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Do you like how I write little blurbs on the artwork I feature weekly? 

34%
14 deviants said Yes... and I think you write the correct amount
29%
12 deviants said Yes... but I think you should write more
27%
11 deviants said No... and stop doing features
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2 deviants said No... just post artworks
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2 deviants said Other, comment below.

Table of Contents:
A: (Weekly) Watched Feature #11
> Featured people who watch me or otherwise deserve features. 
> See below for details. 

B: Feature! The! Features! 
> This is a list of other people's features! 
> If you want to occupy this space next Thursday then note me or post your feature in the comments section below! 

C: (Weekly) 500 Point Giveaway
> To enter into this give-away you just need to comment on anyone I've mentioned throughout these last 10 features. You must either a) post the url's of your comments in this thread or sign your post with :iconakuard: (:Icon Akuard: without the space.) 
> Special note: I need at least 5 participants or I will not be giving out points for this!
> See below for details. 

D: This Week's News and My Challenge to You! 
> I’ll be in Kansas City next week   
> I figured out my formatting issues. 
> My 
challenge hasn't been updated since the "Weekly Watched Feature #2"

E: My "Rules!"
>This hasn't been updated since the "Weekly Watched Feature #7"
>How I decide who to watch, etc. 
>See below for details  




A: (Weekly) Watched Feature #11
>What is this feature?
Every week I will select ten people to feature and write semi-detailed comments on a few works to share my thoughts. After that I will feature five people to just 'quick and dirty' post two images from random people who watch me without any additional text. 

 

This is an increase from the previous ten people a week to fifteen people a week but I won't be "fully" featuring 15.

> How do I select who to feature?
1. If I watch you, just post art. I watch about a thousand people but if I like something I'm going to put it here.
2. If you watch me, comment on my work. Any favorites or comments put you in the running for a feature.
3. If you post someone else's profile or art in the comments then I will eventually feature both you and who you share
4. I feature random things I see.




:iconfelosoraptor:
There isn't another way to describe this girl other than "cool." She has a sharp abstract vision and is rather prolific. She puts out content at a much more rapid pace than I do. I am a big fan of hers. She seems to think she isn't talented, or something along those lines. If you have the time, go drop in on her gallery and help her with that :)

Good Fun by Felosoraptor

As of the time I wrote this this was her latest work. Sharpness can give an image a great gritty feel. To describe the content of the image, I would say that I see lens distortion, abstractions on the wall, a person sitting on a couch in a gas-mask and a hoody. The figure has a piercings and a unique hairstyle. So, what made me choose this? She decided to title this "good fun.' But the image kind of really goes beyond that. Whether or not she did it intentionally, accidentally, or its just part of her personal style this has a fairly intelligent composition to it. 

First, the there is a repetition of "yellow and orange" Yellows in the painting match up with the yellows on the printed media on the left side of the picture plane and the couch - which are also repeated on her shirt. This gives me two triangles to work with for the stabilization of the image (and subsequent destabilization with the second 'inverted' triangle. The similarity between the color in her hair and the aforementioned abstraction on the wall ties these two images together. It almost looks like the art is bleeding on her. I might have color matched a little more in post to create that. I really feel the color ties all of this together - especially when her skin seems almost muted in comparison. 

It looks to me like she really cranked up the sharpness on the image and there is nothing wrong with that. I would think there was a contrast boost, too. These elements really make certain things pop (like the highlights on the hair and the mask.) As to the content? Fallout 3 (and other post-apocalyptic games like borderlands) have given me the Gasmask + punk-haircut combination as a really edgy look. The piercings contribute to that. Slam that figure in a hoody and that couch and we have something that is almost thought provoking. I like the colors on the hoody but I think there would be something to be said if the outfit emphasized that sort of feel buuuuuuuut I am torn because the colors on the hoody really sell me on this.

TL;DR the image is "good fun" but also "good art"



Boys by Felosoraptor

If you do end up viewing her gallery you'll see she is really into time delays and other worthwhile affects. This image is one of the more resent ones to that tune. You can image that there is a lot of movement going on in the image. The composition is very busy and has little direction but things do stick out to me. The figure in the center the the first major detail that catches my eye because, well, he is in the center. But also because he is relatively light and he is surrounded by darker grays. That contrast will sucker us as passive (and active) observers, every time. There is a wealth of rectangles but they're bent by the lens-distortion. The legs of the table seem to bend in, the walls bend. The image has this wonderful, artificially organic feel that slaps my brain around. It literally rejects my view of reality but it does it in almost a subtle way. 

I think its neat that I can realize that the animal is obviously rolling around but we have so little clues as to what it is. Likely a dog. We can still recognize that it is a pet, of some sort, but we have to give it characteristics to complete the image. Almost like the  "painterly" style of the renaissance. Vague details in the image give our minds the opportunities to 'fill in the blanks.' There is a wealth of tones and value contrast throughout the whole image; the lovely wood grain texture contrasts  with every other texture in the in the room, the space is developed really quite nicely. That the lack of detail gives me is the notion that this could be me. This could be my friends. This is really an "every day" kind of scene. 

Unfortunately this fact is where my interest wanes a bit. Because of the "everyday" nature of the image, it does have that lazy feel to it. The composition works inside the space of controlled chaos without actually controlling it. Yes, I can discuss how intriguing I find the figures which, for the most part, are indistinguishable but the interaction seems limited, minimal, accidental, and spontaneous. There is nothing inherently wrong with spontaneous work. However, in my limited opinion its better to make an image "feel" spontaneous but still have the traditional planning involved in composition. Utilize some of the details to say something or to force the image into a greater cerebral space. Creating controlled spontaneity is one of the most difficult but rewarding things we can do inside the space of photography. 


Dag and Drawing III by Felosoraptor

She has a ton of these abstractions and they're all crafted in a relatively unique way. I haven't had the monotonous feel of seeing the same firework +extended shutter speed when looking through her work. Her new ones a much less organic and much more contrived. I selected this older work because the nature of the shoot gives me something which I am very fond of: imagination. Using my brain I can tune this figure into something. Like a giant bird made of light descending from flight. Or something with less ridiculous rhymes.  There are a great deal of highlights and maybe the overexposure is a little much on some places, but its difficult to control light when working in these settings and it is both understandable and acceptable. 

What I think the artist needs to consider is, when shooting, to ensure the shadow of the camera and the photographer is not 'in the shot.' You can see the camera clearly on the left side of the picture plane, as well a shadow of a figure. Some minor dodging can make these seem less photographer like. In contrast, the figures in the background running around give the image a more surreal sense of reality and is appreciated.


Light Graffiti by Felosoraptor

I don't have a lot to say about this other than its exactly what it should be. If I manage to get time I'll actually go write a critique on this. I think its the favorite scene I've ever seen her do. I sincerely want her to revisit this style, not necessarily this location, but to create a series like this in a great deal of locations. I think that snow, with the upcoming winter, will offer her a lot of possibilities because it will just enhance the glow of the glow-stick fluid. 




:iconapeanutbutterfiend:
The cool cat featured me for being a loyal watcher. Which is cool. But then again, the artist hasn't really posted new art in a while. Which isn't cool. Go to her page and convince her that it is ARTTIME! Okay?! 

Banana butter filled crepes by Apeanutbutterfiend BoomSlank shoe commission II by Apeanutbutterfiend

I don't have anything deep to say, mostly because the images aren't incredibly deep themselves. However, the photographer is sound on both images and I want to mail her my chucks so she can make them snazzy. Far too often I see food photography marginalized just because its food photography but it still contains all of the elements and principles of art that I look for in any other image. there are highlights, color contrast, etc. What makes food appetizing is first its appearance, then its fragrance, then its taste. This has a high-key feel with a wonderful and light color contrast that springs from the greenery in the background. There is a strong depth of field. it makes a simple concept look fantastic. The shoes, well, the last image of the triptych she shared could be a solid stand alone concept but it doesn't have to be. She is simply showing us something that we can appreciate at face-value. And I do. But I also appreciate the technical skill that went into the image. 

Playful Eyes by Apeanutbutterfiend Untitled Drawing by Akuard

The baby picture is wonderfully high-key, but I think the midtones and the shadows could be selectively dodged to really increase how much I enjoy the image. But then again, who doesn't just look at a picture of a baby and immediately get emotionally invested. We're all like SOOOO CUTE! Even if we hate babies. The image feels a little soft focus on the baby but I don't know if that is intentional or not. I can say that  the image contains a solid rule of thirds, a wonderful sense of depth of field. The image feels like more than just a baby to me. Its a theme with this artist, I know. Finally... the last image, its pretty fantastic that that street-art exists. Its fun that they managed to turn it into their concept, too. Great work. I think the image could be created a little better but its hard to convince someone to reshoot spontaneity. Its fun because the image seems to be the least contrived of the three that I shared but it has the potential to be the most "in your face" artistic. I am always a fan when I can see well produced images that are both fun and cerebral. 




:iconptromea:

This wonderful artist has created some great abstractions. Please, check the artists gallery if you like his work here. What I find most compelling is his strong use of warm autumn colors. I love his style and he has been prolific this month. His work can be an inspiration if you're a traditional artist and he really has helped me work through some of the things I've been considering with traditional art. Truly, wonderfully, unique and beautiful. No amount of adjectives can describe how much I like this guys work :) The shapes seem so bizzare but they're cute, they have the adorable feel. I look at each of them, even the sinister(ish) dragon and just kinda want to join this crazy abstract world. 

whisper by ptromea Wool Lady by ptromea Under the tree by ptromea





:iconalexlinde:

Alex is a dutch dude who literally creates scenes. He is a master at it. Everything in his gallery looks impossibly real. This dude really, really needs some exposure considering a) the level of talent and b) the level of pageviews he gets. It turns my stomach to see such masterful art go unnoticed on this website. 

Metropolis by Alexlinde
How can such masterful design be ignored? Look at the scope and detail of this city!  The sky is a beautiful wash of colors that really gen into be buildings and affect our depth of field. Giving us the illusion that it expands forever. We're standing on a cliff overlooking a sprawling metropolis that seems to extend into infinity. The sun gives us a night bit of contrast in the grand scheme of things, but the lights of the city are perfect. I don't like to overpraise people but I can't think of anything wrong with this imaginative cityscape. If I had any "suggestion" it would be to give me a specific subject to play with. Right now, this feels like those old-school movie backgrounds they painted and put behind actors talking. I see these becons of light shining up into the air, maybe give me some sort of flying machine to interact with them. 

Unreachable-Daylight by Alexlinde
Okay. So this image is actualy what caused me to stop and think about this gues work. while admittedly weaker than the first scene I showed you, we have a strong value contrast in this image. It seems a little more natural than forced. As the scene unfolds we're in a cavern or hole of some sort. There is light streaming in through the ceiling which gives us the brightest points on the image. Sure there is a little bit of purple and red light  in the center and right hand sides of the picture plane but these pale in comparison to the primary light. Together they do create dominate triangle that gives us a certain sense of uneasiness. The only "shadows" we have are literally shadows from the odd centralized light source but they frame the image. The darkness is creeping in from the edge of the picture plane, almost swallowing us up. 

There are other contrasts. Color contrast. The highlights are red and purple. The shadows are green. That is nice. But the most important contrast is that powerful man v. nature feel. There is something really quite cerebral about the fact that this is nature verses mankind. It seems like this subterranian structure is being retaken by nature. I absolutely love that. 



:iconpawelmatys:
I have a list of bookmarks that are people I want to feature for one reason or another. This Swedish has posted what he calls "undiscovered" features. He has a strong use of color which is relatively rare for a photographer. Give his work a look and watch/favorite/comment where appropriate. 


Untitled by PawelMatys
This is is a lovely emotive piece. The figure is apparently the artist's little brother. What we see is a blue background where the details have been washed away by a lovely, pleasant depth of field usage. The sharpness is otherwise right on. We can see the pores in the guys skin. There is a sharp line of light cutting his face near enough in half. Its bright but not over exposed. The light manages to avoid his expression. Its almost like there is a bright joyous world, and he can see it with that one little eye - but he is stuck in darkness and his expression reflects the world he is in. The way that the light is interacting with his skin, and the white balance, makes him look a little purple. Which, as you all know, is opposite to yellow on the color wheel. The image has that contrast which marks it "okay" to me that the white balance seems off... Value contrast appears as a result of the limited light through the window both on the figure and in the background. Its nice that the world gets darker and murkier as we read the image left to right.

Untitled by PawelMatys

Its so unexpected, sometimes, to find someone who does portraits in such a great way. Beautiful girl. Great lips. Great expression. Wonderful use of light and depth of field. I could be wrong but I think that he increased the depth of field artificially (in post processing) because of the way the circles of confusion are. Circles of confusion are when light hits the lens at a strange angle and creates those little circles you see near her head; all photographs are formed as a series of circles that are laying over each other. The "circles of confusion" appear when a circle is out of place from something our eye would record. I think they're one of the only things photographers can do that other mediums can't. (Which is why I use the technique as much as possible in my abstractions.) Usually these circles of confusion come in rather crisp but they can look like that; so idk if its a natural or artifical. 

Its nice how the warmth of her skin is surrounded by the muted cold would around here. But her face is similar to the warmth on the right side of the picture plane which gives us a fair amount of unity. Well created. 

Maybe one little smile? by PawelMatys

All the wonderful colors! Another great use of depth of field. I do not like that the figure is so perfectly centered but no artist can please everyone all of the time. The images we do have here is just a happy scene, joyous and expressive. 




:iconmalicieux:

Beautiful polish photographic artist and model. I've been watching her for a while. Deviant art has to make that seem creepy by calling it watching, but it is what it is. Please, check out her work, I think you'll find it pleasing. 

Freedom for Genie by malicieux

I love diptychs :D Its fun that it has that Aladdin, genie in a lamp feel to it: which is the artist's intent.  The image is very high-key but still has a lot of diversity in that dress/leotard thing. It has an interesting texture and contrasts against the skin, wall, hair, etc. The smoke really plays with her and she seems focused on it. I think, one of the images should have the figure looking at the camera. That way we get a little interaction with her. Since we have a diptych we can always have the image focused on the lamp. There are a number of factors that are going to cause us to focus on the lamp anyway. #1 in at least one image the figure is going to be directly engaging us. The girl is looking at it which causes us to look at it. #2 She is holding it in front of her, it is the closest object to the camera, its going to be noticed. #3 The metal is shiny. It takes light differently than skin, hair, and the clothing. It already jumps out at us. #4 In the second image her fingers are holding the lid of the lamp but it points towards the lamp. #5

Which brings me to my question. Why so centered? I sincerely believe a lot of the picture plane was wasted but if the rule of thirds is used we can get a sense of movement. If she is off-center towards the left in the first and to the right on the second we get a stronger sense of time and it makes the focus on the object more intense. Especially if she engages us in one of the image, rather than just the lamp. 


black autumn by malicieux wreath by malicieux

Great contrasts. The dude is a moody little figure. Very handsome. In the first image, I love his broody feel... it mixes very well with his outfit and the nature background. Truly intense. The second image? I love the flowers in his hair and the sadder expression. I sharing both from this set because there is a lovely comparison to be made between the two expressions. Its just the angle of the face, the eyes, and some of the background details that make us feel different things from image to image. I believe the clarity is slightly off on the second image. While the greens and cold nature of the image is nice on the second image - I personally believe it would be strong as a black and white. There are a lot of this guy. He is very cute. Go look! 

look by malicieux

This is not just an obligatory-beautiful-girl-with-red-hair share. The vantage point on this is underused and the figure is looking in a unique direction. I rarely see this level of brown foliage. Beautiful model, great location; this is why I love this artist. I still cant get over what she is looking at. She isn't engaging the camera, which is (for the most part) a strong thing to have. But she isn't really engaging anything else. It isn't off to the side, her eyes aren't closed. I don't know. The result is that I, as a viewer, am intrigued. 




:iconmadmonalisa:

Traditional artist from a bookmark folder I have called "feature this person." I don't know why I saved it for feature but I like the images present and she is also looking for water color tutorials, like me. 

Night of Crows by MadMonaLisa

Wonderful dark feel. I love the ripples on the water. Its really intense. The boy is reaching out to these black birds in the middle of the night and they're swooping around him. I enjoy the highlights in the water. It pushes the contrast in this. The image is so cold and the orange on the skin of the figure is a nice subtle contrast. The media used here gives the whole image a wonderful unifying texture. The clouds in the background. (I assume they're clouds, I guess it could be some cryptic castle wall) are such an odd organic shape. The whole scene has elements of personal-style and heavy realism. The figure seems to be well inside the cannon of promotions.

If the figure walking on water? or is the water just really shallow? I just find this really, really interesting and I cannot praise it enough. 

SwanLake - Ballerinas - 7 by MadMonaLisa

The figure here is really cool looking. Long and slender. Obviously to focus is on the dress.  I would certainly purchase this outfit for anyone I am photographing for any random shoot. I really wanted to share this because the canon of proportions seems quite off. The legs are a little too long, and the head is a little too small. Other than that the figure is really cute. She should go into clothing design but she should also look up the canon of proportions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitruvia…


The Royal...Court? by MadMonaLisa

This is just a wonderful collection of awesome and adorable. If you are reading this and do not favorite this work then you're a terrible person! >.< I want to break down each and every image for you, but I think you can get the gist if you just look through them. 



:icondonnersturm:

Female photographer from Germany. Her gallery is incredibly complex and interesting. It is too difficult to summarize her in a few short lines. Check her gallery out, even if you don't like the random things that I am shooting. 

