OCT 101 (2012) EDITDisclaimer: this is not a personal attack against any OCT's, oct admins, or conduct of oct admin teams in general. These are observations, thoughts, and tips that I felt should be taken into consideration when one decides they want to run an OCT in hopes that it makes things a little easier for people.
FURTHER DISCLAIMER: every oct is different, someone doing things differently from the norm is not bad. These are all merely tools and guidelines meant to help. I've heard a lot about personal attacks being made using both my posts about OCT's as a way of bullying and pushing around the admins of other Tournament groups, and I do not condone it in the slightest. I'd like to apologize for anyone that has had that done to them.
For those who need more information!
"What is an OCT? An OCT, or 'original comic tournament'/'original character tournament' is a sort of contest in which an artist enters a character.
That character is paired off against another artist's charact
OCTS: The eternal struggleEDITS::OCTS: The eternal struggle2 years ago in Personal More Like This
-Mixed Media thoughts revised
- Fairness thoughts updated and added to
- full revision, spell check, and addition of thoughts
As we enter another year of OCTS and adventures here on deviantart, let's take a time to read and review!
Disclaimer: this is not a personal attack against any OCT's, oct admins, or conduct of oct admin teams in general. These are observations, thoughts, and tips that I felt should be taken into consideration when one decides they want to run an OCT in hopes that it makes things a little easier for people.
Like I said above, this is not a personal attack against any OCT admin team or OCT in general. Every oct is different, someone doing things differently from the norm is not bad. These are all merely tools and guidelines meant to help. I've heard about personal attacks being made using both my posts about OCT's as a way of bullying and pushing around the admins of other Tournament groups, and I do not condone it in t
Recommended Crossovers List!August 28th, 2013: A mid-week rec update. Huzzah!Recommended Crossovers List!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8601250/1/A-Dead-World A Dead World by Laluzi
Series: Fallout / Prototype
Summary: He had been captured; Alex Mercer knew that much was obvious. But if that was the case, why had his captors just left him there without security? How had he ended up in a bunker buried in some kind of giant desert? Where was everyone? And when the hell did bottlecaps become currency?
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7279059/1/Infiltration Infiltration by hiholly123
Series: Harry Potter / Artemis Fowl
Summary: After stumbling across a large source of magic in Britain, Foaly sends none other than Artemis Fowl to investigate Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, disguised as an exchange student from Ireland. Possibly minor A/Holly. T for (maybe) romance, maybe language.
Nick's TMNT - An ENTIRE scene's online!!OH MY GODNick's TMNT - An ENTIRE scene's online!!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
MY HEART, IT HAS SO MANY FEELS.
Meet Leonardo!: http://www.nick.com/videos/clip/tmnt-launch-character-profile-meet-leo-9-29-promo-NHD14999-01.html
Meet Donatello!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xp-T58dwAI
Meet Raphael!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=803zul7sFrY
TMNT Panel at COMIC CON! More clips and AWESOMENESS! http://www.nick.com/videos/clip/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-comic-con-2012-panel.html
IF THAT LINK DOESN'T WORK, TRY THIS ONE
RAPH I LOVE YOU
HUGE thanks to Easssae for sending me the link!! <3 <3
and MORE thanks to ChiakiAngel who found the youtube link !
What Makes a Good AuditionThis is a guide to writing for OCTs. Every medium and genre of writing is unique and should be approached in a different way, but if you keep the following things in mind when you write for OCTs your audition and character will come across much stronger and be more likely considered for a roster position.What Makes a Good Audition6 years ago in Writing More Like This
Judges and your general audience alike are typically looking for three major factors when they read your audition: Interesting Characters, A Unique Plot, and Clarity of Storytelling. If your audition does not excel in at least one of these areas you will almost certainly be looked over when it comes time for judging no matter how slick and professional your art is.
I firmly believe that there is no such thing as a bad character. Any character, if presented well, can be interesting--be they Human, alien, psychotic, or cliché.
The trick you need to employ is treating the character in a way that supp
Yin's Tradelocke RulesetThis is a nuzlocke rule system I came up with awhile back, but never bothered to write down. It's basically a variation of the popular dual-locke with more emphasis on collaborative play.Yin's Tradelocke Ruleset2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Okay! First step, find a friend who loves Pokemon and nuzlockes as much as you do.
