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Welcome to Photomanipulation Week!

Mon Jun 4, 2012, 6:49 AM




Welcome, all, to Photomanipulation Week here at Project Educate!



This week, the photomanipulation community will be introducing you to some of our styles, techniques, and concepts. We will show you our diversity and our style. We will demonstrate our skills and our creativity. You will be hearing from the community in their own voices what it means to be a photomanipulator here on dA.

Let's get started! :eager:

What is photomanipulation?



The official definition of "photomanipulation" (PM), according to deviantART, is: an image that is composed of two or more photographic elements to create something new. This definition has been very nicely analyzed and distinguished from other genres here, here, and here, but let's talk briefly about the three main components of it:

TWO.

There must be at least two different images you're combining. There should be no simple changing of hues, applying filters, etc. and calling it a manipulation; also, there should be no simple retouches of photographs. Also, you are usually using pieces of these pictures; overlaying one picture with another (entire) picture would go under Photography > Darkroom > Digital.

PHOTOGRAPHIC.

At least two of your resources must be photographs-- in other words, brushes or paint do not count as one of your images (although they can certainly be used in addition to the 2 photographs). Renders do not count, either. If the image uses only one picture that has been brushed and/or painted over, it would go under Digital Art > Mixed Media. Likewise, if it features one photographic background and a 3D model (or vice-versa), that image should go under Digital Art > Mixed Media, where the media are 3D art and photography.

NEW.

The product is completely new and different from its parts. The same picture that has been filtered to turn it red is not a photomanipulation; the end product is not different from the starting stock. (Of course, just using a filter violates the above two principles anyway.)

According to this definition, simply cutting out a picture of a butterfly and pasting it onto a picture of a tree would, technically, be considered photomanipulation because there are two photographs that are being combined into something new. However; this is a very simple photomanipulation; usually manipulators do things that are a lot more complex. For example, we may use pieces from many, many stock photographs. We may use digital painting or brushes to enhance our project. We may change the colors in any number of different ways and add new light and shadows. The goal of a photomanipulation, as defined by our community, is to create an image that is seamless and tells a story completely different from any of the pieces that comprise it.

Photomanipulation is art.

Photomanipulators are artists, just like painters, sculptors, and line artists. Just like other artists, there are professional photomanipulators who design books, magazines, prints, and so very much more. And just like any other artists, we start at the bottom and work our way up by studying and learning from other people. It is not only a "cut and paste" art form. Cutting and pasting may be the first skill we learn :XD:, but we also have to learn things like color theory, composition, perspective, blending, and lighting . . . just like other artists do.

You can read about the history of photomanipulation from `IreneLangholm here. Photomanipulation has come a long way from its origins, and it continues to evolve, especially in dA's time! Skills I recall being "intermediate" when I was coming up, such as turning skin a different color (was I the only one who couldn't do this when I started?), are now learned at the "beginner" level, and photomanipulators are inventing more advanced effects every day. Back in my day, I was doing well to create realistic-looking fog, and now they have fire! and glowing stuff! and floating ghosts! and statues turned flesh! And all sorts of other amazing things. This is an amazing community; I can't wait to share it with you this week. Prepare to be wowed.


Words of experience

I wanted to give a couple of words to our newbies out there, those who are just starting out--or who are even thinking of starting out-- with photomanipulation. You are our inspiration. Not vice-versa. :D Your passion for learning and for being the best artist you can be really shine. Here are my words for you:

:bulletpink: Learn the basics first. I mean that. Really know them, because without them you will never be able to build your skill repertoire. No matter how long it takes learn your basics (composition, color, lighting, perspective, blending, etc.), it is well worth your time. You're going to have to know them to move to "advanced" anyway; why not do it right from the start? And, if you need a buddy to learn with you, drop by my page. I'm going to be holding Creativity Challenges to encourage artists to expand their skills repertoire. Learn the Pen Tool with me here!

:bulletpink: Don't be afraid to ask questions. Most of the older photomanipulators are still around; you just have to drop them a note and ask them what is on your mind. While you're at it, ask them about a piece of work they did and see if they would mind sharing with you a tip or two about how they did it. I have found them to be extremely responsive and helpful. Also, be sure to ask those who are currently around you. Some share secrets, whereas others do not. But, it is worth a try. Most of what we learn is done by word-of-mouth.

:bulletpink: Get involved. If you want people to know your work, they have to know you exist! :D Get involved with groups. Attend a chat. Comment on people's work. Suggest DDs. By being involved, you become more entrenched in the community and will therefore be better able to share your own work with other people. Remember, dA is about getting to know people.

:bulletpink: Use the pen tool, for goodness sake! There are plenty of tutorials, though some are better than others (see here for a discussion of some good ones). While it is a challenging tool to tackle, it is so worth your time because your edges will be so much cleaner when you cut out your stock.

:bulletpink: Have an idea? Put it into practice! You are empowered to do anything you want to support the community here on dA, and if you want to tell me about it, I will do everything within my power to support you. Dream big, and don't wait for others to do something!!!


This is what we do . . .

Photomanipulation can make the ordinary . . . extraordinary! Thanks to MBHenriksen for working with me to pull together this fantastic collection of "before" and "after" stock and manipulation pieces! Enjoy!

Steampunk Circus Doll Pack 4 by mizzd-stockForgotten by Shorra
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193 by La-Esmeralda-StockQueen of Hearts by AlexandraVBach
tinderstock16 by tinderstockRemoving Beauty by wildtimez
Vanessa Elektra 3a by jagged-eyeIn flames by ElenaDudina
Raven Valentine26 by faestockBRIDE by notmystyle
1967 - I. by NikxStockOn My Mind by Sangelus
Mermaid - Tethys 12 by Jaymasee
Scary Fish by NickiStockBigSteamFish by Adisiat
Dark Bird by hybelLiberty by Drezdany
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Our schedule for this week

:bulletpink: Monday AM: Welcome / Introduction to PM / What we can do - Aeirmid
:bulletpink: Monday PM: Contest kick-off: When Darkness Falls - Aeirmid

:bulletpink: Tuesday AM: Fantasy Photomanipulation - Aeirmid, tamaraR, & HisGeenky with DesignbyKatt, EnchantedWhispersArt, and Lady-Symphonia
:bulletpink: Tuesday PM: Interview with simoneheld by Aeirmid

:bulletpink: Wednesday AM: Dark Photomanipulation - ChisSweetArt & Aeirmid with MarcelaBolivar, J-u-d-a-s, & intano
:bulletpink: Wednesday PM: Ask Me Anything! - WDWParksGal and team

:bulletpink: Thursday AM: Conceptual Photomanipulation - thefantasim with crilleb50 & Bark
:bulletpink: Thursday PM: Perspectives on Stock & PM - Elandria & Aeirmid

:bulletpink: Friday AM: Surreal Photomanipulation - LuzTapia with Dani-Owergoor & Paulo-Bert
:bulletpink: Friday PM: How do you do that: Masks - miontre with nikkidoodlesx3, kuschelirmel, Autonoe, & JennLaa

:bulletpink: Saturday AM: Horror / Macabre Photomanipulation - conzpiracy
:bulletpink: Saturday PM: How do you do that: Lighting - Aeirmid with  TheDarkRayne, 3mmI, igreeny, & Dani-Owergoor

:bulletpink: Sunday AM: Interview with new photomanipulators - CatherineCruz and team
:bulletpink: Sunday PM: (Starting around 1 PM EDT) Chat and Critique Event - Astralseed
:bulletpink: Sunday PM: Wrap-Up, Contest reminder, Interview, and Feature - Aeirmid & LuneBleu


Hope you enjoy the week! And, if you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Jade (Aeirmid)

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Welcome to Daily Deviations PE Week

Mon Aug 13, 2012, 6:38 AM




Welcome to Daily Deviations week!



Over the course of this week we'll celebrate the positive side of DDs and discuss the negatives, allay some fears, and address some myths in the hopes that all members of dA will have a better understanding of how and why DDs are featured.  We hope that everyone will enjoy what we have prepared for you all as we tried to incorporate the feedback you have so generously given us as we prepared for this week. We hope that we will address your concerns, but feel free to ask questions at any time!

This weeks schedule



Monday AM: Welcome to DD Week - Astralseed
Monday PM: Community Voices: What is a Daily Deviation? - Aeirmid

Tuesday AM: Daily Deviations: The Myth and the Legend - Aeirmid
Tuesday PM: Daily Deviations- So you want to suggest DDs - alexandrasalas
 
Wednesday AM: Why did an icon get a DD? - Hardrockangel
Wednesday PM: Tolerance Towards Daily Deviations - Talty  

Thursday AM: DDs: When it's not always positive - Aeirmid & Astralseed
Thursday PM: A DD is not an award but an art feature - Hardrockangel

Friday AM: Interview with DD suggester Minato-Kushina - Astralseed
Friday PM: Interview with multiple DD recipient AwsumZ - Astralseed

Saturday AM: Daily Deviations- Presentation of your work - BeccaJS
Saturday PM: Note to Daily Deviation - Astralseed

Sunday AM: What to do if.. - 3wyl
Sunday PM: Chat event in #CommunityRelations 2pm EST - Astralseed
Sunday PM: Closing article - Astralseed

We look forward to sharing a wonderful week with everyone.




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Photomanip Phenoms Vol. 01

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 2:57 PM
Outstanding photomanips. Outstanding artists.
Exposed, but not overexposed.
I hope I am introducing some of you to new artists to watch and love.
And if you've loved them before, here's your chance to love them again!

These artists were carefully chosen because their work displays not only technical prowess and knowledge of the medium, but also a great deal of creativity. They are always imitated but never duplicated. They make me want to reach inside myself and be a better artist-- learn more, be more patient, try and try again. I hope you will also get inspiration from these pieces.

Please enjoy.



Curious Curator by JenaDellaGrottaglia

Amris by CindysArt

Black Empire by 3mmI

Beyond reach by esstera

The Hive by neverdying

Window by MachiavelliCro


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WONDERFUL WEATHER FEATURE

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 7, 2013, 6:03 AM
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Finally we have the long awaited spring. The great weather makes me really happy, I hope you all are doing fine and you are enjoying the sun. Have a wonderful day friends :hug:

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Gifts and dedications :love: :dance:

