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Train Your Brain Contest

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:08 PM by Ayame-Kenoshi:iconayame-kenoshi:




























    








The Art Department with deviantART brings you about the best news any art student could ask for: free tuition!



Through the Train Your Brain Challenge, The Art Department (TAD) is offering a massive number of exclusive scholarship opportunities to members of deviantART. TAD is the best of the best in providing online art education, with a variety of programs taught by world-class faculty. Check out their group, TheArtDept, to watch video tutorials from their faculty!































Submit your work in one of the five disciplines offered by TAD: Illustration, Drawing and Painting, Animation, Entertainment 2D, and Entertainment 3D. Make something new or use something you've made in the past!
You could win tuition and travel to one of TAD's programs, a trip to Pixar Studios near San Francisco, or free online art classes.
The total prizes available are over $300,000 in value and there will be over 150 winners!














Artwork by *SterlingHundley








A Book Cover OR Graphic Novel Page: Submit an image that would be suitable as book cover art or as a page in a graphic novel.
The image must include a figure or animal of any sort. If the entry is a graphic novel page at least one panel should include a figure or animal.
("Figures" can be humans, aliens, robots, monsters, mythical creatures, etc.)







  • Subject matter:


    Any; you can create your own or use an existing story. For example, you may choose to produce a
    hypothetical version of any well-known book or graphic novel, such as "War of the Worlds," by H.G. Wells.

  • Content:


    A new or existing work. PG-13 must not require a mature filter designation on deviantART.



  • Proportions:  


    Any.

  • Media:


    Any graphic medium submitted as a single PNG or JPEG.

  • Format:


    Either vertical or horizontal (horizontal images must be suitable as a wraparound image for book cover art, or as a spread in a graphic novel).
























  • A full scholarship to The Art Department Illustration Academy 4-Week Workshop in Kansas City, MO, USA, consisting of travel, tuition, housing, and art supplies.
  • Two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.







Ten second place winners will receive two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.





Twenty third place winners will receive one class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.























Artwork by *markenglish








Landscape, Figure, Portrait or Still Life: Submit an image that is of a quality and "finished" as to be appropriate to
hang in a public place. ("Figures" can be humans, aliens, robots, monsters, mythical creatures, etc. Landscapes can be real or imagined.)







  • Subject matter:


    Any; must be original, no fan art or copies of master works or other works in the public domain or under copyright.

  • Content:


    A new or existing work. PG-13 and must not require a mature filter designation on deviantART.



  • Proportions:  


    Any.

  • Media:


    Any traditional and/or digital medium but original file must be "hand drawn." Must be submitted as a single PNG
    or JPEG.

  • Format:


    Either vertical or horizontal.
























  • A full scholarship to The Art Department 3-Week Workshop in Kansas City, MO, USA, consisting of travel, tuition, housing, and art supplies.
  • Three onlineclasses through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.







Ten second place winners will receive two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.





Twenty third place winners will receive one class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.
























Artwork by Andrew Gordon/Pixar








In-Game or Cinematic/Film or .gif Animation: Create a piece of character animation using any style, medium or software of choice. The only limitation is that the animation must tell a story or moment, but not be more than a minute.







  • Subject matter:


    Any; must be original, no copies, mash-ups or fan art.

  • Content:


    A new or existing work. PG-13 must not require a mature filter designation on deviantART.

  • Proportions:


    Can include character, experimental, .gif, creature, particle fx, or any other animation work.



  • Media:  


    Animation can be either 3D or 2D (traditional or digital in any media). Must be submitted as video file or as a .gif. When submitting film, please consult FAQ #836: How does the 'Film' invitation process work?.

  • Format:


    Either vertical or horizontal.
























  • A trip for two to tour Pixar Studios in Emeryville, California.
  • Three online classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.







Ten second place winners will receive two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.





Twenty third place winners will receive one class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.






















Artwork by *jason-felix








Character, Creature, Environment, or Industrial Design: Submit a design in full color or in black-and-white of any of these categories (Character, Creature, Environment, Industrial Design). Think about the originality of the piece, the uniqueness of design and how well you command the ability to convey the idea.







