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Herald report #20: Through the Valley

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Introduction

Evening space cowboys. It’s time for another Herald report!

This’ll be a short one. Introducing a new Magistrate, some info on the Graphics Society and the usual updates. Enjoy :)

Without further ado, here we go…

Table of Contents

Fiction update

With the December events finished (and us winning 2nd place) I’d like to present the full Run-on by my team, “Token real girl”. Have fun reading. The story relates to both the Iron Throne and the Lotus, the Herald and the Resistance, as well as a surprise enemy and unsuspected twists.


Godless Matron Deck 17, The Gauntlet Twelve hours ago

The turbolift door opened up, bringing much-needed light into the dark, damp, and dusty durasteel corridors. A hooded figure stepped out and scurried as fast as he could through the debris-filled interior of the massive ship, towards his destination. Keelan Vars, the Matron’s security chief and wayward Sentinel spy, made sure he wasn’t followed, and yet he searched his surroundings like a paranoid Hutt. This part of the Gauntlet — what the crew called the most dangerous of all areas on the Matron — looked even older and more deteriorated than the rest, and it was dusty enough that he had to wear a breath mask to breathe normally.

Swiftly, but silently he prowled; made a right, a left, and repeated the pattern several times until he finally found the door he was looking for. Hidden in the deepest part of the most dangerous area of the ship, it would have been chance alone if any interlopers had happened upon it. The door displayed no markings and seemed to be barred with several old droids and other unremarkable debris. A leather boot hastily pushed all that aside as two strong hands forced the door open. Walking into the small room, he saw that the consoles were still covered with dust-ridden plastic coverings. The miniature holoprojector sitting on the main console seemed no worse for wear either. All of his equipment was waiting just as he had left it.

Read more…

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New Magistrate

I’ve decided to close the Magistrate applications early due to personal reasons and the fact that we received a superb application.

Everyone please congratulate Mako Henymory on his new job.

Mako will work with us on expanding and maintaining the Art community in the Club. His job, in short, will be the creation of competitive content for members to chew on and create wonderful art in. He has already started working by releasing a fun competition for all of you:

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Graphics Society

Thanks to our Grand Master’s latest report you have heard something about an upcoming Graphics Society. I can confirm that this is, and has been, one of the projects we’ve been working on. Right now it’s in the early stages, with us trying to wrap our heads around number crunching (Hey, we’re artists, not mathematicians. That’s Evant’s area :P)

Let’s start with numbers (As of: 05 JANUARY 2017)

Competitions and participants since 2014

Let’s talk about statistics for a second. Below you can see the stats for most of 2014 and all of 2015. As you can see there has been a significant increase, not just in comps run but participants per comp. 2014 had 60 graphics comps run and 299 participants, a 4.98 average per comp. These are not unique participants but overall submissions to those comps. In 2015, largely thanks to the Great Jedi War, we see an increase to 93 comps run and 798 participants, an 8,58 average.

Fast forward to 2016, where we didn’t have a major GJW, but we did have several good inter-clan events to cover for it. Last year, while having an average by 1,13 lower than 2015, still had 37 more comps run and 98 more participants overall than 2015. It blew 2014 out of the water with 70 more comps run and 597 participants more overall. Compared to 2014 that is a 53.85% increase in comps ran and 66.63% increase in submissions. Compared to 2015 that would be 28.46% more comps ran and 10.94% increase in submissions. It is important to know these stats going forward because numbers are the basis of this whole idea. Without the numbers to support a Society, we can’t really build anything concrete. It is our plan, and our hope, that we will see the same trend continue in 2017.

Clusters of Graphite so far

Clusters have been a valuable addition to our efforts to bolster graphics activity Club-wide. Especially with the addition of the new Graphics Archetype, we hope that Clusters will start to flow more readily.

Structure and fiction

What I can say for now is that it will be structured similarly to the Inquisitorius, albeit with a different background. The fictional background will be based around an organization called Shroud Syndicate which we’re using as basis for the scum and villains of the galaxy. Bounty hunters, smugglers, pirates, and other criminals will all be a tentative part of this organization if they choose to be. It will provide ample opportunities for writing and drawing, and we hope to develop it into much more.

