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New Challenge: Seeing Double!

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 13, 2017, 10:33 AM
Who We Are And Who We Are Not

The Submission Policy

What The Group Accepts For Its Galleries


Good Morning And Welcome To Our New Challenge.

We didn't have many entries into the "Vintage Valentine" Challenge, so I have those deviations in a Random Feature on the Home page this week,  and I will be the only one picking my favorites.


The current challenge is called "Seeing Double" and it features the stock of LongStock, skydancer-stock, PhelanDavion, fuguestock,  Tasastock, kirilee, magikstock, and chamberstock.

:bulletwhite: You are creating an image that contains a Doppelgänger.

"In fiction and folklore, a doppelganger (or doppelga(e)nger, literally "double-goer") is a look-alike or double of a living person, sometimes portrayed as a paranormal phenomenon, and is usually seen as a harbinger of bad luck. In other traditions and stories, they recognize one's 'double-goer' as an evil twin."…

We've done this challenge in the past on a regular basis, but it's been a long time, so I thought I'd bring it back.:

:bulletwhite: Simply put, you're creating either a Design or a Scene where it's obvious that the two people in the scene are the same Model. You can create an "evil twin" scene if you want, but you do not have to.

If you do not know the difference between a Design and a Scene, please review the group's walk through here:

:bulletwhite: THEME: Doppelganger (seeing double)

:bulletblue:DUE DATE: February 26th

Please Check The Countdown Clock On The HOME Page For The Exact Time In Your Area.  Late Entries Will Be Added To The Open Gallery Folder
For Your Skill Level, So Please Include Your Skill Level In The Artist's Comments.

:bulletblue: ENTRIES: You Can Enter Twice For The Competition.
See Below On How To Enter When Your Photomanipulation Is Complete.


:bulletblue: As Stated Above, You Can Create A Scene Or A Design That Includes The TWO STOCK IMAGES OF THE SAME MODEL AS FOUND BELOW UNDER REQUIRED STOCKS.

If you do not know the difference between a Design and a Scene, please review the group's walk through here:

:bulletblue: The Dopplelgangers Must Some How Relate To One Another, Or Have Some Sort Of Connection With One Another (See Examples Below!)

:bulletblue: Remember, if you use 3D Rendered stock with your Photo stock, you are creating a Mixed Media. Do not select photomanipulation as your media when you categorize your deviation. Categorize it as Digital Art > Mixed Media.

:bulletwhite: I will be checking for 3D Rendered stock and will send you a reminder Note if you forget to select the right category.


:bulletblue: If you need to review the rules of creating the illusion of depth and space, please read this “About” walk through.


:bulletblue: If you need to review the rules of light and shadow, see this quick review here:

Remember: We Are Artist Who Use Photomanipulation As Our Medium.  You CAN And SHOULD:
:bulletblue: Make sure that the direction of your Light is consistant through out your Scene.This is not necessary in your Design.
:bulletblue: Edit a stock as you need to for the final result that you want: Remove or Add Something, Change Color, Up/Lower Saturation, etc.
:bulletblue: Use Brushes, Textures, Special Techniques And A Little Show Of Special Effects To Enhance Your Over All Image.
:bulletblue: Create a dynamic Scene!

We Are FINE ARTIST! Remember:

:bulletblue:  BE CREATIVE! It’s more than simply sticking one stock into a background stock!


The Following Are Examples Of Images That Are Similar To The Current Challenge.
Remember, These Are EXAMPLES ONLY! Please Follow The Instructions Above For The Current Challenge And Do You Own Thing!


Updated: January 2, 2016

:bulletblue: First, in the Artist's Comments box, make sure you post that your deviation is for the "Seeing Double Challenge"  at ManipulateThis
and include our icon.

:bulletblue: Second, have the level you're entering under (Level 2 for Beginners; Level 3 for Intermediate; Level 4 for Advance).

:bulletred:THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! I'm not going to guess and your deviation will be place in the NON-COMPETITIVE Catetory.

:bulletwhite: Choose your level carefully and accurately. A wrong level can affect your success in the group, and I want everyone to succeed!

:bulletwhite: If you're not sure about your level, please read a description of each level in the… , or contact me and I'll be happy
to view your gallery and make a decision on your best fit for our group. Please don't go up a level until you and I decide that you are ready.

:bulletred: No Changing Levels From One Challenge To Another!  If you are not happy with a deviation, and still want to participate, please select NON-COMPETITIVE (follow instructions below
for Non-Competive).

:bulletblue: Once you've uploaded to your art account, submit your deviation to ManipulateThis by selecting the group from the "Submit To Group" link on the right hand side of your original deviation.
Or, if the group name is not there, select "Type A Group Name" and add our name. Submit to the FEATURED folder.

:bulletblue: Your entry must be approved before it's placed into the FEATURED gallery. I always move from the FEATURED folder to the challenge/contest/activity folder, so don't worry about that.

Remember, deviations that are NOT for the challenge will be declined.

:bulletblue: You will receive a confirmation message at your art account if the entry was accepted or not. If it's not accepted within a reasonable amount of time, check your Correspondence
messages to see if you received a comment telling you why.

:bulletblue: Please take care of any problem as soon as possible and reply to the comment so that we can accept your entry.

:bulletred: Sometimes I'll send you a note from your deviation telling you that something needs to be altered before the end of the challenge. Your entry has NOT been removed from the
challenge in such cases.

:bulletred:IMPORTANT! If the above happens and you do not delete the original deviation from your gallery, please send a group note so that I know to remove the original entry.


:bulletwhite: Please follow the requirements for the challenge even if you are not competing.

:bulletwhite: Please include the same information in the Comments box as noted above for Comepetitive Entries.

:bulletwhite: Very Clearly, Write "NON-COMPETITIVE CHALLENGE ENTRY".

That's all folks!

I am here to help. If you have any questions or need my help, don't hesitate to contact me.

I'll even be happy to look at your deviation before you submit to the group. Simply send a note to my art account. You can upload to your account if you like. Send me either the link or the link
of the original deviation in your gallery and I'll be happy to comment and help your privately before you submit.

Now do you very best in execution, and really create a fascinating entry! :D


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Solar Gods Picks Of The Week!

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 12, 2017, 5:19 PM
Who We Are And Who We Are Not

The Submission Policy

What The Group Accepts For Its Galleries


Hello Members!

I'm a little late with the Picks Of The Week for our "Solar Gods" challenge, but I want to explain something before I post them.

We, at ManipulateThis, have challenges where members are expected to participate and follow the challenge requirements.  We do this for Four Big Reasons:
:star: So That Everyone Is Doing The Same Basic Thing;
:star: To See How Different And Creative Each Member Can Be Doing The Same Thing;
:star: To Make It Easier For The Judges To Judge (Because They Are Comparing And Contrasting ONLY The Ones
      Following The Challenge Requirements).
:star: Entries Will Not Win Simply Because They Are Outlandishly Different.

There were two entries that, as traditional photomanipulations, were fantastic images, but unfortunately, the members did not follow the challenge requirements, therefore, I'm sorry, but they could not be a pick.

So, everyone, please remember, ask if you do not understand the requirements and follow the example(s).

Even if we've never did  a particular challenge before and I don't have examples from my gallery, I always show at least one to give you a straight up  visual of what the challenge is about.



Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

I want to thank our Guest Judge, Reddawgi, and Staff Member, supersnappz16 , for helping select this week's Picks.

Also, thank you to all who participated, making this a successful challenge.  Every participant will receive a small "Thank You” Gift a small Exclusive Stock, and those who are our Picks Of The Week will receive something very special.

If you have any questions as to why your entry wasn't a pick for this challenge, simply send a Note to the group and I'll be happy to respond.



Mercury, the Messenger by ToRi-V
"Mercury, the Messenger" by ToRi-V
"ToRi-V doesn't have many photomanipulations in her gallery, but I see several successful digital painting images in her gallery telling me that she knows a lot about composition, and that definitely shows up in this image. This is a beautiful image, everything is lit well, and she is ready to move up to Level 3 for our group. "

Mars - God of Communications by cazcastalla
"Mars - God of Communications" by cazcastalla
"As a image, I like the left hand side featuring Mars very much, but I must admit that, over all, the composition is a little off balance. Even though the one planet makes the eye move back to Mars, there's nothing interesting to make my eye go in a more circle motion to move around the image. Still, if I concentrate on the left hand side, there is enough to keep me looking.  I think the nebula was a bad choice for the other colors? Sometimes in compositions we have to decide if the original background is right for our needs."


Pluto by Julianez
"Pluto" by Julianez
"This manip is chock full of visual interest. The many images included portray an excellent example of the god's area of rulership-the underworld. Also, the model chosen is a good fit and has been altered significantly  to accurately work with the concept. Finally, the elements are blended with skill. Great job!"

Venus and the galaxy-Venus y la galaxia by Mvicen
"Venus and the Galaxy" by Mvicen
"The representation of Venus here is an interesting one. The veils added give a sense that her area of rule encompasses all worlds. I like too, the added elements such as the texture and the hair. It's no easy task to make hair look realistic on a statue. The statue has been colorized to look like a living being which also makes this a stand out for me. Nice work. "

Venus-Goddess of Love by Renata-s-art
"Venus-Goddess of Love" by Renata-s-art
"What a clever idea the artist has imagined, having the goddess wrapped in a "blanket" of the cosmos. The shooting "stars" are almost a pun of another shooting "something" that a goddess of Love would be in charge of. (At least that's my take on those elements. :p) The alteration of the model to better fit the theme works well. The hair has been altered so that the lighting on the right side is brighter it seems, because that side faces the sun. I like that. All in all, well done manip."


God Of The Sky by amethystmoonsong
"God Of The Sky" by amethystmoonsong
"This scene really does have a Greek / Roman god feel to it. Very impressive light and shadows too. Nice creation of ambiance."

The Delivery by TheFantaSim
"The Delivery" by TheFantaSim
"I really like the flaming sun, and the way that the god is jumping away from the planet. You have shown the movement well. Very dramatic scene."

Venus In Repose by aaTmaHira
"Venus In Repose" by aaTmaHira
"She certainly looks like a beautiful goddess. I particularly like the concept of her sitting on top of planetary opposite. Which it’s self is coming out of a shell. I get the feeling of newness and innocence from this scene


"This deviation could not be part of the challenge because Saturn is the God Of War, but Saturn the Planet does not appear in the image. Still, I wanted to feature it with the Picks because it is an absolutely involving, fantastic image."

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Do You Want Another Place To Spotlight Your BEST Images?

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If You Can Say "YES!" To Any Of These Questions, Than You've Found Yourself A Group Home!

Join Us NOW!
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Who We Are And Who We Are Not

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About: Design, Scene, And Elements And PrinciplesNEWS
This is one of our "About" Lessons; a series of  journals about Photomanipulation, about Art, and about being an Artist.  These journals exist to help you, the Photomanipulator, be a better artist.  After all, we are artist who use Photomanipulation as our media, but to create great art, we must know what we're doing.  Also, I want our group members to be educated in using the appropriate language.

This "About" Lesson covers the definitions of terms you should be familiar with as an artist: Design, Scene, and the Elements and Principles of Design with examples. 

Over the years I have found that many people join deviant art to participate as a Photomanipulator, but do not know difference between a "design" and a "scene".  Knowing the difference is an important one, not only for the group, but for you as an artist.  There have been time when I've asked for a "design" challenge entry that some members w
About: Creating The Illusion Of Space And DepthNEWS
This is one of our "About" Lessons; a series of  journals about Photomanipulation, about Art, and about being an Artist.  These journals exist to help you, the Photomanipulator, be a better artist.  After all, we are artist who use Photomanipulation as our media, but to create great art, we must know what we're doing. Also, I want our group members to be educated in using the appropriate language.

This "About" Lesson is my third revamp version on the all important art technique, How to Create the Illusion of 3D Dept on a 2D surface.  

Space exist in the real three-dimensional world.  It is the space between and around objects.
Depth is the quality of being deep; deepness. 
:bulletblack: There may only be a distance of a few inches of space between and around one object to another, (for example, from the front of my monitor to the back of my office wall) or many miles (such as looking across
Light/Shadows And Depth Activity!GROUP NEWS
Hello Members!
We are going to have an activity for the first two weeks of this month. It's called "Light /Shadows And Depth".
This short activity will help you with two things:
Bullet; White Placing objects, people, and other stock all going in the same direction with the main light source.
Bullet; White Practice getting the since of Space and Depth into your photomanipulations.
How you handle light and shadow, and create depth, helps your photomanipulatieons look more realistic.
This Activity Is Really Meant For Beginning And Intertermediate Skilled Members, But Truthfully, In Our Last Contest, I Saw Advance Members Making These Errors. So, Read Over What's Below And See If You Could Use Some Pointers.
I hope many of you decide to join me on this activity. 
Everyone who participates will receive 25 points and some exclusive stock.



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pachelbelz Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for accepting me here Hug Hug 
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Great Group & :iconcutieshots: :star: Would Like To Affiliate With :iconmanipulatethis: :star: Thank you xoLexxiiCutieShots :rose:
rochele10 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017
want  to do the double  contest  but  don't  understand  the consept  don't understand  what  to do  im  dumb
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