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Oh look I've been here for 10 years

Sun Feb 9, 2014, 9:40 PM
Top Bird

The official day was yesterday, but I'm celebrating today nonetheless! 

I wish I had more to say, but I think a .gif will do better justice to the occasion. Here's to 10 more! 

Tagged + Photographer needed!

Fri Jan 10, 2014, 10:41 PM
Top Bird

First order of business! LaurenKitsune and bradleysays tagged me in this wonderful meme, and if there's one thing I like, it's a good meme. 

Second, my friend Anna is getting married in August! It's a joyous time, and as maid of honor, I'm doing everything possible to help her have a perfect day. She's currently having some trouble finding a photographer for the wedding, and what better place to look than good ol' deviantART! :) So, if you know of a photographer in/around Erie, PA, please let me know!

On with the questions!

1.) Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.
"A cat's face is particularly telling, expressing a variety of different emotions ranging from contentment to fear and aggression." -- Cat Care Handbook

2.) Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What can you reach?
Another laptop, heh.

3.) What is the last thing you watched on TV?
I'm watching Cake Boss right now. I've been watching Cake Boss for about 2 hours. NO I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM.

4.) Without looking guess what time it is?
9:56 PM

5.) Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?
No joke, 9:56 PM. I didn't cheat. Well, only a little.

6.) With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?

7.) When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
30 minutes ago. Laundry. I lead an exciting life.

8.) Before you started this survey, what did you look at?

9.) What are you wearing?
Jeans and a tank top. Take that, polar vortex!

10.) Did you dream last night?
Yeah, but I can't remember it at all.

11.) When did you last laugh?
I think I made a joke in my head and laughed.

12.) What are on the walls you are in?
Art. And I squashed a spider on the wall, and haven't cleaned it up yet.

13.) Seen anything weird lately?
My neighbor gave me a weird expression just now when I got the laundry.

14.) What do you think of this quiz?
I mean, it came on good recommendation by LaurenKitsune and Heidi, so it's gotta be good.

15.) What was the last film you saw?
Anchorman 2. Amazeballs.

16.) If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
A hedge fund manager.

17.) Tell me something about you that I don't know?
I like Cake Boss. Or did you already guess that?

18.) If you could change one thing about the world.
Food and water for everyone!

19). What do you want to learn in the future?
Activities in Kenya.

20.) George Bush:
Barbara Bush.

21.) Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her? 
Hah, I'm going to steal LaurenKitsune's response, because mine is the same. "Psh, if I won't even tell my family, I'm not going to tell YOU, kind stranger." 

22.) Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
This is a terrible joke. Currently, there's a commercial for Orange Juice in the background. So I thought of O.J. I would not name my child O.J. Orange Juice, maybe.

23.) Would you ever consider living abroad?
Sure would.

24.) What do you want God to say when you reach the pearly gates?
"You are cool, and I am proud of you." 

25.) Tag six people who must also do this in THEIR journal:
Cake boss.

I'm not George Washington

Mon Oct 14, 2013, 9:38 PM
Top Bird

One of my favorite time periods to study is the Revolutionary War and the founding of the United States. I'm sure this is mostly because I'm American, and I really loved my American history teacher in high school. 

But it also fascinated me how these handful of guys worked together to come up with a Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and an entire structure for running a country that has stood the test of time, though certainly isn't perfect. 

I did my senior year term paper on Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of Treasury, mainly because I wanted to focus on someone who was instrumental, but perhaps an unsung hero. In doing so, I gained a greater appreciation not only for him, but for a hero whose praise is widely known, George Washington. 

What interested me most was that Washington grew up as a farmer, and wanted nothing more than to return to life as a simple farmer in retirement. This general who fought in wars, negotiated foreign policy, and held the highest political office, retired to a quiet life on his plantation.

When I started out at deviantART, I was a farmer -- a regular member, working the fields by commenting on pieces, writing journals, responding to comments, etc. I may have noticed site changes, but only chatted about it amongst my deviantART friends, if anything. I never thought I would someday work for deviantART, but I'm so glad the opportunity presented itself. 

As staff, I saw a different perspective than I did previously. Site changes are a big deal. A lot of thought, consideration, and work goes into them. And when they're released, there's feedback -- good and bad. 

It hit me as I was reading Heidi's journal that I've gone back to being a regular community member. There are going to be changes, but the focus on deviantART hasn't changed. It's about art and community. That's why we're here. And changes are just part of the process.

I'm happy for the devious journey I've had and am glad to be back where I started -- but now, with a deeper respect and admiration for this great place. :love:

Let's Play 2 Truths and a Lie

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 10:48 PM
Top Bird

Let's learn about ourselves and others. :dummy:

- Read the three statements below about me and comment with which one you think is the lie.
- Then, post 3 statements about yourself in a comment to this journal, 2 of which are true and one of which is a lie. I'll reply back and guess which one it is! 

Which is the lie?
1) I used to wear braces as a kid.
2) I have my motorcycle license.
3) I am a Citizen Arborist.

Comment with which one you think is the lie! Make sure to guess before you read the comments, because there will likely be spoilers. :lol: 

Then, post three statements yourself, and I'll guess your lie. :la:

Top Bird

1. You must post these rules What rules? :slow:


1. Your TO DO-list at the moment?
- A shower mostly. I should write some emails, buuut I'll probably just More Like This for awhile. :meow:

2. Define art.
- Pop culture was in art, now art's in pop culture in me.

3. What style you draw the most?
- Clouds and trees. Does that count?

4. Weekend plans?
- Hopefully hit the beach for some boogie boarding! :D Sunday is my boyfriend's birthday, and I'm planning on taking him to the super weird museums around us, like the Museum of Jurassic Technology and the Museum for Land Use Interpretation. :lol:

5. What was the name of your first pet?
- I had a pet frog for about a week that we got from the mall, which I named Goku, since I was a huge DBZ nerd at the time. It was one of those pets that was specifically advertised to be really difficult to kill off and was supposed to live for a couple years. I think it died a week later, along with the stand in the mall that sold them.

6. What do you do most when you are bored?
- What's being bored? I haven't felt that in a long time. :P

7. Do you believe in karma?
- In some way. 

8. Who is your celebrity crush?

9. Define marriage in a sentence.
- Love? Is that a sentence?

10. Are you happy with the person you have become?
- I don't think I'll ever be, so I stopped worrying about it. :lol:

I'm so angry right now.

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 2:24 PM
Top Bird

In fact, I'm feeling a little ticked off. :giggle:

Yep, the day is finally here. My part-time gig with deviantART has ended, so I'm back to being a regular deviant. ;) I have to say it's a little strange to see. My 'A' looks so lonely. ;_;

I'm off the staff, but still around. In fact, I was helping my Mom pick out prints to purchase for my old room, since she recently did some renovations on the house, and now we need to fill the walls with some beautiful art. It was so addicting trying to find the perfect pieces. But, I think we made a good choice, getting some bird prints for my nature-themed room by clippercarrillo. :love:

Cardinal Sin by clippercarrillo All Things Bright and Beautiful by clippercarrillo Easter Note by clippercarrillo

How have you all been? Anyone getting ready for school to start soon? :P

Oh! And, if you're a pre-k, kinder, or 1st grade teacher, or know of someone who is, let me know! I might have some free goodies you can use in your classroom. :innocent:

Skin made by fantasy-alive

Whose Line Renewed for Second Season

Mon Jul 29, 2013, 7:35 PM

I'm Eating Pop Tarts and Fruit Snacks

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 7:35 PM
Top Bird

...accompanied by Capri Sun. Because I'm an adult! :shakefish:

Anyway, hi. It's been awhile. How are you? I've been lurking around but time's been pretty limited to do much more. I've learned that I watch way too many people. :B When I was on deviantART 24/7, I could manage my Message Center. I think it's time to make some (tough) cuts. ;_;

Things at JibJab have been good! It's actually full of artists on staff who create all the original content for both JibJab and StoryBots. I get to interview the artists about their process and generally silly questions to write up in their blog. That's only a small portion of what my day consists of, but it's been a really fun time so far and an amazing learning experience.

What I have seen from skimming my Message Center are a lot of posts about San Diego Comic-Con, coming up this week! I'm heading down for the weekend with the deviantART crew, and I'm super excited. :D

Also, for those of you who are able, Whose Line Is It Anyway? returns tomorrow, July 16th at 8 PM. Watch it! I need it to get good ratings and continue on for a long, long time. I can personally say it is excellent. I've already seen half of the episodes by going to half of the tapings. :lol:


A new chapter begins

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 12:49 AM
Top Bird

I don't think I ever imagined how I would write this journal. Probably because I never wanted to think about it.  Even though I knew this day would come, I don't think I expected it to come so soon.

Today marks my last day as a full-time deviantART employee.

It's been a journey I can't even begin to describe. I've had such an incredible time during my run here, and I'll forever have a place in my heart for deviantART and its amazing people. I've come to a point where, as painful as it is, it's best for me to move on. I'm joining the team at JibJab to promote their new product, StoryBots. In this position, I'll be reaching out to kids, parents, and teachers to get StoryBots in classrooms and homes as fun, educational aids in increasing learning. It's an area in which I've done quite a bit of volunteer work in the past, so I'm really excited to jump in full-time.

But that also means I have to leave behind some of the best people, if not THE best people, to work with ever, and doing a job that's been fun, challenging, meaningful, and fulfilling. 

I know I've said this before, but when I first started my deviantART account 9 years ago, I never, ever, in a million years, expected to be working for deviantART. Back in the day, deviantART was a fun distraction that I used to relax after school for an hour or so. I +Faved anime drawings, commented on works by friends I came to know, and wrote journals. I never got involved in the new features or the politics or the dArama with whatever was happening. I was here during a lot, but I have no memory of most of it because I was here to find art and friends. :lol: And I've always tried to keep that in mind while working here. I never wanted to lose the joy I got from just merely interacting with the community. 

I knew back then that deviantART would always be a big part of my life. I found friends on deviantART that I would have never found otherwise. I fell in love for the first time on deviantART, or, at least, fell in love with the idea of love. I began writing, which would eventually become one of my favorite activities. I drew regularly because of deviantART, even though I have no artistic skill whatsoever. I wanted to draw to give back to the community and friends that meant so much to me. Going to the same school for K-12 allowed me to maintain friendships for life, for which I'm completely grateful, but deviantART gave me the opportunity to make friends outside of my bubble. It also allowed me to realize what it meant to lose contact with people you care deeply about. Someday, I'd like to think the y=mx+b will meet again.

Little did I know that, while deviantART was, basically, my childhood through teen years, it would also play a monumental role in my young adult phase. In college, I still checked deviantART, though I had taken a pretty solid break. I saw a job posting through a news article announcement and, since I had to do an internship with a company that dealt internationally for college anyway, I thought deviantART would be the perfect place. I applied, never expecting to hear back. I was called for a phone interview with dloesch, and then an in-person interview, which was my first-time driving to Los Angeles. I left crazy early -- I think I even skipped the end of a class to make sure I had plenty of time -- and, of course, that was the one and only time there was no traffic whatsoever. I got there, parked, and told myself I should wait in the car until it's a little closer until the interview time. And then I reasoned, "Well, what if I get lost in the building and can't find which office it is? I should go up there, make sure I can locate the office, then hang out in my car until it's time." Of course, when I got up there, I believe it was SGonzalez who opened the door immediately and signaled dloesch that I had arrived. I thought I had already blew it, getting there too early. But, I suppose he overlooked that, and took me on as an intern. 

Intern days consisted of a lot of shipping, writing notes to deviants to put in packages, research, and some blog writing. I enjoyed my weekly trips to Hollywood, and getting to know a, relatively, small team at the time. As deviantART expanded, so did my duties and the number of employees. During my part-time work, I remember dloesch leaving for another company, and I wasn't sure what would happen. Thankfully, Heidi kept me on, and eventually, offered me a full-time position after I graduated college. I couldn't have hoped for anything better. 

During my full-time gig, I got to experience more than I ever thought I would. I sat with the CEA team, which not only was a mind-blowing experience, but I also was able to foster a great friendship with aunjuli. I was Heidi's assistant, or Boss's Girl, as we called it, which meant I kept her list of tasks and even got to interrupt meetings from time to time when she had other things that needed to be done (or just needed rescued). I traveled to San Diego, Seattle, NYC, London, and France to meet deviants. I helped send more than 3500 cards to 23 hospitals around the world. I moved into the Fishbowl, playing games and engaging in general tomfoolery with Shyree and danlev.

More than anything, I learned. A ton. This has been my first "real" job, outside of part-time gigs in high school and college. I learned how to communicate with clients, co-workers, and customers. I learned about the technical side to developing tools and features. I learned about planning and executing events and campaigns. I learned how to find smart people and stick by them. Thankfully, at deviantART, there's no shortage. I learned from failure and mistakes. I learned from successes. I learned the value of putting in a hard day's work. There were many late nights and hard days. But all completely and totally worth it. And actually, I might even miss those days. Free pizza was usually involved.

But never fear -- I won't be going away just like that. You can't get rid of me that easy. ;) You'll notice that I said this is my last day as a full-time employee. I'm going to continue on as a part-timer, picking up a few things here and there and helping with some of our major, multi-faceted events, so I'll still have my $ for a few months. But, you may see less of me as I've passed on some of my everyday duties to other amazing staffers who will do a far better job than I could ever do.  And even so, I plan to still be around as a deviant, going on comment/+Fav sprees. ;) Once a deviant, always a deviant. 

Most of all, I want to express my thanks. Thanks to dloesch for giving me a chance. Thanks to Heidi for not kicking me out the door, and supporting me to run with crazy, stupid ideas. Thanks to aunjuli for always being there through all the stress, craziness, and downright ridiculous situations we fell in. Thank you to all deviantART staff for your support in all our projects.

And, of course, thank you community. Thank you for being you. Thank you for accepting me in, as a deviant and as a staff member. Thank you for sticking around, for voicing your thoughts, for your continued support of deviantART. This is a truly a one-of-a-kind, magical place that has forever impacted my life, and it's in no small way thanks to you.

I suppose that was a little stream-of-consciousness, but maybe that's the best way to go about this. Tl;dr, I'm leaving, but not forever. Thank you for everything. Don't be a stranger. :peace:

25 Unique Pokemon Fusions

Thu May 23, 2013, 1:37 PM

I love the Pokemon Fusion tool. You can spend hours and hours combining your favorites to create your ultimate fighting machine. Artists are bringing these fusions to life and giving them a personality all their own. Here are a few of my favorite fan art pieces!

Pokemon Fusion Team by dkirbyj
Pokemon Fusion: Curino by AshKays
Pokemon Fusion Sprite - ARBTAILS by darksilvania
-Pokemon fusion- Dewpoke by Miharuruu
Shellnine - Pokemon mix by AccursedAsche
Pokemon Fusion - Lickicate by ice-cream-skies
Sandtails-Pokemon Fusion by AmphyPop
pokemon FUSION by CoconutMilkyway
Pokemon Fusions by pettyartist
Pokemon Fusion Dewbasaur by UltraHurtMan
Pokemon Fusion: Nidorow by handraw
PKMN Fusion: Cutails by buyo-baka
Rhyta (Pokemon Fusion) by Nightsrunner

Magneform Pokemon Fusion by Raikoh-illust
Pokemon Fusion - Electrifing by Detective-May
PKMN Fusion: Manfairy by buyo-baka
Pokemon Fusion - Muchamp by cavemonster

Fusion gone wrong by abogato
Pokemon Fusion: Lickitung + Dugtrio by ProjectSNT
Pokemon Fusion by pokketmowse
Pokemon Breeding Gone Wrong by PuppiesAndSunshine
Pokemon Fusion Doodles by SquidPuke
[PKMN-FUSION] Chanfing by miulk

Which fusion is your favorite? Which two Pokemon would you fuse?

Monster High Create-A-Monster Contest

Mon May 13, 2013, 7:23 PM

Join the ghoulish gang of Monster High™ by creating a new monster for the class of 2013! To celebrate the new Create-A-Monster™ product line, we want you to use your spooky skills and creepy creativity to unleash your own fang-tastic monster and win some incredible prizes!

There are tonnes of gore-geous options for creating your own monster, and you're only limited by your imagination! Get involved and start thinking about who and what your monster will be. You can get inspired by checking out the Create-A-Monster™ start up packs and add ons!

Don't forget to name your creation. If you get stuck for names, try naming your creation after famous monsters like the rest of the Monster High™ ghouls are, like Draculaura™ and Frankie Stein™

Be yourself. Be unique. Be a MONSTER!™

Want to know all about the haunting happenings at Monster High™? Go to

  • $3,000.00 AUD
  • Monster High™ Create-A-Monster Starter Pack
  • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
  • One-Year Premium Membership

Bring Your Monster Life

Join the ghoulish gang of Monster High™ by creating a new monster for the class of 2013! To celebrate the new Create-A-Monster™ product line, we want you to use your spooky skills and creepy creativity to unleash your own fang-tastic monster and win some incredible prizes!

There are tones of gore-geous options for creating your own monster, and you're only limited by your imagination! Get involved and start thinking about who and what your monster will be. You can get inspired by checking out the Create-A-Monster™ start up packs and add ons!

Don't forget to name your creation. If you get stuck for names, try naming your creation after famous monsters like the rest of the Monster High™ ghouls are, like Draculaura™ and Frankie Stein™

Be yourself. Be unique. Be a MONSTER!™ Want to know all about the haunting happenings at Monster High™? Go to

Check out the Monster High™ Create-A-Monster Design Lab above for inspiration and ideas.

Read the Official Rules.

Once you're ready to start creating, click the "Create-A-Monster" button on the right and use dA muro!

When you've perfected your monster, click the green "done" button in the upper right corner to submit your entry.

  1. Step 1

    Check out the Monster High™ Create-A-Monster Design Lab above for inspiration and ideas.

  2. Step 2

    Read the Official Rules.

  3. Step 3

    Once you're ready to start creating, click the "Create-A-Monster" button on the right and use dA muro!

    Your entry could be featured on as Ghoul of The Week!

  4. Step 4

    When you've perfected your monster, click the green "done" button in the upper right corner to submit your entry.

*This is not a requirement to be eligible for entry
  • $2,000.00 AUD
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  • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
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  • Monster High™ Create-A-Monster Starter Pack
  • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
  • Six-Month Premium Membership
  • Monster High™ Create-A-Monster Starter Pack
  • One-Month Premium Membership
    • First Place

    • $2,000.00 AUD
    • Monster High™ Create-A-Monster Starter Pack
    • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
    • Six-Month Premium Membership
    • Second Place

    • $1,000.00 AUD
    • Monster High™ Create-A-Monster Starter Pack
    • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
    • Six-Month Premium Membership

    Twenty-Two Semi-Finalists

  • Monster High™ Create-A-Monster Starter Pack
  • One-Month Premium Membership

Entries must be received within the Promotion Period and no later than 11:59:59 PM (AEST) on 18 June 2013 and must be submitted to contest gallery through dA muro tool using the preloaded Monster High™ template.

To enter the Contest:

Entrant must follow the instructions on the Contest Site and submit a completed entry of an artwork depicting an original version of a Monster High™ character (the "Work") using the deviantART muro drawing tool and the provided template at the Contest Site. The completed Work must be submitted to the Contest Gallery using the deviantART muro tool available from the Contest Site.

The work must be completely original. No stock permitted.

Membership to (the "Contest Site") is required to enter the contest. Membership to is free. Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of May 14th, 2013 to be eligible to enter the Contest and has to be a resident of Australia as of the date of his or her entry.

Additional terms and conditions apply. Read the official rules.

25 Semi-Finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff. From the Semi-Finalists, the final three Winners will be selected by Mattel Australia.

All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creative treatment of the Work.
  • Overall Impact of the Work.
  • Technical Skill.
Contest Ends in
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11:59:59 PM AEST

The Make Ugly Contest

Mon May 13, 2013, 12:57 PM

Make Ugly. Get recognition.

What's the ugliest truth about Big Tobacco? truth® wants to find out and you can help. DeviantART is calling for submissions of your ugliest monster, giant, mutant or undead art. Download the facts for inspiration and get in on the ugly action. Winners get cash prizes and will be included as a part of the truth® Artist Collective.

The Facts


To draw public attention from the dangers of secondhand smoke in 1987, Big Tobacco thought they might try to "create a bigger monster (AIDs)."


1 in 3 teens who begin smoking eventually die from tobacco-related disease. Not undead. Dead dead.


A Big Tobacco document shows they worried that publishing that radioactive Polonium-210 is in cigarette smoke would be like "waking a sleeping giant."


One tobacco company biologically engineered tobacco plants to have twice the normal level of nicotine. Talk about a mutation.

Step 1

Download the fact pack to get inspired by some ugly truths.

Download the Fact Pack

Step 2

Create your darkest, weirdest, ugliest monster, giant, mutant or undead. No need to include the actual fact, just let it inspire your art.

Step 3

Submit entry as JPG or PNG at least 2,000 pixels in shortest length.

Submit Entry

Be sure to read the Official Rules.

1st Place

  • $4,000 USD
  • Apple iPad Mini (16GB WiFi)
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • 1-Year Premium Membership

2nd Place

  • $2,000 USD
  • Apple iPad Mini (16GB WiFi)
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
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3rd Place

  • $2,000 USD
  • Apple iPad Mini (16GB WiFi)
  • 3,000 deviantART Points
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4th Place

  • $2,000 USD
  • Apple iPad Mini (16GB WiFi)
  • 1,000 deviantART Points
  • 6-Month Premium Membership

36 Semi-Finalists

3-Month Premium Membership & 1,000 deviantART Points


Entry must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PT - Los Angeles CA, USA) on June 23, 2013 and must be submitted to the Contest gallery.

The completed entry ("Work") may originate in any visual medium but must be submitted at the Contest Site as a single JPG or PNG file, at least 2,000 pixels in the shortest length.

The Work must be completely original, but may be based on any of the entrant's prior work. No stock.

Entries may be used by truth® in connection with anti-tobacco education.

Membership to (the "Contest Site") is required to enter the contest. Membership to is free.

Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of May 13, 2013 to be eligible to enter the Contest and must be a resident of the United States.

Additional terms and conditions apply. Read the official rules.

Read Official Rules carefully.


40 Semi-Finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff. From the Semi-Finalists, the final four Winners will be selected by Vitaly Alexius.

All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • the fearsome ugliness of the monster, giant, mutant, or undead depicted in the Work
  • overall impact of the Work in communicating an aspect of the Fact Pack
  • technical and artistic skill
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deviantART deviantMEET

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Join us for a Los Angeles deviantMEET!

Los Angeles deviants, check out a screening of *louieschwartzberg's Wings of Life and hang out with deviantART staff and fellow members!

Join Us!

Blackball Studios

See a movie screening at this special deviantMEET!

You are invited to join deviantART in watching Disney Nature's Wings of Life, directed by our very own louieschwartzberg, at the Directors Guild of America. Enjoy a Q&A with Louie immediately following the film, then grab a burger with deviantART staff and fellow deviants at The Counter!

Autumn Splendor by *louieschwartzberg

Map to devMEET

Directors Guild of America, Los Angeles, CA

  • Location: 7920 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90046
  • Date & Time: Monday, June 3, 2013 at 7:30 PM PDT
  • Admission: FREE!
  • What to Bring: Just yourself!


Check out the Wings of Life trailer to get just a taste of the beauty showcased in this film!

This Los Angeles deviantMEET will be like no other! You'll have the opportunity to see a screening of Wings of Life, directed by louieschwartzberg, at the Directors Guild of America. This 80-minute movie explores the unsung heroes of our planet -- bees, butterflies, birds, and bats -- and discovers just how much we rely on them for our livelihood. Hang out for a movie and a special Q&A with Louie himself! Around 10 PM, we'll walk to The Counter, just across the street from the DGA, for a bite to eat and more meeting and mingling with deviantART staff.

We have reached our capacity for RSVPs. Should space open up at the venue, we will open RSVPs up once again. If you weren't able to secure a spot for the movie, you're more than welcome to join us at The Counter!

Only one guest per person, please. There will be self-parking available in the Directors Guild lot. There will be a security checkpoint, so please do not bring any items that you wouldn't bring to a regular movie theater. Since this is a movie screening, there's no need to bring anything but yourself and some money if you'd like to eat afterwards.

Adventure Achieved

Tue Apr 16, 2013, 7:32 AM
Top Bird

"I'll try to keep you guys updated on the adventure. Rest assured that I'll be taking as many pictures as humanly possible, and I'll submit some of my favorites!" - my last journal

Great job, self. :facepalm: by Chimpantalones

I'm sitting in the airport waiting for the flight back to Los Angeles. I can't believe how quickly this trip passed by! I could write about all the amazing things my brother and I saw on our journeys in Singapore and Malaysia, from taking a traditional Singapore cooking class, to visiting a firefly reserve, to rock climbing up a fairly large rock face, but I wouldn't want to make you all jealous. ;) Instead, I thought I'd depict one of the most interesting aspects of the trip for me.

Maybe it's just because we were staying with my brother's friend Meng, who is a bit of a Malaysian political revolutionary, but it was interesting being exposed to the Malaysian political process, as the elections are drawing near. They pretend to have a democracy, when really, the ruling party has been in power for the last 50 years and the country has known no other leadership. It's not a dictatorship, per se -- on the contrary, it seems like quite an open and free country. But, the ruling party controls the media, therefore, only what they want said is what's said. And nothing to the contrary. So, they're able to slander the other side, while the opposition can't really say anything in defense. For example, the ruling party put the opposition leader in jail for claims that he had committed sodomy, apparently with no evidence. 

With the rise of social media and whatnot, it looks like the opposition may be able to have more of their say. It's still unlikely that the opposition will win. But just the idea that it's such a enclosed system intrigued me. Even our hike leader was talking about people who don't know any better just believe the ruling party. Those who have traveled a bit learn more of the truth that the ruling party has been feeding propaganda to make them look better. 

It made me think that those who don't know any better are likely perfectly happy voting for the ruling party. After all, they make themselves look really good. Maybe if you don't know any better, there would be no reason for change. Ignorance is bliss.

Perhaps against the popular stance, I really loved high school. I was quite ignorant then. I grew up in a small town, and while I had traveled and whatnot, I still believed what I was taught. I stayed in the same school my entire life. People who had done so were known to have lived in a bubble. And it was true. It wasn't until I moved across the country and attended a different school that I learned how constraining of a bubble that really was. My eyes were opened to a lot. Some things held up, but most things weren't as black and white as I was taught. 

It's not to say that I'm not happy anymore -- I'm still so thankful and excited to see what each day will bring. But I do look back at high school years fondly, remembering how blissfully ignorant I was. It was a simpler time. This whole experience with the ruling party controlling the perception of the people reminded me of this. It will be interesting to see how the election pans out.

