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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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Wed Oct 31, 2012, 7:59 PM

About Movember

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the broken relationships between men and their razors.  Donning their mustaches, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men's health - specifically prostate cancer.

Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.9 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic. In addition, Movember is aware of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas supporting the campaign and men’s health cause across the globe, from Russia to Dubai, Hong Kong to Antarctica, Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai, and everywhere in between.

No matter the country or city, Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, and to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.

In 2011, over 854,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world got on board, raising $126.3 million USD.

Big steps have been taken towards changing attitudes and habits relating to men’s health around the world, but there is still much to be done to catch up with the women’s health movement. Via the moustache, Movember aims to fulfill its vision of having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health by continuing to spark conversation and spread awareness of men’s health issues each year.

Get Involved

:bulletred: Want to participate? Great! One of our teams would love to have you join us :) Register at and Join

You will get reminders from our team captains to upload progression pictures of your moustaches to our Movember Gallery

:bulletred: Can't grow your own stache? Fear not! Download an emergency stache here! Print it out and decorate it as you see fit and then upload pictures of you with your new funky stache to our Movember Gallery.  Print out and customize a bunch and put them on EVERYTHING! Let's spread the word by stache-ing the world! Stache your cat, your car.. the opportunities are endless :) Don't have a printer? No problem! Cut one out of paper, create a stache with things in your house, get creative and upload your creations!

:bulletred: Change your deviantART ID using our Movember Stache Templates! Each one has a set of instructions but before you fret you don't have photoshop, these work in deviantART muro!  Simply click on the template you love the most and the instructions for use are in the description :) Upload to the deviantART ID gallery and set your deviantART ID to your new Stache'd self!

:bulletred: Use our Movember Journal skin created by marioluevanos and help us spread the word! Feature awesome moustache artwork or important information about the Movember movement.  Or simply use the journalskin for your personal journal through the month of November to show your support :heart:

:bulletred: Feeling crafty? Create your own glorious moustache and submit it to our Craft a Moustache Contest - deadline for entries is November 30, 2012 at 11:59:59 Pacific time!

Donation Information

The funds that Movember raise are invested in programs that address the strategic priorities Movember has identified, related to both prostate and testicular cancer.

Globally, fighting prostate cancer continues to be Movember’s highest priority. There are still many issues to be addressed, particularly when it comes to diagnosis - a key focus for many Movember funded research programs. Today, there still isn't a test that accurately tells a man which type of prostate cancer he has, resulting in many men being over-diagnosed and having to undergo unnecessary and harmful treatment. Equally important to Movember are Survivorship programs. Diagnosis is just the first step in a man's prostate cancer journey; Survivorship is the next and these programs can have a dramatic impact on the quality of life of men and their families and carers; they can mean the difference between men living a meaningful, quality life and just living.

In Australia, New Zealand and Canada, male mental health is our other priority area. As a community we are only now beginning to fully understand the devastating impact and cost of mental illness. The loss of life, particularly young men’s lives, as a result of depression is disturbing. For men living with depression, being able to fully participate in work and family activities is often a great challenge.

The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by the Movember Foundation and our men’s health partners in each country. Together, the channels work to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals, in the areas of Awareness & Education, Survivorship and Research.

With funds raised by the Movember community, we're working hard to have a real impact. 

If you are wanting to donate, please check out the following links:

:bulletred: DeviantART US Team

:bulletred: DeviantART Canadian Team

Already Participating?

If you're already participating and don't want or aren't able to join one of our teams, that's totally ok! We still love you and support all of your efforts.  Please leave your page information and link in the comments below so we can help promote your page as well :) Thank you for being awesome and sporting the stache. Please also upload your progression pictures to our Movember Gallery.

:iconstacheplz: WarbeastWMD has started the Movember group and a United Kingdom team! Want to get involved with his UK team? Please join or donate to the DeviantART Mo Bros here

:iconstacheplz: SublimeBudd and his team Crumb Catchers are mo-ing it up!

A Personal Message

I annually raise money and awareness for Women's health and I'm proud of those efforts but after reading the statistics and understanding the Movember movement, I am all in.  This movement needs voices and action and I love the idea behind the moustache because it adds a sense of humor to the otherwise embarrassing topic of Prostates and Mental Health.  However, I find some hesitation to participate because spouses or girlfriends are unsupportive of the 'grow a moustache' movement and I have heard everything from threats to outright refusal for their significants to participate.

The next part of what I'm about to say is to those women. I will pause for a minute while you gather them so they can read this.

I have spent two decades of my life and have personally raised over $80,000 to raise awareness and support research to save all of your womanly parts.  Your boyfriend, spouse, casual fling, is making a pledge to ensure that we help raise awareness and support research to protect their manly parts and those of your brothers, your fathers, your sons and your nephews.  If you can't get over the 'stache' for a month and rally to support your man, you should be ashamed of yourself. Growing facial hair for a month should not end a relationship, dying from Cancer on the other hand, most certainly does.

For the rest of the women out there, there are a whole lot of sensitive, caring and supportive men who are participating in this event and need your love, care and attention.  If you see someone with a weird moustache during November, I encourage you to smile at them and cheer them on.  

Let's be clear on the facts:

In Canada
:bulletred: 1 in 7 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer -  the most common cancer among Canadian men
:bulletred: 26,500 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012
:bulletred: On average, 73 Canadian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every day.
:bulletred: On average, 11 Canadian men die from the disease every day.

In the United States
:bulletred: About 241,740 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed
:bulletred: About 28,170 men will die of prostate cancer
:bulletred: 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.

These numbers are unacceptable.  Did you know that each Movember moustache grown in 2011 sparked a total of 2,413 conversations around men’s health? Those are conversations that absolutely need to happen! So let's support our men and stand behind their silly stache's! Just like they stand behind us when we support things they don't fully understand.

We're supporting Movember and imploring you to do the same
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Merrell Diorama Contest

Mon Oct 1, 2012, 5:26 PM

Merrell shoes and clothes invites you to get inspired by the change in seasons and bring your favorite fall memory to life in a diorama -- in a shoebox! Please join Merrell in the celebration of "Vendemmia" while paying homage to their unique and sophisticated Fall Collection of shoes and boots. Vendemmia is the age-old tradition of the Italian wine harvest, and for a few autumn months, the terraced hillside vineyards come alive with hard work and passion, and the fruits of this elegant dedication flourish for generations to come. Merrell wants to peek into your most treasured fall memory presented with creativity and love, and a diorama is the perfect way to bring that vision to life.

Choose a treasured fall memory that you've imagined or experienced.

Use a shoebox to recreate that detailed memory on a smaller scale. (Please see our diorama construction guidelines before submitting!)

Take photographs from up to four distinct vantage points to allow us to see every imaginative detail. (Please see our photography angle guidelines before submitting!)

In order to submit, place up to four images in a single JPG or PNG file as a single deviation.


  • $2,500 USD
  • A trip to attend a deviantMEET in either Portland, OR, or Seattle, WA, USA on March 16, 2013
  • A pair of shoes from the Merrell Vendemmia Collection*
  • Nintendo Wii U Deluxe Set
  • 6,000 deviantART Points

  • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
  • A Print of your choice from**
  • One-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
  • *
    Depending on sizes and availability
  • **
    Depending on sizes and subject to availability. Maximum value $250.00 USD.

  • $2,000 USD
  • Nintendo Wii U Basic Set
  • 2,000 deviantART Points
  • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
  • DeviantART Gear T-Shirt of Winner's choice*
  • Six-Month Premium Membership to deviantART
  • *Subject to availability.

  • $1,000 USD
  • Apple iPod Nano (16GB, Silver)
  • 2,000 deviantART Points
  • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
  • DeviantART Gear T-Shirt of Winner's choice*
  • Six-Month Premium Membership to deviantART
  • *Subject to availability.

$50 USD iTunes Gift Card    DeviantART Gear T-Shirt of Winner's choice*
800 deviantART Points    Three-month Premium Membership to deviantART

*Subject to availability.


CONTEST BEGINS AT 12:00:00 AM (PT) ON October 1, 2012 AND ENDS AT 11:59:59 PM (PT) ON October 31, 2012 (THE "PROMOTION PERIOD").

  • Must be a diorama in a shoebox or in a box of the dimensions of a shoebox as specified in the Construction Guidelines at the Contest Site and in the Contest Article;
  • Must represent a favorite memory of the fall season experienced by the Entrant or as interpreted by the Entrant ("fall" is the season between September and December in the Northern Hemisphere of the globe);
  • Must be capable of transport by mail without significant damage to the Work if the Work is a winning Entry;
  • All items used in the Work may originate in any medium provided the medium is safe for international transportation through the mails;
  • For consideration as an Entry, the Work is to be photographed by the Entrant in up to four images in a single JPG or PNG file submitted only as a single deviation (the "Entry Photograph"). Your layout, with the four images, can follow any style you wish following the Photography Guidelines  at the Contest Site and in the Contest Article;

  • May not contain stock images obtained from other members of deviantART or other companies, however the following are acceptable: 1) licensed fonts, 2) licensed stock brushes, 3) licensed textures and 4) small three-dimensional objects which are not the central focus of the Work and which are purchased or made by another person; and
  • Must be entirely the original work of the Entrant however the Entrant may use another person to create the Entry Photograph of the Work for the purpose of the submission to the Contest.
  • other requirements and restrictions apply, please read the Official Rules carefully;
  • Membership to deviantART is required to Enter the Contest. Membership to is free.  You must be over the age of 18 to enter and people anywhere in the world may enter.

25 Finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff. From the Finalists, the final three winners will be selected by Merrell's Vice President of Global Marketing!

All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

Creative Use of the Shoebox Space

Overall Impact of the Work

Successful Interpretation of the Theme  

  Technical Skill

Merrell shoes and clothes challenges you to relive your most treasured fall memory by creating a diorama. Submit photographs of your shoebox diorama from up to four distinct vantage points, and you could win $2,500 USD and a trip to a deviantMEET!
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:cakerun: by Kath602
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Birthday Card Contest

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

Make a card!

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

In brief

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


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

Submitting and Judging

Entries will need to be submitted into the

Birthay Card Contest Category

by the 10th August 12pm (usa time)

Browse the entries here.

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

Have fun!

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



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:cakerun: by Kath602
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Craft a Moustache Contest

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:05 AM

What is Movember?

During the month of November each year, Movember asks men across the world to grow a moustache (or Mo') with the aim of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health issues. Mo Bros are helping to change the face of men’s health by effectively becoming walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by promoting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health. Together, we are truly changing the face of men’s health.

How to help

  • Raise awareness, share the news!
  • Register on and grow a mighty manly moustache on that beautiful face of yours, you can choose to join deviantART's US Team, Canadian Team, Australia Team, Mexico Team or go on your own. Ladies, get your men to join the cause!
  • Use the power of moustache to reach your fund raising goal or simply make a general donation for the cause.
  • Make art inspired by Movember! Moustache your icon! More ideas and information about deviantART's involvement in Movember can be read here.

The Contest

It's a well-known fact that crafters tend to put moustaches on everything* but this time you can do it for a cause! Use your crafting abilities to create any craft of your choice proudly displaying a fine moustache. All crafts, materials an ideas are welcome as long as they are prominently displaying a moustache or more.

The contest will run through the whole month of November, so you have from now and until November 30th to enter.

*May not be entirely truth, but it does seem like it.


  • Entries must be a crafted item hand-made by the participant, not a photograph of someone else's work.
  • You're welcome to submit as many entries as you can but you can only win once. 
  • Entries must be submitted from November 1st and until November 30th to the "Craft a Moustache Contest" gallery.
  • If a pattern, mold, template or similar was used proper credit must be given.


Entries will be judged based on their creativity, originality, technique, photography and presentation. The judges will be past and previous Artisan Crafts CV, including maytel, Talty, BluestOfBirds, MyntKat, UnicornReality and FrockTarts.


First Prize

  • 1 year premium membership and 8000 deviantART points :points:

Second Prize

  • 6 month Premium Membership and 4000 deviantART points :points:

Third Prize

  • 3 month Premium Membership and 2000 deviantART Points :points:

Get crafting! :iconsophisticatedlaplz:

Mustache glass by MissWatermellonIn Case of Emergency by WhiteAntCrawlsMustache monster and me by loveandasandwichMustache Mug by mckowncrHot Pink and Black Glitter Mustache Belt Buckle by kawaiibuddies:thumb289458624::thumb189740141:

Browse the Entries

Submit  an Entry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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About The Contest

Time Frame:
Ended! hosted by KovoWolf

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

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

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

The Judges

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

The Rules

Below you will find the rules for the Hat contest!

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

    :bulletred: It must be an original work!

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

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

      How To Submit

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

      Prizes For The Hat Contest

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

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

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

      Submit Your Hat!

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

devID Spooky Make-up Contest!

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 4:50 PM
It's time for the deviantID Spooky Make-up Contest! :eager:

Halloween is always a fun time of year, especially when you dress up for halloween. Take a portrait of yourself with spooky make-up on! No, not like Snooki. Like these:

Cannibal. by mad-englishman Blood Wrestling: pt 2 by AshleyShyD ZOMBIE ME by LordNetsua

Contest Guidelines

  • Your entry must be a photograph showing you as the main subject (or one of the main subjects).
  • You are more than welcome to wear a costume in the photo!
  • Please keep photo-editing to a minimal. i.e Cropping, slight colour changes, etc are permitted.
  • Your entry must comply with deviantART's Submission Policy
  • You must credit any stock or resources you use in your entry.
  • Multiple entries are encouraged, but you may only win once.
  • You must be wearing make-up or face paint.
  • Your entry must be submitted into the contest category: Contests > 2012 > devID Spooky Make-up Contest

Notable Dates
  • Your entry must have been submitted on or after October 5th, 2012.
  • Deadline is November 2nd, 2012; 11:59PM (Los Angeles, CA time). Any entries submitted after this will not be considered.
  • Winners will be announced shortly after the deadline.


1st Place
  • 1,200 points
  • A deviantART Gear T-Shirt

2nd Place
  • 800 points
  • Emoticon Buttons

3rd Place
  • 500 points
*Prizes will NOT be exchanged for the points equivalent, but can be donated.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!

It's time to Halloween-ify your make-up! DEADLINE EXTENDED. New deadline is 2nd November, 2012
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Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13: :

Table of Contents

1. Miscellaneous vs Other
2. Attacking the Artist
3. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
4. Community Projects
5. Official Contests
6  Project Educate 2011/2012
7. Art History Project
8. News from the Chats and Forums
9. News from the Galleries

1. Miscellaneous vs Other

Over the past few months, we've been diligently working on cleaning up the category tree of old and unused categories.  While most of this will go unnoticed by the community, what you will notice is the change from "Miscellaneous" galleries to "Other".  The reason for this change is simple.  The concept of Miscellaneous leads one to believe that it's a junk drawer category for everything under the sun when the intention was to be an "Other" category for deviations that don't fit well in other sub-categories of the tree.  We're also working on updating the categories with better and more concise descriptions.

2. Attacking the Artist

I seem to go over this particular point in various ways many times over and it's very likely the people needing to be reading this response, aren't the ones reading this newsletter regularly. However, let it not be said that I don't respond.  Daily deviation selections are done by a group of people I have selected. Some are volunteers and some are paid staff and they were selected by me because I trust their opinions and value their eye and I regard them as community leaders. However, they are human and sometimes mistakes are made. We routinely use image comparison tools to avoid copyright issues but even that isn't fool proof and when a stolen image is discovered it's dealt with almost immediately. The truth of the matter is, you will not love every Daily Deviation selected. However, instantly flaming the artist or the selector has got to be one of the most confusing and frustrating practices I'm witness to on deviantART.

A similar situation seems to occur with contest & challenge semi-finalist and winners announcements. A grave misconception is that all contests are judged by the same people.  Allow me to clear up that myth.  Each contest is assigned a panel of judges whose expertise fit with the nature of the contest or challenge.

While, I appreciate your passion in communicating your disagreement with anything to do with the site, flaming an artist on their deviation is both rude and misplaced anger. In both situations, the artist has no control over their image being selected and it's demoralizing to have your piece ripped to shreds because a third-party decided to put you in the spotlight. Receiving a Daily Deviation or winning a contest can be both a blessing and a curse for the artist and that's unfortunate.

Should you feel the need to share your discontent in regards to DD selections or Contest/Challenge winners, please feel free to communicate it with me.  On occasion, the community has alerted me to non-qualifying selections and we've rectified the situation and I've also had great conversations with people.  I am not inviting you to swear profusely in my general direction, however, if you're choosing to spew venom at the artist or at me, please email it to me and leave the artist alone.

I love the community at deviantART and I've been a part of it for many years. I've felt the outpouring of support and encouragement over those years and I don't believe that the "bullies" speak for the majority.  Unfortunately, they do mar the general awesomeness that is our community and it's time to really sit and think about how we communicate and interact with each other in our virtual world.  It's very easy to forget there are people at the end of the screen and it's super easy to unleash the beast within, without immediately feeling or seeing the ramifications of hurt feelings or anger you've incited in someone else, as a result.

Last Friday we celebrated Spirit Day and we dressed up in purple and roared against bullying but now we have to put that into practice and it starts with every single one of us.  Bullying starts and ends with us.  So, let's try and treat people kinder, let's take a minute before responding with vile words and attacks because our feelings are hurt and try to break this cycle.  If you are a victim of bullying at deviantART or see someone who seems to be bullying someone else, feel free to note or email me about it. I'm happy to help you use the tools available to stop the cycle and enjoy deviantART the way it should be enjoyed.

Pass it along.

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 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 RockstarVanity and So you Want to be a CV by Thiefoworld

4. Community Projects

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

5. 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 Relations run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.

The ":flagus:" icon marks US Only contests

:bulletpink: Upgrade Your Space Contest - Deadline October 25, 2012
:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge - Wrong Potion - Deadline October 31, 2012
:bulletpink: Merrell Diorama Contest - Deadline October 31, 2012
:bulletpink: devID Spooky Make-up Contest - Deadline October 31, 2012
:bulletpink: Capture Your Pumpkin Contest - Deadline November 5, 2012
:bulletpink: Creatures of the Night Stock and Resources Contest - Deadline November 6, 2012
:bulletpink: Seasonal Portraiture - Deadline November 30, 2012

:wizardhat: Halloween Contests :wizardhat:

:pumpkin: Anthro Challenge - Wrong Potion
:pumpkin: Capture YOUR Pumpkin
:pumpkin: Creatures of the Night Stock & Resources Contest
:pumpkin: Halloween Contests: Find One Here!
:pumpkin: devID Spooky Make-up Contest
:pumpkin: Halloweenie Contest
:pumpkin: Dante's Inferno
:pumpkin: Photomanip Tutorial Challenge
:pumpkin: dAMonsters

6. Project Educate 2011/2012

Current: Photomanipulation Workshop Month (ends October 29th)
Next Week Horror and Macabre Photography

The Project Educate Schedule.

7. Art History Project

:bulletpurple: Art History - Digital Art Features
:bulletpurple: Digital Art - Why It's so important
:bulletpurple: Digital Art Critique Night Events
:bulletpurple: Digital Art vs Traditional Art

8. News from the Chats and Forums

:bulletgreen: Forum Events Calendar
:bulletgreen: Chat Events Calendar
:bulletgreen: September's Forum Feature : Difference
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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!

Bi-Monthly Newsletter from the Community Relations team.
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Creatures of the Night Stock and Resources Contest

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 6, 2012, 6:05 AM

"Ware those who leave the safety of the fireside after the midnight hour on Old Hallows Eve; lest the dead steal your soul and your body be turned into a creature of the night!

Would you turn towards the waning moon or turn away? 
Witch, or Witch Hunter, Demon or Demon Hunter...  undead, ghost, vampire or werewolf?

:pumpkin: THEME

Create your creature of the night as stock for your fellow artists to turn into Halloween themed art!   Go to town with makeup and props and strike a zombie pose!

:bulletorange: We are looking for some really outstanding "creatures of the night" stock, it doesn't matter if you are a zombie or a ghost, or a demon hunter - but we want you to push the boat out and be as different and as original as you can manage!


Digital work:  images rendered on a computer using 3rd party software such as Daz Studio etc

Photography: photographs focusing on a single element; in this case a model

:pumpkin: JUDGES

PirateLotus-Stock Elandria & guest judges to be announced



:pumpkin: PRIZES**

:pumpkin: 1st Place :pumpkin:
12 month subscription,
 DA Icon T-Shirt (must be placed on your wishlist)
Features from StockandResources Elandria PirateLotus-Stock Dreamers-of-Avalon DesigningDivas Inspirational-Stock ManStock The-Stock-Directory
Exclusive stock from PirateLotus-Stock Elandria pranile

:pumpkin: 2nd Place :pumpkin:
6 month subscription,
Series 1 keychain set (must be placed on your wishlist)
Features from StockandResources Elandria
PirateLotus-Stock Dreamers-of-Avalon DesigningDivas
Inspirational-Stock ManStock The-Stock-Directory
Exclusive stock from pranile

:pumpkin: 3rd Place :pumpkin:
3 month subscription,
series 3 sticker set (must be placed on your wishlist)
Features from StockandResources Elandria
PirateLotus-Stock Dreamers-of-Avalon DesigningDivas
Inspirational-Stock ManStock The-Stock-Directory
Exclusive stock from pranile

**More prizes to be announced, want to support the contest? Get in touch with us via note!

:pumpkin: THE RULZ

:bulletorange: Each participant can enter up to 3 entries PER category (only 1 deviation can win)
:bulletorange: Each submission must conform to's submission policy
:bulletorange: Entries must be newly created and submitted for this contest from the start date shown above
:bulletorange: Entries must be submitted to the stock & resources gallery in the correct sub category for its type
:bulletorange: ALL contest entries must link to this contest journal in the description to confirm that you have read these rules
:bulletorange: Entries should be submitted to the appropriate folder in StockandResources (Membership is auto signup!) DIGITAL STOCK / PHOTOGRAPHIC STOCK
:bulletorange: Entries should cover the minimum stock guidelines highlighted here FAQ #809: What are DeviantArt's stock image guidelines?
:bulletorange: Entries should clearly show the theme in a character portrayal
:bulletorange: Digital stock entries MUST BE ORIGINAL IE pre-purchased/pre created characters by other designers are NOT acceptable.  If required artists must be able to provide evidence that they have developed the character from basic rigs EG the Victoria/Michael et al starter rigs

Halloween 2012 Stock and Resources Contest "Creatures of the Night"
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