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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:…
~Outfit Design by ChibiShay EX:
~Shaded Pony on Flat Color Background by Dewdrop-210 EX:
~Custom pony by iSquaredd EX:
~Chibi by ScarleyKwinn EX:
~Basic Animated Icon by StarletNightwind EX:
~Non-Animated icon by oOSolarEclipseOo  EX:
~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:
~Fullbody Transparent Pic by Naruto-Cupcakes EX:
~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:
~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:

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

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

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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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1. Feather Splash by Pon3Splash Feather Splash belongs to Pon3Splash 

2. A Gift For Me From Dearmary by Starlight-Lunarmoon Candy Pastel belongs to Starlight-Lunarmoon 
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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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1.Nikki as a mlp filly ^^ by nikkikirkland Nikki belongs to nikkikirkland 
2.Silver Sonata by XNightMelody Silver Sonata belongs to ScarleyKwinn 
3. Dark Sky by ID10TS 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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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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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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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 Cookie-Dough-Batter Lemonade Paradise belongs to Cookie-Dough-Batter 
6. Request : Sky Speed Ref sheet by goda900 Sky Speed belongs to FellowPegasister 
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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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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1. Commission- Honami by Leafy44 Honami belongs to LieutenantKyohei 
2. [DOLL] (NEW) 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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1. My Ponysona, Golden Dust (Old Design) by GoldenDust-Creations Golden Dust belongs to GoldenDust-Creations 
2.serolious remake! (read description!) by cadencetheflamehaze Serolious belongs to cadencetheflamehaze 
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 TheAMaZingMSDOSBrony Dak Steiger belongs to TheAMaZingMSDOSBrony 
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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  • Reading: Dracula - Bram Stoker
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  • Playing: Flight Rising
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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.


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.


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 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 :// or h ttp://
: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.



: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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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):


Enemies - Cerberus

Enemies - Reaperised

Multiplayer - Characters

Multiplayer - Weapons



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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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.

  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  :)


Good luck guys and girls

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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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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)



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.

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. 



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

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 
 Commission: The Great and Sleepy Trixie Shadowbox by The-Paper-Pony A 12x12 shadowbox of a Sleepy Pony of Any Kind! 

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)

: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. 


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.


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


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


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:


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The following five part guide is a collection of tips and tricks for stockers and those who would like to become stockers but don't know where to start - based on my personal experence. While reading, keep in mind that most of what is outlined below are guidelines and not a set of rules you never ever cross - there are exception to everything but the very first rule (I would say copyright is not debatable, after all, you expect others to respect yours, too). Also, this has gotten very long and still, I feel I forgot stuff... So if you have any additions you'd like to see in here, feel free to comment!

>> What you will find in this guide:

  • Part 01: Introduction & Note on Copyright [you are reading it]
  • Part 02: What should I put online? incl. Subject Choice | Dealing with Abuse | Technical Basics for Stock Images | Lighting setup | Tips and tricks on getting the most out of your camera | Post-processing images
  • Part 03: Stock Rules incl. Where to keep the Stock Rules? | What to put in your Rules | Refining as you go along 
  • Part 04: Uploading your stock to dA incl. Packs or Singles | Making sure people remember it's your stock | Upload choices | The right category | Keywords | Artist's Comment | Organizing your Gallery [coming soon]
  • Part 05: Premium Content incl. How to sell Stock | What information not to forget to give [coming soon]

Respecting others' copyright is NOT optional

The first (and only) rule of stock:
only upload what is actually yours to upload!

That means:

