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What is a Daily Deviation?

The Daily Deviation is a daily feature chosen from the galleries here on deviantART.

A small assortment of submissions are chosen each day by a select group of staff/volunteer members who wish to showcase an image which they found impressive or otherwise interesting enough to deserve being brought to the attention of the community-at-large.

The staff/volunteer members responsible for selecting submissions for the daily feature often are open to suggestions and individual community members may direct their attention by noting the appropriate Community Volunteer or staff member with a direct link to the deviation which you are suggesting and a brief description about why you think the work in question should be featured.

FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?
FAQ #313: How can I find out if someone already has a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?



How To Suggest a Daily Deviation:

:pointr:-Find a deviation on deviantART that you would like to see featured.

:pointr:-Take notice of the deviations category. Example: Traditional, Digital etc

:pointr:-Find the appropriate deviantART Gallery Moderator that Moderates the category that the deviation is in.
Links are provided in this Blog that show every Moderator and their Respective Sections.

:pointr:-Send a note to the Gallery Moderator. Title: "Daily Deviation Suggestion" or something to that effect

:pointr:-Make sure you paste the link and/or thumbnail of the deviation you are suggesting in the note (preferably a thumbnail)
The "thumb" code is on the right side of each image description. Copy the thumb code, it will show a thumbnail of the image when pasted in the note.

:pointr:-Leave a short description of why you think the piece should become a DD if you wish.

:pointr:-Send note


Some things you should know

Anyone can suggest a daily deviation. Suggesting someones work for a DD could give that artist the opportunity to reach a much larger audience and gain more exposure. It only takes a few minutes, and it will really make someones day. Try to suggest one as often as possible!

Remember that as a general rule recipients must wait at least 3 months from receiving their last DD before they are eligible for a new one. So if a person has received a DD in the last 3 months, wait a while before suggesting another of their works.

Certain Gallery Moderators and Staff may have specific details on how to suggest Daily Deviations to them. I suggest that you scan their front page for any specific information before suggesting one.

Moderators do receive a lot of suggestions, so not every piece that you suggest may become a DD.
Also keep in mind that due to the sheer volume of notes that Gallery Moderators receive, you may or may not receive a reply.
So be remain both persistent and patient, and your diligence will pay off!
Remember that you are doing this as an act of kindness.


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Read more about our contest:
:bulletwhite: Theme :bulletwhite: Rules :bulletwhite: Submitting :bulletwhite: Prizes :bulletwhite: Judging :bulletwhite: Feature :bulletwhite:

Over 1000:points: and Art!!!

After all this time of planning and waiting... IT'S FINALLY HERE!!! Our first Contest.

Contest has ended!

:new:The winners will be announced in about 2 weeks

Contest starts July 1st
Contest ends August 31st
Contest ends September 30th


The contest will be canceled if we don't have at least 20 participants.

:bulletred::bulletred::bulletorange::bulletorange::bulletyellow::bulletyellow::bulletgreen::bulletgreen: Theme Of the Contest :bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletyellow::bulletyellow::bulletorange::bulletorange::bulletred::bulletred:

:bulletred::bulletred::bulletorange::bulletorange::bulletyellow::bulletyellow::bulletgreen::bulletgreen: Elves :bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletyellow::bulletyellow::bulletorange::bulletorange::bulletred::bulletred:

So, our contest will be all about elves. Now it's not going to be so easy as drawing a well dressed elf ;P, you will have to do more.

:bulletred:   There must be at least 1 elven character in your drawing.
:bulletgreen:   Main color pallet must be red:bulletred:green:bulletgreen:yellow:bulletyellow:. One of the colors can be more present than the others as long as all 3 are the dominant ones. Also that doesn't mean you can't use other bits of the other colors as well, but if you can integrate yourself in only the 3 main colors even better.
:bulletyellow:   Your character/s must be in a summer scenario



01.   Your deviation must be NEW;submitted after the date June 01st 2014. And you can enter only 1 time.
02.   You have to be a member of our group or member of an affiliate that is participating in the contest, you can find the participating groups below.
03.   We accept Digital and Traditional Art; Pixel Art is also accepted. Only finished products are accepted; sketches, line-art, unfinished works will be ignored.
04.   We do NOT accept Photomanipulations, 3D art.
05.   Fan Art is accepted, but that doesn't mean you can "copy paste" from an manga/anime/game/movies.
06.   Collaborations accepted, please give the necessary credits in your comment.
07.   If you are doing traditional art make sure your scan/photo is high quality, low quality scan/photo is not accepted.
08.   In your comment specify that it's for our contest, please include our groups name or icon ( ShinesOfMystery or :iconshinesofmystery:)
09.   We do NOT accept stolen art, copying, tracing..., BE ORIGINAL and create your own.
10.   If you are a judge/prize donor you are allowed to participate but please respect the rules:
        :bulletwhite:    Judges can NOT vote for them selfs.
        :bulletwhite:    Prize donors will NOT receive the prize donated by them if they win, it will go to someone else.
11.   Respect the dA rules: about.deviantart.com/policy/se…

If you will participate in the contest please let us know by posting a comment here at the journal.

