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Happy Mario Day

Happy Mario Day by Stratadrake on March 11, 2017, 3:09:29 AM
StratadrakeIs it a week into March already? Well, in absence of any major news updates, have a happy Mar.10 day!

Again, if you've seen anything submitted that's good enough to be showcased on our front page, please let us know -- swing by the forums, or drop a reply on my profile page with the piece and we'll review it.

Welcome, 2017!

Welcome, 2017! by Stratadrake on January 8, 2017, 11:54:01 PM
StratadrakeYes we may already be a week in, but it's never too late to welcome in the new season.

Our first resolution of this year is to rotate the items on our main page. Do you have suggestions of good artwork worth featuring on our site's mainpage? Let us know!

We have a forum thread for tracking suggestions, but you can also just drop a link or two on, for example, my userpage. (I still receive those email alerts!)

Happy October!

Happy October! by Stratadrake on October 22, 2016, 3:39:08 AM
StratadrakeWell, with only ten days left in the month, you know what that means: it's time for Christmas!

(Relax, I'm kidding.) Halloween is approaching in less than two weeks, and if it's known for one thing these days it's the costumes.

Anyone want to get into that holiday spirit? What would your favorite character (original or fanart) dress up as for Halloween? What other characters might they go trick-or-treating with?

This isn't limited to human/like characters, animal and creature characters are welcome too. If this idea inspires you, show what you've got in that imagination of yours - get creating!

August 2016 Update

August 2016 Update by Stratadrake on August 1, 2016, 4:24:20 PM
StratadrakeWhat happened to July? No, I wasn't kept busy by the 4th...

Anyway, today I'm going to talk about the approval panel and EXIF metadata tags in specific. This one may run a little long, but I'll try to keep it quick:

What's EXIF? Well, among other things it records whether your image was created in portrait (vertical) or landscape (horizontal) orientation. Most scanners/cameras on the market these days will tag a captured image accordingly so that it can record the image faster, and when it is later viewed, the viewing program will 'know' if it needs to rotate that image rightside up before showing it to you onscreen.

Unfortunately, our submission process currently does not acknowledge these tags when it compiles resized (thumbnail) versions of your submission; this may cause some images (mostly digital photos taken in portrait orientation) to appear sideways after processing.

If this happens to one of your submissions, unfortunately it's your job to fix it. Exactly how to do this depends on your program of choice, but in general, try opening the image up in your editor, then save a secondary copy of it in a different file. After you've submitted (or updated) the piece, check back up on it later to see if our servers processed it correctly.

And that is all for now. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

June 2016 Update

June 2016 Update by Stratadrake on June 12, 2016, 4:46:33 PM
StratadrakeThis month is June, so everybody knows what that means, right?

Schools are out for vacation, the weather's usually pretty good, and - if you follow videogame news - the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is getting underway soon! Lots of videogame news is being released at once, who is inspired enough to draw (or write) about it?

On a sidenote, have you seen any really good work submitted to our site that deserves to be featured on the front page? We're always looking for new material to keep the Featured panel updated with, but to do that we need suggestions from you, the users. We have a suggestions thread in the forums here you can post in -- alternately, if you receive an error trying to log in to the forums, you can drop suggestions on my profile page. (I'm generally willing to strike up conversations.)

In approval panel news, on some occasions we've seen submissions filed without a matching Category to place it in and we think this may be a bug (the Category field has always been required). If you see this happen on one of your pieces, let us know what category you were looking for at the time because we'd like to gather more information and track it down.