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Tue Nov 17, 2015, 2:38 PM by HalHefnerART:iconhalhefnerart:

Welcome to our 3rd Sketch This, recap Journal for 11/09/15 - 11/15/15.  

We’d like to start off by thanking all of the artists and photographers who made these challenges possible by lending their work as examples of how the challenge can be completed. Last week we saw another amazing crop of art grow from the Sketch This challenges. We’re excited to share with you some of that work.


Below is a collection of some of our favorite submissions. However, please remember, there is NO RIGHT or WRONG WAY to do a challenge as long as you're having fun!  What we've been looking for are entries that embody the spirit of the challenge and execute the instructions in a fun and original way.

Blue by GermanVoxDaily Challenge, Genderbent Self portrait by esoreamChanges  by RVCIVMagical Still-Life Sketch This Challenge by definfinite
CITYSCAPE AT SUNSET by heavydrizzleMagical Still Life by brechdaslichtMagical Still Life by pilot-whaleMagical Items by Nashanefantasy still life challenge by txwatsoncity at sunset by txwatsonCity Z by ashhhzSketch This Song - Fly on by B0mbini
FUTURISTIC CAR by krrosFuturistic car by kuma3kaEmperor's New Clothes by septic-artistSunset by AdeAdrian


At DeviantArt, we are nothing without our community and we had another really strong group of creators participating in the development of the Challenges for the week of  11/09/15 - 11/15/15. A BIG THANK YOU! to all involved.


Magical Still Life by Thiefoworld
CHALLENGE: Create a still life piece using objects that you would find in your magical fantasy world. Potion bottles, magic ingredients and other mythical items are all fair game!

Thiefoworld  is a well known member of the DA community know for his fun, whimsical artwork. He is currently working on re-launching his  webcomic (formerly known as "Children of the World", now "Meteor Shower") by the end of 2015.



Sunshower by JonasDeRo
CHALLENGE: Sketch or paint a cityscape at sunset that's either real, fantasy or sci fi and explore contrasting colors like purples/yellows, oranges/blues etc.

JonasDeRo s is currently a talented painter and concept artist living in Japan and working on Final Fantasy XV, and in his free tim he ha I have launched a new photo reference site for artist called



Back Alley Ballad by einlee
CHALLENGE: Sketch or paint what you envision your favorite song to be interpreted as art. Don't forget to add the title at the bottom with the text tool.

einlee  is a super talented and beloved member of the DA community. One of the more notable upcoming projects that she worked on is character designs for RWBY volume 3, which I know a lot of people are excited for! Unfortunately a lot of other projects she can't share yet, but if people are interested in updates and art, they can follow her on DA and on Facebook.



DC Trinity Genderswap by jasric
CHALLENGE: Sketch yourself as the opposite sex in a realistic or cartoon style illustration. Have fun and let your imagination run wild.


jasric is currently a student in college pursuing a career in medicine. However, her art is still a huge part of her life and she feels fortunate to be a part of this community where she can connect with tons of different people and work on projects she never would have anticipated. Given that she is not a formal professional artist, she’s very excited to be working on multiple book covers and character illustrations at the moment for some amazing people who are extremely understanding of her time commitments. 



Concept Greenhouse by RuncimanConcepts
CHALLENGE: Sketch and color a futuristic car.  Could it be for travel here, on Mars, underwater or subterranean? It's your design! Try using multiple layers to put it in its place.

Kyle is the Strategic Content Manager for Digital Arts at Autodesk. He’s an Industrial Designer by trade and spends most of his days drawing cars and super heroes.
Kyle has designed products in industries ranging from Medical to Power tools to Automotive. Check out Kyle’s DA Gallery at 'RuncimanConcepts'




Holiday Card Project 2015!

Thu Nov 12, 2015, 12:49 PM

The DeviantArt #HolidayCardProject is back for its 9th year!  With the goal of bringing a bit of holiday cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the Holiday Card Project connects artists from around the world, applying their tremendous artistic abilities to designing and creating uplifting holiday cards.

In the past few years, this project has received more than 5,000 cards sent in by more than 2,000 deviants from 60 different countries/political regions. Cards are then divvied up and distributed by DeviantArt members to local Los Angeles hospitals, with additional cards given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for DeviantArt volunteers and 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 sends in a card will be given a free one-month Core Membership to DeviantArt.

Read below to see how you can join in on the holiday cheer!

: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 smile to the faces of those who may need some holiday cheer.

: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 illnesses 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 and stay positive. Some suggested greetings include, "Best wishes," "Thinking of you," or "Have a nice day." Stay away from phrases like "Get well soon" and "Hope you're feeling better," 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" x 11" (21.59 cm x 27.94 cm) sheet of paper folded 2 ways to a total size of 4.25" x 5" (11.43 cm x 12.7 cm) works nicely. Though, there is no "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 be sure to add some artistic 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 average-sized card, it will probably cost one first-class stamp ($0.49). 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:  Can I share my cards on DeviantArt?

That's part of the fun! The cards we receive are often so impressive that we want to share them with the world. When you're finished with your creation, upload a photo or scan of the card and submit it to DeviantArt using the #HolidayCardProject tag.  Sharing your inspirational artworks with others online also helps spread the word about the Holiday Card Project, which leads to more cards being created and shared!

: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 Core Membership just for sending in a card. In order to be awarded a Core Membership, please include your username on a piece of paper separate from the holiday card. Core Memberships will be distributed no later than January 31, 2016.

:holly:  When is the deadline for the Holiday Card Project?All cards should be received by December 14, 2015.

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

DeviantArt, Inc.
Holiday Card Project
7095 Hollywood Blvd., #788
Hollywood, CA 90028

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 Core Membership, it is vitally important that your username be written legibly!

:holly:  Can I help hand out cards?We're always looking for dedicated volunteers to hand out holiday cards. If you're interested in handing out cards at hospital local to you, please send a note to madizzlee. All volunteers must be over the age of 18. 

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

:megaphone:  Spread the WordShare your #HolidayCardProject involvement across the Internet!  Write a Journal or Status Update, or post to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or Instagram! We can't do this without you and getting the word out helps this great cause get boosted to more people — resulting in more holiday cheer!  Thank you.

:note:  Past Projects
Holiday Card Project by madizzlee  Holiday card project 1 by silverlakephotosHoliday Card Project 2008 by Heidi IMG 2131 copy by madizzlee

: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.

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In theaters November 20

Return to Panem in the final installment of “The Hunger Games” series!

Join the revolution as Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), accompanied by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), and Finnick (Sam Clafflin), takes on the Capitol in the ultimate mission. Will Katniss’s team succeed in bringing down the corrupt Capital? Or will President Snow’s malicious Peacekeepers and deadly Mutts find and take down the rebels? See the movie on November 20th to find out how this monumental series concludes.

DeviantArt is home to a group of talented and passionate artists who have painted the various characters from The Hunger Games in their own style. From intricate depictions of Katniss’s famous fiery dress to shared moments between rival tributes, this artwork could even please President Snow. Check out the collection below, and make sure to see Mockingjay Part 2 when it arrives in theaters on November 20th!

Nothing can prepare you for the end

Social 880x440 by marioluevanosBe among the first people to create fan art for the new Disney/Pixar movie, The Good Dinosaur! Create an original piece of art featuring Arlo and Spot that illustrates their powerful friendship and spirit of adventure for the chance to win cash prizes!
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Disney/Pixar and DeviantArt invite you to be the first to draw characters from The Good Dinosaur! Create an original piece of art featuring main characters Arlo and Spot that illustrates their powerful friendship and extraordinary spirit of adventure.

The Good Dinosaur creates a world where a single moment changed everything, in which dinosaurs never go extinct and now live side-by-side with humans. Join Arlo, a young Apatosaurus, and Spot, a human boy, on their journey home as they face their fears and form an unlikely friendship.

​​​​​Celebrate the release of Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur in theatres in 3D November 25!

Step 1

Watch the trailer for The Good Dinosaur and review the character descriptions for inspiration for your entry. Please read the Official Rules for more details.

Step 2

Create an original piece of art featuring Arlo, Spot, and/or the world of The Good Dinosaur that shows the power of their friendship and their extraordinary spirit for adventure.

Step 3

Submit your artwork into the contest by using the "Submit Your Entry" button below. Your entry must be in the form of a single JPG or PNG file approximately 2000 pixels in width by 550 pixel in height.


The last to hatch among his siblings and the smallest, 11-year old Arlo has yet to make his mark on his family’s farm. When Arlo falls into a river and finds himself swept hundreds of miles away from home, he’s forced to face fear for the first time of his life.

Along the way, Arlo develops an unlikely friendship with a human boy named Spot who helps him realize he is capable of much more than he thought.


Spot is a wild, tough and tenacious human boy who has lived alone in the wilderness for much of his life. He speaks in only grunts and growls, but his strengths are clear: he's fearless, confident and a survivalist. Spot quickly proves to be a great resource to Arlo, and slow, becomes a friend.


Brave and selfless, Poppa is a devoted husband and father, working tirelessly to make a life for his family and their farm. He has a soft spot for Arlo, his small and fearful son, and takes special care of him as he grows up. Poppa belives in Arlo and knows that with enough perseverance, Arlo can overcome his fears and make his mark.


A loving wife and mother, Momma is smart and quick-witted. She's a hard worker witha a lot of love for her family, and she keeps her children and their farm in order. Her quiet strength is the backbone of the family.


Buck is Arlo's brother: they're the same age, but Buck is bigger, stronger and a little rambunctious. He likes to tease his fearful brother as ofter as he can—and Arlo is an easy target.

Buck's size, strength and confidence allow him to do things that Arlo can't imagine doing—like ripping a tree out of the ground with his teeth.


Arlo's sister Libby is a capable and willful girl who can plow a mean field. The little trickster has a great sense of humor, and loves playing silly pranks on her family.

Pet Collector

Forrest Woodbush is a mysterious Styracosaurus who lives in the wilderness. Like Arlo, he harbors unreasonable fears. His ability to blend into his surroundings helps—along with an unusual (but not-exactly-fierce) collection of forest critters he’s recruited to protect him.


Butch is an intimidating Tyrannosaurus Rex—showcased by the gruesome scar across his face. A veteran rancher who's a real pro when it comes to herding longhorns, Butch encourages his kids Ramsey and Nash to learn by doing, hurling them into one hairy situation after another. Butch likes nothing better than trading war-stories over a campfire at the end of a long day.


A fearless, whip-smart and no-nonsense Tyrannosaurus Rex rancher, Ramsey loves the challenge of driving a herd of longhorns with her father, Butch, and her little brother, Nash. Ramsey has a lively, outgoing personality—she likes good jokes, tells a mean story and has a soft spot for those in need.


An enthusiastic young Tyrannosaurus Rex, Nash lives for adventure, and loves when something unexpected breaks up the routing of rounding up longhorns with his father, Butch, and his big sister, Ramsey.

He isn't the sharpest of spurs and has trouble keeping track of their herd, but his mischievous charm and positive attutude make him good company out on the range.


Raptors prey on the prized herd of longhorns that belong to Butch and his Tyrannosaurus Rex family. Raptors—or Rustlers, as Butch calls them—sport wiry, feathered bodies and hardly compare in size or strength to a T-Rex. But as a group, the Raptors pose quite a threat, and even a T-Rex may need to call in reinforcements before tangling with them.


The Pterodactyles are a search-and-"rescue" team of five. They like to sit back and let the often-treacherous storms in this part of the world do their dirty work, then reap the benefits of the devastation. But when these flying hunter-scavengers set their sights on Spot and Arlo, they're in for a big surprise.

Grand Prize Finalists

3 Grand Prize Finalists will be awarded $2,000 USD and a 1-year Core Membership, and their winning entry will be featured as a Billboard Takeover on DeviantArt’s Homepage!


22 Semi-finalists will have their artwork featured on the winners page and will each receive $50 and a 1-month Core Membership!

All winners and semi-finalists will have their artwork featured on DeviantArt’s social channels.

The Contest begins at 10:00 AM (PST) on November 3, 2015 and ends at 11:59:59 PM (PST) on November 19, 2015.

  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of November 3, 2015;
  • 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 (PST) on November 19, 2015 and must be submitted through the contest gallery on DeviantArt;
  • Membership to is required to enter the Contest. Membership to is free;
  • The work may use or reference the images provided at the Contest Site in any two dimensional drawing, painting, digital or visual medium other than photography and must be submitted at the Contest Site as a single JPG or PNG file. Photographs of an entry made in traditional media are acceptable;
  • Your entry must be in the form of a single JPG or PNG file approximately 2000 pixels in width by 550 pixel in height.
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply, so please read the Official Rules carefully.

The semi-finalists and the winner will be chosen by a panel of DeviantArt staff judges.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Effectiveness in presenting the Theme;
  • Overall impact of the Work;
  • Originality and artistic skill

Sketchthis-social-twitter by madizzleeDeviantArt is excited to announce Sketch This – daily drawing challenges encouraging artists of all skill levels to explore new techniques, emotions, and subjects with their art, while having fun interacting with the DeviantArt and SketchBook communities. Sketch This is directly integrated inside Autodesk® SketchBook® mobile app for iOS and Android.

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DeviantArt is excited to announce Sketch This – daily drawing challenges encouraging artists of all skill levels to explore new techniques, emotions, and subjects with their art, while having fun interacting with the DeviantArt and SketchBook communities. Sketch This is directly integrated inside the free Autodesk® SketchBook® mobile app for iOS and Android.

SketchBook is made for anyone who loves to draw, and is an essential tool for all digital artists. Now with the integration of Sketch This, artists can easily submit their drawings directly to DeviantArt and be inspired to create something new and satisfying every day.

Daily Challenges

Professional artists craft each daily drawing challenge using many art examples sourced from the DeviantArt community. With a wide range of challenges covering varied drawing styles and captivating subject matter, Sketch This is the perfect way to get in the daily routine of being creative while elevating your artistic experience. Video clips and inspiring deviations will introduce you to techniques you may not have tried before. Exciting formats like timed challenges, templates, and multi-level challenges will introduce new and intriguing ways to express yourself and extend your talents.

Select from a variety of fun and engaging daily prompts!

Timed Challenges

Can you finish your drawing before the timer runs out?

Template Challenges

Create a drawing starting with a pre-made template or image!

Multi-level Challenges

Each drawing you finish will unlock your next challenge.

Sketch It

SketchBook allows artists to capture the natural feeling of drawing with easy-to-use tools.  Using SketchBook, you can access a toolset of over 100 brushes, pens, markers, and pencils that deliver a powerful drawing experience on your mobile device.  Customize brushes exactly how you want them – adjust brush radius, opacity, rotation, and more.  SketchBook and Sketch This combine to help digital artists grow in a entertaining and challenging way.

Some challenges will be basic, while others could have timers or templates.

Getting Started

Download SketchBook now!

SketchThis is integrated into Autodesk SketchBook on iOS and Android

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