:bulletred::bulletred::bulletorange::bulletorange::bulletyellow::bulletyellow::bulletgreen::bulletgreen: Submitting :bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletyellow::bulletyellow::bulletorange::bulletorange::bulletred::bulletred:


Send a note to our group, in the note add a thumb of your entry.
All entries can be found here:


-- View All Entries --



:bulletred::bulletred::bulletorange::bulletorange::bulletyellow::bulletyellow::bulletgreen::bulletgreen: Prizes :bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletyellow::bulletyellow::bulletorange::bulletorange::bulletred::bulletred:


:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: 1st :bulletyellow::bulletyellow:
350:points: from ShinesDonations
130:points: from Bliood-Kira
1 digital painting from Bliood-Kira
1 digital painting from Asderuki
1 art piece from buenodavista
:new:1 pixel art from Twin-Trinkets
:new: 1 chiby from Cardenia
:bulletgreen::bulletgreen: 2nd :bulletgreen::bulletgreen:
330:points: from ShinesDonations
130:points: from Bliood-Kira
1 colored character design from Bliood-Kira
1 lineart from Asderuki
1 character sketch from Flane-kanja
:new:1 animated pixel icon from Cardenia
:bulletred::bulletred: 3rd :bulletred::bulletred:
320:points: from ShinesDonations
120:points: from Bliood-Kira
1 lineart from Bliood-Kira
1 character sketch from Asderuki
:new:1 art piece winner's choice from RebbyLou


Winner's Package to all winners from :iconanothercontestgroup:
1 month feature to all winners from :iconshinesdonations::iconshinesofmystery:
1 feature to all winners from :iconbliood-kira:;:iconrebbylou:;:iconfairy-tale-fantasy:; :icontimeless-elves:; :iconden-of-elves:; :iconfreeyourfantasy:; :iconoriginal-fantasy:; :iconasangelsareborn:; :iconfantasycreators:; :iconfantasy-dwellers:
1 mention to all participants from :iconbliood-kira::iconshinesdonations::iconshinesofmystery:
:new:Comments and Favorites from :iconrebbylou:
:new: Llama Badges to all winers from :iconbluebitart:



If you want to donate a prize please comment below or send us a note.

:bulletred::bulletred::bulletorange::bulletorange::bulletyellow::bulletyellow::bulletgreen::bulletgreen: Judging :bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletyellow::bulletyellow::bulletorange::bulletorange::bulletred::bulletred:


1st Phase:

Our Judges will choose their favorite top 5 entries, which will then be sorted out by the number of votes and the first 10 will be displayed in a journal.
If we think there are some deviations that truly deserve a chance and didn't make it into the top we will put a pool voting as well.

Also in this phase the judges will have to give a small comment on the first 3 entries they choose, why do they think they deserve to win, some of these messages will be displayed to let people know why they where chosen.

2nd Phase:

Bliood-Kira MaddalinaMocanu will choose the top 3 winners.

The Judges:
:iconbliood-kira: :iconmetal-quill: :iconfiercebabydoll: :iconwindklang:
:icontwin-trinkets: :iconbuenodavista: :iconangevere:
We are still looking for judges, if you are interested. Please let us know by leaving a comment or sending a note to our group.

Why is the judging so elaborated?
We want it to be as fair as possible because everyone deserves a chance.



A big thank you to all the groups helping us with the contest.

:iconfairy-tale-fantasy: :icontimeless-elves: :iconden-of-elves:
:iconfreeyourfantasy: :iconoriginal-fantasy: :iconasangelsareborn:
:iconfantasycreators: :iconfantasy-dwellers:


Feature
You don't know what to do???
Here is some inspiration for you, just don't forget about our rules :D
Also if you have any questions, don't be shy to ask :)

You need heal by KEKSE0719 Elf princessA by zinnaDu lulu-Legend of the Cryptids1 by liangxinxin Nissa, Worldwaker by PeteMohrbacher
Blood Elf Hunter by AnaZC elf in wood by jasson78 Cirandiel Starhawk by Serathus Tyrande Whisperwind by Nightblue-art
Elf by asuka111 Luka by Zolaida Meredit by DianaKeehl Spellbound by Zephyri
notherrrr Elf by DavidRapozaArt Elf cleric by SKtneh Commission - In the Eversong Woods by LiberLibelula Commission: Ehri Skywing by Kurtssingh
Blood Knight in vacation by lazyseal8 Summer Night by SonyaM Arenthia by Clouded-3D



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EDIT! EDIT! EDIT!
PLEASE READ THIS!

