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Frequently Asked Questions
I get asked many questions and it can be hard for me to answer them all, so I have compiled a list of questions which I'm often asked in the hope it is of interest to some of you :)


--Making Art--

   

Where did you learn?
I've taught myself. My Secondary (High) School art teacher told me 'cartoon are not art' and so I had no interest in perusing 'art' classes any further. At about 13 I began to draw every day, less studying, more drawing what came to mind, creating characters and worlds and getting my thoughts and feeling onto paper. 
I joined deviantART at 15, and the feedback and critique I've gained through sharing my art online has helped a lot in my improvement. I wasn't born with any 'gift', unless you count functioning hands, I learned through practice. My early drawings are just as bad as everyone else's (I keep them as proof) I
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A Guide to OCTs
Original Character Tournaments are all over deviantart and keep growing in popularity, but not everyone knows what they are or how to participate in them.  Since they're hosted by individuals and not actually affiliated with the website itself, there are no guides available to help explain how they work.  Hopefully, this FAQ will be helpful to anyone looking to get involved in OCTs.
What is an OCT?
OCTs, or "Original Character Tournaments" are contests held here on deviantart in which you can pit your original characters against other people's characters in a comic-style battle-royale.  To put it simply, it's a cross between an art competition and a storytelling contest.
OCTs can be hosted on someone's account, or they can have a tournament account of their own.  OCTs are usually open to anyone with a deviantart account, although some are invite only.  Information about who is eligible to audition will usually be clearly stated s
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dA: HTML Formatting
What is HTML?
HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. It's used when making a website, and available to use on deviantART to customise what you are writing.
Once you memorise the HTML, it's pretty easy and fun to use.
You can find some codes on the deviantART FAQ #104, but they don't give you all of them.
You can use the codes I am about to give you in artist comments, journal entries, blog entries, profile pages, and more importantly comments!
Literature pieces have less codes available to use than what I just mentioned, but there's still a fair few you can play around with. :)
especially everyone's favourite emoticons. :giggle:
Bold
Place at the beginning of your sentence and at the end for it to appear in bold.
Example: Bold turns into Bold.
You can also use instead of .
Example: Strong turns into Strong.
Underline
Place at the beginning of your sentence and at the end for it to be underlined.
Exampl
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F.A.Q.
My inbox is flooded with messages and I'm unable to keep up with it. So I made this simple F.A.Q. with questions that have been asked to me over and over again.
Please refrain from asking questions that are already in here. I will most likely not answer them. If you have any other questions, please send me a message or a note. It might take me a while to reply, though.
Please note that this F.A.Q. will be changed from time to time. New questions and answers will be added every now and then.
:star: [last update:  February 3, 2016]


About art requests, general requests & commissions

Could you draw my character?
No. Just no.
I don't do art requests, and I don't do art for free. If you want somebody to draw your characters, please go to the projects forum and place your request the
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Copyright for dAmmies.
UPDATE: Comments DISABLED. DISCLAIMER moved to top of page where it's more visible. My apologies for any inconvenience.

Disclaimer: Jinbae is not responsible for any content provided by external sites. 
The material in this journal should, in no way, be used as evidence in court or as a replacement for professional advice. Jinbae is not a professional copyrights lawyer.
US copyright laws and the content in this journal are subject to change with or without prior notice.

Please keep in mind that not all the material in this journal necessarily reflects my (jinbae's) thoughts and opinions about Copyright law. It is, more or less, simply a journal that answers questions concerning copyright law based on current laws.
All material in this journal is based on USA copyright laws. If you are stationed outside US jurisdiction, please check your own government's laws regarding copyright. To see if your country shares copyright r
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FAQ
FAQ
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When did you start drawing? | All kids draw if you wedge a marker in their stubby paws, I just never stopped. I was a VERY shy kid with no self-respect whatsoever, I latched onto art almost immediately as a source of praise and redemption. Now that I have cheapened my lifelong love of art into a form of surrogate self-worth, the real answer is twelve. That summer a combination of questioning my future career, reading too many art books, and falling suddenly in love with Disney movies went critical, and I decided I wanted to be an animator. I committed myself from then on to taking drawing seriously. (Not long after that Disney culled its 2D feature film studios. I decided to pretend like that didn't happen, or might be reversed.)
How did you start drawing? | First, at midnight, I spread the entrails of a freshly killed weasel on the altar of the Mighty Satan... Ah. No, sorry. That was how I got my good looks.
I started drawing in serious by cleaning the local libra
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Polymer Clay: FAQ
THE CLAY:
Does it matter what kind I buy?
Yes, it matters what *kind* you buy, but it doesn't really matter which brand-- just whichever one is easier for you to work with. Make sure it's bakeable clay and not modeling clay. It WILL melt in the oven (For example, using non-bakeable modeling clay as a filler for larger sculptures may or may not result in said sculpture cracking/exploding and oozing hot, melted slime. …Not that I'd know that from first-hand experience or anything. Nonetheless, you have been warned). Some polymer clay brands are Fimo, Sculpey, Premo (I believe this is made by Sculpey), and Kato.
What's the difference between the different brands?
FIMO Soft—Soft, and sturdier when baked because it stays slightly flexible. The darker colors will stain your hands, but this can be washed off easily with some good dish-soap. Non-toxic.
FIMO Classic—Basically the same as FIMO Soft, but it's harder. Go figure. Non-toxic.
FIMO Effects—Cool
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dA: HTML Linking
What is HTML?
HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. It's used when making a website, and available to use on deviantART to customise what you are writing.
Once you memorise the HTML, it's pretty easy and fun to use.
You can find some codes on the deviantART FAQ #104, but they don't give you all of them.
You can use the codes I am about to give you in artist comments, journal entries, blog entries, profile pages, and more importantly comments!
Literature pieces have less codes available to use than what I just mentioned, but there's still a fair few you can play around with. :)
especially everyone's favourite emoticons. :giggle:
Avatar Linking
:iconusername: swap "username" for a deviant's actual username and you will create a link to their page with their avatar.
:iconRavyre: becomes :iconRavyre:
Username Linking
:devusername: swap "username" for a deviant's actual username and you will create a link to their
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Stock in a nutshell
Hi there, good to meet you! 
You're probably here because you're beginning to work on a photo-manipulation and want to use some stock images. You may have heard terms like legitimate stock thrown around, but not explained; maybe someone declined accepting your work into their group because of lack of proper credits.
We, as in the team of CRPhotomanipulation, decided to compile a bunch of suggestions and advice that will help you navigate the murky waters of all the most common problems you might encounter in your budding career as a photo manipulation artist.
If you're new or just confused, you're in a good place.

Longer chapters will also have a tl;dr section at the bottom for those who don't like to read a lot. Though, you know, reading it in full could be fun. :happy birthday:
If you're looking for information on a specific subject outlined below, here's a list of what I'm going
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dA: HTML Headers
What is HTML?
HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. It's used when making a website, and available to use on deviantART to customise what you are writing.
Once you memorise the HTML, it's pretty easy and fun to use.
You can find some codes on the deviantART FAQ #104, but they don't give you all of them.
You can use the codes I am about to give you in artist comments, journal entries, blog entries, profile pages, and more importantly comments!
Literature pieces have less codes available to use than what I just mentioned, but there's still a fair few you can play around with. :)
especially everyone's favourite emoticons. :giggle:
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Header 3
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Header 4
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FAQ [CS Spiritus Oris Lore]
A few days ago I posted my FAQ about my closed species Spiritus Oris, which can be found here Arrow leftFAQ [CS Spiritus Oris] Arrow right 
And surprisingly I got more questions about their lore, which I'm super happy about and I shall do my best to answer most common questions and add them here, if you have any more questions about them (lore related) feel free to ask me~

Bullet; Pink Where do these spirits come from?

Bullet; Purple They come from the Spirit world~ and as the gates between the Spirit world and human realm weaken, these spirits are able to escape and  so their first priority is to find a host to posses, if not, they will cease to exist.  
Bullet; Pink Before they possess the host, are these spi
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