Hello, deviants! In an effort to keep the community informed and to provide the best possible experience for our members, we wanted to inform you of changes to our reporting system.
DeviantART is dedicated to protecting our artists, and in an effort to be able to more quickly handle complaints by deviants who have had their rights infringed on, we have changed the way we receive complaints from the artist or the copyright holder.
In the past, we took reports by the copyright holder in two different ways: An informal report via the Report Violation tool and a formal complaint via contacting the Help Desk. While both of these methods were effective, they presented many setbacks.
The informal report did not gather all the necessary information for a formal copyright complaint and was prone to misuse by well-meaning deviants who would attempt to report images they did not own the copyright to on behalf of artists they admire. Unfortunately, filing unauthorized reports added to the backlog, and while our response time was still good for artists reporting infringement of their own work, the unauthorized reports created an unnecessary delay.
This system also fell short when the copyright holder attempted to report an infringement where the original file was not hosted on deviantART.com itself. Also, many deviants found the specific legal requirements of an official take down notice difficult to understand or downright overwhelming.
We spent a good deal of time re-evaluating our system and ultimately decided that we needed to streamline the system to better guide our artists through the DMCA takedown process. We have launched a new reporting method for copyright holders and their legal representatives when they believe a work is infringed.
This new system is an improvement for our artists because it provides...
A clear indication of what needs to be provided
An easier breakdown of the form
A templated format so it is easier for artists to follow the rules with and for staff to review the notice
Helps promote a faster response time
Why are we using this system? The DMCA is a formal notice and takedown system for copyright owners. It is not an arbitrary set of rules created by deviantART; it is a legal process which is respected the world over. You can find more information on the DMCA, how it works and what it does here.
Our new system can be found here, and can also be accessed by clicking the Report Violation button.
How does it work? Attempting to report through the Report Violation link and selecting the “My Intellectual Property” option will redirect you to this page where you can provide information about the property which you believe to have been infringed. With this new system, artists who are attempting to report infringement where their original image is not hosted on deviantART will encounter no friction when reporting infringement of their work. This will also provide staff with a uniform presentation of the complaint, allowing for an easier and thus faster assessment of the situation and more prompt action against the potentially infringing submission. What isn’t changing? Reports by third parties, or those who do not own the copyright or legally represent the artist will not be impacted at all. These reports can still be filed by clicking the Report Violation link and selecting “Permission Issues.” As reports from the copyright holders themselves are given top priority, please keep in mind that third party reports will not receive the same response. Reports of potential infringement that happens off of deviantART.com will not change either, as staff cannot take action on behavior off of the site. In those cases, please contact the administration of the site where the potential infringement is occurring.
As a reminder, we take these reports very seriously. Those who continually and deliberately misrepresent content as their own or infringe on our artists will find their accounts facing administrative action including removal of the infringing material and various lengths of account suspension. A first time offense may not result in an administrative action against the account, but the repetition of bad behavior in this area will not be treated as a simple breach of etiquette.
We want to encourage a creative atmosphere, and we know that it is dampened when our artists' copyrights are infringed. We are so excited to offer easier and more timely service for our artists through this new system. We have updated our Copyright Policy to match our procedures, and updated our FAQs to provide current and relevant information. Check our our newly updated FAQs:
For years, whenever I've been intensively drawing a comic project I often felt the need the write myself some music. I've found out multiplying my creative output mysteriously benefit them all. There is, usually, no link bridging my Comic and musical world. Some fugues and some String Quartet sketches have been paired with Batman Incorporated for instance.
This time, being so enthusiast for swamp thing, I went and wrote the scored for issue 7 & 8. OK, not really, but I've tried to cover their thematic stuff in a 3:16 of Full Orchestral Music.
Here a breakdown of the cues: 00:00 The timeless mystery of the Green 00:49 Growth and fate of the Green Warrior 1:36 The Rot and 2:00 A bit of actionny big battle for those who got bored until now.
Remember a while back I said there was something I was gonna announce about SYAC? Well here we go! I'm coming back to do more SYAC's soon. All of it too, the NSYAC and the old SYAC stuff.
We're working right now on categorizing everything in the archives, so you can browse just the stuff you want to look at and not have it be this clusterf**k of everything hodgepodged together. We should have something ready for viewing within the next few days.
What I am going to do differently this time around is not conform to a set release schedule. I'm gonna make the comics as I feel like it and as the jokes come to me. Hopefully, without the pressure of a constant release schedule I can work more on refining the artwork and making sure nothing is rushed out.
Having said that... please keep in mind this is still a series of silly low-brow cartoon strips so... don't be expecting DaVinci level art here or anything. SYAC has never been a series where the art was meant to look like a DC comic book, and I have no interest in going in that artistic direction for it. But I will be spending more than just a few hours on each strip and at least trying to not have as many anatomical mistakes as previous ones. And maybe every now and then I'll experiment with the style in the comics based around my cartoon incarnation, while keeping and refining the style of the NSYAC series as it progresses.
We are also working on a fan-art page too. I don't know when that will be completed, it might take a lot longer than everything else. But eventually fans will be able to upload their own art and comics and have their own section of the website. Uploads will be moderated (of course) and have to be approved before they're visible and in the archives but... yeah, that's maybe a thing that will happen.... sometime... eventually...
How's that sound for everyone? Is that an agreeable solution? I don't know when the first set of new strips will be going up, but I will keep you all informed. And yes, we will finally find out what happened to poor Emily, as well as continue to follow cartoon me.
Which brings us to each year’s communal celebration of the passing of our lifetimes:
New Year’s Eve
So what did you “actually get done” in the past year? How closer are you to a grand goal in life? An assessment is made and then the inevitable Step 2 of the yearly process is engaged, which is often a word for word repeat of last year’s Step 2:
The New Year’s Resolution
There seem to be two main strategies that emerge at this point of facing the New Year, a “brand new morning.” The lone wolf quietly acknowledges goals not yet reached, and is even more secretive in the “new plan.” “I’ll show them,” becomes the new private mantra. It works for some people, but my experience has been that I’m splurging on Star Wars memorabilia by Valentine’s Day.
I’ve found that rather than making secret contracts with myself, a much higher success rate is always achieved as a combination of two other elements.
To a truly worthy vision, maybe even one that cannot be achieved in a year, but in a lifetime, is just the sort of quest that engages the starving soul so much more than the common shaving a few digits off of the weight scale. (I personally implemented the "no cookie left behind" program this holiday season so I might want to think about that one too.) But the truth is, New Year’s comes but once a year. It would seem better to me to go big or not at all. Pick projects of real importance in your life – ones that require the more personal attention and dedication to the better.
Should not be a dirty word in the strategies of personal achievement. It has been my experience that the more genuinely useful support I’ve received from the like-minded (as well as the merely curious) has always gone a long way to keeping my Big Picture from faltering. When the potholes in the road forward begin to resemble archeological digs, as it seems they usually do, there’s nothing more heartening in being able to take it all in stride than a word of admiration, advice or encouragement from a fellow dA community member.
In his book "Outliers" Malcolm Gladwell outlines the 10,000-Hour Rule, the thought being that spending ten thousand hours practicing a particular discipline is necessary for mastery of that skill. He also brings up the importance of support in the from family, friends, and mentors in the ultimates success of an individual. No one achieves the highest summit's of success alone. No one. Even the most unique vision requires the nurture of human camaraderie if it is to be developed to it's fullest potential and efficacy.
I find myself thinking about recent achievements as well as a grand vision currently in formation here at deviantART, and how much the atmosphere of this community – how much dedication to art and artists, and how much they are supported and support each other – and I can’t wait to see where life will take all of us in this new year. A tough statement to put out there, considering the unbearable horrors that have recently rained down in our world from weather catastrophes, classroom atrocities, civil wars and the violence related to a radically altered political landscape around the world. But it’s true. I am still hopeful. I am still ready to rededicate my dreams on New Year’s Eve. I’m not sure I’d be making that statement were I not now ensconced and engaged in the deviantART community. But as Kurt Vonnegut used to say, “So it goes.”
For the Reader
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?
Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?
What’s the most farfetched resolution you’ve ever declared?
What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?
Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?
Can you share with us the personal discipline system that works for you as an artist in bringing your work to a next level?
More specifically do you have any tips for those of us balancing multiple responsibilities along with our creative endeavors?
New Year's resolutions are often secret and private -- a contract made with yourself. But what if you could increase the chance of your resolution becoming a success by incorporating a combination of two other important elements: discipline and success.
You know, sometimes having opinions can make you feel like no one else shares your views, especially if your views aren't being widely vocalized around you. Case in point: It's just been announced that J.J.Abrams will be directing Star Wars 7, and the internet is raging with butthurt about how shitty Abrams is, making over abundant lens flare jokes, and bemoaning the reboot of Star Trek in the process.
Thing is... I like J.J.Abrams. I liked LOST (despite it's shitty/rushed ending). I liked Super 8. I liked Cloverfield. I even enjoyed the recent Star Trek reboot and am looking forward to the sequel. I never had a problem with lens flares or noticed them being over used. And I think overall Abrams has made a fairly consistent batch of quality movies, which is a amazing considering how many directors flip flop between great and shitty.
But I can't often come right out and say that sort of thing because when I do I get attacked for having an opinion that runs counter to the vast majority of internet nerds and pundits. There are some things that everyone just "accepts" as facts or laws, even though when you look at them closer they quickly fall apart to logic. In the past I used to enjoy debating/arguing my views with other members of the community, but in recent years I'm getting rather tired of having to defend myself every time I express an opinion that runs slightly counter to the hive mentality of the internet.
At the same time I feel like it's my responsibility to speak up simply BECAUSE my voice and opinion isn't being widely expressed. I'm a firm believer that if you see a problem or have an issue with something you should speak up about it. If you don't, nothing is ever going to change, though by speaking up you are putting yourself in the hot-seat most of the time.
I often joke about my "controversial" opinions, but generally they're not really that controversial at all. So... in the interest of full disclosure, I'm gonna list off some of my "controversial" opinions. Please keep in mind that just because I say these things, it does not invalidate you or your own opinions. I am not saying I am right, I am not saying my views are law. These are simply my opinions and you are entirely free to agree or disagree with them as you wish.
We clear on that? Alright cool! So here we go in no particular order:
J.J.Abrams is a good director Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is a good game The Zelda cartoon is not the worse thing to happen to the Zelda franchise Ocarina of Time is still overrated Super Mario Bros II is also a good game Metroid: Other M didn't "ruin" the franchise or make Samus "weak" Sony has a habit of making poor marketing decisions Geek/Gamer Girls are not a threat to anything/anyone Sexism/racism/bullying/homophobia in gaming culture are problems we need to address G/L/B/T should be allowed to marry anywhere in my country Religion in general needs to stop forcing itself onto everyone else Obama has done a decent job thus far Justin Beiber is not the worse singer in the world There are worse actresses than Kristin Stewart Macs generally run better than PC's Family Guy is not funny The original Spiderman Trilogy is not shit Batman is becoming over-saturated Watchmen (the movie) is overrated
(I hope people realize that putting the word "controversial" in quotation marks means I'm joking about how seriously people take these things, which should be evident by how many of these are pop-culture related and not really important opinions in the first place. Please don't get defensive or angry at this journal. It's not meant to be taken seriously and if you are about to take it seriously, please lighten up. Do I need to add a j/k to make that point clear?)
KEEP IN MIND THAT I'M NOT THE BEST AND MY PONY ANATOMY ISN'T PERFECT. THESE VIDEOS ARE TO SHOW YOU HOW I DRAW PONIES FOR MY ART AND COMICS. TO GIVE YOU A GOOD IDEA ON HOW TO GO ABOUT DRAWING PONIES FOR YOURSELF.
If you decide to start drawing, keep in mind that your not going to be great at it when you first try. Believe me I couldn't draw ponies to save my life, but I keep at it and look at me now.
Don't give up, as long as you keep it up you'll soon be drawing ponies in no time. Also don't treat art as a chore, have fun with it.
Also use References to help you out, don't be ashamed to use them. Also check out this link for helpful pony anatomy sketches gunrunnersarsenal.tumblr.com/p…
Wii Fit Trainer You know, I was on the fence about the new Smash Bros game. Even with Mega Man I didn't really see anything remarkable about the game to peak my interest. But then when Nintendo unveiled the Wii Fit personal trainer as a playable character? F**k Yeah! Bludgeon your opponents to death with YOGA moves? That's the sort of nonsensical whimsy that I think was sorely lacking from this version of franchise. Count me in!
Still not sure how the 3DS and Wii U version are going to interact with each other, if at all. Iwata has said that the 3DS will have different stages, so that suggests that they aren't compatible. But then, if they're not compatible, why put out 2 games at once? Frankly, I like the idea of being able to play against Wii U opponents from the comfort of my 3DS. That would be really cool, but I don't know if that's a thing they're looking to do or not. Hmm..
PS: Maybe it's just me, but I found it rather hilarious how all the characters were practicing Yoga and Link was having trouble maintaining his balance.
Damage Control With the overwhelmingly negative response to Microsoft's Xbox One reveal, Microsoft has been on a bit of "damage control" and, frankly, not doing a very bang-up job. Last night Microsoft executive Don Mattrick said the following:
"Fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity. It's called Xbox 360. When I read the blogs and thought about who's really the most impacted, there was a person who said, 'Hey, I'm on a nuclear sub.' I don't even know what it means to be on a nuclear sub but I've got to imagine that it's not easy to get an internet connection."
Now I know they're executives and they have to try and sell us on their bad business decisions... but when you're openly mocking people who want to upgrade but can't by telling them to stick with the inferior device, and when you're suggesting that the only places on earth that doesn't have the internet is in submarines... well... you're kinda sucking at being empathetic with our very valid concerns.
All through last gen I didn't give a crap about Microsoft. As far as I was concerned they were the safe middle ground between Nintendo and Sony. I viewed Sony's greed (such as trying to make everyone jump to their blu-ray disk format) as far more of an evil thing. Microsoft just kinda sat in between, being a non-issue for me. But this generation they've pulled such unmitigated gaul and careless disrespect for consumers... I just... ugh...
Sony has redeemed themselves in my eyes, if only temporarily. I'd still like to remind people to keep an eye on Sony anyway. Prior to the disaster that is the Xbox One, Sony wasn't look much hotter. People were downright upset over Sony's decisions for the PS4, but all of that has been drowned out by them "winning" E3 this year. I'm in their court right now, but the ball could shift to another easily. Just... keep an open mind.
Ouya In case you haven't heard of this thing, the Ouya is an android based console that was funded through Kickstarter. The team behind the Ouya wanted to use E3 to showcase their device, but the fees necessary to get into the showroom floor were too high. Instead they chose to rent parking space outside the convention center so that the press and fans could check out the device. ESA (the people behind E3) were apparently annoyed at this, so they rented space to park a TRUCK infront of the Ouya spot. Not wanting to be out done the Ouya people bought space infront of the truck to put a sign telling people to look behind the truck... to which the ESA decided to call the police.
Despite the commotion, the Ouya people had the appropriate permits and forms filled out, so the police left them alone. That's quite some determination from the Ouya people I must admit! Kudos.
Stop Fighting, Please? Over the E3 weekend there were a couple tweets from Feminist Frequency (you know, the home of the oh-so-infamous Anita Sarkeesian) tweeted about the lack of female protagonists in all these new IP's coming out. A valid concern I think, but not one which needed to be inundated with sexist and hate speech.
Guys... can we PLEASE stop having this knee-jerk reaction any time she so much as twitches a finger? I don't like Anita Sarkeesian anymore than anyone else does, but this gut reaction to having to always send her sexist remarks, hate filled posts, denounce her on YouTube, etc is getting out of hand. Anytime she speaks the talk shifts from what she's trying to point out is an issue to trying to discredit her mudsling her name. That's not helping us progress.
And yes, I understand that she probably uses this to her advantage. But guys, here's the thing. In order to be baited, you have to respond TO the bait. Just don't do it. If she talks, STOP RESPONDING TO HER. Or better yet, talk about the issue she is bringing up in an intellectual debate that doesn't center on trying to "prove" how wrong she is about everything else.
I'm growing increasingly weary with talking about women's issues in video gaming because of the number of people who refuse to either accept that it's a problem, or just don't want to talk about it period. It's a thing we have to deal with, we can't keep trying to sweep it under the rug. The sooner we get some serious debate going, the sooner we can get back to having FUN.
Personally I'd be interested to find out what Anita Sarkeesian has to say about the inclusion of Princess Peach in the latest Mario 3D game as a playable character. Not only is Peach saving the day and kicking ass, she's not dressed as a sex object and she can obtain power-ups that all the other guys can too. Peach's cat costume is the same costume everyone else gets. She also still retains her special float ability, meaning she hasn't been drained of any of the power she had in Super Mario Bros 2. That's a MUCH more interesting question I'd like to hear Anita talk about, and we can't ask it because it's getting drowned out by all this other shit.
Everything Else I keep getting asked about my thoughts on the new Kingdom Hearts game or Bayonetta 2 or any of the other various newsworthy items I didn't cover in my previous journals. Well that's primarily because I'm not really interested in them at all and thus decided to pick only the topics I actually had an opinion on for my journals. I'm not a journalist trying to cover everything, I'm a cartoonist who happens to be a gamer. I speak about what perks my interests. Chances are I just don't care enough to put my thoughts into words. Doesn't mean you can't enjoy the games if you find them interesting, they're just not for me.
So please don't be angry if I've "forgotten" to talk about something, ok? Ok!
Anyway, that's all I have for now. I don't think there's gonna be much else announced that will be all that amazing to talk about so this will likely be my last E3 coverage journal.
Year of Luigi Nintendo announced recently that Luigi will be getting quite a bit of due attention this year, declaring 2013 to be "the year of Luigi." First he'll be staring in the Luigi's Mansion sequel for the 3DS, then he will be a big component of the next Mario and Luigi RPG on the 3DS. In the RPG game, Mario will enter Luigi's dreams where Luigi can be as awesome, if not better than, his overshadowing brother. Poking and prodding Luigi's face on the touch screen will also alter the dream world, allowing Mario to proceed through obstacles. And if that wasn't enough, there is a new DLC package planned for New Super Mario Bros U which basically adds an entire game's worth of new levels exclusively to be played by Luigi. Pretty solid stuff, Nintendo. Now say that 2014 is the year of the Peach!
Slavery Abolished! Mississippi has finally ratified their 13th amendment, a motion to abolish slavery written back in 1865. The discovery that the amendment hadn't been passed came about when 2 academics decided to look into the status of the amendment after watching Stephen Spielberg's Lincoln. When it was discovered that the amendment had never been ratified, they contacted Mississippi's secretary of state, who arranged the passage of the bill on Feb 7th. Better late than never, right Mississippi?
Equestria Daily My picture of Flutteryshy as a Crystal Kingdom Knight was featured on Equestria Daily yesterday. Thanks to whomever submitted it there, I was quite surprised to hear it was featured at all.
Adventure Time Progress Movie! Sorry it took so long to complete, but here you go! You can see the progress of the Adventure Time illustration from start to finish now. Yay! Obviously to not bore anyone to death with the 8+ hours of drawing that I livestreamed, I flipped the video upside down (to be right side up for the viewer), sped it up, adjusted the clarity, and edited it much much shorter so you at least get an idea of what it was like. If you're masochistic enough to want to watch the full unaltered 8 hours you can do so on my Ustream account here: www.ustream.tv/channel/andy-s-…
In the meantime, enjoy the edited for time and entertainment youtube video!