Special issue of PD, hot off the press!
Your eyes aren't deceiving you! It's a Secret Santa! Everyone's a winner here, so grab your supplies and get ready to make some festive art, have fun, and throw in a little something to the PD family! It's all pretty simple how it works and as long as you follow the guidelines and stick with us, you'll have a blast!
What's a Secret Santa? Pretty much an art trade with a twist! You know who you are making art for, but you dunno who's making art for you! This one in particular will feature Pokemon, you'll be given what the other person's fav Pokemon, or if they have an actual pokemon character or trainer/Pokemon duo. The only thing you'll be required to draw is a Pokemon! Anything else will be up to you personally to choose: i.e if the person you're working for has a trainer OC to go with their pokemon, you do not have to draw the trainer unless you want to! Each person will be responsible for a fully colored and shaded image (with no background or a single color background is fine). We aren't requiring you to make giant master pieces, but you will be required to make them with the Pokemon Daily standard in mind while making these images!
There will be two groups! A group for our fantastic watchers to participate, as well as a group for our members who would like to participate! It's an all-in event so take advantage while you can!
The deadline to have your picture uploaded to Sta.sh and sent to PokemonDaily via note is December 18th!
READ ALL OF THESE, it's important! At the absolute minimum, please read all of the bolded text!
DO NOT UPLOAD THE IMAGE TO YOUR DA GALLERY UNTIL YOU ARE TOLD TO DO SO.
We will give the signal to upload the images once all the images are accounted for and any last minute issues can be dealt with. Please, don't break this rule, it literally takes the fun out of this. Secret santas are so much better when you keep the secret until it's time to reveal your image. To clarify, your Sta.sh is separate from your DA gallery- it is okay to upload your image to Sta.sh anytime before the deadline; it is NOT okay to upload your image to your DA gallery before the deadline.
Don't tell your partner who you are -- or anyone else involved in the project.
It should go without saying, but please play fair and keep who you're making the gift for a total secret. It totally kills the fun when you start telling people who you're making a gift for. This also means DON'T post "make gift for -sallydoodler- secret santa" on ANY to - do list publicly. If you have to, write it down and keep it on your desk. Not on the interwebs.
As mentioned above, you will be required to draw the Pokemon your partner has chosen.
It must be a full body color and shaded image; it should also comply with PD standards for members who are participating. For watchers, this should be some of your absolute best work, while you aren't being "judged" you should also do your absolute best on your picture.
You MUST do the picture by the required deadline. If for any reason you feel that you can't finish the picture in time, do NOT sign up.
We know that things may come up, but be sure to plan accordingly. If you sign up and you don't start your image 3 days before deadline and your scanner breaks, it's on you. Please plan ahead! If you do not have your piece in by the deadline (in special cases we can make extensions if it's an absolute emergency) you will not be allowed to participate in any PD related events for the following year, including next year's Secret Santa.
Always double check and make sure you have the right person and are drawing the right Pokemon!
Better be safe than sorry!
When making the art, make sure you put time and effort into it
. A thirty minute quick image is not okay, we want you to really work on these and make them look good. The recommended minimum time spent on this is two hours, but more time and effort is encouraged! Also, keep in mind the PD rules! The rules still apply for the Secret Santa!
While I highly doubt anyone here reading PD would ever do this, make sure the art you make is your own and is new.
Stolen art, traced art, and art that looks too similar to the official art will not be tolerated. You are NOT allowed to use bases, even if they are your own.
SAY THANK YOU
, this should be common courtesy, but I have met those who for one reason or another failed to remember this small, but important step. Please thank the person who made you something, even point out what you like most in the picture, or your favorite part perhaps. It's an extra step that means a lot!
Questions and concerns DO NOT NOTE THE PERSON YOU ARE GIFTING
, talk to us admins, we will note them for you if we have too. DO NOT DO IT YOURSELF. You'll be breaking a main rule here, and that's no fun at all.
If you are concerned over something, for any reason, again note the group
(not the admins on their own) and we will take care of it. IF you managed to get an admin as your gift receiver, noting a different admin personally is completely fine.
Last but not least: write "santa's favorite" in your comment (just the words, don't turn it into a sentence) so we know you read all the rules! You will be made to go back and read if you don't put this secret code into your application!
How This Works
Post the form below in the comments on this journal. Include all information you would like your partner to know about what they're drawing!
When sign-ups close, you will be noted with who you are drawing for and what you have to draw. Remember, you cannot tell ANYONE involved in the project who you are drawing for.
Draw and upload your picture to your Sta.sh account and do NOT post as a deviation yet. Send us, PokemonDaily, a link to the Sta.sh file via note between the end of sign-ups (November 20th) and the first deadline (December 18th). If you are not finished with your artwork by then, we will be noting you to see where you are at and will allow you to do your picture until the final deadline if you have significant progress on the picture.
On December 25th we will send out the gifts via note and will post a journal saying when it is okay to post them on deviantart! Again, do NOT post your picture outside of stash before we give the OK in a journal.
November 16th - Sign-ups begin!
November 20th - Sign-ups close.December 18th - First Deadline
December 22nd - Final Deadline
Enough with the rules already, sign me up!
SIGN-UPS ARE CLOSED
Leave a comment below with the following filled out:
Your dA name:
Are you a watcher or member?:
What Pokemon would you like to be drawn?*:
*Include your fav Pokemon/Pokesona/etc. If you have other characters you may include those, but your santa is only required to draw you ONE pokemon. They may or may not choose to do more if you write more than one pokemon. Be thorough when explaining any info you think may be needed. If you want them to draw a specific Pokemon, make sure to spell it correctly!
**If you have a preference to a holiday you celebrate, or do not want your image to have holiday themes, please make sure to specify for us here. The person drawing for you is not required to follow these requests, but it helps to give them more to work with!
Please, make sure to have fun with this! It's here for everyone to have a good time! We want you all to enjoy your first Christmas/winter holidays with the new mods here at PD! Header graphic by =OrcaOwl