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Do you believe that art can fundamentally change your sense of who you are?

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Not much to say about this.
Just some basic tips and tricks for flawless interaction on DeviantArt Nod 


Watching

Do
:bulletyellow: Watch people when you honestly find them interesting.
:bulletyellow: Watch your friends, even if they don't have amazing art. It helps you stay updated with their progress.
:bulletyellow: Watch groups. They'll offer you a fine selection of art you're interested in, and will help you discover new (interesting) artists.
:bulletyellow: Check the faves of people you watch. As you like their work, you might have similar tastes in art. Checking their faves might help you find cool art.
:bulletyellow: Recommend art from people that you watch for a Daily Deviation (if good art, of course).

Don't
:bulletyellow: Uncheck all boxes when watching. There's nothing more disappointing than an empty watch.
:bulletyellow: Just watch people for points. It's lame.
:bulletyellow: Watch people for a watch-back. Many people don't do those. You'll only end up disappointed.


Commenting on profiles

Do
:bulletorange: Thank people for watching/faving you. It's not obliged, but it helps you to meet new people and stay in touch with your fans.
:bulletorange: Comment on the page of someone you watch. People love to hear what you like about their work.
:bulletorange: Post a few kind words on the page of a random stranger whose work you like. You might make a new friend.
:bulletorange: Comment either in English or the user's native language (if he displays his location). There's a big chance he doesn't know other languages.
:bulletorange: Spell check your messages before sending them. A readable message is one that people are more likely to reply to.

Don't
:bulletorange: Ask people to watch you. It's annoying. Many people don't do this anyway.
:bulletorange: Ask people for points. It's the DA equivalent of being a beggar. You don't want to be one. 
:bulletorange: Spam people with your contest/group/facebook page or whatever. If you have something to promote, do it in your signature. 
:bulletorange: Send messages that include "send this to a x-number of your friends". It's annoying.


Commenting on artwork

Do
:bulletred: Read the description underneath the artwork. So you can understand what the artist meant with this work
:bulletred: Encourage the artist
:bulletred: Tell them what you like about the artwork
:bulletred: Balance your critiques. Even if you don't like a work, make sure to highlight the positive aspects as well as the negative ones.
:bulletred: Shut up if you haven't got anything nice to say. 

Don't 
:bulletred: Tell people "this reminds me of character-X from show-Y". It comes across as if the artist stole the idea from a certain show. Not very nice.
:bulletred: Tell people "this looks like character-X" and insist on it. Character designs have only so much variation. It's possible that characters with similar haircolor/haircuts look alike. That doesn't mean the artist stole the idea.
:bulletred: Tell people "you've copied this from artist-X". It's an accusation. It's impolite. Especially when you have no solid proof (as in; the original work or an exact photoshop overlay)
:bulletred: Post a comment that's all negative. It feels like you attack the artist. 


Private messages

Do
:bulletpink: Send a private message if your message is either too long or too personal to post on someone's profile

Don't
:bulletpink: Randomly spam strangers with your artwork/group/whatever via private message. It's spam and it's annoying
:bulletpink: Gossip about other people


Journals

Do
:bulletpurple: Post encouraging words towards fellow artists
:bulletpurple: Share art tutorials / art books / art related websites
:bulletpurple: Feature work you like
:bulletpurple: Feature work from friends that need more exposure

Don't
:bulletpurple: Post things that are too personal. DeviantArt is an open website. Everyone can read your journals, including your boss or your parents.
:bulletpurple: Complain about another DeviantArt user. Other people have nothing to do with your problems.
:bulletpurple: Be too strong in your opinions. Stating you 'hate' a certain fandom is never a wise idea, unless you want angry mobs harassing your comment section.
:bulletpurple: Be a chronic complainer. People hate them.


Forum

Do
:bulletblue: Ask questions. Be elaborate. The better you describe the problem, the better the answers will be.
:bulletblue: Use the search function to check if there's already a topic about your problem/question.

Don't 
:bulletblue: Complain outside the complaints-forum. People will mock you.
:bulletblue: Post links in the thumbshare forum. It's for THUMBNAILS. Not for links.
:bulletblue: Spam your work everywhere. There's a thumbshare forum where you can show your work.
:bulletblue: Feed the trolls. Some people's only purpose is to get other people angry. Don't let them get you.


Artwork

Do
:bulletgreen: Add a description. People want to know what it's about.
:bulletgreen: Add the material used/time spend in the descriptions. This will prevent people from asking.
:bulletgreen: Credit the people whose stock material you used (stock rules differ per person. Make sure to read the stock artist's policy)
:bulletgreen: Submit your works to groups. It'll lead to more exposure.
:bulletgreen: If you make art for someone, tag this person. By doing so this person will automatically receive your artwork in his inbox.
:bulletgreen: Add a mature content tag if it includes strong violence or nudity

Don't
:bulletgreen: Post every random doodle. Quality over quantity will make your watchers stay.
:bulletgreen: Make hate art. If you hate a person/fandom, just let it be.


Replying to people

Do
:bulletblack: Reply if someone took the effort to write you a message (unless it's a simple "Thank you" -- those are impossible to reply to)
:bulletblack: Block people and report them to the staff if they're repeatedly mean to you. It's better than fighting back.

Don't
:bulletblack: Fuss about grammar. Not everybody has English as a native language here. It takes some of us a whole lot of effort to write a message in it.
:bulletblack: Gossip about other people. People will be notified when you tag them. They will read it. Public comments will be spread fast. There's nothing as fast as the internet.
:bulletblack: Be an ass
Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Operations Newsletter. Following on from June's Newsletter, I'm going to provide you with further insight in to the Community Operations Department ., and the people who work there.

Some Statistics


You asked for more statistics!  As you can see, at times there may be more tickets solved than were reported, and vice versa. This can be due to a high number of tickets concerning a high priority, which may have resulted in a small backlog developing in a lesser priority area. I think it's also fair to mention that during this reporting period a number of Comm Ops staff have been out on vacation, and we have also assisted the Retail Department in day to day tasks.

In the Past Month we have received ;

  • 928 Bug Report Tickets
  • 2,065 General Help Tickets
  • 4,394 CEA Tickets

In the Past Month we have resolved

  • 900 Bug Reports
  • 1,852 General Help Tickets
  • 4,564 CEA Tickets

In the Past week we have received

  • 238 Bug Reports
  • 530 General Help Tickets
  • 938 CEA Tickets

In the Past week we have resolved

  • 239 Bug Reports
  • 423 General Help Tickets
  • 1,189 CEA Tickets

Current Satisfaction ratings

  • Bug Reports 85%
  • General Help 79%
  • CEA 76%

Overall ratings for the Past Month for all of Community Ops

  • 77% of resolved tickets never received a rating
  • 17.7% gave a positive rating
  • 4.8% gave a negative rating

Let's not forget the moderation desk - which is where all your reports of inappropriate deviations, copyright claims and other policy related issues pertaining to an individual deviation are queued.

CEA Moderation DeskStats:
  • Opened Last Week: 2,227
  • Closed Last Week: 3,036

All non CEA related tickets should have an approximate response time of 4 days or less. CEA related tickets may take longer due to the the investigative process involved in many of the reports.

Impressed yet? I know I am! As a team we are constantly striving to improve, so I look forward to sharing additional snippets in future reports.

Our Favourite Deviations



I asked the team to share some deviations that they think are worthy of featuring in our newsletter. As you can imagine, the team come across lots of amazing art during their day to day roles. Here's a few from July.

Protector by Ironshod 30 Days of Exploration - Pikmin by GoshaDoleThe Earthling by Dannysucks
captain america x rockwell by m7781Estari Comic Teaser by aunjuli+Tarot Geek+ The Tower by Nephyla
The Hobbit - Fan Art by lermsRoyal Purple Water Lily #10 by Tazzy-Prac. 2014.07.10 01 by karolina-g

TAKE 5

In a new section of our newsletter, I decided to ask a member of the team to take 5 minutes out of their day to answer some questions. First up is Ikue who has worked with Community Operations now since January 2010. Previous to this, Ikue was part of the Community Relations Volunteer team.


Using 5 words, describe your job at DeviantART?
Keeping up with the Community.

Turn to page 5 of the nearest book to you, what's the first 5 words on page 5?
"demonstrating the procedures on a…”  Stiff: The curious lives of human cadavers - Mary Roach

5 deviants that should be on everyone's friends list?
Moonbeam13 - Site information and Contests! She’s always got her thumb on the pulse of the community.
fourteenthstar - Same as Moony! Follow for all things deviantART.
LimKis - Extraordinary vector artist. Not exceptionally active anymore but when she does post you won’t be sorry!
ginkgografix - Outstanding artist. Follow her especially if you like all things CSS related.
CrisVector - Rounding this list off with another fantastic vector artist.

 5 things that you can't live without.
  • Can I say Candy 5 times? No? Okay then just Sour Candy.
  • My iPhone. Though it’s in need of an upgrade.
  • Photoshop/Illustrator. Design work/play!
  • deviantART. Corny I know, but it’s so full of inspiration!
  • My S.O. Another cheesy answer but it’s the truth! Together 15 years this fall. :aww:

5 deviations that you think the community need to see?
FVTVRAMA by glitchritualYakuza Mario by eduardovieiraSpring by alegas
The beauty in darkness by zv3zdaScribble by OwaikeO

Phew!

As you can see from the above, July was quite a busy month for us. Not only have we been hard at work assisting deviants in need, but we've also had some team members attend Comic-Con. Head on over to aunjuli & damphyr to find out more, and turn green with envy.

July is almost over, and we're already putting in place preparations for our birthday celebrations, including announcing a special round of Seniority Announcements, and of course a brand spanking new Deviousness Award.

I hope you have enjoyed our latest newsletter. Please feel free to ask any questions or leave suggestions for future content in the comments below.

