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The Night Circus Challenge at Castle-of-Manips

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 1, 2015, 2:31 PM
Greetings Revelers...

Here is the currecnt challenge at the :iconcastle-of-manips:
October is a HIGHLY inspiring month for all things dark, spooky or simply erie, is it not? I often struggle to find a theme for this month that isn't all OVER other DA groups. That said, our new challenge is "The Night Circus." Which means you'll be showing us some element of circus/carnivale life as it pertains to the odd. That can mean geeks, freaks, fortune tellers/seers and any manner of the life of a traveling show. There is also a book by the same title, that if you've read it and can select something that inspires you from it to fit this "enlarged" theme-go for it. So here are the details:
Here in the US, we are in the Autumnal season. I LOVE this time of year, though I have to travel to another state to actually SEE the leaves change. :P Those of you in the middle of Winter or other seasons-you get to REALLY use your imaginations. So here we go with the details:

:bulletred: The requirement for this challenge will be to show us a manip that includes a model as well as a circus/carnivale background. You MAY use a 3D image of the model, but consider that the more artistic effort that goes into your artwork-the more likely you are to be a winner in the challenge.  The idea can be a design type of image OR a scenic one but it MUST be indicative of the atmosphere that would surround a night circus. The model should be the focus in either design or scenic.
:bulletred: you can go pretty dark with this theme, horror/macabre OK.Though you are not REQUIRED to do scary. There are circus folk who are not extremely dark. Just remember though, this IS a night circus. :)
:bulletred: Send us your best work, let us see your talent, folks. (Just as you HAVE been doing :)
:bulletred: Media must be a manipulation or mixed media manipulation.
:bulletred: Challenge ends on Dia de los Muertos, or November 1st 2015
:bulletred: Include our group icon in your description as well as giving proper credit to your stock providers


Points donated by :iconreddawgi: (and anyone else who steps up. ;)

stock exclusives from any of these folks :iconzozziegirl: :iconpranile: :iconmarphilhearts: and :iconwdwparksgal-stock:

Here are some examples (though some are not quite what I'm looking for they still offer inspiration.)

Festival de l'imaginaire by senyphine        Stage Stooge by CrimsonNose       Letting you go by liadan-bran       Carnivale by solocosmo     Carnivale Del Morte' by nitchwarmer

Thank YOU to all who have been sharing this journal on your page or in groups please keep it up. Be sure to tell your friends too.

General instructions for submission can be found here:…
Also, be sure to check out our sister group's current challenge, "Whispers of Autumn" (only four days left though) found here:…

In that group, all media is welcome.


Red Scott
United States
I'm a mixed media artist, word weaver, songstress and dreamer of dreams. One accomplishment I'm proud of, has been the founding of the Capolan Exchange which, over the last two decades has morphed into the Traveler's H'Art art exchange and electronic dialogue group. I've been imagining and facilitating collaborative art card deck projects for as long a time as well. When I'm not singing, creating art, writing or dancing I find myself living out my days in that 'other world' of wife, mother of four, gardener, student and the occasional cleaner of the home.
Oh! gramma to Nova Joy, Lukas and we welcomed Luna Autumn in September 2014. All in all, it's a full life and one I'm grateful for.

Current Residence: California USA
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Favourite genre of music: storytelling, so ballads mostly
Favourite style of art: surrealism, fantasy, intelligent eerieness
Operating System: OS10
Skin of choice: soft
Favourite cartoon character: Tigger
Personal Quote: "The tragedy of growing old is that you were once young."


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