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January Digest 2019

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Hello and welcome to the January issue of the 2019 DA Digest! The Digest is a monthly newsletter chronicling monthly events, opinions and accomplishments in the TDA Community. This month's beautiful header is by the talented choobacca. Thanks and congratulations! We'd also like to give a special congratulations to our second and third place winners, confetti. and choobacca respectively. Click the header to see their stunning entries.
Merch store
Have you ever wanted a shirt or a phone case with art from a TDA artist. Well now is your chance! We've opened up a merch store. You can find it here!
New Mods
We just recently added some new members to our staff teams at TDA, please help us in congratulating ShadowRose, finxter365, and jellybean jones as Social Media Managers, jellybean jones on becoming our new Duelling Arena Moderator and abhainn as our newest digest editor. Congrats!
Next Month Theme
Next Month's theme is Love. So get in the mood to spread some love for the valentine's holiday season. It doesn't have to be a relationship, it can be platonic, or even a ship that you love'
Rule Change
New rule change notice. Senior+ Artist can now make awards.
UC Awards
Ultimate Challenge Awards Are Up, go check them out and congratulate the winners.
January Superstars
Last month, the top three earners were:
Kirjava -- 272
choobacca -- 157
finxter -- 105
Highest Section Earners
Last month, our highest section earners were:
Requesting Arena: love.story
Dueling Arena: Choobacca & Kirjava
Critique Corner: Kirjava
Master Artist
Senior Artist
Junior Artist
Athymia Paradise
7 - the_artful_scientist
10 - Jayde.
12 - narcissa malfoy
13 - rainbowprism and snowdrop
14 - eons.
15 - aurevoir
18 - paper crowns
19 - RedHairGinny
22 - tea cup and sin city
24 - concise
27 - fadedorange
31 - Stille Nacht and velajune
Editor's Column
Welcome to the Editor's Column, written by us, living proof., hamylton. and lucida.: the editors (with help here). Each month we will be bringing you a theme filled section of goodies. Have a theme you'd like to see? Comment below!
Theme: 2018
2018, what a year
Keto Mug Cake
A Year In Review
Trends of 2018
Old and New Graphics
2018 in Numbers
2018, What a year.

A year of suprise

A year of excitement

Oh joy, it's a new year

One to fill with memories

and punishments

of those over endulged resolutions

A year of ups and downs

of puppies galore

still to be found

within the forum

and hidden stickers

from previous events

so go explore

and find 2018

in your new year

as you explore

these new styles

and greet new people

"This easy Keto Microwaveable Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug is easy, delicious, and perfect for keeping you on a keto diet without feeling cheated! Looking for something to keep you on your new years resolution diet, but also want something a bit of a cheat. Well this is the recipe for you, a simple sweet chocolate chip cookie that's easily made within the microwave.
A Year In Review
Awards by Amy
New Members: 141
New Topics: 1538
New Posts: 15383
Number of Promotions: 66
Number of challenges made: 113
Number of Challenge Entries Made: 786
Number of Requests Filled: 328
Number of Squees Made: 595
Number of Galleries Posted: 43
Number of Tutorials Posted: 12
Number of Resources Posted: 32
Number of Off-topic Threads Posted: 18
Number of Vault Claims Made: 885
Number of Vault Points Claimed: 9809
Stats Collected by living Proof., Hamylton, and Starbuck.
Most Squees Made
1st - azimuth - 94
2nd - esoteric - 56
3rd - endlessly. - 27
Most Squees Received
1st - miss atomic bomb - 30
2nd - starbuck / beyond the rain - 24
3rd - wildest dreams - 21
Most Requests Filled
1st - Lola. - 23
2nd - Newt Scamander - 20
3rd - steve harrington - 19
Most Challenges Entered
1st - miss atomic bomb - 52
2nd - jellybean jones - 40
3rd - galaxies - 32
Most Challenges Created
1st - Kirjava - 17
2nd - miss atomic bomb - 13
3rd - choobacca - 11
Most Challenges Won
1st - miss atomic bomb - 17
2nd - galaxies - 8
3rd - adrift - 7
Most Ultimate Challenges Entered
1st - miss atomic bomb - 16
2nd - jellybean jones - 4
3rd - esoteric. / bright spark - 3
Most Ultimate Challenges Won
1st - miss atomic bomb - 7
2nd - esoteric. - 2
Most ICTs Entered
1st - miss atomic bomb - 7
Most ICTs Won
1st - miss atomic bomb - 2
Vault Highest Points Earners
1st - miss atomic bomb - 2171
2nd - Kirjava - 892
3rd - choobacca - 678
Vault Highest Section Earners
Requesting Arena - Lola - 105
Dueling Arena - miss atomic bomb - 1680
Critique Corner - esoteric - 50
Starry Textures
Flickering lights / bokeh gifs
flower pngs
Black and White
Vertical Banners
Continuous Banners
Texture use
color fill layers set to multiply over models
Large stroke layers on people also in bright colors
base made from models
super low lighting or lowered whites
strokes on everything from text to pngs to even textures
Thick Borders
Lightning Textures
Flower and Lantern Pngs
Complementary colour schemes
dark textures
textures that are made to be set to screen
These trends brought to you by
Wildest dreams.
First and Last Graphics of 2018
living proof.
Fun Facts
by Jess and Amy
92 different artists were squeed by 68 different people
72 artists filled requests
56 artists came 1st in a General Challenge
97 artists entered a challenge
31 people created challenges
22 artists completed a UC
40 people claimed Vault Points
4690 Vault Points were claimed in the Duelling Arena
490 in the Requesting Arena
261 in Critique Corner
2 months of work (collecting stats and coding)
3 different layouts (I'm crazy, I swear)
8 days late (Sorry)
I didn't kill my computer
3 different color palettes
I still haven't figured out TDA coding
by Amy
It's a new year, so why not try something new? This coding tutorial teaches you some basic HTML tags and can help get you on your way to being a coding genius!
In my opinion, you can never have too many model images! Alishya has compiled some beautiful, free to use images for us all to enjoy!
It may be on season 15, but apparently the love for Grey's Anatomy on the forums is still strong! Pop over and have a chat about how Bailey is the best awesome the show is!
Graphic Spotlights
Member Artist: XxTheAvengerXxX
I was so impressed when I first saw this! Everything from the comp to the colouring is gorgeous!
Junior Artist: sheepish.
The softness of this banner, combined with the soft orange colouring and simple but effective text gives me the warm and fuzzies!
Senior Artist: invidia
I absolutely love the colouring on this! I also love how unique the comp is by having the four images! It works so well!
Graduate Artist: galadriel
I always love animation and this is no exception! The comp, text, and colouring all complement each other perfectly too!
Master Artist: saturn.
Katlynn has blown my mind with these icons! They are flawless, perfectly composed and gorgeously coloured!
Veteran Artist: Luciana
The simplicity of this has flawed me! How can something so simple be so effective? My mind is blown!
Designer Artist: yellow.
I never thought I would see this rhyme made into a graphic. Now I have and I love it so much! I am in awe of Linda's skills!
Thank You
That's all for this month's edition of the DA Digest! A huge thank you to abhainn, hamylton., living proof., lucida., starbuck, Amortentia1992, azimuth and wildest dreams. for making this month's edition possible! Layout by living proof. Please comment below with your opinions and feedback. We'd love to hear from you!
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Another amazing issue! Way to go, you guys!! I really enjoyed seeing all the numbers of 2018--does that make me a bit of a nerd? Oh well, it was utterly fascinating! Also it was funny reading about the trends in graphics in 2018 and seeing how many of them I am absolutely guilty of!!


Stunning issue as per usual! ❤️

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I am again, amazed by the coding for one. Two, I love the statistics for just about anything, I didn't think that was even possible, but wow, I mean that's dedication and hard work. :D 


Additionally, congratulations to the winners of challenges, those who have been promoted and so forth! Keep up the great work everyone! Thank you for also mentioning my stock pack! I hope you guys continue to enjoy! Great edition you guys! Thanks for all that you've done! :D:D 

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Love love love the template! Turquoise is one of my favorite colors, so even if it's an accent color, it makes it that much more pretty. Congrats, once more, on all the promos!


Happy birthday to all in the month of February! Yay to us that share it with good ol' Abe! ;) 


I will never not love recipes. The hubby and myself always love trying new ones (shown by the 3 cookbooks we recently acquired through holidays and birthdays), so these here add to the desire to learn more!


I agree with Sammi on the stats. It seems so mathematical, but it really is interesting to see all of the numbers. The trends are also interesting to see. Of course, I came back late in the year, so I wasn't as familiar  with trends (being just lazy enough not to go through archived challenges), but I liked seeing a few that I wasn't familiar with. 


Once again, thank you to the DA Digest team. It's wonderful and I always look forward to it! ❤️ 



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aah such a great issue and the template is amazing!! the stats are so cool and the trends we're really interesting to look at. thank you all for putting this together and for the graphic feature as well, that was completely unexpected. ❤️

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awesome issue you guys! thank you for all your hard work! I know it took time to put those lists together so thank you for doing that. it's always fun to see the year in review :happy: here's to a great 2018 and an even better 2019 for tda! :D

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Another fabulous issue! Love just how much information is in this issue - it must have been so much work to put together so thank you for it!


Also gorgeous awards :D Thank you! ❤️


As always a brilliant issue, a fab 2018, and here's to an even better 2019!

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Okay 1) Mind blown at the formatting of the post! How did you guys do that??? Sorcery! 

2) Congrats to everyone who got a mention! (Clearly MissAtomicBomb should receive TDA member of the year or something :P ) 

3) Thank you to everyone putting it all together! I know how much effort and time it would take but you guys did an awesome job :D 


Cheers to another year at TDA 😘

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