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Tue Mar 18, 2014, 7:19 PM
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Blue-Cat00 : You will get the main prize for being the first to send a note that followed all the rules :la:

MagicBirdie Loli-hunter will all be getting a little prize from me soon for getting super close:la:'


Conure! by MagicBirdiePankey by Blue-Cat00

EDIT: Less then 900 away :eager:

EDIT: Changed the pageview to catch. It's closer now :dummy:

Do you liking catching kiribans? Well today is your lucky day! :la: Catch my 77,777th  pageview for some cool prizes :aww:

Prizes include:
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  • a feature
  • and a llama

Feel like you won't be able to catch the view on the nose? No worries, if you are a few pageviews ahead or behind, please send a screenshot anyways! Up to 7 people that send in their screenshot will still get a few points and features :blowkiss:


Please send me a note :note:, with a full screenshot, in order to qualify. Upload it to your scraps, into your st.ash, whatever you find easiest :) Comments with your screenshot will be ignored!

Please :+fav: if you plan on entering, I may increase prizes if there are a lot of entrants :la:.

Lastly, if you feel like adding to the prize pool, please feel free to donate to my donation pool here. Anything is much appreciated :tighthug:

Alright pageview hunters, get hunting :eager: I'll give updates once the number is closer to being reached.

*Kathy :heart:

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Journal Entry: Fri Apr 26, 2013, 3:02 PM

Duty Freeee... by cabin-pressure
O2 by cabin-pressureBELTS by cabin-pressure
MAKES YOU GO A BIT :iconspazattackplz::iconvoodooplz::iconepicclapplz:

SO I SHALL BEHAVE LIKE THE QUEEN OF SHEBAQueen of Sheba by Jozef-Szekeres:rofl:

TO BE LIKE A KID....1351737293781 Funny-pictures by kaykay9958....

THIS IS MY GIFT TO YOU ALL FOR THE WEEK END.:iconsomehugsplz::heart::iconkimberely:
Fat Cat by Myrret
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HurrHurr Color by BonnieKnoxMaggot (color) by BonnieKnox:giggle:
TO ADVENTURE..!!!Mighty Pirate by arisuonpaa
TO LOVE..!!!Two Side of Love by PaSt1978
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Kane-Kobold by jalachan"Props Lady" BREAKS DOWN.. by Tigles1Artistry:wave::heart:








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Okie, you may or maynot have already read them, but anyway I'll just recommend some manga I read recently and take a liking to ^^. So here we go:

Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo

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if you've loved Megane-chan to Yankee-kun before, then you will also love this. Lol this manga is full of fanservice for fangirls and fanboys alike, and it's so damn funny on top of that
Some fanservice scenes XD
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Oh man, I really like this manga. I love cooking, I love food, I love shounen fighting, I love adventurous fantasy world, I love bara (well not that much) and this manga have it all. Awesome shounen, for me, it's better than Naruto and Bleach, just behind One Piece <3

Okie, Below are some shounen-ai manga, if they're not your taste then pay no mind to them. Oh and by shounen-ai I mean soft Boylove, if you're looking for manga that have sex scenes every pages like my boss :iconmazjojo: then you probably wont find them here XD

Slow Starter

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Gosh, cuteness to the max, it leave me with a smile for hours after reading. I really love these type of manga, slow and steady, warm and fuzzy, great character's feeling development, not like those ["I love you" in 2nd page and "Kyaaah, stop that~<3" in 3rd page] kind of instant noodle yaoi manga =v="

Kanemochi-kun to Binbou-kun

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Another one that make me go "Awww" and think a lot while reading, sweet and funny. I like the grandpa character so much.

Sorenari ni Shinken nandesu

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After taking a look at the cover and see that it's another manga from Asou Kai-sensei, I already know that I would taken a liking to this manga. But it surpassed my expectation after reading it, I'm totally in love. So sweet and adorable. Come to think of it I've always fond of this kind of "taking care of the child" manga before (like Aishiteru ze baby, Akachan to Boku, Usaigi Drop, etc.) Lol, maybe I have family fetish.

Recipe no Oujisama

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When I found this I was like "OMG, cooking manga? From Junko-sama???? This totally in my favorite list". And it totally didnt fail my expectation. Consider I love cooking, this bring a smile to my face nonstop, oh and, I really love the art class chapter, so damn funny XD

Omamorishimasu, Dokomademo

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Another masterpiece from Junko-sensei. The sheer amount of cuteness from this manga can make me giggle for weeks.

The end for now, if you have same taste like mine and have some good manga you want to recommend to me then please do, by all means, I would love to know. ^^
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Manga and Anime are a new generation of art, spreading all over the world right now. It is an important aspect of Japanese culture, a solid part of the youth-generation in the US and slowly starts spreading in Europe as well. Even though many people still don’t know what Mangas or Animes actually are, most kids already know and they even try to draw this new kind of art themselves. This way the tolerance among adults starts growing as well, a good way to expand the Manga-culture.

But as for any kind of art, many people have problems in improving their own style or even finding it. This news-article is directed to any kind of artist that is interested in improving himself/herself.

I’ve been asked multiple times how some artists manage to improve very fast and others seem to never improve at all and even though I first thought it has to do with practice I had to admit myself that it does not only depend on mere practice but much more on how you practice and especially on how you handle your finished piece of art.

Improve your Poses and Characters


One of the most widespread improvement-blockades is the missing of helplines. Only very few artists that passed a certain line of skills in drawing Mangas draws them without helplines! Many sketches are posted on deviantart from really good artists that look as if the artist started with the outlines right away, but that’s just wrong. Many of these artists either use a blueprint-pen for the helplines (the scanner can’t detect this color-> the helplines disappear) or draw them so soft and light that they are nearly not visible in digital form.

Helplines are a giant aid for any kind of poses or angles you want to draw your chara in. Many artists can’t draw more than a few poses because they wouldn’t know how to change the different joints of the body so that it is another pose.

poses by Dea-89

Now that you know how your pose is supposed to look like, you can build your character around it by giving him/her a face, cloths, ... You don’t have to focus on your pose any longer.

This is a giant step and will help you improve a lot!

Giving your character a Personality

Some people look at an artist’s characters and somehow… every single character seems too look just like the other characters of this artist… Sometimes that’s the fault of the person that looks at them. They don’t really look at them… but often it is the “fault” of the artist. A character has life in him/her. If you draw a character just to create a picture with someone in it, it will never look as interesting as if you draw someone that has a personality! For example this chara:

faces by Dea-89

On the left side the chara seems neutral even though she smiles. You can’t see any kind of personality in her. The right picture seems much more interesting. The smile looks a little mean-she could be a thief or something. The eyes have much more life in them now and the face is a little longer than before. Such little changes in a characters face or pose give him/her so much more life that it looks a dozen times more professional than a character without personality.

Even if you are just drawing a random character, think of a rough personality for him/her. It doesn’t have to be much but just think of it like “This character is supposed to be shy, but she loves sunlight,…” That’s enough. Now you can draw a picture of a girl in a sunflower-field that enjoys the sun but still seems fragile. Just imagine how such a girl would look like. With this you can even create awesome effects in manga-stories. If one of your characters uses to always be in a bad mood and suddenly starts smiling, it seems creepy cause it doesn’t match with his personality. Or a very cheerful character. If this chara all of a sudden is serious, the reader knows that something horrible must have happened. With these little tricks your characters and stories grew much more interesting than before.

On a side-note: No character is perfect. Everyone has a flaw in his/her personality or abilities. A “God-moded” character is totally boring cause you know before that this character is never going to fail in anything… all humor and intense is erased out of your story that way. Just take a look at popular mangas just as (for example) Naruto. None of the characters there is “perfect”. Naruto is a trusting person and a very good fighter, but what makes him so funny and interesting is not Kyuubi’s might in him, but the flaws he has-> His kind of humor, his Sexy-jutsu (I think it has a different name in English… sorry I only know the German name…),… things that make him different from others. Who’d care about him if he was overpowered, win every fight with one hit and be the most mature person on earth?

So don’t worry about giving your characters flaws. It makes them so much more human.

Practice your Characters

If you have OCs that you want to draw more than once, try to make sketches of them from different angles, in different poses,… try something new with them! Don’t be afraid to try poses that you weren’t good in before. Just try to draw them by using the helplines. Rough sketches are easily finished in a few minutes but they give you a lot of experience that you might need later on when drawing a real picture again. It also helps you with interactions of characters (take a look at the next chapter for details.)

Only few artists post their rough sketches, but if you search for them you come across a lot of awesome sketches in which you can see the progress of an artist’s work.

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Building a Story

To write a Manga always starts with a story you want to draw. But how to build an interesting story?

The basic of a story is a good idea. You must have a clue where you want to set a story and what you want to show with this story. You must decide before getting started with your charas if you want it to be a fantasy-story, mecha, mystery, dark, ... whatever. So you must be aware of the genre you want to draw (doesn’t use very much to draw a mecha-chara for a story that takes place in the Mid-ages…)

Now that you know your genre, set up a good idea for something that happens or that happened and makes the adventure of your charas start now. For example: A giant flood destroyed the village your charas live in and killed most inhabitants of the small village.

And now think of a way to solve the problem-> They must find a new home and so start a journey through the lands to find a new place to settle down.

And to make it a little more interesting think of a second problem that might occur: The village lay on a beach, but was surrounded by a desert. Now your charas have to travel through a hot desert instead of just wandering around.

The main-idea for your Manga is born. By giving your characters problems and finding solutions for them you can set up giant stories. This system works: You have one giant main-problem which’s solution ends your characters adventure, but in between the start and the goal more and more problems appear and your heroes have to solve them. What makes such problems even more interesting is if their solution is necessary but distances the charas from their main-goal.

This way you can build your story, yes, but what keeps a story alive are not the events in it, but the charas.

Charas have to match with each other to keep the story running on. If you put two charas together in one room and they are both shy, they will sit in a corner and stare at the wall… if the charas both are hot tempered they might start to fight without a clear reason.

Depending on a charas personality the reaction will always change. And especially by putting more charas together they will change the story by interacting with each other. Place two shy charas in front of a dark cave and nothing will happen… they will sit there and they won’t do ANYTHING!!! But let it be two self-confident charas and they will eagerly take a look what’s in the deep dark cave. The most interesting combination though is if the charas are totally different. If one chara is shy and the other one is self-confident and curious, the self-confident chara will stragger the shy chara along into the cave, even if this chara doesn’t want to go in there at all…

Cave by Dea-89

A funny combination can also be a mature chara and a childish chara… it adds humor to the worst situations and makes them amusing.

The true heros of Midgard by Dea-89

Think of interesting constellation of personalities and create your characters depending on this. If you have one or two charas you want to keep the way they are, add characters that match with them and interact with each other.

A story doesn’t have to have much content… as long as the charas keep the story running and interesting.

Again: Try to practice this by drawing rough sketches. Chibi-sketches are perfect to practice here! Chibis are the 5x over-acted version of your charas-> If you can draw a chibi-interaction a usual interaction won’t be much of a problem.


To keep improving</u>

Many people say the key to improve is practice a lot. Others say it is talent… Both are correct and both are wrong.

Talent makes it much easier to improve, but with enough knowledge and practice you can “create” talent. Drawing is 60% knowledge, 30% creativity and 10% talent. If you lack creativity it is hard for you to think of anything good to draw… but all in all you can still draw something if someone just tells you what to draw. A little talent helps to make your pictures look special but these 10% are not so important… what is important though is your knowledge about anatomy, poses, perspective, use of colors, skills…

A child draws as it draws due to the lack of knowledge and skills. The more we learn how a human body looks like, them more our drawings improve. We learn over time how to make good shadings, how to add contrasts, or how to draw good facial expressions… If you take a look at drawings you made when you were 8 years old and look at your drawings now there is a giant difference-> cause you learned a lot.

How to gain this knowledge?

The best way is probably to always have a close look at your surroundings. Take a look at your hand for example. Many people draw pointy fingers but in fact your finger-tips are round. Or fabric. Many people draw cloths as if there are no creases at all in them. But look down on you and you will notice a lot of creases on your own cloths. So a picture of a character with cloths that does not have a single crease just looks unnatural. You don’t have to add many of them, but a good amount gives your picture life and a realistic touch.

This is a rather hard way to learn things though. An easier way is to buy some sports-magazines and look at the photos there. Try to draw the poses you see on the pics for your own charas. This is a good way to master new poses you haven’t been able to draw before. And you practice with your eyes that way too. If you can draw poses you see on pictures, you will have an easier time to draw poses you see in real life.

Any artist (at least 99,9% of all artists) have an idol they admire. It does not have to be someone that is really better than you, but someone that manages to draw pictures that captivate you somehow. Now take a close look at these pictures and try to figure out what exactly fascinates you on them. Find out what your personal preferences are, what you love, what you want to have in your own pictures.

Some people consider this as copying other persons styles, but think about it: You haven’t found your own style so far and you want to draw things that fascinate yourself. You want to be happy with what you draw. You don’t copy an artist’s pictures, you just learn something about yourself: You learn what you like on your own pictures, and now you found your own style. It is important to see the difference here: You DON’T draw their pictures. You draw your own pictures but with the knowledge of what you like due to another artist’s pictures.

Some people don’t like to use this method. This is all up to you.

Can critic help me to improve?

Of course it can as long as it is a good critic.

There are many comments like “Wow, what an awesome work!!” “I :heart: your picture it soooo sweeeeeeeet!!” and stuff like this. Guess anyone likes to get such comments every once in a while cause it gives you recognition of your skills and you gain self-confidence for your works. Anyone needs them once in a while to keep up your artistic mood. If no one likes your works it is hard to draw on… (Sadly I’ve seen lots of artists with much potential that stopped drawing due to flamers… )

But these comments are NOT critic.

Some people think “Your art sucks” is a critic too *Meeeeeeep* Wrong!

A good critic is made of different parts:

-What someone likes on your picture
-What you might improve on your picture
-All-in-all opinion of your picture.

(For anyone that wants to write a crit: If you can’t find anything you like on a pic… THEN DON’T COMMENT!)

By telling you what someone likes on your picture you learn about what other people find interesting on your pics (Like what I stated in the previous point: Personal preferences and what others fascinate on your picture). If many people tell you that they like something on your picture you can be kinda sure that this part is already high-quality so you can focus yourself on improving other things.

You might have notice one thing: I stated “what you might improve”, not “what is bad on your picture”. By stating how to improve something you automatically give the artist a hint on what to do better next time to prevent a fault. If you keep telling an artist “Your hands suck” He won’t know what is wrong with them. But if you say “Your fingers are rather pointy. Try to make the tips rounder” it will show the problem and give a matching solution.

It is really hard to accept critic first, but this is the very best way to improve. Selecting which critic is a good one and considering it makes you improve a dozen times faster than by just trying to improve your main-knowledge. It is weird, but somehow we rarely see our own flaws on pictures, but after a few months we can see them. Persons that didn’t draw the picture often see it immediately and show you where you might improve your knowledge.

This way you can improve your art within a few months to a totally new level!!

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In this section I want to state some of my personal experiences and opinions. I’m not sure if they match with the huger part of artists here in DA so I made an extra section for them.

To improve your style it is important that you draw many different OCs. Fanarts are nice, of course, but a well-drawn OC needs much more skills than a character you didn’t create. So if you really want to higher your drawing-level try to draw many different OCs even though they don’t give as many pageviews as a Fanart ;P Focus on a couple of OCs you really like and keep drawing them again and again but also draw other charas that don’t have to do anything with them. By drawing older OCs again you can notice your own improvement much better, but by drawing new OCs you gain new experiences because you have to draw new faces, poses, personalities,…

A good balance between these two helps you to see your own bettering but in the same time gain more and more skills.

Tutorials are awesome! I love taking a look at them even though I can draw most of the stuff I look at already… for example kiss-tutorials. I made two of them myself already, but I love looking at other people’s tuts. They use techniques that I don’t use, but that have interesting aspects too. Analyzing other tutorials is a great help. With a certain kind of practice you can look at pictures and think of ways to create the same effects of coloring, pose,… Tutorials help you to practice your eyes a lot. I love browsing DA and guessing how some artists created certain effects. Just try it out! It’s really funny.

Another advice I want to give any manga-newb out there is to keep up your work =) Don’t forget about a good story you wanted to draw just because you don’t have the skills yet to draw a good Manga. If you are not satisfied with your work anymore don’t be afraid to restart anew. One day you will have enough experience to keep up your work ^^ I enjoy looking back at my first Manga-pages from 2006 and comparing them with my pages now. It makes me really shocked sometimes, but it is so much fun looking back. You should stick with good stories. :giggle: The longer you write on them, the better and deeper they will become!

OMG O.o by Dea-89


I hope you enjoyed this article. Spread the MANGA-LOVE!!!


And here a selection of very fine pieces of (partly semi) Manga-/Anime-Art I found on DA. These artists really have much potential! ^^

:thumb88816885: :thumb84053447: Morning Snow by aiki-ame :thumb69366269: The Ladyknight Of The Moon by mazjojo Hey by tyrowish the good doctor by azarath Meteo by CherryOrange :thumb45140906: Mai by Tabon Goldilocks 2 ver. by Lavah Ray of Hope by Art-on-a-Stick :thumb74113312: Glamorous Sky by Murasaki-Hoshi
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okie doke i've finally come up with a contest yay~!!! :squee: So here it is!, Its going to be a Hetalian Art Contest!  I will pick the best hetalian picture tht i feel is the best. I will give criteria for the art to be accepted, and expectations. I will also have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner, and a possible runner up. If possible i'd like to showcase the contest entries if allowed and credit them. Also any1 bad mouthing or anythng will be disqualified.Same goes with people who don't use their OWN artwork. so! here we go!

criteria to be accepted in the contest:

1. Must be hetalian (of course)
2. No Hentai, yaoi or yuri. (sorry guys :c)
3. Can be any pairing or solo character
4. Must meet all of the above

Expectations when judged:

1. Art portrays the character(s) personality well.
2. Meets all of criteria.
3. Can be able to tell who the character is.
4. Entry can be any form of art. (picture, drawing, painting, etc.)


1. Name or DA name
2. Art title

Plz link all entries through a note

1st Place: 4 llama badges
2nd Place: 3 llama badges
3rd Place: 2 llama badges
Runner Up: 1 llama badge for the nice try ouo

Some of you may think its not worth it for a badge but they do help get you to a higher rank the more you get. :3


August 31st, 2012

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The 'Nashi' interview in Barcelona:
The whole interview was posted a couple of days ago and I wanted to give an accurate translation (google translator can never be trusted) so here it is! c: (RP2 are the interviewers while HM stands for Hiro Mashima, just in case you're confused.)

RP2: The first thing to do is to thank sensei for giving us these minutes. We'd like to start with: why are your works always around magic?

HM: Because I'd love to learn how to do magic.

RP2: Do you feel comfortable developing stories centered on magic?

HM: Yes, I feel very comfortable because magic is what allows you, on one side, to dream while on the other side, gives you a big amount of freedom. In the end, it is a fantasy world, but the feelings of the characters have a special importance.

RP2: Have you thought about getting into other stories about magic?

HM: Yes, I'm thinking in a lot of them. What I don't know is if I can announce any of them in any early future.

RP2: There's a lot of rumors about your influences, could you tell us which were your true beginnings?

HM: The truth is that I was never an assistant of any mangaka.

RP2: And how have you defined your style, then?

HM: Of course I have lot of influence from mangakas from the past, but the most important thing to define my own style was draw a lot, I am auto didactic and via the way of trial and error and having the chance of showing my work to the readers and receive their feedback and impressions I have formed my own style.

RP2: What do you think of the fact of your work being edited out of japan?

HM: It is something that makes me very happy.

RP2: Being curious, why do the characters have the names of seasons?

HM: That is because you know the names of seasons in japanese (laughter). In the end it had something to do with the situation with the magazine at that moment, in said magazine Rave was also published and at that time there were no other stories with the fantasy theme, 'magic'. I wanted to have names with lot of 'tone' in them, like the occidental names, but then maybe japanese readers wouldn't feel very identified or would think it was too far away from what they knew, and from there the first character was born, Haru.

RP2: Changing the subject a bit, recently the adaptation of Fairy Tail was aired on the anime screen, are you satisfied with the work done by A-1 pictures and Masaya Fujimori?

HM: Yes, I am very proud of it.

RP2: Do you think maybe Fairy Tail is living its best moment now? Do you think it can go for more?

HM: That depends on the fans, I am willing to create stories more and more interesting and entertaining but obviously the popularity level influences a lot.

RP2: Do you have any other surprise reserved for us?

HM: I love surprising my readers, it doesn't seem like seven years passed already, but yes, I still have a lot of ideas to keep surprising everyone.

RP2: We'd like to know, in the hypothetical case in which Natsu and Lucy ended together, have you thought any time of the names for their children?

HM: I don't know what to say, I have  never thought about it (laughter). But, without a doubt, it would be Nashi (nothing).

RP2: We'd like to know if there will be any more short stories about Fairy Tail?

HM: Yes, I'll make plenty of them.

RP2: Would you like for Fairy Tail hame with the Monster Hunter style to exist?

HM: Of course I would.

