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It's that time of year again. We're all in the festive spirit (or, if you're anything like me, needing a distraction from any thought of festivity) so what better time than to participate in a contest? You like stuff? Look at our fantabulous prizes? You like art? Show it off. :P Show us ya skillz, we know you have them! Couldn't be simpler. See contest. Join contest.

So let's get down and dirty with it:

THEME we gotta have one. It's like the law. This time round guys is NEW BEGINNINGS. That's it. You can do anything with this theme in mind, in any visual medium. This contest is running over the new year, new year new start and all, so hey, NEW BEGINNINGS! (Yes, yes I know. Providing the world doesn't end soon. :P though even that would be a kinda new beginning, it's the beginning of an afterlife or of nothingness or reincarnation, whichever belief you hold to.) So long as your work is titled and inspired by the idea of beginning, starting something new, something unknown it's acceptable!

We're also making it extra awesome for you guys because we have two categories here for you to enter your work into. You've not been drawing for long? Doesn't mean you can't win a contest and miss out on prizes! We have a beginners and advanced category for this contest. How awesome is that? I know some of you might be wondering what category do I fit into? Make a guess, if I think you're wrong and you're putting yourself down, I'll scream NO WAYSSS BI-ATCH and bump you up into the advanced. Likewise, if you're bigging yourself up too much (which, doesn't happen often with us lovely creative types unfortunately) I'll advise you to enter the beginners category to give you a better chance.. you can enter the advanced if you like. But I won't be letting advanced work into the beginners pond. That would be defying the point. As judges me and charligal-stock reserve the right to relocate your work into whichever category we deem appropriate. Nothing evil. Just makes it all fair game.



THE RULES</u> Also a necessary evil. Otherwise you monkeys would riot all over the damned place and there would be mess everywhere... we can't have that, so instead we have the ruuuuules.
:bulletpurple:  Must be a new creation! - No dredging up something old from your gallery because it kinda fits the theme. We want to get you creating NEW NEW NEW stuff! We like to get you working hard for your goodies. Nothing uploaded prior to 05/12/2012 (11pm UTC (damn I had to look up what timezone I was in then..) which is midday GMT for those of you looking at me and starting to dribble)
:bulletpurple:  Must be visual art. Any visual medium that tickles your pickle! traditional/digital drawing/painting, photomanipulation, photography, sculpture, knitting, vomit (i am joking... I don't really want to see artful vomit.. especially after I've just eaten or something guys.) Just keep it visual, not written. No poetry or literature. I'm reading Joe Abercrombie at the moment, he's all I wanna read right now :P
:bulletpurple:  You have until 7th February 9.30pm UTC to complete your masterpieces.
:bulletpurple:  Your entries must be sent to Tasastock in a NOTE entitled "BEGINNINGS CONTEST ENTRY". Doesn't have to be capital letters. But that would get my attention quicker I suppose. I love capslock - ain't nothing like screaming through other people's monitors eh?  Your note MUST include a link to your deviation (otherwise the note would be pointless :P) and state which category, beginners or advanced, that you wish your entry to be included into. I will add your work to my favourites for the contest and leave a comment merely to tell you that I have seen the work. If I comment but I don't fave, yell at me because your work needs to be in my contest collection come judging time.
:bulletpurple:  You cannot try to enter advanced work into the beginners category. That's mean and tricksy.
:bulletpurple:  What makes you "beginner" or "advanced" isnt down to how long you've been doing art. It's about skill and quality. I mentioned years before because skill is gained with practice but that doesnt mean that you don't got natural talent honey. ;) If you want an idea of what has been the sort of quality of work for beginners and advanced, check out the results of some of my previous contests to get an idea. Beginner: tasastock.deviantart.com/favou… Advanced: tasastock.deviantart.com/favou…
:bulletpurple:  No plagarism or theft. That ain't cool kiddos. If you use stock, credit! Follow all ze rules. You can use me and charligal-stock's work if you want, but it's not a requirement and it doesn't get you anything extra ;) Just use whatever stock is best for your idea if you are going to be using stock. However, google is not a valid resource. Anything created with copyrighted materials will be disqualified.
:bulletpurple:  You can enter up to three entires.
:bulletpurple:  If you have been so kind as to donate a prize, this does not stop you from entering the contest. No, no feel free! (Likewise if you wish to donate a prize to the contest (we are always accepting donations) please leave a comment here: tasastock.deviantart.com/journ… :))
:bulletpurple:  All praise to allmighty Cthulhu! CTHULHU F'TAGN!


