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Journal Entry: Sat Feb 4, 2012, 8:05 AM

We're finished! Thanks to all who participated!

Attention please! Because of a big backlog the Critique Wanted folder is closed for the time being. We want to clear out things a bit, so we hope you understand! :thumbsup:
We're sorry, but at the moment, we have nearly 50 pieces waiting for feedback, and with an average CN outcome of less than ten pieces that makes the waiting time from submitting to actually getting feedback half a year. We're working on a solution for this, but in the meantime we greatly appreciate your patience.

If you want to receive an additional reminder the day before the CN, comment on this journal!


With our two-week schedule it's already time for the next Critique Night! We're working on a plan to have one every fortnight, so look forward to that. But until then you have the first-Saturday ones, and the next one is coming up quickly!
Here are the details:

:pointr: Date:Saturday, February 4th
:pointr: Time:4 pm GMT
Use this Time Zone Converter to work out what time that is for you.
:pointr: Location: T-A Chatroom
:pointr: Anything else? As usual, how long it takes depends on how many people are there; ask any questions you have in the comments or note the group or me, Elveanna; and remember that you can't submit anything this time! :thumbsup:

See you there! :wave:


So this section will compile all the feedback given at the last three CNs, since I didn't manage to organize it earlier. Therefore, a rather long list (and some breathing space in our Critique Wanted folder):

:pointr: it's not vodka. by ddspela:…

:pointr: Cute Kitten by masaad:…

:pointr: Johnny Knoxville Portrait by SCRUBZLOTUS:…

:pointr: Monica II by MiStr8022:…

:pointr: Hurtful Words From My Enemies by NynjaKat:…

:pointr: Gunter Grass by LadyFromEast:…

:pointr: Needatitle by matspawn:…

:pointr: White Swan by masaad:…

:pointr: Gackt by Bamoon:…

:pointr: The Bull by MrZell:…

:pointr: Nature Taking Over by Promandis:…

:pointr: Love at first sight by Saiyajin-hime:…

:pointr: No Return Journey - LOTR by ResonatingMelody:…

:pointr: Jack Sparrow and Will Turner by shoutgirl11:…

:pointr: Black Knight by scifo:…

:pointr: Witch II by Vronske:…

:pointr: Saint Francis of Assisi by LadyFromEast:…


If you like to give people feedback on their work, you know a bit about art and would like to take on some responsibility, apply as Critic Contributor!

Here you can read how you can apply.


People who want feedback on a piece of art submit it as explained below.
In the actual Critique Night the work that is currently given feedback will be displayed as a thumbnail at the top of the chat window. Everyone present is given some time to think about it. If one wants to say something, they raise their hand by posting ^ and wait until the moderator calls on them. Then they post their feedback, preferably typed while waiting.
The feedback should be helpful and constructive and cover the good aspects as well as those the artist can improve on.
The moderator will call on people to give their feedback in the order they ^ed. If they're done, they type "finished", so people know they can move on.

Example (from 1st CN):
<Elveanna> [Moderator in this case] for everyone: piece xy is next
<Donguri7> ^
<BJ92-ESQUE> ^
<Elveanna> okay, Donguri7
<Donguri7> I love this one, the handling of the charcoal is amazing, especially in the rendering of the eyes - so subtle. I would say that the nose is too light, drawing too much attention away from the gentler parts of the work.
<Donguri7> Really the cheekbone closest to us should have a stronger higlight, and the nose less
<LeahJay> ^
<Donguri7> But I love the way you've treated the other lights, like on the collar
<Elveanna> ^
<WhisperingWolf> ^
<Donguri7> And how you've contrasted a light background to the dark side of the face, and vice versa
<Donguri7> *finished
<Elveanna> allright, BJ92-ESQUE's turn  (...)

Usually a piece gets feedback from about four people. In order to be fair we try to have about 20-30 minutes of time for every piece. If more people want to give feedback, they will be asked to do so directly at the work, if there are very few it might be put back to the Critique Wanted folder to get some more.

And some helpful chat basics:
:bulletred: If you enter a chatroom and see nothing - don't think it's empty and leave immediately. Your browser just won't know what as been chatted already, so it will seem blank, even if there are people present :)
:bulletred: To see who is online, look to the right. The grey colummn there (the frame of the overall chat window) lists all the people present - if there is only your name, then you are alone.
:bulletred: Please give people some time to respond - logging on and off in split seconds makes it hard to greet you. Especially when people are typing feedback it might look very quiet and empty, but a friendly "hello" is almost always answered within one or two minutes.
:bulletred: If you want to talk someone explicitly, you can "tab" them: type the first letters of the user's name, (e.g. El for Elveanna), then press tab - and the browser will complete the name. If you then post what you said, it will be highlighted in the recipient's window. Very helpful if there are many people talking simultaneously :)

But really, the best way to find out how a CN works and what it is like is to participate! Just pop in and take a look, we're all really friendly! :glomp:


:new: Attention! The Critique Wanted folder is currently closed.

