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Promoting Positivity: Vol 67Hello everyone! It is time for another Promoting Positivity! It has been a few months since the last article and I am fully aware that a lot of things in Eclipse are still not the best, so this is both a test and also a call to maintain positivity. Before I began, as always, let's discuss... PromotingPositivity Activities Firstly, everything else from before Eclipse is still postponed. Positive Comment of the Day will resume tomorrow. The next one of these articles will probably not be next week either; I want to try to submit them monthly but we will see. I will do what I can to submit it more often, but I can't promise I will be able to because Eclipse is still hard for me to use. However, if you would like, feel free to keep donating to @Positivity-Promoter for the contest I'm still planning to hold once a lot of things are calmer. Now, let's get started with this week's article! Last TimeSo because it's been over a month since the last article, we'll be changing the title of this section to "Last Time". Hopefully, I'll be able to do this semi-regularly so that I don't have to change it.The IssuePretend the staff will implement everything you say you want into the Eclipse system. What would you suggest to make Eclipse better? List as many things as you can think of. (This does not mean to say "keep Classic". How would you make the Eclipse system better?) Our Solution(s)@Mouselemur: If I were to suggest anything for Eclipse, to make it better, it would be to be able to schedule journals.I know, it's a "classic" feature, but it makes submitting journals so much easier! Just think, you don't have to set an alarm or keep an agenda with notification for when to browse to your drafts and submit a journal. Especially with different time zones and community features (think @projecteducate)  this would be a life-saver. I would also love for the Eclipse journal editor to allow us to feature art easily, without having to favorite it first. I have to do a lot of work, to make a feature look the way I want it to look, the way that I have always made features - which is in a 2-1-2-1 grid. Where ALL featured deviations are shown at their best - and not re-sized as Instagram does, really botching up the art you feature. @RTNightmare: I want several things, not in order from importance mind you: linked accounts (like Twitter), the ability to choose the color of Eclipse, CSS but easier, fewer clicks, more visibility (Eclipse notification center is a nightmare), faster loading, one message center, Sta.sh writer, featuring art easily, scheduling, pagination, DD personal page (user/dds), group journal submitting to be easier, etc. Some of this is already in the works and some of it will apparently never be a thing. I just want Eclipse to become easier. This WeekThis week is a test period to see if this journal works. If not, I will continue on my hiatus until it gets better and easier to use. The IssueWhat has been the hardest part or parts of using Eclipse?Congratulations to @Mouselemur for winning this week. They won a sketch (head to chest)! Request currently closed for this article!This Week's Theme Feature: MoonContributed by @UszatyArbuz, @Mouselemur, @LualaDy, and @WDWParksGal, and courtesy of @RedEyeLoon, @Brushfeather, @NorbertKocsis, @Thunderi, @LualaDy, @wyldraven, @UllaThynell, and @WDWParksGal.Next Week's Theme is..."Eclipse"This Week's Positive Posts!This is for posts from deviants I find by searching across DeviantArt! Support the following people financially!EMERGENCY COMMISSIONS NEEDED - MEDICAL HELP Jul 9, 2020Hey all, I'm in a bit of a pickle right now and IEMERGENCY: Amazing Artist Under Threat of EvictionJul 10, 2020To be clear, I'm not sure if there's anything weEmergency Coms Open - Please Help us Move.Jul 9, 2020I am opening emergency commissions. While I hatePeople in need of support or help!A new deviant who needs supportJun 30, 2020Hey guys, I just want to tell you about one of mypls support my friend -6 days agoSwirlyHalationPlease Give Her SupportJul 4, 2020Please spread this around and help her get out ofPositivity and Thank You's!Trying to keep positiveJul 3, 2020Hello all Figure I would give a little statusGive something positive about Eclipse Jun 27, 2020seem the fuzz about DA Eclipse mood had calm downTrying to Remain Positive and Inspired~Jul 2, 2020Hello, again, everyone~ It's a new month, so timeOther!400 Watcher Raffle =Open=July 16, 2020Well well, would you look at that. I've alreadyCommunity Posts!This is for posts from deviants I watch! StaffDiscover the New DeviantArtMay 20, 2020The evolution of DeviantArt has arrived, andTutorials for New DAMay 26, 2020Community members have created helpful journalsThe Community Relations TeamMay 26, 2020Director of Community Relations @Moonbeam13Who to Send DD Suggestions ToMay 27, 2020All Areas - @Moonbeam13 3D - @C-91Pride Month on DeviantArt!Jun 1, 2020 June is recognized as LGBTQ+ Pride Month around LGBTQ+ Artists on DeviantArtJun 22, 2020 There is no understating the importance of aCreate Exclusive Content with Premium Galleries Jul 1, 2020Monetize your artwork and build your brand byGetting StARTed with Art PromptsJun 16, 2020Looking for inspiration? Every artist can relateAnswer With Art!Jul 6, 2020Keeping occupied is good for wellness. At timesProactive Deviation Moderation4 days agoDeviantArt is announcing a more proactive approachSeniority Announcement: July 2020Jul 1, 2020 Seniority has been a cornerstone of DeviantArt...May 23, 2020I want to thank everyone who has written to meCommunity VolunteersWhat Is Your Source Of Wisdom In Life?Jun 17, 2020Hello everybody, I'd like to take this opportunityFor the love of Emotes: Vol. 3Jul 1, 2020Oh wow!! It's been such a blast reading yourTheArtistLounge Artistic Journey #233 days ago Would you like to see more? Then don'tCRLiterature On Discord3 days agoIt took some time to brew up but we've opened ourVillains in Everyday Life CONTEST!2 days agoIt's been a long time... Too long, in fact. WeSpotlight 23Jul 11, 2020Featuring some deviations that I've recently foundWallpapers Newsletter (July 2020)Jul 2, 2020WALLPAPERS COMMUNITY DD's FEATURED BY ME MY DD1 Landscape painting with 10 Watercolor techniques5 days agoHello The title sounds interesting, right? AndAbstract and Surreal-Macro photography WonderlandJul 10, 2020Welcome to the Abstract and Surreal/MacroCommunity ~ GIVING BACK CAMPAIGN ~Jun 19, 2020 Cover Image by ~Tips on reporting bugsMay 25, 2020Heya, I've seen a lot of people comment about aDon't use the Default AvatarJul 1, 2020Top tip for new Deviants: Don't forget to uploadIf I Coulda I Woulda, Volume 58Jul 10, 2020Once again, sharing with you all some DDThe TA-Feat CXXXIXJul 11, 2020Traditional Art - Feature or ''The TA-Feat''Saturday Selections #9Jul 11, 2020 Please check out these fantastic galleries! Monday Pixel Madness #2885 days agoHello! New week.. new pixel art feature *thisPhotography Newsletter: July 2020Jul 5, 2020Hello everyone, Welcome to @CRPhotography's June#urbex: lost places3 days ago Welcome to my World feature n2202 days ago Latest news might be that I'm dropping theMy Daily5 Highlights (Week 85)6 days agoI'm @SelflessDevotions and today, I will beThrowback Thursday #532 days agoRecommended For Me Vol. 2Jul 6, 2020Welcome to the 2nd edition of my new featurePricing your commissions on DAJul 11, 2020First thing first, don't underprice your art -Fickle Friday: The Ecstacy of GoldJul 10, 2020Delivered to you by @Mouselemur forCommunity Commissions!This is for general commission information, Patreon, Ko-Fi, etc. from anyone! (Journals Only) [OPEN] Mia's commission infoMay 28, 2020 Hi guys, I started freelancing so from now onCommissions are open! Jun 1, 2020 Portfolio : Check my deviantart! I'm taking COMISSIONSJun 22, 2020Hi! it's being a while! since is one year todayCommissions for crisis controlJul 9, 2020Hey y’all. This journal is to announce reopeningCOMMISSION Open (ENG/RUS)6 days ago 1) Full prepayment after approval of the sketch. Emergency Commissions!3 days agoHey everyone! Teki is opening up emergencyThat's all for this volume! See you next time! Until then!...
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PromotingPositivity: Admin Openings!Hello! At @PromotingPositivity, we like it when deviants spread as much positivity as possible. Whether that means submitting artwork to the gallery, participating in journal features, or coming up with projects to submit to the group, we fully encourage it. ,While not all of these require admin privileges, a lot of them do. And if there is one thing that this group strives for, it's a lot of positive interaction. Admins ensure this group functions so that members enjoy their time here. The deviants who make up the admin team always start out as Jacks. But they can rise through the ranks based on their level of interaction within the group and how positive they are. ,That being said, we don't require admins to be at the group's beck and call. We have various admins do various tasks, from locating content that can be submitted to the group gallery to creating group projects for members to enjoy. If there is one thing I firmly believe in, it is that you can't have too much positivity. So, I want to extend a hand out to any deviants who thinks they can make @PromotingPositivity a better place. Please look at the following positions to see if you qualify and are interested in joining our team. More information can be found at the Official Admin Team post below, including how to apply. ,Promoting Positivity: Admin TeamSeptember 27, 2020Group Guidelines | Group History | Admin Team |CURRENT POSITIONSLatest Update: 10/19/20 Submission Voting - Voting on group submissions. (Community Moderator, Language Translator)Community communication - Communicating with members, affiliates, and other deviants outside the group in order to create partnerships, create interest, and learn ways to mold this group to better suit members of the community. (Community Mod, Advertisement Specialist, and/or Project Specialist) Communication specialist (Non-English) - Working with community communicators [above] if a language barrier presents itself. (Language Translator) Award Mod - Finding potential deviants in the group and beyond to receive an award based on group award criteria [see front page]. (Any admin)Interview Mod - Finding potential deviants in the group and beyond to be interviewed. May conduct the interview personally with permission. (Any admin) Idea Generator - Comes up with ideas for the group, including activities, upgrades, and other changes. (Any admin) Positivity Generator - Goes around the group and across DA spreading positivity and promoting group activities. (Community Mod, Advertisement Spec, Language Translator)As you may have noticed, some of these positions have a . That is because they are positions that need to be filled as soon as possible. While the other positions do indeed need to be filled as well, they aren't as much of a priority. ,You might have seen these listed before. That is because they were originally listed in the first Group Changes journal. However, there was no response to the admin listing. But I refuse to give up. If you are interested or know someone who would be great at one of the jobs above, comment below. We are always looking for new admins. While the jobs listed above may change, we want to encourage positivity. That means that any deviant who strives to promote positivity is welcome on our team. Please remember to read our guidelines for how to apply before submitting an application. ,We look forward to working with you. Have a wonderful day! Sincerely,The Ace: @RTNightmare
Promoting Positivity: Group GuidelinesGroup Guidelines | Group History | Admin Team | Group Projects* * *Greetings! Below are the group rules and guidelines for the gallery, favorites, and blog entry. In this group, you are able to post in all sections; however, there are guidelines to follow so please be sure to read thoroughly.ImportantThis journal was submitted in Eclipse. For that reason, there are currently no emoticons, icons, or gifs in the hopes that the data does not become corrupted by the bugs the coding would create. This journal will be updated when the bugs are fixed. Your patience is appreciated.Despite taking precautions, there are bound to be errors in this blog post. I apologize if it is inconvenient and hope for your understanding. If you want, you may look at the old version instead. However, do know that some of the content has changed, and therefore it is unreliable. We apologize for the inconvenience.Before We BeginHere will we will be discussing everything, including General Rules, usage for Gallery, Favorites, and Journal. Make sure you also read about Respect and Issues at the bottom.General RulesDo not bring DArama (DA drama) into the group. Do not spam the group comment section with advertisements. We have an advertisement folder that members can use.You must be a member to interact with most of the group. Membership is immediatMembers have access to Gallery, Favourites, and our Journal (Blog). Scroll down for details.Send all questions, feedback, and ideas in a note to the group. Important: Any time "group criteria" is used, it is referencing "promoting positivity", otherwise known as content that promotes/encourages goodness, happiness, hope, kindness, etc.Gallery GuidelinesThe gallery is for members only. Some folders may only be accessed by specific individuals. Please read carefully.The Featured Folder[Send a Note to the Group]This folder is only for our Mascot. If you create fan art of our mascot, please send a note entitled "Mascot Art" with a thumbnail of the fan art to be added to the group.RTNightmare's Promoting Positivity[@RTNightmare Only; On Hiatus]This folder is strictly for the article this group was named after, Promoting Positivity.Official Group Projects[Unique; Open to Discussion]This folder is for admins and/or members who have permission to post projects hosted in @PromotingPositivity. All submissions must be preapproved by The Ace before they are accepted.Promoting Positivity Contest Entries[Only Open During Contest]This folder is for contest entries related to contests hosted by this group.General Contest Entries[5/Week]This is a folder for Contest Entries hosted by other groups or deviants. Must be tagged #contestentry or say it is a contest entry in the description or title of the deviationSubmissions must be created by members of the group. The host of the contest does not need to be a member. Entries that violate the contest they are for will be removed. If you think a submission to this folder is violating the rules, please note the group.Articles, Features, News, Etc[7/Week]All posts containing articles, features, news, and more meeting the group's criteria.Official DA News[5/Week]A sub-gallery under Articles, Features, News, Etc for official DeviantArt-related news, either from staff or Community Volunteers.DD Roundups[5/Week]A sub-gallery under Articles, Features, News, Etc for Daily Deviation (DD) Roundups posted by Community Volunteers.DD Discussions and News[5/Week]A sub-gallery under Articles, Features, News, Etc for Daily Deviation (DD) Discussions and DD-related news posted by staff or Community Volunteers.Contests, Challenges, Giveaways, Raffles, Etc[5/Week]All deviations (posts/artwork) that contain details for a contest, challenge, giveaway, raffle, and more that meet the criteria of the group.Important Note: As stated in DeviantArt's FAQ, raffles that require payment are prohibited. Therefore, raffles that require payment (and real-world currency) are prohibited. Raffles requiring action from participants (i.e. favoriting a journal or leaving a comment) are allowed and encouraged.Contest Winners and Feature[5/Day]A sub-gallery under Contests, Challenges, Giveaways, Raffles, Etc for announcements of Winners and Winner Features.Awareness, Remembrance, Learning, Etc[7/Week]All posts containing the subject of awareness, remembrance, learning (from tutorials and articles), and more meeting the group's criteria.Positive Posts[5/Day]This is a folder for posts that have a specific positive theme but don't fit into the other post-only folders (features, news, learning, etc.If an admin thinks something submitted here belongs in General Posts, you might be asked to withdraw and resubmit, we might accept it and move it ourselves, or we might decline it. Each admin has their own method.General Posts[5/Day]This is a folder for posts that are neither positive nor negative and don't fit into the other post-only folders (features, news, learning, etc).If staff thinks something submitted here belongs in Positive Posts, you will be asked to resubmit or we might move it.Positive Art[5/Day]This is a folder for art that has a specific positive theme. (Ex: Fighting depression, cancer awareness, etc)If staff thinks something submitted here belongs in General Art, you will be asked to resubmit or we might move it.)General Art[7/Week]This is a folder for art that doesn't necessarily represent the group's theme but is nice to view. (Example: A self-portrait or a generic, seasonal poems, etc)If staff thinks something submitted here belongs in Positive Art, you will be asked to resubmit or we might move it.)Advertisements[7/Week]This is a folder for commission information, Adoptables, and other advertisementsAll ads must be submitted here, not on the front page of the group.Let's Discuss[2/Day]This is a folder specifically for submissions that need feedback. Some types of feedback needed are problem-solving, critiques, words of encouragement, general in-depth discussions (conversation to broaden perception). This is not a folder for drama. There is no tolerance for bullies, trolls, etc in this group.Faith and Religion[4/Day]A sub-gallery under Let's Discuss for content related to personal faith and religion. Any hate art or content with malicious intent targeting any religion or faith is not allowed and will result in an immediate ban. Dark Imagery[5/Week]A sub-gallery under Let's Discuss for art with dark visuals only, like spooky characters, Halloween content, etc. This is not a folder for NSFW content. NSFPP (Not Safe For Promoting Positivity) allows dark imagery and dark themes, with exceptions.NSFPP[2/Week]A sub-gallery under Let's Discuss for art with dark visuals and themes, with some exceptions: Soft sexual themes and nudity that are within DA policy Grim Reaper or other similar portrayals of death Kitchen knives used appropriately Uncommon weapons (spears, bows, kitana, etc) Dark thoughts (post-suicidal content not accepted) Murder/Gore/Violence Weapons that could cause PTSD (guns, knives in play, etc) Non-consent/rape Overly explicit content, bodily content/harm Maliciousness Excessive use of smoking, drugs, alcohol, etc Common phobias (spiders, bugs, sharks, etc) Anything against DA policy his is not a folder for content that is only dark imagery. Go to the Dark Imagery folder for content that is solely dark in appearance.Suggest Daily Deviations[1/Month]This folder is for members to submit their art to be suggested as a Daily Deviations. If your deviation has been featured as a DD, it will be moved to Featured Daily Deviations.I Need a Folder[2/Week]This group could easily be missing a folder. As such, there is a folder for the occasion. If you submit to this folder, be sure to write in the correspondence message why you submitted to the folder and staff will take care of it as soon as possible.This folder is not meant to be used for if you don't know which folder to submit to. If you have any trouble understanding, comment below on this journal to receive a better explanation.Feature Me[1/Month]This folder is for future features conducted by the group. All art will eventually be moved over to Feature in the Group Blog before being moved to I Have Been Featured so that we don't accidentally give another feature.If you are interested in being Featured again, you must donate 50 DA Points. After that, featuring the same deviation again will always cost 100 DA Points for each feature. All DA Points go to @Positivity-Promoter.I Have Been Featured[See Feature Me]This folder is for art that has been accepted into our Feature Me folder and has already received a feature in our Blog. All art has been moved here post-feature.If you are interested in being Featured again, you must donate 50 DA Points. After that, featuring the same deviation again will always cost 100 DA Points for each feature. All DA Points go to @Positivity-Promoter.Affiliating Groups[8/Week]This folder is specifically for the groups that we have officially affiliated with. For now, due to many non-admin members of our affiliates constantly ignoring our rules submitting without permission to the specific affiliate folder, all affiliates can only submit to this general folder and our admins will move the submissions over personally. We are sorry for the inconvenience.Favourites GuidelinesFavourites are for members to submit content by non-members. If any of the content in Favourites is by a member, please note the group and we will work to have that put into the Gallery.Featured[Admins Only]This is for important content by others that admins feel is important to showcase.Award Recipients[When Applicable]This is for the awards the group has given to various deviants who showed immense positivity and community spirit.Journal GuidelinesBlog entries are for official group projects, challenges, contests, and more that we have agreed to help sponsor, assist in, etc.General RulesAny member of the group, admin or not, can submit a journal with permission.Only those that @PromotingPositivity admins have agreed to work with should submit after we have worked out all the details.1 Vote is required to pass submissions to the Group Blog and currently, only The Ace can pass this vote.Please do not try to submit a blog entry without prior approval and discussion.Submitting a New Projects to the GroupThere are a couples ways to submit a new project to the group. Let's discuss them now.Prepare a Mock-UpPrepare a mock-up of the idea in a document in Sta.sh Writer, which you can still access by going under Drafts in your Stash and editing from there. The document should include what your project is about and what you hope to accomplish, what you require from us, etc.