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Are highly intelligent or very talented people better able to hide their misery from loved ones, thus making it all the harder to “read” them and help them?

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Caption Contest Winners!

Tue Sep 2, 2014, 3:36 PM by Lyricanna:iconlyricanna:

The winners for the captions on these lovely photos… have been decided :la:  And they are:

ArtBIT picked… from Baka53
makepictures picked… from TanteTabata
morbidman187 picked… from MelMuff
CelticStrm-Stock picked… from shadowwind
Emerald-Depths picked… from Wiz-Dan
kingmancheng picked… from MelMuff
Thiefoworld picked… from Wiz-Dan
Moonbeam13 picked… from Thiefoworld
amzwu picked… from Anubhavg
IreneAdler76 picked… from MelMuff
TheCreativeJenn picked… from Nameda
LaurenKitsune picked… from WDWParksGal
Lyricanna picked… from meiyue
dxd picked… from Nameda
kozispoon picked… from meiyue
Mrs-Durden picked… from WorldFruitTree
madizzlee picked… from HexagonalLoftie
SGonzalez picked… from B0nkers

Winners, you have all earned a 1 month premium membership per winning comment!

Thank you everyone that participated :hug:  And thanks again to the staff and volunteers that donated their images :love:

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Let’s do this thing!

Good morning!

It's been an exciting two weeks as we’ve slowly revealed what this contest is about, who’s involved, and what the reward is—THANK YOU for the support and excitement, we appreciate it more than you could imagine…but the day is finally here…what everyone’s been waiting for…


This journal features everything you’ll need to get started—full script page, final designs, and contest legal info. And a special note on the final delivery of your piece—there is no ‘right’ method of delivery, meaning it doesn’t have to look like a finished comic book page or anything that structured…Motion Books don’t have to adhere to a print layout so individual panels can be provided if you’d prefer. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask in the comment thread and we’ll get back to you!

This contest will officially run until September 30th (ends at 6:00 pm PST)…sound good? Good…now, let’s make some pretty pictures!
The Script

Here’s the page from Emma Vieceli’s amazing script which you'll be transforming into art:

Panel 1
The foreground of this panel is made up of a group of boys outside the school. Dirty, messy, loud. Arm wrestling, spitting, whatever you fancy. Behind them on the path we see Fran, looking extremely unimpressed.

Panel 2
Kat is walking next to Fran. Igor peeps out of Fran's bag, tongue lolling. Boys are behind them now.
FRAN: How long does it take boys to grow up, anyway?
KAT: Ha! If you're waiting for one of this lot to be the boy of your dreams, you could be a while.

Panel 3
The girls walk through the school corridors. We see students, bustling. All are, like Fran and Kat, apparently not entirely human. Buttons, buckles, zips, stitches. They're not zombies, but they're not normal either.
KAT: Why do you care anyway? I assumed you were too busy for boys.
FRAN: Sure. I'm busy. Sigh.

Panel 4
Fran is taking her seat in class. Students around them get books and pencils ready. Fran pushes Igor's head back into her bag.
FRAN: might be nice to be busy with someone else. Kat's training all the time for her stunt career, and...
TEACHER (off panel): Mr. Ludlow. You're late again. Take your seat please.

Panel 5
Fran's interest is piqued. She looks up, towards the classroom door. We see the back of a male student walking towards her desk, towards the empty one behind her.
FRAN V/O: Woah, he's changed classes? He's in my class this year?! My dream really was a premonition!

Panel 6
A shot of Oscar taking his seat.
FRAN V/O: Oscar Ludlow. Cute. Kind of cool.
TEACHER (off panel): Books open. Page 65 please.
FRAN V/O: And smart too. And now he's in my class!

We want you to interpret Emma's words in as many wild and wonderful ways as you can. Feeling motivated now? Need more??? Wait till you check out...
The Final Designs

You've seen the sketches, now for the final colored character designs by Gilang Andrian!

