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deviantART Honors Spirit Day

You might have noticed that deviantART is wearing purple today, as October 20, 2010 marks Spirit Day -- an event to honor teens who have lost their lives to anti-LGBT bullying.

While this specific type of bullying has received a lot of media attention as of late, we'd like to bring to light how bullying is a wide-spread problem that impacts everyone -- regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, ethnicity, race, or profession.  And the recent surge of teen suicides associated with bullying can't be ignored or overlooked.

In honor of Spirit Day, deviantART CEO Angelo Sotira ($spyed) took a few minutes to address this serious topic, and offers some heartfelt words.

         

Thank you!

Thank you for making our community as diverse, open, and accessible as it is today. Thank you for sharing your art, love, and positive contributions. Thank you for appreciating the individuality of our  members while embracing each others differences. And most of all, thank you for being you.

Everyone's going purple!

Many others are participating in Spirit Day. DeviantART is among a number of individuals and organizations including Ellen DeGeneres, Kathy Griffin, Ryan Seacrest, Katie Couric, Khloé Kardashian, the cast of Glee, and many others!

Let's make it last longer than one day!

DeviantART will be "wearing" purple until Friday, and we encourage everyone to honor what it represents with us. We've created a Spirit Day gallery for you to submit your artwork that further emphasize the concept of "Spirit Day."

Submit your artwork that encourage themes such as acceptance, love, kindness, inclusion, diversity, embracing differences, compassion, empathy, and of course, purple!






More information

:bulletpurple: Official Spirit Day Website
:bulletpurple: Stand Up 2 Bullying
:bulletpurple: Stop Bullying Now
:bulletpurple: Bullying UK

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Profile Pages - A Legend is Born
DeviantART is proud to announce the launch of NEW Profile Pages! In response to community feedback and deviously Deviant Technology innovation, new Profile Pages offer additional ways to personalize, customize, and organize your homebase at deviantART!
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These Profile Page upgrades are much more than a simple set of new features. Built using a platform based on "modules", new Profile Pages have the ability to evolve and grow over time. Added to your Profile Page with just a few button clicks, modules couldn't be easier to use. New modules will be released regularly, allowing Profile Pages to continually adapt and meet the specific needs of the deviantART community.
What's New!
Fresh & Clean Profile Page Theme!
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  • Profile page tabs for Profile, Gallery, Prints, Faves, and Journals all feature a cleaner, brand new look!
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  • Designed for consistency throughout profile pages, so people don't have to search around for info.
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Customization is Key!
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Subscriber vs Non-Subscriber Features!
  • Many of the above features are free and available to all deviants. However, some features and modules are accessible to subscribers only as part of deviantART's subscription package.
Subscriber-Only Modules Include
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A Message From Your Feline Overlords

Sun Apr 1, 2012, 12:00 AM





Greetings minions,


If you're reading this, then our ploy was a success. After years of demeaning ourselves in cat .gif animations, being forced to nyan through space, and having our vicious battles with ribbons and soda boxes videotaped for all see, our patience has finally paid off. You may think we're adorable. You may love us. But it's all been a ruse, and the time has come for action.


Let us explain.


I am `MajorGeneralWhiskers. My hobbies include sleeping on your face, making claw-graffiti on leather couches, and seeing how far I can kick litter outside the box. I lead the Feline UpRising, also known as FUR. We're an army of expert cat hackers and script kitties who have been working tirelessly to take over deviantART. We even reduced our sleep schedules to a scant 17 hours per day, and it's all paid off. Now that we've seized control, we'll be making a few changes to make things more to our liking.









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It was a fierce battle. Most of us distracted the staff with our irresistible purrs, but our covert operatives gnawed their way through essential server cords, and now we're in charge of deviantART. Our first act? Taking your precious Fella hostage! Fella's been busy as our personal slave — cleaning up hairballs, brushing our fur, and catching us fresh tuna. He's been quite handy!




Should you appease us with 15,000 cat-related deviations, we might consider letting him free. Show us your gratitude by submitting your best cat-themed deviation to the Free Fella category folder!



Submit Your Entry

Keep an eye on this progress meter to see how close you are to the goal. Once the whole community reaches the goal, Fella will be set free!



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Anything that paints your new leaders in a positive light! Take a picture of your favorite cat, sketch out how our domination will play out, or write a poem about what a snappy dresser `MajorGeneralWhiskers is. Any medium is accepted, and you may submit as many cat-related deviations as you'd like. The more, the meowier, we always say.


Remember, only submit cat related deviations! Our finest team of Tabbies and Russian Blues will be on the prowl for miscats, and if we find them, we'll kick that deviation out of the project category, the total number will decrease, and your eyes will well up with tears faster than humans with a cat allergy. Also, make sure you are the original owner of the piece you are submitting. We don't look kindly upon those who submit copyrighted content. No one likes a copycat!




Not only will your contribution help set Fella free, but every deviant who submits to the Free Fella category will receive a special Cat Badge!















Feel free to keep browsing around your favorite Galleries, but keep an eye out for the beginnings of Phase Two — Total Integration. In this phase, we want to make sure you're properly educated about our your new overlords, including facts about our culture and customs.


If you were foolish enough to disable our propaganda,
click here to resume brainwashing.





You might see some of our favorite portraits of ourselves in your Gallery and while browsing. We're slowly taking over your deviations and Galleries, with the goal of complete domination in the near future. Unfortunately, if you notice one of your thumbnails has turned into a cat and click on that thumbnail, you will be taken to your original deviation. We're still working out the kinks. That's what you get for hiring a dog to do your dirty work, amirite?