:pointr: A folder has been opened in favorites: "Critique Wanted" - to which anyone at any time is able to submit. You can submit as many pieces as you like, but in a Critique Night only one will get feedback!
Please note: We only accept traditional work!
:pointr: Works from said folder will be selected in the order they were submitted to get feedback during Critique Nights;
:pointr: Works that received critique from TA will be moved to the favorites folder "Critiqued by TA".

:bulletyellow: There will be about 10 Critique Night slots. In order to have one of these secure please not only submit your work to the folder, but also write the group a Note with the title "Critique Wanted" or something similar and a link to your work. Slots will be filled by notes first, then the rest will be selected from the folder.

:bulletyellow: Until now pieces directly submitted at the Critiqe Night usually recieved feedback as well. Be aware that with the opening of the "Critique Wanted" folder we will probably have enough pieces for a whole CN - so if you just submit at the Critique Night, you might have to wait till the next one!
If you want to be sure to get feedback, submit your work officially to the folder.

:megaphone: Please note:
The folder is open to all members. If you have some time and feel like it - go and give some feedback, it's rewarding for both sides!


So here are last time's pieces, but too many in total but every little helps:

:pointr: Valentines_Special by priyankasachdeva:…: Harry. P by…: Playing guitar by MiStr8022:…: Angel and her star by Dalal-N:…: pieta with roses by s3v4uk:…: Quinn Fabray GLEE by verkoka:…

The chat room link is on the home page of the group or you can just click here…

Hope to see you there!
Hello everyone!

A little note to all of our members and a feature of some very beautiful recent works.

TA have had some unfortunate staffing problems recently that we could not avoid, so we do have a backlog.  It is slowly coming down and we are trying our best to get everything back to normal.  So thank you very much for your patience :love:

As always, there have been some very beautiful submissions so we have selected a few below for you and many more can be found in the groups gallery.

Take Care
Paula and the TA Staff

Love Scars by Pixie-Lyrique Take A Pray by toniart57 Life in technicolor I by raulrk
King of the hill by Triaxionality The Awakening by yantotzkie Soul of the swamp by ChencoIlufi
Tongue Tide by Simanion Kote in Strawberries by ilonaxxx
:thumb269671894: Fringe Division by Wicked-Illusion Hopeless by JustABeautifulDream
my december by fly-lightly :thumb266620821:

Q and A Sessions, Interviews, Workshops

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 20, 2011, 5:17 AM

Q&A Sessions, Interviews & Workshops

Don't forget! Tomorrow is our Question & Answer Session with JustABeautifulDream! :eager:

Upcoming Featured Artist: JustABeautifulDream

:new: The next interview  with JustABeautifulDream is now officially scheduled! Thank you to all who voted in the poll!
:pointr: When: Friday, October 21st, 4pm GMT
(here's a GMT Converter to check when this is wherever you are.)
:pointr: Where: Traditional-Artists Chatroom.  
:pointr: Who:Here's a taste of JustABeautifulDream's artwork to inspire you:
Muse by JustABeautifulDream Jensen Ackles 4 by JustABeautifulDream


Past Q&A Sessions Archive

:star: Q&A SESSION with :iconlaurielefebvre:LaurieLefebvre
:pointr: Interview & News Article coming soon! :eyes:


:pointr: Pertinent Links

:bulletyellow: Traditional-Artists Official Chatroom is where every session will be held.
:bulletyellow: GMT Time Converter  is the useful tool you should check out to see what the scheduled session time translates to in your time zone, and thus whether you can make it to the sessions.

:pointr: The more initiative you guys take on these sessions, the more fun they'll be for you.

- We, the admins, have come up with around 20 questions we can ask the artist in case the attendance is low or very shy. However, if you're planning to join us for the Q&A, it might be benefit to prepare yourself a bit:
- Browse through the featured artist's gallery, familiarize yourself with the subject matter they work with, their medium of choice;
- Think of 3 or so questions that you'd like to ask the artist; if you can't think of anything, think of your own creative process and identify a couple of things you'd be interested in sharing with other deviants - make those topics into questions; and if your mind is entirely blank - be festive, be creative - come up with a random question (appropriate though!!) that would spice up the conversation. :)
- Look forward to having fun: good mood catches on ;P

:bulletwhite: Ideas? Feel free to Comment on this Journal.

