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EDIT: Over 100 entries, awesome guys! I am sorry to say I will be cutting it off at Round 12 for my sanity, fairness, and to even out the numbers. I am not offering a plush for second place for now; if I finish commissions and trades in a timely manner I will offer a beanie for it but if anyone wants to offer for a second place prize, then it's very much appreciated! I have also made it fair for everyone in the finals as there have been large amounts of complaints; the 2 from each round that win will be the finalists, and a team consisting of me, SukiR , equinepalette, and Winter-Hooves   will judge the finals to choose the winners! This way it doesn't become a popularity contest, and will actually be about design!

Okay so WELCOME to the first ever OC Showdown contest! 
I planned this to be my final contest for the next 2 years, so let's make it big!
Now, this is bit of a long read, but once you get through everything you'll see it's not hard to follow.

Now, the concept of the contest is to submit YOUR OCs to me, and in many different rounds see who makes it to the finals, where you'll have a chance to win some pretty cool prizes!
Now there is 2 winners, and 2 winners only! NO more!
Are you prepared to take a chance?

The Prizes!:

First Place:
~15"-17" Plush of The Winning OC, Other Chosen OC, Or Show Character! Made by Me!
~Drawing by Winter-Hooves EX: winter-hooves.deviantart.com/g…
~Outfit Design by ChibiShay EX: fav.me/d795k3w fav.me/d7cwu7h fav.me/d791uek fav.me/d79gxfc
~Shaded Pony on Flat Color Background by Dewdrop-210 EX: fav.me/d7q91gv
~Custom pony by iSquaredd EX: fav.me/d7tbelj
~Chibi by ScarleyKwinn EX: fav.me/d6qdwn3
~Basic Animated Icon by StarletNightwind EX: fav.me/d7s58u5
~Non-Animated icon by oOSolarEclipseOo  EX: fav.me/d7sqlet
~one art in regular or minimalistic style (pony only) from Fluka
~
free custom pony and a animated pixel of a pony of their choice by Paradox-pony 
~1 Traditional Shaded Drawing of the OC by KyuremGirl


Second Place:
~Drawing by kristieblaze EX: fav.me/d7thafd
~Fullbody Transparent Pic by Naruto-Cupcakes EX: fav.me/d7h0a6l
~3 Reference Sheets by MisMafia 
~Solid Color bust by Paradox-pony EX: Hewwo by Paradox-pony
~Fullbody by Gracyn 
~Fullbody shaded drawing by SukiR 
~Fullbody digital drawing by AlawDulac 
~Transparent, Fullbody Drawing by ArbiterGirl 
~Bust Image of your OC by CuteLittleVixen  EX: fav.me/d7pqtqb
~1 Traditional Shaded Drawing of the OC by KyuremGirl

The winner of each round will also get a drawing by StarShineFox (Ponies only) 


Now, here are the basic Rules!:
~You Must be Watching Me
~You Must be Watching AmethystMoonCrafts 
~You have to have an already existing OC to Enter
~You must make a Promo Journal for the Contest (Linking back to here)

Now, I would PREFER the entries to be Ponies; but if you have a Bear or a Wolf you can enter still!

Now what you must do AFTER all of these other rules are done, is submit your OC in the comments below along with the link To your promo journal, and the code word: Amethyst. Give me your FAVORITE picture of them and their Name; when you do I'll categorize you into rounds, there are 10 OCs per round (So first 10 people get into Round One; the next 10 get into Round Two, and ECT.) 

Now, with each round I'll make a Poll with thumbnails of your Characters, Their Name, and Your Username. The 2 with the most votes at the end of the week are the winners for that round, then we move on to the next set until we are out of entries; where I will post all the round winners into the finals, where close unbiased friends will vote the winner.
Now the fun in all of this is you can promote your OC to your watchers; and if you want, your friends, to receive votes for the round you're in!
Basically, the more hype you cause for your round the more votes you'll probably get! Now don't spam or do anything that other entries may not be able to do (such as free things) but other than that promo away!

The First Round Will start: August 11th
The rounds are each a week long, and will start on a Sunday or Monday

Only ONE OC per person.
Thanks for reading ya'll! I'll update this with more info as I come along so keep an eye out!

*A few Notes:

 Because the plush is free, I do not wish to be rushed on it. Please do realize Commissions and Trades have priority over contest winnings, so if you have a problem with this do not enter. I'm not saying I will be taking a year to make it, but I will not be making it 2 days after you win either.

If you live OUTSIDE the U.S, please note you will have to pay for shipping; simply because fabrics will be coming out of my own pocket and I won't be able to afford to ship it all over for free as well. If shipping is an issue for you and you live outside the U.S do not enter, as I will not pay for it. 
I WILL cover within the U.S

DO NOT gripe at the winner. If you did not win, I do not want to see you heckling them for their prize or harassing them in ANY way. By entering this contest you will have to realize that this is all by chance, influence, and appeal of your OC. If I hear any complaints or read anything bad you will be banned from future contests.

ANYONE can enter as long as you have an OC, so don't ask if you can, because the answer is yes.

Please also keep in mind the rules of "Plush-ability" 
To know whether or not your OC can be plushed, read these guides:
fav.me/d6wnrv9
fav.me/d7awhun

I also will require and Eye File and a Cutie Mark File for your OCs; I can make the Eye if you don't mind it being a canon shape; if you do you'll need to get a vector of it.

If you would like to donate a prize, just let me know! It's much appreciated!!
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ROUND ONE WINNERS:

Divine Rose by DirectionWolf Divine Rose belongs to DirectionWolf 
+Eventide sketch+ by Suzuii Eventide Belongs to guylashes 

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ROUND TWO WINNERS:


1.  Tomb raiding by StarShineFox Silent Shield belongs to StarShineFox 
2. Chibi Midnight! by MidnightLighty Midnight Light belongs to MidnightLighty 



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ROUND THREE WINNERS:

1. Pink Mist Vector by Pink-Mist10 Pink Mist belongs to Pink-Mist10 
2. Mlp Oc: GoldenWing by HorizonDreams Golden Wing belongs to HorizonDreams 

2. Sweetspell by shaduf Sweetspell belongs to shaduf 




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ROUND FOUR WINNERS:

1. Feather Splash by Pon3Splash Feather Splash belongs to Pon3Splash 

2. A Gift For Me From Dearmary by Lil-Miss-Starlight Candy Pastel belongs to Lil-Miss-Starlight 
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ROUND FIVE:
1. Miss.Poison Apple by Petitru-chan Miss. Poison Apple belongs to Petitru-chan 
2. Starry Stories Chibi by ULTIMAREOne Starry Stories belongs to galaxygazette 
3. Princess Skywriter Reference by Skywriter12 Princess Skywriter belongs to Skywriter12 
4. Bamboo Brush by PandarenDMofJavas Bamboo Brush Belongs to PandarenDMofJavas 
5. Koolkat by KoolkatMLP Koolkat belongs to KoolkatMLP 
6. Forest Floor~ by CuteLittleVixen Forest Floor belongs to CuteLittleVixen 
7. Lunar Sun by ArbiterGirl Lunar Sun belongs to ArbiterGirl 
8. Stardust by Jojuki-chan Stardust belongs to StarDust-Adoptables 
9. Ponysana~ Kier by Ches-kun Kier belongs to Ches-kun 
10. Reference Page- Pristine_Ponysona by Pristine1281 Pristine belongs to Pristine1281 
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ROUND SIX:
1.Nikki as a mlp filly ^^ by nikkikirkland Nikki belongs to nikkikirkland 
2.Silver Sonata by XNightMelody Silver Sonata belongs to ScarleyKwinn 
3. <da:thumb id="474254375"/> Dark Sky belongs to ID10TS 
4. Scarlet Nightwind gift : filly (MLP) by AquaGalaxy Scarlet Nightwind belongs to StarletNightwind 
5. Day Dreamer doing something by demenian Day Dreamer belongs to demenian 
6. AT: Guided by BritishMindslave Solar Eclipse belongs to oOSolarEclipseOo 
7. CM - ratjayadopts by Coffee-Pony Cali Roll belongs to ratjayadopts 
8. On a Beautiful Night Like This by DragonGirl983 Spectral Night belongs to DragonGirl983 
9. Request - FunnyNotes by Evehly Funny Notes belongs to Huiriu 
10. Up and Away by Wicklesmack Shimmering Shield belongs to EmR0304 
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ROUND SEVEN:
1. New MLP OC: Painted Dreams~ by Lavender-Incense Painted Dreams belongs to Lavender-Incense 
2. <da:thumb id="473518342"/> Moonshine belongs to Kazi-chan1 
3. Lannie Lona - Singing by SJArt117 Lannie Lona belongs to SJArt117 
4. Detective Lonewolf by Shadowpredator100 Detective Lonewolf belongs to Shadowpredator100 
5. Blue Flame by BronyHighFive63 Blue Flame belongs to BronyHighFive63 
6. Giveaway Prize: Gumdrop Swirl by frostykat13 Gumdrop Swirl belongs to secretkeeperthekill 
7. Teen Zanon - Pony OC by pepooni Shadow Veil AKA Zanon belongs to Zanon-Shadow-Veil 
8. Allsort by xWhiteDreamsx Allsort belongs to Kaji-Tani 
9. Lily reference sheet by BrownieRainbow Lily belongs to BrownieRainbow 
10. Earth Miracle by WicklesmackEarth Miracle (Emi) belongs to ColtMX 
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ROUND EIGHT:
1. Abysmal Ref by kawaiirun Abysmal belongs to kawaiirun 
2. Esmeralda background story by XxStrawberry-RosexX Esmeralda belongs to XxStrawberry-RosexX 
3. Solaris by XNightMelody Solaris belongs to xWhiteDreamsx 
4. Kon'nichiwa by KittyKyomi Citrus belongs to KittyKyomi 
5. Red paint by Captain-munchies64 Red Paint belongs to Captain-munchies64 
6. Her Name's Penned Hearts by TalortehCyndaquil Penned Hearts (Peni) belongs to TalortehCyndaquil 
7. Sunset Sweetie by koolcatloveanimals Sunset Sweetie belongs to koolcatloveanimals 
8. A Slight Delay by SymphonicNights KyuFlake belongs to KyuremGirl 
9. Sir Frog by SirFrogFinest Sir Frog belongs to SirFrogFinest 
10. Cloud Shaper by XNightMelody Cloud Shaper belongs to Cloud-Shaper 
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ROUND NINE:
1. Newer new Icon by QuickScript Quick Script belongs to QuickScript 
2. Island Beat - Pony OC by pepooni Island Beat belongs to Jenfazz 
3. Art Trade Sheamus by FIM-Adopts Sheamus belongs to The-Sheamus-MLP 
4. Gift: Solar-Sound by HoofSplatter Solar Sound belongs to 13aymax  
5. Lemonade Paradise by The-Queen-Of-Cookies Lemonade Paradise belongs to The-Queen-Of-Cookies 
6. Request : Sky Speed Ref sheet by goda900 Sky Speed belongs to SecondStationPass 
7. Lollipop Swirl(redo) by frostykat13 Lollypop Swirl belongs to frostykat13 
8. Snowflake by Apriifox Snowflake belongs to Fluka 
9. .:Zira:. by Akorrn Zira belongs to ZiraButt 
10. ~Summer~ by Shy-Waifu Shy belongs to Shy-Waifu 
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ROUND TEN:
1. Coffee by Coffee-Pony Coffee belongs to Coffee-Pony 
2. Commission: Mystic Night by Seyllah Mystic Night belongs to MagicaITrevor 
3. Commission BlackBolt by HowXu Black Bolt belongs to BlackBoltThunder 
4. Oc Lilly Frost (update) by lillypie981 Lilly Frost belongs to lillypie981 
5. [Request] Moonlight Blossom for  MoonlightBlume by Pancake222 Moonlight Blossom belongs to MoonlightBlume 
6. The Storm by CobaltSky7 Cobalt Sky belongs to CobaltSky7 
7. Sweet paradise by rainboomdragon Sweet Paradise belongs to rainboomdragon 
8. Welcome to Bloom's Hut! by PerrikaraHibiscus Bloom belongs to Perrikara 
9. Phoebe - OC by CyberBun Phoebe belongs to CyberBun 
10. Cuddle Bug (by Centchi!) by xBeautifulDreamerx Cuddle Bug belongs to xBeautifulDreamerx 
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ROUND ELEVEN:
1. Commission- Honami by Leafy44 Honami belongs to LieutenantKyohei 
2. (OUTDATED) Lightning Rocker's reference sheet by LR-Studios Lightning Rocker belongs to LR-Studios 
3. Commission: Desert Zorro by pridark Desert Zone belongs to cpisces609 
4. My faceless by Paradox-pony Ashen belongs to Paradox-pony 
5. Oh dear by Astanine Silverstorm belongs to Astanine 
6. Lucette Character Ref by defigure Lucette belongs to defigure 
7. Feather by TaylortheSnailor Feather belongs to TaylortheSnailor 
8. Cupcake Sprinkle's Shop by SirenAnimations Cupcake Sprinkle belongs to SirenAnimations 
9. Raffle: Rotorix by Left2Fail Thinker belongs to Rotorix 
10. contest entry by Pixelthepony24680 Pixel Gameplay belongs to Pixelthepony24680 
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ROUND TWELVE:
1. <da:thumb id="467948277"/> Golden Dust belongs to GoldenDust-Creations 
2.serolious remake! (read description!) by XxSeroliousxX Serolious belongs to XxSeroliousxX 
3. DTA Entry, Now mine :3 by AlawDulac Whistle Wind belongs to AlawDulac 
4. request- Coconut Cake by MBBoxen Coconut Cake belongs to Kagome235 
5. Kona Reference Update by konadh324 Kona belongs to konadh324
6. My OC by XxTheAmazingDarkiexX Dak Steiger belongs to XxTheAmazingDarkiexX 
7. Dreamy Glitz Final Redesign by Foxy-Loves-Bonnie Dreamy Glitz belongs to Foxy-Loves-Bonnie 
8. cry baby by faeby Pastella belongs to faeby 
9. Cosmic Angel by Rainjay-xx Stellar Radiance belongs to Jojuki-chan 
10. Story Branch ID thing 2 by turtwig8123 Story Branch belongs to turtwig8123 
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  • Listening to: Music (Lord of the Rings Soundtrack)
  • Reading: Dracula - Bram Stoker
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Flight Rising
  • Eating: Nothing
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jade's Jingle Jamboree by JaDeDJynX




UPDATE
ENTRIES ARE CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT!

Thank you all for showing interest! I will have the list up by midnight, or by tomorrow! 

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Thanks :iconneko-kun67: for the name.

So I came up with this idea today during class. it's not a contest. There are no prizes. it's merely just for fun! Originally I was gonna do it with just me and my close friends, but i wanted to extend this project to everyone on DA who would like to join in!

So what is Jade's Jingle Jamboree?

People who decide to join in this will have to draw their OC interacting with something Christmas, winter, holiday, December, whatever related. However, You do not know what holiday related item you are getting. It'll be randomized. 

How will you randomize it?
I will go to a online random generator and list the names of the participants. I will also create a separate list of the holiday items and number them 1 to how many there are. I will randomize the participants so that the top participant gets the first item, the second gets the next item and so on.

It's pretty simple, right? Like I said, this isn't a contest, nor are there prizes. It's just for fun!

What happens at the end of the project?

 On December 25th 2014 I will make a journal showcasing everyone's work!

Are there any rules?

Yes there are.

1: You must draw your OC/Ponysona. You may add someone else's OC or a canon character, but your own creation must be in the picture foremost. 
2: Please keep this as clean as possible. This is a holiday project after all 
3: You have until December 24th at 11:59 pm (EST) to create your image
4: Be sure to either tag me in the comments section and/or note me your image so I can fav it and know what to showcase when the time comes!
5: I will keep this journal up for at least 5 days before I do the online random generator. Once I paired everyone with their item, I will announce the list in another journal.

Comment below if you are interested in participating! I will not be doing the random regenerate twice, so be sure to get in before I round everything up! 

I hope ya'll can participate! I'm sure this will be a fun project! 
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Alrighty folks, it's Contest timne! Woooooo!

I wanted to celebrate my 1000th watcher with this, but it seems that I am 200 watcher late :O

Aaaaand I wanted to wait til the 5th member of the group was revealed, buuuut after much though I am going to let her join the next competition (unless someone decides to draw her)

Alright!
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CONTEST

Here's the mission. Pick any of the main characters from my comic (Lene, Jade, Dan, Cynthia, Clarice who hasn't shown her face yet) And draw them interacting with your OC! :D 

Simple no?

Can I use someone else's OC?
No, it has to be Your own. Unless it's a very popular fan made OC like fufflepuff, Button Mash etc...

Oh but I don't have an OC
Oh that's fine, you can draw one of the characters in the comic interacting with a show/background pony from MLP.


But...but...but...
I know what you are going to say. Well... THERE'S MORE! Don't wanna draw them with a show pony? Draw them with another pony from my comic!

But I don't wanna!
.... :icongtfoplz:

So yeah Draw two of the characters from my comic interacting or one character from the comic and an OC/ show pony. 

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PRIZES

Thanks to the awesome duo husband and wife team that is :iconthe-paper-pony: They are helping me with the prizes. 

