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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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400 points giveaway + more!! [closed]

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:42 AM
edit: Alright! this giveaway is now over! So many people joined, goodness!! Sorry to all those who didn't win!! But don't worry I'll make more giveaways in the futures! I also have more than 750 watchers which is CRAZY! I don't know why so many people are watching me xD but thank you!! ;w; 
ANYWAYS! on to the winners! 

1. 300:points: Sachii-chan 
2. 100:points: Kidakins
3. pixel background YukiAtem12 

congrats to the winners! I'll send the points right away ;u; (and notes)
again, sorry to those who didn't win, I'll make more in the future! 

Oh yeah! I took screen shots in case you don't believe me, or if people unfave this journal because it's over!!
check my stash right here -->

edit: Wow! I woke up to almost 600 faves! So I'll add two more prizes!! 
And for some reason, I almost have 600 watchers too! :'O Wow I got like 80+ overnight!  Seriously, thank you all ;A;

Omigosh!! I just realized I reached +500 watchers! That's crazy!!!
Thank you all so much! ;w; ♥ 

The next giveaway will probably be when I reach 750 or 1000 watchers! (if I do of course). 

This giveaway will end Thursday September 4th 2014 ♥


♦All you have to do is fave this journal!!
♦ You don't have to be a watcher! But if you are or you decide to, thank you ;w; 
♦If you like, you could share this (pole, journal) but you don't have to c:


♦One winner will get 300:points:
♦ [new] A 2nd winner will get 100:points:
♦[new] A third winner will get a Pixel Background from me! Like this --> Lost in the forest by tea-hee

I'll be using a random generator!  probably

Again, thank you ALL for being so supportive ;w; <3 

  • Mood: Delighted
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Drinking: water

I'm pretty sure this is going to be a rant (not that I have ever posted those before :roll:) but bear with me because I just... I got to say something about this subject. 

  • "You have a lot of talent and you waste it on drawing stupid dogs!" 
  • "Don't you understand that series is for CHILDREN? You're too old!"
  • "If you want people to take your work seriously, stop drawing stupid animals!"
  • "All you draw is cats. Can't you draw anything else? I'm so done with your unoriginal bullshit art."
  • "Wolves, wolves, wolves. All you ever draw is wolves! BORING!" 
  • "Are we ever going to see anything but shitty cartoon dogs from you?"

I'm sure all of us at some point in our artistic lives have dealt with someone who decided it was a good idea to rag on your choice of artwork subject matter. If not yet, you will... trust me. We ALL go through it. 
It's hard enough to deal with it from strangers but it's another thing when it comes from people you know. Family, friends, idols, even teachers/professors! 
The words can cut deep and a lot of the time it can leave a mark of embarrassment and shame that is hard to suppress once it's manifested. 

I've been on the the receiving end of that particular thing so I know how it feels to be beaten, battered, and harassed for drawing certain things. No matter how fun they were at the time someone had to come along and rain on the parade; dictate what I should and shouldn't be drawing. 

However, one day I had a moment of realization -- I started drawing because I wanted to and I keep drawing because I want to. 
Who in the hell has the say so to command what I draw and how I draw it? No one but me. 

My word of advice to anyone who is suffering under the dark cloud of discouragement would be draw whatever the hell you want. It's your art and it should be your hobby. 
Unless someone is paying you to draw something the way they want it drawn they don't have a say so in how or what you draw. 
You want to draw thin, raggedy, mangy looking dogs? Do it. 
Want to draw 'Warriors' fan art? Do it. 
Draw what you want. 

I draw animals because I want to. I draw wolves and cats because I like to. I draw robots and fan art because I can. 
There's no other reason for it than that. 
When I'm drawing as a hobby I draw what I want, and that's how it should be. 

To those people who are the whiners, complainers, and all around jackasses who can't seem to understand their word isn't law (I feel like a hypocrite after saying what I just said but)... Shut. Up.
Bugger off and draw what you want if you don't like what someone else is drawing. Move on. Find things you like. If you can't then it's not something wrong with someone else, it's something wrong with you. 

That said... I'm going to go finish some work and then go to bed. 
Sorry if this was kind of snobbish and bitchy but man alive, if I don't read posts/journals about this stuff every day... it's sad. 
Leave people alone already, sheesh!
Let them draw their own thing. If you don't like it, find something you do. Don't waste time bitching about their work not being up to par with your expectations. 
Critique is one thing but being a whiny prat is another. 
Be considerate and logical. 

Thank you, 


EDIT: Uhhh, I think a lot of people are taking this as my personally yelling at my art critics or something.
While yes... this is a personal view and opinion on the matter and also, yes I have dealt with this kind of thing before... it's not really that personal.
Just more like a shout out if anything. 
I'm not really one to give a shit at this point. People will hate or dislike my art regardless -- you can't please everyone. So, it just boils down to the fact that unless they're paying me to draw for them (my job) what I draw on my own time is whatever I want to; stupid or ugly as it may be. 
Try not to take this as my personal address to any 'haters', haha! I wrote this after having read several journals and posts about this matter and thought to throw in my two cents.
As to how or even why this journal gained such traction is beyond me. What I wrote should be common sense, BUT... I guess in some way I'm glad others can see it in a similar way as I do. Those that don't? Well... that is their choice. 


ADDITION: 05-09-214

PS: This would pertain to the 'hobbyist' more than the professional really. If you're drawing just for fun or because you want to, then draw whatever the hell you want. If you're being paid or employed to draw a certain thing a certain way, then you draw that certain something in the way you were paid to draw it. 
It different when you're drawing for yourself -- you can and should draw what you want to draw at that point. So if that's the case, go for it. 

 -- Be aware that not everyone is going to like or enjoy the same things you do and some people can and will be vocal/loud about their dislike/disapproval of what you draw. Also realize that should you post your work in public view (more so on a place like dA where millions of random people can see it) there are limits as to what is allowed and what isn't. Be mindful of that and realize that there's a time and place for certain subject matter. 
Just because I say 'draw whatever the hell you want' doesn't mean 'post whatever the hell you want anywhere you want to' or that people can't judge or dislike it. 
I'm not here to encourage one person's freedom of expression only to take out someone else's. 
** ALSO: Dislike for something can be shown in silence -- AKA: clicking 'close' or the 'back' button. If you don't like looking at something, more so if it's not hurting/harming someone or a personal attack on someone, it's not always necessary to post a rude/horrible remark-comment about it just to show your disapproval. 
Some people like things you don't.
That's just how the world is. 
Still, take a moment or two to think before you post, comment, or act. Remember there is a person behind that drawing and while you may think their interests weird, someone else will like them/love it and chances are if you say something rude or mean it could have unsavoury results to follow on both sides. 
You're welcome to draw it but realize they're welcome to not like it.

One more tidbit -- Quite a few comments have come up saying 'people should aim to improve and expand their comfort zone.
However, there's a fine line between suggesting a change and nagging someone to change. A line quite a few people cross, more so on a place like dA where anonymity is a key element in comments. Sure, you have a screen name but if you get too far, you can delete and never be seen/heard from again. You have more power than you realize. 
So yes, it's pertinent for any artist to grow, expand, improve, or advance their map of subject matter, but there is a limit as to how much outside sources should influence that and what to say to build up that suggestion. 

Example of how not to do this: 
"Stop drawing so much shitty anime garbage!" -- This is hostile and likely to conjure up an equally hostile response. To some this is a 'firm kick in the ass' but to many it's an attack. To you it may not seem like it, but in a way it is. It's a backhanded threat and yelling (as the '!' signals yelling or excitement) so it's logical someone would feel attacked upon reading this. This will be read as bitching rather than a suggestion because in the end, that's what it is. It's a command, not a suggestion.

Example of how you could suggest without being too pushy:
"I see you draw a lot of Anime styled images. While these are good and you're pretty adapt at the style, it could be really interesting to see you take on a more realistic approach. I think you'd do really well with it. Just a suggestion though." -- It takes a bit longer to write but the results and response will have a higher likelihood of being calmer and more understanding. Even if it's to say 'I prefer drawing anime though', this kindly approach will plant a seed of possibly seeing more realism in their works later on. There's no attacking in this and the tone is even-keel, even encouraging as well. 
It always helps to add a bit of praise their existing pieces, not as bait or pity but more to let them know that they're doing something right. It gives a good boost in morale to encourage the ability to change subject matter. 

** The examples above are just examples. I used Anime since quite a few draw in that style, but this can pertain to any/all styles. 

I do realize that there's going to be those out there to which no matter kindly you say something, they'll blow up and reply back hastily hostile. However, if you are nice about it and they do this you can just as easily move on and focus your efforts to help spread encouragement elsewhere toward people who will reciprocate in a more mature manner.
Thanks for reading,
- Kato 
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1st Prize: AiHamoniHinaji :iconaihamonihinaji:
2nd Prize: FabouCaribou :iconfaboucaribou:
3th Prize: justanamelessface :iconjustanamelessface:

Thanks for participate!!

New EDIT 2: omg, +1000 favs. Thats a big number! Prize increased: 

Bullet; Blue 1st Prize: 250 points
Bullet; Blue 2nd Prize: 30 points
Bullet; Blue 3th Prize: 20 points

So now there will be three winners!! :squee: 

New EDIT: The giveaway has reached more than 300 favs :la: So we have increased the prize to 250 points :Bummies:

We have 1002 Watchers! Yey!! :la: We are veeeery happy ^^

So, as we promised, we are doing a points giveaway/raffle. 

A lucky deviant will get 250 points Emote Cuddle Love 


Bullet; Pink  Fav this journal +fav 
Bullet; Pink  
An that's all :D  

Ends September 7th

I will choose the winner using

Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U!  If the giveaway gets more than 250 participants, Cirno will be very happy and we will increase the prize ^^ So share with your friends so everyone can join! You talk too much!


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Good luck to everyone!

También os animo a participar en el concurso de :iconadelfa3: Más de 1000 puntos en premios!
Entrad aquí ->

50 :points: Itzel-19
100 :points: Splatter-Mutt

Congratulations to the winners and thanks for everyone for joining this giveaway!
Stay tuned, more giveaways, adoptables and surprises are planned aswell.

Have a nice day :D

Hi!  Hello deviantART Hi! 

Since we made some points on this account we wanted to share some with a


There will be

2 Winners

1. 100 :points:
2. 50 :points:

How to join:

+fav  Fav this journal

You do not have to post a journal/poll about this but it gives you better chances in winning
You do not have to watch thesellers, ChaoticShan, Forumsdackel, Kariotic or R0TII in order to participate

Deadline: 6.9.2014
Winner per

Wolf Adoptables - OPEN - 50 points by thesellersAdoption Batch 2 - Open - 75 points by thesellersCreature Adoptables - OPEN - 250 points by thesellers

:iconchaoticshan:ChaoticShan                         :iconforumsdackel:Forumsdackel                                  :iconkariotic:Kariotic                              :iconr0tii:R0TII
Hey there sexy by ChaoticShanHappy Birthday Nesfate by ChaoticShan    Commission: Darigsey by ForumsdackelTaro Headshot by Forumsdackel    I am no Angel anymore. I am your new god. by KarioticAT - secret fireflys by Kariotic  Jesus. by R0TIIVerr by R0TII
I have some extra points and I would like to give them away because why not? I hope I will make someone happy with this giveaway. :)

The main prize of this giveaway is 1000 :points:

How can you get them? Here are the rules:

1. You need to be my watcher.
2. You need to fave this journal (You'll get a number, which I will use to determine the winner, via )
3. You need to link this giveaway in your journal
4. You need to comment here, and insert the link to your journal, containing info of this giveaway.

That's all :)

The deadline for this giveaway is

27st of September

Good luck :D

It's finished. I will announce the winner this evening so stay tuned!

I have some points left from the last contest I did, and I rarely use them to buy anything on DA (I preffer paypal commissions), so I decided to make a poinst giveaway.

The main prize of this giveaway is 1000 :points:

How can you get them? Here are the rules:

1. You need to be my watcher.
2. You need to fave this journal (You'll get a number, which I will use to determine the winner, via Random Numer Generator)
3. You need to link this giveaway in your journal
4. You need to comment here, and insert the link to your journal, containing info of this giveaway.

That's all :)

The deadline for this giveaway is

1st of September

Good luck :D

[OPEN] Adopt Raffle 09 - Memories

Mon Sep 15, 2014, 3:36 PM
[OPEN]FREE ADOPT RAFFLE 09 - Memories by Piffi-adoptables

Waaah such a long time we didn't make a raffle >///v///< :heart:
We really love doing that so this time we try with our new project "Memories" , Little Owl/penguin ( x°D )
We hope you like them \;///v///;/  thanks again for the support :huggle::heart:

What can you win?

  • One adoptables at your choice between those shown , they are a species called "Memories" they are little pet/character like a owl(or penguin x°D at your choice x°D ) , they write people's memories , they never forget about you

  • Only one winners , after raffles end the 7 adoptables left will be put for sale ;v;

Required to win

  • Fav this Journal

  • Watch it's not necessary to win , but really appreciated it if you like our works enough to wish one of them ;//////v/////; <3 ( thanks ;v; )

  • You don't have to ask if you can partecipate , just fav this journal and you are in ;v;

NOT required to win but appreciated

  • Comment with the adopt you'd choose if winning and tell us if you have some plans for it çvç :heart:

  • If you have some friends you think can be interested in this raffle you can write their name in your comment çvç <3

General Rules

  • This raffle end in 48 hours ( about 0:30 follow this time zone : CEST

  • I'll choose the winner with between fav numbers

Thanks again \;v;/ :heart: see you soon in the next raffle >///v///<

Our main account : Shatik / our non-human account : Piffi-pi 
Our sister Mimru

Skin by SimplySilent
  • Mood: Adoration


Sun Aug 24, 2014, 9:48 AM


1st WINNER IS :iconcagedbirdsinging:
2nd WINNER IS :iconorioniszeta:
3rd WINNER IS :iconutau:

WISH THEM CONGRATS////// :iconkissinguplz:

Will note you and the donators ASAP

HIIII! :iconasdfghplz:
First of all I want to thank you ALL so much for the support during this past week. It means a LOT for me! 
Also today I just reached my 16K watcher! :iconuhuhuhuplz: I`M SO HONOURED AND HAPPY
I DON´T DESERVE ALL THIS LOVE AHHH DISH FDIhdsjudhusj :iconifaintplz:

So I want to give something back to YOU! 

I´m holding a RAFFLE for you guys! 
So you get the chance to win some art by me and other wonderful people that wanted to donate!////


Also if you want to donate a prize for my lovely watchers feel free to do so and I will add your donation as a prize as well! 



FULLBODY by :iconpiouru:
HEAD SHOT by :iconsolanapple:
 BUST SHOT by :iconmimitea:
BUST SHOT :iconda-jenki: 
BUST SHOT :iconnemorafarraige:
Coloured sketch from :iconuyuuchii:
Pixel icon from :iconjunouji:

chibi from :iconinlinverst:

chibi from :iconotakuprincess132:
Chibi from :iconlunacy-sama:
Chibi from :iconwitchiecat:
Chibi from :iconmeaty-nosebleeds:
EMOFURI animation from :iconbooboobunni:
Commission from :iconiikuzo:
Request from :iconlusitaniaangel313:

2nd Winner

will get a SKETCH Chibi/Shoosh/critter/pony from me --> :iconyamio:
 Halfbody from :iconxlemonberryx:
Halfbody + watch from :icononlinerabbit0x0:
Halfbody from :iconswerville:
HEAD SHOT by :iconsolanapple:
HEAD SHOT by :icondusk-deerfluff:
Picture drawn by :iconno-pe:

Picture from :iconmiyuu1chan: 
Coloured sketch from :iconuyuuchii:
Chibi by :iconmiyukitakara1229:
chibi from :iconotakuprincess132:
Chibi from :iconlenkiyoumi:
Flat Chibi from :iconmeaty-nosebleeds:
Pagedoll by :iconunbrandedlaptop:
Pixel icon from :iconiikuzo:

3rd Winner

will get a SKETCH Chibi/Shoosh/critter/pony from me --> :iconyamio:
 chibi from :iconbamohcchi:
 Chibi from :iconchamomilatea:
chibi from :iconotakuprincess132:
Chibi from :iconchibii-chii:
Chibi from :iconlenkiyoumi:
Chibi from :iconizie--chan:
Sketch Chibi from :iconmeaty-nosebleeds:
Soft ANIMATION from :iconfiddlelid:

HEAD SHOT by :iconsolanapple:
Bust shot from :iconkro406:
Bust shot from :iconthe-mad-saxony:
Fullbody from :iconbook-box:
Coloured sketch from :iconuyuuchii:



Kitty Paw [SPEEDPAINT] by Yamio


The only things that are MUST to enter this raffle, is of course to be an WATCHER of mine!
This is to thank my watchers after all ♥

And you need to fav this journal and write your own journal entry to spread the word! I don´t want people to miss it out! 
So I made it 3 days long! //////
The rest is optional! But the more you do, the more entries :iconkissinguplz:

HAVE FUN! :iconmoeblushplz:

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3-month premium membership + Points GIVEAWAY

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 3, 2014, 7:12 AM

Winner is :iconsakura-yuni: with :iconhoshi178: :icongabi-ty:! :D
Congrats!! :hug:
All the others please don't be sad, it won't be my last raffle! :)

Thank you for entering! I didn't expect so many people joined! :D
I will need some time to pick the winner randomly. Gimme like 24-48h. Thank you!

Hello my dear watchers and visitors!^^

I'm very busy at the moment but it won't restrain me from doing a giveaway! :D
My job during my holidays allows me to be a bit generous! xD
So I will pay one 3-month premium membership for one fellow deviant, PLUS giving 50 :points: to 2 more deviants each!! :la:

:bulletred: Everyone is allowed to take part, no watching needed!

:bulletred: Fave this journal, it's your raffle number! (You can unfave it after winner got announced.)

:bulletred: Write a comment with tagging 2 fellow deviants or friends, who you think they might need 50 :points: each! That's it but you MUST do both!
So there will be one winner for the premium membership and their 2 tagged deviants will get 50 :points: each! :D

It means, if you win, your tagged friends will win too! :D
Tagged users are also allowed to enter separately with their own comment and tagged users.

:iconyenni-vu:'s comment:
I tag : iconusername1 : and : iconusername2 :. (Without the spaces.)

Winner will be picked randomly on 7th September at 11:59 pm (CET) and will get a message from me!

I will not reply to these postings or else it would look messy.

Good luck and have fun!^^


Missing Halloween, an animation about two kids trick or treating, was previewed last year on Youtube:

However, the deadline was missed and was decided to remain its production on hold.
But not anymore, of course! Halloween is coming soon after all!


Are you looking forward to watching Missing Halloween?
Do you design your own characters?
Would you like to help with Missing Halloween's production?
Then this is your chance!!!

You can get your design featured in the animation Missing Halloween!


In the animation, there's a part of the story where it features locals in costume giving candies to the two main kids.
This is where you come in!
I decided that instead of randomly designing these people, I can give my fans the opportunity to have their designs featured in the animation!
And if there are too many designs contributed, I can use the others as kids who Trick or Treat in the background!


Submit your own original designed character to the director himself: Mikeinel via note here in DeviantArt. (Possibly with a subject title: "Missing Halloween Submission")
And get a chance to have your design, re-rendered into the animation's cute-and-cartoony art style, appear in Missing Halloween!


-It could be an existing design you created before, even long ago, or a new one you made specifically for this contest!
-Only one design can be submitted per artist.
-The character must be a regular human. (Added) He/she can have additional parts such as animal ears, tail, wings, etc.
-Of course, you should be the owner of the character design.
-The character should not directly be based on any other existing designs.
-No nudity, gore, or anything that can be found offensive to most people.


August 23 to August 31:
Accepting of designs.

September 1:
Announcement of the submitted character designs.

September 1 to September 14:
Judging, sorting, and possibly re-rendered into Missing Halloween's art style.

September 15:
Announcement of the designs to get in the animation!



The submissions will be judged and sorted by the director himself!

The top 5 best designs will have the following:
Their character will be featured as one of the young adults giving candies to the kids, fully animated!
Their name put in the credits as "Additional Character Design"

The next 10 (or more) best designs will have the following:
Their character will be featured as one of the many kids in the background, Trick or Treating!
Their name put in the credits under "Character Design Contribution"


In order for the character design to fit in the animation, your submission will have to be altered to accommodate the art-style and content, (Added) making the fantasy-like parts into costume. We're talking about kids in costumes, after all!
Example: Extended body parts such as animal ears, tail, wings, etc. will be redesigned into costume accessories.

Altering/redesigning will be done by the director himself.

Here are some visual examples:


By submitting your design to the project, you'll have to agree to the following:
-If your submission gets accepted to be featured in the animation, you will automatically give permission to let your design be used in the animation.
-(Added) The design you submitted still belongs to you, of course. You may use it to however you like for other purposes, it's your creation after all.
-The re-imagined design will be final and may not be edited when the animation is done.
-No additional rewards, payments, or requests can be made at any time, unless stated otherwise by the director.

-The schedule may possibly be changed at anytime by the director, depending on various situations. (I do hope it doesn't)


If ever you wish to submit a design, then let me just say this in advance: THANK YOU!!! Thank you for helping out on this project!
Missing Halloween may not be a masterpiece, but rest assured, it'll be longer than Draw with Me.
It will be released for free only on Youtube, in hopes that this will be my next animation that isn't an April Fools or job commission~
I hope people around the world will enjoy watching it when it's done!

To the people who have been reserved in my commission page, don't worry, you are not forgotten. But sadly, I have to give priority to other things at the moment. (And this could take months) Thank you for understanding.