Tune into the voice of the community by checking out deviantART's Journal Portal. Join the conversation by browsing, adding faves, and leaving comments, or submit your own Journal to let your voice be heard.
How can I begin to describe the grandness of those I've met on deviantArt? There's ~ElfangorCharizard, a witty and humorous fellow, with a kind heart and a strong spirit. Also, the intelligent and lovely Miss ~Jillian411, who's genius writing has cheered up more than just one cloudy day. There's also ~SphericalOne (Sir Llama) who's an absolute delight!
I must say that, had it not been for these and other lovely deviants, I would not be here, writing this compliment today.
With deepest love~
~fetchmonkey is the most amazing person I've met online (guess it's obvious as to who this is now but anywho...). His art is SO awesome and is still staggering up the ladder - keep going man!
I find it really really easy talking to him about... well, everything too (love those RPs we do >:3). I honestly don't know where I'd be without you; you always seem to bring my spirits up when we chat about really random, funny things.
You're properly thinking why I'm writing a message this way. Well, here's the reason: I want to let everyone know what a bloody great person you are. You've made me carry on life even though it's been rough for me - I can't thank you enough times. I always smile when we talk, we have things in common; we can joke around with each other too.
This properly just sounds sloppy but I just want to say your the most wonder best bud ever! ^o^
*A-Lovely-Anxiety , I love all of your works. I can't imagine what you're going through in your life, and I'm sorry when things are dark, and your works which talk about these events have come out wonderful, tragic, heartfelt... I appreciate everything you're doing, and I wish you the best.
~DarkKillerPincess a nice girl who is very sweet.
I want to give a quick shout out to the awesome ~Cassy-Blue for being an awesome friend!Thanks girly,
To =TheGalleryOfEve ,
I want to tell you to keep up the great work and thanks so much for being so kind.Sincerely,
*A-Lovely-Anxiety oh my gosh. where do I begin? Your writing is like crack. It's addicting. The way you put words together in enticing, and I hope you never stop.
~shroomsz Your flow is really what gets me. I honestly don't know what it is about your writing that makes me love it so much; maybe that it's so honest. There isn't anything fake about what you write, and I love that to hell & back. Always write, girl.
=Minniemora, You are very kind! I really like your drawings and I love how you're so nice to people! Good luck on your Christmas commissions!Love,
*chromeantennae One of the most involved people on deviant art--always spreading positivity throughout the dA community and giving people the chance to spread their work. Wonderful guy, who writes a ton of wonderful literature.
~musicalsilent Incredibly dedicated follower who always takes the time to comment and like every photo. When she watches your work, you know you have one of the best watchers out there, really amazing, kind girl.
~kristin-ashley An amazing artist that has a plethora of incredible ideas, all which she executes wonderfully. I can't wait to see more work from her in the future, she is a really positive and wonderful person!
Thanks for giving me a reason to live, really. Sis, I love you so much....
hope we can meet again, always Venice will be our special place <3
Love you so much, don't let kids piss you off XD
You are so sweet. And I love your art
To all those who have made my writing seem worthwhile,
*SpiderwebWisher, ~SalvationSeeker, ~MethusulaComics, ~Mockjays-Song, *Bellykid5, ~kmills95Love,
Aaha, you'll never guess who! anyways, meeting ya here was the best thing that has ever happened :U like, seriously yer my awesome bud and you're so cool! I could compliment ya all day (and more) and tell you how amazing you are, but I'm afraid my hands would get tired of typing before I run out of things to say. Well Hammy, I'm short on time, but before I go I promise to keep your scarf safe no matter what!
You are most appreciated. Your work is incredible, and as are you. I hope you remember to tell yourself this every day. I am glad whenever I see you online. You inspire others and bring them joy. All I can hope is that this will bring you some in return.
Best wishes for you and your family for the holidays.
Sweetest *Coppertonepretty !
Looking at your art every day, I find myself blessed. Watching you progress, submit new, wonderful art... Fills me with a sense of awe. I do wish you would talk more about your characters, for I like the designs for them a lot.
I hope you keep rising to new heights, and rest assured knowing I will be there to keep an eye out and bring good cheer when I can.
You make me smile, your art makes me smile. I hope it makes you smile as well.
I would like to thank =SimplySilent for doing so many jobs so well. You have done some remarkable works for people and I just wanted you to know some of us notice.
Oh gosh, myfriendsmyfriendsmyfriends. My moirail being ~deliciousCandles, closest friends being ~Darkitteh, ~N-E-P-K-A-T, and ~shadowkitty13. They keep me sane and even saved my life once. They deserve 100,000 watchers each; they're all also amazing artists too! Love them! Love them!
~StuckInTheWindow is AMAZING! like, whoa. wow. she is just WOW. yup. I LOVE her art. and she's REALLY awesome/Nice/Funny. :3
I met *koyame while I was on the hunt for a good adoptable seller.
Not only is she cheerful, friendly, and an absolute pleasure to work with, but she's funny, charming, and a damn good artist to boot! I always look forward to chatting with her, and I definitely love seeing her commissions (all of them) when she posts.
Keep being amazing, Koy! <3
*EmisBakery is the nicest person I ever met! And her miniatures are lovely! She's working really hard with school and her hobby and she deserves a nice compliment. She's really caring and funny and though we can't see each other a lot anymore, we had a great time together and I just thought you needed this compliment to let you know you're doing great work and shouldn't give up!<3 Your best friend!
*fishter911 ~ He is a really nice guy who always cared for me, like a real sister. He deserves this, because he isn't nice to only me- but to many more people, he is just the sweetest
~spraining-spirals is amazing, and it's sad because I don't think she knows that. But she should, because her writing is really wonderful and her personality is beautiful. She is such a gorgeous person.
I'd like to compliment ~NixPixel ; she joined very recently and I'd love for her to get some love by the community. She is a very sweet person from what I gather and her pictures so far are all very nice.
I am writing this compliment for someone who completely deserves it, one who is perfect for me...She has done so much for me, helping me through good and bad. We always help each other out, her and I, and I love her so much. ;u; <33 ~AniMaymay, even if we've only known each other for only a year, and only online, I could never forget all you've done for me...You're so sweet, and I thank so very much for always being there for me, making me feel of great importance. You are very special, and will definitely get far in life with your kind actions. I can't wait till we meet in real life. <333 That'll be the best day ever!! :"D You are my one and only soul sister, and I will never let anything tear us apart...I won't ever give up on you, no matter what. I could say WAY too much more, but it'd probably take forever. XD
You know who this is, and I'm 99.725% sure of that. ;D Thank you for everything....
I would like to compliment =TashaChan:
A talented artist who works hard and is constantly very friendly and caring deserves all the good fortune and love that anyone could possibly ever receive. I wish her and her family all of the luck in the world.
~SolidMars is an incredible writer and he is a fantastic deviant overall! He's incredibly friendly and all of the time he takes to suggest DDs is something to be applauded! He is definitely a very important asset here to the dA community!
Not only does `lintu47 take so much time in hand selecting beautiful deviations for features, she is incredibly sweet (and even has the awards to prove it!) and so very friendly. I am so glad to know her.
Announcement-- Introducing the Stat system[EDIT-Appraently this wasn't made clear at all in this journal but you can only get stat points by ART THAT YOU AVE DRAWN YOURSELF art that other people have drawn for your EB WILL NOT COUNT]
LOTS OF BLOGS TODAY.
But this one is very important!
The STAT SYSTEM.
This will be a way that you can better your ballator stock. Stats can also be passed onto offspring.
These are the possible categories for earning stats:
measurement of Stats:
Novice: 0-29 stats total
Intermediate: 30-69 stats total
Advanced: 70-99 stats total
Expert: 100-299 stats total
Elite: 300 stats total
Olympian: 400+ total
How to get Stats
To get points, there are a few ways:
Draw a headshot or halfbody: 2 point
Full body: 4 stats
Simple BG: 3 stats
Detailed BG 4 stats
(Art must be colored)
Stories (minimum 200 words) +2 stats. Every 100 words you get +2 stats.
The stats you get from the drawi
Dislike with RespectWhat do you dislike on dA?
Lots of us as artists dislike things on deviantART. From different fandoms to styles of art to certain art mediums to a comment made on your art, you will find something you dislike. How do you respond to your own dislike or the dislike of another person? It can be hard to be respectful or to just not say anything, but in the interest of your own happiness, you should try...
Disliking stuff isn't bad. It is how you act that is good or bad. You can take a rude comment with respect. You can leave a negative opinion with respect.
The Receiving End: Comments and Critiques
It is no secret that some people leave nasty comments and critiques for attention. Just ignore those. Actually, try to
The Art of Feedback: CritiquesI Asked: Why do you critique art? How do you critique art?
In this poll, I asked you to tell me a little bit about your process on how and why you give feedback. I got some really interesting answers!
"...if I give feedback, the other will appreciate the feedback, and then they might give feedback, it's basically a cycle of giving and getting. Win-Win situations are always good."
This is so true and something I hope everyone can come to understand. You don't need a widget or special symbol to give a critique or to get a critique. You don't even need special training or knowledge! You simply must be active as a community member.
"...I first start out with a compliment or pointing something out that looked/seemed really good in the piece of art/literature. Then I get to the part where I point out what might need a bit more work, not smal
December at devNews- December news from %DevNews!
DevNews Deviant and Group of the month, December 2013:
Nyx-Valentine arrived in our community and started whipping everyone into a frenzy with her relentless desire to bring the Artistic Nude and Fetish galleries to the fore. 9 years later, and it's safe to say that Nyx is not only a leader as a photographer in these galleries, but she has also established herself as a much saught after model. Nyx-Valentine's gallery is filled to the brim with innovative examples of ways in which the human form can be used to express many emotions, thoughts and feelings in a creative way, and Nyx always goes out of her way to empower others to experiment
Love dA Lit: Issue 150Welcome to the one-hundred fiftieth issue of Love dA Lit! :iconheartbumplz: Every Sunday this article will aim to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests, and spotlighting a specific group or project for two weeks. This is by no means a complete list of all the literature going-ons, merely a tool to help you get involved and stay informed.- If you need a lit news fix, this is it!
#GrammarNaziCritiques is the bi-weekly spotlight!
#LITplease's Community Portal
A Smattering of Lit News
Literature Links | Group Spotlight |
CRITMAS IS COMINGHey guys- CRITMAS is on the way – donate prizes and spread the word!
Everyone's favourite event of the year (after `Memnalar 's All hallow tales of course!) is less than and fortnight away! To make this BIGGER AND FATTER than last years event, I am looking for a fantastic prize pool!
You are all lovely people and lovely people come with the gift of giving! I am looking for a variety of prize donations- It can be anything from Points (Donation pool on my profile page) or journal features, custom artwork, prints, subs, or even a video of you singing to them!
Also if you are a group founder who can help me promote the awesomeness when this launches, I will appreciate it with many a magic bean!
Please note: Critmas is not limited to the literature community, so please don't eliminate yourself before it has even begun! Also if you dontate a prize, you can still participate!
Not sure what Critmas is? Wait till Santa reveals this secret or take a
Anthro Magazine - Issue #2!- The second issue of the AnthroMagazine has been released!
So the long awaited second issue of the #AnthroMagazine is now available to read online! Thank you to all the artists for your amazing talent! Below is a list of the contributing artists to whom I am featuring and their artwork! I have included some artists that you, the community, suggested! Look for another feature coming soon!
Anthro Community Volunteer
:icongrypwolf: :iconzetallis: :iconjonodry: :icondark-tarou: :iconchichapie: :iconALRadeck: :icondustmeat: :icongrender: :iconsidonie: :iconhalothane: :icontourtu: :iconwhitespiritwolf: :iconblackpassion777: :icontatchit: :iconshadow-wolf: :iconthe-sixthleafclover: :iconkristenplescow: :iconsheharzad-arshad: :iconphlip627::icondelta141:
Art History Launch and Trivia Chat Event- Art History launches on the 18th with this Chat event!
- What is Art History -
Art History is a Community Relations Project - looking at the History of the genres and art we love today.
This is open to any member of dA. CV's, Senior members, Beta testers, Subbed and Unsubbed accounts - EVERYONE.
- Join our Launch and Chat Event -
Hosted by the %communityrelations Team, we will have a night of Art History Trivia, sharing Artwork and conversations about the History of Art!
Date: Wednesday 18th December
Time: 8pm GMT (
Crop Sensor V Full Frame - Which is right for YOU?Many don't realise it, but sensor size can be pretty important when picking out a Camera. And here's why... Full Frame sensors have distinct advantages and disadvantages in certain situations. If you don't choose the right type of sensor with your camera, you may start to run into inconvenient hurdles. Firstly it's important to define what Crop and Full Sensors actually are.- An intriguing article from ^Kaz-D!
The best way of explaining the terms, what they mean and where they come from would be to establish that we're well and truly modernised now with most of us using D-SLR's rather than film cameras. D-SLR's don't use film, instead they have a sensor that's sensitive to the light that is allowed in via the lens - it then cleverly converts the data collected into an image - a photograph! A full frame digital SLR refers to a camera that has a sensor size roughly equivalent to a 35mm film frame (24mm x 36mm).
A crop sensor is exactly what it says on the tin - it's smaller than a full frame sensor and
Big-Big Thumbs #14Welcome to yet another round of awesome Big Thumbs! If you are interested you can always check out the previous features in this collection- A Big Thumb feature!
To make a big thumb all you do is append the word big in the thumbnail. This is a very handy feature when doing features. Here is how it is done:
On to the part that actually matters! The feature!
Till Next Time?
I hope that you've enjoyed today's features ^_^ I refuse to make a schedule for these as, frankly, no one would notice if it was off schedule anyways That, and it adds unnecessary stress to an otherwise fun feature
Typo Feature: John LennonToday, 33 years ago, one of the most creative and influential musicians of the pop music died. In honour of his life and work, I put together a typographic art feature, showcasing the creativity he still sparks into us until today.- A lovely typography tribute to John Lennon!
* October 9th, 1940
† December 8th, 1980
As founding member of The Beatles, he, Paul, George & Ringo wrote history. The 'mopheads' from Liverpool, UK, set out to conquer and change the world. Up until their break-up in 1970 John Lennon and Paul McCartney became one of the most successful songwriter couples in history.
After The Beatles, he continued his solor career and wrote his signature song "Imagine" – the dream of a better world. He spent his last years in the USA, moving between New York and Los Angeles.
On December 8th, 1980, he was shot in front of his New York apartment.
Let's take a moment to remember John Lennon, who he was and what he did, and enjoy the art created to honour him.
Fantastic Photomanips/Mixed Media Under 100 +FavsNo words, just art.- An awesome photomanip feature!
Magritte's Muse by *gyaban
Magic Ball by *pranile
Half Remembered Dream by *LenteScura
[Kiri] Royals by *PhoenixAureus
Memento Vivi by ~eikoweb
Artisan Crafts Features vol. 01I'll be trying to put together a regular feature of artisan crafts. Here's some things that I've noticed recently or that were suggested to me.- A lovely artisan crafts feature!
Sir Octavius Von Tentacle - BJD ball joint doll by =TheMushroomPeddler
The Artisan Crafts Challenge this month is Snow http://fav.me/d6wgsszSend me your DD suggestions! http://fav.me/d6v6vjwDo you have other Artisan Crafts news, announcements, or
Photomanipulation MentoringGreat news!- Are you a photomanip artist looking for a mentor? Look no further!
Just wanted to let you know that we now *officially* have Photomanipulation Mentoring available through %Photomanip101!
Whether you want some guidance with a particular work in progress, or whether you simply want to learn some new tips and tricks, you can ask our skilled mentors for some help.
Who are the mentors?
Mentors are deviants who have donated their time to helping others. We are extremely grateful to them for giving to our community. The mentors associated with this group are:
How can I request mentoring?
Note the group with the subject line, "Mentoring Request."
Tell us exactly what you are trying to accomplish and how we can help you. L
Sketchmatch Hourly Challenge: Dec. 14 - 15New to Sketchmatch? Read more about it here!- Put these dates in your diaries for Sketchmatch!
Welcome to December's edition of Sketchmatch: Hourly Challenge!
How is this going to work?
This event lasts for 24 hours. During the event a total of 12 challenges will be launched, scattered throughout the whole day, and you'll be able to participate in one, two or as many of them as you want!
A series of journals pre-scheduled will be posted every 2 hours, starting at 12:00 pm PDT on Saturday Dec. 14th and the last one on Sunday Dec. 15th at 10:00 am. This means that the first journal will go out on saturday at 12:00 pm, the second at 2:00 pm, the third at 4:00 pm. and so on, until Sunday at 10:00 am.
Each journal will contain a theme and you'll need to make your entry according to this theme. The challenge starts at the moment the journal is posted and you'll have 1 hour to complete the task.
You can us
Traditional artwork FEATURE CONTEST- Make a feature and have a chance to win in %projecteducate’s contest!
Traditional Artwork FEATURE CONTEST
We are starting our Traditional Art Week with a CONTEST for you! No extreme efforts needed, all you'll be required to do in order to qualify for entering is to FEATURE 10 of your favorite traditional artworks - we want to see what you like and enjoy! Contest starts now (when this blog entry is published) and ends on Sunday, 15th of December (afternoon, PST). 3 Winners will be announced in a Traditional Art Week Summary blog and also in this journal (updated) and awarded a 3 months premium membership each!
❢ Quest Objectives
✒ Find 10 traditional artworks of your choice & taste
✒ publish a journal, in which you feature these artworks
in the most appealing way (using sta.sh is highly recommended)
✒ do so by Sunday, December 15th (afternoon, PST)
✒ comment on this
My Pixel Winter ContestTime has finally come to have our very own official pixel art contest to give away some prizes and share the love with pixel community!- Make a pixel perfect winter for this contest!
Christmas and winter overall is, at least for me, a very merry time of the year - families come together to celebrate Christmas, children play outside and have fun building snowmen. We all celebrate this time of the year differently with our own traditions. And this is what we want to see from you. It doesn't matter if you are a pixel art wizard or someone who tries it for the very first time, create something awesome in pixel art and share your idea of a perfect winter with us.
You have almost one whole month to create your entry for this contest. Contest runs from 12th of December until 9th of January.
But before you start we have some rules for you to follow.
1. Entry has to be created for this contest and can't be taken from your old work.
2. You can't use any pre-made templates, bases, etc
Black and White: We got the winner!Hey, ho- Winners of the Black and White contest at #BeautyClub!
Time is up. Thank you for your votes! And thank you for the participation in this mini contest .
With 23 votes the winning photo is
Photo by *A-Motive
Works from her gallery:
<a wytiwyg="1" href="http://a-motive.deviantart.com/art/The-Queen-152533233">
#2 (3 points)
#5 (2 points)
#9 (1 point)
#1 - 3
#2 - 0
#3 - 0
#4 - 0
#5 - 0
#6 - 1
#7 - 0
#8 - 2
#9 - 0
#10 - 0