Expect more updates in future reports.

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Herald survey - reminder!

Everyone loves surveys! Not really, but this one is necessary.

We've created a survey that you can fill in and, hopefully, influence what way future graphics in the Club move forward. We're looking for honest opinions, so type in anything you can think of that you consider important.

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Custom Graphics

Let’s start with:

Custom Weapons

By Rian:

  • Yuki Suoh
  • Vodo Taldrya
  • Anubis Annedu
  • Rhylance

By Vyr:

  • Revak Kur
  • Vadin Cal


Custom Robes

None


Warbanners

by Rian:

  • Rian Taldrya
  • Reiyden Rosenau
  • Anubis Annedu

Graphics Requests

By Rian:

  • Rhylance
  • Edgar Drachen

By Vyr:

  • Uji Tameike

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There’s a Form for that

DB Art Community Telegram Group

If you’re interested in joining the TG group and sharing your art, be sure to click the image below:

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Ask the Herald

Lxic asked: #AsktheHerald what's the difference photo manipulation, tracing and plagiarism? Is there a safe and legit way to create art without tarnishing an artist’s work for your own?

Follow this link: Herald Update - Praetor edition #1

As for the second part of the question, yes: cite your sources in the submission field.


Esca asked: #AsktheHerald - What is the least seen type/style of art in the DJB?

Photomanipulation, by a huge margin I think. Rare few people use it, but there are so many good tutorials and techniques out there.


Nero asks: #AsktheHerald If you could change any aspect of the Brotherhood as it is now, what would it be and why?

I’m not sure, tbh. Probably some of the fictions currently running in the Club. Nothing in particular, tbh, just stuff that bugs me when i read it.


Scarlet asks: #asktheHerald What challenges would you like to face in the future?

In the DB? I’m currently facing my biggest challenge, which is the creation of the Society. That, in and of itself, is a challenge I’ll be glad to accomplish.


Nero asks: #AsktheHerald When are we getting first person airsoft montages from you?

Probably never. I’m on hiatus from airsoft.


Aiden asks: #asktheHerald have you had a favorite art project in recent past?

Probably just drawing for fun, tbh. It’s relaxing.

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Commission artists and Artist Feature

Every report I will present an artist from various sites on the internet that do commission work. You can directly contact them through their contacts on these pages:

This time it's: frufury. Check out their devArt page for info, check this link for commission info, and enjoy the art.

Closing word

That’s it for now, folks. This is your friendly neighborhood Herald, signing out.

See you, space cowboys!

Shawn James - Through the Valley

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Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 11:12 PM
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first!

Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 11:16 PM
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Great report!!! Look at all those numbers, wow that is awesome :) Can't wait for the new society! Awesome graphics (and graphs). Lets get out there everyone and do more drawing!!!

Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 11:18 PM
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Congrats to Mako

Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 11:20 PM

Awesome report! Looking forward to seeing the new society come to life!!!

Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 11:20 PM
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dang those saber looks good. can't wait for EQ2

Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 11:33 PM
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I am pretty stoked by the Society, and I am always glad to see what the Herald staff have been up to. Keep up the good work, all. :)

Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 11:33 PM
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Also, seeing the statistics and the growth of graphics activities/submissions is awesome. Though that goes without saying.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 3:49 AM
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That Last of Us clip tho.

So happy for graphics. Great stuff to all the staff!

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 6:44 AM
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nice report Vyr ^^

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 4:28 PM
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Great report, Vyr. I'm partial to the charts. Delicious metrics.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 10:18 PM
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Congrats Mako! It's great to see you back in a position.

Posted on Jan 29, 2017 at 5:11 AM
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Great report, Vyr. I'm partial to the charts. Delicious metrics.

Thanks for your help with the graphs, mate. Those were excellent. :D

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 8:35 PM
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Sweet Report! How the hellington did I miss this. XP I wanna be in the Shroud Syndicate. :P