@PromotingPositivity to achieve the goal, and any assistance you might need from the group members (any member can help). Send the Stash link containing the contents of the mock-in a note to the group with any additional details.You can suggest ideas to the group that you wish to become official group projects. We cannot promise all of them will be accepted, but we will do our best to assist you. That could mean that instead of submitting in the group, we help you spread the word instead. We aim to assist in promoting positivity so anything that is in favor of that goal is something we wholeheartedly support.Hand Picked by AdminsIn this situation, admins will discuss your project behind the scenes before coming to you so we're all on the same page. The admin who picks it will work with you personally. This does not mean they will take over your project.Important: If you feel at any time like your project is being taken away from you, note RTNightmare.Depending on the discussion, the admin assisting you will, at minimum, observe the project to make sure it goes smoothly, or, at most, co-lead it with you. If we feel your project requires more assistance to succeed, we will let you know - it is always your choice to accept or deny. If a discussion leads to this group dropping the project, we will let you know immediately after we make the decision.We are not perfect beings. Mistakes can occur.Trial By Charisma and CreativityWe will have a challenge where deviants can compete with their ideas and the winner will have the go-ahead to start working with us on their project. This was inspired by @projecteducate who tend to host projects by the week/weekend.For this challenge: Submit a mock-up of your project idea and what you hope to accomplish. Include prizes you except to give to participants and any additional assistance you require. More details to be given if applicable.Something to Keep in MindDeviants who participate in this group a lot and contribute great ideas can be chosen to join the admin team. The whole point of this group is to spread positivity and the individuals who are great at it can become an admin so that that awesome positivity continues. Keep that in mind; that could be you.RespectRespect is something we want everyone in this group to give and receive. If you feel you are being disrespected, please note the group. I will briefly talk about types of respect.Type 1: Respecting adminsThe admins of this group are around to promote positivity, accept submissions, and lead projects within the group.The admins work hard to ensure that the group runs smoothly and that members have fun.  The admins are important, are people with feelings, and are here to assist. Please be kind because we will do everything we can to assist you. Remember, mistakes can be made.Type 2: Respecting membersMembers are deviants who come to this group to take advantage of the positivity.Members have the freedom to contribute their work to the gallery, contribute friends' work to the favorites, and contribute ideas via the blog.Members are important to us, have feelings like anyone else, and deserve to be treated well. If you have a problem, it can be resolved diplomatically. Type 3: Respecting affiliateAffiliates are groups that we work with.Affiliates are groups that we have a good relationship with and wish to keep. We will work together to make different projects successful.Affiliates are important because they create a bridge between small communities. They are made from relationships we cultivate by sponsoring, assisting, and welcoming each other. Type 4: General RespectEveryone should be respected.Whether you are or are not a member, it does not make a difference to us. We want everyone to feel welcomed and supported.We ask that everyone who joins this group be supportive of their peers. IssuesWe know that mistakes happen, including by us, so here's a list of what you can do should you run into any problems. We hope it helps.Type 1: Mis-submitting to the groupFor each folder, there are rules - see above for details. Please read them before submitting. Submitting by accident to the wrong folder can happen. We will either move it or ask you to resubmit.If you don't understand where to submit, there are three options you can try: read the guidelinesnote the group to ask where to submit, or if there is no folder that works at all, submit here and make a comment in the correspondence.One thing to avoid is submitting a deviation again if it was declined. If you don't understand why it was declined, ask in the correspondence. If you disagree with the judgment, note the group. If the final verdict is that it was declined for a valid reason, we ask that you move on.Type 2: Trolling, bullying, antagonizing, etcIn this group, respect is vital.There is no bullying, trolling, antagonizing, etc within this group.All attempt to start drama in this group (or pull this group into drama) will be met with a block.Type 3: Negativity, hate art, harm, etcNegativity isn't something we ban from the group. In the cases where the submission is negative but submitted to Let's Discuss, Dark Imagery, or NSFPP depending on what the submissions is about. We will contact you if we consider the submission isn't meant to be in the folder. These is the only folders that allow for any sort of "negativity" at all as they are folders that members are meant to use to find solutions for problems, express their unique style, or share struggles. That being said, we do have rules for what is and is not allowed so be sure to check the rules above before submitting.If there is any hateful content submitted to the group, it will be declined and the submitter will be messaged privately with a warning. If the warning is ignored, we will ask the submitter to leave the group.We take all forms of self-harm, suicide and similar very seriously. If you see any, report it immediately. Admins will do the same if we encounter it.Type 4: Fighting with admins about decisionsThere will be times when admins decline submissions. If you wish to know why your submission was declined, you can ask and we will do our best to answer.Arguing with staff to allow a submission that was purposely declined is not okay to do. If a submission was declined by accident, we will correct it. If it was not, and was genuinely rejected, you must accept our judgment and move on.Do not attempt to argue or start drama over admin choices. If you feel an admin is not making accurate decisions, note @RTNightmare specifically with the title "Promoting Positivity Group Issue" or "PP Group Issue" and it will be dealt with as soon as possiblIf nothing is found to be wrong, you will be asked to drop it. We appreciate your understanding. We want everyone to enjoy this group, so please be respectful and follow the guidelines so everything runs smoothly.  Thank you.
Promoting Positivity: Admin TeamGroup Guidelines | Group History | Admin Team | Group Projects* * * *Hello there!Thank you for showing an interest in becoming an admin. There are several kinds of admins in @PromotingPositivity. We'll discuss their roles and responsibilities here. There are a few kinds of positions.ImportantThis journal was submitted in Eclipse. For that reason, there are currently no emoticons, icons, or gifs in the hopes that the data does not become corrupted by the bugs the coding would create. This journal will be updated when the bugs are fixed. Your patience is appreciated.Despite taking precautions, there are bound to be errors in this blog post. I apologize if it is inconvenient and hope for your understanding. If you want, you may look at the old version instead. However, do know that some of the content has changed, and therefore it is unreliable. We apologize for the inconvenience. How to ApplyThere are a few steps you must take before applying.Read the "Types of Admins" section below so you know what you are signing up for.Send the group a note.Title the note "Admin Application", copy down the questions below, and include the answers:All groups you are currently a part of and a simple description of what you do.All the groups you worked in before and are no longer a part of.Which 'Type of Admin' you are interested in becoming?Why do you think you are qualified for the position?What type of work have you done before that is related to the position you want here?Include 3 project examples by any deviant, whether they are ongoing or not, and why you like it.Include one example of a project you want to host.Send the note and wait for a reply.If you have not heard back in 1 month, note @RTNightmare and she will get back to you as soon as possible.We encourage anyone who wants to help to send in an application. We do not discriminate against anyone for their personal beliefs, styles, personality, etc. All we ask for is honesty, integrity, good work ethic, and respect.  Types of AdminsCommunity ModeratorWill have a * after their introduction below.The CMs vote on submissions.They might specialize in different categories.They oversee development within the group, which includes ensuring member satisfaction, good communication, and real effort to make the group and its activities a success.  Deviants are required to be official admins to work in this position.General ModeratorWill have a - after their introduction below.The GMs tend to stay in the background and work with the other admins.They may help out in events and host if they feel like it.They are more likely to oversee development in a supportive role.These deviants do not need to be official admins to be a part of the advertisement team, but need to be part of the group's Official Discord Server.Project SupervisorWill have a + after their introduction below.This group hosts contests where these specific admins oversee the development and ensure it runs smoothly.The Project Supervisors also help deviants who wish to host events within @PromotingPositivity.They also search for projects by deviants who want a greater audience. (They can work with Advertisement Specialists to make this happen.)Deviants are required to be official admins to work in this position.Advertisement SpecialistWill have a $ after their introduction below.These are deviants that advertise our events for us. They get the word out.They also find individuals who are doing and plan to do projects that @PromotingPositivity can assist with.They work with other groups to ensure good communication and a steady, positive relationship.These deviants do not need to be official admins to be a part of the advertisement team.Project EditorWill have a # after their introduction below.These are deviants who are good at grammar, spelling, etc.When we want to post a new blog post, our editors look it over before we submit it.These deviants do not need to be official admins to be a part of the editing team. Language SpecialistWill have a ~ after their introduction below.Not everyone speaks English, so we have individuals who can speak other languages to help out.These are the deviants that members, non-members, and affiliates go to if they cannot understand English.We are always looking for translators, but you need to understand basic English, too, to fit this role.These deviants do not need to be official admins to be a part of the translator team.If you see an admin with multiple symbols before their username, it means that these deviants are two types. If you see an admin with a / in between two symbols, they are currently transitioning into the second role.OPEN POSITIONSPlease go to Admin Openings for all current positions. Thank you.Current AdminsYou might be wondering who the current staff is. Have a look so you know who to go to for specific group activities.Points Account@Positivity-Promoter Send all Points Donations to this account.TitlesBefore we begin, let's go over what's what now that the generic names of admins have changed.The Founder is called "The Ace". The Ace has full control and is the final decision on everything. Their job is to oversee the group's activities and fill in the blanks when needed.Co-Founders are called "Kings". Kings have almost full control. They are individuals who have gone above and beyond in terms of promoting positivity and the ideals of this group. They are extraordinary individuals and will have risen up through the ranks to become a King.Moderators are called "Queens". Queens have some control. They are individuals who have come a long way but still have a ways to go. They have risen up from Members and surpassed Jacks.Contributors are called "Jacks". Jacks are new admins. All admins must start as Jacks and rise up through the ranks to become Kings by embodying the group's ideals and promoting positivity.Regular Members who work with the group as if they are traditional admins are called "Jokers". They aren't officially part of the Admin Team because they already admin in too many other groups or don't feel like becoming official admins. However, they still work hard and are considered part of our Admin Team.The AceCurrently, our Ace is the group creator, @RTNightmare.Who is @RTNightmare? *+$#Her name is Rachel and she is in her mid-twenties. She has been a part of DeviantArt since she was 13 (2006) on a different account, her height is a little over 5'4", she dyes her hair black (tinted blue), has blue eyes, wears glasses, is a fan artist/fanfiction writer, and is a huge goofball/dork. She is an empath, and a huge advocate for the mentally disabled, being so herself and is happy to assist those with autism, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, depression, and anxiety.As the founder and creator of the group, Rachel's role in the group is mostly oversight and community moderation. However, she also does a lot of projects so she is on DeviantArt very frequently.She only knows English so if you need help but don't understand, let her know immediately what language you do know and she will work with you and another admin to figure out the issue. She is the one to contact directly if you haven't heard back in a while.She is also the one who selects new admins and gives the final approval in every project. Don't be afraid to note her if you need something.The KingsCurrently, we have 0 Kings(s).This will be updated when we add Kings/Co-Founders. Stay tuned.QueensCurrently, we have 1 Queens(s). They are @Malintra-Shadowmoon.Who is @Malintra-Shadowmoon? *$~MS can speak German and French and will be helping out with all those translations if you need it.She is also the Lead Advertisement Specialist, being the wonderful individual who inspired the title.If you have a group you know of that you think would make the perfect affiliate for @PromotingPositivity, let her know.JacksCurrently, we have 4 Jack(s). They are @Pascua-Tanya, @PaigeMillsArt, @Daemon-Illusionum, and @LualaDy.Who is @Pascua-Tanya? ~*+Tanya's native language is Spanish.She is in charge of all Spanish communication. She is one of the ones to go to if you don't understand what is being said because you only speak Spanish.As a Community Moderator, she can vote on submissions and answer questions.Who is @PaigeMillsArt? *$~Paige speaks only English, but uses a translator that can speak up to 100 languages.Paige first came to DA in 2010, but stepped away for a while. When returning, she could no longer get into her old account, so she started a new one.Paige enjoys promoting other deviants, contests and news articles pertaining to the happenings around DA. She majored in Graphic Design with a minor in Photography and has experience with graphic & photo editing.As a community Moderator, she can vote on submissions and answer questions.Who is @Daemon-Illusionum? -~Daemon can speak German and will be helping out with all those translations if you need it.He will spend most of his time in the background, giving his opinion and helping behind the scenes.If you are experiencing technical issues, consider letting him know. Who is @LualaDy? -$~LualaDy am a professional traditional artists, and I also enjoy photography/modelling, sewing and writing. She is an active group admin and feature journalist for a few years now. She specializes in hunting for great art and bringing it to you guys.She can speak Enligh, French and Romanian. JokersCurrently, we have 1 Joker(s). They are @TeaPhotography.Who is @TeaPhotography? $#~Tea speaks Spanish and French.She has been on DA for about 12 years. She can help welcome new people and make them feel at home as new members of groups. She is great at offering support and help.She can help connect with other groups and is willing to promote contests, events, and other important news articles on a personal level and as an Advertisement Specialist. She has experience with many projects and can help edit as a Project Editor if need be.More will be added when they join the @PromotingPositivity Admin Team!Thank you! Have a nice day!
