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I suggest DDs.
It's a tricky business. You have to find a piece you're passionate about. You have to make a case that's convincing, but not begging or posh-sounding. I have had a few bursts of luck- 4 accepted suggestions, but the good bulk of my suggestions don't make it.
I realize that the GM have to make some tough choices. But I want to give my suggestions another chance, in case it was something on my end that was why they declined them.
And I still felt they deserved a feature. :)
As a note, a few pieces this time are not eligible for DDs because the artist received a DD on a different piece after I suggested it.They'll have *s. Some of these pieces are also pending suggestions, but if a GM sees multiple suggestions of the same piece, I think it ups the chances!
So, without further ado, the Almost DDs, Volume 6!Please show these artists some love, and if you really love a piece, suggest it as a DD!
ocean sounds by cicadellaWater, a valuable treasure by isra-ac- snow queen - by Kanoe-v2Eowyn vs Nazgul by AngelaRizza*
Message to Universe by VilenchikMosaico by VKartSwarovski Cherry Blossom Tree by Lady-BlueWater Dragon Mask by Namingway
:thumb259019144:The Evil Idea by namirennblue harmony by bracketting94
Orchids by ifsantag:thumb207519946:Aurora by RossanaCastellino
The Escape by TourashCaptain's bird by KateMaxpaint*The Lion in Winter by ArdenEllenNixon
Ancient Rose - III by BpRos3Serendip Reflections by BraunaudioThe wheel of life. by LastInsanity
Orange Communication by Shum-aLuna Lovegood by SkeletonJack666Sweet Summer Song by Mattsart
Your AdventureOne day -- you won't even notice at first -- one day you will have an adventure. It will start on a dark and stormy night. Or it might start on a sunny Saturday afternoon; or maybe even in that strange time that isn't quite morning and isn't quite night, when the sky goes green before turning to the classic pink and blue of sunrise.
You will be standing on a streetcorner -- Or in a cornfield, or in an office cubicle -- and there will be one singular event that changes your life forever.
You will talk to a woman in an urban alleyway; she will be wearing ragged clothes, her hair a tangled, unwashed mess, and she will smell of piss and sweat and something nearly classifiable as magic. She will tell you amazing stories (true stories) and you will not believe a word she says.
You will meet a man in a coffeeshop; he will be wearing a pinstripe suit and a navy blue tie, his hair a recently trimmed deep brown, and he will smell of ink and expensive cologne and confidence. He will tell you abou
AvariceI.
She is a girl of beauty. Tall, slim, soft features. This is the first thing that I notice. From her flawless, creamy skin, to her thick dark hair, rolling down her body in perfect waves. I sit, I watch. She sits, she smiles. But not at me, oh no. She doesn't even know I'm here, watching her in this crowded cafe. She is speaking to a man in a boring grey suit with salt and pepper hair. He too, has noticed her good looks. She knows it. I can tell by the way she leans in to him, the way she lets her skirt ride up her thigh as she crosses her legs. She flips her hair over her shoulder, flashing just enough skin to really get him interested. She has him.
II.
The night moves slowly. Too slow for my liking. He says something funny, and she laughs just a little bit too hard. But I know his type. Rich, lonely. Lost in his nostalgia for his younger days. When an attractive woman seems interested in him, he jumps at the chance. Fool. He cannot see her hunger for wealth. He cannot see her sin.
Knife, Fork, SpoonHELLO, blared the Fork, loud as ever,
declaring himself in capital letters,
HOW ARE YOU?
Quite well, said the knife, forever demure –
Quite well.
The spoon was moody and silent,
then Silent and Moody.
(Things hadn't worked out with the Dish.)
WELL, WELL, cried the Fork (as the top drawer slid open),
WHO HAVE WE HERE?
It turned out to be a Potato Peeler.
Inwardly, the knife was outraged.
After all, she and the Peeler both had blades.
When the spoon suggested,
"Perhaps you are cousins,"
The Fork CHORTLED.
The knife frowned.
But she needn't have been so jealous!
When Dinner-Time came
(that daily ordeal that left poor spoon
so thoroughly awkward),
the Peeler remained in the drawer on the desk.
In fact, the next glimpse of sunlight was:
3 months later,
when the Man decided to 'cook'.
(The Peeler met with the Grater.
They prepared boiled potatoes
garnished with lemons.)
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LitterbugI fought for piano keys
And California
And I threw myself away
Into empty glass bottles
I found that I soon became
Shards
Littering the holy ground
Above the bodies
In the cemetery
I am not biodegradable
I will never exist
Underground
acquisition of mother's pearlsmy inheritance
still gasping for breath
since my entrance from your womb
quivering bones that quake like thunder
a caffeine drip wired through my fragile capillaries
pounding cardiac fault, chasing like a jackrabbit
     tally each beat like an armageddon clock
i saw you walk on a needle wire
i followed you with bleeding feet
     thank you mother
for your loving gift
wrapped in my pale pitted skin
Rain doesn't fall like it didI'm not sorry
for the words I hurled at your feet
when you
couldn't drag yourself
out of insanity long enough
to hold me
but,
there were times when
you asked me to sing
so my beauty could grace your ears
as well as your eyes
So I sang
I sang of the patter of your lips
on my cracked skin
- it's not a sin if I love you.
but then the birds, they joined in
without knowing the words
which
Just made me look cheap.
I remember the day
you stood at the edge of my mind
and you (or maybe I)
decided that falling from that height
might sting
That first time, you left me breathless
as you breathed deep
with your soft gasping, you left me
unable to speak
just opening and closing my mouth - thinking
things don't get any better than this
I still curse those birds when I think of what I lost.
I tripped into love like a brick wall
but, I got back up and
told it that hitting was against the rules
as you pointed out my lip was bleeding
I thought that was rude.
I miss the way you squint at the horizon
but t