I will say this once, and once alone. You are to follow these rules, or I will cut this whole thing off. I'm already starting to get nervous with these guys being shelled out to people that aren't even taking the time to read my rules, or do a good job on this.

I want to share my species, but they are special to me, ESPECIALLY my Furdragons! My FURSONA is of this species, and I want to ensure that each one made in this time period is well thought out, and owned by people that will take good care of them. Because if you make one, and don't draw it ever again, I will not allow you to have it anymore, and I will make you change the character to something else.

Do not reference off my artwork.... please. That defeats the purpose of you drawing your own characters of the species... I even offered to do free sketches of poses or redlines for you guys if you needed help. I'm not doing this to be mean, I just want to make sure you can actually draw them without issue, you know? I don't have a line art or a template for you to use because I want you to do it yourself. It's going to be /your/ character, please don't make it look like mine.

Random ass people I don't even know are noting me with designs, and just no. If I do not know you- don't assume I'm going to say "okay, have my most precious species." Some of you seem cool, and I'm okay with that, but do not ruin this for me.

I will never share my things again if this goes haywire.

Thank you...


I will only be allowing people to make them over the next couple of days, so if you really want a Greater Furdragon, please keep reading this!

What is a Greater Furdragon?
Scientific Name: maius pellis draconis
Common name: Greater Furdragon
Type: Furred/Winged Dragon

Average Height: 12'6" (At the shoulders)
Average Weight: 2500 lbs. (Can grow much heavier)
Average Wingspan: 34' (This varies greatly upon the individual)
Average Lifespan: 90-120 years.
Male to Female Ratio: 5:2

General:
- They all have wings, in both Feral and Anthro form, but can be drawn without them if you choose.
- You are able to give them horns, add or remove fur from anywhere on the body except for the neck.
- They typically walk with their head low.
- They have fully rotating, long ears, which typically have a light colored fur on the inside.
- They have forked tongues, which are always the same neon color as the eyes, paw pads, and the inside of the nostrils.
- They have long, thin faces, similar to a Sergal (if you don't know what a Sergal looks like: 43616b65537079.deviantart.com/… )
- Furdragons have a diet of mainly fruits and vegetables, but do eat meats like fish or poultry.
- The species communicates like humans do.
- Furdragons have 3 fingers and a thumb on their hands. Their feet only have three toes.
- Coloration can be any 3 to 7 colors, but are typically slightly (if not completely) dull compared to the neon colored flesh. (Which can be any neon color)
- They all have very human like personalities. (they can wear clothes or accessories as well if you choose)

Feral Form:
Greater Furdragon: Prius Reference: Feral by lambomill
Anthro Form:
Prius Reference by lambomill

NOTE: If you have any questions, please ask me. C:
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What do I have to do to make a Greater Furdragon?
All you have to do is make up your character and give them a full reference sheet! Yes, this means you will have to draw them, but I am trying to make sure that everyone who makes one will take good care of it. this is not a collectible species, and I do expect everyone to take good care of these characters if they make one. This means I will be checking to see if you draw them every once in a while, if not often. (though I don't expect you to draw them all the time unless you really want to lol.)

What should your sheet include?
At the VERY least:
- A full body image of your Furdragon in Feral form.
- A full body image of your Furdragon in Anthro form. (I will offer help to anyone who asks, be it redlines, poses, etc,.)
- A diagram of the patterns on the Furdragon's wings.
- A NAME, AGE, GENDER, and PERSONALITY profile. (The more information you write down, the better)
- Credit to the species.

Any and all additional information is acceptable, and if I see a couple of really well done characters, I may wind up drawing them for people.

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-sketch when u feel a burning flame in your heart.
-keep a list of things u want to draw for when the flames are burnin but the brain's not churnin
-don't try to draw if u feel empty and sad, go outside and flail ur legs back and forth instead, write off entire weeks for exercise and doing real life instead of art if you gotta, it's not something u'll forget how do so don't stress
-you can draw anytime even in the morning if you want to 
-especially try to do the good lineart on the faces and eyes early in the day before the coffee kicks in
-don't start with the eyes don't start with the eyes DON'T start with the eyes start with the hair to warm up your pencil THEN do the eyes
-pray/dance/meditate before u pencil the eyes
-don't erase it, just transform tool on the computer
-what is traditional media? its where you lower your standards and try to calm down, good luck with patience
-back up BACK UP hold ur paper far away from your face and unfold that pretzel of a spine to check on things now and then
-sitting up straight helps u draw people sitting up straight
-pose it out with your own body so u get a feel for the pose
-do use reference but for the love of fuck use a photo or a mirror plus an anatomy book to solve limbs and joints (peck's anatomy for artists) NOT someone else's hard-wrought creations
-draw for the joy of it
-there is sadness in the world and it may be causing you to not sleep and maybe your eyes hurt and your head hurts and the tears keep coming out but there's blank paper in your home so just try to survive until you feel safe and happy again and can reunite with your love the drawings
-if you feel lonely, find friends, somewhere, don't be afraid to reach out in your journal and share your sadness or share it with others even complete strangers or even write it down and don't share it. it can really help to write to get back to a place of draw. if it doesn't work that's ok
-you don't have to draw every day if you draw a whole bunch of things in little bursts after long gestational periods that's ok and normal, everyone works differently 
-staying in your chair is a valid form of dance
-don't cry
-yes, cry
-recycle your old drawings to make room for the new ones
-it takes thousands and thousands of drawings before you get good so slay that paper
-the average human needs 3 hugs a day
-sometimes one side of the paper is shitty but the other side is nice and smooth. wtf. 
-if you need a new tablet, don't feel pressured to make beautiful digital art like everyone else who has a goddamn cintiq and a real job, the old fashioned tears and paper is just fine 
-drawing kissing is a complex and highly underrated, valid form of posing practise
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Themed Art Competition!

SMASH! wouldn’t be the same without our Themed Art Competition, now would it? So step right up, get your thinking caps on and get that creative spark on fire! This year we want to see your imaginations run wild and take our lovable mascots to places they’ve never been. This year’s theme is…

Fairytale SMASH!

Did Cyrus and Skadi grow up reading fairy tales like we did? Well, they’ve discovered a few Grimm tales and want to export some of them to their home planet. Help them illustrate these tales for their people and work them into one! Do what you will with the fairytale – reverse it, twist it, flip it on its head. As long as our sibling mascots are involved (and that we can tell it’s a fairytale), let the magic come alive!

Prizes

To be announced. Watch this space for wishing stars!

Submission Guidelines

• To enter your artwork for Fairytale SMASH!, please bring your art submission to the art room and speak with one of our staff. You will be provided with a competition entry form to fill out and you will be in.

• Traditional medium artworks or digital prints are welcome!

• So you’re not inundated with ideas on what tales to pick, here’s a list of fairy tales that we’ll accept into the competition:

    ◦Snow White
    ◦Cinderella
    ◦The Frog Prince
    ◦Rapunzel
    ◦Hansel and Gretel
    ◦Puss in Boots
    ◦Sleeping Beauty
    ◦Little Red Riding Hood
    ◦Three Little Pigs
    ◦The Little Mermaid

• Entries can either be an illustration or sequential artwork (i.e., comic-book style).

• Be aware that your submission will be on display at the event. This may involve tape or thumbtacks, so we highly recommend that you bring a copy of your submission for display purposes. Please bring along the original for verification.

• Our judging criteria for Fairytale SMASH! are as follows:

    ◦ Execution: Technical expertise and mastery of the medium.
    ◦ Concept: Originality of your concept in adherence to the given theme.
    ◦ Aesthetics: How well your skill is applied to illustrate your concept and the overall visual appeal of your work.

Submissions close on Saturday, August 10 at 3:30pm.

Winners will be announced on the day.

Please keep in mind our art competition terms and conditions when deciding to participate.

Check out last years competition winner here: Crossover Winner 2012

SMASH! 2013 Themed Art Competition

Digital Art Competition!

Are you looking for the DeviantArt competition? Well, the digital landscape moves on and we’ve broadened the scope this year to include all online submissions. But wait, what’s the difference between this and our Themed Art Competition? The answer: You don’t have to attend SMASH! to enter! (Not that we encourage that, far from it!) If you can’t make it on SMASH! day, or you’d prefer a different theme, then this is the competition for you!

ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!

Our worst fears have come to life! The Zombie Apocalypse is upon us. What awaits our beloved mascots Cyrus and Skadi as they try to outwit the zombie horde? Help them survive the apocalypse and show us how you think they would face the walking dead! Are they running for their lives? Are they survivors running on supplies? Or have they found the cure under the umbrella of a large evil corporation? Whatever zombie cliché there is, we want you to show our mascots the meaning of Double Tap.

Prizes

To be announced! Watch this space for brains!

Submission Guidelines

• To enter your artwork for ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, please save your artwork as a PNG or JPG. Attach it to your email entry and send it off to our Arts Event Coordinator.

• Although this is a digital art competition, it doesn’t mean you can’t use a traditional medium - both digital artworks and scanned traditional artworks are welcome!

