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January's Second Challenge!

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 14, 2013, 6:15 AM

Hi members!

First of all, I want to welcome all of the new members. Please don't be shy and fall back into the group's walls and keep from participating in a challenge. You never know what  you can do unless you try. Right?

Well, we're ready for our new challenge. This challenge features the theme that was number one when we had the last challenge theme poll. Since so many requested this challenge, I hope you like the stock choices, and that you can put aside 2 weeks to work on a wonderful fantasy entry.  

So, let's get going!

Our New Challenge

Our new challenge is called, "A Fairy In Winter", and it features the stock of Jaymasee. You will have your choice from two of her beautiful fairy stock sets.

:bulletred: Since we have so many new members I need to remind them of a rule.

I've also noticed some of our regular members have forgotten this important rule: No matter what I give you as a required stock (unless it's a background, of course), that stock must be the most important part of your deviation.

Do not let the required stock get "swallowed up" by the background (meaning, a LOT of background, and the required stock  is very small and insignificant). So keep that in mind when you're composing your entries, okay? I may or may not accept your deviation, but it will definitely affect your entry in the competition.

Examples of deviations from our "In the Winter" challenge from last year:

Home is where the heart is... by thomasmuseMy Winter by AnakMoonIn The Winter by nitchwarmerA  WINTER  NIGHT by HumbleLuv

:bulletgreen: We're leaving designs for awhile and returning to "scenes".  If I see a design, (decorative, abstract, surreal, or other style), I will not accept it. If you do not know the difference between a "scene" and a "design",  go…

If  you need to review parts of a good composition (the Elements and Principles) to help you succeed in this challenge, go here:…

:bulletgreen: I don't have any examples of the current challenge, but you should do fine without them. I've been very please with the last couple of challenges and believe you can do this without any problems. :)

:bulletgreen: Be sure to read the expectations below carefully and understand what this challenge is about before you begin looking for additional stock. Got questions? Don't hesitate to make a comment below this blog, or write a note to the group.

:bulletgreen: Remember, I have the right to decline any deviation for content.

Challenge Expectations

:bulletgreen:Due date for the challenge is Sunday, January  27th.
Please watch the Countdown Clock on our HOME page for the exact time of the challenge in your area. Late entries will be added to the gallery but will not be accepted for the competition.

Build Your "A Fairy In Winter" Challenge Entry  By Using These Expectations:

:bulletgreen: Since this challenge name has "Winter" in it, this must be a Winter theme scene. It can be a "Winter to Spring" scene only if  you're using the Green Fairy stock, but it doesn't have to be. That's your choice.  

:bulletgreen: You have your choice of any one of the poses from the two fairy stock series. You'll find them from the page links below.

:bulletgreen: You can use any background you like. NO Pre-Made Backgrounds!! I want to see you create your own background that fits the theme of the challenge.

:bulletgreen: You must use any additional stockof your choice to carry through the theme. Everyone should use more then "3" additional stocks. I encourage everyone to use more then 3 so that you have more interesting images.  A model in a background is not very creative. One with three or more  additional stocks is better, but is not all that it can be.

:bulletgreen: Resources and brushes are okay to use (in fact, I encourage you to use them!), but they are not stock, and can't be counted as stock.

:bulletgreen: For this challenge, you can use a monochromatic (everything done in different shades of the same color) color scheme.

:bulletgreen: Don't forget the group policy about "airbrush/painting", and other ways to get a "painterly effect" on your photo-manipulation. If  you are unsure, you can read all about it on the group's HOME page.

Challenge Stock Choices. You will find the stock series on these pages of Jaymasee gallery. You may have to scroll down or to to the next page to find them. I can


The Green Fairy 1-The Green Fairy 17…

Additional Information:

:bulletgreen: Please be creative. Very important. Still, be careful. You don't want to be "overly" different. It will only confuse the judges.

:bulletgreen:You can enter 2 deviations into the challenge. Each entry must use different required stock and different additional stock.

:bulletgreen: All Level Winners in the "Competitive" category will win stock prizes.

Let me know if you have any questions before you get started on your deviation.

Are you ready?  Go have some fun creating!


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

:bulletblue: B. Second, have the level you're entering under (Level 1 for Novice, 2 for Beginners, 3, for Intermediate, and 4 for Advance) with the info above in your "Artist's Comments". If you're not sure about the level, please read a description of each level in the…

Choose your level carefully and accurately. A wrong level can affect winning the challenge.

:bulletred: If you're a new member and I've suggested a level for you, please participate under that level until you and I decide it's time for  you to move up a level.  

:bulletblue: C. Then submit your deviation by selecting "Contribute Art" in the menu on the Home page of the group, or from the "Submit To Group" link on the right hand side of your original deviation. It must be approved before it's placed into the FEATURED gallery.I always move from the FEATURED to the challenge folder, so don't worry about that.

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

:bulletblue: D. You will receive a confirmation message at your art account if the entry was accepted or not. If it was declined you will receive a comment with the decline entry telling you why.

If there is time, you're allowed to edit your deviation or start again. An edited deviation will change the original if you use the "Edit Deviation" link on the page of the deviation.

: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.


Please see the Rules concerning "Competitive" and "Non-Competitive" .…

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

Do your very best in execution, and really create a fascinating entry! :D


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Maneku Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Another question . . . are we allowed to use filters like from Flaming Pear or Filter Forge in our submissions?

TheFantaSim Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   General Artist
You can use filters, but make sure they are not too colorful, but add to the scene realistically..
Maneku Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thank you!
StormOwlArt Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
there's nothing written about this in the rules but I want to make sure before I continue: can I use stock that's not from DA? (
TheFantaSim Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   General Artist
It's in the main rules:
4. All stock and other resources must be from deviantArt's stock accounts.

And that's only because for a while, too many off dA stock was being used and most of the time I couldn't verify the stock used. So this rule was added to make it easier for me when I'm checking stock links.
StormOwlArt Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's what I thought, thanks

doesn't make much difference though at this point since my submission was rejected but it's good to make sure for the future
TheFantaSim Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   General Artist
yes, I'm so sorry about that. :(
StormOwlArt Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's fine, I worked on it some more and re-created it so that it would follow the rules :)
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