Free Artists Network F.A.N.: Free Artists Network: Diverse Art Education for Creative StudentsFree Artists Network3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Free Artists Network (FAN) is designed to modernize the field of art education, making art lessons more relevant to industry-standard skills and making content easier to access for a broader range of students worldwide. FAN aims to establish an international database of art lessons in various media modalities. These lessons will be contributed by other art educators, industry professionals, and software developers and will offer creative students industry-relevant lessons that meet their own diverse artistic interests, ability levels, and/or special needs. Teachers can upload their own multi-media art lessons to this database to share them with art students and other art educators worldwide.
Features Include, but are not limite
October Print Giveaway on dA + FB!The season of giving is upon us and so to honor this, I've decided to run a contest giving away TWO free prints of one of my most popular pieces - A Wizard's Well Wishes - to two lucky winners. Entering is super easy and doesn't require much. Best of all? Anyone who has both a deviantART account and a Facebook account can enter twice for two chances at winning a print. Don't have a Facebook account? That's OK, too. You can just enter as a dA user and still have a shot!October Print Giveaway on dA + FB!7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Who can enter & how?
This contest is open to both deviantART users as well as Facebook users and one prize will be given on each site. If you have both a dA account and a FB account? You can enter in both for two chances to win. This contest is open to users from ANY COUNTRY - you don't have to be in Australia to enter/win!
If you are entering via deviantART, you must:
Add me to your watch list (if I'm not a
The Pokemon Trainers Twitter/Tumblr/dA CollabHey all!The Pokemon Trainers Twitter/Tumblr/dA Collab1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
As some of you may know, I'm hosting a Twitter-based collab where artists on Twitter claim a Pokémon trainer/NPC. The spots have been filling steadily, but there's still 157 characters to claim, so I'm opening the collab to Tumblr and deviantART folks to participate.
Here's your chance to grab one of the spots and participate in this massive collab!
The list of available characters can be found here.
You can claim your character by contacting me on Twitter at AlexandraSketch. Spots will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Don’t start your image until I have messaged you back confirming you have the character, though.
If you don't ha
Why I don't believe in the Church SplitOne thing that makes me mad is when Christians act like other Christians are not Christians only because they do not go to the same church, or don't have the exact same views on matters which really aren't that vital to salvation. Jesus prayed for our unity (John 17) - so why are we so often emphasising our differences?Why I don't believe in the Church Split2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I just find people pretty narrow who think their own denomination is the only right one. They lose A LOT. They are missing out.
I grew up in various protestant denominations - as a missionary kid you hardly get a choice, since depending where you are you won't get your preferred denomination of church (the closest to our house was baptist - we're not officially baptist), or you can get such a density of different denominations that you have a pretty broad choice (the district in Taipei where I grew up has SUCH a church density it's weird. Walk down one street and you have a presbyterian, a nazarene, a catholic and an episcopal church one after the other at 30 min
DESIGN TUTORIAL - BASIC CHARACTER CREATIONYo! I get a lot of questions on how I create my characters, such as how do I come up with color schemes, markings, the basic idea, all that cool stuff~ X3DESIGN TUTORIAL - BASIC CHARACTER CREATION2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So I'd thought I do a little design tutorial. This is a TEXT based tutorial, meant to give the tricks/tips that I use.
So prepare to read! I will be using my characters as examples.
This tutorial covers design tips for both ANIMALS AND HUMANS.
KEEP IN MIND THAT THESE ARE TIPS AND TRICKS THAT I USE.
EVERYONE MAY HAVE A DIFFERENT PROCEDURE.
The Idea: Where and How Do I start?
So you want to create a new character huh? But you don't know where to start with the process....Hmm. When I'm coming up with a new character, I start with the personality about 75% of the time. It doesn't have to be in-depth, just basic personality traits.
So for example I might want a character that is:
- Loud, aggressive, rude, doesn't give a fuck about anythi
Icon Contest! (CLOSED)We received a pretty positive response on this poll, so now we're hosting an icon contest! Read on for a description, prizes, and everything else you need to know.Icon Contest! (CLOSED)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
What's this contest about?
Our icon has been the same for years. We really need a new one, one that matches the group's mascots more clearly. Plus, the slogan on it doesn't even match up with our policy!
What should the icon look like?
The icon should include one or all of our mascots!(We would appreciate it having all of them more) Please try to stick to the color scheme of our front page (brown stripes, the colors of our mascots, etc.) It can be animated or not, but we will probably lean towards animation if it looks good!
