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Journal Entry: Sat Apr 18, 2009, 5:09 PM


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Glancing up at my subscription status reminded me that I was nearing the end of it. It struck me as a little funny, since thanks to winning some contests a few years back I haven't had to buy myself one since... oh, 2007? Someone (and I won't say who) said recently that when his subscription ran out, all he did was mention it and within six minutes some generous soul had resubscribed him. I'm not surprised. Not having to buy subscriptions for myself for a few years has let me stealth-subscribe several deviants, give subs out for prizes, and in a couple of cases, give subscriptions I'd won away to other people who needed them more than me. We're a community, and we look out for each other.

I've already bought myself another subscription (yay for automatic renewals). I can afford it. But...

I've put together a list below of some really amazing artists who for one reason or another (at the time of this writing) don't have subscriptions. If you're one of those generous community members who likes to do random good deeds... why not surprise subscribe some of these people?

Go ahead, make someone else's day!

Let's turn some of these ~ into * :

This list was compiled semi-randomly from the people who I watch. I watch a LOT of people, so this is really just a small selection

:icongiacobino: Giacobino

Mature Content

The temptation of the nereid by Giacobino
Elf_Elfo by Giacobino Fauno by Giacobino

:iconpinkparasol: PinkParasol
Lady Cardinal by PinkParasol Tenebrous Empress by PinkParasol Catfish by PinkParasol

:iconandyhep: AndyHep
:thumb112723504: Yogo Fox-wife by AndyHep :thumb43874886:

:iconalgenpfleger: algenpfleger
There's something about blue by algenpfleger my darling. by algenpfleger drink up me hearties by algenpfleger

:iconeldanis: Eldanis
Chrno by Eldanis Baccano: Claire and Chane by Eldanis Jareth by Eldanis

:iconlily-fox: lily-fox
The devil in love: redux by lily-fox Vodou by lily-fox

Mature Content

You can't save everybody by lily-fox

:iconellenmillion: ellenmillion
Roses of Fairyland - color by ellenmillion The Morrigan by ellenmillion Rapunzel: Let Down Your Hair by ellenmillion

:iconsfgirgis: sfgirgis
:thumb69978383: :thumb78948508: :thumb85789249:

:icontargete: TARGETE
Winter Masques by TARGETE Fair Folk by TARGETE 'The lost breed' by TARGETE

:iconzhuzhu: zhuzhu
Batman by zhuzhu THIS IS SPARTAN by zhuzhu Chriz by zhuzhu

:iconsandara: sandara
incoming by sandara Holiday Art Exchange by sandara hades and persephone 1 by sandara

:iconchicourano: chicourano
The Little Mermaid sketch by chicourano The Princess and the Goblins by chicourano FAIRIES by chicourano

:iconabigaillarson: AbigailLarson
:thumb116772874: :thumb108913675: Disillusionment by AbigailLarson

:iconfalk2021: falk2021

Mature Content

oe1 by falk2021
krk4 by falk2021 KRK3 by falk2021


WOW. They're ALL subscribed now. Wicked. You guys totally rock. Seriously. So how about this? Send me a link to a dA artist who YOU think rocks and deserves a subscription, but doesn't have one. I'll make a second box featuring those artists below.


I've heard back from some of the artists above who are surprised and delighted to find themselves subscribed. Some of them (specifically sandara and chicourano ) have been looking for the person who gave them their subscriptions to thank. If you're the one and don't mind stepping forward, drop them a note. :D

If you didn't get a chance to do a good deed with the last go round, you'll find a list below of several more deviants that have been suggested by others.

Recent events in my life have really struck home for me how important it is to be kind, and do charitable things with no expectation of reward or accolades for it. Compassion is a rare commodity. Kindness and charity, too. If you've any yourself, plant it where it can grow. It will be appreciated, and you never know how even the smallest gesture will change a person's life.

The following deviants were suggested by other members. Still feeling generous? Check them out!

:iconspiralstudio: spiralstudio
:thumb46953099: :thumb24552134: :thumb46766540:

:icondarklaela: darklaela
-For Bangladesh- by darklaela -Something about her eyes- by darklaela -Deathly Fairytale- by darklaela

:iconlauramw: lauramw
DANCE PARTAY by lauramw PE for Dolphingirl by lauramw Super Jewelry Time Ere-Sat by lauramw

:icontouchfeel: TouchFeel
1000 Cranes Print by TouchFeel Spark- Contest Entry by TouchFeel Madame X-Generation by TouchFeel

:iconlokmanlam: lokmanlam
get cold by lokmanlam Chun Li by lokmanlam Restaurant City by lokmanlam

:iconalexpascenko: AlexPascenko
:thumb91351269: :thumb100084336: Raiga .. by AlexPascenko

:iconfreshpaint: FreShPAiNt
:thumb117201077: :thumb81999720: :thumb97647634:

:iconthegryph: thegryph
Assassin by thegryph Ritual by thegryph Harry Dresden by thegryph

:iconartdoge: ArtDoge
Katie's Rage by ArtDoge Dominance War III -Desecrator by ArtDoge :thumb117006571:

:iconsocar: socar
The Sea Rat by socar The Zombie Ball, page 1 by socar The Biggest Shell by socar

:iconlimkis: LimKis
Dream Again by LimKis Sailor Saturn by LimKis Ai-file by LimKis

:iconkiwikitty37: kiwikitty37
Yellow Wall Eats Ugly Sweater by kiwikitty37 Balloons by kiwikitty37 Chicago 29 Logo by kiwikitty37

:iconmariacalavera: MariaCalavera
:thumb111438632: :thumb105793064: :thumb116507697:

:iconalmasnamir: AlmasNamir
Untitled Secondary ProjectPrologue
Alina Fakhriyya glanced again behind her and pulled her veil up over the bridge of her nose. She took a deep breath and tightened the belt around her skirt. Hanging from the leather strap around her waist was a soft calfskin pouch filled with golden coins and small gems. It wasn’t much, to her reckoning, but it was probably enough to get her transport out of Zaman without too many questions.
With one last look at the room in which she’d spent her life since she was old enough to have womanly curves, Alina disappeared through the faceted window. The streets were quiet, particularly at the early hour of the morning, and she was able to slip away from the prison she’d been stuck in for years.
She breathed a sigh of relief as she reached the dock. She was so close, now, and she had her chance to see the world. She was well aware of the fact that she was probably the most naïve person on the face of the planet, but she had enough intelligence to know that she co
The DanceI glanced up at him uncertainly, adjusting the mask over my face even as I did so. His hand was still extended toward me and there was a smile playing at his lips and in the eyes behind the half-mask that he was wearing.
“Uh…” I said, looking down at the short, lace gloves on my hands.
“She’d love to,” my friend responded for me and shoved me out of my seat.
I stumbled and the man who’d just asked me to dance quickly moved to steady me. I blushed furiously behind my full mask and hoped that he didn’t notice.
“Are you alright?” he asked, just loud enough to be heard over the music.
“Mhmm,” I mumbled back and nodded.
“Come on,” he said gently, offering his hand again to lead me to the dance floor.
“I-I don’t know how-” I started.
“Nonsense,” he said, flashing a smile at me. “I saw you dancing earlier. I’m sure you’ll be able to keep up.”
He led me to the middle of the dance
Debris of a LifetimeKaylee leaned out, gripping the ladder in one hand and reaching for James with the other.
“Don’t worry about me, Kaylee!” James called over the din. “I’ll be fine, just get yourself out!”
“James, if you stay, I stay. We’ve got each other’s backs, no matter what, remember? I’m not leaving you here!”
“I can’t hold on much longer!” James gasped, his hands starting to slip off the broken railing. “Just get out of here while you still can!”
“NO!” Kaylee screamed as his hands slipped off the one thing keeping him alive. She seized his wrist before he could fall too far and swung him onto the ladder below her. “You’re getting out of here, too.” She insisted.
“Okay, let’s go.” James panted, relieved that he wasn’t forced to say goodbye to his best and closest friend.
Once they’d gotten down to the bottom of the ladder, some three or four stories down, they bolted th

:iconwiredgear: wiredgear
The Wanderers by wiredgear Air Fighter by wiredgear Red Crahn by wiredgear

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Nuuhku87 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
Wow, doing something like this is really nice from you. :love:
I wish you all the best :aww:
michaelstewart Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
pick me pick me!
duskemi Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
awesome selections~
MIKECORRIERO Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
It's amazing.. the generosity of so many people.
falk2021 Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
oohh! it came from you, you suggested me for a subscription and someone bought me one! thank you very much! i have not realize that you made that journal. but now i´m very curious about the stranger who bought me the sub...
thank you again!!
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
you are so kind :hug:
SpitfireFae Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
*shrug* I don't see what people complain about. I haven't had a subscription ever nor do I care about it one way or the other. Their complaint about the adds just seem silly to me.

I think it's a neat idea that you're showing others that it's ok to be giving with a community like this. That's one of the things I like about DA, while I might not know anyone but a few on here in real life, I've got a nice band of friends and I have the opportunity to see some amazing artwork and meet some great people.
faerywitch Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
If you are still accepting suggestions: [link] and [link]

And I love to see a journal like this instead of one begging for a subscription for you "plzzzz LOL" This has dignity and is completely selfless.
ArianSkye Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
I did give one to someone. It was :iconpinkparasol:. It actually felt really nice to donate one, and she was really excited about it when she came back from her vacation and saw it. ^_^
dialsixsixsix Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
Exillior Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Gosh, that's awesome of you!! These deviants are amazing -- they certainly deserve being subbed! I wish I could help, but I can't even afford my own ^^;
sandara Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
so this was how i got my sub!!

THANK YOU!!! mysterious kind stranger who bought me my sub :D
i hadn't noticed it until today and i was wondering why...and confused...
:D i'm a little dense... anyway... thank you and thank you mercuralis for the feature!! <3
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Your welcome, from me, though I have no clue who bought you the sub. I just made a list of artists who I thought might like one. You've been on the top of my list for awhile. :D
sandara Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
thank you so much! i would also like to know who bought me the sub, if only just to thank him/her properly...
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
I wish I could tell you. I merely suggested it, and left it up to my incredibly generous watchers. Maybe one of them will step forward?
Ilenora Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You're really so kind :hug:
I happen to have this friend - :iconalmasnamir: She's a wonderful person with excellent writing. Since there are no writers that I spied in those lists, I thought "why not mention her?" :D I can't afford to buy a subscription for her myself, even if they're cheap (my one was won in a contest) so I really hope some other generous person here will give her one. I'd love to see her spruce up her page to make her writing look even better :D
Makena Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think in terms of karma you're DEFINITELY on the good list--thanks for sharing!
SweetYuya Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
That is amazing! :wow: It makes me happy to see that little asterisk beside each deviants name.
DanielHovdahl Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Well ain't that brilliant!

This guy is amazing, he got skills and he appreciates the comments and everything, he certainly deserves a Sub.
Gryphonia Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
dA is truly a wonderful community :love: I understand more now what an honour it is to be a part of it... :w00t:
crescentwolf01 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i hope to get a sub soon once i get enough money and have a funky journal and stuff ^^
Ginnabean Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It is absolutely amazing to look through this list a few days after you put it up and see all those little asterisks. C: God, I love DeviantArt.
Cersiana Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
People like you really do make someone else's day. I can only imagine how awesome, and possibly confusing, it must be to log in with a subscription waiting for you. I will give a looke around as well and see if I can find anyone who would probably deserve such a thing. ((I mean in the sense that they give good critque and are active members of the community.)) Keep making people smile dear!
HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
I did a couple of those! I'm glad they all got subbed!

And I would love if you could feature this person: ~TouchFeel

Yes she's one of my buddies, but she's an amazing artist and totally deserves a sub gift!
algenpfleger Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I actually got a sub =0 Thanks to, well I don't know who! <3

About people who deserve subs, how about ~lokmanlam or ~AlexPascenko? The both rule =0
Aegean-Prince Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009



:bulletblack: ~spiralstudio

Captain-Savvy Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're an awesome person... and I really respect you for it :) Its hard to find kind, giving people in today's world, so when I do it makes me a happy pirate. ^w^
ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
I've gifted subs a few times ^_^ it's lots of fun! :D When have more money I'll gladly do some more :)
SparrowsFlame Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
What an awesome journal, Mel! I would happily donate a sub or two, but I lack the spare cash right now. But it's definitely something I hope to do in the future when we're more financially stable. I also like to secretly buy for people from their wishlists. It's fun! :D
HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
*scampers off in stealth sub mode*
SulaMoon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I dont really have money to spare atm, But I would love to get a couple of people here subscribed... =)

I gotta work on a sub for me, btw... haha
algenpfleger Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oooh, thanks for mentioning me! I don't really need a sub (got a good adblocker :lmao:), but it's really nice of you :)
nathie Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
i second whimsi absolutely!!! i pretty dislike "begging" for subs in journals, it´s the same thing to me like this "i´m having my birthday in X days, i want free art cuz of that" stuff.
i appreciate your attitude, it´s refreshing to see nowadays.
whimsi Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
I really appreciate your attitude here :)

I have seen a couple of people I watch have their subscriptions run out, and are immediately hopping on their journals to practically demand subscriptions from their admiring fans (and obviously usually get one!) I am not saying gifting a sub is bad, I've done it several times since joining dA, so don't get me wrong.