  • Subject matter:


    Any; must be original, no fan art or copies of master works or other works in the public domain or under copyright.

  • Content:


    A new or existing work. PG-13 and must not require a mature filter designation on deviantART.



  • Proportions:  


    Any.

  • Media:


    Any traditional and/or digital medium but original file must be "hand drawn." Must be submitted as a single PNG
    or JPEG.

  • Format:


    Either vertical or horizontal.
























  • A full scholarship to The Art Department 3-Week Workshop, consisting of travel, tuition, housing, and art supplies.
  • Three classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.







Ten second place winners will receive two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.





Twenty third place winners will receive one class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.
























Artwork by *Brett-Briley-TAD








Character, Creature, Environment, or Industrial Design: Submit a quality, well-presented, render of a 3D model or 3D texture of your creation (applied textures) – May also be a model/texture combination. With all the great 3D art out there both commercially and seen on the internet, what do you do that sets you apart from the rest and how well do you present it?







  • Subject matter:


    Any; must be original, no copies or fan art.

  • Content:


    A new or existing work. PG-13 must not require a mature filter designation on deviantART.

  • Media:


    Any (can be 3D sculpture maquettes, 3D digital models, 3D digital textures) All submissions must be in a single PNG or JPEG file.




  • Format:


    Either vertical or horizontal.

  • Proportions:  


    3D models must include both mesh renders and model renders (untextured). For 3D textures, please include the maps on the same
    page as the render. If the 3D artist is submitting both, then include all of the requirements for both the model and texture
    submissions. If the artist is submitting 3D sculpture maquettes, then the submission must include front side and 3/4 views in the submission.
























  • A full scholarship to The Art Department 3-Week Workshop, consisting of travel, tuition, housing, and art supplies.
  • Three classes through The Art Department, 3D I, plus two classes chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.







Ten second place winners will receive two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.





Twenty third place winners will receive one class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.






































Entry must be received by 11:59:59 PM (Los Angeles, CA, USA time) on December 3, 2012 and must be submitted to the appropriate Contest gallery.



  • You must have a high school diploma or its non-US equivalent to enter and be over the age of 13;
  • The completed entry ("Work") may be entirely new for the contest or existing art work you have already produced as long as it complies with the applicable assignment for the category;
  • Must be in keeping with the image of deviantART and The Art Department -- no mature content;
  • You may not use any third party stock images for the Work however licensed brushes and textures are acceptable;
  • You may submit more than one entry to more than one category however you may only win one prize;
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com (the "Contest Site") is required to enter the Contest. Membership to www.deviantart.com is free;
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply, please read the Official Rules carefully.










There will be 155 winners broken out into 5 first place winners, 50 second place winners and 100 third place winners over the five categories of Illustration, Drawing and Painting, Animation, Entertainment 2D and Entertainment 3D.


All entries will be judged by faculty associated with The Art Department using the following criteria:


  • Creativity
  • Successful Use of the Discipline
  • Following the Assignment
  • Overall Impact


For inspiration and special tips, watch FREE videos by the TAD faculty about related subject matter. These videos provide tons of information about how to begin the thinking process for making quality, dynamic pictures and ideation for these assignments. Get your idea on! Click Here To Learn More





























  • Check out free lessons and full sessions with top faculty from TAD available as Premium Content on deviantART:


    View Journal





  • Everything you want to know about TAD's extraordinary programs! Be sure to watch TheArtDept for updates!


    View Program


































Holiday Card Project 2012

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 7:06 PM


It's back!  With the goal of bringing a little cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the deviantART Holiday Card Project connects deviants from around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating uplifting holiday cards.

In past years, the Project has received more than 5,000 cards sent in by more than 1,000 deviants from 50 different countries/political regions. Cards were then divvied up and distributed in-person by deviantART members to local Los Angeles, CA hospitals, with additional cards given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for hospital staff members to hand out to patients.

