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Thursday: Acronym Contest!

Thu Jul 19, 2012, 11:49 AM

:woohoo: It's another Thursday! Or as we call it, 


Why am I bringing up sad dogs in the Middle East, you ask? It's all part of this week's contest! :la:

This week, we're having an acronym contest! Your task is to spell out one or more of these words, and use each letter as the first letter to create a sentence. Your words should, generally, make a full sentence instead of a string of nonsense. 

:star: The three words are:

:bulletyellow: Thursday
:bulletyellow: Premium
:bulletyellow: Winner

Take my example above as inspiration for how these should be set up. You may choose to spell out one, two, or all three acronyms!

We'll choose six winners, two for each acronym, who will receive a mystery deviantWEAR t-shirt and deviantART stickers. These are shirts that are no longer available in the store! :wow: 

Winners will be chosen based on creativity, cleverness, sensibility, and inclusion of the proper letters. All entries must be submitted as comments to this journal by Tuesday, July 24th at 11:59:59 PM Los Angeles, CA, time. 

Will islands never not enter rehab? Show us your acronyms and you could win! :eager:

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My Best Motivational Tip

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 26, 2012, 5:01 PM
When I become overcome with the guilt and shame and fear as a result of my constant procrastination, I have one trick to get me off my ass that works every time.

Now, lots of other people and blogs and whatever are all like "look how lucky you are" and "puppies and rainbows" and "if you get it done now, you'll feel better" and lots of other positive shit. While all this stuff is true, I'm still playing Assassin's Creed II for like four hours a day. It doesn't motivate me at all. I still don't want to write a 500 word essay on the subtle differences between the book and the film adaptation of The Road that's due, like, tomorrow.

So here's what I think of.

"Michael Bay wants me to fail."

Insert your own celebrity arch nemesis if you want to, but basically choose someone so crap that it makes you angry. Preferably someone who's getting paid buckets of money to do whatever they do to piss you off.

Competitive nature and the desire to prove your chosen asshole wrong should take over.

Rob Liefeld or Stephanie Meyer or Michael Bay might very well want me to succeed, but I don't care. The lie works.

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DoujinPress Collaboration Books

Quality entries are accepted from even non-DP artists.  These can be B/W manga pieces or full color artwork.  Collaboration books will have their own deadlines.  Each book has a theme or series.  All involved artists will be given 5+ copies of the book for free, depending on what they submit (shipping not included).  Key artists that put in more than 25% of the book will be given a cut of the sales.  Collaboration books are mostly for promoting artists, but with the free copies it'd be easy to make some money as well.  Additional copies can be purchased at artist price (email for details).

Currently planned collaborations:
Madoka Magica (Focus on witches but main characters okay too, non-adult, color, cover by purplekecleon)
Ib (No specific focus, non-adult, color, cover by kurot)
Collaboration submissions due March 8th.

Please notify me if you are planning to submit for the books.  Collaboration submissions should be emailed to:  Questions should be emailed to  DoujinPress reserves the right to reject any submission.  Page format is JIS B5, templates are here.

If you'd like to suggest a collaboration book, please email me.

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Having ruined her father's shop and with nowhere to go, PK the Kecleon travels in search of treasure to repay her debt - only to find an incredible castle in the wilderness. Seeing an opportunity to reclaim her place at home, PK plans a daring heist. Certainly an eccentric Lady and her followers are no match for PK's color changing prowess?  This edition of PMD Explorers features a total of 16 opening/closing pages in full color, with a grand total of 70 pages!

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When a young Zorua nearly dies after a failed espionage mission, her savior urges her to reconsider her choice in employer. However, her boss is even scarier than the situation she just escaped! Join Palette the Zorua and Pal the Smeargle in a look on how the Rogues' Guild formed in Tao Village.

Artist: purplekecleon
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Soyasushi Fan Work Contest by CorenB

How to Participate

:bulletyellow: Draw any fanart, write any fanfiction, do up a cosplay, anything! Of course, it will have to be themed around a game or work-in-progress from Soyasushi Productions. This includes games like RE: Prince of Nigeria or Crimson Rafflesia
:bulletyellow: Your work must be an original one, made exclusively for this contest. No prior works are allowed. 
:bulletyellow: Collaborations are allowed, but the two (or more) of you must be willing to split the prize, of course.
:bulletyellow: You can submit any number of entries you like. 
:bulletyellow: Send in all entries by Note, or to 
:bulletyellow: Deadline is October 10, 2013


First Place
:bulletred: Your character's appearance in Crimson Rafflesia as a side character. Your character will be given a sprite, and a complimentary CG (scene illustration) image in a scene, and unlockable in-game. Your character will be fully credited to you, and may even get a theme song. 
:bulletred: A free anime-style commission with up to two characters of your choice. 
:bulletred: Journal feature and a llama
:bulletred: Your work will be shown in-game as an unlockable image, will full credit given to you. :)
:bulletred: Winners' Package from AnotherContestGroup

Second Place
:bulletred: Your character's appearance in Crimson Rafflesia as a minor character. Your character will be given a sprite. Your character will be fully credited to you. 
:bulletred: Either Choice #1 or Choice #2 below:
:bulletred: (Choice #1) A complimentary CG illustration of your character in-game
:bulletred: (Choice #2) A free anime-style commission with up to two characters of your choice. 
:bulletred: Your work will be shown in-game as an unlockable image, will full credit given to you. :)
:bulletred: Journal feature and a llama
:bulletred: Winners' Package from AnotherContestGroup

Third Place
:bulletred: Your character's appearance in Crimson Rafflesia as a cameo character. Your character will be given a sprite. Your character will be fully credited to you.
:bulletred: Your work will be shown in-game as an unlockable image, will full credit given to you. :)
:bulletred: Journal feature and a llama
:bulletred: Winners' Package from AnotherContestGroup

Consolation Prizes
:bulletred: Your work will be shown in-game as an unlockable image, will full credit given. 
:bulletred: A reference to your character in-game. 
:bulletred: Journal feature and a llama
:bulletred: Winners' Package from AnotherContestGroup


Judging will have two sections: An audience poll section and a rubric judging section. Both of them count towards the final score. 

Character Form

If your entry wins one of the first three prizes, you'll have to fill in the following form below for him/her. 
(Reference image, if any)
Blood Type:
Related to any existing characters? If so, how?:
Affiliation: Wilshire? The NLF? Unaffiliated?

Entries Received

Sedona x3
Fyora Everett

Total No. of Entries: 8

Thanks for participating! :) :) :)
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Dreamy Theodor Kittelsen

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 5:08 AM

As I've previously promised, after the articles about Sulamith Wülfing and about John Bauer, the time comes for an article about Theodor Kittelsen.

Kittelsen selfportrait by STelariKittelsen 18 by STelari


...Theodor Severin Kittelsen, being a great representant of the Golden Age of Illustration, is one of the countless artists who received more attention and appreciation a long time after their death. I don't say "proper attention", it's still far from it. 

His depictions of Scandinavian folklore creatures are said to be equally cannon to the trolls portrayed by the definitely more famous John Bauer. But, unlike Bauer, Kittelsen didn't focus just around trolls (which are, you must admit that, most of Bauer's creations - although his sudden death at young age is probably the cause). 

Despite from what wikipedia says, from all the mythological creatures he painted, Kittelsen seems to be especially fond of nøkken (see the picture next to his selfportrait above and the ones including pale white horses), which is one of my most beloved creatures, too, actually. Every time I stumble upon a gallery with Kittelsen's illustrations, I can't miss the fact that the most recurrent theme in his pictures is the mentioned monster.

I'm afraid that you'll start noticing this from now, too. Sorry.

Kittelsen 21 by STelariKittelsen 24 by STelari
Kittelsen 19 by STelari

Early life

Theodor Severin Kittelsen was born on the 27th of April, 1857, in  a coastal town of Kragerø, Norway. He was one of the eight children and when the father died very early, Kittelsen's mother was put in a really hard and complicated situation. 

At the age of 11, Theodor started working for the local watchmaker, which was obviously partly caused by the circumstances after his father's death, but it was nothing unusual to see children working, even very hard, in the 19th century. Six years later a chance for a lighter life appeared: his manual talent was noticed and 17-years-old Kittelsen started attending to Wilhelm von Hanno's drawing school in Olso (which was called Christiania back then).

The man who discovered Theodor's talent, Diderich Aall, supported Kittelsen all the time. This helped the young artist to start studies in Munich. However, after 1878 the financial support ended and Kittelsen had to earn money on his own, so he started working as a draftsman for some German newspapers.

Kittelsen 20 by STelariKittelsen 10 by STelari
Kittelsen 09 by STelariKittelsen 07 by STelariKittelsen 05 by STelari

And later

From 1882 to 1887 Kittelsen studied in Paris and after that he returned to Norway for good. At that stage, nature became a great source of inspiration for him - and no wonder, since he spent over 2 years in Lofoten (archipelago in the county of Nordland, see the 3rd picture in the last row in this article). He lived in the Skomvær Lighthouse, where his sister and brother-in-law worked and that's where Kittelsen started writting short stories for his paintings.

In 1889 he married Inga Dahl and moved to Skåtøy island, which was close to Kragerø, and later they settled in Hvisten around 1899. Their new home, along with artist studio, was called Lauvlia. Kittelsen spent his artistic golden age there, illustrating Norske Folkeeventyr (Norwegian Folktales) from  Jørgen Moe and Peter Christen Asbjørnsen.

At the age of 51, Theodor was made Knight of the The Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, but it was the last such bright event in his life. Two years later, when his health was getting worse and worse, he was forced to sell Lauvlia. He moved to Jeløy island and spent the rest of his life there. He died on the 21st of January, 1914, 3 months before his 57th birthday.

Kittelsen 22 by STelari

And much later...

Currently, Theodor Kittelsen is considered as one of the most famous Norwegian artists... mostly in Norway. His works became a great inspiration for later artists, including the already mentioned Sulamith Wülfing. His paintings can be found as covers of some music albums, for example the ones from Burzum (I've included two of them in this article).

His beloved home and studio, Lauvlia, was transformed into a private museum, where you can see a lot of his illustrations, but also other pieces made by Kittelsen, as Lauvlia is decorated by his own murals and woodcarvings.

Kittelsen 02 by STelariKittelsen 04 by STelariKittelsen 12 by STelariKittelsen 01 by STelari
Kittelsen 03 by STelariKittelsen 06 by STelariKittelsen 08 by STelari
Kittelsen 11 by STelariKittelsen 14 by STelariKittelsen 15 by STelariKittelsen 16 by STelari

Source of images: wikipedia commons, scans from my private collection

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If you have a Wacom digital tablet, and you use it a lot, you may occasionally encounter unexpected problems.  Have your brush dynamics stopped working? Is your screen mapping incorrect (cursor does not reach all fours edges of display area)? Do you experience intermittent cursor movement or none at all? Do you suffer from unexpected clicking? For Intermittent cursor or unexpected clicking, jump to step 4. Otherwise let's start with some simple steps that often help.

1) The simplest thing to try is rebooting your computer (and also restart your drawing program.)

2) If any new software was recently installed, it might be causing a conflict. Did the symptoms begin on the same day the new software was installed? Try uninstalling it.

3) The next step is to uninstall and reinstall the Wacom drivers. Uninstall all drivers including drivers for previous tablets. Previous drivers can cause conflicts. Disconnect your tablet and reinstall the correct drivers. Be sure to follow manufacturer instructions, and do not reattach the device prematurely. You can also check the Wacom website for newer drivers.

(This journal entry was written in 2012 newer tablets may have a detachable USB cord which is similarly fragile)
4) Intermittent cursor movement and unexpected clicking can be the result of broken wires inside the tablet cord. The wires inside the plastic cable can become damaged from pulling twisting and regular use even if the plastic casing seems perfectly fine. Damage is most likely to occur where the cable connects to the tablet. If you use something about the size of a popsicle stick or ball point pen and some tape to completely immobilize the cable at the connection point so it cannot bend or twist, you may resolve your problem. Cables can also be replaced, but consult your manufacturer about prices and warranty coverage. Remember that attempted home replacement may void your warranty if you have one.

Concept Art's Wacom troubleshooting section:… and general wacom threads:…

good luck
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Challenge 5 - Music - TOP 5

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 13, 2012, 7:44 AM

I wish u all best. All successful will come to you all:smooch:, you r wonderful when u give me ur sweet and very lovely supporting:blowkiss:
Art-trade/ Request: Sorry but no, I am just too busy now :heart:.


Please check out those awesome works, :la:

Sorry for taking while to give a result. It was a wonderful but hard time for me to choose top 5 since everyone seems like music theme. We have more entries than usual challenges and actually the most wonderful thing is quality of all entries are growing up. Isn't it amazing? :D I was so excited to see them all, therefore if you have time, please take a look at whole entries since I am sure you can find several great artists there to watch:…
(BTW, if I miss any entries in the challenge fav folder, please tell me since sometimes I forget to add it in while I am watching them around. Thank you,)
Also look at them make me wish I could choose more, not only top 5. Yeah, it has been a really hard time to pick top 5 only (sorry, I wish I could pick more):
Orgue by AkiiSoraChallenge-Music by YuruiKarameruMusic box: Duet by AlislinnLa Danse Macabre by lavenlyMusic seeds by redsama

If you didn't make it, please don't be so upset, other challenge will come up very soon :heart:.