Faith by shiny-shadows-Art
Portal Of Friendship by Sandra-Cristhina
Happy Easter by CaryAndFrankArts
The Journey by Sandra-Cristhina
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Happy Easter to ALL  female DA Members by FrankAndCarySTOCK
Hello World by shiny-shadows-Art
The Memory Remains by SV-Blackart
Toothache by YBsilon
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Salvation of the bottle by AmandineVanRayMy Galaxy by Nikulina-Helena Hurt by EnchantedWhispersArt Heavy Rain by Bojan1558 dark lady... by iwetka A teacher working late at night by cylonka Shades of Red by PaperDreamerArt Herida by Marazul45 Labradorite by mitsubishiman Ab13 Sign B by Xantipa2-2D3DPhotoM Bathed in light by revande :thumb363485818: :thumb363164244: Treasure by Aegis-Illustration Forsaken by Ariel87 Dream Reality1 by TheArt-Of-NefyNilde Expecting magic 2013 by nudagimo No One Must Know... by DarkDevil16 seamaid by Lhianne Yellow catkins by Stilleschrei I Remember Nothing... by MoodyBlue :thumb363491406: Zorya Polunochnaya by RoseCS:thumb363843693: Alien by ClaudiaSchirmetz When anything can happen by Alimera:thumb363510858: The Arrows by vacuumslayer Away from me by sara-hel Rain by Marjie79 Summoner by MachiavelliCro Falling by RazielMB The Dreamer by sesam-is-open :thumb363679946: Leafless Trees by surrealistic-gloom They're Here by gandolf67 Chilled by kimsol The Entry- La Entrada by vampirekingdom Lucid Dream_12 by caddman Dark Gate by DraakeT by DraakeT Surprised by zoozee The White Queen by vismaya :thumb362090909: :thumb362212279: Dark Waters by TheDarkRayne Feeding Birds by AliaChek THE CAT by mecengineer Steampunk Vampire Bloody Shopping Spree by rsiphotography Hidden Meanings by LadyxBoleyn The Kraken Rises by kuschelirmel Regina Insectorum by Bathoriya Final Conflict by Notvitruvian Head In the Clouds by FictionChick Fly me to the Moon by FP-Digital-Art Journey To Paradise by Dani-Owergoor - BOOK COVER - by Doucesse Soul Catcher by vimark Knowledge is magic by Daystar-Art Wash my sins away by Shades-Of-Lethe Haunt by inkmlab Pierrot et Colombine by ElissandrAnne Growing Love by CindysArt The gate by Dark-Angel669 The Wolverine... by Kartoffel83 Piper by baruch60610 Alternosfera - Columb (Columbus) by MariaBilinski rage's sons by AlejandroDMarco Oneirataxia by FurorArt Flaming Cat - Now as DA print by PSHoudini night by BaxiaArt Dance d'Amour by Aurelia-Isabella LightCarrier by SweediesArt It's real... by IdeasplayerDragonlady by Dobi78 Lost In White. by VMaryJaneV Ghostly You by nikkidoodlesx3 The Puppet Master by nina-Y Around midnight by Imalia-DA

Mature Content

Ladybird by Odilicious
Awakening Without You by lorenzArts Breath Of Life by Lub-Ad The Ritual by AndyGarcia666 Elements Series - Wind by Cartercho Louise by Flobelebelebobele Sirene by Nataly1st Manga by EdvanLima Motivacion by Anacorreal Hell Hath no Fury................................. by pjenz A Doll Wwaiting For Her Child's Return by Childre by Children7 :thumb362184354: Her Name Is Angelica Acacia by aresgirl34 The five elements by Creamydigital 5280 by LilifIlane Angel in the Sky by LevanaTempest Explore the world after the rain (Entdecke die Wel by volker03 Schloss Colmberg old style by ConnysWORLD phantasmagoria. by m-gosia :thumb363106283: When statues come alive by babsartcreations :thumb363062825: Thaw by CathleenTarawhiti Evoking the Dead by KYghost Feel This Moment by TitusBoy25

Mature Content

OEDIPUS AND THE SPHINX.. by chryssalis
The birth of spring by Sisterslaughter165 A very special day by LewiARTs :thumb362713528: Artemis by 3ddream Jack Sparrow by iSaBeL-MR ZombieEvidence by MtPvonExplodingArt Oh my! is that my bladder down there? by AnnaKirsten The Magic Waterfall by maiarcita In the Rain by Blackpearls91 Judgment Day by SV-Blackart No escape in my mind by okissop La marionnette du temps by Le-Meridian :thumb362473035: Sweet Sorrows by Bohemiart .: Happy Easter :. by MissGrib In My Arms by EstherPuche-Art :thumb362442598: SprinG Fairy by SeventhFairy The Goddess of Spring by Wesley-Souza Together by gyaban Feel The Breeze by Le-Regard-des-Elfes

Mature Content

Lilac Sapphire by peroni68
Golden cold by Vampirbiene Condensation by crilleb50 Comp001 by StrayDogDancing WHEN THE WALLS FELL by GeminIImages ~ Golden Valley ~ by ChristianGerth L'appuntamento...segreto by Mayagraphic Woodland  Traveler by tamaraR Cleopatra by 3mmI 009 Emerald Songs by BlackHeresyOpaque Suicide Girl by TeeLamb Hope by moonchild-ljilja Life finds a way by neverdying PIRAT'S GIRL FRIEND by Mitia-Arcturus Leftover by katiousa15 :thumb361704823: the evening hours by AnjaMillen Circle of Life by llinute Vampire Hunter by MariaBeloArt :thumb361682623: :thumb361675912: If you Believe by eclipsy :thumb361648801: My Baby Kitty by LiliaOsipova GREGORY HOUSE by blanket86 Child Of Cabbage Patch by MargotMi byodo by vidimento The Tutor by xeena-dragonkizz Color Of Spring by BiBiARTs The Succubus by Angelles-LaVeau Dragon's Lair by frenchfox

