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Mayan Doomsday

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 11:38 AM



December 21st Marks the End of Civilization

Who would you invite to your final deviantMEET or dinner party on that fateful day?


e are facing yet another grave prediction that we are in the true end of days this year and this time, this time, we have been inundated with five years worth of investigative shows, frightful books, and alarmist interviews outlining evidentiary “proof” that this is the one date on the calendar, certified by a now vanished people in what is now the jungles of Mexico, that humanity will not escape.

The one fateful day has been carved in stone, forged in blood, aligned with the stars and set in motion thousands of years ago by learned men. There is a most intriguing science lesson from MAD magazine; in the introduction to an article on the dark art of palm-reading, the text stated: “of course, any 7-year-old could explain that wrinkles appear on hands from folding them… but since we don’t have a seven-year-old here today, let’s continue with our idiotic premise.” So, with the same logical acuity, let’s decide that so many websites couldn’t all be wrong, and so the Mayan Doomsday is real.

Now... If the entire list of humanity were at your disposal for one final grand soiree on the way to oblivion, with whom would you prefer to spend your last few hours?

Family and friends? Scientists and/or religious leaders? Maybe celebrities like rock stars and movie stars?

Then again, maybe there’s that one enigmatic figure you’d want to have all to yourself for your last conversation, e.g., the Dalai Lama, Bob Dylan, David Beckham (this last one maybe not just to talk to)? There are only a few days left until one of the great “Mystic events” days is proven out one way or the other. Just enough time to get those invitations out!


ontemplating the decline and ultimate demise of a society’s reign on the planet whether it be the Mayans, Atlanteans, or Romans demands a certain level of retrospective analysis of the historical event by our scientists, academics and thinkers. But, to imagine the end of the Earth in one fell swoop within one day’s time will require a whole other level of forensic evaluation and interpretation should sentient beings from other worlds come upon our planet’s civilizations in ruins and try to divine what might have been here and just what our diverse societies were up to.  Just as we unearth an entire community in the deserts or mountains of a remote region and begin the process of piecing together the everyday life of a people forgotten, so shall the space gods or our time traveling future-selves come upon remnants and begin the same process.

There is a tried and true thesis altering, eye-opening notion that is used by teachers when discussing a multitude of subjects including critical thinking, philosophy, politics, comparative religion, organizational behavior, and many others; in one hundreds years from this moment there likely will be all new people on the planet. Every one of us replaced with the next. But consider this even more startling "truth" that one day far, far into the future of existence the sun really will die out and all will perish (unless we... well that's what sci-fi is for).

Even with the certainty that all of the world's art, music, and literature will be wiped away, even though we are only here for a short while, we must continue to create, paint, write, build, compose, sculpt, choreograph, carve and photograph to our greatest abilities. If, one day, there is indeed only a ghost of us left in the cosmos — perhaps in the form of a few “cave drawings” inside our abandoned intergalactic escape ships — it is still our duty to treasure our time and leave this world a more manageable, loving, less painful place than when we got here.

Hey, Everyone! News from NASA!


techgnotic of deviantART, without Mayan heritage unless they also ran Italy and Ireland back in the day, promise you that the world will not end this Friday December 21st. If you are worried at all that any of this might be true please know that you are going to be fine and the world will go on. I promise. Please make plans for a wonderful Saturday morning and enjoy your weekend. And if this greatly disappoints you… well, maybe from here forward the world will embrace you instead.

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It's the holiday season, which means it's the season of giving and receiving!  And what better way to get to spread holiday cheer than with a new art sketch exchange meme?

Participating is simple:  

1.  Copy and paste the following text into a comment on this journal, answer the questions, and post!

Name (or nickname):
Artistic medium of choice
(digital, traditional, etc.):
I'm interested in sketching:
I'd like to receive a sketch of:
Interests/hobbies outside of art:
Anything else you'd like to share:

2.  Read through comments left from other deviants.  You might find someone with the same hobbies as you, someone who enjoys your favorite TV show, or someone who has similar artistic goals.  Or, maybe you want something different!  Variety is the spice of life.

