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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
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Staff Retreat
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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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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.
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: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:

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

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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.


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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




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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

Game artists from around the world are uniting to create an art book to support Kevin Griffith's (CowAndCheese) battle with terminal lung cancer.

Kevin Griffith is a senior artist on the Diablo 3 team at Blizzard and has been fighting a rare and ruthless form of cancer known as Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma (ASPS).  

malygos colorV01 kkgSharp by CowAndCheese



The art book will feature original fan art from Kevin's favourite games and everything about this project screams deviantART to me!  We have a ridiculously talented community of artists and I'm calling on YOU to put your skills to work for an amazing cause.

All proceeds from the
 campaign will be donated to cover medical costs for KKG and to iCureASPS.

Submissions are due by July 20, 2014 and should feature one of Kevin's favourite games:

    :bulletgreen: Chrono Tiger
    :bulletgreen: Altered Beast
    :bulletgreen: Diablo 2 & 3
    :bulletgreen: Super Mario RPG
    :bulletgreen: Minecraft
    :bulletgreen: Final Fantasy 4 & 6
    :bulletgreen: World of Warcraft
    :bulletgreen: Mortal Combat 2


You can submit your original fan art here and read more about the project and Kevin on the gamesforgood.com website.


You can also view the current submissions on their DA page @gamesforgood and the progress charts here

Now go prove, once again, that deviantART has a ton of heart :heart:


 
KKG MalthaelBlizzcon2013 Practice02 by CowAndCheese
 KKG LeahAndDad Final by CowAndCheese 







Witches of East End Contest

Tue Jul 15, 2014, 2:01 PM

Illustrate an Edgar Allan Poe scene, story, or element from "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Black Cat," or "The Raven" that you would expect to see in the world of The Witches of East End. The winning work will be displayed in an episode of the series perhaps as a picture, book illustration, tarot card, or some other fanciful way chosen by the creative team of the show.

Edgar Allan Poe was a master of the mysterious and the macabre. The witches of East End would certainly indulge in the study of the master. Re-familiarize yourself with these three classic Edgar Allan Poe stories and absorb the context for the world of The Witches of East End.

Based on Melissa de la Cruz's New York Times best-selling novel, Witches of East End centers on the Beauchamp family, where in season one sisters Freya and Ingrid discovered they are witches with ancient magical powers. With the help of their mother Joanna and Aunt Wendy, they learned how to cultivate their craft and work together to defeat unearthly enemies seeking revenge on their family, while keeping their abilities a secret from the town.

This season, with the portal to Asgard open, what comes through will forever change the lives of the Beauchamps. Darkness surrounds East End as a new stranger arrives. Joanna is still weak with poison in her blood as the Beauchamps search desperately for a cure. With the death of Penelope, Killian and Dash's warlock powers return. #DarknessIsRising

Be sure to check out full episodes on Lifetime, Sundays 9/8c
  • 1. Need inspiration? Watch The Witches of East End season 2 trailer, view full episodes of the series, or read the selected Edgar Allan Poe works. We've collected them all for you.
  • 2. Illustrate an Edgar Allan Poe scene, story, or element from "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Black Cat," or "The Raven" that you would expect to see in the world of The Witches of East End.
  • 3. Enter your artwork by using the SUBMIT button below. Your entry must be at least 2000 pixels in its shortest length and be either a single .JPG or single .PNG file.

1st Place

  • ARTWORK USED IN THE WITCHES OF EAST END SEASON 2 FINALE
  • $1,500 USD
  • 1 year Premium Membership
  • 8,000 dA points

2nd Place

  • $1,000 USD
  • 6 month Premium Membership
  • 4,000 dA points

3rd Place

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

The Witches of East End Edgar Allan Poe Contest begins at 2:00PM Pacific Time (PT) on July 15th, 2014 and ends at 11:59:59 PM (PT) on July 27, 2014

Rules

  • Entrants may enter as many entries as they like however duplicate entries are not allowed.
  • Entrants must be at least 18 years old as of July 15th, 2014.
  • Entrant must be a resident of the United States, its territories, or its possessions. Individuals located on United States military bases wherever located may also enter.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PT) on July 27th, 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;
  • Entry may originate in any visual medium and must be submitted at the contest site as a single .JPG or .PNG and must be at least 2000 pixels in its shortest length
  • Entries must depict a prominent element or scene from one of the following Edgar Allan Poe stories: "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Raven," or "The Black Cat."
  • Entries may not include any characters, logos, symbols, or titles of any third party other than Edgar Allan Poe stories
  • Read the Official Rules carefully.

Judging

 

Twenty-five semifinalists will be selected by full time deviantART staff. The three winning entries will be selected from the semifinalists by Lifetime on a basis of its suitability of use within the set on the series.

The judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:

  • Technical and Artistic Skill
  • Effective Presentation of the Edgar Allan Poe story element
  • Originality
  • Relevance to the Modern World of the Witches of East End

Please read the Official Rules for more details on judging

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Whoas - Theme: Cute Animals



You Are Not Alone by AdamScythe Fight For Your Life by darkcalypso Sneak Attack by Nate-Zeman 
A Portrait Of A Cottontail by kkart Red Squirrel Jump by WNPhotography Shelter by tadas0 
Lovebirds by catchingfyre SHINE with strength and pride by funkichkn 
Hello little friend by aquanis-photos I'm cute and I know it by aquanis-photos For those with thumbs- Chubbanimals Nr 19 by trenchmaker 
Otter Summer Reading Instructions by samuel123 
 
  
 
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Transformation Challenge Winners

Tue Jul 8, 2014, 2:03 PM

Thank you to everyone who participated in The Transformation Challenge! The 25 semi-finalist entries blew away the Microsoft and Motherboard judges, but they worked hard together and came up with the three finalists. Each of the finalist winners will receive a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, $1,000 USD, an all-expense paid trip to work with a featured artist, and have had their winning work featured as a home page billboard generating thousands of page views for their deviations.

Razor in the Gutter - Nas Pasha

by raging-akujiki

Habib Zargarpour

This is a powerful piece that shows a personal transformation of someone who is down and out and gets a second chance by bringing himself back from the brink by the use of a simple razor. The art style reinforces the gritty nature of his situation.

Thobey Campion

Raging-Akujiki's submission had a unique take on transformation, applying the theme to a man whose clearly hit the bottom then found a route through to coming back together with a loved one. As someone who's seen incredible comebacks in the lives of close friends, I found it touching. The rich illustration also contributed a certain epic feel inherent in a rising from the ashes story.

Tranformation

by HughEbdy

Habib Zargarpour

There is a very subtle but effective use of composition here, especially with the progression of the frames. The contrast between the armored, heroically posed character and the ending with him running towards the water because he overheated is very comical.

Thobey Campion

As one of the legion of fans of Don Quixote, Monty Python, and really medieval everything, I've always enjoyed the modern take on a very dark period. Hughebdy's work demonstrated a really funny twist that left me pleasantly bewildered but also impressed at the succinctness of his humor.

The Transformation challenge - The Fly-Kid

by Zeich

Habib Zargarpour

The Fly Kid's concept of if you can't beat them join them is very visually displayed here. There is a natural flow from the character at the start to how he gets covered with flies, completing the transformation. Such an innocent kid with funny proportions becomes a menacing fly himself. The center frame has a very dynamic feel to it as the flies attack.

Thobey Campion

Zeich's submission is just straight-up weird in the best way. What wold normally be just an unthinkably awful plan is twisted into something close to a super-power. Maybe it's from my Calvin and Hobbes days (which haven't ended), but the idea of occupying a world by oneself predicated on magical occurrences no one else knows about is just the most appealing thing I can think of. Outside of all this, the texture and artistry of Zeich's work set him apart.



WeChat Emoticon Sticker Winners

Tue Jul 8, 2014, 9:56 AM

Congratulations to the three finalists in the WeChat Animated Emoticon Sticker Challenge! The judges from WeChat were astounded by the ingenuity that was displayed in each entry. All three winners will receive $1,000 and had their entry exhibited in a billboard on the deviantART homepage.



 Astralseed tagged me with this list of questionable questions and not wanting to be a party pooper, here goes:

1. How tight do you like your underwear?

Tight enough that they don't fall down but not so tight that I can't breathe.

2. A train is headed towards some city, another train is headed towards another city.  Both trains travel 362 miles before intersecting, with one train going 13mph less than the other.  How much later did the other train leave?

What did you say was in that drink you're drinking?

3. If you peed rainbows, what would it taste like?

Obviously -  Skittles. See the rainbow, taste the rainbow.


4. If you had 7 legs and only one arm, would you walk, wobble, or other?


I'd be famous, so I'd have a driver, or at least someone to carry me around.


5. Do you smoke shampoo?


No, but your questions are starting to make me think you do ;P


6. How often do you wear your clothing inside out?

Whenever I attempt to get dressed in the dark :/


7. The world is ending because it's being hit by giant meteors, will you listen to Aerosmith?


Because of your Magic Touch my Heart's Done Time and thankfully this meteor will give me a Permanent Vacation.

8. Naked snow angels, yay or nay?

I'm Canadian, clearly this is a resounding YAY

9. Will you take her to the next level?  


All I hear is "untz untz untz"


10. I say WaWa, you say?

I still think that's a crazy name for a store, granted, it's not as crazy as the 'Piggly Wiggly'.  Silly Americans :heart:


While I'm not going to tag anyone, feel free to add your own answers to Astralseed's questions and post them in your own journal :D


Note: Extra love and adoration for Astralseed our deviousness award winner for July! Well deserved, despite her tagging me ;P :heart: