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Optimism - Pass it on.

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 20, 2015, 9:34 PM


Some words of encouragement and optimism for myself and for anyone else who may feel in need of them.


I am a good person.

I can have friends and do fun things. I am not alone.

I will find someone to share my life with.

I love myself and others will too.

I can do it all, without restrictions.

I will do things and go places that I enjoy.

I will feel good about myself.

I am capable of anything I set my mind to.

I will be positive and happy and enjoy my wonderful life.

I will open my mind and my heart and stop saying no to life and opportunity.

I will beat whatever is holding me back.

I will take good care of myself.

I will be kind to others and others will be kind to me.

I will put my best foot forward.

I will try new things.

I will be the person I really am.

The Lord will always be with me, no matter what.

Myth and Legend Contest Winners

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 28, 2014, 5:54 PM


First Place: lauraypalbo





Mistery Night by lauraypablo New Moon On Monday by lauraypablo
Autumn Fairy by lauraypablo Fairy in the Forest - Happy Birthday Karah!!! by lauraypablo
Aquamarine by lauraypablo Landscape 2 - Blue by lauraypablo

Second Place:danielpriego





Precipicio by DanielPriego I miss you by DanielPriego
FUEGO CONTROL by DanielPriego Selket by DanielPriego
Shade of winter by DanielPriego Veneno II by DanielPriego

Third Place: pisimau





What-it-used-to-be by vLine-Designs Hyperion inspired by vLine-Designs
The flower you left... by vLine-Designs December by vLine-Designs
July by vLine-Designs



Come one, Come all, welcome to my 3rd annual end of year contest where the grand prize is a 12-Month Premium Subscription to deviantART!

:bulletgreen:

Start Date: October 20, 2014
End Date: December 6, 2014



Theme:



The theme of the contest this year is Characters and Creatures of Myth and Legend.

Unsure of what I mean by myth and legend? Let me give you some ideas.

Mythical Monsters


:bulletyellow: Centaurs
:bulletyellow: Cerberus, the three-headed hound
:bulletyellow: Gorgons, ex. Medusa
:bulletyellow: Harpies
:bulletyellow: Merpeople
:bulletyellow: Minotaurs
:bulletyellow: Lycanthorpe
:bulletyellow: Furies
:bulletyellow: Charon
:bulletyellow: Satyrs
:bulletyellow: Sirens
:bulletyellow: Giants
:bulletyellow: Cyclops

Mythical Animals


:bulletyellow: Griffins
:bulletyellow: Phoenix
:bulletyellow: Unicorns
:bulletyellow: Sphinx
:bulletyellow: Dragons
:bulletyellow: Hydra

Legendary Characters


:bulletyellow: Robin Hood
:bulletyellow: Lady Godiva
:bulletyellow: King Arthur

Basically any character from any myth or legend!

Below are some references that may inspire or guide you, but please do not feel that they are by any means a complete list that you are limited to. Your only limit is your imagination and if you have any questions regarding your subject matter, please feel free to ask me.

References


Alphabetical List of Legendary Creatures
Greek Mythological Creatures
English Legendary Characters




Now onto the hard part, the rules.

RULES:

Read and obey or you will be disqualified.

1.  Your image must include THREE of my stocks. (one brush set may equal one stock)
2.  Your image must fit the theme of the contest. (When in doubt: Ask.)
3.   ONE entry per person.
4.   All stocks must used must be legal for photomanipulation.
5.   Category must be Photomanipulation or Mixed Media.
6.   All Stocks must be credited with direct links. (i.e. not just links to someones profile)
7.   Your description must contain  link to this journal.
8.   Your description must contain the name or type of creature/character being depicted.
9.   Entries must be created specifically for this contest.

How to ENTER


Comment on this journal with a link to your stock and the name or type of creature or character you are depicting, or you may send me a note containing the same information.

Now, onto the goodies.

PRIZES!



First Place


12-Month Premium Subscription to deviantART
3 Premium wing stocks of your choice.
3 Premium stocks of your choice.
A journal feature from Thy-Darkest-Hour

Second Place


3-Month Premium Subscription to deviantART
2 Premium wing stocks of your choice.
2 Premium stocks of your choice.
A journal feature from Thy-Darkest-Hour

Third Place


2 Premium wing stocks of your choice.
1 Premium stocks of your choice.
A journal feature from Thy-Darkest-Hour

If you would like to donate anything to the contest: Journal features, premium stocks, subscriptions, points, artwork, etc. please let me know.

FAQ
1. Will you give me the equivalent points instead of the subscription? No.
2. May I enter line art? No.

Entries:



Centaur:
Centaurs by annemaria48

Valkyrie:
:bigthumb490214788:

Samodiva: Woodland Fae
Samodiva by vLine-Designs

Succubus:
Succubus1 by gardjeto7

Unicorn:
Journey by StickFreeks

Fallen Angel:
Fallen Angel by devilzsangel FallenAngel by HappinessJustStop

Greek Goddess 
Empusa:
:bigthumb497074252:

Mermaid:
The Sound Of The Sea by Lolita-Artz

Dragon:
ALPHA RULES... by EBENEWOOD

Medusa:
Medusa by elfwagoncreations

Fairy:
Fairy Nature by lauraypablo

Pholus:
Pholus by DanielPriego

Winners will be announced and prizes given prior to Dec. 24



dA14 and My Favorite Things

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 7, 2014, 7:54 PM


In honor of deviantART's 14th birthday (yay) I'd like to say that dA has very much so helped me to grow as an artist (along with having inspired the very expensive purchase of a Wacom Intuos4 and Photoshop CC that isn't compatible with Wacom). Anyways, dA has continued to inspire me every day, though more so it is the amazing people here rather than the website itself. You are all amazing.

Onward:

Its been a while now since I've shown off a few of my favorite things. Many people use my stock and I enjoy each image that is shown to me, but while I save every image I see that uses my stock, very few actually make it into my favorites. I hope that you enjoy this small bit of the collection as much as I do.

Empathy by Carlos-Quevedo
R A P H A E L by Carlos-Quevedo

Demons Eyes by HendYousef1
Legends of the Pirates by balint4
The Sinner II by xetobyte
:bigthumb468765098: Music Girl Rebecca by PlaviDemon
:bigthumb461837132::bigthumb471356105:
Stasis Prey by rexnkana The Guardian by shiny-shadows-Art
Angel by Sannalee01
Stole my world by Xan-04 pending... by Irina-Ponochevnaya
Fire Guardian by Teodora-Chinde Celestial Warrior Gabrielle by Carlos-Quevedo
Only in my dream by Birdsatalcatraz
Ocean Soul by VeilaKs

A Few of My Favorite Things

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 26, 2014, 9:09 AM
Facebook l Myspace l Gallery l dA Portfolio l Watch Me l Note Me

Its been a while now since I've shown off a few of my favorite things. Many people use my stock and I enjoy each image that is shown to me, but while I save every image I see that uses my stock, very few actually make it into my favorites. I hope that you enjoy this small bit of the collection as much as I do.


Celestial Warrior Victoria by Carlos-Quevedo Kali by Flobelebelebobele
:bigthumb431018751: The Nameless by Flobelebelebobele
Raven by PraszPhotography:bigthumb433409402:
:bigthumb428265278: Castelo no mar by fabilua
:bigthumb428432870: My little butterfly by MarkOoMarben

Mature Content

XIV - Temperance by TriZiana


A few of my favorite things.


CSS made by TwiggyTeeluck
Background image by AF-studios
Brushes by SummerAIR

Stock Rules - Premade Backgrounds

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 6, 2014, 2:16 PM


In this review of my stock rules: The following topics will be covered:

:bulletblack: How to credit me.

:bulletblack: Using Premade Backgrounds

:bulletblack: Stocking Using My Stock

:bulletblack: Off-Site Usage Steps

:bulletblack: Layouts and Tutorials

:bulletblack: Prints

:bulletblack: Avatars and Group Icons

:bulletblack: School Projects and School Newspapers

:bulletblack: Stock as a Reference

:bulletblack: Horse and Wolf etc. Manipulations

:bulletblack: Line-Art Pasted on Premades

:bulletblack: Things I Do Not Consider Manipulations and Other No No's


How to Credit Me:

:bulletgreen: Creating a CLICKABLE link to my image in your description. This is not negotiable.
:bulletred: When I say link to my image, I don't mean link to my profile, that doesn't help people find stocks.
:bulletgreen: Comment
 on my premade stock image with the link to your deviation. 
:bulletgreen: Comment on my profile
 ONLY when you can't find the stock you used to comment on it.
:bulletred: If you cannot find the stock you used to make a clickable link, I will provide you with a link.
:bulletred:
 Do not note me with your deviation.
:bulletred:
 Do not comment on my profile with your deviation.
:bulletred: I will be very upset if I find out that my stock hasn't been credited.

 

:bulletred: DO NOT ever post an image containing my premade backgrounds on any horse site. I will give no exceptions. Don't ask.

Sites included but not limited to: Horse Phenomena, Howrse, Helovia, Ponybox, Pantheon, etc.

:bulletred:
 Under no circumstances may my images be posted elsewhere in their original, un-manipulated, form, credited or un-credited.

:bulletred: Never use my stock in conjunction with illegal images: un-credited celeb images not categorized as fan art; Images that are not stock that you don't have permission to use; Non-stock images found through search engines, such as Google or on sites like tumblr or photobucket.

Using my Premade Backgrounds

:bulletgreen: When using a pre-made background you should use the entire background.
:bulletred: If you don't want the entire bg; Use the credit the stock it was created from.

Stocking Using My Stock

:bulletred: In no way may any of my premade backgrounds be redistributed in the form of clear cuts, tubing, etc.
:bulletred: My premade backgrounds may
 not be used to in new stock images.

Off-Site Usage Steps

:bulletgreen: 1. Post the image to deviantART.
:bulletgreen: 2. Post the image to the off-site location.
:bulletgreen: 3. Add a typed out or clickable link on or near the image.
:bulletgreen: 4. Comment on my image with the link to the image on deviantART and the link where you've posted off-site.
:bulletred: When posting off-site you 
MUST credit me ON the image itself. Note me if you require an exception and we may work something out.
:bulletred: Do you allow posts to horse or wolf sites?
 No. No exceptions.

Layouts and Tutorials

:bulletgreen: My stock may be used for layouts and tutorials on deviantART and other ART websites. A horse or wolf site of any kind will not be considered an art site.
:bulletgreen: You must credit me somewhere on the layout or tutorial with a link to the stock used.
 
(ex. h ttp ://thy-darkest-hour.deviantart.com or h ttp://fav.me/d539ndh)
:bulletred: No layouts containing my stock on horse or wolf sites. You may, however, purchase the stock if you wish to make a layout for a horse or wolf site.
:bulletred: If a layout or tutorials utilizing is for sale or commissioned, please see commercial use.
 


Prints

:bulletgreen: My stocks can be used for prints on deviantART ONLY.
:bulletred: I consider off-site prints to be commercial use.

Avatars and Group Icons

:bulletgreen: My stock may be used for the creation of avatars and group icons. With my permission.
:bulletgreen: If you would like permission, please note me.

School Projects and School Newspapers

:bulletgreen: Using my stock for school projects is okay with proper credit, this means a written-out direct-link to my stock.
:bulletgreen: Using my stock for school newspapers is okay with proper credit, this means a written-out direct-link to my stock.

Stock as a Reference

:bulletgreen: My stocks MAY be used for reference. Don't forget to credit me though.

Horse and Wolf etc. Manipulations

:bulletred: Horse or Wolf manips with my premades: No. Not without permission.

:bulletred: Posting images containing my stock on a horse or wolf etc. site: No. No exceptions. Includes RPGs, Sim sites, etc. Such as Howrse, Ponybox, Horse Phenomena, Helovia, etc.

:bulletred: Layouts containing my premade stock on horse or wolf sites: No. No exceptions.
:bulletred: I will not hesitate to ask that a horse  or wolf manip containing my wings or premade stock be removed from dA if permission was not granted prior to an image being posted.

:bulletgreen: If you have seen my wings or premade backgrounds on a horse site, the person posting them does not have permission and should be reported.
:bulletgreen:You can find complete information on my reasons for not allowing horse or wolf manips without permission in my journal entry here:
Horse and Wolf Manips: My thoughts and reasons..I am creating this journal as an explanation as to why I do not allow horses or wolves to be added to my premade backgrounds and do not allow my wings to be attatched to them without my prior permission.
Let me begin by saying that I have absolutely nothing against horses or wolves, both are beautiful, amazing animals, nor do I have anything against the amazing deviants that create horse and/or wolf art.
I really don't know exactly how to put this together...
To make my rules regarding this concern as simple as possible I have stated on each premade background and wing stock that I do not allow horse or wolf manipulations without prior permission, unfortunately, the statement is rarely read, if anyone has any suggestions as to how to make it more visable, please feel free to make them.

Why don't you allow your stock on horse and wolf sites?
:bulletblue: I don't want the stock use requests that will come with my stock being there.
:bulleblue: Why? For some re


Line-Art Pasted on Premades

:bulletred: May I put your wings on my line-art? No.
:bulletred: Line-art/coloring put on top of a stock is not a manipulation.
:bulletred: May I put line-art on top of your stock?
 No.
:bulletred: I will not hesitate to ask that a 'line-art on stock' image be removed!

Things I do not consider manipulations and other No No's

:bulletred: Cropping, adding a texture, changing the hue/saturation/vibrance, adding contrast, adding text, and framing are not photomanipulation. 
:bulletred: Images containing my stock must be submitted as one of these catagories:
 Photomanipulation, Painting and Airbrushing, 3-D, Mixed Media, Tutorials. . This is NOT negotiable. Got a question, ask!
:bulletred: No extreme blood and gore, hate, animal cruelty, or other things you think I might not approve of. When in doubt, note me.

:iconintermediate-manips::iconpremadefantasy:



Gods and Goddesses Contest Winners



In first place: :iconcarlos-quevedo:Carlos-Quevedo



ATHENA - This portrayal of the Goddess Athena is absolutely stunning, I simply cannot take my eyes from it.

Athena by Carlos-Quevedo

This gallery is certainly worth visiting, and I sincerely hope that you do. This is one of the most amazing galleries I've seen here on deviantART given its originality and the overwhelming thought and quality of the work that has gone into each individual image.
More from the gallery of Carlos-Quevedo

Goddess of the Woods by Carlos-Quevedo The White Lord by Carlos-Quevedo:bigthumb407347923:
Angel of Death by Carlos-Quevedo The Black Lake by Carlos-Quevedo Lady Dark by Carlos-Quevedo
:bigthumb408138928: The Pan's Door by Carlos-Quevedo:bigthumb387490627:


In second place: :icons2headeagle:s2headeagle



ZEUS - This image is brilliant with all of its classical elements and its portrayal of Zeus as being the powerful all-father.

THE MIGHTY ZEUS ''father of all'' by s2headeagle

This gallery is full of stunningly dark and compelling images that makes you want to return again and again to see what's new.
More from the gallery of s2headeagle

PROJECT 666 CODE NAME ''FUTURE'' by s2headeagle Animal Inst by s2headeagle WELCOME TO HELL by s2headeagle
CASE CLOSED by s2headeagle THE FINAL STAND by s2headeagle RESURRECTION by s2headeagle


In third place: :icontriziana:TriZiana



MORRIGAN - This image of Morrigan gives the Goddess both the compelling beauty and strength that she is known for.

Morrigan V2 by TriZiana

This gallery is filled with darkly beautiful images that make one keep looking for more.
More from the gallery of TriZiana

Gods and Goddesses Contest - Win Premium!!!

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 26, 2013, 9:22 AM


Each year around this time I host a themed contest to determine who will receive the 12 and 3 month memberships that I will give out during deviantART's "Give a Membership, Get a Membership" promotion in December. This year I may even give out a second 3-month membership, who knows?


:bulletgreen:Start Date: October 26, 2013:bulletgreen:

:bulletred:End Date: December 7, 2013:bulletred:


 
This year's theme is

Gods and Goddesses


There are of course many lists and types of deities from all across the world, so literally, the sky is the limit as to your choice.

To help you get started, I've decided to provide a few links:



Rules


Any image not meeting the requirements below will be disqualified without notice.

1. The entry must be new, created on or after October 26, 2013.
2. The entry must fit the theme of the contest.
    a. The description must contain the name of your chosen deity and the deities nationality.
3. The description must state that it is for this contest and contain a link to this journal.
4. Each participant is allowed a maximum of two entries. Only one entry may win.
5. All stock used in your entry must be credited with direct, clickable links back to the stock. Links to profiles will not be accepted.
    a. Stocks must be legal.

6. Each entry must contain a minimum of 3 stocks from my gallery. It does not matter what they are.

7. Your image must be categorized as Digital Art > Photomanipulation or Digital Art > Mixed Media


How to Enter


Comment on this journal with a link to your creation.


Prizes



First Place


A 12-Month deviantART  Premium Membership.
Four stocks of choice from my Exclusive folder.
A set of custom wings 
A feature in my journal.
A llama (The above prizes from Thy-Darkest-Hour )
A custom artwork of your choice from AshleyInspirations
An exclusive stock from PhotographsByBri
Journal feauture from kvdolan
A feature and a commission from TriZiana
Journal feature from Nybling


Second Place


A 3-Month deviantART  Premium Membership.
Four stocks of choice from my Exclusive folder.
A set of custom wings.
A feature in my journal.
A llama (The above prizes from Thy-Darkest-Hour )
An exclusive stock from PhotographsByBri
Journal feauture from kvdolan
Journal feature from TriZiana
Journal feature from Nybling


Third Place

 
Four stocks of choice from my Exclusive folder.
A set of custom wings.
A feature in my journal.
A llama (The above prizes from Thy-Darkest-Hour )
An exclusive stock from PhotographsByBri
Journal feauture from kvdolan
Journal feature from TriZiana
Journal feature from Nybling


Every entry will receive a llama from me.
If there are 20 entries or more I may include a premium membership for the third place winner.

Please comment or note me if you have any questions or would like to donate a prize of any kind.

ENTRIES


Maia - Goddess of Spring and Growth (Greek)

Poseidon - God of the Sea (Greek)
Poseidon God Of The Sea by BenjaminHaley

Poseidon - God of the Sea (Greek)
:bigthumb413242716:

Hades - God of the Underworld (Greek)

Persephone -Goddess of Vegetation (Greek)

Rhiannon - Goddess of the Moon and of Inspiration (Celtic)

Athena - Goddess of Wisdom (Greek)

Zeus - God of Lightning (Greek)

Freyja - Goddess of Love, Beauty, Gold, War, and Death (Norse)
 
Frigga - Wife of Odin (Norse Paganism)

Aphrodite - Goddess of Love, Beauty, Pleasure, and Procreation (Greek)

Aphrodite - Goddess of Love, Beauty, Pleasure, and Procreation (Greek)

Morrigan - Goddess of battle, strife, and sovereignty (Celtic)

Morrigan - Goddess of battle, strife, and sovereignty (Celtic)

Anuket - Goddess of the Nile (Egyptian)

Venus - (Roman)


Congratulations to the winners of my mini-contest.
Each of these artists is wonderful and unique in their own way and I very much encourage you to visit their galleries to be thoroughly amazed.

Mini Contest!

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 3:31 PM


..

.

:bulletgreen: Begins: August 7, 2013 :bulletgreen:

:bulletred: Ends: August 21, 2013 :bulletred:


Rules:


:bulletpink: One entry per person.
:bulletpink: Image must contain one model or wing stocks from my gallery.
:bulletpink: Must be a new creation.
:bulletpink: Must mention this contest in the description.
:bulletpink: Enter by commenting here with a link or thumb. Or note me with link or thumb.

Prizes:


1st Place:

One premium wing of your choice from the selection below and 50 points.
A Llama and a combined feature on my profile.
See my gallery for color choices: thy-darkest-hour.deviantart.co…

2nd Place:


One premium wing of your choice from the selection below and 20 points.
A Llama and a combined feature on my profile.
See my gallery for color choices: thy-darkest-hour.deviantart.co…

3rd Place:

One Premium wing of your choice from the selection below and 10 points.
A Llama and a combined feature on my profile.
See my gallery for color choices: thy-darkest-hour.deviantart.co…

Please contact me if you would be interested in donating a prize of any type.

Entries:



Feature for Stock use FAVES

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 13, 2013, 4:01 PM


A big thanks to all of those who have used my stock, your artwork is truly spectacular and I'm thrilled to show it off!

I'm Retired by damilepidus


Fly by night by sam2712Castle by Warter-KRThe dismissed priestess by passion-aestheteDark by CRaghtBraylen by TulackWhen Angels Take Flight {Alive Remake~Rebirth} by debzdezigns-lamb68Anna by Saphica8Creature by Doucesse
Angel Tears by WickedbutterfllyGoddess-of-Wind by areemusDamned and Divine. by AncientWinterGoddessSolitude by Sannie10Breaking Newton's Law by MarkOoMarbenDinner time by lihnidaNever Let Me Go by KechakeCaves by CaroleBM


Feature Time!

Sun May 5, 2013, 3:22 PM


Hello, its been a while since I've shown off my absolute favorite artworks that have come to be through the use of a piece of my stock, be it a flower or a pair of wings.

 

Thank you all for choosing and using my stock, I look foward to wonderful images every time I log-in.

 

 

 

 

 

I want to be alive by Kallaria Secret Window by MorriganArt Black Gothic Fairy by s05crew:thumb369106886: Forest Nymph II by DerekEmmons

Falling For The Fallen by BloomingRoseXeniia:thumb361722282::thumb367683930: