest members here to show our support. Heart
Your contribution is much appreciated! I love deviantART!
:icondoinnuthin:
Artwork
  Strangers Sunday Vol. 8Welcome to Strangers Sunday
Let us visit one of our Affiliates

Heart
:iconmy-awesome-art:
Heart
(you find the most important quicklinks on the left button-bar)
The Groups idea in short:
This is A group for Awesome Art! you can submit Anything!
A tiny glance into their gallery
(Members can submit four times a week):




The founder and only admin:
:iconjaysmiles23:
Congratulations to your DD



Let's meet a couple of the currently 195
  DA Starters 51 | Thelovelydaedra:fellalovesgroups: Let's welcome another DA starter! I love deviantART!
:iconThelovelydaedra:
Hi! Please introduce yourself. What are your interests?
Well let's see, some of my interests would have to be drawing, video games, music and many others. Those are just my basic interests.

How did you find Deviantart and how did you decide on your username?
I found DeviantArt just through searching though the internet one day and clicked on a website name DeviantArt and look around on it for a while then said "hey, I want to do that too." And here I am.
I came up with my username through my love for Skyrim. I wanted something to do with magic and power in the game, and I've always worshipped the daedra in Skyrim. So it just popped in my head "You are going to be the loveliest of all daedra!"



Autumn leaves divider by Stygma

:winner: Contests, raffles and challenges


Weekly Pixel mini-challenge #1Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemans! :heart:
First of all, I wanted to tell why i decided to start Pixel challenges. I hadn't make anything pixel for...1 year, i guess. And i thought that I need to do something, 1-2 works per week, maybe? And i made this crystal and thanks to iDJPanda who commented "makes me want to make crystals and stop being lazy" and made own Crystal. Looks really awesome! We didn't expect that some people will ask to join our mini-challenge. We have a similar idea aobut challenges, so...let's begin!

Each monday i will feature works from last challenge and bring a new theme. You need to do one (or more) Pixel deviation for challenge and send a note to Arichy. Please make your works before sunday, thank you :heart: 
Rules: 
:bulletred: Your work must be newest.&
  Contest 2014/2015 - everyone wins something!I skipped the contest last year because I was kind of depressed, but now I feel better so I can make another one!
I decided that everyone who enters this contest will win something!
So here we go!

Theme:

It is simple: draw one of my Original Characters! I have many of them so you can choose the one you like the most!
If you think dragons are awesome go with Altair in her God Form, if you feel more comfortable drawing humans, she also has a human form! She has an animal and anthro form so you can really draw whatever you want! If you feel like drawing robots, this year we have our super cute Hummer!
Accepted artworks:
EVERYTHING! Digital, traditional, black and white, linearts, sketches, crafts, photomanipulation, 3d, animation, pixel art, literature, plushes, sculptures, anything!
I feel it important to emphasize that Literature is very welcome! Many writers are worried about their art not being appreciated, but I appreciate literature
  Unframed-Nature's Next BIG Contest: AUTUMN...:iconzubatlaplz: Welcome to Unframed-Nature's Next BIG Contest :iconzubatlaplz:
:iconpumpkinborderplz: Autumn THEME 2014: "AWESOME ABSTRACTS of AUTUMN!" :iconpumpkinborderplz:
Let's Get ABSTRACT, and Let's BE AWESOME about it!
Unframed-Nature would like to try something a little different, as a group, for this Contest.
Using themes, colours, scenes, and feelings of the Season of Autumn, as we experience the season wherever we live around the globe, we would like to see artistic depictions and expression of Autumn as ABSTRACT ART.
This works well for media such as:
:bulletgreen: Photography, Traditional, Digital, Fractals, Collage, Mixed Media, Literature, and more, including some of their sub-categories.
If genre is new or semi-new to you, my most basic way to think about Abstract work, is in using these three together:
1. COLOUR- usually brighter than not, and how the colours work together.
2. CURVES, oft

The Illuminated World ContestStock & Resources
The Challenge
Imagine a world where the soft glow of the magnolia blossoms illuminates the sidewalk. The reaching branches of the tree cast their light over the street, reflected in the gathering puddles of a spring rain. A garden nearby is a riot of colors against the deep shadows of the night. The harsh artificial street lights that we know today are gone. What would your world look like? Is it a world where the need for fossil fuel has been eliminated, or have the scientists bio-engineered the earth into a beautiful apocalypse?
The idea of bio-luminescent plant illumination is a real project in progress by three scientists in San Francisco, California. These scientists are engineering marine bio-luminous bacterial DNA into plants to make them glow. You can read more about their project here: Glowing Plants: Street Lig
  Feature ContestHello everybody!!
Please note :note: some things I have realized lately getting more entries:
- you can enter with every journal in the folder only ONCE! (If you have entered with different ones and I have not realized yet, please make sure to change it, or tell me which one of them you want to have officially entered. Otherwise both of them will be DISQUALIFIED!!)
- You do NOT have to put the icon of the 20 (or more) artists you feature to the pictures.
- You MAY feature more than one picture per artist as long as there are still 20 different artists featured.
- You MAY feature more than 20 artists - of course :D xD
---> Even the new followup-prices are already unlocked!!
You guys are AWESOMENESS!!
:new:
All prizes are unlocked now!! :la::la::la:
Since I won in a raffle by PatyKida I am going to give 10 points to places 21-30 each - IF WE GET 30 ENTRIES!!!
Go ahead :)
:heart:

I am in current dialogue with All-about-features in order to set up a second contest like
  Owltober - 2014 Contest
HAPPY OWLTOBER!
Traditional & Digital Art Contest

This year's theme  is
:bulletred:HARVEST FESTIVAL!:bulletred:
We'd like to see your local traditions - Korean Chuseok, Grape Harvest Festival in Argentina, Iranian Mehregan, Thanksgiving, German Erntedankfest and Oktoberfest or Polish Presidential Harvest festivals...  
The theme of our contest  is rather simple and loose, but we hope with it you will be able to stretch your creativity to its limits.

Rules:
:bulletred: No stolen, traced, or otherwise "old" artworks can be used. All entries must be made specifically for this contest.
:bulletred: No fighting, harassment, or bullying towards other members.
:bulletred: Nothing against DA's rules will be accepted.
:bulletred: Your entry must involve owls in some way, as well as pertain to the theme given.
:bulletred: Entrants must be a member of Owl-House to ent

Monster Me Up - Cover Design ContestGhoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night: we want to bring the macabre and spooky to Novel Expression!

While our current collections are geared toward romance, your deviations don’t have to be romance covers. They can be romance, paranormal, suspense, mystery, or any other genre that inspires you. Just to help spur your creativity, click here for a few examples.
We do ask you include text for a title (feel free to use Book Title or something generic) and an author name (Jane/John Doe is fine) in your design.
     

Prizes include (some to be added!):

First Place:
1 yr membership
4000 points
A feature and 100 points from  Elandria
3 exc
  Halloween Design Contest! win $$ openThis is a design contest!! But halloween themed!! Please design preferably a lion character or a pony character for me and I will use them as my main character for my front page for most of this semester, and I will probably use for next halloween too!
Rules
1. LINEARTS ARE WELCOME (:
2. Obviously no tracing/stealing/copying others
3. Design me a halloween themed lion or pony or both, it can have halloween colors or halloween themed.
4. Please do not use candycorn with anything, I do not like it eww!
5. Prefer complex designs, just nothing too plain or simple.
6. For lions it would be cool to see that same style of natural body bases with the colorful hair/tail/markings on top then whatever halloween accessories or the lineart can change into whatever theme is below. As for ponies they can be anything any color with the theme below. and for ponies only, would prefer to see a cool cutie mark!
6. I may also decide to buy off any of the runner up entries and use them for other
  #our generation contestThe 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:



Autumn leaves divider by Stygma

:hug: People in need


VERY Important - Please read~!Hello guys! Sorry for the lack of updates and things. Last week I finished school. I have completed all four of my major works and i'm really excited to share my art animation with you all! Unfortunately I can't publicly post it just yet. Final exams start three weeks from now and after that all I have to worry about is Uni. 
But for now, I have an important favor to ask of you guys.
This November, instead of going on a 'schoolies' holiday like most graduating highschool students and getting off my face for a week straight, i've taken the chance to travel to Cambodia to help the less fortunate. 
I will be travelling with some of my peers from school, to build houses, schools and to fund medical and stationary supplies. 
I, personally, will be taking art and craft supplies (colouring books, paper, pencils, pens, etc), to teach the children some art lessons <3 I was specifically asked to do this ^w^ I'm really excited.
To be able to go, I need to raise the funds. I've a
  Help a friend! Urgent!Hi my loverlies!! I just learnt that petrova is in dire need of help as she only has a week to raise $420 to pay her rent and bills! She's gone through a lot this year so I think if we all help a little we'll be able to give her a good reason to smile again!
She has an etsy shop with gorgeous items you can buy but you can also donate directly to her paypal or to her bank account if you're swedish!
If we all collaborate a little we can do this!
You can read here about her story:
Within days I need to pay my bills that are 6268 sek (877.21 usd, American dollars) and I only have on my bank account 3248 sek (454.66 usd) which means I am missing around 3000 sek (420 usd) to pay my rent, insurance, electricity and internet.
I can't sleep at night because I stress so much, I have no idea how to get the rest of the money. My parents have already helped me. I am so scared of being homeless.
It has gotten worse since a bu
  Please helpSeptember 28
I am mind blown and lost for words for all the help I have gotten. I will write a more proper journal post tomorrow or Tuesday. As of right now I should have enough to cover my bills (if I calculated correctly), if I would be lucky to get around 400 sek more I can buy my medicine too but if that doesn't happen I will at least know I have a roof over my head for the coming month.
September 23
Within days I need to pay my bills that are 6268 sek (877.21 usd, American dollars) and I only have on my bank account 3248 sek (454.66 usd) which means I am missing around 3000 sek (420 usd) to pay my rent, insurance, electricity and internet.
I can't sleep at night because I stress so much, I have no idea how to get the rest of the money. My parents have already helped me. I am so scared of being homeless.
It has gotten worse since a bunch of my money I had went to doctors and medicines since I am not well at the moment (no, doctors still don't know what is wrong).
If y


Autumn leaves divider by Stygma

:deviation: Autumn feature


Autumn Forest by Maquenda Autumn by TransparentGhost
To Autumn by Skysealer
Why must this story be told by Jeniak A dear in the forest by Keprion Scarecrow by Nerdbayne
Among the Leaves by Feyrah Adelinde by kabatt

The first day of Fall... _15_ by my-shots Let autumn be by KML032
autumn by kseshka Mushroom family by Valdkynd
leaves by Tikeru Pumpkins #2 by im-dreaming-out-loud
 
Pumpkin Husky 02 by SculpyPups
Fiery Autumn by RachaelsWireGarden Fall is Here by KeypersCove



:iconstygma:


Last update: 01. Oct. 2014

It's time for the first contest of 50x50ART :happybounce:

.: What is it about :.


:bulletgreen: make a helloween related icon with the size 50x50 pixel
:bulletgreen: it can be static or animated
:bulletorange: the entry must have less then 32 colors
:bulletorange: the entry have to be uploaded after i uploaded this journal
:bulletred: only pixel art is allowed

.: Other informations :.


.: Deadline :.
Helloween (31. Oct. 2014) vampir 

.: Who can enter? :.
:bulletgreen: every member of this group

.: How to enter? :.
Comment bellow with your entry. Please upload the entries to DeviantArt (not sta.sh) so i can add them to the journal.

.: How often can i enter? :.
You can enter as many times as you want. But only one of your entries can get a prize.

.: What is Pixel Art? :.
pixelart by vegi92pixel

.: Prizes :.


1.
:bulletblue: 300:points: from vegi92pixel
::bulletblue: some :points: from Zerbert

2.
:bulletblue: 150:points: from vegi92pixel
::bulletblue: some :points: from Zerbert

3.
:bulletblue: 50:points: from vegi92pixel
::bulletblue: some :points: from Zerbert

random prize
One random participant will get a prize by random. The prize is an icon commission coupon for a commission by me (vegi92pixel). If the random participant don't want to have the coupon he/she can give it to another deviant as gift.

Donators are welcome. It can be :points:, features, art or something else. La la la la 

.: Entries :.


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Drawtober Day 01

Wed Oct 1, 2014, 7:00 AM
Lena-pencil-banner-DRAWTOBER by reneedicherri

Draweveryday by reneedicherri

DRAWTOBER DAY 01 : THE BEAST THAT LIVES IN THE SKY



Drawtober-day-01-2014 by reneedicherri



What's Drawtober? 

Drawtober is a 31 day drawing challenge hosted by Autodesk SketchBook and Microsoft Surface.

How do you join in?

- Be a member of our groups on deviantART.
What- you aren't already? Join the Autodesk-SketchBook group and the Microsoft SurfaceArtGroup

-Watch the account ~Drawtober
Each day in October, a blank canvas will appear with a creative prompt- like the one above.
Nobody knows what the prompts are until the morning of! That's part of the fun- can you challenge yourself to draw something on the fly?

-Take the blank canvas that gets posted new every day, download it, and draw the prompt. 
Download SketchBook and get creative. Use your imagination. Go crazy. Do you create a literal interpretation, or do you see the prompt in a different way?

Upload your finished piece to your own DeviantART account, and submit it to the Autodesk-SketchBook and SurfaceArtGroup.
Be sure to check out the other entries from both communities. Share the love by adding them to your favorites and leaving comments.  Everyone loves a comment.