And remember, you can still check out all of Gilang's great sketches which led to these designs as well as a whole bunch of interviews with the creators in our previous journals.
Judges Round-up

Over the last few weeks we've slowly announced some great judges for the just to jog the memory a little, here's a quick round-up of the amazing talent that will be taking a look at your work:

Stanley “Artgerm” Lau (artgerm)
Meago (meago)
Terry Dodson (terrydodson)
Nei Ruffino (toolkitten)
Dave Gibbons(davegibbons)
Dustin Nguyen (duss005)
Liam Sharp (liamsharp)
Jim Chadwick

I think you'll agree that we've brought in an incredible line-up of talent and experience to judge this contest!
The Boring Legal Bit

Ok, so nobody likes reading boring legal stuff...but in this case, it's really super important! This contains all the info you'll need on the contest, and if you avoid it you might make yourself ineligible for the grand prize, no matter how good your art don't put all your hard work to waste!

Official Contest Rules


These are the official rules of the Madefire Fran Kenstein Artist Challenge (the “Contest”). In these rules, "we," "our," and "us" refer to Madefire, Inc. (“Madefire”), the sponsor of the Contest.  "You" refers to an eligible participant in the Contest.  

The Contest begins at 9:00 a.m. (PST) on September 2, 2014 and ends at 6:00 p.m. (PST) on September 30, 2014 (the “Contest Period"). Madefire shall announce the grand prize winner on or before October 15, 2014.

You are eligible to enter this Contest if you meet the following requirements at the time of entry:  You are a not a resident of a jurisdiction or country where this Contest is prohibited.  You are 18 years or older. If you are 18 years of age or older, and are considered a minor in your place of residence, you are not eligible to enter.  You are not an employee, officer or agent of Madefire or deviantART, Inc. (“deviantART”), or of any entity involved in the development, production, implementation and distribution of the Contest, including any advertising or promotion agency, supplier of prizes for the Contest, parent company, service provider, subsidiary or affiliate of any such entity or any other entity directly associated with the Contest (hereinafter, collectively the "Contest Entities") or any member of the immediate family of and/or person living in the same household as such persons.  If you are chosen as the grand prize winner you will be required to sign a release (the “Release”), which assigns to Madefire all right, title and interest to the Submitted Material, including the right to use the Submitted Material in and/or in connection with an upcoming episode or episodes of Madefire’s Motion Book™ action comic or other publications offered by or on behalf of Madefire (the “Products”) and also, at Madefire’s option, the exclusive right to use Submitted Material in advertising, marketing and promotion for the Motion Book™.  “Submitted Material” means any drawing, image, picture, illustration or other material drawn by you that is suitable for use in or in connection with the Products as further outlined in these rules.  Madefire will also have the right (but not an obligation) to use your name, voice, likeness, image, biography and/or signature (collectively, “NVLIBS Rights”) in or in connection with the Products (or any of them) and/or in the advertising, promotion and marketing for the Products.  Except as set forth herein, you will not receive any compensation or other consideration for the rights granted by you with the respect to the Submitted Material or your NVLIBS Rights.  The right for Madefire to use your Submitted Material and your NVLIBS Rights (as set forth herein) will be irrevocable, worldwide and will last in perpetuity.
This Contest is subject to all applicable national, federal, state, provincial, territorial and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law. Awarding of any prize is subject to verification of the winner.

Entries to the Contest are to be submitted online at: Any attempted form of entry into this Contest other than as described is void.  You agree that by entering the Contest, Madefire may post your Submitted Material and your screen name on its website.  If you are selected as a finalist, then you agree that Madefire at its option, may also post your legal name and any or all of you any of your NVLIBS Rights on its website.  All Submitted Material will become property of Madefire upon submission and will not be returned.  Madefire is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, illegible, or incomplete entries.  Madefire is not responsible for any change of email address, mailing address and/or telephone number of entrants.  
Submitted Material may be disqualified by Madefire for any reason, including without limitation if it contains any language that Madefire considers obscene, offensive, in poor taste or pornographic.
In submitting an entry, you represent that the Submitted Material complies with the Contest rules and that the information you have given is true and accurate.  You must be the sole author and owner of the copyright in the Submitted Material, and you represent that the Submitted Material does not violate or infringe the privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights of any third party.  By accepting any prize, the winner (and, if applicable, his/her parent or legal guardian) agrees to hold harmless Madefire and the Contest Entities and any of their respective successors and/or assigns against any and all claims and liability arising out of this Contest, including, without limitation, the awarding of and/or use of the prize.  By participating in the Contest, you agree to be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of Madefire.
If for any reason the Internet portion of the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including, without limitation, from or related to infection by a computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Madefire, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, Madefire reserves the right at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and to award all prizes from among all eligible entries received prior to (or after, if applicable) action taken by Madefire.

You may only submit one entry to the Contest.  You may not enter with multiple email addresses.  Any entrant who attempts to play with multiple email addresses or under multiple identities will be disqualified from participation in the Contest and all entries by that entrant will be void.  You may also submit only one page of approximately 8 ½ by 11 inches size for your drawing or illustration with your entry.  Drawings or illustrations in excess of such 8 ½ by 11 inches size will not be acceptable.  

(a) All entries will be judged by a panel of judges experienced in the digital comic book industry who will judge the entries on the basis of the following criteria: originality (33%), creativity (33%) and presentation (34%). The winner shall be the person whose entry receives the highest overall score (“Winner”). In the event of a tie, the winner shall be the person whose entry receives the highest score on originality. There will be one (1) Winner of the Contest. Winner will be selected on or about October 15, 2014. The decision of the judges shall be final and binding in all regards.
The Winner will be notified by telephone or email, and will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Publicity/Liability Release (and any other documents required by MADEFIRE), within five (5) calendar days of notification. If the Winner cannot be contacted within five (5) calendar days of first notification attempt, if the prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if the Winner rejects the prize or in the event of noncompliance with these Rules, the prize will be forfeited and an alternative winner may be selected from all remaining eligible entries. Upon prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given. The Affidavit of Eligibility must be complete and must include the Winner’s social security or resident alien identification number. The information in Winner’s Affidavit of Eligibility must be correct and must be identical to the information provided in Winner's Entry or the Winner will be disqualified.
(b) The Winner(s) will receive the following prize: SINGLE PRIZE:

The opportunity to illustrate the Madefire digital comic “Fran Kenstein”, in a time frame and manner to be determined by Madefire and to be compensated a to be determined amount that is at least in accordance with applicable law (approx value of $1,500.00).

At the sole discretion of MADEFIRE, the Winner’s illustration may be used in any Madefire product or service, including any digital comic, whether developed, published and/or exploited by Madefire or any of its licensees or third party partners as determined by MADEFIRE in its sole discretion. No compensation will be provided to Winner in the event the entry illustration is selected for publication or other use. NOTE: BY WINNING THIS CONTEST THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT YOUR ILLUSTRATION WILL BE USED BY MADEFIRE OR OTHERWISE.

Other conditions and restrictions apply. Prizes are non-transferable. No substitutions or cash redemptions.

Estimated combined retail value of prizes: One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500.00).
(c) By accepting the prizes, Winner releases and discharges MADEFIRE, its affiliated companies and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, and all their respective employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents from any liability or damage due in whole or in part to the award, acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize or from participation in this Contest. MADEFIRE reserves the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value for any prize, or to pay Winner a cash equivalent (the value of which shall be determined by MADEFIRE in its sole discretion), for any reason.
(d) If, for reasons beyond MADEFIRE’s control (including, but not limited to, tampering or computer virus infection), the Contest is not capable of running as originally planned, MADEFIRE, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest, without liability. All taxes (including, but not limited to, income taxes) are the sole responsibility of Winner. Winner (and parent or legal guardian of Winner under 21) may be required to execute (and have notarized) an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and/or a Publicity Release (the "Affidavit/Release") which must be returned to and received by MADEFIRE within five (5) calendar days from Winner’s receipt of the Affidavit/Release. Winner will also be required to send a copy of his/her passport, drivers license or birth certificate as proof of age and residency. Non-compliance with any of these requirements may result in disqualification, in which case an alternate winner may be chosen. All entrants agree to comply fully with each provision in these Official Rules. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with this Contest and any person who does not comply with these Official Rules, will be ineligible for any prize and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

By participating in this Contest, you agree to release Madefire and the Contest Entities, and its employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns, from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, directly or indirectly, from participation in this Contest.  All entries are sent at your own risk and Madefire and the Contest Entities cannot accept liability for any loss of or damage to any Submitted Material.