3.  Leave a comment reply to anything that catches your eye and work out the type of art trade/exchange you're interested in.

Bonus:  When your art sketch exchange is complete, link to the completed pieces as a comment in this journal.  You never know -- your art exchange might earn you a free deviantART Notebook!

dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm by deviantARTGear  

Why is sketching important?

"Notebooks and their sketches are an artist's portal to creativity.  They're a place to explore ideas, write observations, draw impossible connections, and build entire worlds upon a blank page.  You can be yourself within the safety of a sketch, with permission to make any mark, describe any feeling, and truly express yourself in any way your instrument takes you.

In my notebook, I don't have to be perfect; in fact, it's more successful if I'm not.  This tool exists as a catalyst to transcribe creative processes so that good ideas aren't lost to the ether.  And it's not always about quality.  The more ideas jotted down as inspiration strikes, the more fuel you'll have in the future when searching for ideas or while in a creative rut.

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Notebooks are my artistic push-ups and pull-ups.  Like exercising, it can take months to see a result, but once you have the foundation and the discipline, your creative strength grows every day.  For those of you who keep a notebook, none of this is news to you. But for those who do not, I implore you to start up practice and enjoy the adventure that ensues.  You'll be amazed at what you can accomplish and proud at how quickly your skills grow."

- Forest Stearns (draweverywhere)
Art Director, deviantART Brands

Get involved with sketch Groups!

Scribble-Book understands that scribbles may be unfinished and suck at times, but at least the lines are done with style. Their mission is to give you the chance to spread your scribbles around, get feedback on them and to find new friends. 

Doodle-with-Pride states that art is art no matter what. They show art in all forms -- from a simple scibble/doodle to an intricate masterpeice.

DailySketchChallenge provides daily sketch prompts to always keep your pencil on paper. Exercise your mind and artistic skills by keeping up with daily challenges!

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The movie Beautiful Creatures in association with deviantART are pleased to present the "Light" or "Dark" contest. Using the asset pack provided, and with inspiration from the trailer above, get ready to create your most compelling LIGHT or DARK version of Lena!

In the film Beautiful Creatures, based off of the best-selling novel, Lena is a caster, a person who can use magic, and on her birthday she will be Claimed for either Light or Dark. As that day approaches, Lena along with her love interest Ethan uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. Is it fate, or does Lena have a choice? Help her decide by creating your vision of her as either a light or dark caster! Dark secrets will come to light when Beautiful Creatures is in theaters VALENTINE'S DAY 2.14.13.

Watch the trailer for Beautiful Creatures above.
Download the Asset Pack for more information about Lena to inspire your original entry.
In the medium of your choice, create a visual depiction of Lena as either a Light or Dark caster. (You do not need to depict the actress from the film but may do so if you wish.)
Submit your entry as a single .PNG or .JPG to the contest. Be sure to read the Official Rules.
  • All expenses paid trip for two to Los Angeles where you will get to attend the US premiere of Beautiful Creatures, take a tour of deviantART headquarters, get a personalized tour of Panpipes Hollywood, and a guided tour of the Magic Castle.
  • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
  • deviantART Hoodie of Winner's Choice*
  • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm
  • Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player
  • One-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • $2,000 USD

* (depending on availability)

Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player • Six-Month Premium Membership to • deviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice* • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm • 4,000 deviantART Points • $1,000 USD
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  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of December 17, 2012 and a resident of the United States, Puerto Rico or a U.S. military installation to be eligible to enter the Contest;
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59PM (PM) on January 20, 2013 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART;
  • Membership to (the "Contest Site") is required to enter the Contest;
  • Membership to is free;
  • Entrant must submit: an original work depicting the character Lena from Beautiful Creatures as either a Light or Dark caster. (You do not need to depict the actress from the film but may do so if you wish.)
  • The Work may originate in any medium but must be submitted as a single JPG or PNG file;
  • You may not use any third party stock images for the Work however licensed brushes and textures are acceptable;
  • You may use the Assets provided for download in your entry if you wish;
  • Your entry should be able to accommodate a logo in the lower left or right corner of the image you submit;
  • You may submit more than one entry;
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply and please read the Official Rules carefully.

25 Finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff. From the Finalists, the final five winners will be selected by the authors of Beautiful Creatures, Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia! All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Overall Visual Impact
  • Strength In Depicting "Lena" as a Dark or Light Caster
  • Technical Skill

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the truly amazing and inspiring response we've received for the Holiday Card Project! The cards continue to arrive at deviantART headquarters in a steady stream, day after day. We've received over 2,000 cards, and have already started distributing them to hospitals around the world.

With so many cards, there's a chance we'll be able to spread the holiday cheer to even more hospitals than originally anticipated -- and that's where you come in. We're making a call for volunteers, just like you, to distribute Holiday Card Project cards to your local hospitals!

We're looking for responsible, trustworthy deviants who are up to the task. Please only express interest if you're willing to do some legwork! Helping with this project would include:

:bulletgreen: Contacting your local hospitals to see if they can accept cards/how many cards they can accept

:bulletgreen: Accepting a box of cards sent from us (the package would likely arrive around December 20th)

:bulletgreen: Delivering them to the hospital (before December 25th)

:bulletgreen: Taking photos delivering the cards or with the patients, if possible

:star: If you're interested and willing to help, let us know in the comments below! Once you have a hospital that's willing to accept a donation of cards, send a note to Ayame-Kenoshi with:

1.  The name/address of the hospital
2.  Why you selected this hospital
3.  The name of your contact at the hospital
4.  How many cards the hospital can accept
5.  Your full name and address
6.  Any restrictions the hospital may have expressed (only "happy holiday" cards, no "feel better soon" cards, etc.)

Hospitals will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Major thanks to our current Holiday Card Project ambassadors cmptrwhz, Nyiana-sama, Katara-Alchemist, and Astralseed!

:holly: Do you have a local hospital that would accept a donation of holiday cards? Are you a reliable deviant who wants to spread some holiday cheer? We're looking for your help to make the 2012 Holiday Card Project the most successful yet!

Odyssey Propulsion 6

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 2:31 AM

We want to especially thank an elite core of Odyssey II writers:

Those deviants truly embodying the spirit of the project by continuing to create and submit next chapters – no matter the story’s refusal to go along with their proposed direction. The zeitgeist is a powerful force, but the artist must know when to sail against the been-there-done-that. And our writers, artists and poets have been doing that week after week. So many artists and writers continue to send in wonderful material week after week.

We have decided to extend the writing deadline for the last chapter to December 31 and we're expanding the Word count to 800 words for our final chapter! Artists will then have two full weeks to illustrate our final chapter - meaning artwork for Chapter 8 will be due by January 14, 2013. Any Animations/films and poetry deadlines are now extended until Jan 14! We will then unleash, I mean publish, this tale of Paul’s very unexpected journey!

Visit Odyssey II Project Page

Elite Core Odyssey Participants - Profile 1


Kill-Natalie, whose vibrant kinetic wordsmithery is always a pleasure to read. A young artist with a sense of grotesquerie that’s quite remarkable.


The atmosphere of friendly competition, mutual aid when needed and fulsome community that has endured throughout all the glitches and hiccups of Odyssey and Odyssey II is something I will always be grateful to have beheld and well worth all the 4 a.m. technical meltdowns. Hopefully this is only the beginning of many such innovative projects. The real prize in this “contest” is witnessing how deviants and other creative entities from around the world can come together in a mere flash of time to help each other build something unique in storytelling that points to the very future of the written narrative.

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