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Notices and things!

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 5:19 AM

I have been away! (Bet you didn't notice!! :P )



Lee and I were at Minamicon this weekend just gone for a long weekend filled with anime, manga, and all round good times. As usual we dragged Amazonofexeter along for the ride :D

I somehow managed to get one of the more weirdly named prizes in the Masquerade for my C.C. artbook costume, I was in a bit of a daze at the time but it had something to do with how big my dress was. (I must add that no small people or orphans were harmed carrying around my voluminous skirts all weekend! :lol: John will remember the full name of it no doubt, I was too busy at the time trying not to throw up from nerves lol )

So, now thats over and done with I will do stock as soon as I find some convenient time.  It was far too bloody cold at the weekend to take more than 1 or 2 shots just to show the dress off.

I still also have snow shots to post from earlier in the year. :|

I still also have contest winners which are waiting for prizes, I promise I've not forgotten you, you are at the top of my list of things to do now I am back!! <3

Gallery Description Project and Thumbnail fixes.



By now you will all have read/seen/used the new submit page where the galleries now have examples and a full description of what you should be posting where.   Its taken a huge amount of time and effort but I believe all the galleries are now up to date and have appropriate thumbnail examples.  HOWEVER!! We are only human, and there may well be the odd error/typo/thumbnail issue that needs double checking, so if you do spot an issue, please please do let us know so we can let Danie know there is a problem!!

You can read more about the updates on Moonbeam13 's journal here -
CR Newsletter January/February 2013 Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13: :
Table of Contents
1. New Submission Process and Thumbnail Examples
2. New Galleries and Gallery Additions or Change Requests
3. Why Wasn't I Chosen?
4. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
5. Community Projects
6. Official Contests
7. Project Educate 2013
8. Art History Project
9. News from the Chats and Forums
10. News from the Galleries
11. Vacation Notice
1. New Submission Process and Thumbnail Examples
In my opinion, one of the greatest advantages to the New Submission Process, are the thumbnail examples and descriptions that appear when you're selecting a category.  It's no secret that we have misplaced deviations throughout the galleries and it's probably the most complained about topic I deal with on a daily basis. My team and I have been working hard to improve the descriptions and thumbnail examples for all of the galleries, and I'm happy


Gallery Cleanup - Still in progress!



A quick reminder that we are still making every attempt to keep on top of the celeb crap and non stock being submitted to or galleries, however please don't forget that our gallery is one of the biggest on DA, and theres only a few of us working on it.  We do as much as we can, but we aren't miracle workers (sadly).  Real life takes precedence (as it has for me the last few weeks) so your patience and understanding are appreciated!  If you feel there are any particular sub categories needing extreme intervention just drop Erin or myself a note - we try and focus on the most popular areas so there will be cases where smaller sub categories look pretty bad.

Recent News Articles of Interest and Contests


About sxc.hu stockGreetings!
A few of you have been really worried lately about using stock from sxc.hu here because of the change in their ownership. Basically, you were concerned that their license says that you cannot redistribute their stock in whole or in part, by itself or combined with other elements, without the written approval of the original photographer.
As we all know by now, creating a photomanipulation is considered "making a derivative image." And we know we can't make premade backgrounds without permission from the photographers, as doing so is redistributing their work.
I advised a couple of you to check with the Help Desk and sxc.hu to find out the whole truth before making rash decisions about your group that could potentially make everyone panic.
Using my own personal account, I wrote to sxc.hu to find out what the story was. Here's what I said:
I was just wondering whether creating phot

Site Update, February 28In 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.
Change Log
Documents on the Developers page have been updated and visually improved. Fixed by aMoniker
Selecting Notes from the Message Center would take deviants to the Notes page, but would not open the selected Note. Fixed by shadowhand
The legacy Journal editor was not functional on mobile devices. Fixed by aMoniker
For a very short period, an error would display upon sending a Note from a deviant's Profile, even though the Note would still send. Fixed by chris
Thumbnails were not rendering
The Danger of Model RequestsHiya Darlings,
So some of you may remember a while back when Elandria asked us to spread the message about what is, and is not an appropriate stock requests for model stock. Keep in mind that this applies to both female and male models. I ran across an article in the news today that made me want to bring that subject back into the spotlight.
3 Missing Colorado Women Have Online Modeling Profiles
This really disturbed me, as I know that quite a few models here on dA also have modeling profiles on ModelMayhem. The internet can be a wonderful place to gain exposure for your art and build your modeling portfolio. Unfortunately, if I may borrow a line from Melissandre, the internet is also "dark and full of terrors." There really are monsters out there, and you should always proceed with caution. Never assume that it "can't happen to you." I know that it can happen to you.
I really want you to take the time to re-read (or read it for the first time) :

Forest Queen Contest!FOREST QUEEN CONTEST!

This is a contest for Visual Artists. There will be 4 winners:
Photo manipulation:
- Judges' Winner
- Deviants' Winner*
Other Visual Arts (ie. Digital drawing, watercolors, traditional drawing etc.):
- Judges' Winner
- Deviants' Winner*

* Deviants' Winner will consist of the ten top images selected by the judging panel (excluding Judges' Winners) and each section will be made via a public poll for one week.
Rules
- You must use at least one of my 'Forest Queen' stock images in the art work (the 45 images to chose from can be found here: http://kirilee.deviantart.com/gallery/42321615 )
- You must follow rules of all stocks and resources used (including my own)
- You may enter up to two times
Due Date: 31st March, 2013
Prizes
Judges' Winner - for both categories
- 3 Month Premium Subscription from kirilee
- 3 Month Premium Subscr
Contest Closed
:new: The contest is officially closed! Me and TouchFeel will powwow and get the contest winners posted within the next few days! :new:
New Contest!  
Much Ado About Mucha Art Nouveau Contest
Both TouchFeel and HiddenRelevance have a long running love for Alfonse Mucha's gorgeous Art Nouveau paintings and advertisements. The flowing hair and draping fabric added to the lovely scroll work and framing just takes our breath away.
So, finally we have decided to do both stock and a contest inspired by that gorgeous style.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Mucha - just type the name into google images and you'll be blown away by the options!
So, on to the details!
Deadline:
May 5, 2013
Rules:
1. You must have an obvious Art Nouveau theme or element in your entry.
2. Your entry MUST contain one of our Mucha-inspired model stock images (seen here: http://hiddenyume-stock.deviantart.com/gallery/42367684) as a CENTRAL figure in the entry. Only entries with one of th


Daily Deviation Suggestions



As usual I'm looking for more DD suggestions please! ( PirateLotus-Stock probably is as well!)  We have a massive gallery, and only a few pairs of eyes to get through all the new submissions, so suggestions are appreciated!!
My DD suggestion requirements are on my main page, and Erins are on hers.
We have no problem looking at self suggestions if you think your stock or resources are of great quality and usefulness! 
:bulletorange: Don't forget I request that you also suggest another stock provider if you are self suggesting to me.
:bulletorange: Erin has restrictions on how many DDs artists have received
:bulletorange: There  is the site wide limit of 6 months in between DDs.
:bulletorange: We don't accept suggestions for premade stock images that do not fully list ALL stock sources which must be legitimate

Texture Your World Contest



We can't repeat this enough, PLEASE PLEASE make sure your submissions are the right size!!!!!!

Deadline is coming up VERY VERY SOON - 11th March So make sure you get your entries in on time!!!!!!



Texture Your World Contest

Texture Your World ContestTell us the story of your world in textures!
We are surrounded 24 hours a day by objects that have texture, they may be smooth or bobbly, old or new, bold, bright, shiny or dull. You might see a texture every day and never notice it until you start looking. Do you sit at a desk that's textured, or pass an interesting tree on the way to work or school?
We want you, in the form of a triptych (thats 3 images forming a larger image see example here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triptych ) to tell us the story of your textured world. Each individual texture should stand on its own, both as a useful resource and as a cohesive part of the whole story. What story you tell through your texture triptych is up to you - but they must be textures that tell a story of your world in some way.
There are 3 categories for this contest, each of which you can submit to twice.
Digital stock
These are textures created digitally by
Texture Your World Contest Hints and TipsHints and tips for making the most of your texture entries
We've already had some really lovely entries for the contest which you can view here -
Traditional Art Textures
Photographic Textures
Digital Art Textures
However we've had a lot of artists asking for clarification on some of the rules of the contest and how they should go about making the most of their entries, so we've put a bit of a list together for you here
:bulletgreen: Take the time to explain your textures and how they relate to your world! :bulletgreen:
:bulletorange: There is no reason why you can't put in a few details about why you chose the textures you did for your triptych and what they mean to you . In fact thi

stockandresources.deviantart.c… Traditional Texture Stock
stockandresources.deviantart.c… Photographic Texture Stock
stockandresources.deviantart.c… Digital Texture Stock

You have a few DAYS left yet to get your entries in!!

CLOSING DATE 11TH MARCH 2013




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STAY RESOURCEFUL!


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Stock and Resources Notices, Reminders and Updates March 2013
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CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:happybounce: Welcome back! I'm glad you had fun! :D I just found out that we have a mini-comicon here in Springfield and my inner nerd went ":squee:!" Thank you for including my journal too! :D (it almost looked like journaLROO.. cat on the keyboard syndrome :facepalm: lol)
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
You were at minamicon!? :eager: Are you going to be at Ayacon as well? :D
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Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
We aren't sure to be honest! Its only up the road from us but it will depend on what we have on at the same time and ticket availability etc :)
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Only up the road!? We live near each other :squee:
I know I'll be there x) And you must go, it's the last Aya!
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Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
:D Yer we used to live in Coventry, then we moved south of the border into Worcestershire, but we still both work just outside of Warwick for our sins lol
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Oh man XD I too used to live in Coventry (went to Blue Coat Secondary, and the City College), in Norwich at University atm, but I moved in with my fiance in Northampton x)
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UnicornReality Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is to cold to get out of bed.
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Amazonofexeter Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hmm....something along the lines of 'the most creative use of 16 midgets'....!!

Good times though...now to plan for next year....how will you top this year tho....outrigger? helium balloons....??
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EveLivesey Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
:wave:
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Oh god I gotta do an update D:
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