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Thursday Prompt: Love Drunk

Thu Feb 14, 2019, 12:01 PM by akiestar:iconakiestar:

Hello, Core Members, and welcome to our weekly ritual: the Thursday Prompt!

In last week's challenge, "Let's Cheers to This", you were tasked with creating your own greeting cards for Send a Card to a Friend Day. With many amazing designs, here are the six cards that we felt best captured the spirit of this holiday:

Bunny Wishes by UszatyArbuz    [G] To Himetochan - 130219 by Tachibana-Mizuko    Paper CD - A Flowery Hello by rikeda

Thursday Pompt Card by LibraryDragon8    Happy Valentine's Day ! by VDragosPhotography    Cara's Card by Stellamarius


Congratulations to UszatyArbuz, Tachibana-Mizuko, rikeda, LibraryDragon8, VDragosPhotography, and Stellamarius
For inspiring our hearts with their amazing pieces of art, they’ve earned themselves a one-month Core Membership for themselves, a one-month Core Membership for their card's recipient, and a box of assorted greeting cards from Minimalmart!

This Week's Challenge

Today is Valentine's Day, and whether it be a special person, a passion project you love to do, or a thing that's close to your heart, we all have something we love deeply. What better way to celebrate this day than to show us what you love, right?

Once you’ve uploaded your deviation to DeviantArt, upload it to the "Love Drunk" folder in CoreMembers, then post it as a comment to this journal.

Rules

  • All works must be original works made specifically for the contest.


  • For visual works, if you are using works that are not your own, you must make sure you have permission to use those works and credit the artist(s) whose work(s) you've used.

  • For written works, submissions may be no longer than 600 words (for prose) or 20 lines (for poetry) in length.

  • Entries that are found to be in violation of the Etiquette Policy will be disqualified and removed.

  • Works must be submitted by Tuesday, February 19 at 11:59 PM PST (Los Angeles time).


  • You must be a Core Member as of February 13, 2019 to enter.

For the official rules for this week’s Thursday Prompt, click here.

Prizes

Six winners will be chosen, three each for visual and written works. Winners will receive the following:

Winners will be announced in next week’s contest journal, to be posted on February 21, 2019.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged based on the creativity, originality, and approach to the prompt.

This Valentine's Day, let's remember to share what we love with those around us. Good luck!




Valentine's Day: Show Your Heart!

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 12:00 AM
VDay-og by symonxThe season of love has arrived! #ShowYourHeart on DeviantArt this Valentine’s Day with a week of challenges to earn an exclusive badge!

The season of love has arrived! Get ready to bring good cheer and warm feelings to the deviants you care about, because it’s time for a week’s worth of challenges to spread the love among the community!

SpreadThe Love!

Every day from February 8th to 14th, deviants will get the chance to share the love with the entire DeviantArt community with a daily prompt! Be sure to check out this section every day for the next prompt, and don’t forget to add the tag #ShowYourHeart to your entries!

Feb 8New LoveComment on a deviation on the Newest page.
Feb 9Love YourselfPost a status update with a deviation you've created (with the tag #ShowYourHeart)
Feb 10I Love You MostMake a journal sharing 5 deviations about a topic you love!
Feb 11First LoveIn a status update, share the first deviation you added to your favourites!
Feb 12Community LovePost a status update sharing DeviantArt groups, forums, and/or chatrooms you love to take part in!
Feb 13Love is in the AirWrite a haiku about love and submit it as a deviation (with the tag #ShowYourHeart)
Feb 14My Punny ValentineLeave a comment on this journal with Valentine-related puns!

For deviants beta testing DeviantArt Eclipse, be sure to like the comments that made you laugh the most!

Rules

Everyone on DeviantArt can participate in the Valentine’s Day prompts!

You can do any of the prompts (or all of them!) as many times as you’d like.

Use the deviation description to tag other deviants you want to participate in the Valentine’s Day prompts.

All submissions must adhere to DeviantArt’s normal Terms of Service and Etiquette standards.





Good day, Core Members, and welcome to this week’s Thursday Prompt.

In last week's challenge, "The Artidote", we wanted you to create inspiring art for Inspire Your Heart with Art Day. After much deliberation, we have picked the ten works that we felt inspired us the most. Here are your winning visual deviations:

The Artidote - Rainbow Piano by solar-sea    Queen of the Meadow by ToscaSam    Evaluation by Caz747

Zbrush Doodle: Day 1498 - Artidote Artichoke by UnexpectedToy    CoreMembers Thursday Prompt: Artidote by ChimeraDragonfang

And here are your winning written deviations:

Getting Up (The Artidote Prompt)In my younger days I'd wonder,
"What to do today?" I'd ponder.
Homework? Study? Dolls or toys,
Drawing, playing, make some noise?
In the end, I'd sometimes choose
To sit at my desk, pens misused.
Write and draw a story of mine,
Until I went to sleep at nine.
Thinking of back then, if I studied,
My drawing skills would have muddied.
I didn't regret what I would do,
Just taking each day, each page anew 
As I grew up, in drawing, I faltered,
Needing to study more, I altered.
My schedules were packed with homework and more,
Urges to draw, I began to ignore.
Some days I sit in my bed unproductive,
On my phone scrolling and self-destructive.
The stories in my head comes and goes,
Time waits for no one. It ebbs, it flows.
One day it had struck me like lightning to a pole,
"What am I waiting for? Who's in control?" 
I got out of bed with my pen in hand,
And slouched over my desk, comics I planned.
Pages, story boarding, plots galore,
Characters, background, concepts and more.
Getting
     Artist, MasterpieceTo all of you
Who – with me – stand,
Brush in palm,
Paint in hand,
Who see a chance
In empty space,
And make a world
To fill its place;
Who tell the story
Through your lens,
Who knit a yarn
With words and pens:
Never forget
To believe in yourself.
You have a mind
Like no one else.
With your art,
Our hearts set fire.
You are masterpiece –
Create and inspire.
     Language of the WorldGod, let me write to you
in the language of the sky;
Soft white strokes,
that dance in a floating blue sea.
God, let me hear your voice
in the language of the trees;
The lullaby of hushing, quaking,
whispering, rustling leaves.
God, let me see your face,
in the language of the beloved;
The light shining in my mother's eyes
and a friend's precious words.
God, let me live and die
in the language of the world;
With all the grace and beauty
of this, our Mother Earth.


Rainbow picture - Constructive criticism«Hey, you do not need to hold your breath, you know». Yuki leaned from behind the panel on which she was painting, to watch her model. In front of her, Echo von Goethe – aka “the model” – remained motionless. «Echo!» Yuki called her harder, but Echo just looked at her and whispered: «I don’t want you to make mistakes».
When Yuki had asked her to be her model for a painting, Echo had taken the task very seriously. The last thing she would had ever expected was to become the subject of a work of art: until then, the women she had seen in paintings were gentle and elegant, while she looked more like a trunk with arms. As much as her body was lean and athletic, according to someone even “statuesque”, Echo had never considered herself beautiful.
Yuki snorted: «I’m not taking a picture, it’s not a problem if you move a little. And certainly I would not paint you with a face like that». In fact, in t
     Let Your Inspiration BlossomNo matter what kind of day it is, you can always find one aspect inspiring about it.
-Shadow1601

Lately, I’ve been walking around, even in this bitter cold weather of the winter, mainly because the vehicle I drive around won’t start. Though, there are many things you don’t notice when driving around everywhere, like how cute the black-capped chickadees play in the shrubbery and peek out to chirp “hello” to you as you pass by them, or how beautiful the male cardinals stand out with their gorgeous red feathers are. Scenery wise, how beautiful the trees look when draped in icicles and snow, and how the evergreens stand out against the bleak gray and white of the winter.
Though, when I think about it, it also reminds me of the other seasons as well, like how spring comes around and releases the winter wrath and brings back some green in the grass and puts buds on the trees for the leaves to come soon. Then, flowers would com


Congratulations to solar-sea, ToscaSam, Caz747, UnexpectedToy, ChimeraDragonfang, raikukitti, HopefulZero, Maverik-Nipkin, R-R-Eco, and Shadow1601
For inspiring our hearts with their amazing pieces of art, they’ve earned themselves a three-month Core Membership each.

