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Journal Entry: Thu Jul 26, 2012, 12:29 AM
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That emote above is my signature spazz emote now. =P


I haz a journal skeeen, made fer mah bday -u- by kiki-kit

We also haz one in deh making for a buddeh. :heart: -u- yush we does

I had to try this out. yush I deed.

Luv it! weeeee!

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  • Playing: The Hobbit
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Help out a Friend

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 22, 2012, 10:51 AM


My buddeh :iconnaomiromero: and her sister I believe, are having a few problems with their dog. The Kai Ken seems to have some extreme difficulty warming up to their new home.

Info right here guys:meow:
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If you've got money to spare, please commission her something. Srsly, she's such a talent person. When I get a bit more, I plan on commissioning her myself. She makes ridiculously cute toques, I swear!

Please give a check out!:heart:


~Ash

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Feeling Good, wrote a Lorax one-shot

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 2, 2012, 8:40 AM


I wrote a one-shot for Lorax and Ted's daughter Cassey. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I had always thought that, being the guardian of the forest, the Lorax understands the circle of life and has seen deaths, whether they be natural or sudden. But considering the Once-Ler was the first person he came to build a strong friendship with, I always thought that his passing would be difficult for the Lorax to stomach. He knew it would happen, but he had not expected to mourn this much.

Enter Ted's kids.

Oncie and Cassey build a mentor-pupil relationship with the Lorax. They admire him and he teaches them things about the forest, and while he still likes his solitude and sometimes finds the children to be even the least bit irritating at times, he still enjoys their company. Not only because of their innocence but because they help keep his mind off of the good times he spent with his best friend.

I might post it. Might become a one-shot story line, I dunno. I'm still not happy with my writing since most of it is dialogue but I don't want to start another comic. So meh, I shall write that.

Other than that, saw Prometheus yesterday with my bro and his GF. Happy Canada day, it was! We played loads of Mario video games too, and I sucked like you wouldn't believe it. I hadn't touched those games in over a decade! Man, I love the old NES, SNES and 64 games better than the new ones... they're more entertaining, less boring. Some of them are nice but the new Super Mario Bros Wii and Mario Kart Wii... are kinda not what I expected.

Anyway, gonna go do some drawings and go for family photos! Then I have supper tonight with my maternal grandparents and  I will be packing to leave tomorrow afternoon.

Then the week after, I shall be heading to San Diego for Comic Con! woot woot!

~Ash

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  • Watching: Redwall
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I joined Pixiv!

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 17, 2013, 7:23 AM


I joined Pixiv yesterday. Anyone else on there?
My account: www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=61…

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Also, be on the lookout for pageview number 200,000 on my DA page. First person to screencap it will get a little colored chibi from me.

Good luck!


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*NEW PAGE ONLINE* Best Engelbaum dream ever...

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 21, 2013, 4:34 AM


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Oh my godddd I just woke up from the most fun dream ever! I dreamt me, DiGi and infractus met up in Edinburgh in the city center to do a little convention for the comic. We were sitting at a table when a couple of Gen cosplayers walked in and we all squealed a lot. But then one by one by one by one TONS of cosplayers showed up of all the Gens, old and new and original. Then this amazing cosplayer showed up as Imagni and we were all having this epic little (large) picnic outside in the sun.

Next thing we got surprise flashmobbed by a huge group of Numeratti cosplayers and the BEST and funniest Pendula. Our two groups were just throwing insults at eachother... oh god it was hilarious. The banter was the best. So this one girl got an idea to do this big street parade, Pendula jumps in and starts ordering everyone around like an events manager XD;

ENGELBAUM COSPLAY PARADE WAS HAD.

Can we please make this happen for real in the future? lol

TRiPPY

PS) New Engelbaum page will be online today ^^


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The end of an era.

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 19, 2012, 2:21 PM


(Crossposted from Monday nights FB post just incase anyone didn't hear the news):


I never ever wanted to write this post but I get the feeling that now is the time I should. Today was pretty much the straw that broke the camels back for me. I've done a lot of learning lately. Some might think I'm lucky but most days I'm quite sad inside because I miss being oblivious to the realities of things.

I'm not going to be modest or stoic in this post. I'm sick of being modest about how much I do for NiGHTS. I might not update my website much anymore but nobody other than a secret few know just how much I really did/do for the NiGHTS franchise, and the character himself. I pretty much gave up more than half my life for the guy and this company. I am honestly one of the most LOYAL and hard working fans I know. Where a lot of people might complain about something they don't like or think is unjust- I'd get up off my ass and go do something real about it even if it made people hate me or cause trouble. I've helped protect NiGHTS for years in one way or another and I love him like a best friend. And lol I know how hilariously crazy that sounds to the people who know me professionally, but if you did a little research you'd come to understand that the real strength of NiGHTS doesn't lie in bits of game code but what it gives to you as a person. Something tangible that no other video game has. Most of us were young teenagers when we were first introduced to NiGHTS. Most of us had problems. Who doesn't have problems thesedays?, lol.

But NiGHTS helped us reach our dreams and believe in ourselves. Self belief is something real. Believing in yourself can shape and change the real world.

If i'm perfectly honest without NiGHTS I would not be here. Back then I had nothing to believe in and my life was hellish. It took every ounce of my strength just to continue being alive. I knew that if I just focused on my goals that I'd make it in the end.
I did kind of make it. I achieved so many of my dreams big and small that in return I did everything I could to help NiGHTS. Consider it a trade-off.

Because of my actions I was able to push NiGHTS into another generation of dreamers who need him in times of personal weakness. Its surreal but I can honestly say I done that. Along with the help of DiGi, who I could never have done this without, we managed to do the impossible. We proved that even against impossible odds you can sometimes move something which creates a domino effect.

NiGHTS has given me great fortune over the years with an equal amount of heartache. Dealing with the fans and trying to always do the best thing was never easy for me. I tried so hard. But in the end I got everyone what they wanted. Even if it was a pain for me getting there. Even if somedays I felt so infuriated by the actions of other people I wanted to yell out my angry feelings publicly. I'm glad i didn't. I'm honestly glad I just remained being that red haired mumsy scottish girl looking out for everyone else but myself. Even if people online couldn't see it.

I've never been in this for 'thanks' or recognition or freebies or whatever else I've been accused of wanting in the past. I done it for NiGHTS.

I have some honest advice for everyone that I've wanted to share for around a year now. I consider it my most sensible reflection.
- Dreams are great to chase. Dreams are great to reach. But the hardest part of holding a dream is trying to stop it fading. Trying to stop it from turning into a nightmare or just another grey bit of reality. That's when the real struggle begins.

That's the part all fairytales never explain to us. The ever-after.

I consider my work with NiGHTS done now. I've said it before but there's nothing else I can do. Not where I am and not with the power I have. Not with the motivation I have anymore. It's been slowly squeezed out of me. This I think is the sacrifice you have to make sometimes to a real dream. You have to give up a lot. It ends up hurting you.

Friday is probably (who knows) my last day at SEGA QA. I don't feel like I have a purpose or a future there anymore. As much as I'd love to do more I can't. And anyone who follows in my similar footsteps will also feel the same hurt I feel. To have dreams you cannot achieve.

The NiGHTS fanbase has always been the NiGHTS fanbase, with or without me. I think it's time for me to step back as admin/leader/whatever and give the chance to a new dreamer who wants to chase their dream. It will take me a while to find a replacement but eventually i will feel safe enough handing the reins to someone else. The fans can have my website.

I am so tired.

Maybe as I close one chapter I can properly open my new one. Sometimes the things i love hold me back the most. It feels like being woken from a dream and trying my hardest to fall asleep again but falling further away from what i remember. Sometimes you have to wake up and dream another dream.

I think I'm one of the very lucky few to experience what NiGHTS really was and because of that we ended up being a part of eachother *sad smile*

Chase dreams but tread carefully folks.
xx

And do me a personal favour. Go get NiGHTS on Steam or XBLA or PSN and try to understand a fraction of the wonder I found in that little plastic game disc. It might help you too.


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The following list contains intense amounts of SARCASM for the purpose of satire and humor.


1. Never offer artistic advice or hint at the possibility that the way young and inexperienced groups of artists work might in some way be flawed.

2. Every comic must be inherently drawn better and be funnier than the last.

3. Humor is NOT relative/subjective.

4. Nothing is funny. Ever.

5. Even the most trivial aspects of your comic must be taken 100% seriously.

6. Failure to incorporate conflicting suggestions for improvement = incapable of accepting criticism.

7. Trying to quelch flame wars also inexplicably = incapable of accepting criticism.

8. Trying to explain your artistic decisions = incapable of accepting criticism.

9. Having lots of watchers = having an inflated ego.

10. Reaching the frontpage = getting Daily Deviation.

11. Every character you draw (even ones you do for commission/jobs) = your personal opinions and beliefs which you must obviously follow rigidly IRL.

12. Never change your opinion, even if new information renders your previous position undesirable/wrong.

13. Changing your opinion = being weak minded.

14. Never use yourself as the main character for a comic series.

15. Never use the paintbucket to color your comics and instead use a tedious airbrush or magic wand layer selection technique to reproduce the same effect just slower and less efficiently.

16. Drawing the same thing twice in a row = copy/paste even if you did it traditionally by hand.

17. Everything is about semantics.

18. If you don't mention some unimportant niche trivia tangentially related to your comic, that means you must have forgotten it and you want to be reminded about it... over and over and over again...

19. Every person on the internet and in the entire world have had the exact same life experiences as you.

20. Viewing a comic you have no interest in because you're too weak willed to ignore it on your own = the artist shoving their work in your face.

21. Pointing something out for ironical humor = being a hypocrite.

22. Suggesting that anime/manga fans could stand to learn about the underlying drawing structures to improve their artwork = hating all of japanese culture/history.

23. Being an asshole to an artist without giving any sort of insightful help what-so-ever = giving constructive criticism.

24. Never EVER generalize.

25. Writing a casual review of a video game/movie/book/whatever means you must be held up to the same standards as professionals reviewers working in the field.

Happy New Year everyone.
  • Listening to: Anamanaguchi - Dawn Metropolis
  • Watching: MLP: FiM
  • Playing: Sudoku
  • Drinking: Water. I love Water!
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This has been a subject I've been interested in for years, and one which I personally struggle with on a near constant basis: Artist's intent versus fan criticisms. Before we begin I just want to make this clear that this journal is NOT about "ignoring criticisms" or any sort of endorsement of such an action. I'm gonna be accused of it, of course, but I just wanted to get that out of the way right now.

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As I've been observing fan interactions over the years I've noticed a severe increase in a sense of entitlement: IE: that if you love something enough you have a "right" to force the creators to change their content to suit your personal preferences. We saw this play out to the extremes this past summer with the Mass Effect 3 ending debacle, and we see it play out to a much lesser extent here on DA quite a bit.

Artists need feedback and criticisms to grow and improve their work, but at what point does it move beyond offering suggestions to help an artist improve to outright demanding things be changed?

As a creator I've always felt that the voice of the artist should always be considered. If someone looks at your work and wants to know why you chose to do something a certain way, you should be allowed to explain yourself without fear of being attacked or seen as being defensive. Yet I've noticed that artists who do speak about their work are often criticized for trying to censor the fans, or can't handle criticism, or that they're being too defensive. It's happened to me, but It's also happened to many of my artistic colleagues, usually with predictable and similar results.

Using Mass Effect 3's ending as an example, the fan's outrage and intensity was like nothing I've ever seen before. No matter how shitty the ending was (and believe me, it was shitty), there was no need to file a complaint with the FTC over it. Being a fan of something doesn't mean you're always gonna get what you want. Part of being a fan means you need to accept the risk that you might get a downer ending, or a bad plot twist, or a character you don't like, etc. You have every right to be disappointed or annoyed at such changes/plots/characters... but going from being disappointed to demanding companies/artists "fix" and "change" things crosses the line in my opinion.

This does not mean that fan input is not important. Fan input is very important, and fan input is one of the reasons why there have been a number of really successful comics/shows/movies recently. But there's a fine line between offering suggestions because you're a fan and want to help, and expecting the creators to follow everything you dictate because you "know better" than them.

Being a fan of something doesn't mean you own it. You can love a series, a character, a property, a movie, etc. But if the creators chose to go in a direction you don't personally enjoy, you are not "entitled" to demand change. You can suggest it, and the creators are free to listen and even accept it... but offering criticism and advice is not a contract you are signing with the creators. They are not bound to please you, however right or justified you might be.

Again, artists need feedback both positive and negative to grow and improve. However, artists also need to feel that they're allowed to take creative risks, and fans need to learn that there is a time and a place for demanding change. You can offer your criticisms and advice, but after that it's up to the artist to use advice. If they chose not to, that doesn't necessarily mean that what you had to say was invalidated or wrong, and you shouldn't become angry or upset over it. Right?

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That's my take on the situation, but I'm curious to know what you all think: At what point does it cross the line from being a fan giving criticism and feedback, to a fan expecting changes because of their criticisms and feedback? Do artists have any say in the matter? How much of their original intent should be considered? Do fans have more power over a creator's work? What's your opinion on this subject, I am very eager to hear your responses.
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  • Listening to: Hey Ice King, Why'd You Steal Our Garbage!!?
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theoatmeal.com being sued
So theoatmeal.com's Matthew Inman is in trouble again. He politely asked website funnyjunk to remove his re-posted comics from their site, and they're retaliated by trying to sue HIM for $20,000. You can read more about the situation here: theoatmeal.com/blog/funnyjunk_… Matthew has responded by making fun of the situation and generating a kickstarter fund to donate to charity instead.

I can't say that I don't empathize with where Matthew is coming from. Far too often I get e-mails telling me that one of my comics has been re-posted on some other site, usually one of those lol sites like funnyjunk, or 9gag, or damnlol. At first I was angry with it, because it takes away pageviews from my free content, and thus cuts away at potential profit I could be earning. Ad revenue generated by pageviews are how a vast, vast, VAST majority of web comics are able to remain free and profitable, and sites like those tend can be damaging to us if sources and links aren't provided (which they usually aren't).

Tropes Vs Women in Gaming
Dunno how many of you have heard of this either, but there was a kickstarter for a documentary youtube series tentatively titled "Tropes vs Women in Gaming." The show would focus on in depth analysis of how women are portrayed in video games and in deconstructing popular female protagonists and archetypes. Sounds like a fun little series to me, especially if it's as well researched as the kickstarter makes it sound like it would be: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=…

However, the "story" thus far surrounding this potential documentary is the misogynist, vile, sexist, and hateful comments that have been flooding the promo-video. Youtube slander is nothing new, but the amount of offensive, asinine, and disgusting comments being thrown their way is really disturbing. Not only does it reinforce the stereotype that gaming culture itself doesn't want to "grow up" and acknowledge potential problems within, but it also shows how much work we still need to do towards maintaining basic equality.

I have this theory that we haven't really abolished racism and sexism, as much as we pretend we have on the surface. All we've really done is banished it from the mainstream, but it's still there lurking underneath. We really need to throw light on things like this so we can work at getting rid of the disgusting behavior. Thoughts?

Kickstarter
BTW, both of those previous stories involved kickstarters. I should just point out that both of them have not only reached their goals, but surpassed them too. So don't feel pressured to donate unless you want to.

tumblr
So I've been thinking of trying to use tumblr a little better than I currently am. I realize that a lot of the people who dislike me post about me on tumblr and don't like me even using the same site, but I think we can co-exist. Maybe posting some of my SYAC sketches and pencil drawings there? You know, for a new comic that gets posted you can go to tumblr and see the pencil sketch of it. Just a neat thing and maybe I'd get some good feedback that would help make my work better.

Editors
I had a recent SYAC strip go through about 3 different people's opinions to shape... and it got me thinking. Maybe I work better with other people? I've always felt that the brentalfloss guys have been really beneficial towards pushing me out of my comfort zone and getting me to draw more than I usually would on my own. Maybe that's something SYAC needs... an editor or editors with whom I could show my work-in-progress and get feedback to help shape and evolve it better before I post.

The problem I've always had with feedback is it always happens AFTER the fact. If I work on a SYAC, I get told afterwards what i did wrong, when having them tell me that before I post would save me the trouble. But I can't post stuff not done yet, so that puts me in a bit of a bind. Working with the brentalfloss people we tend to go through several iterations before a comic is complete, sometimes to the point of redrawing whole panels. In the end it's worth it, but that trial and error phase before posting is something SYAC doesn't have. Thoughts on what I could do?

Alright that's all I got for now. It's friggin' late and I need my sleep!
  • Listening to: Escapist Podcast
  • Reading: Paper Towns
  • Watching: Avatar: The Legend of Korra
  • Playing: Minecraft: Multiplayer
  • Drinking: Earl Grey Tea
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:icontechgnotic:by techgnotic
Thu Mar 29, 2012, 7:00 PM


For many of us, the first “art gallery” to command our attention (and constant, even daily, monitoring) in our
lives existed within the pages of the local newspaper. It was called “the movie section” and its ever-changing movie
advertisements were like little frames that rarely contained less than pure magic for young imaginations.



The Film Poster has existed since the earliest days of silent movies and the pulse-elevating excitement of the
first sight of an upcoming adventure, action, or sweeping love story that we might have only “heard good things about”
still packs a psychic punch throughout movie lovers today.















It is the first “portal” for the imagination into just what this new adventure (or continuation of an already beloved
adventure) is going to be like in a few months. It’s that sometimes simple, sometimes cluttered first collage of exotic
locales, speeding cars, blazing gun barrels, massively-muscled heroes and deeply-cleavaged damsels all projecting some sort
of explosion that tells you that no matter how badly your life may be going at the moment, just hang on because your needed
adrenaline pick-me-up is on the way.




Ghost Rider Illustrated Movie Poster by nicolehayleyJaws Movie Poster by NewRandombellGodzilla by ron-guyatt








Film Posters are a special form of art in that besides being one of the earliest experiences of art that we have, as portals
for innocent wonder, they are also purposely brutal as marketing tools that can greatly enhance or totally wreck a movie’s chance
at success. If a film poster does not immediately and effectively communicate the essence of a movie in a way the excites the desire
of its intended audience, careers can be shortened or ended. The American movie and the film poster art so important to its domestic
and international releases are at once exercises in dreaming and wonder but also coldly calculated tools for economic life and death.
Sort of both the light side and the dark side of the American Dream as yin and yang elements of commercial storytelling.









Film Poster art so totally insinuates itself into our conscience and subconscious from a young age, that our perceptions and
evaluations of all visual arts can’t help but be influenced by the leading “masters” of this special art form.


How many of us know the name of Drew Struzan?


Even though his work on film posters have influenced every one to come after him or even the posters that might be hanging on your wall?


Richard Amsel’s Indiana Jones poster is so indelibly burned into a generation's brain that other art (in comics or even fine arts) not looking similar just don’t seem right.









SUPERMAN : MAN of STEEL 2012 by MedusoneBatman Beyond by tiguybou:thumb149738585:


It’s no wonder that there’s so much film poster fan art in deviantART. Re-imagining in attempt of re-capturing the first thrill of
awareness of what would eventually become a favorite movie is the sort of aesthetic wizardry that drives so many artists – to express
that first pulse, that first rush of what has now become an integral part of one’s “inner narrative,” one’s emotional and artistic
identity. It’s like a tribute to a core source of one’s evolving aesthetic and pop culture soul.







The best film poster art is almost magical, like a once-in-a-lifetime capturing of lightning in a bottle. The urban legend is
that director Ridley Scott (or was it one of his producers?) was checking out the test audience lined up on a sidewalk at midnight awaiting a
sneak preview of “Alien.” There he overheard one science geek saying to another what would become of his movie’s perfect poster tagline: “In
space no one can hear you scream.” That is “Alien” defined: the terror of no possible rescue in utter isolation. That is, in both its creation
and execution, real film poster magic.










Questions for the Reader



  1. Do you think Film Poster art will decline in its quality and creativity, now that movies are being packaged as DVDs or digitally downloaded?
  2. What was the first movie poster that made you crazed in wanting to see a movie? What’s the best recent film poster art you’ve seen?
  3. What’s your favorite movie poster of all time?
  4. Is there a movie poster you’d like to frame and hang in your home, simply for the genius artfulness of the poster, even the movie being advertised turned out to be horrible?
  5. What movie poster(s) hang(s) on the walls of your current dwelling?








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"Scars can come in handy. I have one myself above my left knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground."—Prof. Albus Dumbledore


Early life becomes an exploration of invisible parameters, circles beyond circles, as one pushes out to test the boundaries of safety. There is one’s bedroom, one’s home, neighborhood, school and town, state and nation. Early on, maps become important documents – declarations of being and rights and privileges. In the art world, throughout history, maps have been a constant measure of human progress, from the Phoenecians recording their trade routes over 2000 years ago, or pre-Columbian times in which maps pictured the world as a flat chessboard balanced atop huge elephants or whales, the oceans spilling over the edges as waterfalls in infinite space – to the latest details of the surface of Mars, courtesy of the Curiosity probe. There’s something beyond the purely practical in always knowing where you’re at, look no further the mania of checking in with digital GPS devices. Somehow, just knowing you have a map in your pocket to guide you, maybe even one that speaks to you is a kind of a liberating power over the common frustrations of life.







The opening credits of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” features a massive raised relief map of the series’ warring kingdoms. In genre fiction, maps of the mythic lands in which the stories take place have always been a special enjoyment. From finding the Garden of Eden, to elaborate maps guiding Indy on his quest for the Holy Grail, or the map of “Hyborian Times” sketched out by Robert E. Howard to better immerse you in the wanderings of his barbarian hero Conan, storytellers have always known that there’s something about the “authentification” of seeing a map that can make even the most dubious quest seem real.



Mythical Maps are currently enjoying a resurgence in our favorite videogames, detailed 3D virtual "maps" upon which the mayhem of Call of Duty, Skyrim, and Gears of War are played out, are things of wonder in and of themselves. The DLC cry of “new maps” has become the call that new magical killing fields are at the ready to be tested for their vicarious thrill-potential. Where once explorers sought out maps to the Fountain of Youth or the gold-paved streets of El Dorado, today’s adventurers seek out the perfect multiplayer map.







Let us celebrate the imagination of our mythic mapmakers on deviantART.


From our shared common knowledge of the islands and coves within Peter's Neverland, to the navigation of the Dothraki Sea, to the celestial cartography of hidden maps to unknown worlds within the stars above us, mythical maps have carved out a space for themselves right along side, and just as important as, the maps based on a “knowable” earth. The importance of a map to any fantasy story reader is the key, the literal base anchoring the fantasy, to be referred to over and over again as a story unfolds. So much background information, and so much added story texture, can be conveyed to a reader through the art of a carefully thought out and executed map.


A small part in each of us is the sense of where we are not only physically but psychically and spiritually. Whether real or not, a great map tells a great story. One could argue that a masterful cartographer must be a skilled storyteller as well. As we create our mental maps of the fantasy realms we prefer to inhabit as part of our existence in the sometimes mundane world, let us celebrate the imagination of our mythic mapmakers on deviantART.


















QuestionsFor the Reader


  1. What’s your favorite map of a fictional land?
  2. Do you think the increasing similarity of “cosmic” maps as created for videogames and superhero movies is dulling our collective sense for adventure?
  3. Which videogame maps do the best job of totally immersing you in another world?
  4. Is there an actual map hanging anywhere in your home, and what is it of?










One's geographical sense of place within the world is one of childhood's important components of that inner puzzle that contributes to ones sense of identity.Early life becomes an exploration of invisible parameters, circles beyond circles, as one pushes out to test the boundaries of safety. There is one's bedroom, one's home, neighborhood, school and town, state and nation. Early on, maps become important documents – declarations of being and rights and privileges. In the art world, throughout history, maps have been a constant measure of human progress, from the Phoenecians recording their trade routes over 2000 years ago, or pre-Columbian times in which maps pictured the world as a flat chessboard balanced atop huge elephants or whales, the oceans spilling over the edges as waterfalls in infinite space – to the latest details of the surface of Mars, courtesy of the Curiosity probe.

Writers: techgnotic
Designers: marioluevanos

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The Anatomy of a Group






The special kind of dedication, spirit and discipline devoted to the assembly and construction of a successful Group within the vast technicolor ocean of artworks, artists and art appreciators that is deviantART might very well be the experiential epitome of what it is to be a part of the deviantART journey. From the very first conception, through the ten thousandth practical step, alltheoriginalnames and his cadre of steadfast partners in artful curation have built a virtual sanctuary of the fantastical— Realm-of-Fantasy. Housing the largest and most significant collection of exceptional fantasy art in the world in every genre, they are among the most magnificent shipbuilders of the highest order navigating the waters of deviantART while inviting all of us to sail with them.







Groups on deviantART build community in a multitude of incredibly unique configurations. With both tiered content and tiered involvement at play it never ceases to amaze me all of the ways in which the Groups platform is utilized by all of us. Whether a founder, mod, blog writer, participant or appreciator there is nothing quite like discovering a well organized and managed Group laser focused on just your favorite medium, artist, world, or subject matter. Sure, Groups Platform is line for some major improvements based on the frequent comments that come through HQ but it still produces a home for everything from private clubs to vast niche audiences.


Many of us, myself included, have struggled to divine and then apply the nuts and bolts and dedication necessary to build a successful Group. One of the writing partners with whom I have built many worlds over the years F09 have been so inspired by their success with Realm-of-Fantasy. The hope is that this interview will help all of us manage our Groups in a more efficient and rewarding way within the community. No matter the subject, occasion, fandom, story, or artistic genre you have chosen to build a Group around, alltheoriginalnames has given us a rich blueprint in which to follow. I learned a lot from this interview and I hope that you do too.


We will be featuring many more Groups in profile next year. Please let me know the Groups you feel that I should be featuring.











Artwork: GIFT_Belphe by Wen-JR



Interview

With alltheoriginalnames, founder of Realm-of-Fantasy











techgnotic:

There are a lot of deviants who try to setup a Group around their favorite obsession every year. What can you tell them about the hard work and ongoing headaches of running a successful deviantART Group like Realm-of-Fantasy that might dissuade but also inspire those considering taking on such an endeavor?




alltheoriginalnames:

Running a Group is a very fun and rewarding experience; but it takes time, patience, dedication and a strong passion for the Group's subject and focus. Some of these key factors will lay the very foundation for a Group. Without a strong foundation, the structure will crumble and the Group may falter. Many new Groups have given up before they get off the ground do to no member activity , while some other more established Groups that have gone dormant do to Moderator inactivity. I have found that one must nurture and cultivate a Group before it can become a living breathing community. Develop a system, and learn the Group format inside and out, front to back. Learn, adapt and grow. And don't be afraid to show your passion, and give your Group a soul.


Running a large high traffic Group such as Realm-of-Fantasy does take a lot of work. With hundreds of deviations submitted to the Group daily, countless message correspondences and notes incoming, and constant gallery maintenance it can be a handful. In the past we have had some new Group Mods step down after just one day because they can get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of messages, it can wreak havoc on ones inbox lol. The difference between a small Group and a large one is comparable to the difference between a quiet suburbia and a busy metropolitan area. Very fast paced, with tons of people. Both exciting and busy, but no rest for the wicked.











techgnotic:

How much of what the admins do at Realm-of-Fantasy is a labor of love and a real joy (like perusing all the incoming fantasy artworks) and what is the grueling part (like checking/explaining credits, answering complainants)? Does the joy part outweigh the hard work part?




alltheoriginalnames:

It depends on the day and who you ask lol. All joking aside one of the most rewarding aspects of being an admin at #Realm-of-Fantasy is being introduced to so many new artists and artwork, coupled with the joy of being able to share this artwork with others in the community. #Realm-of-Fantasy has become a nexus of Fantasy and Sci-fi related art here on deviantART, connecting Moderators and Members alike to artwork we may have not come into contact with otherwise. Not one day goes by that I do not find a new artist and artwork to fav, it is always a joy processing incoming submissions. I look forward to it every single day.


There is the more technical aspect to administrating the Group as well. We take time with each submission, and there are many things we must verify before one is accepted into the galleries. Issues can include Copyright Infringement, Validation of Resource Credits and links, Presentation etc. Answering questions, taking feedback, resolving any issues our Members may be experiencing. There is a lot of public relations involved with running a Group. Each day poses a challenge, but overcoming all those challenges is rewarding in of itself. There is nothing better than finally clearing the submission que after a long grind of processing a huge backlog on a busy day.


I do feel that the joy of working in the Group and the experience of it far outweighs the more grueling technical aspects of it.












I can't stress enough how hard these people work, and it shows.”











techgnotic:

What were the keys to making the site so successful? Was it constant immediate responses with membership? What were the keys to it’s success?




alltheoriginalnames:

We first had to focus on a subject in which people had a passion for and a connection to, which in this case is artwork and Literature in the Fantasy and Science Fiction genres. Having a focus is not always going to be enough. With so many Groups on deviantART one must find a way to make a positive impact on that focus or genre to your audience. What makes your Group unique? What makes it stand out from countless other Groups with similar interests? This is a very important aspect to take into consideration when developing a Group.






Then we had to make this instantly recognizable to others by the Group name and presentation. Face recognition and presentation of it, along with a short explanation of the Group to inform people is very important. This instantly lets people know what the Group is about. Too short an explanation and people are confused and don't know what the Group is about, too long and people are bored. If people don't know what your Group is about or have to search around to figure it out, they will lose interest. So instant recognition of Groups' focus and intent is key.


We then had to develop an organized format in which to present and share this with others. Folders and Categories named simply in which people can recognize and relate to. This helps with both ease of browsing as well as submitting art. But we needed just the right amount of categories, as too many options can over complicate. We want people to get to where they are going in as fewest clicks as possible so that they may enjoy their experience.


Then comes the information. We had to establish guidelines for our Members to inform them of how to submit to the Group and any rules regarding these submissions, as well as guidelines for the Mods that process them. Let people know how they can participate. And communication is so important on all levels. We communicate with fellow Mods, and with our Members at every step of the process. Without these checks and balances in place, a Group can quickly become complete chaos.


Our Group is what it is today because of all of the talented people of whom have dedicated their time to it. I have the pleasure of working with the best Group of staff of whom freely volunteer their time to help keep this Group going. From processing a flood of submissions, to dealing with issues, they do an amazing job. I can't stress enough how hard these people work, and it shows. And the amount of dedicated Members of whom visit consistently and participate in the Group regularly is astounding. We have people that have been with us for years, and we see them every week. It's great, you feel like you actually begin to know these people. And you meet so many interesting and wonderful people, I really dig it.






techgnotic:

Why do most of the artists in your Group submit their art? How many are professionals exhibiting their latest accomplished work? How many are up and coming artists who want their art exhibited by one of the top Groups on deviantART? How many are beginners learning their craft?




alltheoriginalnames:

I honestly don't have the exact numbers, but I can tell you that beginners to professionals all participate in the #Realm-of-Fantasy Group. I have seen people that have posted their very first artwork to our Group, as well as those that have just finished another massive well known media project.


It is just as rewarding to see an artist take their first steps and watch them grow; as it is for a top professional in their field to submit concept art for a blockbuster movie, comic or project. #Realm-of-Fantasy incorporates a very eclectic Group of people, ranging from all skill levels, and from all over the world









techgnotic:

What’s the best way to take care of unhappy members?




alltheoriginalnames:

Patience and understanding. You must be able to first understand the problem, and how to deal with it. And you must have the patience to correspond with someone of whom is unhappy. Public relations is a big part of running a Group, and sooner or later you are going to run into some very unhappy people with a problem. So one must try to find a way to resolve the issue to the members satisfaction. Sometimes there is no resolution, and that can be an issue. Copyright Infringement and Resource Credits are both really big issues, and we call people on it. These are things we simply can't bend on, and some people are not happy about it.


So simply do the best you can, treat the person in a polite and respectful manor, and hope that level heads prevail. If worse comes to worse, one must simply end the correspondence. It is unfortunate, but sometimes that is the only way to deescalate a situation from degrading further.


We do have Group policies, and sometimes Members may not abide by them. When called on this some may get agitated. Just don't shoot the messenger, we're here to help lol. I have seen some of our Mods deal with a lot from people, when they are simply doing their job. And I commend them for keeping their cool under fire.


Some Members do have valid concerns, and mistakes can be made. So we take each and every issue seriously. We must keep in mind after all that this Group is for them. It is their Group, and we want them to be happy with it and have a great experience.













Artwork: Silvan by Rahmatozz



If just one person discovers new art through this Group... gains exposure by being presented here... or rediscovers the Fantasy and/or Sci-fi genres; then it is all worth it.”











techgnotic:

How important are contests and other rewards for your members?




alltheoriginalnames:

Contests and rewards are very important to our members, but in all honesty we do not host these events as frequently as I would like. We decided that the quality of a contest is more important than the quantity of them being pushed out to the masses. We had a handful of smaller contests, and they were fun. But very early on we decided that we did not want to spam our members with too many smaller contests. So we focused on a very large scale one. Our last big contest for example was a few years ago; and for prizes it had over 20,000 points, commissions from professional artists, a Wacom Intuos tablets, and a feature spot in ImagineFX Magazine for the top 3 winners. The turnout was unbelievable, with hundreds upon hundreds of entries. It was amazing!






We had every intention of doing one big one each year, with a few smaller ones staggered throughout. But we took a year off of big contests to reGroup, as we learned a lot of things in the process. Hosting a big contest in a larger Group takes a lot of planning, resources and promotion. The contest subject is important as well, we didn't want to fall into the trap of having a contest subject that was overdone or cliched. And we want to do it right, so we are taking our time with the next one.


I can't divulge too much information at the moment, but I can tell you that we have a very large contest in the planning stages right now. The subject will be both interesting and inspiring, and the prizes are going to be amazing. I would also like for #Realm-of-Fantasy to collaborate with deviantART in an official site wide contest as well. I think that would be a great next step for our Group, and for Groups as a whole.








techgnotic:

How would you like to see Realm-of-Fantasy evolve in the future? Are there “dream” scenarios for sophisticated presentations and displays that you’d like to run? Into what fields would Realm-of-Fantasy like to grow? Collaborations with others, self-produced publishing or film-making?




alltheoriginalnames:

This Group is a constant work in progress, always striving to evolve and grow. deviantART has provided us with an amazing platform for artists and enthusiasts with similar interests and passions to connect with one another, and to help promote these artists and their work. While the Group system is already proving to be a great improvement over the older unofficial Club system we used to have, I would like to see the Group System itself grow as well. I have so many ideas on what could be expanded upon and improved in the Group system in order to better streamline the Group experience, from front page presentation of Groups to back room Group administrative tools.


I would really like to correspond and work with deviantART to help bring some of these ideas to fruition. This would definitely help run and present larger high traffic Groups such as #Realm-of-Fantasy, as well as up and comers. We have shown that large Groups like #Realm-of-Fantasy can reach the limits of the present existing Group system, and would like to see where deviantART can take us from here.


We will always be deeply firmly rooted in the deviantART community. But we do have plans in the works to expand the Realm of Fantasy beyond. Our focus will be on the creation and promotion of Fantasy and Science Fiction in every aspect of mass media. We have very specific goals set regarding the directions in which we would like to take #Realm-of-Fantasy, and without saying too much I can assure you that we intend to develop #Realm-of-Fantasy into a well respected name in the industry. #Realm-of-Fantasy on deviantART is just the beginning.









techgnotic:

At what point in the growth of Realm-of-Fantasy did you know you had completed the journey to becoming as a successful major self-sustaining Group on deviantART?




alltheoriginalnames:

A journey is a great way to describe it. #Realm-of-Fantasy began as an unofficial Club account long before the deviantART Group System was established. We may not have the luxury of being on the front page of the Group Search, or a large offsite social media following, nor a sponsorship by a corporation, yet we grow. This started as a grass roots movement of Fantasy and Science Fiction Artists and enthusiasts. Connecting with one another and promoting the genres through art and literature.







If just one person discovers new art through this Group, if just one artists gains exposure by being presented here, if just one person discovers or rediscovers the Fantasy and/or Sci-fi genres; then it is all worth it. This is how I measure the success of the Group. Not by pageviews, or the amount of Members/Watchers, or the size of our galleries.


While those are great, at the end of the day it's just numbers. (although Hitting a million pageviews was a cool benchmark) It is only when I saw people interacting with one another, and discovering new art and artists, and gaining exposure that I felt that the idea behind this Group was a success. That being said, I don't feel that we have completed our journey, just at a particular stage in it. All that, and being offered an interview by techgnotic.


















Special Thanks

A Message from alltheoriginalnames










I would like to thank rackelstar #Realm-of-Fantasy's Co-Founder, of whom I have the distinct pleasure of running this Group side by side with and has been there since the beginning. While she may be more of the silent partner in #Realm-of-Fantasy in comparison to my more vocal approach in day to day operations, her input and dedication to the Group is invaluable.


I would also like to thank the Groups Admins Isbjorg, TheWildGrape, iisjah, raysheaf and GloriaPM. All of whom I have the pleasure of working with, some of them for years now. Their hard work and dedication knows no bounds.


And to all of the Moderators of whom have helped us along the way.


And most importantly to anyone of whom has found a home at #Realm-of-Fantasy. This Group is what it is today because of you.


Thank you deviantART, and especially to techgnotic for this opportunity.


:iconalltheoriginalnames:alltheoriginalnames








Quotes from the Moderators






To me Groups are so much more than just submitting artwork.  It’s about inspiring, encouraging and engaging it’s members and creating a community where everyone can feel comfortable.


:iconrackelstar:rackelstar







It’s been three years since I opened my inbox to find a notice from #Realm-of-Fantasy searching for new mods. I was both surprised and honored when I found out that I had been chosen. It’s not a “job” to me at all but a fun way to spend 20 to 30 minutes a day voting in the Group and just taking a moment while forgetting about real real life problems. There is an incredibly friendly atmosphere cultivated by the mods which is one of the defining aspects of #Realm-of-Fantasy. We are one of the few Groups on deviantART that sends a note to every artist that is declined with an explanation and feedback. I am very happy being a mod at #Realm-of-Fantasy.


:iconisbjorg:Isbjorg


I suppose it’s no secret that fantasy-related works make up a large part of pieces around DeviantArt. So even before becoming a moderator I appreciated the fact that ‘Realm-of-Fantasy’ actually brings most of these works together in one place.


At the same time it’s not just a ‘dump for everything’ or – the opposite – some ‘elitist’ picky Group. It truly is a gallery that does it’s best to have a wide range of techniques, talents and levels of skill, with only (and quite logical) restrictions towards the content and the presentation. With rules in place that are simple and and reasonable so that it’s not that hard to be a moderator one can really enjoy managing the Group on a daily basis.


And, I guess, the best indication that it works is that even when a members work is rejected they do not leave immediately with a door-bang, but take the sensible and constructive criticism and correct their small flaws. So that when I click ‘yes’ on their next submission I know my job is done.


:iconthewildgrape:TheWildGrape





Being a moderator for year and a half in Realm of Fantasy was and still is a great experience. During this time the Group has grown from 25,000 to 35,000 members and watchers. It is a real net of it's own within a social network. Being connected with so many affiliated smaller Groups and with such massive potential for new members the Group wields a positive influence throughout the DA community. From pure novices up to established artists, veteran cover designers and illustrators, professionals from the gaming industry, etc. people consider it prestigious to have their works presented in our very rich galleries. This makes me very proud and this is exactly what our work as ROF staff is geared towards - to bring all of this wonderful art to everyone and to popularize these works in the best presentation possible.


It is very fulfilling being able to help our very young members move past beginners mistakes, to learn how to better evaluate their own art from our feedback and critique and enjoy the play of imagination as it relates to what art truly is. Our "Tutorials" gallery section is full of useful information and shared experiences to facilitate this.


:iconraysheaf:raysheaf





Having been Moderating #Realm-of-Fantasy for quite along time was and still is such a fantastic experience. Helping so many deviants in the community from beginner to professional level get recognition for their work and inspiring artists to create even more incredible pieces week in and week out really makes me appreciate what we are doing here at #Realm-of-Fantasy (All the artwork makes me feel inspired too!) And with a really friendly atmosphere and so many nice helpful people, it's an absolute pleasure to be an integral part of keeping things up and running at this level excellence.


:iconiisjah:iisjah











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Questions

For the Reader









1


How many Groups (and which ones) are you either participating in, working with directly, watching avidly or lurking over?



2


If you had to recommend just one or two Groups, which ones would they be and why?



3


If you could get tiny elves to make a Group you would love but we don't seem to have yet on deviantART, what would you have them cover in terms of subjects and what would you have them  build?



4


Do Groups ever make you run the other way so you can continue to be an iconoclast non-joiner?  Are you like Groucho Marx who said: "I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member."










Groups on deviantART build community in a multitude of incredibly unique configurations. With both tiered content and tiered involvement at play it never ceases to amaze me all of the ways in which the Groups platform is utilized by all of us. Whether a founder, mod, blog writer, participant or appreciator there is nothing quite like discovering a well organized and managed Group laser focused on just your favorite medium, artist, world, or subject matter. Sure, Groups Platform is line for some major improvements based on the frequent comments that come through HQ but it still produces a home for everything from private clubs to vast niche audiences.

Writers: $techgnotic
Designers: $marioluevanos
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UPDATE: Once again, I had forgotten how busy the holiday season can get. I've had little to no time at all to concentrate on my commissions as I've been busy cleaning, cooking, decorating, calling, writing, driving... you know, the usual. Also, I will soon be upgrading to a new computer so that will also take some time as I have to do all the configurations and transfer all my files. I doubt I will have time to do some actual sketching until next year, so right now I'll be working in Photoshop and inking/colouring one of the commissions I already have sketched. As for the traditional New Year's Eve pic, I can't say if it's going to be made or not.

I am not taking any new orders at the moment, sorry! If someone cancels their order or I end up having additional time, I will reopen.

In order to avoid art blocks (see previous journal entries regarding my earlier commission run this year), I've decided to try working on multiple commissions at the same time. What this means is that if I can't get a sketch to work, I will try sketching a different picture and see what happens with it. However, I will still try to complete these pics in their original order.

Currently working on following commissions:
:iconcdb2:'s commission [sketching temporarily halted]
:iconaeolus06:'s commission [inking phase]
:iconsniperm1d:'s commission [pre-production]

Completed works:
dltoon.deviantart.com/art/Bibb… ––– for :iconjavidluffy:
dltoon.deviantart.com/art/Help… --- for :iconmechaghidorah:
dltoon.deviantart.com/art/It-s… --- for :iconhasukawa13:


If your name is missing from the queue list, please PM me.

NEW! I've lowered the prices on my cheesecake commissions and added new definitions for the mid-prized commission (you'll get a more detailed picture for this price than before)!

I will be working on them from November 2012 to early February 2013, after which I'll concentrate on other projects. If you miss your chance, you'll be able to try again later in 2013, probably during its last quarter. However, you can still PM me about from March 2013 onwards, I may have time to do a random commission every now and then!

Because this commission run will be so short, I'm unable to take more than two or three full-priced commissions. However, if I only receive orders for more low- or mid-prized commissions, I will probably have time to do more of them.


At the moment, I would prefer to do commissions of characters done in simplistic, angular styles! Once again, though, it's all negotiable.

Before you proceed to PM me, please read my guidelines and price list below the break. Some changes have been made to them, especially to the rules regarding what I will or will not draw (I've eased up on certain issues).

After we've struck a deal, I will add your dA avatar to a visible queue on top of the post. From that list, you can see how many orders I currently have waiting. I've only listed fully confirmed orders, so if you don't see yours here, don't panic! PM me about it, and we'll sort it out. I might have simply forgotten about it. Also, if you are suddenly unable to pay but would like to keep your order, I can let others pass you in the line. That way, you're not holding other people up and you don't lose your spot in line in case you're able to pay at some point. Just don't hold out for too long...

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PLEASE READ MY GUIDELINES CAREFULLY! I WILL NOT ANSWER TO PEOPLE WHO KEEP ASKING ME THINGS I'VE STATED BELOW TO BE SOMETHING I WON'T DO!

IMPORTANT!!! I'm only accepting commissions from the following people:
* anyone who's listed in my Friends widget
* anyone who's ever commissioned me before or wanted to but had to back down for one reason or another (you know who you are)
* any commissioner who's known me since 2008 (again, you know who you are and where you first saw me ;))
* anyone who's exchanged comments with me more than just a couple of indifferent sentences (if you've only said something like "sweet pic" or similar to one or two pics and I haven't really paid attention to you, then you're not eligible).

If you're still uncertain whether or not you're eligible, don't hesitate to PM me. I won't bite :P

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CHEESECAKE PRICE LIST:

Keep in mind that the USD prices listed here are static conversions and do not match the constantly fluctuating currency rates. The final price will be whatever the price in EUR is in USD at the moment of payment, as I will ALWAYS ask the price in EUR even if you pay in USD. For exchange rates to other currencies, go here: www.xe.com/ucc/

tl;dr you can pay me in USD but please make sure the amount of dollars matches my price in EUR.

LOWER PRICE! 56€ (~$73) - inked, colours, simple or no shading, abstract or very simple background elements and/or simple frames (example: dltoon.deviantart.com/art/Paul…)
LOWER PRICE! 67€ (~$87) - inked, coloured, simple shading, rudimentary background elements and/or simple frames (example: dltoon.deviantart.com/art/The-…)
NEW! 78€ (~$101) - inked, coloured, basic shading, basic background elements and/or simple frames (example: dltoon.deviantart.com/art/Dres…)
LOWER PRICE! 89€ (~$115) - inked, coloured, slightly more complex shading, basic background elements and/or simple frames (example: dltoon.deviantart.com/art/Feel…)
100€ (~$130) - full commission (example: dltoon.deviantart.com/art/The-…)

Not interested in cheesecakes? PM me about regular fan art (cheaper, negotiable prices)! Please note that the rules listed below also apply to them.

Examples of regular fan art: dltoon.deviantart.com/art/A-Vi…, dltoon.deviantart.com/art/That…, dltoon.deviantart.com/art/Keep…

Cheapest Offer: inked, coloured, very simple or no shading, no background by default, 1 character, angular/roundish 2D styles only, nothing overly suggestive (i.e. Paulina in a cheerleader outfit, a character from MLaaTR striking an action pose, Mabel from Gravity Falls being silly and/or adorable etc.) = 25€ ($33)

RULES:
– no sketch commissions
– no OCs
– absolutely no weird fetishes, such as inflation, SCIENCE! babies or giving everyone a facial mask
– no yaoi
– 1 or 2 characters are a default, +15-30€ adds a third one (price is dictated by how complex the character design is)
– "adults only" commissions are accepted (these will NOT be posted on dA! ;))
– no private commissions, all works will be published!
– I'm okay with furries to a certain point, some examples of what I'm accepting: Peg (Goof Troop), Kitty Katswell (T.U.F.F. Puppy), Fifi LeFume (Tiny Toon Adventures), Morgana Macawber (Darkwing Duck) etc.
– no superhero stuff (with the exception of anything involving Bruce Timm's style)
– no 3D animation/video game characters at the moment
– if you are itching to use a pose/idea already done by someone else, be honest about it as I don't want to take credit for someone else's work
– no The Simpsons characters at the moment
– I'm okay with crossovers if you are able to convince me it makes sense :P
- preferably no anime/manga (explanation further down the text)

NOTABLE CHANGES FROM PREVIOUS SET OF RULES:
- even though I said I won't do OCs, I might be persuaded to draw them IF they're not self-insertions, completely unrelated to a cartoon show and look as classy and refined as in this example: elgunto.deviantart.com/art/Hal…
– at the moment I'm not doing more than a maximum of three characters per commission
– webcomic characters are now negotiable (you probably won't get me to draw Sinfest or MegaTokyo but maybe the likes of PvP and Whomp)
- Family Guy is now allowed, though negotiable
- characters cosplaying as other characters are negotiable (unless you want them to cosplay as your OC, in which case the answer is no)
- MLP:FIM ponies are allowed, just don't ask me to draw anything too sexy or suggestive


As you know, I'm at my least worst when dealing with flat and angular, UPA/Art Deco-inspired style (DP, TFOP, MLaaTR, PPG etc.) or the more roundish designs you see in shows like Adventure Time and Gravity Falls. I'm open for negotiations regarding other, more demanding styles, though, but I'd prefer to keep it simple enough for the time being. However, I will not accept anime/manga at the moment because quite honestly I suck at it :P I can only draw (shoddily) Vegeta and some Shin-Chan characters but that's about it.

Don't hesitate to ask me about European stuff too. Remember, I live there, so there's a chance I might be familiar with a character that most Americans may not know or do not really find interesting. Feel free to inquire about a non-cartoon commission as well (I highly recommend this, especially with European material).

I don't require reference material but I certainly welcome it. Obviously, the more familiar I'm with the stuff you want to commission from me, the better.


PM me if you're interested (and you've managed to read this entire post)!
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I am not taking any new orders at the moment, sorry! If someone cancels their order or I end up having additional time, I will reopen.

Currently working on :iconmechaghidorah:'s commission.

Completed works:
dltoon.deviantart.com/art/Bibb… for :iconjavidluffy:

Queued:
:iconhasukawa13:
:iconcdb2:
:iconaeolus06:
:iconsniperm1d:

If your name is missing from the queue list, please PM me.

NEW! I've lowered the prices on my cheesecake commissions and added new definitions for the mid-prized commission (you'll get a more detailed picture for this price than before)!

I will be working on them from November 2012 to early February 2013, after which I'll concentrate on other projects. If you miss your chance, you'll be able to try again later in 2013, probably during its last quarter. However, you can still PM me about from March 2013 onwards, I may have time to do a random commission every now and then!

Because this commission run will be so short, I'm unable to take more than two or three full-priced commissions. However, if I only receive orders for more low- or mid-prized commissions, I will probably have time to do more of them.


At the moment, I would prefer to do commissions of characters done in simplistic, angular styles! Once again, though, it's all negotiable.

Before you proceed to PM me, please read my guidelines and price list below the break. Some changes have been made to them, especially to the rules regarding what I will or will not draw (I've eased up on certain issues).

After we've struck a deal, I will add your dA avatar to a visible queue on top of the post. From that list, you can see how many orders I currently have waiting. I've only listed fully confirmed orders, so if you don't see yours here, don't panic! PM me about it, and we'll sort it out. I might have simply forgotten about it. Also, if you are suddenly unable to pay but would like to keep your order, I can let others pass you in the line. That way, you're not holding other people up and you don't lose your spot in line in case you're able to pay at some point. Just don't hold out for too long...

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PLEASE READ MY GUIDELINES CAREFULLY! I WILL NOT ANSWER TO PEOPLE WHO KEEP ASKING ME THINGS I'VE STATED BELOW TO BE SOMETHING I WON'T DO!

IMPORTANT!!! I'm only accepting commissions from the following people:
* anyone who's listed in my Friends widget
* anyone who's ever commissioned me before or wanted to but had to back down for one reason or another (you know who you are)
* any commissioner who's known me since 2008 (again, you know who you are and where you first saw me ;))
* anyone who's exchanged comments with me more than just a couple of indifferent sentences (if you've only said something like "sweet pic" or similar to one or two pics and I haven't really paid attention to you, then you're not eligible).

If you're still uncertain whether or not you're eligible, don't hesitate to PM me. I won't bite :P

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CHEESECAKE PRICE LIST:

Keep in mind that the USD prices listed here are static conversions and do not match the constantly fluctuating currency rates. The final price will be whatever the price in EUR is in USD at the moment of payment, as I will ALWAYS ask the price in EUR even if you pay in USD. For exchange rates to other currencies, go here: www.xe.com/ucc/

tl;dr you can pay me in USD but please make sure the amount of dollars matches my price in EUR.

LOWER PRICE! 56 (~$73) - inked, colours, simple or no shading, abstract or very simple background elements and/or simple frames (example: dltoon.deviantart.com/art/Paul…)
LOWER PRICE! 67 (~$87) - inked, coloured, simple shading, rudimentary background elements and/or simple frames (example: dltoon.deviantart.com/art/The-…)
NEW! 78 (~$101) - inked, coloured, basic shading, basic background elements and/or simple frames (example: dltoon.deviantart.com/art/Dres…)
LOWER PRICE! 89 (~$115) - inked, coloured, slightly more complex shading, basic background elements and/or simple frames (example: dltoon.deviantart.com/art/Feel…)
100 (~$130) - full commission (example: dltoon.deviantart.com/art/The-…)

Not interested in cheesecakes? PM me about regular fan art (cheaper, negotiable prices)! Please note that the rules listed below also apply to them.

Examples of regular fan art: dltoon.deviantart.com/art/A-Vi…, dltoon.deviantart.com/art/That…, dltoon.deviantart.com/art/Keep…

Cheapest Offer: inked, coloured, very simple or no shading, no background by default, 1 character, angular/roundish 2D styles only, nothing overly suggestive (i.e. Paulina in a cheerleader outfit, a character from MLaaTR striking an action pose, Mabel from Gravity Falls being silly and/or adorable etc.) = 25 ($33)

RULES:
no sketch commissions
no OCs
absolutely no weird fetishes, such as inflation, SCIENCE! babies or giving everyone a facial mask
no yaoi
1 or 2 characters are a default, +15-30 adds a third one (price is dictated by how complex the character design is)
"adults only" commissions are accepted (these will NOT be posted on dA! ;))
no private commissions, all works will be published!
I'm okay with furries to a certain point, some examples of what I'm accepting: Peg (Goof Troop), Kitty Katswell (T.U.F.F. Puppy), Fifi LeFume (Tiny Toon Adventures), Morgana Macawber (Darkwing Duck) etc.
no superhero stuff (with the exception of anything involving Bruce Timm's style)
no 3D animation/video game characters at the moment
if you are itching to use a pose/idea already done by someone else, be honest about it as I don't want to take credit for someone else's work
no The Simpsons characters at the moment
I'm okay with crossovers if you are able to convince me it makes sense :P
- preferably no anime/manga (explanation further down the text)

NOTABLE CHANGES FROM PREVIOUS SET OF RULES:
- even though I said I won't do OCs, I might be persuaded to draw them IF they're not self-insertions, completely unrelated to a cartoon show and look as classy and refined as in this example: elgunto.deviantart.com/art/Hal…
at the moment I'm not doing more than a maximum of three characters per commission
webcomic characters are now negotiable (you probably won't get me to draw Sinfest or MegaTokyo but maybe the likes of PvP and Whomp)
- Family Guy is now allowed, though negotiable
- characters cosplaying as other characters are negotiable (unless you want them to cosplay as your OC, in which case the answer is no)
- MLP:FIM ponies are allowed, just don't ask me to draw anything too sexy or suggestive


As you know, I'm at my least worst when dealing with flat and angular, UPA/Art Deco-inspired style (DP, TFOP, MLaaTR, PPG etc.) or the more roundish designs you see in shows like Adventure Time and Gravity Falls. I'm open for negotiations regarding other, more demanding styles, though, but I'd prefer to keep it simple enough for the time being. However, I will not accept anime/manga at the moment because quite honestly I suck at it :P I can only draw (shoddily) Vegeta and some Shin-Chan characters but that's about it.

Don't hesitate to ask me about European stuff too. Remember, I live there, so there's a chance I might be familiar with a character that most Americans may not know or do not really find interesting. Feel free to inquire about a non-cartoon commission as well (I highly recommend this, especially with European material).

I don't require reference material but I certainly welcome it. Obviously, the more familiar I'm with the stuff you want to commission from me, the better.


PM me if you're interested (and you've managed to read this entire post)!
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  • Listening to: RiffTrax commentary for The Matrix Reloaded
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  • Watching: The Matrix Reloaded
  • Playing: Natural Selection 2
  • Eating: pizza
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www.equestriadaily.com/2013/02…

Did... did that big corporation who owns all the candy-coloured ponies just steal Lauren's pet project?

milkywayandthegalaxygirls.com/

I'm so confused at the moment. If that is the truth, however, all I can say is... dick move, guys. Dick move.

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  • Listening to: Bill Burr's The Monday Morning Podcast
  • Reading: /mlp/ shitting itself in unison
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  • Eating: N/A
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For those who care : )

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 22, 2012, 12:21 PM


~Well guys, I hope you all are doing all well, hope everything goes smoothly with whatever you're doing, whether its school, work or elsewhere.
This is definitely no big news, but I thought to show you guys the interview I had with a member from RadioSEGA. If you guys are interested to know what is said, you can go here if you like : www.radiosega.net/news/feature… , just to see what my responses for the following questions are. I know I know, my english is very poor, but try comprehend it while you read X,D. If there's any questions, or anything personal that you dont want to share in public, do send me note, I'll be happy to read them ; )

I have to say it was fun to answer them; especially the quick shots part XD.  I wanted to show you this, so you can get to know a little on how I first started drawing and why I'm a SEGA fan and etc..thank you KC for the interview! It was indeed a pleasure, makes my day ^___^~


~And also I'd like to know if someone out there is a Metal gear fan(causeI'm a big BIG fan of the series :heart:). You guys gotta watch this LiveAction film, a parody based on Metal Gear Solid 4 and Modern Warfare. I totally loved everything in this movie, gave me lots of tears from all the laughing :XD:



When you get some spare time (perhaps 40 min + 1min and 26 sec) do try watch it and bring some popcorn or any other snack to enjoy the video ^^

  • Listening to: Quran <3
  • Reading: my mails
  • Watching: you guys ^^
  • Playing: with my pen
  • Eating: Fasting ;3
  • Drinking: Fasting ;3
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Entries:Group 1

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 22, 2012, 3:08 PM


:star: ENTRIES:star:

:thumb291767880:Missyuna Contest - Mephiles Smile by pinktwirlz:thumb291825617::CE: Smile by Amy-OhSmile sketch contest entry by Kolbatsun1226X missyuna contest: Smile by ambersonic96:thumb291878842:For Missyuna's Smile Contest :D by SoulEaterXMakaShadow's Handsome Smile by SilverHedgiethe ultimate life form by mariekehepkema:thumb291923488:contest entry for missyuna by mykittyjasperSmile by DgShadowChocolatefor sonic smile contest by Bladethesnivy:thumb292009628:Smile :D by KeenTeen24Friendly battle by SpeedComicsSmile by Fruitso.:CE:. Gentle Smile by Chicaaaaa:thumb287696567::thumb292199463:Smile by ChikaTheChameleonThe Shadow Smilez by Hidan457:thumb292261604:Just Smile by ahitosineaSugar High Silver by LuckyShadow123Sonic and Tails by aindaniaScourge and Fiona: A Badass and his Girl by Krispina-The-Derp::CONTEST ENTRY: -SMILE!- by SwedensSweetHeart96Found you, sonic. by bluerosefantasy::CE:: Strollin' with Tails by koda-sodaHappiness is Freedom to Run Around :D by Chiblu:thumb292626466:Smile and make your day a bit Brighter :) by PenfanOHS : Smile, Handsome by SallysFunnyKissTails Sketchin by daQUIET-1:thumb292819539:CE: Hehe that's pretty funny dude by Auroblaze:thumb292962431::CE: Shadow's Smile by spade9180Like this? by SIM0N2:thumb293337550:Contest: Smile by juriesss:thumb293384558::thumb293387317:Sonic Generations after by HearlessSoulDon't worry, be happy by SonicTheDerp:thumb293395246:Chaotix smile by Tabersnack'Smile' by Blue-ChicaSmiling rouge ('smile'contest) by BreeTheBat:thumb293771667:Team Chaotix Smile - contest entry by Nico-Robin09:thumb293857824:Elise, Just Smile by LunarCakez:thumb293907962::thumb293984640:14.SMILE by soulalchemist002lil sunshine.:CE:. by chippuuuuSilver with Wisps: Smile by GirlinLuvAnimeDoes it brighten up your day?-contest entry- by EvilGirl3207Smirk - Contest MissYuna by The-navetKidnapped for a Picture by HybridShadowzSilver the Hedgehog_Smile by TheHedgehogManiacCE-Smile by gaper4Smile by RainbowintheDark165Who's a good chao by Shazams:thumb294591073:
:thumb294544844::thumb294594251:Smile! by MayurasanC'mon Shadow. CHEESE by StarryNight-Skye:thumb294640983:Smileeeeeeee by Mimy92SonadowMissYuna contest entry by Furana:thumb294738096:Blaze and Cream by HarusameChanSonic Winds by ShadowyChicaSmile by leziith

  • Listening to: Quran &lt;3
  • Reading: my mails
  • Watching: you guys ^^
  • Playing: with my pen
  • Eating: not hungry at the moment
  • Drinking: water = )
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[this topic was purposly meant to be questioned in the poll section, but because I no longer have subscription, I might as well take it up here in journal and receive your opinions from here]

Peace be to you all boys and girls!

As you all may have noticed, we're still alive, there were no doomsday as some people proclaimed, so we're all good. For me personally, I never believed in doomsday since from day 1. I guess you can say that I'm more a faithful person who puts her trust in God and not some people who claim things, and then earning money out of it. What's most strange though according to the articles I read from newspaper is that the Mayan people themselves never actually believed in the idea of the world coming to an end, only that their calender stops in 2012. They were even asked why people outside the world panicks about it. Like for instance the people who fled to France to hide in mountains, because they assumed that it is the "safest place" in case of any natural distasters or in this case, the destruction of the world . So I thought "hm strange, then how come people outside, even those who call themselves believers in God, are sticking to this "idea" when the Mayan people themselves never actually believed in it?". Perhaps there were something that I missed, or maybe the reports are not relieable, so this is what I want to ask you people, about how you feel about this whole thing, and whats your opinion about people making claims of such events. And also, do you tend to believe when someone tells you there's gonna be a Doomsday in such and such day, what's your thought on that?




And yes, this is probably off topic, but I just received this wonderful, WONDERFUL gift from a very good friend. You guys HAVE to check her work :heart:!

To missyuna: Life's Little Moments by ihearrrtme

:iconihearrrtme:, thank you sooo much:heart:

And thank you Macabre-Kaiser for the 1 year subscription, you really shouldnt have :iconmanlytearsplz:
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  • Reading: my mails
  • Watching: you guys ^^
  • Playing: with my pen
  • Eating: Fasting ;3
  • Drinking: Fasting ;3
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Join.me once again

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 23, 2012, 4:57 PM

Gallery | +Watch ME | Note ME | Commission Info | Tumblr

oh my god i love owl city
drawing something worthy
finally :D
join.me/338-189-164

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o-o

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 22, 2012, 2:09 PM

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sorry about the delay on shit
but idk
i just havent felt like drawing for a few days now
and when i doodle something, its not worthy of being finished
:U

i've had ideas run through my head, plenty of them (more like little kind of story things but whatever ) but i just... don't feel like drawing them out :I

maybe i need to change up my style a bit? idk

but yeah, that's why there's a delay on stuff, srry :S
somethingswrongwithme

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Ventventvent

Journal Entry: Sun May 27, 2012, 10:35 PM

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Well...
What can I say?
Here's what I think right now
This
Is
The
Worst
Birthday
Ever

Some people get a nice sweet 16 at this time, or at least get something worthwhile on their birthday to cover it up. Want to know what I got for my birthday? Of course I wasn't expecting to get much since we have no money right now, but I'll tell you the things I did get. I got about $40 ($20 each from my aunt and grandma) and a box of body lotions from my aunt. The one single thing i asked from my parents was to just simply watch the lorax, don't get me wrong, I'm not mad at my parents. But when we went to go watch it in 3D it sucked, the glasses didnt even work. So the only other thing I got yesterday was a freaking ice cream from razzmatazz in the mall. All I was able to do yesterday was get on my sisters damn iPhone so I was able to talk to ash for a bit, and even that Ickes, because my damn sister decided to be a greedy ass and not even bother to be nice to me on my birthday. So yesterday went by and all day today waiting for my mom to get home because she said that one of her friends could make a DVD of the movie, only for me to get a "bad cd" message from my DVD player.

This sucks. This all just sucks. I've been feeling really depressed since the whole DVD thing, not because I can't watch the movie but because but the one year I ask for the simplist thing and it ends up blowing up in my face every time I get an opputunity to get it. This just doesn't seem fair to me. My brother got what he wanted on his birthday, hell, my sister got a damn iphone4 for her damn birthday, and what do I get? Lotions and ice cream. Before my computer decided to break down all I wanted was a mp3 player, and maybe buy some colored lead off the Internet, but I dropped all that so that I can get another computer when our taxes came in. So from that point all I wanted to do ON m birthday was to watch a simple movie, but I can't even do that now. Idk what the is to make me feel any happier about this. Oh and the only things I was planning to do with my money had to do with my computer, but that went out the window last week.

Anyway, sorry about venting to you guys. I love you guys though, thank you all for the birthday wishes and presents. It means a lot at this moment.

... Idk what to say anymore right now.. Eh, bye I guess
( I'm using an iPhone right now in case your wondering )

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AMAG <3

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 9:33 PM
durr snurr

:icontearplz: Im so happy, I woke up to a thunderstorm, IVE WAITED 4 YEARS FOR THIS STORM D8<  <333333333


hnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng flashes , loud sounds and groundshaking <3333 SQUEEE ~

Gingerbread snuffen!


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Fall page change

Mon Sep 3, 2012, 9:38 AM
durr snurr

turning page fallsaucesauce :eager:

DAT GLOWING FALLSNUFF :la:

Gingerbread snuffen!


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durr snurr

FUS RO GOTS by HauntedHomo
MY DAMN DAMSEL by griffsnuff
THIS IS WAR by HauntedHomo
WAR IS ON by griffsnuff
I SAID NEVER! by HauntedHomo
I FREAKING CHOOOSE YO.... by griffsnuff
the end by HauntedHomo


:C game over we have been defeated...

BUT WAIT
The part where they kill you by HauntedHomo
DON'T YOU TOUCH MY MAN by Nekoshiba
BAHAHAHHA WERE BACK by griffsnuff
the meowth ballon by HauntedHomo
OH YES!

OH GOD WHY by Nekoshiba
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO by griffsnuff
drops like 100 ft and lives by HauntedHomo
Baaaaaa by MizAmy

Gingerbread snuffen!


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Devious Journal Entry

Sun Jan 22, 2012, 11:21 AM



A congratulatory arm flailing dance for the winners of the "Captain's face contest!" and captain's mug:
Zee captain - portrait contest by kanniball by :iconkanniball:
Romantically Apocalyptic Contest by DanaArena by :icondanaarena:


Now,
There's ONLY 10 days left for you to JOIN the "The life of snippy!" contest!

Here are the current super-featured nominations!
Make sure to check out their galleries and send them lots of love!
The top 10 most Favorited pieces will go to a poll on Feb 1st!
The elevated life of Snippy by Bohunle by alexiuss by :iconbohunle:

The deathly life of Snippy by Eszitril by alexiuss by :iconeszitril:

The memorable life of Snippy by ADDICT-Se by alexiuss by :iconaddict-se:

The tormented life of snippy by enjeru by alexiuss by :iconcabycab: (also this journal skin)

The Dramatic Life of Snippy by Kabudragon by alexiuss by :iconkabudragon:

Mr Snippy's life by Jaide-chan by alexiuss by :iconjaide-chan:

Life of Snippy by TheOrangeBrain by alexiuss by :iconlicopeoart: (Cofficial episode 66 collab winner)

The Hungry Life of Snippy by seabird by alexiuss by :iconseabird:

The Colorful Life of Snippy by Donda by alexiuss by :icondonda:

Mr Snippys life by Jadeitor by alexiuss by :iconjadeitor:

The PORTAl life of mr Snippy by gordoMedia by alexiuss by :icongordomedia:



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Current contest informations: EPIC CONTEST 2: THE HORRIBLE LIFE OF SNIPPY by alexiuss
Current nominees:
:iconbohunle::iconeszitril::iconaddict-se::iconcabycab::iconkabudragon::iconjaide-chan::iconlicopeoart::iconseabird::icondonda::iconjadeitor::icongordomedia:

All current contest submissions are here:
alexiuss.deviantart.com/favour…

SEND THEM LOVE!

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SNIPPY: REMEMBERANCES OF THE PAST DAY

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 1:52 AM



October something, something.
Today captain declared as "REMEMBERANCES OF THE PAST DAY".

The day begun with me getting smacked with a broken laptop and yells "YOU'VE GOT MAIL!".
I tried to protest that laptops weren't attacking people in the mornings back in the past. To this, Captain declared that in fact they didn't have to, because users were so addicted to reading their daily mail facts that every morning they woke up smacking their heads on their laptops.

Then my head was treated to a barrage of empty, metal SPAM cans with words "SPAM MAIL! DODGE THE SPAM! USE FILTERS!".
With these words, captain gave me two old tennis rackets. The tennis rackets had yellow duck-tape stickers on them with words "DELETE" and "BLOCK EMAIL ADDRESS".

The spam can attack didn't end there, Pilot's job for today was hiding behind building ruins and throwing the spam cans at me at random intervals with yells of "INCREASE YOUR GENITAL SIZE!", "RUSSIAN BRIDE LOVES YOU" and "I AM NIGERIAN PRINCE WITH 56 BILLION DOLLAR OFFER FOR U".

Captain then gave me a filthy, blue sash that said "INTERNET EXPLORER 37.0" and demanded me to fetch foods from EBAY.
The old shopping mall where we found supplies yesterday now bore a massive spray painted sign "EBAY" on it. I still have no idea how they created this masterpiece of utterly pointless vandalism. Short of captain holding Pilot upside down and Pilot spray-painting the letters I coudn't think of anything.

Upon opening the mall's doors, I fell straight through the floor. Damn mold must have eaten through the old floor, I thought... but then I heard captain's comments "INTERNET EXPLORER HAS CRASHED" and it became clear to me that the floor was somehow sabotaged.
I decided to be much more careful from there on, knowing that there would probably be more traps that were meant to crash internet explorer.
"POPUPS!" Captain's voice bellowed from above, as cardboard boxes rained on me. One of them with the words "XXX GIRLS" hit me square on the head.

I woke with Pilot hovering over me, wearing a greenish, moldy sash with words "NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR".
"YOU WILL BE REPLACED!" Pilot's arms flailed back and forth in front of my face like a crazy dance.

"BROWSER WAR!" Captain boomed from above. "WHOEVER CAN MAKE IT OUT OF THE SUB-BASEMENT FIRST, WILL NOT BE SHUT DOWN".
I didn't like the sound of that.
"ROLE OF FIREFOX WILL BE PLAYED BY PHOTOSHOP"  Captain's voice continued,
THE BROWSER REMAINING IN THE SUB-BASEMENT WILL FACE FIREFOX IN A BATTLE TO THE DEATH, AND WILL LIKELY BE TERMINATED BY 300 SHARP TEETH"
I saw the worm monster being slowly lowered into the hole, red stripes were painted on it. The hungry beast emitted screeching noises that echoed throughout the building. At this rate, its friends would be coming soon.
I reached for my rifle strap, finding nothing. Great, they must have taken it while I slept.
Pilot stared at me from the corner, then at the worm monster with red stripes, and then made a jump for the door.
I followed, picking up speed.
Pilot thew another SPAM can at me, and I barely dodged it.
Netscape, I mean Pilot.. was already halfway up the stairs.
Suddenly, a sack of SPAM cans was emptied from above, hundreds of cans coming down the stairs making a horrid rattling noise.
Pilot pulled two rackets that were tied to his back, slapping the cans out of the way.
I had no such defenses, as I left the rackets back in the first room, and thus the cans rained on my head, derailing my steps and slowing me down.
Firefox screeched and crooned from behind, urging me to run faster. It sounded like a mad pigeon amplified through a megaphone.
Pilot jumped across several steps. I think he did serious gymnastics or something back in the army, damn my office life.
Just as I reached the door, captain appeared in front of me, blocking the way to freedom.
A large black board connected with my facemask as the metal door bearing it snapped shut right in front of me.
There were chalk scribbles on the board spelling a 4 letter word" S O P A " and below it "THIS ENTRY WAS CENSORED BY U.S GOVERNMENT".
I desperately clawed against the board feeling surely doomed today, just like the 2012 internet users.

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CAPTAIN: CONUNDRUM

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 11:13 PM



MINIONS: A GREAT CONUNDRUM.

IF SOPA WERE AN ANIMAL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

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Who's Hungry?

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 1:15 PM




Y'know what I love?

Waffles. 

And I discovered that there are deviants who also love waffles, because they've created beautiful works that feature this delicious breakfast treat. See if you can spot which are edible and which are not! ;)

Blueberry Waffles by EmotionalLadyy

Pumpkin Coconut Waffles by LilElisebug

Yummy Waffles by EneKiedis

Waffles by FriendlyBlueberries

Waffle Fantastic Studs by PetitPlat

Day 032 by picturework-memory

Waffle by arualcat

waffle by TavNymblewynd

Big Waffles by elliez1

Waffle by TheSweetBlackMadness

Tetris Waffles by Shadow-711

TEXAS WAFFLE by Olympia-The-Hedgehog

DA2 - Waffles by JadeRaven93

waffles by shasacanefoca

Waffles by STLcanonman

Waffle Delight by sendok

yummy waffles.. by jeffzz111


A collection of waffles.
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Thursday: Bear and rabbit contest!

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 11:50 AM


Awesome More Like This results last week! We hope you've been enjoying More Like This and finding it addictive. :eager:

This week, we're having an art creation contest! :la: As you may imagine, many deviantART employees enjoy creating art. For the past few weeks, Heidi has opened her whiteboard to drawings of bears and rabbits. And while the staff has done a pretty good job:

Bear rabbit by Ayame-Kenoshi

We want you to join in the bear/rabbit drawfest!

:target: Your task this week is to create a deviation depicting a bear and a rabbit!

This can be anything you want, but make sure a bear and rabbit are included. Submit traditional pieces, digital renditions, photographs, literature -- whatever medium you'd like!

Your deviation must be submitted to the Bear and Rabbit Gallery folder by October 23, 2012 at 11:59:59 PM Los Angeles, CA, time. Your entries will be judged based on creativity, cleverness, and inclusion of a bear and rabbit. 

We'll pick three winners who will receive the deviantART Hoodie/Jacket of the winner's choice, subject to availability!

Keep the bear/rabbit drawing contest alive and submit your work to our contest gallery! :woohoo:


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Upgrade Your Space Contest!

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 2:26 PM



























20 Winners will receive the Framed Fine Art Print they chose, up to 20"x30"!**


30 Runner-Ups will each receive 800 deviantART Points and a one-month Premium Membership.

** Subject to deviantART's Print review process.














The 20 Winners and 30 Runner-Ups will be chosen by full-time deviantART staff.


All entries will be judged on the following criteria with whatever weight the judges determine:



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We all have areas of our living space that need a little love.  Perhaps it's an old painting hanging in your living room that's a little faded, or a ripped poster above your bed from your formerly favorite band.  Whatever it is, we want to see!  Whether you're looking to replace something that already exists or add to an empty wall, deviantART wants to upgrade your space!



Enter our contest by October 25, 2012, and be sure to look for winners to be announced on October 29th -- just in time for the beginning of deviantART's Free Shipping Event on Prints and deviantART Gear!































  • Show us what you want upgraded! Take a photo of the place where you live that could use a little sprucing up.
  • Visit the deviantART Prints Shop to select a qualified Framed Fine Art Print* that you'd like for your art upgrade.
  • Upload your photo to the Upgrade Your Space contest category. Include a link to your chosen qualified Framed Fine Art Print* in the deviation description and, in at least one sentence, describe why this is the perfect art upgrade. No photo editing required!









* Consult the Official Rules for the meaning of "qualified Framed Fine Art Print"





























  • Entry must be received by 11:59:59 PM (Los Angeles, CA, USA time) on October 25, 2012 and must be submitted to the Contest gallery on www.deviantart.com;
  • Entrants must be members of deviantART and at least 13 years old to participate. Residents of any country are eligible. Membership to deviantART is free;
  • Entries must be submitted in a single JPG or PNG file;
  • Entries must be a photograph. Photograph must be of the place where you live;
  • Fan art, art that includes prominent corporate or product logos, or any other content that violates deviantART's policies (such as material that is not original to the artist offering the Print) may not be selected as a Print upgrade;
  • You must provide in the deviation description when you upload your entry a link to the Print desired to better the space, as well as a reason for why the Print is desired;
  • You may submit more than one entry, but only one entry per entrant may be chosen as a winner.











































In preparation for the Free Shipping Event, check out the Prints Shop and deviantART T-Shirts and Gear to pick out your favorite pieces. Add them to your Wishlist, update your mailing address to be prepared for a showering of gifts, browse your friends' Wishlists, and get ready to spread the Free Shipping joy October 29th - November 2nd!





















Whether you're looking to replace something that already exists or add to an empty wall, deviantART wants to upgrade your space! Take a photo of the space needing an art upgrade and choose a framed Fine Art Print to spruce up the space. Look for winners to be announced on October 29th, just in time for deviantART's Free Shipping Event!
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