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Celebrating Diversity Hub

Thu Feb 13, 2014, 1:21 AM
Welcome to the Celebrating Diversity Hub :) This is a collection of all the articles that have been posted under this theme.

We live in a world full of diversity, every day in real life and every day on dA. And it happens so often that a work of art is "slashed" simply because it is different than others. Because someone sees it and doesn't understand it and doesn't take the time to think about it.
People who react like that to art, follow the same thought process, that so many many people follow when it comes to Racism, Sexism, Homophobia: "This is different to me, therefore it must be wrong." You may wonder if that comparison may not be too harsh, but when we open they way for people to condemn what is different in the small things, like in this case Art, we open the path to that thought process taking shape in many more places.
Instead of hating on differences, we need to embrace them! Because differences make life so great! We don't want to live in a dull world where everyone thinks and does the same and everything is dull and boring and repetitive.


Let's enjoy and celebrate the diversity of this world and this website in particular :heart:

2012



Infinite Dreams by RHADS TITANIA - FOREST FAERIE QUEEN 3 by wingdthing Golden Boy by deignis Commission for Eckohfox by Silverfox5213




A tribute to Jim Warren by SashaQ POST-APOCALYPTIC BIKERS with Filipe by BrandNewNostalgia sunset.. by SpeECc Nightlings by EvanCampbell


2013



Map of Canada by littlepaperforest Organic by IzzyLawlor Sky Viking by jcroxas Accident by KPEKEP












I am the son and heir of nothing in particular by horrorprince ONLY SKIN by roxination miniature ice cream IV by FatalPotato C'est la Vie by JTIllustrations


November


December





2014

January

February



Ready For Xmas. by andokadesbois American Horse by wolfman007 Another world, another time BLUE original version by Medusa-Dollmaker DDF 17 - Donkey Kong by pacman23


March





Tips on finding new, different, unusual unknown artworks




"If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear."
- Gene Roddenberry

Celebrating Diversity #1

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 6:29 AM
Welcome to this new series of Art Features! Even tho most of you are aware of the many many galleries and categories here on dA, I think most of us move in a sort of "comfort zone" between Galleries, Channels or Groups that provide us with a constant flow of new art. And sometimes we forget all the other great artforms, styles and media that are out of our "comfort zone". And today I want to step out of that warm and cuddly place and feature some awesome works from places on dA I don't usually visit! 

Since this is the first entry, I thought I should explain it a bit more, so that is why there is more text in this article ;) The topic of celebrating diversity is something that I really want to cherish. I am guilty of not fully experiencing dA myself and I want to put an end to that! 

And now, to the Art!


My motivation?

 
We live in a world full of diversity, every day in real life and every day on dA. And it happens so often that a work of art is "slashed" simply because it is different than others. Because someone sees it and doesn't understand it and doesn't take the time to think about it. 
People who react like that to art, follow the same thought process, that so many many people follow when it comes to Racism, Sexism, Homophobia: "This is different to me, therefore it must be wrong." You may wonder if that comparison may not be too harsh, but when we open they way for people to condemn what is different in the small things, like in this case Art, we open the path to that thought process taking shape in many more places. 
Instead of hating on differences, we need to embrace them! Because differences make life so great! We don't want to live in a dull world where everyone thinks and does the same and everything is dull and boring and repetitive. 

Do you celebrate diversity?

  • How do you feel looking at something that is different, something that is unusual to you?
  • Are you willing to open your mind and experience new things? 

I have a little task for you!

:la:
Go to the deviantART.com Homepage and browse thru a gallery you never visited before and share with me/us some amazing Art that you found by doing so :eager:

And you know what? If what you find is really awesome, maybe suggest it as a DD to a Community Volunteer! :eyes: 


"If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear."
- Gene Roddenberry



Celebrating Diversity #22

Tue May 7, 2013, 2:42 AM
lily by JuleeMClarkPrelude to a Kiss by fattylumpkin50Nymph by FannyPhAndArt
Judith by ranonusSculpture series NO.10 by bbbahrammmjewelry collage by JuleeMClarkReynah by mckadesinsanityRebeca by arantzasestayoVintage pose by Krystalvoyager


"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it."
- C. S. Lewis


Celebrating Diversity #16

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 9:21 PM
What is art?

Black and White Film by kittylove2000 vision of the crime ::: by katworks the other half by partiallyHere float 3/3 by floatlikeangels


I can assure you that the answer I've chosen for myself is probably not the answer that works for you.

letting go by steve2727 Dieselpunk Gynoid 4 by VictoriaGugenheim Organic by IzzyLawlor Gypsy Queen by muradino


Regardless of the differences our backgrounds and experiences bring to the table there are some universals that pop up across media and eras and what have you.

Pathfinder test page #2 by biroons something to the future by biroons Nekocon '07 Illustrations by brandokay AATR-Audition-02 by QueenGwenevere


This time, I've chosen 16 pieces that somehow incorporate the human form.

Coca Cola and Cupcakes by PlaidCushion The boy 01 by Gogolle My Supergirl by Yutaan A sculpt for Alex Pardee by KristinSlavickArt


Celebrating Diversity #1-15 found here:


"If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear."
- Gene Roddenberry

Celebrating Diversity #8

Mon Oct 29, 2012, 12:01 PM
Most of you know me for my rather dark surreal and abstract art features, often accompanied with melancholic and depressive music. But this doesn't mean that I'm not paying attention to other genres of art here on deviantART. That is why I like the idea of "Celebrating Diversity". It's an "out of the comfort zone" feature, so to speak.

Enjoy!

:peace:

Photography


The toy is still the same but the game has changed by CyanideMishka
The last one. by mitsu-model
Lost Somewhere In Between by oO-Rein-Oo
Extension by Somebody--else
L is for Lost Time by Nilanja
Reminiscing by batmantoo

Digital Art


Leaving by AlexanderJansson
The Bride of Frankenstein by BunnyBennett
Deliberation by Aegis-Illustration
The Observatory by 1MAGINATE
Absoland by bib993
Oil and Water by quartertofour

Traditional Art


186 by StudioUndertheMoon
joy working by RichardLeach
Leave Me Alone by Stardust-Splendor
Comfortable evening... by BioBiopsy
The Best Of October III by Manomatul
Fan Art by quartertofour

Literature


  Autumn BluesThe days are getting shorter
and the nights are growing cold.
I am older than my children,
but that is not so old.
I know too much to be talking,
but not enough to stop.
When a pile has a bottom,
I can see who's on top.
The Man says he will give you
something you can use -
then he builds a bigger pipeline
for pumping in the blues.
There is Samson in the temple,
tearing it down with all his might.
Or maybe that's not Samson,
just some fool who lost his sight.
A rich man by the highway
had his thumb out for a ride.
I saw him pull a gun out
when I had driven by.
Some things are made of sugar,
some things are made of mud.
And what are people made of?
Bone and flesh and blood.
For a long time I was healing
and now I think it's done.
But you will not see me limping
if I do not try to run.
October light is shining
like the horn of jubilee.
I may never hear that horn blow,
but this light is good to see.
Going to keep myself together,
with my baby close at hand.
It's a good life we are living,
 

Previous issues of "Celebrating Diversity":

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7


"If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear."
- Gene Roddenberry

Celebrating Diversity #4

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 2:11 AM

Anthro

Commission for Eckohfox by Silverfox5213
Gift art for Rikkoshaye by Silverfox5213
Watching The Stars by Nimrais

Artisan Crafts

Screenprinted ghost lamp by mjdaluz
Amigurumi Hot Cocoa by HikaruChan811
Rainbow cake by kupenska

Literature

The Day You Drowned- to Oswaldo, my first friend
I could hear the ocean that morning, some
thirty miles from the coast, in that way
the waves always break down without anyone
around to see the waves break down
and it made no sense that I would wake
to the sound of the waves breaking down that
morning, but there I was, awake, ocean
in my ears, and alone. I learned what happened
much later, bike tire treading water at our
park, a sign hung in the rain. You were
alone, skirting, dancing with the shore
the way you always would, the way you always did
until then, when the ocean danced with you
and led you onward, your favorite music with
your favorite partner leading you on, foam
stepping forward, you stepping back. When
the false step happened, the ocean cradled you
because you were its favorite partner
and it never wanted to lose you, to be left
alone. You, being gracious, went along.
The ocean was in my ears this morning. I hope
you're still dancing in the ocean's arms.

Yes, I Have a PenisYes, I Have A Penis
Do not assume (if I hold the door for you),
that I am making a statement
about your inabilities
to open the door for yourself.
If you hold it for me,
I'll say 'thankyou'.
Do not assume (if I pay for the meal),
that I am underestimating
your earning capacity
as a woman.
If you invite me out for a meal,
you're paying.
Do not assume (if I defend your rights),
that I am belittling
the attempts that you have made
to defend your rights yourself.
If you defend my rights,
I'll consider you human.

WillowYour confessional arms are Willow trees,
draping lonely limbs around an empty ink-jar heart.
 
Scars worn down like henna tattoos.
A night witch scrawling her incantations on blue moons,
rolling her letters into sentences like a curse.
But, it is in these coffee eyes you have found a home.

Stamps

No Symbol Needed Stamp by ClefairyKidMake Tea Not Drama -- Stamp by Hardrockangel
Be responsible by StJoanTraditional Art Stamp by darkartificer


"It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength."
- Maya Angelou

Celebrating Diversity #42

Fri Jan 10, 2014, 7:16 AM
As i really enjoy these 'Celebrating Diversity' articles i will be doing it once a month for as long as i have that little heart next to my name.
So expect more different art in the future.

perched among the stars... by craigletourneau Legend of the King by edlo Desert city concept by JJasso
Nefertem Valley by 3mmI Dragon's Nest by Kaioshen The emergence of the unknown by RoadioArts


every new beginning.not what i expected,
but a dozen times better.
i don't trust your eyes,
but your smile has won me over.
two and a half hours in your clothes
before i learn your name.
your cologne is wearing me
and i have been smiling for three hours.
you're trying too hard,
but it looks good on you.
you're smiling at me as though
you're already liking the thought of me.
and  i don't think we should speak again
because i don't want to lose this feeling.
if we keep talking like we have,
you'll only disappoint me.
i won't walk away from this
because what else is worth the risk?
at least the north star
isn't leading the way all alone.
  New Beginning...I can't describe these feelings in words...
But I can try my best to tell you how I feel.
Hopefully I don't start to cry,
Because what this heart feels is completely real.
There are no lies in my eyes when I say I love you...
No tricks, no games when I hold you close to me.
Only a pure and caring love that's true...
One that I know deep down you see.
Looking into your gentle eyes I smile,
Deep within them is a man I've waited for a long time.
Caressing you and kissing you for a while...
Seems like a beautiful... never ending fairy tale.
But we're not dreaming...
What's happening is real...
Our love pours and it's raining,
A mist of our hearts on what we feel.
No other has caught my soul in their hands,
Your soft touch an unforgettable feeling...
Your smile shows me you understand,
This... is the start of a new beginning.



     Book of fairies ... by aoao2 Think Positive by xOronar Ready For Xmas. by andokadesbois
Day 9 by cloduy Everything's Not Lost by goRillA-iNK


"Make your art a gift of inspiration to others to work towards better things."
Richard Schmid (Painter)




Celebrating Diversity #27

Wed Sep 11, 2013, 7:00 AM
The idea behind the Celebrating Diversity Project is to post an article with deviations outside of my area of expertise here on deviantART. Therefore I decided to browse away from Photography, and venture into areas that I know little about!

 I strongly encourage you to step out of your zone of comfort and take the time to discover or re-discover other types of art. The world is full of wonder and beauty, we just need to take the time and open our minds to see even more of it - embrace the diversity of it!

ARNTIAREL by LUNARIEEN
Silk Kanzashi by Risachantag
Witch ear wrap any tiny ear cuff by bodaszilvia
Catty Noir Repaint by AndrejA
Autumn is in the air by Kinko-White
Bat ears by LilleahWest
miniature ice cream IV by FatalPotato

Yin yang by schaduwlichtje

Set of ear cuffs Garden of Emir of Bukhara by JSjewelry

Titanium Nouveau Eyeglasses by ilkela


“I have a self-made quote: Celebrate diversity, practice acceptance and may we all choose peaceful options to conflict.”
― Donzella Michele Malone

After being a GM for about a month now it is apparent I need to address something. Here on deviantART, there sometimes seems to be issues regarding "Political Correctness", Moral Standings, Casting Judgment and Following Stereotypes. These are all things that people on deviantART need to try and put past themselves and move on, when looking at art that they would otherwise not appreciate.




If you don't like it, don't look!


First and foremost, if you don't like it. What is the golden rule? Don't look at it!
If you don't like the Anthro or Anime galleries, then why are you browsing through them? If you don't like Horror & Macabre, then why are you hunting down the most horrific of them so that you can specifically leave your distaste in the artists comments? You are setting yourself up to be displeased and if you already know that you do not care for whatever type of art, nobody is forcing you to look at it. If you don't care for deviations with mature content in them whether it be nudity or blood and gore, turn on your mature content filter and then you do not have to be bothered with it. If you see something that you sincerely believe must be marked mature, report it! The same goes for if you see something which you think breaks one of deviantARTs submission rules. Your report will remain anonymous to the artist and a member of staff will review your report. It's that simple.

FAQ #155: How do I report a deviation which I think breaks the rules?




Regarding hateful, rude and bullying criticism in deviation comments


If you have something nasty to say on a persons work of art, are you considering the repercussions that your words may have on the artist or anyone else involved in creating the art? Regardless of why you think what you're looking at is wrong, disgusting, unmoral, ugly, untalented or whatever else combination of why you cannot appreciate it.. your words may not only be hurtful but they can be harmful. When you cast judgment and assumptions towards all parties involved in the art in question, you may be mistaken and you may be causing yourself and or the artist more trouble than you intended. It is my honest hope that people can learn to be mature and decide that when they see something here they sincerely dislike, they can either politely give constructive criticism on how the artist can improve, or they can make the decision not to say anything at all. It's really not that hard. Try putting yourself in the shoes of the artist. If you think they could do better, then kindly give them feedback on what you think they should change. Some people will never appreciate this kind of feedback, but it is feedback. That is the difference. Instead of saying "This sucks, I hate it", you can say "Maybe you could change this aspect of it in order to achieve this effect". And instead of saying, "Wow that model is ugly" or "That model is so thin they must be anorexic!", it might actually be best if in that case you didn't say anything at all. Because no matter how right you think you are about your assumptions or your judgments on another persons work of art, you may cause the artist a lot of hurt. Instead try and find something in the artists gallery that you do like! And then compliment them on it. It's amazing how far kindness can go. If you go out of your way to say something nice to somebody, you could even make a new friend. Think of how it feels when somebody compliments you or favorites your artwork. It feels good right?

FAQ #238: How do I report people for abuse, harassment, or another issue I think is a problem?




Look at your Options


:bulletred: Say something rude and hurtful because you don't like the image and you're going out of your way to make sure the artist knows it. They might lash out at you or they may shut down and start questioning their ability as an artist. You have absolutely no idea how a person can react. They might shrug off your comment and not care or they may really take it to heart and get really upset over it. In some cases, other people who see your comment on the artists work might attack you for what you have said. Then you have opened up a whole can of worms that would had otherwise remained shut if you had decided not to leave your comment.

:bulletblue: If you leave constructive criticism, you're not going to offend anyone. The artist may not appreciate it (some people do not like criticism no matter what kind it is) and they may not want to hear it, but at least you're not hurting anyone. You're trying to be helpful and that's what matters. If you go out of your way to help the artist improve by giving encouraging words of advice or suggestions, there is no drama, there are no hurt feelings and you can go on with your day knowing that you're not going to sign in to DA later on, to find a whole lot of aggression exploding in your face via the internet.

:bulletblue: If you decide not to leave a comment, even if you absolutely hate the artists work, who is it hurting? Nobody. That artist never has to know that you didn't like their work and you never have to waste your time dealing with internet drama. In fact, now that you know you do not like their work, you don't have to talk to them and you don't have to look at their work again. Simply make the choice to move on. In the end if you want to avoid a lot of problems and a lot of bickering, this is usually the best thing to do. You may disagree with me. But I speak from personal experience and I have seen these problems arise from both sides of the spectrum. It's not pretty and it's quite a pain to deal with.

FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?




Important things to remember on an art website with so many people


You can't please everyone. Everybody here has different tastes, different moral standings, different opinions. We all come from different walks of life, we were all raised differently and we all think very differently. In the real world, you see people fighting all the time over petty disagreements. Here in a place where we're supposed to celebrate creativity, why is it necessary to bring in anger and hurt feelings? Isn't that what we're trying to avoid? We make art to express ourselves, no matter what kind of art it is. Some people make art for fun as a hobby or a profession, while others feel like they simply could not breathe without it! Not everyone is going to like what kind of art Jane Doe creates and John Doe might not even be a very good artist. But the point is there are so many different people here on DA that while some are professionals, some may be amateurs. And while some may like to draw fan art or paint in abstract, others may like to take photos of models sporting fashion or eating each others brains. Other people like to write poetry that comes from the heart, while others may enjoy art involving nothing but a naked body. Can we learn to appreciate our differences and move on? I believe we can. That is part of the reason why there are so many different art forms on DA. And I believe that is worth celebrating. Try and remember that regardless of what kind of art you are here on deviantART for, that this is a place for everyone to share their art and to express themselves through it.

I challenge you to go out of your way to encourage and compliment someones art, suggest to an artist how they might continue to improve or explore the different art genres that deviantART has to offer. You might discover a new art form you like or find an artist who becomes your new favorite!



celebrate diversity by fcuevas:thumb12726469:That it only took a moment. . by theCHAMBAArt is a Creation... by j00nk1m110
BellaDonna by kensei99biPolar by marziipornr e b e l by mehmeturgutE. by gnato
Her Silent Silhouette by arcipelloTopsy Turvy Quinceanera Cake by pinkcakeboxKaorihime by redjuice999:thumb61998938:
to the end of the world by foureyesSpace by kris-wilson
touch of elegance by -sylph-Celebration by EvanCampbellMorning Sonata by IMustBeDeadAfter The Rain by GenoPunk
Is Winter Over Yet? by hibbaryFight Global Warming Poster 1b by BlakliteGraphicsBurn the sky by bast-86Nnnutzzz.... by thrumyeye
:thumb67277229:Skeleton Hoodie by Tysheasky. by edlyytamSleep walking.. by SachaKalis
Blue Dream Labradorite by NambrothLetting Go by cosmosueMake LOVE not WAR by ClarissaSchwarzDouble Rainbow Cake by OnyxFox

Celebrating Diversity #7

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 4:55 AM
Writing this article will prompt me to go on a journey into the deviantART galleries I have rarely explored. I've chosen to feature some deviations from the Film & Animation, Traditional Art and People and Portraits Photography galleries!

Film & Animation






Traditional Art



MILLA JOVOVICH by Tunaferit coldberry by agnes-cecile Skogens  Konge by griffsnuff

Yuuyake by AnnMarieBone Mirror, Mirror... by AuroraWienhold



People & Portraits Photography



Lady of the lake by juliadavis Serenity... by januvargas Elfin Forest by EmilySoto

A Cowboys Fire by MikeysPhotos me by MartaSyrko

Previous Articles


Here are previous Celebrating Diversity articles for your viewing pleasure: 

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6


"You have to be unique, and different, and shine in your own way."
- Lady Gaga