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12th BirthdAy Shenanigans

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 12:00 AM by bradleysays:iconbradleysays:
A compiled list of any current (or upcoming) deviantART 12th Birthday activities. :) If you are holding and event or know someone who is, leave a comment below!

Official 12th Birthday Announcement

Read all about deviantART's Birthday here!


:bulletyellow: deviantART Birthday Subscription (run by Katy-L-Wood)
Win yourself a Premium Membership!

:bulletyellow: 7-Day deviantART BirthdAy Giveaway! (run by bradleysays and lightpurge)
The draw to win prizes is closed, but winners will be drawn all week!

:bulletyellow: 20000 Downloads/dA Birthday Giveaway and Surprise! (run by Pickley)
Comment on the linked blog for the chance to win free copies of dAmnMobile or dA Messages for iOS!

:bulletyellow: Premium Membership Giveaway (run by KnightAR)
Want to change your username? Give a reason and you may win a premium membership!

:bulletyellow: Get a 1-month Premium Membership! (run by ArtBIT)
Are you an aspiring artist? Leave your best work in ArtBIT's journal and you may win a 1-month Premium Membership!

Contests and Events


:bulletyellow: DeviantART's 12th Birthday Hat Contest! (run by KovoWolf)
Create your OWN birthday hat to wear for deviantART's birthday!

:bulletyellow: Official Birthday Card Contest (run by UnicornReality)
It is up to you to make a card celebrating dA's 12th birthday!

:bulletyellow: Birthday Wallpaper Contest (run by Infinite705)
Create a deviantART 12th Birthday themed wallpaper!

:bulletyellow: Quirky Horoscope Contest (run by Lyricanna)
In this contest, using any visual media, you have to draw a representation of at least one of the Western Zodiac signs and create a daily horoscope for that sign set for the date of August 7th.

:bulletyellow: Chinese Horoscope Contest (run by SRaffa)
How will your own birthday contribute to deviantART's 12th birthday celebration on August 7th, 2012?

:bulletyellow: deviantART Birthday Contest (run by RTNightmare)
A birthday contest which covers pretty much all media!

:bulletyellow: Free Premium Membership Day! (run by deviantART)
August 7th is Free Premium Membership Day!

:bulletyellow: Thursday: Birthday Cake (run by PremiumMembers)
Collaboratively draw deviantART's Birthday cake!

Using muro, draw a slice of cake!

Fancify dekorAdum and you may win a Premium Membership!


:bulletyellow: 12th BirthdAy Muro Fun (run by dekorAdum and KovoWolf)
Draw something deviantART related containing the number 12 in the forum linked above!

:bulletyellow: Birthday Party! (run by 3wyl)
Tell us what deviantART's birthday party will be like, using only 12 things! More details in the forum. :)

:bulletyellow: deviantART's Birthday Hunt! (run by 3wyl)
Another hunt, but based around the forums this time!

:bulletyellow: DeviantART has turned 12! -- 1 year PM up for grabs (run by Hardrockangel)
Find and share deviations that contain the number 2, or 12 similar things. :)

:bulletyellow: dAmn Game: "Pointless"-styled game (run by Kaz-D and 3wyl)
More information in the blog. But hurry, you must sign up before this coming Tuesday!

Complain about the worst Birthday Cake you've ever gotten.

Complain about the worst Birthday Present you've ever received.



:bulletyellow: Rock, Paper, Scissors! (run by 3wyl)
Play deviantART-styled Rock, Paper, Scissors in #devart!


:bulletyellow: Stock/Resources and Photomanipulation Chat Event and Challenge
(run by Aeirmid, Elandria and Dan-Heffer)
Chat events and challenges hosted by your resident Stock and Resources and Photomanipulation volunteers!

:bulletyellow: Muro Event
(run by dekorAdum and KovoWolf)
Practice your DeviantArt muro skills for this event!

:bulletyellow: Trivia events hosted by Kaz-D.

Meet and Greet with the Community Relations Team! :happybounce:


Meet and Greet with the Community Operations Team! :la:

:bulletyellow: deviantART Birthday #devart Hunt 2012! (run by all the people :iconxalltheyplz:)
It's an image hunt, with killer prizes! More details in the blog!

A compilation of deviantART's 12th Birthday activities!
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About The Contest

Time Frame:
Ended! hosted by KovoWolf

Thank You Everyone!
The contest is currently being judged!! Thank you everyone who participated! They all where amazing and creative!!  

In preparation for the Birthday Shinanigans about to unfold here at DeviantART, we want to ask you, the community to get your crafty scissors, gear up your imagination, and all the materials you can for this contest in preparation for celebrating DeviantART's 12th birthday! What we're asking of you is to make your OWN birthday hat to wear for DeviantART's birthday!

Here are some ideas for you to get started on a birthday hat!
Mad Hatter Tea Party Set by jdDoodlesIt's not my birthday? by Eman333Birthday Cat by Number1Sticky

The Judges

:iconastralseed: :icon3wyl: :iconlyricanna: :iconaeirmid:

The Rules

Below you will find the rules for the Hat contest!

    :bulletred: Please do not submit something you have already created

    :bulletred: It must be an original work!

    :bulletred: Have at least the following on your hat somewhere: The number 12, Fella, DeviantART, and Happy Birthday

    :bulletred: Please keep it appropriate for all ages
      :bulletgreen: You MAY use stock in order to get an idea on a basic party "hat" shape, but if you go outside of DA / on DA make sure you link your sources!
      :bulletgreen: Be as creative as you can! Remember this is in celebration to DeviantART's 12th birthday!
      :bulletgreen: Have FUN!
      :bulletgreen: You must submit a photograph of your HAT. You can choose whatever option suits your comfort level! So either: 1. Wear the hat and take a picture with you wearing the hat 2. Take a picture of the hat on your head (but not your face) 3. Take a picture of just the hat :star: Materials :star: You are welcome to use whatever you have available to you to make a hat! Paper, stock paper, glue, sparkles, glitter, colored pencils! Whatever you have available to you, feel free to use!   (( Again, please keep it appropriate ))

      How To Submit

      Please take a photo / web cam / camera phone photo of your lovely, new, rock sporting, DeviantART birthday hat! Show us how ready YOU are for DeviantART's 12th birthday!! Judging will be based on Creativity, originality, uniqueness and how related to deviantART's birthday it is! Once you take a photo, submit it here!

      Prizes For The Hat Contest

      1st Place
      :bulletyellow: 1 devwear shirt 
      :bulletyellow: 500 :points:

      2nd Place
      :bulletorange:  Emote Keychain
      :bulletorange: Emote buttons 
      :bulletorange: DA Lanyard 
      :bulletorange: 300 :points:

      3rd Place
      :bulletpurple: Emote buttons
      :bulletpurple: dA Icon Keychain
      :bulletpurple: 100 :points:

      Submit Your Hat!

Skin by bradleysays and header modified by KovoWolf. Island in the Grass by da-joint-stock

:cakerun: by Kath602
Balloon 8 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 4 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 8 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 4 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 8 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 4 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 8 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 4 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 8 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 4 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 8 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 4 by LuMi-ViEcH
Celebration by Scorpion81Celebration by Scorpion81Celebration by Scorpion81Celebration by Scorpion81

Birthday Card Contest

CELEBRATE by akrasiel deviantART is celebrating its 12th birthday on the 7th August and what better way to celebrate with a card from its awesome members?!
This is where you guys come in!

Make a card!

It is up to you to make a card celebrating dA's 12th birthday! You can use any medium for this, the more creative the better!
If you are into Artisan Crafts you could try your hand at papercutting, or add some little handmade charms to your card.
Mini Birthday Gift Sets by claremansonWe have a Hulk! by LittleGreenFrogButterfly Card by Himmapaangreeting card by megatron73
If you are into Traditional Art you could scratchboard a card, or try a collage or even mix the medias up a little.
Ferret for Russ by MystiqueDeepHappy birthday my dear lamb by ladybirdartWHO: Time for everything by CT02T-Party Rex _greetings card by Maddiox
If you are a Digital Artist you can design something amazing with your program of choice or utilize the Stock and Resources that dA supplies - just check the individual rules!
Unicorn Birthday Card by FluffntuffB-day card by sea-weedOctopus Birthday Card by bensigas+ Happy Birthday + by aamran

In brief

Balloon 8 by LuMi-ViEcH Make a card for dA's 12th birthday.
Balloon 8 by LuMi-ViEcH Unlimited per Deviant.
Balloon 8 by LuMi-ViEcH Any medium is accepted - if you are drawing traditionally/digitally try to involve something related to dA like Fella, art, llamas and such.
Balloon 8 by LuMi-ViEcH Must be a new piece of work.
Balloon 8 by LuMi-ViEcH Credit any Resources you are using.


As always there are some really awesome prizes up for grabs!
First Place - 2400 points
Second Place - 1600 points 
Third - Place 800 points

Submitting and Judging

Entries will need to be submitted into the

Birthay Card Contest Category

by the 10th August 12pm (usa time)

Browse the entries here.

Judges are as follows -
:iconmoonbeam13: :iconunicornreality: and :icondemonmathiel:

Have fun!

Have a great time and enjoy the other birthday festivities! :D



Celebration by Scorpion81Celebration by Scorpion81Celebration by Scorpion81Celebration by Scorpion81
Balloon 8 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 4 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 8 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 4 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 8 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 4 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 8 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 4 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 8 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 4 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 8 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 4 by LuMi-ViEcH
:cakerun: by Kath602
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Photography Weekly Header created by TouchedD

"One Signature is worth a thousand implied tones..."
-Charles Swan -
Copyright Expert

In the news this week there has been a spotlight on Karren Brady, a photographer who has won a copyright ruling. The news article itself is interesting but the cautions that it turfs up for the future and current generations of photographers are slightly more concerning. The general feeling that has started to develop is that if you have assistance with setting up a shot, making a scene, posing a model and making up a person for example, those people may well have rights to your work. This is also being debated with regards to post-production and if you get somebody else to edit your work. What are your thoughts on this? And when attributing this to the deviantART community, what are your personal thoughts and opinions on crediting and recognition for models where possible too? And do you strive to get signatures for the work you do?

Community Relations News

There have been lots of happenings the past few weeks including lots of things going on for deviantART's twelfth Birthday which was on Tuesday. The gameshow went fantastically well and subsequently 3wyl and I have secured a date for our next chat event which will have some photography relations but will be about challenges and contests. To find out more check out the Gameshow results and next event details.

Congratulations to all those who applied for a creative grant in the first round and got accepted! There are some really exciting projects receiving a bit of funding to help them get kickstarted or progress and you can read all about it here!

:bulletblack: July Daily Deviation Roundups
:bulletblack: The LOL Corner
:bulletblack: Ongoing Community Projects
:bulletblack: Want to run your own community project?
:bulletblack: DeviantART Related Updates
:bulletblack: How to create a chatroom!
:bulletblack: Pimps and Whoas
:bulletblack: Bi-weekly Critique nights


This is a section that will be expanded on when you note me your contests and events on deviantART!
:bulletblack: Photography and Challenges evening on 4th September at 8pm UK time in #CommunityRelations
:bulletblack: The Self Portrait Contest

Spotlight On dadar

dadar was brought to my attention this week by dutchshun who sent me a note along with a beautiful piece of his photography.
Photography is a powerful tool, we have the ability to capture a thousand moments and a million unsaid words with just a few clicks of a button. dadar's work is a fine example of those moments, those little treasures, captured.

Beginning of a New Life by dadar

Spotlight On UKPhotography

The group does exactly what it says in the name and spotlights UK photographers and shots taken within the United Kingdom. Many don't know, but the UK is actually made up of four Countries which includes England, Northern Ireland (as Southern is independent from the UK), Scotland and Wales. Great Britain is the term used to describe Scotland, Wales and England. And England...well we're just England! The UK has some fantastic photography spots and the group highlights those by showcasing artists from across the Kingdom.


Deviants to Check Out This Week

Each week we bring you a selection of Deviants introducing a wide range of works that might interest you. If you want to be considered or you know somebody who deserves a spotlight just send me a note!

Mature Content

stories of the forest by mihai2k

Blackpool Tower Ballroom by kippa2001

Project Educate

projecteducate is a Community Volunteer led project that aims to help educate the wider deviantART population in many different areas of art. It's about tutorials, features, interviews, education, guides and much more. Every few months members of the community team at projecteducate put together a Community Week - something which you are invited to get involved with, as members of the community. If you're interesting in writing for Community Week then please note the group for more information.

DpressedSoul has been extra busy this week in the Abstract & Surreal Community as it's his turn with Project Educate. There are some fantastic informative articles, awesome interviews and a few more bits to come to get you inspired, educated and artistic.

:bulletblack: Introduction
:bulletblack: Lines
:bulletblack: Interview with Eintoern
:bulletblack: The Colour and the Shape
:bulletblack: Interview with Tuminka

Art History

Throughout the month of August the ArtHistoryProject has been publishing informational and historical blogs covering many aspects of Graphics. There are some really beautiful articles there to read and lots of information to cover in order to get yourself clued up on your favourite artforms.

:bulletblue: Graphics Month!
:bulletblue: The Beginning of Manga
:bulletblue: The Beginning of American Comics
:bulletblue: Manga AND WAR!
:bulletblue: History of Comic-Con International
:bulletblue: Akira Toriyama

:new:Literature Is Coming! Throughout September the Art History focus will be on Literature and there are many ways in which you can get yourself involved. Have a read of the blog to find out more!

General Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D | 3wyl | IsacGoulart  

Nom Nom is out once more and explores Bread! If you've a suggestion for themes for Nom Nom then please send them my way! Additionally our Still Life Monthly Photography Contest has opened over at Still-Life-Stills. Be sure to read the rules and get submitting your yellow works for a chance to win some prizes!

All Snapped Up is a brand new series of articles from 3wyl that's worth keeping an eye on and if you've any ideas of photographers that should be snapped up send them over to 3wyl!

Every Picture tells a story, whether that's about the content of the shot, the photographer or indeed both. IsacGoulart has begun a series of articles that take you inside the mind of the photographer in order to explore where he or she was coming from, and find out exactly how they captured that moment. Check out the Full Article Here for more.

Ablutophobia by CaitlinWorthington

Architecture Photography

Community Volunteer AnaNaszynska

The July Summary of Architecture is out and there's lots going on - or lots has been going on and if you've missed it that's the place to go for a catch up! Don't forget that you can suggest Architecture Daily Deviations to AnaNaszynska via note.


Abstract & Surreal Photography

Community Volunteer DpressedSoul

Firstly the August Contest is open over at Abstract-and-Surreal and has a theme of Water! Head over to the gallery, read the comment for more info and get your work in for a chance of scoring some points!

New Samples of Magic Infrared Photos is out once more and explores some of those mystifying yet beautiful infrared shots here on deviantART. Also a Surreal Edition of Finding Beauty is out and shares some fantastic but surrealistic works!

As well as checking out the projecteducate articles mentioned earlier in the news article there is also another emotive feature out from DpressedSoul. Memories Punish me Once Again is a feature using music by Anathema and work from the Abstract and Surreal Community.

Strivers by DominikKucera

Animals, Plants & Nature Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D | IsacGoulart | 3wyl

Keep sending your Animals, Plants and Nature suggestions to the General Photography Volunteers 3wyl Kaz-D and IsacGoulart. We look forward to receiving them and getting your 'APN' work showcased!

frozen Claws of Winter by alexandre-deschaumes

Conceptual Photography

Community Volunteer DemonMathiel

There are still a few more weeks left for you to enter the Conceptual Summer Contest hosted by DemonMathiel! If you need inspiration then browse the current entries here! The Conceptual Photography DD Summary is also out!

Chill'n by Sara-Araujo

Darkroom Photography

Community Volunteer RockstarVanity

The July Darkroom Roundup is out and ready to be browsed. It contains all the Daily Deviations awarded to Darkroom Photography during the month of July! Additionally RockstarVanity has been busy with Darkroom Exposed and has posted a fantastic article exploring Ambrotypes! No idea what I'm talking about? Head over and have a look!

ambro11 by noske

Horror, Macabre & Cosplay Photography

Community Volunteer pullingcandy

The Spooky DD Roundup for July has been posted and is a summary of all the Horror and Macabre DDs given throughout the month. CosplayCosplay is also out too! Remember that although Cosplay comes under People and Portraits, pullingcandy is the person to suggest the DDs to in this case!

300 by Annathetekken

Pin-Up & Glamour Photography

Community Volunteer DistortedSmile

The July DD Roundup is out so you can check out all the pinup and glamour Daily Deviations awarded throughout the past month. Some images within the journal will be mature content. Under the Skin is also out once again and highlights undiscovered talent within the community. Check out who has been featured this time around!

Street Photography

Community Volunteer StamatisGR

Check out the street photography Daily Deviation roundup. Additionally there's an issue of Friday Night Specials out and another one will be posted today so stop by Stamatis's page and check out some inspirational work.

Cheer up man by cosmin-m

Featured  Action

Photoshop Vampire Action by lieveheersbeestje

From the Forums

:bulletblack: What makes someone a photographer?
:bulletblack: Tips for macro photography?
:bulletblack: How often are you out taking photographs?
:bulletblack: Photographing Strangers
:bulletblack: Advice on Buying Lighting Equipment
:bulletblack: How to improve your style
:bulletblack: Do you print your photos?
:bulletblack: What makes a photo sell?

Photography Books

The Photo Book is an 'anthology' of photography as it were. From Julia Margaret Cameron to Herb Rittz, it explores photographers from across the years to give you insight, education and inspiration!

Weekly Features to keep an eye on!

There's so much going on around the community especially for Volunteers that sometimes the awesome news can be missed out. I hope to share any weekly or monthly features that are ongoing here so that you can browse them at your leisure. If you know of something that needs to be listed let me know!

:bulletblue: Making a Difference from 3wyl
:bulletblue: dA Love for Everyone from lintu47
:bulletblue: Wonderful Wednesday from JamminJo
:bulletblue: Project Porkchop from Astralseed
:bulletblue: Under 1,000 Views from L0NE-W0lf
:bulletblue: Square-ishSquare-ish from dragonfly-oli
:bulletblue: Hairflow from MarinaCoric

The Community Volunteer Team - Photography

The Community Volunteer Team - Photography

General Photography: Kaz-D | 3wyl | IsacGoulart

Architecture AnaNaszynska

Abstract and Surreal: DpressedSoul

Darkroom: RockstarVanity

Urban and Rural: itsfrits

Artistic Nude and Fetish: Nyx-Valentine

Conceptual: DemonMathiel

Fashion: Pixel-Spotlight

Horror & Macabre & Cosplay: pullingcandy

Pinup and Glamour: DistortedSmile

Photo-journalism: xbastex

Street: StamatisGR

Groups to check out
:iconstill-life-stills::iconshopping-for-stock::iconphoto--assignment: :icongothictemple: :iconblackwhitephotos: :iconbeautiful-bokeh: :icondapn: :iconbestofcolor: :iconphotographersdream: :iconurban-and-rural: :iconabstract-and-surreal: :iconcommunityrelations: :iconprojecteducate: :iconthrough-a-lens::iconr72: :iconstreetsnapshots: :iconcritique-it: :iconbeyond-borders: :iconsweet-photography: :iconphotography-inc: :iconphotographyportraits: :iconcasualphotography: :iconphotographyworld: :iconbreathtaking-photos: :icongothictemple: :iconbeautiful-bokeh: :iconwater-dreams: :iconlovely-square-pics:

Get Involved...

You can get yourself into Photography Weekly just by sending me a note! Each week I look for:
:bulletblue: Spotlight Deviants
:bulletblue: Underappreciated Deviants
:bulletblue: Spotlight Groups
:bulletblue: Photography related news
:bulletblue: Themes & Topics
:bulletblue: Featured Tutorials

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Table of Contents

1. Thank You!
2. Daily Deviations and Groups
3. Volunteer Openings
4. Share Your Opinions
5. Community Projects
6. Official Contests
7  Project Educate 2011/2012
8. Art History Project
9. News from the Chats and Forums
10. News from the Galleries

1. Thank You!

I'd like to take a moment to issue a very important "THANK YOU" to YOU! The deviantART Community.  On the heels of our 12th Birthday, I've looked back at the projects that my team have undertaken and realized that in the last year, especially, the deviantART community has stepped up and helped to make projects like projecteducate and ArtHistoryProject successful.  Without your contributions, interest, faves, feedback and participation, projects like these would go no where.  I'm looking forward to more community interaction and participation projects and am always open to your feedback regarding projects or endeavors you'd like to see the Community Relations team or myself support or lead.  Please feel free to email me at at any time with any of your thoughts :)  Once again, Thank you so much for being the most amazing community ever!


2. Daily Deviations and Groups

There are a number of groups that exist strictly to try and suggest Daily Deviations and there is nothing wrong with these groups.  However, there are some misconceptions about Daily Deviations and groups.  When a DD selector receives a suggestion which is eligible and something they feel is of a quality they would feature, they will feature it regardless of where the suggestion came from and generally credit the individual (not the group) who sent the note.  These groups are awesome because they help to get people noticed and I fully support promoting yourself however, the implication that you're more likely to get a DD if you belong to them, is incorrect.

So in short, images of quality and distinction that appeal to the selectors are featured as Daily Deviations, regardless of the groups the image may belong to or whom selected it, the image stands on it's own merit :)

3. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations

If you're interested in learning more about being a volunteer on deviantART please read FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on DeviantArt?

To see current openings on the Community Relations volunteer team please check this blog

If there isn't a spot open please consider helping out from within the community.  Read How to be a guiding light and shining example by RockstarVanity and So you Want to be a CV by Thiefoworld

4. Share Your Opinions!

I'm actively using my personal forum to try and connect more with the community and I have a series of threads:

:bulletpink: Questions for $Moonbeam13 or Community Relations? Ask here
:bulletpink: Suggestions for deviantART
:bulletpink: Gallery Changes or Addition Requests
:bulletpink: Suggestions for Project Educate

These forums are all accessible from my profile page at Moonbeam13 as well and I will be adding more. I encourage you to speak up and get involved! We're in this together :)

If you have a suggestion for a forum please send me a note! please do not create them yourself as it causes confusion on my page :) :thanks:

5.  Community Projects

:omg: Want to show your devious pride and get involved in ongoing Community Projects? Check out some of these!

6. Official Contests

Please note that all contests end on the deadline stated at 11:59:59 PM PST

:bulletpink: Bring Your Type to Life - A Typography Contest - Deadline August, 26, 2012
:bulletpink: Before and After Feedback Competition - Deadline August 31, 2012
:bulletpink: Epic Movie Poster Contest - Deadline August 31, 2012
:bulletpink: Children's Book Vexel Contest - Deadline September 27, 2012

deviantART 12th Birthday Contest

:bulletpink: Chinese Horoscope Contest - Deadline August 30, 2012

7. Project Educate 2011/2012

Daily Deviation Week

:bulletpurple: Welcome to Daily Deviations PE Week
:bulletpurple: PE Daily Deviations - The Myth and the Legend
:bulletpurple: PE Daily Deviations - So you want to suggest DDs
:bulletpurple: PE DD Week: Why did an icon get a DD?
:bulletpurple: PE: Tolerance Towards Daily Deviations
:bulletpurple: PE DDs: When It's Not Always Positive
:bulletpurple: A DD is not an award, but a feature
:bulletpurple: PE Interview with DD Suggester Minato-Kushina
:bulletpurple: PE Interview with DD Recipient AwsumZ
:bulletpurple: PE Daily Deviations - Presentation of your work
:bulletpurple: PE Note to Daily Deviation
:bulletpurple: PE Daily Deviations: What if...?

:bulletpurple: The Full Schedule

Get involved at projecteducate!

8. Art History Project

 Anyone can join/watch the Group - ArtHistoryProject
August is Graphics Month

9. Gallery Description Project

 Gallery descriptions are still ongoing with Photography now complete! We are currently looking at the Artisan Crafts Galleries and will be moving into a new area in September. If you have any suggestions on the Artisan Crafts suggestions, please feel free to contact and Artisan Craft CVs and share your thoughts!

10. News from the Chats and Forums

:bulletgreen: Bi-weekly Critique Nights
:bulletgreen: Chat Tutorial #1 - How to create a Chatroom?
:bulletgreen: Chat Tutorial #2 - What 'Privclasses' are?
:bulletgreen: Chat Tutorial #3 - Customizing your Chatroom
:bulletgreen: The LOL Corner #124, #125, #126
:bulletgreen: June's Forum Features : Celebration
:bulletgreen: July's Forum Features : Hot

11.  News from the Galleries

:bulletblue: Anthro

:bulletblue: Artisan Crafts

:bulletblue: Body Art & Modification

:bulletblue: Community Projects

:bulletblue: Cosplay

:bulletblue: Customization
:bulletgreen: Digital Dolls
:bulletgreen: Emoticons
:bulletgreen: Icons
:bulletgreen: Visualizations
:bulletgreen: Wallpaper

:bulletblue: Designs & Interfaces
:bulletgreen: Game Development Art

:bulletblue: DeviantART Related

:bulletblue: Digital Art
:bulletgreen: Fractal
:bulletgreen: Photomanipulation

:bulletgreen: Pixel Art
:bulletgreen: Vector
:bulletgreen: Vexel

:bulletblue: Fan Art
:bulletgreen: Fan Fiction

:bulletblue: Literature

:bulletblue: Photography

:bulletgreen: Abstract & Surreal

:bulletgreen: Animals, Plants and Nature
:bulletgreen: Architecture
:bulletgreen: Artistic Nude

:bulletgreen: Conceptual
:bulletgreen: Darkroom Photography

:bulletgreen: Fashion
:bulletgreen: Fetish

:bulletgreen: Horror & Macabre
:bulletgreen: People & Portraits
:bulletgreen: Pin-Up & Glamour

:bulletgreen: Still Life

:bulletgreen: Street
:bulletgreen: Urban & Rural

:bulletblue: Resources & Stock Images

:bulletblue: Space and Sci-Fi

:bulletblue: Text & Typography

:bulletblue: Traditional Art
:bulletgreen: Street Art & Graffiti

The Community Relations team exists to facilitate communication amongst deviantART's administration, volunteers and members. Our goal is to foster creative genius by encouraging artists to grow, collaborate and participate in a friendly and supportive artistic environment.
Watch communityrelations for up to date news and events!

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After a long pause in which nobody seemed to have very many questions, we've got a very intriguing one which came up during the People & Portraits projecteducate week and it's something that has always played on my mind, and no doubt on yours too. Once again sine-out has provided a fantastic answer, so hopefully that will help somewhat in clearing this issue up. Have a question? Drop it on this article and we'll work on an answer!

"It seems like colorful pictures made in adobe look good, then after
they have been uploaded on deviantART... the color is more dead.. not so this an issue?" ~ kayjensen

"Hi kayjensen, the issue your describing is most likely a colour profile issue. Colour profiles essentially describe how each colour is represented and there are different profiles for different purpose but mostly for getting accurate colour out of a printer or a screen.

By default the internet works with and assumes that every image uses the sRGB colour profile, this is a very narrow colour profile, but it's nearly ubiquitous (hence the reason why it's a defacto standard), so nearly all web based images are saved using that profile.

Photoshop, however, is colour space/profile aware, and can save images to virtually any colour profile imaginable, most of which are much larger than the sRGB colour profile. One of the most popular of these is the AdobeRGB colour profile.

If you save an image using the AdobeRGB profile and then display it in a web browser, the images can appear duller (it should be noted that most modern browsers support colour profiles these days, but a lot of websites strip the colour profile information from any images uploaded, which forces those web browsers to assume the image is using sRGB).

To correct this issue, when you're saving off your image for uploading, Click on Edit > Convert to Profile, then select the destination space to sRGB. If the colours shift dramatically when you do that, then click on the 'Intent' drop down box and choose from the list until the image looks as close to the original as possible.

Because sRGB is such a small colour profile, make sure you save this image as a copy and don't overwrite your source file, as this is a lossy conversion. Hope that helps!"
~ sine-out

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Permission to Photograph People

It's a tough topic and one that most of us like to shy away from rather than embrace, but the honest truth is that the shots of people that you get - the best kind - are the ones that are candid, journalistic or spontaneous. That usually means asking permission afterwards, or not asking permission at all - which can appear quite odd, to some. One of my biggest concerns and anxieties is having my camera out in public. I recently went to a beach, of all places, and was shooting the coastline when a horrible feeling crept over me and I realised that there were lots of people around and that I was invading, a little bit, on their privacy. These guidelines are useful for shooting on the street, at public gatherings and events and at more formal occasions such as weddings.

Nutso by MoMona

:bulletblack: If the person is going to be the main subject of your photo - then it's kind to ask permission, get permission, and then snap away. This is in particular quite important when you're travelling in other countries. I once decided to snap an accordion player on the tube in Paris. I was subsequently followed for three stops whilst he demanded money in payment for me taking his picture. Be careful about your subjects, things can be delicate, especially in countries that are foreign to yours.

:bulletblack: Getting permission doesn't always involve that piece of paper with a signature on. At weddings in particular, you can simply raise your camera, and capture your subjects eye hopefully. They will often, with just the smallest nod, pose all of a sudden and then they're yours. At big gatherings like this, it would be impractical to ask each and every person so sit down and scribble their signature on a permission slip.


:bulletblack: You need to start getting signatures if you're planning on publishing your shot and it shows a person quite clearly, and particularly if you're planning on using the shot for promotion or some other such thing. There was recently an article in the newspaper about IKEA and the fact that a family walked into a store and saw a picture of themselves hanging in frames that were for sale...they had no idea such thing was happening and it turned out that IKEA had trawled the internet for a stock shot, and found them - the perfect family! Be careful about your intentions, and be open and honest.

:bulletblack: No permission? Hostility? Move on respectfully and try something else. There's no use arguing, being covert or trying to wrangle somebody into your view finder. A no means no, and you should, as a photographer and a human being, respect that.

:bulletblack: When photographing children, regardless of all of the above, permission needs to be gained. Preferably from a parent or guardian. Additionally when shooting a wedding professionally, it's worth checking beforehand whether any parents would mind their children aka bridesmaids and such, being snapped. It's really important to be careful in this area, there's no sense in getting into trouble just because you were too lazy or forgot to ask.

:bulletblack: Travel light - if you're looking to shoot candidly then lots of equipment and lots of people can be quite daunting. Try and be as minimal as possible to make it easier for your subjects to adapt to the situation.

:bulletblack: Don't bribe - it's best not to tip or give gifts. Arm yourself with a business card or a website link to your facebook page or blog so that if people are interested they can go and see their photographs, but try not to offer money. If you're photographing a street busker however, it's polite to give a few coins in thanks. (Which I should have learnt!)

Ultimately, think about how you'd feel about being photographed covertly. Additionally think about how protective you'd be if you have children. Apply the same rules to those around you as you wish to have applied to yourself - and give the utmost respect as much as you can. Happy Shooting!

Elegance in Town by Rikitza

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Run your own Community Project!

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 5:24 PM
Edit: I am no longer looking after Community Projects. For now please contact Moonbeam13 instead. If you're interested in this position, see A New Community Volunteer Vacancy :)

Did you know that everyone on deviantART can organise a project? :eager: Some examples of current projects can be found here. Do you want to raise awareness for a cause? Start a contest or group? Make people participate in something fun and artistic? Make it happen!

Now, you can do this all on your own - but the dA staff and volunteers are here to help you with it, too :) This is a major part of my role as Volunteer for Community Projects, in particular. So if you would like some help, please send me, namenotrequired, a note!

Not sure how to organise it? Want some more exposure for your project? In need of prizes? Maybe you have an awesome idea and want to have a special Community Projects category created for it?

Or do you simply want some advice with it in general? Send me a note and I'll do what I can to support and help you!

Remember, in all cases, you will be in charge of the project, I will only assist you in it, as much or as little as you like.

:love: I look forward to your notes! 

:salute: by blunaowl

Did you know that everyone on deviantART can organise a project? And we can help you!
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Seniorityheader 2 by fourteenthstar
This article marks the latest announcements detailing the latest additions to the dizzy height of Senior members in our community. With just over 900 deviants holding the highly saught after ` -- it's clearly a moment that deserves recognition.

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 quarterly community recognitions. They have all been nominated for their efforts in the community by multiple deviants, Staff and Volunteers. 

Congratulations everyone! :dalove:

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This contest is now closed for submissions.  I'll be cleaning out the category today and contacting my judges to figure out the winners =)  Until then,  you can browse the entries here… (setting it to newest instead of popular works best =))

The Western Horoscope is comprised of 12 signs.  In this contest, using any visual media, you have to draw a representation of at least one of the Western Zodiac signs and create a daily horoscope for that sign set for the date of August 7th.

:bulletwhite:The Zodiac Signs
:bulletwhite: An example of daily horoscopes.

There are 4 prizes to be won: most creative/weirdest horoscope and zodiac sign, funniest, best design and best horoscope.

Contest begins: August 4th
Contest ends: August 18th

:bulletwhite:Entries must abide by dA's rules and TOS
:bulletwhite:Entries must be your own work
:bulletwhite:Any stock/brushes/resources/etc must be credited in the description
:bulletwhite:Entry must have both a drawn zodiac sign and a written horoscope to qualify (written component must also be in English)
:bulletwhite:All media welcome
:bulletwhite:Entries must be submitted to the category using this link…

All 4 winners will receive: a dA sticker pack, a choice of Fella or Llama plush and 3 month premium membership :la:


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