The History of Promoting PositivityGroup Guidelines | Group History | Admin Team | Group Projects* * * *Hello, and welcome!This is the @PromotingPositivity founder, @RTNightmare. You can call me Rachel. So you might be asking why I started this group. Well, the first answer is simply, "Why not?" Spreading positivity is something incredible and I want everyone to be able to feel lifted, regardless of how they feel.Now, let me tell you a bit about the history of Promoting Positivity, and then I'll answer some questions.ImportantThis journal was submitted in Eclipse. For that reason, there are currently no emoticons, icons, or gifs in the hopes that the data does not become corrupted by the bugs the coding would create. This journal will be updated when the bugs are fixed. Your patience is appreciated.Despite taking precautions, there are bound to be errors in this blog post. I apologize if it is inconvenient and hope for your understanding. If you want, you may look at the old version instead. However, do know that some of the content has changed, and therefore it is unreliable. We apologize for the inconvenience. The History of Promoting PositivityThis group was founded by me, who created the article series Promoting Positivity. At first, the goal of Promoting Positivity was to spread an agenda or love, support, helpfulness, kindness, and similar feelings throughout the entire DeviantArt community through the creation of weekly journals containing positive content. However, I quickly realized this wasn't enough.Then it all became clear when I saw the founding on another group called @GuidingLightProject, which was created by the wonderful duo @LadyLincoln and @Yuukonin honor of the sweet late @Endorell-Taelos who unfortunately passed away in March 2019. With this, the missing piece to the puzzle was found and this group was formed.One of the main desires of Promoting Positivity is in the title. I hope to "promote" good feelings and more within my fellow deviants. However, this became a problem because there were few who contributed to the articles each week. This only changed a little after I decided that I would offer a prize each week to one of the eligible deviants who contributed, selected randomly.Even though this worked a little, it wasn't enough and thus, I was stumped. Now, with the creation of this group, my hope is to keep building upon the idea of spreading positive thinking. My goal in creating a bigger platform to host Promoting Positivity is that the message will reach a greater audience. @PromotingPositivity is a group with one aim that can be deciphered in a multitude of different ways: spreading positivity (whatever that means to you) within the community. So, this group will mostly house artwork and posts of all kinds that contain the theme "positivity". To me, this means spreading happiness, awareness, supporting peers, reaching out a helping hand, creating a good environment, and much more. Anything that puts a smile on your face and makes you feel content! Questions & AnswersWhat do I hope this group will accomplish?The answer is easy and difficult. I want to encourage my peers by spreading positive support and more. I want to encourage you to encourage others and have it be a cycle of helping each other. We are a community and I feel it's everyone's right to have support.Why did I start this series?Well, that's easy. I felt overwhelmed by the negativity brought on by issues like politics, DA Eclipse (and what many deviants thought of it), and my own personal issues. I took the time to look at myself as an individual and felt the desire to help. But at that point, I wasn't sure how.Unfortunately, I was born with several mental health issues. I have been a naturally negative person by nature most of my life. So this was my chance to turn it around. I have a strange outlook on life that makes me selfless and selfish in weird ways.My Promoting Positivity Series was meant to be something that overwhelmed me and others with positivity and hope that made all the negativity seem meaningless.This goal is nowhere near being achieved yet, but I'm confident that if I keep pushing, I can reach more people, and hopefully, someday positivity will have spread far more. However, I have made leaps and bounds in what I'm able to accomplish. I have learned from past mistakes and have a system that works for me.I also took advantage of DeviantArt's Mention System to draw in new people. I have never reused artists in art features unless someone else suggests it. I want to give everyone a chance and since I only use about 3-9 deviations per art feature, I look for new deviants to feature. This has worked because I've had new deviants participate. It's incredible and effective.What do I hope the group will accomplish?The group is an extension of the article series. The Mention System pulled people over to have a look and occasionally participate, which is one of the biggest goals for the series as the encouragement of spreading positivity is what the aim is. My hope is that the group will gain new members who feel compelled to submit work that inspires positivity. I will be attempting to add new members whenever I submit my articles in the hopes that the group environment will make contributing more encouraging than just my replies telling viewers that they can win a request if they participate.Since then, it's grown and while it is slow going due to Eclipse, I expect activity to pick up and for @PromotingPositivity to become a hub for hope, happiness, positivity, and encouragement. But I'll need many others to make it work. So I hope that as time passes, I can attract more people who will make my dream a reality and prove with immense determination, we can succeed. Goodness knows we need more positivity in the world and if someone like me - who has suffered immensely from depression and much more - can find a way to be positive, then I wholeheartedly believe others in the same boat or worse than I was can too. Let's make it happen together.Will there be new prizes to be won by participating?Yes. As the group grows, I plan to add new prizes like DA Points, donations to others, features, detailed requests, and more. I will need people to donate, which I know makes a lot of people uncomfortable. However, I'm hoping that enough will see the good this does and contribute even a little to this cause. I also hope to have more than just the Promoting Positivity Series. I have since created the Positive Comment Series and the Positive Feature Series. I want to do a lot more and I want other deviants to contribute various projects too. When I said I want this to be a hub, I meant it. Let's be positive together!If you are interested, go to @Positivity-Promoter to donate to group activities. This is a lot to do alone. How will you manage it all?I don't plan on doing this alone, I assure you. By the time you read this, I will have sent out notes to individuals I think would be perfect to assist me in making this group a success. The deviants I am looking for to become admins are individuals who are constantly pushing agendas that bring support, kindness, awareness, hope, and happiness to the community. I know many deviants who do this regularly and I like to think some of them would be able and willing to help me out here. If any of you who read this are interested in assisting, contact the group and I will ask you some questions to see if you are qualified.What if you can't reach your goal?I think the most important part is that I'm determined to try. There are so many things in life that you just don't know if you'll succeed. I've succeeded this far so I'm going to keep going. Even if this doesn't work, I'll keep going. I'll do so because I enjoy it. This was originally something to get attention so that positivity would spread, but it has become a fun experience where all I want to do is make everyone smile and feel they aren't alone. I want everyone to have hope. So even if I only help one person each time I post an article, one is infinitely better than none. I have been inspired and I want to pass that inspiration on to you. It's already working. I want it to continue to work. I want to touch as many hearts and brighten as many people's days as possible. As someone who has suffered from immense depression, it feels infinitely better to have support. People that care and reach out their hand because they can, they want to, it's right...the reasons vary. But the point is that I want people to know they matter and I want them to feel good about themselves and the world. Besides, one thing about making goals is that if you achieve it, you have to find a new one to push for. With this goal, I'll be doing this for a long time. It might even take a lifetime, and if so, I want to pass the torch to someone who will continue it and even improve it. That would be incredible!What can others do to help?Oh, that's easy. There are many things you can do. You can make your own articles promoting positivity. It doesn't need to be the same as mine.You can also just write about your positive experiences, or start a project to help others.Share good things you see with your friends and family is wonderful.Just spread hope, happiness, and more. Put a smile on someone's face every day.But I feel [insert negative feeling]. What can I do?There is a lot you can do to start. First, find out why you feel the way you do.  Maybe make a post about it and ask "what can I do to change this?" You can even submit the post to Let's Discuss to get feedback. The point is you need to be proactive. Sitting in it and waiting for it to go away will not help you. You need to decipher it, find a solution, and then get started with different ways to defeat the problem. That may seem like too much to handle. I get it. You might need to take baby steps. That's okay. Just look within yourself and understand yourself, including your strengths and weaknesses. You can do this.   This is only a little bit about what I want to do and how I think this will go. Some of it has even changed since I started. But I feel it is important to keep it for the sake what where I started and where I am now. Do you have any questions?  Leave a comment and I will do my best to add them in with my answer. I don't know everything, but I want to help as many people as I can, including myself. I'm still learning about who I am, so don't be afraid to give me feedback, too. Have a beautiful day!
Articles, Features, News, Etc.
The 'Get These Undiscovereds Discovered' Feature,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ♥ Index of Past Feature Journals ♥Lovely Watchers Series: pt. 6 | pt. 5 | pt. 4 | pt. 3 | pt. 2 | pt. 1Colors Series: Cozy Nature Photos in Green & Gold | Pastel Photos | Black & White | Black pt.1 . pt.2 | Feeling Fresh | Brown | Beige, Gold, Honey Hues | Green | Pink | Purple | Yellow, Orange, Red | Blue | White pt. 1 . pt. 2Amazing Undiscovereds: pt. 9 | pt. 8 | pt. 7 | pt. 6 | pt. 5 | pt. 4 | pt. 3 | pt. 2 | pt. 1Animals: Horses | Art of Hoofs! | Tigers and Orange & Blue | Foxes | AnimalsFanart Only: General Fanart | The Raven Cycle | Book Fanart | SephirothLanscapes: Worlds to Travel | Landscapes & Places | The SeaPhotography Only: Cozy Nature Photos in Green & Gold | Pastel Photos | Tools of the Trade | Still Life | Flowers & PlantsOther Themed Features: Lit by Twilight & Bathed in Moonlight | Soft & Feeling |Female & Flowers vol. 2 | Males in Art vol.2 | Cute & Lovely |Soothing Nature | Shapes & Shadows | Darkness Takes Over | Everyday Life | Lost in a Dream |Traditional 3D vol. 2 | Traditional 3D vol. 1 | Valentines for Friends |Segmented | Masquerade | Dreams Come True | Female & Flowers vol. 1 | Donuts | Food & Drink | Christmas | Art of Succulents | Artful Sketches | Tools of the Trade | Cute Stuff | Males in Art vol. 1 | Cute HalloweenGeneral Features: Feature of Favs vol. 2 | Featured Favs vol. 1 | Favorite Finds of 2018 | Favorite Finds of 2017 |Bonus: ⭐ Story Feature: Into the Realm of Fantasy⭐ | Cute Pears of Salamanca! | DD Highlights
Welcome to my World feature n261,,,Hi! I just emerged from Mister's and my birthday week. We chose to celebrate it with gaming and it was great! I still got crap from some people, and that's why I always hated my birthday. However, I can see now that crap comes from peple and not from birthdays, so, even though there were a few uncool things, I still enjoyed the birthday celebration part ^^I also got a few very awesome gifts! Thank you @NotWithoutHonor , @MegapixelMasterpiece and @irbi-art <3,HHaiku: Luala BirthdayCreate and manage A panoply of methods: An EmpressStartersFrom my collections!,Watchers FeatureHere I am celebrating you guys being my long term watchers! I am thus taking my watchers list from the bottom up and featuring everyboydy who posted a piece of artwork during the past month (just my random rule for trying to determine if someone is still active on DA or not) Hope you like it!,Friendly FeatureIf your art is here, it means that someone somewhere likes what you do <3 More precisely, it means either you of someone who appreciates your work shared your piece with me via forums, comments or notes. So why not keep sharing the love by suggesting some more art down below?,Luala needs youSHARE ART NOWTo fight against the low traffic Eclipse, I need you to share art with me, so to keep this feature series alive.Share as much as you want, but for each piece you share from your gallery, please balance it with a piece from someone else: from your favs or from your friends' galleries.Try to suggest art from active deviants, max 999 favs.Keep in mind these are suggestions and I will pick those I like. So, don't hesitate sharing a lot! The more I have, the better looking features I will make.
Contests, Challenges, Giveaways, Raffles, Etc
Valentine's Day TAL Contest!Love is in the air! Are you ready for our contest? Here we go! THEME Red RULES Your entry must abide by DA's Etiquette Policy. You must be a member of @TheArtistLounge's DA group OR be a member of our Discord server. For literature and artisan craft: your piece must incorporate the color red [colors can be expressed through words, please ensure that most of your piece involves the color red]. For visual art: Your artwork can have any color you want, but the color red has to be the primary/dominant color.Your artwork must be big enough so that we see its details [except for pixel art and emoticons].Your artwork can't have any obstructive watermark.Only completed works, no WIP [Work In Progress].Do not submit any "Premium Gallery" contest for this contest as it is not viewable. This is an all medium contest: digital art in all its forms, artisan craft, literature, photography & traditional art are accepted. One entry per participant. Your artwork must be new, meaning done after the date of this contest. Proper credit must be given if any stock resource is used for your deviation. When submitting your artwork, include the hashtag #TALlovecontest. Please copy/paste the link to your piece in the comment section of this journal!Please help us promote this contest by tagging one person or more that you know that you think would be interested in participating in the comment section of this journal or posting a journal or a status post promoting this contest! We would really appreciate it DEADLINES Starting date: February, 3rd, PST Time. Ending date: February, 28th, PST Time. PRIZES For our 3 winners: Only for those who join our Discord server: a server badge! 500 fragments by @communityrelations 1,000 points by @communityrelations Features from @TheArtistLounge & @DeviantLounge Photo by Rinck Content Studio on Unsplash#contest #TALloop
Nature contest!Our group - @Heavens-On-Earth now has over 1,000 members so to start the new year we are running a contest!"E-scapes" Somewhere you would go for peaceful reflection Rules of the contest are:Being a nature group entries have to be about places in nature. It could be about a quiet spot in your neighbourhood park you love to go, a spot in your backyard or something completely from your imagination!Entries have to follow our group rules so if you aren't sure please read them. Basically, if you are submitting traditional or digital art the nature must be as close to reality as possible, no fantasy or cartoon/comic style.One entry per person.Your entry must be a new submission to DA submitted after the date of this journal.Entries will close 6pm 20th February 2021 (my time - Sydney - Australian eastern daylight saving time). No entries submitted after that will be accepted.There will be 3 categories - you can only enter one -PhotographyTraditional artDigital art (includes paintings, drawings, 3D software such as Terragen)You must state in your description which category. You must also include a link to this journal and the wording that your submission is for the Heavens On Earth E-scapes contest. Entries without these won't be accepted.You must be a member of our group and submit to the folder "E-scape contest".Please read our group rules if you want to join because joining is NOT automatically accepted.JudgingIf we have more than 3 entries to each category - voting will be held and open only to people who have entered the contest, by note to our group. You won't be able to vote for your own If we don't have that number then I and my Co-Founder @vanndra will be the judges.Prizes1st prize for each category will receive 1,000 points2nd prize for each category will receive 700 points3rd prize for each category will receive 500 pointsPrizes will also include features for the winners, fragments and other prizes such as art that may be offered by other members.If you would like to offer prizes please leave a comment on this journal or send us a note. Points can also be donated through my account @BGai Please share this journal if you can We look forward to seeing your entries and here are some from the group for inspiration! ,,,,,,,,,,
Artistle ArtChallenge January 2021Welcome friends to the First ArtChallenge of 2021. We hope you are all ready for a brand new year full of many new and exciting beginnings! Our group has a lot of plans for you this year! YOUR ARTCHALLENGEWhat better way to start our new year than to use "New Year" as our first theme of the year!We challenge you to show us what the new year means to you! Do you have any resolutions? Do you plan to expand upon your horizons? Be it artistic or otherwise? Show us and/or tell us about it! Inquiring minds want to know!THE DATES TO REMEMBERSTARTS:January 3, 2021 at 12:00AM PTENDS:January 28, 2021 at 11:59PM PTRULESYou must be a member of the group to play (Just click on the "Join Group" button to join and your membership request will be automatically approved)NEW YEAR should be the central focus of your entriesYour entries must be new works and be created as a part of this challengeYou may use any art medium of your choosing. (Please no mature content)You may submit more than one entry (The more you enter the better your chances of winning)You must provide a link to this journal and mention that your work is an entry into the January 2021 @Artistle group challenge in your artist descriptions.If you're submitting a photograph of your drawing or other type of entry; ie artisan craft, sculpture etc, please make sure it is of a good quality and is at least 900 pixels on one sidePlease submit your work into the challenge folder in the group gallery when you've finished your entries, as well as leaving a link to your entries on this journal.THE PRIZESAll participants will have their entries featured in the group's journal showcase when the winner is announced via journal post 500 points and 500 fragments to the winner, courtesy of communityrelations (**Please Note: A one month core membership is no longer being an offered prize.)We Accept Prize ContributionsWe would be overjoyed if any of you would like to add to the prize pool. If you would like to donate a prize please leave a comment on this journal with the name of the prize you'd like to contribute to the winner. Your prizes can range from:Journal FeaturesLlamasRequests for Free Commissions/Gift ArtPointsCore MembershipsAnd anything else you think would make a great prizeHere's to A Great New Year Ahead!...