And yes, I don't half like the sound of my own voice. Why wouldn't I? I SAY AWESOME THINGS

Now we get to the good stuff. This is top quality produce we have right here for you. Come a little closer my darlings... Don't tell the cops... Here I gots you... the priiiiiizes

PRIZES FOR ADVANCED CATEGORY
First Place
1 year subscription from charligal-stock
750 points from Elandria
A "mystery" prize from charligal-stock
Exclusive stock: CelticStrm-Stock (2 packs), charligal-stock, DamselStock, Elandria, faestock, PirateLotus-Stock (2 packs), Tasastock
Drawing or Painting: SageFillyLuna
Drawing from oasiswinds and Tasastock
Digital Portrait from XerafCZ
Full Body Comic Art Commission from NemesisXIII
Print of an existing artwork charligal
Download of Unreleased stock from SenshiStock
Journal Feature: 9thPlanetStock, charligal-stock, DamselStock, EigthDegreeBites, Elandria, faestock, ScatteredAshe, kirilee, JenniferWeiler, Malleni-Stock, Meeowy, OanaZ, phantoms-siren, rockgem, Sophia-Christina, Tasastock
Llamas: charligal-stock, EigthDegreeBites, JenniferWeiler, matkaminski, Nephire, OanaZ, Tasastock

Second Place
3 month subscription from Tasastock
300 points - 250 points from LittlePurpleElf donated via Tasastock, 50 from Malleni-Stock donated via Tasastock
A "mystery" prize from Tasastock
Exclusive stock: CelticStrm-Stock (2 packs), charligal-stock, DamselStock, faestock, magikstock, PirateLotus-Stock, Tasastock
Download of Unreleased stock from SenshiStock
Portrait Painting from DanHowardArt
Digital Drawing from Rayne-Gryfen
Drawing from Psychotic-Bambi
Comic Art Commission from NemesisXIII
Journal Feature: 9thPlanetStock, charligal-stock, DamselStock, EigthDegreeBites, Elandria, faestock, ScatteredAshe, kirilee, JenniferWeiler, Malleni-Stock, Meeowy, OanaZ, phantoms-siren, rockgem, Sophia-Christina, Tasastock
Llamas: charligal-stock, EigthDegreeBites, JenniferWeiler, matkaminski, Nephire, OanaZ, Tasastock

Third Place
1 month subscription from MercGribern
125 POints, 100 points from DaeStock, 25 from Tasastock
Exclusive stock:CelticStrm-Stock,  charligal-stock, DamselStock, faestock, magikstock, PirateLotus-Stock, Tasastock
Download of Unreleased stock from SenshiStock
Drawing from Starfighterace-421
Digital Portrait from XerafCZ
Portrait Comic Art Commission from NemesisXIII
Artwork in a choice of media from EKeziahP
Journal Feature: 9thPlanetStock, charligal-stock, DamselStock, EigthDegreeBites, Elandria, faestock, ScatteredAshe, kirilee, JenniferWeiler, Malleni-Stock, Meeowy, OanaZ, phantoms-siren, rockgem, Sophia-Christina, Tasastock
Llamas: charligal-stock, EigthDegreeBites, JenniferWeiler, matkaminski, Nephire, OanaZ, Tasastock



PRIZES FOR BEGINNER CATEGORY
First Place
1 year subscription from charligal-stock
750 points from LittlePurpleElf  donated via Tasastock
A "mystery" prize from Tasastock
Exclusive stock: CelticStrm-Stock (2 packs), charligal-stock, DamselStock, faestock, magikstock, PirateLotus-Stock(2 packs), Tasastock
Download of Unreleased stock from SenshiStock
Full Character Render: matkaminski
Drawing from Starfighterace-421
Digital Drawing from Rayne-Gryfen
Digital Portrait from XerafCZ
Full Body Comic Art Commission from NemesisXIII
Print of an existing artwork charligal
Journal Feature: 9thPlanetStock, charligal-stock, DamselStock, EigthDegreeBites, Elandria, faestock, ScatteredAshe, kirilee, JenniferWeiler, Malleni-Stock, Meeowy, OanaZ, phantoms-siren, rockgem, Sophia-Christina, Tasastock
Llamas: charligal-stock, EigthDegreeBites, JenniferWeiler, matkaminski, Nephire, OanaZ, Tasastock

Second Place
3 month subscription from Tasastock
300 Points - 250 points from Elandria, 50 points from Reddawgi donated via Tasastock
A "mystery" prize from charligal-stock
Exclusive stock: CelticStrm-Stock (2 packs), charligal-stock, DamselStock, faestock, PirateLotus-Stock, Tasastock(2 packs)
Download of Unreleased stock from SenshiStock
Portrait or fanart based on a photo from phantoms-siren
Character Sketch from matkaminski
Artwork in a choice of media from EKeziahP
Comic Art Commission from NemesisXIII
Journal Feature: 9thPlanetStock, charligal-stock, DamselStock, EigthDegreeBites, Elandria, faestock, ScatteredAshe, kirilee, JenniferWeiler, Malleni-Stock, Meeowy, OanaZ, phantoms-siren, rockgem, Sophia-Christina, Tasastock
Llamas: charligal-stock, EigthDegreeBites, JenniferWeiler, matkaminski, Nephire, OanaZ, Tasastock

Third Place
1 month subscription from MercGribern
125 POints, 100 points from DaeStock, 25 from Tasastock
Exclusive stock: CelticStrm-Stock, charligal-stock, DamselStock, faestock, PirateLotus-Stock, Tasastock
Download of Unreleased stock from SenshiStock
Drawing from Starfighterace-421 and Tasastock
Portrait Comic Art Commission from NemesisXIII
Portrait from matkaminski
Journal Feature: 9thPlanetStock, charligal-stock, DamselStock, EigthDegreeBites, Elandria, faestock, ScatteredAshe, kirilee, JenniferWeiler, Malleni-Stock, Meeowy, OanaZ, phantoms-siren, rockgem, Sophia-Christina, Tasastock
Llamas: charligal-stock, EigthDegreeBites, JenniferWeiler, matkaminski, Nephire, OanaZ, Tasastock

Bonus Prize for Best Pick from BennyMcsassy


It is important to note that the prize list can and will change as we recieve mawr donations. I shift things around to even things out between the two categories, and stuff I donate will totally change cause I donate extra if things get uneven. As I mentioned before, I'm going to say again if you guys weren't listening. If you wish to donate a prize to this splendiferous cause, please leave a comment here: tasastock.deviantart.com/journ… donating does not stop you from entering! Only judging does. So boo, Tasa cant claim any of these goodies! :(

And remember! New work before the 31st January!
Note ME ME ME with your entry! include which category you'd like to enter
Feel free to pimp this contest like the cheap whore that it is!!! I know I will be. phwwwoaaaarr!!
HAVE FUN. that is most important.

Any questions. Shoot! :) I don't bite... well much... :P






I will leave you now with my wonderful story from this morning.. I call it, a guide on how to get to know your neighbours if you live on a ground floor flat:
Step one! Get spruced up and sparkly clean. Fresh out the shower is a must!
Step Two! go into your bedroom to find clean clothes, looking out the window to check the coast is clear as ever
Step Three! discard towel! Towels are overrated! (and if it's mine, currently covered in blue and green hair dye!)
Step Four! Notice the astonished neighbour just starting to hang out his washing.
And there you have it. brilliant way to start a morning for all involved. XD

I also leave you with the news that my "s" key keeps sticking. This is devastating for me, because now I actually have to pay attention to what I am typing. and it makes it more difficult to type SEX. Which would ruin anyone's day I assure you.
(and now the title makes a little more sense.... to those of you looking for a reason for me not to be shouting sex anyway.)
  • Mood: dA Love
  • Reading: Red Country - Joe Abercrombie
  • Watching: Farscape
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:iconteukkiss:
TeukkiSS Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist
cthulhu fhtagn, ia ia!! i just got inspiration this morning and saw your journal about this contest just hanging on my page. be prepared for fail which one could call a entry to this contest~ or otherway around
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle:
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:iconpuzzledpixel:
puzzledpixel Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i just sent an entry. hope you got it. i'm gonna try to squeeze in another one before de deadline cuz i have another vizion hahahhaha :squee:
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
hurry scurry! you have just under 48 hours!
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:iconpuzzledpixel:
puzzledpixel Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
there,just sent a note. hope you got it.:happybounce:
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:iconenerai:
enerai Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh no D: Why I learned bout this contest today, not earlier!? I have amazing idea in my head, but sadly it's too late for me and I have important exams next week :C
I'll do my best, but propably I wouldn't be able to participate, so... good luck for everyone! :meow:
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
you still have 5 days?? you could work on it for half an hour each day? :P
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enerai Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Half an hour? Too little. I spend much more time on my artworks, mostly because they're done with traditional medias :/ Sometimes 6-7 hours a day, if I can handle doing nothing else than drawing. Even if I have got a lot of free time for drawing, which I doesn't have now (exams) one picture tooks me 2-3 weeks to draw. Sad, but true. I wish I could draw and color faster.
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah i mean like half an hour a day, over 6 days thats 3 hours.. mind you i work quickly. (when you have time, if you want to increase your speed, pic a stock image to draw, set a timer, give yourself 5 minutes to draw it.. then 4 for another image, then 3, til you get 30 seconds on the clock and see what you can come up with then. i still do timed sketches because it helps me keep my speed up.)

but oh well :) there will always be another contest :) or challenge :giggle: hopefully i have something else tucked up my sleeve for in another month or so
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enerai Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can do sketches in less than 1 minute, but the most time-consuming part of my work is linearting and coloring it XD It's hard to me to keep good quality, when I'm in hurry :ohnoes:
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Tasastock Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
true true.. thats what i keep doing the sketches cause i'll improve on quality as i improve on speed too. im terrible for getting bored easily.. if i spend too long on something, i wont finish it because i lose interest. i have no patience D:
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:glomp: I featured the contest here: [link] [link] and [link]
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
aww thank you so much! :tighthug:
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:iconvs3a:
vs3a Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wah, thank for extend, I intend to submit my entry today although it only half-done :D
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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OanaZ Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Interface Designer
by any chance is there a possibility to extend the due date?
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
you have another week. RUSH RUSH RUSH
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OanaZ Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Interface Designer
thank you:squee::tighthug:!!!
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
no worries! go kick some ass ;)
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magicwingsforever Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I am here on behalf of #AnotherContestGroup I =magicwingsforever have listed your contest in our journals. Feel free contact us if you have any questions or deadline/details changes, but be sure to check our FAQ [link] first! We did this to help get your contest more noticed with over 7000 watchers currently all with a common interest of contests - perhaps watch us if you're not already for this and more information. Also please send us a note if you’re interested in our ‘Winners Package’ which is free and gets you more prizes for your contest.
Thank you. :iconmagicwingsforever::iconanothercontestgroup::iconacg-pointsdonations:
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks!
uh have to say we did just extend the deadline by another week. its now 7th Feb.
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:iconbratlittleprincess:
BratLittlePrincess Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've send you a note with my entry 3 days ago for the contest but still didn't hear anything...
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
i got both duplicate notes. as stated on my profile i do recieve alot of messages per day. sometimes it takes me a while to get to them.
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:iconbratlittleprincess:
BratLittlePrincess Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ok :D

I thought something went wrong...
thats why, but I'm happy you got the note :D
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:iconpuzzledpixel:
puzzledpixel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ho no!! the deadline is almost upon us!! :faint:
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
you now have one more week

I R MERCIFUL GOD XD lmao :happybounce:
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:iconpuzzledpixel:
puzzledpixel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha rockkk!! i could really use the extra time!!!thank thee!!
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SageFillyLuna Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
[link]
here's my entry!!!
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:iconcyren-nalini:
Cyren-Nalini Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Digital Artist
Hello,

I just wanted to let you know that your contest has been featured here and here

:icongrin--plz:
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:iconkawaiistock:
kawaiistock Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My brain is having a hard time coming up with ideas for this. D: Work, brain! WORK!!!
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
tell it to get a move and and you will feed it caffienes and chocolates and all things nice
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:iconkawaiistock:
kawaiistock Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
But but but but but but but but I AM TRYING D:
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Try? There is no Try. Do or do not. There is no try. :P :evillaugh:
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:iconkawaiistock:
kawaiistock Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! OKAYYYYYYYYYYYY! YOU WIN!!!

-sobs in corner-

I will brainstorm while I'm on my flight tomorrow. ;____;
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle:

WOOHOO! :D:D
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:iconkawaiistock:
kawaiistock Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Peer pressure is fun XD
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle:
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nikkidoodlesx3 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Your contest has been featured here: [link] :rose:
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :hug:
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:iconiamoret:
iAmoret Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
SOOOO MANY IDEASSSSSSSSSS.... :plotting:
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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AyaneMatrix Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Argh, I don't know how I missed this the first time, but I'm going to see about trying to entering something for this. And I guess with what I have been doing lately, I'd fit into the advanced category since there is the mid-tier so to speak.

You may have also mentioned this before, but we can also use stock from your account or does anywhere on DA count as well?
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah i did do one one, with an intermediate one.. but it just got messy XD so i've stuck with two categories ever since

anywhere on DA counts. you're not stuck having to use specific stock, just so long as its a legitimate source, and not from google ;)
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:iconpuzzledpixel:
puzzledpixel Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what's happening? i feel dizzy. i read it all!!:faint: just kidding. yay!! i wanna join, i already have an idea. i hope i get it done in time....
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
of you got plenty of time :)
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's the feature on the blog: [link] :D I also featured your win on the Creatures of the Night Contest. :D Congrats!!!
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Crys-Junn Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I would love to participate, but I guess I can't even enter the begginer category, since I suck at drawing. But I may enter just for fun, though ^^;
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
what are you talking about? YOU CAN ENTER. YOU MUST ENTER!!
if you don't i shall hunt you down with my beating stick! :lick:
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:iconcrys-junn:
Crys-Junn Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I may enter xD Maybe making a photomanipulation, that is easier for me to do ^^
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:icontasastock:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you get three entries, you could do three different media? *waggles eyebrows* you know im making sense :P
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