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Valentine's Day Art Exchange 2016!

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 11:44 AM
Og-preview by seoul-child

Love is in the air! Now’s the time for you to celebrate Valentine’s Day by sending valentine-deviations to your special someones!

Take part and spread the love!

From now until February 16th, deviations in the Valentine Exchange category can be sent as valentines to your friends and loved ones. If you’d still like to create and submit a new valentine to be sent, make sure to submit it to the Valentines category before February 16th so your fellow deviants can share it!

How it works

Submit

Create Valentine-themed deviations and submit them to the Valentine Exchange category.

Send

From now until February 16th, a special “Send a Valentine” button will appear on deviation pages for deviations submitted to the Valentine Exchange category.

Share the love

Your friends will receive the deviation you send, along with your Valentine message, in their Notes.

Heart-filled hints

  • Deviations submitted to the Valentine’s Exchange category will be available for everyone to send. Avoid including specifics on your deviations - such as a deviant’s username, real name, etc.
  • Fallen in love with one of your previous designs? It’s okay! If you’ve included text suggesting it’s for a lover, you can change the design to look as though it were to a friend or from a secret admirer, and then resubmit it.
  • You can submit as many deviations to the category as you want.
  • DeviantArt will strictly enforce our Etiquette Policy to prevent abusive, harassing, hateful and unwelcomed messages -- including when sending anonymously.

Latest Valentines sent

February 12

Send your Valentine

DeviantArt’s World Map has been updated to include valentine deviations! Watch valentines as they fly across the world to meet their loved recipient.




Holiday Card Project 2015 Wrap-Up

Fri Jan 29, 2016, 11:06 AM


The Holiday Card Project returned in 2015 for its 9th year, and it once again was a cheerful success! With over 4,500 cards from over 2,000 deviants and artists from all over the world, people who could not be home for Christmas this year received some extra holiday joy this season!

Unique cards poured in from across the world—from beautiful hand-made cards to digital and delightful creations, we had a fantastic selection of cards to send out! If you’d like to see the various cards created for the project, take a moment to explore the#HolidayCardProject tag.

Untitled by madizzlee
Untitled by madizzlee

With so many cards coming in, I recruited staff members at HQ to open the envelopes with me! We spent three days straight opening every card single card and sorting them into various piles. A huge shout out goes out to Heidi, danlevbittygirla, damphyr, aunjuli, makepictures, ivancureno, Twee689, and tiffanyxli for all of their help. Thank you so much!! :heart:

Untitled by madizzlee


Once the cards were received and sorted, we reached out to hospitals in our community and abroad. Our first stop was the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, as they accepted cards from us for the third year in a row. I had the chance to sit down and explain DeviantArt's purpose and the community to the director of volunteer services, as she showed me the flyers the put up while handing out cards! 


Untitled by madizzlee
Untitled by madizzlee

We also took cards to other various hospitals and nursing homes across Los Angeles! From Huntington Hospital in Pasadena to St. Francis in Lynwood, patients across the Greater Los Angeles Area felt your love and support. While we weren't able to hand out cards to patients in person, they went into the  hands of the volunteer services department. 

Img 0361-2 by madizzlee Untitled by madizzlee

In addition to the cards we passed out in Los Angeles, we mailed cards to volunteers around the world who helped us spread the holiday joy around the globe. Cards were handed out in New Jersey, North Carolina, Maryland, and, for the first time ever, in Sevilla, Spain! Our fantastic volunteers, AnimeRocks26, njwag, and Ikebosev all did a wonderful job handing out the cards. :hug: 

12ade7df-3e76-41c4-b0b6-0b161d5a6955 by IkebosevHoliday Card Project by njwag Christmas Card Giveaway 3 by AnimeRocks26
Aiyh5niB8mBSJOq0yz0kFRbq1xRllQZp2vYMUfzffi6- by Ikebosev

As promised, everyone who sent in a card has now been granted a free 1-month Core Membership!  In the event you participated in the Project and haven’t received your Core Membership, don’t fret! Just send me (madizzlee) a note with the following information:

    Bullet; Green Your name
    Bullet; Red Approximately when your card was sent
    Bullet; Green A one sentence description of your card
    Bullet; Red Where you sent it from

Please note: If you already have an active Core Membership, the 1-month Core Membership has been added to that existing Core Membership, and will take effect once your current one expires.

Once again, thank you to everyone for spreading the holiday cheer!





UPDATE 13

Mon Jan 25, 2016, 3:32 PM by HalHefnerART:iconhalhefnerart:













Welcome to our 13th Sketch This recap Journal for 1/18 - 1/24

THANK YOU SO MUCH to all the artists and photographers whose work made these challenges happen. AND THANK YOU to all who took part in the challenges!

ART THAT CAUGHT OUR EYE:

Purple Crowned Fairy Wren by SeallynSketch A Bird by suescun84Sketch A Bird by arslayLife Elemental Bird by MasterDayeaguila real by bkrivasPlucked Off by GSL87Turkey Vulture  by EunGradhDodo by Yo-Angiedraw a bird by luptalooperoiseaux dessin anim  ^^  by leratdetzufsnake by tspangler23Sketch A Reptile by AuntieAwesomeSketch A Reptile by devchitapSketchThis Reptile - Snapper by CotangentFishSnake by jjnick78a dragon by mykaladragonTiamat ... Probably the coolest flying lizard ever by gandarewaFlying Reptile  by ThiagoFragossofly cobra by miledmanzurFlying reptile - evolving... by AdeAdrianSCRIBBLE ART by FordPrefectWonTheBetScribble art - Mona by AdeAdrianScribble apple by HaleabriWarrior by michaelwalkertoyeSCRIBBLE ART by devchitapSCRIBBLE ART by ClaudiaLuxxTony Kakko From Sonata Arctica by amunozrochamarilyn manson by sea-goddessYamayaAmy by JesajoPapa by dubioushooliganSyd Barrett  by devthedorkTom Waits by jbedrickFAVORITE MUSICAL ARTIST by Bizlitp!nk favourite musical artist sketchthis challenge by rosestorm22FAVORITE MUSICAL ARTIST by tron201979FAVORITE MUSICAL ARTIST by thorballs-forkbeardFavorite Artist Challenge  by BlaueSinfonie


THE CHALLENGES: 


3 TIERED MULTI LEVEL CHALLENGE:


LEVEL 1: SKETCH A BIRD

Petite by Scarlet-FitzM
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Scarlet-FitzM 
Scarlet-FitzM is a photographer who specializes in many things including animals, cosplay and fashion. Her sic-fi and horror influences can occasionally be seen in her work and her spacial recognition and framing of imagery are at times, stunning. Please check out her gallery on DA for more of her awesome work. 

COLLECTION OF FAVORITES FROM THIS CHALLENGE

LEVEL 2: SKETCH A REPTILE

Painted Pet by KeithGoodson

ABOUT THE ARTIST: KeithGoodson 

KeithGoodson is an American painter,  who specializes in portraits and whimsical still life art. He can draw and paint just about anything and his observational paintings breathe a whole new level of life into the objects he paints. Keith paints large murals as well as tiny little paintings and the detail he incorporates into both is astounding.

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LEVEL 3: SKETCH A FLYING REPTILE

Nyctosaurus by V4m2c4

ABOUT THE ARTIST: V4m2c4 

V4m2c4  aka Vincent Coviello is a creature and concept artist who enjoys the creative process and strives to create unique and interesting creatures and characters. 
Currently working as a freelance concept artist, he wishes to venture deeper into the gaming and film industries.  Vincent's work has been features in tabletop RPGs and in print for such clients as 3DTotal, ImagineFX and Alluria Publishing. 

Vincent's ongoing world building projects include, "Space Mermaids", "Earthly Religions Beyond the Milky way" and countless fantasy and sci fi critters and characters. He hopes to compile them into a cohesive book.
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SCRIBBLE ART

watermelon 15 mins contest by s1121316

ABOUT THE ARTIST: s1121316 
s1121316 aka Shannon Edwards, is a new member to DeviantArt but that hasn't stopped her from jumping into our community and feeling right at home--especially with Sketch this. Shannon reached out to me early on in the Sketch This era and has been a huge supporter. 
In just a short period of time I have watched Shannon's art evolve through the Sketch This challenges and to see her enthusiasm for art is inspiring to me. Please check out her gallery and support her growth! 



FAVORITE MUSICAL ARTIST

Starman, RIP David Bowie by luceene-k

ABOUT THE ARTIST: luceene-k 

luceene-k is an extremely talented painter whose work mainly focuses on beautifully rendered portraits of movie stars and rock stars. Her realistic portrait capture the essential details that bring the painting to life and make you question if you are looking at a picture. Please check out her gorgeous gallery on DA. She also does commissions so please be sure and email her if you are intersted. 
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DO YOU HAVE IDEAS FOR SKETCH THIS CHALLENGES? 
DO YOU HAVE ANY FEEDBACK? (THAT IS NOT JUST COMPLAINING)


SEND ME A NOTE!




FOLLOW THE ART AS IT IS PRODUCED FOR THE CHALLENGES WITH THE HASHTAG: #SketchThis


FOLLOW THE SKETCHBOOK GROUP ON DA FOR CONTEST AND PRIZES:
autodesk-sketchbook.deviantart…














Encouraging New Deviant Engagement

Tue Jan 26, 2016, 12:13 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:


Receiving comments on your deviations can be one of the most rewarding aspects of DeviantArt. The moment you make the decision to share your art with the world, you're ready to connect with kindred spirits, hear their tips, and share feedback of your own.  The cycle is rewarding for each and every participant.

Untitled-1 by danlev

Starting today, we’re running a few experiments that aim to bring attention to new and undiscovered deviants on DeviantArt.  When such a deviant submits a deviation, he or she will be shown suggested deviations and prompted to leave a comment.  The purpose of this project is to create bonds between new deviants and help people find similar artists to grow with.

This feature is experimental, and we’re testing to see how something like this helps deviants grow as an artist and meet new people.  





UPDATE 12

Tue Jan 19, 2016, 1:05 PM by HalHefnerART:iconhalhefnerart:















Welcome to our 12th Sketch This recap Journal for 1/11 - 1/17

THANK YOU to all artists who submitted their work to last week's challenges. We'd also like to thank our artists and photographers who helped us create the challenges with their awesome work.


ART THAT CAUGHT OUR EYE:


SURREALISM: HUMANITY by manger10507SURREALISM: HUMANITY by manger10507SURREALISM: HUMANITY by gandarewaSURREALISM: HUMANITY by MoXawkSURREALISM: HUMANITY by joshuathesoneofnunstained soul by hollywiredHypnotize  by s1121316eye challenge by masonrempfe1Sketch Your Eye by devchitapEye  by GabrielQueiroz10Sketch Your Eye by tiredslothRETO day2 El robot TOY by imagine1460soulsTOY ROBOT by Nedos74TOY ROBOT by tiredslothTOY ROBOT by gandarewaTOY ROBOT by devchitaptoy robot by dioccaveroYOUR OWN MECHA by tiredslothMecha 3016 by ThiagoFragossoexo suit by NinjaGonmech sketch by dioccaveroX MECH by chuppylimCYBORG by thorballs-forkbeardCYBORG by gandarewaCYBORG by 404-NameNotFoundCyborg by devthedorkCYBORG  by Collection2913Cyborg Samurai by superdupertailcyborg by ryryespi


GALLERY


THE CHALLENGES: 



SURREALISM: HUMANITY CHALLENGE

Death - Final by Frank-Walls
Sketch and color a surrealistic piece of art inspired by the word: HUMANITY

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Frank-Walls 
Frank Walls is an American illustrator and board game designer working primarily in the publishing and table-top gaming industry. He was the Creative Director of Empty Room Studios Publishing. He has done illustration work for TalismanWarhammerRunebound, and many other board and role-playing games. He has also done a number of book covers for Dark Regions PressDarkfuse Publishing, and Bad Moon Books. In 2010 he started Project Zero Games. This independent game studio produces board-games and roleplaying game supplements.

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SKETCH YOUR EYE CHALLENGE 

Portread by RhynWilliams
Sketch and color your eye

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Rhyn Williams
RhynWilliams is a gifted artist who works in both traditional and digital mediums. All of his work is a developmental process and he tends to create work that is technical, Portrait work, Horror and Welsh themed.

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TOY ROBOT CHALLENGE 

Robot 2 by KeithGoodson
Sketch and color a toy robot.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: KeithGoodson 

KeithGoodson is an American painter,  who specializes in portraits and whimsical still life art. He can draw and paint just about anything and his observational paintings breathe a whole new level of life into the objects he paints. Keith paints large murals as well as tiny little paintings and the detail he incorporates into both is astounding.

COLLECTION OF FAVORITES FROM THIS CHALLENGE



MECHA CHALLENGE 

StuGgrenadier Mecha by Luches
Sketch and color a Mecha.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Luches 
Luches is an extremely talented digital painter, based in Singapore. He has done tons of artwork for Games Workshop. He's amazing at drawing robots, mechs and the human figure.

Here are some other places you can find Luches :

Artstation: www.artstation.com/artist/Okit…
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LeosNgOkita
Tumblr: leos-ng.tumblr.com/
Twitter (for my rants): twitter.com/leos_ng
DrawCrowd: drawcrowd.com/leos

Support me at my Patreon too :D (Big Grin)
www.patreon.com/user?u=413656
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CYBORG CHALLENGE 

Test Subject by Bluefley
Sketch and color a cyborg.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Bluefley 
Bluefley is a long time member of the DeviantArt community and one talented artist. Currently working for Blizzard Entertainment as Senior Character Artist, Marc Brunet has made it his mission to always give back to the community in the form of education. Marc now runs his own website called cubebrush where he promotes tutorials, models, brushes, textures and more resources for artists. Marc has been a member of our community for over a decade and has achieved nothing but success with his astounding commitment to interacting with the community, sharing a prolific amount of video tutorials and generally being an all round rockstar for other artists to aspire to.

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FOLLOW THE ART AS IT IS PRODUCED FOR THE CHALLENGES WITH THE HASHTAG: #SketchThis


FOLLOW THE SKETCHBOOK GROUP ON DA FOR CONTEST AND PRIZES:
autodesk-sketchbook.deviantart…


DO YOU HAVE IDEAS FOR SKETCH THIS CHALLENGES? 

DO YOU HAVE ANY FEEDBACK? (THAT IS NOT JUST COMPLAINING)


SEND ME A NOTE!











UPDATE 14

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 11:54 AM by HalHefnerART:iconhalhefnerart:













Welcome to our 14th Sketch This recap Journal for 1/25 - 1/31

THANK YOU SO MUCH to all the artists and photographers whose work made these challenges happen. AND THANK YOU to all who took part in the challenges!

ART THAT CAUGHT OUR EYE:

WORD PROMPT EXERCISE 2 by devchitapWORD PROMPT EXERCISE 2 by devchitapStrigoi~Wutrich by ThiagoFragossowpe 2 by ivapb
skull study? by xxbananaaphonexxI'm a black skull by lancecassidyanimal skull by cobwebsnbeehivesskull prac by HwanFlag for Earth by Collection2913Stylised Earth Flag by AlanDroverThe Croops  by ToeslapModern Myth by devchitapCthulhu in a Leisure Suit by Bungy32Modern Myth by gandarewaItalian Street by ThiagoFragossoTimelapse by geneofrondaExchange of information by FordPrefectWonTheBet




THE CHALLENGES


WORD PROMPT EXERCISE 2:  CHALLENGE

MAN, BLACK CLOAK, SWORD, FANGS, BLOOD

(no art used for this challenge)



SKETCH A SKULL CHALLENGE


SKULLED by foureyes

CHALLENGE: Sketch a skull--- a REAL skull, not a fake one. 


ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: BERNIE MEDINA - FOUREYES 

Bernie Medina aka foureyes  was born in in El Salvador, Central America. Photography was a self-taught media that helped him with the expenses of college in which he graduated from the school of Architecture at the University of Houston. His passion for Photography caught on FIRE when he joined DeviantArt almost 13 years ago. Since then, he has been living in Texas and has his own Studio of Design and Construction which is dedicated to creativity and innovation in Restaurants and Nightclubs. Many times the studio integrates photography in the decor for the projects they create. foureyes  has a fun project in development for 2016, a 300 page book of photography-traveling journal throughout China. Bernie and his photography will also be featured in a National Geographic editorial, coming later this year. 



 


DESIGN A FLAG FOR THE PLANET EARTH 

WORD PROMPT: PEACE by joshuathesoneofnun

Challenge:  Design a flag to represent the Planet Earth for astronauts to use to explore the universe. 


ABOUT THE ARTIST: joshuathesoneofnun 

DESIGN A FLAG FOR THE PLANET EARTH is brought to you by the Sketch This guru, joshuathesoneofnun who since day one has consistently delivers high quality artwork that follows the challenges and their directions perfectly. joshuathesoneofnun  has an amazing body of work to point to from these challenges and it is an honor for us to utilize his art for this challenge.




MODERN MYTH (URBAN MYTH)

The Bigfoot's Myth by ThiagoFragosso

CHALLENGE: Creepypasta and its stories are wonderful examples of modern mythology. Sketch or paint a character from modern mythology. It can be a common one like Ghosts, Aliens, Bigfoot, Slenderman or something new you create yourself. Have fun and get creepy!


ABOUT THE ARTIST: ThiagoFragosso 

THE MODERN MYTH CHALLENGE is brought to you by another Sketch This guru, ThiagoFragosso, whose amazing work from the challenges caught my eye from the very beginning. He consistently delivers high quality artwork that follows the challenges and their directions perfectly with his own creative twist. Much like joshuathesoneofnun, ThiagoFragosso  has also developed a strong portfolio from these challenges.  It is an honor for us to utilize his art for this challenge. Check out his work!




STREET SCENE USING PERSPECTIVE CHALLENGE

Wall Market by jordangrimmer

CHALLENGE: Draw a street scene using perspective.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Hey! My name is Jordan and I work in the video games industry as a concept artist. I've loved painting environments ever since I started digital painting. Creating different worlds and places is something I think is pretty magical and being able to do it as a day job is pretty sweet too!

website: www.jordangrimmer.co.uk  
twitter: jordan_grimmer



DO YOU HAVE IDEAS FOR SKETCH THIS CHALLENGES? 
DO YOU HAVE ANY FEEDBACK? (THAT IS NOT JUST COMPLAINING)


SEND ME A NOTE!



FOLLOW THE ART AS IT IS PRODUCED FOR THE CHALLENGES WITH THE HASHTAG: #SketchThis


FOLLOW THE SKETCHBOOK GROUP ON DA FOR CONTEST AND PRIZES:
autodesk-sketchbook.deviantart…













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