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Rats are very fascinating little creatures. They have small hands like humans, minus the thumbs. They are intelligent and social, and each rat has a unique personality. They can also easily stand on their hind legs, making them an easy transition to an anthropomorphic form for stories and art.

Unfortunately, though, they are damn difficult to draw, and there are precious few resources for those wishing to delve into their anatomical structure (certainly me included). So I will be collecting references, both photos and drawings, that I think might be helpful to someone looking to draw my charming friend Rattus norvegicus (and perhaps some of his closest family members). I will probably add to this from time to time as I find new resources, so please feel free to suggest things that you think might be useful!

Scans from "An Illustrated Dissection Guide to the Rat," by Allen Kurta
Lineart only, these are not gory
Rat Skeleton:…
Rat Muscles, Ventral View:…
Rat Muscles, Lateral View:…
Rat Muscles, Shoulder:…

Rat Musculature Sketches, from
Linked from tumblr, suggested by kaijae

Rat Skeletal Drawing
Suggested by kaijae…

3D Rat Anatomy Model
Unfortunately, the download model is expensive, but the sample images are still well worth a look
Suggested by kaijae and Duzloo…,

Rat X-ray GIF
Suggested by LannVouivre…

DA Artists with Rat Stock Photos for Reference
Suggestions by DawnFrost and myself
Her rat gallery is here:…
No dedicated rat section, just browse her gallery

Rat feet by phantompanther-stock
Reference - Rat Feet 01 by phantompanther-stock

Rat Drawing Guide by Deskleaves
Drawing rats by Deskleaves

Rat Tutorial by NezuPanda
Rat Tutorial by NezuPanda

Drawing Rats: Some pointers by Deskleaves
Drawing Rats: some pointers by Deskleaves

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Ranger Activity: DA Ranger Logo Contest! [ART]

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 11, 2013, 2:06 AM

superhero weekly feature themeContest  ended.

:bulletred: Entries:
:iconmushyeyeballs: - Risembool Rangers Logo Contest Entry by MushyEyeballs
:iconkitsuneray: - risembool rangers logo contest entry by kitsuneray
:icontheblazingartist: - DeviantArt Rangers Logo Contest Entry by TheBlazingArtist
:iconvanillagirl6: - :thumb425012461:
:iconasel1: - DA Rangers: Logo entry by asel1
:iconmickeyelric11: - DA Risembool Rangers Contest Entry: Vic, The Voice by mickeyelric11
:iconparadiss2009: - DA logo by Paradiss2009
:iconmistylovesrocklee: - Risembool DA Rangers Logo by mistylovesrocklee
:icongummigator: - Risembool Rangers icon by gummigator

Hey all you Rangers, time for another Contest. ^^

Some of you members who've been around for a while might remember the first contest we ever had.  It was a contest to create a Logo here for the DeviantART Rangers.
You can still see the winner if you press my admin user and return to the original page, our Admin Kristy was the first ever to win a contest here at the DA Rangers.  =)  

We thought it'd be fun to re-visit that contest after the years. (Wow, now I feel old. lol)  I hope you all have fun.  It'd be wonderful if a lot of you Rangers contributed to this, cause it'd be great to see the many creative ways you all come up with a logo.  Have fun! :la:

This is an Art Contest.

There's only one category for this contest, so both traditional and digital art are in the same category!

:star: :star: :bulletred: Contest Info: :star: :star:
The theme for this contest is, "DeviantART Risembool Rangers" draw and design a logo for the DeviantART Risembool Rangers!  It should involve some of Vic's characters in some way, or even Vic himself too if you wanna Anime-tize him. :giggle:
Be really creative with your entries, we'd love to see what you all come up with!

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:bulletred: Rules:
:bulletred: Must be fitting to the Theme.
:bulletred: No tracing or copying of official art.
:bulletred: No yaoi or yuri.
:bulletred: No hentai.
:bulletred: Must be drawn after Contest opens.

:bulletred: Deadline:
January 15th.

:bulletred: How will we pick who wins?
Contest decided by member vote.

:bulletred: How do I enter?
Post your contest entry as a url in the comments here and specify for what category.

:bulletred: Regarding Polls:
-Contests are decided by member vote.
-There are no campaigning for votes allowed in any contest.
-The Deadlines for contests are both a deadline as well as the date that the polls go up, give or take a few minutes.  Midnight, right when the clock turns to the new day, is when the polls go up for each contest so please be sure your entries are up by then. (Central Time, USA)
-If there is a deadline conflicting with another contest, the polls may be delayed until the first contest that was put up ends.

:bulletred: Prizes:
If anyone would like to offer a Donation Prize let us know! :la:

:star: :star: :bulletred: 1st Place: :star: :star:
:bulletred: A year-long feature!
:bulletred: A drawing by: :iconwindrider01: one of our AWESOME Prize Artists!
:bulletred: A drawing by: :iconblackhayate02:
:bulletred: A drawing by: :iconyugi-dan-yami:
:bulletred: A drawing by: :icontessa95:
:bulletred: A drawing by: :iconcinderella-hime: and a month premium membership.
:bulletred: A drawing by: :icongreenandnavybluerae:
The logo will be featured on the Ranger Yammer Page! ( Yammer link:… )

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Ranger Activity: Broken Contest [COSPLAY]

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 24, 2013, 8:38 PM

superhero weekly feature themeContest ended.

Haha!  Bet you Cosplayers thought we forgot about you!  :giggle:

:star: Entries:
:iconr-spanner: -
:iconcosplay-pics-account: - Broken - The Weight on my Shoulders by Cosplay-Pics-Account
:iconlostdreamz82: - The Mage's breaking point by Lostdreamz82
:iconawffulwafflez: - B  R  O  K  E  N by AwffulWafflez
:iconfullmetalusagi: - Edward Elric - BROKEN by FullmetalUsagi
:iconcloudoholic22: - Bloody and broken by Cloudoholic22
:iconnashoba-lusa: - :thumb400267199:
:iconbloodkaika: - I Am Not Open, Parts of Me are Broken by BloodKaika
:iconbirdman-hwah: - Step Up and Watch Me Break Down by BirdMan-Hwah
:iconthedragonsensi: - You Can't Save Them All by TheDragonSensi

:star: :star: :bulletred: Contest Info COSPLAY: :star: :star:
The theme for this contest is, "Broken" how you chose to interpret that word is up to you, emotionally, physically, or another take on it.  Take your picture with that word in mind, heavy or lighthearted, it's up to you, just be sure that it's clear your take on the word comes out in your picture.  Make sure you have good lighting!  And frame your picture very well, we're very interested to see what you guys have to show us!  Do your best!

You are allowed to Cosplay any character from any Series you want, video game, anime, book, movie, whatever you'd like!  Make sure you're in character though, and keep to the theme!

:bulletred: Rules COSPLAY:
:bulletred: Must be fitting to the Theme.
:bulletred: No photo manipulation. (Aside from red-eye adjustment.)
:bulletred: No yaoi or yuri. (Referring to the character Cosplayed.)
:bulletred: No hentai.
:bulletred: Picture must be taken after Contest opens.

:bulletred: Deadline:
September 29th.

:bulletred: How will we pick who wins?
Contest decided by member vote.

:bulletred: How do I enter?
Post your contest entry as a url in the comments here.

superhero weekly feature theme
:bulletred: Regarding Polls:
-Contests are decided by member vote.
-There are no campaigning for votes allowed in any contest.
-The Deadlines for contests are both a deadline as well as the date that the polls go up, give or take a few minutes.  Midnight, right when the clock turns to the new day, is when the polls go up for each contest so please be sure your entries are up by then. (Central Time, USA)
-If there is a deadline conflicting with another contest, the polls may be delayed until the first contest that was put up ends.

:bulletred: Prizes:
If anyone would like to offer a Donation Prize let us know! :la:

:star: :star: :bulletred: 1st Place Cosplay: :star: :star:
:bulletred: A year-long feature!
:bulletred: A drawing by: :iconabsolutebaroque: one of our AWESOME Prize Artists!
:bulletred: 1-shot story by: :iconxxamufujibioshixx:

:star: :star: :bulletred: 1st Place Photographer: :star: :star:
:bulletred: A year-long feature!
:bulletred: A drawing by: :iconsugarbearkitty: one of our AWESOME Prize Artists!
:bulletred: 1-shot story by: :iconxxamufujibioshixx:

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Official Commission Journal

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 6:11 PM

Announcement! 7/7/13
Opening commissions spaces for when I return from otakon!
So if you wanted any art of things that WEREN'T pokemon,
now is a time to snag a space on my list >v<b

note me if you are interested! I got 3 more open spaces until i'm locked dooooooooooooooooooooown.

Special Deals: none

:What's for Sale:

:bulletwhite: Torso $25

:bulletorange:Poke Pixel ID $20 Closed ATM, REVAMPING
No longer accepting Shiny Pokemon!
*in the process of Updating! with natures!

new poke IDS by BluC  
Poke ID form:
pokemon name and number:
Four Attacks:
Trainer Name:
Picture reference(official image or your design):


Poke ID form:
pokemon name and number: Reshiram #643
Gender: Male
Level: 100
Four Attacks:
blue flare pp 5/5
fusion flare pp 5/5
outrage pp 10/10
draco meteor pp 5/5

Trainer Name: Bluc
Picture reference(official image or your design):…

:bulletblack:Fullbody single (no/whitebg)-$40

:bulletpink:Couple fullbody(white/simple bg) $60

Payments through: Paypal Only.

Note me if you're interested!

Thanks :)

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  • Eating: you
  • Drinking: YOU
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Explanation [Edit]

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 7, 2012, 3:27 AM
Banner made by AimaiLeafy
Request Closed Stamp by SquirtleStampsArt Trades Closed by SquirtleStampsCommissions Closed by SquirtleStamps

I guess I owe you guys an explanation.
I'm talking about the 'FAITH: If there was a possibility for FAITH to get printed as a fancomic [with permission of Nintendo ONLY, of course]...'-Poll. I'm trying my best to explain it with my worse English. I won't be mad if you won't understand me completely. I'm sorry for this.

It's true I'm thinking of making a fancomic out of FAITH and a friend of me and I are working on the "copyright" already. Many people asked me how I'll be able to come to the "copyright". Of course, it is not possible to get the whole and true "copyright", but that isn't necessary. All I need is an agreement, better said, an official permission of Nintendo to print the comic officially.

How does that work and how can this become possible?
:bulletred: I'm able to get the permission when I agree to put advertisment for different Nintendo-products (video-games, toys article, official Mangas...) into the FAITH-print version. FAITH itself is some advertisment for Nintendo as well (= Pokémon), but that won't be enough. Also the "true copyright" must be posted into the fancomic version. That's naturally(!).
:bulletred: I'd be not allowed to make profit (by the way, I don't want that anyway) out of the printing sale. If I did it would 'hurt' the true "copyright" and would be illegal anyway. But I'm allowed to ask for the print-and porto-prizes, that means the money I need for the printing and the sending per mail to the new owner would be the prize for the finished printed comic customer.
:bulletred: In whole this means I only would get the "right" (NOT the copyright!) to print my comic as available-to-buy-comic when I agree on the options abough, not less, not more. It's impossible to become an owner of the Nintendo-rights, please, don't missunderstand or confuse this. That's a big difference.
:bulletred: With these points I want to make everything legal when giving you the option to get FAITH as an original comic and not only a digital version you're not able to hold in your hands. I'm trying to find a possibility to share this with you because so many had fun in reading FAITH - it would be so sad if there was no internet in any way anymore you weren't able to read the comic again - and this imagination (as awkward as it sounds...) makes me really sad. I was so happy so many people could enjoy this story, it would break my heart if it was away anywhen because of some irrelevant reasons.
:new::bulletred: [EDIT] That doesn't mean FAITH would be able to be bought in a shop but private by myself. Please, don't missunderstand this. FAITH won't be an official Pokémon-Manga anywhen in any time. Be careful. Sorry. I was afraid you would understand this wrong. And of course, it happened. Gnah.[/EDIT] :new:

This action shall be only a chance for you to get FAITH as a real comic and not a story-in-the-internet-only.

I didn't and still don't want to make you wrong hope that's why I never said a word. I wanted (and still try) to finish the Special first because it shall be included in that fancomic-version as well.
I DON'T want to make money with FAITH! Not because of it's illegal only but because of it is a fancomic, not perfect, and not as good as an actual Manga. It's for fun only. I had fun in making it and you had fun in reading it. If I wanted to sell I wouldn't have chosen some copyrighted characters. The last thing I want to be is a criminal.