Thank you - stay devious! :dalove:

The Unloved Ones - A feature

Tue Jul 29, 2014, 4:15 AM
I noticed I don't make features so often lately. This time I'll show you the works of some 'not popular' artists on dA: artists who have not more than 100k views and deserve more love. 
Hope you'll enjoy the journey. :)

AC fanpic for my friend by narrator366
8 by narrator366 Ff14 fanart by narrator366
narrator366 



high tension by Aldariia
KakaIru by Aldariia KakaYama by Aldariia 
by Aldariia 



Nap in the forest by Lumannn
Rahim#2 by Lumannn Rahim#3 by Lumannn
by Lumannn 



Bird by Pheberoni
cold shoulders by Pheberoni A/T by Pheberoni
Pheberoni 



Targaryen by aprilis420
confused by aprilis420 supernatural by aprilis420




Bopia by SashaGreen
ihiohiu by SashaGreen poiuo by SashaGreen



Lightning has returned by david-sladek
Sketch Session Day 8-9 zombie graffiti by david-sladek Sketch Session Day 4 by david-sladek
Luna Lovegood by FourCG
Clich... by FourCG Head by FourCG



Acqua  by angelavianello
Fifth Element (2010) by angelavianello Little Mermaid (2011) by angelavianello




Daily Lit Recognition for July 30th, 2014

We are proud to feature today's Daily Literature Recognition!

You can show your support by :+favlove:ing this News Article.

Please comment and :+fav: the features and congratulate the artists!




Poetry

Suggested by: Edges-to-Everything

Featured by: UnspecifiedUnknown

Jack and the Beanstalkeveryone laughs and says
I sold my bread and butter for
a handful of beans that won't buy jack
but where they see dirt I see 
a ladder brushing its fingers against the atmosphere
twisting up and around itself to form
new growth so green and alive and yes
I may be on the bottom rung and true
I can't see the golden goose from here but
they say there are giants in the promised land
and I hope to God it's true because
I want to feel afraid when I get there.

Jack and the Beanstalk by ReubenDeFlash



Per the suggestor: tigerli-ly's comment says it well:

"...that is the perfect manifestation of not only hoping for the 
better things in life, but also actually taking a chance at bringing 
them into action! I love how you twisted the single-sided 
nature of the moral of the original story and turned it to show 
the positive side of ambition (not necessarily greed)..."




Featured by: AyeAye12

FinalityThe Man of Many Maladies
has flowers that fade to grey,
the dry rot,
the twenty-one grams
and he is already gone by morning.
An overpowering, a tyranny of mind
seeped through the porous skin-
it is there now,
it will be there.
The engine, custom made
by some sick saboteur, is slow now-
it makes gruesome churning sounds,
metal against metal, noxious sparks-
like an expiring titanium bird.
The ivory keys of a piano
play somewhere in a distant room.
There is at least meaning in that.
He hears it and tries to imagine himself walking,
just walking, nowhere in particular.
Where in that place there once was air,
rich and sharp colours,
movement and sound.
Where there were wall-mounted clocks
that could be easily ignored-
other people pass through there,
and will again.
But for him there is just the music,
the music, and the darkness.
Dead on arrival,
I expected to be-
dark magic
with a twist of tragedy,
a flick of the syringe
a plunge.
I lunge forward,
forlorn and trembling-
you can see my ed

Finality by ncaph



Three poems in one, the tale of drugs 
and a victim to them. Sharp as a syringe.





Prose

Suggested by: haphazardmelody

Featured by: chromeantennae

Eyes to TellGeordie knows what happened to the 'sno-cone man. Why he don't come round no more. Same time the Reverend's bright, handsome boy Dennis went to visit his relatives in the 'States.
He knows too what's buried 'neath the empty lot, next to the old brewery on Fairview Hill.
Thinking over the things he knows, Geordie gets a sly-puss smile on his face. ‘I got a roof need fixin 'fore hurricane season and me without a dime to spare.’
He’s been letting this one sit. Two months gone and sure bet the Reverend thinks his secret’s safe. But the Bishop’s coming for the dedication of the new church. Now’s the time to make his play.  
He makes sure his lettering on the note is just right. It takes a couple tries―he don't got the steadiest hand no more—then he seals it up good in a nice new envelope and goes to wait patiently by the door. It ain't quite morning bright but he knows the postman likes to beat the sun.
Sure enough not more'n a few m

Eyes to Tell by leyghan



Suggester says: This piece is fantastic for two reasons: 
an incredibly sinister atmosphere and perfect adherence 
to dialect. This flash fiction crafts such a story in so few words.



Suggested by: MagicalJoey

Featured by: TwilightPoetess

RebootI punched a kid twice in fifth grade for trying to see up Gemini Hetherington’s skirt when her twin brother was home sick. The Hetheringtons could get away with things like that if they ever lifted a fist in the first place, but for a Holthausen it was like a criminal offense, and all of the better-neighborhood parents gasped at the news and wondered what went wrong in my development. I sat in the car while the principal spoke to my dad about it. Through the window I heard him warn that I would no sooner be punching Walt Burtons in elementary than pulling a knife on a man for his wallet in adulthood, and that immediate correction was necessary unless he wanted me to wind up in jail with the rest of the scum of Airedale.
While my dad tried to calm the principal down, Gemini Hetherington tiptoed up to the window when her nanny was distracted. At first she signed ‘thank you’ to me through the window.  She breathed on the glass and drew a heart on the foggy circle. T

Reboot by Moonlightauthor



This short story introduces a new and intriguing world, 
and carries some hefty morals with it. 
Also, the opening line is great.





For more information, including how to suggest a Deviation

to be featured, please visit us at DailyLitRecognition.


Thanks so much for supporting the lit community and this project!


~ The DailyLitRecognition Team ~




Prepared by: TwilightPoetess



Skin by SimplySilent
:iconprojecteducate:
:iconprojecteducate:


Project Educate News

We had a good handful of interesting entries to the Classic Captures Portraiture Contest which was designed to encourage people to explore one of the sub-galleries of the People and Portraits Photography gallery here on DeviantART. The idea was to use some of the tips you learned during the Project Educate week to capture a classic portrait. The theme had to follow the idea of Classic Portraiture which can be defined as follows...
"Photographs of people in traditional pose are often formal, refined and restrained in style while a plain and simple background is a popular feature for a Classic Portrait."

We had some great entries which can be found here and without further ado - here are the results!

1st Place


Tom's Urban Adventure by Pierre-Lagarde
By Pierre-Lagarde
Winning: 6 month sub + 100 points

2nd Place


rebloom by kerrybush
By kerrybush
Winning: 3 month sub + 50 points




Pimps



Official dA News


:bulletpurple: Community Operations Newsletter - July 2014

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:star: Follow :icondepthradius: for more articles.


Official Contests


All "official" contests will begin at midnight PST on the start date and end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relation run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest

:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge 109 - Mad Science - Deadline July 31, 2014



Community Relations Projects

:bulletgreen: projecteducate Upcoming: Galleries Month!   View the whole schedule here
:bulletgreen: Did You know?
:bulletblue: Appreciation and the Community
:bulletblue: August 16th devMEET - Toronto Centre Island
:bulletblue: Basic CSS Style Guide
:bulletblue: Blank deviantART meme
:bulletblue: Creators First
:bulletblue: Critique 4 Critique - Time to Comment
:bulletblue: deviantART Customisation FAQ
:bulletblue: Eating Disorder Awareness
:bulletblue: Everything You've Learned about Writing is a Lie
:bulletblue: Getting Started in Comics
:bulletblue: Hitching a Ride with Dialogue
:bulletblue: July Workshop - Flash Fiction Month
:bulletblue: Literary Terminology Guide
:bulletblue: Mid-July News: Appreciation
:bulletblue: #Artisancraft News + Weekly Gallery Highlight
:bulletblue: Novel Expression Cover Contest
:bulletblue: What is Art? Art for Smiles, a new program in the making
:bulletblue: PE: :Literature Basics Settings
:bulletblue: Photographing People on your Travels
:bulletblue: RubyStories Volume 1
:bulletblue: Sculpting Femme Fatales
:bulletblue: Sneek Peek: deviantART's NEW Today Page
:bulletblue: So You Want to be a Concept Artist?
:bulletblue: Thank you House of Playwrights and it's Members
:bulletblue: Watercolour Tutorials
:bulletblue: Testing Limits





Features & Interviews


:bulletred: -404 Deviant Found vol 47
:bulletred: All Snapped Up .24 - Elisanth
:bulletred: Beast Vision Vol 14
:bulletred: Celebrating Diversity 56
:bulletred: Culinary Arts Feature
:bulletred: dA love for everyone 104
:bulletred: Daily Fractal Features for July 18th, 2014
:bulletred: Equine Escapades Vol 15
:bulletred: Fan Art Friday - Summer Special Edition 1
:bulletred: Hot off the Press Reaper-x is Published
:bulletred: I Think that I shall Never See
:bulletred: Light and Dark
:bulletred: Monday Munchies 14
:bulletred: Project Porkchop Vol350
:bulletred: Putting the Art in Artisan Fableblades



Groups


:bulletgreen: Authors-ClubWe are not just a literature group, we are a close-knit community of writers and non-writers alike who aim to support you in your strive to achieve excellence. We encourage and promote the deviantART community's literary growth and knowledge. Spreading community, influence, and positivity since 2009.


Commissions




Whoas - Theme: Comics



100DoN - Puppy. by emedeme Disney GOT Bram and Hordor by nandomendonssa The Great Cat-astrophe - Page 5 by Junedays 
Ever Ever After by dronio Knot - Page 01 by secondlina Angel of the Night by jeffchendesigns 
The Athenian!! by Nick-OG If Oden Kun characters were human? by juriTanaka Honey Lemon from Disney's BIG HERO 6 by princekido 
Ultimate X-Men trade cover by diablo2003 The Life of Santa Claus by NunoDias Just My Opinion by mjranum 
Dark Tower cover color by J-Scott-Campbell Hogan Comic Pg 06 by J-Scott-Campbell MARVELous Art of J. Scott Campbell: Interiors Prev by J-Scott-Campbell 
Time Square is a Lonely Place by ToolKitten Executive Assistant: Assasins 3A by ToolKitten witchblade 144 variant by nebezial 
ravine  friend of yours? by nebezial ravine- dont piss off her dragon by nebezial my spider sense is tingling by nebezial 
what is best in life?...hellyeah for oldschool by nebezial so i found my llord of the rings soundtrack.... by nebezial The perfect scroll by princendymion 
The things I've learned by princendymion Something Funny by TomPreston 
 
  
 
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:note: To contribute to the next issue of "Pimps & Whoas" please include it in the comments below with the appropriate links and information.  If promoting groups, please include a description so people know why they should check it out! Also use devtags not icontags eg:communityrelations not :iconcommunityrelations:

What I'm looking for from you guys:
:bulletred: News, Features or Interviews you want to promote
:bulletred: Groups you want me to feature or highlight
:bulletred: deviations that follow the theme for that issue
:bulletred: DevMEETs or events going on around you or being hosted by you.
:bulletred: Commission information for those looking for Commissions
:bulletred: Anything else you feel you want the deviantART community to know about!


Next issue to be posted August 13, 2014 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Super Heroes.  

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!

Very Special Thank You Feature

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 30, 2014, 1:18 AM

:iconyellowpiedbudgieplz:Special Thank You Feature for Our Voters:iconparakeetplz:

A HUGE Thank You to our Super Special VOTERS, both Members and Administrators alike,  here at Unframed-Nature who voted on The TOP SUBMISSIONS of UNFRAMED-NATURE for the three voting periods of: 
JAN.-FEB., and MAR.-APR., and MAY-JUNE, 2014 !!

Jan.-Feb.'s TOP SUBS of Unframed-Nature and News!Welcome to JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2014’s Top Submissions of Unframed-Nature.
:iconhappysunplz:
Thank you for being here whether you are a Member yet or not!
We welcome you and your support! :thanks:

A GRAND Welcome to ALL of Our NEW MEMBERS!
:squee:  :clap: :clap: :clap:  :squee:
And a HUGE thank you to our loyal Members who have been submitting your fantastic
Nature Work to our Group for a long time now.
Without you, we just simply wouldn’t be here. :aww:
:iconyellowflowerplz:
Thank you so much to ALL the amazing MEMBERS (and Admins.) who returned to vote on our main folders (and the THEME) for these months! :love:
:iconbouquetplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbouquetplz:
Let’s continue to submit our own BEST QUALITY work, enjoy it, improve upon it, enjoy the work of others, and Nature in general. It’s what it’s all about-
combining our love of Art with our love of Nature, and coming together under that commonality!
March-Apr.'s TOP SUBS of Unframed-Nature and NEWSWelcome to MARCH-APRIL 2014’s Top Submissions of Unframed-Nature.
:iconhappysunplz:
Thank you for being here whether you are a Member yet or not!
We welcome you and your support! :thanks:

A GRAND Welcome to ALL of Our NEW MEMBERS!
:squee:  :clap: :clap: :clap:  :squee:
And a HUGE thank you to our loyal Members who have been submitting your fantastic
Nature Work to our Group for a long time now.
Without you, we just simply wouldn’t be here. :aww:
:iconyellowflowerplz:
Thank you so much to ALL the amazing MEMBERS (and Admins.) who returned to vote on our main folders (and the THEME) for these months! :love:
:iconbouquetplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbouquetplz:
Let’s continue to submit our own BEST QUALITY work, enjoy it, improve upon it, enjoy the work of others, and Nature in general. It’s what it’s all about-
combining our love of Art with our love of Nature, and coming together under that commonality!
Without fu
May-June TOP SUBS of Unframed-Nature and NEWSWelcome to MAY-JUNE 2014’s Top Submissions of Unframed-Nature.
:iconhappysunplz:
Thank you for being here whether you are a Member yet or not!
We welcome you and your support! :thanks:

A GRAND Welcome to ALL of Our NEW MEMBERS!
:squee:  :clap: :clap: :clap:  :squee:
And a HUGE thank you to our loyal Members who have been submitting your fantastic
Nature Work to our Group for a long time now.
Without you, we just simply wouldn’t be here. :aww:
:iconpinkflowerplz:
Thank you so much to ALL the amazing MEMBERS (and Admins.) who returned to vote on our main folders for these months! :love:
:iconbouquetplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbouquetplz:
Let’s continue to submit our own BEST QUALITY work, enjoy it, improve upon it, enjoy the work of others, and Nature in general. It’s what it’s all about-
combining our love of Art with our love of Nature, and coming together under that commonality!
Without further ado...


:icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz:

It is our philosophy that this is the Group’s Group,
:heart: :community::community::community: :heart:
and so this particular Monthly Activity is open to ALL Members. :aww:
Simply Watch :eyes: for the Group Blog announcing WHEN and HOW to vote.  
:note: The NEXT one will be out on AUG. 31st. :la:

For a very very long time, at least two, maybe three years, we voted on this "Top Subs..." event, every single *MONTH* AND ALSO produced a subsequent News Article to reflect the results, which also included our own group News, and news from some other extra special affiliate groups...

:note: HOWEVER since the very beginning of 2014, a super important change was made here at Unframed-Nature.

The event was changed to occur EVERY TWO MONTHS, instead. :nod:

So whereas last year, at THIS time, we would have had membership voting SIX times, and had published SIX resulting News Articles, INSTEAD, we have cut this event back in half, to membership voting THREE times, and THREE resulting News Articles. :)

There were a few reasons for this change, to be honest, but one very important one, which is easy to explain and understand, is the TIME and WORK factor. In this new way of doing this event, we save Members AND Administrators a lot of time and effort on having to go through our main folders, and sometimes the THEME folders, to vote! Rather than doing this EVERY month, now they're only doing this half that time! :la:

I mean, let's face it, should they choose to make the commitment to do this, at all, it is a great effort to be certain! There are still a LOT Of pages of work to sift through- and TONS of talented work to decide upon!  With TWO months worth of work to look through, there is MORE work to look through- even though we DID cut the submission limit, by a lot! Our membership continues to grow, so that affects it, too.  :nod:

So, their help, and dedication is just outstanding, and it is always appreciated, and will always mean a lot to me and the group in general! :aww: :heart:

This also saves me some time and effort, too, because I am not tallying votes, pasting them in my spreadsheets, and re-pasting them in the news articles, and putting together the news articles for publication *monthly* -rather every OTHER month. :D

So, it's just better all the way around. :)

Of course there's more point donors to account for and feature, (but hey, if there's one thing to have more of...! ;) ) and the choosing of more members of the month... so in some areas it can be almost twice as much work, but overall, I DO think it is better! :aww:


:note: So, the NEXT Special Thank You Feature for voters, would be for voting on the folders of JULY-AUG., and SEPT.-OCT., and NOV.-DEC. with the Feature coming out sometime in January... but likely due to all that goes on that time of year, probably later- like February or so.


Aside from all the incredibly beauty inside these amazing Nature folders, making it very difficult to narrow it down and choose so very few to vote on,
given that we are a large group, we DO need enough Members to vote, to give a nice enough representation of what is reflected in our folders.

So, as you can see, this is quite a pretty important bit of volunteer work for our Group!

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It is why, it is very important to recognize those Members and Admins., of our Group, who have been assisting us by participating in this process, therefore supplying us with this amazing monthly every-two-month activity. :lol:  Thank you ALLLLLL!  :thanks:

Some voted in ALL THREE of the dual-monthly periods, some voted in TWO of them, and others voted in one dual period. :heart:  And even once is so welcomed! :love:

Whatever amount of help that has been volunteered,
:iconspreadmoreloveplz: It is GREATLY APPRECIATED! :iconspreadmoreloveplz:

:iconballoonplz:

SO, Without further ado....

:clap: :iconthankyouplz4: :iconthankyouplz4: :iconthankyouplz4:  :clap:
 
:iconblueanomis:            
G R A V I T Y by BlueAnomiSLittle T by BlueAnomiS
M Y __ S U N S H I N E by BlueAnomiSD A Y D R E A M by BlueAnomiS

:iconhansmar:            
Krokus5 by HansmarPhysalis by Hansmar
Droplets by HansmarFloating In The Canyon by Hansmar

:iconzenmoments:        
Day dreamers by ZenMomentsMemorial. by ZenMoments
Touched by a kind heart. by ZenMomentsThrough the city. by ZenMoments

:iconmittarimato:            
Forest Path by mittarimatoThe Big Oak by mittarimato
Sunset Meadows by mittarimatoThe Final Hour by mittarimato

:iconerozja:            
163. Mermaid princess - Fluorescence by Erozja87. Fairy of frost by Erozja    
156. Magic Fairies - angelic gardener by Erozja158. Steampunk angel by Erozja

:iconsilivrentinu:    
Autumn Scene 2 by SilivrenTinuLight and Shadow by SilivrenTinu
Shine by SilivrenTinuOn the Road by SilivrenTinu

:iconschwarzwieebenholz:    
Troestende Worte by SchwarzWieEbenholZTiptoe by SchwarzWieEbenholZ
Little Nation by SchwarzWieEbenholZLucky too by SchwarzWieEbenholZ

:iconyanagi-no-yume:        
Spring magic by Yanagi-no-YumePromises of spring VII by Yanagi-no-Yume
On my way by Yanagi-no-YumeSimple necklace - garnet by Yanagi-no-Yume

:iconravingeaglemedia:    
Fired Glass Beads by RavingEagleMediaTreasures of the Earth Necklace by RavingEagleMedia
Attitude by RavingEagleMediaGrand Canyon Panoramic by RavingEagleMedia





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:iconcacharoth:    
corn by cacharoththistle by cacharoth    
pink rose by cacharoth    

:iconsarapereiraart:    
Idyllic by SaraPereiraArtLet the sun shine by SaraPereiraArt
Put your lights on by SaraPereiraArt

:iconphilippel:
Siamese Friends by philippeLRunning Horse by philippeL    
Kissed by a Squirrel by philippeL    

:iconelen89:    
Tommi Watercolor by elen89Bambou by elen89    
Commissioned -Ellie- by elen89        

:iconjocelyner:            
Cutiepie by JocelyneRClose Encounter by JocelyneR
Fluffy Clouds Before Dusk by JocelyneR

:iconpeeshan:        
Aeon by PeeshanLorelei by Peeshan
Frozen Light by Peeshan

:iconausrejurke:
Needles of Flower by ausrejurkeWonderland Lawn by ausrejurke    
Cold Wind of Winter by ausrejurke    

:iconmiss-whoa-back-off:
Summer Dreams by Miss-Whoa-Back-OffThe World Looks Different Upside Down by Miss-Whoa-Back-Off
Collie on the Porch by Miss-Whoa-Back-Off
    
:icongigi50:                
Pink streaks by gigi50Highway view by gigi50
Before the rise by gigi50

:iconawesome43:               
Awakening by awesome43Night Bloom for my DA Grandson's birthday. by awesome43
Transformation by awesome43

:iconsesam-is-open:
My Corner Of Joy by sesam-is-openThe Perfect Place For Summer Dreams by sesam-is-open    
Unanswered Questions by sesam-is-open

:icondeviantteddine:        
Lavender Craze by DeviantTeddinePoppy Red Craze IV by DeviantTeddine
Herrenberg From Above by DeviantTeddine

:iconadardurden:            
uummm. . . .Why is everyone looking at me??? by AdARDurdenHappy Spring from Florida !! by AdARDurden
Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis - a580 by AdARDurden

:iconcoffeenoir:    
Single Stalk by coffeenoirSibling Chain by coffeenoir    
Tiger Lily by coffeenoir

:iconblue-koi:    
Daffodil by Blue-KoiRose 1 by Blue-Koi    
Lobularia maritima by Blue-Koi    

:iconingelore:                
busy by Ingeloremerry month of May by Ingelore
hydrangea by Ingelore




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:iconaltergromit:
Minnie the Cat by altergromitRookery by altergromit

:icondonnasueb:
Center by donnasuebThe Very Best Day by donnasueb

:iconkeziamara:
Princess by KeziamaraPsalm 139:9 by Keziamara

:icondeb-e-ann:
Sweet Peas by Deb-e-annGolden Lily by Deb-e-ann

:iconupironetopyr:
Unusual couple by UpironetopyrSyrphidae by Upironetopyr

:icongeak-of-nature:
Turtle Eggs by Geak-of-NatureNorthern Water Snake on the Trail by Geak-of-Nature

:iconannissina:
First kiss 98/365 by AnnissinaWave by Annissina

:iconlayaboutjoe:
Portland Japanese Garden 17 of 28 by LayaboutJoePortland Japanese Garden 22 of 28 by LayaboutJoe

:iconvampirbiene:
Ready for dinner by VampirbieneA leaf for two by Vampirbiene

:iconcarthaginian:
Standing Out by CarthaginianSepia Sunset by Carthaginian

:iconaldistar:
8 Of Wands by AldistarFunnel by Aldistar

:iconjewel-firefly:
On the Loose by Jewel-FireflyAlight by Jewel-Firefly

:iconrospberry:
Peer Into Purple by rospberrySleeping Leopard by rospberry

:iconlacedshadowdiamond:
The Gatekeeper (09.07.14) by LacedShadowDiamondBlack-Headed Gull 008 (04.03.14) by LacedShadowDiamond

:iconthedewdropfairy:
Simple pleasures by TheDewdropFairyWhere the wild faeries play by TheDewdropFairy

:iconshinyheels:
Bridge over troubled water by ShinyHeelsWhile you only see the seed by ShinyHeels

:iconlydiarhianne:
Burst by LydiaRhianneOrange Lacewing by LydiaRhianne

:iconclu-art:
Lilium album by Clu-artMountain Lake View by Clu-art

:iconmysteryprone:
Signature by MysteryProneLittle Ones by MysteryProne

:iconwindinthecoffeecup:
Flowing by WindInTheCoffeeCupNo flash photography please by WindInTheCoffeeCup

:iconsilenttragedy37:
Here Comes The Sun by silenttragedy37yellow. by silenttragedy37

:iconcottoon:
Mystical sweetness by CottoonLost at sea by Cottoon





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The Previous "Special Thank you Feature":

:heart: Very Special Thank You Feature:iconyellowpiedbudgieplz:Special Thank You Feature for Our Voters:iconparakeetplz:
A HUGE Thank You to our Special VOTERS, both Members and Admins., alike,  here at Unframed-Nature who voted on The TOP SUBMISSIONS of UNFRAMED-NATURE for the Months of: 
SEPT., OCT., & NOV., 2013

:note: JAN./FEB.'s TOP Subs of Unframed-Nature will be out in just a few more days!
Thank you for your patience!
:icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz:
It is our philosophy that this is the Group’s Group,
:heart: :community::community: :heart:
and so this particular Monthly Activity is open to ALL Members. :aww:
Simply Watch :eyes: for the Group Blog announcing WHEN and HOW to vote.  
:note: Traditionally, we were voting during the first week of each month, for the previous month...
but we have made a VERY recent change! We will try some
:heart:


:icongewalgon-divider1::icongewalgon-divider2::icongewalgon-divider3::icongewalgon-divider4::icongewalgon-divider5:



:iconballoonsplz: Our Group’s NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS! :iconballoonsplz:


:pencil:Unframed-Nature's UpComing News Articles :pencil:

:bulletpink: VOTING on "The TOP Subs of JULY-AUG. 2014" is due on AUG. 31st.


:trophy: Upcoming Themes & Contests :trophy:

JULY-AUG. THEME: CURRENT:
VOTE on MAY-JUNE and NEWS!   
Voting on Top Submissions of MAY & JUNE 2014
:icondoublehugplz::icondoublehugplz::icondoublehugplz::icondoublehugplz::icondoublehugplz::icondoublehugplz:
:iconpocketwatchplz: TIME TO VOTE ON MAY/JUNE's FOUR ORIGINAL FOLDERS :iconpocketwatchplz:
:iconcip33::iconcip33::iconcip33::iconcip33::iconcip33::iconcip33:
~~~ :icontulipplz: ~~~ HOW to VOTE ~~~ :icontulipplz: ~~~
MOST Months We Hold a WHOLE GROUP Membership Voting, and we Welcome our AWESOME MEMBERS/[plus ADMIN.!!] to VOTE on what each feel are the TOP Submissions from that time period, out of our Folders!
We believe this is the Group's Group.
:heart: :icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz: :heart:
You May Vote on:
:bulletblue: 2 from "Birds, Inverts, Aquats, Repts, Amphibs, May-JUNE'14" - HERE: http://unframed-nature.deviantart.com/gallery/49433601/Birds-Inverts-Aquats-Repts-Amph

Scroll to the bottom to see details and prizes.
The DOUBLE or NOTHING, CLOSE-UPS Submitting Folder

AUTUMN THEMED CONTEST: Likely beginning sometime in OCT.


:iconspreadmoreloveplz: :new: Customized Group Journal Skin...  Coming Some Day! :iconspreadmoreloveplz:

My dear Members, and other fellow-Admins.!

I just wanted to take a quick moment to announce to you that there IS a :new: Customized Group Journal Skin, in the works... courtesy of our very own, very active, and very loyal Admin. Lily Annissina! :love:

I am VERY VERY excited about this, because this is something I have truly been interested in, for our group for a long time, but is not something I've been able to do myself, or have a chance to ask around for help, etc., :blushes:

Even, NOW, that she had surprised me with this by NOTE, quite a WHILE ago by now, :blushes: I am the ONLY reason, why this wonderful news is being delayed... because I still have so many notes that I have yet to answer because of everything from before, most of which still continues, and therefore my lack of time in general, and the lack of ability to get organized on dA within so little time.

But, I really want this to happen very badly, and I want to thank Lily, for taking this on, and I WILL be getting together with her about this, as soon as I am able!
:iconcatlaplz:


:icondonatepointsgreenplz: POINTS for Our Group! :icondonatepointsgreenplz:

We still have a lot to fund, currently, and coming up!! :eager:

To help us to achieve these plans and goals, if you do have a few points to spare, feel free to donate to our group, HERE:
:points: Unframed-Nature-PTS :iconunframed-nature-pts: :points:

:star: Any point helps, and you will read there, how our donors are rewarded! :star:

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Thank-you by KmyGraphic

Thank you ALL,
Members and hard working Admins. alike!

ThankYou by KmyGraphic

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Spotlight Vol. 103

People and Portraits










Huge congratulations are extended to Reaper-X who has just published his very own first book featuring his Street Photography. It's called 'Nouns (of the Person and Place variety) and can be purchased from here or from here (for Australians!) Check out the 15 page preview here to see exactly what the book involves and some of Oslo's excellent captures. Well done Reaper-X!


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Journal Entry: Tue Jul 29, 2014, 4:20 AM
Believe by IMustBeDead 

Marry Me by mirabiliaimages WoW: Death Knight Lureidys by Altana Vampire nymph by bloodspit 

.: A c h e r o n t i A :. by J-u-d-a-s See no Evil by zummerfish Karme goddess-2 by JablonskiPiotr 

 Angelarium: hope by Indiron "Get entangled" by Ryohei-Hase Vampire by Sallow 

Your nightmare.... come to life !! by CrisestepArt Medusa by RobShields Contamination by VixSky 

Undead King by TatarskiSkandal 

Poison Ivy by Manink 454u by jarrod343 The Story of My Hopes II by borda 

Suicide by Star by Winter-Simbelmyne Blind Love by FlexDreams Queen Of All by Forjani 

Agony by maiarcita EDEN II by Carlos-Quevedo The wings of Maleficent by GinebraCamelot 

Devil Inquisitor by mingrutu 

Gothic Angel by SweediesArt Witchcraft by FurorArt Joan by megan7 

'' We were born to die '' by cindy-drawings Coral Demon by davepalumbo Meliai by tubyx 
She, who weaves nightmares by sashulka _silent tears of a woman_ by NanFe Lonely Moon by LeslieAnnODell 

Endless kiss by oione 

Ghost council of Orzhova by velinov Another Fallen Angel by AndyFairhurst Hateful Draft by jameswolf 

Melancholy by VanilleNoire La redemption des renegades by CyrilBarreaux Red bride by DZIU09 

Dandelion by armene From the Shadows by NakedInvention red tone by sparkbearer 

Slowly by monislawa Ashes by Anna-Mystic The sleeping beauty by MOTOM-MOandTOM 

The Piano Lesson by Exphrasis