paradoxwhite after white, dash, dash, dashing along,
over top black pathways that burn under the midday sun,
pulling me towards the opposite effect
where four walls haven't contained still images needing motion,
until now.
puzzle pieces curve into each other,
matching in ways the makers never told,
forming perfect fits of emotions gone awry.
i won't exist in solidarity, nor you.
and we'll not be a single thing, nor two.
--
9/19/2011
we let our worries gowe let them go
on the neck of fall,
because they worried us -
shaken cans on fishing lines
over streams gone hoarse from summer -
instead, we took up a pelt of
hands,
black and ochre,
and blue,
from crawling the caterpillar husks
of drains,
finding a city of water skin echoes,
a handbag of skies
ready to be kicked open -
         and in the sound
of leaves crunching
we let them go,
clipped our hopes
to a jacket of skyscrapers
flinging their arms back
and waited for a comb of bees
to swarm up into a smile


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Your average American university: www.youtube.com/watch?v=erVewR…

Your average British university: www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5fzmm… / www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6YvpZ…

No reason.

I never went to uni.

As such; I have zero debt.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA*



(*granted, that does limit my employment options to drawing boobs or cleaning toilets.....)
  • Listening to: Booming Orchestral Scores
  • Reading: Spiderman: Spider Island
  • Watching: Rude Tube
  • Playing: Minecraft
  • Eating: Cookies
  • Drinking: Water
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Critique 4 Critique! Sign up here!

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 20, 2014, 8:27 PM


C O N T A C T  U S O U R  G A L L E R I E S O U R  B L O G S

Do you ever wish your photos would receive more comments? That people would actually take the time to give you opinions on your photography? Well we're here to make your wishes come true! We'd like to start a new project that encourages members of the group to comment on each others' photos, and rewards them for it! Here's how it works:



1. You sign up for the new "Critique 4 Critique" project, by commenting on this journal telling us you'd like to participate.

2. You submit photos you'd like to receive critiques on from other members, to our "Critique 4 Critique" FAVORITES folder. (click on the link)

3. You find photos in the folder to critique and comment on, preferably stating that you're participating in "Young Photo Club's Critique 4 Critique Project".
4. You send us the links to those photos here as well! (so that we can make sure you actually did comment on other members' photos)

:bulletpink: If you do not send us links to the photos you've commented on, we won't know if you've actually done your part of the job in this new project

5. We feature all members who have critiqued other members' photos, in a monthly journal. You therefore have 4 weeks to find photos in the folder to comment on.

:bulletpink: SAMPLE COMMENT :bulletpink:

"Hello, I'm here on behalf of young-photo-club's Critique 4 Critique project! I really love this photo, your use of ____ and ____ is really interesting. However I think that _____ and ____ could be improved by ______. Great work, I look forward to seeing more from you!"

(This is just to give you a general idea of what you could say in your comments other than just "this is great!")

:star: Please note that to be featured, you have to critique at least ONE other members' photo from the Favorites folder. :star:

:star: Also, you must post the links of the photos you've commented on, here in this journal. Otherwise we won't know that you should be featured. :star:

:bulletpink: THIS IS WHERE YOU FIND AND SUBMIT PHOTOS



The goal of this project is to encourage members to interact with each other, provide support and feedback on each other's photography, and hopefully help each other improve! When commenting on a member's photo, you can give them advice, praise, opinion, tips to improve, anything you think would be beneficial to the member!

The meaning behind the name "Critique 4 Critique" is that when you receive a comment on your photo from a fellow member, you return the favor by commenting on one of their photos.

Please note that this is completely different than our "Critique Me" gallery folder.

:star: Our first feature will be around the 22nd of April! So leave comments on photos in the favorites folder before then if you want to be featured! Try to give advice, opinion, and thoughts on members' photos to help and encourage them!


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Welcome to the 6th volume of Spreading the DA Love



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As the title suggests, this news article series aim to promote wonderful aspects of the deviantART community, from showcasing beautiful works of art, to informing you of great groups, and to interviewing inspirational deviants. I feel so happy being part of such a wonderful community and I hope to make it better, even if it's only a little bit, by making these articles. My goal is to bring to light everything that impassions me and, hopefully, inspire you!


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:excited: by CookiemagiKShowcasing Gorgeous Artwork:excited: by CookiemagiK


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Here I will showcase art that has simply left me speechless from all genres, from digital/traditional, artisan, emoticons, fractals, etc.


So close, so far by Atramina PtCm: ichan-01 by FrozenTimez Sakata Gintoki by FeliceMelancholie

:thumb209572602: Moss Lord by Saimain Le Feng by Claparo-Sans

Subtle Glory by lindelokse Spooky tales - test csene 01 by oione Worn Out by CoffeeToffeeSquirrel

Tree spirit embroidery hoop by loveandasandwich Mini chocolate mousse cake by kupenska Milk and Cookie Cups by claremanson

Teaching by Scorpion81 Webs Journal Skin by pjuk Snowy by admx


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:excited: by CookiemagiKShowcasing Wonderful Photography:excited: by CookiemagiK


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Here I will showcase photographs that have left me in awe from all genres, from nature, macro, fashion, conceptual, abstract, etc.


Siren by Eman333 230576 by paintedpoppyFaded by KayleighJune

sunrise by photoflake Breeze by Gemdrop If I Ever by DemonMathiel

drenched pear by Savaliste Undiscovered galaxies by Bucikah cold love. .. by light-from-Emirates

Moonlight Construction by FramedByNature The Face by erezmarom Red Tailed Hawk Stare by CoPho

Red and Blue by NokdarWestminster by ScENeYmE I met no one there. by popoks


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:excited: by CookiemagiKShowcasing Lovely Literature:excited: by CookiemagiK


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Here I will showcase literature that has motivated & moved me from all genres, from prose, poetry, flash fiction, short stores, etc.


flickerlet's find solace in the candlelight dripping through the cracks in the glass. let's find comfort in the twisting limbs of the hearth. there are no burns this time, just warmth. just warmth hugging itself around us and wrapping us in its arms. nothing more, nothing less.
a spark is all we need to start a forest fire; but we'll need an ocean to douse it. yet sometimes a spark is all we need to see in the looming darkness; sometimes a spark is all we need to hear in the raging silence. fire is fear. fear is fire. but let's not run from the flames.
fire doesn't bite every time.
there's a sort of hidden ferocity in the way a flame lowers itself to the wind, yet will then jump back, renewed and restored, in a greater fury. fire hides a rebellious spirit, but remember, even rebels know when to yield. remember, the chains of gravity still bind fire to the ground.
let's not fear the heat or the brightness. let's climb closer to it, brush it with our fingers and just watch it dance in its own w
Luciana's LamentI feel only you,
I see only you,
I hear only you.
As the darkness creeps around me,
It threatens to suffocate.
Never enough to just take my innocence,
You turned me into something
… I never wanted to know.
For all the things you've done, for your own greed,
Never once thought about your own child
Fragile as a porcelain doll,
now broken once more.
I dream about a world,
where I am free again.
It was never my fault.
I can still taste the blood
Of the many innocent souls,
It shouldn't have ever been like this.
Will I ever be pure once more?
I cry from the pain you put me through.
I cry as I carry the weight of the world on my shoulders.
It never should have been this way,
And it was all because of you.
I.My bones were glass blown:
Crafted to curve lowly -
(un)beautifully - furling like
a fetus,
inchoate.
Imagine me transmuted, bursting through
desquamated skin. Picture my
clay-molded contours liquified
and awakened, shifted:
Incognito.
But I am unseasoned - grape-shelled,
guileless. Esotericism is overflowing
in my veins:
I click
shut.
This path is as smudged as
its traveler (skidding yet
never slowed), clotted
with mud:
Defiled.
Watch my fingers splay, breaking
from my tendons to
grasp tangible air
and touch
nothing.
You can neither scorch nor
whittle me into
nail-sized hopelessness, only
make me
obsolete.
Steeled, my jaw is set -
diffident, not shattered.
Flawed, definitelymaybenot
godlike: Merely
I.

If...If you want to feel the wind, learn how to run.
If you want to feel the sun, learn how to stand still.
If you want to laugh, learn how to cry.
If you want to cry, learn how to be a shoulder to cry on.
If you want to protect someone, learn how to face your own fears.
If you want to have strength, learn how to let yourself be weak.
If you want to be intelligent, learn how to admit your ignorance.
If you want to be trusted, learn how to trust others.
If you want to walk, learn how to crawl.
If you want to stand, learn how to kneel.
If you want to see, learn how to listen.
If you want to hear, learn how to feel.
If you want to love someone, be someone worth loving.
And above all, learn how to love.
The Knife's SpeechIn the early eighteen hundreds, a sixteen year old girl decides to leave her hard home life and go out to seek her fortune. She takes with her a blanket, some food and her father's old knife. On the road to London, the knife speaks to her.
I left the forge in years long gone by,
with blades of great renown and greater strength,
but none of them has done so much as I,
though they may be recalled whilst I am not.
It was with them that men waged cruel war,
displaying awesome power before the world.
I'm agent of small deeds which no one saw,
but which will have effect until Earth's end.
There's little in those youths who name me beautiful,
run fingers down my spine to test me,
feel my balance, call me graceful
and having paid that tribute soon abandon me.
To them I'm but a toy that men outgrow
and leave behind with boyhood.
My subtler power's a power they'll never know
in heat of war and sound of soldiers' feet.
Yet gentle women know my power well;
and quiet girls unleash my strengt
A Firm Grasp          He told me,
Through words that hands
Had carved into monolithic stones and
A voice that could carry over mountains,
Though instead reverberated against
Hallow walls of being,
                 "The world will end
                  Neither with a bang,
                  The felling of trees and men
                  In the creation of eternal dusk,
                  Nor to the dissonant screams
                

:thumb259255409: duke of earl.he was a spring baby and the duke and duchess
placed a blue flower in his crib. he grew up in
the beautiful gardens of the dukedom, under
the protective covers of the willows and oaks
and cherry trees. the leaves rustled gently as he
climbed their trunks and picked their fruits.
it was deep into august when charlie took a
liking for annabelle with her long, fair hair -
soft but kind of dry, her high cheekbones, her
thin and very much protruding collar bones.
she was a beauty to him and he plucked a
precious red rose from the flowerbed for her.
he chopped off all the thorns so the rose
would not scar her delicate hands. he threw
the thorns onto the paved ground. it rained
that night and washed away all the fibres
of rose thorn to clear the path for morning.
-
years later charlie married annabelle and they
produced one radiant december daughter.
she decided the dukedom was not enough for
her. so her father cleared the land and built her
a metropolis. but early in april after the
groundho
HubrisThe world is not a skeleton. It does not ache bone-deep with our atrocities, nor is it fragile and ready for the breaking. It knows nothing so human, except perhaps to forgive our pride. Let me explain:
Young, I am a bright star with small, pudgy hands for guiltless flower-crushing. Before even that, I am a wispy squall for food, unused to knowing anything but myself, and warmth, and hunger.
The concept of a hero is a natural progression from understanding speech. I am Me. I am the one all the stories talk about, born special, to whom both innocence and wisdom are possible. I am so great a part of my own self that I do not know it can be detached.
I am eleven, narrow-boned and alone in the red earth, when I first feel it.
A seagull slews out of the bright sky and pegs its beak to the stones, draws it up wriggling. I watch its gullet bob. My hand floats up to mirror the lines of its head against the air. There is a cry, and its eye is a pond of yellow fire staring at me, the air a storm

Second-Long ThoughtI watched scarlet honey-drop fronds unfurl slowly,
its particles of time visible through lace sheaths.
I wanted to love you immensely; to trap you in my
sticky-sweet fingertips and suck the life right out
of you, sip-by-sip.
          (There wasn't much there.)
Instead, you sped up my pulse, with your
amphetamine rush of concocted chemicals;
stopped me mid-stride and stole my heart.
         (But grew thoughts like wildflower.)
Lacking all physicality of passion-painted particulars,
and chewing apart my newly manifested mind;
       -listening to the discord of a minor strum-
         (It's what I'm left with.)
Now, I'm tone deaf and praying to faulty gods for
swift, unruly departure from this unnatural,
superficial world, wrought full with censorship
       and no purpose of bei
A Weekend in SeptemberI hear the bones and muscles in your shoulder
creaking beneath my head,
like the joints in a wooden ship
floating somewhere on an ocean no one's written about yet
as you cradle me against your steady pulse.
I remember you said it's the small things in life,
like new windshield wipers in the face of a storm,
or doing my laundry
or sitting on our roof in the coming chill
just to appreciate each others warmth
and smoke a cigarette with tousled hair and contented eyes.
I am filled with the remembered feeling of pumpkin spice and fallen leaves,
teetering on the thin line between a bittersweet fall nostalgia
and a deep, halcyon autumn happiness,
but this year, there is no question
who will carve jack-o-lanterns with me
or hate my icy feet when the weather gets colder.
I just wanted to tell you:
I have never been more content
than when you kissed my naked stomach
and I imagined our curly-headed child hiding there, waiting for you.
I have never been more beautiful
than when you held me in fron
BonecrushI opened my eyes to blue sky.  Lush grass weaved through my hair and parted fingers, thick crushes of it pressing up against the nape of my neck and tickling a patch of lower back where my jacket and shirt had ridden up.  Softly, so faint it was thunderous, I heard a reeling heartbeat.  I looked left.  Inches from my nose, curled on its back, lay a chipmunk.  It was frozen.  The tail and the back of one hind leg were mangled.  Tension lines ran through the tiny, quivering ribcage.  One eye, wide and unblinking, stared back at me.  The eye was not bright.  The black reflected the sky: empty and pale.
I looked away.  On my other side, the Devil was luxuriating in the summer light.  A spaded tail flicked lazily in, then out of sight.  He noticed my stare and rolled, propping himself up on one elbow.  "Do you know when you are?" he asked.
A shadow loom

Mother I Can Feel the Soil     I'd never seen a face so pale.  There was no blood beneath that white, white skin, standing in sharp contrast to the black satin it rested upon.  But besides the lack of color, the girl looked as if she was only sleeping.  If I stared long enough, I even believed I could see the slight rise and fall of her chest.  
    
      I stood over her, mesmerized by the delicate and disturbing beauty of such a young thing lying in such state.  The chilly room was filled with gentle sobs and sniffles, but I didn't feel that same sorrow.  I just looked at the girl, not even twenty, lying in the coffin with her lush red hair brushed over her shoulders, her long, thin fingers locked together over her stomach.  I ran my hand down the length of her body, just barely hovering above the surface of her skin, and shuddered.  The slight static and
Black Rainbow.Cigarette Lips.
The grey of your T-shirt.
A splash of wet green grass.
Orange co-ordinated love.
It's funny how you've played
so well with the yellow sands
of the Hourglass.
How you've got me painting
you with colours of
happiness,borrowed from
another.
But.
If they ever ask.
Promise me
we'll lie.

If they ask again-we'll
throw a volley of heartbeat blue
at questions our
love doesn't like.
We've just begun some
black love and poetry.
You cannot go away yet.
Leave that stain of nicotine
on my fingertips
before you disappear
into the dawn.
All these days.
I have been painting.
Today I write.
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:excited: by CookiemagiKShowcasing Fun Groups:excited: by CookiemagiK


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Here I will inform you of cool groups I have come across or have been recommended to that I feel need some more exposure.