Another 1000 points goal is reached (thanks to all donations) so we are going to have another challenge this month. This time, the theme is MUSIC. Yes, whatever you want, as long as it's music relation. After you done your drawing, please comment here (don't send me note cause I am already dieing in them and I am sure I will miss your work x__x).

Let make it short with rules here:
    1. Draw music theme or music instruments (choose one yourself, any thing you feel comfortable with). 2. Submit your challenge entry by comment in this journal (please upload your work on DA). 3. Don't send me note with your entry (entry sends by note won't be counted). 4. If you don't follow the rule, your entry won't be count. Sorry, 5. You can have many entries as you want but only one get top 5. 6. If you are already in top 5 at last challenge (challenge 4) Yellow then you can't win this time, but you still can join if you want (just not win). Top 5 of the challenges before last challenge (challenges 1,2,3) still can win. 6. New works only please (after this journal is submitted) since this is not a contest, again, this like a 'little push' to push we all do art ^^. 7. Deadline: End of December.

Any tools are fine from photo to drawing except literature. I know it's unfair for writer but I am sorry about it because I am not good at literature :(.
It would be nice if you link this under journal your entry so more people can join it ^^.

I will chose top 5 drawings end of next month and each of them will get 200 points & featuring in my journal.

This is not a contest, it's just likes a little "push, inspire, reason etc" for you to draw and just think it's like a chance for practicing therefore don't be so serious to win. Make it likes a good time to draw :)
Grab you pen/art tools now :la::eager:.

Winners of last challenges:
Challenge 1: Moon - Top 5
Challenge 2: Bird - Top 5
Challenge 3: Book - Top 5
Challenge 4: Yellow - Top 5

Thank you for taking time to read my journal:tighthug:.
Have a great day :huggle:

My photo account :iconhbisnt:

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Can you believe they are hand embroidery (hand made) works??? :faint:

Lotus - Hand Embroidery by X-Q-HandLotus 2 - Hand Embroidery by X-Q-HandMeditation - Hand Emboirdery by X-Q-HandWild Rose - Hand Embroidery by X-Q-HandBeetle - Hand Embroidery by X-Q-Hand

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What's worth solving... by admxYou fill me up by admxQuality by admx:lovelymelt: by admx:admxla: by admx

My awesome contest winners of coloring contest please:
Please share your loves for all awesome entries too, Traditional & Digital.

Commissions status: Close

All information of commission and commission list can be found here:

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:hug::hug: Thanks a lot:smooch::glomp:

They are newest gifts :hug:. Please check the rest here… cause my journal doesn't have enough space to post all :(...Sorry.
If I miss your then please note me cause I may lost your comment dears:tighthug:

For Her by Mako-yo:iconmako-yo:--170612- by Amdhuscias:iconamdhuscias:-Gift for hellobaby by fatpear:iconfatpear:-hellay by silk501:iconsilk501:-Taika the Fox Witch by Amdhuscias:iconamdhuscias:-Happy Birthday, Hello! Cheshire says by ApocryphionXII:iconapocryphionxii:-Birthday Gift by kjajw:iconkjajw:-Comm : Hellay by menolly-48:iconmenolly-48: from angel :iconelyra-coacalina: - Something for Hello Baby by Rubilisa:iconrubilisa:-Pisces by ShyGirl0-0:iconshygirl0-0:-Hatsune miku fanart by ShyGirl0-0:iconshygirl0-0:-Gift for HellowBaby by Sarah17GE:iconsarah17ge:-Hellay and Piggo by Altonaix:iconaltonaix:-Delinda, Sculpture + Reference by ArtyAMG:iconartyamg:-Carnaval by Sakon04:iconsakon04:-Elf Girl by Bobstickles:iconbobstickles:-HelloBaby La :animation: by Hinotechi:iconhinotechi:-Elementaliste by Clad95150:iconelementaliste:-:iconmaevachan:-Hello Yamasoko by Inklingirl16:iconinklingirl16: -hellobaby avatar by CookiemagiK:iconcookiemagik:-:iconerebun:-SS - Bi - by Sakuli:iconsakuli:-8.innocence by zulou:iconzulou:
:bulletblack: And the rest here… . A lot of amazing arts there, be sure dont miss them :love:

Give them more love please cause they r really nice:hug::hug: Thanks again for all of your lovely gift:smooch:

Design by super awesome & sweet shebid for me. How sweet!:happycry:. Please visit and drop her some loves and you wont regret cause she is an amazing artist herself:love:.
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Divine Motifs: Vol. II

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 23, 2012, 12:17 PM

motif - a recurring subject, theme, idea, etc., especially in a literary, artistic, or musical work

:dreamcatcher: by Toxic-Fox-GirlDelve Into Dreams:dreamcatcher: by Toxic-Fox-Girl


winter's day by marutomoi
Rolling in the sky by BiaReysDeer by Yaphleen
bride by kubo-isako
04: TiCk-ToCk by ayasemnJellyfish II by cherriukiEDP: For the Last Time by 253421
Cosmic Supermarket by XkY
:::Make a Wish::: by designtuCassiopeia by Paintagram
D U A L I T Y by tincek-marincek
Artificial Stars by zungzwang
swimming sky by Akimiya
It was a dull night... by AlexanderJansson443 by azammii
halfway to nowhere by shusical
Night II - Dreamwalker by phoenixleotwelve months.4. by smokepaintMake a wish by chernotrav
The Lights by alicexz
Kingdom Carousel - Salamander Ride by ono-monoYue by zetallis
Breathing by zhongbiao
Inner Sanctuary by yuumeiButterfly by joodlezLonging by KingaBritschgi
Hurricane - artbook cover by oione
chemistry of common life . by megatruhWay Back Home by Raayzel
Afternoon tea by 86hrhr
Psalms of Acadia by kaninnvvenBadkar by MartinoiceSTROBO NIGHTS by LuluSeason
The Ragged Astronauts by AlanGutierrezArt
Crazy Cyclist V by FrodoK
flight by koyamori
Born of Passion by AndantoniusForest whale by Hel-giThe Tree of Life's Sprout by UnkaiTenshi
Sternenrose by Licheus
Nadiezda by NadiezdaThe Place Where Forgotten Dreams Dwell by Tolkyes
Divine Night by EnferDeHell
Fake reality by MiyukikoLittle Mermaid by miimorkAllerleirauh by ayayxxxx
Ocean, Stars, Sky, and You by muddymelly

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and have a look :iconadoration-plz:
Please consider :+fav:ing the article to help spread the dA love :dalove:

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An art feature series with each piece tied together with a unifying theme! This volume's theme: Dreamy :squee:

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Exploring!~ by zhineart


Pokemon Origins by 0w0b

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i've always wonder about this^__^
for those of u who also wanted to know,here's the answer:

•  1
Begin to sketch with a light blue colored pencil. Do not worry about the sketchy lines; these will disappear later in the process.
•  Step 2
Take the sketch and follow along the main lines of the drawing with a black felt-tip pen. These black lines will create the final line art drawing, if there are blue lines that are important to the drawing, these should be traced as well.
•  Step 3
Scan the drawing onto your computer at a high resolution in RGB color format. Save the file as a .jpeg or .tiff file, ready to open in Adobe Photoshop.
•  Step 4
Open the drawing file in Adobe Photoshop. Once open, change the layers panel to channels. This will show the channels of color in the drawing. Once open, delete the red and green channels in the file. The blue lines will disappear once this is completed.
•  Step 5
Convert the drawing to grayscale. To do this, click Image > Mode > Grayscale.
•  Step 6
The existing lines may appear gray and fuzzy. To fix this, the levels should be altered. Select Image > Adjustments > Levels. Alter the levels to enhance the quality of the line art. Depending on the original drawing and line quality, this will vary from person to person.
•  Step 7
If the lines are still too light, adjust the contrast, selecting Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast. The artwork should just be dark lines at this point.
•  Step 8
Finalize the cleanup by using the eraser tool. Make sure the background color on your palette is white and matches the background of the drawing. Use the eraser tool to delete any unwanted lines and clean up any extra elements in the drawing. The eraser tool can be used as a brush or block; experiment with the levels of opacity to fit your needs.
•  Step 9
Save the drawing with a new file name.

Read more: How to Clean Line Art |…
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  • Listening to: vanilla twilight
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