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A Pilgrimage to the Arts: Enter A collective Journey in Shared CreativityA Pilgrimage to the Arts: Enter A collective Journey in Shared Creativity

#sharecreativity

Enter your journey and contribute to a major art project sponsored by deviantART and The Art Institutes system of schools. Whether you're passionate about cupcakes or character design, whether your art is digital or traditional, we want to see where your journey has taken you and where you're headed next. 50 pieces will be selected by fellow deviants and will be integrated into a rapid-fire animation that represents a collective experience in creativity.

example entry
Example Entry By nigelsussman

Use one of the templates below to create an image showing the route you've taken or plan to take in the creative and applied arts. Use the contents of your gallery or start fresh, add in anything you want, and show us your bliss and risks.

The collaborative video will be distributed by deviantART and The Art Institutes schools as a celebration of the arts and of the deviantART community.

How to Enter
download

These templates will run through the video. Pick one of the three. You must use one of these templates or copy it exactly in the exact same size and resolution. You must use the road provided in each template without moving the road and the road must be not be blocked to traffic.

Download TemplatesCreate In Muro template #1

Create In Muro template #2Create In Muro template #3

Step 2: Create

Use any medium or program to place your journey on the road. Pull from your gallery, make something new, illustrate, photograph, collage—it's your trip in your style and media. We've even placed the templates into deviantART muro.

Step 3: Submit

Use the Enter Now button below to submit your entry. Your entry must be a single JPG or PNG file on the template with the road open. Sorry, no video, animations or GIFs.

50 works will be selected for the art video and each artist will receive a one-year premium membership and $100 USD.

Three of the 50 works will be eligible to become the First, Second, and Third place prize winners for extraordinary distinction in execution and each will be featured on the homepage of deviantART as a billboard for one full day.

  • $5,000 USD
  • Microsoft Surface™ Pro 3
  • One-Year Subscription to Sketchbook Pro
  • Backpack Gift Set
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • One-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
Prizes
Second Place
  • $4,000 USD
  • Microsoft Surface™ Pro 3
  • Backpack Gift Set
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • One-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
Third Place
  • $3,000 USD
  • Microsoft Surface™ Pro 3
  • Backpack Gift Set
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • One-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
Semis
  • $100 USD
  • One-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
Judges
dittin03

Kristan Yadao

Bachelor of Art in Media Arts & Animation, 2008

The Art Institute of Colorado

marionettedolly

Stephanie Rattanachane

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts & Animation, 2011

The Art Institute of Tampa

charfade

Cass Womack

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Art & Design, 2008

The Art Institute of Tampa

Contest begins at 12:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) on Sept. 29, 2014 and ends at 11:59:59 PM (PT) on Nov. 5, 2014.

  • Entrants must be at least 13 years old as of Sept. 29, 2014.
  • Entrant may reside anywhere in the world.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PT) on Nov. 5, 2014 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART;
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is required to enter the Contest;
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is free;
  • Read the Official Rules carefully.
  • Must use one of the three templates provided at the contest site without altering the size or the dimensions of the template and keeping the road open.

50 semi-finalists will be selected by The Art Institutes alumni. From the semi-finalists, The Art Institutes alumni judges will also select three grand prize winners who will be posted on deviantART.

Judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree they feel appropriate:

  • Technical and artist skill
  • Successful and effective completion of the challenge objective
  • Originality
 

We believe creativity is more than a word. It's a passport to a life less ordinary. It's what drives us to foster and facilitate an inspiring community of creativity. One that's full of the guidance, technology, and instruction you need to bring your ideas to life in new and exciting ways.

Most importantly, creativity is the reason we're here—we have over 50 locations throughout North America—to help guide you toward the creative career you want in design, fashion, media arts, or culinary.



Pimps and Whoas - Sept. 24, 2014

Wed Sep 24, 2014, 1:51 PM


Breakfast Egg and beans by Hazelnut8299

Official dA News



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:bulletblue: 7 Tips for the 21 year old me
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Features & Interviews


:bulletred: (404) Deviant Found, vol 50
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:bulletred: A|M|A|Z|I||N|G| 1
:bulletred: 40 Amazing Pieces of Game of Thrones Fan Art
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:bulletred: Behind the Screens: Interview with Fantasio
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:bulletred: Creative Minds, Beautiful Arts 39
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:bulletred: Deviants You Need to Check Out
:bulletred: Equine Escapades Vol24
:bulletred: Fan Art Friday: Legend of Zelda
:bulletred: Fancy Frock Friday
:bulletred: Feature 40: Texture Favorites of 2014
:bulletred: Friday Night Specials v9.3
:bulletred: LUSH - Pinup and Glamour Features
:bulletred: Macro-Spotlight Vol 134
:bulletred: Masters of Photography part X
:bulletred: ProjectPorkchop Vol369
:bulletred: Senior Selections 17
:bulletred: Stock Radar 10
:bulletred: Traditional Trove 37




Groups



:bulletgreen: Deviated-PathThis group is for people who enjoy creating traditional abstract and surreal art.
:bulletgreen: TheKnow - Research is a huge part of writing. And there are several things for which it's hard to find a good resource. Deviantart is a big place, full of folks with different backgrounds and experiences. What if there was a place where we could offer our personal knowledge to all those people looking for information? Welcome to our group, where we put you in touch with those in The Know.

Commissions


Whoas - Theme: Breakfast


Kawaii Breakfast by kawaiifood

The Breakfast Princess by Skirtzzz

Get Your Breakfast by Tsitra360

Breakfast with Ru Dress Up Game by SqueakyToybox

Cute Breakfast by Daniiux

love breakfast by negromante

Breakfast! by IviPivetta

Breakfast by amoykid

Breakfast for Dinner! by Cleggerator

Best Breakfast by AustBart

Breakfast Die Cut by Papacan

 
  
 
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Next issue to be posted October 8th and the theme for the "Whoas" is The Moon.  