In addition, a special congratulations to both solar-sea and HopefulZero, both of whom have also won $50 USD in DeviantArt Points for inspiring us all the more with their works.

This Week's Challenge

This week, we're celebrating Send a Card to a Friend Day, and what better way to do that than to, of course, create and send a greeting card, right?

Once you’ve uploaded your deviation to DeviantArt, upload it to the "Let's Cheers to This" folder in CoreMembers, then post it as a comment to this journal. Don't forget to "send" your card to someone by tagging a recipient in the comments!

Rules

  • All works must be original works made specifically for the contest.


  • You may "send" your card to only one deviant per card you enter.

  • If you are using works that are not your own, you must make sure you have permission to use those works and credit the artist(s) whose work(s) you've used.

  • Entries that are found to be in violation of the Etiquette Policy will be disqualified and removed.

  • Works must be submitted by Tuesday, February 12 at 11:59 PM PST (Los Angeles time).


  • You must be a Core Member as of February 6, 2019 to enter.

For the official rules for this week’s Thursday Prompt, click here.

Prizes

Six winners will be chosen, each of whom will receive the following:

Winners will be announced in next week’s contest journal, to be posted on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2019.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged based on the creativity, originality, and approach to the prompt. Bear in mind that you're sending a card to someone, so make sure to create a card you know your friend would be proud of.

Good luck, and once again, happy Send a Card to a Friend Day! I look forward to seeing your very creative designs.




Thursday Prompt: The Artidote

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 12:00 PM by akiestar:iconakiestar:

Welcome, Core Members, to another edition of the Thursday Prompt!

Last week, you were tasked with inspiring us all with your handwriting in our challenge for National Handwriting Day, "Art of the Write". With over 70 entries received this time around, it was amazing looking at all those writing samples and how you all write! 

After much deliberation, we have picked the ten works that we felt best represented the best handwriting we've seen so far:

Inside: Art of the Writing prompt by JoyCrux    Calligraphed Illustrated Poem on Handmade Paper by snazzie-designz    Poem [Chinese] || Traditional by Keilea    Contest entry - art of the write by BaserBeanz    Handwritten Doggerel As It Fades by dragondoodle

My Handwriting by WhiskeyDreamer    Handwriting is not Dead by AlexandeNight    Red Book - Smoking Pipes by BrightsWanderings    Bee Yourself by LibraryDragon8

Untitled by Hellobaby

Congratulations to JoyCrux, snazzie-designz, Keilea, BaserBeanz, dragondoodle, WhiskeyDreamer, AlexandeNight, BrightsWanderings, LibraryDragon8, and HellobabyNow, I did mention that you would get a one-month Core Membership, but because we were so inspired by your entries, we decided to give you three-month Core Memberships instead!

In addition, we also have an additional twelve entries on our shortlist that deserve special recognition for a job well done:

Core Members Handwriting challenge by Tudalia    Gardening by Jezzer-J    Handwriting by MirachRavaia    The Destined One ~Poem by Virmont89    Handwritten: Forest Witch by TiniestTinsel

At Joe's by handylight    Untitled by Amarantheans    Night sky by Zenythycal

The Ten Commandments by vikaherbs    Art of the Write Contest by Malintra-Shadowmoon    Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita by ToscaSam    = footprints on the moon = by WoofyKitten

Congratulations to Tudalia, Jezzer-J, MirachRavaia, Virmont89, TiniestTinsel, handylight, Amarantheans, Zenythycal, vikaherbs, Malintra-Shadowmoon, ToscaSam, and WoofyKitten! To also congratulate you all for a job well done, you have won yourselves a one-month Core Membership each.

This Week's Challenge

Where you inspired us with your writing style the week before, this week, you must inspire us with your art for Inspire Your Heart with Art Day.

No matter what kind of art you make, this is your day to show the world what you're made of. For this challenge, you need to create inspiring art. Or, as Moonbeam13 put it ten years ago: "Believe in your creative power and express it." Today, we want to see your creative power in action.

Once you’ve uploaded your deviation to DeviantArt, upload it to the "The Artidote" folder in CoreMembers, then post it as a comment to this journal.

Rules

  • All works must be original works made specifically for the contest.


  • For visual works, if you are using works that are not your own, you must make sure you have permission to use those works and credit the artist(s) whose work(s) you've used.

  • For written works, submissions may be no longer than 600 words (for prose) or 20 lines (for poetry) in length.

  • Entries that are found to be in violation of the Etiquette Policy will be disqualified and removed.

  • Works must be submitted by Tuesday, February 5 at 11:59 PM PST (Los Angeles time).


  • You must be a Core Member as of January 30, 2019 to enter.

For the official rules for this week’s Thursday Prompt, click here.

Prizes

Ten winners will be chosen, five each for visual and written deviations. Winners will receive a three-month Core Membership each for their inspiring our hearts with their art!

In addition, our top two entries (one each for visual and written deviations) will also receive an additional $50 USD in DeviantArt Points!

Winners will be announced in next week’s contest journal, to be posted on February 7, 2019.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged based on the creativity, originality, and approach to the prompt. I'm exceedingly heartened by the power of our artists here on DeviantArt to inspire us all with the creations they make every single day, and I know you all have that creative power to express yourselves however you choose.

Good luck, and have a wonderful Inspire Your Heart with Art Day! I look forward to seeing some very inspiring pieces ahead.




One can't truly say they have "Pinoy pride" unless they learn to find, enjoy, and appreciate cultural products made by their fellow countrymen.

When I was still living in the Philippines, I enjoyed a lot of cultural products, but very little of it was made by Filipinos. Sure, I watched lots of movies, read loads of books, and looked at many different pieces of art, but I didn't go out of my way to find Filipino cultural products. After all, oftentimes it's easier to find foreign products than Filipino ones, right?

I want to seriously start correcting that. In December 2017, I finally went to the National Museum, and staring at Juan Luna's Spolarium, I told myself that I need to enjoy more Filipino cultural products. Hopefully, this series helps do precisely that, and I hope you enjoy some of the great works made by our Filipino deviants in this week's feature.

Hindi mo talaga masasabi na mayroon kang "Pinoy pride" hangga't kaya mong maaliw sa natuklasan mong mga produktong pansining na gawa ng kanilang mga kababayan.

Noong naninirahan pa ako sa Pilipinas, maraming akong nagustuhang mga produktong pansining, ngunit napakakaunti lang dito ang gawa ng mga Pilipino. Oo, marami akong napanood na sine, marami akong nabasang libro, at marami akong nakitang obra, pero masigasig ko bang isinikap na maghanap ng mga ito na gawa ng Pilipino? Hindi. Eh ika nga, mas madaling ikonsumo ang mga produktong dayuhan kaysa sa produktong Pinoy, 'di ba?

Nais ko talang ayusin ito. Noong Disyembre 2017, nakapunta na ako sa wakas sa Pambansang Museo, at nang nakatutok ako sa Spolarium ni Juan Luna, sinabihan ko ang sarili ko na kailangan ko talagang seryosohin ang pagtangkilik sa mga produktong pansining na gawa ng mga Pilipino. Inaasahan ko na makatutulong ang seryeng ito sa iyon, at sana maaaliwan rin kayo sa ilang mga magagandang obrang gawa ng ating mga Pilipinong tagagamit na nais kong ibandera sa linggong ito.

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Venom
|-Q U E E N-|
Move On
Sunkissed TImelapse Video
Philippine Independence Day
Obreros de Calle Escolta
C|ScarletRuby
warm up 4 - release
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Thursday Prompt: Art of the Write

Thu Jan 24, 2019, 12:00 PM by akiestar:iconakiestar:

Okay, Core Members. It's time for this week's Thursday Prompt!

In last week's challenge, “Post Script”, you had to write letters in celebration of Universal Letter Writing Week. With some interesting entries received over the last week, here are your winners:

Dearest NanaWhen I was just a wee little thing, you took me in and showed me love as if I were one of your own.  I wasn’t.  I was a step-grandchild, but you never saw it that way.  As I grew older and watched my grandparents die, you stood beside me and said it would be alright.  I would get through this and be a better person once the pain melted away.
You told stories about my dad’s high F in high school, and about the times your boys broke the aquarium then brushed the stones and glass under a rug because they heard you coming.  You always shared the most embarrassing stories about all of us and when it was least appreciated, but that’s the wonder that was you. You cracked one liners with the blink of an eye and were unapologetically honest.
As I grew up, my love for you grew, too.  Because just as you took me in, you did the same for my son when his dad and I got together.  You adored my daughter from the moment she was born, never missing a
     With LoveDear My Love,
With hollow hands I caught you in my embrace. I could feel the ice melt off your skin as I held you tight. I had been afraid of doing this for so long, but when that finally moment arrived I could only feel comfort. There was no fear, just my warmth melting the ice built up around you, my warmth destroying your cold.
As I held you, the light in my mind started to fade as though someone had closed the curtains of my eyes and blown out the candle of reality to keep out all that is wrong. My mind was filled with precious, soft thoughts, enjoying the beauty of that beautiful moment that was ours, and only ours to keep. Deep down I knew that moment was only that- a moment, and I could feel bad thoughts make their way back into my mind, where they seemed to linger for a lifetime without good reason.
Melted ice was dripping down my bare legs as I kept holding on to you and behind my closed eyes I could see a landscape in my mind, which was preciously dark. I wished I could stay
     To a Grandparent | Thursday PromptA black marble stone in an evergreen lawn.
Going to the graveyard in the center of town.
Today I will see you or pretend to have seen.
Today tearing eyes will covet the dream.
That you are still with us in heart and in soul.
That you haven't left us in thought is in whole.
Nearing the graveyard the depression kicks in.
I cannot suppress it, this I can't win.
I sit by your stone slab of everlasting rest.
Just sitting and pondering of your life at it's best.
Of the times that we spent and the talks that we had.
Of how I as a small child was driving you mad.
Then after a while there's a breeze drifting by.
All but unheard like a lost spirit's sigh.
That is my queue like a solemn request.
To go home, to leave and give you back your rest.


Congratulations to WhiskeyDreamer, Yuukon, and Write-on-TimeFor such amazing letters, they will each receive a one-month Core Membership and a Yoption kraft paper stationery set!

This Week's Challenge

Yesterday was National Handwriting Day, and while we may have largely moved on to computers, handwriting isn't really dead. So, for this week, you must show us your handwriting!

Once you’ve uploaded your deviation to DeviantArt, upload it to the “Art of the Write” folder in CoreMembers, then post it as a comment to this journal.

Rules

  • Entries may be submitted in any language, and you may submit works either written in print, cursive, or both!

  • Entries that are found to be in violation of the Etiquette Policy will be disqualified and removed.

  • Works must be submitted by Tuesday, January 29 at 11:59 PM PST (Los Angeles time).


  • You must be a Core Member as of January 23, 2019 to enter.

For the official rules for this week’s Thursday Prompt, click here.

Prizes

Ten winners will be chosen, each of whom will receive a one-month Core Membership which they can either keep for themselves or give to a friend!

Winners will be announced in next week’s contest journal, to be posted on January 31, 2019.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged based on the creativity, originality, and aesthetic quality of their entries.

Now, get that pen and paper, and let's get writing. With that said:
Handwriting sample by akiestar
(P.S.: Wanna see this entire journal written by my hand? Well then, click here!)




Holiday Card Project 2018 Wrap-Up!

Fri Jan 18, 2019, 12:00 PM
In December 2018, the #HolidayCardProject returned to celebrate its 11th year of bringing joy and good cheer to those in need.

With over 2,500 cards received from over 1,000 deviants in 44 countries, the project was resoundingly successful in spreading the love to patients all over. Our mailbox opened for submissions on November 7th, and by the following week, dozens of cards were coming to us almost every day, from the most intricate of traditional designs to the most innovative of digital creations.

20181121 154117#1 by akiestar   20181217 172529 by akiestar

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Some of the many cards we received this year!


Each Friday, I hunkered down in our conference room to go through every single card that came through our doors. As December approached, a team of DeviantArt staff, including nicolikaiHistoryMysteryPktPictures, bironicheroine, and others helped not only to process your cards, but also to distribute them across the 15 hospitals and care facilities we partnered up with. 


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Cards would be put into a big pile before being put into boxes for each hospital.


On December 5th, we also held a card-making party in the office, where DeviantArt staff members, including MattBMattB, MisfitsTamara, NWeiss, and others created their own greeting cards for patients!

Untitled by akiestar

We came prepared with art supplies!


On the week of December 17th, we began distributing your cards! I went down to both UC Irvine Medical Center, with humblehills tagging along, and LAC+USC Medical Center, while PktPictures distributed cards at Skirball Hospice and Tranquil Care Hospice in the San Fernando Valley. I also flew home later that week to Pittsburgh for the holidays, distributing cards as well at Allegheny General Hospital.

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Clockwise from top left: Allegheny General Hospital, Skirball Hospice, UC Irvine Medical Center.


It was an overwhelming experience to see the positive reactions we've received from our partner institutions, and the hospitality they extended to us. We were graciously extended tours of the facilities at Allegheny General Hospital and UC Irvine Medical Center, while we also received a letter a couple of days ago from LAC+USC thanking us for showing their patients that someone cares for them.

We also had an awesome group of volunteers who distributed cards throughout the United States and around the world! In addition to Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, your cards also made it this year to northern California, Arizona, Michigan, and North Carolina, as well as Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Many thanks to Kravan, Blu-The-Angel, pinkythepink, copperrein, DaPineapple, MangoKoi, Roiderjackl, CosplayDreams16, and Moonbeam13 for helping spread the cheer around!

20181221 103800 by akiestar  2018 Holiday Card Project by pinkythepink
20181221 102411 by akiestar  Untitled by akiestar

I'm exceedingly heartened by the spirit, love, and good tidings our community showed the world throughout the course of this project. From the bottom of my heart, and from all of us at DeviantArt, thank you so, so much for all the hard work you've put into your cards and, most importantly, for bringing some much-needed cheer to those who needed it the most this holiday season! 


Details on the one-month Core MembershipEvery person who sent in a card with their username on a separate piece of paper should now have a one-month Core Membership! If your card arrived late and we were unable to distribute it, don't worry: you'll still receive a Core Membership, and your card will be distributed at the end of this year as part of the 2019 Holiday Card Project.

If you sent in a card and did not receive your Core Membership, you don't need to worry either — that doesn't mean your card wasn't received! Some cards didn't have usernames in the envelopes with them, and some usernames were hard to read on my end (especially when they have 0's and O's or L's, I's, and 1's). If you didn't receive your membership and you sent in a card to us through the mail, please leave a comment on this journal with a description of your card and approximately when you sent it in to us!

Please note: If you already have an active Core Membership, the one-month Core Membership has been added to that existing Core Membership, and will take effect once your current one expires.

Once again, thank you so much to everyone for spreading the holiday cheer, and I look forward to seeing your cards once again at the end of this year!



Thursday Prompt: Post Script

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 12:00 PM by akiestar:iconakiestar:

Hello, Core Members, and thanks for joining us again for another Thursday Prompt!

In last week’s challenge, “In It to Win It”, you were challenged to share the hardest thing you’ve ever done. After seeing some interesting stories over the last five days, here are our winning deviations:

Congratulations to UnexpectedToy, VaalbaraCreeps, traveling-Bard, and AnimalArtKingdomFor overcoming adversity, they’ve each earned themselves a three-month Core Membership.

This Week's Challenge

This week is Universal Letter Writing Week, and what better way to show your appreciation for someone than to write a letter, right?

Let’s share the love we have for those closest to us. This can be to a deviant who has inspired you or who helped you become a better artist in the previous year, or to a loved one who helped you grow, or to that anonymous stranger who made your life better. The possibilities are endless!

Once you’ve uploaded your letter to DeviantArt, upload it to the “Post Script” folder in CoreMembers, then post it as a comment to this journal. Alternatively, if you don’t feel like writing a separate deviation, you can post your letter in the comments!

Rules

  • All entries must be original entries made specifically for the contest.

  • Submissions may be no longer than 600 words (for prose) or 20 lines (for poetry) in length.

  • Letters may include links to previously-made works, but may not be used to go around the length requirement.

  • Entries that are found to be in violation of the Etiquette Policy will be disqualified and removed.

  • Works must be submitted by Tuesday, January 22 at 11:59 PM PST (Los Angeles time).

  • You must be a Core Member as of January 16, 2019 to enter.

For the official rules for this week’s Thursday Prompt, click here.

Prizes

Three winners will be chosen, each of whom will receive the following:

Winners will be announced in next week’s contest journal, to be posted on January 24, 2019.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged based on the creativity, originality, and approach to the prompt. Letter-writing isn’t dead yet, so I look forward to seeing your letters.

Good luck, and let’s get writing!




One of the joys of working at DeviantArt is finding art in unusual places. For me, that would be finding some of the best pieces I've seen from this place's large Filipino community who, for one reason or another, may not get as much exposure elsewhere.

Although we create art for art's sake (ars gratia artis, after all, right?), I strongly believe that our deviants deserve every opportunity they can get to get their pieces out there. Whether it be a basic sketch or an grand masterpiece, our deviations tell stories of who we are and why we do what we do. And that, in and of itself, deserves recognition.

That is why starting this Monday, and every other Monday afterward, I'm proud to showcase to all of you some of the pieces I enjoy here on DeviantArt which are made by our Filipino users, both old and new. I hope you'll enjoy these pieces just as much I did.

Isa sa mga aking ikinatutuwa habang nagtatrabaho rito sa DeviantArt ay ang pagtuklas sa mga gawaing sining sa kakaibang lugar. Para sa akin, kasama na rito ang aking pagtuklas sa samu't-saring likhang napakaganda at/o napakagaling mula sa ating pamayanang Pilipino na, kahit na ito'y malaki, ay hindi pa ring nakakamit ang pagkilala sa ibang lugar rito.

Kahit kung habol lang natin ang paglikha ng gawaing sining para lamang sa sining (eh ars gratia artis naman talaga ang habol natin, 'di ba?), naniniwala ako talaga na nararapat lang na makita ng buong mundo ang mga gawa nila. Kahit man simpleng guhit lang ito o magarang obra maestra, may kuwento ang bawa't deviation na gawa natin, na nagsasalamin sa kung sino tayo at kung bakit nating ginagawa ang ginagawa natin. At nararapat lang binibigyan natin iyan ng pansin.

Iyan ang dahilan kung bakit simula ngayong Lunes, at bawa't Lunes kada dalawang linggo, nagagalak ako sa pagtatanghal rito ng ilang mga gawaing aking ikinatutuwa rito sa DeviantArt na likha ng ating mga Pilipinong tagagamit, bago man o luma. Inaasahan ko na magugustuhan niyo rin ang mga gawaing ito nang pareho sa akin.

callmewhenthenewyearparty'sover
Roger Rabbit
Photo Study: Aiyana Lewis
Bright
The Founding Titan
Candy Girls: Strawberry
The Star Sign - Taurus
V I N T A G E__V I B E S
COMMISSION: Blood Elf
the ten commandments

Oh, before I forget, if you happen to know a Filipino deviant whose works should be featured, please let me know! I'd be glad to feature them here. :)

Ah, bago ko ito makalimutan, kung may kilala kang Pilipinong tagagamit na may gawaing dapat itanghal, abisuhan niyo po ako! Matutuwa akong bigyan sila ng pagkakataong maitanghal ang kanilang gawain dito. :)


Thursday Prompt: In It to Win It

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 12:00 PM by akiestar:iconakiestar:

Greetings, Core Members, and welcome to this week’s Thursday Prompt!

In our New Year’s Day challenge, “The Promise”, we wanted you to share your New Year’s resolutions for the year. Whether it be creating your next masterpiece or steadily improving on your craft, we wish you all the best as you conquer this year with your art.

After much deliberation, we have picked the six works that we felt best represented the spirit of this new year. Here are your winning visual deviations:

Congratulations to Fergaze, Eredhys, HeLIZacopter, MajorasMasks, Andorada, and InkLimitsFor inspiring us with their New Year’s resolutions, they’ve earned themselves $50 USD in DeviantArt Points each!

This Week's Challenge

Now that we’ve (hopefully) settled in to 2019, we want to see how you do well under pressure.

We all have difficulties that we need to overcome, like Julius Caesar crossing the Rubicon. Whatever it is, whether you’ve conquered it or you’re still warming up for the fight to come, your story is nonetheless important. That’s why, for this week, you’re encouraged to show us the hardest thing you've ever done (or plan to do), art-related or not. #ChallengeAccepted

Once you’ve uploaded your deviation to DeviantArt, upload it to the “‘In It to Win It” folder in CoreMembers, then post it as a comment to this journal. Alternatively, if you don’t feel like drawing something, you can post a comment with your story!

Rules

  • All works must be original works made specifically for the contest.


  • For visual works, if you are using works that are not your own, you must make sure you have permission to use those works and credit the artist(s) whose work(s) you've used.

  • For written works, submissions may be no longer than 600 words (for prose) or 20 lines (for poetry) in length.

  • Entries that are found to be in violation of the Etiquette Policy will be disqualified and removed.

  • Works must be submitted by Tuesday, January 15 at 11:59 PM PST (Los Angeles time).


  • You must be a Core Member as of January 9, 2019 to enter.

For the official rules for this week’s Thursday Prompt, click here.

Prizes

Six winners will be chosen, three each for visual and written deviations. As a job well done for overcoming adversity, each winner will receive a free three-month Core Membership on us, which you can keep for yourself or give to a friend!

Winners will be announced in next week’s contest journal, to be posted on January 17, 2019.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged based on the creativity, originality, and approach to the prompt, as well as their ability to convince us that your piece really shows you taking on that challenge.

No matter what it is that may challenge us, know that you are not alone. Good luck!




Thursday Prompt: The Promise

Thu Jan 3, 2019, 12:00 PM by akiestar:iconakiestar:

Happy New Year, Core Members, and welcome to the first Thursday Prompt of 2019. I hope you all had a wonderful, exciting and fun-filled holiday!

Throughout December, we ran three holiday-themed contests: "This is How We Do", "My Christmas List", and "'Tis the Season". In each of those contests, we saw the many ways you all celebrated the holiday season. Check out our recap, "The Thursday Prompt Holiday Special!", to see all the submissions, and congratulations again to all winning deviants for their amazing, mind-boggling, and even hair-raising takes on the season.

This Week's Challenge

Since it's the New Year, it's time to make those promises that you hope to keep.

With each passing of a new year, we often ask ourselves how we want the year to be. Are we aiming to grow, to become something we aren't yet? Or are we hoping for things to remain unchanging and stable? For this week's contest, we want you to tell us your New Year's resolutions as an artist, showing how you intend to grow into your craft this 2019.

Once you’ve created your deviation and uploaded it to DeviantArt, upload it to the "The Promise" folder in CoreMembers, then post it as a comment to this journal. Alternatively, if you don’t feel like drawing something, you can post a comment with your resolutions for the year!

Rules

  • All works must be original works made specifically for the contest.


  • For visual works, if you are using works that are not your own, you must make sure you have permission to use those works and credit the artist(s) whose work(s) you've used.

  • For written works, submissions may be no longer than 600 words (for prose) or 20 lines (for poetry) in length.

  • Entries that are found to be in violation of the Etiquette Policy will be disqualified and removed.

  • Works must be submitted by Tuesday, January 8 at 11:59 PM PST (Los Angeles time).


  • You must be a Core Member as of January 2, 2019 to enter.

For the official rules for this week’s Thursday Prompt, click here.

Prizes

Six winners will be chosen, three each for visual and written deviations, with each winner receiving $50 USD in DeviantArt Points!

Winners will be announced in next week’s contest journal, to be posted on January 10, 2019.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged based on their creativity, originality, and approach to the prompt.

As we turn over a new leaf and start an exciting new year, I look forward to seeing your paths to growth, and in supporting your journeys in whatever way I can. Good luck, and have a great year ahead!




We are back with another Thursday Prompt recap, Core Members! I hope you've been having a wonderful Christmas holiday in the company of those closest to you.

During the month of December, we ran three challenges to celebrate the holiday season, and we're glad that our community was able to join us through the last three weeks.

To close off the month of December and 2018 as a whole, taking the place of the regular Thursday Prompt will be a recap of our last three contests, showcasing to everyone on DeviantArt how some of our users have decided to add their own spin on the Christmas holiday!

This Week's Winners

Now, in last week's challenge, "'Tis the Season", you had to come up with your worst Christmas holiday mashup, combining Christmas with some other holiday to form an unusual combination.

We did get some interesting mash-ups, and with that said, here are your winning mash-ups for the week that would make Christmas all the more cringe-worthy:

Christmas and Arbor Day: a murder of trees
Christmas and Halloween: a holiday to be feared
Christmas and Poik: a union of unusual food celebrations

Congratulations to arthurpopular, awesome43, and ShadowNuzlockesTheir creative takes on the holidays have earned them a one-month Core Membership each.

Pieces Worth Mentioning

Aside from our winning pieces, we received several other interesting deviations that we felt were worth mentioning over the last three weeks.

This holiday season, we are heartened by the various traditions and customs that make this season unique. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, Yule, the Winter Solstice or whatever holiday you observe, we're thankful to all of you for sharing your holiday cheer and thoughts with us, and may your celebrations be as festive as they can be.

Birb by InkLimits    This is how we do....Christmas eve by AlexandeNight    The thirteen horrors of Christmas. Part 2 by Caz747

Winter Hot Chocolate by sweetheartmika    Christmas by arthurpopular    Christmas Chibi by GlassLotuses

This is How We Do by yikyak   Got to Love Christmas ( Christmas in Omaha) 001 by L-Holman-Photography     A Charlie Brown Christmas Tree by dth1971

Frosty HolidayDecorations strung high upon the bough,
Delights senses, as the Yule Log blazes,
Presents glisten brightly, touch not allowed,
Feast laid out for us, so many glazes,
Feelings of gratefulness we do endow,
Defenders of Freedom, our glasses raise,
Our heroes, wishful returns convey,
For this most jolly, frosty Holiday.
:heart:
Anita
     Colours of December TreesColours of December Trees
The colours of December trees—Red,white and green
The colours of December trees,in our house they remain unseen.
Instead of the classic combonaition
We assembled an emalgamation of everyone’s likes
And our beautiful creation
Was blue,purple and white.
     The best things at ChristmasMorning light trickles through the curtains from a sun that has barely managed to rise causing your eyes to flutter open. You grab your cell phone from the bedside table to check your social media but most of all wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays, a small amount of snow gently falling just outside your window setting the tone perfectly. Once finished you stretch with a wide yawn the slide from underneath your covers to head out to the living area when suddenly the scent of bacon hit your nose making you inhale deeply while a warm smile spread across your features. Padding out to the kitchen you saw your mother standing over the stove cooking eggs with toast and the bacon you previously smelled, after taking in the delicious smells for a moment you made your way into the living area where a Christmas tree stood decorated to the hilt with ornaments and lights. Your attention moved from the tree to the fireplace where all the stockings for your family were hung, stuffed

You can check out our holiday contest journals in the CoreMembers blog to see all the entries we've received.

Our first Thursday Prompt of 2019 is just around the corner. Thank you so much for taking the time to celebrate the holidays with us, and I look forward to another year of fun with all of you!



Thursday Prompt: 'Tis the Season

Thu Dec 20, 2018, 12:00 PM by akiestar:iconakiestar:

Good day to you all, Core Members! Welcome to the last of our three-week Thursday Prompt holiday series!

In our second challenge, “My Christmas List”, we asked you to come up with a thirteenth day of Christmas. There were many interesting takes on this day, from the fanciful to the macabre, and it was fun reading through your entries.

After much deliberation, we have picked the three concepts that we felt best represents the spirit of this day:

...thirteen Fridays repeating!
...thirteen frogs-a-jumping!
...thirteen grumpy bunnies!

Congratulations to Caz747, Shesvii, and Darkest-of-DaysTheir awesome takes on the thirteenth day of Christmas have earned them $50 USD in DeviantArt Points each!

This Week's Challenge

Christmas is around the corner, and all over the world, people celebrate it in different ways. Whether it's with buckets of KFC, lanterns that brighten the night sky, or shoes filled with hay by the windowsill, there is always something that sets Christmas apart.

But what if instead of a tradition, you get the chance to combine Christmas with something to create a totally new, totally horrible holiday? For our third and final holiday challenge, you have to combine Christmas with another holiday to come up with the ultimate worst Christmas holiday mashup!

Once you’ve uploaded your deviation to DeviantArt, upload it to the “'Tis the Season” folder in CoreMembers, then post it as a comment to this journal. Alternatively, if you don’t feel like drawing something, you can post a comment with your holiday mashup!

Rules

  • All works must be original works made specifically for the contest.


  • You can choose any holiday, or if you can't think of one to combine with, you can make up your own!

  • For visual works, if you are using works that are not your own, you must make sure you have permission to use those works and credit the artist(s) whose work(s) you've used.

  • Entries that are found to be in violation of the Etiquette Policy will be disqualified and removed.

  • Works must be submitted by Tuesday, December 25 at 11:59 PM PST (Los Angeles time).


  • You must be a Core Member as of December 19, 2018 to enter.

For the official rules for this week’s Thursday Prompt, click here.

Prizes

Three winners will be chosen, each of whom will receive a one-month Core Membership. Winners will be announced in next week’s contest journal, to be posted on December 20, 2018.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged based on the creativity, originality, and approach to the prompt. We look forward to celebrating these new holidays with you, no matter how horrible they may get.

Good luck, and have a merry Christmas!




Thursday Prompt: My Christmas List

Thu Dec 13, 2018, 12:30 PM by akiestar:iconakiestar:

Hello, Core Members, and welcome back to our holiday Thursday Prompt series!

In our first challenge, “This is How We Do”, you had to share with us your favorite holiday traditions. From your deviations, we learned a lot about how you all celebrate the holidays, and it’s really cool how different people have different ways of celebrating the season.

After much deliberation, we have picked the six works that we felt best showcased the spirit of the holidays. Here are our winning visual deviations:

Decorating Cookies (This is How We Do) by CreativePortobello         Pickle Time by Kamiinarii


And here are our winning written deviations:

The Gift Exchange        “How many people’ve we got?” my uncle yells above the room, waving a hat in his hand.
   
        My grandparents’ living room is packed, the massive sectional, so comically oversized for a retiree and his wife, now jammed every inch with family. I’d say two retirees, but Lord knows Grandma will never retire. She’ll be working for the church until the day the priest gives her last rites. I’m not sure even that could make her stop. That's just her thing.
        She's worked so hard all month to get the house in order for this night, and there's a thoughtfulness baked into every moment. Dinner's been had, so now it's time for the fun.
        I sit eagerly sardined between relatives. I feel lucky. Lucky to be here, with all of them. Los Angeles is a far trip from Seattle, but this Christmas we could aff
     Christmas Tradition   Every family has a tradition, and many are at different times of the year. My tradition is during Christmas, between my mother and I. She loves cats because of their round eyes, soft fur, how fluffy some of them can be. However, once she got cancer, she couldn't take care of her cat any longer. She really wanted to have a cat again, but her treatment cost so much, she couldn't. So, I thought of how I could bring a cat to her that didn't require care.
   One day walking through a Christmas store, I see a cat, seemingly waving it's paw. It instantly made me think of my mother, so I bought it. She opened it on Christmas morning and said, "How adorable, I love it!" But then there was a frown, one of confusion. "How am I to see him though, when my tree is gone?" I thought for a moment. Well, no one other than myself and dad come in here, so why not just leave the tree up? I offered the idea to her, and felt as though it would be weird. Eventually, she liked
     A Wonderful Christmas (CONTEST ENTRY)A Wonderful Christmas
By Brandon "Brando" Frangipani
I awoke to the sound of bells on a cold Christmas morning,
To find the cabin I was staying in to not be so boring;
The tree was decorated with the brightest of lights,
So that everyone would see it on the coldest of nights;
I walked into the kitchen to find the most brilliant sight,
Christmas cookies that were decorated beautifully just to take a bite;
Present were wrapped underneath the tree to be opened today,
In which even regular children would not know what to say;
My parents were sitting on the couch cuddling,
With my father having a mood that was humbling;
My stepmother jumped up off the couch and gave a mood of glee,
And hugged me tighter than the Caribbean Sea;
I then sat down in the middle of the couch,
When I heard the most familiar sound;
Someone was at the door knocking and singing in song,
And I opened it to find carolers singing incredibly wrong;
But I gave them a good talk of encouragement,
And they started singing Ch


Congratulations to CreativePortobello, Fergaze, Kamiinarii, DizzyMountaineer, JaegerIsBombastic, and brandofrangipaniTheir inspiring works have earned them three-month extensions of their Core Membership, plus free three-month Core Memberships for one friend!

This Week's Challenge

You’re probably familiar with the song “The 12 Days of Christmas”. From those 12 ladies dancing to that partridge in a pear tree, there is a lot of gifts to go around. But what if there was a 13th day?

For our second holiday challenge, we want you complete the lyrics: “On the thirteenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…”. You can be as creative as you want to be!

Once you’ve uploaded your deviation to DeviantArt, upload it to the “My Christmas List” folder in CoreMembers, then post it as a comment to this journal. Alternatively, if you don’t feel like drawing something, you can post a comment with your take on the lyrics!

Rules

  • All works must be original works made specifically for the contest.


  • For visual works, if you are using works that are not your own, you must make sure you have permission to use those works and credit the artist(s) whose work(s) you've used.

  • Entries that are found to be in violation of the Etiquette Policy will be disqualified and removed.

  • Works must be submitted by Tuesday, December 18 at 11:59 PM PST (Los Angeles time).


  • You must be a Core Member as of December 12, 2018 to enter.

For the official rules for this week’s Thursday Prompt, click here.

Prizes

Three winners will be chosen, each of whom will receive $50 USD in DeviantArt Points. Winners will be announced in next week’s contest journal, to be posted on December 20, 2018.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged based on the creativity, originality, and approach to the prompt. Whatever it is that you receive on the 13th Day of Christmas, I hope it helps make your holidays so much brighter.

Good luck!




Thursday Prompt: This is How We Do

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:00 PM by akiestar:iconakiestar:

Welcome to the first Thursday Prompt of December, Core Members!

In last week’s challenge, "My Youth is Yours", you were asked to pen some new nursery rhymes in celebration of National Nursery Rhyme Week. We got some amazing entries this time around, but here are the three that we felt really brought us back to our childhood:

Little Seed, Little Seed by ardensia     Clapping SongA Clapping Song
The day I went into the town
I saw a funny thing:
A man was standing upside down
Inside a rubber ring.
That night, when I came home once more,
I had to go to bed.
Because my dad was snoring loud,
I bopped him on the head.
Clapping pattern:
//- /c – r - /c – l -/c – r -/c -
 l./c – r - /c - l -/b b b
 - /c – r - /c – l -/c – r -/c -
 l./c – r - /c - l -/b - - //
c = clap own hands
r = clap partner’s right hand
l = clap partner’s left hand
b = clap partner’s left hand with your right.
     Lullaby for a tiny GhoulSome die while they're swinging. Some die in their sleep.
Some die being famous. Then others will weep.
Some die in a bathtub. Some die on a field
decoyed by skulls and by bone.
As brothers they marched there, quite eager to wield
their mortality. Some die alone.
Some die because they just quit living.
Like when only silence kept true.
Remain unforgiven, but keep unforgiving.
Because so, little dead one: did you.


Congratulations to ardensia, xtcgm, and DasGhulFor their lullabies and nursery rhymes which have warmed our hearts, they will receive $50 USD in DeviantArt Points each and a one-month Core Membership.

This Week's Challenge

This week’s challenge is one of three holiday-themed challenges for you.

We all enjoy celebrating the holidays in the company of others. Whether they be with family, friends, co-workers, or strangers, the holidays are a time for us to reflect on the past year, all while celebrating life and yearning for better times ahead.

For this week, show us your favorite holiday tradition  something that you do to celebrate the season when the holidays come along. Once you’ve uploaded your deviation to DeviantArt, upload it to the “This is How We Do” folder in CoreMembers, then post it as a comment to this journal.

Rules

  • All works must be original works made specifically for the contest.


  • For visual works, the deviation can be in any style or design. If you are using stock images or deviations not your own, you must make sure you have permission to use those works and credit the artist(s) whose work(s) you've used.

  • For written works, there is a limit of 600 words (for prose) or 20 lines (for poetry).

  • Entries that are found to be in violation of the Etiquette Policy will be disqualified and removed.

  • Works must be submitted by Tuesday, December 11 at 11:59 PM PST (Los Angeles time).


  • You must be a Core Member as of December 5, 2018 to enter.

For the official rules for this week’s Thursday Prompt, click here.

Prizes

Six (6) winners will be chosen, three each for visual and written deviations. Winners will receive a free three-month extension of their Core Membership and an additional free three-month Core Membership for one (1) friend of their choosing!

Winners will be announced in next week’s contest journal, to be posted on December 13, 2018.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged based on the creativity, originality, and approach to the prompt. Be proud of your holiday traditions, and we would love to see them!

No matter what holiday you celebrate, may your celebrations be ever joyous in the company of those closest to you. Good luck, and happy holidays!




Thursday Prompt: My Youth is Yours

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 12:00 PM by akiestar:iconakiestar:

Good day, Core Members. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving (for those who celebrate it), and we’re back with another edition of the Thursday Prompt!

Now, last week we featured some of the entries from “Share the Harvest”, our Thanksgiving contest, where you were asked to share and describe your feasts with us. Check out “Share the Harvest: A Recap” to see all the submissions, and congratulations again to raikukitti, LadyofHeliodor, and xolaen for their festive entries!

This Week's Challenge

This week, it would help you a lot to remember your own childhood.

Last week was World Nursery Rhyme Week (yes, it’s a thing!), and what better way to celebrate this holiday than with coming up with some rhymes of our own? Whether real or imaginary, fanciful or simple, for this week you’ll need to write your own nursery rhyme.

Once you’ve written your nursery rhyme and uploaded it to DeviantArt, upload it to the “My Youth is Yours” folder in CoreMembers, then post it as a comment to this journal.

Rules

  • All works must be original works made specifically for the contest.


  • The rhyme does not need to be set to music, but you can use the music of existing nursery rhymes when writing your own.

  • If you are using works that are not your own, you must make sure you have permission to use those works and credit the artist(s) whose work(s) you've used.

  • Submissions may be no longer than 20 lines in length.

  • Entries that are found to be in violation of the Etiquette Policy will be disqualified and removed.

  • Works must be submitted by Tuesday, December 4 at 11:59 PM PST (Los Angeles time).


  • You must be a Core Member as of November 28, 2018 to enter.

For the official rules for this week’s Thursday Prompt, click here.

Prizes

Three winners will be chosen, each of whom will receive the following:
  • A one-month extension of their Core Membership or a one-month Core Membership for a friend of their choice

  • $50 USD in DeviantArt Points

Winners will be announced in next week’s contest journal, to be posted on December 6, 2018.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged based on the creativity, originality, approach to the prompt, and quality of writing. As your target audience is children, don’t be afraid to go all out!

I look forward to seeing some great nursery rhymes from you all. Good luck!




Share the Harvest: A Recap

Thu Nov 22, 2018, 6:00 PM by akiestar:iconakiestar:

Hello, Core Members, and welcome to another special Thursday Prompt recap!

Today is Thanksgiving here in the United States! May you all have a wonderful day together with your friends and family, in the company of delicious food and storied traditions. To allow everyone time to celebrate the holiday (if you celebrate it, that is), our next Thursday Prompt will be next Thursday, November 29.

Now, in last week's challenge, "Share the Harvest", we asked you to celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving by imagining your Thanksgiving feast. We got some interesting entries, and with that, here are the three deviations we felt best brought out that sense of pride in being an artist, and which captured perfectly the meaning of what being an artist is.

Thanksgiving Dinner by raikukitti     The Best FeastThe Best Feast
If I were to have the best feast,
I would have to prepare my favorite food.
A gyro made of lamb and steak
is always perfect to boost my mood.
But if I were include everyone's favorites
that aren't just for myself,
I'd have to make all their favorites, too,
so I can spread around the wealth.
For my dad, his favorite steak,
With just a thin strip of pink.
For my husband, a treat from his home,
A pizza he loves - fugazetta, I think!
For my daughter, my firstborn named Anna,
a grilled salmon with lemon and green beans,
For my second daughter with autism called Jade,
a simple snack like french fries would be fun, it seems.
My brother and step-sister that I miss,
who I don't talk to daily anymore...
I'd have to ask them before they come over
if I can make a food they'll adore.
My grandpa has passed on, my grandma has lost her sight
so unfortunately, they cannot be there.
I will offer them a prayer before we eat our supper
just the way they did, all because I care.
My mother an
    Share the Harvest Prompt - Turkey Dumplings by xolaen


Congratulations to raikukitti, LadyofHeliodor, and xolaen! For giving us a festive Thanksgiving both in mind and in spirit, they've won a one-month Core Membership (either for themselves or for a friend) and a $50 USD gift card from Harry and David, and you can check out the "Share the Harvest" folder in CoreMembers to see all the entries we've received.

I look forward to seeing you all next week, and I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving!



Thursday Prompt: Share the Harvest

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 12:00 PM by akiestar:iconakiestar:

Hello, Core Members, and welcome back to another Thursday Prompt!

In last week’s challenge, "Story of the Year", you were asked to share your novels with us in celebration of National Novel Writing Month. Here are the three works that we felt best captured our imaginations with their great storytelling:

Zeroth / Thursday Prompt     Iree shivered in the sudden cold blast of wind, clutching the worn pinkish blanket slightly tighter around her trembling shoulders. She stumbled onwards, exhausted and aching with her head pounding. She had been walking in the middle of the road for an hour while feeling sick and confused. There was a ringing in her ears that certainly was not helping her headache. The world was too terribly quiet. Every once in a while, she would halt and listen intently, hoping to hear a voice, maybe someone that would even come to help, but to no avail. Not even a single bird was singing in the bleak grey sky that peeked through the tall abandoned buildings of the city.
    The streets were barren of any life, yet oddly enough the majority of the cars that weren't flipped or smashed were still shiny and bright. Much of the city appeared totally normal, despite the fact that there was nobody around, possibly for miles. It was as if the entire population just vanishe
    <da:thumb id="771784198"/>     The Third Meeting | Thursday PromptI clearly remember my third visit to Doctor Varish on that rainy summer day.
“You can’t keep blaming yourself for what happened Peter, what you experience is survivor’s guilt! You don’t need to forgive yourself for something you can’t be blamed for, you… you need to live like she lived, like Jeannie lived.” he said.
“Like she lived? LIKE SHE LIVED? Let me tell you how she lived, she was barely 8 years old… had her entire life ahead of her… she… she… It should have been me!” I said trembling with rage.
“Peter, I… I really want to help you but most of all you need to help yourself. You need to accept what happened, call it fate, call it the natural order, call it God’s divine will. In the end even though very young she had a good life, spent with people that loved her… a stranger in the same boat taking her under his wing. You were there for a child that needed you and y


Congratulations to VaalbaraCreeps, DweebicusMaximus, and Write-on-TimeFor their hard work in making their novels-to-be, they will receive $50 USD in DeviantArt Points each.

This Week's Challenge

Thanksgiving is coming up here in the United States, and as a time to celebrate the blessings of life and the abundance of the previous year, we want to see how you’d imagine the holiday to look like, no matter how simple or grand it may be.

Design your ideal Thanksgiving feast, which can include what you’d like to eat, who you’d like to spend your meal with, where you’d dine together, etc. Remember: Thanksgiving is just that – giving thanks and feeling immense gratitude for the life you live with those you hold near and dear (and gratitude for pie too, of course). If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, we’d still love to see your perfect dinner party!

Once you’ve uploaded your deviation to DeviantArt, upload it to the "Share the Harvest" folder in CoreMembers, then post it as a comment to this journal along with an explanation of your feast and why you made it that way.

Rules

  • All works must be original works made specifically for the contest.


  • If you are using works that are not your own, you must make sure you have permission to use those works and credit the artist(s) whose work(s) you've used.

  • Accompanying explanations with the work may be no longer than than 300 words in length.


  • Works must be submitted by Tuesday, November 20 at 11:59 PM PST (Los Angeles time).


  • You must be a Core Member as of November 13, 2018 to enter.

For the official rules for this week’s Thursday Prompt, click here.

Prizes

Three winners will be chosen, each of whom will receive the following:
  • A one-month extension of their Core Membership or a one-month Core Membership for a friend of their choice

  • A $50 USD gift card from Harry and David towards the perfect holiday meal

Winners will be announced in a follow-up journal on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 2018.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged based on the creativity, originality, approach to the prompt, and how well they explain their Thanksgiving feasts. Because no two feasts are alike, guiding us through your feast is just as important as showing it to us.

A cornucopia of exciting feasts await us all. Good luck, and we wish you all an advanced happy Thanksgiving!




Holiday Card Project 2018!

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 1:00 PM

The DeviantArt #HolidayCardProject is back to spread some holiday cheer once again!

Now on its 11th year, the Holiday Card Project aims to bring that cheer to patients in hospitals both in the United States and around the world during the holiday season, connecting artists everywhere and applying their tremendous artistic abilities to designing and creating meaningful, uplifting greeting cards.

Since it first started in 2004, the project has received nearly 28,000 cards sent in by thousands of deviants from over 60 different countries/political regions. Cards are then distributed by DeviantArt members and staff to different hospitals in the Greater Los Angeles area, with additional cards given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for DeviantArt volunteers and hospital staff members to hand out to patients.

The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is simple: to do something nice for others. However, if you're looking for even more incentive, every deviant who sends in a card will be given a free one-month Core Membership as a thank you for sharing your skills with those less fortunate than us.

Read below to see how you can be part of the holiday cheer, and we look forward to you joining us this year!


Holidays What is the DeviantArt Holiday Card Project?The purpose of the Holiday Card Project is to have deviants create physical holiday cards for people who are hospitalized during the holiday season, helping to bring a smile to the faces of those who may need some holiday cheer.

Holidays Who receives the cards?Cards will be distributed to both U.S. and international hospitals. Some cards will be delivered in-person by select deviants in the areas of the respective hospitals, while other cards will be distributed by hospital staff members. Patients who receive the cards range in age from children to seniors, and have illnesses or injuries that vary from mild to terminal.

Holidays What should I write in a card?Be as creative as you'd like, but remember, the degree of illness for patients will vary from mild to terminal, so it's important that what you write stays cheerful and positive. Some suggested greetings include, "Best wishes," "Thinking of you," or "Have a nice day." Stay away from phrases like "Get well soon" and "Hope you're feeling better," as it might not be appropriate for all patients. Be sure to include a message of "Happy Holidays" as the cards will be distributed for the holidays!

Please refrain from using any religious quotes or references. 

Holidays Can I make a card myself?Of course! An 8.5" x 11" (21.59 cm x 27.94 cm) sheet of paper folded 2 ways to a total size of 4.25" x 5.5" (11.43 cm x 12.7 cm) works nicely. However, there is no "set" size for cards, so use your best judgment. You can personally design and decorate cards by drawing, coloring, or painting. Using construction paper, cardboard, markers, crayons, colored pencils, ribbon, etc., are all great ways to help make your card as special as possible.

Holidays Can I use cards purchased from a store?Absolutely. Store-bought cards are great, but be sure to add some artistic flair and pizzazz by drawing on the inside of the card or including a few doodles. Use color to brighten up the presentation; be creative!

Holidays How much is postage for sending a card?If you live in the U.S. and are sending an average-sized card, it will probably cost one first-class stamp ($0.50). If you live in a country other than the U.S., the best thing to do is to check with your local postal agency for rates.

Holidays Can I send more than one card?Please do. You can even put more than one card in the same envelope or package to save on postage. However, quality is better than quantity. Sending one quality card that you put time and effort into is better than sending two cards that were thrown together.

Holidays Can I share my cards on DeviantArt?That's part of the fun! The cards we receive are often so impressive that we want to share them with the world. When you're finished with your creation, upload a photo or scan of the card and submit it to DeviantArt using the #HolidayCardProject2018 tag. Sharing your inspirational artworks with others online also helps spread the word about the Holiday Card Project, which then leads to more cards being created and shared!

Holidays Will patients know who made their cards?The only way a patient will know who made a card is if you sign your name, which you are welcome to do. While we previously allowed you to include your email address, hospitals are now requesting that email addresses are left out of cards due to security concerns.  If you wish to send a card anonymously, you may.

Holidays Can non-deviants participate in the Project?Definitely. The Holiday Card Project accepts cards from all participants who are willing to contribute to a good cause. The Project is a great way for schools, clubs, church groups, or family and friends to get together and work on a positive activity. No DeviantArt affiliation is necessary.

Holidays What do I get out of this?The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is to try and bring a little cheer to those undergoing a hospital stay. The patients and their families are deeply touched by the kindness and caring from those who take time to create and send cards..

Additionally, once the Holiday Card Project has been completed, all registered DeviantArt members will be given a free one-month Core Membership just for sending in a card. In order to be awarded a Core Membership, please include your username on a piece of paper separate from the card. Core Memberships will be distributed no later than January 31, 2019.

Holidays When is the deadline for the Holiday Card Project?All cards should be received by December 17, 2018.

Holidays Where do I send a card?Please use the following address:
DeviantArt, Inc.
Holiday Card Project
7095 Hollywood Blvd., #788
Hollywood, CA 90028
U.S.A.

Please remember to include your DeviantArt username on a separate piece of paper when mailing in your card. To ensure that you successfully receive your free Core Membership, it is vitally important that your username be written legibly!

Stare Rules and TermsLimit one one-month Core Membership per participant. DeviantArt reserves the right to deem any card contributed to the Project as unacceptable and therefore ineligible for a Core Membership.

Megaphone Spread the WordShare your #HolidayCardProject2018 involvement across the Internet!  Write a Journal or Status Update, or post to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or Instagram! We can't do this without you and getting the word out helps this great cause get boosted to more people — resulting in more holiday cheer! Thank you in advance.

Note Past Projects

Holiday Card Project by madizzlee
Holiday card project 1 by silverlakephotos

IMG 2131 copy by madizzlee


Untitled by madizzlee
Img 0361-2 by madizzlee
Untitled by madizzlee

Holidays Where do I direct questions and concerns?Please note that many common concerns have already been addressed in the above questions and answers. Take care when reading the Project's description because there's a good chance it already contains an answer to your question. For any remaining issues, please leave a comment in this journal.



Thursday Prompt: Story of the Year

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:00 PM by akiestar:iconakiestar:

Good day, Core Members, and welcome to this week’s Thursday Prompt!

In last week’s challenge, “Art Out the Vote!”, you were asked to turn out the vote by creating convincing election posters that would encourage people to exercise their civic duty.  Despite the low turnout, we did manage to get some great entries:

VOTE Albino Llama Poster by raikukitti    Vote for Scott! - Thursday Prompt by DetectiveVesper    Art out the vote!  -  Free Line Island! by R-R-Eco    Vote by Caz747


Congratulations to raikukitti, DetectiveVesper, R-R-Eco, and Caz747! For speaking truth to power through their pieces, they have earned a three-month extension of their Core Membership and a copy of The Design of Dissent, Expanded Edition by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilić.

This Week's Challenge

This week, you’ll need to be quick with your pen (or keyboard).

It’s National Novel Writing Month, and we want to see what you may have in mind for your next (or first) novel! That said, this is not a challenge where you need to get to as close to 50,000 words as possible, so if you want to participate in NaNoWriMo but feel like you can’t, then this challenge is just for you.

Convince us that your story is novel-worthy by pitching a story you have in mind! Write out a sample of your story, and once you've uploaded it to DeviantArt, upload it to the "Story of the Year" folder in CoreMembers, then post your pitch as a comment to this journal.

Rules

  • All works must be original works made specifically for the contest.


  • Story samples may be no longer than 600 words in length, while story pitches may be no longer than 300 words in length.


  • Deviations found to be plagiarizing other works, as well as entries that are found to be in violation of the Etiquette Policy, will be disqualified and removed.

  • Works must be submitted by Tuesday, November 13 at 11:59 PM PST (Los Angeles time).

  • You must be a Core Member as of November 7, 2018 to enter.

For the official rules for this week’s Thursday Prompt, click here.

Prizes

Three winners will be chosen, each of whom will receive $50 USD in DeviantArt Points. Winners will be announced in next week’s contest journal, to be posted on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged based on the creativity and originality of their stories, and the overall impact of the pitch posted in the comments. After all, books don’t sell themselves, right?

We look forward to seeing your literary prowess at work. Good luck, and may the best book-to-be win!