FIRST PRIZE  
Mane 6 and Cutie Marks Collection by The-Paper-Pony A 12x12 shadowbox of ANY PONY THAT YOU WANT! (OC or Show pony) with their cutiemark 
or
 Commission: The Great and Sleepy Trixie Shadowbox by The-Paper-Pony A 12x12 shadowbox of a Sleepy Pony of Any Kind! 

SECOND PRIZE 
Commission:  Filly Snapdragon by The-Paper-Pony A (I believe it's 8x10) shadow box of a filly of colt of your choice (OC or show)

THIRD PLACE
:iconpointsplz: :iconpointsplz: :iconpointsplz: :iconpointsplz: :iconpointsplz: :iconpointsplz: Lots of points! 

........

So there you have it. You mission? Draw one of the characters in my comic interacting with another pony. Whether it be your OC, A mlp show pony, or just two of them from my comic. 

HOW DO I ENTER

First off, you must be a watcher. Second off. Make a small note of this on your journal. Third off. Make sure you always link me to your entry via note and I will post it on my DA page for all to see.

WHEN WILL THIS END?

You have until The end of February. To be more specific: Feb 28, 2014 11:59 EST. 

HOW WILL THIS BE JUDGED?

BY ME!. And possibly Darkeiya Cocho PowerOptix ^_^

IMPORTANT!!!!!

Remember. I am NOT the creator of all of these characters. SO REMEMBER! When you submit an entry place in the description who the character belongs to.

Dan (c) :icondarkeiya:
lene (c) :iconcocho:
Jade and Cynthia (c) :iconjadedjynx:
Clarice (c) :iconpoweroptix:

...

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! 
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Updated Stock Usage Rules

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 16, 2011, 10:42 AM



How to Credit Me:


:bulletgreen: Creating a CLICKABLE link to my image in your description. This is not negotiable.
:bulletred: When I say link to my image, I don't mean link to my profile, that doesn't help people find stocks.
:bulletgreen: Comment on my stock image with the link to your deviation.
:bulletgreen: Comment on my profile ONLY when you can't find the stock you used to comment on it.
:bulletred: If you cannot find the stock you used to make a clickable link, I will provide you with a link.

:bulletred: Do not note me with your deviation.
:bulletred: Do not comment on my profile with your deviation.
:bulletred: I will be very upset if I find out that my stock hasn't been credited.

:bulletred:

DO NOT ever post an image containing my stock on any horse site. I will give no exceptions. Don't ask.

Sites included but not limited to: Horse Phenomena, Howrse, Helovia, Ponybox, etc.

:bulletred:

Under no circumstances may my images be posted elsewhere in their original, unmanipulated, form, credited or uncredited.



:bulletred: Never use my stock in conjuction with illegal images: uncredited celeb images not categorized as fanart; Images that are not stock that you don't have permission to use; Non-stock images found through search engines, such as Google or on sites like tumblr or photobucket.


Making Premade Backgrounds


:bulletgreen: My stock may be used to create pre-made backgrounds if specified in the image description.


Using my Premade Backgrounds


:bulletgreen: When using a pre-made background you should use the entire background.
:bulletred: If you don't want the entire bg; Use the credit the stock it was created from.


Stocking Using My Stock


:bulletgreen: Premade backgrounds are the only way in which my stock may be redestributed as stock. (see premade backgrounds for rules)
:bulletred: In no way may any of my stock be redestributed in the form of clear cuts, tubing, etc.
:bulletred: My wings, models and premade backgrounds may not be used to in stock images.
:bulletred: My wings may not be used to create new wings of any type.


Off-Site Usage Steps


:bulletgreen: 1. Post the image to deviantART.
:bulletgreen: 2. Post the image to the off-site location.
:bulletgreen: 3. Add a typed out or clickable link on or near the image.
:bulletgreen: 4. Comment on my image with the link to the image on deviantART and the link where you've posted off-site.
:bulletred: When posting off-site you MUST credit me ON the image itself. Note me if you require an exception and we may work something out.
:bulletred: Do you allow posts to horse or wolf sites? No. No exceptions.


Commercial Use



:bulletgreen: Most of my stock is purchasable for commercial or commission use. If a price isn't listed, please ask.


:bulletgreen: Commercial use may be priced based on the project. Please note me.
:bulletgreen: (Commissions) Most photographic images, excluding model stock, are 50:points:
:bulletgreen: (Commissions) Model stocks are 75:points: but you must gain permission before using them commercially.
:bulletgreen: Wings, Premades, and PNG's that are purchasable will have a price in the description.
:bulletgreen: If you're interested in something that is not priced, please not me.
:bulletred: You may NOT sell images containing my stock on any other site for any form of currency, virtual or otherwise without paying for commercial use.


Wing Stock - Specific Rules


fav.me/d5cuwez Rules for my WingsHow to Credit Me:
:bulletgreen: Creating a CLICKABLE link to my image in your description. This is not negotiable.
:bulletred: When I say link to my image, I don't mean link to my profile, that doesn't help people find stocks.
:bulletgreen: Comment on my stock image with the link to your deviation.
:bulletgreen: Comment on my profile ONLY when you can't find the stock you used to comment on it.
:bulletgreen: If you cannot find the stock you used to make a clickable link, I will provide you with a link.
:bulletred: Do not note me with your deviation.
:bulletred: Do not comment on my profile with your deviation.

:bulletred: I will be very upset if I find out that my stock hasn't been credited. Be warned: I watch many angel and wing groups, usually your winged images end up there eventually for me to see, and if I haven't seen them before, I go checking for credits.
Copyright Infringement
 
:bulletred: Failing to cr



Model Stock


:bulletgreen: dA prints are Okay!
:bulletgreen: 75:points: for unlimited commission use. Contact me for commercial price with details of your intentions.
:bulletgreen: Note me with a request for commercial use detailing your intentions before purchasing the stock.
:bulletred: You must use the Entire model, not just the body.
:bulletred: To clarify, you have to use the model's face.