• Entries must be of reasonable size. Please keep dimensions below 3000x3000 pixels or below 5MB (megabytes). SMASH! reserves the right to resize your artwork if you do   not comply with this rule. If you do not wish for your artwork to be resized, we cannot accept your entry.

• Please note that in submitting your artwork for ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, you agree to allow the hosting of your entry on the SMASH! website.

• Our judging criteria for ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE are as follows:

   ◦ Execution: Technical expertise and mastery of the medium.
   ◦ Concept: Originality of your concept in adherence to the given theme.
   ◦ Aesthetics: How well your skill is applied to illustrate your concept and the overall visual appeal of your work.

Digital submissions close on Sunday, August 4 at 11:59pm.

Winners will be announced at SMASH!

Please keep in mind our art competition terms and conditions when deciding to participate.

SMASH! 2013 Digital Art Competition
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Dust, Gas, Dirt, Grass
Comes from stars from afar
Back in time which at one time did not exist
Now pass the torch to us for the time we persist
Here on this pale blue dot
To make our mark, to stay or not.
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aaand 11 years of work  finaly comes to fruition...

now to walk the full 12 issue journey.


and  to get it to here....whooo boy it took its steps
ooold ravine pages by nebezial
10 years ago this is how it looked....
and then got redrawn, changed and upgraded about 20 times, hundreds of pages discarded as i progressed
but now, it finally started. over these 4 years i have to get all twelve 160 page issues out... and the last one 200 pages

lots of work to do!
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  • Reading: scripts by my writer
  • Playing: diablo2
  • Eating: much less
  • Drinking: cofee
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Interstellar

Fri Oct 17, 2014, 5:23 PM
Interstellar by MachiavelliCro











Who needs enemy aliens — when the oddities of space travel itself are so mind–blowing?






A
s the following gallery of landscapes of deviantARTist–imagined other worlds well attests to — the natural desire of humans to explore and discover knows no bounds, not even the limits of the Earth’s atmospheric shell. Whatever’s out there, beyond our galaxy: we want to put eyes on it. But space travel presents quite a problem.



Even spaceships much faster than anything we’re technologically capable of engineering today would mean voyages to the closest inhabited or habitable world lasting not years — but generations. Exploring new worlds might mean signing up for excursions that would be “one way” and completed by our great–grandchildren, and that’s if we can figure out how to protect ourselves from space radiation. And for shorter outings with a return ticket to Earth? The “twin paradox” is the curious space–time phenomenon of returning to Earth just a few years later and older (by our perspective), only to find that all our friends and family have died of old age.







In the upcoming film, Interstellar
, Christopher Nolan takes a break from fighting hostile space aliens to return the “thought–provoking” vein of sci–fi pioneered by 2001 and The Right Stuff. Nolan has expressed a desire to return to the sense of wonder in intergalactic “exchanges” exemplified by Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. While Nolan was accused of crypto-neoconservative sympathies for his “Dark Trilogy” of Batman films, his Interstellar will now no doubt provoke the rage of climate change deniers by positing a climate–change devastated barely habitable Earth in the near future. A space mission via “wormholes” must first locate a habitable replacement for Earth and then race back to Earth for an organized exodus before the “twin paradox” accelerates the planet dying along with everyone the astronauts knew in life. Nolan’s focus is the human psyche’s necessary adaptations to the “future” paradoxes that we all might be facing sooner than we think.



Our future survival will depend upon how well we can evolve our perceptions of time and being.



In an
Empire interview
Christopher Nolan:







I do liken [Interstellar] to the blockbusters I grew up with as a kid, A lot of them by Spielberg. […] there’s a great spirit to films like Close Encounters and Jaws that I really wanted to try and capture, because I haven’t seen it in a very long time.”








You can’t pretend 2001 doesn’t exist when you're making Interstellar, But the other film I’d have to point to is The Right Stuff. […] It’s one of the great American movies and people don’t quite realize how great it is–probably because it’s four hours long!”











Your Thoughts







  1. Do you have any doubts about Climate Change?




  2. Do you believe there are other inhabitable worlds in our Universe?










Who needs enemy aliens — when the oddities of space travel itself are so mind–blowing?
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MTT species info

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 17, 2011, 8:56 AM

commissions

IMPORTANT UPDATE.
Wow. This got out of hand really fast. All of a sudden I have a ton of people making a ton of MTT characters all at once, popping out one right after the other. I really did not want it to turn out this way, these rules were meant to try and cut down on the amount of new MTTs being made, but that didn't work out like I wanted it to at all. Worked quite the opposite. So I'm sorry to say this, but the MTTs are now a closed species until further notice. Only way to get one from now on are adoption contests, which I will be hosting more often. Everyone who has already gotten permission for however many MTTs they asked of me, can still make theirs. Going back on my word like that would be lame. Again, I'm sorry, but I don't want to just wait until the fad blows over. The MTT species will stay closed for a while, but I am not sure how long exactly. Maybe a few months, maybe forever.
And I want to stress this is not because of any one certain person, so anyone doesn't have to feel guilty about this. No one needs to apologize.