The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is simple: do something nice for others. However, if you're looking for even more incentive, every deviant who submits a card will be given a free one-month Premium Membership to deviantART.

Please read the following text for more details on the Holiday Card Project.



:holly:  What is the deviantART Holiday Card Project?The purpose of the Holiday Card Project is to have deviants create physical holiday cards for people who are hospitalized during the holiday season — helping to bring a little cheer to those who are undergoing a hospital stay.


:holly:  Who receives the cards?The cards will be distributed to both U.S. and international hospitals. Some cards will be delivered in-person by select deviants in the areas of the respective hospitals, while other cards will be distributed by hospital staff members. The patients who receive the cards age in range from children to seniors, and have illness or injuries that vary from mild to terminal.


:holly:  What should I write in a card?Be as creative as you’d like, but remember, the degree of illness for patients will vary from mild to terminal, so it is important to be cheerful. Some suggested greetings include, “Hope you’re feeling better,” “Thinking of you,” or “Have a nice day.” Try and stay away from “Get well soon” as it might not be appropriate for all patients. Be sure include a message of “Happy holidays” as the cards will be distributed for the holidays.


:holly:  Can I make a card myself?Of course. An 8.5" × 11" (21.59 cm x 27.94 cm) sheet of paper folded 2 ways to a total size of 4.25" × 5" (11.43 cm x 12.7 cm) works nicely. Though, there is no specific “set” size for cards. Use your best judgment. You can personally design and decorate cards by drawing, coloring, or painting. Construction paper, cardboard, markers, crayons, colored pencils, ribbon, etc., are all great to help make your card as special as possible.


:holly:  Can I use holiday cards purchased from a store?Absolutely. Store bought cards are great for the Holiday Card Project, but try and add a little extra flair and pizzazz by drawing on the inside of the card or including a few doodles. Use color to brighten up the presentation; be creative.


:holly:  How much is postage for sending a card?If you live in the U.S. and are sending an averaged sized card, it will probably cost one first-class stamp ($0.45). If you live in a country other than the U.S., the best thing to do is to check with your local postal agency for rates.


:holly:  Can I send more than one card?Please do. You can even put more than one card in the same envelope or package to save on postage. However, remember that quality is better than quantity. Sending one quality card that you put time and effort into is better than sending two cards that were thrown together.


:holly:  Will patients know who made their cards?The only way a patient will know who made a card is if you sign your name, which you are welcome to do. You may also include your e-mail address and/or deviantART URL in hopes of getting a reply; though, that can’t be guaranteed. If you wish to send a card anonymously, you may.


:holly:  Can non-deviants participate in the Project?Definitely. The Holiday Card Project accepts cards from all participants who are willing to contribute to a good cause. The Project is a great way for schools, clubs, church groups, or family and friends to get together and work on a fun activity. No deviantART affiliation is necessary.


:holly:  What do I get out of this?The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is to try and bring a little cheer to those undergoing a hospital stay. The patients and their families are deeply touched by the kindness and caring from those who take time to create and send cards.

Additionally, once the Holiday Card Project has been completed, all registered deviantART members will be given a free one-month Premium Membership just for sending in a card. In order to be awarded a Premium Membership, please include your username on a piece of paper separate from the holiday card. Premium Memberships will be distributed no later than January 31, 2013.


:holly:  When is the deadline for the Holiday Card Project?All cards should be received by December 15, 2012.


:rudolph:  Where do I send a card?Please use the following address:

deviantART, Inc.
Holiday Card Project
7095 Hollywood Blvd., #788
Hollywood, CA 90028
U.S.A.

Please remember to include your deviantART username on a separate piece of paper when mailing in a holiday card. To ensure that you successfully receive your free Premium Membership, it is vitally important that your username be written in such a manner that it easy to read!


:stare:  Rules and TermsLimit one one-month Premium Membership per participant. DeviantART reserves the right to deem any card contributed to the Project as unacceptable and therefore ineligible for a Premium Membership.


:megaphone:  Spread the WordIf you’d like to help promote the Holiday Card Project, please use the image below and link back to this journal.



:note:  Past Projects


:holly:  Where do I direct questions and concerns?Please note that many common concerns have already been addressed in the above questions and answers. Take care when reading the Project's description because there's a good chance it already contains an answer to your question. For any remaining issues, please leave a comment in this journal.





In our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.

What's New


deviantART muro Integration with Sta.sh

Sta.sh is your personal creative space on deviantART, a home to images, writing, animation and everything in between. For writers, creation has also been a part of the Sta.sh environment, with the inclusion of Sta.sh Writer. To help further the potential of creation, we've incorporated deviantART muro within Sta.sh!

Screen Shot 2012-11-01 at 12.44.51 PM by wreckling
 
The top bar of deviantART muro has been changed to white to reflect its function as a creation tool, and hovering over the deviantART muro logo in the top left corner will now prompt the Sta.sh menu to appear. In addition, deviantART muro can now be accessed in Sta.sh menu from the menu the top left corner, or by clicking on the "Draw with deviantART muro" button in the right column.

The other new addition is the integration of deviantART muro into Sta.sh Writer. When in Sta.sh Writer, you can pull images from your Sta.sh to include in the Writer document, and those images will have a pencil menu button in the top right corner of the image. 

An option labeled "Edit in deviantART Muro" has been added to the pencil menu. When selected, it will transfer you to deviantART muro. Once you click Done in deviantART muro, the file will save, and you'll be returned to Sta.sh Writer to continue where you left off.

Art in Journal Thumbnails

When encountering Journal thumbnails on site, the scrolling thumbnail will now also display thumbnails of the artwork included in those journals, so you can see the included artwork before viewing the Journal!

Screen Shot 2012-10-24 at 4.29.19 PM by wreckling

Change Log

  • The count on folders in Notes did not update when a note was deleted. Fixed by shadowhand
  • On deviation pages, only the image would scroll horizontally when zoomed in, rather than the entire page. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Notes containing some special characters could not be previewed. Fixed by jekor
  • The Prints shopping bag icon would not display under thumbnails when browsing in Grid View, and some were cut off in Wall View. Fixed by shahyarg
  • The animation for the Poll in the footer would not work on smaller browsers. Fixed by shadowhand
  • The Prints menu on deviation pages sometimes rendered incorrectly and wouldn't load properly. Fixed by allixsenos, KnightAR, and shadowhand
  • Various enhancements were made to the display and appearance of discounts in the deviantART T-Shirts & Gear shop and Prints widgets. Fixed by yury-n
  • The "Add to Wishlist" button on Prints would not display properly when purchasing Prints for another deviant. Fixed by shahyarg
  • A very small number of My Earnings records showed an "Unknown" status for some users, and some status update emails were not sent. Fixed by yury-n

More Like This

  • The page settings button on the Browse page has been made larger, and will now show after first clicking the "Show More" button, in order to make it easier to change your browsing preferences. Fixed by helloandre

Sta.sh

  • Dragging literature items to make a stack would not work properly. Fixed by drommk
  • Hovering on an item and then pressing cmd+A to select all items would not visibly work. Fixed by drommk
  • Uploading new items in Sta.sh was briefly broken. Fixed by adahacker
  • Clicking on the ellipse button to jump to a specific page wasn't working. Fixed by drommk
  • When editing, the Mature Content setting couldn't be changed from strict to moderate. Fixed by drommk

Sta.sh Writer


  • For some categories, literature thumbnails were not building excerpts. Fixed by kemayo
  • The Edit Journal buttons were not appearing for beta testers on their Journal page. Fixed by kemayo
  • The "Open Last Draft" option in the File menu has been replaced with "Open Draft". Fixed by kemayo
  • Changes were made to the behavior of the Drafts folder when the folder is empty. Fixed by kemayo
  • Pressing enter in a blockquote would start a new blockquote. Fixed by Alisey
  • Fixed alignment issues of skin thumbnails in the "Skins" section of the Writer sidebar. Fixed by Alisey

Your Feedback


Thanks very much for the feedback left on last week's update! Here's some of what you had to say.
  • Many members were pleased with the changes made to literature deviations.
  • Feedback regarding Critique varied. Some members mentioned that they don't use the Critique tool because they don't want their watchers to be notified of the feedback they leave.
  • THEDUDEWHODRAWSSTUFF suggested that it would be helpful to be able to filter searches based on whether or not deviations have Critique enabled.
  • Feedback regarding the Emoticons tab in Sta.sh Writer's sidebar was greatly positive. Some deviants mentioned that they would like to see that functionality applied to comments as well.
  • Several deviants were opposed to the suggestion regarding being able to watch other deviants' Favourites, though others liked the thought of being able to do so provided they could turn it on or off for each deviant they follow.
  • Some deviants would like to be able to reply to comments by drawing in deviantART muro from their Message Center. Suggested by Chibicorgi
  • It would be helpful if, when watching a deviant, the settings you choose for that deviant are retained when you watch other deviants as well. Suggested by Fehnwrites

Discuss!

Submitting Exclusively to a Group 
When you submit a deviation to a single Group and don't submit to your own Gallery, the deviation is labeled as being "exclusive to" the Group and cannot be submitted to any other Groups. This feature allows members to create content specifically for a Group they are a member or admin of. Do you use this feature often? Do you find the feature valuable? How would you like to see it improved?


Lightbulb Have a suggestion, idea, or feedback? Leave a comment on this article!
Lightbulb Want to keep track of known issues? Check out our Status Forum!
:bug: Find a bug? Report it to the Help Desk(Be as detailed as possible!)



On August 7, 2012 -- aka, deviantART's 12th birthday -- we announced the recipients of the first-ever cycle of the deviantART Creative Grants program. Since August, these deviants have been hard at work putting their Grant funds to use and we'd like to send you a few updates on their progress!


  • pikajane is hard at work getting her Life-Size Etch-A-Sketch skeleton project underway. This installation will include a life-sized rendition of a skeleton using multiple Etch-A-Sketches mounted to a wall. She has purchased the Etch-A-Sketches needed, as well as the skeleton. Check out her progress here and here!

Skull etch a sketch by pikajane some of my etch a sketches weeee! by pikajane Cheese! by pikajane

  • SineMetuDesigns successfully hosted the Recycle Make-and-Take event in Columbus, Ohio. At this event, she had the opportunity to join forces with the Columbus Idea Foundry and provide free Make-and-Take stations at Columbus' FIRST Mini Maker Faire, which was held at COSI (a hands-on, interactive science center for kids) Saturday, September 29th, 2012. More than 100 individuals participate in a hands-on activity! 
    You can read her wrap-up journal here!
  • EverIris has been fostering creativity within the children of her community by offering affordable art classes. Since receiving her Creative Grant, she has been able to acquire the art supplies needed to improve the educational classes she conducts with local students. Right now, there's a battle of scheduling conflicts, but she is committed to getting these classes up and running again.
  • dogsofeternity hosted the Full Moon Art and Music Festival in Dallas, TX, featuring artists of all skill levels and mediums. Not only was this an amazing one-time event, but since putting on this gathering, Austin has been able to make connections with other attendees who have asked him to host future art shows! You can read more at his journal here.



It's time for the next round of the Creative Grants program!

Excited by these projects? Your creative dream could come true too! Apply by describing the artistic endeavor of your dreams through our official application form. If you didn't get a chance to participate in the last round, now's the time to get involved! 


WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS WILL YOU CONSIDER?


We're looking for exciting and art-related projects that need a little push financially. Think devious!

Here are a few examples of what Creative Grants could be used for:

  • Installation of an art exhibition
  • Additional artist materials or resources to support the production or public display of art
  • A piece of work that requires specific tools
  • Costs to run a creative event

If you're looking for money to pay your rent, go to classes, upgrade your Group to Super status, buy a Premium Membership or pay off your student loans, this is not for you.

WHO DECIDES RECIPIENTS?


Applications will be reviewed by the Creative Grants Board, which consists of staff, volunteers and senior members. All applications in a given cycle will be reviewed by members of the Board fairly and Grants will be given to as few or as many as the review panel deems appropriate within the budget of available funds. The Creative Grants Board will pick those projects that they believe will benefit particularly from a Grant and give those artists the support they need to make it happen. Grants will range between $250 and $750 for this cycle of funding, with a total funding of $10,000 available. 

Who Can Apply?


This opportunity is open to all deviants across the globe who are 13 years of age and older with a registered deviantART account.

THE PROCESS


  • On 3 month cycles, deviantART will accept applications from artists seeking to fund art-related projects. Please do not apply for a project scheduled to take place within the next 3 months. Plan ahead!
  • Applications can only be made using the official Creative Grants form.
  • Use of funds should be scheduled to take place within 3 months of receipt of the Creative Grants.
  • If your application is approved, you will be expected to post a Journal and photographs to show off some element of the project that received funding. We want to see the results of your hard work and what we helped support!
  • Until you receive a Grant, you can continue to apply, but a deviant can only make one application in any given three month cycle, and once s/he receives a Grant s/he is ineligible for future Grants for a period of 2 years.

What happens If you receive a Creative Grant?


The lucky few who are chosen to receive Grants will also be given a beautiful accolade on their deviantART Profile Page to celebrate their success.


Official Guidelines


Apply Now

Please note: The Creative Grants application process is currently closed. Thank you for your interest.




Possessional Demonology

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 5:55 PM by techgnotic:icontechgnotic:








Opening the Darkest Door


I have recently come across a most disturbing phenomenon in my studies of the Diabolic Infestation of the Soul. It seems there is a most frightening psychological conundrum when considering the concept of demonic possession even the most remote possibility of reality upon our earthly plane is the notion that just believing it may be true could very likely be the spark needed for the Demon to discover, seek out, and ultimately inhabit its next vessel of evil: You.


From the Exorcist through Paranormal Activity, generation after generation of “believers” seem to have come to the realization and acceptance that this openness to the very possibility of possession may be the very invitation to the demons awaiting entry just outside our otherwise normal sun-dappled realm. It is of no comfort and some fearfulness to consider that an institution as old and authoritative in all matters spiritual as The Vatican believes that demons are real and do sometimes possess humans, necessitating exorcism.










Art History gives us depiction after horrifying depiction of just how these Demons may have come to manifest themselves in our world.


Demons sporting horns may originate with the Greek god Pan, who dwelt amongst the shepherds in the countryside.


Lévi's Baphomet is the source of the later Tarot cards image of the Devil in the Rider-Waite Tarot design. The actual image of a goat in a downward-pointing pentagram first appeared in the 1897 book La Clef de la Magie Noire by Stanislas de Guaita, later adopted as the official symbol — called the Sigil of Baphomet — of the Church of Satan.












Many an artist upon the digital planes of deviantART has taken on the task of depicting Demons in all of their forms and manifestations. These are some of the most frightening yet beautiful works of art on the site.









If one believes in a God, it is said, then one must believe in a Devil...


If one believes in the protection of Angels, it would follow, then one must certainly believe in the assaults of Demons...


Be careful in what you believe... for belief itself may be what makes it so...




Vos es iam aperio.Sweet dreams for the Day of the Dead.












Questions for The Reader




  1. Do you worry that exploring demonic themes in your art might "open you up" to becoming a portal for supernatural entrance into this world?
  2. Goya? Bosch? What's the most frightening or affecting depiction of a demonic being that you've ever seen in classic or contemporary art?
  3. Does the idea that thinking about demonic spirits, simply considering their actual existence, might open a portal for them into your life frighten you? What about later tonight as you lie awake reviewing this question?
  4. Do you believe possession is a real phenomenon or simply a medical problem?
  5. Do you think “exorcising” ideas about evil through art is healthy?
  6. Have you ever abandoned an artwork because you were receiving an evil vibe from further progress on the work?
  7. Have you ever felt the presence of an evil or demonic spirit?







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