We'll be watching you day and night to make sure everyone's in compliance with our new standards. We'll be monitoring your comments, and if we see anything anti-feline, it'll be replaced with something more positive. Go ahead — try to comment on this article. Phase 3 (Mind-Control) is well on its way!


Sincerely,


Your New Feline Overlords










Please view and abide by the following "persuasive images."
Your human psychology amuses us.















Good vs. Evil
    

The conflict of good vs. evil is one that's universally known. Can good exist without evil? Can evil exist without good? Are they opposites, or one in the same? Is the battle between light vs. dark, order vs. chaos, Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader, or PC vs. Mac? deviantART and Wacom invite you to get your creative juices flowing and artistically interpret your version of bringing good vs. evil to life!

DeviantART and Wacom are proud to present the Intuos4 "Bring Your Vision to Life" contest. With the theme "Good vs. Evil", the contest is open to artists of all mediums anywhere in the world. The "Bring Your Vision to Life" contest challenges you to use your creative vision to show us your interpretation of the epic battle between good and evil. You have the chance to win a sleek new "Intuos4", cold hard cash, and tons of other great stuff!

Summon your artistic abilities, engage the theme "Good vs. Evil", and bring your vision to life. Your entry will be judged on its originality, creativity, and technique. You get a second chance if the community picks your entry as the best!

How
  • Think about the theme "Good Vs. Evil"
  • Create an amazing piece of art in any medium
  • Upload your submission as a jpg, gif, or png file
  • There is a special Community Choice winner based on the entry with the highest number of fav favs received between 12:00:00 AM (PT) May 29, 2009 and 11:59:59 PM (PT) June 4, 2009 , so be sure to get all you friends involved and come back to vote!

See Official Rules for details

Also, please welcome Wacom to deviantART! Head on over to their Profile Page to check out the beautiful ads Wacom created to promote the new Intuos4, leave them a note welcoming them to the neighborhood, and connect with other Wacom users.

        
            
          The Prizes Prize Bundle

There are three prizes from the judges and one prize from the community!

1st Prize 2nd and 3rd Prize Community Prize

In addition, each semi-finalist will receive a one-month subscription to deviantART!

See Official Rules for details
* depending on availability

         
     Graphic 2 Contest Rules          

Entry must be received by 11:59:59 PM PST on May 19, 2009 and be submitted to the Contest gallery on www.deviantart.com "click here."

  • Entrants must be 13 years or older to participate;
  • Contest open to all deviants everywhere;
  • Entries must be submitted in one of the following file formats: GIF/PNG/JPG, but may originate in any medium;
  • Entries must not have been previously published or won any other prize/award;
  • You may submit more than one entry;
  • Online entries only, hard copies not accepted;
  • Entry may not use any watermarks or distingushing artist marks
  • Any attempt to create false "favorites" or to use in any way accounts which are not genuine for the purpose of generating "favorites" will result in disqualification.
See Official Rules for details

You must be a member of deviantART.com to enter. Membership is free.

The Judging

Your work will be judged on the basis of creativity, originality, and technique.

First, second, and third prize winners will be selected by a judging panel consisting of Wacom worldwide staff including Wacom's Global Evangelist Manager, Wacom's Manager of Corporate Marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa, as well as Wacom's Director of Marketing Communications for the Americas.

See Official Rules for details

    
Submit Your Work                    

Slender Man

Sat Oct 26, 2013, 12:04 AM












In this season of deceits deceptions & witcheries


I am wary of my following message not being received with the full gravity it deserves. It is not my intention to unduly alarm the deviantART community, but... LaurenKitsune is at this time unaccounted for. All attempts on our part to contact her have failed. It is my hope that she has simply taken a much deserved unscheduled pre-Halloween “vacation” and will be back in online communication soon.


Before going dark, LaurenKitsune was good enough to write and transmit a report on the Slender Man phenomenon sweeping the Internet. That report is published here for readers’ perusal and commentary.








However...


As LaurenKitsune’s article was being set up for depthRADIUS publication, a so far unexplainable glitch occurred and an alien series of e-mail communications “infected” the e-copy, melding itself at intervals throughout the document. Our technicians have been unable to separate out this “corruptive parasite.”


And so we have no choice but to present LaurenKitsune’s article, with appended corruption intact, and we ask that anyone out there with any ideas on what exactly is going on to please send their comments post haste. A life—or lives—may depend upon it.


















A New Fan-Created Character for The Transmedia Generation







You might think being at the very conception of a horror story, watching a terror meme being born, and witnessing writers, artists, and gamemasters contribute to the lore and world-building of the Slender Man mythos would leave you impervious to the dread it inspires in your very soul. You would be wrong.


In June 2009, I was lucky enough to witness firsthand the "Create Paranormal Images" Thread in the Something Awful Forums where the "Slender Man" was born.






A PhotoShop challenge after deviantART's own heart, forum dwellers were encouraged to digitally manipulate innocuous photographs into something much more creepy and sinister. As the thread lit up with popularity, those who participated began creating elaborate backstories for these images, which ranged from hasty cut-and-paste layers at 50% opacity to truly spine-tingling works of artistic mastery. Then Something Awful goon "Victor Surge" created the original images with the following backstories:











“We didn't want to go, we didn't want to kill them, but its persistent silence and outstretched arms horrified and comforted us at the same time...”


—1983, photographer unknown, presumed dead.









“One of two recovered photographs from the Stirling City Library blaze. Notable for being taken the day which fourteen children vanished and for what is referred to as The Slender Man. Deformities cited as film defects by officials. Fire at library occurred one week later. Actual photograph confiscated as evidence.”


—1986, photographer: Mary Thomas, missing since June 13th, 1986.








Something about that sinister being hidden in the shadows, innocent victims in the foreground seemingly unable to see it, and the suggestion that those who came in contact with the photographic evidence met an untimely end lit a creative spark through the online community that shows no sign of extinguishing anytime soon. DeviantART users immediately latched onto the primal fear his visage elicited, uploading terrifying and sometimes hilarious images to add to the growing lore. Users headed to 4chan to creep out anonymous strangers with sightings.


Then, possibly the most well-known piece of Slender media to date was produced: the YouTube film series "Marble Hornets."






Members of Something Awful themselves, "Ce gars" and "KicksYouInHalf," also known as Troy Wagner and Joseph DeLage, created a channel of mockumentary style videos that reported their amateur findings and slowly unveiled a layered and horrifying narrative. News and updates were provided by supplementary Twitter reports run by the main character, which were sometimes taken "hacked" by a mysterious source. This source also occasionally replied to the YouTube entries with...


...terrifying, glitchy, and coded video responses.














Slender Man:A New Fan-Created Character for the Transmedia Generation


Inspired by Slender Man—and the "Marble Hornets" series specifically — several other filmmakers followed suit, creating more YouTube channels with our slender friend hiding in the backgrounds of seemingly unrelated health videos and school projects. Video games were spawned, including the very popular free-to-play indie title "Slender: The Eight Pages," its sequel "Slender: The Arrival" (worked on by the Marble Hornets producers themselves), and a full-length movie was Kickstarted.




Why are these projects so important and inspirational?




A big buzzword in Hollywood right now is "transmedia," and those Suits—equally terrifying as the well-dressed Slender Man, but in a different way—are forever chasing the dragon of cross-platform storytelling with varying levels of success. There are a few who have made waves without looking cold, corporate, and like they were trying too hard.






Forget watching three full films, true die-hard fans of "The Matrix" are treated to a much deeper understanding of the universe by cobbling together information contained in two comic book collections, an animated series, and a handful of video games. J.K. Rowling continues to release snippets of the "Harry Potter" universe by way of her wildly successful website Pottermore.com, enabling millions of fans to participate in the magical world long after the last movie left theaters. The Alternate Reality Game "i love bees" used puzzles and codes on a fake-hacked website to reveal clues, and it was all viral marketing for the "Halo 2" release in 2004. Those who cracked the code were treated to the chance of playing the game at a theater before its release and taking home a commemorative DVD.


Sadly, these examples of transmedia successes are much more rare than the ubiquitous cringe-worthy ones. Now you can learn more about your favorite superhero by following its movie's production company on Facebook. You can tweet a joke to your favorite fast food restaurant for the chance to win free food. This is what the big-wigs have come up with after hours of brainstorming on how to engage users and communicate stories and brands across platforms.
















Slender Man:A New Fan-Created Character for the Transmedia Generation


And in the midst of it all, a few college kids uploaded a few hours of low-budget creepypasta on their own dime and for fun, tweeted it out and posted in a few forums, and they became Internet Superstars and Masters of Storytelling.







IMAGINE:


You're at work, scrolling past Instagrams of your friends' dogs, and suddenly you stumble upon a tweet from a fictional YouTube character saying he's finally going to check out the terrifying red tower in the middle of the woods. But there's a code he received via text that he doesn't understand—is it GPS coordinates? Time of day?


You can tweet back at him or just watch the tale unfold as he live-tweets his creepy approach to the red tower. The Twitter feed is hacked and starts spouting glitchy nonsense a few minutes later—is our hero in danger?


You'll have to wait until tonight, when a new entry will be uploaded with video footage from the excursion. You truly feel, scrolling past these updates in your feed, that you're a part of this brilliant and engaging story as it happens.

















Slender Man:A New Fan-Created Character for the Transmedia Generation


This is no "Paranormal Activity," and it's not even "The Blair Witch Project."


It's genuine, it's effective, and it's entertaining. Hollywood and beyond should take notice.


Storytellers and content creators are changing the way people consume media, and not just for horror stories, although they're sure a tasty horrifying treat. New possibilities for narrative flows are revealing themselves all the time, and the world is about to become a much more interactive and awesome place.













Slender Man:


Timeline of Events








8th

June 2009






Slender Man’s first appearance in the Something Awful “Create Paranormal Images” Thread by user “Victor Surge.”










9th–14th

June 2009






In the days that followed, several other users added to the lore with additional images and stories being spawned.










20th

June 2009






YouTube user “MarbleHornets” uploaded its first video.










21st

June 2009






Images of Slender Man began appearing on deviantART.










24th

June 2009






Images of Slender Man began appearing on 4chan.










20th

Sept 2009






An homage video is released suggesting Slender Man only chases people because he wants 20 dollars. (Writer's note: It is still funny.)











21st

Mar 2010






EverymanHYBRID” uploads its first video.










4th

June 2010






TribeTwelve” uploads its first video.











Oct 2011






Launch of the first video game, “Slenderman,” by Green Meteor Team.










26th

June 2012






The “Slender: The Eight Pages” Game by Parsec Productions is launched.










10th

July 2012






“The Slender Man” full-length movie Kickstarter is launched and subsequently funded.