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!


Skin by Dan Leveille

Elinor

Tue Sep 16, 2014, 10:33 AM


faith in the world below by equivoque




On Friday, September 12th, 2014, Elinor (equivoque) lost her battle with Pancreatic Cancer.  For those that aren't familiar with Elinor, I'd like to take a moment to share her with you.

Elinor joined deviantART back in 2005 and quickly established herself as someone to watch.  Her use of the unconventional polaroid, sent a strong message that it wasn't about your equipment, at a time when digital was all the rage.

painted light by equivoque

each day we begin again by equivoque  the fire in her eye by equivoque

Elinor, a vibrant part of this community, spent just over a year as a dedicated member of our volunteer team. Her passion for people and photography endeared her to many.


tattered remnants of longing by equivoque


In 2013, Elinor was a participant in the Boston Marathon and was about a mile short of finishing before she came to a police barricade.  Two explosions had gone off at the finish line, killing three people injuring more than 200.  She vowed to complete the race in 2014 but was diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer in January.  For those that knew Elinor, you will know that she was a strong-willed, passionate fighter and that's exactly what she did.  Despite the treatments leaving her frail, she was determined to complete what she started.  On April 21, she showed up for a specially arranged final-mile walk to the finish line, and achieved her goal.


once remembered by equivoque

the moons of jupiter by equivoque , 
last goodbyes by equivoque



To get to know Elinor a little more, please take time to visit her gallery on deviantART and her Facebook page.  She also kept a journal here.


beauty among stars by equivoque
fire and ice, abstract by equivoque


Her loss is heartbreaking and my thoughts go to her family and close friends at this time.  However, she will live on in our memories and through her beautiful photography.

crossing unmarked snow by equivoque



:heart: Run Free, Elinor :heart:



Mother and Daughter by equivoque



Elinor's Obituary

Skin by Dan Leveille

Thank You!

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 1:56 PM


Friendship is Magic by Thiefoworld


Please join me in sending out a resounding "Thank You" to Thiefoworld  for his contributions to the community as a Community Volunteer for the Digital Art Community and a member of the Community Relations Mentor Team.  Many of you will recognize him from the numerous deviantIDs he's created for fellow community members, including myself! His style is iconic and easily recognizable, and while we'll miss him on the team, I know he'll be forever part of this community!



New ID by Moonbeam13Children... Promo Bookmarks by Thiefoworld i have a panda by Thiefoworld

The COMPLETE IDs Collection by Thiefoworld  the labyrinth by Thiefoworld


Thank you, Thiefoworld , we appreciate you :heart:

Skin by Dan Leveille

Pimps and Whoas - Sept. 11, 2014

Thu Sep 11, 2014, 12:01 PM


Tiny Teddies by TheSmall-Stuff




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Community Relations Projects



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Currently - Anime and Manga Anime and Manga Intro

Next Week - Stock and Resources

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:bulletblue: Starting a Story from Fresh Pt. 1
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:bulletred: Animal ABCs: P is for Panda (Giant and Red)
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Groups


:bulletgreen: Digitalists is seeking contributors
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:bulletgreen: GetDailyDeviations is a place where members have the chance to submit their own work to potentially be suggested as a Daily Deviation, but also find great work to suggest themselves. We do fairly regular features of the works we receive and accept, and we're also trying to increase the community involvement of members which is why we created a "Community News" folder for everyone to share their news in. We are also currently hosting a contest called "To Tell a Story" which you can find out more about here.
:bulletgreen: deviant365 aims to uphold the core values of deviantART through weekly tasks that encourage creativity, community, and artistic growth.
:bulletgreen: fella aims to be a welcoming space, primarily for new members, providing useful resources and practical assistance from friendly, approachable deviants, leading to easier navigation of the site and an enjoyable, positive deviantART experience.



Commissions



Whoas - Theme: Teddy Bears


 Big Teddy Bear by aun61

A Teddy Bear Tale - page 10 by ArneXXX

Teddy Bear Dreams 11 by ssava

Teddy by JacekSwietnicki

Teddy Bear Sculpt by SkipperSara

AniBears: Stormteddy by DragonDancer5150

Teddy bear cake by zoesfancycakes

  
 
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What I'm looking for from you guys:
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Next issue to be posted September 24 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Breakfast.  

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!


Skin by Dan Leveille

Thank You!

Tue Sep 9, 2014, 11:49 AM


Thank You by nJoo





Please join me in thanking Gwendolyn12 and Emerald-Depths for their valiant efforts as Community Volunteers :)

Gwendolyn12 for helping with the Anime and Manga Community

Starry Eyed by Gwendolyn12 Comm.: Shinmunafosun by Gwendolyn12 The Horizon of a Mirage by Gwendolyn12

Emerald-Depths for her contributions to the Photomanipulation Community

Under the Bridge by Emerald-Depths  Off the Beaten Path by Emerald-Depths Morph by Emerald-Depths


We appreciate you! :heart:

Skin by Dan Leveille

Thank You!

Fri Sep 5, 2014, 12:23 PM


A small thank you, to you! by Viccolatte



Please join me in thanking ginkgografix and Ry-Spirit for all of their efforts during their time as volunteers :)

Thank you to ginkgografix for all of her help with the deviantART related and Icon community and her excellent skills with CSS 

Blue Stairs - Journal + Gallery Skin by ginkgografix  .:White Rush II by ginkgografix   Marilou by ginkgografix 


and thank you to Ry-Spirit for his efforts with the Fan Art Community

I am Ry-Spirit by Ry-Spirit Mario Kart: Wheels of Fury by Ry-Spirit Urban Infiltration by Ry-Spirit 



We appreciate you!! :heart:

Skin by Dan Leveille

Thank You!

