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August 7th, 2011 marks deviantART's 11th birthdAy, but in true devious style, we're taking a whole week to celebrate! Our original plans for Deviants Appreciation Day were so huge that there was no possible way to express our love for the community in a mere 24 hours. Instead, we've created Deviants Appreciation Week, and what better time to host a week's worth of community-oriented events than in the days leading up to our birthdAy?

Each day this week, we have something special organized for you to participate in! Check out the schedule of events below to come party with us!

In Skribble, our latest community contest, we challenge you to take random scribbled lines and create something incredible! All members of deviantART may enter. To learn more and download the template, check out this news article. Oh, and did we mention awesome prizes?

Skribble Contest

Normally reserved for only Premium Members, we're allowing all deviants the ability to use JournalSKINS. During our birthdAy week, any deviant can install any JournalSKIN. (Though, we especially encourage you to use the official deviantART 11th birthdAy skin. ::wink, wink:: You can install it by clicking below.)

Skribble Contest

Ever stare into the clouds in an attempt to find shapes and patterns? If so, the "What Do You See?" Contest is for you! #CommunityRelations challenges you to look at four abstract photographs creatively and illustrate what you see while incorporating deviantART elements into your work. This contest runs through August 15th.


#dAseniors is hosting the "11 Things I Love About dA" Contest, asking you to write a list of your eleven favorite aspects of deviantART. This contest ends August 7th.


#CommunityRelations has launched the "11 Years of dAvolution" Contest that runs until August 20th. In this contest, your task is to represent the event(s) that you believe had a huge impact on deviantART and the community.

What's better than viewing embarrassing pictures of deviantART staff members and volunteers? Having the opportunity to make fun of them and win prizes! Head over to #Caption-Contest, check out the images, and leave a hilarious comment. (But keep the etiquette policy in mind!) All entries must be in by Sunday, August 7th at 11:59 PM Pacific.


Show us your true deviant style by picking up our deviant branded items in the deviantWEAR shop! Starting on Tuesday at midnight Pacific and running for a limited time, use the coupon code "deviant" when checking out to get 10% off specified "deviant" gear, perfect for the big day on Sunday!

Skribble Contest

Today marks the return of the uber-popular BirthdAy Bash game in dAmn! Join one of five teams, from llamas to furries to ninjas and more, and compete to be the best in this awesome chat event.

The contest will close at 11:59 PM Pacific on Sunday, August 7th. Read this news article for all the details on how to play!


Wednesday is also a day for Forums junkies. We all know that long cat is long, but for our birthdAy, we're introducing a new thread specifically designed for creating long cake! Keep an eye on the DrawPLZ forum for the Long Cake forum thread and use deviantART muro to add a layer to what's sure to be the most massive and delicious cake in history. Who knows? You may even get a cake badge or two for especially amazing layers!


#CommunityRelations & #Fella are bringing you a Birthday Scuzzle! Get ready to search high and low and near and far to piece together the puzzle image and win the chance to grab some cool prizes.

Writers, this day is especially devoted to you! Express your inner poet with a birthdAy themed Haiku Contest (to be announced via #hq).

Join members of the deviantART staff from 5:00 – 6:00 PM Pacific in #devart! Feel free to ask us questions, share comments, talk deviantART history, and chill with some of your favorite administrators. Click here for your local time.

We've compiled a list of favorite memories and deviations as chosen by various staff members, and we want to share them with you. Take a walk down memory lane and check out these amazing features!

The big day will be here, and we'll all celebrate together! On this most hallowed of deviantART holidays, we'll be bestowing a tick upon the latest group of senior deviants. Keep an eye out for the announcement from $chix0r!


#CommunityRelations is hosting the deviantART Birthday Hunt for a full 24 hours! Are you good at seeing the "Whole Picture?" If so, try your hand at this birthdAy game!

Just for the 11th birthdAy, we're giving away a free Deviants Appreciation Week keychain with every deviantWEAR purchase (while supplies last)! Pick up some of your favorite deviantWEAR gear and get this exclusive silver and black keychain proudly displaying the deviantART logo. Be sure to check out the deviantWEAR shop on that day!

In addition, we'll be hosting chat events and having general birthdAy shenanigans in #devart all day, so be sure to join us!

We truly thank you for joining in the spirit of community with us. Whether you've been here for 11 days or 11 years, we ask you to share your favorite deviantART memory in the comments below! Happy 11th birthdAy, one and all!

Show off your deviant pride and celebrate this landmark event with the newest addition to the deviantWEAR store, the 11th Birthday T-Shirt!

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Deviousness Award

Congratulations to `Pixel-Spotlight


What is this Awesome Achievement?

The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.

`Pixel-Spotlight's dedication to constantly improving is evident in her gallery which contains stunning photography, behind the scenes details,  and snapshots of works in progress to help other deviants develop their own artistic skills.

Who is `Pixel-Spotlight?

`Pixel-Spotlight is a rising star within the world of fashion photography who we are honored not only to have within our community, but also as an inspirational role model in the Community Volunteer team. Merry's dedication and all round positive community spirit are without question and therefore a natural choice for the Deviousness Award of December 2011. Congratulations Merry!

Congratulations to `Pixel-Spotlight

Deviousness Award

Congratulations to `Pinguino


What is this Awesome Achievement?

The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.

When it comes to showing selfless dedication and humble attitude towards talent, `Pinguino is heads above us all. Deeply rooted in the foundations of the anime and comic book galleries of our community, Pinguino has continued to show an amazing commitment to encouraging others to get involved and put their creative talent to good use.

Who is `Pinguino?

Pinguino runs an art studio called Penguin Palace, and is well known for travelling across the globe to cover various conventions as well as putting together charitable events such as the We Heart Japan project. We're so proud to have such a kind, fun and talented soul at the heart of our community, which is why we are extremely honored to bestow the Deviousness Award for October 2011 to `Pinguino.

Congratulations to `Pinguino


This article celebrates our latest additions of Senior members in our community.

FAQ #29: How do I become a Senior Member?

So what does it take to become a Senior? That's a question many have asked and have never really been able to get a straight answer on. Some have gained Seniority as a thank you for their time spent as a Volunteer, or to recognise their contribution to a particular project or collaborative action. Some have gained Seniority because of their community spirit, providing help and assistance to many other deviants and taking time out to promote the work of others in the community.

Some people have received Seniority because of their artistic endevours, having a positive influence on their peers by sharing resources, providing constructive criticism and by being a voice that stands out above the many others who deviate to be recognised in the crowd.

Today, we present to you the following deviants who have all been awarded Seniority as part of our 11th birthday celebrations. They have all been nominated for their efforts in the community by multiple deviants, Staff and Volunteers.

lolitaAgogo
janaschi
alicexz
amyhooton
asunder
Devilpig
catbones
Shoofly-Stock
Ohno-moment
Crickatoo
Emerald-Depths
richten
Zombiesmile
im-not-sana
uae4u
Danium
KellyJane
tealpirate
witchiamwill
Tajii-chan
kittywoodphotography
RipfangDragon
iLantiis
TwiggyTeeluck
skiesofchaos
SwordOfScotland
sa-cool
SanguineEpitaph

Congratulations everyone, and Happy Birthday! :dalove:



A BRIEF OVERVIEW



Over the years, we've been proud to offer the opportunity to volunteer with deviantART. We believe that our volunteers play a crucial role in helping our community develop and grow in positive ways.  

The Gallery Moderator (previously known as Gallery Director) and Message Network Admin (MN@) teams have become a much loved and appreciated role, with many volunteers proudly detailing their experience in applications to enter into successful careers with companies who all recognise the value of volunteering in such a vibrant and eclectic community. Did you know that some of our now full time Staff were once volunteers? fourteenthstar, Moonbeam13, Pachunka, aunjuli, y2jenn, damphyr, Tachy-on, dxd and Ikue all volunteered in various roles -- and we are all very proud of that fact!

Over the past few months, we've been taking a close look at the volunteer experience -- what's worked, what hasn't worked and how we can improve things in order to enhance the experience for future generations of volunteers. There's been a number of things that have confused the community over the years regarding what volunteers can -- and can't do -- and we feel that it's time to put the past behind us with a smile on our face and move into a new era with enthusiasm.

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW



It's time to say goodbye to the two different teams of volunteers. Yes, that's right -- no more Gallery Moderators, and no more Message Network Admins! Whatever will we do!?

We've unified the teams under Community Relations (communityrelations) to provide one brand spanking new team of Community Volunteers. No more confusion about who does what, because everyone who is a Community Volunteer will have access to the same tools in order to help out within the community. Obviously, some volunteers will focus in specific areas so continue to check  FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen? , as well as the team roster to properly direct your questions or daily deviation suggestions :)

SO WHAT WILL COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS DO?



Community Volunteers will help the community out by providing you -- the community -- with a specific contact point in relation to galleries, chat and forums. You'll find them doing the following;

:bulletpink: Helping run community challenges and educational projects
:bulletpink: Supporting community events
:bulletpink: Helping moderate featured chats
:bulletpink: Helping moderate forums
:bulletpink: Being part of the #help team
:bulletpink: Being part of the team that moderate #devart and other official chatrooms
:bulletpink: Liaising with Moonbeam13, fourteenthstar and Tachy-on on community matters
:bulletpink: Bringing rockstar deviants to your attention via features, articles and Daily Deviations



BUT WHO WILL MODERATE THE GALLERIES?



We knew you'd ask! So don't worry. The task of moderating the galleries is not something that a volunteer should be doing -- it's something that we ALL should be doing by reporting inappropriate deviations to the attention of the CEA team, who are full time employees dedicated to working in this area.

This has been one area in particular that people seem to have misunderstood and had differing expectations. In our formative years, we had a team of volunteers who actively browsed categories and moved deviations around, but that was back when so little deviations were uploaded every day that it was actually possible to view -- and comment -- on everything that was uploaded over a 24 hour period! It's simply not possible to provide this anymore, and Community Volunteers can help out with gallery moderation by bringing problematic galleries to the attention of full time Staff, and will have access to some tools that permit the moving of deviations that are in glaringly obviously incorrect galleries. For example, a traditional art piece that has been uploaded into the Digital Art gallery, or a photograph that has been uploaded to sculpture.

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS ARE GOING TO GET POWER HUNGRY AND BAN EVERYONE



Community Volunteers won't be involved in making any policy decisions regarding your artwork, nor will they be able to ban anyone from our main deviantART site, however if you troll too hard in #devart or any of the other chatrooms, you may very well find yourself receiving a swift /kick from one of them, or even the dreaded dAmn ban for a few days. Oh noes! :ohnoes:

YOU GUYS SUCK, BRING BACK MN@ AND GMS!! WAAHHH



:trollface: u mad? They are still here!! See those Community Volunteers over there...

THIS SOUNDS AWESOME, HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?



If you are interested in becoming a Community Volunteer, you can find our application form here and FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on DeviantArt? will give you more information

IS THERE A NEW SYMBOL FOR COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS?



No. All Community Volunteers will be easily identified by the use of the ^ symbol. It's an upside down V, for volunteer. Get it? :D

SO WHEN IS ALL THIS HAPPENING?



Now! You'll start to notice the changes rolling out today, and we'll take a few days to transition over all the areas. We'd like to thank you in advance for all your patience whilst this happens.

:squee:

:heart: Moonbeam13 & fourteenthstar

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Deviousness Award

Congratulations to `MelGama


What is this Awesome Achievement?

The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.

A new month, a new Deviousness Award! Join us in congratulating `MelGama as the recipient for February 2012. Mel's dedication to the community is outstanding. We're inspired by her selfless efforts at bringing positivity and raising awareness of other artists.

Who is `MelGama?

MelGama is an exceptionally thoughtful and community-spirited deviant. In addition, Mel's gallery is filled with deviations that are inspired by emotions and experience, with the intention of inspiring others.  Ever eager to participate in the community, Mel can always be found giving positive comments to others, writing journals to raise awareness of other artists, and generally displaying all-around superstar deviant traits.We're absolutely delighted to bestow the Deviousness Award for February 2012 to `MelGama.

Congratulations to `MelGama

As part of our week long celebration of appreciation and love for our community, I had the pleasure of interviewing some of our Staff to find out what their favourite moments and memories of the community are, their favourite deviations and what they like best about the wonderful deviantART community.

Angelo, Co-Founder and CEO

I can't pick just one, because I love dearly so many moments in the history of deviantART. But as I read the question, the first one that came to my mind was eating Vegemite for the first time with Justin Maller (+ekud) who I'd never met in person at that time, and is the founder of the depthCORE art collective) and Heidi ($Heidi) in a cafe just around the corner from the Opera House in Sydney, Australia. It was our first world tour stop of 10, where members were supposed to come and meet us at landmark locations in their country as we flew to our 10 most deviously populated cities world wide. I was completely nerve racked. We'd only given a couple days notice, and we had no idea if anyone at all was going to show up to our first tour stop with such little notice or marketing. As Justin showed us the perfect proportion with which to spread vegemite so that it isn't gross on toast with butter, I had so many butterflies in my stomach with which to absorb the bread.

We paid the bill and left, in time to head to the stairs of the Opera House two hours early to prepare in case anyone showed up… and as we turned the corner, anticipating the worst, there was a crowd of 80 people holding deviantART signs who spotted us instantly!!! We had such a fantastic day with the 130 people who showed up, and the tour from that point forward was nothing short of the greatest experience of my life… from Australia, to Singapore with 300 deviants, Poland with 280, and so on in Turkey, Germany, France, the UK (nearly 600 people!!), New York/USA, Canada, Los Angeles/USA.

For this, and so many more reasons, we love you guys!!!!

Kate, Prints Marketing Merchandiser

I would say the 10th BirthdAy Bash at the House of Blues. I had just started as a staff member and I truly didn't understand the impact we had on our community. I was assigned to hanging out with $spyed that day and boy was it a treat. I really didn't know what to expect. I feel as if I got a special look/crash course in to the devious experience watching the various interactions with $spyed. I got to meet so many phenomenal deviants. It really blew me away. I think that was the moment that I realized that dA was much much more than a place to work. It was a home.

Danielle, Director of Community Relations

My favorite memories this year are rolled into #SXSW – from the epic road trip with $endosage, to the mini-deviantMEET in Tucson, AZ, Texas-sized deviantMEET in Austin and getting to meet Felicia Day! It was all pretty wonderific!

Heather, VP of Sales

The dA 10th bdAy party – being on stage singing Happy Birthday – I was just blown away by the outpouring of love!

Dan, Jr .Project Manager

My favourite deviantART memory was probably the 10th birthday party at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. It was great to see so many deviants come together IRL to celebrate the ten years we've been a community.

Toby, Marketing Assistant

The 10th BirthdAy Bash in Los Angeles last year was definitely one of my favorite dA moments. I had been to Comic-Con previously where we met deviants IRL, but the 10th birthday was solely dedicated to deviantART members and celebrating our community. I was able to be involved in some of the online events in the chats as well as help out with the event in LA, so I got to spend the day with amazing deviants here and all around the world. It was really amazing to see all of our hard work planning the event come to fruition and see the excitement from deviants in attendance, especially playing with deviantART muro, learning from tutorials, drawing and collaborating…an all around awesome experience and a great way to celebrate such a landmark event.

Lauren, Executive Assistant to the CEO

My favorite deviantART memory is being onstage at the dA 10th birthday. I had, technically, sort of, with a lot of help, organized the whole thing, and the last loose end was getting an emcee for the announcements and introductions and panel moderator…which never happened, so it was me.

I was totally unprepared, but I knew enough from my time as a stand-up comedian that you can fake comfort and energy and the crowd will match. It had worked well enough thus far, but at the very end, I had to announce the winners of the Print giveaway. It was also about one minute before going onstage that I realized…I didn't have the names or authors of ANY of the deviations I was about to give away. But I was over stressing out, and I just went onstage and started improv-ing with $codenamepanther like..."And the next winner gets...'Aviation Dog Flying Around on Balloons.'" Sorry, `trenchmaker! But you do what you gotta do. :)

Meg, Marketing Assistant

My favorite deviantART memory is hands-down the 10th birthday party. I hadn't been at deviantART very long, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the birthday party, but to see so many happy, excited people come pouring into The House of Blues was absolutely magical. I was so excited to meet everyone and each and every single person I met was smiling and having a fantastic time. It was an amazing way to be introduced to the deviantART community.

Chris, Help Desk Representative

For the longest time my favourite memory on deviantART was Vector Week during the original project education all those many years ago. It still holds a special place in my heart because it brought me together with so many outstanding deviants and opened the world of possibility to an otherwise unnoticed medium. More recently however I would have to say the most outstanding memory I have while a part of deviantART has to be the 10th birthday bash from last year. Getting to meet so many amazing deviants up close and personal and partying with the pros really was mind blowing. Thinking about it I still get high off the happy alone!

Luka, Developer, dT

My favorite deviantART memory would definitely be exchanging notes with $micahgoulart back in 2004 over his photography and then becoming colleagues and proper friends through working on deviantART itself.

Bryan, Community Operations Representative

The deviantART Summit is one of my favourite site-related memories. It was the first time I had the opportunity to meet all these great artists and staff members. It was a truly marvelous event and we're overdue for another!

Jenn, Copyright & Etiquette Administrator

I have so many dA related memories. I love the big things like getting hired, being a Comics and Cartoons gallery moderator, meeting dA friends for the first time outside the internet. I love the little things too, like finding new artists, being blown away so hard by a submission that I have to keep revisiting it several times throughout my work day (see my favorite deviation!) or just receiving a "thank you" after resolving a support desk ticket.

Evanita, Help Desk Team Leader

Thinking of one particular favourite moment or event is definitely a tough one especially considering all of the awesome things that happen all the time! The deviantART Birthday Bash last year at House of Blues definitely ranks up there. It was wonderful getting to meet so many deviants in one location and was amazing seeing so many deviants getting to try out deviantART muro for the first time.

Maria, Retail Customer Service Manager

My favourite deviantART memory was Comic-Con, as this was my first event!


Lisa, Office Administrator

One of my favorite memories is when I attended my first Beer Fridays. A couple of us played Rock Band and I thought to myself, "This is one of the Coolest Jobs EVER!!!"

Mike, Developer, dT

I have a lot of good memories from deviantART, but I still think that my favorite one was when I posted my first deviation. I was so used to creating my art in a vacuum, but as soon as I posted on deviantART there were favorites and comments coming in from all over the world. I had always known that the potential for such a positive community existed on the internet, but had never seen actual proof that one existed.

Kay, Copyright & Etiquette Administrator

I think to this day my favorite memory is when I first came to LA for a policy summit with $spyed, $realitysquared and lolly. $spyed picked me up at the airport, and as a joke, I wore fake fangs, since my screen name has to do with vampires. Angelo spent the whole drive from the airport to dinner doing double-takes at my fake pointy teeth (which were so big and bad they made me speak with a lisp) and was clearly in a mental debate with himself if he should mention them or if that would just be rude. He looked so relieved when I finally took them out and told him it was a joke a good half an hour later.

Simon, VP of Product

OK, this is lame, but mine would be the first comment I ever received. It was from `sanguru and it was on the first poem I ever wrote (stupidly deleted now) – I wasn't expecting an encouraging comment from a stranger and it lit up my whole world. Thanks again `sanguru!

"Southbound" by `keiross

$Ayame-Kenoshi said, "It's hard for me to pick an all time favorite deviation, but this is one I've come back to again and again over the years. This was one of the first deviations I came across when I joined the site. I was reminded of it recently as I took a trip to London and found myself in a very similar situation — people watching on the train and wondering what they were thinking. I admire the detail work and animation, and it always reminds me of London adventures."

"In Repair FINAL" by *angelitoon

$laurenkitsune said, "So many to choose from, and it's always changing, but this is my current favorite. I could imagine so many different stories about this scene. I love it."

"Holding All" by =P0RG

$eStunt said, ""Holding All" by =P0RG (with help from ~adeadrockstar) is one of my favorite deviations from this past year. It reminds me that when life feels like it's upside-down, it can still be beautiful."

"Happy 'splodey things" by *solastri

$dxd said, " I love this because it's things so often associated with violence but here they're so cute."

"The Thought of Me Kissing You" by *ahermin

$allixsenos said, "This is my favourite deviation because I think it combines an artistic eye for a good shot, opportunity and skill."

"End of the Line" by *Blepharopsis

$Alisey said, "All photography by Igor Siwanowicz is amazing, but this little chameleon is especially adorable."

"The Biting Pear of Salamanca" by `ursulav

$godofodd said, "One of my all time favourite deviations. It inspired a generation of plz accounts!"

"Assassins Creed Revelations" by *patrickbrown

$y2jenn said, "It's so hard picking a favorite deviation, especially after having racked up a few thousand favorites over the years. I picked this one because Patrick's work has always been moving for me as a comic artist. The expression and movement in his work is like a really good meal. My relatively new infatuation with the Assassin's Creed series was just one more reason to pick this piece. It's like that good meal and a really large pie afterwards."

"Flex" by *Blepharopsis

$ewm said, "Igor has to be by far one of my absolute favourite artists on dA. Being a huge fan of bugs, frogs, and other critters, his work always catches my eye because of the human emotions and expressions he seems to captivate in the smallest of creatures. I think most people would never imagine finding such human-like traits in a creature like a praying mantis or this gorgeous Red-Eyed Tree Frog."

"Fella Maker" by `brgtt

$MAMBITO1320 said, "This is very cool for all the Fella lovers like me!"

"The Crow" by ~applecorekevin

$mudimba said, "~applecorekevin is a very accomplished traditional painter. I love this deviation because it shows what happens when an oil painter first steps into the wide world of digital art."

"Head's lions" by ~puzzlesoul

$LMRomero said, "This is one of my favourite deviations because it inspires me to think outside of the box and to look at angles I've never really thought about before. I like the surrealistic nature of the objects and characters. It makes me feel like I'm entering some other world where lions hold rap concerts inside my head or inside of giant human heads. It's a trip!

~puzzlesoul has many great works of ART. I have a hard time picking just one. If you like your mind to bend 3-D Crazy Escher-ish meets Maurice Sendak meets Gary Norman Reissue (Boston album cover Artist). ANDDDDDD I just love them. It makes me want to draw just anything and go wild. What I love most is that I feel there are no boundaries or limits in his work. Anything goes.

"I am looking good I think" by `radioPooh

$pachunka said, "In truth I could pick anything by `radioPooh (the king of deviants, RIP) – he would get people together for photos like this with his only intention in mind being sharing it with his friends and crew of strangers on deviantART. That was what made his day. My favourite deviant, without a doubt, still inspiring people with his writing left right and center."

Angelo, Co-Founder and CEO

That's easy. I like most the giving and supportive nature of our members. I love that people bring their very best to the table, and that this defines our spirit as members. It's important today to recognize that this doesn't come cheap; it's a fight and a struggle. Yet our truest deviants find this fight rewarding. When I celebrate Deviants Appreciation Day every year, it's exactly this spirit that I wish to spread amongst us, so that we never accept a day where deviantART has lost its love.

Danielle, Director of Community Relations

Regardless of age, race, language, location or gender, there is a universal language and understanding shared within the deviantART community that I've never witnessed anywhere else. It's pure magic.

Heather, VP of Sales

Their loyalty and love for everything dA – I love how active the community is and how they get so excited.

Dan, Jr. Project Manager

The sense of community is probably my favourite thing about deviantART. Never have I seen such passion in an online community. When I joined deviantART, the thing that instantly attracted me to it was how much of a home it felt to me.

Toby, Marketing Assistant

While there are so many things to like about this community, I think one of the most unique aspects is the sheer amount of time deviantART has been around, and how many members stick with us throughout the years. Perhaps it's just because I came from this perspective, having been here 7 years, but artists I watched when I first joined are still creating and making incredible artwork to this day, and I still keep in contact with deviants I've known from the early years. There aren't many social networking sites that can make the same claim, so I really admire the long-term commitment most members have for this site.

Lauren, Executive Assistant to the CEO

I like the cycle of feedback within the community. Everyone checks their message center — eager, of course, to get messages from others — but they also see deviations and journals that others have put out. If their interest is piqued enough, they go and read or look at or soak in, and they leave comments of their own that are then eagerly checked by THOSE deviants! It's such an earnest cycle. I love being a part of it. Sure, there are people who post solely in the hopes of getting +1 pageview or a comment back, but after enough doing that, it becomes real and helpful for everyone involved. There's a greater good of helping and supporting each other, and that's something I've never found anywhere else!

Meg, Marketing Assistant

At first I thought it'd be easy to pick out what I like best about our community, but as I sat down to write this, it's hard to pick just one thing. Hmm...if I had to describe what I like most in just one word, it would be: acceptance. When I started as an admin, I wasn't very familiar with the community. I'd visited the site, but never really delved into the entire deviantART universe. As I started setting up my page, I started to get nervous about how people would react to my being a new admin, but to my surprise all I got were sweet, supportive comments and people interested in showing me the ropes. I've never met a sweeter, more accepting group of people and I'm thankful for you guys each and every day! (That sounds REALLY cheesy, but it's true!)

Chris, Help Desk Representative

You're always kept on your toes and that's what I love so much about dA. You never know what to expect from such a diverse group of exceptional artists. I'm so privileged to be a part of the community from both sides. Being able to be a deviant and also help shape the future of our community.

Luka, Developer, dT

What I like best about our community is that even though it's centered around a specific thing (art), it's so diverse with all ages, sexes, locations, cultures — so many beautiful things to be found on the site, so many interesting people to communicate and exchange ideas with. Of all the websites I've ever been a part of, deviantART is the one I've made most friends at.


Dom, Copyright & Etiquette Administrator

I really like how our community constantly supports the staff members and each other.

Aun-Juli, Community Operations Representative

I love that when we say the word 'community,' it means exactly that. The love and willingness to help others is what made me fall in love with deviantART, and it's inspiring to see how people lift others and help them in whatever way they can.


Oliver, Prints Quality Control

It's sheer size and centering around any and all arts.

Jenn, Copyright & Etiquette Administrator

I love dA's Comics and Cartoons community so much. It's intoxicating being around so many passionate people. It's motivational and extremely uplifting to see our pros taking advantage of dA, or to see a newbie just starting out in the world of comics and everything in between. It's hard not to feed off of that energy.

Evanita, Help Desk Team Leader

I'm totally an art history nerd and it never ceases to amaze me how many artists that are able to interact with each other on a scale that was physically impossible in previous art generations. The shear scale alone challenges artists to be unique and to improve their techniques at a faster pace than ever seen before, forcing art to continually evolve.

Maria, Retail Customer Service Manager

What I like best about our community is the good vibe that everybody projects towards other members. For example, all the volunteers for the Comic-Con street team were amazing.


Mike, Developer, dT

How can there possibly be a better community than one made up entirely of artists and art lovers?

Lisa, Office Assistant

I like that artists of all skillsets and mediums are able to communicate and share their work. I think that many of us artists not only love our own work but we are fans of other artists and it's all here on the site. Whatever you are looking for, to be inspired or to inspire others. Art is communication, reaching out with imagination, feelings, a story. deviantART is so much more than just that too! It's a network of creation!

Kay, Copyright & Etiquette Administrator

The deviantART community is such an amazing place to find people who want to share and help. Sure, the drama and bickering can often take a spotlight, but I have yet to find anywhere else so open, warm and willing to help an artist prosper. The Resources and Tutorials section is evidence enough of how eager deviants are to assist others in the creative process. It excites and inspires me to be around such amazing people every day and makes serving this community a true honor.

Simon, VP of Product

It's the only place on the internet where you actually put part of your soul out there, in the spotlight. Not just your name and some snapshots. It's risky business – you're sharing a deeper part of yourself – and it creates closer ties as a result. Besides, the art is something to bond over, and talk about. Put another way, DA has ACTUAL STUFF ON IT. I find that lacking in other social networks.

Heidi, VP of Marketing

At the end of the day, deviantART has something for everyone. Whether you're a professional artist looking to build a following, an amateur looking to hone your skills, an art appreciator looking for the latest art trends, or an Internet enthusiast looking to build connections with like-minded people — deviantART has you covered. No matter what you're passionate about or interested in, deviantART will help you find more of what you're looking for.

During the last couple of years especially, deviantART has been at the forefront of championing the arts and working to make them important again — helping to re-establish their relevance. During my time at deviantART, I've learned how art, and deviantART itself, can truly impact and inspire people. It's rewarding to know that I'm part of a community that can affect people's lives for the better.

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Deviousness Award

Congratulations to `DanHeffer-Stock


What is this Awesome Achievement?

The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.

As we launch our week long celebrations for our 11th Birthday, what better way to do so than by announcing `DanHeffer-Stock as the recipient for August 2011. Dan's dedication to the Stock & Resource community is legendary, as can be seen in his eclectic gallery that showcases not just his stock photography and modelling, but his own original creations.

Who is `DanHeffer-Stock?

Dan is a very familiar face in all areas of our community, and you can always find him helping new artists as well as getting involved in special projects with other Senior members of the community. We're absolutely delighted to bestow the Deviousness Award for August 2011 to `DanHeffer-Stock. Congratulations Dan!

Congratulations to `DanHeffer-Stock

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INTERNATIONAL, 13+
Chaos Panda by $chix0r

We're throwing one panda, one light, one pie up against the incredibly successful Fotolia One Cat, One Fruit, and One Clock Contest. Let's see if our new completely crazed random selection can pull in more than the 10,000 entries we received last time.

Here's the big twist: This time, we're challenging you to use the theme of "plans gone wrong" in your image.

You must use one each of the specific pandas, lights, and pies provided in the asset pack and create an image showing "plans gone wrong." Your entry can originate in any medium! These are stock pictures. You can trace them, draw them, photomanipulate them, stack them, cook them or even collage them!

Official Rules
Browse Entries
  • Dozens of pandas are escaping the zoo and taking over a city. People are running in chaos as one of the pandas hangs from a traffic light and another stares into the window of a pie shop.
  • After working hard in the mines all day, two pandas sit down at a diner. A waitress, who is carrying some pie, trips over one of their mine hats (which has a light attached) and smashes it into the panda's face. Classic!
  • A freshly-made pie is sitting on a kitchen counter. The panda who cooked it has stacked up three chairs to help him replace a dead lightbulb. As he climbs to the top, the chairs begin to wobble, seconds away from toppling over.

You must use at least one panda, one light, and one pie from the asset pack in an image with the theme of  "plans gone wrong".

Must use one of these pandas:

Must use one of these lights:

Must use one of these pies:

Download Assets

Once you finish your piece, upload your artwork image as a PNG or JPG file to the contest here. You can submit as many entries as you'd like until the deadline! Don't forget to list your stock resources if you use them.

Submit Artwork

While you wait for the judges' decisions, check out the current contest entries by clicking below and make sure to visit stockproject.fotolia.com.

Browse Entries

Feel free to use free stock from #StockProject, or you can use paid stock if you have an account with StockProject.Fotolia.com or Fotolia. You may use stock brushes and textures. You can always use your own original images, but you cannot use stock images obtained from other members of deviantART or other sources. Read the Official Rules about disclosing your stock resources.

  • Winner will receive $1,500 USD
  • $100 USD of credits at stockproject.fotolia.com
  • Wacom Intuos4 Medium Tablet
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • dA Pro Digital Artist Backpack
  • deviantWEAR hoodie of winner's choice*
  • One year Premium Membership to deviantART
  • 1 year subscription for Kelby Training Online Classes
  • $1,000 USD
  • $75 USD of credits at stockproject.fotolia.com
  • Wacom Intuos4 Small Tablet
  • 5,000 deviantART Points
  • dA Pro Digital Artist Backpack
  • deviantWEAR T-shirt of winner's choice*
  • 6-month Premium Membership to deviantART
  • 1 year subscription for Kelby Training Online Classes
  • $500 USD
  • $50 USD of credits at stockproject.fotolia.com
  • Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch Tablet
  • 3,000 deviantART Points
  • dA Pro Digital Artist Backpack
  • deviantWEAR T-shirt of winner's choice*
  • 3-month Premium Membership to deviantART
  • 1 year membership to National Association of Photoshop Professionals
*Depending on availability.

Entry must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PT – - Los Angeles CA, USA) on August 16, 2011 and must be submitted to the Contest gallery on www.deviantart.com "click here."

  • Entrants must be at least 13 years old to participate. Residents of any country are eligible.
  • Entires can originate in any medium but must be in PNG or JPG file format when submitted. Online entries only, hard copies not accepted.
  • Entries must contain at least the images of one panda, one light and one pie from the preselected images made available in the asset pack "click here."
  • You must provide in the description section (when you upload your entry) a list of the stock materials you used, if any, in the entry excluding the images provided in the asset pack at the Contest Site;
  • Entries may not use any watermarks or distinguishing artist marks (such as prominent signatures).
  • You may submit more than one entry but an artist cannot have multiple entries as semi-finalists.
  • You must be a member of deviantART to enter. Membership is free.
Official Rules

25 semi-finalists will be chosen by full-time deviantART staff.

From the 25 semi-finalists, the three winners will be chosen by the world-wide Chairman of Fotolia, Inc., Oleg Tscheltzoff.

All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creative Use of Assets Provided
  • Successful Interpretation of the Theme
  • Overall Impact
  • Technical Skill
Submit Artwork Download Assets Browse Entries
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Deviousness Award

Congratulations to `blepharopsis


What is this Awesome Achievement?

The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.

`blepharopsis has developed a truly iconic gallery within our community. Whilst at first you may be somewhat creeped out by the extreme shots of creepy crawlies, you can't help but be captivated by the detail and quality of the artwork that has become Igor's trademark style.  Unlike any other insect photographer, Igor manages to capture human like qualities in the smallest creatures,  especially the exotic Praying Mantis. The lighting, vibrance, detail, and the anthropomorphic qualities he attains never ceases to amaze.

Who is `Blepharopsis ?

Igor is well known in our community for his innovative photography. His journals are full of detail regarding his travels across the globe, where he inevitably returns with stunning photography documenting his experience.  An amazing deviant in every way possible, we're honored to bestow Deviousness for November 2011 to `blepharopsis. Congratulations Igor!

Congratulations to `blepharopsis