BEST OF: Bi-Weekly and Monthly Features-10/19/11

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 19, 2011, 8:44 PM

Features up and lovely!

Hello everyone! This is :iconrinaswan:, your friendly T-A Features Manager. :aww:

:wave: We also have a great folder for T-A Staff members - instead of taking space away from our members in the Features Journal with our art, we all decided to put the best of the Staff's art into the folder that you can visit here: traditional-artists.deviantart… check it out, our staff is a talented bunch, and it will be updated as often as the Features Journal!  :D

A little about what goes into this journal:  
We here at Traditional-Artists literally get hundreds to thousands of submissions of quality artwork every month, but some of our art submitted we showcase because it's technically beautiful, interesting or showing some really unique or thoughtful aspect.  Now, while everything that goes into the journal is from the monthly features folders, not everything from the weekly features will make it to the monthly features journal, so keep an eye out!

I'd also like to take a moment and remind all members that only the Features Manager rinaswan can actually submit devs to the group to be decided upon- so please, if you have a piece (not your own) that you've seen and has ALREADY been submitted to T-A (non T-A art cannot be featured), please note it to me and I'll have a look! :aww:

Best of T-A's Features: Bi-Weekly

:spotlight-left: Black and White Features :spotlight-right:

:thumb254209781::thumb256391466:MUSE by benke33Medusa by MayumiOgiharaPersephone by edgarinvokerMasquerade: Woodsong by SaimainThe Mad Poet by brettgrayPrometheus by andyswithy:thumb258231841:..of life by reirei18

:spotlight-left: Color Features :spotlight-right:

vitosha by jGospodarekfragile companion by razimoHorn by muttiySignal Dark by SimplyZippypizza by BadgersBakery- I n n o c e n c e - by Shum-a:thumb259373112:Stillborn by LongHomeFoxSLEEP CREASES by PancreasSupervisorForest Gumption by stream-reflectionsOn the rocks by DRagsdaleCrowley Sunset 2 by maccskiPisces by theperian:thumb255305679::thumb244729164:Red by CeliaRGSelf Portrait in Black by Adam-NowakLady of the Lake by Si3artThe world will know peace.... by Ev-sta

Best of T-A's Features: Monthly

JULY 2011

Country Landscape by MetttkoI don't feel ... by acIrmo:thumb244078957:Mysterious East by La-Chapeliere-FolleEntangled by GingerKellyStudioactress in graphite by ADRIANSportraitsCut Face by Ev-staSlash by BurningOnSummer Heart by XofHopeKRONOS by AtlantisvampirSQUEE by LabtrinthineFrog by firedaemonKing Henry VIII by AuroraWienholdTCC4 POSTER INKS by TaylorGarrityRitual by Polymental69No Good Deed Goes Unpunished by unicyclebabyguyWitch by laycassTolerance by esraart

Previous Best-Of Journals

Here are the links to all the previous features we have put out since we've become a group! Enjoy :)

:note: Week of: September 16th
:pointr: Includes Monthly Features for: June 2011
:pointr: Link to Journal: traditional-artists.deviantart…
:note: Week of: August 30th
:pointr: Includes Monthly Features for: June 2011
:pointr: Link to Journal: traditional-artists.deviantart…
:note: Week of: August 10th
:pointr: Includes Monthly Features for: May 2011
:pointr: Link to Journal: traditional-artists.deviantart…
:note: Week of: July 26th
:pointr: Includes Monthly Features for: May 2011
:pointr: Link to Journal: traditional-artists.deviantart…
:note: Week of: July 12th
:pointr: Includes Monthly Features for: April 2011
:pointr: Link to Journal: traditional-artists.deviantart…
:note: Week of: June 21st
:pointr: Includes Monthly Features for: April 2011
:pointr: Link to Journal: traditional-artists.deviantart…
:note: Week of: June 6th
:pointr: Includes Monthly Features for: April 2011
:pointr: Link to Journal: traditional-artists.deviantart…
:note: Week of: May 31st
:pointr: Includes Monthly Features for: March 2011
:pointr: Link to Journal: traditional-artists.deviantart…
:note: Week of: May 24th
:pointr: Includes Monthly Features for: March 2011
:pointr: Link to Journal: traditional-artists.deviantart…
:note: Week of: May 17th
:pointr: Includes Monthly Features for: March 2011
:pointr: Link to Journal: traditional-artists.deviantart…
:note: Week of: April 26th
:pointr: Includes Monthly Features for: March 2011
:pointr: Link to Journal: traditional-artists.deviantart…
:note: Week of: April 19th
:pointr: Includes Monthly Features for: February 2011
:pointr: Link to Journal: traditional-artists.deviantart…

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