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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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(CLOSED)1500 Points Raffle

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 17, 2014, 12:48 PM

Pink Points by zara-leventhal  1500 Points raffle Pink Points by zara-leventhal


How to join

just fave this journal 
The raffle will end in 3 days


  • Mood: Joy
  • Reading: Tokyo ghoul
  • Watching: too many series at the same time
  • Drinking: water (gotta stay hydraighted

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
It's finished. I will announce the winner in few hours so stay tuned!

Giveaway results I'd like to thank anyone who took a part in my giveaway. It was fun! I met a lot of interesting people this way :)
So, here are the results:

Congratulations for :iconAnimaldragon: ! Please contact me via DA Note, to claim you prize!
Once again, thank you!

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

27th of September

Good luck :D
I decided to do this giveaway because I have some spare points and I wanted to help other deviants. :dummy:
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To enter:

Arrow Bullet (Purple) - F2U!  :+fav: Fav this journal (1 entry)
This will be your number ( I'll choose the winners with

Arrow Bullet (Purple) - F2U!  Make a journal/pool about this giveaway  (2 entries)

Arrow Bullet (Red-Orange) - F2U!  If you want to increase your chances of winning
   Dark Blue Bullet - F2U!  donate 5 :points:   :  5 more entries
   Dark Blue Bullet - F2U!  donate 10 :points:  : 20 more entries
   Dark Blue Bullet - F2U!  donate 20 :points:  : 45 more entries
   Dark Blue Bullet - F2U!  donate 30 :points:  : 70 more entries!!

on right  To donate points go to my profile page and donate in the donation widget with the message ''giveaway points''

 PRIZES : Rainbow Bounce + PLZ 

Rose Red Bullet - F2U! First place:  1000 :points:

Rose Red Bullet - F2U! Second place : 300:points:

Rose Red Bullet - F2U! Third place :   200 :points:

Deadline : 30th of October 2014

Good luck to Everyone! :D

Hi \;///v///;/ Thanks again for the support T////T I receive so many comments ;__; all so kind T////T
nnngh you have so wonderful idea for them ;__;
Forgive again for the late Now I have the winner of the raffle \;//v//;/ <3 <3 <3

This is :iconazaikar: waaaah :squee: I'm so happy for you T////v////T <3 <3 <3 \;//v//;/

Now Azaikar can choose her favorite in the batch and the others will be put on sale \;//v//;/ ( I'll make a poll before sell them ;u; <3 <3 )

THANKS A LOT AGAIN TO EVERYONE *cries* ç__ç I feel very happy T////T <3 <3 <3


Winner 09 by Piffi-adoptables

Feel free to remove the journal from fav if you wish :hug:

[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

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Celebratory 500 Point Giveaway! {OPEN}

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 7, 2014, 6:56 AM
Hello Everyone! :wave: 
To celebrate 25,000 pageviews, I have decided to host a 500 point giveaway! :dummy:

Now let's get down to business! to defeat the huns...


  1. Fav this journal! This is mandatory for you to be counted. :star:
  2. Comment a link advertising this giveaway!:dummy: <--This is NOT mandatory, but if you do, it will double your chances of winning!
  3. Take a gander at my gallery. You might just find something you like. :) (TOTALLY NOT REQUIRED)

That's it!

The winner will be chosen by the typical online randomizer.

The giveaway closes Oct. 3rd! and the winner will be announced the next day!

And be sure to keep a lookout for future giveaways, raffles, and other special events! :wave:
Thanks for stopping by!

'My art sucks'

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 22, 2014, 8:28 AM

So I wrote this in a notepad as a sort of vent-rant, so figured I'd upload it here cuz why not :v
I'm not really here to argue if people leave comments agreeing or disagreeing
I'm just letting out an opinion and believed it would actually help a few people


The one thing I hate to hear people say is
'I can't draw'
or 'I'm not that good'
'my art sucks'
'I don't draw correctly'

Well then fuck, why did you make a deviantart in the first place
if you honestly believe you can't draw, then leave. 
This is an /art/ website after all. 

Then of course there are two kinds of people.

1. Alright, you're right; I'll leave.
2. You take great offense.

And it's to the people that take offense, in relation to themselves as artist, that I believe should stay.  If you are wounded because you've finally been slapped with the painful reality of 'if you suck, then stop doing it', then you have more a reason to stay, in my opinion.  You are 1 out of a small handful of people that believe they are actually worth staying here.  That you believe in someway your creations will or have made an impact on someone positively.  You may not admit it, no.  Heck you may not even recognize it either.

But I want everyone to know; everyone that's ever doubted themselves in any talent- No one in the entire WORLD will be able to completely recreate every small detail- copy every pen mark, every shade, every stroke of a brush, every note you place, every move you make-  Everyone has their own style, their own creative outlook on things.  

And usually with me, I go to art conventions and shows; seeing all these great artists sale their examples of talent and my parents or siblings lean over to me and say 'You could do better.'  And in all honesty I do nod-  I do believe there will always be an artist I'll see from and think 'I could do better than them.'  But if you look at it in another way; I couldn't.  If I did exactly as they did, copied with as much as I could to recreate their piece, I couldn't.  From things so low and simple as children scribbling on paper to abstract paintings- I could never recreate the feeling in any art piece outside from mine.

And you're probably wondering, well where are you going with this Felix.  Whether you're a digital painter, a traditional chibi doodler, a chapter book author, a fanfiction amateur, a sculpture or just some kid that happened to find play-doh- There is no 'correct' way to do the things you do.  There is no correct style or look that needs to be confirmed by anyone.  Like I said, no one can recreate what you've put together.  Everyone has their own little changes that make them so unique and different.  If you honestly put all your effort into the things you create- sat for hours upon hours working to the finish, then why say it sucks. 

People usually upload stuff and in the comments I find 'this isn't all that good' 'sorry if it looks awful'  Then why upload it ?  Why feel so ashamed that you believe you need to apologize for it ?  Because in some way shape or form, you wanted to show someone.  And whether you agree, disagree or would just hate to admit it, you were proud of it and believed it deserved to be seen by at least someone.  And it's to the people that admit this that I am proud of.  I see you as inspiration- motivation- someone to look up to because not everyone is like that.  <s>dismissing the people that do it for more attention, throwing out how awful it is just to fish for compliments.  i have disliking for those types of people</s>

Even I have some times when I think 'wow this is really shitty' but I upload it any way.  Then times I upload the most stupid stuff and people say I've made their day.  

I would never say my creations are awful or that I'm doing them incorrectly, at least truthfully.  But I also would never say they're perfect, mainly on the fact I'm always wanting to improve; to reach my goals I have set for myself before I can truly say it's perfect.  But as for now, I enjoy working on pieces, I enjoy uploading them and getting comments/feedback/critiques.  I enjoy seeing that I'm such an inspiration to a growing amount of people and I'd hope to continue to be that to everyone.  I hold pride in what I make, and believe just by uploading it, it deserves to be looked at.

So- As my own request to all my watchers and many more- never think your artwork is trash.  Never believe that you don't deserve to be here as much as everyone else.  Without a doubt there will always be someone in a higher level than you and others on a lower level.  Remember- and this may sound rude to some but we've all seen it-  There's been 20 year olds and older that only have the ability to draw stick figures.  I know a 13-14 year old that is very very popular here on dev and is just amazing and loved by many- then a 14-15 year old that, in my opinion, is at baby scribble stage at best then on youtube there are children at 7 creating paintings and music far more advanced than I could possibly do.  

It doesn't matter what age, it doesn't matter what skill or what level you're on, it's what you created, it's what you decided to show the world.  All that matters is how you take feedback.  'Thank you I worked really hard on it !' 'aaaa no, it sucks' 'I'll try better next time' 'I should just stop drawing' And more times than most, the ones that show and treat it like its worth are the people I believe are better artists than all the others.

Be proud in yourself.  Be proud of what you create.  Be proud to show the world what you can do even if you think it's not all that great.  Someone somewhere will find you someday and do nothing but look up to and cherish everything you've ever done.  Maybe that's happening now and you just don't realize it.