Rules for creating your own MTT:
-From now on, you have to ask permission to create an MTT! Pretty much just so I know who you are – I probably won't decline anyone's request. Unless I have a real reason to. the only way to get one is through an adoption contest, or doing something significant for the MTT community as a whole, or by just being awesome lol.

-You will have to read all of this, pay attention while doing it and if you can't be arsed, you don't deserve to make an MTT.

-Check out :iconclubmtt: to get a general idea of what the species looks like

-You can show me a colored sketch or something like that before you complete a ref sheet, so I can point out any errors and you can correct them before proceeding. If you choose to skip this, you will change anything and everything I ask you to on the finished product. I WILL be stricter from now on – I won't let design errors slip by as easily as before.

-You will join ClubMTT and submit any and all pictures you draw of your or others' MTTs there- this is just so I can keep track of all the MTT owners and MTT art that's out there.

-You will credit me for the species whenever you post a picture of your or anyone else's MTT.

-If in doubt, ASK. I know I sound really bitchy here with these rules, but I don't bite |D I always appreciate it if people ask about something they are uncertain on rather than going ahead and doing it wrong.



Part 1: MTT species – general description and history
MTTs are much like a parasitic race of aliens. The whole race saps one place dry of life, then moves on to another planet, where they eliminate the original inhabitants and eventually make the planet uninhabitable.They have found such an inconspicuous way to do it though, that they are never met with resistance from the original inhabitants of the planet they have chosen to reside on, in this case, Earth.

Let's start off with the fact that MTTs have two "forms". One of them is their original, quadruped, blank-eyed and stick-legged form, often called the "draconic" form by inhabitants of the Earth, due to their vague resemblance of dragons more than anything else on Earth. This is the original form of the MTTs, what they started out with. MTTs were capable of taking on a similar form to that of the inhabitants of whatever planet they invaded, so as to be accepted by them as their own. This is known as the "humanoid" form, since its more often than not biped. Even while adapting to the form of the original inhabitants, MTTs always kept their original form, able to shift between the two whenever they wish, so as to preserve their own race.

The more time MTTs spend alongside another race, the more traits of said race their "humanoid" forms take on. Thus, with time, they look more and more like the original inhabitants, all the while keeping their original form. Becoming more and more like the original race, MTTs eventually gain enough genetic compatibility with the original race to produce offspring. Thus starts the integration of the other race to the MTT race. The MTT genes are dominant, so the offspring resembles a MTT more closely, while retaining only some traits of the other parent.

MTTs are highly resilient creatures. They are able to live in areas that are uninhabitable to most other organisms, being able to resist toxic substances in the air they breathe and being able to adapt to breathe almost anything. Half-MTTs gain most of these traits from their MTT parent. As such, MTTs often have no regard for the environment, because they'll be able to survive anyway. As the planet becomes more and more polluted, life gets harder and harder for the original inhabitants due to the pollution of the planet. They start going extinct, only their half-MTT offspring surviving. Eventually, the original inhabitants go extinct, and MTTs are left to rule the planet, until it becomes uninhabitable even for them. Then it is time to find another planet and race to leech off.

MTTs are a very fast-evolving (or morphing, if you will, because these changes are hardly ever permanent or last very long at all) race, developing from their last appearance to that of the new race they are trying to take over in a matter of decades or centuries at the most, depending on how big the changes that need to be made are. For example, MTTs have already developed quite human-ish faces, only retaining a bit bigger eyes than those of a normal human. Plantigrade legs are already appearing. Becoming genetically compatible enough to produce offspring is right next door. The color of their skin and their markings are the only thing that doesn't change.

This whole process is not something MTTs do consciously. It is programmed deep within the species' instincts and they act on behalf of it without realizing what they are doing.


Part 2: Dragon form

The ability to turn into their dragon form goes largely unused as it has no real purpose anymore on this planet. Back on the planet they were originally from, it was needed to make a faster escape from enemies of other species and other such things.


Body-
the body is of slender build and muscular. The neck can vary in length, it depends on the individual.

Color-
The base color can be white, black or something else entirely. It goes like this - Let's say we have a 1000 MTTs. Out of those, 700 are white, 290 are black and the remaining 10 have another color for the base color. So they are not exactly rare, but uncommon.

Markings-
Markings are always very bright, neon colours. They are usually simple geometric shapes like squares, circles and stripes and such, but there really is no limit with the markings and they can be however intricate. Usually the markings are in two colors, less often in one color and almost never more than 3 colors (not counting the base color!).