The Gauntlet: Going BerserkSorry, this contest is closed! +Watch this account if you haven't so you won't miss the announcement of the winners.Come hither, come hither one and all for our long-awaited Gauntlet! Our last edition of this flash-fiction writing contest was a while ago now, but all the sweeter for its absence will it taste this month. Prithee make yourselves comfortable and partake of our smorgasbord of merciless prompts! That’s right, once more we challenge the stalwart writers among you to hop aboard and make name for yourselves. Awaiting your penmanship are nine consecutive prompts, each more bone-chilling, knee-capping, blood-eaglingly gruesome than the lastSo bang your shields, bare your teeth (strip to the waist, if you absolutely have to) and vow on Odin’s name to establish dominance cost what may. Those emerging victorious will carry home the spoils as listed up below, and those who fall in battle will – by shapely Valkyries – be shown to their place in Valhalla, Dominance over all your writer friends doesn’t have to come from fame and glory alone, and for that we’ve raided some monasteries and come up with the followingFIRST PLACE gets1 chibi sketch by @KaenBlue (via @Asahi-TaichouPoints package from Community Relations500 points from @Zara-Arletis (via @BATTLEFAIRIES500 points from @BeckyKidus (via @BATTLEFAIRIES1 feature by @BeckyKidus1 feature by @Asahi-Taichou1 feature by @FlashFictionMonth1 critique from @neurotype3 diamond badges from @Zara-Arletis1 diamond badge and 1 emerald badge from @neurotypeSECOND PLACE getsPoints package from Community Relations300 points from @Zara-Arletis (via @BATTLEFAIRIES300 points from @BeckyKidus (via @BATTLEFAIRIES1 feature by @Asahi-Taichou1 feature by @FlashFictionMonth1 critique from @neurotype2 diamond badges from @Zara-Arletis1 diamond badge from @neurotypeTHIRD PLACE getsPoints package from Community Relations150 points from @Zara-Arletis (via @BATTLEFAIRIES150 points from @BeckyKidus (via @BATTLEFAIRIES1 feature by @Asahi-Taichou1 feature by @FlashFictionMonth1 critique from @neurotype1 diamond badge from @Zara-Arletis1 diamond badge from @neurotypeHONOURABLE MENTION getsPoints package from Community Relations50 points from @Zara-Arletis (via @BATTLEFAIRIES50 points from @BeckyKidus (via @BATTLEFAIRIES1 feature by @Asahi-Taichou1 emerald badge from @Zara-Arletis1 emerald badge from @neurotypeSELECT INDIVIDUALS getMystery stuff from the Mystery Fairy, for reasons MysteriouEVERYONE gets a special Vikings honorific, depending on their rankingAS FOR THE RULESTake heed and no-one will need to have their lodbroks rustledThe challenges must be taken in order, so no skipping any.Follow the challenges’ specifications to the letter.Link to your finished works in this journal's comments.No submissions after the deadline: Februari 9thJUDGING happens as followsOur flawless judges will award scores both for adherence to the prompt and for creativity and impact, with a flat bonus for each successfully finished entry. Taking up their grisly duties this year are@neurotype@Malintra-Shadowmoon@The-Inklingand yours truly, Now without further adoHERE ARE YOUR CHALLENGES 1: Needs More Pirate (1000 words or lessWrite a suspenseful espionage thriller scene in your setting of choice – could be any time or place in history – but add one parrot-toting*, rum-guzzling, Caribbean pirate 2: Supersonik, Elektronik (1500 words or lessThe year is 2000-something and human colonisation of space is well underway. Sadly, the aesthetic has evolved backwards to resemble something like this clip by Zlad!. Space is still pretty much a dangerous place however, and so your story will tell an adventurous, musical and oh, so very sexy tale of getting stranded on a hostile planet. Replace all your hard c’s by k’s and have the main kharakter all their verbs in kompletely wrong places say. 3: It’s Your Destiny, Eh (Between 700 and 1400 wordsIn this fantastic Sword&Sorcery story, you explore the Chosen One trope… but your Chosen can be neither young, pure, or lucky! Include an animal helper that sides with whichever character last said something, and a strong, boozing character with a heavy accent and an axe who is NOT a dwarf.All objects used for the offensive are named after the sound they make, and your story resolves itself in an explosion that is not of the Chosen One’s doing. For added difficulty, include four different eighteen-letter words, which must appear at the beginning of a sentence 4: Quoth the Raven: “Encore” (700 words, exactlyDig up your inner (so not the actual) E.A. Poe and write some gorgeous Gothic fiction with notions of inevitable death! Romance! Mental anguish! … where the narrator gets visited by a talking animal which may or may not have been (but most definitely is; the judges will notice) Megalosaurus bucklandii. For added difficulty, our dinosaur only knows words with ‘e’ in them. For contrast, your narrator can’t use any e’s in their own dialogue. Include in this story four kinds of tea, no two of which are in the same sentence 5: Extraordinariest! (Less than 1000 words, but must be a prime number… In which a suddenly genocidal Sir David Attenborough has decided it’s time to thin out the human population some, all the time doing what he does best: providing his trademark commentary. Just remember: Sir Attenborough can’t use numbers, names of animals, and all his adjectives have to be superlatives. Moreover, all his lines start and end with a vowel. Wrap up your story with a moralising message which, if acted out, would spell certain doom for humanity 6: Wittypedia (1 partial sentence; see examplesThink up 1 (one) pithy entry for tl;dr wikipedia. You can’t use the words ‘which’, ‘what’ or ‘when’ 7: This Hamlet is Too Small For Your Lordship and Myself Both (888 words and a half, exactlyNot much of a difference between cowboys and medieval knights, what with them wearing spurs, riding their horses up and down the countryside and occasionally challenging each other to a duel... There’s no reason why we can’t substitute one for the other in this story about a sheriff, an outlaw and the power of either Friendship, Virginity, the Counterpoise Trebuchet, or any combination of the aforementioned. Include no fewer than three elaborate insults, genre ‘your lordship could not poor water from a sabaton if his lordship’s armorer hath provided instructions on the sole’ and one time-traveling ancient Roman onlooker, who shall comment (will have had commented?) on events in reverse chronology. Our Roman friend can’t say the letters ‘u’ and ‘w’ very well so substitute these with a ‘v’ and a ‘vv’ respectively. Your characters can’t say the same word twice! Also, for some weird reason all of your letter u’s which are not part of any dialogue have umlauts on them 8: Just Because I Can (18 lines; see textWrite a scary bedtime story for grown men about the creature Jolene, but in verse! Eight syllables per line, if you please, and spell out Jolene’s name three times with the first letter of each 9: Attending a Burial At Sea (AnyConjure up a captivating tale taking place aboard a whaler ship, and include three different euphemisms for taking a poop. Every third word, when read separately, needs to form a story of its own, Now, we fight! This is how we win, and this is how we die! Can I have an 'Odinnnnn!'* = It has been brought to my attention that 'pirate-toting' is a bit complicated. It is changed to parrot-toting, which was what yours truly had in mind when setting out to write this journal and failing to catch the error. Not to worry: the most important thing is that you nail the pirate stereotype; parrots are encouraged but won't cause you to lose points or anything if they aren't in the picture...
Awareness, Remembrance, Learning, Etc
Am I progressing fast enough?Once someone decides to be a bit more serious about art and put time and effort into their progress, two questions will come up with time:Am I progressing?If I am progressing, does it happen fast enough?Progression is always welcome and I already wrote a post about it :3 Let's see get into the other progression problem:TimeWhen you look at your idols and see the art they produce you kinda make that level as your goal. I definitely do that. And it is a great long-term goal. But the key is: it is long-term. Usually those artists we adore are doing art for years. They practiced their art in that time and they also had to climb the very same steps we are facing with. It is easy to forget the experience-difference between them and you, because it is not something we can simply see. We just see them drawing/painting and it seems so easy and effortless and we try and well, the outcome is not even close to theirs. But why?I often feel like I am being too slow with my progression, I wanna move forward faster and faster and why I am not there yet? Is there some kind of problem with me? Or I cannot do better? Is it the question of talent and also a proof I am not talented enough?But the answer is no. Learning a new skill takes time and even if I'd really love to rush forward and master everything under matter of seconds, sadly it just doesn't work like that. If I look back suddenly I realize I already progressed so much. But when I look ahead it suddenly feels like nothing. And I do think this is kinda a normal feeling to have, because we are always looking forward to our main goal, to our idols and their style and years of knowledge and in the meantime it is easy to loose focus on the small things. Like how my drawings looked like a month ago. Or last year. To not aim perfection. To have more fun, less stress and worry about things like am I learning fast enough or not. Time is tricky and ever since there is no final destination in learning it is hard to anchor ourselves down a bit and stay on the ground.What we can do?It worth to take some break, sit down and realize the artists we adore are way ahead of us. Did start sooner, had more time to practice and that's why they are at that spot we also wanna reach. It didn't happen overnight for them either.On dA I love to get into artists' gallery I love and go back in time, rummage trough their older pieces. Sometimes I find real treasures: artworks that are much closer to what I am doing right now and farther away from their current level. These are real evidences they were at my shoes once and me being here, doing what I am doing on the level I am standing is totally normal. I am not lame or slow at all, just normal. Totally, perfectly normal. And if it is normal, than I have nothing to worry about.With time and practice our style will also change a lot! Just look back on your older art and see how much you already progressed! You will be surprised :3So remember:take it easy and not worry too much about everythingwhere you are is perfectly normalyou have to climb the same learning steps like everyone elsefocus on small goals as well, not just on the Ultimate Onekeep practicing and you will get there :3Interested in reading more of my art-related articles? You can find more of them in the Writings subfolder :3
How to deal with art block?Art block. Sooner or later every artist will face with it and it is really not the nicest place to be. It stops us to create art, to enjoy the process, it makes us feel miserable and helpless, it makes us question everything we did or plan to do. Why is it happening and how can we avoid it or deal with it?Why?Art block happens when we hit our "art low" point: this is the time when our brain is catching up and our eyes starts to see flaws in the things we are drawing. So, this means a week before we were at the "art high" point, tried out something new, we loved it, OMG this is awesome!, art is my life, etc. Making art felt effortless, it was a joy, everything seemed to happen easily. And then the brain is stepping into the scene, caught up with the big jump we achieved in our improvement and got used to the new style/newly learned skills and won't treat it as a miracle anymore. As we learn more and more about art, the more and more mistakes we will see - therefore as we are more and more skilled, our expectations will be even higher and the happiness at the beginning slowly starts to fade away as we pick up more and more mistakes we just started to see. That keeps developing until we hit the "art low" point and bamm: nothing is good enough, everything sucks, why we are even existing, etc.,It is not necessarily a bad thing. Seeing the areas we need to improve is good. This means we are progressing, we are learning and we will progress even more, because we are working on fixing those mistakes.But sadly art blocks can be pretty extreme and very emotional as well.Can I make it stop?Sadly, no. Everyone goes trough these phases over and over again. The question is, how we are dealing with it. I personally think art blocks are even useful, because as I said, being honest with ourselves and seeing the mistakes we made will take us further on the road.But seeing mistakes is just not the same to bad talk to ourselves and punish ourselves because of making mistakes. Because mistakes are normal human thing. They will happen. That is part of the deal, we cannot learn without making mistakes. More than one mistakes! It is like learning to walk - just look how many times a child falls before learning to walk properly. But no-one quit learning to walk willingly and eventually we will learn how to walk and even to run. And you wouldn't be mean to a toddler because they are falling, right? Then why you are mean to yourself when you are not successful in something you never did before? Art is a very complex skill and it needs lots of practice - and that means lots of mistakes as well. A perfectly normal way to learn, no one is useless, because making mistakes.You only do mistakes if you are working on something. Mistakes only mean, you are working on being better.How I can deal with it?I do think accepting the fact art block will happen sooner or later is a great start. You cannot escape it and stop being afraid of it. Being constantly worried because of art block will give you art block eventually. It will happen anyway. Let it go and enjoy your art journey - with the art blocks included.After you accepted the fact art blocks are normal and part of your learning progress and it is not something you should be afraid of you can start to work on handling it. You can recognize it when art block is approaching and as soon as you realize not the full collection of Shakespeare drama is coming after you, you can just move over it. Like, "Woah, okay, art block is around the corner. I acknowledged it, I know it will happen, no matter what and this is perfectly fine."Very important to recognize this is totally normal. it doesn't mean, you are a bad artist, it won't delete all of your hard work and gained skill-set either. It just only means, your brain learned all the stuff and processed it. Your brain got smarter, your eyes got more trained to pick up mistakes for self-control. And that is a good thing! It doesn't mean you are failing, it means you are progressing!So stop being super mean to yourself and just chill a bit. These times you won't really feel like drawing at all - so don't. Don't force it, if you don't want to draw. Not drawing is not a tragedy. You can have a day or two or even a week or two rest. The constant challenge, the constant learning and practice is tiring and we are not robots, we are human beings. We need rest. A well rested, balanced artist is a happy artist :3 So step away from the paper and pencils and paint and the graphic tablet and PS/Krita/SAI/etc and leave them to be. Take a walk, read, bake some cookies, eat those cookies, eat a ton of those cookies and then even more, have a sugar coma an happily enjoy it while watching Neflix. (I'd grab something salty as well after so much sweets :D) Read that book you wanted to read for a g e s but you never found the time for it. Do other DIY things. Snuggle your pets. Do all the things you wanted to do, but art happened. If you still feel like minding art, but not feeling like drawing/painting/manipping/your art business, you can still do art, while not really doing art in the same time. That's the perfect time to go and watch speedpaint videos, tutorials, look into an online course and participate or you write a tutorial/edit your previously recorded speedpaint video. Or do some marketing job! Look after new Discord server, chat, share your existing art into groups, look after future events that can inspire you. Look trough your stock collections and re-arrange them. Work on your commission pricing sheet if you need an upgrade. You can still do a lot of art-related things that will do good for you at the end without grabbing a pencil to draw. Also checking out art study materials can inspire you to actually draw a day later or two. They can help you to find your inspiration and creativity and overcome the art block.So let's summarize:art block is not evil, it is actually a sign of your improvementaccepting art block is very important in an artist's lifeart block doesn't mean you are suck at art and doesn't mean you need to quitart block won't ruin your progress at alldo not fear the art blocktaking a break from art is totally normal thing to do and needed to be donebe kinder to yourselfHappy resting my friend and hop back into art when you are ready :3 (Toss some cookies from your stash you made for Netflix though, please! :D)Interested in reading more of my art-related articles? You can find more of them in the Writings subfolder :3
Commission work: How? When? Should I?Sooner or later every artist will consider the topic of commission works. But what the artist need to get started? How to set up prices? How to get customers? I share soem of my experiences :3When to start offering commission slots?In my opinion an artist needs two things for the start:skillsaudienceBut does this mean yoo can only sell slots when you are on the same level as Leonardo was and already has millions of people around you online, admiring your work? No.But I do think it is very important to see clearly the art level you are currently on. The question is:Will people give me money for my art?You don't have to be an artistic God to sell your art, but if someone started to draw the past week, maybe it is a bit too early to think about commissions just yet. Once you are confident enough with your skills and feel like yes, you are on a certain level and you wanna try out commission works, because you are confident enough for them, that is a good point to give it a try. You can also check out other artist who do comm works to see where are your skills compared to them. Find people who are on the same level as you or close to your skillset and see if thy do comm work and if so, do they have customers as well. It can be a good base to gather information.Being confident is also important. Commission work can be stressful, you make paid art, someone give you their money for this. It is not an experiment piece, there is a certain character, who is not yours and you wanna make that OC as great as you can. This can be a pressure and if you are not confident enough with your skills it can be just too much to handle and even causing an art block. I was literally terrified when I started to do comm works and it really stressed me. I wanted make everything perfectly so much I kinda took out my own style of the piece and was so stressed and felt so pressured I didn't enjoy doing commission work and took a long break of it. All this because I wasn't confident enough and didn't trust my own skills.Commission work should be fun. You can work with various characters with different designs and different origin stories and personalities. Every piece will have a different vibe. Don't let all this to be ruined because you are afraid of something. If you feel overly stressed maybe take a break of commission work and practice more, do what you wanna do and once you feel more stronger, then get back to comm slots.You can also practice a bit beforehand or in between opening up again - make free art of OCs who are not yours. No stress with that: everyone loves free art of their babies :3 You can practice a lot of thing this way from communicating with the owner to work with a character you don't really know.As for audience: if you are brand new artist on your chosen platform with zero or a few followers and you open up comm works, there is a big chance you won't get any commission for a while. Or for a long while. Not because you are a bad artist, but simply because very few people will see you are open. So it is better to build some follower base first and also have some art in your gallery, so people can be familiar with your style and get to know you and see what they are buying.I wanna do commission works!You have decided - you wanna give it a try! But what to do first? Set up prices? Marketing yourself? Look for paying options?Don't run ahead that much! I think the most important thins is writing your T.o.S.T. o. S. aka Terms of ServiceToS is literally you telling people what you are willing to do and how you accept the payment, how you do refunds and such things. So basically your rules. It is really important to set this up, because you make it super clear how you work and what you will do so the customers will also know what they can expect. So for example if you won't write NSFW art, then no-one will run unnecessary circles to ask you if you do smutty scenes or not. No-one will get their hopes up, not you, hoping you'll get a commission and not the buyer who are hoping they will get their art from you. They read the ToS and then they find someone else who can give them what they wanna buy. Clear and fair.You can write things about in ToS like:paying method (payment in one setting or you are willing to do payment plans if you have bigger prices, you take half ppayment before and other half after finishing the art or you ask payment beforehand, accepting points too or money only)what you'll do and what not (SFW or NSFW art too, humans only or animals and humans too, no humans, etc.)refundswhat designs you'll do and what not (like you are not so great with painting armours so you ask to show the OC ref before accepting the commission)You can read other artist's ToS for example to have an idea what you wanna put into yours. Here's mine for example (My price list is included, but skip that part, after that comes the ToS :)):,NEW Manip commission price listDecember 19, 2020This year I worked a lot on my manip skills - andThe biggest question: Pricing.Pricing can be a hard nut to crack. Should i be cheap so people will bit from me? Or should I be a bit more expensive to not undersell myself? Should I charge hourly? How much my skills worth?First and foremost: please do not undersell yourself. I know, it is very tempting to sell for cheap to have commissions, but trust me, it is not worth it for the long run. First and foremost, you put working hours into a piece you could sell for a fair price. Second, it will be very difficult to raise your prices later and probably you'll loose customers because of it, and then you'll be doubtful. Third: you do bad for the market too. If you sell cheaper art that worth more you pull down the market's prices for other artist who are on the same level as you and force them to also sell cheaper - maybe cheaper than you. Therefore you have to go lower, because the buyers are not stupid: if they can get the same quality for cheaper, they will go the cheaper artist and you'll have less buyers. So you go lower to have them back, so others will go even lower and at the end everyone will work almost for free. This is bad for everyone. Art is already selling rather bad, because you just "sit all day at a computer/desk and do nothing and you get money for it." It doesn't need any help to make the situation worse.Okay but what now? How can you tell which is a good price and which is not? The main thing I do every time I edit my prices is to go out and look for fellow artist from the same topic I work in and see their prices. I have 3 different variations, I check artist who are:Better than meAre on the same level as meUnder my skill levelAnd I check their prices. How much more expensive the better ones than me? How much the ones are charging who are kinda the same level as me? And how much cheaper the ones who are still learning the things I already know? This way I know the range I can move in and can set up my prices.Once I am finished with that I go to the Discord art servers and ask opinions about my future prices to see what others are thinking about them. If they say the prices are fine, then I make them official. If they say they are to cheap/expensive, we talk about the options and set up new prices.Prices will also vary depending on the art piece itself. Like a sketch will have different price then a fully rendered full body piece with shading. Bust,s half body and full body are also have different prices.And always, always include examples of the art next to the prices, so people will know what to expect.Another important thing: I always ask for payment ahead. This way I protect myself to be scammed.I have my prices and ToS, still nothing happensSadly you cannot lean back and wait for people to find you and beg for making them commission work. The real work now begins: the marketing.Even if you have big following, you have to put yourself out. There are tons of artist who are also selling their art and if you stay silent and just wait, probably nothing will happen. With time you'll have some customers who order from you from time to time, because they love your style so much, but they won't be here every month. You definitely need new buyers too. So post about your open commissions in dA groups and Discord art servers and on social media if you have one.Marketing can be tricky and need time - this is a full time job, people are living from doing marketing, so don't be too hard on yourself, but keep trying!CustomersSooner or later you'll get your first customer and how you interact with them is super important. Talk to them, ask them what they want, do they have anything in mind about the piece they order (like concept idea or vibes they are after.) Ask them to tell about their OC to you! Your work will be so much easier if you feel a connection to the OC and you can create a mroe personalized art with the correct vibes and it will fit the OC better too.Send various WIPs, don't be shy! If the customer dislikes something they will have the chance to tell you and you can change it on the go! So much better than showing nothing just the finished piece and they don't like it. If they dislike something ask them how to change it. If you don't know something, ask them too! Like there is tricky part of the design you dunno how to draw or what colour it has. It's not a shame to ask them - it shows you are interested in the piece and wanna make the perfect art for them.Make sure the customer knows your ToS. I always quickly go trough it - when I ask for a payment, will I send wips, etc. If for some reason you cannot work on comm art, do not hesitate to tell the customers! Always be transparent so they can know what is happening and won't feel like you screwed them over. And always be polite, friendly and nice - but don't feel like you have to do everything! You have every right to say no to an order.Treat a customer like you want to be treated in their place and then nothing can go wrong :)All in allCommission work can be tricky at the start, but as long as you enjoy the whole process, everything is fine. You have every right to close down slots for as long as you want and focus on your personal art journey. I never-ever experiment with comm work, so doing too much of them stops me to progress with my art, so for me the key is to find a good balance between comm works and personal works. I use limited commission slots and open up when I feel like, I'd love to do some manip or pixel work, but I don't feel the urge to do personal art. I open up limited slots so I won't get overwhelmed. If you have more customers than slots, you can also add a ping list and notify people when you are opening up! This way no-one feel left out :3Have fun my friend and I wish you lots of happy customers and great successes in the future :3 If I missed something feel free to ask!
Positive Posts
What made you proud of yourself today?I will be a hummingbirdThe hummingbird in Wangari Maathai's story emerges as a heroic symbol of doing the best one can even in the face of overwhelming and insurmountable odds. ,Our lives have been drastically changed in the recent months and will probably be different in the foreseeable future in unprecedented ways. It is so easy during this time of uncertainty and tension to be overtaken by stress and negative thinking. And though we understand that the need of the hour is a sense of solidarity with others, what we sometimes fail to do is to extend the same consideration towards our very own self. Remember that you - along with everyone else - is in a crisis, and doing your best to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy, physically and mentally.Remember to be kind to yourself and extend the understanding to yourself that you would to others.Remember not to judge yourself and how you're coping by comparing it with how you see others coping, and vice versa.It's not a normal time. It's new and challenging for everyone. And that includes you.In that spirit, I would like to invite all of you to stop when you're reading this and take a moment out to show yourself some compassion. So, take a moment to tell me in the comments below:What made you proud of yourself today?Please post this to your journals / statuses / polls and ask this of your watchers too. You don't have to link back here. The important thing is that more and more people voice a positive way of thinking about themselves. Cover image credit: Canva
Angels Without Wings July 2020 Angels Without Wings July 2020 Who Are Angels Without Wings?They Are Those Fellow Deviants: ~ Who act Unselfishly and are Humble by Nature ~ Who more or less Regularly Feature Other Deviants ~ Who Willingly Offer Tips, Hints and Helpful Comments ~ Who Answer a Fair Amount of the Comments They Receive ~ Who Give Kind and/or Uplifting Words When and Where it is Needed ~ Who Feature and Promote Projects, as well as Contests and Challenges ~ Encourage or Otherwise Assist Deviants Who Need Support/Help ~ Who Give Fair and Helpful Critiques (whether official or not) ~ As Well As Doing Whatever Else is Helpful, Kind and SupportiveEach Edition of Angels Without Wings will Honor Very Special Deviants with a Pair of Wings in a Feature Journal by @WDWParksGal and her Gangstas of love (in alphabetical order): @BonzaiRen @coastbeachartist @Dieffi @Felizias @MEPArtz @Stygma @suezn @thestockwarehouse @Tigles1Artistry On Hiatus: ~ @PaMonk July 2020 Announcement @TokyoMoonlight ~ @LoloAlien @TokyoMoonlight Suggested by @WDWParksGal Our intrepid Community Volunteer for the Traditional and Nude Art galleries, Marcela is a self-taught artist who has been an artist since the day she could hold a pencil. Her gallery is full of beautiful and colorful traditional art pieces, which bring a smile to my face when I view them. If you wish to to suggest a DD to @TokyoMoonlight please follow her rules outlined here: http://fav.me/ddyxa00 Marcela is an admin for the following groups: @seniormentors @projecteducate @communityrelations @Traditionalists @watercolorists @Advisoryboard @LoloAlien Suggested by @Dieffi Mark is a self-described artist, hobbyist and photographer. His varied interests come across in his gallery and many feature journals. He is not afraid to speak his mind, and he's a mad commenter approaching 90,000 comments. Mark manages to share his love of music with the community via journals and status updates. It is a pleasant way to take a break to sit back and listen to his picks. Creating icons is a hobby, which he shares with the community. Mark is an admin for @RainbowConnectionOne Please Remember! @Angels-And-Gangstas is always in need of nominations for new Angels Without Wings. If you know any deserving Deviants who meet the criteria at the top of this journal, please tell us! (Award Stamp Here) Simply Note our group @angels-and-gangstas or the Founder @wdwparksgal with ‘AWW Suggestion’ as the subject, along with four or five (or more) sentences telling us why the Deviant deserves to earn his/her Wings (This is very important, since it will be the text that will go in the Award if your suggested person gets selected). Please check to make sure your suggested nominee was not awarded already, you can find the list of Awarded Angels in the following journal: http://fav.me/ddyrqio AWW Prize Winner Posted by @Dieffi If you do suggest, please have a look to make sure the nominees good deeds are visible for everyone visiting their pages!! Everyone needs to clearly see why the person deserves his/her Award. And please remember to write at least four sentences as to why you suggested this deviant. Journal by the elegant WDWParksGal Reposted by the sublime coastbeachartist...
General Posts
Illness and need for helpHello everyone, it's been a while, I hope you are all doing well? :heart:I'm sorry if I have not replied to notes and messages these last few months, but unfortunately I'm not well.Since early December, I've been very sick. I have no energy to do anything, just something as simple as brushing my hair feels like climbing a mountain somedays. I have constant headaches, some severe do the point where I can't stand any type of light. And my body is in constant pain.So far, they haven't found out what's wrong with me yet, they suspect it can be either an autoimmune disease or a rheumatic disorder, but they are still running tests and with COVID-19 still being rampant, things are going extremely slow.I haven't been able to work since December either and while I'm lucky enough to live in a country where we have health insurance, my case is still being evaluated and it's taking a much longer time than usual (again, thanks to COVID-19) so I haven't received any money yet. So I have had to deplete any savings I've had just to survive and so far I've managed somewhat. But I'm beginning to run thin. I still have some money left to get by, so I'm not looking for donations. I just thought that I'd try to earn some extra money by selling some of my OCs.If you purchase them, please be sure to credit the artist if/when you upload the pics anywhere. Also, some of them are watermarked unfortunately, but if you're good at editing, maybe this won't be a big problem.There are a few NSFW pics and I've censored them in the "preview" pics as you can see, but obviously the actually pics are not censored.Of course you can change anything you want with the OCs, regardless if it's names or looks. If you've bought them, they're yours.I hope the artists of the adoptables are fine with me re-selling them. The prices are estimates, I'm fine with bids as well. Please keep in mind that I don't actually want to separate with some of these OCs, but I need to get some extra money, so please don't come with unreasonable offers :(Obviously I only accept PayPal for these OCs.-"Chihiro" - 80 USD.,-"Eir" - 45 USD.,-"Kate" - 25 USD.,-"Rin" - 40 USD.,-"Setsuko" - 20 USD.,-"Tsubasa" - 20 USD.,-"Adoptable 1" - 10 USD.,-"Adoptable 2" - 5 USD.,-If you're not interested in buying, I would still appreciate it if you could share this journal to help me reach more people.I really hope everyone is staying safe and healthy in these difficult times and take care! :heart:
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CL: The Legacy of the Stormy Pirate!For the first eighteen years of my life, I went with the flow. I wanted for nothing, I expected nothing, and I tended to let others dictate what I should do.When grandpa told me the story of the pirate who could call a storm in order to trap his foes as he plundered them, that’s literally all I thought it was. A story. Something make-believe to entertain children, to teach them or to scare them. I didn’t expect much of it, especially at the tender age of six.So, after my grandpa passed and left me a note to “find the Stormy Pirate to seek the truth”, I didn’t know what to think.Mom and Pop were just as skeptical, but my grandpa was someone not to be denied, so I soon found myself on a boat, with the old book telling the Stormy Pirate’s story and a bag with three days of necessities in hand, my waving parents at my back as I set sail.It was like a blur. Sitting in the small boat without anything to steer, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Reading and rereading the story, as though there was some clue I was missing. What was the truth? What would I find? Did Stormy Cove even exist?Turns out it did. On a small island that the sea somehow pushed me towards, only a few miles from the starting point, I found the first clue. If the book’s pictures were to be believed, this would have the answers my grandpa wanted me to find.Walking along the shore, I was mystified by how easily the once clear-blue sky turned to sullen gray, a signal of the upcoming storm. The sea began shifting violently behind me. Fearing I would not be able to escape, I tried to turn back.“Haaaa…” Said a voice at my neck, much like a last exhale of breath. But even as I whirled around and jumped away, there was no one.“The book…” The voice, almost too distorted to understand, groaned against the wind.I opened the book, the wind turning its pages until it settled on one with a picture of a statue. It was the same one I saw from afar while I sat in the boat. Atop a rocky wall at the edge overlooking the sea was a giant statue of a man with an outstretched hand, almost like he was giving a command.It took hardly any time to find it. But once there, all I found was a plaque that claimed it to be a monument to the Stormy Pirate. Searching for more answers in the book also yielded nothing new.“Behind…” I almost didn’t catch it, but just by looking behind me, I understood. There, though I was sure it was not there before, was a house. A rundown little thing that was barely standing if the creaks, moans, groans, and general appearance was anything to go by.After some hesitation, I entered the very dilapidated estate and looked around. Pulling a lighter from my pocket, I used the tiny flame to assist my vision in the dark. Thankfully, I soon found a lantern and lit the candle within, lighting up the room and revealing the contents within.On the ground were vacant chest covered in dust and cobwebs. Along the walls were various portraits of what I assumed was the Stormy Pirate. However, each one was different and it was easy to tell which ones were older and newer by the state of them. Only the most recent one – the version that looked like grandpa – looked new. Alternatively, the oldest had a barely visible figure. But based on the book, it was clear that this was the version the book was based on.“Come…” The voice said, a whisper coming from behind the portrait.Carefully touching the ancient frame, I attempted to pull the picture away. With a loud and terrifying creak, the large portrait gave and revealed the stairs behind it with a subtle light coming from beyond. Carefully taking the stairs, I hesitated more and more as the blue light became brighter with each step forward. With trepidation, I peeked into the room and was shocked at what I saw.Translucent figures identical to the portraits stood in a circle around a stone engraved in words I was still too far away to read. The figures talked to each other, sharing jokes and getting along. Only when I was fully visible did the figure identical to my grandpa turn to me and grin.“Ah, our guest has arrived.”The others took notice and grinned good-naturedly, gesturing for me to join them. Stepping up to the group, the one who was obviously the first pointed to the stone. Stepping in front of it, I began to read what looked like a freshly-made message:Several eons ago, when the world was new and spirits, gods, and monsters still roamed about freely, I, Veteris Tempest, met the ruler of the seas, Poseidon. Having stepped into his domain to obtain a treasure, we decided to play a game in order to decide my fate. If I could win, he would bestow upon me a great power. If I lost, I, and my family, would be cursed. One thing you should know is that I am a thief – you would call me a pirate – and we are cheaters and liars. So, while I won, Poseidon knew I had cheated my way to victory. Thus, I was both given a great power and smited for my sins. Every generation, someone must take on the name of Stormy Pirate and go on an adventure to fight Poseidon. If you can win honestly, then the curse will be broken. If not, you will be cursed with the rage and greed of the Stormy Pirate and the curse will continue until a future generation manages to break it. However, when you play, the Stormy Pirate will present a terrifying urge to cheat accompanied by an insatiable rage that not even causing a storm can quench. So, the question is, can you go against the nature of a pirate, specifically the awful Stormy Pirate?I had so many questions, but the answers came in a way I didn’t expect. It was clear I didn’t have a choice. As soon as I finished reading the stone slab, all the figures were absorbed into me. I saw all their memories, and thus the answers, having received their experiences, powers, and everything they had to offer, including their immense greed and horrible anger. I was someone who had never asked for anything. But now, I wanted everything.I realized I would only have one chance to undo the curse and free myself from this awful curse or else live with them forever until the next descendent took them from me.And so, I traveled to the place in their memories. Massive statues of Leviathan and Cthulhu stood on either side of an enormous door. As my boat approached, the statues came to life and glared in preparation to attack me only to open the door when I conjured lighting from the sky into my hand.Once I passed them, I entered a room made of sea stone marble. A man, only in appearance, sat waiting, a smile on his face but no features beyond that. It was like he existed and didn’t at the same time. He gestured to the game, something not unlike chess. The memories of the past told me everything and so we began to play.It was like having the shouts of several angry men telling me to do this and that, all at once. But even with all the shouting, I only felt pity. Whenever the emotions began to swell, I stopped and waited until they subsided. It was so strange, to be so overwhelmed yet it was nothing I wasn’t used to. I always went with the flow, like a blank slate and an open book.Even filled with so much greed and anger, I could keep going as though nothing had changed. This was something I was used to, being from a noise family who behaved the same.Perhaps that was the answer. Even with the angry storm in my head, with this sudden magic coursing through me, and with threats all around, nothing had changed. Growing up as I had, with constant noise and never-ending demands of grandpa, grandma, mom and pop. It felt so easy.I suppose that is why I barely noticed when I placed the last piece upon the board, the piece that sealed my victory.“Congratulations, young one.” Poseidon said without a voice, as though a god speaking aloud was too much for a mortal to handle. “Though you still failed.”I tilted my head. “How?” I asked simply.“You cheated.” Came the reply.“Explain, please.” I responded gently. I know I hadn’t, unless I was told something that was a cheat without knowing the truth. But surely that wouldn’t be my fault.“You moved one of you pieces too far.” Came the answer.As the storm inside grew louder, I became perplexed. Surely that wasn’t true. However, who am I to say if it is or is not.I stood up, ignoring the expectant look on the god’s face, and bowed. “I apologize for my ignorance. I hope you can forgive me.”All was silent. The crashing waves subsided. The roaring wind calmed down. The voices disappeared. The growling monsters just outside died out. The world was still.“You did it.” It was said so simply, so matter-of-factly, that I wasn’t sure it was said at all.I straightened. “My apologies, but may I ask what you mean?”The god stood, his figure distorting like an illusion. “Where the others failed, you succeeded. While they grew angry at either losing or being called a liar, a cheater, you did the right thing. The one thing your ancestors refused to do. You apologized.“Even with the raging storm in your mind and the horrors behind you, you stayed true to yourself and did not let the others’ pride ruin you.”My eyes widened as I realized the truth of the matter. The truth my grandpa couldn’t tell me. The truth I had already mastered. While I was swept up in a storm, I didn’t bow to the expectations. I rose above and surpassed them.“Why did the others not understand the truth?” I asked.“Because of pride. But you have no pride at all. That’s not to say you don’t have faith in yourself. Rather, you flow alongside the world around you. It is a true gift to be able to roll with the waves, glide with the wind, and strike when necessary. Not many can do it.“For your triumph, I will lift the curse and bestow upon you the treasure that your first ancestor sought.” The treasure was the blood of Poseidon, which would grant any mortal and their descendants the protection and powers of the god, as though they were family. I became the first in a long line of demi-gods. I finally had a purpose and, with it, a goal that would last eons.I began to clean the world of impurities, from emotions to physical trash. Eventually, the next generation would join me.To this day, thousands of years later, I can still feel my grandpa’s peaceful smile, beaming at me from his place in Heaven alongside the other cursed ones. With the curse lifted, he and the trapped souls before him are finally at peace.In quiet moments, when I look at the statue of the Veteris Tempest, standing beside my own statue of victory, I can sometimes hear grandpa’s voice, “Thank you…”And I smile, a true smile that was born the day I found my purpose. The same smile Poseidon wears whenever I see him. It’s a peaceful smile that feels like home.
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PromotingPositivity: Admin Openings!Hello! At @PromotingPositivity, we like it when deviants spread as much positivity as possible. Whether that means submitting artwork to the gallery, participating in journal features, or coming up with projects to submit to the group, we fully encourage it. ,While not all of these require admin privileges, a lot of them do. And if there is one thing that this group strives for, it's a lot of positive interaction. Admins ensure this group functions so that members enjoy their time here. The deviants who make up the admin team always start out as Jacks. But they can rise through the ranks based on their level of interaction within the group and how positive they are. ,That being said, we don't require admins to be at the group's beck and call. We have various admins do various tasks, from locating content that can be submitted to the group gallery to creating group projects for members to enjoy. If there is one thing I firmly believe in, it is that you can't have too much positivity. So, I want to extend a hand out to any deviants who thinks they can make @PromotingPositivity a better place. Please look at the following positions to see if you qualify and are interested in joining our team. More information can be found at the Official Admin Team post below, including how to apply. ,Promoting Positivity: Admin TeamSeptember 27, 2020Group Guidelines | Group History | Admin Team |CURRENT POSITIONSLatest Update: 10/19/20 Submission Voting - Voting on group submissions. (Community Moderator, Language Translator)Community communication - Communicating with members, affiliates, and other deviants outside the group in order to create partnerships, create interest, and learn ways to mold this group to better suit members of the community. (Community Mod, Advertisement Specialist, and/or Project Specialist) Communication specialist (Non-English) - Working with community communicators [above] if a language barrier presents itself. (Language Translator) Award Mod - Finding potential deviants in the group and beyond to receive an award based on group award criteria [see front page]. (Any admin)Interview Mod - Finding potential deviants in the group and beyond to be interviewed. May conduct the interview personally with permission. (Any admin) Idea Generator - Comes up with ideas for the group, including activities, upgrades, and other changes. (Any admin) Positivity Generator - Goes around the group and across DA spreading positivity and promoting group activities. (Community Mod, Advertisement Spec, Language Translator)As you may have noticed, some of these positions have a . That is because they are positions that need to be filled as soon as possible. While the other positions do indeed need to be filled as well, they aren't as much of a priority. ,You might have seen these listed before. That is because they were originally listed in the first Group Changes journal. However, there was no response to the admin listing. But I refuse to give up. If you are interested or know someone who would be great at one of the jobs above, comment below. We are always looking for new admins. While the jobs listed above may change, we want to encourage positivity. That means that any deviant who strives to promote positivity is welcome on our team. Please remember to read our guidelines for how to apply before submitting an application. ,We look forward to working with you. Have a wonderful day! Sincerely,The Ace: @RTNightmare
Group Changes 2: Your Votes Needed! Please Read!Hello everyone! Welcome back to @PromotingPositivity. I am here for a reminder. I posted a journal last week that needs responses from our members. I only received two and that won't be enough for me to make the necessary changes. So please read this and respond:,PromotingPositivity: Group Changes! (PLEASE READ!)September 21, 2020Hello everyone, So, if you've been payingBesides this journals, I have received a response to how often you want me to submit journals; the highest vote was a few times per week. So, I will be taking a week off of Positive Comment and then resuming Monday/Wednesday/Friday to see if that helps - it is still subject to changes. The next volume of Positive Comment will be submitted on next Monday, October 5th. Positive Feature and any Contest Features (if applicable) will continue as normal.I want to give you all more opportunities to comment on the Group Changes journal. So please keep submitting your opinions, requests, and general feedback to that journal:,PromotingPositivity: Group Changes! (PLEASE READ!)September 21, 2020Hello everyone, So, if you've been payingI will be tallying what has the most votes. You can see the current tally here. Be sure to give your thoughts if you haven't already or if they are not listed. I'm not a mind reader, so I can't know what you want. I want to encourage all feedback, including criticism. If something does not work, I want to fix it. Your thoughts are important.I only had a few votes. Please comment with the numbers listed, like #1, #4, #8 if those are the ones you want. (That would mean you want the Suggestion Feature, Emergency Commission Listing, and Challenges.)You may also contribute your own ideas and I will add them. I cannot make this group better without your assistance. Only by giving me feedback can I hope to make this group better for everyone.Please read (if you have not already done so once) or reread the first Group Changes journal. We are currently looking for new admins, too, so it is important that you understand what to do if you are interested. Please take the time to leave feedback as asked whether you leave it on the first journal or the tally document. Either is fine. You may also send a note if you would like to keep it anonymous. See you this Saturday for the next Positive Feature. Have a great week!Sincerely,The Ace: @RTNightmare...
Promoting Positivity: Group GuidelinesGroup Guidelines | Group History | Admin Team | Group Projects* * *Greetings! Below are the group rules and guidelines for the gallery, favorites, and blog entry. In this group, you are able to post in all sections; however, there are guidelines to follow so please be sure to read thoroughly.ImportantThis journal was submitted in Eclipse. For that reason, there are currently no emoticons, icons, or gifs in the hopes that the data does not become corrupted by the bugs the coding would create. This journal will be updated when the bugs are fixed. Your patience is appreciated.Despite taking precautions, there are bound to be errors in this blog post. I apologize if it is inconvenient and hope for your understanding. If you want, you may look at the old version instead. However, do know that some of the content has changed, and therefore it is unreliable. We apologize for the inconvenience.Before We BeginHere will we will be discussing everything, including General Rules, usage for Gallery, Favorites, and Journal. Make sure you also read about Respect and Issues at the bottom.General RulesDo not bring DArama (DA drama) into the group. Do not spam the group comment section with advertisements. We have an advertisement folder that members can use.You must be a member to interact with most of the group. Membership is immediatMembers have access to Gallery, Favourites, and our Journal (Blog). Scroll down for details.Send all questions, feedback, and ideas in a note to the group. Important: Any time "group criteria" is used, it is referencing "promoting positivity", otherwise known as content that promotes/encourages goodness, happiness, hope, kindness, etc.Gallery GuidelinesThe gallery is for members only. Some folders may only be accessed by specific individuals. Please read carefully.The Featured Folder[Send a Note to the Group]This folder is only for our Mascot. If you create fan art of our mascot, please send a note entitled "Mascot Art" with a thumbnail of the fan art to be added to the group.RTNightmare's Promoting Positivity[@RTNightmare Only; On Hiatus]This folder is strictly for the article this group was named after, Promoting Positivity.Official Group Projects[Unique; Open to Discussion]This folder is for admins and/or members who have permission to post projects hosted in @PromotingPositivity. All submissions must be preapproved by The Ace before they are accepted.Promoting Positivity Contest Entries[Only Open During Contest]This folder is for contest entries related to contests hosted by this group.General Contest Entries[5/Week]This is a folder for Contest Entries hosted by other groups or deviants. Must be tagged #contestentry or say it is a contest entry in the description or title of the deviationSubmissions must be created by members of the group. The host of the contest does not need to be a member. Entries that violate the contest they are for will be removed. If you think a submission to this folder is violating the rules, please note the group.Articles, Features, News, Etc[7/Week]All posts containing articles, features, news, and more meeting the group's criteria.Official DA News[5/Week]A sub-gallery under Articles, Features, News, Etc for official DeviantArt-related news, either from staff or Community Volunteers.DD Roundups[5/Week]A sub-gallery under Articles, Features, News, Etc for Daily Deviation (DD) Roundups posted by Community Volunteers.DD Discussions and News[5/Week]A sub-gallery under Articles, Features, News, Etc for Daily Deviation (DD) Discussions and DD-related news posted by staff or Community Volunteers.Contests, Challenges, Giveaways, Raffles, Etc[5/Week]All deviations (posts/artwork) that contain details for a contest, challenge, giveaway, raffle, and more that meet the criteria of the group.Important Note: As stated in DeviantArt's FAQ, raffles that require payment are prohibited. Therefore, raffles that require payment (and real-world currency) are prohibited. Raffles requiring action from participants (i.e. favoriting a journal or leaving a comment) are allowed and encouraged.Contest Winners and Feature[5/Day]A sub-gallery under Contests, Challenges, Giveaways, Raffles, Etc for announcements of Winners and Winner Features.Awareness, Remembrance, Learning, Etc[7/Week]All posts containing the subject of awareness, remembrance, learning (from tutorials and articles), and more meeting the group's criteria.Positive Posts[5/Day]This is a folder for posts that have a specific positive theme but don't fit into the other post-only folders (features, news, learning, etc.If an admin thinks something submitted here belongs in General Posts, you might be asked to withdraw and resubmit, we might accept it and move it ourselves, or we might decline it. Each admin has their own method.General Posts[5/Day]This is a folder for posts that are neither positive nor negative and don't fit into the other post-only folders (features, news, learning, etc).If staff thinks something submitted here belongs in Positive Posts, you will be asked to resubmit or we might move it.Positive Art[5/Day]This is a folder for art that has a specific positive theme. (Ex: Fighting depression, cancer awareness, etc)If staff thinks something submitted here belongs in General Art, you will be asked to resubmit or we might move it.)General Art[7/Week]This is a folder for art that doesn't necessarily represent the group's theme but is nice to view. (Example: A self-portrait or a generic, seasonal poems, etc)If staff thinks something submitted here belongs in Positive Art, you will be asked to resubmit or we might move it.)Advertisements[7/Week]This is a folder for commission information, Adoptables, and other advertisementsAll ads must be submitted here, not on the front page of the group.Let's Discuss[2/Day]This is a folder specifically for submissions that need feedback. Some types of feedback needed are problem-solving, critiques, words of encouragement, general in-depth discussions (conversation to broaden perception). This is not a folder for drama. There is no tolerance for bullies, trolls, etc in this group.Faith and Religion[4/Day]A sub-gallery under Let's Discuss for content related to personal faith and religion. Any hate art or content with malicious intent targeting any religion or faith is not allowed and will result in an immediate ban. Dark Imagery[5/Week]A sub-gallery under Let's Discuss for art with dark visuals only, like spooky characters, Halloween content, etc. This is not a folder for NSFW content. NSFPP (Not Safe For Promoting Positivity) allows dark imagery and dark themes, with exceptions.NSFPP[2/Week]A sub-gallery under Let's Discuss for art with dark visuals and themes, with some exceptions: Soft sexual themes and nudity that are within DA policy Grim Reaper or other similar portrayals of death Kitchen knives used appropriately Uncommon weapons (spears, bows, kitana, etc) Dark thoughts (post-suicidal content not accepted) Murder/Gore/Violence Weapons that could cause PTSD (guns, knives in play, etc) Non-consent/rape Overly explicit content, bodily content/harm Maliciousness Excessive use of smoking, drugs, alcohol, etc Common phobias (spiders, bugs, sharks, etc) Anything against DA policy his is not a folder for content that is only dark imagery. Go to the Dark Imagery folder for content that is solely dark in appearance.Suggest Daily Deviations[1/Month]This folder is for members to submit their art to be suggested as a Daily Deviations. If your deviation has been featured as a DD, it will be moved to Featured Daily Deviations.I Need a Folder[2/Week]This group could easily be missing a folder. As such, there is a folder for the occasion. If you submit to this folder, be sure to write in the correspondence message why you submitted to the folder and staff will take care of it as soon as possible.This folder is not meant to be used for if you don't know which folder to submit to. If you have any trouble understanding, comment below on this journal to receive a better explanation.Feature Me[1/Month]This folder is for future features conducted by the group. All art will eventually be moved over to Feature in the Group Blog before being moved to I Have Been Featured so that we don't accidentally give another feature.If you are interested in being Featured again, you must donate 50 DA Points. After that, featuring the same deviation again will always cost 100 DA Points for each feature. All DA Points go to @Positivity-Promoter.I Have Been Featured[See Feature Me]This folder is for art that has been accepted into our Feature Me folder and has already received a feature in our Blog. All art has been moved here post-feature.If you are interested in being Featured again, you must donate 50 DA Points. After that, featuring the same deviation again will always cost 100 DA Points for each feature. All DA Points go to @Positivity-Promoter.Affiliating Groups[8/Week]This folder is specifically for the groups that we have officially affiliated with. For now, due to many non-admin members of our affiliates constantly ignoring our rules submitting without permission to the specific affiliate folder, all affiliates can only submit to this general folder and our admins will move the submissions over personally. We are sorry for the inconvenience.Favourites GuidelinesFavourites are for members to submit content by non-members. If any of the content in Favourites is by a member, please note the group and we will work to have that put into the Gallery.Featured[Admins Only]This is for important content by others that admins feel is important to showcase.Award Recipients[When Applicable]This is for the awards the group has given to various deviants who showed immense positivity and community spirit.Journal GuidelinesBlog entries are for official group projects, challenges, contests, and more that we have agreed to help sponsor, assist in, etc.General RulesAny member of the group, admin or not, can submit a journal with permission.Only those that @PromotingPositivity admins have agreed to work with should submit after we have worked out all the details.1 Vote is required to pass submissions to the Group Blog and currently, only The Ace can pass this vote.Please do not try to submit a blog entry without prior approval and discussion.Submitting a New Projects to the GroupThere are a couples ways to submit a new project to the group. Let's discuss them now.Prepare a Mock-UpPrepare a mock-up of the idea in a document in Sta.sh Writer, which you can still access by going under Drafts in your Stash and editing from there. The document should include what your project is about and what you hope to accomplish, what you require from us, etc.@PromotingPositivity to achieve the goal, and any assistance you might need from the group members (any member can help). Send the Stash link containing the contents of the mock-in a note to the group with any additional details.You can suggest ideas to the group that you wish to become official group projects. We cannot promise all of them will be accepted, but we will do our best to assist you. That could mean that instead of submitting in the group, we help you spread the word instead. We aim to assist in promoting positivity so anything that is in favor of that goal is something we wholeheartedly support.Hand Picked by AdminsIn this situation, admins will discuss your project behind the scenes before coming to you so we're all on the same page. The admin who picks it will work with you personally. This does not mean they will take over your project.Important: If you feel at any time like your project is being taken away from you, note RTNightmare.Depending on the discussion, the admin assisting you will, at minimum, observe the project to make sure it goes smoothly, or, at most, co-lead it with you. If we feel your project requires more assistance to succeed, we will let you know - it is always your choice to accept or deny. If a discussion leads to this group dropping the project, we will let you know immediately after we make the decision.We are not perfect beings. Mistakes can occur.Trial By Charisma and CreativityWe will have a challenge where deviants can compete with their ideas and the winner will have the go-ahead to start working with us on their project. This was inspired by @projecteducate who tend to host projects by the week/weekend.For this challenge: Submit a mock-up of your project idea and what you hope to accomplish. Include prizes you except to give to participants and any additional assistance you require. More details to be given if applicable.Something to Keep in MindDeviants who participate in this group a lot and contribute great ideas can be chosen to join the admin team. The whole point of this group is to spread positivity and the individuals who are great at it can become an admin so that that awesome positivity continues. Keep that in mind; that could be you.RespectRespect is something we want everyone in this group to give and receive. If you feel you are being disrespected, please note the group. I will briefly talk about types of respect.Type 1: Respecting adminsThe admins of this group are around to promote positivity, accept submissions, and lead projects within the group.The admins work hard to ensure that the group runs smoothly and that members have fun.  The admins are important, are people with feelings, and are here to assist. Please be kind because we will do everything we can to assist you. Remember, mistakes can be made.Type 2: Respecting membersMembers are deviants who come to this group to take advantage of the positivity.Members have the freedom to contribute their work to the gallery, contribute friends' work to the favorites, and contribute ideas via the blog.Members are important to us, have feelings like anyone else, and deserve to be treated well. If you have a problem, it can be resolved diplomatically. Type 3: Respecting affiliateAffiliates are groups that we work with.Affiliates are groups that we have a good relationship with and wish to keep. We will work together to make different projects successful.Affiliates are important because they create a bridge between small communities. They are made from relationships we cultivate by sponsoring, assisting, and welcoming each other. Type 4: General RespectEveryone should be respected.Whether you are or are not a member, it does not make a difference to us. We want everyone to feel welcomed and supported.We ask that everyone who joins this group be supportive of their peers. IssuesWe know that mistakes happen, including by us, so here's a list of what you can do should you run into any problems. We hope it helps.Type 1: Mis-submitting to the groupFor each folder, there are rules - see above for details. Please read them before submitting. Submitting by accident to the wrong folder can happen. We will either move it or ask you to resubmit.If you don't understand where to submit, there are three options you can try: read the guidelinesnote the group to ask where to submit, or if there is no folder that works at all, submit here and make a comment in the correspondence.One thing to avoid is submitting a deviation again if it was declined. If you don't understand why it was declined, ask in the correspondence. If you disagree with the judgment, note the group. If the final verdict is that it was declined for a valid reason, we ask that you move on.Type 2: Trolling, bullying, antagonizing, etcIn this group, respect is vital.There is no bullying, trolling, antagonizing, etc within this group.All attempt to start drama in this group (or pull this group into drama) will be met with a block.Type 3: Negativity, hate art, harm, etcNegativity isn't something we ban from the group. In the cases where the submission is negative but submitted to Let's Discuss, Dark Imagery, or NSFPP depending on what the submissions is about. We will contact you if we consider the submission isn't meant to be in the folder. These is the only folders that allow for any sort of "negativity" at all as they are folders that members are meant to use to find solutions for problems, express their unique style, or share struggles. That being said, we do have rules for what is and is not allowed so be sure to check the rules above before submitting.If there is any hateful content submitted to the group, it will be declined and the submitter will be messaged privately with a warning. If the warning is ignored, we will ask the submitter to leave the group.We take all forms of self-harm, suicide and similar very seriously. If you see any, report it immediately. Admins will do the same if we encounter it.Type 4: Fighting with admins about decisionsThere will be times when admins decline submissions. If you wish to know why your submission was declined, you can ask and we will do our best to answer.Arguing with staff to allow a submission that was purposely declined is not okay to do. If a submission was declined by accident, we will correct it. If it was not, and was genuinely rejected, you must accept our judgment and move on.Do not attempt to argue or start drama over admin choices. If you feel an admin is not making accurate decisions, note @RTNightmare specifically with the title "Promoting Positivity Group Issue" or "PP Group Issue" and it will be dealt with as soon as possiblIf nothing is found to be wrong, you will be asked to drop it. We appreciate your understanding. We want everyone to enjoy this group, so please be respectful and follow the guidelines so everything runs smoothly.  Thank you.
Promoting Positivity: Admin TeamGroup Guidelines | Group History | Admin Team | Group Projects* * * *Hello there!Thank you for showing an interest in becoming an admin. There are several kinds of admins in @PromotingPositivity. We'll discuss their roles and responsibilities here. There are a few kinds of positions.ImportantThis journal was submitted in Eclipse. For that reason, there are currently no emoticons, icons, or gifs in the hopes that the data does not become corrupted by the bugs the coding would create. This journal will be updated when the bugs are fixed. Your patience is appreciated.Despite taking precautions, there are bound to be errors in this blog post. I apologize if it is inconvenient and hope for your understanding. If you want, you may look at the old version instead. However, do know that some of the content has changed, and therefore it is unreliable. We apologize for the inconvenience. How to ApplyThere are a few steps you must take before applying.Read the "Types of Admins" section below so you know what you are signing up for.Send the group a note.Title the note "Admin Application", copy down the questions below, and include the answers:All groups you are currently a part of and a simple description of what you do.All the groups you worked in before and are no longer a part of.Which 'Type of Admin' you are interested in becoming?Why do you think you are qualified for the position?What type of work have you done before that is related to the position you want here?Include 3 project examples by any deviant, whether they are ongoing or not, and why you like it.Include one example of a project you want to host.Send the note and wait for a reply.If you have not heard back in 1 month, note @RTNightmare and she will get back to you as soon as possible.We encourage anyone who wants to help to send in an application. We do not discriminate against anyone for their personal beliefs, styles, personality, etc. All we ask for is honesty, integrity, good work ethic, and respect.  Types of AdminsCommunity ModeratorWill have a * after their introduction below.The CMs vote on submissions.They might specialize in different categories.They oversee development within the group, which includes ensuring member satisfaction, good communication, and real effort to make the group and its activities a success.  Deviants are required to be official admins to work in this position.General ModeratorWill have a - after their introduction below.The GMs tend to stay in the background and work with the other admins.They may help out in events and host if they feel like it.They are more likely to oversee development in a supportive role.These deviants do not need to be official admins to be a part of the advertisement team, but need to be part of the group's Official Discord Server.Project SupervisorWill have a + after their introduction below.This group hosts contests where these specific admins oversee the development and ensure it runs smoothly.The Project Supervisors also help deviants who wish to host events within @PromotingPositivity.They also search for projects by deviants who want a greater audience. (They can work with Advertisement Specialists to make this happen.)Deviants are required to be official admins to work in this position.Advertisement SpecialistWill have a $ after their introduction below.These are deviants that advertise our events for us. They get the word out.They also find individuals who are doing and plan to do projects that @PromotingPositivity can assist with.They work with other groups to ensure good communication and a steady, positive relationship.These deviants do not need to be official admins to be a part of the advertisement team.Project EditorWill have a # after their introduction below.These are deviants who are good at grammar, spelling, etc.When we want to post a new blog post, our editors look it over before we submit it.These deviants do not need to be official admins to be a part of the editing team. Language SpecialistWill have a ~ after their introduction below.Not everyone speaks English, so we have individuals who can speak other languages to help out.These are the deviants that members, non-members, and affiliates go to if they cannot understand English.We are always looking for translators, but you need to understand basic English, too, to fit this role.These deviants do not need to be official admins to be a part of the translator team.If you see an admin with multiple symbols before their username, it means that these deviants are two types. If you see an admin with a / in between two symbols, they are currently transitioning into the second role.OPEN POSITIONSPlease go to Admin Openings for all current positions. Thank you.Current AdminsYou might be wondering who the current staff is. Have a look so you know who to go to for specific group activities.Points Account@Positivity-Promoter Send all Points Donations to this account.TitlesBefore we begin, let's go over what's what now that the generic names of admins have changed.The Founder is called "The Ace". The Ace has full control and is the final decision on everything. Their job is to oversee the group's activities and fill in the blanks when needed.Co-Founders are called "Kings". Kings have almost full control. They are individuals who have gone above and beyond in terms of promoting positivity and the ideals of this group. They are extraordinary individuals and will have risen up through the ranks to become a King.Moderators are called "Queens". Queens have some control. They are individuals who have come a long way but still have a ways to go. They have risen up from Members and surpassed Jacks.Contributors are called "Jacks". Jacks are new admins. All admins must start as Jacks and rise up through the ranks to become Kings by embodying the group's ideals and promoting positivity.Regular Members who work with the group as if they are traditional admins are called "Jokers". They aren't officially part of the Admin Team because they already admin in too many other groups or don't feel like becoming official admins. However, they still work hard and are considered part of our Admin Team.The AceCurrently, our Ace is the group creator, @RTNightmare.Who is @RTNightmare? *+$#Her name is Rachel and she is in her mid-twenties. She has been a part of DeviantArt since she was 13 (2006) on a different account, her height is a little over 5'4", she dyes her hair black (tinted blue), has blue eyes, wears glasses, is a fan artist/fanfiction writer, and is a huge goofball/dork. She is an empath, and a huge advocate for the mentally disabled, being so herself and is happy to assist those with autism, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, depression, and anxiety.As the founder and creator of the group, Rachel's role in the group is mostly oversight and community moderation. However, she also does a lot of projects so she is on DeviantArt very frequently.She only knows English so if you need help but don't understand, let her know immediately what language you do know and she will work with you and another admin to figure out the issue. She is the one to contact directly if you haven't heard back in a while.She is also the one who selects new admins and gives the final approval in every project. Don't be afraid to note her if you need something.The KingsCurrently, we have 0 Kings(s).This will be updated when we add Kings/Co-Founders. Stay tuned.QueensCurrently, we have 1 Queens(s). They are @Malintra-Shadowmoon.Who is @Malintra-Shadowmoon? *$~MS can speak German and French and will be helping out with all those translations if you need it.She is also the Lead Advertisement Specialist, being the wonderful individual who inspired the title.If you have a group you know of that you think would make the perfect affiliate for @PromotingPositivity, let her know.JacksCurrently, we have 4 Jack(s). They are @Pascua-Tanya, @PaigeMillsArt, @Daemon-Illusionum, and @LualaDy.Who is @Pascua-Tanya? ~*+Tanya's native language is Spanish.She is in charge of all Spanish communication. She is one of the ones to go to if you don't understand what is being said because you only speak Spanish.As a Community Moderator, she can vote on submissions and answer questions.Who is @PaigeMillsArt? *$~Paige speaks only English, but uses a translator that can speak up to 100 languages.Paige first came to DA in 2010, but stepped away for a while. When returning, she could no longer get into her old account, so she started a new one.Paige enjoys promoting other deviants, contests and news articles pertaining to the happenings around DA. She majored in Graphic Design with a minor in Photography and has experience with graphic & photo editing.As a community Moderator, she can vote on submissions and answer questions.Who is @Daemon-Illusionum? -~Daemon can speak German and will be helping out with all those translations if you need it.He will spend most of his time in the background, giving his opinion and helping behind the scenes.If you are experiencing technical issues, consider letting him know. Who is @LualaDy? -$~LualaDy am a professional traditional artists, and I also enjoy photography/modelling, sewing and writing. She is an active group admin and feature journalist for a few years now. She specializes in hunting for great art and bringing it to you guys.She can speak Enligh, French and Romanian. JokersCurrently, we have 1 Joker(s). They are @TeaPhotography.Who is @TeaPhotography? $#~Tea speaks Spanish and French.She has been on DA for about 12 years. She can help welcome new people and make them feel at home as new members of groups. She is great at offering support and help.She can help connect with other groups and is willing to promote contests, events, and other important news articles on a personal level and as an Advertisement Specialist. She has experience with many projects and can help edit as a Project Editor if need be.More will be added when they join the @PromotingPositivity Admin Team!Thank you! Have a nice day!
Award Recipients
Positivity Award #1: suziewinkler by RTNightmare
PP Award #1: Malintra-Shadowmoon by RTNightmare