But when I look at the cost of subs, I wonder why some of these artists just don't get one for their own damn self instead of making themselves out to be asses, begging for subs, and threatening (i've seen it!) "dA just won't be usable if I have to work around ads..."

Your post here just makes my day, it is so entirely opposite to the above attitude. I have no doubts that your requesting a gift-sub could earn you one nearly immediately, but instead you recognize the givers of past subs, and dare I say, feel gratitude? And then, you go on to make a note of some really great artists who could use subs!? Whoa, pal. I am really impressed, not that I wouldn't expect it of you based on what I can gather from your personality in your journals, but just that it is so awesome what you are doing.

Thank you for being a damn good person, and I mean that :)
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
My first few subs I purchased, then I started winning them in contests and they piled up. It was nice being subscribed, but when I realized I had a subscription that would last almost two years... well at that point it seemed really selfish to keep accepting subscription prizes. So I gave one away to someone else in the contest I was in who didn't win one. It felt really good, and that person was thrilled.

Since then I've given subs for all kinds of reasons. As prizes for contests, because an artist I like came back after a loooong hiatus and I wanted him to know he was appreciated and missed, for another artist who I'd admired who just joined, and once even to a person who had spent the better part of a page arguing with me about one of my paintings. Some went to friends, some went to strangers... but every single time the person was thrilled (and sometimes they never did figure out who gave it to them--those emails go missing sometimes, I guess). And it made me feel good to put a smile on someone else's face.

For me... a subscription REALLY isn't that expensive. Hell, $7.95 automatically charged every three months? I wish *GAS* was that cheap. Seriously small price to pay for a site that I really like, a community I've come to enjoy being a part of, and a service that's easily worth ten times that.

And I've seen other people do exactly as you said: "my sub is running out, halp!"... and every time there's someone generous who steps up and does. For me... I'd be uncomfortable asking for such a thing. But for other people who I like and admire: hell, if there are people out there who are that generous and, like me, enjoy doing something small but kind for a stranger, I'll point them at a few who could use it.

Least I can do, right?

I can use the good karma points, anyway. They make up for all the time I spend griping about humanity in general. :D
beenachu Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
I don't see why the talent of the person matters in order for someone to deserve a subscription.
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
it doesn't. I just happened to pick people from my watch list to feature, and most of those people are talented. It's not a requirement to help these people out, of course. If there's someone on your watch list who you think deserves a sub, get them one! I once deliberately gave a subscription to a person who was rude to me, and insulting to one of my paintings--because I wanted to. Not because they were talented or because they were even nice... but because I looked at their gallery and thought they should have somebody give them a boost.

Sometimes it's one random act of generosity that makes the difference... it doesn't really matter to who.
beenachu Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
Now I don't understand how a subscription's going to make everything better. :/
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
it's not.

It's the thought that counts.

(and the lack of ads)
beenachu Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
I guess.
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
What a lovely gesture here. If I get some DA bucks I'll have to send it their way.

And wow, just when I thought my Watch had ceased growing for now, you've just added a few more folks to it:D Amazing art *__*
kanefan Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
What a nice thought. ^^
ravynnephelan Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup! Me too. I just had to find the monies to renew my own. This is a good idea, however, and I know how generous some here can be ... so if I find myself with a little bit extra over the coming twelve months I will be using it to spread the love :)
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
You spread the love every single day, Mich. :D You're just one of those people who radiates sunshine most of the time. I envy that sometimes.
ravynnephelan Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
*eyes go wide* Oh ...

*is touched beyond words*


Methinks the same of you, lovely lady.
KinaMorii Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those are some great artists and I'd love to help 'em out. If only...
rowenabrennavart Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I wish I could afford to. These are very talented people...I'll do my part and check out their galleries :)
SweetYuya Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
I do love stealth subscribing. :plotting: I will have to look into some of these. Great feature choices, by the way. I see a few I'm not yet watching, so thank you for introducing their work to me. ^^
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Some of these are artists I've followed for years, and who I don't think have EVER had subscriptions in some cases. We want to encourage them to stick around and keep posting great art. :D
SweetYuya Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
It's my pleasure. It's always fun to surprise both friends and artist's with a sub. The last 3 of my subs have been gifts themselves. (It felt weird to buy my own sub this time around...:o )
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