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Online store open!

Tue Oct 14, 2014, 4:53 PM
Hey all!

Just a quick journal to let you all know I've opened an online store with prints and postcards. You can visit my shop here: alexandrasketch.storenvy.com/

I'll be adding more new stuff in the next few days. 

dA avatars make me sad

Tue Sep 30, 2014, 6:33 PM
Can we all just agree that the size of avatars on dA is ridiculously small and they should be at least 100 px? 

Back from OZComicCon Brisbane

Sun Sep 7, 2014, 8:18 PM
The con was slow and really tiring. I don't think the attendance was the 30k people the organisers told us would come, but this being the first time OZComicCon comes to Brisbane and it being around father's day... I guess it wasn't too bad.


I got to hang with Ry-Spirit and some other peeps who I hadn't seen in a long time. Also got to play a bit of Smash Bros 3DS at the Nintendo booth so that's always a plus. 8)  Thanks to all who came to the Bulbagarden table and said hi! :hug:

Hey all!

Just a heads up I'll be selling my Pokémon prints on the Bulbagarden table this Saturday and Sunday at OzComicCon Brisbane. If you're in Brisbane and are attending, stop by stand 39 and say hi!

OZComic Con map by alexandrasalas



I hear Orlando Gloom will be there too!

Orlando Gloom by alexandrasalas

Fan Art Nouveau Contest Winners

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 5:34 PM
Our Fan Art Nouveau Contest came to an end on June 2nd and we finally have the results! :eager:

Third place:


Maleficent - Art Nouveau by Paola-Tosca 
by Paola-Tosca  wins 3 months Premium Membership and 1,500 points.


Second place:


The TOKIO FUNKA World Tour by AsymptoticWay
by AsymptoticWay wins 6 months Premium Membership and 2,500 points.


First place:


Oracle of Seasons by MGabric
by MGabric wins 1 year Premium Membership and 3,500 points.

Congratulations to them and thanks everyone who participated! :love:

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Fri May 23, 2014, 6:43 PM
Hey guys!

Just wanted to say, thank you all for the birthday wishes!

Spent most of my day with my husband in the city. We went to art stores, museums and I bought some winter clothing. Also got a Intuos Creative Stylus for my iPad which is pretty cool! Pressure sensitivity is awesome, especially if you use it with Procreate.

So again, thanks for the comments on my profile! Love you all very much. :love:  

The Pokemon Trainers Twitter/Tumblr/dA Collab

Journal Entry: Mon May 5, 2014, 6:13 PM
Hey all!

As some of you may know, I'm hosting a Twitter-based collab where artists on Twitter claim a Pokémon trainer/NPC.  The spots have been filling steadily, but there's still 157 characters to claim, so I'm opening the collab to Tumblr and deviantART folks to participate. 


Here's your chance to grab one of the spots and participate in this massive collab!


RULES


The list of available characters can be found here.

You can claim your character by contacting me on Twitter at AlexandraSketch. Spots will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Don’t start your image until I have messaged you back confirming you have the character, though.

If you don't have a Twitter account, you can note me here on deviantART or contact Trainerdex on Tumblr.



Submission requirements:


  • Your piece MUST be NEW and made for this collab.

  • Background has to be white or transparent.

  • Your image has to be at least 600 x 600 pixels and in square format.

  • Sign it with your Twitter, deviantART or Tumblr handle.

  • The image must be fully colored. No sketches, please.

  • The characters must be depicted full body and by themselves. No Pokémon allowed.

  • Traditional art is accepted, but please make sure it’s properly photographed or scanned.

  • Image must be safe for work.

  • Only ONE character per artist. No exceptions.

  • In the case of characters who had design changes (e.g. Kanto Gym Leaders), you can draw the version you like the most.

  • I will only have one version of each character, just to keep my sanity (or what’s left of it) intact. Only exceptions will be trainers who changed class in a later generation, third game or sequel. For example, Iris was a Gym Leader in Black and White, but became the Champion in Black and White 2.

  • Absolutely NO tracing or copying official art. I will definitely NOTICE if you do and will have to reject your submission.

  • Once your submission is finished, tweet your image at me (AlexandraSketch) using the hashtag #Trainerdex.

  • Deadline is October 31st, 2014.



Please help me spread the word so we can get the spots filled! Tell your friends, tell your parents, kids and pets! Let's make this amazing!


Contest: Fan Art Nouveau

Wed Apr 30, 2014, 9:01 PM
Hello, everyone! It's time for another Fan Art contest. This time, we're asking participants to create Fan Art in Art Nouveau style.

What is Art Nouveau?