Mature Content

Ravenous Queen... by Villenueve
Escape by Art-by-Nise Willard by robhas1left  The power of storm by TaniaART Transformation by AnfisaS Thinking of the past by brietolga The Traveller by Nikos-Art You Stole My Heart.. by JacquelineLecocq Tranquility by Cinnamoncandy Rapture by J-u-d-a-s
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My last work

Ravenna by megan7

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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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Pimps



Official dA News


:bulletpurple: Fan Art Law
:bulletpurple: Site Update: New Mobile Site for Beta Testers
:bulletpurple: How we Debug in DT
:bulletpurple: 4 Artists and Their Journeys
:bulletpurple: Stories
:bulletpurple: Remembering 9/11
:bulletpurple: Site Update: More Like This Beta
:bulletpurple: Celebrating Deviousness September 2012
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Film, Sta.sh Writer, deviantART muro
:bulletpurple: Shepard Fairey - CRIMINAL
:bulletpurple: The Magic Dust of Child Artists
:bulletpurple: Tokyo Zephyr Update and The Next Odyssey Project


Official Contests


All "official" contests will begin at midnight PST on the start date and
end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relation
run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest

:bulletpink: Children's Book Vexel Contest - Deadline September 27, 2012
:bulletpink: Draw This Again Contest -Deadline September 30, 2012
:bulletpink: Fotolia 4: Stockpocalypse Challenge - Deadline October 5, 2012


Community Relations Projects


:bulletgreen: projecteducate This week: Photojournalism
:bulletgreen: ArtHistoryProject This month: Literature
:bulletgreen: Bi-weekly Critique Nights
:bulletgreen: Did You Know?
:bulletgreen: Gallery Description Updates

:la:
Check them out and see how you can get involved!


Informative News & Events


:bulletblue: Scheduling the next NYC devmeet - [please vote]!
:bulletblue: 50 Super Group Status Project
:bulletblue: Icons for a Good Cause
:bulletblue: Art History Week 1 Roundup
:bulletblue: Free Street E-books
:bulletblue: Learning about Lighting
:bulletblue: Make a Difference 174
:bulletblue: Photography Troubleshooting - Dull Images on dA
:bulletblue: Photography Troubleshooting: The Watermark FAQ
:bulletblue: Praising Life Project
:bulletblue: Presenting Projects: Art for Trees
:bulletblue: Save the Date - We're Having a Party
:bulletblue: Six Word Stories and Other Flash Fiction
:bulletblue: DeviantMEET in Utrecht
:bulletblue: Vexel Art HURTS You
:bulletblue: dA Related Update: Restructure Suggestions List
:bulletblue: Forum Events Calendar
:bulletblue: Prompt 13: The Beginning

Features & Interviews


:bulletred: No So Traditional Tuesdays #2
:bulletred: Nom Nom #16
:bulletred: The LOL Corner #127
:bulletred: An Interview with a Very Scary Dessert
:bulletred: Artisan Craft Features 7
:bulletred: Child Days
:bulletred: Creeping Wednesday 6
:bulletred: Darkroom Exposed - JakezDaniel
:bulletred: Feature: Doctor Who
:bulletred: Features VII
:bulletred: Life Through a Lens 9
:bulletred: Lush
:bulletred: Manga/Anime Features Vol 37
:bulletred: Member Feature 9 with Ordre-symbolique
:bulletred: People and Portraits Exposed - 6
:bulletred: ProjectPorkchop Vol156
:bulletred: This... to That
:bulletred: Corrie Nielsen Interview
:bulletred: Deviousness Award Interview with SaTaNiA
:bulletred: Spreading the dA Love Volume 16
:bulletred: Sweet Things
:bulletred: The Power of Ideas #8
:bulletred: Tuesday Treats: Wild Times
:bulletred: On the Red Carpet Vol 1
:bulletred: Another dAmn Interview: nikkidoodlesx3
:bulletred: Top 50 Portraits Submitted to deviantART this Week
:bulletred: Celebrating Diversity 1


Groups


:bulletgreen:  ManipulateThis's new challenge is "A Rose, A Parrot, An Apple". Only members can participate, but membership is currently open. This challenge ends September 29th.
:bulletgreen: Chat,shoot and build your skills with photohunt


Commissions


:bulletpink: Emergency Chibi Commissions by Explosiv22
:bulletpink: Comprehensive list of deviants who offer Points Commissions



Whoas - Theme: Water



Splash by stratysSplash by nairafee

SPLASH by veraleeeSplash of colour by mcDarius

Splash by GolldfireWater Spider by B-O-K-E

where air meets water by libelleWater games by bupo

Water Dreams. by magnesinasave water 3 by serso

Living Water by AmBr0Ray in water by Vikarus

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Mature Content

SlowMotion by MaRaDinn


Water Drops 48 by ovidiupopPFP - Riviere's Love by Pippanaffie

Gift Of The Water Mage by thefantasimCurly Smash by timbodon
Reflect your Beauty by Oer-Woutwon't let you affect me by SilverScreened

Splash up your Life by afvoetomathTender is the Night by DiLazar

ocean 222 by Hengki24...praha XIX... by roblfc1892

Boat in a storm by MartaNaelDepth of feeling by Philippe-Albanel

Forgotten wishes. by incrediKaboom by aFeinPhoto-com

.splash. by candymaxapple splash by Moramarth



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To contribute to the next installment of "Pimps & Whoas" please  include it in the comments below with the appropriate links and information.  If promoting groups, please include a description of the group so people know why they should check it out! Also use devtags not icontags eg:communityrelations not :iconcommunityrelations:

What I'm looking for from you guys:
:bulletred: News, Features or Interviews you want to promote
:bulletred: Groups you want me to feature or highlight
:bulletred:  deviations that follow the theme for that issue
:bulletred: DevMEETs or events going on around you or being hosted by you.
:bulletred: Commission information for those looking for Commissions
:bulletred: Anything else you feel you want the deviantART community to know about!


Next installment to be posted September 26, 2012 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Rainbows.  

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!

News, features and events around the deviantART community!
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Pimps



Official dA News


:bulletpurple:  Announcing our Creative Grants recipients
:bulletpurple: Keep Calm and Comic-Con
:bulletpurple: Summer Feature
:bulletpurple: Site Update Sta.sh Visual Refresh
:bulletpurple: "FAQ Revamp Underway
:bulletpurple: FAQ Revamp Project Update pt2
:bulletpurple: FAQ Revamp pt3
:bulletpurple: FAQ Revamp Pt 4: Prints FAQ Merger



Official Contests


All "official" contests will begin at midnight PST on the start date and
end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relation
run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest

: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


Community Relations Projects


:bulletgreen: projecteducate - Current Week: Daily Deviations       Next Week: Pixel Art
:bulletgreen: ArtHistoryProject - Current Month: Graphics Month
:bulletgreen: Bi-weekly Critique Nights
:bulletgreen: Did You Know?
:bulletgreen: Gallery Description Updates

:la:
Check them out and see how you can get involved!


Informative News & Events


:bulletblue: Twitter Tips
:bulletblue: Hungarian Comics from 19th Century till WWI
:bulletblue: Dictionary Entries 27
:bulletblue: Tales of the Devious 2
:bulletblue: Happy 12th BirthdAy NYC devMEET
:bulletblue: Amsterdam deviantMEET recap
:bulletblue: DeviantART 12th B-day Celebration in India
:bulletblue: #ProjectEducate and Updates
:bulletblue: Tip of the Day: Believing is not doing
:bulletblue: Photo-a-day Challenges
:bulletblue: Education an Article and our Gallery
:bulletblue: Let's Talk About Bullying
:bulletblue: Fashionable Important: The Model
:bulletblue: Premades and Free Stock: Let's Talk
:bulletblue: Illustrator Tutorial- Un-bloating PDF Files
:bulletblue: *birthdays seeking volunteers
:bulletblue: On Deviating and Especially Photomanipulating
:bulletblue: So You Want to Do Commissions



Features & Interviews


:bulletred: The Great Mandelbulber: MarkHayBee
:bulletred: Photography Weekly Edition Thirty Four
:bulletred: An Absurd Interview with LaurenKitsune
:bulletred: WNC Monthly Feature No 21
:bulletred: Artisan Craft Features 4
:bulletred: City Strolls 004
:bulletred: Darkroom Exposed - jierumi
:bulletred: NomNom 13
:bulletred: To Be Seen 01
:bulletred: Creepy Meets Cute
:bulletred: New Artist Interview with Scaredy-crow
:bulletred:
Member of the Month - ObscureGems
:bulletred: Fashion this Week
:bulletred: WishingWell Weekly
:bulletred:
Feature 2 Costa Rica's artists
:bulletred: Make a Difference 170
:bulletred: FellArt - A Feature of Fella Related Art 10
:bulletred: 30 Writers You Should Discover Volume XI
:bulletred: Infrared Photography Gallery: Your Thoughts
:bulletred: Why Did an Icon get a DD?



Groups


:bulletgreen:  #AngelicTerra mainly accepting angel deviants but any kind of angelic looking or extremely awesome/beautiful work is accepted. We don't accept manga, fan art, celebrity art/stock, comics, vore, or overly bloody/gory images. We are also having a contest running until Sept. 1st which you can find here
:bulletgreen: ArtisticAnimals is having a group icon contest
:bulletgreen: DevNews is a group that aims to promote deviantART's Community by spreading
information about all current and upcoming events that are relevant to
deviants. Through the use of deviantART's News system as well as
Twitter, Email, deviantART Chat and Other online forms we aim to get
news to as many deviants as possible.
:bulletgreen: dAWishingWell where there is no such thing as a greedy wish! Making deviant wishes come true every day!