Layouts and Tutorials


:bulletgreen: My stock may be used for layouts and tutorials on deviantART and other ART websites. A horse or wolf site of any kind will not be considered an art site.
:bulletgreen: You must credit me somewhere on the layout or tutorial with a link to the stock used.
(ex. h ttp ://thy-darkest-hour.deviantart.com or h ttp://fav.me/d539ndh)
:bulletred: No layouts containing my stock on horse or wolf sites. You may, however, purchase the stock if you wish to make a layout for a horse or wolf site.
:bulletred: If a layout or tutorials utilizing is for sale or commissioned, please see commercial use.

 


Prints


:bulletgreen: My stocks can be used for prints on deviantART ONLY.
:bulletred: I consider off-site prints to be commercial use.


Avatars and Group Icons


:bulletgreen: My stock may be used for the creation of avatars and group icons. With my permission.
:bulletgreen: If you would like permission, please note me.


School Projects and School Newspapers


:bulletgreen: Using my stock for school projects is okay with proper credit, this means a written-out direct-link to my stock.
:bulletgreen: Using my stock for school newspapers is okay with proper credit, this means a written-out direct-link to my stock.


Stock as a Reference


:bulletgreen: My stocks MAY be used for reference. Don't forget to credit me though.


Retouches: Do one of the below:


:bulletgreen: If you post both the before and after image together  and credit me on the non-retouched portion.
:bulletgreen: If you post just the retouched image you must state in the title that it is a retouch.


Horse and Wolf etc. Manipulations


:bulletred: Horse or Wolf manips with my premades: No. Not without permission.
:bulletred: Horse or Wolf manips with my wings: No. Not without permission.
:bulletred: Posting images containing my stock on a horse or wolf etc. site: No. No exceptions. Includes RPGs, Sim sites, etc. Such as Howrse, Ponybox, Horse Phenomena, Helovia, etc.
:bulletred: Layouts containing my stock on horse or wolf sites: No. No exceptions.
:bulletred: I will not hesitate to ask that a horse  or wolf manip containing my wings or premade stock be removed from dA.
:bulletgreen: You may purchase stocks for the points amount listed on the individual pages if you intend to use the image on a horse or wolf site.
You can find complete information on my reasons for not allowing horse or wolf manips without permission in my journal entry here:
Horse and Wolf Manips: My thoughts and reasons..I am creating this journal as an explanation as to why I do not allow horses or wolves to be added to my premade backgrounds and do not allow my wings to be attatched to them without my prior permission.
Let me begin by saying that I have absolutely nothing against horses or wolves, both are beautiful, amazing animals, nor do I have anything against the amazing deviants that create horse and/or wolf art.
I really don't know exactly how to put this together...
To make my rules regarding this concern as simple as possible I have stated on each premade background and wing stock that I do not allow horse or wolf manipulations without prior permission, unfortunately, the statement is rarely read, if anyone has any suggestions as to how to make it more visable, please feel free to make them.

Why don't you allow your stock on horse and wolf sites?
:bulletblue: I don't want the stock use requests that will come with my stock being there.
:bulleblue: Why? For some re



Line-Art Pasted on Stock


:bulletred: May I put your wings on my line-art? No.
:bulletred: Line-art/coloring put on top of a stock is not a manipulation.
:bulletred: May I put line-art on top of your stock? No.
:bulletred: I will not hesitate to ask that a 'line-art on stock' image be removed!


Things I do not consider manipulations and other No No's


:bulletred: Cropping, adding a texture, changing the hue/saturation/vibrance, adding contrast, adding text, and framing are not photomanipulation.
:bulletred: Images containing my stock must be submitted as one of these catagories: Photomanipulation, Painting and Airbrushing, 3-D, Mixed Media, Tutorials. . This is NOT negotiable. Got a question, ask!
:bulletred: No extreme blood and gore, hate, animal cruelty, or other things you think I might not approve of. When in doubt, note me.

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  • Listening to: The laptop fan run
  • Reading: what I&#039;m typing
  • Watching: the words appear on the screen
  • Playing: on deviantart
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: Raspberry Green Tea
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Stock and Resources PE Wrap Up 2014

Sun Sep 21, 2014, 6:00 PM by Elandria:iconelandria:
Wrapping up our 2014 Stock and Resources Project Educate week 
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Design a Zombie Competition

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 29, 2013, 5:11 AM
We are working on a new project, one that is in full swing as we speak. We are creating a series of toys, well, models to be more precise. ZOMBIES! We have a set of 5 being sculpted as we speak. But we are creating 5 more, 5 designed by you. You'll be accredited for your work on the base of the model, as well as on the models' box. It's a very good way of getting something great on your portfolio and you'll get your design fully cast and sent to you to go with your portfolio.

OKAY – So what's the deal, what do we want?


The image attached are the proportions we want, it's not quite CHIBBI proportions – as an example, look up the artwork for "Super puzzle Fighter" – many Street Fighter enthusiasts will know where we are going with this. Okay, so those are the proportions we want – what about the rest?

New canvas by Demon-Pig-Studios


Imagine the most twisted zombie you can think of and that's what we want, but in a semi-cute fashion. Recently, in the latest episode in the Walking Dead, Carl and Hershel see a zombie with a bear trap on its leg – that's the sort of creativity we are after – just use your imagination.

Malice by Demon-Pig-Studios

Above is an example...

Also – exaggerate the poses a little – show some bone and clever gore, we cannot express enough how your imagination will be important in winning this contest – there is only 5 winners available, so get on that pad and get sketching.
SO…….

  1. Look up Super puzzle Fighter artwork, that's the look we want (But don't rip it off!!!!)
  2. Use your imagination, concentrate ALL your skills on creativity
  3. If you get time, a multiple view will be better, but not important
  4. The image must be positioned in front of your character. A dynamic Arial pose with great perspective is no good for our sculptors, it needs to be straight on POV
  5. These are being created and mass produced – so don't copy nothing, it has to be your creation.
  6. You can add props for sure, however, it has to be localized (on, in, the zombie body)
  7. Closing date for this competition is November 30th
  8. You don't need to color your pic
  9. Give your undead artwork a good pose

If this is something you would like to enter, then submit your designs to this group below  :)

competition-enteries.deviantar…

Good luck guys and girls

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Mass Effect References

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 27, 2011, 12:11 PM
Provisions for use.

These references are provided with permission from BioWare under provisions as listed below. Please note: I am in no way affiliated with BioWare or EA.

  1. Copyright cannot be assumed over anything created from usage of the reference images (BioWare owns the copyrights to the characters).
  2. No commerce. People cannot sell or profit from the images or works based on them – not even for charity (it tends to get very complicated very quickly)
  3. BioWare must be credited as the copyright holder for the reference images , this holds true for derivative works as well though (things created based on the references provided).
  4. You can’t represent yourself as a BioWare or EA employee, agent or representative.

#1, #2, #3 should be noted by everyone using these images (#2 doesn't mean that BioWare couldn't pay you for an idea and use it themselves, though.)






Some time ago, I created a tumblr account (which can be found here).  I'm not sure if I will ever get around to posting anything in it (or figuring out how to use it), but if anyone wants to make requests there, feel free to do so.



Characters (Generic or nameless):


Characters (Plot or named NPCs):



Characters (Protagonist/Squadmates):



Creatures:



Enemies - Cerberus



Enemies - Reaperised



Multiplayer - Characters



Multiplayer - Weapons



Objects/Other/Misc:



Ships/Vehicles:



Weapons (Heavy):



Weapons (Melee/Omni-tool):



Weapons (Standard):



There may be others not currently listed.  You can search the reference gallery if you can't find what you're looking for here.  Please note that if you can't find something after searching for it, you can always make a request.

Unused in-game ship models can be found here.

The Mass Effect font can be found here.

Free counters!
A library of Mass Effect references. Please note that all of these models are made, and owned, by BioWare/EA.

You are free to use them however you want.
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It's Finally Finished! The Dragon Masquerade!

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 12, 2014, 8:05 PM
  • Mood: Eager


Some of you may have noticed that I've been particularly absent these last couple months or so. I haven't posted a lot of art here on Deviantart and Twokinds updates have been a bit... irregular. There is a reason for that. And that reason is this:


The Dragon Masquerade, the debut comic for San Diego Comic-Con on July 24th!

For almost the entirety of June, I was working around the clock on a new side project, trying desperately to get it done in time for the Comic-Con. And I did it! 32 pages of new, full-color comic art completed over a period of about 38 days, not counting the time it took to write, edit, and format for print. I made it just in time for the deadline, and I am proud to present to you all the first look at The Dragon Masquerade.

I will not lie, this project was one of the hardest things I have ever done. There were weeks when I would do nothing but wake up, work, and then go back to bed. But I feel like it was worth it, and I hope you will too!

However, I realize that not everyone will be able to make an appearance in San Diego on July 24th. So immediately after the convention, I will be shipping out excess copies to anyone who wants them, while supplies last.

In fact, if you so desire, I have set up a page where you can pre-order a copy of the comic right now, and receive it when the first batch is shipped out. Copies are normally $15, but if you pre-order, You can get it for 20% off up until release. My target release date is August 8th.

If you are interested in pre-ordering, please follow this link: twokinds.keenspot.com/?p=tdm

You'll also find more information about the comic, and a preview of the first 4 pages! I hope you enjoy the sneak peak, and I look forward to seeing your reactions to the final product!

See you at the Masquerade.



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Living off of your Art

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 25, 2015, 5:24 PM
Journal of Ahkward

aka Kat Jackson


"Now I will tell you about how it feels to survive from your art"

The real title should probably be something like that however that doesn't really fit well. XD This is LONG, I'm sorry, but it's a lot to cover and I want to cover it in a well rounded way and no short-change you guys. Before I get started, here is what I'll cover:

Freelancing
Job searching / Promotion / Community
Art school






Do you want to go to art school/college? Maybe you just want art as a hobby or income boost? Maybe you want to be a full time freelancer or studio worker? Do you know?








Making art your living or making it a portion of your income is a serious undertaking and involves a lot more than I think the majority of people realize. I'm not here to scare anyone or crush dreams. However I feel that with so many young artists on dA aspiring to become a professional (or even older ones starting to enjoy art now), you all DESERVE to know what you are getting into.

Anyway, I've been having these sorts of conversations a lot lately. I'm almost ready to graduate from Ringling College of Art and Design and I want to share some experiences with you. Though, before I get started, please note that I can't speak for all professionals. I can't speak for all artists, I can't speak for all majors at my college. I can only speak for me and share what I've learned. Yesterday my Senior Thesis teacher sat us all down and had a long (like 2 hours dang) talk about life and being an artist. He shared all kinds of awesome and awkward stories about the good things he did and mistakes he made. A lot of the things I could relate to in already having begun to freelance in the last 2-3 years, however a lot of his experiences I haven't had yet.




Freelancing


So first off, freelancing, what is it? Freelancing is essentially you are your own business, you are YOUR PRODUCT. You sell yourself and your art to people. You draw or write, even sing, as singers make contracts with record companies. Sports players do this too in their insanely huge (often million dollar contracts lol ). Anyway, often times you, as an artist will work with either a single person, or a group/company. You will either offer them a contract you created, or you can sign one of theirs.

For example, I have a few people I have worked with in a way that I was given a contract to read and sign. Now, you can't just sign away without reading. Why? You could be screwed over, and believe me things have happened. I've made mistakes and I've learned from them. For instance here is one of my stories, from easily a year and a half ago:

One time I had an order (on fA) and I was to draw a couple together in a SFW PG sort of way. Now, I have no issues with NSFW, as long as it stays within my comfort zone and the law. Yes, NSFW is legal if you follow the rules set my your state/national govt. (and it pays well OTL) Anyway, so I sent over my contract and the commissioner rebuffed and sent me one instead, saying he was familiar with artists contracts and had worked with many before and to just sign his. Now I was inexperienced with contracts, I had not used them for very long, and I was naive. I wanted to believe this guy since he seemed legit, so I did. I signed the contract without reading it assuming he knew what was best for me. Well, I lie, I scanned over it fast but didn't read the details.

Long story short, we ended up leaning a little more towards NSFW, it wasn't really anything hardcore, but I was ok with it since it was a clean version and generally softcore stuff. After I'd finished his commission and emailed him the full resolution, I noticed I was suddenly getting more followers and I wondered where they came from. I got a private message asking for a hardcore, not "clean" image and I was very suprised. I had stated in my information on my profile that I don't do that sort of work and I found out later that there was a very large misunderstanding.

Within the contract was one line that I failed to read, the editing and re-use clause. Basically this tiny two sentence paragraph allowed the commissioner to freely edit and reupload said edit to any place he wished. He had draw in some parts and reposted it, however he still gave me the credit. So it now appeared that I was allowing people to commission that sort of work.





Now, I know the NSFW example is a little intense and not everyone does that sort of work, but it's valuable to know such examples. Even if you do Non-NFSW and you don't add an editing clause/or read to insure there isn't one, someone could take your image and edit it! It could be drawn over, it could have colors changed, logos put on it that don't belong to you (and if sold that could be copyright issues), basically no limit. So I now have a contract with a very clear editing clause. XD

Another example of me failing to have a proper contract is from about a year ago, last summer from and old friend of mine in Colorado. I was working on a digital character commission and was asked to stream on a particular day at a particular time. At this point, I had already had about 75% of the order done and was just woring on details. I already had plans with my friends on this particular day (and had planned this day for weeks). I was told that if I obviously didn't value his order and he canceled it. Now, in the contract at the time, I had mentioned that either party could cancel the order at any time. However here is the problem, there was no "kill fee". A kill fee is generally a sum of money to ensure the artist gets paid for the work that they DID do. I had not been paid yet and so when he canceled I had no way to ensure I got something for the 10-12 hours I'd put into this artwork. I charge anywhere from 10-20$ an hour and that put me at a loss of 100-200$ for the job.






When you lose that much money, you are upset, let me tell you. So I took that as a lesson and added a kill fee so that even on a canceled order, I don't lose out on the time. Now for small orders under 100$ I don't generally bother with kill fees, but sometimes I do. It really depends on the case.


Long story short, when you work for yourself, you really have to be aware of how the industry works. People will take advantage of you. Now not everyone it out to do so, but there will always be people who try this. Think about the paypal call backs that occurred over the last year or too. People lost thousands of dollars before it was sorted out and people were given back the money they worked hard to earn from that commissioner/adopt buyer.




Job Searching / Promotion / Community




So jobs, we all need them, it keeps our homes warm, food on our tables or pet bowls, it keeps lights on, water flowing, etc. When it comes to jobs as an artist, you have an INSANE number of options! You could do, game design, coding, animation, illustration, graphic design, fashion, writing, signing, etc etc. So it's all about what YOU want to do specifically. For those if you like me, I can talk about illustration.

Illustration (my college major) has a lot of options in it's own right. Some of my peers now work for Hasbro, Disney, Nickolodeon, Moonbot Studios, Blue Sky, etc etc. Some to 3D models (such as with zBrush), some do T-Shirts, packaging, advertising, comic books, spot illustrations, book covers, concept art, etc. SO MANY OPTIONS. Also, you can work at home or in a studio. Often, the COMAPNY will decide this, NOT you.

It is common for artists to not stay in one place long, moving where the jobs go if you end up working for places that want you in studio, or working in their buildings. This is great as it offers daily interaction and peer support, inspiration etc. Some people prefer to work with others as a TEAM, not a single artist. This means you'll likely be working on ideas that ARE NOT YOURS, you must eventually give your baby to someone else. This can be hard for some people. We did this in class once and it was HARD to give someone else my hard work to edit and develop further. However I was very happy with the final result, and afterwards, I became good friends with that person. I got to know them more and it was neat to work on his characters and see him develop mine!

Some people prefer to keep to themselves and work on their own clock, their own time and day. Freelancing is basically this. Most freelancers work from home or their own personal studio, but not all.

How to find these jobs is the tricky part. Going online, searching papers, joining forums and online communities is all INSANELY important. Joining offline communities is just as beneficial! Social media is so vital these days into working and finding work. I get nearly all my work from social media, tumblr, twitter, dA, fA, facebook, instagram, etc. I personally don't like the internet, I don't like having to sit somewhere, and work on keeping up with it all. It's a LOT of work, however it is a needed evil.

Then, how do you apply once you find those jobs. Thankfully that part is usually made easier if you read carefully.  A lot fo job listings in my experience ask for three main things: Portfolio, resumee, and cover letter. In the art world, your education doesn't really make or break you in most cases (except things like medical illustration or any sort of drawing for educational purposes.) Sometimes companies require minimum experience or will substitute a degree for experience years.





What about the portfolio?


Your portfolio is what matters the most by far, as it shows you CAN do the work. Your resume shows your experience and qualification in word form. Your cover letter is WHY you want to work for the company, showing how your skills match what the company has asked for in their job listing/description. So reading carefully is vital! Of they ask for sketches of hands, figures, real life observation of animals with at least a page of, idk.. pigs, DRAW THEM PIGS. Draw what they ask for. If I were to turn in a portfolio with NO hands, no pigs, no figures, nothing of what they asked for, then I'll likely not get the job because

1. I didn't follow directions
2. I didn't show them what they need in an artist right now.

So if you don't have those sorts of drawings ready for a portfolio or have no drawings of that at all, you better make them. Your portfolio will always be changing and sometimes you'll have multiple portfolios. I myself have 3: Landscapes, Comics and Concept art. So yeah, it's a lot of work, and sometimes I have to custom make one for a company or person, but that's ok, because I want that order/contract/job.

As far as social media goes: DON'T BE LAZY!! I know everyone wants to post nothing and get all the fans and people loving you and all the support and blehblehblhe. But you need to PARTICIPATE. Take deviantART for example.

There are Groups, join them be active, if you don't want a full inbox of deviations, you can turn off the deviations or journals. Though I will say I find that selfish of you. Why join a group and only put your art in there for only YOURSELF and then not take 5 min to look at the other art people put there?! It doesn't take long to go through them, and they like the same things you do! Network and make friends with these people! I know when you watch a lot of people it adds up, I watch 814 people myself, so yeah, I get a lot of deviations and journals everyday. I know, but I look at EVERYTHING, it may take me forever and my inbox is never empty, but that's ok.

Being lazy is the DAMN WORST EXCUSE EVER. I HATE when people use that as an excuse, yeah I say it too from time to time and I feel bad when I do afterwards. However if you want recognition and feedback, you have to give it too. Another way to interact is by COMMENTING.

How many of you knew you could comment? Or REPLY? :stare: amazing

How many of you knew dA had forums? -> forum.deviantart.com/

There are tons of threads to interact with and it's up to YOU to go into those threads and be an active person! They really do help a lot in  getting exposure for yourself and if you want, promoting others! The forums are a pretty active place too.

Post thumbs her to share your art and look at others art!
--->    forum.deviantart.com/premium/t…
--->    forum.deviantart.com/showcase/…

Having a bad day and need some advice? Post here for that!
---> forum.deviantart.com/community…

Photographers and Writers have their own section too!
---> forum.deviantart.com/art/photo… (Photography)
---> forum.deviantart.com/art/liter… (Literature)

You can post to advertise your commissions or to commission others!
---> forum.deviantart.com/jobs/offe…
---> forum.deviantart.com/jobs/serv…




Art School


This is always an interesting topic for me to talk about.






1. You do NOT need a degree to do art as a career.
2. Art school is usually expensive, but there are scholarships. LOTS.
3. Art school is your best friend and worst nightmare.
4. In most cases, you still have to take classes like math, science, reading, writing, history, etcetc.


Just putting these out there as things you should know. Art school is something you SHOULD do if possible, not because it is required. It isn't. However if you want to better yourself as an artist, and build a network for yourself, meet other artists. Art school has the benefit of meeting others. We all know social media is important and building and meeting people online can be a valuable resource for finding jobs and advancing your career. The same is true offline, in person. In addition, at my school at least, all my teachers are professionals, either currently or retired. So they have connections and people they know that I can work with too! Their connections might know people and they might know people. Building a web of people will make your chances for success much better.

Then there is the guidance. Not all schools are the same or teach the same way or even same majors/degrees. Here at Ringling it typically works like this:

1/Freshman year - All majors take same classes working on your foundations, almost 100% traditional. Figure drawing classes (yes naked), perspective, 2D, 3D, some liberal art/humanities, and history/other general ed things. The foundations are important all across the board, NO MATTER THE MAJOR. All people have to understand them, however your major will determine HOW you use that knowledge.

2/Sophomore year - For illustration majors, this year is about experimentation, learning about mediums and styles. You take classes where you will be required to use mediums you are not familiar with or may not like. But deal with it cupcake, you are doing this for your benefit and you can still learn things from things you don't like. For example, I really dislike oil painting, however it was the best "color theory" class I ever had. It taught me so much about color, and now it's my favorite part of art! Or one of them. During this year you can start using digital art, though when depends on your classes or teachers allowing you to.

3/Junior year - You are allowed to experiment more and start finding your own path. In Illustration you are also going to have classes that help you develop your portfolio and personal look, like your online, and in general your time is more focused on developing you.

4/Senior year - Mostly this year is based on your job search, refining your portfolio and getting hired! As an illustration major you'll be starting your thesis either late in the fall semester or first thing in the spring. Not much to this year, though the most important.

So yeah, again, I will tell you EVERY art school is different, but this is my experience. I've had to do things and draw things I don't like, and that I would never do as a career. However you learn a lot from those experiences. I've met a lot of people and gotten into good and bad situations. I've had awesome crits and good reviews and  bad ones too. Art school is a flood on inspiration and terrifying fear once you realize everyone near you is your competition.

However in my opinion the pros outweigh the cons. You get access to people, technology, networks, education, advice from professionals, websites for job searching, all sorts of amazing things. 

If you want to skip all that, that's ok! It's totally fine and will save you money. As long as you have a good portfolio and can manage yourself online and in person, you can be just as successful as anyone! :D




In general surviving off you art is hard. It's not glamorous making tons of money and drawing what you want all day and sleeping in and eating rainbows and candy. It's hard work and you will have days you hate it. You'll want to never draw again. You'll have to draw things you aren't good at, you'll have to separate the worth of your art from the worth of yourself as a person.

However, when you get to wake up and draw, and LOVE drawing, it makes all the pain and fear and sleepless nights worth it being able to do what you love every single day. If you want to be a hobbyist, go for it too! You don't have to be a professional to enjoy art everyday. Whatever your reason, art is for you and nobody else. Yeah, it may be a commission, but it's still a part of you, time you'll never get back.

If you want to do art and your family isn't for you. So what? If you want it bad enough, you'll do anything you can to get it. Push and push harder and harder.

So I don't know how helpful this was. I could have gone over a lot more, but I'll open the floor to you guys. If you want me to elaborate, let me know. I'm only one person, so I don't have all the answers, I'm still new in my career, but hopefully some of you can find some answers.

Thanks for reading! - Ahk






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