A Guide to OCTsOriginal Character Tournaments are all over deviantart and keep growing in popularity, but not everyone knows what they are or how to participate in them. Since they're hosted by individuals and not actually affiliated with the website itself, there are no guides available to help explain how they work. Hopefully, this FAQ will be helpful to anyone looking to get involved in OCTs.
What is an OCT?
OCTs, or "Original Character Tournaments" are contests held here on deviantart in which you can pit your original characters against other people's characters in a comic-style battle-royale. To put it simply, it's a cross between an art competition and a storytelling contest.
OCTs can be hosted on someone's account, or they can have a tournament account of their own. OCTs are usually open to anyone with a deviantart account, although some are invite only. Information about who is eligible to audition will usually be clearly stated s
Calculating troll age(I think i'm going to compose smaller journals for the fantroll thingy and putting them together at the end )More Like This
So the proportions for age is 13/6 = y/x, in which y is the age you want your troll to be and x is the amount of seeps
Earth age > Sweeps conversion
Equation: The conversion equation for earth age to sweeps is y x 6 = 13x . (So to find out how many sweeps a 19 year old troll is we multiply it (19) by 6 (114), and then divide it by 13 (8.7692307692307692307692307692308, or 8.9)
Explanation: Here we want to see how many sweeps your troll is. So lets say, we want to find out how many sweeps old a troll that's 19 earth years old. So the equation should look like this: 13/6 = 19/x . To cancel out the fractions, cross multiply (19 x 6) = 13x , or 114 = 13x. Then we just divide both sides by 13 (to isolate x), which leaves us with 8.9. A 19 year old troll would be approximately 8.9 sweeps old.
Sweeps > Earth age conversion
Equation: The conve
Paint Tool SAI AutosaveSO, I guess many people read my journal from yesterday where I complained about SAI not having an Autosave thing and that my work got deleted. ^^More Like This
:iconPyroder: sent me a solution!
And I am willing to share it with you guys, if anyone longed for a SAI Autosave feature as much as I did. x)
PLEASE READ THE WHOLE JOURNAL!
INSTRUCTION(s) FOR THE SAI AUTOSAVE:
YOU WILL NEED:
1. WinRAR installed. (You can get it from here if you don't have it already)
2. SAI Autosave.rar file (Download is here. NOTE TO Pyroder: I compressed the files into a .rar file, in case you wonder. ;3 EDIT: I've added a Virustotal Link to make you guys sure that this doesn't have a virus! Link:
Character Design 101More Like This
When it comes to character design, there's more to it than just the appearance of a character. While the looks of a character can tell a lot about said character, we all know that looks can be deceiving!
A lot of people seem to think that designing the appearance of a character is a character design. It is, when it comes to visual design. But what is the character like?
When people do give attention to that question, they'll often come up with characters that are either loved or hated by everyone, that have epic superpowers or superhuman abilities that no one (not even God) can ever hope to topple, and if they do somehow get beaten the shit out of them suddenly remember that there's an even greater power sleeping within them, which they will instantly activate no matter if they got just a scratch or are severely wounded. I'm not even going into the melodramatic background stories of them there.
So, what makes a good character design? What is the key to making a belie
10 Tips for Writing Fantasy10 Tips for Writing FantasyMore Like This
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 1 “Genres” – Section 2 “Fantasy”
With Links to Supplementary Material
As you might have noticed from the Outline, my section on Story Genres is rather bare. And so during the following few weeks, I will be remedying that—starting with fantasy. I have written quite a bit of fantasy—especially mixed within other genres. But more than that, I have read both excellent and profoundly horrible examples of fantasy. Today, I'm going to talk about some of the major elements that make them so. If you don't write fantasy, I still advise reading because many of these topics expand across and array of genres—a
Prismacolor Marker ReviewHello, :iconpeachfuzz: here. If you are interested in Prismacolor markers and their uses, then this might just be worth a read. I currently own a 144-piece set, and have run dry several smaller sets in the past year and a half. For this review, keep in mind that all colors that are capitalized (i.e. Violet or Yellowed Orange) are the actual color names of the markers used in the examples. All examples used are credited to the original artist (Mostly me) in the description as well as in the link.More Like This
PRICES: As with all Prismacolor products, the markers can be quite spendy. I have seen them anywhere from $1.50 to $6.00 per marker. From personal experience, I would not advise paying much more than $2.00 per marker, especially when buying in bulk. Individual markers are always more expensive, but anything over about $2.75 a piece is unreasonable. When on the trail of good deals, surfing the net and checking out art supply sites is always a good idea. My personal favorite is DickBlick.c
Using HTML on deviantARTMore Like This
Hello and welcome to my little html tutorial. I've been working with html codes for a couple of years and I'm going to teach you what I know about using some basic html on deviantART. This won't make you a html expert or something and I'm not an expert myself but it will give just enough knowledge to make your journals, comments, news articles and other neat and lovely looking.
deviantART actually has FAQs about html but I still wanted to do this because they look a bit unorganized, in my opinion. Also, why would you want to look for those FAQs when you can just open this news article where you have everything in one place?
You may already know some of these, but I hope you'll find at least something helpful in this news article.
Some basic html
Bold text: <b>insert text here</b>
Result: Example text
This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's commen
PE: Decorating Your ProfileCommunity WeekMore Like This
Your profile page is the first thing people will see when they click on your name, so it's very important to leave a good impression! This article will provide some useful tips and tricks for both premium and non-premium members who want to convert their profile into their own, unique page. First off, some Do's and Don'ts of profile decoration:
Use dA's profile widgets-- there are lots of great options to chose from
Show off some art (that's what people are here for!)
Express your personality through colors, stamps, gifs, etc.
Add so many images that your profile takes forever to load
Use garish or headache-inducing colors
Make text difficult to read with dark backgrounds
While many widgets are restricted or locked for non-premium members, there are still a variety of great widgets that you can add to your profile, even without a membership.
The Ascension Gate CompendiumWorld of Ascension GateMore Like This
Story World Guide Locations
Character Creation Rounds Judging Prizes
Home News Q & A
Legends of Ascension Gate
Every Story, One Volume
The Tale of Lucas Ritter
Chapters: 1 2
Round 4: The Penultimate ChallengeHark, adventurers! Many challengers have succumbed to the pressures of the journey, and many others have fallen in battle. Out of 21 initial competitors, only these four remain:More Like This
:iconthemerrymarquis: :iconlotusleif: :iconwela-inomae: :iconkestrad:
It's time for the final pre-round scramble, where you'll choose the Place of Power you want to conquer for Round 4 and which one you will save for the final challenge. To keep your choice a secret until everyone has chosen, please send a group note or note Umbrascitor with your choice. You have two days to decide; if you don't choose a location by the time the round launches on Friday, you will be swept off to a randomly chosen location. (Or if you're feeling indecisive, you can ask for a random select too.)
Round 4 will begin on Friday night, and a journal will arrive with player positions and round instructions. The round will end at the end of the day on Sunday, November 24.
Round 2 Feedback - Group 2Xenon-ZMore Like This
Umbra: Link pages, please. Ahem....
This piece, as your pieces do, delivers its thrust with fun, complex, intriguing characters. The enigma that is Engie continues to unspin itself thread by thread, and the more we learn about him the more we want to know. Jayla is sharp as a dagger and Fritz's window into her mind makes her quite compelling. She's a little darker than we're used to, and we wouldn't normally expect her to be quite so reclusive, tucking away in a corner while the invalid boy does 96% of the work of getting them out of the cave, but the moments when we see her in action do well at showcasing her resourcefulness and spirit and Fritz's window into her psyche reveals some deeper layers than she shows on the surface. And Fritz's transcendent levels of awkwardness in talking to her made me laugh out loud. The conversation the two of them share over a sleepless night is quite touching, and we want to see them stay friends, which makes it all the
Zephyrus: Chapter two- Place of BonesChapter two: Part 1More Like This
Please see bottom for notes and warnings
“Do you see anything?”
Fritz closed his eyes, watching the white light ripple from his feet. It jumped about seven meters away, beyond their rock cover and outlining the vague shape of a spider-wolf.
Fritz nodded, pointing in the direction of the beast.
After a moment, he twisted his head around the rock, surveying the barren ground. Two volcanos, smoking in the distance, caged the valley of bedrock and bone. A stone coffin for the lifeless desert lying within.
It was the quietness that bothered Fritz. He’d grown so used to the forests, where the buzz of life sang inside him, that the utter silence, the complete stillness of the quarry, almost made him sick.
What more could he expect, from a Place of Bones?
That is, until a thought slithered through the air. Fritz was suddenly awash with the vision of a giant, pink sheep- prancing around the valley.
He spun around. The blonde boy beh
Character Reference: EngieGENERALMore Like This
Name: Emile “Engie” Lévesque
Age: About 18
Height: 4’3 (Sitting)
Weight: 92 Lbs
Build: Slender, Well defined arms, His legs are severely underdeveloped
Skin Tone: Pale, almost unhealthily so
Eye Color: Light Blue
Hair Color: Blonde
Wardrobe: Plain waistcoat, with white shirt and cravat underneath. Plain slacks, tailored to hide his legs. He wears a utility belt with many wrenches and bolts attached, and always keeps his aviation/welding goggles on hand. He also keeps a compass in the pocket watch pocket of his waistcoat.
Presence: Engie is proud. He holds his head high, and keeps a very serious, caustic demeanor. It’s hampered somewhat by his disability.
Defining Features: Engie keeps a single, longer lock of his hair in glass beads, located behind his right ear. This is the symbol of a scholar in Montefeath. He is paraplegic- his legs are completely nonfunctional and are only as wide as his bones. Because of how his clothi
Ascension Gate Audition Chapter: Fritz DevereauxThe snag of stone and rust screeched across the shadows in a dull, unimpressed scream. For a moment, the moonlight lit a gleam of interest on the sharp metallic faces, but when the doors rolled shut, they were doused once more in quiet disappointment.More Like This
They regarded each other, the thief and the room.
Beneath his boots lay the shattered ruins of silence. The dirigibles- cloistered around him, cold and lifeless in their gasless sleep- seemed to stare down at him with an air of bitter criticism. Somewhere in the darkness hundreds of empty wicker baskets swung above his head, disapproving not only of their solitude being disturbed, but by whom.
You’re to be our theif? Drawled the creak in ropes. Impress us.
Gloves hands fumbled in the darkness until it resolved with a click. It sizzled with a shushing hiss, and his shadow cowered in the growing flicker.
He lifted the lantern, diligently pretending the look on his face was of determination. Try me.
Zephyrus: Chapter One- Place of ShadowsPlease see bottom for notes and warningsMore Like This
This chapter has a Interlude that, while not required, I recommend you read. Links are at the bottom.
"Well, that could've been worse."
Fritz, shockingly, agreed. Any time your form of transportation doesn’t explode, things could have gone a lot worse.
In truth, most of what Fritz remembered from the crash was lots of yelling, and a high pitched noise that might've come from a dying animal, or from his own mouth, he wasn't sure. Everything else was a blur of Engie throwing his hands in the air and Fritz hanging on for dear life as the balloon fell from the sky, slicing tree tops and finally rolling to a halt in the middle of a conveniently placed grove.
When he opened his eyes, Fritz realized the wall he’d been clinging to had, at some point, become a ceiling. It left Engie hanging limply from his bindings and Fritz landing unceremoniously on his ass, but, as the engineer said, it could have been worse.
Knowledge is Out There, Grasp It!EDIT 2/13/14:More Like This
Due to a few concerns that I'm overgeneralizing through my use of the word ignorant, I wanted to amend some things:
1. This journal was not written out of a pretentious attitude, in fact it's quite the opposite. I feel the need to share knowledge, and I do whenever I can. I could never be upset with those who truly do not know where to start when it comes to enriching their minds.
2. This journal is not about lording knowledge above those who do not yet possess it.
3. This journal is not about bashing someone for the barriers that can impede or prevent their desire or ability to absorb new information.
4. I do not encourage people to "just Google it," that is why resources are listed at the bottom.
5. If you would like to contribute a resource, please link it in your comments.
I’ve been hearing the phrase “I don’t know what ____ is” a lot as of late and it’s been a little irksome, and here’s why: we are currently living in
ART: A Common Sense Guide To SurvivingI am an artist. I was born an artist it is in my heart, my soul, my blood. I did not wake up one day and say to myself, I think I will try painting, I was painting while I was learning to walk. My art, my talent, is very personal and very dear to me. I have spent thirty years in the art world. I have done commission work. I have participated in juried art shows. I have had art exhibits at various galleries. I have been a member of various art groups and associations over the years. I have been to art auctions. I have created art shows for local communities. I have taught art both in local school systems and privately. I am now an art agent and my passion is finding a communitys hidden artists and bringing their talents to light. Because my own art is such a driving and therapeutic force in my life, I have explored nearly every aspect of the art world. This, my friends and artists, is a brutally honest look at what I have learned from this life-long experience.More Like This
RA OpeningMore Like This
A thriving city, like LA or NY from a distance.
Nuclear explosion, blinding light, shows the desolation in reds and oranges as the city burns. Mushroom cloud develops into a red heart. Title in white on red Nuke-heart. All else fades. leaving the symbol of RA. Then All fades.
Sounds: Eerily quiet except for muffled nuke explosion and subsequent muffled wind noises.
Birth of HopeI watch the dark and staining blood flow from Her,More Like This
turning all the world to grey.
I feel the gnawing cold of it upon my hands,
turning all the world to ice.
Her dark ichor pulses past my stanching hands,
each beat bubbling past my frantic fingers.
Her eyes of smoldering flame and light grow dark,
each flicker pushing me toward despair.
I hear the slowing of Her heart,
turning all the world to silence.
I taste the bitterness of Loss,
turning all the world to nothing.
As Her Kingdom of Light fades about me,
each shining ray dieing within Love's breast,
I see Her smile once more before she fades to ash,
and yet her warmth does within me rest.
I watch the darkness surge forward,
I feel the burning cold bite at my flesh,
I hear the shrieks and shards of pain,
I taste the dullness of the earth.
And from Her ash, Hope is born within me.
The Maden HouseSomewhere between this world and the endless chasms of the beyond lies the Maden House. In all essences, it's the only home I've ever had. At the same time, it's not even as home. It's just where I go when the rest of the world won't take me in.More Like This
When I built the Maden House, however long ago, I had used it as a safe haven for the times I couldn't escape the world. Outside of the few strangers who come and go, as they slip through the hands of death and back into life, I am the only resident of the House. And it's only in the Maden House that I can be utterly alone. Except today
I am home for three minutes before he comes. As I maneuver the shiv I've kept in my sleeve all day into my left hand, I can sense him there, quietly approaching me. I keep staring at me feet, pretending not to notice him as he comes closer behind me. Fool.
In one movement, I swing my right arm back. Predictably, he blocks, and leaves himself open on the side. I aim a kick around him towards his
Audition - Astrum Venatus OCT"Yes! That's our girl!" Haki pushed his way through the crowd.More Like This
Maari turned toward his voice and the two Wyv grinned at each other. The male's arms extended and Maari reached out and grabbed his wrists, pulling him through the people around them and into her immediate vicinity. Her grin got wider.
"Yes! You did great!" Haki yelled over the cheering of the crowd. He flipped his moppy hair out of his eyes to wink at his friend.
"Echh, I didn't win," Maari said. Her grin didn't diminish.
"Second! Second is awesome!"
Maari laughed. "And I'm not dead."
Always a victory to keep your skin in a tournament. Even smaller tournaments with smaller stakes, even ones where killing was discouraged, there were casualties. All accidental, of course. Of course.
"Right. Now let's get out of this crowd." Maari glanced around wit
SongoftheLittleWhiteDragonSong of the small white Dragon/who does not like to be made fun of for being small/so be careful or she'll EAT YOU/ in small pieces/on shishcobobs instead of spits/cooked in small portions/ evenly roasted over a twig fire/ slightlyMore Like This
burned for a smokey flavor/could become a very long, very painful ordeal/like this title/just to prove she can/
I'm a little dragon
Short and small
Here are my white teeth
Here are my claws
When I get all steamed up
You will Run
Or I will cook you on a stick
The UnnamedA dragon does lay dieing, his blood does stain the earth,More Like This
the fires are but coals, laying in the hearth.
Precious water flows from wounds, deep inside his breast,
a hiss of air escapes, a hot and moist last breath.
The final blow was stuck, the final sword was swung,
now both sides lay dieing, while nothing good has come.
The last of a dead breed, they both lay low and still,
yet neither struck a blow, both have now been killed.
Twas disbelief, and death of oath, that laid both low this day.
How may one now find the other, a comfort in this way?
AKIRA DOWN????More Like This
People never took Akira seriously. He didnt really know why, but he supposed it was because he himself took things seriously. Very seriously.
Anyways, he took everything anyone ever said very seriously, and it usually ended up in him feeling very stupid. But that in itself was no excuse for what was going on right now.
He had just been doing EXACTLY what the coach had told him. Keeping his eye on the game, and making sure nothing got through to the goal. And as usual, he had done his job quite well; the other team hadnt scored once.
What was unusual, was that something came towards the goal that he hadnt quite expected. It was an otherwise normal game of soccer, but something that was not related to soccer at all was flying towards the goal.
Doing his job, which was EXACTLY what the coach told him, he blocked it. However, he hadnt meant to block it, especially not with his face. And thats when it hit him.
A hockey puck.
Battle Of FaithDemons rageMore Like This
And angels battle
Over souls of broken men
To the heaven up high?
Do we believe?
Is this life a lie?
Holiday Pep RallyTwas the day before break, and all through the school,More Like This
Children waited out classes mouths dripping with drool.
The two weeks' homework was hence given there,
But they didn't pay attention, nobody cared.
The best of the teachers, who were nicer than most,
Made in their classrooms parties to host.
But some other sad students, ready for break, cried-
"You're giving us homework?! Oh Goodness sakes!"
The only thing left that these students held dear,
Was the promise of a pep rally soon drawing near.
Each of them had known about it that week
It was more tangible than the candy cane stink
Finally the bell rang to dismiss them all out,
But alas then, only the seniors got out!
It took them five minutes to release the next class-
They let out the freshmen?! Oh horse's crap!
The sophomores were next after ten minutes' wait
The juniors were held back like bulls in a gate
They all grew impatient, as more time ticked by
When the P.A. came on, like madness they flied!
After what felt like hours they
A Guide to Character SheetsAlmost as soon as they were invented, people have been feuding over the effectiveness of character sheets. Some say they are godsends and they couldn't possibly create characters without them. Others say they only create flat characters and there's absolutely no reason why any writer should need to know the smallest and most minute details that character sheets call for. And then there are the writers that don't know which side of the debate they should listen to.More Like This
The easiest answer to that question is it's a personal decision that every writer needs to make for themselves. But before you make that decision, maybe you should know how they work and the benefits you can gain from them.
You see, when used correctly, sheets can really assist an author in keeping the facts about their world and characters straight. Otherwise, on page ten little Anne has green eyes, but on page thirty-two they change to blue, and miraculously enough on page fifty-five they're brown or back to green.
BoyMany women will write poetryMore Like This
from you. They will translate
your nose into an apostrophe
your smile to the front side
of a parentheses, the back
to tears only once admitted.
They will filter your father's ashes
into adverbs that define your fingers
quaking along skin and sin
toward fibrous paper.
They will dismiss your flaws
as improperly placed commas
or periods born before their time.
They will inspect, perfect
& infect you with emotions
you never learned to muster.
But none of them will know
you as I did: a boy, bent
beneath the waves of love
and glad for it.
AllegroAllegroMore Like This
Always moving, progressing,
Deemed stupid, pointless,
Dissmissed, we're voiceless,
A new age, it's 'great',
More war, more hate,
Important lessons, still untaught,
Governmental lies, all bought,
Liquor bottles, cheap placebos,
Money thrown, to dark casinos,
Always moving, progressing,
ExtrasuperfabulousMore Like This
(with a cherry on top!)
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This resource is outdated and has some sections that are poorly written. Several of the ideas are bad. I am working on revamping this to make it appropriate for all audiences and situations.
Here is a better guide.
When you have a story, there are characters that you like, characters that you love, and characters that you hate. Then there are those characters whom you adore. You think about them a lot. You know their personalities, zodiac sign, blood type, Myers-Briggs type, favorite foods, favorite outfits... you name it! You draw them in your sketchbooks and algebra notebooks. You imagine extra scenes from the character's childhood. You can't stop thinking about that special character!
Are you this obsessed with your characters? If you are, that's okay—I am too. However, if you have that much obsession concentrated on one particular charac
Your Fingers Drip SonatasYour fingers drip sonatas, which shiverMore Like This
like the whispers of late night love sighs,
across the silence of my morning heart they quiver.
Your practiced notes fall as symphonic silver
as crescendos trip into passion cries.
Your fingers drip sonatas, which shiver
trickling through the silt of my soul like a river,
effluents that never ebb or run dry.
Across the silence of my morning heart they quiver
as I wait with baited breath for you to deliver
movements like planets in celestial skies.
Your fingers drip sonatas, which shiver
out into the world in sharp staccato slivers
only to slip away to pianissimo, then rise.
Across the silence of my morning heart they quiver
running down the knots in my vertebrae to linger,
then coming to rest in the muscles of my thighs.
Your fingers drip sonatas, which shiver,
across the silence of my morning heart they quiver.
Character Profile FormMore Like This
Meaning of name:
Origin of name:
Socioeconomic level as a child:
Socioeconomic level as an adult:
Most important childhood event that still affects him/her:
Other memories/events that still affects him/her and why/how:
Past failures s/he would be embarrassed to have people know about and why:
Biggest role model:
Biggest disillusions from childhood:
Simple Sta.sh TutorialWhat is Sta.sh?More Like This
Sta.sh is a new system for submitting art to dA. You can find the link in your 'submit' menu. Why use it?Main advantages are that you can submit deviations faster, from more places (currently with apps for android, iPhoto, mac, iOS, etc., as well as from email and FTP) and you can keep them private if you want. You can then share it only with those people you want - for example to ask their opinion before submitting it to your gallery. How to submit?Submitting basically happens in two parts. Upload the file Image- and other fi
Beta Reading for AuthorsMore Like This
What is a Beta Reader?
Apart from being a writer's best friend, beta readers provide a cross between edits and a critique. A beta reader does not edit a manuscript, but will note the errors for the author to fix. Advice and critiques are other services a beta may perform.
Establishing a Relationship
You've just partnered with a beta reader; what do you do first? Establish with your beta what each of you expects from the relationship. A solid understanding of expectations starts the partnership on a productive path and avoids misunderstandings.
Are you expecting a 24 hour turn around, while your beta is thinking a week? If not discussed prior to an exchange, turn around time can cause tension. Be honest and reasonable with your expectations because your beta is essentially working for free.
Length of Partnership
Is your manuscript a novel or a short story? Be honest and upfront with the length of your manuscript. If your