You agree that any claim or controversy arising out of or related to the Contest shall be settled by expedited binding arbitration in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association.  Such arbitration shall take place in Alameda County, California, and you waive any claim that such forum is inconvenient.  Any such claim or controversy shall be arbitrated solely on an individual basis and shall not be consolidated with a claim of any other party.  The Arbitrator may not change the terms of this Agreement and may not award any injunctive or other equitable relief.

The Contest is void where restricted or prohibited by law.

Madefire’s Privacy Policy will apply to this Contest and to all information that we receive from your entry. Please read the Privacy Policy on the website (presently located at… before submitting your entry. Your submission of an entry will constitute your acceptance of these Official Rules and the terms of the Privacy Policy located at….

By entering the Contest, you agree and acknowledge to be bound by the Official Rules, as well as the decisions of Madefire which are final and binding in all respects; to waive any rights to claim ambiguity with the Official Rules, and that Madefire shall have no responsibility or liability (including, but not limited to, liability for property loss, damage, personal injury or death) in connection with: participation in the Contest; technical or mechanical error(s) on the website; typographical error(s) in Contest promotional material; acceptance/possession, defects, and/or use/misuse of prizes, human error; incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information; any technical malfunction(s) of the telephone service, telephone network, computer online system, computer dating mechanism, computer equipment, software, or internet service provider utilized by or on behalf of Madefire or by you; interruption or inability to access the Contest, any Contest-related web pages, or any online service via the internet due to hardware or software compatibility problems; any damages to your (or any other person’s) computer and/or its contents related to or resulting from any part of the Contest; any lost/delayed data transmissions, omissions, interruptions, defects; and/or any other errors or malfunctions, even if caused by the negligence of Madefire.  You further agree to indemnify and hold harmless Madefire and the Contest Entities from any and all liability resulting or arising from the Contest and to release all rights to bring any claim, action or proceeding against either Madeifre or any of the Contest Entities.  Winners release Madefire and the Contest Entities from any and all liability/responsibility with respect to the prizes won (including any property loss, damage, personal injury, or death).  Neither Madefire nor any of the Contest Entities shall be liable for any injury, damage, loss, expense, accident, delay, inconvenience, or irregularity that may be caused or contributed to (i) by any wrongful, negligent or unauthorized act or omission on the part of or any of its respective agents, servants, employees or independent contractors, (ii) by any wrongful, negligent or unauthorized act or omission on the part of any other person or entity not an employee of Madefire or any of the Contest Entities, or (iii) by any other cause, condition or event whatsoever beyond the control of Madefire or any of the Contest Entities.

(a) To obtain the identity of the prize winner, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: " Madefire Fran Kenstein Art Challenge” Contest Winners List, 805 Folger Ave Berkeley, CA 94710. October 22, 2014. The Winner’s name will also be posted on the website and on Madefire’s official deviantART page.
The sponsor of this Contest is Madefire, Inc., 805 Folger Ave, Berkeley, California 94710. Questions regarding the Contest can be directed by mail to “Madefire Fran Kenstein Art Challenge” Contest, Madefire, Inc., 805 Folger Ave, Berkeley, California 94710.
(b) Copies of these Official Rules may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to "Madefire Fran Kenstein Art Challenge” Contest Official Rules, Madefire, Inc., 805 Folger Ave, Berkeley, California 94710 (WA and VT residents may omit return postage.) Requests for Official Rules must be received by July 30, 2014. All times and dates in these Official Rules are Pacific Standard Time.

Phew, glad that's done with! One last thing before we gothe great artwork which Gilang has supplied for this contest is in a very particular style. We want to hammer home that this is NOT the only style we're looking for. We want your personal take on the characters, so your entry should be whatever feels natural to you!

We're waiting with baited breath here for your submissionsjust make sure you send them to before the deadline.

Good luck to all entrants!

PE: Chat Scavenger Hunt

Tue Sep 2, 2014, 9:23 AM

Welcome to our projecteducate Chat and Forum week chat scavenger hunt!
We have put together a fun way to browse the chats while learning a bit more about what makes them so great.  
The overall goal is to have fun and take some time to get to know other chatters along the way.  This hunt isn't about who gets through it the fastests so please do take your time, work at your own pace, and most of all, remember to have fun!  

We have worked hard to make clues easy to follow without just giving them away.  Be sure to pay attention to messages as you enter rooms, or links that stand out.  Many rooms list rules or other important tidbits in the rooms topic and/or title.  These are great places to pay attention to as well.  

Don't be afraid to ask other chatters questions about the chats, take some time to make new friends or just get to know someone.  If you'd rather do this with a friend, feel free to bring one or more along for the ride.  

What you need to do:
  • Keep track of your route in the order you go.  You'll need this information to get your prize. 
  • Pay attention to any clues given to you, or clues that are placed where you can find them
  • Once you've reached the last chat room, and you have finished chatting it up for the day, send me (Astralseed) a note with the different places you had to visit (chatrooms and/or other) to complete the scavenger hunt.  
  • Bonus points for including a bit about your experience when you send in your note
  • Bonus bonus points for including a funny quote from the chats that you experienced. 

Deadline: Thursday September 4th 2014 at 11:59pm PST

Prizes: We have a few 3 month Premium Memberships up for grabs!

Let's get you started shall we?  Open the chat page.  Ready?

Okay, here's your first clue:
The first room you must join is not #devart.  

Astralseed2 By 3wyl-d7xf3te by Astralseed

Deviation Hunt!!

Tue Sep 2, 2014, 6:50 AM by justanothersomeone:iconjustanothersomeone:

Hi everyone :wave:
As you may or may not know, it is Chat & Forum Week her in projecteducate. There's a ton of fun challenges and activities happening that we can all participate in! 
I will be hosting a Deviation Hunt alongside with Erzsabet on Tuesday the 2nd! The theme I've come up with for this deviation scavenger hunt will be Greek Mythology!
You only need to jump into #CommunityRelations at 8pm Pacific and we will be giving you clues as to what god, titan, hero, etc that you are to search for and what particular image containing said element that we are referring to. You then have a small allotted amount of time to beat your fellow deviants at finding the deviation and posting the thumb in the chatroom first. At the end of the contest whoever has the most points will win some prizes! As well as some runner ups!


3 month Premium Memberships

Also: I will be including the link to my Scuzzle piece at a random time during the event so you won't want to miss that!
More details on the Scuzzle contest here:

Look forward to seeing everyone Tuesday night! Happy Hunting!

I'll either find or somehow make a journal skin for this.

March 1, 2015
As this show goes on, please give me feedback on what you do/don't like so I can try and make the next one even better :heart:

Entry Journal

- If you have any questions, feel free to ask.  I'm usually pretty quick at replying
- Submit your entries via comment to this journal or the entry journal (when it's created it will be linked to this journal).
- Entries need this information in the artist comments
Stable Name
Horse's Name
Link to Horse's Reference
Name of this Show
Class Entered

- Harlequines only
- Reference required to enter show.
- Horses may be of any age unless ridden or driven...please be somewhat realistic there.  A 3 year old might do a very beginner move but is highly unlikely to be able to complete more complicated moves/jumps, etc.  Foals may compete in halter/liberty type classes and may be shown with the dam.  Horses under 3 may not be ridden or driven.
- Horses must have clean lines and be colored except for the Speed class if doing a sketch.
- Shading is optional.
- Handlers (for halter type classes) are not required.
- Riders and Drivers must be at least partially visible.
- One horse per entry, please.
- Backgrounds are required, and here are examples of what we would allow.  Just do whatever you want :)  Full backgrounds and edited photo backgrounds are allowed as well.  Edited photos won't get as many points, and straight photos/no background will lose you points.
Closer by amour-interditJOY - Mini Halter by amour-interditHarlequine Portrait - Freak by amour-interditSick-Stee in action by abosz007Sidekicks Comeback by abosz007Renting the word Royal by abosz007

- Entries from the old COTN show may be used if they have not been re-purposed already.
- Headshot to 3/4 body

- Class separated into BL and CL divisions (if you have partbreds they will be counted in CL)
- Full body
- Horse may only have a halter.

- Classes separated into Classical, Grey, Dilute, and Champagne divisions
- Full body
- Any pose allowed (like liberty) but try to show off color/design to best advantage
- No tack permitted

- Portrait to full body
- Halter or no tack
- You must have permission to draw other artists' horses
- Horses in image must be related by blood.
- Prize donors are permitted to only draw one horse from the entry if they so wish so make sure you signify which one you want drawn.  If they draw all horses that is up to them.