Dancing Lights by Donnersturm

Beautiful use of light. Obviously great highlights. Its hard to describe a work like this. You can see that she is keeping her feet inside this tiny square of over exposure. I might have dropped the brightness a hair so that it wasn't an over exposure, but it looks great the way it is. The scene is a little odd. I might had added a little more clutter or at the very least changed it. I don't appreciate the random orange object right behind her. However, the way she is using that tiny square of light more than makes up for the things about the image that I am not a fan of. 

Ode to the Light II by Donnersturm

Beautiful girl with amazing light. This shot ocntains that same focused blast that the other shot has but includes more of a figure.  

Real by Donnersturm

Bloody, creepy, intense: it has a nice depth of field. I think the shirt was a bad choice. Something ripped could have been a little more interesting. Or, at the very least, something less "cute." Maybe I am an idiot though. The cuteness of the shirt may strongly contrast the seriousness of the blood.

Lost in the Past 2 by Donnersturm

Cute :)




:iconmoonlightmysteria:

Tjos arist is eclectic. Lots of digital art, photographic art, some photo manipulation. Its all really wonderfully Representative of a modern day renaissance (wo)man. The artist has a tendency to take a section from the greater scene and upload it as an independent artwork. Give it a look. 

A Child's Dream by MoonlightMysteria

The little girl is engaging these little alls of light, which is cool. At the edge of the picture plane we see a family of birds watching the kid, which push us in that direction. The water has a foggy, feel. Well the whole scene is dreamy. There are lots of little color splashes, and highlight splashes but the image is relatively dark and cold - everywhere except on the girl. One of the most fun little details are the butterflies floating throughout the image. My last little note is the complex use of texture throughout the image. Just look around and imagine touching all of the objects. 

I like it. 

Misty Morning by MoonlightMysteria

Opportunistic foggy morning. The gate is a nie capture. The trees disappearing into the distance is really cool. Its awesome that something like this is a natural effect. I can sit here all day and try to imagining where this is, where we're going. What fun scene is just behind that fence. Where she is standing the fog seems contained by this fence. it has that magical feel to it. At least to me.  

Twilight Wanderings by MoonlightMysteria

This is a dark and moody water color. It is a sunset. A bloody read sun is a little foreboding but I cannot always unicorns and flowers when I see water colors. I rarely see dark water colors, so I thought I would share this with the rest of you. 




:icon2beannounced:

Artist selected by :iconsimple-minds: This traditional artist only has about a thousand pageviews. Get into this profile and comment on stuff! Come on, guys! The artist favours a black and white style with a color splash but that isn't the only thing he can do. Seriously. Check him out you might really enjoy the work. 

Joseph and Babe by 2BeAnnounced Safe- REUPLOAD by 2BeAnnounced Gauge by 2BeAnnounced

Yuffie's Rescue-RESUBMIT by 2BeAnnounced

I really like this last image here. It has that subtle feel of realism to it and the lack of a background doesn't seem to bother me. The various textures and orientations of the fabric is really quite intense. Its just such a strong work. 




Quick and Dirty!
Heavenly by MRFarts Star Home Live wallpaper by MRFarts by :iconmrfarts: 
Meow by dinyiil Reach Purr the Skies by dinyiil by :icondinyiil:
Mermaid Jurate by windinthehair Creme brulee cake by windinthehair by :iconwindinthehair:
ARRET by DanRioja Redhead! by DanRioja by :icondanrioja:
I can't feel anything by Amara-Rose Starlight by Amara-Rose by :iconamara-rose:



B: Feature! The! Features
A: I want to use this space to feature any features that are out there. If you have a feature you want me to link in this space for next Wednesday, tell me. I will feature any feature you write in the comments below or if you feature me, obviously you'll go here. If I watch you and you have a feature in your journals I will definitely feature you here. As follows… 

Hint: If you check just put your mouse over the thumbnail it will sort of scroll through their journal entry!

