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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2021 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: March 02, 2021, 08:37:10 AM »
Any news yet?

Guides & Guidelines / Re: Mature Art Access and Albums
« on: February 20, 2021, 02:42:50 AM »
I'm not sure I quite understand your question...
But one can't really search by access options. People put their own tags under their work, and it's usually by subject (like troll or Skywise or a holtname). The gallery is divided into personal folders. But if one searches for Skywise for example, then all pictures that are tagged Skywise will show up, no matter in which folder they are placed. If pictures are labelled as mature content (I think this can only be done by folder not by picture, but I'm not sure; hopefully someone else can answer that), then one will only see them show up if one has mature access.
I hope that answers your question. If not, then please elaborate.

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2021 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: January 31, 2021, 01:13:14 AM »
Lots of things got postponed (or cancelled), unfortunately. At least this project is still on track.
Can't wait to share it, but I can also be patient!

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2022 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: January 17, 2021, 03:43:21 AM »
You are not stupid, Yavia. You offered it as an idea back then while we were brainstorming, please don't feel bad about it.

Living indoors can be applied to any of the tribes really, they all cuddle up and sleep somewhere, or have days where it's too cold or other weather conditions that are unwanted (like heat during draught in the desert). Wouldn't mind seeing some cosy Wolfrider dens, like when they're asleep, but you can still see the sun peaking in.
Actually, I can think of several situations for just the Wolfriders inside; like during a healing, or a cub being born, a sneaky hiding place during a game of Taal...

It is the situation we are in right now, true, but my introvert self doesn't see this as a bad thing of itself, and it's a fitting theme.

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2022 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: January 15, 2021, 03:53:11 AM »
I basically like any theme that is open to ones own interpretation. I personally prefer to keep my picture always canon; I don't want to be forced to make a what if. Stuff like working in another persons style I also feel are too limiting.

As for the copyright mention for crossovers; the reason this was going to be a problem, was not us drawing the pictures, but us offering the calendar for sale. For EQ elements we have permission, for others we don't.

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2022 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: January 11, 2021, 08:47:17 AM »
Putting them in a poll sounds like a good idea to me as well.
Though I'm unsure what Through the Comics is meant as..? Can anyone clarify?

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2022 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: January 08, 2021, 02:04:02 PM »
I think homes and landscapes would be something else entirely! I like it, though it may prove too much of a challenge for people who are used to focus on the characters. I can see visions of like overview drone images though, like LOTR mountains and such, with perhaps a hint of a few elves to make it relevant for EQ. :D Or just a lovely shot of the Father tree and the feeling of home and belonging, or the emotions Skywise felt when he first saw the world from above.

Still fond of cliffhangers too.
No new ideas yet, will have to let it simmer. ;)

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2021 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: January 08, 2021, 05:26:21 AM »
I'm sure it will be, too! I'm getting really curious, and check back here every day. :)

Chit-Chat / Re: Merry Christmas (2020)
« on: December 24, 2020, 06:45:15 AM »
I hope you are all safe and well, and have someone to talk to when things get you down. ♥

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2021 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: May 11, 2020, 10:41:44 AM »
I'm the same as Startear, I don't think I ever went with the obvious characters either. I think I'll have to give myself some extra rules with this as well, like not using a character I've drawn before, even when it would technically count in this theme.
I don't want to go as far as unnamed either though. There's tons of characters that deserve some extra attention. I already have one character in mind that I was thinking about for another theme, that I think will fit this one as well!

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2021 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: April 09, 2020, 10:30:29 AM »
I pick Cliffhangers and Villains & Hero's.

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2021 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: March 11, 2020, 01:01:03 PM »
I agree with Wildfire; too many themes put into a poll doesn't sound good and has often felt as a disappointment so far, but discussing more thoroughly first and then put a top 3 or even just the top 2 in sounds like everyone who wants to be involved gets more of a say.

Do we still want to keep it a secret from "the outside"? Could we make a secret forum here? Like the Sanctuary is? Because if we do we could discuss more detailed ideas (and characters), and it might help determine if everyone has enough ideas to work with a certain theme before the theme is definite.

Chit-Chat / Re: Tell us about yourself
« on: March 11, 2020, 12:54:29 PM »
That question feels in reverse for me, haha. I kinda feel like I'm doing the "instead" right now. That's just what happens when you don't have much control over your health/energy for years and years, and just try to do whatever you can, whatever comes your way. I don't think in terms of career, rather just "balance between work and my life" (I might have thought about career 20 years ago, because that's what's expected -- but I don't really care that much about what I do for work, as long as I can do what I want in my spare time). I've stumbled into my line of work (library) because of my situation as well, I hadn't really considered it before, but I could get in doing volunteer work, which eventually turned into paid part-time hours. 14 years next month. :)
So to answer your question in reverse: I originally saw myself as an illustrator.

Next question:
What do you feel people should be more aware of? (Speaking personally or globally, or anything in between)

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2021 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: March 07, 2020, 09:37:33 AM »
I prefer drawing in my own style, especially when it requires the amount of effort the calendar deserves.
It could indeed pose a copyright problem if we want to be able to sell the calendar as the previous ones. We have permission for the EQ traits, but not the others. This might be fun for another challenge album though.

Haven't checked older polls yet, but you're right, Wildfire; there's bound to be some gems in there. :)

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2021 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: March 06, 2020, 05:18:25 AM »
I prefer a bit "abstract" themes so people can choose who to draw, or draw what they're most comfortable with. I like creatures, but I wonder if it may be too high of a threshold for some.
Haha, I like going for the non-popular characters too! There's still some I want to get into the calendar, though I often seem to fall back on trolls, just so there's some in there. ;D

I like comedy as well. It made me think of movie genres in general (not AU, I don't like that for the calendar), and the emotive portraits we've done earlier. We could combine it into something like "cliffhangers". DUN DUN DUUUUUUN. Where is the drama at its highest point? Or considering comedy; which is the point right before everyone bursts into laughter?

Art and Elfquest / Re: Yes hello I am here to arts
« on: March 02, 2020, 06:27:12 AM »
Ha yes, I saw your name pop up in the gallery with the crossover Leetah picture, recognised the name and then saw it said 2016 in your account. I thought I was mistaken and had invited someone who was already over here, then realised there were no pictures in your gallery yet. :D

I hope you will find your way around here. I do believe PNG are accepted, but perhaps not at the size you've saved them at.

Anyways, there seems to be some kind of confusion about your alternate universe descriptions, what is canon and what not. Perhaps you could explain some of your story to us here? We love it when favourites are kept alive. ;)

Chit-Chat / Re: Show us your home!
« on: March 02, 2020, 06:21:12 AM »
I feel the same JaRf; I already didn't like summers, but am starting to dread them more and more. As does my yard.

Chit-Chat / Re: Show us your home!
« on: February 15, 2020, 05:07:31 AM »
Yes, I was thinking perhaps I could come up with a comparison picture as well. I'll check my pictures from last year, see if I can make a current one at the same angle.

Chit-Chat / Re: Show us your home!
« on: February 14, 2020, 04:09:06 AM »
Your parents' area is so beautiful! I miss snow. :'(

My backyard looks brown and empty right now, but it actually isn't that bad. I think I need to plant some more stuff that stays green year round. Last year around this time my fence collapsed due to storm, and a lot got crushed then, or burned in the last two summers.

But when the green returns my yard is actually quite full of life. I can even recognise it on the Google satellite. :D It's like a big green bomb. Last year I saw birds I had never seen before, and some I knew but never saw irl (or that up close!). Squirrel also gets closer to the house, and it's fun to hide behind a plant on the windowsill and watch it all.

Art and Elfquest / Re: About EQ fanart's life
« on: February 07, 2020, 08:11:30 AM »
Oh Berit, please don't feel obligated to carry this place by yourself. I don't want to see you burn-out, or lose love for the fandom because of it getting too much. Take a break now and again, and come back when you're ready. ♥ Sometimes you need to take a step back to realise how much you love something.

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2020 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: January 07, 2020, 11:33:34 AM »
Looks like I can finally see the calendar as available product. :) No errors this time!

Chit-Chat / Re: Tell us about yourself
« on: January 05, 2020, 07:55:45 AM »
I think I have many such moments, because there's so much I learned from this very very long story.
What comes to mind now though, is young Dart standing up for himself and what he wants in life, even if that's something nobody else would do or expect. He can't help but be himself.

New question!
Now that there's a new year there's always talk of resolutions... I believe in making these whenever I feel the need to change, not necessarily now. But is there something you'd like to change in your life this year, something new you might like to try or learn? Do you also have an idea how to achieve this?

