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Do you create Collections for yourself, or to share and feature artwork with others?

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How to get feedback on dA

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 24, 2014, 2:36 PM

We all joined this site, more or less for this reason, to get feedback on our art. The whole point of submitting art online is for people to see it and hear what they think about it. 

Now there are a lot of deviants out there who get little to no feedback and as a result ask the people who faved their art to comment or go to random people on dA and ask for them to look at their art or comment in the hopes that the person will be kind enough to return the favor. 
A message to the people who do that, you're doing it all wrong.
Sure, if you ask 20 people who faved your drawing what they thought about it, you might get 1 or 2 answers, but in return, you'll be ignored by say 10 people and you'll annoy 8 people. I get these comments and i'm telling you, begging for feedback is not the way to go, if someone didn't comment when they fave, what makes you think forcing their hand is the right way to go? 
A fav is a compliment, take it a it is. Not everyone has time to comment, but you should be happy they took the time to look at your art and click that fav button. 

Also, commenting on random deviants and expecting them to return the favor might leave you disappointed. There are many friendships that can be forged this way but it's tedious because many deviants aren't very active on dA, many are just interested in receiving comments and don't even reply, and many are happy to receive your comment but have no time/don't feel like returning the favor. That is especially the case with popular artists who receive lots of comments and literally don't have the time to answer/comment/ check out people's galleries. So if you want to do it this way, it's ok, but you could try to comment on deviations who have few to 0 comments. Check to see if they answer to their comments, if they don't, chances are they don't really care for giving and receiving feedback (or they might be interested in receiving feedback but are sure as hell not going to give you any).

Most deviants wait for people to come to them and comment, and that's a legitimate way of doing it. But if you really don't feel like waiting for that to happen and don't want to leave this to chance then here are your options:

1. Comment for comment group, i will even list a few in case you don't know how to search for groups on dA :iconprojectcomment: read their projects and journals and apply to get feedback there. You will have to comment in return but isn't it much better to comment knowing that you will receive feedback as well? 
more groups: :iconproject-comment: :iconiwantfeedback: :iconanimangafeedbackclub: :iconcomment-club: :iconcomment-revolution: :iconcommentart: :iconfeedbackfrenzy: 

2. critique groups - if you're interested in in-depth comments and critiques, there are groups for that as well. 
Critique groups:
:iconcritiquecommunity: :icongoldencritique-club: :iconcritique-exchange: :iconcritique-it: :iconcritique-boutique: :iconcritiquegeeks:

3. Thumbshare in forums.… bet many of you didn't know that even existed :)

4. Be in the community. Give llamas, browse the undiscovered section, comment in the forums and give other people feedback, but not just random people but people who asked for feedback in the thumbshare or the feedback groups, they are most likely to be grateful for your comment and return the favor. Don't just wait for them to come to you, try to be the one to make the first step. 

I am by no means an expert, this is just what I would do. I get enough feedback and i am very happy with it. If you know of other good methods to get feedback then you can suggest it here and i will include it in this journal.

If you want my oppinion on a particular drawing, you can write a link in this journal and i will try to answer to as many people as possible.

Also, please fav this journal so that many people can see it and have this information. You'd be surprised how many deviants out there have no idea how to find these feedback groups.
I also encourage you to comment on each other's linked drawings in this journal, but you don't have to if you don't want to, but you'll make someone happy if you do.


Impromptu RAFFLE!!!

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 8:38 AM

The Great Kaiju Avatar Project

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 24, 2014, 9:55 PM

Kaiju (怪獣 kaijū) is a Japanese word that literally translates to "strange creature." The word has been translated and defined in English as "monster" and is used to refer to a genre of tokusatsu entertainment. Kaiju films usually showcase monsters of any form, usually attacking a major Japanese city or engaging another (or multiple) monsters in battle.

Related terms include kaijū eiga (怪獣映画 kaijū eigamonster movie), a film featuring giant monsters or a single monster; kaijin (怪人, referring to roughly humanoid monsters); and daikaiju (大怪獣 daikaijū, giant kaiju), specifically meaning the larger variety of monsters.

Godzilla is an example of a daikaiju; others include GameraMothraKing GhidorahMechagodzillaAnguirus, and Rodan. The term ultra-kaiju is longhand for kaiju in the Ultra Series.  -Wikipedia Entry

So what does this mean for me? Simple! Just change your avatar to that of a "kaiju" don't know what is considered Kaiju? Have no fear! I have created 100 different kaiju avatars free for anyone to use in this project or if they just want to use it because it is cool! What's the point of this project? Well silly, no real point just a fun community project to show that YOU THE COMMUNITY like to take part in community fun! Plus you get a cool avatar out of it.

Step 01: Pick an avatar or create your own. (any character from a Kaiju film or television program.) (keep in mind that avatars must be 15kbs or less)
Step 02: Leave a comment on this journal saying you're participating.
Step 03: Tell your friends! Let them join in on the fun.

Current Participants:
:iconetherealbeast: :iconmorbidman187: :iconlawnyj: :iconastralseed:

Avatar Examples:
Kaiju04 by etherealbeast Kaiju06 by etherealbeast Kaiju05 by etherealbeast Kaiju07 by etherealbeast
Kaiju08 by etherealbeast Kaiju09 by etherealbeast Kaiju10 by etherealbeast Kaiju13 by etherealbeast
Kaiju14 by etherealbeast Kaiju24 by etherealbeast Kaiju25 by etherealbeast Kaiju26 by etherealbeast
Kaiju27 by etherealbeast Kaiju28 by etherealbeast Kaiju29 by etherealbeast Kaiju30 by etherealbeast
Kaiju31 by etherealbeast Kaiju32 by etherealbeast Kaiju33 by etherealbeast Kaiju38 by etherealbeast

Click HERE to view all 100.

Welcome to dAy-Brighteners! :la: I'm so glad you could join us here, and please, enjoy your stay.

There are a few rules to abide to, but it's nothing you wouldn't see in other groups:

:bulletred: No spamming/trolling/flaming.
:bulletred: Be polite, considerate, and respectful of others. (After all, we're supposed to brighten others' days!)
:bulletred: When Galleries open, no stolen artwork.

Now that the drab part is over with, here's the actual meat of the cause:

dAy-Brighteners was created to improve (brighten) other Deviants' days, through means of a kind comment, a few sentences, or some words on his/her artwork.

:bulletgreen: Try to aim for at least five a day!
:bulletgreen: The comments can be on friends, family, or a total stranger. :tighthug:
:bulletgreen: If you're pressed for time, try asking how others' days are. Even in a Favorite response comment: 'Thank you for the Favorite! How is your day?'

This is a new group, but I hope to see it thrive as a joint effort. I'm planning a few events soon, and hopefully a contest! :la: To do this, help with management will be needed. If anyone is interested, please comment on this journal or note either the group or I, Aerode. I'd love to have you. :love:

Thank you to everyone who joins! There will be much more to come, and have an amazing day. :glomp:

dAy-Brighteners Project (and DLR)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 5:52 PM by Aerode:iconaerode:

Good morning/afternoon/evening! :la: I hope you've been well.

I have some exciting news: the official group for the cause dAy Brighteners is now live! :happybounce: For more information, click on the journal below, or keep reading:

dAy Brighteners is a cause which attempts to improve (brighten) other Deviants' days through means of a kind comment or few sentences on a profile or artwork. A Deviant in this group will attempt to leave at least five of these types of comments on profiles a day. It could be anyone: a friend, family, or even a random Deviant!

Here's a link to the new Group:



I hope you join!

In other news, I'm still eagerly awaiting more DLR suggestions! My Notes are always open. If you'd prefer to suggest to someone else, click on the 'Meet the Team' journal below. (No hard feelings!) To find more information about this, head over to DailyLitRecognition or the official group, LitRecognition . :love:

Here are a few of the latest articles:

Daily Lit Recognition for April 24th, 2014Daily Lit Recognition for April 24th, 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!
Featured by: VertigoArt

parasthesia by intricately-ordinary
The use of line breaks and punctuation allows this piece
to flow masterfully. The writer strings you along through the piece,
forcing you to read again and again to fill in the
blanks that are left from the first time through.
Featured by: Medoriko

Nightmare Paint by :devcertified-daydreame
Daily Lit Recognition for April 23rd, 2014Daily Lit Recognition for April 23rd, 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!
Featured by: ladyshadowrage

Human Traffic for Profit by eqlrytes
This piece calls attention to a 
growing problem we have in the world 
that doesn't get enough awareness.
Featured by: TwilightPoetess

She Was With the Stars by WindFragments
WindFragments tackles a 
heavy-handed subject in this 
beautifully crafted poem.
Featured by: TheTerrorOfTheDeep

Daily Lit. Recognition for April 22nd, 2014Daily Lit Recognition for April 22nd, 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!
Featured by: Carmalain7

Revelation by KKeiperPhotography
A simple narrative that attests to the beauty of realized moments.
Suggested by: OHiNeedTea
Featured by: DrippingWords

seasoned by amour-raven
Suggester says: "I really like this poem. I think it flows well and shows a good concrete image."
Featured by: :devNaktarra
Daily Lit. Recognition for April 21st, 2014Daily Lit Recognition for April 21st, 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!
Featured by: TwilightPoetess

His lap was reserved for science... by ArbiterGirl
Reminder for everyone: Tell the people you
love, that you care.  They aren't mind-readers.
Featured by: AyeAye12

Blue Kentucky by sydnerella
A poem that captivates the homeliness
and essence of a homeland, with beautiful
imagery too; country poetry at its finest.

Meet the team:
Meet the TeamForgive me if I accidentally double-post you all - I tried to avoid it, but could not get the original journal on the LitRecognition group account for some reason. This one should work, so anyone watching the group nut not watching DailyLitRecognition will be able to get the same information delivered to their inbox :)
Hello everybody! This is SilverInkblot once more with a particularly big group update - we're just about ready to get started! :la: I aim to have the first DLR article up THIS MONDAY and, hopefully, to get the ball rolling on the weekend features as well. If not, rest assured the weekend events will start by the next week instead! For now though, I'd like to introduce everyone to the new team - please make them feel welcome! Additionally, there are still a few slots open if you want to help us out!
The Group

Literary Panel

And as always, have a wonderful day. :hug:

Skin by SimplySilent
Voting round 1 has ended. Any votes added after this moment will not be counted.


These actresses have made it through to round 2!

The rest 19 actresses will face the voice judging round. 
5 more actresses will be chosen.

Elsa1 by chillydragon

Elsa2 by chillydragon

Elsa3 by chillydragon

Elsa4 by chillydragon

Elsa5 by chillydragon



1st: Voice actor 03, 48 votes.

2nd: Voice actor 05, 12 votes.

3rd: Voice actor 07, 9 votes. 

4th: Voice actor 06.

5th: Voice actor 02

6th: Voice actor 01

7th: Voice actor 04

ALL auditions will be judged by our judges. 

The final scores will be counted as:

( community round 1 votes + judges round 1 ) + ( community round 2 votes + judges round 2 )



Congratulation voice actor 01, Wartherang (Peter Griffiths) for being chosen as Marshmallow's voice actor! 

Marshmallow by chillydragon


Amanda (Wolvian) ~ Dark red winged wolf with very dark red bird wings, brown eyes and redstone claws

Hit-The-Target (StampyLongNose’s enemy!)~ dark green pelt with red eyes, bat wings green and red

Redstone~ glowing red wolf w/o wingse

Last Dawn (comic script)

Amanda: How long will this LAST?!

Redstone: Ok. We need a plan!

Amanda: OH NO! Not another plan!

Hit The Target appears out of no where

Amanda: WHAAAAA-?!

Redstone: Looser! Wolvian, you chicken!

Amanda: *sarcasm* Yea, very encouraging…
So, hey. As you guys can see, I'm a fellow reader >.> (<--has no idea of how to start)

Well, anyways. I don't see many marks around the internet, so I was thinking, hey maybe I could do something. Well, shit, I don't know how to continue as well.

I draw. I've became fond of the idea of drawing vampire marks. So, yeah. If anyone want me to draw their mark, please comment or note me :3

Here's tha sample, so if you don't like it, you don't get the disappointment (well, fuck, I get the drawing anyways u-u).……

So, yea. Contact-moi :v That's all, folks.
Every day that goes by gets even more harsh as new and very kind, generous people pass by and cross my path sometimes i wonder what the future may hold and other times I dare not to go that far, as life goes on things look up as much as they go down but what we all must remember to do is keep a happy face and to never panic at the times you are needed especially when in crisis, you must always hold your head up or just give up and let go of everything you ever worked for...

[Entry#1] -Nightwing. Dick Grayson
  • Mood: Sadness

computer problems

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 24, 2014, 8:55 PM
Okay so my computer has decided to be a butt!

I cannot post another chapter to my story Hero's Survival because it gets overloaded by deviantart and begins to freeze up. I also cannot copy and paste my next chapter to because it starts saying error for some darn reason. 

I did a virus scan and it came up clean. I guess I'm going to have to have my computer genius of a brother-in-law and an awesome guy check and see what the heck is going on.


  • Mood: Frustrated