RP2: With what character would you play?

HM: Natsu of course, but also Erza could change her outfit more easily and that would be fun too.

RP2: With which of your characters from Fairy Tail do you feel more identified with?

HM: That's complicated, all the characters have a part of me, so I could say they all recemble me in a certain way but in another way they're nothing alike at all.  Maybe the one who has the most parts of me would be Lucy, but in any case, they're all very evenly split.

RP2: Have you visited Spain before?

HM: It is my first time and it's a great country.

RP2: Have you tasted any of our custom dishes?

HM: Potato tortilla (laughter).

RP2: What message do you have for our readers?

HM: Being a mangaka means thinking about the readers, so you try to not only draw what you think is interesting, but what your readers are expecting as well.


  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Fairy Tail Songs
  • Reading: Fairy Tail, Naruto
  • Watching: Fairy Tail, Naruto
  • Playing: Noting just watching anime/manga
  • Eating: Lasagna
  • Drinking: Water
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Thank you very much to lovely people, who helped me with prizes, so I finally may to write rules a dates//

Well, the theme of this contest is Music ART!

You need to draw a work listening to one of this composition about love (and several of them about suffer and something like that). Usually, songs have something like a plot, so just understand it and draw the art about this song~~
The decision about particularly THIS theme was clear - Uta no Prince-sama is anime about music ^U^

All difficulty of this contest depends on the different random songs' plots and how you may draw UtaPri characters in this situation (music situation) using draw skills and your imagination :heart:

It will be okay to draw UtaPri guys in the count what you want ^U^ If you'd like to draw a couple, it will be AWESOME really!
The best way is to draw a classic couple (Haruka+somebody), not shounen-ai one. But if you want, it's also acceptable. Just read rules below.
There are different melodies (in general about love), just choose one of them and draw an art with UtaPri characters in the particular situation which this song is about. Please, be more closer to the words of songs! Use ONLY melodies from the list:

:cd: Sarah Brightman – Only An Ocean Away
:cd: Cash Cash – Victim Of Love
:cd: Thompson Square – Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not
:cd: Utada Hikaru – Devil Inside
:cd: Hurts – Wonderful Life
:cd: Florence And The Machine – Howl
:cd: Rihanna – Diamonds
:cd: The Wanted – Chasing The Sun
:cd: Emmy Rossum – Slow Me Down
:cd: Kamelot – Karma

:star: RULES
1) You need to draw an art SPECIALLY for this contest and note it in the description in your work. It will be okay, if you added an icon of our group either.
Something like: "My entry's for the :iconutanoprince-sama-fc:'s contest.
2) No art-BASES and REDRAWING of art by another people/official art.
3) You need to point at the song which you chose.
4) ONLY FULL COLOURED WORKS! Sketches or bad quality photos won't be accepted!
5) Shounen-ai is okay (because of a lot of popularity it in the world now), but NO HENTAI or R18 art!! The better way is to draw classic couple Haruka+ guy whose you love.
6) Only 1-2 works per one person, please.
7) After finishing contest, I'll create a special poll and all members may vote for works which like// The winners will be announced within 1 day after the voting ends.
But not only your opinion: admins also evaluate contest works according these paragraphs:

Creativity*Compliance with rules*Complication* Music plot accordance

:star: DATES
Contest runs from April 7 until June 1. Late entries will not be entertained! Please, hurry and don't postpone your contest work on last days/hours.

Waiting for your entries HERE.


All 3 winners have an opportunity to receive 1 month of feature on the group's main page ^_~

1 place:
:bulletgreen: Uta Pri NOTE: almost A4-format (18x25,6cm) (*Hetiru)
:bulletyellow: One month Premium Membership (*Hetiru)
:bulletgreen: Upper body fanart of your fav char + Llama + Watch + Fav on one of your drawings (*Kanaramoon)
:bulletyellow: 250 :points: (*Ralu11)
:bulletgreen: Half body + Chibi + pixel icon of your fav character (*Airipie)
:bulletyellow: Cosplay friendsign (*Recchinon )
:bulletgreen: Digital Waist-up sketch of UtaPri character of choice (*ShiroNiji)
:bulletyellow: Cosplay friendsign (*Puccadollme )
:bulletgreen: Llama (*BalloonBear )
:bulletyellow: 1-3 full body characters (boy or girl) traditional drawing coloured+llama+watch (*Yanako-Chan)
:bulletgreen: Full coloured art (*Megasak)
:bulletyellow: Digital art- Full body, colored [character of choice from UtanoPrince] with background (*ShinjiDua)
:bulletgreen:  Full set (all 6) cell phone charms (*WanabiEPICdesigns) -

2 place:
:bulletgreen: Postcard with a UtaPri guy on your choice (*Hetiru)
:bulletyellow: Chibi of any UtaPri character (*tshuki)
:bulletgreen: Normal body drawing (*Ralu11)
:bulletyellow: Upper body fanart of your fav char + Llama + Watch (*Kanaramoon)
:bulletgreen: Chibi of your fav character (*Airipie)
:bulletyellow: Cosplay friendsign (*Recchinon )
:bulletgreen: Llama (*BalloonBear )
:bulletyellow: Half body coloured traditional drawing (boy or girl) +l lama + watch (*Yanako-Chan)
:bulletgreen: Digital art- Full body, colored [character of choice from UtanoPrince] without background (*ShinjiDua)
:bulletyellow: 100 :points: (*Hetiru)
:bulletgreen: 3 cell phone charms on your choice (*WanabiEPICdesigns) -

3 place:
:bulletgreen: Postcard with a UtaPri guy on your choice (*Hetiru)
:bulletyellow: Normal body drawing (*Ralu11)
:bulletgreen: Upper body fanart of your fav char + Llama (*Kanaramoon)
:bulletyellow: Cosplay friendsign (*Recchinon )
:bulletgreen: Llama (*BalloonBear )
:bulletyellow: A chibi full body coloured no background + llama + watch (*Yanako-Chan)
:bulletgreen: Digital art- Full body, black & white [character of choice from UtanoPrince] without background (*ShinjiDua)
:bulletyellow: 50 :points: (*Hetiru)
:bulletgreen: 2 cell phone charms on your choice (*WanabiEPICdesigns) -

If you have a question, just ask in the comments! :heart:
Any advertisement are WELCOME!
It will be nice if more people find out info about this contest!

Uta Pri Stampo two by LunaticTrix
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Hey ShojoBeat fans :wave:

Last year was my first year running this group, on my own. I had my ups and downs working on this group alone, but again like last year; I promise to keep working on this group so that it will keep growing and expanding. I hope those of you who read these journals, or stumble upon them once in awhile, will support me. To encourage this change, I have a few brief questions I'd like you to answer if you get the chance, be honest about your answers is all I ask. Don't be afraid to recommend a favorite, write a review, or suggest something for the group to do!

1. Does this group engage you to participate in the contests, submit drawings, or read the manga series listed? How?
2. Does this group have enough variety in submissions?
3. Do you feel welcome to contribute to the group?
4. I manage this group by myself, do you think some CoFounders/Contributors would be helpful?

:star::star: It's also time for our second annual ShojoBeat :love: Valentine's Day/ White Day Contest:love:!!
:bulletred:Theme: Valentine's Day/ White Day gift exchange
:bulletpink::star: Deadline: March 14th 2013, aka White Day
:bulletred: Medium: Drawing, digital and traditional

1. It must portray a ShojoBeat couple, from any of the series listed, in a Valentine's Day or White Day setting. No crossover couples, or Oc's please. Any type of pairing, canon, crack, etc is acceptable.
2. The entry must be a NEW deviation; redraws are acceptable as long as the new versions is submitted. All work must be original.
3. No incomplete works aka line arts or W.I.P.'s are acceptable.
4. If another group is having a similar contest, you may use that same entry in this group, as long as it meets Guidelines above, and the other group allows it.
:star:5. Please NOTE the group with a link to your submission.
6. And most importantly have fun and be creative!

1st: A choice between the complete series of 'Blank Slate' or 'Beast Master', plus a llama from me if you haven't received one before, 15 points
2nd: A choice between 'Wanted' or 'Heaven's Will' both complete in one volume, plus a llama, 10 points
3rd: A choice between volume 1 or 'Grand Guignol Orchestra' or 'Backstage Prince', plus a llama, 5 points

:new:Our first entry!!! And our first submission to Beauty is the Beast! by locokiraz
:new: Our second entry… by Kuroriku

:bulletblue: I have also added a crossover folder for this group; please feel free to submit there when you have a crossover of any sort to submit. :)

Inspiration: New, fresh, changes, beginning, moving forward.

:star::rose:Our manga of the month is: Oresama Teacher by Izumi Tsubaki!

:rose: Description by Viz Media: "Mafuyu is the no-nonsense, take-charge and hard-hitting leader of her high school gang. But when she gets expelled for being a delinquent, her mother, fed up with her daughter's wayward ways, sends Mafuyu to an isolated school far off in the country.  Determined to make the best of the situation and make her mother proud, Mafuyu decides to turn over a new, feminine, well-behaved leaf. But her fighting spirit can't be kept down, and the night before school starts she finds herself defending some guy who's getting beaten up. One slip wouldn't have been a problem, except the guy is…her teacher?! How can Mafuyu learn to be a good girl if her teacher won't let her forget her wicked past?"

:rose: Review: :iconequestrian-equine: from :iconoresamateacherfc: has offered up this brief synopsis: "Kurosaki Mafuyu has always been a troublemaker; leader of her middle school gang, a tomboyish girl who wins all the fights. As a result, she's sent to the school that all the bad kids go to, Midorigaoka, and she unexpectedly meets an old acquaintance: Her homeroom teacher is her old next door neighbor, the boy who headed her school's gang before her. He's sort of her idol, but more like a troublemaker. Anyway, she happens upon many new and interesting friends, including a boy who fights by her side, the real gang leader (who's really just a kind boy, at heart), a ninja, and a student council president with more than just a plot behind him, already in action. Mafuyu assumes two identities, and bizarre ones at that, and thus continues Oresama Teacher, the zany story of a wild girl and her odd, but good-hearted friends."

:rose: Other series by Izumi Tsubaki: Chijimete Distance,The Magic Touch (SB title!!), Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun.

:rose: Groups for this series: :iconoresamateacherfc:

Affilate Contests:

:iconsaimono: has a new contest, here are the details:
Theme : Friendship/Courtship/Hatred/Love
Duration : 20 November 2012 – 20 March 2013
Media : Traditional, digital, pixel art, artisan crafts, cosplay, comics, animation - all acceptable – but no literature, no Ocs, and no Mature filters.
Details/Rules : contest blog…

Theme: Masquerade
Duration: Now- January 31st 2013
Media: All
Details/Rules: nostalgia-azekifc.deviantart.c…

Theme: First glimpse/ First Meeting or Gothic Romance
Duration: January 7th throught Feburay 14th
Media: Traditinal and Digital Drawings, fan fiction

That's all for now!! I hope to see many wonderful entries, and a ton of new art this year!