- Sketches and Speed paints
- Headshot to full body
- Color not required but encouraged
- If there is no color, please define markings in some way so we can tell what horse it is.

- Full body
- Any move
- Partial or all rider showing


- Full body
- Any size/type jump
- Partial or all rider showing

- Full body
- Single and double teams only
- Any type of pulled vehicle
- Pulled vehicle and driver/passengers do not have to be visible, but please have entire harness in view.

Grand Champion (1)
- Ribbon donated by amour-interdit
- Harlequine commission by amour-interdit
- First and second choice of Harlequine designs (pre-designed sheet to come)
- Breeding to any Somesmera Harlequine if desired by amour-interdit
Reserve Grand Champion (1)
- Ribbon donated by amour-interdit
- Harlequine commission by amour-interdit
- Third choice of Harlequine designs (pre-designed sheet to come)
Judge's Choice (TBD by Judges)
- Ribbon donated by amour-interdit
- Art of winning horse by amour-interdit
- Fourth choice of Harlequine designs (pre-designed sheet to come)
First Place (8)
- Ribbon donated by amour-interdit
Second Place (8)
- Ribbon donated by amour-interdit
Third Place (8)
- Ribbon donated by amour-interdit
First in Division (6)
- Ribbon donated by amour-interdit
- Ribbon donated by amour-interdit

PLEASE DONATE PRIZES IF YOU CAN.  Do not donate if you are unlikely to complete them.  There is no time limit for prize completion.  Prize earners are not to bother donors much if at all.  Try to be polite and remember that everyone has real life first.  I will contact donors once in a while to check on progress and mark their prize off when they've been completed.  If a prize donor comes to me and says a prize earner has been rude, demanding, or otherwise overly bothering (please have screenshots of comments/notes, etc) I may contact the prize earner and notify you that your prize(s) have been revoked.  Please don't make me create a banned list for the 2016 show.

--Judged by amour-interdit, Carousel-Stables, and ... (I will be selecting at least one more for an average score.)
--If selected to judge, I will let you know how I want it done (format for easy averaging on my part).
--- Judges are allowed to enter, but may not judge their own piece. 

- 1-100 RNG
- 1-50 Creativity (how well does it catch your eye or did you just want to skip over to the next entry?)
- 1-50 Effort (it doesn't have to be your best piece, but we'd still like to see that you put a little of yourself into it)
- 1-50 Follows rules (mostly that you put necessary information in the artist comments and followed class specific rules)
+10 for a hand drawn background
+5 for solid color or edited photo background
-5 for photo background
-5 for no background
+5 for donating a prize (up to 5 different prizes.  1st - 3rd place and division = 1 prize each even though there are multiple winners)
+5 for drawing full body and colored supplemental art featuring another competitor's horse (with their permission) (maximum 5 drawings)
+2 for drawing colored portrait featuring another competitor's horse (with their permission) (maximum 5 drawings)
+2 for drawing supplemental art of your own horse (maximum 5 drawings)
+5 for advertising via poll (maximum 1)
+5 for advertising via journal (maximum 1)
Out of 345 points

Extra art is to encourage fun 'fanart' and to help make points easier to differentiate for judges so we don't have a million ties.  They are not required and you may get lucky with creativity and RNG to beat those who draw extra pictures.  I don't want anyone to feel upset if they do a lot of art and don't win.  This is completely voluntary and hopefully because you want to.  This whole show is for fun and to get Harlequines back in the spotlight.

Comment Month: September

Tue Sep 2, 2014, 4:05 AM
Alongside our Monthly Photography Critique Thread, we are hosting a Comment Month this September!

Every single one of us deserves at least one insightful comment on our deviations. We have all needed to start somewhere and some just need that extra boost to really get going.

Our timeline is as follows:

1st – 7th September: Members of CRPhotography can suggest one deviation for a chance to receive some comments. This is a chance for any underappreciated artist to get the comments they deserve.

7th - 30th September: Anybody and everybody can comment on the submissions we received for Comment Month. More information on the day.

1st - 7th October: Comment Month is over, but other things are just beginning. Deviants who have commented constructively on over three submissions will receive a news and page feature and :points:, and any deviations that have not received any comments will also be featured. More information on the day.

Please note:

:bulletblue: Submission is only open to members of CRPhotography, though anyone can give a constructive comment.

:bulletblue: To really make this a successful month, we encourage you to think about your comment and make it constructive, so that it does not consist of one word comments or one sentence comments.

:bulletblue: We will keep you up to date with what’s happening, so don’t worry if you’re confused about future events. All will be explained.

:bulletblue: If you have a question, please don’t hesitate in contacting us.

Submissions Open Now!

Starting from today, submissions will be accepted for Comment Month in this folder!

Can’t Wait?

Those who cannot wait until the 7th September to comment can comment on the deviations submitted right now! Just keep a list of the deviations you’ve commented on in link form in a word document somewhere ready for when commenting officially starts!

We hope that everyone participates in Comment Month, whether it is through suggesting or commenting instead. You really can’t 'lose' here, so please join in, spread the word (the more people the better!), have fun, suggest and comment, comment, comment! :eager:


Tue Sep 2, 2014, 12:40 PM by puddlefisher:iconpuddlefisher:

Chat & Forum Week

Hey, gang!

This week's exciting range of assorted shenanigans is accompanied by tomorrow's Sketchmatch; the art challenge will be hosted in #CommunityRelations (full details below) by puddlefisher (me) and Thiefoworld, who has kindly offered to co-host. He'll no doubt maintain order amongst the inevitable silliness too - for which I have no koalafications in doing.

Despite prizes being up for grabs, tomorrow's event is more an opportunity for you to jump into our chat network & to engage with it alongside fellow deviants in friendly and relatively safe setting (watch out for the otters, is all I'm saying). If you've participated in these events before, you'll know that suggestions for themes during the events are improvised and outrageous! It's one of the few occasions when compromise is a good thing; so, brainstorms that generate more than one likeable theme with words like "otter" or "aristocrat" fuse for a healthy aristotter newborn (thanks, PoshOctopus).



Sketchmatch Challenge
(multiple prompts)


12pm PST; 8pm UTC

10-15 minute slots for each prompt - with 15-30 minute breaks in-between

3 month Premium Memberships


Just 'cause.

To clarify:
"prompts" are keywords provided/suggested for/by participants from which to derive each drawing & interpretation.
"slots" are time-frames allowing for the drawings to be done.
"breaks" you, silly! :B


The Sketchmatch is likely to sustain for at least a 1 hour duration - but it's a good idea to expect some flexibility here, depending on a bunch of things. For instance, if participants are having a blast then we'll wrap up later than expected. The main objective is to have fun drawing curious oddities (or sensible ones) which come up as themes while familiarizing ourselves with chat in the meantime. The times are variables which are very much up for change and may even be negotiable between hosts and the participants present - accordingly. This is especially true if there are lots of traditional artists who use scanners compared to digital artists who may not need time to spend on equivalent technicalities. For more general info, check out Thiefoworld's past events which largely correspond to the structure being used here:

And like all the events this week, you'll have a chance to obtain a Scuzzle piece which will be linked to you at some point throughout the chat event - you'll need to watch out for it. More details on the Scuzzle contest here:

Be there, or be circle.

Project Educate Week imminent!

Tue Sep 2, 2014, 3:24 AM by Elandria:iconelandria:


Stock and Resources Project Educate Week 15th 21st September 2014

Our week is fast (so fast D; ) approaching!!

Thank you to everyone who is currently doing articles for us, we love you, you are magnificent!

:bulletgreen: If any of you are doing articles or interviews and have not yet sent me the link to your item  PLEASE DO SO ASAP so I can add you to the schedule!!!! :bulletgreen:


For more information on what we are looking for with articles and interviews please see our info journal here:
Resources PE Week 15th - 21st SeptWhy Project Educate?
projecteducate is one of our main contact points for all the artists of DeviantArt to come together and educate themselves about a multitude of art related subjects, from techniques and hints and tips to DA specific information and help.  By providing a central location the volunteer team can reach out further into their communities to guide and help more artists than ever before.
But we can't do it alone!
Help and support from as many community members as possible is essential to ensure success, and this is obviously where YOU come in!
Stock and Resources is hosting another Project Educate week this year between the 15th and 21st September, and its really not that far away, and we are looking for your help :)
As a guide here are journals from our 2012 Project Educate week -





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News & Updates - 9/2/2014 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Ignotis Blessing Event! Be sure to give your offspring names before the end of this month, otherwise they'll wander off in search of someone else to give them one. :) 

Broucke will be going on vacation for the rest of the month, so aside from a friend of mine's birthday, there won't be any new pets uploaded or comments processed until October. You can still interact with your pets, help Cradles in the Nursery and play Croquet on Saturdays until I return, but I won't be on to respond before then. See you guys soon! :heart: :huggle: 

--- Featured Pets--- 

DemonSkylier: Nouba by BrouckeAliceTheHunted: Rue by BrouckeNalico: Clarissa by Brouckesmithieaan: Chaos by Broucke
When I started this contest about a month back, I wondered if I'd even have three entries so I could fill the promised slots. The fact that seven entries came is a huge compliment. You guys really stepped up with the artwork and I am looking forward to displaying this art in upcoming After the Fact videos.

Unfortunately, seven entries means that I have to make some choices. So before I list our top three entries, let's have a look at some honorable mentions:

Clutterstep vs Cheese Sandwich - Shipping is a treacherous process. You never know who you might cheese off. RhythmicEssence took the "Talky Box" joke from my comic and took it to a tough conclusion. Tough for Clutterstep, that is.

Clutterstep vs Pinkie Pie - Seems kind of poetic after Cluttesrtep vs Cheese Sandwich. CookieBeliever knows how to take advantage of Pinkie's rhyming talent with a rap battle I'd enjoy seeing. I don't know how long Clutterstep could go without using the word "orange". This was CookieBeliever's first comic, and I hope we'll see more!

Arm Wrestling - And this is why you don't challenge a Diamond Dog. Ed1229 has contributed several times to this gallery, and I'm glad he and his OC, Spike the Diamond Dog, took part in this contest. In addition to a supporting cast and some fun expressions, we get more of Pinkie Pie being... Pinkie Pie.

Battling the One He Loves - Changelings are jerks. I hear folks on the net defend their nature, yet I always remember how they laughed as they invaded Canterlot. They know what they're doing and they love it. So a Changeling posing as Twilight to mess with Clutterstep is a double-jerk in my book. TakaraPOV did a great job with the rainy terrain and the expressions. The wet mane look is always in.

And now we go with my three picks, with an explanation behind my reasoning:

#3 Clutterstep vs Freckle - Introducing an OC is hard since the audience may not know the whole story. DoodleTheDemon89 introduced Freckle and his motives to the audience, then set up a conflict between Freckle and Clutterstep that wasn't based on any real animosity. Plus, as Clutter is acting a little full of himself, it's enjoyable to see his pride, and Freckle, come back to bite him. The one thing holding this comic back is the background. Clutterstep stands out well against the red, yet Freckle's orange coat tends to recede.

#2 Clutterstep vs Button Mash - The quirks of Pokemon's gameplay are well known on the net, and EvMEM takes full advantage of them along with Button's personality. I have no idea how Clutterstep is supposed to battle without any Pokemon, and I'm expecting him to show up at the nearest hospital with some unique injuries. The composition on this piece is very strong as nothing is left to waste and the green background helps both characters stand out. The only critique I have are the word bubbles. I know from experience how hard it can be to arrange them, yet relying on numbers to tell the audience how to read can hinder the experience. A study of the IDW comics can show some great arrangement (plus lots of fun stories).

#1 Clutterstep vs Giant Cat - CAAAAAAAAT! I never specified any mediums, and chicka125 did something truly unexpected with her crochet pony. Crochet-step is looking at an unhappy time as the kitty's newest play toy. Not only is the quality of the figure well done, the shot is nicely composed with a sense of size to the cat and the eye is drawn to the foreground despite an active background. With its creativity, composition, and skill, I declare this my top choice for Clutterstep Versus!

Thanks to all of your for your submissions. I hope you'll all be encouraged to keep creating and improve your skills even further. Now, Clutterstep has to rest up for his next comic. This contest may seem a picnic by comparison.