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Journal Entry: Thu May 31, 2012, 9:00 PM


UPDATE: Submissions to the contest are now closed.  Watch for an announcement on the results.


The Prompt

Use an object to connect the lives of two or more otherwise unrelated characters.

:pointr: Contest Begins on June 1st, 2012.
:pointr: Contest Ends on August 1st, 2012 at 11:59pm Pacific Time

The Rules

:bulletgreen: All entries must be Literature. Prose, Poetry, and Scripts are accepted. No visual poetry; concrete is allowed.
:bulletblue: All entries must be written specifically for this contest, uploaded to dA on or after June 1st, 2012.
:bulletgreen: All entries must include a link to this contest journal in the artist's comment of the deviation.
:bulletblue: All entries must adhere to deviantART's Submissions Policy and Etiquette Policy.
:bulletblue: Anyone who is not judging may enter the contest, including DLD staff.
:bulletgreen: Correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation are required. We do not consider an intentional lack of capitals a concern so long as it is consistent throughout the piece.
:bulletblue: One entry per deviant; collaborations are not allowed.

:new: FAQs :new:
:bulletgreen: The genre does not matter, so long as the story fits the prompt.
:bulletblue: For the purpose of this contest, "object" means anything you can physically touch.
:bulletgreen: Original characters are characters you have created, unrelated to any sort of fan-fiction.
:bulletblue: You do NOT have to be a member of Daily-Lit-Deviations to submit to the contest folder.
:bulletgreen: Mature Content is allowed, as long as it has all appropriate tags attached.
:bulletgreen: If you choose to use an object such as a cigarette, your characters do not have to be connected by the exact same cigarette.

Word Limits

:bulletgreen: Prose is not to exceed 2,500 words.
:bulletblue: Poems should be no longer than 300 lines.
:bulletgreen: Scripts should be no more than 15 pages.

:pointr: Please Note: All entries should include a word count, page count, or line count in the artist's comments.

Submitting Your Entry

To submit your entry, first be certain that your artist's comment includes a link to this journal as well as the appropriate word, line, or page count. Then submit your work to the Summer Contest folder in Daily-Lit-Deviations gallery. Your work will be checked for grammar and spelling before it is admitted to the group. Pieces that do not adhere to the rules will be declined.

Remember, all entries are due by August 1st at 11:59pm Pacific Time. The gallery folder will be closed after that time.

Judging

Entries will be judged based on creativity, excellent use of language, strong characterization, and overall impact.

Your judges are: :iconliliwrites::iconthetaoofchaos::iconsilverinkblot:

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Prizes

:trophy: 1st Place :trophy:
:bulletgreen: 3-Month Premium Membership donated by GrannyJae
:bulletgreen: 500 points
:bulletgreen: 1 copy of Bluebird by Shane Mckinney (thetaoofchaos) donated by ExistenceWeSummonYou
:bulletgreen: Prose commission from blooperman12
:bulletgreen: Critique from neurotype LiliWrites, ShadowedAcolyte, and tonepainter
:bulletgreen: Feature from DailyLitDeviations, shebledgreenink, pinballwitch, Lockian, and SadisticIceCream

:trophy: 2nd Place :trophy:
:bulletgreen: 3-Month Premium Membership
:bulletgreen: 1 copy of The Cookbook by Natalie Easton (apple-dark) donated by ExistenceWeSummonYou
:bulletgreen: Poetry commission from blooperman12
:bulletgreen: Critique from LiliWrites, neurotype, and ShadowedAcolyte
:bulletgreen: Feature from DailyLitDeviations,  shebledgreenink, pinballwitch, Lockian, andSadisticIceCream

:trophy: Runner Up :trophy:
:bulletgreen: 500 Points
:bulletgreen: Critique from ShadowedAcolyte and neurotype
:bulletgreen: Feature from DailyLitDeviations,  shebledgreenink, pinballwitch, Lockian, andSadisticIceCream

:pointr: We are still collecting prizes! Points, critiques, features, commissions, etc are all gladly accepted. Please note LiliWrites if you're interested in donating a prize other than points. Points can be sent to our donation widget at the top of the DLD profile.


We look forward to your entries! If you have questions or comments, please leave them below.

Please remember to :+fav: this journal to help spread the word. Any mentions in polls or journals are also most appreciated!

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=DailyLitDeviations is hosting a new contest for the summer!

Prompt: Connect the lives of two or more otherwise unrelated people through an object.

Contest runs June 1 - August 1. Please read the article for full details. And don't forget to hit the :+fav: button!
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We're all set and done! Please allow some time for judging to be complete- a few of the judges including myself may have prior obligations.



Design Challenge


*Prizes donors needed! If you would like to donate a prize to this contest (be it llama's, watches, points, art, etc.), anything at all- no matter how small- simply leave a comment or send me a note. Donors may also enter the contest, and will be featured by myself.

Total Entries Complete: 31/141 sprinklesprankles.deviantart.c…

Hello, guys! Allow me to just jump right into things. Please make sure you read everything. If you have any questions, just ask. I recommend watching me for at least the journals, for I will be updating this frequently will prize changes, additions, etc. ^-^~

Start: July 17, 2012
End: October 31, 2012 (Extensions can be given if needed.)

Objective:

-To design a character (full-bodied, or waist-up-no portraits!) based off of this painting:
Synergy by SprinkleSprankles


Rules/Details:

-Any medium is accepted (traditional, digital, photo manip, etc.) along with any style (anime/manga, cute, animated, chibi, realism, semi-realism, etc.).
-One entry per person
-This is going to be very broad and open to your own inspiration. I only ask that you abide by these few guidelines when developing your character:
:bulletblue:Name: Synergy.
:bulletblue:Hair: Long- Plain blue, purple, OR a mixture of both purple and blue like in mine.
:bulletblue:Skin: Pale/lightly colored, OR grayish.
:bulletblue:Eyes: May be altered to fit your version. Just try to keep them a deep blue or purple color.
:bulletblue:Scenery: A background isn't a requirement, but it'd certainly add impact to the overall piece.
:bulletblue:Other important details: She MUST be wearing a face mask of sorts (cloth, gas-mask etc.- her eyes are the most important feature). However, her clothing can be whatever you want! This is part of the design challenge- to create an outfit for her as well as develop her character. I'm open to anything. Let your imagination run free! I haven't established any sort of personality, back story, power/ ability, etc., for her. Just a name and a face, so you may create some sort of depiction of your version of her if you wish. That would help~  


Prizes:

1st Place
-760:points:**: SprinkleSprankles; RavenGaarafan
-A full-sized INK Portrait sent to you
-A personal thank you letter from me to you
-A randomly chosen piece of anime merchandise (DVD, manga, keychain, etc.)+ extra goodies
-Three month feature from myself
-Animated icon: Laisana-and-Drew
-Full-body digital: NesoKaiyoH
-Llama's from: RavenGaarafan; SprinkleSprankles; BobMango4; whitestar3; Flame-Expression; TeamMinato; Sing-sei; AyaKaiya; xxXDeidaraXxx1235; KariSohma22   ; DragoRaven; Watertiger1419; PwnKage  ; LTrevill; MageofDawn; Xombie-Ate-Sensei   srdw
-Complete traditional request (with background/ up to three characters): RavenGaarafan
-Watches from: SprinkleSprankles; BobMango4; whitestar3; Sing-sei; AyaKaiya; KariSohma22; tehawsumninja   ; AmiMochi; BobMango4; DragoRaven  ; MageofDawn; srdw  
-Traditional A5 or A4 portrait sent to you: amazonitte
-.png Drawing of one of your OC's- Person or animal (Examples:fav.me/d573y90 fav.me/d55ye1u fav.me/d521m1x): Flame-Expression
-One art request: Sing-sei
-1 Digital drawing of a character/OC (painterly, or cell-shaded): PwnKage  
-Art Request: longestdistance
-1 Full-body request: witchcrystalchan
-1 Full-body request: Alonaria
-1 Colored full-body: winryie
-Simple traditional, colored piece: Sylvia-chan
-Feature by: sundayAnarchy
-Two colored chibi's: sundayAnarchy

2nd Place
-280:points:**: SprinkleSprankles; RavenGaarafan; kochmann799
-A half-sized INK Portrait sent to you
-A personal thank you letter from me to you
-One month feature from myself
-Custom icon: Laisana-and-Drew
-Llama's from: SprinkleSprankles; BobMango4; whitestar3; Flame-Expression; TeamMinato; Sing-sei; AyaKaiya; xxXDeidaraXxx1235; KariSohma22   ; DragoRaven; Watertiger1419; PwnKage  ; LTrevill; MageofDawn; Xombie-Ate-Sensei   srdw
-One character request: RavenGaarafan
-Watches from: SprinkleSprankles; whitestar3; Sing-sei; AyaKaiya; KariSohma22; tehawsumninja   ; AmiMochi; DragoRaven  ; MageofDawn; srdw  
-A5 Traditional or digital chibi (sent to you if you choose traditional): amazonitte
-One art request: Sing-sei
-1 Digital drawing of a character/OC (painterly, or cell-shaded): PwnKage  
-1 Full-body request: witchcrystalchan
-1 Full-body request: Alonaria
-1 Colored Chibi: winryie
-Simple line-art: Sylvia-chan
-One colored chibi: sundayAnarchy

:new:3rd Place
-50:points:**: Xombie-Ate-Sensei
-Llama's from: SprinkleSprankles; Flame-Expression; TeamMinato; Sing-sei; AyaKaiya; xxXDeidaraXxx1235; KariSohma22  ; DragoRaven; Watertiger1419; PwnKage   ; LTrevill; MageofDawn; Xombie-Ate-Sensei; srdw  
-Watches from: SprinkleSprankles; Sing-sei; AyaKaiya; KariSohma22; tehawsumninja; AmiMochi; DragoRaven; MageofDawn; srdw
-2 ACEO's sent to you: amazonitte
-1 ACEO sent to you: SprinkleSprankles
-One art request: Sing-sei
-1 Digital drawing of a character/OC (painterly, or cell-shaded): PwnKage  
-1 Request- No more than three characters (Ani/manga style, no mature, no muscular or old people).: Slypht
-1 Request- Full-body OC/ Character: Ashman44
-1 Full-body request: witchcrystalchan
-1 Full-body request: Alonaria
-1 Chibi sketch: winryie
-One colored chibi: sundayAnarchy

**Prize value subject to change. More prizes will be added when I think of them, or someone donates.

:bulletpurple: The deadline is bendable if those who are busy need extra time. Feel free to sign up in the meanwhile!

:bulletpurple: Not confident with your artistic ability or too busy to create something? Become a donor! Judges are filled now, but we are still accepting prize donors. Both will be featured here and in my monthly art installments (those start in August) until the contest ends, and  both may enter the competition as well.

:bulletpurple: As time passes and I feel I do not have enough entrants than I may close the competition. That is up to my own disgretion. So spread the word!

:bulletpurple: Remember, quality matters above all else. Put in some effort. Even if you don't win, you at least got in some practice, yes? :)

:bulletpurple: If you advertise this contest in any form, tell me and I shall feature you along with the donors.

:bulletpurple: When you're finished with your artwork, send it to me either in a note or a comment here.


Again, this will be continuously updated, so I recommend faving this or watching me for at least the journals. Comments, or questions? Fire away!

Entry Sign-Ups:


:iconeternajehuty::iconflairmatrix::iconsing-sei::iconheartless-me::icondiosboss::iconxdearophelia::icongreenstranger::icondnfan2016::iconsignhereplease::iconsygnallost::iconkotorikurama::icondefudefu::iconnotafulldeck::iconxooki::icondkstudios05::iconbritcandy::iconxx-ninja-pikachu-xx::iconmangaismylove::iconkidcurious::iconsolarmiko::iconjeigoway::iconrainy0406::iconstephdragonness::iconjordanspaghetti::iconbryzunovrokks::iconcocoa-swirl::iconntish1992::iconskittlez23::iconhuntererinful::iconkirajane::iconfluffluver1::iconvanilliawings::iconiamoret::iconshimminycricket::iconsouleatermakachan::icondrella-sama::icontaly5::iconhunterk::iconl-emerald::iconbad-hollow1::icontrixynetex::iconflame-expression::iconteamminato::iconizayoi1265::iconohme-notreally::iconclytemnon::iconzaziki95::iconbubblyellie::icons-lyanne::iconkiko-higurashi::iconxxpunkmuffinxx::iconchromic7sky::iconincross::iconpastelprince::icondadapan::iconogales::iconmisayuu::iconimidxnight::iconinferno0droga::iconjunweise::iconselim-c::iconstarcandy12::iconepicr::iconzeusdex::iconotakunoanna::iconfudgecakeee::icontrickstersshadow::iconkurudaraevillove::iconcupcaketm::icondarknessismyfriend::iconshonnen::icondeeve8::iconellianette::iconkaizphoenix::iconwitchcrystalchan::iconyoshibunnykawaii::iconzaksaturday2468::iconmoonlitedragonfly::iconluckyice::icondeadly-cuddles::iconswordknight131::iconpatykida::iconyekta2012::iconschnee-fee::icondevilzfemale666::iconpieseas::iconslypht::iconlonelytigeratheart::iconunohanalove::iconashman44::icontheladymoon::iconltrevill::iconnamelessobsidian22::iconshainchi::iconizadore101::iconshasmy::icongabrielleragusi::iconrainbow-fantasy::iconpaigy-loli::icontheperceptivefox::iconsuedonimm::iconheropill::icondziu09::icondonut-dragon-doeda::iconsilver-moon123::iconsuigintwo::iconfaerie-punk::iconkondouyumi-tan::iconjim-alex::iconkochmann799::iconhappyfayes::icontakoxtako::iconrenezinha::iconazelmajondrette::icontogethertoday::iconlaurzasawrus::iconmyukixchan::iconerinkerr::iconpammella::iconpanom::iconbjork-anaiiz::iconmanga-wasabi::iconsrdw::iconalesinsobrenombre::iconmaruceru::iconsundayanarchy::iconslypht::iconwinryie::iconmangascream::iconamjara::iconmissmondaymorning::iconsch-g::iconla-artista21::iconfuyusutairu::iconm3l3ctric::iconkikionai180::iconlukizaa::icon13bloodyrosesx::iconkemariel::iconbedtime143::iconrenemi::iconivan-michael::iconuramaka::iconmanz99::iconsisapuu::iconvalkyriefairy:


Current Donors:


:iconnesokaiyoh::iconlaisana-and-drew::iconravengaarafan::iconbobmango4::iconwhitestar3::iconamazonitte::iconflame-expression::iconsing-sei::iconayakaiya::iconteamminato::iconxxxdeidaraxxx1235::iconkarisohma22::icontehawsumninja::iconamimochi::icondragoraven::iconwatertiger1419::iconpwnkage::iconslypht::iconlongestdistance::iconltrevill::iconmageofdawn::iconashman44::iconwitchcrystalchan::iconxombie-ate-sensei::iconkochmann799::iconsrdw::iconalonaria::iconwinryie::iconsylvia-chan::iconsundayanarchy:


Judges:


:iconsprinklesprankles::iconlaisana-and-drew::icontehawsumninja::iconserene-simplicit::iconbobmango4::iconiamoret::iconwhitestar3:

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Found here at the Mary Sue

The mummified remains of "Princess" Ukok, as the scientists named her, was discovered nearly twenty years ago in the Altai mountain range in East-Central Asia. Kept for all that time in Novosibirsk, Russia, it was not until very recently that she's been revealed to the rest of us. But among the general wonder and fascination that always comes with finding mummified and ancient bodies, Princess Ukok has another: She's covered in remarkably preserved, completely badass tattoos.

People have been tattooing themselves and each other for almost as long as humanity has existed; it just seems embedded in human nature to adorn our bodies in one way or another, whether through cheap drugstore eyeshadow or ancient ritual inking.

From Buzzfeed:

    Princess Ukok and her warriors are believed to be members of the Pazyryk nomads who existed as early as the 5th century BC when they were described by the Greek historian Herodotus.

    Buried with Ukok, who died around the age of 25, were a meal of sheep and horse meat and six horses with bridles perhaps meant to escort her to the next world and most definitely evidence of her status in her tribe. From what knowledge has survived of Pazyryk culture, we know the tattoos were a from of identification, like a driver's license, meant to make it easier to find your family members after death.

Elena Shumakova of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography drew some beautiful reconstructions of the tattoos that cover the bodies of Princess Ukok and her warriors.











Challenge: What would princess Ukok look like alive?

This isn't a contest or anything, I just thought it might provide some inspiration if you're looking for something to draw today.
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We've reached the halfway point for entries in the Fat Female Superhero contest. I must say, I am amazed at the support and commentary for such an event. I think that most people have realised that it's not about winning a prize, but about challenging the accepted norms of the industry and creating characters that we want to see represent us.

With such a loose contest structure, accepting any strong female protagonist who defies body conventions, I'm amazed at the diversity that has sprung up in the entries. I didn't want to constrain artists and have them create something that only I define as "fat". It was up to YOU to decide what the word "fat" and "fit" mean.

And really, "fat" is such a curious, loaded word. To many, it is an insult. "You're too fat." But everyone has fat. Some have a little, some have a lot. Some peopel interpreted the "fat female superhero" as someone who is overweight or obese. Some saw her as simply someone who has fat deposits on her body that exist outside her boobs and butt. Others saw the term as a way to defy what movies and magazines constantly tell us: that any size is too much size, whether that be fat or muscle.

Our bodies are all different. Some women have layers of muscle and fat that give them a stocky build and enormous strength. Some have wirey frames and lean muscles for running and jumping. Some are supermodels with long, thin legs and large breasts. Some are tall, some are short, some are unhealthy when thin, some are healthy and fat.

This here is a showcase of all the hard work these artists have put in and a thank you to them for creating imagery that is creative, relatable and fun. I especially want to shout out to all the artists who have never tried drawing a "fat" body before and have pushed themselves out of their comfort zone. Body diversity is fun practice for art, creating unique characters in a much more interesting world. For this contest, it's not so much about technical skill as a desire to create positive change in the comics and media industry.

Don't worry, there's still a month left to go if you're interested in entering.
THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRY IS SEPTEMBER 17TH.



A Fat Female Superhero Entry by Luckysee12 Teqno Queen by j3px Billie Garcia by nonsenseadvice Absorbia by genuineitalian Angelique by Nageena
Valkyrita Colored by sadwonderland xxl by Biram-Ba Mind over Matter by kaileighblue Contest: A Fat Female Superhero by Origami-Butterfly Flight- Chubby Chibi Superhero by TameTheDragon
Super Smoke Human~! by MaeKat Aquarius by Crackinmychassis meatball head by Sprkdragon Miss Zatanna Zatara by PaperSquid :thumb315736027:
XXL by Biram-Ba Ms. Deviant by emil-bee Mana - Issue 1 hypothetical cover by DiscountBinNinja Powerhouse by pomegranateoctopus Billie The Brooklyn Blur by nonsenseadvice
The Prof., Gamma Girl and Amnimal by Grapegrandpa :thumb315800046: Psychic Curves by yumi-hikari Crash Caroline by ThereminStudio OC : Goldeneye by LadyNorthstar
GV - Tellus - Petunia Super Hero by Loverofpiggies Superhero Hypno by Sierau Mind by kaileighblue Echo by NeipyPien :thumb315973401:
Ms. Deviant EDIT by emil-bee Super feety pajama girl by RoadRage66 Spirit Sister by jdmacleod Maureen Creel, Hero by erosarts Tigerbolt by RockoTheTaco
Double Diamond by BndDigis Game On by forgotten-light Chainsaw Vigilante Poster (sorta) by arcanineryu Supergirl by whitecrestwaves Earthquake by AEIOUworks
We need more heroes! by Celyanae :thumb316382577: Siren, female superhero by NoNoS Plus size superhero by Hot-Twins Rem Cypher by GiantPanda
Heroine by pacem-in-terris Loud Mouth by darkeyblade :thumb316653531: The Scarlet Eclipse by Anoch Ada by RubyPheonix
Biohazard by VonDiezyl Fiera (superheroine contest entry) by bluemoonhippie :thumb316959107: Green lantern cabaret by Sorephene Coming To Take Back What's Hers by mortalshinobi
Katana Superhero by Talist fat heroine by mariati Plus Size Power Houses by AndyBennett Tiki Rider by cpt-plaid Ma the Biker by cpt-plaid
fat heroine by Jadzzz High Voltage by VonDiezyl Contest Entry: Lana by cassy1235 Jess-Contest Entry by MLIAxAnime Slipstream by adelruna
Butterfly Effect by VonDiezyl Lupa - Fat Superheroine Contest by yondoloki What Wonder Women really looks like by ArtisinmyHeart Catwoman and Cream by Quidfish BBW by FredStesney
fat superhero contest by gunminee Unamed Heronine codenamed Powerwoman by Omega-Prime Dark Rose by Akaszik Dryas pinup by AmethystSadachbia Cornucopia by Sunflowers-and-Fox
Ribbon- Contest Entry by unigirl-cloudghost The Forge (superheroine #2) by bluemoonhippie Ceveneth Aldran by sakoyo-squared Nayrelle by zimagzeravla
Village pest control by FoolSightBlind Vengeance Rising by TheStarlitOrangeTree Red Rocket by Kaynime Fat 'Female' SuperHero Contest: Optima Contoura by Nagi-Killermachine
:thumb318292259: Bashem by VonDiezyl Tyrranux Universe Wonder Woman by Tyrranux Electra by Anoch Warrior by Jay-R-Took
:thumb318596665: The Riveter 2 by rhg13 The Riveter by rhg13 Over The Shoulder Bow Holder by Abbyanna Phoenix by manic-medic
Neutron Star by Ray-Norr Satyra by RAMENmanga-ka Sketch-A_Day 2012 #88 by MistahPete Sketch-A_Day 2012 #96 by MistahPete Sketch-A_Day 2012 #97 by MistahPete
Sersi the Terrible - Eternals by Marker-Mistress GIANTINA THE BRAVE by DANYANTTO Female Superhero by NihoAme for the Fat Female Superhero contest by nahrain The Eight-Ball by Dr-Spy
Occult Crimson by RubyPheonix Batgirl by LineBirgitte Pistollette :Contest Entry: by Missvirginia :thumb319517217: Vortex by So-Dae
HawkGirl by TanyaMyth wonder woman by WhiteWinters Voluptuous Wonder Woman by 1977Shockwolf Princess Tutu by WhiteWinters OC: The Engineer! by pinchback
Alley, the not quite 'fat' badass by AlteredAspect Freqwave by c-compiler Awesome Girl - Contest Entry by For-Teh-Evulz Big Brown Wolf by DrChrisman big mad demoness by vladplasmes
Contest entry: Beefy by mysticalbadger Ursa Major by lettergnome Blue Lightning by PaleSpyder
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PE: Bookbinding

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 1:55 PM


This article is a short introduction to bookbinding, including information about bookbinding terms, methods, tutorials and a feature of beautiful handmade books.



:bulletblue: What is bookbinding?

We all have books at home, whether they be schoolbooks, novels, journals or sketchbooks. They might be paperbacks or hardbacks, though I'm guessing not many of you own hand-crafted books. With books being commonly used and readily available items today we forget that books are (or can be) works of art! Bookbinding is a craft especially cultivated in the Middle Ages, where books were still quite rare and expensive. The art of bookbinding has survived until today, although it is no longer necessary to bind books by hand, since we have machines that can do that for us. Nevertheless, a hand-made book is a beautiful thing, and has the special appeal of something unique.



:bulletblue: Important Terms :bulletblue:

awl:
Tool for punching holes into paper, book board, signatures etc.

bone folder:
Tool used for folding and creasing paper.

end sheet:
Sheets of paper which come between the cover and the signatureblock.

headband:
Small band of cloth at the top and bottom inside of a book's spine. Mostly used for decorative reasons.

sewing:
Process of sewing together the signatures (and the cover in some cases).

signature/section:
Group of folded sheets which together make up a complete book. A book can consist of one or more signatures.



:bulletblue: Binding/sewing techniques include: :bulletblue:

Case Binding

A type of binding used for hard-cover books. The textblock (signatures glued together) is glued to a seperate case, and the book typically has grooves along the spine. The technique requires many steps and is a time-consuming endeavor.

Cut away binding with headband by serendipity82


Coptic/Chain Stitch

Characterised by the chain of stitches that links the signatures together. The name stems from the Copts (early Christians in Egypt) who used this technique. It's popular for making journals and sketchbooks.

A5 lined purple coptic journal outside by ThePressGang-ink


Girdle Binding

A bookbinding method where the leather binding extends beyond the covers to end in a large knot, so that the book can be tucked into one's girdle (= belt). These books were worn by medieval European monks between the 13th and the 16th century.

The Girdle Book by BookArtiste


Limp Binding

A method in which the book cover consists of a flexible cloth, leather, vellum (high-quality parchment) or paper.

Leather Journal 1 by TherisFaan


Long Stitch

A technique used to sew together signature-block and cover (usually a leather cover). It is often used in combination with other stitches such as the chain stitch.

Leather Journals - the next batch by Bluelisamh




:bulletblue: Bookbinding tutorials :bulletblue:

Some great tutorials to get you started on making your own books!


Bookbinding Tutorial by JamesDarrow  Bookbinding Tutorial Pt1 by pipedreamer78  Bookbinding Tutorial Pt2 by pipedreamer78  Bookbinding Tutorial Pt3 by pipedreamer78  BOOKBINDING TUTORIAL part I by lenoki  BOOKBINDING TUTORIAL part II by lenoki  Bookbinding Tutorial by LightAesthetic  Book Binding Tutorial by keyanadrake  Rainbow Book Tutorial by Marenne  Book Binding Tutorial by Eyespiral-stock 



:bulletblue: Wonderful handmade books to have a look at: :bulletblue:


Journal Project by PaperandDust
Chameleon Diary by gildbookbinders  handmade book 25 by darkest-red 
  'Triskele Wolves' Photo album by morgenland  Chinese Style Book - Autumn Colours by Danisa-chanFolky-black by kinga76
Phoenix miniature book, OOAK by Maylar  Miniature book 21 by trixi-b 
Pocketful of Pigeons by cryslara  Spring Sky by kreativlink
Angel's flight - creative sketchbook by MyMandarinDucky  Gold Swirl Leather Journal by McGovernArts
Octavio by BCcreativity  Promise by luthien27
Crow 1 by VampireEmbrace



Thanks for reading, and have fun making your own books! :heart:





Bookbinding article written for #projecteducate's Surprise Community Week.

Information compiled from asking a book-binding friend and the tutorials featured above.
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I've added more to the bottom of this article, and I'm bumping it because I feel like it's important.
Also it's my birthday, so I do what I want. :B

This link. Right here.



Tony. Tony, Tony, Tony.

This attitude is not ok, for many reasons beside it being completely illogical.

1) You don't get to decide who is a geek or not a geek. Period. Geekdom is about acceptance, not rejection. If you're all about Not Liking Other People That Like The Stuff That You Like, you're not a geek, you're a hipster. Who found a pair of glasses.

2) You don't get to decide who is hot and who is not hot. That girl at the con with thick thighs and a little bit of muffin top? She is a perfect 10 in my book, bro. Except that women's bodies aren't up for the judging. Her attractiveness or lack therof does not define her geekiness. The same way that it does not define her social experience. Pretty girls can be socially awkward virgins who don't know how to talk to guys. Both genders can have difficulty with relationships. This percieved perpetual red-carpet treatment of human beans because they sport a rack of meatstuff on their chest is just myth. And if they do recieve different treatment, it's usually because of patriarchy, which is sexism, which is bad for us all. Like, if you see another dude insist on holding a door open for a pretty girl, or pulling out her chair, or telling her she's so pretty, you have to wonder, did she even ask for that stuff? How do you know she's not mentally begging for that creeper to get lost so she can meet up with her friends?

Which brings me into:

3) Tony, I bet you've never had your ass grabbed at a con. I bet you've never had someone stare unblinkingly at you from across the room in a way that made you really uncomfortable. I bet you've never had someone take your photograph without asking. I bet you've never had someone follow you back from the con to your hotel.

(Just to be clear, I'm not talking about specific things that have happened to me, but they are so, SO common for women at cons, and just in general)

When you see a bunch of dudes hanging around and paying attention to a pretty girl in a con, your first, very first question shouldn't be "How / why is she preying upon those poor nerdy souls" but "Does she even want that attention?" Who here is really preying upon whom? Girls are trained to smile and laugh especially when they are uncomfortable. What you may observe from your male perspective as a girl lounging in tons of hormonal nerdy attention may actually be a girl who wants to be entirely left alone, but can't get away from dudes who feel entitled to her conversation and her body.

You talk about "giving them the time of day" whether they're at the con or not. Sometimes there's a reason why. If you creep on a girl at a con, she may think you're ok to talk to about fandom, since you're a geek too, but she's not really into dating you. She's not leading you on, she's not a cold-hearted bitch who enjoys strumming the tightly-tuned heartstrings of men, she's just there for the comics. Not a date. If you creep on a girl outside of a con, and she's not wearing a costume as a conversation icebreaker? She is probably thinking Is this creepy dude with a long, greasy ponytail in a black trenchcoat going to rape me? I kid you not, Tony. I kid you not.

And here's the thing about women at cons and woman at... life. If one dude tries to creep on her in his long ponytail and black trenchcoat, she may (for safety's sake, not out of malice) assume that all dudes in ponytails and trenchcoats are creepy quasi-rapists who breathe heavily and buy her "gifts" with the expectation of sex in return. You know, and I know that not all dudes are like that. That pretty much goes without saying. But bad experiences have a way of shaping a person's behaviour in the future. They want to protect themselves from future harassment, potential stalking and general Bad Mojo. So they snub strange dudes that they don't know. They avoid them. Because rapists don't announce themselves when they walk onto a con floor with a giant "I'M A RAPIST PLEASE AVOID ME" sign over their chest. It would be really helpful if they did.

So for safety's sake, some women choose to only hang around their girlfriends, or group of friends they came with. Because those friends are safe. They still dress up in the costumes that make them feel attractive and geeky and awesome, but they choose not to spend their time with unfamiliar dudes who are trying to find their girlfriend at a con. And Tony, that's ok. It's ok for girls to dress in a sexy manner and not want to interact with you, or to interact with you but not want to date you. Because women are people. They want to feel good about themselves and not feel like the owe everyone in the world a favour.

4) Now, I get what you're saying about sexism in the geek industry. Sex sells. Games and comics have lots of sexy female characters that women cosplay. And there are sexy ladies dressed up at gaming and comic conventions whose sole purpose is to prey on the budding sexuality of male geeks and who are only interested in taking their hard-earned pocket money. You know what they are called? Booth babes.

These are ladies who are hired by YOU, the industry, to sell a product. Are they fake geeks? Only so much as they are a product that you have created and you are selling. In this real-world economy, these ladies need a job, and industry booths hire them to stand pretty, take pictures and take young geek money. They are not there for personal satisfaction or to up their "geek/hot girl" cred. They are there to work, at a booth, just like you. If you want to deal with sexism in the industry and scantily clad women running around convention centres, you should really take a look at your own industry practices before you condemn female fans who are trying to emulate the characters that they love.

5) And lastly, that brings me back to the relevance of the long-running superheroine contest. If you SO abhor seeing fat girls in skimpy clothing, maybe you and your comic book pals could design a character or two that doesn't have gravity-defying ta-tas and an impossible self-supporting mobius-strip costume now and then.

Now, can we please stop hating on girl geeks and play nice?

EDIT: If this is not an issue about sexism, please, please point me to where folks in general are trying to stake out "fake geek" men. Men who play video games to garner attention, men who know nothing about comic book characters, but buy figurines because they "look cool". Men who cosplay their sexy, sexy body in a "sexified" version of a popular character, but are only in it for all that girl geek fawning. Do we quiz them on canon and origin stories? Do we look at those dudes who are just a little too attractive to be there and question their motives? Oh? A cute boy walked into a comic shop with his oxford shoes and buddy holly glasses? I bet he's not a "real" geek, I bet he's just a poser doing it because it's cool.

Because as a woman, you are constantly put on the defensive of your "geek cred". You are asked to prove yoruself to the gatekeepers of geekdom that you are, in fact, a legit geek. And god forbid you don't pass their internal test of what makes a geek. You read Elfquest but not Superman? Not a Real Geek(TM). You play RPGs but not FPS? Not a Real Geek(TM). Men are not questioned by the Geek Authority upon entering a sacred space like a comic book store or a gaming lounge. Men are assumed to be geeks first and foremost simply for being there. Women are assumed to be... evil? I dunno. I haven't quite figured out why we're in geek spaces in men's minds if we're not geeks.

Women should not have to prove themselves to be geeks, just to please the minds of people like Tony who is Totally Not Sexist and Kindly Differentiates Between Real Geek Girls and GurlGeeks. If they say they are geeks, they are geeks. If they only read a few comic books or dabble casually into gaming, but aren't really into tabletop stuff? Still geeks. Just like guys are still geeks even though they have differing tastes in geekdom. Movies, Cosplay, Games, Comics, Novels, Shows, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, the world of geekdom is HUGE. We're all a part of it in some way. Because it's fun to be a geek. It's fun to share your knowledge with someone who doesn't know about what you love.

And girl geeks are SO GOOD at getting new people into fandom. You walk up to somebody's tumblr and are all "who is this hot duder in a scarf" and she's all "LET ME ASPERGERS YOU ABOUT SHERLOCK FOR AN HOUR AND SHOW YOU THESE GIFS" And that's how it should be. About sharing, promoting, loving what we love. Not forming some kind of hipster pit where the coolest person doesn't have any friends and damn well makes sure no one likes the obscure stuff they like because underground and stuff.

If you see a cosplayer at a con who is new to fandom, new to geekdom, or casually putting their toes into this space by wearing a costume, you have two options:

1) Leave them alone because maybe they want to be alone

2) Offer to teach them new stuff to make them a better geek. Teaching is fun. learning is fun. Making friends is fun.

Two other good responses to the subject: fav.me/d5l2ft0 thanley.wordpress.com/2012/11/…

EDIT 2: Friends, your misogyny is showing. You might wanna zip that up.

This slut-shaming stuff has to stop.

"I'm ok with cosplayers but not the slutty ones, we all know who THEY are" is some real sexist, woman-shaming crap on a stick. You do not define what is "slutty" and what is "not slutty". Especially when you do not hold men up to the same standards that you hold women.


Many people have seen a Fat Hulk in their con-going days.

Fat Hulks aren't questioned about their body. "Ew, you're not ripped like the hulk, cosplay to your body type! You've killed my attraction to the character!"
Fat Hulks aren't assumed to be "slutty" for wearing literally only ripped pants. "Wow, dude, put a shirt on. All the women are staring at you."
Fat Hulks aren't questioned on their knowledge of Hulk Backstory. "Yeah? What do you know about the Hulk? I bet you just picked the Hulk because he has a skimpy costume and you could show of your semi-hot body!"
Fat Hulk costumes aren't seen as "cheap" even though the costume is only ripped pants and green paint. "Oh, anyone could throw that together the night before. You put no EFFORT into it! You're clearly only here to attract Hulk fans and doing it for the attention!"
Fat Hulks aren't compared to better hulks. "Yo, dude, the Hulk over there is WAY more ripped, you may wanna stand back a bit"
Fat Hulks don't have pictures of their ass or up-shorts surreptitiously taken of them without permission "Well, if you're gonna walk around with no shirt on, people are gonna notice and take you picture. If you don't want people to take your photo in a public space, don't go out like that. Wear something less revealing." (www.xojane.com/issues/cosplay-…

In short, stop policing women.
Stop holding them to any sort of "nerd standard" I don't care if she doesn't know anything about comics and blindly wandered into a comic con thinking it was a shoe store. You are not allowed to judge her presence there.
Stop deciding what is "too little" for them to wear. It's none of your business what she does with her body.
Stop deciding what is "too much attention" being paid to her. Don't like her attitude or her thoughts? Don't hang out with her. Just leave. Don't be so passive-agressive and internetty about it. If you have a real problem with someone's behaviour, such as them physically touching you or hitting on you and making you uncomfortable, pull them aside and have a grown-up conversation with them.

Magic Words: "Hey, I pulled you aside to talk to you. See, I know we're all here to have fun, but you joke a lot about sexy stuff around me, and sometimes you grab me into these random hugs and it kinda makes me uncomfortable. Could you please tone it down around me? I just really don't like flirty, sexy stuff and I don't like to be touched without asking my permission first. I'm not trying to ruin your experience, I just want us both to have a good time at the con. Thanks for listening."

Most people will listen when you ask them to respect your personal boundaries. Running to facebook and whinning about those slutty sluts and their dirty slutness is just so counter-productive.
If that cosplayer is getting all friendly with someone else and that someone else is enjoying it? None of your business. None. Go read a webcomic and let them have fun in the way they want to have fun. You are not the slut-police.

Read more here: thestray.tumblr.com/post/35819…
What is Slut Shaming? finallyfeminism101.wordpress.c…
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PAINT MY OC contest

Fri Jul 13, 2012, 11:57 AM

And the contest is finally open. This is the second contest hosted by us and this time the theme of the contest is about our original characters. This contest is for digital and traditional art only. At the end 6 WINNERS will be selected who'll get a lot of great prizes. For more info read the rest of the article. And please add this journal to your favorites, so more people will be informed about this contest. Thank you.

P.S. At the end we'll randomly select 10 people who faved this journal and they'll get a huge feature in our journal. And one lucky person will even get points (400 :points:). Good luck to all participants.


Prizes


Here's a list of the prizes the winners will get at the end of the contest. There will be 6 WINNERS, that means that there will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each category. We listed the prizes only once, because winners of the first category will get exactly the same prizes as winners of the second category (if it says that winner of 1st place will get 1000 points, then 1st winner of the second category will get 1000 points also). Prizes for each place are listed below. And the prize list may change during the contest if we get more donors. If you want to donate something then scroll down a little and read "Special donors & donating" section. :new: UPDATE (16 August 2012): Read in comments

First place




Third place


Second place




First category


In this category you can draw or paint any of our characters in any way you want and with any style you want. For example, I drew the image on the left with anime style, but that doesn't mean that you have to draw characters only with that style… you can draw even realistic if you prefer to. Really any style you want.

You can find more info about the characters under the drawings, so you can better imagine what to draw. On a few drawings I drew more characters (like this drawing on the left), but you can draw only one if you want. But if you want to draw more characters than just one is fine as well. You can be creative as much as you want… you can even mix more characters together and put them in one piece (drawing/painting) from other drawings which you can find in the folder below.

So, use your imagination as much as you can and create pieces with our original characters. Rules are pretty simple. As you know, this contest is for digital and traditional art, so paint or draw using these mediums. It's also allowed to mix both mediums.

The rest of the rules you can read below under "Rules" section. You can find all the characters in the folder below (click the button). Good luck.


characters

Second category


(you're only allowed to do that with the first lineart because it doesn't have a background), they must be the same as here. You can choose just one lineart to color...which you more prefer.

If you don't want the lineart to look so black you may paint over it or change its color, so it will be less visible. The rest of the rules you can read under "Rules" section.

If you decided to participate in the second category you can download images and PSD files by clicking the button below. Good luck.

These three linearts above belongs to the second category of this contest. Under first category you choose character and you draw it all by yourself, but under second category you'll need to color one of these linearts. First image (left one) as you can see has only a character on it… without background. Well, at this lineart you can use more imagination and paint the background as you want. If you like you can change formats too (from portrait to landscape or square)… but remember, you MUSTN'T crop the character. It must stay whole as you can see it here.

Other two linearts (middle and right) you can just paint any way you want (but linearts must be the same). And you can paint any of these 3 linearts with any color palette you want. These two linearts you MUSTN'T crop or change formats


Judges


Here is the list of judges who will select 10 semi-finalists from each category after the end of the contest. Finally, from those semi-finalists we'll select 6 winning pieces. At the end the winners will be notified and they'll get their prizes. We will update this journal when semi-finalists and finalists are selected. It may take some time for the judges to come to a decision.
:iconviccolatte: :iconphoenixleo: :iconshingorengeki: :iconmalknox: :iconathenatt: :iconmartanael: :iconexillior: :iconmemod:


Rules


    • If you donate you can participate in the contest also.

    • You may submit more than one entry.

    • You may participate in both categories (note: you may win only in one category).

    • Anyone can participate.

    • Only individuals may enter this contest – no collaborations – to avoid problems with splitting up the prizes.

    Entries will be judged on creativity, overall impact, concept, execution… Images posted after the deadline won't compete in the contest. Under these buttons below you can see contest entries for each category. Good luck to all.


  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (UTC/GMT) on 21 October, 2012.
  • Entries for this contest must be painted or drawn with digital and/or traditional medium.
  • If you want to paint linearts traditionally, then you can print out the lineart/drawing and then you can finish it with traditional mediums.
  • When you finish the drawing send us a note with a thumb or link to your entry.
  • In artist's comments write that you created your entry for this contest, you can even write which character you drew on the drawing (you even have my permission to add the character's description if you want). If you painted lineart, then add link to the lineart also.
  • On linearts DO NOT remove my signature, because it's still my art and my characters. But you can add your signature on the image if you want.
  • We won't accept art with mature content, nudity, gore…



Special donors & donating


Here below are the icons of special donors who donated 100 or more points for this contest (anyone who donated or will donate 100 or more points, will be mentioned in this section with other special donors. Read below for other things that donors can get.). And if you donate prizes you CAN participate in the contest also.
:iconyephire: :iconlozab: :iconfionacanajart: :iconashesonfire: :icondarkmorgainelefay: :iconandorien: :iconaltonaix: :iconahkward: :iconitstrueistalkyou: :iconmirriluna: :icontriinerg: :icon4dni: :iconathenatt: :icondreamorchid78: :iconsnowienight: :iconcetriya: :iconcolonelyeo: :iconmirukawa: :icondivineimmortality: :iconkagay: :iconmadame-rien: :iconstrawberryveins: :iconh-leao: :icondreamael:

If you want to donate points (you can donate to the donation poll on our profile page and in our journal on the right side), memberships, commissions, llamas, features… anything, just write a comment in this journal or send us a note and we will add you to the prize list. ALL donors will get journal feature (button bellow), llamas… and if you donate 100 or more points you will even get a watch. All donations are appreciated, even if it's only a few points or a llama. Thank you.  

P.S. When you donate prizes please write for which places you would like to donate. We will have 6 winners, so there will be TWICE 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. So if you would like to donate 50 points, for 1st places, for example, then I will split them in half for both first place winners. So they will get 25 points each (from 50 points) because prizes which I listed above are already split in half, so winners of both categories will get exactly the same prizes that I've written above.



Credits


Skin design: tincek-marincek
Coding: weida34
Background texture: Tilable metal textures by WebTreats
Slanted lines pattern: Micro Patterns by basstar



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Hello, deviants!

In the last couple of weeks, we've been rolling out changes to the journal system, and with the introduction of the Journal Portal, your journals now have the potential to be showcased in the Footer of deviantART or in the Popular section of the Portal –- something that could draw tons more eyes to your work!

So, how do you make a journal that’s worth sharing? Even if reaching a wider audience isn't your goal, these tips will help you get better feedback and spark more conversation, which is one of the best things about our vibrant community.

megturney's Top 7 Tips for Enhancing the Quality of Journals:


#1. Write what you’re passionate about

Love black and white photography? Let’s talk it! Do you have a deep philosophical discussion you're itching to bring out to the world? Fluffy and serious blogs alike, the most important part of any journal entry is showing your audience you're passionate about the subject matter. It encourages readers to come back! Merlin Mann, a popular blogger and independent writer states, "A blog shows me where someone's attention tends to go. Then, on some level, they encourage me to follow the evolution of their interest through a day or a year." Community is about bringing kindred spirits together over a common passion, and how cool would it be if your blog is that unifier?!  As long as you're talking about and sharing what you love, people will want to read what you write!


#2. Show and tell

This is deviantART! We have tons and tons of amazing artists all in one place, so spice up your journals with art! Love comics? You could really spice up your journal entry about Wolverine by adding some great pieces of art, like this:

Wolverine by UMINGA   Wolverine by caiocacau   Wolverine by Fikkoro

This is deviantART! You have an almost infinite supply of images to make your journal beautified! For example, take this recent journal by behindinfinity. The photos throughout the post (and his fantastic story-telling!) keep you hooked the entire entry. Whether sprucing up your words with imagery or explicitly sharing your curations with others, you could turn your journal into a one-stop shop for the very best of what deviantART has to offer!

j-b0x's Toys in the Making is a quick, yet beautiful, example of one deviant's recent projects.

KatieAlves's Nyan Cat Make-up Tutorial does a fantastic job of both showing and telling, in her colorful and informative journal entry.


#3. Great titles make a world of difference

Having a great title is a simple way to grab readers' attention from the start. Let's say, for example, I want to rant about Van Gogh. Instead of titling my piece “Van Gogh,” I might try something provocative, like “Starry Night Sucks and Here's Why.” Now, that's a journal I wouldn't be able to pass up reading, even if it's just to see what the author has to say. Whether I agree with the sentiment or not, it's sure to be a great conversation starter.

Not all titles have to be controversial. For instance, Quick Tips: On Referencing Anatomy by squeedgemonster  cuts right to the heart of the journal's content and makes me more likely to :+fav:, as it obviously features helpful content.


#4. Ask questions

Asking your readers for their opinion encourages intelligent conversation on the topic. In the Van Gogh rant example, if my journal is just about how much I hate Van Gogh for paragraphs on end, I might only get a few comments -- most of which will probably just be "I think you’re crazy" or "Van Gogh RULES!"

However, say I rant about Van Gogh and then ask, "What do you think? Do you think his works are over-hyped? Has his time passed?" The comments here are bound to be more thought-out and interesting to read and respond to. For example, a recent #hq journal has over 13,000 comments. But the number isn't the focus here; it’s the comment quality. The piece asked five open-ended questions of the reader, and a quick glance at the comments reveals that nearly everyone replied with something thoughtful and intelligent.
At the end of humon's journal, Lifestyle or action?, she asks readers questions based on the information presented.  As you can see from the explosive response, people were happy to share their opinions.


#5. Complete that thought

It's easy to get caught-up in the flow of writing and forget to make one clear, solid statement.  Would what you’re writing change the way your reader thinks about an issue? Spur an idea? Be worth emailing to a coworker? If not, you’ve got work to do.  (Source: CMI)


#6. Make it personal

Have you published your own comic or exhibited your artwork in a gallery? Relating personal experiences can be a powerful way to connect to fellow deviants. Plus, sharing lessons you've learned the hard way can help younger artists solve problems they may be having.


#7. Pay it forward

If you see a journal doing these very things -- provoking your thoughts or  inciting interesting conversations -- show your appreciation! Fave (:+fav:) the journal, respond to a comment, respond to people who respond to you! Check their galleries, +watch them, comment on their thought-provoking journals. It's the circle of life!

These are just a few ideas to take your journals to the next level. Journals that hit these bullet points are more likely to be well-received, may garner further views, and provide interesting reading material for all.  Win, win!

Not every journal you write needs to be all-encompassing and thought provoking; it's fun to share what you did at school today too!  But when you're ready to have your message heard, the above tips will surely help you garner the best possible audience and response.  With that in mind...

What are some things you like to keep in mind when writing a journal on deviantART?

Have you found anything that's particularly useful or something that should be avoided?


Share your thoughts in the comments below!  (See what I did there?)  And if you find yourself inclined to write a noteworthy journal, let us know.  You may see it featured somewhere... :shh:

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megturney


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Announcing The First Lit-Visual Alliance CONTEST!

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 31, 2012, 8:57 PM


Announcing the first contest for the 

:iconlit-visual-alliance:

What is the Alliance, you ask?

The Alliance is a project group intended to encourage visual and literary artists to work together. I've felt for some time that the dA Literature Community can at times be somewhat insular - to its detriment. We in the Lit Community are also sometimes prone to griping about the lack of exposure our work receives when compared to that of visual artists. 

So. In the spirit of thorns brilliant Complaint Challenge I would try to do something about that. And so :iconlit-visual-alliance: was born. 

As often as I hear literary artists complaining about lack of exposure, I hear visual artists complaining of a lack of inspiration and motivation to create art. And that, I must say, is simply nonsense. There is a massive amount of inspiration to be found on dA - and it's called the Lit Community. 

Lit-Visual-Alliance aims to bring together literary and visual artists, to encourage visual artists to create artwork based on literature pieces, and literary artists to create literature based upon visual art pieces. 

Anyone who wishes to submit to our group is welcome, and we have folders for anyone who would like people to draw their literature, or write about their visual art. We also have folders for exceptionally inspiring literature and visual art, filled with art guaranteed to inspire!

The most important folder is the Featured folder, which will contain artwork created by visual artists based upon literature, and vice-versa, of course! :la:

To kick things off, and get you lovely deviants creating artwork inspired by others, we'd like to announce our very first :iconlit-visual-alliance: CONTEST!

To enter the contest all you need do, if a visual artist, is to create a piece of artwork based on a piece of literature on dA. If you are a literary artist, all you need do is create a literature piece based upon a visual artwork on dA. Then kindly submit it to our Contest Folder. Although our Featured folder is happy to accept old deviations, to qualify for our contest, your deviation must be new. Come on guys, show us what you can do! To give you some inspiration, I'd like to show you some of the amazing artwork submitted to our "Exceptionally Inspiring" folders over the past weeks. Just to make it clear, these examples are just examples. You are free to use any artwork on dA! Multiple entries allowed encouraged. :D

Of treesDeep ghost-groves of freckled aspen
burn white beneath the winter sun,
whisper hoary adulation,
canticles for the Holy One.
And in the trees, the spirits dance
betwixt the motes of starry snow
illuminated by the lance
of lightning flash and candle glow.
All lights within this place combine,
reflect in splendour, white on white,
and mingle in a trance sublime
that breathes in peace through winter night.
The lofty heads of stately pine
rear up and brush the lowered sky
as if they could, by straightened spine,
so please the God who built them high.
Their incense needles, fragrant, fall
in silence to the chapel floor
and still above, they shade the hall
where ghosts who come by night adore.
Black on black, and brown by green,
create a hush bereft of light
where one may linger safe, unseen,
and sleep in peace through winter night.
strangeryou came clinging to the grace of a summer storm's
underbreath, came cold hands and tired eyes
and a bruised lip i'd longed to kiss
when you stumbled on night listing
too far to the left
cross my thistledown garden by old dusks
that wilt between, i'll keep my door open:
your lady in sepia doesn't live here, only
the ghosts and i -- and Grandmother,
in the far-between wanders when she can
remember --
but i've a place where you can
lay your wayworn bones to dry, and
if morning should come calling, i'll not
tell her where you sleep.
and stayed awhile.
  A Textual AnnealingA thousand thousand generations
misinterpreting the lightning,
A tumult of attempts, many
mumblings while we burn - each time
most is lost, some survives.
At the whistle of illusion that awakens,
day drops dream on me. I am
thick with swerve: If there are giants
there is a world they walk on.

And for the final faith
to be an inversion: We are
the electricity lunging toward the sky.
 :thumb277325397: Of Earth and Fire by MotleyDreams  Delirium Sings a Song for MeYesterday I was a little girl
with blueberry stains on my fingers.
But today—I am
simply mad,
a Baba Yaga in the woods,
standing tall on knobbly chicken legs,
making stews of children's hearts.
Beware the magic-weavers in the dark.
But I must be a siren, too—
with salt on my lips and flowers in my hair,
but with eyes black, black as crows.
Beware our sing-songs, little one.
Surely I am a cello.
Play me like an instrument—
my body is no longer me.
Strip me down to my bare bones and tell me,
what am I?
I have a face but no substance beneath.
That drumming you hear in my naked ribcage
can only be the sea.
I have no identity.
I am a creature of the air,
rash and whimsy,
distant, intimate—
ancient.
My mind is the green-purple gray
of the nights before stars.
My heart grows cold, my heart grows cold.
Already old, already old.
A mad girl's mind is awful drear,
and I've got fishes in my hair,
yes, I've got fishes in my hair.
Won't you take my hand, Alice dear.
We are nearly
   Transient?Transient?
Do you sing upon the dunes,
   my desert angel,
beneath the black moon
   and brilliant stars?
Do you dance across the sands,
   my shining spirit,
between the smooth earth
   and the infinite sky?
Do you dream of distant worlds,
   my graceful lover,
here beside the gleaming water
   and me?
Will you wake to the faraway call,
   my starry traveler,
here in my planet-bound home
   and go?
Vorübergehend?
Singen Sie auf den Dünen,
   mein Ödlanderengel,
unter dem schwarzen Mond
   und den leuchtenden Sternen?
Tanzen Sie über die Sande,
   mein glänzender Geist,
zwischen dem glatten Boden
   und dem endlosen Himmel?
Träumen Sie von dem entfernten Welten,
   mein anmutigen Lieber,
neben dem glänzenden Wasser
   und mir?
Wecken Sie zum weiter Anruf,
   mein Sternreisender,
von mein hausfesthalten Planet
   und abreisen?
 :thumb277651414:  

 Beautiful Corruption by AkubakaArts Regnum Plantae by cathyrox bubble by skylite-compass Reaching Out to Anyone by Gi-sa95 The Maze by Themaze Cria cuervos y te sacaran los by Italia-Ruotolo-Art Fairy is prisoner by Fantasy-fairy-angel Mike Davis - bloodletting by impureacts Achieving the shadow of love by Ameliethe The Wrong Destiny by Xaomi Daybreak by patriciabrennan Vials of Life by aRchAng3lZz Mythical Dreams by MotleyDreams Lavender and Shells by JenniferHealy Transmissions in Bloom by Cnids Farewell by AllaD8 A magical break by Bestarns Pencil Vs Camera - 57 by BenHeine The woodland prison by KatrinaCorrigan Awakening Giants by KristinaGehrmann d e s o l a t i o n by the-view-to-a-kill meeting by KalaNemi :thumb251153526: 


And now for the prizes!

1st Place will receive 300 :points: + a one-shot from :iconwithinmeloveresides1:
2nd Place will receive 200 :points: + a one-shot from :iconwithinmeloveresides1:
3rd place will receive 100 :points: + a one-shot from :iconwithinmeloveresides1:

All three winners will also receive a prize package from AnotherContestGroup courtesy of MeganLawler94, features from the group, as well as LadyofGaerdon and AzeeraTheNinja

Judging will be conducted by the admin of :iconlit-visual-alliance: Judging criteria will be, in order:
:bulletgreen: How well the deviation uses the source inspiration
:bulletgreen: Impact
:bulletgreen: Quality
:bulletgreen: Creativity

The deadline is  April 25th.

Please include our group icon in your artist comments. Thanks!

And now, to give you an example of what we'd like you to do, I'd like to present our first monthly feature! Beginning with my two very favorite submissions to the Featured Folder this month (I just couldn't choose between them!)

Stolen KissThey imprisoned her for her father's vocal arguments that android's do have souls, since he was out of reach. "Blasphemy must be punished," said the clergyman to the sounds of a slamming door and clacking lock.
Today, they mockingly toss David's broken body into her prison with her. She circles him inspecting the damage, and looking for a flicker of life. "If the spark is not yet fled...", she thinks to herself. The club that they struck him with when he leapt to her defense had separated the top of his head. David's empty, staring eyes, the clear separation of his spine somewhere internally and the gradual ooze of his hydraulic blood leaves little hope, but she completes her inspection while she fights back the tears. "There's no sign of life at all."
She draws the death art to send his soul onward with the only ink she has in her cell, the fluid slowly seeping from his wounds. She begins with the flowers that David had tended outside her father's mansion. As she draws each one, it co
based on Stolen Kiss by Zelkats 
I love how Synnic took the tiny glimpse that Zelkats gave us into that world, and expanded it so vividly. Well done! :clap:

Robin Red-Breast, the Devil and MeRobin red-breast
sold his soul for a song,
cast a bundle of his scarlet feathers
on the forest floor.
The Devil stole the whole forest-full of birdsongs,
dressed them up with a bit of glitter
and holds them crumpled in his fists—
hostages for weary souls.
In a forest of silent throats
Robin red-breast sings with downcast eyes.
And I—
landspirit, windspirit am I—
running twig fingers through hair
red as fire,
I'll make ribbons of rose petals,
catch the clouds in a bucket
and make room for Robin red-breast
              to nest in my branches.
I'll cut up the Devil
and I'll cut him up again,
release the wickedness
like cracking hazelnut shells,
burn up song-souls—
primroses and plague victims—
and scatter their ashes in the mountains
so their owners can find them again.
Lo—
the little red-breasted devil carries them to market
          
based on burn our souls, release the wicked II by TheNightSheDied

I love how AzizrianDaoXrak has really taken the imagery in the photo by TheNightSheDied and managed to make it her own, while still preserving the flavor of the original piece. Great job! :clap:

We've had so many wonderful submissions to our Featured Folder, in just these three weeks since the group was founded. Please check them out!

:thumb272457029: based on Beautiful Thieves by AkubakaArts




the color eater: a haiga by deinktvis based on :The_Color_Eater by magbhitu

the passage: a haiga by deinktvis based on The Passage by magbhitu



Thank you so much for reading! We'd be thrilled if you'd come look around at :iconlit-visual-alliance: and perhaps join us. If you have questions, about the contest, the group, anything at all, please ask! Thanks!

The :iconlit-visual-alliance: team:  :iconladyofgaerdon: :iconevlydia: :iconmeganlawler94: :iconazizriandaoxrak: :iconquiestinliteris: :iconvigilo:


The following people have provided prizes for the contest:

:iconthorns: - 300 :points:

:iconladyofgaerdon: - 115 :points:

:iconmotleydreams: - 100 :points:

:iconmeganlawler94: - 85 :points:

The following people will provide Features:

:iconazeeratheninja:

:iconladyofgaerdon:

Thanks so much! If you'd like to donate a prize, it's not too late!

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank deinktvis for sending out affiliations for us! Thanks a lot! And also to withinmeloveresides1 for sending out invitations. Thank you so much!  


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