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Improve your color skills in the #Huevember challenge. 45 XP per entry. See more November challenges

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If you're new to our community, welcome! Participating in a meetup is one of the best ways to feel included in the community. Meet ups provide a space for people to celebrate their success, get critique on their work, and bond with other creative people like themselves. We are a tribe of like-minded people and it helps our mental health to stay connected and feel understood by other members of our tribe.
 
We've got the next meetup scheduled. Mark 'dem Calendars. Next meetup is
 
November 16, 2019
10 AM PST / 6 PM UTC
 
Takes place in the discord in meetup channel:
 
 
 
 
Agenda
 
- community announcements
 
- more gallery/tag organization input
 
- growing the community brainstorm
 
- creative share​
 
 
Do you have an idea for a meetup topic? Reply to this post and let us know.
 
~BogusRed
 

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The profile handles feature has gotten a big overhaul under the hood. What are profile handles? It's your username on other websites (e.g. Twitter, Instagram, etc). We've removed outdated relic services that no one gives a shit about anymore. You may remember such classics like.

 

  • ICQ
  • MSN Messenger
  • AOL Instant Messenger
  • Yahoo Messenger
  • Y!Gallery
  • SheezyArt
  • MySpace

 

We've updated the handles feature to support newer stuff that people actually use. Here's the complete list

  • DeviantArt
  • Facebook (NEW)
  • Instagram (NEW)
  • Patreon (NEW)
  • Skype
  • Twitter
  • Your Website

Hit reply and let me know if there's any others you'd like me to add support for.

And finally, please take a moment to update your profile handles so we can display them on your profile.

No need to thank me for that little stroll down memory lane. You're fucking welcome.

 

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Did you participate in Inktober? That's awesome and worth being proud of! Don't forget to tag your art with inktober and collect your experience points! Also I recently learned there was another variation on this challenge called Kinktober that I totally missed the boat on! Crap baskets, we'll try it next year.

We have a few challenge options for you for the month of November. Take your pick for whichever one feels right for you at this point in time. Don't forget that this is the time of year when things tend to get busy with holiday and family obligations! Be honest with yourself and what you might be able to accomplish for the month.

Huevember

If you love color, want to improve your color in your work, or want to establish a daily art habit, this is a good challenge for you. Huevember borrows a format similar to Inktober. For the month of November, you'll produce a new work of art every day using a different color in the provided prompt list which is really just a color palette. Each day is associated with a different color of the palette.

If one every day is too much for you, someone has come up with a modified version of this challenge where you create one every three days using the three tertiary colors of the Huevember palette prompt.

A few additional suggestions for you for Huevember

  • You may use more than just the official color for the day but the color prompt should be the most prominent color.

  • There's no Huevember police so if you want to modify this challenge even further (such as doing just one per week), you're welcome to.

  • If you participated in Inktober, you can take your inked drawings from that and apply color to them

  • Find old drawings that you already spent the time concepting and sketching out to use as a starting point for your Huevember piece.

  • Don't be afraid of fanart or personal art here. The root of this challenge is establishing a daily habit and working on your color. Those goals can easily be achieved with fan art or personal art. Go ahead and indulge and do something fun for yourself

  • If you're working traditionally, you may want to diverge from the official palette prompt based on the medium you're using.

How to participate

  1. Create a new piece every day (or whatever days you decided) using the color from the prompt list

  2. Post them to PaperDemon art section with the tag huevember by December 1st

  3. Collect your points at the end of the challenge. You'll get 45XP for each entry

Color basics

Do you not feel that confident with color yet? I have a few lessons on color that covers some of the basics of color selection.

Looking for inspiration?

Kasey Golden did a video sharing all of her pieces from 2018 Huevember.

I also keep a pinterest board full of art that inspires me and most pieces are there due to their excellent use of color. If you haven't started your own board of art that inspires you, I suggest you start one so that when the time comes to put something together, you have a place to draw from. But feel free to peek at mine and see if there's anything there that inspires you or sparks an idea.

Slowvember

If you did participate in Inktober, jumping right into another daily art challenge probably sounds like torture. Never fear, there's another challenge that might be more your style.

Slowvember is quite the opposite. You work on one piece for the entirety of the month of November. This is a chance to do a more finished illustration piece.

How to participate

  1. Work on an entry

  2. Post it to the PaperDemon.com art section with the tag slowvember by December 1st

  3. Collect your XP. We're offering 150 XP for 1 entry.

Livestream schedule

Let's have some dedicated time where we can work on our art and writing for the challenge. The first 30-60 minutes of each livestream will start with a discussion topic or Huevember art demo. The remaining portion of the stream will be used for progress on my Huevember entries or my personal work.

  • Monday Nov 4, 10am PST / 6pm UTC – Discussion: How to find inspiration

  • Tuesday Nov 5, 10am PST / 6pm UTC – Demonstration: Inspiration palette

  • Monday Nov 11, 10am PST / 6pm UTC – Discussion: How to stay motivated in long challenges

  • Tuesday Nov 12, 10am PST / 6pm UTC – Demonstration: Desaturated palette

  • Monday Nov 18, 10am PST / 6pm UTC – Demonstration: Color comping

  • Tuesday Nov 19, 10am PST / 6pm UTC – Demonstration: Using coloors to get great color palettes

  • Monday Nov 25, 10am PST / 6pm UTC – Demonstration: Freestyle Huevember demo

  • Tuesday Nov 26, 10am PST / 6pm UTC – Discussion: Thanksgiving chat. What are you thankful for?

Watch the livestream on my Twitch Channel

NaNoWriMo

For those of you who are writers and have thought about writing a novel or have started but not yet finished one, consider this the year that you get your first draft completed! NaNoWriMo is for National Novel Writing Month and is a long standing annual challenge that helps writers get the first draft of a novel done. Learn more and sign up at the official NaNoWriMo website.

This is a tough challenge to sustain. It might help to find a buddy so you can hold each other accountable and help each other when you get stuck or need an extra boost of motivation. Our discord server is a good place to find a buddy.

That is all and I'm looking forward to seeing the work you create this month!

~BogusRed

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Hey folks. I've just deployed some major behind the scenes upgrades to our server and this may cause various problems with the PaperDemon site. Please take things for a test drive and let me know if you find any issues. The site shouldn't look any different than usual. It's all under the hood changes.

 

October art challenge

As for this month's challenges, I'm not planning to host anything special this month so that I can focus on getting our PaperDemon 2020 calendar launched! I probably wont livestream until later in the month.

We are offering 30XP for each entry for participating in Inktober! I strongly suggest y'all give Inktober a try, especially if you haven't participated before. It can help you develop good drawing habits!

 

Calendar launches soon!

Stay tuned about the calendar. We'll be launching this in a couple weeks and will offer a special discount to members on the mailing list when we launch. So if you're not on there, please subscribe now.

 

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Hello Alessia. Welcome to the community! We'd love to see your textile work so be sure to post it to the art gallery when you get a chance!

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I hope you all had your fun drawing dragons during #smaugust. Don't forget to collect your XP! We've got another challenge lined up this month for September.

But first a super quick community update: If you haven't heard, our community is collaborating to create an erotic art themed calendar for 2020. We've got 10 PaperDemon artists participating! Super excite! More details to come.

Body Double Challenge

Since many of us will be busy in September creating art for the calendar, I wanted to run a challenge that doesn't compete for our time with that. So for the month of September we are running a body double challenge.

What is a body double? Also, why?!

You probably know that in the world of film, a body double is someone who stands in for an actor during an action sequence.

But a body double in ADHD terms is when someone accompanies you while you tackle a difficult task (such as completing that really hard to finish animation project that you've been trying to get done for the past several years).

Your body double can be a fellow artist doing artwork or they can be a friend or relative doing something else entirely like reorganizing their collection of airline barf bags (everyone has one of those, right?). What matters is you have set aside time to meet with other humans in which you'll be working on your art.

The reasons body doubling is effective:

  • You are making a commitment with another person. It's harder to make excuses and wheezle your way out of it.

  • Seeing another person working hard inspires you to work hard.

  • It can be a chance to meet new people or catch up with old friends.

Ways you can body double

  • Invite friends to get together for a “Creative Times” session at someones house or at a coffee shop. You can even bribe them with pancakes.

  • Attend a local art meetup.

  • Livestream your art and invite the community and your friends to watch. If you do livestream, let us know your schedule in the PaperDemon discord so we can all join you! If you've never livestreamed before and are interested in trying it, reach out to me. I'd be happy to help get you started.

  • Watch an art livestream on Twitch or Picarto and work on your art while you watch.

How to participate

  1. Make an arrangement to body double with someone. Create art.

  2. Post the art you created during a body double session to PaperDemon during the month of September with the tag pd-bodydouble

  3. You'll gain 40XP for each submission.

NOTE: Only artwork can receive XP at this time. We're still working on offering XP to writing and comics.

Livestream schedule

I wont be teaching art lessons this month because I've got my own art projects to wrap up and need to body double to get them done! However I will talk through my process as I'm creating and am happy to chat about life, art, or mental health. I would love to have you join me for our own virtual “creative times”!

I'll be streaming on these days and times to help me get my own shit done. I'm mostly planning to work on my art for the 2020 calendar and Dragon Mall Quest.

Due to the mature nature of the artwork I'll be painting for our 2020 calendar, some of my streams will be done on Picarto. I know it's kinda lame to switch to another platform since if you want to chat with me you'll have to create a new account. But unfortunately, Twitch has pretty strict policies against mature content and that's out of my control. I would have chosen YouTube as a second choice since most people have an account there. But their vague policies I think don't allow sexually suggestive content.

Will I switch permanently to Picarto? I haven't decided yet. I think philosophically Picarto's mission of freedom of expression for artists is certainly inline with PaperDemon and Red Curtain values. But I currently believe the opportunities for growth and community are better on the Twitch platform.

Happy body doubling and don't forget to share your livestream links and schedule with the community! You can post it as a reply to this post or in our discord server.

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It's good to see you too!

I can transfer the art but it is harder to transfer the comments and other stuff. i need to first do some verification. i'll send you a DM.

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That's a great question! I don't have a way to grant xp for comics yet. And it will be a ways off before it will be available Sad I wish i could have that for you but i can't at the moment.

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Hello ScaredyGhost/CokeKitty, WELCOME BACK!

People disappear and reappear all the time. We're happy to have you. Our forums aren't super active these days. You might want to jump into our discord server which is where all the happinen community stuff is at. We're so excited to have you here and see how you've improved!

Let me know if you'd like to use your old account again. I'm happy to recover it for you!

 

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Here there be dragons.

This art challenge runs from August 1 - 31, 2019.

This month we have an excuse to draw our favorite mythical creature, dragons. For the month of August post as many Dragon drawings as you can create and tag them with smaugust. You'll gain 50 XP for every drawing up to a maximum of 31 drawings.

To add an extra layer of challenge to help you improve your art, let's focus on improving our composition. Dragons are interesting and compelling creatures that make for great subject matter here.

Getting started

There are many different sheets of prompts that have been created by others to help spark ideas. Feel free to pick whichever prompt list you like or mix-and-match. Or ditch the prompts entirely and come up with your own concepts.

ChipperChartreuse has put together a Smaugust Pinterest board with prompts, tutorials, and inspiration to help you get started.

Learning Composition

Composition is an important art fundamental that helps artists make their art more compelling and tell a story. Do you find yourself struggling with the positioning of elements in your art? Does something about the placement feel off? These lessons can help give you guidance on where to place all the things.

This month I'll be doing free live art lessons demonstrating some composition fundamentals you can use to improve your art with dragons as the subject matter. This should be fun! Are you ready? Here's the schedule for the month...

Livestream schedule

  • Composition Lesson #1: Telling a story through composition
    Wednesday August 7th, 2019 10AM PST

  • Composition Lesson #2: How to use depth to tell your story
    Wednesday August 14th, 2019 10AM PST

  • Composition Lesson #3: Sizing and silhouettes
    Wednesday August 21st, 2019 10AM PST

  • Composition Lesson #4: Easy peasy composition tricks
    Wednesday August 28th, 2019 10AM PST

Watch the lessons live on my Twitch channel.

Create a Twitch account if you want to be able to ask questions or chat with others during the lesson.

Do you have composition tips? Post them in the forums as a reply to this post so others can benefit, too.

I look forward to seeing all of your great dragon drawings this month!