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!^^

[Giveaway] 400 WATCHERS / 14 500 PAGEVIEWS -CLOSED

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 18, 2014, 9:29 AM

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Guys, you're the best.

I can't believe this; 400 watchers? AND 14 500 PAGEVIEWS?

...That's a lot of attention for a simple 14-years-old school girl like me.

So I decided to make my first Giveaway! 

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This is the 400th watcher milestone. 

The 1st place will win 700 :points:

The 2nd place will win 300 :points:

The 3nd place will win 150 :points:

The winners will be chosen via random. The deadline is the  25th of September 2014, 3pm GMT.

How to enter?

+fav Fave this Journal.

+favlove Tag at least 3 friends in a comment and invite them to take part, too.


I want deviants to watch me for my art, not for giveaway-stuff. So for entering, you don't need to watch me. Please only do that if you like my art and want to see more of it, because that's the true purpose of Added to my devWatch! .(I still appreciate every watcher, but I won't make you watch me for this!)

I will reply to your comment with a number, and this will be your entry number. If you tag more than 10 friends, you get the chance to receive a bonus entry!

Thanks for your great support! I Heart  you!

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7 TIPS FOR THE 21-YEAR-OLD ME by Bobby Chiu

When I was a student in college working on my skills as a character designer, I’d had periods where I would sit at my desk working as hard as I could but having little to show for my efforts at the end of the day. I remember sitting there surrounded by blank pieces of paper, trying to come up with an amazing style that nobody had ever seen before. I would do one drawing and not be satisfied, so I would lay a new piece of paper over it, re-draw it with slight changes to features here and there. This would still not be good enough so I would put another piece of paper over my revision, make more minor adjustments trying to perfect this new style I was searching for. 

I did this for weeks on end, tweaking and polishing over and over, working hard every day. But in the end, did I come up with a brand new style, something amazing that nobody had ever seen before? 

No, unfortunately I didn’t. 

And how much did I improve from this experience? Not much at all. 

Spinning my wheels like this made me a little depressed and I thought to myself, “If only someone could tell me what to do to become a great artist, I would do exactly that and do it with all my heart.” 

That’s what this article is about: seven key things that I would tell the 21-year-old me, which I’ve found to contribute the most to having a successful career in art. 

1. “Focus, Bobby. Undisturbed focus, 90 minutes at a time.”

It’s actually really great to work intensely for short segments of time and take regular breaks. I’ve found that when I split my work into intense and focused 90-minutes sessions, not only do I have a good sense of urgency as the 90 minutes expire, but the regular breaks also give me wonderful, fresh looks at my work multiple times throughout the day.

2. “You have to practice, Bobby. There’s no way around it and there is no substitute for good, purposeful practice.”

There are many different ways to practice but I have found that practicing as a way of trying to learn has the greatest impact. What I mean by this is, I don’t practice drawing something just because it looks cool—I always have an objective in mind. What am I trying to learn? 

Am I studying how an artist does a certain technique or achieves a certain look? 

Am I learning muscles and other anatomy? 

I didn’t practice simply how to copy what I saw but rather I practiced fully understanding what it was that I was drawing and painting to the point that I could do it out of my imagination. 

If I had only practiced how to copy things, then I would have become a great copier. But by striving to understand what it was that I was referencing and trying to create something with the same essence and feeling, I worked multiple parts of my mind and skills.

3. “Embrace your routine, Bobby.” 

I used to be against routines. 

I used to think routines would take all the fun and excitement out of my life and lock me down. I started my own studio because I wanted to be free. 

But I’ve since discovered that I looked at it all wrong. 

Freedom isn’t necessarily a result of having spontaneity, it’s the result of having time. 

I feel the most free when I have time to do the things that I really want to do, and the best way to have a lot of time is to be better organized. Having a great routine allows me to be more productive, which gives me more time to do the other things I love to do. 

Routines are also extremely powerful for creating momentum but they only work if we make them a priority. I became better at drapery and drawing people by sketching for a few hours on the subways of Toronto every Sunday. This was part of my routine for five years and I did it consistently even if it was raining, Christmas, or my birthday. And even though subway sketching only took two or three hours every seven days, the routine helped improve my skills dramatically.

Try it yourself! Start off with something small that you know you can commit to. Do that thing consistently and you’ll quickly see the benefits of a great routine. Once you get used to it, add something new and soon you’ll have a great routine that will improve your skills and save your time.

4. “Cultivate a love for what you do, Bobby.” 

As a student, I was afraid to really, truly love doing art. Some artists get too obsessed about their art, and I didn’t want to go that crazy about my work. 

But what I found was that loving what I do doesn’t automatically make me crazy about it, and that’s a good thing. Loving art not only helps me get through the day, it makes me eagerly await the next day because each day is another opportunity to get better at doing what I love. 

Most of us who call ourselves artists love art, but like with any relationship, we have to put in the effort in to make our love affair strong and lasting. So we should all try to cultivate our passion, enthusiasm, and love for art; these can only help us on our artistic journeys. 

5. “Build a network of like-minded people, Bobby. Everything is easier when you have a group.” 

I could never do as much or go as far alone as I could with a group of like-minded people. 

I think part of the reason that I’ve had a successful career over the years is because I’m naturally curious about people. I love learning their stories and, in turn, making friends. In this way, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet many of the artists that I look up to and admire, and today, call them my friends. 

Because art is typically a solitary pursuit, many artists are naturally shy individuals, so building a network can be daunting. Nevertheless, I cannot overstate the value of having people. To get over my natural shyness, particularly when I first met my heroes, I had to consciously dig around in my mind for that little tiny piece of me that is not as shy, and expand it even if it’s just for a short period of time. I let this little piece steer the ship for a while, and that was how I got myself out there to meet interesting people or people that I didn’t know. 

Think of it this way: not meeting one person doesn’t mean missing out on that one person that you could have been friends with; it means missing out on that one person and every person that that person could have introduced you to, and one of THOSE people could have been the one to give you your dream job, been your best friend, or your wife or husband. 

Take every opportunity you can to get out there and talk with people, in person or online. Who knows where it will lead you. 

6. “Discomfort and fear can’t hurt you, Bobby. By challenging and overcoming them, you will always continue to improve.”

I have learned to challenge challenges, to be comfortable in discomfort, and to overcome my fears. By doing so, I constantly push my limits and therefore expand my potential and possibilities. I love doing things that are challenging, even when I might not know where to even start. These are the things that I live for and they have helped me to push my limits further and further. 

When I’ve been too comfortable for too long, I get unsettled. An alarm will go off in my head, compelling me to get up and do something challenging. 

Comfort is one of life’s traps and many new professionals fall into it, preventing them from continuing to learn and improve every day. The moment this happens will be the exact moment that you start to fall behind. 

The whole world keeps evolving and learning every day, so to stay relevant and to have the best chance at a successful career, we must continue to learn as well.

7. “Exercise your willpower, Bobby. When the mind is willing, the body has no choice but to follow.”

We are not born with willpower. As babies and children, we have to be taught (and taught and taught again) to resist urges, wait for rewards, and basically do the things we know we should do but don’t particularly want to. This challenge doesn’t end at adulthood, either. In fact, I’m sure we all know grown men and women who still have trouble resisting that extra slice of cake, hitting that snooze button one more time, or doing that uncomfortable and inconvenient thing in order to get the reward that they want.

Willpower is something that we can develop, like a muscle that we can grow and strengthen. To exercise it, do things that are challenging or which you don’t want to do but you know are good for you.

Willpower drains as we make decisions such as resisting what we want to have, waiting for a reward, or doing something we don’t want to do. For example, perhaps you can decline a piece of chocolate cake, but what if it was followed by brownies, ice cream, French fries, and potato chips? 

This is why I always prefer to make will-draining decisions the night before so that the following morning, I don’t have to make ANY decisions and can just jump right to the first item on my to-do list.

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