:thumb414888502: by :iconpuiwi:  You can get featured here by posting. Go look at it.  
Nature feature VIII




A Second Spring by DorotejaC The Fire inside me. by dragonfly-oli
I o o by MistyTableau

 Rosehips 2 by wuestenbrand Fleur des champs by Fant0me Dramatic Lights by sevenmf
13th Beach Sunset by DanielleMiner
 
 Thank You From My Heart by LUCILALEYLA  Ladybug by Bimmi1111
Violet power by BlueColoursOfNature
Limestone Pavement by Matthias-Haker
- by dreamisdestiny1
cause i've always loved bluish world and you? by ateist-kleranty
In the Vines by Schlissel-art
by :iconstormchazzy:
Feature Friday #7:star: Friday Feature:star:





Dashing! by Imaliea
New York Restaurant 2010 by Moni3
My little girl by IrisDesert
The Early Bird Gets... by DPasschierTogether... by 20Tourniquet02 Gendeer Ane by eanbowman Kroenen Bloody Kroenen by Primogenitor34 Almighty Dollar by ARTificialphanTOMFlame Princess by Ayayue Divine Tears by Serii-Chan
Contest Entry - Sayuri Design Contest by Elfenzorn young snow leopard by SomniVisionJurassic Pumpkin (contest) by A--Anthony
by :iconchiichanny:
:thumb413737824: by :iconzummerfish:
Wonderful and inspiring feature IV NatureFrom my favourites collection
    
    

    
  Send Light by solefield  Drown in two drops of water... by julie-rc
trawka by BaxiaArt  take me there by Megson  Shape of a sound. by chessdinah
 a smile to remember by mebilia  Forsaken by Sandy515  watercolours. by simoendli
bright as yellow by mebilia  Primrose by RHCheng  Rainy Glow by incolor16

Liar tears by RezzanATAKOL  lacerta agilis by mescamesh  Jingle Wind by Thinking-Silence
  
by :iconstargazerlz: 




C: (Weekly) 500 Point Giveaway
Every fresh comment that is put on an artist's work that I have featured in my journals will enter you into the contest. This will be on anything that has been featured: poetry, photos, traditional, etc. If you're bad at English, it doesn't matter. The fact that you're trying to communicate is more important than saying it 100% correctly! The winner will receive features and 500 points each. Because I will not be notified when you comment on someone's work like this, you MUST post the URL to that work in this journal so I can check that you did! Or You can also sign your work with :iconakuard: (:Icon Akuard: but remove the space) and it will notify me of your posts in my "mention" section!) And each post will count as a second entry… you may post on multiple people's work!

Special note: I need at least 5 participants or I will not be giving out points for this!

If you want to post on a previous artist look at the Previous "Weekly Watched" Features:
Weekly Watched Feature #1 and 2700 Point GiveawayTable of Contents:
A: Weekly Watched Feature
> See below for details. 
B: Weekly 700 Point Contest
> This Contest Will Change Every Week!
> See below for details.
C: Monthly 2000 Point Giveaway
> Actually, 1000 points given to two people
A: Weekly Watched Feature

Information of the Feature:
I will feature people I watch regardless of if they watch me, every week. I will also feature at least three random people who comment on my work, every week. This includes journals, poetry, etc. Each Feature will be uploaded Tuesday morning. The feature will be in the same format as what follows.
 
:Iconsan-t:
This is a Traditional artist of whom I have watched for sometime. And while in the work of abstracts it can be difficult to generate something truly unique across several pieces artworks; she seems to do so with some regularity. Much of her work is very organic leaving us with
Weekly Watched Feature #2|2700 Point Giveaway|NewsTable of Contents:
A: Weekly Watched Feature #2
>Please ask any questions you may have!
>See below for details. 
B: Weekly 700 Point Contest
> Last weeks winner :Iconsilverfernx:
> She was the only entrant, unfortunately.
> This Contest Will Change Every Week!
> See below for details.
C: Monthly 2000 Point Giveaway
> Actually, 1000 points given to two people
>See below for details.
D: News and My Challenge to You!
>All the way at the bottom
 
 
A: Weekly Watched Feature #2
Information of the Feature:
I will feature people I watch regardless of if they watch me, every week. I will also feature at least three random people who comment on my work, every week. This includes journals, poetry, etc. Each Feature will be uploaded Tuesday morning. The feature will be in the same format as what follows. You can find the first weekly watched feature here: 
Weekly Watched Feature #3, 2700 Points Give AwayTable of Contents:
A: Weekly Watched Feature #3
>See below for details.
B: Weekly 700 Point Contest
> Last weeks winner :IconLoveChandraXOXO:
> She was One of Three Entrants
> Another received 350 points just for entering: :iconmavelle-ealenyr: http://mavelle-ealenyr.deviantart.com/
> This Contest Will Change Every Week!
> See below for details.
C: Monthly 2000 Point Giveaway
> Actually, 1000 points given to two people
>See below for details.
D: News and My Challenge to You!
>All the way at the bottom
 
 
 
A: Weekly Watched Feature #3
How Do I select Who to feature?
If I watch you, just post art. I watch about a thousand people but if I like something I'm going to put it here. If you watch me, comment on my work. Any favorites or comments put you in the running for a feature.
Information of the Feature:
I will feature people I watch regardless of
  Weekly Watched Feature #4, 2700 Points Give AwayTable of Contents:
A: Weekly Watched Feature #4
>This week was special. I didn't have a lot of time so I just featured the first 10 people to watch me and added one more person who commented on the last feature.
>See below for details.
 B: Weekly 700 Point Contest
> Last weeks winner :IconEyelessDonovan:
> This Contest Will Change Every Week!
> See below for details.
C: Monthly 2000 Point Giveaway
> Actually, 1000 points given to two people
>See below for details.
D: This Weeks News and My Challenge to You!
>All the way at the bottom
 
A: Weekly Watched Feature #4
How Do I select Who to feature?
If I watch you, just post art. I watch about a thousand people but if I like something I'm going to put it here. If you watch me, comment on my work. Any favorites or comments put you in the running for a feature.
Information of the Feature:
I will feature people I watch reg
Weekly Watched Feature #5 | 2700 Point GiveawayTable of Contents:
A: Weekly Watched Feature #5
>This week was special. I didn't have a lot of time so I just featured the first 10 people to watch me and added one more person who commented on the last feature. 
>See below for details.
 B: Weekly 700 Point Contest
> Last weeks winner : :IconSimple-Minds:
> This Contest Will Change Every Week!
> See below for details.
C: Monthly 2000 Point Giveaway
> Actually, 500 points given to four people
>See below for details.
D: This Weeks News and My Challenge to You! 
>All the way at the bottom
 
A: Weekly Watched Feature #5
How Do I select Who to feature?
If I watch you, just post art. I watch about a thousand people but if I like something I'm going to put it here. If you watch me, comment on my work. Any favorites or comments put you in the running for a feature.
Information of the Feature:
I will feature people
Weekly Watched Feature #6|Massive Point Giveaway!Table of Contents:
A: Weekly Watched Feature #6
>This week was special. I featured winners!
>See below for details.
 B: Weekly 700 Point Contest
> Last weeks winner : :IconMavelle-Ealenyr:
> This Contest Will Change Every Week!
> The only thing you need to do is post the icon of someone you think I should feature! I am :Icon Akuard: Or :IconAkuard: Remove the spacee! Preferably, share someone you watch and you believe I should watch.
> See below for details.
C: Monthly 2000 Point Giveaway
> Actually 500 points given to four people
> To enter into this give-away you just need to comment on anyone I've mentioned throughout these last 6 features. You must either a) post the url's of your comments in this thread or sign your post with :IconAkuard: (:Icon AKuard: without the space.)
> See below for details.
D: This Weeks News and My Challenge to You!
>All the way at the bottom
 ==
A:
  Weekly Watched Feature #7 | 2,000 Point GiveawayTable of Contents:
A: Weekly Watched Feature #7
> Featured the people who posted other people to feature, among others.
> See below for details. 
B: Feature! The! Features!
> This is a list of other people's features!
> If you want to occupy this space next Thursday then note me or post the feature in the comments section below! 
C: Monthly 2000 Point Giveaway
> Actually 500 points given to four people
> To enter into this give-away you just need to comment on anyone I've mentioned throughout these last 6 features. You must either a) post the url's of your comments in this thread or sign your post with :IconAkuard: (:Icon AKuard: without the space.)
> See below for details. 
D: This Week's News and My Challenge to You!
> Changing the day of the week for this to Thursday!
> See Below for more details… 
E: My "Rules!"
>How I decide who to watch, etc.
>See below for details 
F: Weekly 700 Point Contest
Weekly Watched Feature #8 | 2000 Point Giveaway!Special Note!
 :IconProjectComment: 
This place is a great resource for getting comments and meeting people who are friendly, helpful, and will give detailed comments on your work. 
Please goto http://projectcomment.deviantart.com/ and join them.
Table of Contents:
A: Weekly Watched Feature #8
> Featured the people who posted other people to feature, among others.
> See below for details. 
B: Feature! The! Features! 
> This is a list of other people's features! 
> If you want to occupy this space next Thursday then note me or post the feature in the comments section below! 
C: Monthly 2000 Point Giveaway
> Updated date to November Seventh, 2013
> Actually 500 points given to four people
> To enter into this give-away you just need to comment on anyone I've mentioned throughout these last 6 features. You must either a) post the url's of your comments in this thread or sign your post with :IconAkuard: (
Weekly Watched Feature #9 | 500 Weekly Giveaway!Check this lovely group out! 
:IconProjectComment:
Table of Contents:
A: Weekly Watched Feature #9
> Featured the people who posted other people to feature, among others.
> See below for details. 
 
B: Feature! The! Features! 
> This is a list of other people's features! 
> If you want to occupy this space next Thursday then note me or post the feature in the comments section below! 
 
C: Weekly 500 Point Giveaway
> A Monthly 2000 points give away makes less sense
> To enter into this give-away you just need to comment on anyone I've mentioned throughout these last 8 features. You must either a) post the url's of your comments in this thread or sign your post with :IconAkuard: (:Icon AKuard: without the space.) 
> See below for details. 
 
D: This Week's News and My Challenge to You! 
> A little late. Sorry. I had to do a last minute photoshoot.  
 
E: My "Rules!"
>
 
(Weekly) Watched Feature #10, 500 point giveawayI can't get the formatting to work this month. I've been trying since I uploaded my watercolor. 
I give up.
Table of Contents:
A: (Weekly) Watched Feature #10
> Featured the people who posted other people to feature, among others.
> See below for details. 
 
B: Feature! The! Features! 
> This is a list of other people's features! 
> If you want to occupy this space next Thursday then note me or post the feature in the comments section below! 
 
C: (Weekly) 500 Point Giveaway
> A Monthly 2000 points give away makes less sense (expecially since it the same amount)
> To enter into this give-away you just need to comment on anyone I've mentioned throughout these last 8 features. You must either a) post the url's of your comments in this thread or sign your post with :IconAkuard: (:Icon AKuard: without the space.) 
> See below for details. 
 
D: This Week's News and My Challenge to You!




D:  News and My Challenge to You! 
-I’ll be in Kansas city all next week. If I slip up and don't have time to write a weekly watched feature I sincerely apologize. 
-I figured out the formatting issues with the feature and I think this will be the format I post for each future feature. If you don't like this style or have any questions about it, please post your comments below. Turns out, if you write it through "the stash" rather than "post a new journal entry" you don't have to type out all the code. There is like a simplified word editor that you can click to bold and center, etc. 

 

       

My Challenge For You
I challenge you to actually look at other people's features. Comment on them. Open up artworks and comment on those artworks. Read journals. I would say 90% of your efforts will not be returned in-kind but that is how you'll grow community. You'll gain watchers, pageviews, etc.




E: My "Rules!
1. If you watch me, I will watch you.
2. I watch over 1000 people and almost 300 groups. I look at each and every deviation that comes through them in thumb form. I open only a few in full view. Fav a portion of those and comment on a portion of those.
3. If you favorite something on my work, I leave the notification in my inbox for a few months...
  I comment or fav something of yours. However, this works the same for one or one hundred favs. Because when I look through your gallery I look through 100% of your gallery. I turn it on browse and just start flipping through pages and opening anything that looks remotely interesting.
4. If you comment on my work, I will guarantee comment on your work. My comments will not be returned 1:1 sometimes I comment more, sometimes I comment less. I wait so that you've had time to post new work, right? Because if you're looking at my work and commenting its because I likely commented on your work.
5. I ignore llamas.

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Justin Downing
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I like playing my guitar, writing poetry, and photography.

Current Residence: Maryville, Misery, USA
Favourite genre of music: Folk
Favourite style of art: Pen and Ink
Operating System: Windows
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Skin of choice: I am not racist ;) (Anything)
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HollowMentor Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  New member
Keep up the work man, your work speaks for it's self.
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comsic Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh I'm sorry for a very late reply but I just saw you favourited my work, thank you so much! means a lot to me :-) check out the best work of mine if interested at comsic.deviantart.com/gallery/…

Greetings, Jesse :-)
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Theanimalparade Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the three month premium subscription! 
It means a lot! :heart: 
If you ever want a commission or anything, it's on the house!
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Akuard Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
<3 I just want you to keep being awesome. I saw it was about to run out
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Zizoecka Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fave! :)
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Thank you so much for the favorite! :icondurrhurrplz:

If you dig my work, please check out my facebook page, and give it a like: www.facebook.com/StaticDeathPh…

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FanArtistik Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Hi Justin,
Happy Holidays! - The best wishes! :santa:
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HeartyStar Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You've been featured! heartystar.deviantart.com/jour…
Have a nice day love~
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Art-ography Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

Sorry for the late reply!


Thanks a lot for the Fave/s :D


Feel free to help me out by liking my Facebook profile :D

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And if you're interested, here's a link to my clothing brand :)

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