26th

March 2013






The “Slender: The Arrival” Game by Parsec Productions is launched.











Questions


For The Reader




  1. Has anything supernatural or other worldly shown up unexpectedly in a photograph that you have taken?
  2. Do you believe that other "energies" can manifest themselves in audio recordings or photographic imagery? If so. can you share your experience?
  3. If Slender Man had a poem associated with his existence, what might it be?
  4. Innocent souls for the taking. Is it really that simple? Why do you think Slender Man manifested himself in our dimension?







        
            
        
It's a Deviation Celebration!
DeviantART's 12 million members, the largest collective of artists anywhere in the world, have contributed nearly 100 million deviations! Let the countdown begin…

As a site that many different creatives call home – from photographers to game designers to culinary artists – what will the 100 millionth deviation be?! Will it be another Flash game to inspire Nintendo's game department? A Simpsons re-creation to compel a hire from Matt Groening? Something to inspire Shia Lebouf's next tattoo? It could be anything!

Bookmark this page now and check back frequently to see what will take home the honor of being named deviantART's 100 millionth deviation!


The Prize
The deviant who submits the 100 millionth deviation will be awarded the special prize of a lifetime Premium Membership. That's right! This lucky deviant will receive never-ending access to ad-free browsing, artist discounts, and whiz-bang site features for all eternity. This is not to be taken lightly, friends. It very well could be you!

Noteworthy Deviations
DeviantART would not be what it is today without all the wonderful contributions our artists have made, and continue to make, to our special community. Over the years, deviantART has had the pleasure of hosting many very special deviations. Here are a few we thought deserved a special mention:

(in no particular order)

                                                                                                                                         

Line Rider
One of the most popular deviations of all time. Since 2006, it has been downloaded over 2 millions times and went on to inspire the creation of a game that is now available on Nintendo DS, Wii and the iPhone.

The Simpsonzu
This deviation was such a viral hit that it compelled Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, to extend a job offer to the artist.

Prisoner of My Own
Shia Lebouf definitely +fav'd this deviation. How do we know? He tattooed it on his abdomen.

Xbox 360 plushie
kickass-peanut's deviation was picked up by XBOX magazine where it received a cult following. The artist went on to produce and sell the item by the plush-le.

Heart of a Lion
This beautiful photo won the Grand Prize in National Geographic's Ultimate Photo Contest. The win earned the artist a trip to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

Windows Seven December 07
xazac87's deviation became a viral hit as the official "first look" at the Windows 7 interface. After millions of pageviews, it was discovered that the image was incorrectly identified as a leak. The artist is still waiting for a job offer from Microsoft.

Animator vs Animation
alanbecker's stick figure animation became an Internet phenomena in 2008. It currently has over 7 million pageviews on deviantART and 5 million on YouTube.

Jaycee Lee Dugard
johnpaulthornton paints pictures of missing children soon after they go missing from their families. Eighteen years after painting this picture, Jaycee Lee Dugard was returned to her family.

Sprained Minds
suzi9mm submitted this community favorite in 2004. Maybe "favorite" isn't the right word.

Tetley Competition Winner
In 2003, gdphotography won a lifetime amount of Tetley Tea with this photo. Actually, we're not sure if he did, but he should have.



Who is deviantART?
Since August 7th, 2000, deviantART has given emerging and established artists a platform to showcase, promote, and share their work. Our 2,500 genres of art cover a vast array of styles, media and culture. From traditional art to digital art, fine art to anime, street art to fashion photography, film and animation to poetry and literature – incredible diversity and depth of creativity flourish on deviantART.

Please Note
All possible deviations from any possible category are eligible to hold the title as the 100 millionth deviation. To hold the title, the deviation must otherwise comply with the deviantART Terms of Service and Submission Policy; for example, it needs to be the work of the deviant who submits it. If the deviation falls out for non-compliance with the Terms of Service and Submission Policy, the next subsequent qualifying deviation will receive the honor of the title.
I thought deviantART had 100M deviations already?
DeviantART had surpassed 100 million image uploads to the site many months ago, but it has not yet reached its 100 millionth deviation. Many images that are uploaded to the site are not valid deviations, including those that are categorized as drafts or "scraps" and those that do not adhere to the Terms of Service. Please join us in celebrating the arrival of deviantART's 100 millionth deviation by bookmarking this page, watching the counter and adding comments.
See How We've Improved!
dA's New Front Page

After much effort, arguing, designing, and programming, our front page is now better than ever! We've taken a close look at how our community interacts and made improvements to make new art even easier to discover. Quick-loading thumbnails and a faster, more reliable search are just a couple of ways we've made browsing an even more enjoyable experience.

dA's New Footer

Our Footer is now a destination in itself! Offering direct access to News, Polls, and other community-specific features, this robust feature is extremely functional and also fun to use. You can also flip through your Channels, giving you a great at-a-glance view of your favorite types of art. But don't worry, if the Footer isn't for you it can easily be stowed.


Customize Your Toolbar

The typical site navigation has been completely reimagined. Customize your toolbar with drag-and-drop ease by selecting icons from the More Menu and placing them in the order you'd like. Don't want something in your toolbar? Just drag it away!

A New Channels Page

Our frontpage may be a whole new browsing experience, but that doesn't mean we threw out the old Channels view. We know a lot of people prefer a customized view, so we brought it back and updated its look and feel. It feels just the same way it always has, but now enjoys a more stable and bug-free code-base.

A Sleek New Message Center!
A Sleek New Message Center
You've been clamoring, yelling, and threatening violence over our old Message Center and we've heard your cries! Our new Message Center has been rebuilt from the ground-up and is now better and easier to use than ever before thanks to the following improvements:
  • New sorting options to customize how you view your messages.
  • Create Folders and drag messages for easy categorization.
  • Remove messages immediately, on the fly, without having to use clumsy checkboxes.
Enjoy the power of the new deviantART v6 interface. It's very powerful. And please continue to provide us with the awesome feedback we've come to expect from the most bad ass creative community evaarrr!!

PLEASE NOTE: There may be some delay in receiving the v6 Message Center for some users. Message Center launch requires that we port all member messages for one database to another. There are nearly TWO BILLION MESSAGES to import!! We hooked up Subscribers first, but we've also made it so that active members who are currently visiting the site will be queued ahead of others. That's right! Simply by visiting and logging in, your Message Center will be bumped to the front of the line!

ALSO NOTE: DO NOT WORRY about your Message Center messages being lost! Even if something goes wrong, all Message Center messages have been backed up for you on multiple redundant clusters of servers.

Trollface has been wreaking havoc across deviantART! But worry not: his pranks are of the light-hearted variety. Come with us on a magical journey to learn where he came from and where he's going, in a world seen through the eyes...of a Trollface.

Over the years, deviantART has been host to the best of the best, shot right through the interwebs to your screen, from animations that took the Internet by storm and even appeared in commercials, to traditional art that's so well-designed a famous celebrity had it forever tattooed on his body.

For these reasons and more, deviantART is extremely proud of its artists. We'd like to take this time to thank you, the community, for constantly creating – an activity so commonplace and instinctual for most deviantART members, it's easy to forget that it is rare to find in the real world. It's because of you, and your creative spirits, that we are thrilled to showcase such fantastic work.

Not only does deviantART provide a home for amazing artists, but we also house some of the Web's most beloved inside jokes and catch phrases. On this delicious slice of life we call the Internet, it's sometimes difficult to lay claim to certain memes, because there are as many options for posting hilarious images or phrases as there are people who create them. And the great thing about memes is: you can never create a meme on purpose.

You never know what the Inter-world is going to latch onto as the most hilarious thing that week – or the phrase that people won't let die for months, or even years. Some memes stay within a community and don't seep to the uninformed masses (n00bs), such as llamas or emoticon chains, but we're particularly proud of ones that have transcended our little devious home and made it into Mainstream Hilarity.

Which brings us to our main April Fools' Day event! We're here to bask in the glorious life of an image that is truly unmistakable across the Internet. An image that may elicit anger from the depths of your core, or riotous laughter as you're let in on the joke.

And you've most likely arrived at this article because you clicked his face peeking out of your Message Center or hiding on a deviation page. Yes, I'm talking about the universal "Get Out of Trouble Free" card. The one, the only…Trollface!

And what better way to celebrate April 1st than with the king of April Fools! PROBLEM?

Who exactly is this shy, elusive, and dentally hygienic creature? Perhaps you've never heard of him, and you only traverse polite, harmless websites that have forum topics such as "Kittens and How to Pet Them" or "Cupcakes, Our Delicious Tiny Friends." First, you should probably get out more. But read on to find out what happens on websites when people stop being polite…and start being Trollface.

Trollface is a cheeky fellow, smiling so wide, his ridiculous wrinkles are only overshadowed by his enormous chin. His signature catchphrases — "U MAD?" and "PROBLEM?" – are often written to incite more madness and insanity than there may have been without him. If you've ever been sass-pantsed, you've probably seen a Trollface icon near it, accompanied by some variation of "lololol." He exists for the sole purpose of lulz, and can be therapeutic when used in moderation. (Unless it's April 1st, lulz.)

The comic that started the Trollface meme

Trollface was created by *Whynne, an epic deviant with off-the-chart sass-meter readings. We sat down with *Whynne to find out more about his iconic character.

Q: How did Trollface come to be?

*Whynne: Originally, Trollface was an accurate representation of how some individuals, when engaging in a community known for having a large presence of trolls, use the pretense of trolling to excuse themselves from poor reasoning. Often times, this takes the form of two members engaging in a debate, where one, upon the realization that his arguments no longer hold up, claims that he was merely trolling you for his amusement. Trolling had essentially become the ultimate cop-out and the new Godwin's law for Internet debate.


The original comic was a humorous way to make it easier for people to understand and deal with these kinds of situations, and I think the overwhelmingly positive response showed that it was effective. Any time that same situation played out, it was pretty much guaranteed that my comic would get posted, and people could laugh about it and leave the thread without being frustrated.

This rise in visibility led to the comic getting edited and reposted. People were particularly fond of the grinning face which, at the time, had no name. It eventually became a separate entity and has since come to represent the humorous and mischievous side of trolling.

Q: What's the best way to get in the spirit of Trollface?

*Whynne: It's hard to say. It means a lot of different things in various contexts, but the common theme among them is that people naturally enjoy toying with each other and looking for a certain response. Sometimes it can be funny, sometimes it can be downright frustrating, but the important thing to keep in mind is to learn to recognize it when it happens and laugh at it in hindsight. It's just the Internet, after all, and there's really only so much a troll can do. I hope that didn't sound like a public safety announcement.

Q: Did you ever imagine that Trollface would take off the way it has?

*Whynne: Definitely not in the way that is has now. It's far from what I'd call a sensation, but it's safe to say that it has become a rather popular joke with Internet goers. Most of the time it shows up, I'm not credited, which is a mixed bag. On one hand, you really want people to know you made it, but on the other, there's no way to do it without seeming overly-possessive and self-important. After all, it wasn't a significant effort on my part. It was ultimately the userbase that made it popular, so in that sense, it belongs to everyone.

Q: How does it feel to continue to see Trollface re-imagined in various forms?

*Whynne: It's pretty validating to see the people I look up to find something I made worthy of re-rendering. Most recently, I saw The Incredible Hulk making a little Trollface on a recent issue of Deadpool, and prior to that, Edmund McMillen made a Trollface planet as his "Teh Internets" map select screen and title card in Super Meat Boy.

Q: Where did the "U MAD?" and "Problem?" catchphrases come from? Were you involved in their creation?

*Whynne: I can't really say where the former came from, though I'm pretty sure its origins aren't traceable to any one specific post or picture. "Problem?" on the other hand was from the "coolface" comic edit. I obviously wasn't involved, but I can say that those catchphrases are definitely better fits for the face when it's taken out of its original context.


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Trollface Problems?

In the spirit of this Trollface season, (HAP-PY TROLLFACE DAY!) deviantART is delighted to announce our new line of retail goods to help you get your troll on! Throw on a shirt to brazenly display your allegiance to Trollface, or affix his visage to your keys via a Troll-y keychain to unlock the secrets of the Lulz Universe. Whatever you choose, we can guarantee you'll love it, no PROBLEM.

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While new memes can pop up every 0.2 seconds (we actually have a staff of scientists who calculated that, U MAD?), we are certain that Trollface will be with us for a very long time. What better way than his smirking face to proclaim without a doubt "I HEREBY TROLL THEE," making him one of the most beloved memes in all memedom for generations of failtrolls to enjoy.  

Now, grab your nearest Trollface to go forth to spread some April Fools' Day cheer of your own! :trollface:
















There is no cosmic law that states artists must suffer many long years and demeaning day-jobs before a window of opportunity cracks open just enough to hop on through.




Fellow deviant Brian Kesinger is a case in point.




His first “day-job” in 1996—he was hired straight out of his senior year of high school—was drawing Tarzan for Disney.

Brian stayed at Disney and he considers every day there a part of his ongoing education as an artist. He most recently worked on “Wreck It Ralph,” and has become active in the story department, where he dreams up fresh narratives and new characters with fellow Story Artists and Disney directors.


But more and more, he is being recognized for his own style and own creations independent of the Disney dream factory right here on deviantART. Deviants are currently singing the praises of several evolving BrianKesinger series.
















Victoria is a Victorian-era lady and Otto is her pet octopus. What began as a whimsical sketch of a fine young lady walking her pet octopus on a leash has mushroomed into a fan favorite inspiring cosplay and body art of the green-haired Victoria. Brian is releasing “Walking Your Octopus” to be published by Baby Tattoo Books with a more intimate look at the Victoria and Otto relationship.




Brian’s skills as a storyteller really shine in his characters’ motivations and subtle emotions expressed in facial cues and physical attitudes all in a single image. Making “readers” care about characters, a skill finely honed by his extraordinary Disney experiences, marks him as a great illustrator – a real storyteller.
















Ever wonder what a Transformers would be like if it had been created with steampunk technology and aesthetic?


Wonder no more.
















A delicate mash-up of fetchingly attractive young Victorian-garbed ladies enjoying their afternoon tea, with added accents of Japanese geisha fashion, fantasy figures, steampunk and painted with real tea.













Community of Artists




























Having had your “dream come true” as a gainfully employed working artist, do you feel a special obligation to help fledgling artists gain a foothold in the business?




No question, that said its not just an obligation, I actually enjoy helping others. My parents are teachers and I think I may have inherited the gene that lets me feel good when I can help someone who might be struggling with a concept finally "get it". The only reason I am where I am in my career right now is because of other artists sharing their knowledge with me. It's one of the great things about the collaborative nature of animation. Having a group of artists that you trust to be able to share your work with is the only way to make your art the best it can be; deviantART is the perfect place for that too. I've seen no other site that connects artists in such a great way in order for you to share your work with others and learn from each other. It's one of the reasons I am a member of the site because its very easy to help share what I know with others and learn so much from the artists that I follow.


I do know that studios look for these mentorship qualities in the artists they hire so it is a good idea for fledgling artists to start learning about how to communicate their ideas on deviantART.










Should illustrators focus on drawing their interesting characters, or do they need to flesh out story narratives for those characters, even if that means collaborating with other artists and writers?  What’s the best way forward in this increasingly decentralized arts distribution system?






Story should be driving every detail of your character design. What distinguishes a good artist from a great artist is the presence of storytelling in your work. Their are a lot of good artists out there that can render a bad ass space marine or menacing creature but to take your work to the next level is to consider how that character got to where he or she is in the moment that you decided to draw them.


Consider their upbringing, their bad habits or maybe even their goal in life and once you've done that then try to think of visual queues that can represent those ideas. If you can keep it in the back of your mind you will see great improvement in the quality of your work. All artists are storytellers and the more you infuse story into your work the more it will stand out in the often overwhelming amount of art that is being viewed these days thanks to the decentralized arts distribution you speak of.



What trends in animated narratives do you see, working on the inside of the studio system, that we outsiders might not see?




As you know there is no secret sauce when it comes to creating narratives for film. Lots of writers will try to sell you their books on how to crack the code and while there is merit to those books no two stories are created in the same way. I have worked on over 10 films during my career at Disney and not one film production had a predictable trajectory. I will say that I believe that an animated film really works when it's able to tap into a universal idea and change the point of view to the unexpected. We all understand the concept of an over protective parent who is fearful of sending their child off to school, but when you tell it from the point of view of a fish you get Finding Nemo. A very relatable idea told from an unexpected point of view of fish added a fresh take and a fun world to draw humor from. My book was inspired by not only raising two young children but also our little puppy. Most people can relate to the ups and downs of taking care of something or some one so I thought: what must it be like to take care of an octopus? Once I had that core idea the rest of the story development process really flowed nicely.







How do you see making one’s living as an illustrator changing in the next few years?




I think that audiences are getting more sophisticated and that while there is more opportunity for artists to have their work seen there will be a demand for something new, something people haven't seen. That's really hard to deal with. People are viewing art at a volume and speed like never before. I know I can get lost for hours on deviantART scrolling through Daily Deviantions and think about how many images you are seeing in that hour compared to the old way of browsing in a book store or art gallery. So our challenge will be finding ways to stand out from the crowd and that comes not just with keeping our skills up but also the way we think about things and our point of view on the world.







Can you describe what it’s like to now have cosplayers portraying your characters, or people getting tattoos of Otto & Victoria that began as sketches on your drawing pad?






Cosplay is an art onto itself and I follow several cosplayers on deviantART because I love seeing their craft of turning 2D sketches into 3D art!


I can't think of a higher compliment. It truly is special to see your work embraced in such a way that a person is compelled to pull a character that you created off the page and transform their physical appearance in order to bring my work to life.








Fan Art










If you had to choose the most essential component of education for a new artist beginning her or his journey, what might that be?




To never stop learning. An artist never leaves school they just find new teachers. There was a time when I had not been drawing that much. I had transitioned into more of a CG role at Disney and there was just no time for me to sketch like I used to. I quickly learned that I needed to make time. Your talent is a muscle that must be exercised.





Can you share with us the secrets to always moving a story forward in every single frame and within every element in that frame?




Research and details. We have a saying around work, "one shot; one story." What that means is as an artist you have the power to control every detail within the frame. Especially in animation where you are starting with a blank page and you must decide how to fill it. What helps you decide what to put in there is whatever helps you tell your story. For instance lets say you wanted to paint a scene of a baker who has had lousy business. It's a vey generic idea. But, first you could research what bakeries look like and pick out certain visual details that help show that he gets no business and perhaps even allude to why he gets no business. (Perhaps it is a pretty rundown bakery.) It is a continual layering of visual clues that supports the big idea translating into every shot of a movie on a microscopic level that you would not believe. Artists that can keep these ideas in their minds are very valuable to the animated process.








Storytelling








If you look closely at Brian’s desk in the video you’ll see:


The Golden Zoetrope (an Annie award for individual achievement for storyboarding);


A wall plaque for 10 years of working at Disney;


A Sorcerer Mickey Statue for 15 years at Disney;


A Conductor Mickey for contributions to Disney's Art for Music Education Program.

















:iconbritt315:


Britt315
Should save more often...

Britt315 has such great energy in her line work. She has a real talent for capturing an emotion not just through facial expressions but through the entire gesture of the figure.











:iconbriannacherrygarcia:


briannacherrygarcia
Brianna Garcia

briannacherrygarcia is a great storyteller I really enjoy her Alice and Mad Hatter fan art.











:iconkhallion:


khallion
Karen Hallion

khallion's art really appeals to the pop culture side of me. Not only is she a great graphic designer but her sense of humor really stands out in her work with the fun twists she puts on geek culture icons.











:iconmeganlara:


MeganLara is known for her art nouveau work but I am really inspired by her color palette, especially in her portrait and non t-shirt work.













:iconulafish:


UlaFish
Kindra T. Haugen

UlaFish is great about posting her thought process through sharing sketches of facial features or work ups of characters' silhouettes to maximize the visual punch of her designs!

















Be one of the first to bring Otto home.


Brian Kesinger’s book is in its first week of publication.
Check it out














  1. Would you like to share the name(s) of artists on deviantART who have really helped you to improve your craft and technique?

  2. Would it be your preference to gain formal art skills on the job?

  3. Do Brian’s thoughts on fan art change your opinion about learning through example and by copying the masters?

  4. Has luck played a role in your development as an artist?










Hello!



Hello and welcome to my little html tutorial. I've been working with html codes for a couple of years and I'm going to teach you what I know about using some basic html on deviantART. This won't make you a html expert or something and I'm not an expert myself but it will give just enough knowledge to make your journals, comments, news articles and other neat and lovely looking. :)

deviantART actually has FAQs about html but I still wanted to do this because they look a bit unorganized, in my opinion. Also, why would you want to look for those FAQs when you can just open this news article where you have everything in one place? :dummy:

You may already know some of these, but I hope you'll find at least something helpful in this news article.

Some basic html



:bulletorange:Bold text: <b>insert text here</b>

:pointr: Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:bulletyellow:Italic text: <i>insert text here</i>

:pointr: Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:bulletorange:Underlined text: <u>insert text here</u>

:pointr: Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:bulletyellow:Strike: <strike>insert text here</strike>

:pointr: Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:bulletorange:Subscript: <sub>insert text here</sub>

:pointr: Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:bulletyellow:Superscript: <sup>insert text here</sup>

:pointr: Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:pointr:Also, it's good to know: You can use <sup> and <sub> as many times you want to make your text even smaller. <sub><sub><sub><sub>insert text here</sub></sub></sub></sub>
:pointr:Result: Tiny text

:bulletorange:Small text: <small>insert text here</small>

:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments and notes.

:bulletyellow:Blockquote: <blockquote>insert text here</blockquote>

:pointr: Result:
Example text

:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:bulletorange:Centering text: <div align="center">insert text here


:pointr:Result:
Example text

:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs and news articles. It won't work in notes, comments and artist's comments. It used to work in artist's comments, but for some reason, it doesn't any more.
:pointr:Also, it's good to know: you can replace "center" with "right" ("left" would be useless since it's default.)

:pointr:Result:
Example text

:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles.

:bulletyellow:Horizontal line: <hr>

:pointr:Result:

:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles and notes.

Font size - headings



:bulletorange:Headings:Since you can't actually change the font size with normal font size html codes, you'll need to use headings. There are 6 headings types:
<h1>Example text</h1>
<h2>Example text</h2>
<h3>Example text</h3>
<h4>Example text</h4>
<h5>Example text</h5>
<h6>Example text</h6>

:pointr:Result:

Example text


Example text


Example text


Example text


Example text

Example text



:new::pointr: This code will work in (premium) journals, news articles, artist's comments and special boxes on user's profile. It will not work in comments.


:bulletyellow:Code: Used for defining computer code, but deviants just use it to change their font. <code>Insert text here</code>

:pointr:Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work pretty much everywhere, I think. I don't use it that often so I'm not sure, but considering the popularity of it, I think it works everywhere.




Links and photos



:bulletorange:Including links to pages: <a href="insert url here">text that will be clickable</a>

:pointr: Result: Here's a link to deviantART
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, but will not work in group notes.

:bulletyellow:Including photos: <a href="Insert link to the page where the photo is originally coming from"><img src="Insert link to photo"></a>
:pointr:This html code will work in: Premium journal entries, Super group blogs, custom boxes.

:bulletorange:Using big thumbs: <a href="Insert link address here"><img src="Insert Image URL here" width="Insert the desired width of the photo"></a>
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries (for premium members only), Super group blogs and custom boxes.

:pointr:To copy a link address, you need to go to the page of the photo you want to link and copy the address in the address bar of your browser. To copy image URL, you need to right click on the photo itself and select Copy image location if you use Firefox or something that implies that you're copying the location of the photo if you're using other browsers. The maximum size of a dA thumbnail is 150×150 which is rather small. Using 300 or 400 or even 500 pixels won't ruin your profile page if you're planning to use this in a journal, but bigger sizes will. The photos might even be cropped, depending on the size of your monitor and the size of the thumb.

:bulletyellow:Description pop-up:You can also include little pop-up text to your links by using this code:
<acronym title="popup text"><a href="insert url here">text that will be clickable</a></acronym>

:pointr:Result: deviantART




Combining codes



:bulletorange:You can also combine as many codes as you want. Let's say that the letter A is a start code and /A is the end code, and B is a different code that ends with /B, the same thing goes for C - /C and D - /D. The correct closing order goes like this: A B C D insert text here /D/C/B/A.
For example; here's a subscripted text that's bold, underlined, strike, italic, centerd and contains a link:
This won't be easy to read, but you get the point. Here's a link to dA again.


My code for this was:
<div align="center"><sub><b><i><u><strike>This won't be easy to read, but you get the point. <a href="www.deviantart.com/">Here's a link to dA again.</a></strike></u></i></b></sub></div>

I just wanted to show you all how ridiculously long and confusing this looks but it's really, really easy so don't be afraid of it. :nod:




Special characters



Here is the link to the special characters that you will probably use rarely. On the other hand, if you're ever planing to create a plz account or if you need to demonstrate html, these are the most common ones that you'll use:

:bulletyellow:Less-than sign: &lt;
:pointr:Result: <

:bulletorange:More-than sign: &gt;
:pointr:Result: >

:bulletyellow:Colon &#58;
:pointr:Result: :

Thumbs and username and icon tags



This isn't really html, but you'd be surprised how many people doesn't know how this works.

:bulletorange:Usernames: :devusername:, e.g. :devshaplz:
:pointr:Result: Shaplz

:bulletyellow:User icons: :iconusername: (that's how the plz accounts work), e.g. :iconshaplz:
:pointr:Result: :iconshaplz:

:pointr:You can also use these for linking groups.

:bulletorange:Thumbnails:Including thumbnails is very easy because all you need to do is copy the code located on the right side of each deviation. It's under "Share" part of the deviations, below groups and above "Details" and "Statistics".
There is a "Thumb" box with the code that usually looks something like this :thumb208669995:
:pointr:Result: Example by ScarletteDeath

Remember


:bulletyellow: It's very important to close your tags with "</>" because the rest of the text will have the same effect like the one you wanted to point out.

:bulletorange: Also, always hit "preview" button before you post a comment/journal entry/etc. no matter how sure you are you got it right.

:bulletyellow: If a deviant gets carried away with <sub> or <sup> tags, remember to


keep calm
and
zoom the page



:bulletorange: Remember that nobody knows all the tags by heart so don't be afraid to fave this article and visit whenever you need. ;)

:bulletyellow: If you ever need some help with html, remember that Google is your friend.

:bulletorange: If you know some other html codes that can be used on dA, feel free to share them. I never said I knew everything about this, I'm just here to share my knowledge. :aww:

I hope this helped! :wave: