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As I promised, I'm making another 1000 :points: giveaway just for you guys!

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

19th of October



Previous giveaway winner: :iconruiori:

Good luck :D


Leaving? thieves-copyright - originality

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 1, 2014, 12:41 PM

"I'm thinkng about leaving"



These are the words I used in the latest description of a piece
I published,a phrase that a lot of artists have
kept on saying for months.

I'm one of them.

I've been talking about it with a lot of my friends, and 
even though the words i expected to hear as a comeback 
were more like "NO PLEASE STAY" , to my great 
surprise , all of them replied with exactly the same phrase : "...me too"

So why?Why is this happening? Why are people getting tired of dA
and simply loose their interest?At first I thought it was just boredom,but
no,there is much more to it.

So first things first:

You may loose your rights..


:bulletorange:Many many nice people often
visit dA looking for art.Often,they atcually get
that art reposted and sold in other sites without
the artist's permission.And the
funny thing is that taking down can be quite difficult if not impossible.That's also a pretty good reason 
why people simply move to other sites ,like Furrafinity or tumbl .You hardly
ever find active users who have been on dA for too long
and oooh yes,there is a reason behind it of course .


There are issues with the admins too, I remember NinjaKato going on strike
because of that short of problems. Admins who keep on ignoring notes sent to them
or who simply keep on refusing to take on their responsibilities
properly have been a pain in the ass for most people who have ever
tried dealing with art thefts or copyright issues.There is also

a strict judjement when it comes to mature content art,dA kept on removing artwork
 of that kind after judging it as "too extreme",even though that was not true,making
the community loose some really interesting and unique pieces allong with entire accounts
that got deactivated as a reaction to the whole matter.

Tracing,Art theft,styles etc



Ooookay, I need to get a few things off my system about this one 

I'm so godamn tired not only with art thieves that simply repost my ,and many many 
other poeple's artwork, without permission or credit of course on dA but in other sites too,but also with those artists
who simply steal ideas,characters and techiniques. I'm tired of seeing new cell shaders
popping out of no where
, trying to copy Grypwolf for example (there are of course
tons of artists that get copied too, I just thing that grypwolf is the one that has that problem
the most at the momment) allong with her style,her ideas,characters etc. I'm here to see original art and concepts
but I keep on seeing artists trying to copy one another and this really gets annoying.

And of course I'm talking about myself too.

Maybe some people are okay with it , but let me say that this is not what inspiration is.
Also, if people want to use other artists' art in order to practice and get better then they should
simply not publish their pictures, or at least credit the original one...maybe you know,they could ask for permission too?
Idk ever heard of the "ask first" thing????
Do these people thing that the artists are blind.
We know who you are.We know who copies and who doesn't.
And trust me,everyone HATES this kind of artists.
E V E RY O N E

Of course you will get influenced from time to time, we all do.You may see something
you like in another artist's drawing/style/character and try to
apply it in your own pictures too,that's alright! But copying
everything on purpose is just awesful,stop it for doge's shake.
Some artists actually
loose a lot of commissioners because of that,since some clients prefer commissioning
the "copies" who are cheaper instead of the originals.And some of them
may really ,reaaaaaally need the money.
It stinks.
I hate it.
We all do.

:heart:And I need to say that it really puts a nice smile on my face
whenever I see artists mentioning in their description
that they got inspired by this or that person.:heart:



Autlaw Made a really nice piece about this so make sure
to check it out along with the description : RPG and Copyright - a statement by Autlaw

Unfaithful watchers,the same ideas again and again



HA HA HA
What if there is not a show going on for this one.

Isn't it aweful.Somebody makes a successful deviation and similar stuff begin to pop
up all around dA out of no where.

Also,dA people have a thing with supporting artists. They go like
"oooo this is perfect" over and over, but when the artist decides to post something
else than what you usually post like
A GODAMN HUMAN you cann see all the faves dropping to zero.

Which means : nobody gives a shit.:stare:

We've all been through this haven't we? It's not even just
with humans! If you are a canine artist,maybe posting
a dragon or a feline will have the same result ~




Yes,I've been thinking about leaving.I'm tired of all this bullshit,I really am.
And if there is something that has kept me here all along, then 
that's the the amazing friends I made here and 
of course all those who supported me this much all this time.

I really want to thank you.I know who you are and you
are the reason I keep doing what I'm doing guys really.

I also want to say a little special thanks to you Alkasay
for that note you sent me.I honestly felt my heart jumping
a little after all the things you said, you honestly
have no idea how much they mean to me


:bulletorange::bulletblue:I may stay , or at least I'll try.
I'm really busy this year so I won't be able to be as active as
I used to be,but you have my word that i'll keep on
drawing with one way or another.dA is a different issue..
Like I said many times beforevSnow-Body left too and this really
made me loose my appetite for the entire online
thing but I won't give up~

I'm honestly grateful that you made it till the end of this journal.
You deserve an orange :orange:

Feel free to share and comment ~

Hope u all have a nice day and thanks once again ~ :aww:





This is a 2.000 2.002 Watchers Special!


Thank you all so much for your support, kind words and just everything! :D

This Contest is made just for you :D

(You dont have to be a watcher to enter this contest ;) )

Idea:
Im getting a lot of messages with "Your art inspires me so much", so now its the time to show that! Get inspired! :D
Design something totally unique and beautiful! :D


Prizes :D

:trophy: First Place:
- 500 :points:
- Custom design by Nahemii-san
- One colored Art (max. 2 char.) by Brinxx

:trophy: Second Place:
- 200 :points:
- Custom Design by Nahemii-san

:trophy: Third Place:
- 100 :points:
- Custom Design by Nahemii-san

- Any other Prize donator is very welcome :D

:trophy: I dont need to keep the designs, You can keep/sell/use it after the Contest has ended ;)

WIN-WIN-Situation, right? :D

:bulletblue: Rules:
- Fav' this journal
- Bases are allowed - please credit the creator
- Please dont use MS Paint on Bases that dont work
- get inspired by outfits, but dont copy them
- max. 2 entries per person

:bulletblue: Judging
- Is there something unique in your outfit? something special and creative?
- Do the colors fit together?
- Do the patters and design-Objects fit together?
- Is it well drawn and detailed? not sketchy
- Does your Outfit have a unique theme? (Nothing common like steampunk or food)
- be experimental (lol, whatever that means) unique ftw! :la:

deadline  is 2nd Nov. !

If you like entering Contests, you can also enter this contest with your design
WIN-WIN-WIN-Situation?

participants:
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See all Entries here *click*

HALLOWEEN CONTEST(S)

Wed Oct 1, 2014, 7:47 PM


HEEEEEEEY HEY NICE
halloween contest. spooky

OK so basically this time you have two different contests
draw Alfred in any halloween costume you want idc it can be anything anime whatever
anthro preferred 
Blow On My Sail By Kiboku-d7xn9j7 by alfeddy

AND FOR THE SECOND CONTEST you can draw any of these characters:
smile by alfeddywolf by alfeddymauthe by alfeddy  robin by alfeddyflorentine by alfeddy

THESE ARE TWO SEPARATE CONTESTS
you may draw them any way you wish in any form of art except writing
you can draw more than one or enter both contests

the prize for both contests is a custom waterdog and they both end on the last day of October around 6-7 PM




Gore warning

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 1, 2014, 11:58 AM
TO those in the fandom who are weak to violence and gore.

To those reading the comic that have gotten attached to characters in it. 

To those tho are having a fantastic day...


I am going to so fuck that up for you. 


This is Halloween Happy Creeptober This is Halloween 

I don't make bases.

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 1, 2014, 6:08 AM


JOURNAL


Like the title says, I don't make bases. This means

you are not allowed to use any of my pics as bases to draw other characters on top of them.


  • You shouldn't sell commissions using my pics as bases.
  • You shouldn't use my pics as base to draw your own characters or others'.
  • You shouldn't edit my pics in any way and post them online.

I think it's obvious, but I've come across so many people doing it lately that I felt the need to write a post about it. It usually bugs me when people copy/trace/edit my pics, but this is even worse because what's being used is commissions I was paid to draw. Please, respect me and respect my commissioners and their characters (and respect your own commissioners too, don't give them stolen art!).

If you ever see anyone using/copying/tracing my pics, I'd appreciate if you let me know. Thank you!

PD: if you want to copy or trace my pics to learn, do so (even though I'd recommend other artists to learn from). Just don't post the result online, please!


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Rant: Body Shaming

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 1, 2014, 3:52 PM
The opinions in this journal are my own and you don't have to agree. If you don't, that's fine. If you do, thanks!
--

Body shaming seems to be a new thing on the list of pastimes for people who have nothing better to do. It doesn't matter what type of body you have, there's going to be someone who thinks it's not good enough. Even if you have the stereotypical 'perfect' Barbie body, someone is going to hate it and think you're ugly. If you have a large chest, you look like 'a whore'. If you have rock hard abs, you look too 'athletic and muscular'. If a man doesn't have huge biceps and pecs, they look like a 'pansy'. If you have a soft tummy with a bit of pudge, you're too fat. If you're naturally thin, you're 'anorexic and need a sandwich'.

Now, I'm not supporting morbid obesity or extreme thinness in any way, because being too big or too thin is obviously a threat to health. I don't care what you look like, but nobody needs their bodies to be damaged, of course.

Why can't we just be healthy and happy? Who cares if someone's bigger or thinner than the next person? What does it matter? Why is it that we're so preoccupied with weight and image? I know, I'm a hypocrite, because I've strived so hard to be stick-thin. Why? I have no idea. I guess to achieve some form of 'happiness' and satisfaction with myself. I and many others need to realize that happiness doesn't come with being a certain size. Happiness comes from within, as clichéd as that sounds. Happiness comes from confidence and loving yourself for who you are. Because when you love yourself, nobody else's acceptance matters. Others' glances and glares don't mean anything, because you know you're awesome. I guess that's one reason I made No-More-Ana, to attempt to show people that not everyone will shame you for your body, and that there are still some out there who will accept you the way you are. All I expect is for people to be healthy. That's all.

I know it's hard, though, when the world shames us. I recall watching an OOTD video that this plus-sized girl made, and she was absolutely gorgeous and flaunting it. Then I scroll down to see comments saying things like 'fatass', 'ewwww', and other childish things. If you're going to give a negative opinion, at the very least have the decency to be mature about it. A couple days ago, I caught myself feeling down because I read that size 6 (American size) is considered the lowest size to still be considered plus-sized. I'm a size 6. I remember when size 6 was what every girl wanted to be. Now it's 'plus-sized'. Bullshit. Bull. Shit.

We can't all look how you want us to look, and it's time everyone got over that and grew up. Leave the "ur ugly" comments in the kindergarten schoolyard.

Anyway guys, I know you see this type of thing everywhere on the internet, but I'd rather have a higher number of self-acceptance posts than posts telling us we should look like anything but ourselves. Just remember that as long as you're okay with you, all the judgmental looks and stupidity will fly right by you. :blowkiss: Love you guys.

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TOKOWEEN - Join us for a tokolicious halloween party!


Pumpkin Divider by PhoebeRose

To appeal to all you lovers of the macabre and spooky, the TCA is hosting our very first official Tokoween competition!
This event will feature a variety of activities and classes, and is open to both Prestige Breeders and Pack Leaders alike! Faction benefits do apply for this event.

Hosted by vaiil!


Deadlines:
Start date: 10/01
Entries due: 10/31
       Countdown clock: w2.countingdownto.com/638552
Judging begins: 10/31

How to Enter:
Submit your entry to deviantArt. No pre-registration is required.
Make sure to include the following information:
Tokota's Registered name: 
Tokota's age: 
Handler/Rider's name: 
Handler/Rider's age: 
Class:
Faction:    
Bonus images (if any):
 
Link or place a thumbnail to your entry in a comment on this journal, and it will be added.


Rules:
Tracing is allowed, but the photo must be credited.
Only one training image will count for bonus points.
Show will be judged on a mixture of RNG and effort points. Certain classes may be judged differently. As always, your effort points are based on your own quality and skill level. You will not be compared to other artists.
Usage of linearts, premade templates ... etc are not allowed. Photo manipulations are acceptable.
You may include up to two tokotas in an entry.
You may enter as many tokotas as you would like.
Fullbody required (at least 75% of the animal is showing)
At least 50% of your handler is required to be shown. (There may be exceptions)
You may lease a tokota for this event. (Note the group if you would like to lease one of the starters.)  


Pumpkin Divider by PhoebeRose


Classes:

COSTUMED HALTER

Class info: Tokota must stand erect and maintain focus on handler. Conformation and obedience are both main factors in this class. The tokota MUST be in costume for this event. No faction benefits.
Setting:
Sand arena, decorated for the event (pumpkins, haystacks, etc). Night time setting. Creative freedom is welcome.
Requirements:
Tokotas may be any age. Handler must be 16 or older.
Handler is not required, but is encouraged to dress up and show off for the event as well!
You must display your tokota's hierarchy status. Lifted tail and raised head for dominant tokotas, lowered tail and raised head for average tokotas, and lowered tail and lowered head for submissive tokotas.
Collar and/or halter are required. Muzzles are allowed for more aggressive tokotas.
Costumes are required.
Judging method:
10+ for one previous full body costumed image of tokota with their handler/rider.
5+ for honor trait
1-30 rolled randomly
1-70 effort points. (Includes attention to requirements and setting)
Entries:

CORN MAZE
Class info: The tokota and handler/rider will find their way out of a corn maze riddled with surprises and scares within an allotted period of time. You will be allowed to bring in supplies such as a weapon of your choosing, food, and something to keep track of your progress in the maze (paint to mark the walls, bread crumbs, etc). Beware--it is rumored that black bears have infiltrated the maze, and danger could be lurking
Setting: Corn maze at night, dimly lit by the moon.
Background reference for inspiration: 1
Requirements:
Tokotas may be any age. Handler must be 16 or older.
Handler is not required, but is encouraged to dress up and show off for the event as well!
Tack is not required.
Costumes are required.
Judging method:
10+ for one previous full body costumed image of tokota with their handler/rider.
5+ for partnership trait
1-30 rolled randomly
1-70 effort points
Entries:

TOKOWEEN TRACKING CHALLENGE
Class info: The tokota and their handler/rider will navigate through the dark untamed forests at night, and track down a starter tokota.
Setting: Untamed alaskan forest at night.
Requirements:
Tokotas may be any age. Handler must be 16 or older.
Handler is required, and is encouraged to dress up and show off for the event as well!
Tack is required.
Costumes are required for both tokota and handler.
Judging method:
10+ for one previous full body costumed image of tokota with their handler/rider.
5+ for wild trait
1-30 rolled randomly
1-70 effort points
1-4 random prey points (how many tokos you managed to catch)
1-# rarity of tokos captured, rolled randomly in the range of your effort points.
Entries:

MEDIEVAL JOUSTING
Class info: The tokota and their handler/rider will compete in a jousting competition, in full medieval garb, against another tokota and rider.
Setting: Sandy arena, small patches of snow scattered outside the fences. Daytime setting. Sky is clear.
Requirements:
Tokotas may be any age. Handler must be 16 or older.
Handler is required, and is required to wear the proper medieval suit of armor and dress their tokota appropriately.
Tack is required.
Judging method:
10+ for one previous full body costumed image of tokota with their handler/rider.
1-30 rolled randomly.
1-70 effort points.
Entries:

Pumpkin Divider by PhoebeRose


Prizes:


Requirements for Grand Champion:
Entered at least four classes, received at least one first place.

GRAND CHAMPION:


-One breeding (litter is rolled, you pick one pup) to Drogo 515 by TotemSpirit - dam may be one of your own, or one of the starter females.
-5000TT
-One tokota semi-custom (look here for details)
-Tokota of the Month for November

1ST PLACE:

-1st place award
-One tokota semi-custom (look here for details)
-1500TT

SECOND PLACE:

-2nd place award
-750TT

THIRD PLACE:

-3rd place award
-250TT

Monthly Contest #03 - Halloween

Wed Oct 1, 2014, 11:40 AM

Information



Oh, guys. Do you remember those little contests I used to host back when I had money for prizes? Me too. And I miss them. So I've decided to ignore my oft-dire financial situation and bring them back.

The primary purpose of these contests is to have art-based fun. While there is obviously that element of competition there, the idea is to enjoy the process of creating your art rather than worrying about winning. It's not about perfection, it's not about skill, it's about doing. You have an entire month to enter, during which you can spend as much or as little time on your piece as you like. I only ask that you put effort into you work as this will be partly how I judge the entries.

How to Enter



All you have to do is create a piece of art based on the theme of Halloween. Your art can contain any Halloween-based imagery you like but I do ask that you do not submit anything containing extreme horror or gore. Spooky is fine, flipping terrifying not so much.

You can create any kind of art you like - drawings, pixels, literature, skins, anything at all.

Your art must be created and uploaded during the duration of the contest. Art submitted before the first day or after the last day of the month will not be counted.

Your art must be submitted by no later than midnight Friday 31st October.

Leave a link to your entry in the comments here and I'll add it to the contest gallery.

And, as ever, if you have any questions just get in touch. Good luck, m'dears!

Prize



The lucky winner will receive one month premium membership. And there might be one or two points given away too.

Entries









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