Site Update: The New Journal Writer (Beta Testers)In our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.Site Update: The New Journal Writer (Beta Testers)2 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
The New Way To Write Journals (Beta Testers Only)
Sta.sh Writer's toolbar and sidebar have been incorporated into the Write a Journal Entry page to make for a more dynamic journal creation experience! Some of the most highly requested features for the Journal submission page have been present in Sta.sh Writer for some time, such as rich-text formatting and a formatting toolbar. With Sta.sh Writer's advanced capability added, writing a Journal becomes even easier than before.
Breaking in to Lit!IntroductionBreaking in to Lit!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Literature has long been considered one of the closest knit communities on deviantART. As a result, some people find it difficult to "break in" to the Lit crowd. There are rumors of elitism, difficulty in getting exposure, and lack-luster appreciation for the incredible work that goes into writing a good piece of prose or a well structured poem.
If you look at a painting you can see amazing detail, great use of color, and the importance of the subject immediately. You know it came from the artist's imagination and that he or she had to spend hours translating that to a canvas. The tangibility of the work is right in front of you. With writing, it is not quite the same. The effort the author puts into the work can only be appreciated if readers put in their own effort to read the work. The gratification is not instant, which is one reason the lit community is so close knit.
Those who do have large followings often also comment and read quite a lot of work h
Photography Weekly: Edition FifteenPhotography Weekly Header created by TouchedDPhotography Weekly: Edition Fifteen3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
― Margaret Atwood
In the UK Spring is most definitely here. And with it comes a plethora of Photo-graphical opportunities. Whilst there are the flowers, trees and in particular blossoms coming into bloom there are also the youngsters. Baby Animals! Birds beginning to nest and in general it seems - an influx of human babies too! There is no shortage of opportunities to take a photo at this time of year here and there are some useful tips to get you out and about making the most of the season...
Use sunrises and sunsets - the lightest part of the day at lunchtime and the dusky evenings to capture spring landscapes at their best. Utilize the foggy mornings with sun streaming through too! Avoid white light - at this time of year it's incredibly harsh and doesn't do much to enhance your photos. And also k
CR Newsletter - November + December 2011CR Newsletter - November + December 20113 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Table of Contents
2. Volunteer Openings
3. Share Your Opinions
4. Community Projects
5. Official Contests
6 Project Educate 2011/2012
7. News from the Chats and Forums
8. News from the Galleries
It never ceases to amaze me how quickly a year can fly by. I've made it a practice over the years to sit back and reflect on the year, what went well, what didn't and where I'd like to see the new year go. A year can bring a lot of lessons and without reflection it's hard to ensure that you've taken away everything important from it. I apply this personally and to deviantART and it's that time again
A couple of fun highlights:
I got to sit next to Felicia Day and help conduct our interview with her at SXSW. I'm a pretty big fan so this was very cool. Our presence at SXSW was also a v
American Internet Censorship Bill Part 2Yesterday I posted a journal about my thoughts on the American Internet Censorship Bill that was being voted on by the House of Representatives. Within minutes of me posting I found out that the bill was defeated by a majority vote (though a very close one). So for now our precious internet is free once again, but it also raises an entirely different discussion...American Internet Censorship Bill Part 24 years ago in Personal More Like This
A lot of the comments I saw on the various websites I went to dealt with upholding the true definition of "freedom" on the internet. It was quite apparent that a lot of people who were upset at the idea of internet censorship were more or less concerned that they might have to be held responsible for their bad behavior online.
See, we all participate in illegal activity online. If you've ever downloaded a movie, or used a torrent, or uploaded images that weren't your own, or played an emulated NES game, or even uploaded video clips from a TV show to YouTube... you're technically participating in illegal activity.
Forum Features December 2011Once again, the CV team is here featuring the works of dA's beloved forumers!Forum Features December 20113 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Once per month we'll select one active user in the forums and we'll feature his or her gallery. This is someone we believe represents the forums well with both good forum-abilities and art.
As we're kind (and awesome), we also decided to give an opportunity to everybody to get featured! Every month, we'll create a thread in the Deviation Thumbshare Forum with a different theme. This thread will be made into a sticky for easy access. All you have to do is post thumbs from your gallery matching the theme and, at the end of the month, we'll select our favorite thumbs from that thread and feature them in the next news article
The best thing is that the only requirement is that you're an active member of the forums!
Featured Forumer of the Month: WorldWar-Tori.
selected by bohobella
"My life story in on
Fan Art Fridays: Scooby DooHello and welcome to the 17th edition of Fan Art Fridays I'll be featuring 10-15 pieces of fan art, by fandom each week. This week will feature fanart from Scooby DooFan Art Fridays: Scooby Doo2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Scooby Gang commission by 47ness Scooby Doo reimagined by gineticz Velma and Daphne ghosts- Commission by Ceshira
If you want to suggest a book/game/anime/cartoon/movie/etc to feature fan art of, please comment here: http://lyricanna.deviantart.com/journal/poll/3431990/
Witch Hunter Robin
Childhood Memories Contest!Childhood Memories Contest!Childhood Memories Contest!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
A contest to bring together Traditional Art and Artisan Crafts!
Part One - Traditional Artists
Your challenge is to remember a cherished childhood memory you have, whether it’s a much loved toy, a holiday with grandparents, a blankie or
jumper, the feeling of freedom or the smell of baking - whatever you
associate with your childhood!
You are going to get this memory down in art form, draw it, paint it, make
it into a collage, scratch it into metal whatever your chosen art-form is!
You will have one month to submit your entry. So on the 30th April this art will end.
When the contest ends on May 30th, the Artisan Crafts CV’s will pick their favourites from the traditional entries.
Part Two - Artisan Crafters
Your challenge is to take one of the traditional images and re-create it!
Thanksgiving Note Project 2011... begins now!Thanksgiving Note Project 20114 years ago in Personal More Like This
For the past three years, "some guy" by the username of wreckling has organised the Thanksgiving Note Project. It has steadily gained more participation as the years go along, and last year there were over 200 participants.
What is this?
It's simple! It's a project organised on the occasion of Thanksgiving. Is there anything you feel thankful for? All you have to do is send me a note and tell me what you are thankful for. It can be a single word, a line, a paragraph... you can be thankful about a small thing or a big thing... all of it counts. Anybody can participate. You don't have to be in the States and you don't have to celebrate Thanksgiving in your country.
What should my note look like?
Here's an example of what your note should look like.
When can I send my note?
Anytime between now
Ongoing Community ProjectsCommunity Projects are a great way to get involved on DeviantArt This article lists ongoing projects in the DeviantArt Community. It will be updated often, so keep your eye on this space.Ongoing Community Projects4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Run your own project!
Did you know that you can run a project, too? And we can help you! Check out CRCommunityProjects to find out how to run your own Community Project, or to get some support for your project!
These projects are ongoing! Get involved! If you're interested in starting a new project, or you have a new project that you'd like listed here, please note Astralseed.
Pay-It-Forward Project by AzizrianDaoXrak
Praising Life by Astrikos
Literature CR Update - March 2012Hello all! As you've probably guessed by the title of the journal and the Community Relations journal skin, this is the monthly update from the literature community volunteers.Literature CR Update - March 20123 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
As with previous months, March saw some changes to the team, and so if you've not already done so, please send some love and thanks to Krissi001, Mollinda, and peskaa for their work as volunteers!
With spring picking up speed and everything else, the world is starting to get busy, and the lit community on dA is no exception. Here's some stuff that's gone on in the past month, or is currently ongoing:
General lit newsoet and essayist Adrienne Rich passed away on the 27th.Script Frenzy & NaPoWriMo
Project Educate: I : Heart : Contest -CLOSED-[Edit] - Thank for you all of your submissions! Judging is now in progress, and the Prizes below have been updated.Project Educate: I : Heart : Contest -CLOSED-3 years ago in Personal More Like This
"Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart."
St. Valentines Day is amongst us all, yet love spreads on a daily basis...in any shape, condition, or challenge. This week in Project Educate, I welcome you --
The "I : heart :" Contest!!!!
What is this contest about?
In dedication to those who are coming across bigotry, conflict, and utter misfortune in their lives early this brand new year, this contest is primarily for those that could use a bit more affection and support in their lives. #ProjectEducate this week is not only to teach individuals something new, but to bring something new and cherishable in a person's life.
Sweet! So how do we go about making an entry?
I'm glad you asked! For your creative minds t
Project Educate: An Interview With Anoya Project Educate: An Interview With AnoyaProject Educate: An Interview With Anoya3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Anoya is a former Community Volunteer for the Animals, Plants and Nature Gallery. Photography is her main focus when it comes to art but she also loves to crochet! amigurumi.
1) If you could bring one deceased legendary artist back to the current time, who would it be and why?
Probably Ansel Adams. I love his work and I would love to see even more.
2) Who or what inspired you to take on the art form that you focus in?
Good question! There's no specific happening or person that really inspired me. I grew up with photography. I remember my parents and grandparents always took their camera everywhere and I was always looking at their photo albums. Pictures are always a big important part of the house, everywhere in my family. I'm the o
Merry Christmas + What is love? LOVE IS...Merry Christmas + What is love?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Once upon a time, many moons ago, Pachunka asked me, "What is love?" I'm not sure the kind of answer he was expecting, but he received the following response:
Pretend that you're hungry. Really, really hungry. Famished. You come home after a long day at work and fix yourself the most perfect sandwich ever. It's the sandwich to end all other sandwiches -- made from the freshest of materials, exactly to your specifications. Just as you're about to take the first bite, your significant other comes through the door and mentions how good the sandwich looks. You then give away your sandwich away without a second thought. This is love.
The holiday season provides an opportunity for people to reflect on, and be thankful for, the good things in our lives -- health, family, friends and success. But after a conversation with a good fri
Fan Art DD Summary - April 2012Greetings, my lovely deviants! Here's the summary of all the Daily Deviations in the Fan Art Gallery featured by your friendly neighborhood Fan Art Community Volunteers: during April 2012. Enjoy this collection of amazing art.Fan Art DD Summary - April 20123 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Catwoman 022-b by RaffaeleMarinetti
Through many of his progressions on Cat Woman, Catwoman 022-b by =rafCut is the more flawless one! Executing her sassy yet dominant nature, view this and more in his outstanding gallery!
(Featured by TheCreativeJenn)
The Summoning of Bahamut by Sadako-xD
The suggester says, "It
Suicide Awareness Week: Coping and Seeking HelpWhether you are aware of a cause or not, it can be difficult to relate to others at this time, so you are likely to feel withdrawn or irritable. Even if you have family and friends around, you may find it impossible to tell them how bad you feel.Suicide Awareness Week: Coping and Seeking Help2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Coping with Suicidal Feelings
Take some time each day to find at least one positive thing in your life or take some time out to do something positive that you want to do, even if it is very minor. If you are unable to do this on your own, ask a friend to help you come up with something positive to focus on.
Find a support system, be it a family member, friend, or even just a therapist, it's important to have someone to go to who you can lean on and trust for support and guidance.
Remind yourself that your pain is distorting your thinking right now. These thoughts are merely symptoms of your depression, and are not necessarily facts. You do not h
The Stars of dAr: =NAkosThe Stars of dAr is a new series where I interview one member of the deviantART Related (dAr) community each time, about personal and dA related matters. For today we have NAkos! He's an enthusiastic community member well versed in many different kinds of dA related art - from journal skins to IDs, and from scripts to suggestions, many of which have been implemented. But allow him to introduce himself!The Stars of dAr: =NAkos3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Hi NAkos, thanks for agreeing to be interviewed
- Please tell us something about yourself!
Hi readers, I am Ákos from Hungary. Basically I am a hobby artist. That means I like to try anything that gets my attention but mostly I am a photographer. On the professional side I am a web developer.
- Some people may be reading this article and going " hey, I recognise them! But what from?". Can you refresh their mind - how have they
Discovered - TelarimoiraSTelari's illustrations aren't happy, whimsical, storybook renderings but rather an almost twisted version of them. My favorite selections appear in her aptly named 'Twisted Tales' collection but the detail and artistry in each piece in her gallery is undeniable. I encourage you to explore it yourself and pay attention to the descriptions, where you're learn things like the interesting tone in an image was derived by using coffee. Brilliant.Discovered - Telarimoira3 years ago in Personal More Like This
:thumb279741109: Heading Home by STelari
Goldilocks by STelari
Discover someone new today using the deviantART Discovery Tool Today!
PE: Literature Critique TipsAs part of Project Educate Critique week, the Community Volunteers would like to share more art specific elements to consider whilst giving good critique.PE: Literature Critique Tips3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Today we are looking at the Literature gallery, with our Top Tips.
Before you start
READ the piece all the way through.
Read it again, making notes of what you would like to point out in your critique.
Stay Objective- you are critiquing the piece not the person.
These tips are areas which aren't just necessary in critiquing others' work, but also when self-critiquing your own writing. This is one person's suggestions and I welcome any further tips in addition.
A good opening. The opening to any form of writing doesn't necessarily need to involve a physical explosion, but it needs to have an initial hook; something to entice the reader in. It needs to be clear, something that
Contest: Exquisite Corpse WINNERS ANNOUNCED!***UPDATE***Contest: Exquisite Corpse WINNERS ANNOUNCED!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Before I announce anything I want to apologize again for this exceedingly long wait! It was never my intention for things to get so out of hand! I've had a lot of busyness and changes in my life recently and I apologize for involving you all in my "later" basket of things to do! Sadly, in lieu of these changes, some of the prizes will have to go on hold for a bit, BUT this does not mean they will not be received; SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, I PRESENT THE WINNERS:
FIRST PLACE: Team #5:
lu--24 S1lentknyte XxBad-Luck-ChildxX
SECOND PLACE: Team #3:
WintersRead sun-lily Que-Lastima
THIRD PLACE: Team #7
LittleSardines Reokii DemonOfJapan
HONORABLE MENTION:Team #1:
taibossigai WaterSeeress snayku
Congratulations winners! Thank you to all who participated in the contest!
My sincere apologies for the voting delays! I had absolutely no intention of havin
Welcome ^Gwendolyn12 and ^IaiaRose!Welcome ^Gwendolyn12 and ^IaiaRose!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
December Holidays, Events and Awareness:iconcommunityrelations: communityrelations :iconcommunityrelations:December Holidays, Events and Awareness3 years ago in Personal More Like This
DECEMBER HOLIDAYS, AWARENESS AND EVENTS
:iconhapholplz: I do love December. :iconsnowmanlaplz: The cold weather, the snow :iconshovelsnowplz:, the holidays, the decorations, the yummy food.... and hot chocolate. Sigh. Tis a wonderful time of year.
December in the last month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars, as well as being one of seven months having 31 days. December starts on the same day as September every year and ends on the same day as April each year.
In Latin, decem means "ten". It was the tenth month in the Roman Calendar until a winter period was divided between January and February.
December's Flower is the narcissus an
Artists' Alley ConductArtists' Alley ConductArtists' Alley Conduct3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
You’re attending an anime convention. The sights, the sounds, and the new people you meet… It’s all just so exciting! As an artist who has sold at different conventions several times, I've seen firsthand what becomes of overly excited con goers: They lose all their manners and social tact for the weekend While this article will focus on Artists’ Alley (as that is the area of a convention I've had the most experience with), the points discussed here can be applied to all aspects of a con
Respect The Artists' Time
When you go to your favorite store, you don't stand at the checkout counter and talk to the clerk for a half an hour after making your purchase, do you? Well, you'd be surprised how common of a practice this is in Artists' Alley.
For whatever reason, there are people who are compelled to hang out and talk (and talk... and talk... ) with an artist well
Fan Art and FanFic DD RoundUp - November 2013:iconkasumicr:Fan Art and FanFic DD RoundUp - November 20131 year ago in Art Features More Like This
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