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Challenge tagline "Close call"
Close call by hazelwolfmallark   That was a close one by phoenixacezero   Close Call by SpeckledGoblin  Close Call by Firescribe

If you'd like to join in on the fun, draw something with the challenge tagline. You can made any of the older taglines as well. Think outside the box. Be creative and make it different and unexpected. I'll compile them here and see what kind of fun stuff we can come up with. See previous ones below.

Clown
Clown Car by hazelwolfmallark  Clowns Nightmare by phoenixacezero  Clown by Sheharzad-Arshad  IT by SpeckledGoblin  New Candidate by ToxicWyvern

Fish stick
Fish stick by Sheharzad-Arshad  Fishstick by SpeckledGoblin  Wild Fish Sticks by ToxicWyvern
Backstory: My co-worker said that she reads Interstellar C.A.T. Crew comic only for the romance.
Me: What romance?
Her: 
Every pairing that I've created in my head. Duhhh
Me: It's not possible for every pairing ever to exist. Otherwise Council Cat Pupu would be with Fireball.
Her: 
I BEG TO DIFFER. You wanna play this game? Because we could play this game. I could make a story for them right now.

The C.A.T. crew storms the council headquarters or whatever.. ready to make Lilac the new empress. Shadow, in an epic battle against Claw, lost his life. Frantic as the C.A.T.s were closing in on them, Scorpio and Pupu ran for safety. Fireball confronts them and tells them that it's all over and to surrender. Scorpio refuses, and they begin to do battle. Fireball is being badly beaten, and eventually, his nearly lifeless body is tossed over to Pupu by Scorpio. He tells him to finish the job. Pupu steps over the body, saying "Let's not waste time and just get out of here instead." But as he attempts to walk by Scorpio, he grabs Pupu and tells him to get back over there and do as he's told. Pupu refuses, which makes Scorpio even more upset. He tells him that he's good for nothing and that he's always been weak. He told him to know his place and that he's merely a puppet, an empty shell of a soldier whose only role in life is to obey the commands of others. He pushes him back over to Fireball and once more tells him to kill him. Annoyed, Pupu walks over to Fireball who is struggling to push himself up. Pupu takes out his weapon and aims it at Fireball. They share an intense moment. Finally, Pupu turns around and shoots Scorpio instead. The barrel still smoking, Pupu glares, saying "I am nobody's puppet." The bullet hits Scorpio's shoulder, unfortunately, and now he is furious. He calls him an insolent fool and a battle between the two of them begins.

Scorpio, for the most part, is winning, and Fireball jumps in as best he could to help Pupu on the offense. On his knees, Pupu struggles to find the strength to continue fighting. Scorpio grabs his face, gripping it tightly while Pupu writhes in pain. "I told you," Scorpio growls, "you will always be weak. No one will ever remember you... you don't even remember your own self." Watching this, and knowing that Pupu had momentarily spared his life, Fireball cries out to Pupu. "Don't listen to him! It doesn’t matter who you once were! We all have the power to change! Your independence is yours! FREEDOM IS YOURS!!!” These words suddenly cause a beam of light to glow around Pupu’s body. Scorpio glares, “W-what is this?!” Pupu’s pupils, once tiny and sinister looking, suddenly dilate and he’s filled with a renewed sense of strength. Swiftly releasing himself from Scorpio’s grasp, he looks down at his hands, feeling like brand new blood is rushing through him. All this time, when he thought he had been woken from his sleeper-cell state… he was only released from one layer of it. Now, the code words having been uttered by Fireball, he suddenly realizes that he is free from all restrictions and is back to using his original strength which had actually been suppressed all these years. In hardly any time at all, he manages to defeat Scorpio… but still spares him. Scorpio scoffs, “I knew it… you’ll always be weak.” To which Pupu replies, “Not weak… only free to make my own choices.” The rest of the gang shows up and they immediately arrest Scorpio, and tell him that he’ll be tried by the highest extent of the law for all the atrocities he committed against the royal family and all of Catilia.

The gang then surrounds Pupu, ready to charge him with the same, but Fireball suddenly jumps in to stop them. He explains that Pupu was merely being controlled and had no idea what he had been doing all these years. The crew arrests him anyway, saying that he will stand trial and that this recent discovery will be considered by the jury. Before being taken away, Pupu turns to Fireball and thanks him, saying that he would have never been able to free himself without his help. Then, unexpectedly, he kisses Fireball. Stunned, everyone stares in absolute silence as Pupu smiles gingerly and says, “It feels good to remember who you really are!"

