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How Tough?

Mon Aug 18, 2014, 3:18 PM

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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? ;))

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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:

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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.  

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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!
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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?

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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.


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?


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).


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?



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?


White Rabbit

What occurs twice in a heartbeat,

Once in a minute,

And never in a million years?


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)


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!



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.


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!


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!


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


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!


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.


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?


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?



For Alice, ____ x 12 = 19.

Put the correct number of flowers on your hat.

Make them colorful!


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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
White Rabbit
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
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.


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.


: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
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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

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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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What I'm looking for from you guys:
:bulletred: News, Features or Interviews you want to promote
:bulletred: Groups you want me to feature or highlight
:bulletred: deviations that follow the theme for that issue
:bulletred: DevMEETs or events going on around you or being hosted by you.
:bulletred: Commission information for those looking for Commissions
:bulletred: Anything else you feel you want the deviantART community to know about!

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 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

  • $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


  • 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 is required to enter the Contest;
  • Membership to 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.



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

Sundays 9/8c


Official dA News

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Official Contests

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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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What I'm looking for from you guys:
:bulletred: News, Features or Interviews you want to promote
:bulletred: Groups you want me to feature or highlight
:bulletred: deviations that follow the theme for that issue
:bulletred: DevMEETs or events going on around you or being hosted by you.
:bulletred: Commission information for those looking for Commissions
:bulletred: Anything else you feel you want the deviantART community to know about!

Next issue to be posted July 30 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Comics.  

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!

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.


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:

DeviantART and WeChat challenged you to create your very own animated sticker! Whether you wanted it happy, sad, or dancing the night away, it was up to you to animate an emoticon sticker you have never seen before. The WeChat judges labored over each entry and selected the top twenty-five stickers. Who will take one of the three grand prizes?

Chase the ball! by BronzeHalo
Draw All Night by sketcheronline
Headbangin' by NoreyDragon
Chibi Reiko Dance (WeChat Contest) by mmidori31
Of Coffee and Eyeglasses by reiji-kun
Leeksei Cry by faruuk-sama
Bouncing Flan-In Love by MinjiXMuu-chan
Love kick by Samanfuu
Hay Fever by WhiteFoxCub
Hmph! by DablurArt
Frokie by raadits
Ghost by crowlik
Ninja Fail by SoulRobot
Nom by H-SWilliams
StinkyFishy by ArikaLorrea
Toilet Cat (WeChat Emoticon Challenge) by zephleit
Thrashing Joy by Comikidd
Mr Owl's Dance by YannickBouchard
never give up :P by duhanabi
Watering a flower by Xergille
Yummy by Acornballs
too fat to fly by bruisedbanana
WeChat contest - Xenora but first SELFIE by Marini4
Troublesome Pets (WeChat Emoticon Challenge) by zephleit
 Momo - There Is A Spider On the Floor by wangqr

Witches of East End

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 9:51 AM

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

The Creative Team behind The Witches of East End want to participate with you in a visual conversation celebrating the magical and mysterious world of witchcraft.

The team will be browsing the group galleries over the next 14 days and will offer selected deviants the option to share their deviations through the official Witches of East End social media platforms in return for $100.*

Take a look at the trailers, consult your magic crystal balls, connect with your inner powers and pull from your galleries the most exquisite and exotic witchcraft you can find from your work!

* You may be offered, if selected, an option to accept $100 in return for Lifetime Television obtaining the right to use your deviation on a non-exclusive basis as a social post on one or all of Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Google + or a similar social platform each in connection with the promotion of the Witches of East End. You are free to decline the offer. Offer may be subject to signing an additional agreement at the request of Lifetime. If you elect to make fan art with the images provided in this article by Lifetime, you agree that you have a limited license to use the images non-commercially in social networks such as deviantART. Lifetime also agrees that it cannot use any of your work commercially outside of this Group without your additional permission.

From the covens, rings, tribes, and sects of deviantart.

The artist's interest in the images conjured up by "witchcraft" has continued unabated for over 1000 years. What fired the mind of Goya to produce Witches' Sabbath in 1798 still blazes in the imaginations of the artists of the DeviantArt community. There are over 10 million images associated with witchcraft on the deviantART website.

How To Submit Your Own Work!

  • 1. Go to the Witches of East End Group Gallery
  • 2. Press the + button next to the gallery title, and select "Contribute an existing deviation."
  • 3. Select the image from your gallery you'd like to submit, and then press the green "Submit" button.
  • 4. Your image will now be featured in the group gallery!

The Witches of East End creative team has conjured up the following images to act as inspiration for other Witches of East End gallery submissions.

Download the images and feel free to manipulate, redraw, or create your own fanart inspired by the show!


Have you ever seriously experimented with witchcraft? What was your intent?


Do you believe there is such a thing as "witchcraft" in which spells, for bad or good intent, can be cast that circumvent the general scientific rules of physics? Or is witchcraft just another fairy tale narrative to teach children caution and entertain adults?


What are your feelings about Wicca, the "witch religion," seeking to reunite with ancient Pagan animist spiritual beliefs?


Would your interest in practicing witchcraft embody transformation into an entirely different lifestyle and belief system? Or would you just like to have some potent memorized incantations for turning troublesome people at work into newts and toads?

The Witches of East EndLifetime

Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13: :

Table of Contents

1. Art is Personal
2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
3. Community Projects
4. Official Contests
5. Project Educate 2014
6. News from the Chats and Forums
7. News from the Galleries

1. Art is Personal

Every day, daily deviations are featured, artist interviews are posted, and countless journals of thumbnails published.  Every single day, community members, volunteers and staff, all come together and share in a love of art. It doesn't always go well and sometimes a piece of artwork I adore, strikes the wrong chord with someone. However, regardless of the message received the artwork achieved the goal of becoming personal and striking an emotion and there are no rules that state this emotion should always be happy and fluffy. I'm personally inspired by a different kind of image, one that challenges my feelings and ideals and sometimes, ones that make me uncomfortable. It was 1995, at the Guggenheim in New York City, that I stumbled across the work of Joel- Peter Witkin.  It was his work that inspired me to pick up a camera but to say that his work is globally appealing, would not be valid.  For me, it was the beginning of a great journey that would eventually lead me to this community.  For others, I imagine they would rather not view his work, as its controversial and uncomfortable for them.

As an artist, my art is very personal.  Every image I create tells a story and what I've learned is that even when I feel the intent or message is obvious, it might be completely lost on someone else.  Does that make them stupid? not at all, it just means that my art spoke to them differently and that happens for a number of reasons. It could be about what they were feeling that day or it could be speaking to something that happened in their past or it could very well be the paragon of their greatest fear and while it is my artwork and my intention, there is nothing wrong with someone else seeing something completely different.  

Every day I look through comments on articles or Daily Deviations and I'm always amazed by how vastly different the opinions are.  Some people love it and others absolutely hate it, some feel it's about one thing while another is on a completely different track.  The point is that these feelings are all valid and, assuming the commenter has shared their feelings respectfully, there's nothing wrong with that.

If a piece of artwork manages to elicit an emotion - be it positive or negative - in my opinion, it has more than earned it's place.  If you feel differently, that's okay.  No one will react to one piece of artwork the same way.  In fact, you could probably go back through you favourites gallery and look at selections you made years ago, and find those pieces may not make you feel the same way about them as they did at the time. 

Conversely, if your piece of artwork manages to accumulate a wealth of negativity,  remember the silver lining - Your art made people feel -  Then pat yourself on the back and go create your next masterpiece.

Art is a personal journey of mind, body and soul - both to create and to experience and we'd all do better as a community to consider that. :heart:

Feel free to share your favourite artists or pieces of artwork in the comments below :) I'd love to see the variety of tastes and styles that exist in our community!

2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations

If you're interested in learning more about being a volunteer on deviantART please read FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on deviantART?

To see current openings on the Community Relations volunteer team please go to this journal. If there isn't a spot open please consider helping out from within the community. Read How to be a guiding light and shining example by the awesome RockstarVanity :love:

3. Community Projects

Check out any of the projects below to get involved or, if you are feeling inspired come up with a project of your own and contact CRCommunityProjects for help in getting started!

:bulletgreen: fella - deviantART's Official Mascot Group

:bulletgreen: Fella's Dictionary Update  

:bulletgreen: Fella's ArtFest Contest

:bulletgreen: deviant365 - deviantART's Official Weekly Task Group

To get support for your Community Project, please read this post

4. Official Contests

:bulletpink: The Transformation Challenge - Deadline June 24, 2014
:bulletpink: SuicideGirls Fan Art Contest - Deadline June 27, 2014
:bulletpink: World of Water - Deadline June 30, 2014
:bulletpink: AnthroChallenge #108 - Thank a Mailman - Deadline June 30, 2014

Please note that all contests end on the deadline stated at 11:59:59 PM PST

5. Project Educate 2014

There are plenty of ways to get involved with many of projecteducate's upcoming projects! Check out how to get involved with Community Weeks here and check out the Schedule to see what's coming up. We've also introduced an exciting new project called 'Hints and Tips' and you can get involved by reading this journal!

We've recently had a fantastic Traditional Art week and you can read the roundup here. We've also had Artisan Crafts week and the recap can be found here!

6. News from the Chats and Forums

The chat and forum have been busy for both the Community Volunteer team and the deviantART community these past few months! If you are interested in either the chat or forum, be sure to read the Chat & Forum Newsletter: May, June! :D

7. News from the Galleries

:bulletblue: 3-Dimensional Art

:bulletblue: Anime/Manga

:bulletblue: Anthro

:bulletblue: Artisan Crafts

:bulletblue: Customization
:bulletgreen: Wallpaper

:bulletblue: deviantART related

:bulletblue: Digital Art
:bulletgreen: Fractal
:bulletgreen: Photomanipulation
:bulletgreen: Vector & Vexel

:bulletblue: Fan Art

:bulletblue: Film & Animation

:bulletblue: Literature
:bulletgreen: Fan-Fiction

:bulletblue: Photography
:bulletgreen: Abstract & Surreal
:bulletgreen: Animals, Plants & Nature Photography
:bulletgreen: Artistic Nude
:bulletgreen: Conceptual Photography
:bulletgreen: Fetish Photography
:bulletgreen: Horror & Macabre
:bulletgreen: People and Portraits
:bulletgreen: Pin-Up & Glamour
:bulletgreen: Still Life Photography
:bulletgreen: Urban & Rural Photography

:bulletblue: Resources & Stock Images

:bulletblue: Science Fiction & Space Art

:bulletblue: Text Art & Typography: Do you want to take part in Typography Challenges? Give your input here!

:bulletblue: Traditional Art

:bulletblue: Body Art
:bulletgreen: Sculpture

The Community Relations department exists to facilitate and develop the relationship with our deviantART community. Our goal is to nurture our community by encouraging artists to create, collaborate, and participate in a friendly, safe, and supportive artistic environment. Watch communityrelations for up to date news and to learn how you can get involved in projects and events!