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Participants for ESS 2014

Number of participants for 2014

:w00t: 62/150 :w00t:


Remember, entries close on the 31st of October, so get your notes in quickly! Don't forget to read the rules in our blog and then send a note to Equine-Secret-Santa to enter.


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While ESS is open to all types of equine art (including HARPG), if you are looking for something more HARPG specific, check out HARPG-SecretSanta :D
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With Equinus/Equine-Secret-Santa's blessing, I'm going to host an Equine Secret Santa gift exchange again for 2014! Much of this text was taken directly from the ESS group (with permission, of course). 

:holly: What is "Secret Santa"

Secret Santa is a western holiday tradition in which participants are randomly assigned another participant to give a gift to. Despite the name, it is open to everyone, regardless of your traditions/beliefs. No one is excluded :)

:holly:What is "Equine Secret Santa"

The idea is to take the general rules of Secret Santa and apply them to equines via artwork. After you submit your name to me with some information and references (if you don't have an equine character you can tell me your favorite color/breed of horse), I will assign you another participant. It is your job to create a piece of artwork for that participant. At the same time, your name will be given to someone else, who will create a piece for you too!

:holly:HOW TO ENTER

Send the Equine-Secret-Santa group a note with this format:

Title: Equine Secret Santa
Body: Name: your username (in @ username, or : devusername: format)
Characters: thumbnails or links to references

example:
 
(but don't note me, note the group this year!)

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HOW MANY PLACES ARE THERE?
There are 150 places open! However, if  150 comes and there are still a lot more people who would like to enter, I will possibly open some more slots. But enter quickly before the spaces run out! Last year we had about 120.


WHEN DOES IT START?
Entries open October 20th! Mark your calendars and get ready!


WHEN DOES IT END? 
Entries close on October 31st. You have a TWO WEEKS to get your name in, and then after that, I'll send you the name of the person you will draw for. You should have a name no later than Nov 5th.


WHEN CAN I UPLOAD MY GIFT?
You can start uploading your gift from the 1st of December 'til the 25th of December. If you know you won't be at home or near a computer during that time, you can upload it earlier. Please state so in your description. Make sure to submit it to the ESS group so I can keep track of your entries!
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SOME SERIOUS STUFF YOU SHOULD READ FIRST
This is my 3rd year hosting an ESS, and I hope it will go even better than last year! This year, I've brought on a team of helpers.
:bulletred: Do not enter if you have doubts about completing your art gift on time. No one likes to be disappointed :)
:bulletgreen: Spend time on your gifts! Please don't draw it in a day! Sketch it one day, then work on the sketch for another day, then color it for a few days and so on. Make your gift as special and beautiful as you can possibly make it - you'll want a beautiful gift too, won't you? Someone else will too!
:bulletred: Please don't upload gifts early without letting me know why. I know you're all excited-- so am I! But wait until the time to upload, please.
:bulletgreen: Names are assigned completely randomly!
:bulletred: If there is someone you do NOT want to draw a gift for, for whatever reason, please let me know in your note.
:bulletgreen: All types/mediums of artwork are okay!
:bulletred: This should go without saying but this is a Equine secret santa! Last year people tried to submit a lot of non-horsey characters. Hybrids are fine, just make sure it looks like a horse of some kind! :giggle:

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IF YOU FAILED TO DELIVER YOUR WORK LAST YEAR WITHOUT EXPLANATION, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE THIS YEAR.
You're on my naughty list. Not cool! :(



Right, are you excited? You should be! 

If you've got any questions, drop a comment and I'll do my best to answer them! I will also be making updates over at the ESS group. Stay tuned!

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CreamieColors Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, can some one please explain the whole point of this group please? c: im interested in joining, but i dont know what exactly this group is about....^^;
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Once a year we hold a secret santa for the equine community, where various equine artists draw and receive gifts! The group exists as a place to showcase those gifts and organize rules and such :) The ESS will be open for new sign ups next October ^_^
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ArtisinmyHeart Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
are you still running this year? If you need someone to take over I would be willing. I do not want to see it go away!
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey! Sorry I haven't checked this group in a long time. Yes, there will be an ESS this year!
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CreamieColors Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats cool! A little get together! Thank you for telling me! I might join up then. ;p
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casca-x Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
I have some old entries from 2009 and 2010 I'd love to see submitted! But the folders are closed so I can't submit them myself :giggle:This IS my Merry Xmas Face by casca-xBorealis -ESS- by casca-x
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Should be open now :D
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Woops! I'll open them for you :D
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casca-x Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Thanks! I submitted some things I found in my +Faves too c8
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Moonpaw449 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
moonpaw449.deviantart.com/art/… my entry. For some odd reason I couldn't put it in the folder myself XD
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