First Challenge For 2017--Extended!

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Good Day, Members!

I finally have my computer back so I can be making my rounds at deviantArt more often.  I hope you're as ready as I am for the new year and our first challenge.

:bulletwhite: I know that not everyone has snow in the month of January, and many of you have had more than enough snow by now, but this is the month that I traditionally do a snow theme challenge or something related to the new year.

This year it is a "Snow Queen" or "Snow Princess" Challenge.  I hope you like the stock that I've chosen for you to use as your Snow Queen and  get inspired to create a beautiful, magical winter portrait.



I've been painting and creating mix media art over the last six months and finding galleries that are calling for art to display and for art contests. During the months of October-November, 2016, I have won two competitions and sold a mix media art piece.  Shocked me because I've been out of the art field other than  what I do at deviantArt for 20 years!

I've find that many local galleries/organizations are now excepting digital art when they were not eleven years ago when I started at dA.

The image below won 2nd Place in the Phoenix, Arizona, chapter of Sister Cities' International Competition for Artists with Disabilities.…

She Is Spring by TheFantaSim

And I won 1st Place in the Phoenix, Arizona, PSA Art Awakenings Christmas Card Contest.  I couldn't get a good scan of it, or I'd show that off as well.  Mine is the little Christmas Elf.…

Both of those competitions had cash awards. :D
I also sold a 24"x 30" mix media piece at Art Awakenings Gallery. Unfortunately, I did not take a photo of it before it was sold.

Currently I have a mix media acrylic painting in a gallery show in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Anyway, I want to encourage all of you to see what is available in your own community as places for you to show and maybe sale your digital art.  Mine was only
an 8 1/2" x 11" that I printed using my own printer using photo paper, and I matted it with a clear acrylic screen for protections.

Good luck and let me know about any gallery shows and awards!


:bulletwhite: Our current challenge is called "A Snow Queen Portrait" and it features the model stock of Mihaela-VStock, Reine-Haru, tanit-isis-stock, InKi-Stock, jl-modelstock, mjranum-stock, and  includes child model stock from  tatt2dchic.
:bulletwhite: THEME: This Is A Portrait Theme Challenge.
A portrait artistic representation of a person (or anything living, for that matter) in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the  likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position.

That means, that your image should be shaped like a horizontal rectangle (going up-and-down, NOT side-to-side) with very little background (see Examples below).

The model is Forward in the image and is the MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE IMAGE.

:bulletblue:DUE DATE:
EXTENDED: Wednesday, January, 18th.

Please Check The Countdown Clock On The HOME Page For The Exact Time In Your Area.  Late Entries Will Be Added To The Open Gallery Folder  For Your Skill Level, So Please Include Your Skill Level In The Artist's Comments.

:bulletblue: ENTRIES: You Can Enter Twice For The Competition.

See Below On How To Enter When Your Photomanipulation Is Complete.


Updated 1-7-17

:bulletblue: Select A Stock Model From The REQUIRED STOCK Below.

:bulletblue: DO NOT CUT OFF YOUR MODEL'S LEGS AND FEET! All Required Stock Is Full Body Except For One. You Must Show The Full Body Of Your Model.

:bulletblue: Place Her In A Winter (white, snow, ice, ice cycles etc.) Environment.

:bulletblue: Make Sure That Your Image Is Formatted As A Horizontal (see examples below) Portrait.

:bulletblue: Your Model Should Be Large And Forward In The Picture Plane.  This Image Is About Your Snow Queen or Snow Princess, NOT The Environment.

My Heart by TheFantaSim     My Heart By Thefantasim2 by TheFantaSim

For example, the image above looks better once most of the background has been cropped away making the model appear more forward in the image.

:bulletblue: Your Model Does NOT Have To Be In The Center. Place her slightly off center, or more to one side for a more dynamic composition.

:bulletblue: Remember, if you use 3D Rendered stock with your Photo stock, you are creating a Mixed Media. Do not select photomanipulation as your media when you categorize your deviation. Categorize it as Digital Art > Mixed Media.

:bulletwhite: I will be checking for 3D Rendered stock and will send you a reminder Note if you forget to select the right category.


:bulletblue: If you need to review the rules of creating the illusion of depth and space, please read this “About” walk through.
About: Creating The Illusion Of Space And Depth


:bulletblue: If you need to review the rules of light and shadow, see this quick review here:

Light/Shadows And Depth Activity!

Remember: We Are Artist Who Use Photomanipulation As Our Medium.  You CAN And SHOULD:
:bulletblue: Make sure that the direction of your Light is consistent through out your scene.
:bulletblue: Edit a stock as you need to for the final result that you want: Remove or Add Something, Change Color, Up/Lower Saturation, etc.
:bulletblue: Use Brushes, Textures, Special Techniques And A Little Show Of Special Effects To Enhance Your Over All Image.
:bulletblue: Create a dynamic Scene!

We Are FINE ARTIST! Remember:

:bulletblue:  BE CREATIVE! It’s more than simply sticking one stock into a background stock!


The Following Are Examples Of Images That Are Similar To The Current Challenge.

The Pink Rose by TheFantaSim      Goddess Of Winter by TheFantaSim     The Ice Globes by TheFantaSim

Remember, These Are EXAMPLES ONLY! Please Follow The Instructions Above For The Current Challenge And Do You Own Thing!


Please Select Your Snow Queen Or Snow Princess Stock From Below. If You Create More Than One Entry, Please Select A Different Required Stock.

White Witch 7 by Mihaela-VStock  Winter Stock II by Reine-Haru  Tanit-Isis White Swan IV by tanit-isis-stock  

Snow-Ice queen stock 1 by InKi-Stock  :bigthumb495563449: 

Mature Content

Snow Queen -1 by mjranum-stock

Stock 160 by tatt2dchic   stock 157 by tatt2dchic



Updated: January 2, 2016

:bulletblue: First, in the Artist's Comments box, make sure you post that your deviation is for the "Snow Queen Portrait Challenge"  at ManipulateThis and include our icon.

:bulletblue: Second, have the level you're entering under (Level 2 for Beginners; Level 3 for Intermediate; Level 4 for Advance).

:bulletred:THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! I'm not going to guess and your deviation will be place in the NON-COMPETITIVE Category.

:bulletwhite: Choose your level carefully and accurately. A wrong level can affect your success in the group, and I want everyone to succeed!

:bulletwhite: If you're not sure about your level, please read a description of each level in the… , or contact me and I'll be happy
to view your gallery and make a decision on your best fit for our group. Please don't go up a level until you and I decide that you are ready.

:bulletred: No Changing Levels From One Challenge To Another!  If you are not happy with a deviation, and still want to participate, please select NON-COMPETITIVE (follow instructions below
for Non-Competive).

:bulletblue: Once you've uploaded to your art account, submit your deviation to ManipulateThis by selecting the group from the "Submit To Group" link on the right hand side of your original deviation.
Or, if the group name is not there, select "Type A Group Name" and add our name. Submit to the FEATURED folder.

:bulletblue: Your entry must be approved before it's placed into the FEATURED gallery. I always move from the FEATURED folder to the challenge/contest/activity folder, so don't worry about that.

Remember, deviations that are NOT for the challenge will be declined.

:bulletblue: You will receive a confirmation message at your art account if the entry was accepted or not. If it's not accepted within a reasonable amount of time, check your Correspondence messages to see if you received a comment telling you why.

:bulletblue: Please take care of any problem as soon as possible and reply to the comment so that we can accept your entry.

:bulletred: Sometimes I'll send you a note from your deviation telling you that something needs to be altered before the end of the challenge. Your entry has NOT been removed from the challenge in such cases.

:bulletred:IMPORTANT! If the above happens and you do not delete the original deviation from your gallery, please send a group note so that I know to remove the original entry.


:bulletwhite: Please follow the requirements for the challenge even if you are not competing.

:bulletwhite: Please include the same information in the Comments box as noted above for Competitive Entries.

:bulletwhite: Very Clearly, Write "NON-COMPETITIVE CHALLENGE ENTRY".

That's all folks!

I am here to help. If you have any questions or need my help, don't hesitate to contact me.

I'll even be happy to look at your deviation before you submit to the group. Simply send a note to my art account. You can upload to your account if you like. Send me either the link or the link of the original deviation in your gallery and I'll be happy to comment and help your privately before you submit.

Now Put On Those Creative Thinking Caps, Find The Perfect Background And Additional Stock, And Create Some Magical Portraits! :D


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KAVIZO's avatar
My Submission Here... :) (Smile)
ToRi-V's avatar
Thank you for the challenge with such a nice theme.
It's also my first serious try on photomanipulating.

My entry:
Little Ice Princess by ToRi-V
MagicalFlowerBomb's avatar
My entry;  FROZEN ICE PRINCESS by MagicLaDyCharm  . Thank you for the challenge <3
LadyAnaila's avatar
Great challenge. This is my entry:… I hope it's ok. 
kawaiiunicornbitch's avatar
omg D: I worked hard on my entry but then I realised that I didn't pick one of the required stock.. or almost it's from the same photo serie. I  used this one: kawaiiunicornbitch.deviantart.…

Can I pls us it instead? :( 
Renata-s-art's avatar
Here is my entry:Her Majesty
I can't submit it to the group because it says that it would exceed the global limit of 2 deviations per 7 days.
MayTijssen's avatar
Here is my entry :)
Of Ice and Chills by MayTijssen
TheFantaSim's avatar
I've responded to your note. :)
MayTijssen's avatar
I just saw! I'm having some technical issues replying to it, so I'll just let you know via here that I read it all :) 
MayTijssen's avatar
And for some reason it won't allow me to submit to the group :(
apelaths's avatar
This is my entry for the contest…, good luck to all!
TheFantaSim's avatar
I've made a comment on your deviation. :)
apelaths's avatar
I saw it, thx a lot, put it to the beginers open gallery, I don't have problem :)
theheek's avatar
Mvicen's avatar
Hello, this is my entry:  Snow Queen . Reina de las Nieves by Mvicen  
aaTmaHira's avatar
I did a winter Queen photomanip... but not with this stock... T_T
Ok, I'll try my best to come up with something!! Let's go!!!
WDWParksGal-Stock's avatar
Congratulations on your wins in the art contests :nod:
RubySJ's avatar
Im post Im hope is ok ty

Snow Queen by NHA86
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