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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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Table of Contents

1. Happy Holidays and Merry New Year
2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
3. Community Projects
4. Official Contests
5  Project Educate 2011/2012
6. Art History Project
7. News from the Chats and Forums
8. News from the Galleries

1. Happy Holidays and Merry New Year

As the old year begins to fade into the sunset, it is customary to reflect on the passing year and make plans for the upcoming one.  Some do this in the form of resolutions, some people make action plans, some people just swing into the new year the same way they swung out of the old one :) Whatever way you intend to welcome in 2013, I hope you're surrounded by love and that you do it safely!

I've been reflecting on the year and like many, with some focus on the unimaginable events of the last few weeks. Specifically, the shooting in Newtown.  I know that it's "human nature" to want to find answers but I find the media coverage to be brutal.  Let's be honest, we could have the attackers themselves explain the 'why' and it still wouldn't make sense.  You can't make sense of the senseless.

Regardless, I wept when I heard of these events and I believe I'm not alone. The sorrow was felt around the world and I'm sure the new year will bring on many gun debates and discussions, some of which have already started.  I'm not here to talk about gun laws and policies, I want to talk about the power of community and being better humans.

In the wake of the events, Ann Curry of NBC News wrote:

Newtown's heartbreak has a lot of us asking, "What can I do?" Thinking about this, I took to Twitter and asked people to imagine what would happen if all of us committed to 20 acts of kindness to honor each child lost in Newtown. I added, "I'm in. If you are, RT #20Acts."
Tens of thousands of people on Twitter and Facebook not only seized the idea, they increased it to #26Acts, to include the heroic teachers, and are launching acts of kindness big and small all over America. The acts are spreading overseas, including one tweeted from Borneo.

Certainly the idea of Random Acts of Kindness and Paying it Forward are not new notions but ones we need to be reminded of.  The deviantART community is especially amazing at things like this.  From the simple acts of participating in the community to critiquing or collecting someone's artwork.  From buying someone a premium membership to donating to someone's cause.  I'm always wowed by the lengths members of the community are willing to go for, all intents and purposes, complete strangers.

Throughout the year, we upset each other, we get angry at each other and feel like we just aren't being listened to.  Whether it's members of the community, staff, volunteers or senior members - we've all found ourselves feeling like we're on the opposite side of the fence. What I have come to realize over the years is that the main motivator for how voracious these 'debates' can be, is our shared love of the deviantART community.  We may not always agree on the ways to care and nurture for it but we are all coming from a place of love and protection for something we hold dear.  

That's a great realization but what do we do about it? Well there's no one answer or I'd have suggested it years ago :D but what I can tell you is what I'm going to do.  First, I totally participated in #26acts and I plan on continuing to participate in working in random acts of kindness into my days going forward.  I'm going to learn to be a better listener, I tend to multi-task and I'm not going to do that when someone is trying to talk to me.  I'm also going to practice forgiveness.  I am not infallible and let's be honest, carrying around a grudge is exhausting. I'm also going to try to be more patient - this one is going to be a challenge :D It's time to start over, rebuild and renew :) I have placed my 'resolutions' for you all to see so that you will help hold me accountable and hopefully join me :heart:

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below about how you think we can improve the 'community' in the deviantART community.  What would you like to see more of? Less of? Do you have any resolutions, if so what are they?

I wish you a safe and blessed holiday and hope you're spending it with people you love. I look forward to spending an amazing 2013 with you all.

Merry Yule :heart:

2. 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

3. Community Projects

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

4. 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: dARelated RED Contest - Deadline December 31, 2012
:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge: December - Campfire and Ice - Deadline December 31, 2012
:bulletpink: Crossovers Contest - Deadline January 9, 2013
:bulletpink: :flagus: MAMA Scared Stiff Contest - Deadline January 9, 2013
:bulletpink: Four Line Poems - Deadline January 15, 2013
:bulletpink: :flagus: Beautiful Creatures - Deadline January 20, 2013

5. Project Educate 2011/2012

The past two weeks have seen a lot of Community action over at projecteducate with deviants across the site getting involved with writing articles. Below is a selection of articles that have been shared during the fortnight as well as some useful tips on how to get involved and our exciting 2013 Schedule.
:bulletpink: The 2013 Project Educate Schedule
:bulletpink: Community Week Leaders & Participants Guide
:bulletpink: Interviews with Community Week Superstars
:bulletpink: How can YOU join Project Educate?
:bulletpink: The Importance Of Anatomy
:bulletpink: The Impact of Colour

6. Art History Project

December sees the final weeks of Artisan Craft month over at ArtHistoryProject. Follow the group to get up to date information and articles in your inbox and be sure to check out previous months too! January brings Photography month with lots of exciting articles and the chance for you to join in as well!
:bulletpink: Welcome to Art History
:bulletpink: Photography Signup for January!
:bulletpink: The Art of Paper Folding
:bulletpink: How to make a viking dress
:bulletpink: An easy wire wrapping tutorial

7. News from the Chats and Forums

:bulletpink: Forum Events Calendar
:bulletpink: Chat Events Calendar
:bulletpink: November's Forum Feature : Food
:bulletpink: Chat Tutorial #8 - Requesting Help
:bulletpink: Chat Tutorial #9 - Emoticons on dAmn
:bulletpink: Show Me #8 - Birds
:bulletpink: Common Forum Topics Addressed: Art college
:bulletpink: dAmnit by user Ft. $fourteenthstar

8. News from the Galleries

:bulletblue: Anime & Manga Monthly Update

:bulletblue: Anthro

:bulletblue: Artisan Crafts

:bulletblue: Comics & Cartoons

:bulletblue: Community Projects

:bulletblue: Customization
:bulletgreen: Icons & Handhelds
:bulletgreen: Digital Dolls
:bulletgreen: Emoticons
:bulletgreen: Skins & Themes

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

:bulletblue: deviantART Related

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

:bulletblue: Fan Art

:bulletblue: Film & Animation

:bulletblue: Flash & Animation

:bulletgreen: Literature

:bulletblue: Photography
:bulletgreen: Abstract & Surreal
:bulletgreen: Animals, Plants & Nature
:bulletgreen: Artistic Nude
:bulletgreen: Darkroom
:bulletgreen: People & Portraits
:bulletgreen: Photojournalism
:bulletgreen: Pin-Up & Glamour
:bulletgreen: Still Life Photography
:bulletgreen: Urban & Rural Photography - Urbex Feature

:bulletblue: Resources & Stock Images

:bulletblue: Science Fiction & Space Art

:bulletblue: Street Art & Graffiti

:bulletblue: Traditional Art
:bulletblue: Body Art

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 news article from the Community Relations Department :)
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It's All About Presentation (Mostly)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:17 AM
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As more and more people start taking pictures of their nether regions on their iphones or posing myspace style in front of their HTC's - the competitive world of getting a Daily Deviation gets just that much harder... :B I kid. But... daily, I am bombarded with awesome suggestions (which I love) and I'm not complaining about. But there has to be a criteria of sorts, that sets an image above the rest. Here are a few things I look for that you might not have noticed before... The first thing I look at when I stumble across an image or view a suggestion from somebody, is how the artist has presented their work to the deviantART Community.


Your image isn't everything. Not anymore. In the past I have given Daily Deviations to pieces with titles that are a combination of random letters and numbers, or that are very obviously still the source file title - or that tends to be just a keyboard mash-up. Everyday CVs are sent many many notes suggesting pieces of work for Daily Deviations. The fact is that we cannot feature more than one piece a day.  So when I'm looking carefully at the things that are sent my way, I will begin to narrow it down by how someone has chosen to present their work.

Here's an example of what not to do... You may have a really fantastic macro shot of the inside of a flower - but you've titled it Crappy Flower Thing . Am I going to DD it? No. Probably not.

Have you ever seen the Freshly Pressed Page on Wordpress? The blogs they choose to feature every day on their front page get hundreds of hits, comments and follows. Sort of like a DD no? Well they don't just look at the content, or the images. The title of the blog and the title of the blog entry has to work too. Calling your work, Fucking awesome sunset dude might seem amusing at the time, but won't land you any brownie points in the great scheme of Daily Deviation Selections.

Artist Comments

Feel free to look through my gallery and find all the pieces where I've done all the 'don't s' that I'm about to list. I don't care. I have flaws! Nobody is perfect!!!!! Anyway, have you come across an absolutely breath-taking landscape that exudes exotic location, beautiful tones and wonderful scenery? I have. Have you scrolled down, and down, to the artists comments bursting with the desire to find out where this place that must be heaven - is? I have. Have you been confronted with nothing more, nothing less, than a simple but thoughtfully positioned full stop? Such as this - . ? YES. You have haven't you. How annoying IS that? I find it often whilst browsing the food gallery in still life photography. Because I like food. I find this amazing dish that looks so exquisite and yummy and tasty and -get-in-my-stomach-now- but there's NOTHING in the artists comments. Nothing at all. It's empty. There's no description of what the food is, whether the artist made it and no goddamn recipe. Those awesome chocolatey looking brownie biscuit cakey things could be baked dog turd for all we know. Do you understand where I'm coming from? It's frustrating, as a normal deviant -  but it's doubly frustrating as a Community Volunteer when looking to give Daily Deviations.

Art Theft

As a Photography CV, I don't just give a Daily Deviation to an awesome piece of work. I check thoroughly to see whether a piece is stolen. I run it through search image everywhere checkers, I check meta-data, I check the title and see if any other similar pieces are online - I check your gallery to see if the rest of your work fits in with this awesome godly masterpiece. I find out where you live and... Okay you get the picture. None of us wish to give a daily deviation to a stolen piece of work - we all check these things as much as we can. So there are things you can do to make your work more favourable to our eyes.

:bulletblack: Metadata - include it. We like to know whether a shot was feasible on the technical data that you submit with your work. If it's not included automatically in the stats on your deviation page because you've used some fancy software then do us a favour and write a bit about it in the artist comments. Shutter speed, type of camera, time of year taken, season, time of day, aperture, focal length - lens...give us all your loving!

:bulletblack: Location - we don't need to know your full address inclusive of postal code. But it's nice for you to share which part of the world your photo was taken in. That lovely couple tying the knot on a beach is blatantly not Southampton docks in the South of England. Just no. We like to know that you've been to Bali or Hawaii to shoot portraits - we like to be jealous as we scour your gallery for daily deviations! Sharing a location, giving a bit of background behind a shot, makes it more personal to you.

:bulletblack: History - taking a still life shot of a pocket watch is nice. But where did you get it? How long have you had it? Is it a family heirloom or something you found at a market? It's okay to get a bit chatty about where your objects came from. Sadly, if you stole them then you're not likely to get a daily deviation, but it's good to be honest too right?

:bulletblack: Outtakes & Behind the Scenes - Getting critical of your work in a joky and positive way is fun and is something everyone should do. Therefore consider showing shots in the artists comments, where it all went wrong. Give us an insight into the behind the scenes of the whole set up. Let us know what you cursed, and what you really liked. Share with us some tips and hints. Ultimately, comment in the artist comments.

What else?

Your work has to stand out. It really does. It's a cliche and everyone says it, but it's true. Be unique, be creative and be awesome. For more information on who to send your suggestions to check out communityrelations

A short and hopefully useful guide on how to present your photography on deviantART including some of the things that Community Volunteers look for in titles and other information - when choosing Daily Deviations. Comment/Fav - share your thoughts and feedback!
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Why you feature stolen work?!?!

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 9:01 AM
Lately there seem to have been a few myths flying around in particular with regards to how we as Community Volunteers, give Daily Deviations. Many people seem to think that we sit at our desks in dark little rooms and let out evil laughter whilst we purposefully feature stolen work. The dark rooms and laughter - well I can't say yes or no on that one! But I can promise you it's not our intent to give exposure to people who have stolen work. I recently featured a piece of work that turned out to be stolen. However I went into extensive conversations with the artist before I featured it, and with added metadata and dates, it's difficult to know where to draw the line. I've given people the benefit of the doubt before - and it's worked out nicely as their work has been legitimate. Below are some comments I have seen being thrown around the past few days - and hopefully an attempt to bust the myth.

"I thought at least that you people would check to make sure the work was theirs before giving it a DD!"
We always run the images we choose through several image checkers. If then, things are thrown up that are suspicious, I often contact the artist to try and figure out the where's and whys. I do this, because sometimes the artist deserves the benefit of the doubt. If they provide me with dates, metadata and more background information, then I like to put my trust in them.

"My faith in deviantART has been DESTROYED."
deviantART is a huge site that does a lot for many people. It's an Art Community, and just like any community, things go wrong and things get stolen. Your faith in this website could not have been very strong if it was destroyed simply by something being featured and later proven to be stolen. The Daily Deviations are not completely what deviantART exists for, so to let something like that effect you so much is incredibly sad.

"I haven't got a DD, yet a stolen picture has..."

If, and it's rare, but IF a piece of work gets featured as a DD and is later proven to be stolen, the admins of the site take it down. I appreciate that sometimes this is a long process, it doesn't always happen instantly a report goes in - these things take time. There has NEVER been a Photography piece of work left up with a Daily Deviation award, if it has been proven to be art theft.  Rest assured, the piece gets taken down. As for the actual comment complaining that a stolen picture gets a DD but the particular commenter doesn't - well that's all dependent on work and so on. You can have faith that a stolen piece of work was not DELIBERATELY featured.

"You shouldn't be a CV anymore you're rubbish."
Imagine taking on a voluntary role, making a minor mistake (especially within your first few weeks as many including me have done) and then a handful of people that you've never even come across in the role before start making noises and calling for you to stop what you're doing because you are rubbish. No matter how thick skinned a person is, it can still hurt. People stating this in conjunction with a stolen DD being featured are unreasonable. They also are very unlikely to know the extent of what the CV does. Many people see my name on the Daily Deviation page and assume that it's all I do whilst sitting on deviantART. We're actually real people for starters, we give a lot of our time to the website and Daily Deviations are often the easier task we do whilst going about volunteer duties.


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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
:bulletgreen: October's Forum Feature : Contrast - Submit your piece now!
:bulletgreen: Muro Challenge #4 - Winner!
:bulletgreen: Chat Tutorial #5 - Joining Chatrooms
:bulletgreen: Chat Tutorial #6 - All the small commands
:bulletgreen: Chat Tutorial #7 - Tabbing - What is that and how?
:bulletgreen: Forum Tutorial #1 - Posting a thread
:bulletgreen: Forum Tutorial #2 - Promoting your Chatroom!
:bulletgreen: Monthly Photography Critique Forum

9.  News from the Galleries

:bulletblue: Anthro

:bulletblue: Artisan Crafts

:bulletblue: Body Art & Modification

:bulletblue: Comics & Cartoons

:bulletblue: Community Projects

:bulletblue: Customization
:bulletgreen: Digital Dolls
:bulletgreen: Emoticons

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

:bulletblue: deviantART Related

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

:bulletblue: Fan Art

:bulletblue: Literature

:bulletblue: Photography
:bulletgreen: Abstract & Surreal
:bulletgreen: Conceptual
:bulletgreen: Animals, Plants & Nature
:bulletgreen: Artistic Nude
:bulletgreen: Darkroom
:bulletgreen: Fashion Photography
:bulletgreen: Fetish Photography
:bulletgreen: Horror & Macabre
:bulletgreen: Photojournalism
:bulletgreen: Pin-Up & Glamour
:bulletgreen: People & Portraits
:bulletgreen: Still Life Photography
:bulletgreen: Street Photography

:bulletblue: Resources & Stock Images

:bulletblue: Street Art & Graffiti

:bulletblue: Text Art & Typography

:bulletblue: Traditional Art

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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Table of Contents

1. New Volunteers
2. New Categories
3. Changes to the Daily Deviation Selection Process
4. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
5. Current Contests

1. New Volunteers

After an exhaustive review of all the applications for new volunteers, I have the pleasure to announce the following new additions to the team! They have been specifically selected to represent areas we believe have been greatly neglected:

:bulletpink: You asked for it and we listened! It has been widely suggested that Journals be eligible to be featured as Daily Deviations. So starting today, the talented StephenieMeyer will be eagerly awaiting your suggestions!

:bulletpink: OscartheGrouch will be taking care of Scraps and Storage to uncover those hidden gems that are truly.. hidden.

:bulletpink: kimkardashian will be watching over the brand new Selfies category! (read below for more about new categories)

:bulletpink: professorXavier will be minding the new ThoughtART gallery

2. New categories

We are constantly reviewing requests for new additions and changes to the category tree, to reflect the demands of the latest artistic currents. As a result of the last review, the following categories and sub-categories will soon be added:

We also will be adding some new Journal sub-categories: 
Personal > Rants
Deviant Events > SOPA signal boosts
Deviant Events > OMG there is a hacker loose again

3. Changes to the Daily Deviation selection process

:bulletpink: You will now be able to send your suggestions via your thoughts! Just think of the appropriate volunteer (according to this list) while looking at the deviation you want to suggest. 

:bulletpink: From now on, Daily Deviation suggestions will be received on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 8:00am to 1:00pm and from 2:00pm to 5:30pm PST :note: Please note exceptions: Not applicable the first Monday of each month, in which case it will switch to Tuesdays. Also affecting the third Wednesday of each month which would switch to Thursday, except in the event of a Full Moon. Furthermore, if it is a leap year, it would be Saturdays, not Fridays, but only for January and February.

* Schedule is subject to change.

4. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations

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

To see current openings on the Community Relations volunteer team please go to this journal

If there isn't a spot open please consider helping out from within the community. Read How to be a guiding light and shining example by the awesome RockstarVanity :love:

:new: Please note that the requirements for Community Volunteers have been reviewed and it has been decided that beyond the attributes of community spirit and the ability to work with a team, new applicants will need to demonstrate "Musical Attitude".  New CV candidates can now send their audition videos singing why they should be chosen to the following address:

Please note that due to the volume of applications, only those being considered will be contacted. Your understanding is appreciated :)

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

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A Note on Daily Deviation Features

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 4:50 AM
At ten features into my tenure as Community Volunteer for Abstract & Surreal Photography I am noticing a certain trend in response to abstract and surreal Daily Deviations. I shall address some of the recurring themes here, and hopefully answer some questions along the way. At this point I would like to mention that I am talking about a small and vocal minority, and I sincerely thank the overwhelming majority for supporting the featured artists and their work. You're what makes this site such a great community.

With that said, let's get to the troublesome themes I am coming across.

The "This is crap!" Argument

As an observer and a critic, you're entitled to think that something isn't very good. However, exclaiming as such on the comments of a piece of work that an artist has spent time and energy creating is not only counter-productive, but rude and insulting, especially if it's not followed up with some advice about how you think they could make their work better. Let's try some role reversal: if someone came along and rubbished your hard work, how would it make you feel?

The "I could do this myself!" Argument

As an artist, I find this comment perplexing. If you can create similar art yourself, go for it! If you're using it as a disparaging remark, surely you're doing little more than rubbishing your own abilities as an artist! While less directly hateful than the first argument, it is still nowhere near a constructive statement and it is disrespectful to leave such comments on the works of others.

The "I don't get it, it shouldn't be a DD" Argument

DeviantART is a huge website that caters for an even larger audience, who all have different interests and areas of expertise. Suggesting that something shouldn't be featured as a Daily Deviation because you personally don't understand the image is a curious statement to make. Unless you've a particular interest in abstract and surreal art, it is likely that you won't get it. That's okay! However, using it as a basis to voice your disapproval is a weak argument.

The "I don't understand why this stuff keeps getting featured" Argument

All categories of art that are represented by a Community Volunteer are also represented on the Daily Deviations page. As the CV for abstract and surreal photography, it is both an honour and pleasure to feature abstract and surreal work. If you don't have an interest in abstract and surreal work, that's fine; that's why all represented categories receive DD features. If you feel strongly enough about this that you think that abstract and surreal photography shouldn't have a Community Volunteer at all, then you're welcome to take that up with Moonbeam13.

The "Why don't you deal with issues on features yourself!" Argument

We CVs are a tight-knit team, and we help each other out in this sort of situation. We're all in different time zones and have different amounts of free time, so it's inevitable that other CVs are going to step in to try to diffuse a situation that may arise. At that point it would be fruitless for me to get involved too; it would belittle the efforts of my fellow CVs, and could come across as overkill from the perspective of the community. We are here for you, not against you.

A Closing Statement

"A Daily Deviation is intended to give an artist a chance to be seen by a large portion of the community and as not everyone has the same tastes, it is obvious that you may not appreciate every piece that is selected as a daily deviation.

If you have a problem with a particular Daily Deviation feature, do NOT leave your disapproval among the other comments on the piece. It is disrespectful to the artist featured, the person who chose it and/or the person that suggested it.

If you absolutely must voice your disapproval of a selected feature, feel free to note Moonbeam13 however, unless the image violates policy in some way, it is highly unlikely it will be removed."

These words are taken straight from FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?

In closing, I would like to point out that Daily Deviations are not magical fame-passes to those who receive them. In my genre of abstract and surreal especially, they are daily art features that appeal, usually, to an abstract/surreal audience. With this in mind, your focus should be on the work, not on the fact that it is a Daily Deviation; all thoughts regarding that are irrelevant to the piece itself, and should be brought up with us staff members. Anything else is a poor show of basic decency. If you feel that strongly against a feature, I have but one final thought: send in your own DD suggestions. It's easy to be an armchair critic.

Thank-you for your time.

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Seniorityheader 2 by fourteenthstar
This article marks the latest announcements detailing the latest additions to the dizzy height of Senior members in our community. With just over 900 deviants holding the highly saught after ` -- it's clearly a moment that deserves recognition.

So what does it take to become a Senior? That's a question many have asked and have never really been able to get a straight answer on. Some have gained Seniority as a thank you for their time spent as a Volunteer, or to recognise their contribution to a particular project or collaborative action. Some have gained Seniority because of their community spirit, providing help and assistance to many other deviants and taking time out to promote the work of others in the community. 

Some people have received Seniority because of their artistic endevours, having a positive influence on their peers by sharing resources, providing constructive criticism and by being a voice that stands out above the many others who deviate to be recognised in the crowd.

Today, we present to you the following deviants who have all been awarded Seniority as part of our quarterly community recognitions. They have all been nominated for their efforts in the community by multiple deviants, Staff and Volunteers. 

Congratulations everyone! :dalove:
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Official dA News

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

Official Contests

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end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relation
run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.
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:bulletpink: Bring Your Type to Life - A Typography Contest - Deadline August, 26, 2012
:bulletpink: Before and After Feedback Competition - Deadline August 31, 2012
:bulletpink: Epic Movie Poster Contest - Deadline August 31, 2012
:bulletpink: Children's Book Vexel Contest - Deadline September 27, 2012

deviantART 12th Birthday Contest

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

Community Relations Projects

:bulletgreen: projecteducate - Current Week: Daily Deviations       Next Week: Pixel Art
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:bulletgreen: Bi-weekly Critique Nights
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Check them out and see how you can get involved!

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

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


:bulletgreen:  #AngelicTerra mainly accepting angel deviants but any kind of angelic looking or extremely awesome/beautiful work is accepted. We don't accept manga, fan art, celebrity art/stock, comics, vore, or overly bloody/gory images. We are also having a contest running until Sept. 1st which you can find here
:bulletgreen: ArtisticAnimals is having a group icon contest
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news to as many deviants as possible.
:bulletgreen: dAWishingWell where there is no such thing as a greedy wish! Making deviant wishes come true every day!


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

Whoas - Theme:  Breakfast

Kawaii breakfast! by CraftyCloud2Breakfast! by IviPivetta
Breakfast by amoykidBreakfast Egg and beans by Hazelnut8299
Breakfast Die Cut by PapacanPart of a Healthy Breakfast by PuppyArtist101
Breakfast at Disney World by yael-shoob-amar
Nourish by kieranhenthornBreakfast for Dinner! by Cleggerator
<da:thumb id="320256113"/>Star Wars: Breakfast of Champions by Teq-Uila
<da:thumb id="319010483"/>I Love Breakfast in the Morning by HilaryOrr
Breakfast: Her - Miniature by thinkpastelBig Breakfast by fairchildart
breakfast plushies by aiwa-9
Easter Eggs oh my by IceandSnowMarbled Tea Eggs by yamibaku
breakfast princess by mr-radicals-art<da:thumb id="319320217"/>
love breakfast by negromanteEggs 3 - Boiled egg? by XxdrummerxX
Best Breakfast by AustBartBreakfast by digitalminds
Miniature Food - Breakfast Tray Orange by PetitPlatCoffee by jaeki
Coffee Propaganda by leviosa- Do You Know ? - by JNoOoN
Baconator by ItaliuxBacon Belt Buckle by kawaiibuddies
Breakfast at the Office by bmseven<da:thumb id="320464193"/>
Early breakfast by LukyanskayaProphecy II New Dreaming by Sortvind
Egg and Bacon by fairchildart

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What I'm looking for from you guys:
:bulletred: News, Features or Interviews you want to promote
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Next installment to be posted August 29, 2012 and the theme for the "Whoas" is orange.  

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Hello all! :wave:

Well we’ve had a fascinating week so far; a week which hopefully has provided some insight not only to the process of DD selection but helped you understand what we look for in DDs as CVs. As we draw to the end of this week, I bring you an article which will whet your Saturday with thoughts that don’t just apply to the DD feature, but something which should be a consideration to everything you submit to dA. I am talking about deviation presentation.

Why is Presentation important?

Art isn’t always about just being “creative”. There are techniques and skills which develop over time which contribute to the quality of the work you produce and alongside this comes a developed understanding of good presentation.

Good presentation could be anything from cropping a photograph, to spell checking your literature. These are common sense things that in the rush of wanting to show off your creativity can sometimes be forgotten. However, they could make or break a decision to feature that piece of work as a DD, which is why we’re discussing it in this PE week.

Let’s start with a true story

A few years ago a local friend of mine who is also on dA had made this beautiful corset top, which I had seen physically and knew she was planning on posting it on dA. I decided I would suggest it as a DD as it was that good (in my opinion) and therefore when she posted the picture of it on dA, I sent the suggestion to the then Artisan Crafts volunteer.

A week later I got a note back from the CV stating they couldn’t feature the piece. Looking back it was obvious why- the corset had been taken with a poor quality camera, in a cluttered room where the background distracted from the image. It didn’t reflect the quality of the artwork at all. My friend hadn’t considered the presentation of the piece whatsoever, meaning her great artwork was missed all due to one thing: poor presentation.

This is a great example as to why a little more thought on what your deviation looks like is just as important as the work itself. One of the reoccurring factors for a CV to reject a DD suggestion is purely down to presentation.

Imagine if your work was hanging in a physical gallery for every passer-by to see. Your dA gallery is exactly that and it’s your opportunity to attract and audience and make them interested in your work. You can only do that if you take the time to make that work presentable, to pull your audience in. Your dA gallery is your window to show off your work in its best light- do not miss a trick by making it messy!

Below are some pointers to consider when you are posting your work on dA. These are just a couple, and I recommend you share your own thoughts on what is and isn’t good presentation in the comments of this article (please don’t directly link pieces that’s just naughty!)


Although literature is words and “the words should speak for themselves”, writing still needs to consider the appearance of the work. It can detract someone from taking the time to read your work, before they’ve even begun.

Consider choice of font.  Is Curls MT really an appropriate font to use on a 5000 word story? Could you sit in front of a screen and pay attention to that?

 Consider the layout-- Poetry especially has a very fine line between “style” and “substance”- why are you including those line breaks? What is the meaning behind separating your text all over the page? What is the intent? Not to mention that dreaded “text wall”. The internet sadly has a TL;DR culture, which for writers means you can end up with a raw deal, so make sure you are doing what you can to even entice the lazy!

And what about background? Your beautiful emotional poem about heartbreak isn’t going to reflect with a hello kitty CSS and an uncredited preview image of a llama is it? :)

Visual art already on the computer

It may be considered the easiest to present well, but even digital art and existing visual art needs to have some final considerations before putting into your gallery.

Crop the crap! You may have a beautiful photograph of the sun setting, but do you need the 12 inches of sky above it for it to look that good? Obviously you don’t need to go insane on cropping, but ensuring the right image is captured in your frame could enhance the quality and focus of the image.

What about all those little marks that are nothing to do with the artwork? A rogue pixel in your emoticon or a smudge on the edge you haven’t removed?

Visual art created off the computer

Artisan crafts, traditional art and beyond all rely on creating the work without the aid of a computer. However to show them off on dA, a scanner or camera come in to get an image of the piece for all to admire.

Before you take a picture of that beautiful dress you made- try and think about the background of the place you have decided to take a picture of it in. Whats on the walls? Are there other people around? What will distract from the artwork? If you’ve made an amazing cake, does the dirty washing need to sit behind it?

What about the quality of your scanner or camera? Is using a mobile phone to take the picture the right device to use?

It’s not just how to take the image either- what about the edges of the page you drew on in your sketch book? If you drew on lined paper, how are you going to remove those lines? Does the artwork need a boarder to help it stand out strong?

General notes

:bulletpink: Be bothered about your work! If you don’t care what your piece looks like, why should anyone else?

:bulletpink: Make your artists comment count! I am just as bad as the rest of your on this, but the artists comment is a great space to explain a little about your work and how you feel about it. However don’t write “this is crap”, sell your work! Again if you go into a live art gallery, often there is a paragraph next to the work from the artist. This is your space to share the insight behind the work, don’t let it down.

These thoughts are just my own as to what should be considered when presenting your artwork. Your opinions on this are welcome on this journal- what examples have you seen where presentation has failed what could have been a great piece of artwork? What tips would you offer?

Presentation doesn’t make a daily deviation feature, but it does increase the opportunity of getting one!

Thank you for reading :bucktooth:

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