Also, the ruling party ads are hilariously cheesy. I was trying to find a good example online, but I'm sure they haven't put it online for fear of public ridicule. :lol:

Needless to say, I haven't been online a lot in the past 2 weeks. What have I missed? Any deviations you've encountered that caught your eye? :)

Adventure awaits!

Fri Apr 5, 2013, 4:59 PM
Top Bird

Tonight, I take off on a trip to Singapore and Malaysia (maybe Indonesia as well, if my brother and I get ambitious :giggle:). I'm terribly excited and hope that being overly excited will get me tired so I can sleep on the plane. But, just in case that plan fails, I have a book to read and might even bring a season of House to marathon.

My brother and I have a bunch of ideas of things we want to see and do while we're there, and I think we have it basically all planned. Lots of hiking, nature, and parks. Oh, and food. Lots of food. ;) As much as I hate doctors and medicine, I'm really excited to try The Clinic, which I found out about on one of my favorite sites, Atlas Obscura. It's a whole hospital-themed restaurant, with wheelchair seating, couches that look like hospital beds, and drinks served in test tubes. It sounds really weird and creepy, but I try to have the same philosophy when I travel -- see the most random things. That's why I love sites like Atlas Obscura. No traditional tourism for us. ;)

April is shaping up to be a really exciting month! After I get back, aunjuli and I will be attending a taping of Whose Line is it Anyway! :excited: I can't wait to see the reboot of this awesome show. 

And then, the weekend after, pajama-sam is flying in from Chicago to visit! So much to plan, so little time. It's gonna be a busy month. :lol:

I'll try to keep you guys updated on the adventure. Rest assured that I'll be taking as many pictures as humanly possible, and I'll submit some of my favorites! Until later! :wave:

Tomb Raider Reborn Contest Winners

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 1:20 PM

Square Enix's Senior Art Director Brian Horton, says:

"This piece has great impact, you can feel the motion and intensity and it deserved the number 1 spot. Great work Hamsterfly!"

In addition to having his work sold internationally as a print in the official Tomb Raider store, *Hamsterfly has also won:

  • Tomb Raider XBOX 360 Console
  • $6,000 USD
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • DeviantART Hoodie of Winner's Choice*
  • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
  • 1-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
* Depending on availability

Square Enix's Senior Art Director Brian Horton, says:

"It was great to see so many styles and KatieMiriL's piece is a fantastic interpretation. Dynamic posing, strong composition and a bold treatment earns this second place."

*KatieMiriL has won:

  • Tomb Raider XBOX 360 Console
  • $3,000 USD
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • DeviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice*
  • 6-Month Premium Membership to deviantART
* Depending on availability

Square Enix's Senior Art Director Brian Horton, says:

"It was cool to see so many Tomb Raider fans embrace the bow, this piece from Mineworker looks fantastic and does a great job capturing her new signature weapon."

*Mineworker has won:

  • Tomb Raider XBOX 360 Console
  • $1,000 USD
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • DeviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice*
  • 6-Month Premium Membership to deviantART
* Depending on availability
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Seattle deviantMEET Wrap-Up!

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 2:51 PM

The Emerald City gave a warm welcome to its deviantART green brethren on Saturday, March 23, with one of the most successful deviantMEETs in history! With over 400 attendees, this event was the second largest deviantMEET ever, and the day couldn't have been more perfect. The Pratt Fine Arts Center had the honor of not only hosting the event but instructing the group on some awesome artistic techniques. More on that later.

Heidi, danlev, ewm and I arrived a bit early to witness the magic of this room...

...turning into a full house!

Photo credit: ewm

The gathering kicked off with deviants mixing and mingling with one another, meeting artists with similar interests. At 1 PM, the screenprinting tutorials began, led by instructors from Pratt. We were surprised to see that our friends at Pratt even created a special screen containing a deviantART logo for attendees to use in their design!

Photo credit: ewm

While we were nervous about the weather, given that there was a snowstorm the day before, we were extremely pleased to see that it was actually a beautiful day! As such, we opened the garage, and the festivities migrated outdoors. Sidewalk chalk was distributed, and an amazing collaboration was made.

Pratt-1 by Ayame-Kenoshi
deviantART Meet I by PoultryChamp

Photo credit: Ayame-Kenoshi, PoultryChamp, and ewm

A few deviants set up in the drawing room, where sketchbooks were exchanged and new masterpieces were made. Those who brought laptops or tablets were able to use Pratt's Wi-Fi to showcase their deviantART profiles, +Watch new friends, and work on digital pieces. We even had a few deviants creating unique forms of artwork -- including knitters, crafters, and even AutumnDogForge creating chain mail!

DA meet Seattle by llesliedesign
Photo credit: ewm and llesliedesign

This deviantMEET was held in honor of the Merrell Diorama Contest winners, who sent us their creations to display at the meet. All three winners were beautifully constructed and looked even more impressive in person. In fact, the first place winner, trinafool, drove all the way from Portland, OR, to share her diorama. It was a truly international deviantMEET, as we had attendees from all over -- even as far away as Vancouver, Canada!

Photo credit: ewm

After the festivities ended, a group of deviants headed to the nearby Moonlight Cafe to grab a bite to eat. It was unfortunately time to say goodbye to Seattle, but we knew we had created connections that will last a lifetime.

Special thanks goes to the Pratt Fine Arts Center for being accommodating hosts and giving us the tools to express our creativity! And, of course, thank you to all who attended, near and far. It wouldn't have been a success without you!

Check out what others had to say about the deviantMEET!

In the Tomb Raider Reborn contest, we challenged you to bring the new Lara Croft to life, based on the trailer and asset pack. We saw amazing renditions of this fierce survivor, showcasing Lara's inherent resourcefulness and intuition. The competition was stiff, but our judges narrowed it down to the top 25. These will now be sent to Square Enix's Senior Art Director Brian Horton to choose the final three Winners. Congratulations to the top 25 Semi-Finalists below!

The remaining 22 Semi-Finalists will receive:
  • A Tomb Raider XBOX 360 Wireless Controller
  • 3-Month Premium Membership
  • 2,000 deviantART Points

Lady Croft the Tomb Rider  (* by remoraz Tomorrow will be a brighter day by WesleyChen 
Reborn Lara 8 by Terribilus Lara Croft Reborn by Seraphartman
Ascension by transfuse Tomb-Raider-Reborn by Sanchiko
Tomb Raider by Pencracker by Pencracker Tomb Raider Reborn by Mineworker
tombraider option3 by kotian82 Tomb Raider Reborn by Keevanski
Lara BornToSurvive by Huue Tomb Raider Reborn by Evil-Siren
Lara in the forest by hdy9108 +Lara by KatMiLo
Tomb Raider Reborn by DeivCalviz Tomb Raider Contest: Real Life Lara Croft Part. 4 by trentjones
DhennisBalontongArt TombRaiderCompetition 3 by dhennisbalontongart Tomb Raider Reborn by Enigmasystem
Chase by Hamsterfly Tomb Raider by Charlie-Bowater 
 .:The Young Lara Croft:. by EVentrue
Rebirth by alicexz Tomb Raider by LeoNeal-CP
tomb raider reborn by Txusjfuentes by Txusjfuentes

Please note: If during the finalist judging, any one of the Semi-Finalists becomes ineligible or is disqualified under the Official Rules, the Semi-Finalist judges will replace the disqualified entry with a new selection to be considered by the final judges.

Robert shot an action-packed short film called Two Scoops, starring twins Lola and Lucia who operate an ice cream truck by day and happen to also be monster-slayers. Fans contributed to the project by submitting films, Tweeting their ideas for super-weapons, creating the fiercest monsters, and sending in their photos to appear on Missing Person posters.

We're excited to announce that the collaboration is now complete! You can see the finished film right here, along with the best contributions from fans, and documentary footage to tell the story of the project.

What is your all-time favorite Robert Rodriguez film?

Once Upon A Time In Mexico

Spy Kids


Sin City


Change of scenery

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 2:48 PM
Top Bird

Hey guys! :wave:

I hope you've been well! The year just seems like it's flying by. I have to admit that I'm pretty excited the year is moving fast, because in April, I'll be heading to Singapore and Malaysia for a little vacation. :dummy: I've never been to either places before, so it should be a fun adventure. Plus, I'm going with my brother, and we haven't taken a trip like this in a few years, so it'll be great to travel with him again. Has anyone been there before/live there? If so, any recommendations? :D

If you haven't yet, be sure to check out TimberClipse's Indiegogo project to raise money to help him bring a story by Emilio Iasiello to life. There are some cool rewards as well! :la: The journal with all the information is here. Spread the word! :dalove:

I'm currently on a fantasy/landscape kick. It doesn't help that I've also been playing a lot of Fire Emblem. :lol: I've been finding these amaaazing pieces and only one thing comes to mind: "I want to live there." These are some of my recent Favourites! 

Swamp by JJcanvas
Tranquility by AndreeWallin
Treehouse by merl1ncz
Approaching Storm by Fel-X
Trollskogen by AndreeWallin