Sorry! I've amazingly locked myself out of my deviantart account for the last WEEK so I hadn't been able to note everyone on the date I promised.
I'm noting every now, and noticed a lot of problems with peoples wishlists.
If you've read the FAQs below, one features a very important line about wishlists: "The reason there are three (wishlist options), is to give you/your Secret Santa more options to choose from, in case they don’t feel comfortable/unable to complete one of the others."
Therefore wishlists that include the same character through all options aren't allowed, even if this person is your very very very favorite character, I'm sure you must like others. You need at least 2 different character options
so your top two can still include your favorite character or OTP but the third has to include someone else.
As stated before, some people might feel comfortable or unable to draw your favorite character, and I feel like options need to be given.
This doesn't necessarily mean they hate your character, it might just mean they can't draw/write them.
For example, I absolutely cannot draw Nagisa because seriously....his hair...is impossible.
So if I had to draw for a wishlist that included Nagisa, NagiRei and Nagi+Family, I'd hand in a pretty tacky looking artwork.
I'm sure everyone would hope to draw/write something of their best work, and in the past I've had problems such as these appear, and sending anonymous messages between Santas and giftees has not been a very fun task for me. WHAT TO DO:
I've replied comments to everyone that has to change their wishlists.
Please try to send me a new list asap.
But to not wait everyone else up, I've still send out notes to everyone, even the ones with to-be-fixed wishlists.
I've let all those with 'incorrect' lists know that a new one might come in soon.
But feel free to draw from both the old and new lists.
Sorry for being really nit-picky, but this is for the sake of having a smooth running event.
This is extremely late, but here you have it, our
3rd Annual Secret Santa Gift Exchange
It will run pretty much the same as in the past, but for all those new members, here's a little run down:
The Secret Santa or Kris Kringle is an anonymous gift (art) exchange run each year by our group.
It has been held in order for everyone to receive a little Christmas gift from some random deviant that shares in the same love for Free~!
It has been very successful over the past years due to the fact everyone gets a gift no matter what
Every deviant entered will be assigned with another deviant, in which they will be requested to secretly give a gift to.
While at the same time, another deviant is preparing a secret gift for you too, hence creating a circular gift exchange.
If you don't understand, read the steps below or ask questions in the comments
Accepting any form/style of art (photography, traditional, digital, literacy etc.) (fanart, fanfiction, cosplay, comics etc.)
Must feature character(s) from Free! (NO OCs)
Must be a member of Free-Fans
Only new artworks (Doesn't necessarily have to be Christmas themed though)
No photomanips or vectors
Keep to group/dA rules! Play nice and keep maturity levels low
HOW TO JOIN
Copy + paste the following into the comments with headings filled in UserName:
I’ll note you soon after with another deviants UserName and WishList
Once completed, note me: UserName
(Username of deviant you are giving to) Link to completed artwork
On Christmas Day (25th December 2015) I’ll post up a journal with all the entries where you can find the gift someone else made for you
FAQ What is a WishList?
A wishlist consists of 3 concepts that could be used as a prompt for the Secret Santa artwork. E.g.
1. Rin and Gou Celebrating Christmas
2. Santa Kisumi
3. Iwatobi-chan swimsuit version What can/can’t you include in your wishlist?
You MUST include something Free! related.
Yes, ships are allowed.
Yes, detailed wishlists are allowed – although it’s good to keep it pretty general so the artist has room for creativity. Do I have to do all 3 listed on the wishlist?
No, you only have to submit ONE of the three.
The reason there are three, is to give you/your Secret Santa more options to choose from, in case they don’t feel comfortable/unable to complete one of the others. What if I can’t make the deadline?
If you can’t make it on time, send me a note with the approximate date you’ll finish by and I’ll message the receiver to tell them to wait a while.
If you can’t make it at all for some reason, still note me, and I’ll prepare a replacement artwork for the receiver.
If this is the case, try to message me at least a week before the due date, because I need time to draw up something, especially if several people can’t make it. How will we receive our presents?
As I mentioned before, I’ll post a journal on Christmas day.
On the journal there will be everyone’s usernames beside the present prepared for them, so all you’ve got to do is scroll to your name and find what’s waiting for you. What if my artwork is really bad?
This isn’t a competition or anything so you don’t have to worry too much about making your work 10000% fit to perfection, although traditional artworks are expected to be scanned and presented to the group expected quality.
(No dark patches, light reflections etc. unless used for artistic purposes).
I recommend people to not get too stressed out about the process, as I’m going to organize everything.
You just need to understand you need to give a present to receive a present, and to remain anonymous during the working time period.
Try to work in 3 steps.
First being entering the event, second being drawing your artwork and third being receiving your artwork.
I’ll be there to guide you along the way, so don’t panic too much.
Any advertising of the event is greatly appreciated.
In case it’s not totally obvious, we need at least 3+ entries for the event to run, but the turnout of past years have proven this event as very successful (or at least morethan any other events we’ve held) so don't worry too much
!! ENTRIES DUE BY 23rd DECEMBER 2015 00:00 AEST !!
I’ll try to note everyone November 23rd, so you’ll have a month to work. So try your best to enter before then! Deviants signed up: