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We are extending the deadline for the Devil in the Details contest to 15 MAY 2016. With prizes this big, we really want to see some (more) great entries. However, please, please, please pay attention to our THEME. "Devil" does not mean that theme has to be bad or negative. We are saying that the meaning of your deviation should be brought out by the details of your composition. It can be funny, ironic, joyful, scary, or mysterious. It can be anything you want, but the goal of the contest is to get you to tell a story with your art. The story should unfold according to how you lay out the details in your deviation. So, for example, perhaps a cat is hunting mice, and there are mice cleverly hidden in the deviation. THIS IS ONLY AN EXAMPLE. We are looking for good quality composition (clever use of space).

If you have already submitted a deviation to the contest and you want to change it, let us know.

Also, we are happy to talk through an idea with you if you want to know whether it is appropriate for the contest. Note Aeirmid or Incantata.

What is this?

This is a new contest for members of arcanevault only. But don't worry, anyone can join!  For this contest, we will accept all digital media, including photomanipulations.

The theme

The theme for our group is the arcane: things that are secret, hidden, and mysterious. Our contest theme reflects that overall group theme.

The contest theme is: The devil is in the details.

Use strong composition skills to create a scene in which secrets are hidden and unfold as the eye studies the scene. For example, you could show a mystery or murder scene, an occult phenomenon, or maybe some Easter eggs. Perhaps it is an empty room with shattered glass that gives a hint of something that had happened late last night. The details should tell the story and give the viewer something to think about. Ask yourself, "What happened?" and then fill in the details through your art.

As you can imagine, composition is very, very important here. If you aren't sure about what composition means in terms of art, you can visit these great tutorials:

Tutorial: Composition, part I by arisuonpaa

Contest details


The contest opens on February 16, 2016. All entries are due by 11:59 PM PT on May 15, 2016.

Where to submit

You can submit to the Devil in the Details contest folder at arcanevault


The judges of this competition are Aeirmid, Incantata, and ErikShoemaker. Guest judges may be invited to help settle tie scores.


There will be three winners in all. 

First place:

Second place:

Third place:

All winners will also receive exclusive stock from PirateLotus-Stock, CelticStrm-Stock, Elandria, EveLivesey, kuschelirmel-stock, and AmberSeree. TheNaughtyPirate has offered features and llamas!

Other rules

  • No late entries will be accepted without notice. If you have difficulty meeting the deadline, please note the group and ask for an extension.
  • Credit ALL stock use.
  • Only ONE entry per deviant. Make it count!
  • Artwork must be created specifically for this contest and submitted to DA on or after February 15, 2016.
  • Please state that your entry is for the "Devil in the Details" contest and link to this journal so others can find it and enter, too!
  • Entries that do not match the theme will be declined.

Note the group if you need help or have further questions. We are really looking forward to seeing your creations!


remote place by VityaR83
Alice's Adventures by Black-B-o-x
Briar Rose by nina-Y
the Attic Bears by salis2006


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How do I join #digitalBRILLIANCE as a member?

Membership to this group is by invitation only.

So, if you are interested in becoming a new member on digitalBRILLIANCE, please note us here about it using the dA Notes system, and we’ll see if we can arrange that for you, ok?  :D

Looking forward to seeing you there soon!!!  :hug: :thumbsup: !!

How do I submit an artwork to #digitalBRILLIANCE?

If you are logged on to dA, here is what to do if you want your digital artwork to be accepted for our group:

    Click only the “Suggest a Fave” button that is located on the dark blue box near the *very* top of our group’s front page (just look for the large yellow star there, too!).  An art selection box will soon appear where you can highlight and choose a digital artwork that you think is impressive-quality enough to make it into our favorites gallery for this group indeed.  Once it is submitted, we will then review your work to see whether it makes the cut with us or not. And because we aim for and maintain a high standard in our group, we are looking for the excellent and most brilliant-quality digital artworks to recommend for digitalBRILLIANCE indeed.  :D :thumbsup: There is also a maximum limit of SEVEN (7) artworks per day, so please choose your best-quality submissions carefully!!  :nod: Please keep in mind that while we *do* accept digital artworks with Mature Content as well, I want ABSOLUTELY NO PORN (this includes anything that borders into pornography, too!), please. Also, I do not want any hate art or any piece that is in violation of dA’s Terms Of Service (read here, please:…), got it? :aww:

If your artwork choice impresses us enough to recommend it, expect it to go on digitalBRILLIANCE as at least a regular fave with us!!!  :D :heart:

As well, the special front-features are specially chosen by either me (AdigunPolack), PurpelBlur, archanN, Lilyas, or Aeirmid alone, and it goes to the most outstanding and truly mind-blowing digital artworks with exceptionally top-notch quality that we feel deserve such a feature indeed.  For this reason, the “Submit Art” button is closed for both members and contributors, in order for us to help maintain our high standards for this dA group... please keep this very important thing in mind as you suggest a digital artwork, okay now?  :floating:

For photomanipulations, make thoroughly sure please that ALL proper credits are given for the sources used before submitting them into this group, otherwise they will *not* be reviewed.  Very important now, as we want to make sure to keep the integrity going strong right here!!!  :nod: !

NOTE: Traditional art or Photography will *not* be accepted for our group at all.  Remember, we are looking for DIGITAL artworks indeed, alright please?  :) !

As for Customization/Wallpaper, we will only give it the potential of being accepted if the wallpaper art was originally created on the computer digitally from start to finish... do keep that in mind now.






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Sillybilly60 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the request of "First Light"! :heart:
IchigoMurasaki Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd like to join but, the submissions says you aren't accepting members... :V
Alyarie Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Same for me as well
kimsol Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Thank you!!!! :D
jim373 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the request!! :D :love: :boogie: :w00t:
Teddy-Cube Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks again for request adigun my great friend :hug:
apfelgriebs Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for the request! :heart:
kouki1 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the request! :aww:
Hylacola Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Brilliant thanks for the request! Very inspiring group!
neverdying Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the request! :thumbsup:
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