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So I went through all of the Spongebob episodes, and marked the ones that I know are bad as animated atrocities. Do you know how many I found? No seriously, guess. 84. And then I went through it again and counted 89. Let me say that these are the ones that I've seen (I'm unfamiliar with most of season 8 and 9). You don't believe me? You seriously don't believe me? Here's a list of all of the animated atrocities that I've counted and a brief reason to why they're an atrocity. I can't believe I'm saying this, but please tell me if there's any that I missed:

  1. 37B: I'm With Stupid – Patrick's stupidity is flanderized, making him thoroughly unlikeable.

  2. 51: Party Pooper Pants – Spongebob is really unlikeable in this particular episode.

  3. 55A: The Great Snail Race – Spongebob is exceptionally cruel to Gary in this episode.

  4. 64b: Good Neighbors – The episode has Spongebob and Patrick ruin Squidward's day,and punishes him at the end in a half-assed attempt at trying to make a two-sided conflict, which forces you to lose no matter who you root for.

  5. 65b: Funny Pants – Annoying with a plot that doesn't make any sense.

  6. 71b: Karate Island – An all together stupid special that makes Spongebob unlikeable just so Sandy could look good in comparison.

  7. 72a: All that Glitters – A mean-spirited episode with a half-assed moral

  8. 76a: The Thing – A rip-off of Jellyfishing with no charm whatsoever.

  9. 79b: Squid Wood – a frankly stupid plot to put Squidward at the ass of cruel and unnecesarrily jokes.

  10. 80a: Best Day Ever – A boring ratings trap, and nothing more than that. The only thing noteable is how unnecessary this is.

  11. 80b: The Gift of Gum – One of the earliest examples of a horrendous gross-out.

  12. 82b: Night Light – Spongebob, well on his way through flanderization, is afraid of the dark now.

  13. 83a: Rise and Shine – Ever wonder what Patrick does in the morning? No? Exactly.

  14. 83b: Waiting – Nothing happens

  15. 83c: Fungus Among Us – It's just another gross-out.

  16. 84b: Boat Smarts – Right kids, by wearing your seatbelt, checking your tires, and keeping your eyes on the road you'll be beaten, maimed, flattened and nearly killed.  

  17. 84c: Good Ol' Whatshisname – Pointless. It's weak even for a Squidward torture porn.

  18. 87a: To Love a Patty – Yay! Paraphillia, because that's funny.  

  19. 87b: Breath of Fresh Squidward – Squidward gets his personality to be more like Spongebob through an electric shock and gives Spongebob a taste of his own medicine, and we're supposed to root for Spongebob.

  20. 90a: A Flea in Her Dome – Weak, pointless, meh.

  21. 92: Atlantis Squarepantis – terrible musical numbers, wasted David Bowie, not a scrap of creativity.

  22. 98: What Ever Happened to Spongebob? -- Infamous for holding the most disturbing face in the show, along with being cliched, and all together pointless.

  23. 99b: SpongeHenge – PieGuyRulz said it best, it's like a parody to a movie that doesn't even exist.

  24. 100b: Stanley S. SquarePants – Want to see Season 7 Spongebob 2 seasons early?

  25. 101a: House Fancy – Toenail.

  26. 102b: Nautical Novice – The status quo is the worst fucking god that could ever exist.

  27. 104b: Gone – Cruel, meanspirited, creepy.

  28. 105a: The Splinter – Perhaps the most infamous episode of the show; it's a terrible gross-out, aimed at 7-12 year old kids.

  29. 105b: Slide Whistle Stooges – Annoying.

  30. 106b: Sun Bleached – Sun bleached Spongebob and Patrick are gross. I don't like looking at them.

  31. 107a: Giant Squidward – Another useless Squidward torture porn.

  32. 108b: Plankton's Regular – TV tropes calls it "yanking the dog's chain," and it has never been done more cruelly than it was done here.

  33. 109a: Boating Buddies – Squidward torture porn at it's absolute finest with logic taking a backseat to make Squidward's life miserable.

  34. 109b: The Krabby Kronicle – A vicious newspaper rumor plot that ends with Krabs, sort of getting rewarded. I think we're supposed to infer that he's going to get arrested for counterfeiting, but it's half-assed to the nth degree.

  35. 111: SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One – Waste of Johnny Depp and waste of time.

  36. 112a: Porous Pockets – So all it takes is money to split the life-long friendship. It's sad to know that come the later seasons this almost seems reasonable.

  37. 112b: Choir Boys – Wow Spongebob is an asshole.

  38. 113b: The Card – Wow Patrick is an asshole.

  39. 114a: Dear Vikings – Why I will NEVER take the Emmy's seriously.

  40. 114b: Ditchin' – Modern Spongebob and your funny, funny, funny attempts at morals. It's almost cute.

  41. 115b Cephalopod Lodge – Spongebob "Squidward is happy, I need to find out why!" WHY THE FUCK DO YOU CARE!?

  42. 116a Squid's Visit – Thanks for the nightmares.

  43. 116b: To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants – let's make a plot where our main character gets a new outfit. No wait, let's make it a special episode!

  44. 117a: Shuffleboarding – This is what happens when you've got 2 ideas that you want to write at the same time and you have no talent whatsoever.

  45. 117b: Professor Squidward – Another Squidward torture porn

  46. 118a: Pet or Pests – It's almost like a proto A Pal With Gary, just without the Gary abuse.

  47. 199a: Gullible Pants – Let's rip off Squid's Day Off

  48. 120b: Toy Store of Doom – A "Patrick's a Prick" episode.

  49. 123/124: Truth or SquareLies!

  50. 125a: Pineapple Fever – Squidward is shoehorned in just to torture him.

  51. 126: The Clash of Triton – Let's have a battle with no battle.

  52. 127a: Tentacle-Vision – Squidward torture porn.

  53. 128b: Stuck in the Wringer – Patrick's a prick episode.

  54. 129a: Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy – Rip-off of Imitation Krabs, mean-spirited Sandy torture porn.

  55. 130a: Greasy Buffoons – Another stupid gross-out.

  56. 131a: Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful – Close but no cigar, a Squidward torture porn that actually has redemtive qualities. It could have worked if the writers had talent, skill, or somewhat decent care of the overall product.

  57. 131b: A Pal for Gary – There are no words to describe the horror of this episode.

  58. 132a: Yours, Mine, and Mine – The prime Patrick's a prick episode. Also, it seemed to gain some inspiration from To Love a Patty.

  59. 132b: Kracked Krabs – Mr. Krabs gets nominated for being the cheapest crab alive, and is actually excited by that.

  60. 134: Spongebob's Last Stand – Just another preachy Earth Day special.

  61. 136a: A Day Without Tears – Ugh, too much saccharine sap.

  62. 136b: Summer Job – It's a rip-off of Boating Buddies (with Mrs. Puff instead of Squidward) that shits all over Krusty Love.

  63. 137a: One Coarse Meal – Ha ha, driving someone to attempt suicide is hilarious! Oh by the way, certain species of whales also eat crabs...

  64. 138b: Rodeo Daze – Stupidity personified.

  65. 141b: The Main Drain – lack of logic plot.

  66. 142a: Trenchbillies – Yay, stereotypes and hints of inbreeding.

  67. 142b: Sponge-Cano! -- Squidward torture porn (and an exceptionally stupid one at that).

  68. 146a: The Abrasive Side – People kept telling me that this was like Putting Your Hoof Down in Spongebob. It's not; it's the Goosebumps book The Haunted Mask in Spongebob, that ends with the victim in misery.

  69. 147a: Hide and Then What Happens? -- Flanderization at its finest...

  70. 149a: You Don't Know Sponge – Nope, this is. First Patrick didn't know how to play Hide and Seek, and now he doesn't know what shape Spongebob is. According to the Spongebob wikia: "This episode reveals that Patrick knows nothing about SpongeBob, not even the most simple things about him "

  71. 149b: Tunnel of Glove – stupid.

  72. 154a: Drive Thru – pointless.

  73. 155b: Sentimental Sponge – An episode about Spongebob becoming a horder indirectly becomes a Squidward torture porn.

  74. 156: Frozen Face-Off – I thought we already did The Great Snail Race where Gary was tormented pulling a sled. Oh wait, in this one he's pulling the whole damn cast.

  75. 165a: House Sittin' for Sandy – Shoehorning the entire plot into the last minute of the episode? Really?

  76. 165b: Smoothe Jazz at Bikini Bottom – Patrick is a prick episode.

  77. 168a: Restraining Spongebob – Squidward gets a restraining order against Spongebob, so the writers have Patrick torment him.

  78. 169a: Are You Happy Now? -- Depressing episode, with 2 jokes about suicide done for no other reason than shock value.

  79. 170b: Home Sweet Rubble – A pointless episode that yet again rips off another earlier, better episode.

  80. 171a: Karen 2.0 –Yup, you guys were right. It's not good.

  81. 171b: InSPONGEiac – Characters acting stupid for nonsense.

  82. 172a: Face Freeze! -- Let's make stupid faces for 11 minutes...

  83. 172b: Glove World R.I.P. -- A terribly broken plot with almost nothing happening.

  84. 173b: Demolition Doofus – Mrs. Puff tries to outright murder Spongebob.

  85. 177b: Move It or Lose It – A slap-in-the-face ending, rendering the entire episode pointless.

  86. 181b: Squid Baby – I'm still not convinced that this isn't someone's bizarre fetish porn.

  87. 182a: Little Yellow Book – In the later seasons it's hard to make Squidward unlikeable, but they found a way.

  88. 183a: Eek, an Urchin! -- Because gang rape is funny.

  89. 189: Spongebob You're Fired! -- Let's rip off every mediocre episode, have nothing happen, load it with filler, cheap jokes, have a thousand plots that go nowhere, make several characters extremely unlikeable, and call it a special.

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Thanks to everyone for participating ;v; :huggle::heart:

The winner is... >v< :iconohsquishy:
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see you in the next raffle ;v; thanks :heart: >v<

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Hi :heart:
Due the upcoming of holidays may I'll not be able to do it so I decided to do it now ;v; a little raffle to thank you all for the support ;; <3
This time I change the raffle prize ;v; :heart:
You can win a commission like the one above ;v; click the deviation to read everything you'll win in this type of commission ( 6 drawing in one page *v* <3 )
Hope you like it >v< :heart::la:
Thanks again ;; I love you :blowkiss:

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