  • Respect other people's copyright! Everything is copyrighted as soon as it is created, no registering is needed; just because you don't see a (c) does not mean you can use it! 
  • You need explicit permission! Stock rules / Terms of use give you permission to do certain things -- just because something is not listed does not mean it's okay! Don't assume. Especially when doing stock from stock - that's something not everyone will like their stock used for, even if they don't explicitely forbid it!
  • If you want to upload resources or art where you did not create everything from scratch / take all photos yourself, you need to make sure they are okay with you using their images/brushes/etc for your specific use. This means that just because someone offers stock for people to use in their photomanipulations, does not mean they also allow the use of their stock to create other stock from it (premades, cut-outs, brushes etc). You need explicit permission.
  • Putting "work" into something does NOT make it yours! Again, you need explicit permission. It doesn't help to cut up your stolen jeans and declare them your work and then resell them - the pair of jeans is still stolen goods. No amount of "work" will make it yours. Same goes for resources: if you want to offer cut-out stock and premades, only use your own stock or make double & triple sure that you are allowed to do what you are planning on doing! 
  • Not making money doesn't make it okay either. If you take the stolen jeans from the example above and give them to the homeless, it may be a nice thought, but it's still a pair of stolen jeans. That doesn't change.
  • Make sure you follow any and all rules attached if you use other people's stock! And I mean ANY - if you are doubtful you can comply, use something else. For example, if the original stock provider says you need to credit them, do so (actually, always do so, reason below) and if they want you to tell your users they have to credit the original stock in their manips as well, make sure you say so in your artist's comment; you cannot promise the end users will comply, but you have to! And if you see someone not complying, you can tell them that they need to do "x" to be able to use this premade / cut-out / etc.

It is very important to make sure your stock is legitimate!
Illegitimate stock will eventually get reported and taken down and with the stock, all the art that was done with it, gets taken down as well! You do not want even one incident of people getting into trouble because of you! Not only is it illegal and unfair, but it will also most likely mean no one is going to use your stuff again.

It should go without saying, but apparently, it doesn't:

Google is a search engine, not a stock site where you get images you can use. is not a valid source for your premades/brushes unless you ask the individual stock provider for permission (make sure to say you got that permission in your artist's comment and be prepared to show it to admins if needed).

The list of what doesn't work is quite long and I'm not going to go into details here.

I'm only going to give you the following advice:

Read other people's rules and comply with them!

And if you are unsure, then ask. Basically, that goes for everything you want to use: if it does not explicitly say you can use it for manips and redistribution as stock but you still want to use it - ask the copyright holder! Maybe he will say no and put it in his rules (so others don't have to ask) and maybe he will put in his rules that it's okay for everyone -- and maybe he will even grant you an exception. But don't just take the image and pretend "putting work into it" and "not using it for money" makes it okay to upload. It simply doesn't.

Which brings me to celebrity images, game screenshots, movie promo images and the like: they are copyrighted and off-limits.

Whenever you upload something that is created from other resources (be it other people's or your own), ALWAYS credit your sources!!!

Always Link Back!

Help ease people's minds by letting the stock users know your stock/resources are legitimate and they do not need to fear some third party logging a complaint leading to removal of the illegit stock and the manips created with it.
  1. Make sure people can see you used legitimate sources by linking back to the site/userpage/rules for the images/brushes/etc you used.
  2. If using your own stock, say so in the artist's comment.

Also, you should keep in mind that certain subjects can make things a little more complicated, too. For example, you should have a person's consent before you upload pictures of them, especially since stock pictures on dA are there to be dragged through Photoshop (not everyone wants to end up in someone's art); also you may want to be careful when it comes to trademarks like Disney, Coca Cola, car brands etc -- laws may differ from country to country, so I am not going to give advice here, just a note to be cautious.

>> Further Reading

If you are not familiar with copyright and you plan on uploading resources made with not only your own stock photos, you should definitely read up on the subject to save yourself and the resources users a lot of hassle. For this, I suggest the following article, which may also help you to know your rights to your own stock photos better:

Of Copyright + Premades

Disclaimer: I'm no lawyer, I do not work for deviantArt, I'm merely someone who has been doing photomanips for quite a while and has taken the time to read quite a few articles on the topic. The views expressed hereunder are mine alone. They do not reflect any "official dA opinion" nor are they to be taken as "legal advice". Furthermore, you may live in a country that hasn't signed any of the treaties that govern international copyright law, so you'd have to check with your country's national laws.
I strongly urge you to not only read the journal, but also the comments underneath it as there are a lot more examples of what you can and can't do as well as more links to information being shared by your fellow deviants!
What is Copyright?
I'll paraphrase/quote the wikipedia article on the topic for this:
"Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclus
PE S&amp;R Sourcing Your ResourcesSourcing Your Resources
You may think that the creation and sharing of stock and resources is a no brainer.  Clearly however its not, and there are a growing number of deviants who for some reason or another seem to not be able to grasp the basic principles.
As the last article we will be launching for Stock & Resources Project Educate week, we are going to attempt to lay it out for you in clear and easy to understand terms.
What YOU own
The gallery details for stock and resources read:
Gallery Info: Resources & Stock Images
Resources submitted by deviants for others to use in their own works and/or learn from.
Gallery Info: Stock Images
Stock Photography which the provider has granted a licence for incorporation into other Deviant artists work.
By submitting work into the stock and resources galleries, be they a photograph of your cat, a pack of brushes you have created, a texture you have developed, or a tutorial you've spent weeks resea

>> Now online: Part 02: What should I upload?

