UPDATE: Pairs are now posted! Thanks to those of you who signed up to participate this year, despite the late start date Have fun, everyone!
My apologies for the extremely late start to this year's event! I had an insane schedule the past few months, and things are just settling down for me. I wasn't able to get around to any of my usual volunteering.
Let's get this party started! If you've participated in previous years, the event is the same as always though signup is going to be a bit short this year.
To help it out, could you please share this blog and invite other active creators you know to join in? The more the merrier! Happy Holidays!
It's that time of year again!
Welcome to the 2017 DeviantArt Holiday Art Swap!
The annual DeviantArt Holiday Art Swap was inspired by the original event over at PencilJack, and its time for the 2017 event!
This journal entry will be continuously updated until the pairs are posted, so please be aware that it will pop up in your messages a couple times a week until the pairing happens. Please don't unsubscribe from watching this group's journals, as you will miss any important updates. We only post two entries in total: The list and event info, and the final event pairs
The updates to both entries are for anyone who might have missed previous updates and want to participate.
SIGNUP IS CLOSED
Signup is open until the end (PST) of December 15th, 2017! That gives everyone a little over 2 weeks to sign up.
To sign up, all you have to do is comment below on this blog post, and your name will be added to the list!. Please devwatch or join the group to keep up with the updates (recommended to make sure the journals are watched).
Let's get this bit of holiday cheer started! Spread the fun!! Spread the word! How It Works
This is for fun, it's not a contest. Its our chance to give to another artist, keeping up the creative holiday spirit, putting a smile on someone else's face, and making new friends.
You can sign up to participate while signup is open. After signup closes, everyone's names will be paired off. The pairs are picked from a very cute little snow cap.
I hear kittens and cookies are involved too but that rumour has yet to be substantiated.
Then you get together online (whether via PM or email) with the person you've been paired with, and mutually request something that you'd like each other to draw/write/create. It's your responsibility to get in contact with the person you're paired with. If you can't reach your partner within a week or two, please let us know. If we can't reach them we'll try to find a replacement (sometimes we have latecomers who would like to participate, or others whose partners can't make it). And please remember to check your messages after the pairs are posted! Maybe even exchange email addresses.
The goal is usually to complete the gift for your partner by December 25th, but the official deadline is January 31st, 2018
. This is a seasonal event, and we'd like to ensure everyone has time to complete their half of the swap without leaving it too late.
When December 25th rolls around, feel free to start posting your gift here on DeviantArt and submit them to the group (in the Featured folder). When you post your gift for your partner, please remember to use the hashtags #HOLIDAYARTSWAP2017
in the deviation keywords (to help us find them), and feel free to submit them here, to the HolidayArtSwap group! You can also submit your pieces from past years if you haven't already (to the corresponding gallery).
An optional part of the gift exchange is to ask for a mailing address for your partner. When you're done, if you are willing and able, something nice to do is to mail the original (or a digital print) to your partner as a holiday gift. A tip is to email them a scan, so they can see it and also in case it gets lost in the mail! We understand that some countries are expensive to post mail from, or that the service may be unreliable, or just that you might not be able to afford to mail something out. This is optional, but encouraged because of the awesome feeling you give a fellow artist when they open their mail and see something that you made just for them. A personalized gift they can keep and treasure.
Spread the fun! Spread the word! DeviantArt members can sign up for it by commenting below on THIS blog post in order to have their name added to the list.HAPPY HOLIDAYS! THE PAIRS seppuku-senpai