The Book that Travels the WorldToday I want to invite everyone to join a wonderful project, I was recently told about it and I think it's a beautiful thing to be a part of: a book that travels the world collecting art from every place it visits.
The project was started by Traumfaengerin-Wish with this idea: "I want to create a book that travels around the world, from one deviant to another. Each deviant can add his part to the book, a drawing, poem,a little story, photos, etc.
I want to reach every corner of the world with this book, to see how wide our network reaches, to let other people see how wide we are connected, to let them be able to touch, to hold the proof in their hands."
Two books are already traveling and a third book is on the making. 216 people already signed in, the books will visit 52 countries, and counting! Everyone is welcome to join and share some of their art with people from all over the world. Once the book is finished there's talks about getting it published!
Giveaway and great news!GIVEAWAY CLOSED, WINNERS TOMORROWGiveaway and great news!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Guess what guys! I'm reopening my stores (Etsy and Storenvy) and commissions, I can finally announce that I'm getting married and I need to save as much as possible for the big day, July 27th. And just before anyone asks, the wedding is not improvised we've been planning it for a long time but there's still a lot of things to buy and consider, I could use some more money to save
So buy my stuff to celebrate the reopening I'm also doing a giveaway! Actually it's three giveaways running simultaneously on deviantART, Facebook and YouTube, you can join any of them or the three of them to have more chances to win.
To join DA's giveawa
PE: Interview with Evelin-NovemberduskEvelin-Novemberdusk has an unique gift for food decoration. Her gallery is full of beautiful, inspirational and delicious works of art, everything she does has a very distinctive style that stands from the rest. She's also a very kind person and allowed us to interview her, she has a lot of wisdom and words of encouragement to share with aspiring artists. EnjoyPE: Interview with Evelin-Novemberdusk3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Thank you so much for doing this interview, could you tell us a bit about yourself?
To tell the truth, I always become a little confused when it comes to describing who I actually am (my personality). So, my name is Evelin, I study journalism at Moscow State University. Apart from my commitment to culinary, I have a real passion for foreign languages (I’m learning Japanese and Korean), martial arts and I pleasure in the company of different odd-birds. Can get along without sleep or food for a few days when finding
January's Complaint Challenge - DDsIntroductionJanuary's Complaint Challenge - DDs3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
This activity is part of my year-long project to address complaints from the dA community. January's complaint is Daily Deviations!
"I find that the DD system needs to be expanded. Why? Sadly, it has become the only major channel on this site for artists and writers to receive exposure, and the selection choices are limited. On my journal, =Flyvapnet wrote that '[i]t smacks of a good-old-boys system, wherein Deviations are considered for recognition only if they're suggested by those who have an in-crowd relationship with someone in the award-giving hierarchy'. There are great artists out there who don't have any exposure simply because they can't get DDs, and the selections are biased: for example, they almost never include parts of novels. Offering more artists this exposure would help DA with what
PE: Do You Really Want Critique?As part of projecteducate’s Critique Week, we thought it’d be a good idea to take into consideration when you should and shouldn’t ask for critique on a work you post to deviantART.PE: Do You Really Want Critique?3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Before I get any further into the article, I would like to address the fact that the things I say here will not always apply. In fact, they may not even apply most of the time. As with all guides to art and feedback, your mileage may vary, and it’s always best to learn things for yourself. So, without further ado, here’s a few things to consider before you request critique:
Personal work: The most common issue with critique that I’ve personally encountered around dA is the critique of personal work, and a lot of the time this is because the artist requests critique on a work that they are not ready to receive critique on. A few examples of this could be work done as a result of a person’s passing, a difficult change in life, or a work based
The CR Stamp ProjectThe CR Stamp Project2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Stamps are a great way to show your support for a project, a person or a group of people, spread awareness for a cause or promote a contest. It is also valid to do them just for fun, with just a funny image and/or message.
Since their introduction to the deviantArt galleries, millions of stamps have been created with a great variety of messages, both silly and serious, and you can see them all over the place, from journals to profile widgets.
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.
It's now time t
Project Educate: Your TurnNext week - Monday 13th - Sunday 19th - projecteducate is being handed over to the Community for a week where you can share your educational tips, news, tutorials and features. If you would like to take part please note projecteducate and we will discuss the details. I have already approached several people and we have some excellent articles coming your way. It's time to take the reigns from us and showcase what you would like the community to see.Project Educate: Your Turn3 years ago in Personal More Like This
You'll be writing the blogs and if you want assistance with hosting a chat let us know!
projecteducate is now a GROUP - head over and join!
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Daily Deviation Suggestion Drive!Back By Popular Demand!Daily Deviation Suggestion Drive!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
In January of 2012, the community was challenged by thorns to do something about their complaints on dA. Thus was born this very group! But before the group, it was just a fledgling idea on LiliWrites's account that began with a DD Suggestion Contest. The results of that contest were overwhelming. And so, under the prodding of quite a few Community Volunteers, we're going to do it again!
UPDATE: Less than 1 week in and we've already got 100 suggested DDs and 2 accepted suggestions!! Keep up the great work guys and gals. Please remember that you need to leave a link to every deviation you suggest in this journa
Odyssey Update 1This first weekend of reading and re-reading Odyssey selections was just as intensely rewarding as last year. I am incredibly grateful to once again be able to share this process with all of you. Having Clive Barker on board for Odyssey II is truly an enlightening and educative experience. There is nothing more thrilling than reading through each of the entries and then re-reading the chapters that truly resonate and carry with them immense writing skill. This story could have gone in so many worthy directions and genres, and there was no end to the creativity and storytelling skill on so many of the submissions.Odyssey Update 12 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
The people in my life were adequately warned, but there were still those that questioned my sanity and work methods as I stayed up for the duration of the weekend meticulously poring over eachof the entries... then starting over and reading them again.
deviantART Honored by Online Trust AlliancedeviantART Honored by Online Trust Alliance3 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
deviantART: Online Trust Alliance 2012 Award Receipient
At deviantART, we always strive to keep your user experience safe so you’re provided with an environment in which you’re comfortable to create and grow. As part of our ongoing effort to keep your user experience protected, we’ve been documenting ways to encourage awareness and ensure a safer deviantART — first in April and August of 2011, and again in January of this year.
In 2011, deviantART became a member of the Online Trust Alliance (
PE: The Basics of Giving CritiqueA lot of people seem to think that giving a critique requires you to have an art degree and a lifetime of experience. This is merely an excuse barrier to stop you from trusting yourself in the art of delivering a fine critique. Today's Project Educate guide is an aid to help you consider the basics of critique, and in particular critique on dA.PE: The Basics of Giving Critique3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
This article has been written as a guideline overview only and one persons advice. There are hundreds of existing "how to" guides for critique already existing on dA, so if this one doesn't suit you, take a browse and see what else you can find!
The key rules to critique
1. Keep in mind you are writing a CRITIQUE not a CRITICISM. Be wary of your word choices and make sure you keep in mind you are helping the artist for improvement. Be Constructive, not Destructive.
2. Consider you audience- who is the artist reading this critique? How may they react to your words? Be wary of patronising the person you are c
PE: Tolerance Towards Daily DeviationsIf you're like me, one of the first things you do every morning is turn on the computer to check the DDs for the day, if you make this a habit sooner or later you'll see something featured that you won't like at all, making you spill your morning coffee all over the screen.PE: Tolerance Towards Daily Deviations2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Oh the crime! That poor coffee going to waste.
Before you hit the Caps Lock button and begin an essay about the drop of quality of DDs, stop. Take a deep breath, maybe walk around for a bit to cool down, and think about what you're going to do. To begin with, complaining about the DD leaving a comment is extremely disrespectful for the artist because most of the time, they didn't even ask to be featured. Instead, take a moment to consider why was it picked, DDs are chosen for far more than just being visually attractive, as the article Daily Deviations - The Myth and the Legend explained; we often look f
PE: Finding Critique on dAWhere to find Critique on deviantART?PE: Finding Critique on dA3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
So, you just uploaded your latest image/writing onto deviantART and featured it in your gallery with a slight satisfaction you have achieved something. Fantastic, that is step one and now you can sit back and watch everyone's responses come pouring in and showing you everything you need to do to make your work even more fabulous.
The fact is; getting someone to critique your work isn't as easy as that. If you want critique, you need to seek critique and put in the good effort to get it. It won't always work, no plan is fool proof, but here are some places and advice that could help you find the feedback you desire. Not every place on this list will be your cup of tea, but try and see what works for you.
Step one: Make sure people know you want a critique!
If you are a subscriber, make use of the critique function that deviantART provides. You can do this my selecting "Request Critiques" when submitting an
Project Educate: Critique Week Welcome to Critique Week!Project Educate: Critique Week3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
For the majority of us on DeviantART, critique is an essential part of our experience and development as artists. As much as we love praise or positive comments from our nearest and dearest, most of us are seeking to improve our craft and to be able to shape our Art more effectively. Some of us purely post our work here to get that all important feedback and the extra special people amongst us are on here to give it.
However, to get critique is not always as easy as slapping up our latest piece into our gallery and wait for the responses to come flooding in. In fact if you genuinely want good critique, you do need to make a bit of an effort to get it and get effective, constructive feedback in return.
This week at communityrelations, we are using the power of Project Educate to have a whole week dedicated not only to how to get critique, but how to give it, use it and make the most of what deviantART can offer and hopefully show you that
Art for someone in your life - call for artists"Would you like to help end violence against women? "Someone in your Life" is looking for artists to help with our crowdfunding campaign!Art for someone in your life - call for artists2 years ago in Personal More Like This
45% of women in the UK experience sexual assault, domestic violence or stalking. That's practically one in every two women subjected to violence simply for being a woman. But numbers are too abstract; too easy to ignore. So here's what I want you to do. Walk into a room, any room, and count the women. Now try to imagine that half of those women in the room with you, half of any arbitrary group of women, will have experienced horrific acts of gender-based violence at some point in their life. Think of the women in your life: your mother, your sister, your partner, your daughter, your best friend. Half of them have or will at some point experience violence because they are women. This not about some abstract 45%, some women "out there". This is about someone in your life.
Someone In Your Life aims to give women a space to speak out and tell their stori
PE: Literature Critique TipsAs part of Project Educate Critique week, the Community Volunteers would like to share more art specific elements to consider whilst giving good critique.PE: Literature Critique Tips3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Today we are looking at the Literature gallery, with our Top Tips.
Before you start
READ the piece all the way through.
Read it again, making notes of what you would like to point out in your critique.
Stay Objective- you are critiquing the piece not the person.
These tips are areas which aren't just necessary in critiquing others' work, but also when self-critiquing your own writing. This is one person's suggestions and I welcome any further tips in addition.
A good opening. The opening to any form of writing doesn't necessarily need to involve a physical explosion, but it needs to have an initial hook; something to entice the reader in. It needs to be clear, something that
Project Educate: Using a Tripod for APNNature Photography and TripodsProject Educate: Using a Tripod for APN3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
trevg is the Community Volunteer for Animals, Plants and Nature Photography. He has kindly put together this fantastic article on using a tripod to obtain nature photography - there are some excellent tips included!
Camera shake ruins millions of photos every year. Using a tripod is one step we can all take to reverse this problem. When hand-holding your rig for macro or super-telephoto work, the slightest movement will undoubtedly blur your image and/or completely change your composition. Using a tripod to lock your camera in place can help you avoid the heartache brought on by this rapidly growing epidemic. Be part of the solution and buy a tripod today!
Though many of us own a tripod, we don't always use it. There are many reasons to forgo your trusty three-legged friend. Tripods can be heavy and unwieldy
PE: Photography Critique TipsAs part of Project Educate Critique week, the Community Volunteers would like to share more art specific elements to consider whilst giving good critique. Today we are looking at the Photography gallery, with a range of Tips provided by Kaz-DPE: Photography Critique Tips3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Disclaimer: Firstly I don't claim to be an expert on this! It's just what I've picked up along the way.
Look at the background, middle ground and foreground. Are they all adequately captured? Is there too much of one and little of another? Do the colours compliment, contrast or make you want to sit down in a dark room for a little while?
Rule of thirds despite the use of Rule it's not actually a law that people should follow. If they've not used the rule of thirds, but it still looks frigging amazing then don't chew them out over it. Simples. If they haven't used the
PE: Critique Week Roundup!Hello AllPE: Critique Week Roundup!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Today concludes our project educate week here at communityrelations on Critique.
I would like to start by saying a huge thank you to all of you who have supported throughout the week, whether you have contributed to articles, commented, faved and passed the message on. It has been very much appreciated and made this week feel very worthwhile!
The purpose of Project Educate doesn’t just rely on one week of information. The articles are for reference whenever you feel like reading them, so please feel free to save them where necessary.
General Critique Articles
Gallery Specific Articles
PE: Vector Critique Tips by Beccalicious PE: Literature Critique Tips by Beccalicious PE: Typography Critique Tips by Beccalicious PE: Traditional Critique Tips by Beccalicious
:iconbigheartplz: Thank you everyone! Keep an eye out next week when Projec
PE: Anthro Artists - Exposure In the Real WorldDeviantART is a host of a wide variety of resources. One of those resources is being able to showcase your work to a huge audience and with that comes the hope and chance to get noticed for things outside of DeviantART. For example like art shows, books, comics etc. This that have been published in the real world.PE: Anthro Artists - Exposure In the Real World3 years ago in Personal More Like This
In this article we will be exposing some Anthro artists here on DeviantART who have become published or are working on being published. To give them a chance in the spotlight and showcase their hard work and dedication to what they love.
*NOTE* if you are a published or soon to be published Anthro artists, please note me or post on this article so I can add you to this list!
So here we go!
Popular Publishing Sites/Companies
Keep Calm and Carry OnTony DiTerlizzi once told me that to become successful you just need to keep working. Even if it seems like nothing is coming from your hard work, you just need to keep doing it anyway. If you're persistent and keep at it long enough, eventually people will notice you and you will get somewhere. It's advice that resonated with me quite powerfully, and since college I've always taken the attitude of just doing what I love, with the faith that it will eventually pay off. I've had my ups and downs over the years, but in many respects his advice has been true. The following are examples of things I am grateful for, that would never have happened had I ever given up. This is not a complete list, or in any specific order. It's just a few highlights of special things that have happened to me that I will always remember fondly.Keep Calm and Carry On2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Tunnel Runner was a game for the Atari 2600. It had the unfortunate timing to come out right around the big video game crash of 1983, so sales of t
Project Educate: Macro Overview Macro PhotographyProject Educate: Macro Overview3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Contrary to old wives tales - Macro isn't just about animals. However it is about the sort of lens and the sort of focus you use when capturing a shot. Macro can be just about anything if you are closing in on something - generally very small subjects or small parts of things. The term is applied to the majority of close up photographs but technically it should only apply to those that have a 1:1 or closer magnification.
EliseEnchanted has a beautiful gallery that explores all kinds of Macro Photography!
Hints and Tips
You can suggest your Macro Daily Deviations to hellfirediva
You don't HAVE to have an SLR in order to achieve macro
Jan/Feb AC Monthly Challenge [+winners]At the end of each year, many of us take the time to reflect on what the year has brought in terms of both highs and lows. We look to the good things for encouragement, whilst paying mind to other things we'd like to improve on in the coming year. Some go as far as setting themselves formal goals and resolutions to achieve, whilst others simply internalise desires to go one better.Jan/Feb AC Monthly Challenge [+winners]1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
This is often the case among artists as we look back on our progress over the year. We celebrate the things we achieved, progressed in and became more skilled at. But we often think of the skills we're yet to develop and resolve to work on that in the new year.
In keeping with this spirit, the theme this month is New Years Resolutions. We're going to challenge you to embrace new crafts and skills you've always wanted to have a go at, but have never gotten around to.
Because I'm slightly late in kicking this off, and I'd like to give you as much time as possible to delve into new crafts, this is going
How To Find Freelance Illustration Work. Part OneUnless you're already a well-known illustrator it can be tough to find work that allows you to earn a living, even with a solid portfolio and professional attitude – in this article I'm going to assume you already have those basics covered. Promoting ourselves is something we need to learn the same way we learn to draw: with a lot of trial and error attempts because no single way works for everyone. There is no clear path to become established. There are, however, a few basic approaches that everyone can rely on.How To Find Freelance Illustration Work. Part One1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
There are two ways to get illustration jobs: Those that find and contact you (passive) and those that you find and contact (active).
In this first part I'll talk about how potential clients can discover you.
Read the full article in my blog: http://www.mondhase.com/how-to-find-freelance-illustration-work-part-one/
Project Educate: APN Overview Animals, Plants and NatureProject Educate: APN Overview3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Flowers, Trees, Plants
Reptiles and Amphibians
[Bullet; Blue] Waterscapes
sunken dreams II. by arbebuk
[Bullet; Blue] Weather
Underneath the Veil by justeline
[Bullet; Blue] Wild Animals
Meet Birdy by kauf-mich
[Bullet; Blue] Miscellaneous
If you feel your work doesn't fit into any of the other categories you can submit it to miscellaneous. But don't use it as a cop out from classifying your work into the right category! Your work will get the best exposure if you use the most fitting category that describes the content. However if you have lots o