Chit-Chat / Re: Tell us about yourself
« on: December 21, 2019, 08:30:21 AM »
I see I never posted in this thread, but I think I introduced myself somewhere else, probably in the early days. I wouldn't even know where to begin, I feel most might know a lot already..? Perhaps we could answer each others questions for a change?

How about the one that answers the question then asks another, and someone else can reply to that?
My question to the first person to answer: Who do you consider closest to you? Friend, relative, partner... And what is it that made you bond that way?

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2020 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: December 08, 2019, 08:44:47 AM »
Luxury! ;)
It would be nice to have a dedicated time for it, but I hardly ever had that yet. Thus I have to spread it over weekends and occasional holidays and some evenings. But there are also other interests or necessities competing for my attention.

There's nothing luxurious about it. It is something I found out about myself after years and years of being surrounded by tons of unfinished projects.
I too only have weekends and vacation days to work on hobbies. I will have to tell myself to only start a new project if I can finish it without starting yet another one somewhere in between. It's hard work, but that's basically what I meant with my focus.

I took all of October for one big project, but it worked, it is done now and I can move on to the next. Sometimes I pick a smaller project which is done in a few days. Sometimes I know this in advance, sometimes I don't. I know now that sticking to one is the only way to get it finished.
Please don't think of it as being easy. It took me at least two decades to get to this point where I finally found a way that works for me. It won't just come.

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2020 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: November 24, 2019, 08:20:57 AM »
I'm glad I was on the reserve list and managed to make a picture for the 2020 calendar. I realised I haven't participated in the calendar since 2015, even though I did originally plan to every time. There are a number of reasons for this I guess. But definitely not the themes, they are always great.

My biggest mountain honestly has been the character claiming. I understand why it was set in place, but in my opinion it is done too soon. Look at the long list of claimed characters for this year, and how few actually managed to make their picture in time. When a theme is chosen the way my brain works it looks for an original idea first that makes a great match with that, and it doesn't matter what characters it involves. Then when the idea is there, and the main character is already claimed, I have to restart this process, but in a disappointed mood which kills my inspiration.
Two ways to solve this I think; the discussing of picture ideas with the people who want to be involved so characters will be known to them up front AND definitely drawn, which I've seen mentioned. Or the claiming can't be done until you've shown Maggie at least a decent sketch.

Finding a place just for this (the calendar discussing) would be fine by me. I know you've brought up this same question about the site a couple of years ago, Maggie, and I understand your reasons for keeping it up since then and wanting to take it down now. Perhaps it is time to let it go.
There are so many places we can post our stuff, though the forum and the people here have always had a special place in my heart. But it is very separate, so I have to think about not forgetting to come here, especially since I don't really make that much new EQ related stuff. I am mostly on Instagram nowadays, and I would love to come across more EQ related content there, because I really don't right now.
Like said there are a number of places we can go, but I can understand if people don't want to sign up for some places, like Facebook; though the groups do offer a private setting so you know exactly who can read it. A neutral space that is either free or cheap but offers a locked option so the ideas remain a secret until the calendar reveal is something we might be able to find. I'm on Weebly with all my sites, it offers password protected pages I believe (like if you've made a photo-album you only want to show family members).

On to the promoting part; we can all chip in on that, on whatever platform we are. I'm sure we can come up with a nice text that we can all copy/paste to spread the word. There is indeed not one place you can reach all, everyone has their fave new places to hang out nowadays.

I like the idea of shortening the timeline as well, because it's true; it's a long time to wait to showcase your work online, when you already finish in April. And the spreading out through the entire year will dwindle the interest as we've seen again and again. One month would be too short for me, mainly because the definite deadline will probably remain close to the end of October, and that is my busiest month for crafting and thinking of nothing else. But three months of discussing and working on it sounds fine to me. A short burst for working on the picture works best for me, because my focus tends to be better when I actually finish one project at a time.

The calendar feels like something special to me. We all work on it together, and I look forward to seeing the result each year. I would hate to see it go; I feel it connects us all, the way we might have felt connected to EQ when we were younger (and active in holts and such like I was a decade ago).

So yeah, a secluded place for calendar discussion sounds great to me. It leaves great hope for collaboration, as well as extra theme ideas such as a link of continuation between all months, or a story being told, or some kind of chronology that may be completely random now. And a transparent talk about which characters will be used as the main subject by each, and inspiration by others when you might be stuck on an idea that doesn't quite work yet.
I AM hopeful. :)

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