Got one? Good! Moving on~
You and your friend will need:
A Nintendo handheld system
Compatible Pokemon games (e.g. Platinum & SoulSilver, Black 2 & White, etc.)
A method of trading (link cable, IR, wi-fi, etc.)
Standard nuzlocke rules apply:
Catch only the first pokemon on each route, cave, ocean, etc.
If a pokemon faints, it's dead.
As far as additional rules go, it doesn't matter what you use as long as you and your partner use the same ones.
Now, onto the tradelocke rules:
After every 2 badges, the trainers must pick 3 pokemon to battle each other.
Winner gets to pick one of the opponent's 3 p
POKEPALACE MINI-EVENTPOKEPALACE MINI-EVENT3 years ago in Personal More Like This
FINAL FANTASY POKEGEAN MYTHOS
- A MINI EVENT -
ファイナルファンタジー ポケギアン ミトス
Hello PPal! I've wanted to hold a themed mini-event and I mentioned it to Wasil who suggested to me that Final Fantasy classes would be an awesome theme to do. So here we are!
If you have any queries about the event at all, please contact me, kishi-san.
WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO:
Draw a FULLBODY image of your character as they would appear as a character in a Final Fantasy Pokegea AU. You will also need to place the FINAL FANTASY POKEGEAN MYTHOS logo to the bottom right of your submission. To sign up, read the journal and comment on it with your character's name and chosen FF job class. When you have completed your picture, comment with your character's name and a
Yin's Opinion on Pokemon X and YNote: Kinda rushed through this, so sorry in advance for all the grammatical errors. Will be editing throughout the day.Yin's Opinion on Pokemon X and Y2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's been a couple days since Pokemon X and Y were first revealed to the masses. And while many people were upset about the lack of a Ruby/Sapphire remake, reception has been overall positive. Now that the first day hype is behind us and things have more or less settled down, I'd finally like to give my opinion on the matter while also addressing some of the major complaints about the new games.
I'll start off by saying that I'm incredibly stoked. I've been wanting a fully 3D pokemon game since before Pokemon Black and White, and we've finally got it! True, the cute, little sprites will be dearly missed, but like with every popular franchise, it's time to evolve with the times. Pun intended.
Anyway, let's begin with the starters. There are plenty of mixed feeling about these guys, but I didn't find them nearly as disappointing as the Sinnoh trio, who I still f
Instacheck (easy shiny) is Useless nowNevermind, with Pokemon XY ver.1.2Instacheck (easy shiny) is Useless now1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Instacheck s now useless, so don't use it again
damn, didn't even get the chance to use it
boosting thsi up for you guys!!
reddit post: http://www.reddit.com/r/pokemontrades/comments/1qqfyj/psa_the_shiny_hatcher_community_database_shinies/
the program thread : http://nuggetbridge.com/forums/topic/2793-instacheck-hotspot-a-fast-pok%C3%A9mon-checker-for-xy/
ELECTRIC COLLAB ZAP ZAP (1 DAY LEF BLARGHHHHHHH)Month of JanuaryELECTRIC COLLAB ZAP ZAP (1 DAY LEF BLARGHHHHHHH)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This month's type is ELECTRIC :iconlightningplz:
1 DAY LEFT TO SUBMIT THINGS BLARGHIHARG
ALSO DON'T FORGET TO VOTE FOR NEXT MONTH'S TYPE HERE http://fav.me/d5st4ko
I bet that SHOCKED you
Recap on rules-Anyone can do it. All you have to do is draw your favorite Electric type Pokemon (i'd prefer it be colored), with white/no background. Traditional and Digital are both awesome (but if traditional, make the lineart visible). When you're done just give me a link and you're good! Its okay if two or more people draw the same pokemon! You are allowed to draw multiple pokemon.
You have until the end of January (and a few extra days if you need because i started late this month hurr)
Here is a list of Pokemon that have not yet been drawn, in case you were wondering
Zapdos, Electrike, Magnezone, Frost Rotom, Eelektross, Thundurus Incarnate Forme
Things to Avoid When Making ComicsOr, Things That Really Annoy CrowbarThings to Avoid When Making Comics4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Edit April 16: Given recent comments, it's come to my attention that the tone I've used is too derogatory and using others' work as examples was a huge mistake. I've rewritten it to be what I hope is more constructive, and removed the examples (since half were missing anyway). My intention with the examples was only to provide example of that one element, not to completely defame the authors or insinuate their entire comic is shit. All the examples had good and bad to them, but the focus of this write-up is the bad. [/edit]
The majority of these issues are things I see in OCT entries and could be easily avoided and/or improved on. Please be aware that these are things I find issue in, and some points may be more subjective than others. For most points, I've explained why I think it's wrong, what can be done to fix it, and how it can be made to work well. Above all, think about how each element of your comic impacts the narrative and
OCT RealizationsUpon scrambling to get through the judging of round one of DeviantDead last night, I realized some common shortcomings that I feel people should pay mind to. Not to say everyone didn't put in a fantastic effort and make some really great stuff, but these are the things that wear me down and make me cranky and tired to be wading through a pile of comics at midnight when I should be sleeping before I go to work.OCT Realizations5 years ago in Personal More Like This
1) GET TO THE POINT
I will readily admit that if I get to the fifth page of a comic and nothing terribly gripping has happened yet, I'm inclined to not read the rest of the comic. I know pacing and character exposé are a huge thing to worry about, but characters can talk and give us some insight into the kind of people they are while they move around and push the story forward. If you dawdle, you're just wasting everybody's time with the pile of extra work you made for yourself.
2) MIND YOUR OPPONENT
OCTs are not one-way street. If you want to draw a comic ab
Okay, OCT crowd. Huddle up.Folks. Folks. Come on now. You are killing me. Do you want to kill me? Is that it? Have I done something to wrong you? I survived evilcolonitis for this?Okay, OCT crowd. Huddle up.6 years ago in Personal More Like This
End, you old nut, what in blazes are you going on about? Off your medication again? Nah, I'm talking about the majority of Original Character Tournaments (OCT) here on DA. The fact that there is a glut of such things isn't what's bothering me either.
It's what some people are choosing to do with these tournaments that is just driving an icepick into my eye.
Here, let me impart this to you. Come closer. Do you want to know the secret to making an awesome artistic tournament? Okay.
SIMPLICITY. OH MY GOD. SAY IT WITH ME. SIMPLICITY SIMPLICITY SIMPLICITY.
This is what makes an OCT run smoothly. Simplicity. It is all you need to complement an interesting premise that makes people actively want to participate with their characters. You do NOT need a shit ton of gimmicks to make your contest mor
My friends need your help!Some of you who have followed me in the past may know about this wonderful little zoo called The Wildlife Learning Center. WLC cares for a few dozen wild and exotic animals and treats them as "ambassadors" to help teach the public about wildlife conservation. What is so wonderful about WLC, is that many of the animals in there care are rescues. Many were illegally kept as pets and were either turned over or turned in to WLC for proper care. Others were animals born in the wild, but injury or acclimation to humans kept them from being able to survive in their natural habitats. Still others were exotic pets who grew too large or otherwise difficult to care for by their original owners. Without WLC, all of these rescued animals would be seriously ill or dead.My friends need your help!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Besides offering animals topnotch care, WLC is an amazing place to visit. This zoo is small, so visitors get to see the animals more up close and intimately than larger zoos. Even
My position on Gay marriage and AdoptionMy position on Gay marriage and Adoption2 years ago in Personal More Like This
WARNING: This journal is about the Gay marriage. If you do not wish to know or hear my opinion, please do not read.
So today in France was a march against a law that the government wants to create, the "Marriage for everyone". The marchers are putting together that "Marriage for everyone" is going to lead to Adoption for everyone, which would "destroy" the human race and would be against the happiness and well being of the child.
They are saying that a child needs a father and a mother, that otherwise it would be against nature.
I am for Gay marriage. Not in church, obviously, because religion and homosexuality will never agree with each other and I don't see why the church would accept marrying two same sex persons.
But I believe that we are all equal and therefore deserve the same right. In France, there's a thing called PACS, it's like a contract you sign with another person that gives you pretty much almost all the same rights you'd get from getting married with such person
Common Misconceptions: Traditional ArtFirst of all, hello! It's been almost a year since I contributed a blog post to this lovely group so I want to say hi I'm back folks! I have a lot of artsy things to share with you all that I've learned (and am still learning) so hang on tight! While I was thinking what to write as my first topic, I decided to kind of go back to the beginning as far as our thinking as artists goes in the creation process. I've come up with a short series called "Common Misconceptions" just to debunk some myths and misguided trends that are so often part of what we experience as we grow. This first "Common Misconceptions" topic will focus on traditional art.Common Misconceptions: Traditional Art2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Traditional is better than digital because it takes more talent and skill
WRONGWRONGWRONGWRONGWRONGWRONGWRONG. Did I say that was wrong, I'll say it again for emphasis WRONG! Like all mediums, digital art is simply different than traditional art in the same way photography is different than fi
THE DEVIANTWATCHING PROJECT(please no haters (: )PLEASE CHECK OUT PART 2 OF THIS JOURNAL HERE http://trampire.deviantart.com/art/THE-DEVIANTWATCHING-PROJECT-Part-II-325444873THE DEVIANTWATCHING PROJECT(please no haters (: )2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Odd Ones Contest - OVERContest has concludedOdd Ones Contest - OVER2 years ago in Personal More Like This
well this is a first, didn't think I'd ever do a contest.
this contest will be design a trainer for the Odd Ones nuzlocke universe. Odd Ones is my nuzlocke comic which you can see here:
Reason for this contest (skippable, but can help in your entry knowing the reason this contest was whipped up)
In Odd Ones, Eric won't be the only one gunning for the Elite 4 and collecting badges, I plan on having other trainers going after the same goal, and they'll end up competing with Eric and each other or helping each other out at times depending on the circumstances. The best similarity to what I have in mind are the 11 supernovas in One piece, wide range of character never really met but after same goal and all went through a lot.
I plan on having 5 major trainers including Eric as the Super High Fives, a league of infamous trainers fennel is most worried about and places bountie
Imagination, Inspiration, and CurationAs deviants, we are serious about our craft, hobbyist or professional. We study hard to become better at what we do. There are many great tutorials here and elsewhere on these kinds of craft based skills and techniques. However, sometimes all that serious study and hard work gets in the way of our imagination. Therefore, it is important to remember to establish a wonder filled mindset, actively seek out inspiration, and curate a library of inspiring content to reference in the future. This article explores some ways to do these three things, and I encourage you to comment and share even more tips on this for other deviants!Imagination, Inspiration, and Curation2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Inviting the Mind of a Child
“The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play.”-Albert Einstein
The biggest part of imagination is playing the part of Peter Pan. You might be 99 or you might be 12, but it is often important to imagination to be in the head space of a 5-7 year old. I
Monoprice Tablet FAQ for Windows 7I will no longer be providing active support in the comment section or through Notes, nor will I be updating the FAQ. I just don't have the time or energy anymore. What you see here is what you get. If you read through it carefully, you should find answers to your problems! If your exact problem is not listed, look for one that is similar!Monoprice Tablet FAQ for Windows 72 years ago in Art Features More Like This
REMEMBER MOST PROBLEMS ARE DRIVER RELATED!
If you are looking for a specific problem but don't want to read through the whole FAQ, press "Ctrl + f" in your browser. This will allow you to search for specific words (like "jitter" or "Paint Tool SAI") in the FAQ.
Got Windows 8? Head over to Jeremy's FAQ for Windows 8! (Note: A fix for Windows 8.1 is now available!) (Note 2: He's not currently trou
5 Tips for Smartphone PhotographyThey're getting more and more popular, so what is the best way of utilising the camera on your Smartphone to ensure you get the best results possible? This article shares some fantastic tips that offer a few guidelines for capturing good images with your phone. If you've got a top tip that you think is useful please share it in the comments as well - this list is by no means finished!5 Tips for Smartphone Photography1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
1) Clean Your Lens!
Unlike 'Proper' cameras, we're not overly precious about our smartphones. They go in and out of pockets and get left on all sorts of surfaces a lot of the time. Depending on the phone you have, you may be pressing your fingers into the lens whilst making a call without even realising it. So to get the best results, ensure your lens is cleaned regularly.
As with all photographs, composition is key. However you don't get much in the way of editing allowance after you've taken a photograph on your phone. You can chang