"Art Nouveau (French pronunciation: ​[aʁ nuvo], Anglicised to /ˈɑːrt nuːˈvoʊ/) or Jugendstil is an international philosophy[1] and style of art, architecture and applied art—especially the decorative arts—that was most popular during 1890–1910.[2] English uses the French name Art nouveau ("new art"), but the style has many different names in other countries. A reaction to academic art of the 19th century, it was inspired by natural forms and structures, not only in flowers and plants, but also in curved lines. Architects tried to harmonize with the natural environment.[3]

Art Nouveau is considered a "total" art style, embracing architecture, graphic art, interior design, and most of the decorative arts including jewellery, furniture, textiles, household silver and other utensils and lighting, as well as the fine arts. According to the philosophy of the style, art should be a way of life. For many well-off Europeans, it was possible to live in an art nouveau-inspired house with art nouveau furniture, silverware, fabrics, ceramics including tableware, jewellery, cigarette cases, etc. Artists desired to combine the fine arts and applied arts, even for utilitarian objects.[3]"
- Wikipedia


Some examples of Art Nouveau


Art Nouveau Iris by CassiopeiaArt Art Nouveau Peacock by Chronoperates Art Nouveau Necklace by Aranwen


What the contest is about


Pick any character, environment or object from a fandom of your preference and create an illustration in Art Nouveau style. As simple as that!


Some examples of Fan Art Nouveau


nouveau Loki by shakusaurus AC Nouveau - Altair by silvestris Fire Nouveau by zimmay Vader Nouveau by ninjaink


Rules


  • The contest starts on May 1st, 12:00 AM PST and ends on June 2nd, 11:59 PM PST.
  • All entries must comply with deviantART's Policies and Terms of Service.
  • Entries MUST be NEW and made for this contest.
  • Entries need to be submitted to the Fan Art Nouveau folder at CR-FanArt-Contests in order to participate.
  • Please note that submissions will be declined if the art wasn't uploaded to deviantART's Fan Art Gallery.
  • You can enter as many times as you want, but can only win once.
  • No fan characters or original characters. Your illustration can only display canon characters.


Prizes


1st place:
1 year Premium Membership and 3,500 points.

2nd place:
6 months Premium Membership and 2,500 points.

3rd place:
3 months Premium Membership and 1,500 points.


Judges


alexandrasalas, JZLobo, Lyricanna, Ry-Spirit and SingingFlames


Good luck! :D

The Pokemon Trainers Twitter Collab!

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 27, 2014, 5:37 PM
Hey guys! I'm hosting a Twitter artist collaboration. 

I've seen many Twitter collabs in the past, but all the Pokemon ones have always been about the Pokemon and not the trainers, so I decided to do something about it.

For more details please check the description and rules:

The Pokemon Trainers Twitter Collab.

Spreading the word is also appreciated!

It's time for another round of Fan Art news and happenings!  Let's start reviewing last month's Daily Deviations.

March: Fan Art and Fanfiction DDsBringing you all the Daily Deviations from this past month :la:
Fan Art DDs given by alexandrasalas
Aoba by lacrimodeYoda by AndrewMcIntoshArtRurouni Kenshin- Halfway Home by GuiltyOneIt is time by chenboForCorneria by DaneAult by daneault
Fan Art DDs given by Ry-Spirit
Suzaku and Euphemia by laverinneLeague of Legends- Final battle by bcnyArtSecret of Mana by PallidFanart: Riven by shilinPokemon: Lost in Ilex Forest by tabby-like-a-catFionna and Cake Kill Bill by NikkiWardArt+SOUTHPARK -Pandemic2+ by goku-no-bakaHAPPY BIRTHDAY! by raseinnI know you by mandiemanzanoMulan by nnaMushroom Rampage by Emortal982Pendragon by N-MaulinaULQUIORRAORIHIME by mad-samaOkami by KettleQuillThirteen Dwarves by mustamirriI Will Not Forget One Line of This [Storybook] by The-Longfall-of-1979Inigo Montoya by Rembrandt by LoopydaveTitan by prema-jaWe're Not Alone -- We Are All One by PurrdemoniumAfter the rain by ouroporosAdventure Time by SomeSnowmanApplejack by sophiecabraChrath by Mishii-C130825 bunny by bara-chanShingeky no One Piece by petereteMAGI- Be different from others by AL-lampCommission: UP by rianbowartSave the Kingdom 1 by mawelman
Fan Art DDs given by Lyricanna
Moonlight Ahri by AsuriuDare Devil by emilcabaltierraHappy Birthday - Beautiful Peacock! by Ze-RoFruitsGod Emperor of Dune by DarkBydloArtTombraider Fanart by jennyisdrawingHellblazer by IlyaSuhoiLeft Behind by HakaishiX-MEN FirstClass by daimon560:thum



On April Fool's Day, Community Volunteers hosted a series of contest and activities. I hosted one asking participants to create a new mascot for deviantART because Fella ragequit.  The results were posted a few days ago:

Create a new mascot for deviantART - WinnersTime to announce the winners of our Create a new mascot for deviantART Contest.  Without further ado, let's check them!
1st place (3000 dA points):

Mix by k-hots
I love the idea of a mascot based on a blank canvas, and the design is super cute!
2nd place (2000 points):

Llamartist by Puginsky
While many people submitted llama drawings, I really like this one not only for the cuteness but also the outfit and the fact that it enjoys to eat potatoes.
3rd place (1000 points):

New Mascot by PixlPhantasy
What I like the most about this one is the color scheme, that seems to go well with deviantART's interface. 
Congrats to the winners and thanks to everyone who took part in the contest! :love:



TommyGK is organizing another charity collab!  This time, the proceeds will go to a no kill animal shelter, all you have to do is draw Grumpy Cat.  You can check the details here:

Grumpy Charity Collab *1 Week Left!***One Week remains! No late submissions accepted!**

**REMINDER: All proceeds go to a no kill animal shelter, I need more participants!**

The long wait is over! The new charity collab is officially OPEN!




Take a close look at my previous collaborations:
 
Honoring our antagonists/supporting antagonists

Celebrating Kirby's Anniversary

Biggest collab on deviantART by far with 270 people!!
and now..
Grumpy Cat is the theme of this collaboration!! Let us honor the world's grumpiest cat and raise money for the Animal Shelter!!

For every submission I get, I will add $0.50 to the pool. That money will be sent to the SPCA right here in Swift C



JZLobo's 4th Annual Illustration Contest is ongoing. The deadline is May 6th. For more details, you can read the following journal:

4th Illustration Contest--Final Day!Last chance, folks!
Your Challenge:
The challenge, should you chose to accept it, is to translate my short stories from the verbal to the visual! Pick your favorite from the list below and draw a scene or characters from it! Action, drama, science fiction, romance, humans, robots, werewolves... There should be something down there for everybody. Some characters already have references, but some don't. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Some stories contain characters that belong to my friends, but feel free to draw them as well!
Your Rules:
:bulletgreen:To enter, +fave this journal and +watch me so you can get updates for the contest. If you don't dig me, you can always un-watch once we're done.
:bulletgreen:Draw an illustration depicting a character or a scene from one of the ten stories below.
:bulletgreen:You may submit as many entries as you like!
:bu



:new: DelveMag have just released their latest issue. 

eschlehahn says:

"The new issue (published via AlanRalph, our awesome layout wizard) is huge, over 180 pages of incredible art (downloadable, 35Mb in size and in PDF format), and you can find it here:

DELVE April 2014 by AlanRalph

The focus in this issue is FAN ART, its history, inspirations, and all its various forms - drawing, painting, digital modelling, traditional sculpture, cosplay, plushies, even a few crossovers and mashups. :) Whether it's books, TV shows, movies, video games or comics, there's something in this issue for everyone. :nod:

Beyond this main theme, there is differently themed art as well, like a culinary art feature, and we also have interviews with DulcetEpicure boundless-mind and PlushBuddies, plus several tutorials to help you push your own artistic skills."



Features


Undiscovered Fan Art Goodness



By the Void by Leliumoj
Sesshomaru by DiegooCunha Snk by kou-chann 
Eddard Stark by stokesbookDarth Vapour by cylonka Toothania by Katephos


Tell me stuff!

Mon Apr 14, 2014, 7:07 PM
Fan Art and Cartoons/Comics peeps, what's going on? 

Please tell me about your concerns, projects, contests and any other news. I'm all ears. :D

Time to announce the winners of our Create a new mascot for deviantART Contest.  Without further ado, let's check them!

1st place (3000 dA points):


mix by k-hots
Mix by k-hots
I love the idea of a mascot based on a blank canvas, and the design is super cute!

2nd place (2000 points):


Llamartist for new mascot contest. by Puginsky
Llamartist by Puginsky
While many people submitted llama drawings, I really like this one not only for the cuteness but also the outfit and the fact that it enjoys to eat potatoes.

3rd place (1000 points):


New Mascot Contest by PixlPhantasy
New Mascot by PixlPhantasy
What I like the most about this one is the color scheme, that seems to go well with deviantART's interface. 


Congrats to the winners and thanks to everyone who took part in the contest! :love:

Supanova Gold Coast this weekend

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 3, 2014, 5:11 AM
Hey guys! 

Just a quick journal to let you all know I'll be tending the Bulbagarden table with my husband Archaic aka Bulbagarden this weekend at Supanova Gold Coast. I'll be selling some of my Pokemon fan art along with HaychelRy-Spirit and Foxeaf's. We'll be in The Alley, table A76.

If you are going, drop by and say hi! 


X versus Y by alexandrasalas


Battle City - Mewtwo VS Mew by alexandrasalas

Thanks for the memories! by alexandrasalas




EDIT: Contest closed! Thanks to all those who participated. I'll announce the results soon.

BREAKING NEWS!

Follow the leader by AFrozenHeart

In an unpredictable turn of events, Fella has decided to quit his job as deviantART's mascot, because an unnamed Staff member ate his cookies.  Our beloved former mascot has sworn he wont return no matter what and we're left in tears, despair and agony.

However unfortunate this situation is, we need to move on and find a new mascot for dA. This is where you come in!  Design a new mascot for deviantART and win prizes in the process!  Be as creative as you want, use any medium you like and link your entries to this news article.

RULES:
  • Contest starts at the time this article is posted.
  • Entries must be created for this contest only.
  • All mediums welcome.
  • Contest closes on Monday, April 7th 11:59 PST.
  • Entries must abide with deviantART policies and terms of service.

PRIZES:

  • 1st place: 3000 points and the honour of being the creator of deviantART's new mascot!
  • 2nd place: 2000 points
  • 3rd place: 1000 points


Good luck! We're counting on you! :salute: