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Hard-working or lazy, reliable or capricious?


A new contest for the new year: have you ever thought of portraying your creative vein as an actual being? Would it be a handsome woman or a hard to tame bird? Or a sloth (I hope a lively one, at least)? Does it walk around with you or stays and waits in some certain places? Or catches up with you all of a sudden no matter the location?

The task is to describe or depict that part of your mind responsible for all the brilliant ideas standing behind your creations. Or would it be a self-portrait of some kind?



:bulletblack:Deadline: the 7th of March 2014 the 9th of March, 3:00 pm GMT
:bulletblack:Limit of submissions: one piece per member.
:bulletblack:The entry must be prepared for the contest precisely.
:bulletblack:You must be a member to participate.





Prizes


Features by: Meredyth, erinclaireb, Gniffies, SandraHultsved, akitku, Azalane, SRudy, Sieskja, STelari, GrimGloomTale.

:bulletblack:First Place
- a signed copy of rlkirkland's Those Roads All Travel
- a sketch from Azalane
- a sketch from STelari
- an exclusive stock from Cassy-Blue
- 170 points from STelari
- 100 points from Kaelycea
- 60 points from Nymla


:bulletblack:Second Place
- a sketch from STelari
- an exclusive stock from Cassy-Blue
- 100 points from STelari
- 50 points from Kaelycea
- 50 points from Nymla


:bulletblack:Third Place
- a sketch from STelari
- an exclusive stock from Cassy-Blue
- 80 points from STelari
- 50 points from Kaelycea
- 40 points from Nymla


:bulletblack:Distinction
- a painting from Sieskja
- a small painting from erinclaireb
- an exclusive stock from Cassy-Blue
- a sketch from STelari
- 130 points from STelari
- 50 points from Nymla


Have a great year and good luck!
STelari




Entries!


1.   2. Fleetfooted Muse by Oddeum   3.:thumb428240105:
4. Spark by hallosse   5. Enacting on the MuseI blink to gaze at the austere dancers on the ballroom floor, and indeed, there are many elegant dancers, spinning as colorful flowers would, when brushed by the wind. There is a veritable multitude of marigolds and buttercups, several daisies, a few brilliant sunflowers in red and orange hues, and burgundy and black roses sashaying across the checkered floor. The black winds in pressed suits twist amongst them, and all the patterns ripple out, then in, as the winds step in time to the music, and all the flowers twirl into all the places the winds empty.
Where do so many flowers come from? To fill the gaping field of the ballroom so well? Why does that woman frown, oh, and picture such a woman, with sun-kissed hair and green silk waltzing down the center aisle. And everyone (everyone) watches, and the naked joy of being that central figure among other regal flowers and restless winds. I could imagine the majesty, and feel the violin song skim across my fingers, intimately b
  6. Spiritual walk by Kafkami
7. Sei Fantasie by Sieskja   8. The Muse by yanadhyana   9. Dragonfly by Gniffies
10. the muse by Chris-Karbach   11. NocturneIt was on a midnight dreary,
When I sat alone and weary,
Battling with my favorite air
On the lute to my despair,
That an inkling of a presence
Like the echo of an essence
Did assemble in the room
Rising softly from the gloom.
I had tried with all my might
And attracted by my plight
It seemed to creep up from behind
A face austere but also kind
With pointed beard and longish hair
And an eager watchful air,
And I knew the very name
That would put my play to shame.
“Master, will you pardon me,
For the mess I made of thee
And your work of inspiration.
Oh, my hands bring desecration
Onto every single part.
Surely this will break your heart!”
But the spectre settled down,
With a concentrated frown
And I realized with a start
I would have to work real hard.
With relentless, stern correction,
He would make me reach perfection.
Teacher that he was while living
Still he is intent on giving
And when everything is quiet
Gratefully I learn at night.
Though I wonder why he choose,
Dabbl
  12. My Muse by Achen089
13.

Mature Content

  14. HerI feel her ashen breath
           on my collarbone as I drift
                  through the place between sanity and dreams,
                          my soul dripping onto my paper-thin lungs.
Whispers of burning smoke
                dance through my conscience as I
                        feel nothing but 
                                    empty pages
  15. Old friend and muse by Aya-Lunar
16. Muse is the thing with feathers by TrollGirl   17. Magician Muse by Brandon1920   18. Wildfire by vladimirsangel
19. my muse by erinclaireb

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:iconcoalrye:
CoalRye Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
12: 3 points
8: 2 points
2: 1 point
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:iconkafkami:
Kafkami Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
7 --> 3 pts
2 --> 2 pts
11--> 1 pts
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:iconlethao:
Lethao Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
6. 3 Points
15. 2 points
7. 1 Point
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:iconestrellacorazon:
EstrellaCorazon Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
3. 3 points
5. 2 points
11. 1 point
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:iconsieskja:
Sieskja Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
6 -> 3 points
11 -> 2 points
2 -> 1 point
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:iconbrandon1920:
Brandon1920 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 7. 3
 8. 2
12. 1
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:iconbeeswingblue:
beeswingblue Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014   Writer
12. 3
17. 2
10. 1
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:iconerianrhod:
Erianrhod Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
10     3 points
18     2 points
6       1 point

As always it was extemely difficult to vote and to choose among so many fascinating contributions. Wish I had had more points to give.
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:iconfallenangelswish:
FallenAngelsWish Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
12. -3p
2. -2p
3. -1p
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:iconchris-karbach:
Chris-Karbach Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
6. - 3 Points
11. - 2 Points
16. - 1 Point

I know where to come back to if I ever need inspiration on the muse topic. Great and diverse interpretations!
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:iconbgerr:
bgerr Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh, and good luck everyone. You have created some great artworks!!! :love:
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:iconbgerr:
bgerr Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
9 -- 3 points
6 -- 2 points
12 -- 1 point
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:iconwanderlings:
Wanderlings Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
11. 3pt

5. 2pt

15. 1pt
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:iconkaelycea:
Kaelycea Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
6 - 3 points
17 - 2 points
2 - 1 point
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:iconwoschaebedip:
Woschaebedip Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Wow, all of them turned out beautiful, very hard decision!
11. 3
7. 2
16. 1
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:iconivyssauro:
Ivyssauro Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
.6 = 1p
.2 = 2p
.7 = 3p
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:iconwukashgrochocki:
WukashGrochocki Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
12.1
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:iconwukashgrochocki:
WukashGrochocki Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
6.2
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:iconwukashgrochocki:
WukashGrochocki Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
15.3
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:iconsandrahultsved:
SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist

2=1p

7=2p

12=3p

This was really not easy to decide... Good luck to everyone!

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:iconleeminkyo:
LeeMinKyo Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
12. 3 points
15. 2 points
10. 1 point

Good luck everyone!
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:iconpaulcellx:
Paulcellx Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
15. 3 points!
16. 2 points!
2. 1 point!
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:iconheartandbonebreaker:
heartandbonebreaker Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
15. 3
7. 2
13. 1
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:iconvladimirsangel:
vladimirsangel Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
2. 3 points
13. 2 points
19. 1 point
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:iconyarrow7:
Yarrow7 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
5. 3 points
2. 2 points
7. 1 point
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:iconytril:
Ytril Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
6. - 3 p.
12. - 2 p.
7. - 1 p.
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:iconstelari:
STelari Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
7. 3 points
14. 2 points
6. 1 point
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:iconsplash-light:
splash-light Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
2. 3 points
10. 2 points
16. 1 point. 
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:iconseekerspirit:
seekerspirit Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
07. 3 points
04. 2 points
16. 1 point

Good luck to all the artists! :fingerscrossed:
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014   Traditional Artist
16. 3 points
  7. 2 points
11. 1 point
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:iconfragile-yet-cunning:
Fragile-yet-CunNINg Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
16. 3 points
14. 2 points
9. 1 point
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:iconjadasartvision:
JadasArtVision Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
7. 3 points
1. 2 points
6. 1 point
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:iconbrianna-bloomer:
Brianna-Bloomer Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
12. 3 points
10. 2 points
4. 1 point
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:iconravenshymn:
Ravenshymn Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014   General Artist
12.  3 points
2.  2 points
4.  1 point
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:iconantarann:
AntaraNN Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014   Filmographer
2. 3 points
6. 2 points
7. 1 point
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:iconartbymba:
artbymba Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
    Good luck everybody!
    Mini Heart Container Pixel by Cyanide-Tea
    17. 3 points
    14. 2 points
    15. 1 point
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:iconmeredyth:
Meredyth Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My muse is the sloth indeed - at least regarding GrimGloomTale contests, she usually kicks in only one week before closing time ;)
So many good entries again! Hard to chose. Well, here it is:

7: 3 points
6: 2 points
11: 1 point
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:iconhazelfibonacci:
HazelFibonacci Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014   Digital Artist
6. 3 points
2. 2 points
7. 1 point
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:iconmephetti:
mephetti Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
7. 3 points
12. 2 points
2. 1 point
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:iconnebulous33:
nebulous33 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
8. 3 points
6. 2 points
2. 1 point
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:iconephygenia:
EpHyGeNiA Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
6. 3 points
7. 2 points
2. 1 point
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:iconinkyrose:
InkyRose Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
12- 3 points
2- 2 points
17-1 point
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:iconmortiscia:
Mortiscia Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
11. 3 points
10. 2 points
14. 1 point

Good luck everyone! :D
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:iconburdfeet:
Burdfeet Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
7. 3 points
8. 2 points
12. 1 point

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:iconoddeum:
Oddeum Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
11. 3 points
6. 2 points
14. 1 point
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:iconrebeccahirst:
rebeccahirst Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student General Artist
2. 3 points
7. 2 points
6. 1 point
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:iconbluebrain90:
BlueBrain90 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
15. 3 points
12. 2 points
10. 1 point
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:iconaya-lunar:
Aya-Lunar Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014   Traditional Artist
2. 3 points
11. 2 points
17. 1 point
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:iconlyinx:
Lyinx Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist
5. 3 points
15. 2 points
10. 1 point
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:iconazalane:
Azalane Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
my vote

7. 3 points
6. 2 points
16. 1 point
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