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”The dA Related Zine is a webzine founded by bradleysays which aims at featuring and promoting news and artwork found within the dA Related gallery.”

The group is still fairly new, but if you’re interested in anything deviantART related, go check it out & stay tuned for future updates! And if you’d like to help make the group super, send  your donations to dArZine-Points.


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:excited: by CookiemagiKSuggested DDs:excited: by CookiemagiK


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Here I will showcase a selection of DDs I have suggested this month and any that have been accepted.


Ballmap by bib993 Grey Dragon - Front by Richi89 Wizard girl by MasterTeacher


:star:   Request - Spiderman by happy-gurl  :star:
Awarded DD on: 9-27-2011


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:excited: by CookiemagiKInterview: Sailor-Pikmin:excited: by CookiemagiK


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Here I will interview an inspirational deviant I have picked or one suggested to me.


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Name/Nickname?

My name is Martin/Marty! :la: I don't actually have much of a nickname. At all. Unless you consider Marty one. :lol:

The story behind your username?

Basically I attempted to make a deviantART account, but had ZERO inspirations for a good username. :stare: So, I just went with what was in front of me - a Pikmin plush and a Sailor Moon manga book. I know it wasn't the best idea, but I had just been to the dentist, and apparently was under the influence of laughing gas. :lol: I starting disliking my username not long after, but recently I've come to appreciate it. :eyes:

Tell us about yourself:

I was born in the city, but spent most of my life in Hill Country Texas. I take an interest in trains/railroad stuffs, as well as early computer systems, especially those from the late-1970s-early-1990s. Personalitywise, I really don't know much about myself aside from I'm a bit of a nerd. :nerd:

How did you discover deviantART?

Probably from searching for images of random anime girls on Google Images. (Just random ones, I didn't know any actual names. "brown hair anime girl" would be a good example.) I honestly don't remember details, this was about 3-4 years ago. My memory doesn't contain that much RAM. :confused:

Specializes In:

I'm a multimedia artist, I specialize in pixel art. I've been trying to become better at digital art and photography, but I'm still not that great. :giggle: Outside of the art world, I specialize in video games, especially ones such as Super Paper Mario, Pikmin, or Super Mario Sunshine.

Your Personal Favorite(s) From Your Gallery:

:thumb260683643:   :thumb253281612:   :llap: by Sailor-Pikmin

Smile, Kyon by Sailor-Pikmin   Commute. by Sailor-Pikmin

Favorite Inspirational Deviant:

I actually have a couple favourites.  im-not-sana and hiddendelights. They're both so kindhearted, and make me want to strive to become a better person, inside and out.

What are your favorite aspects of deviantART?

Probably groups or chats. I mean, you have the ability to connect with so many people, you can make friends with people all around the world, share ideas, and build your own community of artists with similar interests! :love:

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Mainly from music, or various cartoons I used to watch as a child. In most of my deviations, you'll notice I put a Youtube video in the description, usually the video contains the song that inspired the whole drawing. Typically, any song that's stuck in my head at the moment of the drawing. is my inspiration, in some way. For instance, my drawing of Yuki Kaai was inspired by www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ghyZ6…...

How do you strive to further improve your work?

I look at a LOT of art to gain various ideas. Of course, I never outright COPY anything, but I usually try to imitate various styles over and over to get a good feel for certain aspects of drawing. Same with emotes.
In photography, however, I try to improve by thinking up interesting concepts or finding cool things to take pictures of.

Do you have any advice to fellow aspiring artists?

Stay strong, stay positive, listen to (and try to follow) all advice, even the negative stuff. You never know what your future is going to hold! :heart:



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WARNING: 5 minutes of your time are about to be wasted, proceed at your own risk

so.... i quit my job. YEAHYEAHYEAH. and since i have a midterm in 8 hours, naturally the thing to do is to spend a long time making another da journal!!! okay so here is the story behind finally quitting my job at the mexican grill:


MY DAY AT WORK, FRIDAY FEB 25

spend the entire day using time wisely before I have to go to work: ydoow!

see that it's 4:50 pm and there's 10 mintues left before I have to go into work and make burritos and clean shit for the next 9 hours: ydoow!

next 15 mintues spent using time wisely: ydoow!

Ohmahgahhh  I'M LATE AGAIN
ydoow!

drive to work
ydoow!

get there late and start to clean shit
ydoow!

chick comes right up to the counter on her cellphone but takes 20 minutes to decide what the fuck she wants:
ydoow!

giving her the "just fucking decide" look
ydoow!

I take her order and try to make friendly employee to customer conversation, she gets back on the phone
ydoow!

when she turns her back
ydoow!

make her a perfect quesadilla and she has me remake it cause she wants to add more shit in there at the last minute:
ydoow!

and she's all
ydoow!

and I have to be like
ydoow!

but really I wana be like
ydoow!

and also like
ydoow!

have worked for 5 hours but 3 more hours til shift is over:
ydoow!

eating the food when no one's looking
ydoow!

1 AM and I spill something and there is a line out the door and there's just me and one other person… customer asks me if I'm ok
ydoow!

5 minutes to close and a bunch of people walk in:
ydoow!)…ydoow!

closin time
ydoow!

me locking the doors just as someone wants to come in
ydoow!

realizing I have an hour of cleaning to do before I can go home
ydoow!

4 AM, I can finally leave
ydoow!

realizing how shitty my job is
ydoow!

quitting the next morning
ydoow!)    
ydoow!

spend an hour making this journal: ydoow!

AW YEAH.

i admit. i'm a tumblr wannabe. to el max.

kay laterrrr MUCH

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  • Mood: Isolated
  • Listening to: HTTYD and tangled soundtracks :)
  • Reading: a novelization of kung fu panda
  • Watching: um... friends
  • Playing: with my cool jafar hat
  • Eating: honey bunches (NOW WITH OATS!!1)
  • Drinking: essence of jafar.
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Journal Entry: Tue Jun 25, 2013, 1:00 PM


WE'VE CLIMBED THIS WHOLE MOUNTAIN AND ITS TIME TO CELEBRATE.


Since I reached 1000 watchers pretty recently, I decided to celebrate with a huge point giveaway. I just want to thank all of you. I wouldnT BE HERE IF IT WASNT FOR YOU GUYS

ALRIGHT LETS GET DOWN TO BUSINESS

There are 4 prizes.

2 1000 point prizes and 2 500 point prizes.


HOW TO ENTER:
 
Make a journal featuring this lovely giveaway!
Link it to your comment!

THATS IT.

THATS ALL YOU HAVE TO DO

The raffle will end one month from now, So July 25th.

GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY.


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You're on the DA front page, browsing as much as you can. You try to soak in all the different varieties of great art from photography to paintings, the colors and skills that many of the different artists are pleasing and impressive for the most part.

That's when you run into it.

A black monolithic square box that almost takes up all your monitor space when you look at it. It's huge, unappealing, artistic only to a hardcore Andy Warhol, and it has a message it want to share with you. A "cry" for help that screams like a teenager who watches too much angsty anime and listens to too much Linkin Park and Evanescence. You wonder who the hell made this ugly travesty and how it got to the TOP of the most popular in the last eight hours category.  

You click to the artist's gallery: THEY'RE EVERYWHERE, And all of them have immense amounts of views and likes. Comments are not allowed on any of them. Those who speak their mind and dislike this account are blocked.

This atrocity is known as Deviantart'secrets :icondeviantartsecret:

This is really something that should be posted on Tumblr, not an ART site. They might say that "anything" can be art (a cop out argument made by the "smypathetic"  defenders of this site.) but These MEMES made in Paint and Wordprocessor under five minutes are getting more attention than an artist who sweats and bleeds over his art for hours on end.

So at the very least these guys can say something significant, right? Some uplifting advice? An embarrassing story that would actually constitute as an actual secret?
Nah, here's what you get!

"nobuddy undderstands me!!1!!"    "I iz SOOO suicidall." "my faimelly hatez me!!" So on and so forth.... So what DO you do with something that only spews negativity into what people could already call a very negative minded art community?

MAKE THE BEST OF IT. :iconyeahplz:

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls I present to you the; DEVIANTARTSECRET's DRINKING GAME!! Here are the rules:

1. Whenever a secret's primary color is black. Take a sip!

2. whenever someone uses Comic sans. Take two sips!

3. If it's about love: shot!

4: If it's about growing up? Shot!

5. If they are "suicidal"? TWO SHOTS.

6. Gay lesbian bi or tranny? :iconrainbowfaceplz: :iconsaysplz: SHOT!!

7. there secrets are terrible and no one could possibly understand their pain? shot!

8. Are comments allowed? Two shots!

9. Friend or friends suck?  SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!

10. Do they cut themselves? THREE SHOTS!! :iconallthethingsplz:

11. Everytime the english language is butchered, Half a shot!
You'll be getting your stomachs pumped after the first page garanteed!! :iconthumbsupplz:
  • Listening to: HEAVY F**KIN\\\' METAL.
  • Reading: Lord of the rings and more comics
  • Watching: You while you fap... ewey.
  • Playing: With your mind
  • Eating: Meat... Vegetarians be DAMNED.
  • Drinking: Coffee... Mother of God all this coffee...
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Official W.I.T.C.H. Hypno Art Contest (2nd closed)

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 1, 2013, 8:41 AM
Hello and welcome to my second major W.I.T.C.H. related Hypno contest! As all of my major contests go this one will last for 2 months and will have a Grand Prize this one will be worth 14,000 points or if you have an active Pay Pal account I will get you the $175.00 U.S. dollars it would take for me to buy the points to you the winner! This will also be for the 1st Place winner as well :la:! I wanted to make this contest as successful as possible by adding big time prizes all of my major contests have no less then 27,000 points in them, and this one will be no different. I wanted to do something big for my page and thought how I could do something unique as well in my last W.I.T.C.H. Hypno contest I offered big prizes as the draw to get as many people interested as possibly and this time I'm offering cold hard cash to any one with an active Pay Pal account. I hope to see you in the contest and again welcome now I will post the theme and the rules and more importantly the prizes for the contest :aww:. Welcome to my contest.


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:bulletred: Theme: Any character/characters from W.I.T.C.H. the animated series (2004) and/or comic series (2001) under the spell of the horn of hypnos (i.e. the eyes must look like this nimga.com/f/9ZXh1.jpg , or nimga.com/f/I2Cka.jpg IF YOU PLAN ON USING HYPNOSIS) or you may submit a normal image of any female character/characters from W.I.T.C.H. the animated series (2004) and/or comic series (2001). Also IF you plan on using the 'current guardians' (i.e. Will Vandom, Irma Lair, Taranee Cook, Cornelia Hale, and Hay Lin) they MUST BE in guardian form (i.e. nimga.com/f/K3Rdb.jpg) you don't have to use all of them in an image. It's your chose if you want to add more than one character to the art.


:bulletred: Digital art and Traditional art: You may submit any are type you like Digital (i.e. your art is done on a computer or something to that effect), or Traditional art (i.e. free hand or the usage of a pen and/or pencil). The image is preformed to be in color, BUT it doesn't have to be black and white classical art will also be acceptable as well. Please keep in mind the more detailed the better.

:bulletred: How to Enter the contest: This is the official contest Journal Entry. If you wish to enter you must post a comment in here stating that you are entering the contest as well as posting a Journal Entry on your main page to advertize the contest so as many people as possible will know about this contest. You must post a link to the entry on this Journal Entry, plus you when you upload your image for the contest you must give credit to this contest saying that the art you've done was for this art contest. Anything you submit is your to keep unless you want to give them to others after all your the one submitting it, working on it, etc.

:bulletred: Prizes:

Grand Prize: 12,000 points and/or $150.00 U.S. dollars if you have an active Pay Pal account �(a bonus for any art with hypnosis in it will be 2000 points and/or $25.00 U.S. dollars if you have an active Pay Pal account �making the total 14,000 points and/or $175.00 U.S. dollars if you have an active Pay Pal account for the grand prize winner) and a 24 month Premium account/membership

1st: 8,000 points and/or $100.00 U.S. dollars if you have an active Pay Pal account �(a bonus for any art with hypnosis in it will be 2000 points and/or $25.00 U.S. dollars if you have an active Pay Pal account making the total 10,000 points and/or $125.00 U.S. dollars if you have an active Pay Pal account for first place) and a 12 month Premium account/membership

No Bonuses for any hypnosis used after 1st place...

2nd: 3000 points and a 6 month Premium account/membership

3rd Place: 2000 points and a 3 month Premium account/membership.

Runner up's:

4th place: 1000 points and a 3 month Premium account/membership
5th place: 1000 points and a 1 month Premium account/membership
6th place: 750 points

Honorable Mentions

7th place: 500 points
8th place: 500 points
9th place: 500 points
10th place: 500 points

That is 10 total winners and runner ups with a total of Over 43000 points in total prizes (bonuses included)

:bulletred: Cut of Date: The contest will end on October 31, 2013 at 12:00 PM Central Standard Time at 12:00 PM Central Standard Time (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_… )


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:bulletred: Other

People officially in the contest: :iconfreiheit1994: :iconpurinru: :iconlindako: :iconkuelapis: :icondemonic-stickfigures: :iconerisabetta: :iconaylitales: :iconkaztle: :iconshricka: :icongovril: :iconextidra: :iconlinnzy: :icondsdsdsdddd: :icontinadraws: :iconfeeyuu: :iconniatayn: :iconagg-a: :iconmirakial: :icontritannus: :iconannkoz: :iconchuchukitty: :iconciao-7: :iconclovis-thecutestcat: :iconeiyuuki: :iconxxice-maidenxx: :iconshizuku4gdb: :iconblozzy87: :iconliubavaart: :iconpuffymumudodi: :iconscorpiokun: :iconmachiavello: :iconrejuvenesce: :iconsilvervoid1: :iconcorporallegendarium: :iconsmiley-meerkat: :iconaisyeraa: :iconnikkiandmay: :iconjam-a-val: :icondaikirei: :iconmarimeri: :iconcristalinawinx: :iconbluarska: :iconcjm-collexionz: :iconxhelyx: :iconceraso36: :iconvegeta89: :iconakiocha: :icongalistar07water: :iconmelodylockstar: :iconfenixfinnflipblue: :iconsolchan: :iconfoxe215: :iconyami-loveless: :iconbipinkbunny: :iconameryliz: :iconamaranthicalrose: :iconlaminanati: :iconhypnoquestionmark: :iconchamillionizer: :iconelissa67: :iconsunziba:



People officially submitted art in the contest:

:iconerisabetta: First Entry: :thumb399547975: Second Entry: :thumb401724460:
:icontinadraws: First Entry: Witch Contest by TinaDrawS
:iconclovis-thecutestcat: First Entry: CE: Will Vandom by Clovis-thecutestcat
:iconliubavaart: First Entry: Hypnotized by liubavaart
:iconkaztle: First Entry: 2013SEP21D Hypno W.I.T.C.H. by Kaztle
:iconpuffymumudodi: First Entry: Irma under the spell of the horn of hypnos by PuffyMumuDodi Second Entry: Now, it's mine! by PuffyMumuDodi
:iconblozzy87: First Entry: w.i.t.c.h by blozzy87
:iconmachiavello: First Entry: :thumb405360419:
:iconshizuku4gdb: First Entry: Elyon Escanor by Shizuku4GDB
:iconsmiley-meerkat: First Entry: I miss you... by smiley-meerkat
:iconceraso36: First Entry: Water vs Fire by CeraSo36
:iconxxice-maidenxx: First Entry: W.I.T.C.H Contest Entry by xxice-maidenxx
:iconniatayn: First Entry: Power of hypnosis (WITCH) by NiaTayn Second Entry: Queen under hypnosis (Elyon) by NiaTayn
:icongalistar07water: First Entry: We Will Dream to the Sky by Galistar07water Your Free Will is Mine to Control by Galistar07water
:iconfeeyuu: First Entry: Witch by feeyuu Second Entry: Bad Will by feeyuu
:iconxhelyx: First Entry: :thumb408907116:
:iconmelodylockstar: First Entry: W.I.T.C.H contest - hypnotised by MelodyLockstar
:icondemonic-stickfigures: First Entry: Will vandom for  EvilMadness2010 contest  by Demonic-stickfigures
:iconcristalinawinx: First Entry: Will hypnotized by Cristalinawinx
:iconlindako: First Entry: CE: Cassidy by Lindako
:iconfoxe215: First Entry: Hypnotized Cornelia by Foxe215
:iconyami-loveless: First Entry: W.I.T.C.H. Hypno Art Contest by Yami-Loveless
:iconrejuvenesce: First Entry: Showing their Powers by Rejuvenesce
:iconameryliz: First Entry: CE: Dark Hypnosis by Ameryliz
:iconbipinkbunny: First Entry: :thumb410223106:
:iconamaranthicalrose: First Entry: CE: Witch by AmaranthicalRose
:iconaisyeraa: First Entry: under the spell of the horn of hypnos by Aisyeraa
:iconlaminanati: First Entry: Contest: W.I.T.C.H! by LaminaNati
:iconagg-a: First Entry: Cornelia Hypnosis by Agg-A
:iconhypnoquestionmark: First Entry: The Horn Calls by HypnoQuestionMark
:iconvegeta89: First Entry: Will - Hypno Contest by Vegeta89
:icondaikirei: First Entry: :thumb410588039:
:iconmaaronn: First Entry: :thumb410524916:
:iconcjm-collexionz: First Entry: EvilMadness' Army - W.I.T.C.H Contest by CJM-Collexionz
:iconelissa67: First Entry: W.I.T.C.H. Hypno Contest by Elissa67
:iconlinnzy: First Entry: Hypnotized Taranee vs Will by Linnzy
:iconchamillionizer: First Entry: W.I.T.C.H. Hypno Art Contest by Chamillionizer
:iconsolchan: First Entry: CE - W.I.T.C.H - You're next! by Solchan
:iconshricka: First Entry: The moment of hypnosis (Contest) by Shricka
:iconsunziba: First Entry: W.I.T.C.H. Contest by sunziba





I must give credit to this great W.I.T.C.H. Journal Skin to LuckyDragonfly

My First Giveaway! (updated)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 8:23 AM
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Reading: Journals
  • Drinking: a magic potion
So I am giving away 2 months premium membership to a lucky someone.

All you have to do is :
(UPDATED)

Watch these Deviants, 
:iconlilly-anne-artworks::iconisaacgrim6195::iconfallenswtangel::iconnephire::iconcollect-and-creat::iconsk-digiart:
Fav and comment all these works ,

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Fav this Journal

Write your own Journal mentioning about my Giveaway, with a link to this Journal

Pick a number from 1-40

Comment on this Journal with the number you picked, and a link to your Journal where you mentioned my giveaway

The winner will be chosen using www.random.org/ generator when I will have 40 people joining this "raffle"

The featured Deviants in "watch" section will get about 40 watchers , so if you want your name there, you will have to donate 20:points: on my donation pool and I will add you on the list.


Good Luck!

*** This Giveaway is possible thanks to :iconisaacgrim6195: who was kind enough to donate me some :points: and some other :points: :hug::hug:

Who entered my raffle:
No 1 :icondeathbycute: No 2 :iconskyessence: No 3 :iconstripekitten: No 4 :iconsmileyfangs: No 5 :iconkyashii4: No 6 :iconnaturescalling: No 7 :iconmwitu-askari: No 8 :iconcutexlilxguy1986: No 9 :iconxistormix:No 10 :iconocarinahylia:
No 11 :iconxxrarejewelxx: No 12 :iconchiarienchancergomez: No 13 :iconnoseinbook42: No 14 :icondragonballyaz: No 15 :iconflusjaa: No 16 :iconranirabbit: No 17 :iconlonersart: No 18 :icondenysroquedesign: No 19 :iconfallenswtangel: No 20 :iconjennjenn210:
No 21 :iconnadeshikofan: No 22 :icontannywantan: No 23 :iconazuriin: No 24 :iconchokokyoko: No 25 :iconjumparound555: No 26 :iconmoonvil: NO 27 :iconmastersaruwatari: No 28 :iconasamiharu: No 29 :iconwafflerp: No 30 :iconshewolf1937:
No 31 :iconhero-of-the-natural: No 32 :iconrainbowenglishflower: No 33 :iconnina-mandarina: No 34 :iconrequiemofdreamz: No 35 :iconqueeniaiise: No 36 :iconakumichi: No 37 :iconthekagaminetwins: No 38 :iconhibikun: No 39 :iconsawyer1: No 40 :icondragonlove908:



I also wanted to remind you I am open for commissions, you can find details on my profile, in Commissions tab.



  :bulletgreen::bulletred::bulletgreen::bulletred::bulletgreen::heart:   Beautiful people, Beautiful Works!   :heart::bulletgreen::bulletred::bulletgreen::bulletred::bulletgreen:    

Donate :points: to get featured in my Journal :heart:

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Works
Bouquet by graphiteandpaintGood Boy by LadyMerrethsAuthorShe's talkin'2 her Soul by GislaadtRaiden Portrait by RonzRaSexy Succuba Vivian Kruzeau by MickoDaimaoDo you love me? by Augustyne


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