Affiliates

:icondeviantlounge: DeviantLounge Artists supporting Artists! :iconartistle: Artistle :icona-creative-mess: A-Creative-Mess :iconmystical-art-club: Mystical-Art-Club Bibliotheca Mystica :iconangels-and-gangstas: Angels-And-Gangstas Giving Wings To Hidden Angels <3 :iconblackartsociety: BlackArtSociety Promote Your AE Deviation$ :iconlonghairedbeauty: longhairedbeauty shining, streaming, gleaming.... :iconloveyourbelly: LoveYourBelly Belly Dance Appreciation :) :iconddsuggestiondrive: DDSuggestionDrive Have you suggested a DD today? :iconoutstandingcreators: OutstandingCreators Outstanding Artists and Creators :icona-spark-of-hope: A-Spark-of-Hope Spreading Positivity :iconart-collection-love: Art-Collection-Love :iconall-about-features: All-about-features Features & related + interviews :icongroup-kickstarters: Group-KickStarters Help for unexperienced admins :icons6-shopkeepers: s6-Shopkeepers Promote your society6 products! :iconyourloveforart: YourLoveForArt Show the world your Art! ♥ :icondailydev-suggesters: DailyDev-Suggesters Daily Deviation Suggesters <3 :icondeutschedichter: DeutscheDichter Alle Texte sind Willkommen! :iconart--is--love: Art--is--Love You are LOVED! :icondevnews: DevNews News 'til Hell freezes over :iconelysian-mark: Elysian-Mark

Current Group Activities



Should we host an event (contest, challenge, project) soon or should we wait until groups are rehashed in Eclipse? First to 10 votes wins! 

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9 deviants said Yes
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2 deviants said No

Current Prizes and Awards Available



We now have two new gallery folders! Check them out now! 

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1 deviant said The guidelines have been updated to check them out: www.deviantart.com/rtnightmare…
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@PromotingPositivity | Group GuidelinesPositive Comment Contest

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Rules

  • All art must contain the theme. I would prefer the theme to be part of the primary subject of the art.
  • Only art. No posts.
  • No NSFW allowed. This is something that should be for everyone, including and especially teens since they need the most positivity out of every one given that adolescence is such a hard time.
  • Newer art is preferred, but older art is still applicable.
  • Art must be positive in some way, shape, or form. If it is not, I will look for a different one that is or will ignore it.
  • I have several phobias as do others. So please do not suggest creepy things like spiders, snakes, bugs, sharks, or other common phobias as they can trigger viewers. Suggestions that include these will be deleted immediately after the other suggestions are noted unless it is too much for me personally. Keep that in mind.
  • No controversial content allowed. I will ignore anything political, religious, or anything that can be controversial. This is so that everyone can enjoy positive things and don't feel left out.
  • You may have unlimited suggestions but I will only feature 20 pieces total. If I receive no suggests or less than 20, I will search for pieces to feature personally.
  • To suggest, comment on the newest article and make sure your suggestion fits the upcoming theme listed after the current feature.

Glasses

in the times before
we were lost
a blur of color
indistinct shapes
but now we are anew
a simple invention
new eyes
and therefore new hope
isn't it fascinating
how something so simple
could be so fulfilling
no more damaged gazes

Enjoy the Feature

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Ashore
Blue Eyes Red Sunglasses
- closed - adopt auction - Sun fox -
Arcane
Shreya Ram  at Tranquility of Mind
Owl
Stephen Hawking
Random Portrait #2
Growing Family
Resting Time
Mark Lehner - Portrait - Vittorio Carvelli
Stephen Merchant
Raffle Prize for AcuteExposure
Commission : Kaleidoscorch
Luna Lovegood
30 Portraits Challenge - Day 2
Ghibli version of me
Braid Girl
Girl with Backwards Hat
Glasses
A few suggestions by @LualaDy and @Malintra-Shadowmoon included. Thank you for your help.

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suziewinkler Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2020  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
     A SPECIAL THANK YOU to the Group,  :iconpromotingpositivity:  & to RACHEL  :iconrtnightmare:  for my POSITIVITY AWARD!     Positivity Award #1: suziewinkler by RTNightmare Heart Hug Heart
  You are ALL AMAZING!  This most definitely put a Smile in my Heart!  I Appreciate ALL that you do to promote POSITIVITY in our DA Community...   GREAT JOB, EVERYONE!  Hug Heart 
 ( PLEASE don't be upset with me because I left a THANK YOU here... It just Means sooo much to me... Love you all!  :hug: :heart:
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