The icon must be drawn digitally. It can be pixel or non-pixel. The icon must be the standard 100x50 pixels, or else it will not be accepted! You may not use bases, either.
Here are the reference sheets to ou
A Simple yet Nevertheless Effective Proof of GodWhen it comes down to it, ultimately the laws of physics/science/nature have to be suspended in order for the universe to come into existence. Even the atheists have to admit that. Since matter and energy cannot be created or destroyed (excluding relativity but even then you have to have either matter or energy in order to get the other), it only makes sense that you have to have some force that operates beyond the laws of the universe (even then, logic dictates that there must be rules that govern in situations outside the normal laws of the universe). But there is a principle that cannot be ignored: cause and effect.A Simple yet Nevertheless Effective Proof of God2 years ago in Personal More Like This
There is apparently some bizarre theory that I confess I don't understand that says energy can be created, apparently randomly. Okay, let's suppose for argument's sake that is the case. But unless I'm wrong, that theory doesn't allow for anywhere near the amount of energy needed for the creation of the universe. But still, nothing is truly random. What we call so
Read, Comment, Move onI've just had a dream, that basically made me relive my whole life til today...Read, Comment, Move on3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Starting from the gun shot at age 3, through all the bullying and bad teachers through school, to the near death experience of the worst case of pneumonia at age 12, to the shark at age 13, to the drug bust of my friend a few months ago...(I'm the one who told on them, I never did drugs)
Then around 2:00 am, I woke up to the song playing Live This Life by Big & Rich
I'm sorry if you're not a big country rock fan, but I think God was trying to tell me something in one of the best ways He could.
He's telling me that if I can survive all those things, you can live your life no matter what it throws at you..
If you're going through a tough time in your life, have faith in God. Pray to Him...
Because with God, all things are possible..
Life is God's greatest gift, don't throw it away.
Live until His return, or He calls you home.
That's all I've got to say...God bless you..
The Derivative Adventures of Derpy Hooveshttp://nedroid.com/2011/11/whats-in-a-name/The Derivative Adventures of Derpy Hooves3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Ultimate Pokemon Design Contest!It is time for an outfit design contest again! This time it's Pokemon outfits again, but for a wider range of characters.The Ultimate Pokemon Design Contest!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
In short: Pick one character from the accepted movies (list below), and draw him/her in the Pokemon world in an outfit you've designed yourself. I'll pick my favourite design, and the winner gets a free dress up.
1. Read this journal entry. I'm afraid that your chances of winning are rather slim if you don't. If there's something unclear you're most welcome to ask more.
2. Pick a character from any of the movies listed here and draw him/her as if he/she was a character in Pokemon world.
3. You have time until July 3rd 2014, 11:59 PM GMT. Entries after this will be ignored.
4. Only one entry per person. All entries are final and can't be replaced with a newer idea.
5. Only use your own art and not your something drawn by your friend/sibling/grandmother/random internet person whose art y
((CISPA: Serious business here. Pass this on.))Seriously, I don't think everyone understands..((CISPA: Serious business here. Pass this on.))2 years ago in Personal More Like This
just how dangerous CISPA is.
Come on people, I should be seeing the anti-CISPA poster everyone, yet I have not saw one thing from groups or the people I watch about it.
NOT ONE THING.
It will affect EVERYONE, not just Americans.
CISPA passed in the House.
It only has the Senate to go through now.
President Obama threatened to Veto it, but what if he doesn't?
They will be able to look through everything you do on YouTube, Google, Tumblr, etc.
They will basically spy on you, and you won't even know til they are at your doorstep arresting you for who knows what.
How are you not freaking out?
I can not stress enough how dangerous this is.
Am I the only one that cares about internet privacy?
Or privacy in general?
I can't be the only one.
I hope I am not the only one.
If anything should be shared the most. It's this.
Come on people. Let me still have faith in humanity.
Show some fighting spirit.
SPREAD THIS AROUN
Friends and their problemsFriends are really important to your life.Friends and their problems2 years ago in Personal More Like This
They are your 2nd family. They`ll cry,laugh,get hurt with you,be mad,and other emotional things.
There are times you and your friends could fight, like when you get misunderstandings with them.
The only thing you have to do is to never give up with your friendship.
It`s normal to fight with your friends since it`s part of your life. If a friend is mad at you, give them some space
It will get worse when you try to be friends with them and when you keep on saying sorry to them.
Give them space until they start to talk to you. I`ve experienced these issues too.
You`re going to be sad, you`ll cry and your heart will break. But that`s normal.
Trust me, it`s really normal especially when you`re in your high school life.
There will be people that will try to separate your friendship since they are jealous and they are not happy with their lives.
So stay strong! Never give up! Have hope and faith in yourself!
Don`t force them in anything y
Dear watchersDear Watchers,Dear watchers1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Today, you may have seen it or not seen it, but Alie(:iconWhisperwings has passed on. She had terminal cancer so it wasn't a surprise but that doesn't mean it didn't hit people hard.
She was amazing, funny, strong.. everything we are and more.
But why should she be in the past tense? She will never die because she is here- vivid in our minds. Vivid on the screen and alive in her artwork with it's bright colors and skillfulness.
I never talked to her. Not even once and yet I know she is a good person who won't let anything take her down- just by reading her writing.
She's optimistic even when everything's falling and tells everyone not to worry about her. That she's ok.
Some may say she fought the battle and lost.
I say she won.
She died in the end, but don't we all die?
She won because even though she knew the sands of time would carry her away soon she didn't let it change her. Everyday she keeps strong and open. Generous and kind. She knows tha
Pray for North KoreaPlease pray for North Korea.Pray for North Korea2 years ago in Personal More Like This
North Korea has just been on my mind a lot lately - no wonder too, what with all the war threats in the news.
I really hope that NK being in the news more will lead more Christians to pray more for change, an opening, a breakthrough... many people are suffering there, from hunger and oppression, Christians there are persecuted, and it's been like that for years.
So, please pray.
There's infos and prayer requests on this prayer blog: http://www.omf.org/omf/uk/asia/countries_omf_centres/korea/north_korea_prayer_blog
Please please pray. It might look like an impossible situation but God can change even the hardest of hearts and He is all-powerful. When we pray, God works. So please, let's all pray. Encourage your friends to pray too.
A Silent TragedyYesterday, I watched the March for Life rally in Washington D.C. on EWTN. Over 500,000 people marched through our nation's capital, proclaiming the Gospel of Life to a culture of death. I sat amazed, on the verge of tears, as I always do when I hear about abortion. I saw guest speakers who were personal victims of abortion: women who held signs saying "I Regret My Abortion"; a man who had been conceived out of rape but was given up for adoption and speaks against this oft-cited justification for abortion; members of the US government who courageously spoke against abortion despite an administration that is the most pro-abortion our country has yet seen; families with children who had been born with disabilities, testifying to the great love and joy they experienced as a result of giving their special needs child a chance to live; and so many thousands of others, from all ages and backgrounds, uniting to stop abortion.A Silent Tragedy2 years ago in Personal More Like This
As I watched and listened to this, it struck me how absurd the pro-l
Voices from the Sea - Chibi ContestVoices from the Sea - Chibi Contest7 months ago in Personal More Like This
UPDATE (23 December 2014): You can check all the contest entries here: CONTEST ENTRIES
The contest is officially over. Thank you for everyone who participated! You guys are awesome! I will announce the winners at Christmas. If you want to submit late entries, be sure to submit before then!
The objective of the contest is to draw a Maris Chibi. Maris is the main character of my latest game, Voices from the Sea, which you can play it for free here:
Rules & Information
Keep it PG. No nudity. Let's keep things friendly for everyone.
Can be made in any media. (Digital or traditional)There is no limit of how many entries you can enterThere is no limit of how many characters you can draw, but Maris Chibi must present!There is no limit of the size of the pictureYou
St. Patrick Breast PlateI bind unto myself todaySt. Patrick Breast Plate3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
I bind this day to me for ever.
By power of faith, Christ's incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan river;
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom;*
I bind unto myself today.
I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of the cherubim;
The sweet 'well done' in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors' faith, Apostles' word,
The Patriarchs' prayers, the Prophets' scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord,
And purity of virgin souls.
I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun's life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.
I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold an
- I'm Holding A Contest! -That-Spotted-Unicorn's Summer Design Contest- I'm Holding A Contest! -2 years ago in Personal More Like This
EDIT; About two weeks left you guys! Hope to see some more designs!
Helloooo everyone, hope everyone's having a fabulous summer so far!
So this is my first shot at holding a contest, and I'm really excited! Continue downwards to read more about it c:
I only really have about 3-5 good OC's that I actually "use" and draw. This is awful! I want more! But as much as I love designing my own, I also love seeing everyone else's. That's the whole point of this contest, folks. Design me an OC.
Now, I'd prefer that they'd be pony related (or horse if that's what you're into) but I'm not against cat/dog/reptile OC's! I actually would LOVE a human/human-esque OC if that's what you're into! Those are fun too. But just know that I am a pony arti
Stolen WorkUPDATE:Stolen Work2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Thank you for all the messages, and I hope some of you may have recognised some of the other stolen work in her gallery.
I only had time to report one deviation this morning and when I came to report the others this evening, her gallery seemed to be empty, so I assumed all the work had been removed, until I read some of the messages below. I didn't realise you could hide your gallery like that!
I have now reported all 7 deviations....wouldn't it be nice if dA thought of allowing you to do this on one form, if all the work is in one gallery, rather than filling in so many separate forms!
I did send the girl a note this morning, to give her the chance to explain, in case it was some sort of mistake, but had no reply, she just hid her gallery.
Hopefully dA will do something about this!
Ann Marie x
Check out this deviant:
She has a lot of stolen work in her gallery, including mine, so make sure she has nothing of yours! If you
Does God Care About ME?Many have concluded that the answer to that question is: NO! After all, if He cared about me, they may reason, my life wouldn't be so pathetic! Much of the poetry and prose on dA centers on issues such as suicide, cutting, abandonment, and endless sadness. Some of these writings are likely written simply to garner attention. Yet, without a doubt, many more are based on real life experiences. A father who was never there. A mother who doesn't seem to care. Poverty. Physical and sexual abuse. Bullying. These are just a few of the problems confronting some of you. These negative experiences can scar an individual for life. Worse, they can destroy an individual's faith in a benevolent, loving Creator. So what is the truth, does God care about me (you) or not? First, please read 1 John 4:8. Notice that it does not say that God has love or is loving. It says that God IS love. What does that mean? Very sDoes God Care About ME?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Am I doing this right?The enemy will always try to turn your attention away from Jesus and bring your attention back to yourself. Am "I" acting righteously here? Am "I" putting others first, or just trying to benefit myself? Is "my" motivation for doing this right? Am "I" acting good enough to represent my God to others? And while you are trying to be anti-selfish, by worrying about whether "YOUR" motivation is righteous enough or not, you are actually being self-centered. Trying to make yourself appear super-righteous in front of others is just self-righteousness.Am I doing this right?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Don't worry about trying to "act" righteous enough in front of others. You know that Jesus is good and righteous and His Word is true. God says you are counted as righteous no matter what you do, not because of your own righteous acts, but because you've trusted in His righteousness (Ephesians 2:8). Before you knew Jesus, your attempt to be righteous on your own was futile. But now that you are a "new creation" (2 Corinthians 5:17), the good thin
Animal cruelty. Help sign petitionhttp://www.change.org/petitions/dr-susilo-bambang-yudhoyono-close-surabaya-zooAnimal cruelty. Help sign petition2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This zoo is housing possibly over 3000 animals that are suffering from mistreatment and lack of care (some of these animals being endangered species too!)
It will only take you a few seconds to sign this petition, please take the time to have a look, these animals need help.
What If Jesus Meant All That Stuff?From Esquire November 18, 2009 : http://www.esquire.com/features/best-and-brightest-2009/shane-claiborne-1209What If Jesus Meant All That Stuff?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This radical Christian's ministry for the poor, The Simple Way, has gotten him in some trouble with his fellow Evangelicals. We asked him to address those who don't believe.
By Shane Claiborne
To all my nonbelieving, sort-of-believing, and used-to-be-believing friends: I feel like I should begin with a confession. I am sorry that so often the biggest obstacle to God has been Christians. Christians who have had so much to say with our mouths and so little to show with our lives. I am sorry that so often we have forgotten the Christ of our Christianity.
Forgive us. Forgive us for the embarrassing things we have done in the name of God.
The other night I headed into downtown Philly for a stroll with some friends from out of town. We walked down to Penn's Landing along the river, where there are street performers, artists, musicians. We passed a great magicia
Contest time! Win 1632 points and raffle!Ive always wanted to make a drawing contest for Sketchie so here we go!~Contest time! Win 1632 points and raffle!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The topic is simple, all you gotta do is draw sketchie pallete:
If you need to know more about her, here is her ponysquare info
You can draw her with your OC, a canon character or with her pet hedgehog or friend tiger:
And for those who cant draw ponies can draw her in her Equestria Girls form!
Feel free to use any medium you want and to enter multiple times but remember just one entry can win!
The entries must be new material and not anything made in the past or any bases.
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