Providing Stock & Resources - A Beginners Guide

Part 01: Introduction & Note on Copyright

Providing Stock+Resources - A Beginners Guide Pt02This is Part 2 of Providing Stock+Resources - A Beginners Guide. It is aimed at resource providers new and old - I'm trying to give some tips and pointers based on my experience both as a stocker and a photomanipulator. If you have anything to add (maybe you have an example from your own gallery I could insert - pretty please?), feel free to comment, I still feel like I forgot soooo much ^^; Any other comments are of course welcome as well. I hope this helps at least some :heart:
>>What you will find in this guide:
Part 01: Introduction incl. Note on Copyright
Part 02: What should I put online? incl. Subject Choice | Dealing with Abuse | Technical Basics for Stock Images | Lighting setup | Tips and tricks on getting the most out of your camera | Post-processing images [you are reading it]
Part 03: Stock Rules incl. Where to keep the Stock Rules? | What to pu
  Providing Stock + Resources - Part 03: Stock RulesThis is Part 3 of Providing Stock+Resources - A Beginners Guide. It is aimed at resource providers new and old - I'm trying to give some tips and pointers based on my experience both as a stocker and a photomanipulator. If you have anything to add, feel free to comment, I still feel like I forgot soooo much Sweating a little... Any other comments are of course welcome as well. I hope this helps at least some Heart
>>What you will find in this guide:
Part 01: Introduction incl. Note on Copyright
Part 02: What should I put online? incl. Subject Choice | Dealing with Abuse | Technical Basics for Stock Images | Lighting setup | Tips and tricks on getting the most out of your camera | Post-processing images
Part 03: Stock Rules incl. Where to keep the Stock Rules? | What to pu

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Artists' Toolbox: The 50mm Lens

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 12:00 AM by Astrikos:iconastrikos:


Artists' Toolbox

Nifty Fifty

The 50mm lens is a great, great lens.

It's versatile, fast and bright, and mimics the view of the human eye (on a full frame. If shot with an APC-S size sensor, it ends up being more like a 80mm). It's also light and easy to carry around. Not only that, but the f/1.8 variety is usually very cheap. The one I use was priced at around $100. Of course, there's the extremely nice f/1.4 variety, but that costs a lot more. If you need a sharp prime lens on a budget, the 50mm f/1.8 is a great deal. 

Prime lenses: Prime lenses do not have a zoom range. They're often sharper than their zoom lens counterparts because they lack the extra moving glass elements that the zoom need. This allows them to capture clearer images and are usually sharper. Since prime lenses are simpler, they usually can open up pretty wide, making them faster and more useful in low light situations.


One of the best things about the 50mm lens is its awesome versatility. The natural focal length offers a imperceptible amount of distortion, and looks good in a lot of situations. 

It works well for portraits, close ups, and is wonderful for street photography. The only limit is your imagination! 
If you've ever wanted to make images with gorgeous bokeh in them (circular, blurry background shapes), this lens delivers.

Since the 50mm has such a wide open aperture, you can shoot handheld at night with a relatively low ISO. It also allows you to shoot with a sliver of depth of field and isolate your subject, which is great for portrait, still life, and closeup photography. 

You can even take macro shots by reversing the lens with a reversing ring, or you can do it handheld which does work  pretty well!

A Learning Experience

The 50mm lens is awesome in the fact it forces you to move around and walk. You can't compose a frame by zooming in with a turn of a ring, you've got to walk over to your subject, frame by moving around, and then take the shot. This may seem inconvenient, but it teaches you to see, to think, and to consciously work for your pictures. This is one of the reasons that this lens is great for beginning photographers that want to try something beyond their kit lens (the kit lens is a very nice lens to have around,though). 

50mm Photography Feature

There's a plethora of beautiful pictures that were created with the 50mm. You can get amazing results with great little lens, and hopefully some of the images below will inspire you.

Consider supporting the artists with a :+fav:!