The End.

Ender's Game PvP
(Item loss and XP loss will be turned off during PvP gameplay)

Player limit:
Minimum 1vs1
Maximum 6vs6

Timings:
Every Saturday at 18:00 (UTC-05:00)

How to play:
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You have 5 minutes to reach the gate at the bottom (red room) 300 blocks below the start gate. Both sides take turns to be offence and defence. As the offence you make use of your feather falling boots (provided) and try to reach the bottom but watch out because the defence will be trying their best to stop you. Both sides make use of only the provided equipment. If you die, then keep trying until 5 minutes are up. This is why we have beds at the offence and defence start gates. So you keep spawning back at your start gate every time you die. Once 5 minutes are up, you switch places. The team to have the most people reach the exit gate is the winner. In the event that both teams passed through the gate, the team to reach the gate fastest within 5 minutes is the winner.

Settings:
-PvP will be temporarily turned on during the match.
-Item loss after death will be turned off so you don't lose the pvp gear through out the length of the match.
-XP loss after death will be turned off so it doesn't effect anyone's PvE gameplay later.
-You set your spawn to a bed in your gate at the start of each round. As offence you set spawn to a bed in the offence room and as defence you change it to a bed in the defence room.

Rules:
-As offence you may only use the armor and weapons provided.
-As defence you may only use the armor and weapons provided.
-Once you switch sides you must switch your items. Leave the items in the numbered boxes that you got them from.
-The provided PvP items are not allowed to be taken back to your PvE area.

If you would like to join the realm, kindly read the rules below:

Minecraft realmSheharzad's Realm:
I've started a new realm: Survival mode (Difficulty: Normal)
This is our spawn point. Spawn coordinates: xyz = 247 66 258 in case you get lost


Rules:
1. Keep your language clean because there are some very young players on the realm.
2. Don't break or add to other people's homes without their permission. Everybody wants their home to be their own work of art.
3. Don't take things from other people's chests without permission.
4. Be helpful to new players. 
If you agree to my rules, tell me your display name and I will send you an invite :)
Rude behavior will not be tolerated. I'm all about sharing resources. If you need something and I have it, I will gladly share it with you.
Update 1:
We now have a facebook group where we can post screenshots of our work in progress and finished projects. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1659037051032982/
Update 2:
Teamspeak is up and running. If you w

Sheharzad's Realm:
I've started a new realm: Survival mode (Difficulty: Normal)
This is our spawn point. Spawn coordinates: xyz = 247 66 258 in case you get lost
2016-01-17 16.35.49 by Sheharzad-Arshad

Rules:
1. Keep your language clean because there are some very young players on the realm.
2. Don't break or add to other people's homes without their permission. Everybody wants their home to be their own work of art.
3. Don't take things from other people's chests without permission.
4. Be helpful to new players. 


If you agree to my rules, tell me your display name and I will send you an invite :)
Rude behavior will not be tolerated. I'm all about sharing resources. If you need something and I have it, I will gladly share it with you.

Update 1:
We now have a facebook group where we can post screenshots of our work in progress and finished projects. www.facebook.com/groups/165903…

Update 2:
Teamspeak is up and running. If you would like to use it, send me a private note for address and password. Thanks.

Update 3:
SkyBlock is on our realm now! Ask to be teleported to your very own skyblock.
Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 5.28.18 PM by Sheharzad-Arshad
How the winners were selected:
The goal of this contest was to be able to determine three distinct personalities from a single image (could be done in any style as long as the personalities were obvious). Everyone has a different style and the contest was open to use any style, so the judging is based on the key factor - how easy it was to determine three distinct personalities. The three personalities needed to be the ones from the travelling companion story. The characters needed to be portrayed must be an explorer, a chef and an annoying storyteller. Easiest way to portray personality of a character without relying on words, symbols or costumes is by carefully selecting their pose, the posture of their body and facial expressions. For example an explorers pose and posture might look more daring and heroic compared to a chef. A chef might have a big belly, slouched posture or hunch back because he's always carrying food around. Someone that needs to be portrayed as annoying may have a more clumsy posture. But there are just a few examples and there are many ways to portray character personalities from a single drawing. Since the viewer needs to be able to determine a lot from a single picture sometimes going with common stereotypes works wonders.

Winners:
First place prize $200
adventure is out there by PillowRabbit by PillowRabbit
Why?
I don't even need to look at the full image (Although I did). I can determine three completely distinct personalities just by looking at the thumbnail. That's because the silhouette of their poses are very nicely selected. They seem well spaced out so that each pose can be read extremely easily. Very obvious to tell who the explorer is because of his heroic pose with his chest out and throwing one arm out to point towards new adventures. Even without a sword and cape you would be able to tell this guy was really excited about adventures just from his pose. Also he is put higher in the scene than the other characters so that the viewer is forced to look up at him and get a sense of his awesome power. The lowest head level in the scene is the chef. If I looked at only the silhouette of these three characters I would have no doubt about which one loves food the most. Even without the apple in his hand you could tell from his lazy expression, plump belly and slouched posture that he simply enjoys to sit and eat. Not as much into exploring but still his face is looking up at the explorer showing that he has an interest in following the leader and is content with being a follower as long as he gets to enjoy eating a nice apple every few minutes. For the third character if I had to decide who was the most inexperienced travel companion in the group, it would definitely have to be the one that is the most shocked and surprised at everything. There is nothing more annoying than an inexperienced travel buddy. He is also the only one drawn with his mouth wide open. If I had to look at this drawing and decide which one of the three talks non-stop I would pick the only one with his mouth wide open. Even their ears add to their personalities. The explorer's ears are the most straight as if they are tensed up and ready for adventure. The chef's ears are slouched down and chubby just like the rest of him and the annoying one's ears are the only ones that are the most bendy and curvy as if there is no order to them. Or as if they were too clumsy to decide what shape they should take. Congratulations!

Second place prize $100
Travelling companions by Ritualist by Ritualist
Why?
Now here is a scene completely different from the previous piece in that they are all sitting yet I can determine their personalities just by looking at the silhouette of their body shapes. The explorer has a strong build with mostly straight lines. Even though they are all sitting down for the night, his posture is still more attentive than the others. As if he's ready for trouble. Nothing can surprise him. Even his ears are stiff and straight as if they are anticipating trouble. Even if he wasn't sharpening his sword I would be able to tell who the most attentive one in the group is. His posture and pose make him the most prepared for anything that could happen. Like an experienced explorer. The chef is making good use of cartoon stereotypes. Not only does he have a fun plump belly even his ears and knees are bigger than the rest of the group. He is more relaxed than the explorer since his face is looking down. He seems to have an unimpressed expression as if he cooks so often that he remembers all the recipes without having to put too much attention into the food. At the same time he is not as concerned about his surroundings as the explorer since his eyes are not squinting as much as the explorer and looking down at the food in the pot. The annoying storyteller once again is the only one with his mouth wide open as if he's spinning some crazy tales. The unimpressed expressions of the other two add to the fact that his story might not be very interesting at all. Everything about this guys silhouette says he's the clumsy one in the group. His ears are the most clumsy. His whiskers are in irregular shapes. His teeth are not normal like the other two. His hands are waving about like a crazy person in comparison to the other two. Even his shirt looks the most torn and unpleasant although even without the shirt you would know who is who. Although the silhouettes of their body shapes and poses could still be improved by exaggerating them more, if you stood these three in a lineup it would be very easy to determine their personalities without having to rely on the costumes or their belongings. Congratulations!

Third place prize $50
The Travelling Companions - Contest entry by Chocolace by Chocolace
Why?
I feel the shapes of these characters were selected very wisely. The explorer is the most stiff and straight as if he's ready to go explore at any moment. His expression is very confident and even his ears stand tall and straight. In comparison the chef has nice round chubby ears. She looks the most fluffy and friendly out of the three as if she finds great pleasure in making food for the whole group. Her body posture is also more hunched. She almost looks like a big ball of fur. Easy to determine that she's the one in the group that enjoys eating the most. The storyteller's ears are curvy but not necessary floppy. Not attentive like the explorer and not short and friendly looking like the chef. His posture looks like he's not sure where he's going. His expression looks like he's confused. Doesn't look as friendly as the chef or as daring as the explorer. Also he's the only one with his mouth open. Makes it look like he's usually the one that's doing all the talking. At the same time his confused expression and pose give us an insight that none of that talk might be helpful to the group. I still feel that the pose of the chef and storyteller could be made a little different from each other. Also even though they all have very distinct personalities I don't necessarily get the sense that the storyteller might have an annoying personality. Congratulations!

Why wasn't my work selected?
Although I received some really beautiful submissions, I wasn't able to determine three completely distinct personalities by looking at the silhouettes of their poses, body shapes, postures and expressions without having to rely on costumes and other items.