You can think I'm crazy, that's okay.
But please don't think I'm a criminal.
I only wanted to look for a solution, a chance.
And I'm sorry I'm not able to explain it right what I want to say. I suck in English and I know it. - And when we're talking about sucking English: That version of FAITH which is available at the moment on Animexx and deviantART WON'T become the version of the official fancomic I'm planning. If this project would become possible...
:bulletgreen: ... I'd make the Prologue and Chapter 1 new completely. More detailed, more perfect as I'm able to now. It looks terrible, newby and I know that myself. All I need is time to redraw it.
:bulletgreen: ... I'd ask MoD366 and Da-Wabbit to correct my stupid English from the Prologue until Chapter 4. IF I'd be allowed to print it, it should be as original as possible. That's my own wish and I guess you would agree.
:bulletgreen: ... (of course!) I'd try to make it as cheap as I could (prize meant, not the quality! XD).

Okay - I hope I said everything. If you have anymore questions about this project, please, let me know, but...
... please, have in mind it isn't sure if I'm able and allowed to print it legal. We're still working on the rights for it.
... please, don't be disappointed if it won't work.
... please, be honest when you tell me you're interested but when it becomes seriously you suddenly tell me you didn't want to have it anymore.

I really hope, you can understand what I wrote there. I suck in explanations even in my own mother language. :iconotlplz:


Thank you.

Yours MiyaToriaka


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Facebook :police: [THIS ISN'T ME. I'm NOT on Facebook. It's a Fanside only! If someone answers you under the Nickname "MiyaToriaka" it can't be me.]
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My Little Pony Plushie Style

What: Minky is a polyester, microfiber fabric that is extremely soft. It is often used in baby blankets and quilts, but also seems to be the fabric of choice for many plushie makers.

(Please keep an eye out for more helpful journals centered around plushie making! More will be made in the future!)

Helpful Tools:

These tools can help make your experience working with minky much easier...

Rotary Cutter:… You can use this to cut the minky directly around your pattern pieces on a flat surface, instead of trying to pin the pattern and hold up the fabric while cutting with scissors. The smaller the blade size, the better, because they go around tight curves easier.

Walking Foot: These sewing machine accessories are very useful. When sewing, because minky is slippery, the fabric may slide around a bit and get off track, making your plushie (or whatever you're making) not as accurate as you would like it to be. Some people also have problems with minky getting caught/jammed in the machine. So, a walking foot will guide multiple fabric layers evenly and make them go through the machine at the same rate.

Pins! Pins, pins, and more pins. These are absolutely essential to working with minky, especially when making pony plushies. Consider your pony pattern: there are a lot of places where the two pieces of fabric need to line up perfectly with each other, including ears, head, legs, etc. Pin your fabric as much as you need to - generally an inch apart, but you can adjust this as you see fit.

Patience: Minky can be frustrating to work with, and if you're working a commission, you're put under even more stress. It can be difficult to get the pattern pieces to line up just right, sometimes taking three tries just to get the pins in the right position. Just relax, focus on one part of the plushie-making process at a time, and don't worry if it's not perfect.

More Tips:

Remember that minky has a nap. Rub your hand up and down on the minky to get a feel for which is the "correct" direction. When cutting/tracing a pattern out on your fabric, keep in mind that you'll probably want the nap to be going in the same direction on all pieces, so move the pattern pieces around if needed.

Minky also stretches! It generally stretches perpendicular to the nap, so if your nap runs vertical, your stretch will run horizontal. So, because it's stretchy, when using a sewing machine, let the feed dogs do the work and don't push/pull the fabric through. Doing so might pull the fabric out of the correct shape.

Sew with at least 1/4" seam allowance.

After cutting the minky, go outside and shake those pattern pieces out! If you don't, some of the extra fluff may get caught in the seams and result in a messy, unfinished look.

And there you go! I hope these tips were helpful, and that you can use them when making your adorable plushies!
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Random facts and words of wisdom

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 22, 2013, 9:07 PM
The following are random facts and words of wisdom that I have come across or have been told to me at some point. Some of them are interesting but are just random things I'm sharing because.

1.) An Orange is actually a type of berry not a fruit like how an apple is.

2.) Ants can survive underwater for 14 days.

3.) Dolphins can have the intelligence of a human 6 year old.

4.) Starving yourself can cause you to gain weight.

5.) You are more susceptible to an ear infection if you have a respiratory infection. 

6.) You don't need milk to survive, humans are the only creature on the planet that drinks milk after infancy. Dark green, leafy vegetables render 4X more calcium then milk.

7.) The rays of the sun give you Vitamin D and also improve your mood.

8.) It has been proven that students who take an art class of some kind (band, choir, art, drama, etc.) have higher thinking ability then students who don't. 

9.) If you have to ask yourself if it's a good idea, it's a bad idea.

10.) If it's working don't fuck with it.

11.) Perception is reality but everyone's perception is different. 

12.) Don't take simple things for granted because you're going to miss those simple things when things get hard. 

13.) It's only funny until it happens to you, be careful what you laugh at.

14.) Karma is real.

15.) If you do something wrong and you know you are wrong, don't argue, you're still wrong. 

16.) If you make someone angry don't turn around and tell them to calm down, that's like asking someone to stop bleeding after you stab them.

17.) It snows more in Greenland than Iceland.

18.) If you are in any vehicle and you are going 80 mph it takes you 1 hour to go 80 miles.

19.) Being the smartest in school doesn't make you the smartest person, you still need common sense.

20.) Never be afraid to do the right thing even if everyone else is doing the wrong thing.

Quotes and facts by other users (printed verbatim from users).

21.) The color of your bedroom walls affects your sleep. *Mackismycat

22.) We have around a trillion cells in our body. *DatSuperOne

23.) Even if you were to put all nukes into one spot, you would barely scratch the planet. *DatSuperOne

24.) Only 1% of the planet has 34000$. *DatSuperOne

25.) The white mount in france is actually the highest in the EU with his 4810 meters, while the Elbruz mount is the highest in Europe with 5642 meters. *DatSuperOne

26.) The Pineapple is also a berry. *HiddenPhantomEXE

27). The longest word in English is the chemical name for Titian. *HiddenPhantomEXE

28.) Birds lay eggs out of the same hole it drops a brick out of. It is called the cloaca. *YamiKagayaite

29.) In seven years you have shed every cell in your body for a new one. So basically, you become a new human being every seven years. *C154

30.) The atoms that occupy your body now were not the same atoms as you occupied last year, nor were they the same atoms when you were born. You trade atoms from outside forces, therefore having new atoms every year. It is also said that the atoms you occupy now will be the same atoms someone else occupies centuries from now, and that you occupy the same atoms as someone else centuries before us. *ColumnBoy

31.) Deleted files aren't technically "deleted". No matter what, they're still in your computer, just labelled as an "empty space" by the computer until another file overwrites that space. *ColumnBoy

32.) It was proven by a pack of college students that, once the computer started spewing out numbers, the Pi key has no finite end. *ColumnBoy

33.) Dolphins are really smart.
They're so smart in fact, they have emotions. They can be happy, or even angry. They are also the only other mammal (besides humans) that can commit murder. Dolphins can kill sharks. They ram their beaks into a shark's gills so that the shark suffocates and dies.
They are also self aware. For example, put a mirror up at a cat, or a dog. The animal will start attacking the reflection of themselves. Why? Because they aren't self aware. Dolphins are. If you tie a ribbon on a dolphins fin and then you put a mirror underwater, they'll attack their reflection. But then after a while, the dolphin stops attacking and wonders why they can't land any hits on the "other" dolphin. Then they look at the mirror and turn to the side where the ribbon is on their fin, and then realizes it's a reflection of them and swims away. *Preezie-chan

Have some random information of your own? Let me know about it, show me where or tell me how you found it and I'll add it.

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A basic guide to setting up commissions

When it comes to commissioning, there is so much that needs to be decided, arranged and thought of that it can all appear a bit daunting at first.
However: when following a couple of basic guidelines, setting up commissions really is not as hard as you think!

If you find the article informative, please :+fav: it.


First things first

So you have decided you want to start doing commissions. That's great!
The first thing to do is to determine what you want to offer.

Do you want to offer drawings, or designs?
Will you be coding journal-skins for people, or will you be pixeling?

Take a look through your gallery and try to determine what you do best and what you like to do the most.
Because that will most likely be what you'll be offering.

  • TIP:
    Stick to what you're good at.
    Don't promise what you can't deliver when someone is paying you for it.

Now that you've most likely decided what you want to do, it's time for the next step.


Payment & payment methods

Time to start writing up a price-list! But how much can or will you charge for a piece of your work?

A good way of going about this is to ask yourself the following:
* How good are your drawings?
* How many hours do you spend on a single drawing?

Chances are that if you just started drawing, you can’t ask the same price as someone who’s been doing it for years and does a better job at it.  

Don’t over-price, but also don’t under-price yourself!

Ask a couple of people you know for an estimate and for some advice. That way, you’ll have a broader view and you’ll be able to write up a price-list with more information.

Now is also the time to decide whether you want to be paid in advance, paid after the work, or paid in segments.
This is pretty much up to personal opinion, though most artists prefer payment in advance.
That way, when a client suddenly cancels the commission, you still get some payment for the work you've already put into a drawing.

Something to also keep in mind is that if you can't do the work, or if the client is not satisfied with the commission, is that in some cases you may have to refund.
Try avoiding this by doing your very best with every single picture and don't spend what you were paid before completing the commission.

Also: no rushing and definitely no sloppy sketch-deliveries when you were asked for a painting!

Moving on to payment methods, you have the choice between the two most used methods on deviantART: points or Paypal.

* Points are deviantART’s on-site currency and may be purchased here. Once purchased, they can be donated or, in this case, used to pay for a commission.

* Paypal is an online service that allows you to safely pay and transfer money over the internet.
Information on how to set  up a Paypal-account:

Right about now you should be having a lot of information. Time to move on to the commission journal!


Setting up your commission-journal

To let everyone know you’re taking commissions, it’s a good idea to have a commission-journal.
There, you can notify people of what you can be commissioned for and for how much. It's also a good idea to keep a list in your commission-journal of who you are currently working for and how the commissions are progressing.

I’ll try to dissect the commission journal point by point and link to a couple of examples afterwards.

But first of all:

* Commissions: open/closed?
Are you taking commissions or not?
This is important since it lets people know whether or not they should contact you for information.

* Amount of commission slots available: ?
How many commissions will you be taking at a time?
How many slots have already been filled?

Don’t bite off more than you can chew and keep it reasonable.
When starting out, I suggest keeping 3 commission slots.
You can always add more later on when you're accustomed to being commissioned.

The next thing to do is specify what you can be commissioned for. Include samples for each type of art you are offering and make sure to show your best works. After all, you want to get people interested, no? It’s also usually in your best interest to include a list of what you can / will do and a list of what you can’t / won’t.

Keep your lay-out simple and orderly.
No one wants to dig through a wall of text in order to find what they’re looking for. The easier your journal is to navigate, the better!

You can always add a list of completed commissions at the end of the commission journal to show what you've already done.
A plus is that it also shows people you finish your commissions and that you are trustworthy.

A couple of examples of commission journals:
example ~ example ~ example ~ example


Getting your name out there.

On this part I will be brief, though it's also something important that most people forget. Let people know you're taking commissions!

* Put a link to your commission-journal in your signature.

* Put a link to your commission-journal in your most recent journal and keep it there for as long as you're taking commissions. Nothing is worse than to have to dig through loads of journals in order to find the commission journal.

* Advertise it in the projects-forum for commissions you do in your free time.

* Advertise it in the job services-forum if you are wanting to take your commissions seriously and treat them as you would a real job.

And if all goes well...


I am being commissioned; what now?

Ask for details about what the client wants of course!
Also set up a clear set of rules in Terms of Service (ToS).

* If the client is not satisfied, will you re-do the piece?
If yes: how many times?
If no: do you refund?

* When you finish the piece, how will you deliver it?
See below for various methods of delivering said piece to the client.

* Do you give progress-reports?
If yes: how often?

* Will the client be able to change his/her mind?
If yes: will there be extra cost?

There are a plethora of things that can be discussed to avoid complications later and I hardly listed them all. But I think you get the general idea, no?

When the commissioned piece is finished, you need to show the client, of course.
How you will do this all depends on what you have agreed upon with the client, but a couple of options are:

* Uploading it to deviantART and linking it to the client.

* Sending it by e-mail.
I recommend making a separate e-mail account for commissioning only.
Make sure people know about it and that they can contact you there

* Sending a copy / original in the mail
Keep the cost of sending things in mind and be sure to notify beforehand if the shipping will be included in the price or not.

This list is not exhaustive, of course.

Do not send out the full-res, unwatermarked copy of the commission if you haven't been paid yet.
In cases of payment-after-commission, send a low-res and watermarked proof of the commission being finished.
You can send over a higher-res version after confirming you have been paid.


Last but not least

Have fun with it!

And then all that rests me to say is: good luck!


* A couple of related tutorials *

Commission Guide by DarlingMionette Commission tutorial by shingworks
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Hey everyone!

I just realized I hit 100,000 views! Woohoo! :D Thanks for all your support and love, DeviantART community. :heart: It's been a while since my last giveaway, so I wanted to celebrate this occasion with a celebration of the best dance ever-- Gangnam style! :iconoppagangnamstyle:

I will be giving away ONE of these necklaces to one lucky winner!
Gangnam Style Necklace by GrandmaThunderpants

1.) +fav :+fav: this journal
2.) you don't have to watch me, but I would suggest it so you can be notified when I select a winner! :+devwatch:
3.) comment below once you've added this to your favorites!
4.) if you are young, please make sure it's alright for you to give me your address-- as this is a physical item and will be mailed to you free of charge. :)

All entries will be given a number and I will use to select the winning number for me. I will announce a winner on Tuesday, September 25th. I will only announce the winner in a journal entry, I will not contact you if you've won. You will need to check back on your own to see if you won or not. There will only be one winner, and since you can only fav something once, you can only enter once. O: Please don't use multiple accounts to try and up your odds. If I find anyone doing this, you will be disqualified from winning.

Good luck, and keep on dancing!


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Halloween Hoo Doo Contest!

Thu Sep 6, 2012, 10:41 PM

New Contest Deadline

The vote for the most popular drawing will be from:
:bulletorange:14 November - 17 November:bulletorange:


If you don't make the cutoff for the vote you can still enter the contest for the main prizes until

:bulletorange:17 NOVEMBER:bulletorange:
You just won't be part of the voters choice section.

:iconvioletheartplz::iconorangeheart-plz: NOW PRESENTING::iconorangeheart-plz: :iconvioletheartplz:


:iconlovepurpleplz::iconlovegoldplz:Celebrating all that is Halloween.:iconlovegoldplz::iconlovepurpleplz:
Grab your wand of choice and conjure up anything you can think of that represents this fabulous holiday. From black cats, the full moon, bats, pumpkins, scarecrows, creepy creatures to witches and warlocks.  

:iconheartpurpleplz::iconheartmagentaplz::iconheartorangeplz::iconpumpkinplz::iconheartorangeplz: :iconheartmagentaplz::iconheartpurpleplz:

:iconpumpkinlaplz: THIS YEAR THERE'S 2 SECTIONS YOU CAN ENTER IN :iconpumpkinlaplz:

7 September 2012 - (see top of page for details)

:iconmasterhandplz:SECTION 1:iconcrazyhandplz:
The first part of the contest is freestyle. You can draw anything as long as it has a strong Halloween theme!



There will be two categories in which the judging will take place.

:bulletorange::star::bulletorange: Prize for most creative entry.
This prize goes to the entry with the best concept.

:bulletorange: 1000 points
:bulletorange: + miscellaneous features

:bulletorange::star::bulletorange: Runner up for most creative entry.

:bulletorange: 500 points donated by :iconpbird12:
:bulletorange: + miscellaneous features

:bulletorange::star::bulletorange: Prize for most skillful entry.
This prize goes to the person whose drawing has the most impressive skill level. The entry must also be creative and uniquely Halloween

:bulletorange: 1000 points
:bulletorange: + miscellaneous features

:bulletorange::star::bulletorange: Runner up for most skillful.

:bulletorange: 500 points donated by :iconpbird12:
:bulletorange: + miscellaneous features

:bulletorange::star::bulletorange:There will also be a voters' choice award.
This prize will be completely separate from the judging. Therefore if you win one of the main prizes you can also win this.

:bulletorange: 500 points
:bulletorange: + miscellaneous features


Please read carefully.

:bulletorange::bulletblack:Deadline: See top of page for details

:bulletorange::bulletblack:ONLY for traditional artists - DRAWING (examples: pencil, pastel, pen, markers...)

:bulletorange::bulletblack:You do not have to be one of my watchers.

:bulletorange::bulletblack:Maximum of 2 entries.

:bulletorange::bulletblack:Entry must be specifically for THIS CONTEST...all entries must be loaded after  7 September 2012

:bulletorange::bulletblack:To enter just send me  a note with the link to your drawing.

:bulletorange::bulletblack:All entries will be added to the contest folder here:…

:bulletorange::bulletblack:NO pornography or overt violence.

:bulletorange::bulletblack:Please say in the artists comments of your drawing that it is for the "HALLOWEEN HOO DOO CONTEST" and add my avatar or screen-name.
To add avatar type in :icondreamarian : (without the space)
To add screen-name type :devdreamarian : (without the space)
Premium members can add the contest's stamp Halloween Hoo Doo 2 Contest by dreamarian

:bulletorange::bulletblack:I will choose the 2 main winners.

:bulletorange::bulletblack: The voting section will take place in my journal from: (see top of page for details)
All the entrants will be notified.

:iconpumpkindivider1: :iconpumpkindivider2: :iconpumpkindivider3::iconpumpkindivider1: :iconpumpkindivider2: :iconpumpkindivider3::iconpumpkindivider1: :iconpumpkindivider2: :iconpumpkindivider3:

:iconmasterhandplz:SECTION 2:iconcrazyhandplz:
This section is called "Draw-along"
To enter in this part of the competition, you need to be a member of or join the group:

These are the references provided – choose one:
Hoo Doo stock 1 by dreamarianHoo Doo stock 3 by dreamarianHoo Doo stock 2 by dreamarian
To win this contest you have to create something new and interesting with the reference – simply copying it will not be enough. ..we can't wait to see what you come up with!



:bulletorange: 1000 points
:bulletorange: + miscellaneous features
:bulletorange: :icondreamarian::iconpbird12::iconangelasportraits::iconjustabeautifuldream: will join in the draw-along and send their drawings to you!


Please read carefully.

:bulletorange::bulletblack:Deadline: See top of page for details

:bulletorange::bulletblack:ONLY for traditional artists - DRAWING (examples: pencil, pastel, pen, markers...)

:bulletorange::bulletblack:Maximum of 2 entries.

:bulletorange::bulletblack:Entry must be specifically for THIS CONTEST...all entries must be loaded after 7 September 2012

:bulletorange::bulletblack:To enter you must be part of :icondraw-along: and submit your drawing to the correct folder.

:bulletorange::bulletblack:NO pornography or overt violence.

:bulletorange::bulletblack:Please say in the artists comments of your drawing that it is for the "HALLOWEEN HOO DOO CONTEST"

:bulletorange::bulletblack:Premium members can add the contest's stamp Halloween Hoo Doo 2 Contest by dreamarian
:bulletorange::bulletblack::icondreamarian::iconpbird12::iconangelasportraits::iconjustabeautifuldream: will choose the winners.



Before we get to the rest of the information, here's some inspiration to get you started.
Halloween is an annual holiday observed on October 31, which includes activities like:
trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
Traditions like the carving of jack-o'-lanterns springs from the "souling" custom of carving turnips into lanterns as a way of remembering the souls held in purgatory. The turnip has traditionally been used in Ireland and Scotland at Halloween, but immigrants to North America used the native pumpkin, which are both readily available and much larger. The American tradition of carving pumpkins was originally associated with harvest time.
The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays (Trick-or-treating), dates back to medieval "souling", when poor folk would go door to door on "Hallowmas" (November 1), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on "All Souls Day" (November 2).

All these artworks are traditional.
Skeleton Magic by jasminetoad
The black goddess rises by artsaves1228 :thumb194133975: Por Admiracion 3 by yuriko-shirou
Trick or treat by Anna-MarineHalloween Magic by Katerina-ArtA Foxy Halloween by Zindy
Halloween Mystery Lady by RajacennaVampire Dream by acjubwait for the day by WhisperToYouu
Halloween House by GrimDreamArtAll allows even by RossanaCastellinoHalloween by Hollow-Moon-Art



:iconpsychotic1plz:Another way to win! :iconpsychotic2plz:

Everyone who helps me promote this contest will be eligible to choose one of these 3 drawings as a prize.

Talented. by dreamarianIan Somerhalder by dreamarianTrust by dreamarian

To enter, simply comment on this journal with the link to where you advertised it.  If you advertise it in more than one place your name will be added again – this will increase your chances in the lucky draw.
Draw will take place on 16 or 17 September depending on the popularity.

Raffle won by:



PS. Let me know if I missed any details in my article! ...gremlins...

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