50mm test: by LarsenOnDeviant 50mm Test Shot by Stuartf 
nocturnal bird by Nihal82 
50mm IR by wreck-photography
 Magnoliales by LuciaConstantin 18.52 - Ideas by head-in-the-cloud 
Idk by sandrawiklander 
23.52 - Veins by head-in-the-cloud Bokeh Overflow by Zouberi 
incineration by collien the source. by Tooga 
sunset by Alex-Skvortsova 
Flow for water by LuciaConstantin The Unwritten Story by Sarah-BK 
Mommsenstrasse 47 by kearone Purity by Mikiwe  
 The Secret Garden by mrxthanh 
magic rose by all17 perfectly pear white tea by courey 
For Your Entertainment by FavsCo Don't Mind Me by Brandzai 
Roundabout by MarinaCoric Liquid Gold II by MarinaCoric 
Blueberry Afternoon by Silvermoonswan 
The Bride's shoes by GiannisParaschou Coke by tylerscottsmith 
Back to the roots by Maegondo 
Disturbing. by anarchiekueken Love in Limbo by ymefreak 
Starlight by hcms Sign of no exit by dnbly 
Mr. Dark by nilgunkara 
cetak cetik by rysander Cold Solitude by jnati 
Let Him Fly by venicequeenf This Way Up by DennisChunga 
Kiss by MdblAz87 Split second love by Noxire 
Sakura by ArgentumChloride 
bubbles bubbles by paintmewet Alizarin by blicks23 
Third lung... by thruDeye 
Esther by BunkerHarry Sophie by lalyita 
Dad's ride by Faddoush 

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If you have any questions on anything, please feel free to drop a comment down below!

Astrikos for projecteducate 
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I believe drawing skills are never innate: when someone is a natural, what they really have are remarkable observational skills and the ability to apply them – in their case, through drawing (it could just as well have been espionage ;)). Drawing skills can be cultivated by anyone able to use their minds and hands. There are basically only two approaches to do this: theory (+practice) and observation (+studies).

:bulletred: Theory is a structured, organised approach, learning from someone more experienced who's laid it all out for us in a course, book or tutorial.
:bulletred: Observation is an organic, unpredictable approach, learning directly from the real world around us and gradually deriving principles from it.

Alone, they are both incomplete; trying to work with only one of them would be like trying to walk with one foot. Studying lays down a solid foundation, which remains abstract and limited until observation brings it to life with details and real-life application – but observation needs that founding structure to make sense of itself. For instance, it is only if you know how muscles work that you'll understand why a contracted arm bulges the way it does – and you can't draw what you don't understand. It is the combination of learned theory and observed reality that favors integration, or deep learning.

An esential ingredient of this integration is practice. We all know that we remember best what involves us personally. Reading a tutorial and observing our surroundings are the passive component of the learning experience, hardly involving at all. To anchor what our mind absorbs, we must involve ourselves actively, that is, put pencil to paper. We must practice what we learned in a book until the knowledge becomes second nature and is no longer something we need to recall. As for observation, we must put it down in a study. Every great master did such studies. They didn't pull their skills from thin air, but relied on studies, or models (or studies of models) as references.

A study is simply a collection of sketches from real life. There is no rule as to how complete or detailed they should be, but it is important to know what you're after to derive real benefits from it. If you need to draw a dragon, your study may be of reptiles, the shapes of their limbs, the texture of their skin, the way they move, and may also extend, for instance, to bat wings.
Studies will help you not only in learning to draw something you have a hard time with (such as folds), but also in introducing realistic variety into your work. Aspiring fantasy or graphic novel artists pay heed! Imagination is fed by observation. The conscious mind is little more than a supercomputers, powerful but incapable of creating anything from scratch. It create by combining elements stored in memory. The more elements you feed your mind, the more creative it (and you) can be.  So if you want to draw people who don't all have the same haircut, design clothing and weapons for your characters, or not be at a loss for backgrounds all the time, you have to look, look and look, and allow the randomness of the world to surprise you (as opposed to confining yourself to a limited and compeltely predictable environment such as your household).

My role on dA has been mostly to give people theory to learn and understand (in the form of tutorials); now let me give you a method to learn from observation by doing studies. It's really an elaboration on the often-given advice "sketch from real life!" but it may be more helpful.

