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GLOB, Thankstivity and You!Oh My Glob
I have had the privilege of meeting so many wonderful deviants lately! I just answered over 200 comments and got many laughs and some surprises! I still have more comments to answer, replies to answer, llamas to return and general craziness to promote XD It is a slow process, but I am steadily getting there. I still will be replying to every comment, note and giving every llama back! If you do need me right away, please send me a note since my message center is currently a messy center! lol
The Thankstivity Challenge!
I have decided to participate in the Thankstivity Challenge! It looks like fun and is a great way to promote some positivity on your profile and show some community spirit! With that in mind, I went and found a fun new journal to use (so cute isn't it!) and have been pondering for many days all the things I am thankful about deviantART...
First, I am thankful that deviant
deviantART, we have a problem.Problems on deviantART?
It happens to us all at some point... We find a problem. This problem could be another user, some art or a technical glitch. The types of problems are you could encounter here on deviantART could span 100 news articles, so we will just focus on the most common issues and how to get help with them.
You will, at some point, have an issue with another deviant. Just like in real life, personalities collide, heads will butt, and tempers will flare. But when does it become a problem? And how do you solve the problem?
Harassment is a serious issue. Comments made to you, even if by note, that are "extremely aggressive, insulting or otherwise extremely abusive" are not allowed. The Etiquette Policy and dA FAQ 238 makes this 100% clear. If someone is contacting you and behaving this way, the first th
Featured Tutorial: n00bs!...being new can be so confusing...
Being a new member on deviantART can be pretty confusing as well as kind of intimidating. There are lots of policies to learn about, US laws that many people don't know about, and a whole bunch of symbols to try and figure out! deviantART users also have their own 'language' for most things! How do you know what is what, what means this or that, and what features you can and cannot use depending on your membership type? Fret not. Check out #WelcomeTodANewUsers' article for new users to deviantART. Most of the basics are outline, tutorials are linked, and a few key rules are outlined. This is a must read for all new users, so make sure you save the link to send to newbies you find on the site.
What to do about all these IDEAS?!Types of Ideas
Every one of us, at one time or another, will have an idea. The issue is where the idea falls... Is it an idea for a new artwork, character, style, etc? Is it an idea for a cause or event that can help people? Is it an idea to help improve the site in some way? Let's take a look at how we deal with each idea differently...
Art can be digital, traditional, literature, and more. And if you have an idea for a new type of art, you should simply GO FOR IT! You don't need anyone's permission. You can collaborate with other artists on new characters or story designs, commission an artist to make your vision come true, or simply blaze your own trail into the unknown. The point is that this is primarily an ART site. Do the art. And have fun with it. When you are done, submit your art to different groups to get critiques and even more ideas!
Helping other artists on
Things I have Learned from dAI feel like I learn something new every day. Having been on deviantART for a pretty decent amount of time, I thought it would be nice to share some of what I have learned in my few years here, from when I was a new artist, to when I started to see improvement in my art, to when I was accused of copyright infringement, to when I joined the movement in favor of copyright protection, and through today, only two months with my stache... It has been a long road... only two years, but a long road nonetheless...
My First Days...
New artists are just as important as veteran artists.
All art is equal in value, but perhaps not in the sale price.
Art is real in all forms, even if you can only see it on a computer screen.
You gotta start somewhere... Might as well be here.
Fanart is art too.
As I Improve...
Constructive criticism is always better than criticism.
Ideas are the mothers of all art.
Fanart isn't the only art.
Groups are for fun; Facebook is for lurking.
Gallery Policy ReminderPlease take note of our gallery structure. #deviantChange exists to help move the deviantART community forward. This means that we try to educate on commonly misunderstood dA policies, showcase helpful tutorials and suggestions, and we open discussions and debates on items that get a negative view from the community at large. As such, we accept into our gallery the following ONLY:
Visual & Written SuggestionsVisual & Written Opinon Pieces (positive or negative)
Visual & Written TutorialsSome forms of screencaps
We do not accept, at any time, the following:
Flames, callouts, trolling, rants (or anything that might be misinterpreted as such)Art (yep, plain old WOW THAT IS FREAKING GORGEOUS art is not allowed)Pieces that appear to or outright attack the deviantART staff for any reasonPetitions or works that call for deviants to react en masse in an anti-community spiritAny piece that reflects an anti-community spirit
Please review the submissions policies
the dAream begins againOperations 2013
The dAream Relay is just around the corner. This 4-month long event starts January 1st and ends at the end of April during our Chat Relay! This blog is a mix between a to-do list as well as a list of what we have and what we still need for everything to be successful!
Sept 15 thru Jan 1:
Design a Shirt Event Begins!
Update journal skin l0go!
Get donations to keep ~RelayForLife a supergroup!
Find vendors and prize donations!
Jan 1 thru Jan 31:
Official start of the dAream Relay 2013!
Official Design a Shirt designs announced!!
Clicks Against Cancer starts!
A Day in the Life Snapshot Begins!
[Bullet; Purple] Official HOPE & DREAM Contest starts!!
Feb 1 thru Feb 28:
[Bullet; Purple] Winners and Prizes for Clicks Against Cancer!
[Bullet; Purple] Go Purple Feat
Self-Control: Respect ItSelf-Respect and Self-Control
If you remember in our last article, we discussed self-respect and self-esteem. Well, a very insightful deviant pointed out that self-control is just as important as self-respect and self-esteem...
Self-control is "the ability to exercise restraint or control over one's feelings, emotions, reactions, etc." Self-control is not ever easy and most certainly is never mastered. We all have good days and bad days, can be sleep deprived, may have other issues like an emotional disorder to consider, and more! But that doesn't mean that we should just give up on self-control. It may be hard, but we can still do our best every day to have enough respect for ourselves and the people we interact with to try and control ourselves.
"Self-respect and self-control are also two sides of the same co
Did You Know? ... Friends Edition! The Warm Winter Project is a SUCCESS!
*ToxicAlice92's Warm Winter Project is a huge success! She has successfully completed her goal of purchasing 50 hoodies to clothe the homeless in under a year! To be exact, she purchased the 50th hoodie on November 25th! With that purchase, deviantART has promised to match her donation by sending her another 50 hoodies! Read more and favorite her journals!
The 3rd Annual Plushie Giveaway!
*sakkysa is hosting another holiday giveaway! To enter, you simply need a deviantART account (check) and need to comment on her journal! No faving, no watching, no cost! Just the chance to win one of her amazing custom plushies!!! Check it out!
Secret Santa and a GIVEAWAY!!!
#New-Artist-Love is hosting a Secret Santa event! During the event, every participant is entered into a random drawing for a bunch of different g
Muro for *Membership .02 is CLOSED Hello everyone, and welcome to the first Muro for *Membership contest! Here you have the chance to win one of two one month premium memberships by making a Muro drawing either in the journal comments or by linking one that's based off of two or more provided themes each month. What makes this contest unique? That no matter what your skill level is as an artist, as long as you meet the minimum requirements of each months contest, you are eligible to randomly win a premium membership. After the end of each contest's submission period, each qualifying deviant will receive a number starting at one and go up as high as it needs to, and after each person gets a number they are entered into a random number generator and the middle and last numbers that represent the people will win a one month premium membership.
Please check out this journal if you have any questions rega
Secret Santa! Deadline PASSED: 2 More In: 2 to Go!Remember, art is due December 31st. Note `The-Lantiis with a link to your finished piece or comment here. If you aren't going to make it, please let us know ASAP!
for :iconRequiemachina: from :iconIdellechi:
for :iconthe-lantiis: from :iconRockNRollGal:
for :iconCallineXoP: from :iconpatamfreti:
for :iconfoxrose819: from :iconalerion19:
for :iconwdnest: from :icontwelveofdecember:
for :iconIdellechi: from :iconCallineXoP:
for :iconalerion19: from :iconaj333:
for :iconpatamfreti: from :icon102vvv:
for :iconArichy: from :iconGigaCake-MmmKay:
for :iconCyilla: from :icondeweydeweydewbah:
Secret Santa by =wdnest for :iconLydiaRhianne: from :iconwdnest:
The mind and hearts key by ~IceShadow3 for :icondeweydeweydewbah: from :iconIceShadow3:
HeartART Secret Santa Kitty by ~Child-of-Minerva for :icon20Tourniquet02: from :iconChild-of-Minerva:
Secret Santa by ~foxrose819 for :ic
dA Related (RED) Contest!Welcome to another deviantART Related contest!
This contest is all about supporting (RED), the cause known for fighting for an AIDS free generation by 2015.
The contest is split into three (3) categories: Deviant Stamps, Journal or Gallery Skins, and DeviantIDs. Each category will have one Major Prize winner.
Create a Deviant Stamp that supports the (RED) organization.
The stamps message must support/promote (RED).
Your entry must be submitted on or after December 1st, 2012.
Your entry must be submitted into the category: Contests > 2012 > dArelated RED Contest > Devian
Childhood Memories Contest Pt 2
Part Two - Artisan Crafters!
Your challenge is to take one of the traditional images and re-create it!
This may be bringing a teddy bear to life, recreating a feeling in the designs of a necklace, needle-felting a scene or making the cakes the traditional artists remembers.
There are loads of images within these pieces, horses, butterflies, unicorns, elephants, cookies, blankies - I am sure you will blow us away.
Entries must be made for this contest and submitted after the 30th April.
Two entries per Deviant per category.
If you are taking inspiration from one of the traditional pieces it
must be directly influenced by the traditional piece you've chosen and
Anthro Chat Events:#IamAnthro: is now hosting monthly chat events. Keep an eye on this post to stay up to date on what events are coming up and when they're at. We'll try to make them at different times of the day to give people around the world a chance to participate.
-Cookie Trivia: Win a question, win a point.
-Trivia: Top 3 winners win points/prizes
-Muro Quickdraw: 15-20 minutes to draw a picture in +Muro based on 3 random words. Most creative (not necessarily most skilled) wins
-Critique: Bring your Anthro related artwork in and critique and be critiqued by the host and the community.
Prizes will vary by event. Every event will give out points. Some will have larger prizes ranging from Premium Memberships to devGEAR. If you would like to donate a prize for one month's event, please note #IaAMod with your donation. If you would like to donate points for the chat events, please donate them to `lost-angle who will maintain the po
Thursday: Halloween Acronyms!Welcome back to Thursday!
A really great outpouring of bear and rabbit love! Awesome job one and all. In fact, thanks to a generous donation from $Heidi, everyone who submitted an entry will be receiving a one-month Premium Membership!
Our top three deviants, who will be receiving a deviantART Hoodie/Jacket, are listed below!
Forest's Lullaby by =TrollGirl
Rabbit And Bear by ~chrisravensar
Will Power- Diet by *gerakun87
Honorable mention to:
#Fella chat NOW!%fella would like to invite you to chat, hang out and play games this Saturday!
In Fella's dAmn chat room.
2pm PST, or these times in these places...
United Kingdom: 10pm
New Zealand: 11am
United States: ILLINOIS: 4pm / COLORADO: 3pm
15 minutes of general chat
15 minutes of ask-the-admins
Then games with Points as prizes!
Who is welcome?
Anyone! Members of %fella and any other deviants who want to come along.
What IS Vexel Art Anyway?So, hello then I am the newly appointed Community Volunteer for the Vexel gallery, taking over from the ever-wonderful `jussta! I am here to provide you with support and entertainment, and to be a bridge between you and the deviantART $taff
You will be excited to know that I already have a contest in the planning for next year, but in the mean time while I find my feet in the volunteer world, I can tell you that %vexelove has both a contest and a collab you can take part in at the moment, and you can find the details here: http://fav.me/d5jxxjz
And, my dear vexel artists, take a look at #TheVexelGroup, your vexel community hub of info and goings-on, also with a gallery you can submit to
So... What IS Vexel Art anyway?
I always thought the easiest way to describe it was by calling it digital cut paper. When you make a traditional cut paper piece, you are using shapes of paper all built up to create an image - vexel is the same so
Help needed with groups - lit/photog/traditionalHello
Just doing a quick journal to ask for a bit of help in a couple of groups that I run. Take a look below and see if there's anything you fancy helping with...note me if so!
Traditional Art Bloggers (weekly) to blog a collection of submissions to the group and talk about abstract/surreal traditional art
Photography Bloggers (weekly) to blog a collection of submissions to the group and talk about abstract/surreal photography
Contest Co-ordinator to publish monthly contest blogs, co-ordinate winners and round up.
Voters (to vote on submissions can be combined with above roles.)
Bloggers - to blog weekly either celebrity letters, features
Bloggers - to blog the contest monthly, manage submissions and co-ordinate winners
Voters - to vote on submissions (can be combined with the above roles)
Leaving Southampton She was in the kitchen when he stumbled in noisily, tripping as he went past the shelves and catching the edge of the table to keep himself from falling.
Pretending not to hear the stream of curses that followed, she kept her eyes fixed on the dishes, letting her hand trail in the soapy water. There was a loud scraping of wood against grimy concrete as he drew a chair and collapsed into it. At this she looked up, and after a moment's hesitation, she said, unnecessarily, "You've been drinking."
He clutched his head and said nothing. He hadn't shaved in weeks and stank of sweat and alcohol; he looked much older than his eighteen years.
They sat in silence for a while. Then he announced, loudly, "Fuck."
She didn't bother to tell him off. She just waited. And jumped when he suddenly brought his fist down, hard, onto the table.
"Our lives here are s
Keep in Touch!
^Nyx-Valentine arrived in our community and started whipping everyone into a frenzy with her relentless desire to bring the Artistic Nude and Fetish galleries to the fore. 9 years later, and it's safe to say that Nyx is not only a leader as a photographer in these galleries, but she has also established herself as a much saught after model. ^... Read More