Tue Sep 2, 2014, 11:42 AM


Thank you! by Silverfox5213


Join me in thanking jane-beata for her time with the Traditional Art Community.


Jane-Beata portraits promo by jane-beata Watercolor eye study by jane-beata After the fall - 3rd day of 31 day painting challe by jane-beata 




and Shue13 for his help with the Space and Sci-fi community

Kerrat Mothership Concept by Shue13 Seldon Crisis battle scene by Shue13 Sailing over the beams by Shue13 



and tatasz for her help with the fractal community

Galaxy by tatasz Partisan's Tree by tatasz Underwater by tatasz 



We appreciate you! :heart:


Skin by Dan Leveille

Pimps and Whoas - August 27, 2014

Wed Aug 27, 2014, 12:14 PM


On a Plane by OctopusandBunny






Official dA News


:bulletpurple: Site Update: Bug Fixes, Inspiration Discussion
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All "official" contests will begin at midnight PST on the start date and end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relation run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.
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Community Relations Projects


projecteducate

Project Educate is a joint venture between dA Community Relations (communityrelations) and the deviantART community. Every week, the project brings you a new set of articles with information, tips, and tricks about one of the many galleries on deviantART. Every month, we also have a Community Week built into the schedule, where everyone in the community has a chance to submit an article to share!

Currently: Gallery Month!     

:bulletgreen: Digital Art - Drawings and Paintings
:bulletgreen: Artisan Crafts Pt. 1
:bulletgreen: Anthro - Digital/Traditional
:bulletgreen: Photomanipulation Part 2
:bulletgreen: deviantART Related Gallery Part 1
:bulletgreen: Film and Animation
:bulletgreen: Stock and Resources
:bulletgreen: Traditional Typography
:bulletgreen: Traditional Art
:bulletgreen: Demystifying the Poetry Gallery
:bulletgreen: Fan Fiction on DeviantART


Coming Soon - September 1-7th is Chat and Forums Week

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Did you know?
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:bulletpink: Notes



Commissions




Whoas - Theme: Aviation



nausicaa of the valley of the wind by hatthecat123

The Bombers.. by ChrisDonnell

House plane by MattiasA

LEGO. Plane Arado 65 by DwalinF

plane by huangchaogui

The last grentails by Legehk

airplane by netvolshebstva




 
  
 
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Next issue to be posted September 10th and the theme for the "Whoas" is Teddy Bears.  

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!


Skin by Dan Leveille

How Tough?

Mon Aug 18, 2014, 3:18 PM


Fb-cover-photo-can-toronto-850x315px by Moonbeam13


This weekend I tested my mental grit and my physical strength by participating in Tough Mudder (emphasis on the mental grit).  Staged across a series of ski mountains, Tough Mudder Toronto presented a gruelling set of obstacles over a 16.5km course, check out the map below:

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 4.58.51 PM by Moonbeam13


What this map failed to mention was the obstacle "Hold your Wood" which I'll get to and the general treachery of the course due to torrential downpour and thunder storms :) As a result, we had a bonus mud slide obstacle :D

Meet my excellent team! My husband Rob aka gimp, my cousin Jason and my friend Jason (because why get confused with names? ;))

Image-6 by Moonbeam13

Look at how clean and cute we were and how dry it was :D We were delayed at registration due to technical difficulties but despite it being cold and sprinkling on and off, we were in good spirits and ready to get started! Our wave start time was delayed by about half an hour but when they called us, we were ready! 

On our way to the start line, we had to scale a 7 foot wall just to get to the start line (for funsies).  Once there, the emcee proceeded to get us 'warmed up' and we recited the Tough Mudder Creed


As a Tough Mudder I pledge that:


        * I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge.
        * I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time.
        * I do not whine - kids whine.
        * I help my fellow mudders complete the course.
        * I overcome all fears.

and then we were off... UP A FREAKING SKI HILL. So this is the part where your brain just likes to mess with you and your flight instinct kicks in. It sounds a little like "omg what are you doing, you can't do this, your lungs are coming out of your mouth, you are going to die".  It takes a lot of effort to get your fight instinct to respond but once it does, it's glorious!  

We had an amazing friend with us who spectated and took some great pictures and a video along the way.  Jess is a rockstar for enduring the weather and she even climbed one of the ski hills just to get this shot:

Image-1 by Moonbeam13

Now let's get to those crazy obstacles!

1. Glory Blades - Successfully completed - Learn More


Glory Blades are 2.5 meter walls that are slanted.. toward you.  

Image-5 by Moonbeam13

Image by Moonbeam13

I used the support beams to get leverage and successfully got over these.  


2. Mud Mile - Successfully completed - Learn More

It is what it sounds like, a series of waist deep mud pits that you need to slosh through and over to get to the other side.

3. Just the Tip - Attempted not successful - Learn More

In this one, you scale a wall using just the tips of your fingers.  While I was doing well, I couldn't see past the guy in front of me and failed to see there was a transition coming and when I missed it.. I landed in the water below :D One to learn from!

4. Hold Your Wood - Successfully Completed - Learn More

You grab a log from the pile and with a partner or by yourself (depending on how big your wood is ;)) you carry it along a path until you get to the end of the obstacle.  I did this one with my friend Jay with a log that I would have loved to have shrunk :D

5. Devil's Beard - Successfully Completed

As you can see it's a cargo net that you need to navigate under to get to the other side.  We had a moment of brilliance with this one and opted to run it backwards so the back end of us forced the net up and it was much easier, save for a little rope burn, heh.

6. Arctic Enema - Successfully Completed - Learn More

This obstacle sucks.  It's a giant bin of ice water with a wooden divider in the middle.  You jump in, swim under the dividing wall and come up the other end.  Everything goes to hell after this because your body doesn't know what to do with itself.  Enjoy the video:



7. Bale Bonds - Successfully Completed


This one consists of rows of 4 foot tall bales of hay that you need to climb over.  With a bit of a running start, this got to be not too bad.



8. Warrior Carry - Successfully Completed (admittedly I did nothing but hang there :D)

This is just a fireman's carry and I had the honour of being the passenger as Rob just threw me over his shoulder.  I think you're supposed to switch off but A> I can't carry 210lbs on my back and B> I never saw the switch-off point :( Next year, I think Jess will join us and I can make up for being a pansy on this one lol.

9. Berlin Walls - Successfully Completed - Learn More


This obstacle is a series of 3 meter wooden walls.  You need teamwork to get over these, unless of course you're part kangaroo, or 12 feet tall.  With a little boost from my friends, I was up and over all of them!


10. Walk the Plank - Successfully Completed - Learn More

First you climb the ladder.. and then you jump 12 feet down into a muddy pool of water. I am not a fan of heights but I did it and I'm tougher for it ;)

11. Ladder to Hell - Successfully Completed - Learn More

Ladder to hell is a giant climb up and a giant climb down.  It's really nice if you have long legs but for those of us on the 'fun-size' scale, it's a feat!

12. Everest - Successfully Completed - Learn More

If you've ever watched "American Ninja Warrior" you've seen the Warped Wall.  This is the Warped Wall but it's been greased because.. why not? I successfully grabbed the top of the wall but I did require some assistance to get my footing to get up top.  I'll need more training for Ninja Warrior :P

13. Balls to the Wall - Successfully Completed - Learn More

This is a wall scale using a rope.. covered in mud :D  Upper body strength is an absolute must for this one.

14. Funky Monkey - Attempted not successful - Learn More


These are monkey bars on a steep incline and greased.  So I had a couple of problems here, first, they were greased and my hands were freezing due to the weather, so my grip was questionable.  I did try to get a swing going to give me momentum but it just wasn't enough, after 4 bars I hit the muddy water below and had to swim to the other side.  More upper body strength training and possibly gloves, will help next year!

15. Kiss of Mud - Successfully Completed - Learn More

Barbed wire hangs above you and you have to belly crawl through the mud to complete it.

16. Electroshock Therapy - Successfully Completed - Learn More

This obstacle is no joke.  You run through a series of live wires to complete the course.  I got hit by two wires at once, in the thigh and it was not a tickle.  My knee buckled but I managed to hop onto the other foot, get hit by another in the arm before getting out the other side.  This is the one obstacle I'm not sure I would attempt again.


And there you have it! Tough Mudder achievement unlocked and another thing off my bucket list.  We're already signed up for next year so I guess I should start working on that upper body strength!
Image-4 by Moonbeam13



Be fearless, it's far more fun :heart:


Would you/or have you participated in an adventure/mud run?
Which of the obstacles looks the hardest to you?
Which one looks like a piece of cake?
What's the last thing you did that scared you?

Skin by Dan Leveille

Thank you!

Fri Aug 15, 2014, 11:06 AM


Thank You by basalt



Join us in thanking neurotype for her time with the Literature community and being part of our illustrious mentor team :heart:

The Problem With Character SheetsAlright, there are some pretty awesome character sheets out there. I don't personally use them, but I've seen others make them work. I'm not here to dispute the fact that they've got some utility, but I am here to point out one big problem with relying on a list of traits—which is generally how character sheets present these things—to define your character.
(Note: This also applies to Mary Sue tests. 'Not a Mary Sue' just means your character isn't a perfect storm of coincidence. It has nothing to do with likeability or even believability. <insert dictator here> isn't a Mary Sue, either.)
StrengthsWeaknessesQuirks
I think this approach is, if it's the only approach you take to figuring out a character, a really bad idea.
Take a moment to think about your best friend. What's their favorite food? What are they good at, and what are things they do that make you Google good places to dump a body?
Whil
     Is Your Skin Too Thin?A lot of writers on this site fantasize about having a book published someday. But even if you don't, pretty much everyone still posts for an audience, even going so far as to hope for honest feedback.
Hell, who doesn't like improving?
If you are honestly truly really, after much introspection, writing only for yourself and not particularly interested in critical feedback, I would skip this. There's no point.
Here's the thing: improving depends on having some thick skin. How do you know if you're there? Read on below.
Self-Assessment
Please imagine these comments directed at you, most likely in an email (though hopefully not the same email), about your favorite and most polished work ever, the one that you'd like to see on the front page of the New Yorker or with a prologue by Neil Gaiman or something. IDK man. Poets, fill in whatever you need here.
Your work is too long and boring.This is absurd and uninteresting.This is not funny.Not for us
   Prose Basics: What is Voice, Anyway?At this point, you've all had awesomesauce articles on word choice, varying sentences, dialect, and dialogue. Which is great, because it cuts my job down to five minutes of nattering on about how you bring all these elements together to create that elusive thing people always go on about: VOICE.
Voice is the personality of the book.
You know that thing about avoiding cliché except every single plotline ever has been done and has the TVTropes article to prove it and OH GODS WHY?!?!
Voice solves 97% of that. It lends originality to your story by tossing a filter over the whole thing. 'The Shining' needed that kid-voice so readers could stare in horror over his shoulder, understanding things like the dark cloud of suicide in his father's head without having his reaction ruin half a page of ominous build. 'Dir




and AshleyxBrooke for her time helping to moderate the chatrooms and forums



-- I'm Yours -- by AshleyxBrooke -- Time Stands Still -- by AshleyxBrooke -- I just Came to Say Hello -- by AshleyxBrooke 




and vanmall for his help with the pixel community!


How to start with pixel art by vanmall Pixel Art Town Project by vanmall Million stone house by vanmall   


We appreciate you!!!
:love: :heart:

Skin by Dan Leveille

Pimps and Whoas - August 13, 2014

Wed Aug 13, 2014, 12:03 PM


Wonder Woman 600 by AdamHughes





Official dA News


:bulletpurple: The DeviantART Community Turns 14
:bulletpurple: Celebrating Deviousness - August 2014
:bulletpurple: CEA Blog: How to Report an Underage Deviant


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Official Contests


All "official" contests will begin at midnight PST on the start date and end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relation run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest

:bulletpink: Unbirthday Literature Contest - Deadline August 19, 2014
:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge 110 - Pets - Deadline August 31, 2014



Community Relations Projects

:bulletgreen: projecteducate  Current: August is Galleries Month!  View the whole schedule here
:bulletred: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
:bulletred: Disney Etch a Sketch Video
:bulletred: Behind the Lens: Across the Ditch: Christchurch
:bulletred: The Ladies of Lit Volume XLV
:bulletred: dA Love for Everyone 105
:bulletred: Fashion Makes the World Go Round



Groups


:bulletgreen: mental-health - This group is about awareness of mental health concerns that impact the deviantART community and empowerment for those who live with them. We will focus on one concern per month and have features, state-of-the-art information, artwork, and interviews. Please join us, whether you are someone who lives with a mental health condition or someone who cares about those who do.
:bulletgreen: autodesk-sketchbook is holding their August Hero Challenge: Agnes Garbowska
:bulletgreen: GetDailyDeviations is taking a moment to thank their amazing donors
:bulletgreen: BeACritic has posted an update about the group!
:bulletgreen: Writers-Workshop is doing an August Workshop on Dr. Williams



Commissions




Whoas - Theme: Super Heroes


Super Cat 02 ACEO ATC by SiriliyaStatic Shock- HERO TEIM by Cherrie-Keane



Fred the Galactic Super Hero by TheBlackHex
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Artwork by Legend-tony980El Chapulin Colorado by CellsArt

Harvey Birdman by Walmsley

Power girl by dogmapaiva

JL of chapulin by SrDiazComics

The Shadow Hero by RobbVision

Super Looter comic #2 by KrystalFleming

Heroes on string by MRFarts

6 heroes in super smash bros? by riolu-uzumaki

Captian America #365 Homage Colour by Nick-OG

Batman 89 six panel pop art 2 by TheGreatDevin

Catwoman by CavaleiroMetal

Chiyo as Lighting Flash by juriTanaka









 
  
 
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Next issue to be posted August 27th and the theme for the "Whoas" is Aviation.  

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!


Skin by Dan Leveille
May people have requested that we share the answers to the devious clues from our Unbirthday contest and since you asked so nicely, here they are!



The Gryphon

I carefully avoid the owl’s eye.

I don’t really walk, nor do I fly.

Time in Wonderland rushes by.

What sort of thing am I?

Use part or the whole of me in your hat.

ANSWER: RABBIT



The Mock Turtle

The Red Queen’s garden has butterflies and snakes.

There are more snakes than butterflies, but only by 1.

When you square the number of butterflies and the number of snakes,

You will have three squared between them.

The number of butterflies on your hat must equal the square root of the number of butterflies in the garden. What is that number?

ANSWER: TWO



The Pigeon

Everything changes when you enter Wonderland.

Mind-blowing is the vastness of this realm.

Keep searching. The answer is here.

Never fear what you do not see. Just let go and try again.

Inverted and sometimes backwards clues await you.

Read within the lines; the answer lies within.

Do not try too hard with this one.

When you find the answer, write it on your hat (can be on a tag).

ANSWER: DRINK ME



The Red Queen

I run without legs, but you’ll never find me walking.

My face is without eyes, and I have no mouth for talking.

I have hands with no fingers, but I may have rings.

What am I, of all the worldly things?

ANSWER: A CLOCK




Alice


Did you know that there is a cool innovation that lets you look right through the wall of the White Rabbit’s house? What’s it called?

ANSWER: A WINDOW





White Rabbit

What occurs twice in a heartbeat,

Once in a minute,

And never in a million years?

ANSWER: THE LETTER T




Alice's Sister

We four sit beneath the oak tree:

The Duck, the Lory, the Pigeon, and the Eaglet.

Three of us belong; one does not.

Use a part or the whole of the oddball in your hat.

ANSWER: THE DUCK (she belongs in water)




Dormouse


Upside down and backwards, you will find the answer to this clue.

The answer lies within these lines, from

One line to the next. It is part of your persona

What’s in it, they always ask? Guess, if you can!

ANSWER: NAME

ALTERNATIVE CLUE: IT’S WHAT YOU CALL YOURSEL




Dinah the Cat

No man can wear this suit,

No man can exist,

Yet you will know full well what’s got by me.

You will know what lies at me, for that is reason.

Touch me when I am gentle, stay away when I am hard as rock.

Seize me for valour, don't lose me to failure.

ANSWER: HEART




The Walrus

I'm late, I'm late!

This blasted thing has made me late!

No time to say "Hello", goodbye!

Please don't strip me for

I'm late! I'm late! And, when I wave I lose the time I save

Too long it is! Too narrow!

Tied me up in knots so I hop hop hop!

I wish that I could fly

But this blasted thing would trail behind

There's danger if I dare to stop and I will be in a bind!

You see I'm overdue

This decoration just won't do!

Can't even say "Good-bye", hello!

I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!

ANSWER: RIBBON



The Caterpillar

Red and white, I am a throne to an unusual creature

Eat me if you dare

I’ll take you on a trip beyond Wonderland,

and maybe even beyond the Looking Glass!

ANSWER: MUSHROOM




The Mad Hatter

Bulgy and blue, this is not my final form

Find me amidst a cloud of pungent smoke

for whilst I wait and wait I have nothing better to do

Your riddles may be silly

and your prose rather lacking

but I will take the lot and ruminate

for you see, I will be rather more tomorrow than I am today

ANSWER: CATERPILLAR




Tweedle Dee

Baked I am quite delicious

but not when the cook has a hand in my making

Cold I crumble

Warm I would melt on your tongue

They say I was stolen by such a knave

They also say the truth is in the eating! Find me and try me for yourself!

ANSWER: TARTS




The Duck

8 P in the SS

1 DP removed

1 S in the SS

1 M to go with E

4 IP and 4 OP

1 P with R

Put an (legal) image of a P with R on your hat.

ANSWER: SATURN (planet with rings)




The Doorknob

If the queen catches you with me on your hat,

your head will be rolling before you can take a whiff.

ANSWER: A ROSE




Tweedle Dum

Many do not know it, but there is a library in Wonderland.
It is one of Alice’s favorite places to visit.

In it, you can find many upside down and backward books.

There is even a special dictionary.

Which word in this dictionary is spelled backwards?

ANSWER: BACKWARDS





The March Hare

I have come from Wonderland to New York and Chicago.

Tomorrow I will be in Los Angeles.

What’s funny is, everywhere I go, all I do is sit in a corner.

What am I?

ANSWER: A STAMP





Jabberwocky

For Alice, ____ x 12 = 19.

Put the correct number of flowers on your hat.

Make them colorful!

ANSWER: FOUR


Thank you to everyone who participated! :heart:

:party: Happy Birthday DeviantART! :party:




The Community Relations team is partying it up in #CommunityRelations! Come and join us for a fun-filled day of events!

You can find the full schedule here


Also, don't forget that these events are still ongoing:

:star: Get your funny hat on and get involved with the 14th Birthday Caption Contest which runs until August 9th.

:star: Participate in The Unbirthday Literature Contest which runs until August 19th.




Creativity by angculture

DeviantART is where I came initially to explore my creativity and learn new ways to express myself.



Collaborate - by rougeux

DeviantART enabled me to collaborate with other deviants from all around the world, in ways that were simply unimaginable to me before. Through these relationships, I have developed skills and friendships that will last a lifetime. I also collaborate on a daily basis with the Community Volunteers to enhance the deviantART experience for the community :)



Life in Motion by juliedillon

DeviantART is my life.  While I've lived longer than a decade, what I have experienced during the last 10 years, has been monumental and deviantART has been a large part of that.  




Burning Inspiration by jayalders


DeviantART is where I go to be inspired and amazed. Whether I'm working on a project and need to get through a block, or needing someone to collaborate with, deviantART has never let me down. 



Family by juliedillon


DeviantART is my family, it's where I come to feel safe and supported. I have made friendships here that will last a lifetime and I know that it will always feel like home.
 

DeviantART and Lifetime's Witches of East End invited you to create an original piece of art using an element or scene from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Raven," or "The Black Cat." There were amazing renditions of these classic stories, all of which showcased Poe's macabre mastery. The competition was intense, but our judges were able to select the top pieces, which were sent to the Witches of East End Creative Team! Congratulations to the Semi-Finalists below!



:star: Welcome to Wonderland :star:


Greetings, stranger.

I find myself delighted to lay my rather large eyes on you. A purrfectly delicious mystery awaits you. Won't you come this way?

I've been a bad kitty-- a very naughty, naughty feline, indeed. You see, today is Alice's Unbirthday, and all the inhabitants of Wonderland had planned to join her and the Mad Hatter for tea and cake. But, the Mad Hatter, being quite a bit off his rocker, is requiring that everyone wear a hat to the party. Anyone without a hat cannot attend.

Whoops! Mysteriously, *smile* all the hats in Wonderland have gone missing. What a shame, what a shame. Whatever shall we do?

I know what we shall do. You and I, stranger, we shall go to the party together. I hear the cake is delicious this year, and there will be plenty for us.

Except, wait! HA! You cannot!!! You have no hat, either! I suppose you'll have to stay here, too, then. Very well. Goodbye.


What do you mean that's not fair



It's perfectly fair and logical. The rules say you must have a hat. You have no hat. Too bad. You lose. So sad.

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, Wow, I'll just have to find one of the hats that were lost in Wonderland. I'm a step ahead of you. You can't just take someone else's hat. Then, what are they to wear? You must build your own. Maybe if you find the villagers' hats for them, they will tell you what your own hat should look like. Here's a hint: It should be very unusual-- the more unusual, the better.




How it Works



Well, why are you just standing there? Go get started! I'll even give you the characters' addresses:

Queen of Hearts
Alice
White Rabbit
Dormouse
The Caterpillar
The Mad Hatter
The March Hare
The Gryphon
The Mock Turtle
Alice's Sister
Dinah the Cat
The Duck
Tweedle Dee
Tweedle Dum
The Doorknob
Jabberwocky
The Walrus
The Pigeon

What to do



Go to each page. The characters will have a clue to where to find THEIR hat either in the open or hidden somewhere on their front profile page. Solve the clue and find the hat, then note that character the link to their hat. He or she will give you a clue for making YOUR hat.