:pointr: It's very simple, actually. Just go to a public space (a coffeeshop is an ideal place to start) and sketch, with the following in mind:

- Pick a focus, something specific you want to learn or need references for. I'll list some suggestions below. Don't sketch anything that's not related to your focus – that's why I'm calling it a focus. Do not confuse with doodling: Sketching from life should never be random. Know what you're after or you'll get nothing out of it.

- Are you worried people will catch you staring? Good. That will force you to steal glimpses of your subjects. You will need to absorb more information in each glimpse and you wont be able to afford getting lost in details other than your focus. This is great training. Don't worry if at first it makes it difficult or the sketches don't come out right. That's what studies are for. Persevere and it will get easier. But for heaven's sake don't look self-conscious and guilty or try to hide. If you act like you're doing something wrong, people will think you are doing something wrong. Be casual. Often you can sketch someone while looking slightly to the side of them, so that if the person looks up they'll think you're staring into space (as long as you don't shift your gaze hurriedly). And if someone notices you and asks to look, don't be childish about it, just let them look. "I'm practicing" is all you need to say.

- For each focus chosen, do this regularly for a while. For instance every day, or every other day for a week or until you feel you've milked the topic.

- Resist the temptation of sketching from photos. They are flat, deceiving representations of a three-dimensional world. Always learn from the original. You can use photos as references once you are proficient enough to see the volume through the flat picture.

- Keep your studies! They are references you are compiling for yourself. Label and file them in an organiser for easy retrieval.

:pointr: Focus Suggestions:

There's no limit to what you can come up with for this. Pick a general weakness of yours that needs strengthening, or something you need for a specific project. For instance, in my work I frequently need to draw random contemporary characters, but I never know what to do for hair and fashion, so I end up relying on a limited "vocabulary" for both. I remedied this by sitting in coffeeshops and sketching, with hairdos and clothing (including colour schemes) as my focus. I'm a quick sketcher so I can easily handle both (I take colour notes and add that with markers later), but they can be done separately.
Here are things you can easily observe and sketch in a coffeeshop:

- Hairdos – good opportunity to also study hairlines, hair quality, the behaviour of dstrands of hair, etc.

- Fashion, including accessories and colours.

- Footwear – make sure to sit somewhere with a clear view on the queue, or on the street.

- Facial features – the shapes of lips, noses, eyes, the facial contour. There's no better way to realize just how varied they are.

- Profiles

- Shading – how the light falls on facial features, folds etc.

- Signs of age or youth – lines, facial proportions, clothing style and more... Once you start looking for them, you'll find more than expected.

- Folds – don't forget to note the nature of the material, as they behave quite differently!

- Posture – how people sit or stand, how they hold their hands while talking, etc. Different settings provide different stes of postures - for instance the beach is a good place to sketch reclining poses.

:pointr: Other suggestions for other settings:

- In a park: tree shapes, leaf and flower shapes, how they are grouped, colour schemes...

- At a gym: that would take more guts than I have, but it's the perfect place to study muscles at work.

- At the beach: body types, reclining postures, diversity in body proportions (made easier by the absence of clothing).

- In the city: building types, windows, street details, stone/concrete hues, textures...

- At your little cousin's birthday party: children's faces and proportions, children fashion...

If you're lucky enough to have access to a botanical garden, zoo or history museum, do yourself a favour and make an occasional trip there with a sketchbook. Botanical gardens in particular often have a diversity of miniature ecosystems, and can give you a feel of the natural environment in different parts of the globe.

And so on. These are basic suggestions, but I hope they can give a clearer direction to beginners who don't know where to start, and new ideas to the rest. I find studies addictive: they're much like collecting something, except these items are free and abundant. I also find they make me increasingly interested in what's around me, and when I'm not sketching, I'm still looking and making mental notes.

I'll end on a final piece of advice: Never expect to be spoonfed. Don't, for instance, look for someone to show you how to draw "a big guy throwing a punch in manga style". Leave that to people who are looking no further than that particular drawing and don't care that they will be dependent forever on others showing them how to do it. Instead, learn about the muscles and joints involved, observe yourself in the mirror in the desired pose, and learn what defines the manga style. Make the synthesis (combining what you know with what you see, adapting the body type and the style) yourself. You may not reach the perfect result the first time around, but what you'll have learned in the trying is something earned, that you can consequently build on. Before you know it (well, it may take a few years) you'll be the one dispensing advice and wondering how the heck you know all this. :painter:

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