Commissions


:bulletpink: rafaelalbuquerqueart's commission list is open
:bulletpink: Hardrockangel has Comission info slots open
:bulletpink: Commission open for izka197
:bulletpink: Commission Info for sadwonderland
:bulletpink: xaiisu has opened commissions for a premium membership
:bulletpink: September Commission info for callykarishokka
:bulletpink: Commissions Still Open for hikari-chan
:bulletpink: angelishi's Commissions Open
:bulletpink: Really Cheap Commissions for a Good Cause by Master-mune



Whoas - Theme:  Breakfast



Kawaii breakfast! by CraftyCloud2Breakfast! by IviPivetta
Breakfast by amoykidBreakfast Egg and beans by Hazelnut8299
Breakfast Die Cut by PapacanPart of a Healthy Breakfast by PuppyArtist101
Breakfast at Disney World by yael-shoob-amar
Nourish by kieranhenthornBreakfast for Dinner! by Cleggerator
<da:thumb id="320256113"/>Star Wars: Breakfast of Champions by Teq-Uila
<da:thumb id="319010483"/>I Love Breakfast in the Morning by HilaryOrr
Breakfast: Her - Miniature by thinkpastelBig Breakfast by fairchildart
breakfast plushies by aiwa-9
Easter Eggs oh my by IceandSnowMarbled Tea Eggs by yamibaku
breakfast princess by mr-radicals-art<da:thumb id="319320217"/>
love breakfast by negromanteEggs 3 - Boiled egg? by XxdrummerxX
Best Breakfast by AustBartBreakfast by digitalminds
Miniature Food - Breakfast Tray Orange by PetitPlatCoffee by jaeki
Coffee Propaganda by leviosa- Do You Know ? - by JNoOoN
Baconator by ItaliuxBacon Belt Buckle by kawaiibuddies
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Early breakfast by LukyanskayaProphecy II New Dreaming by Sortvind
Egg and Bacon by fairchildart




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Official dA News


:bulletpurple:  Voila! Paris deviantMEET Wrap Up
:bulletpurple: Join us for a deviantMEET in London, England
:bulletpurple: deviantART is applying to manage .art
:bulletpurple: Site Update Staff Retreat, .art, deviantMEETs
:bulletpurple: Infinity Seven Takes on the Coming Zerg Invation
:bulletpurple: Cyberbullying and Your Deviations
:bulletpurple: We're Sponsoring Artists Alley at Comic-Con
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Back from the Staff Retreat
:bulletpurple: Join Us For a Gallery Show in London
:bulletpurple: A Final Communique from the Front Lines
:bulletpurple: CR Newsletter: May & June 2012




Official Contests


All "official" contests will begin at midnight PST on the start date and end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relation run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest

:bulletpink: Musically Inspired Design Challenge - Deadline July 5, 2012 (Voting begins July 6 and ends July 12, 2012)
:bulletpink: Feedback Frenzy Comment Contest - Deadline July 8, 2012
:bulletpink: When Darkness Falls Photomanipulation Contest - Deadline August 3, 2012



Informative News & Events


:bulletblue: Necessary Steps
:bulletblue: 2012 deviantART Staff Appreciation Week team of volunteers announcement
:bulletblue: Architecture Photography: Need for Changes?
:bulletblue: AnaNaszynska is  looking for feedback for the :devprojecteducate: week that will focus on Architecture Photography in July 9-15. She posted a forum thread and a poll. Please take time to respond :)
:bulletblue: 5 Reasons Why Comments Are Really Awesome
:bulletblue: thehazel is looking for your help!
:bulletblue: PE: Photomanip That's a Wrap
:bulletblue: Photography: Troubleshooting Filters
:bulletblue: PE Artisan Crafts ABC
:bulletblue: Welcome to Arts and Health
:bulletblue: Absolutely Critical: Re-Darkness Contest
:bulletblue: The Mind's Eye Book Review
:bulletblue: Revamp Your Vector Contest Winners
:bulletblue: Cutting Edge Week #24
:bulletblue: Did You Know Returns



Features & Interviews


:bulletred: Underwater Secrets
:bulletred: Fashion Friday
:bulletred: Obscured Photos Under Appreciated Feature
:bulletred: Acts of Random Kindness Project
:bulletred: A Week in Pixel - Issue 2
:bulletred: The inside Scoop on J1Star
:bulletred: WNC Monthly Feature No. 19
:bulletred: Darkroom Exposed - jonniedee
:bulletred: #fella exhibition #02 - More to Discover in Ontario
:bulletred: A Crafty Chat with demoncherry
:bulletred: Powder
:bulletred: 30 Writers You Should Discover Volume X
:bulletred: A Week in dA Related
:bulletred: Another dAmn Interview: nikkidoodlesx3
:bulletred: Cities of the World: Taipei
:bulletred: Feature: The Legend of Korra
:bulletred: Flash Fiction Month 2012
:bulletred: Inspirational Artisan Crafts #22
:bulletred: ProjectPorkchop Vol134
:bulletred: So I Heard You Like Emotes Vol 127
:bulletred: The Ladies of Lit Volume XXII
:bulletred: The LOL Corner 124
:bulletred: Under the Skin - KodoqKatie
:bulletred: Weekly Feature June W3


Groups


:bulletpurple: Cinemagrapher a group that has been made for all the cinema lovers that bring their stories into photography, cinemagraphs, film and animation, digital and traditional.
:bulletpurple: StaffAppreciation is the home to the planning committee for the 2012 deviantART Staff Appreciation Week. StaffAppreciation is currently in the planning stages for 2012 and will be announced over the next few weeks.
:bulletpurple: ManipulateThis is only for photomanipulators who love to create deviations through participating in challenges. Being one of the first groups with challenges, ManipulateThis is different because we believe that all members should learn as well as have fun creating the deviations. Group membership is open, but each potential member must already know the basics to photomanipulation.  We accept novice, beginners, intermediate and advance photomanipulators.  Hope to see you there.
:bulletpurple: AbstractArchitecture is a fresh group founded by Savaliste that gathers the best of abstract photography depicting architectural details. We launched a Design a Group Icon contest that is open to absolutely everyone (group member or not) and is a great chance for people to win Premium Memberships!
:bulletpurple: Critiqual-mass are are passionate about providing critique and detailed feedback. We focus on helping people improve their skills in their medium of choice, and we give advice to those seeking to become effective critique givers. We have a give-and-get system, so in order to have a submission accepted you must leave critiques on artworks in the gallery and link it to us as proof.  So there's always a good chance of comments being left and it's fair for everybody involved. We are desperately looking for staff to help with the submission management too, and for helpers - people who are proficient in a genre or medium and are willing to help give members advice and mentor them.
:bulletpurple: Blood-and-Sinew are a macabre and horror anthro, creature and monster club. It's a niche genre that I feel needs to be exposed to the world more more. I know many artists of this genre who feel unseen and unwelcome in the general anthro/creature community.  If you're onf of them this is the place for you!
:bulletpurple: Gamers-NESt is a group focusing on the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) and it just reached 100 members so I wanted to hold a contest with some special prizes to celebrate and any way it could get some more attention would be highly appreciated.
:bulletpurple: Pixels-Unlimited aims to collect quality pixel art but welcomes and supports beginners as well. Every two weeks a feature article is published and that pus an additional spotlight on exceptional works from the group gallery.





Commissions


:bulletgreen: wolfelandfallen's Commission info
:bulletgreen: perfectly-pink's Commission Info
:bulletgreen: agistar's Commission Info
:bulletgreen: ostrichlover's Commission Info
:bulletgreen: triskata's Commission Info
:bulletgreen: tonee89's Commission Info
:bulletgreen: rainbowshotgun's Commission Info
:bulletgreen: drmoore's Commission Info
:bulletgreen: repay's Commission Info
:bulletgreen: corviday's Commission Info
:bulletgreen: Lyricanna's Commission Info



Whoas - Theme: Clocks




Clocks by fascia<da:thumb id="32222297"/>Steampunk 1 by serialkiller07

Time Has Come by thefantasimAll Knowing by DaintyMendaxLady Godiva by thefantasim



Mature Content

Blind Crow Justice by thefantasim
Alice's Playground by aokameiHeads or tails? by Kiyorin

<da:thumb id="305683880"/>7-6-5 by nombril7

Gears by Andross01Time is Sick by DianaGrigoreTime Hole by DianaGrigore

Times Like These by nairafeeTime traveller's watch by lostknightkgTimes are changing by lieveheersbeestje

Our time is running out. by xDeniseTick Tock by ConsignToOblivion<da:thumb id="278729593"/>

Tick tock, the arena's a clock by Blue-A-Touilletime by martybellTick Tock Clock by MrWoogly

London.02 Big Ben by sensorfleckTimes square by lostknightkgTime Eccentric - VIII by hypnothalamus

Big Ben by Devilicious-GTime does not exist by StopScreamGraphyChocolate Steampunk Hat by TinaCaper
Candy Covered Donut Clocks 2 by kawaiifriendscafePOTTER by mfirsanov16GB Mechanical Flash Key by back2root
Steampunk Time-Travel Key by DrayokClocks by arredatore



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Table of Contents



1. New Faces
2. Daily Deviations: Listing Suggesters
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. New Faces



We welcomed many new faces onto the Community Volunteer team this month! Please join us in welcoming them and I encourage you to reach out and get to know these fantastic people:

bradleysays - DeviantART Related
IsacGoulart -  Photography
RockstarVanity - Darkroom Photography
Kenny-Winker - Chat & Forums
Athos-of-Light - Chat & Forums
JZLobo - Fan Fiction
STelari - Traditional Art
DaPineapple - Chats & Forums
dekorAdum - Chats & Forums
Talty - Artisan Crafts
princepal - Designs & Interfaces
SRudy - Traditional Art
krazykel - Chats & Forums
yashachan - Chats & Forums
sTiViA - Chats & Forums
alltheoriginalnames - Space & Sci-Fi
ClefairyKid - Pixel Art
kiwi-pdd - Street Art



2. Daily Deviations: Listing Suggesters



    As a team, we receive hundreds of Daily Deviation suggestions a day.  As a team, we endeavor to go through those in a timely manner and some of those go on to become some of the Daily Deviations you see highlighted on any given day.  When we select a DD via a suggestion, we add the name of the suggester into the selection tool.  Occasionally, the image has been suggested to us by more than one person and when that's obvious, we may choose to include both people who suggested the piece.  More often than not, this just isn't possible.  It's not possible to remember every single image we've seen and include every single person who felt it should be a Daily Deviation.  In the past, it would seem that some people on our team have chosen to edit a Daily Deviation to add a suggester, this practice just simply doesn't make sense.  We will continue to include the first suggester of the Daily Deviation and occasionally, multiple suggesters if it's possible but at the end of the day, the Daily Deviation is about the artist being featured, not about who found it.  We do everything in our power to be fair and represent the community in a positive way, however, I've recently been getting complaints that someone sent in a suggestion and someone else was listed as a suggester, and some of these comments are really unkind.  Please consider the sheer amount of feedback my team get and remind yourself that Daily Deviations are a feature of Artwork.  If you're upset because you didn't get your name in the suggester box and really need to talk to someone about it, please do not harass my volunteers.  Please note myself or email me at Moonbeam13@deviantart.com Thank you.



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


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


6. Official Contests


:bulletpink: Musically Inspired Design Challenge - Deadline July 5, 2012 (Voting begins July 6 and ends July 12, 2012)
:bulletpink: Feedback Frenzy Comment Contest - Deadline July 8, 2012
:bulletpink: "When Darkness Falls" Photomanipulation Contest - Deadline August 3, 2012


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


7. Project Educate 2011/2012


This Week: Artisan Crafts      Next Week: Feedback Frenzy




8. Art History Project




 

9. News from the Chats and Forums




10.  News from the Galleries



:bulletblue: Anime/Manga

:bulletblue: Anthro


:bulletblue: Artisan Crafts


:bulletblue: Body Art & Modification



:bulletblue: Cosplay

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

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

:bulletblue: DeviantART Related


:bulletblue: Digital Art
:bulletgreen: 3-Dimensional
:bulletgreen: Fractal
:bulletgreen: Photomanipulation
:bulletgreen: Pixel Art
:bulletgreen: Vector
:bulletgreen: Vexel

:bulletblue: Fan Art
:bulletgreen: Fan Fiction

:bulletblue: Film & Animation

:bulletblue: Literature

:bulletblue: Photography

:bulletgreen: Abstract & Surreal

:bulletgreen: Animals, Plants & Nature
:bulletgreen: Architecture

:bulletgreen: Artistic Nude

:bulletgreen: Conceptual

:bulletgreen: Darkroom
:bulletgreen: Fashion
:bulletgreen: Fetish

:bulletgreen: Horror & Macabre
:bulletgreen: Macro Photography
:bulletgreen: People & Portraits
 :bulletgreen: Photojournalism

:bulletgreen: Pin-Up & Glamour

:bulletgreen: Still Life
:bulletgreen: Street

:bulletgreen: Urban & Rural

:bulletblue: Resources & Stock Images


:bulletblue: Text Art & 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.
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Table of Contents


1. New Submission Process and Thumbnail Examples
2. New Galleries and Gallery Additions or Change Requests
3. Why Wasn't I Chosen?
4. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
5. Community Projects
6. Official Contests
7. Project Educate 2013
8. Art History Project
9. News from the Chats and Forums
10. News from the Galleries
11. Vacation Notice


1. New Submission Process and Thumbnail Examples


In my opinion, one of the greatest advantages to the New Submission Process, are the thumbnail examples and descriptions that appear when you're selecting a category.  It's no secret that we have misplaced deviations throughout the galleries and it's probably the most complained about topic I deal with on a daily basis. My team and I have been working hard to improve the descriptions and thumbnail examples for all of the galleries, and I'm happy to report that, we will have completed this project by the end of this week.  It was no small accomplishment and I want to extend a huge wave of gratitude to those volunteers that helped out and also to those community members that helped to point out issues they spotted while submitting.  It was very much a team effort! That being said, with thousands of galleries, it's possible something got missed, so if you notice anything that looks awkward or concerning, please reach out to me and let me know.  


2. New Galleries and Gallery Additions or Change Requests


While I've been working on the gallery descriptions and thumbnails, a variety of clean-up actions have occurred as well and I've been merging and removing old and unused categories.  I have also been taking care of some needed additions, which you can read about below.  Going forward, please request any changes or additions in this new forum thread which will be monitored regularly :) 


There are hundreds of people that express interest every time there is an opening and I'm often asked why people don't get replies to their requests or why someone was chosen over someone else. It saddens me when someone notes me asking me why they aren't good enough.

This is really the wrong way to look at things. These decisions are not easy for me to make and I weigh them based on many factors, including (but not restricted to) time on deviantART, activity in the community, suitability to the team, understanding of the gallery of choice, fit with the current team members etc. 

Not being chosen doesn't mean you're lacking, it just wasn't meant to be at this time. There are many ways to get involved with the community that don't require a symbol and I suggest that if you're serious about volunteering, you start by getting acquainted with the current volunteer team and getting involved with the community. The community, staff and volunteers are all responsible for making deviantART the powerhouse of awesome that it is :heart:


4. 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 go to this journal

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 the awesome RockstarVanity :love:

Please note that there are a lot of inquiries that come in and I may not be able to respond to each and everyone. Your understanding is appreciated :)



5. Community Projects


:community:
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6. Official Contests


:trophy:

:bulletpink: #Fella's Love Letter Contest - Deadline February 28, 2013
:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge 92: Share Of Hearts -Deadline February 28, 2013
:bulletpink: Texture Your World Contest - Deadline March 11, 2013
:bulletpink: Tomb Raider Reborn Contest - Deadline March 14, 2013
:bulletpink: The G.A.M.E - Deadline March 21, 2013
:bulletpink: Photomanipulation Contest: Rebirth and Renewal - Deadline April 1, 2013


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


7. Project Educate 2013


February 25 - March 3 - Daily Deviations
March 4 - 10 - Poetry Forms

11. Vacation Notice

I will be traveling to China from March 13-27th, 2013.  During this time I will have no access to the internet so anything related to Community Relations will be handled by my awesome team of volunteers with the help of  :iconcolorfulsparklesplz: fourteenthstar and dxd :iconcolorfulsparklesplz:  


The Community Relations department exists to encourage, facilitate and develop the relationship with our deviantART community. Our goal is to nurture our community by encouraging, stimulating artists to create, collaborate, and participate in a friendly, safe, and supportive artistic environment. Watch communityrelations for up to date news and to learn how you can get involved in projects and events!

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