But hurry


You only have until noon PT on Wednesday, August 6th to collect all of the clues. When you have collected them, you must turn in a list of your ANSWERS via NOTE to The White Queen by noon on the 6th. When you turn in your answers, The White Queen will give you the location of our party. 


The Rules



Very well. I shall give you the rules so you don't get beheaded lose your way.

1. Work alone. Prizes will be awarded for the highest number of correct answers, so it is to your benefit to help no one (feel free to mislead them if they ask for help, however . . .)
2. Work alone.
3. Work alone.
4. You may NOT note the character to ask where their hat is. Do not note them until you can provide them with a link to their lost hat.
5. Only note the characters on the list. Any other hearts are off-limits.
6. Be nice.
7. Work alone.
8. Turn in your answers to The White Queen by August 6th at 12 noon PT.
9. Work alone.



Prizing



I suppose you want a prize, too. If you insist. I will be awarding 2,000 points and a 6-month premium membership each to the 3 people with the highest number of correct answers. If there is a tie, the prizes will go to the first 3 who turned them in.

Moreover, you must participate in this phase of the contest if you want to participate in the next contest. Oops, I've said too much.


If you need help . . .



If you stumble, never fear. Your faithful friend, Cheshire, is here. Should you have trouble with a clue, you can send me a NOTE. I might not lead you astray. Or I might. Or I might not. But I might. Either way, you must note me. Any comments left here asking for help will get you disqualified.

Do I hear jingling in your pocket? You know, you can always buy my loyalty and affection-- but with hearts, not coins. My own heart has been a bit cold lately. Just send me a NOTE with links to some hearts. You can find hearts hidden on the front profile pages of SOME (not all) of deviantART's most warm-"hearted" members. Who could those be? I want the hearts. I want them all. I WILL TELL YOU THINGS!

Warning: You can only use each set of hearts one time, or risk disqualification.



tl;dr



:bulletblue: Visit the pages of each character listed above.
:bulletblue: Find the clue hidden or in plain sight on their front profile page. If you don't find it right away, that means it's hidden and you have to look for it. Do not note the character for help.
:bulletblue: Follow the clue to find their hat.  The link to their hat may not be on their profile page.  It may be on someone elses page, in their gallery or in a group or chat room.
:bulletblue: Follow the clue to find their hat.
:bulletblue: Note the character with a link to their hat.
:bulletblue: They will give you another clue. That clue tells you what to put in YOUR hat. Don't respond to the character; just make a note of your answer and move on.
:bulletblue: Note Cheshire Cat if you have any questions or need a hint (or even an answer to a clue).
:bulletblue: Look on other Community Volunteers front pages to find hidden links to hearts. Some will have them, some will not. There are 8 in total with hearts: Aeirmid, Anoya, PirateLotus-Stock, Nyx-Valentine, Kaz-D, Brookette, STelari, and pullingcandy. Link Cheshire to those hearts to bribe her for information. Use them in any combination, but you can only use each set of hearts once. Try to use them more, and you get disqualified. Sets with more hearts will get you more information.
:bulletblue: When you have answered all the clues (or as many as you can), send a list of your answers to The White Queen. She will give you the link to the party. Do this by 12 noon Pacific Time on Wednesday, August 6th. That's 3 PM Eastern, 8 PM in Western Europe, and 9 PM in Central Europe.


Need More Fun?



:star: Join the Dormouse for the Birthday Hat Contest but hurry, time is running out.  Deadline for entries is August 7th 11:59:59 AM (PT)

:star: Get your funny hat on and get involved with the 14th Birthday Caption Contest which runs until August 9th.

:star: Participate in The Unbirthday Literature Contest which runs until August 19th.

:star: Join us ALL DAY for Unbirthday Chat and Forum events!!
  



*Disappears, leaving only a smile*

Witches of East End Contest Winners

Fri Aug 1, 2014, 12:23 PM
 

In our Witches of East End Contest, we challenged you to illustrate a scene or element from one of Edgar Allan Poe's classic tales: "The Black Cat," "The Tell-Tale Heart," or "The Raven." The Creative team behind the Witches of East End have hand-picked three winners, with the top winner earning a spot for their artwork in the upcoming season finale of Witches of East End! Thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations, winners!

 
Nevermore by AngelaRizza
 

Judges' Comments

This is our favorite. It's in the color palette and tone of the Beauchamp house and would be very easy to fit in. It also has great subtext for Asgard as well as Poe. Totally love it!

 

AngelaRizza has won

  • Artwork used in The Witches of East End Season 2 Finale
  • $1,500 USD
  • 1 Year Premium Membership
  • 8,000 dA Points
 
 
Edgar Allan Poe - The Black Cat by AlexanderLevett
 

Judges' Comments

We love the darkness of this piece and how much it reminded us of Aunt Wendy, while still tying into the Poe theme. You can feel from this art that the cat truly has a story to tell beyond its shadow!

 
  • $1,000 USD
  • 6 month premium membership
  • 4,000 dA points
 
 
The Tell-Tale Heart
 

Judges' Comments

This piece has a very haunting, strong, and dark emotion that relates both to Witches of East End and Edgar Allen Poe. The aspects of the room (the staircase, chair, etc.) combined with the power of the heart make us feel as if this portrait could come to life!

 

jonsmith512 has won

  • $500 USD
  • 6 month Premium Membership
  • 4,000 dA Points




Pimps



Official dA News


:bulletpurple: Community Operations Newsletter - July 2014

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Official Contests


All "official" contests will begin at midnight PST on the start date and end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relation run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest

:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge 109 - Mad Science - Deadline July 31, 2014



Community Relations Projects

:bulletgreen: projecteducate Upcoming: Galleries Month!   View the whole schedule here
:bulletgreen: Did You know?
:bulletblue: Appreciation and the Community
:bulletblue: August 16th devMEET - Toronto Centre Island
:bulletblue: Basic CSS Style Guide
:bulletblue: Blank deviantART meme
:bulletblue: Creators First
:bulletblue: Critique 4 Critique - Time to Comment
:bulletblue: deviantART Customisation FAQ
:bulletblue: Eating Disorder Awareness
:bulletblue: Everything You've Learned about Writing is a Lie
:bulletblue: Getting Started in Comics
:bulletblue: Hitching a Ride with Dialogue
:bulletblue: July Workshop - Flash Fiction Month
:bulletblue: Literary Terminology Guide
:bulletblue: Mid-July News: Appreciation
:bulletblue: #Artisancraft News + Weekly Gallery Highlight
:bulletblue: Novel Expression Cover Contest
:bulletblue: What is Art? Art for Smiles, a new program in the making
:bulletblue: PE: :Literature Basics Settings
:bulletblue: Photographing People on your Travels
:bulletblue: RubyStories Volume 1
:bulletblue: Sculpting Femme Fatales
:bulletblue: Sneek Peek: deviantART's NEW Today Page
:bulletblue: So You Want to be a Concept Artist?
:bulletblue: Thank you House of Playwrights and it's Members
:bulletblue: Watercolour Tutorials
:bulletblue: Testing Limits





Features & Interviews


:bulletred: -404 Deviant Found vol 47
:bulletred: All Snapped Up .24 - Elisanth
:bulletred: Beast Vision Vol 14
:bulletred: Celebrating Diversity 56
:bulletred: Culinary Arts Feature
:bulletred: dA love for everyone 104
:bulletred: Daily Fractal Features for July 18th, 2014
:bulletred: Equine Escapades Vol 15
:bulletred: Fan Art Friday - Summer Special Edition 1
:bulletred: Hot off the Press Reaper-x is Published
:bulletred: I Think that I shall Never See
:bulletred: Light and Dark
:bulletred: Monday Munchies 14
:bulletred: Project Porkchop Vol350
:bulletred: Putting the Art in Artisan Fableblades



Groups


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Commissions




Whoas - Theme: Comics



100DoN - Puppy. by emedeme Disney GOT Bram and Hordor by nandomendonssa The Great Cat-astrophe - Page 5 by Junedays 
Ever Ever After by dronio Knot - Page 01 by secondlina Angel of the Night by jeffchendesigns 
The Athenian!! by Nick-OG If Oden Kun characters were human? by juriTanaka Honey Lemon from Disney's BIG HERO 6 by princekido 
Ultimate X-Men trade cover by diablo2003 The Life of Santa Claus by NunoDias Just My Opinion by mjranum 
Dark Tower cover color by J-Scott-Campbell Hogan Comic Pg 06 by J-Scott-Campbell MARVELous Art of J. Scott Campbell: Interiors Prev by J-Scott-Campbell 
Time Square is a Lonely Place by ToolKitten Executive Assistant: Assasins 3A by ToolKitten witchblade 144 variant by nebezial 
ravine  friend of yours? by nebezial ravine- dont piss off her dragon by nebezial my spider sense is tingling by nebezial 
what is best in life?...hellyeah for oldschool by nebezial so i found my llord of the rings soundtrack.... by nebezial The perfect scroll by princendymion 
The things I've learned by princendymion Something Funny by TomPreston 
 
  
 
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Next issue to be posted August 13, 2014 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Super Heroes.  

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!

Last year, just before Halloween, my loving husband participated in a Zombie Run.  For those unfamiliar, it was a 5KM event with a couple of obstacles and people dressed up like zombies, trying to steal your 'lives' (flags that were around your waist).  At the time, I was undergoing some medical stuff and wasn't permitted to participate but it was the beginning of something .. crazy.  In his words, the few obstacles weren't that big of a deal but it was a lot of fun and he wanted to do more.  

He then signed up for Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder Given my circumstances at the time, it was assumed I wasn't going to be able to join him but life has a funny way of changing course on you and a couple of weeks before Warrior Dash, I signed up. Warrior Dash was fun but intense, a 5 KM course on a ski mountain and 13 nutty obstacles. The experience was incredible, I pushed my body to do things it really didn't want to do :P and I faced some of my fears head on, like confined spaces and heights, in order to cross the finish line and collect my medal.





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Rob had been pushing me to change my 'spectator' ticket for Tough Mudder to a participant one, but I was reluctant.  It's no joke, it's 20 KM and 20+ obstacles that are designed to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie.  However, after Warrior Dash, I was addicted and so I signed up for Tough Mudder. 

We're a few weeks away from one of the biggest challenges I've ever put my mind and body through and I'm excited :P For those that have never heard of these events, here's a fun video:




Rob and I have started a team "Bounty Hunters" and we're raising money for Wounded Warriors.  Founded in 2006, Wounded Warriors Canada is a non-profit organization that helps Canadian Forces members – be they full time or reservists – who have been wounded or injured in their service to Canada. Through a wide range or programs and services, they help find solutions where gaps have left Canada's soldiers in need. Currently, their primary focus is on mental health and, particularly, the staggering impact of PTSD, perpetrated by Operational Stress Injuries. Overall, however, their mandate is to help any Veteran in need as they transition to civilian life. Visit their website to learn more


If you have the ability to donate, please visit the link below, we'd sure appreciate it!





Have you ever participated in an event like this? A mud run or obstacle race? If so tell me about your experience in the comments!

If you haven't, would you consider it? What sorts of things do you do to challenge yourself?


Wish us luck, I'm sure it'll all be fine ;)

Wounded by Moonbeam13 Toughmudder by Moonbeam13Hlogoxkb by Moonbeam13