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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:


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
Happy Easter to ALL  female DA Members by FrankAndCarySTOCK
Hello World by shiny-shadows-Art
The Memory Remains by S-BlackART
Toothache by YBsilon
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 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 FAITH by stellartcorsica Oracle by j3ff3rson 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 09alex 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 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 OEDIPUS AND THE SPHINX.. by chryssalis The birth of spring by Sisterslaughter165 A very special day by LewiARTs Strange tavern by La--Boheme 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 S-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 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: Le corbeau by AnitaCreation 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 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 Flanniganspix You Stole My Heart.. by JacquelineLecocq Tranquility by Cinnamoncandy Rapture by J-u-d-a-s
My last work

Ravenna by megan7

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After the end of the world feature

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 21, 2012, 5:17 PM
Now as we survived the end of the world we can finally concentrate on Christmas. I would like to thank you all for your wonderful support at the last year and I am looking forward to the next. Im very excited about your new pictures which will come soon. The last weeks I had some problems with my inspiration so I spent the time with looking at all your works. This Christmas greeting is a good possibility to show you some of the works I really liked.
On this way my dear friends I wish you all a very beautiful and peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year.

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caught in a dream by peroni68 My Sweet Prince by crilleb50 Lost Soul by NebelelfeNaemy
Illumination by SweediesArt The most annoying day ever! by Flobelebelebobele Solitude by MissGrib
Pygmalion by buggs38 Merry Christmas by CindysArt techno geisha by JenaDellaGrottaglia
Princess of the field by Chicky25 Spring Tree Buds by surrealistic-gloom What we leave behind by volker03
I Will Never Forget You by AndyGarcia666 Swing of memories by Shades-Of-Lethe Changes by vampirekingdom
:thumb343682616: Snow Birds by babsartcreations Inner Peace by MariaBeloArt
:thumb343618497: Star Shot by MorriganArt :thumb343820146:
Come Back by FictionChick Burden by LadyxBoleyn CYBERATONICA. STEEL 08. Crop by Vitaly-Sokol
Year Of Snake by shiny-shadows-Art Whirlpool Of Emotions by BiBiARTs fruit milk shake by Lhianne
Strip Underground by deninova-27 Skyfall by MachiavelliCro Dancing House by GabrielPhotoArt
A Face Off by astrangeallure Rebirth by thomasmuse Human Tool by KarmaKira
La llave de mi cielo... by Marazul45 Romantic winter by La--Boheme The Frozen Palace by Wesley-Souza
Mermaid by mysticmorning :thumb343525143: portrait of spring by sandranataly
Demence by AnitaCreation The Mirror of Memories by FrankAndCarySTOCK my inner devil by Celairen
You go your way, and I'll go mine... by nine9nine9 -dryad- by TuubArt Grace by eclipsy
I miss you.. by Creamydigital :thumb343316390: Le miroir d'Avalon by Le-Regard-des-Elfes
The Harp by EnchantedWhispersArt The last days [v2k12] by NoiZe-B :thumb342338945:
Lazy Santa by YBsilon A Fairy Portrait by CaryAndFrankArts ChernoBill by bergamind
My Cappuccetto by FP-Digital-Art aftermath by igreeny :thumb342813799:
Frozen by FurorArt Girl From The North Country by MoodyBlue
Royalty by I-Am-Lady-Timeless The Last Templar by neverdying Silent Night by Aeternum-Art
Dark Side Dream_04 by caddman Magical World.. by lorenzArts All Consuming Love by ErinM31
Dark House by 0-Maryo-0 Breaking Free by DesignbyKatt ghost bird by Tamrei
Angelic Purpose by ChisSweetArt Skolkovo-Saint Petersburg by inObrAS ..::Somewhere between a Scream and a Victory::.. by Yosia82
Last Christmas by Kryseis-Art :thumb340341703: One kind but different types. by fashioneyes
Flower by Mark-Rezyka walk on the bright side of life even in snowflurry by vidimento Friend or Foe by Chrisma60
The Last Vampire by S-BlackART Speak of the devil by TahaAlasari Into Darkness poster by cylonka
005 Prisoner of Light by BlackHeresy A Golden Day by SilverCurlyART Surreal Hot Air Ballon by PSHoudini
Penguline by LewiARTs The Tale of Red Honey by Doucesse E C S T A S Y .. by chryssalis
Magic Of Christmas by DeniseGarbis Get off my lawn by robhas1left Restraint by Notvitruvian
The Anthem by Sandra-Cristhina :thumb341604042: TreasureOfFantasy by MtPvonExplodingArt
Fields Of Gold by Dani-Owergoor An Unforgettable Smile by sesam-is-open Time for bathing by ConnysWORLD
Life Inside A Snow Globe by AimishBoy My Cutiepie... 02 by JocelyneR Forever by malaladanila

And  the lady with the piercings in all versions.

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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:


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.


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.


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
body stock 14 keep in the pain by LitiL-DiviL-Stock:bigthumb300417388:
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 JaymaseeGold of the depths 2012 by ilona-veresk
Scary Fish by NickiStockBigSteamFish by Adisiat
Dark Bird by hybelLiberty by Drezdany

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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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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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 - Beccalicious
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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Everyday we're CV'ing

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 2:43 AM
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As a Community Volunteer - I do as much or as little within the community that I feel comfortable doing. We're not pressured to do this and that, we don't even have to give a Daily Deviation every day, we choose how we promote our selected galleries/chats and forums and we're not fixed to any specific rule on how much or how little we do. But I do believe that it's important to share with you just what the community volunteers do and why we do it. More importantly it's so easy to get lost on this site full of many people - and miss out on the awesome that's going on. So I'm going to share with you exactly what the latest awesome is...

Project Educate

Almost every week since October last year the Community Volunteers have been working hard both independently and as part of small teams to bring You Project Educate.
Project Educate is about bringing forward art forms whether they are popular or overlooked and giving up to date features, interviews and history that will help you learn a bit more about whatever you are interested in. Sometimes it's also fascinating to step outside of your comfort zone and look at what other people do for Art that you might never have tried. Many Community Volunteers hold chats and critique nights, question and answer sessions and live tutorials on how to create your own masterpieces so it's almost like going to a huge art fayre without having to leave your house.

That's why I'm writing a journal today to give a bit more insight into project educate. Whether or not the current week focuses on your interests, it's important to share the information and support it as much as possible. We love feedback, we love comments and above all we love hearing what we could do better next time, or next week. For Project Educate of 2011/2012 lots of people worked hard polling answers and questioning people on what they would like to see and I strongly feel that we are providing that now!

How do I know what's going on each week?

You can see the full and up to date schedule right Here which will tell you what the current week is and give you a link to the Community Volunteer that will be running it. Right now it's Aeirmid with a Whole month of Photo-manipulation!

Now that we have projecteducate the group - it's much easier just to head over, join or watch and get all the updates you need throughout your preferred weeks!

How can I get involved in Project Educate?

Although Project Educate is headed up by each specific community volunteer to the relevant galleries and chat/forums - there are many opportunities for you to express your views on your chosen art forms. If you see something coming up in the schedule and you want to help out, then note the Community Volunteer and offer your services - we don't bite! Many Community Volunteers are also looking for people to Interview so if you feel you are a strong example of a specific genre of art or your know somebody that is then put your name forward. We're also well tuned to running Community Weeks now - so if you want to contribute an article then do let the team know by noting the group!

But what do I get out of it?

Well for starters there are the material things - the prizes, the chance to be interviewed or featured - the feedback you can get on your work. Then there is the taking part - yeah yeah, it's always said isn't it? But I knew nothing about Fractal Art before reading SuicideBySafetyPin's article Fractal Week. And then I stopped by the chats - wow! Did you know about the 1,000 Paper Cranes Project? Well you can find out loads more now from the Community Projects Week. There is so much to learn and pick up on - not to mention join in with. I constructed Photography Basics Week alongside ScENeYmE and learnt LOADS just by researching for the article aboutNight Photography.

Art History

DistortedSmile heads up the Art History Project and you can find a full and most awesome article about it all Right Here. The Art History Project is running much like Project Educate with Community Volunteers and members of the deviantART community writing articles to educate those who are interested on the History and Origins of many types of Art. There is so much to learn so keep an eye on the blog to see the updated articles.

Can I get involved?

Absolutely - if you have something that you think is worth contributing you can note ArtHistoryProject and see if there is any way for you to be involved. Whether you're an Art Major or not, you might just fancy Surrealism as a bit of a hobby or quite like the look of a certain period of historical art - you can get involved.

These are just two of the huge amount of projects going on courtesy of the CV team.  There are official contests, unofficial ones, features, interviews and articles happening everyday. We Celebrate Diversity every week with an article that's the baby of pica-ae - We run Chat Events every month having already run SIX during October! All of the Photography CVs contribute on a weekly basis to the Photography Weekly Articles to ensure that you're getting lots of fresh material in your inboxes. 3wyl highlights the unknown and Under-appreciated Talent. There are Artisan Craft Features and Creeping Wednesdays as well as the increasingly popular Did You Know? articles.

Who To Follow...

You don't need to watch individual Community Volunteers if you don't want to - communityrelations is the group to be to keep up to date with official contest announcements from the CVs, News, Newcomers and Departures and much more. Joining as a member is automatic after you click and you won't regret it!

So What About DDs?

Oh yes! Daily Deviations! With all of the excitement and hard work that goes into the above I completely forgot about those! We do them too. Some of you have noticed, many of you moan, lots of you suggest and a few of you are genuinely grateful for the time and efforts that go in to selecting and featuring a piece of art. Lately I've noticed comments asking what the point is of DDs, why there aren't certain DDs every day for a certain category and why Volunteers are generally lazy and don't do anything. Do you really think that's the case? Honestly? The Community Volunteer team (the clue is in the name) is made up entirely of Volunteers.

We love doing what we do, if we didn't we definitely wouldn't be here in the positions that we are in. But actually, above Daily Deviations stands the opportunity to have a platform to shout about art from. Daily Deviations are great, but if we just gave them and did nothing else on deviantART, I do honestly believe that it would become quite a boring place for many. News articles, features, interviews, competitions, they are what gets the community going and they are what people thrive on. Daily Deviations occasionally get a controversial discussion going and they always highlight talent, but that is all they do. A lot of the time they aren't even a reward for hard work - many of the shots I have featured are incredible and I love them - but it might have taken the artist two minutes to achieve them. Where Photography is concerned especially, sometimes it's about being in the right place at the right time.

Don't apply or strive to become a Community Volunteer if all you want to do is give Daily Deviations. I will be the first to admit that it was the biggest and bestest attraction about joining the team back when I did. Then I grew up. You need to be so much more than that, you need to be like any existing member of the team right now, or better! We all have flaws, we all forget things and (this is the big one) we all have real lives. But we love what we do, that's why we are here. And if you want to be a part of that, you need the same attitude.

Daily Deviations are a huge attraction of this site, and I love being able to select them. But we aren't obliged to do so and a lot more of our input, efforts and community spirit shines through via many of our articles, contest and events -  either through our own personal dA accounts or through the projects mentioned above and communityrelations  So do yourself a favour today, watch a CV, join the CR group, follow projecteducate or head over to ArtHistoryProject - delve into the team list and see if there is a series of articles for your favourite genre - immerse yourself in the other side of being a CV.

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It's a little bit early but I wish you all a merry christmas :huggle:
:iconchristmastreeplz: :santa: :rudolph:

:w00t: :iconthe-average-alex: The-Average-Alex gave me an early christmas-present - a 12 month premium membership :huggle:

A Gift for Snow White by The-Average-Alex Fox Fire by The-Average-Alex

Warmth by The-Average-Alex Bokeh by The-Average-Alex

Bonfire by The-Average-Alex Sian Lee by The-Average-Alex Sleep Demon by The-Average-Alex

Icy Blast by The-Average-Alex



some great works with my stocks:

x-mas express by zissivirot #15 Winter Wonderland by faryewing The Soul of Death by ProyectoOniric The Frozen Palace by Wesley-Souza Snow Princess from ice by Jonellphoto A Purr-fect Christmas by kimsol Sakura tree canvas 8 by 10 inch by runordie90 Snow Queen by BiBiARTs Where the Birds Fly by Nellena Practice from Stock by Rushstarfire Winter Forest 2012 by nudagimo cooling of the embers, by catechize serenity by saza11 Anyone There? by FictionChick Invasion by TheDarkRayne Lava Tears by saza11 The Wolves Are Coming by TahaAlasari :thumb334818790: Happy Halloween by neverdying Isawa Yumi by LadyAnaila Welcome to the jungle by TrepanBoub THE LAST DRAGON by Caine-Design The pick of the patch by robhas1left :thumb331514545: Presence by ElectricalSoul :thumb331156022: Black angel by Supo77Art-Dsn :thumb329973606: The Journey Home II: John Stone Sea by JonKoomp Where the wild things are by HektikDesigns Gateway To Wonderland by pareeerica Selene by FurorArt Full Moon by Esveeka Temple of ice by MaliciaRoseNoire Asian Dreams by InertiaK A Wish by morcanthius Dark Times by lowlifemedia Northern Paradise by YaelPardina Objects on the loose VI - Love at first Light by digitalessandra Under the celtic moon by FurorArt I think we took a wrong turn somewhere? by EveLivesey TDC August - Ibex Pterodactyl Dragon by lutrasilvereye Life Goes on by TahaAlasari Mario Grasslands Scenario by FallenTrinities Wonderland by ShikharSrivastava Acalanto by Stephanike Korra v. 02 by Misfit-Studios The sides who claim themselves by StarsColdNight Unnamed. by RachelC15 Red Skies by amiens Once upon in japan by Maxwelb Greyguard by Brumae-Art Dragonibex by Katy133 Instruction by LewiARTs UNTITLED by JLGemmy :thumb317117511: My Night by blackday730 Home is Where the Heart Is... by RottenRagamuffin Celebration of the Dragon by redmoon-mistress In The Lake by maiarcita Donde no puedo ir by MariaJoseHidalgo Autumn by error-23 Saints Castle by bjornfoto Bath by oosDesign The Fallen Angel by Andrei-Oprinca Lost Spring by MrdzLOVG The mysterious garden by CindysArt awakening by hyperion1011 Holitha by mattjamesss
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Spirit Day 2012

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 1:50 PM
    "Ultimately, I want Spirit Day to make just one person feel little bit better about his or herself, to feel safe enough in their own skin and to be proud of who they are" - Brittany McMillan

In memory of the young LGBT people who lost their lives to suicide, Brittany encouraged her friends to wear purple on a day in October -- a day that came to be known as Spirit Day. Since then, GLAAD has helped turn Spirit Day into a global event that inspires millions of individuals, celebrities, TV personalities, media outlets, companies and schools to wear purple in a stand against bullying.

While Spirit Day does focus on the LGBT community, I believe that it's anti-bullying message is relevant to every community.  It only get's better, if we take the pledge to make it so. 

Practice compassion and understanding, and treat others how you would like to be treated and we can make a difference. 

Show your support for this anti-bullying message on October 19th by participating in one or more of the following:

:bulletpurple: Turn your devID or your avatar purple
:bulletpurple: Create Spirit Day artwork and submit it to our Spirit Day Gallery. Submit your artwork that encourage themes such as acceptance, love,  kindness, inclusion, diversity, embracing differences, compassion, empathy, and of course, purple!
:bulletpurple: Show support for fellow deviants
:bulletpurple: Be awesome

Want to use this amazing skin that pica-ae created? You can get it here
Spirit Day Free Journal Skin by pica-ae

To read more about Spirit Day and GLAAD, click on the 'What is Spirit Day' button below.

<da:thumb id="263821002"/>Spirit Day by shadowlight-oak

Every Day by savagebinnOC - Spirit Day Tribute by Momoko-Kawase

Free Spirit - Free Avi by Seiorai

Spirit by Grumski

Spirit Day by alyannaSpirit Day by Yaichiko

spirit day by DrunkMuttPT - Spirit Day 2011 by Tyshea

:iconcommunityrelations: supports Spirit Day
Join us on Spirit Day, this Friday October 19th and let's make a pledge to end bullying.
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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, 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

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


: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


: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

<da:thumb id="133820560"/>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

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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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!
Bi-monthly newsletter from the Community Relations Team.
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