Blood-
Blood is always neon yellow.

Tail-
Tail is long and prehensile. (the ability to alter the length of their tail is gone now) Exact length varies from individual to individual, but the length of the tail tends to be in direct correspondence to the type of body – a more compact and stocky body will have a shorter tail while a lean and long body will have a long tail. See Extacee and Marijuana as examples.

Tail Holographs-
Every individual has holographic shapes surrounding their tail. Whether they make them visible or not is up to them. The holographics don't touch the tail at any point and float freely near the tail. They usually follow the markings on the body to an extent in terms of shape and design and are the same color as markings on the body. The size of them can vary from a small wisp to huge. The holographics make the same zwoom sound a lightsaber makes when moving :'D

Ears- Always pretty long and big. Earrings are popular. Inside of the ear is almost always the same color as the mouth.

Eyes-
1 to 5 pairs of big, round, white and expressionless eyes. Eyes can have different coloration, but that is usually due to an anomaly or disease, so it is not common.

Mouth-
The inside of the mouth is always one of the colors found on the body. So it can be a color of the markings, or even the base color! The teeth are white and very sharp. The tongue is looong and the whole length of it is housed in a neck cavity, but it's rarely brought out in its full length. Their saliva is the same color as the inside of the mouth and is a thick and gooey substance. It has a smell and taste of something sweet, like candy or fruits.

Legs-
The size and shape of the legs can be altered; however they can only have two shapes: the "normal" shape and stick shape. So basically they can change their legs to be long and thin sticks whenever they want. These sticks are good for fast getaway and stabbing people in the face.

Fingers & toes-
are just a bit different than ours. Instead of ending in a stubby nub with a nail on it, their fingers & toes smoothly taper to a thin point that is quite sharp. These sharp points present no danger unless harm is intended because their race has had this feature for eons and just as we are used to our sausage-fingers, they are used to their finger-daggers.  These make an effective stabbing weapon if enough force is used. This feature applies to their human form too.


Part  3:Human form

-Average height for guys is 6'3" and for girls it's 6'0", so they are actually not that much taller than humans.

-They are biped and have digitigrade feet.

-MTTs have tails, & they have the ability to make their tail-holographics appear in this form too

- However, they are not able to "stick-ify" their arms or legs when in human form.

- Markings generally remain the same as in dragon form, with some stuff moving around if necessary. An example of this is Marijuana's neck markings, that move to his back when in human form and Bouchon's shoulder marking that switches position a bit.

-Face is generally pretty human-looking. Eyes are bigger and brighter colored than your average human's. Have just one pair of eyes instead of the several they have in dragon form. Ears remain the same, and mouth color too.


Part 4: Reproduction
They have a very different reproductive system. Oh dear, let's see.
Basically, their reproductive organs are their tongues – and the part of transporting genetic information is done by their saliva.

So basically a male and a female will stick their tongues down eachother's throats – and that's MTT sex!

Sticking out one's tongue is not considered an obscene or sexual act as the tongue is also used for speaking and eating. However, licking someone else is indeed considered a sexual act and should not be done in public.

Saliva is basically the same as ours under normal conditions, colorless, no smell and fairly runny. In case of sexual excitement though, special glands start secreting the thick gooey, colored and fruity smelling saliva.


However, for the female to be fertilized, a certain minimum amount of the male's saliva needs to mix with her own and that generally takes time. So a quickie is a great way to avoid " pregnancy".

So. Now let's assume the female MTT's version of an egg cell is fertilized. It is actually situated in a hollow in the top part of their rib cage. And now, a kind of egg forms. It starts growing. And in about 3 months it will have become big enough so that it becomes painful for the female. What does she do now? Barf it out. This is a bit painful, but still nowhere near as difficult as giving birth is for a human. Well, then when the egg is regurgitated, it will continue growing rapidly for 1 month and has to be watched and cared for during that time, as it's important it doesn't get hurt or disturbed cause that could hurt or kill the baby. The egg is a perfect round shape and is the color of the mother's saliva.

So after that month is by, the hatchling baby will make its own way through the egg shell. They are pretty small after "hatching", about 1/3 a human newborn's size. Babies are very well-developed for such a short time, but not able to fend for themselves.

Babies are born pure white/black/other color and their markings will start coming in about 2 weeks into their life. A child will usually inherit one color from both of its parents. So let's say we have guy with green-and-blue markings and a girl with pink-and-red markings. They decide to have a kid, and the kid will be born with blue and pink markings!

From there, the MTT children grow and develop much like human kids, and take only a few years less to fully mature. But, as MTTs have adopted the human schooling system and other traditions, MTTs are still considered legal when they become 18. Their lifespans are similar to those of humans, rarely do they live to be older than 100 years.

Abortion is easy for MTTs and requires no medical assistance. When a female fears she might be pregnant, she will just regurgitate all that comes out, and if there is a small lump amidst a bunch of saliva, she will crush it. The egg is still just a lump of cells and doesn't even look like a baby yet. Doing this is legal to about 1 month into the pregnancy, further than that she would have to wait the 3 months and then give away the egg if the baby is not wanted. Even though pregnancy and giving birth is relatively easy for them, raising the child still takes as much time and responsibility.
What about interspecies copulation? As explained above, the MTTs are not yet genetically compatible with humans to produce offspring, but they do already have the necessary organs. Make of that what you will. Human-MTT couples are not an uncommon sight.

Part 5: Arrival on Earth and what life is like for humans

The MTTs and Zeros exist on Earth in an alternate reality.
The MTTs (nobody has any idea why they are called that) arrived on earth in the middle of 20th century. A fleet of spaceships full of these aliens who were seeking a new place to live after making their own planet unfit for life arrived on Earth. And as they were peaceful and promised great advances in technology, they were welcomed and quickly integrated into the human population. Mankind made a significant leap in technology and soon after the arrival of the aliens, humans made their first ventures into space.

Over time, Earth became sort of a place where all different races and cultures of the universe met - many different alien races can now be found on Earth, although MTTs remain the most plentiful, all the others combined making up about 7% of the whole population.

By the year 2200, Earth has become more and more polluted, hundreds and thousands of species of animals and plants have gone extinct, only the toughest and fastest to adapt surviving. All cities are now 3 times the size they were in the beginning of the 21nd century, so many cities have just melted together and there is very little free land. The sun almost never shines, as the whole sky is constantly covered in a thick layer of a mix of clouds, smoke and gases. World population is estimated to be at about 15 billion. Very little food can be grown by natural means due to the pollution, lack of sunlight and lack of land, so food is being produced by artificial means with artificial sunlight and artificial everything.

Such things as countries are gone. There is one global government and one global currency and one global language. Earth has become one big global village, there are no borders and cultural differences are small.

The human population is dwindling. Once at 6 billion, humans now max out at 5 million at the very most. Humans have almost died out due to their bodies not being able to cope with the level of pollution. Humans are considered an endangered species and measures are taken to ensure their survival.

There are 6 special reserves built for humans across the world near 6 major cities: New York, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Beijing, Tokyo & Sydney. Each of them basically resembles a gigantic bubble or tube (depending on the layout and design of the reserve) as they are essentially domes in which an artificial atmosphere is created and sustained so humans can live there as they once did outside the domes. Each of these reserves can fit ~ 800,000 to 1 000 000 people, depending on it's size, however they are all not filled to the most of their capacity. It is very expensive to run these reserves, and to cover at least some of it, there's a monthly tax everyone who is not human must pay.

It is possible for humans to survive outside these reserves, and many poor people, who simply cannot afford to get into the reserves, do. However, the lifespan of these humans is significantly shorter, they only live to be about 40-50 years old, if even that much. Their lives are marred by general frailness and frequent diseases. A human who has not lived outside in the pollution all their life and thus is not used to it, would find it hard to breathe and talk, would cough a lot and lose consciousness in a relatively short time. If a human needs to venture outside their reserve, special masks that supply enough oxygen are used.



Names:
So when MTTs arrived on Earth, wanting to fit in and not quite getting the point behind Earth names, the first MTT babies born on Earth were named after random earth objects. Some time later they realized their mistake, but it had already become a tradition. So MTTs often have very random names like Computer, Leaf, Alcohol, a band name, a car brand, whatever. Normal human names are also possible and so are whatever other names you can think of.
If you were one of those who read all of this, thank you C:

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so issue 1 is finally coming out this Wednesday and the reviews are pouring in

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aaand they seem to like it XD

buut for a democratic balance, i did find one  that pretty much reviews it as worst comic aver XD

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this is a very good thing. hype needs to be kept in check.

ultimately tho , like any other story, ravine is what you bring with you into it.
if you enter as a cynic, refusing to suspend your disbelief, it will be a pile of ass. same can be said for pretty much any story.

so good, reviews, bad reviews.. it ultimately doesn't matter, it is what you get from the story :)
i certainly do hope you enjoy it :)

update
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3 out of 5 rating here, and i loved the review, because the writer of it gets the challenge of writing a new world. fantasy books always take that bit of a first read adjustment... hell. first time i tried reading the game of thrones i gave up after 60 pages.. same goes for hobbit... but fantasy... good fantasy, takes its time to spread its wings.. and when it does.. well....
  • Listening to: rhapsody of fire nightwish
  • Reading: scripts by my writer
  • Playing: diablo2
  • Eating: much less
  • Drinking: cofee
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