Congratulations to the winners! I'll contact you individually about your prizes.
Hello everyone,
Just a reminder that the Travelling Companions contest will be ending tomorrow Dec 31st at 24:00 midnight (New York time). The Winners will be decided on the following day Jan 1st 2016. If you haven't sent me your submission kindly do so before the submission deadline. To be fair to the artists that worked hard to get their submission in before the deadline, any submissions after Dec 31 Midnight will be eliminated from selection but I do appreciate you trying :) Anybody can enter so good luck.

To Submit Please send me a note or something with a link to your deviation so I can enter it in the contest.

Contest Details reminder:
The artwork must have 3 characters from the travelling companion story each with their own distinct traits. An explorer, a chef and the annoying storyteller. You may change their style, change their species, add colour, go crazy and have fun. Make it as detailed or as simple as you like. The goal is that a viewer should be able to determine three different personalities just by looking at a single image.

Prizes:
The best one will win $200
Second best will win $100
Third best will win $50

Deadline:
Submit by uploading to deviantart and posting a link in the comments or sending me a note with the link to your deviation by Dec 31st 24:00 midnight (New York time).
Winning entries will be selected the next morning on Jan 1st 2016.

Here's a coloured version if anybody wants to draw the characters exactly like the original. It's not necessary to use these exact three characters. The contest is about showing your creativity and being able to draw three characters with distinct personalities.
Another Noying by Sheharzad-Arshad

Here are the current entries:
adventure is out there by PillowRabbit by PillowRabbit
 by Mwiyumi
Travelling companions by Ritualist by Ritualist
The Travelling Companions - Contest entry by Chocolace by Chocolace
The travelling companions by sobbing-jester by sobbing-jester
<da:thumb id="581436321"/> by luien

Devious Journal Entry

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 16, 2014, 10:59 AM

Livestream update

Sorry about all the testing I've been doing with different livestream sites but here is why I decided to
go with Twitch instead of Picarto or Join.me. Twitch allows me to export videos directly to Youtube at
the end of each livestream and also saves all my video sessions for a month. Also allows me to edit the
video to some extent where I can change the starting and ending point to cut out unless parts.
Or even cut a video into smaller segments with highlights. Also it doesn't allow adult content to be
drawn or displayed which makes it easier to view at school and work. The colour scheme and layout
is also very cool. Also works great with all sorts of streampro widgets.

Did I mention It costs almost half of what picarto charges for "premium" features. I paid premium for
picarto hoping that it would save my livestreams in case people missed one that they really wanted to
see. But it turns out it only stores the last recorded livestream which it then deletes as soon as I start
recording a new one. This doesn't work for me because of how often I livestream. Other than this useless
feature I didn't see any reason to keep wasting my money there.

Join.me was good looking but the reason why Twitch wins over join.me is because
it will allow me to post my livestreams to youtube to reach the biggest video community in the world.
It does it all for you with the click of a single button. Very intuitive from a broadcaster's perspective.

See me working live at the following link when ever I say I'm online.
www.twitch.tv/sheharzad
 
Usual online hours: (Toronto, Canada time)
Mon - Fri: 8 PM - 10 PM

Other times when I may be online:
Mon - Fri: 12 PM - 1 PM
Sat, Sun: All day when ever I get the chance


Please keep an eye on this schedule in case the time changes.

Commissions:

Paused for the time being.

Thank you.

Links

You will be able to find more of my work on the following links.


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SUPER AWESOME TEES

My online shop.

FACEBOOK
My facebook page.

SHEHARZAD.COM
My portfolio website which includes some projects i've done at work.

YOUTUBE
My youtube channel has some videos i like to make in my free time.

PINTREST
My pintrest account. I upload some craft work here with step by step photos.

BEHANCE
My portfolio on the behance network






In a fortunate turn of events, the witch had a nice big supper that night.
Hansel and Grettel's parents were rid of them once and for all but what they didn't realize was that Hansel had stolen the last piece of bread in their house so he could track his way back home. Now the parents would starve to death. Even if Hansel and Grettel had managed to make it back home, they would all have starved to death because Hansel had wasted the last bit of food they had.
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  • Reading: DC Comic - Infinite Crisis

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Mon Jul 4, 2005, 11:39 AM
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Just remember not to try these things at home kids. Somebody could really get hurt. Morbid humor is only best in art because nobody is really getting hurt.
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