Train Your Brain Semi-FinalistsIn the Train Your Brain Contest, deviantART and The Art Department (TAD) challenged you to submit your work in one of the five disciplines offered by TAD: Illustration, Drawing and Painting, Animation, Entertainment 2D, and Entertainment 3D. Your assignments were reviewed by the world-renowned artists who teach as TAD faculty, and the grades are in! The following Semi-Finalists represent the top work chosen in each category. A final review will be made, and the 31 prize winners in each category will be announced shortly!
Be sure to head to TheArtDept for more information about TAD's programs and faculty! At TheArtDept, you'll find free lessons, in-depth sessions with award-winning instructors, and inspiring artwork created by TAD students and faculty alike.
Congratulations to all!
Leonardo da Vinci's Anatomical DrawingsIf getting your gear together and heading out for an evening of life drawing sounds like more trouble than it's worth, consider what Leonardo da Vinci endured for the sake of educating his own singular vision.Leonardo da Vinci's Anatomical Drawings3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Rumors of da Vinci resorting to grave robbery persist to this day, but the truth is that he was allowed to dissect and study corpses at the Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova in Florence.
Leonardo da Vinci's studies of the human skull in 1489 borrowed three-dimensional drawing techniques from architecture that had never been seen applied to anatomical studies before. A new technical vocabulary for anatomical drawings was created and da Vinci's sketches in plan, section, elevation, and perspective marked a massive progression in how the body was documented.
Criticized for his undertaking, Leonardo passionately defended the purpos
Train Your Brain Contest WinnersTrain Your Brain Contest Winners3 years ago in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
The Art Department (TAD) and deviantART challenged you to submit work in five disciplines, and the TAD judges certainly saw A+ work! The TAD faculty, who did all the judging, were extremely impressed with the talent and promise shown. Check out their winners who rose to the top of the class!
Animation Illustration Drawing & Painting 2D 3D
A trip for two to tour Pixar Studios in Emeryville, California. Three online classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.
To see the ten Second Place Winn
Merrell Diorama Contest Winners AnnouncementContest ArticleMerrell Diorama Contest Winners Announcement3 years ago in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
"Really liked the different perspective/point of view, made it stand out from the rest of the entries. Very unique idea that was well thought out. The various layers and colors of the fall trees captures how close a harvest moon appears to be just within reach."
$2,500 USD6,000 deviantART PointsA trip to attend a deviantMEET in either Portland, OR, or Seattle, WA, USA on March 16, 2013dA PRO Digital Artist BackpackA Print of your choice from
PE Daily Deviations- Presentation of your workHello all!PE Daily Deviations- Presentation of your work3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
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
Beautiful Creatures Light Or Dark Semi-FinalistsIn the Beautiful Creatures Light or Dark Contest, we challenged you to decide the fate of Lena, a caster who must choose between light or dark in the new film Beautiful Creatures. The entries were amazing, showcasing the implications of either choice. Check out the top 25 pieces that rose to the top, and will now be sent to the authors of Beautiful Creatures, Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia, who will decide these Semi-Finalists' fate!Beautiful Creatures Light Or Dark Semi-Finalists3 years ago in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
The remaining 20 Semi-Finalists will receive:
dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm
Three-Month Premium Membership
2,000 deviantART Points
Read Contest Article
Tomb Raider Reborn Semi-FinalistsIn the Tomb Raider Reborn contest, we challenged you to bring the new Lara Croft to life, based on the trailer and asset pack. We saw amazing renditions of this fierce survivor, showcasing Lara's inherent resourcefulness and intuition. The competition was stiff, but our judges narrowed it down to the top 25. These will now be sent to Square Enix's Senior Art Director Brian Horton to choose the final three Winners. Congratulations to the top 25 Semi-Finalists below!Tomb Raider Reborn Semi-Finalists2 years ago in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
The remaining 22 Semi-Finalists will receive:
A Tomb Raider XBOX 360 Wireless Controller
3-Month Premium Membership
2,000 deviantART Points
Read Contest ArticleRead Official Rules
Surrealism on DeviantArtA small introduction:Surrealism on DeviantArt3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Surrealism was an artistic movement, founded in Paris 1924 by André Breton. Dedicated to expressing the imagination as revealed in dreams – it's when artists create dreamlike paintings filled with familiar objects that have been changed in a weird way that you would not see in reality.
Sophia by anotherwanderer:thumb174806928:
Below the Rust by zancanI Need a Man to Love by alkor12
Modliszki by Yaro42Parthenogenesis by anubis
the fools rule the world new by gyurkafumes of greatness by danielramosruiz
dreams by dante-mkno title by grazapp
Merrell Diorama Contest Semi-FinalistsIn the Merrell Diorama Contest, we challenged you to depict your favorite fall memory in a shoebox diorama. Your visions were brought to life, and beautifully so! Thank you for sharing your memories with us. The following Semi-Finalists have been chosen by our judges and will now be sent to Merrell's Vice President of Global Marketing, who will choose the top three Finalists.Merrell Diorama Contest Semi-Finalists3 years ago in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
The 22 Semi-Finalists will each receive:
$50 USD iTunes Gift Card
DeviantART Gear T-Shirt of Winner's choice (subject to availability)
800 deviantART Points
Three-month Premium Membership to deviantART
Congratulations to all!
Read Contest Article
Sketchmatch rulesWhat is Sketchmatch?Sketchmatch rules3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The original Sketchmatch saw its origins in Twitter by idea of eL-HiNO, toonfed and Tebin-Art and later transfered to deviantArt via dAmn
The rules and way to participate have changed slightly since then but the main idea remains the same; we gather, we set a theme and then you must make a drawing based on said theme....
The catch is that you only get 10 minutes to do your entry!
Here are a couple of examples:
Yes! Each one of these was created in just 10 minutes!
So how will this work?
We gather over :#communityrelations: The theme will be set at the moment by the participants currently in there. The theme could be literally anything; french maids, steampunk ponies, how would you look if you were a superhero, the most crazy hat you would wear in a wedding, etc. When the theme is se
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 Deviations3 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
Train Your Brain ContestTrain Your Brain Contest3 years ago in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
The Art Department with deviantART brings you about the best news any art student could ask for: free tuition!
Through the Train Your Brain Challenge, The Art Department (TAD) is offering a massive number of exclusive scholarship opportunities to members of deviantART. TAD is the best of the best in providing online art education, with a variety of programs taught by world-class faculty. Check out their group, TheArtDept, to watch video tutorials from their faculty!
Submit your work in one of the five disciplines offered by TAD: Illustration, Drawing and Painting, Animation, Entertainment 2D, and Entertainment 3D. Make something new or use something you've made in the past!
You could win tuition and travel to one of TAD's programs, a trip to Pixar Studios near San
Photography Weekly: Edition Thirty FourPhotography Weekly Header created by TouchedDPhotography Weekly: Edition Thirty Four3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
"One Signature is worth a thousand implied tones..."
-Charles Swan -
In the news this week there has been a spotlight on Karren Brady, a photographer who has won a copyright ruling. The news article itself is interesting but the cautions that it turfs up for the future and current generations of photographers are slightly more concerning. The general feeling that has started to develop is that if you have assistance with setting up a shot, making a scene, posing a model and making up a person for example, those people may well have rights to your work. This is also being debated with regards to post-production and if you get somebody else to edit your work. What are your thoughts on this? And when attributing this to the deviantART community, what
Beautiful Creatures Light or Dark Contest WinnersBeautiful Creatures Light or Dark Contest Winners3 years ago in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
Lena's transformation is complete! The entries for the Beautiful Creatures Light or Dark contest showcased Lena, a caster faced with the choice of Light or Dark, in the midst of making her selection. Lena wasn't the the only one with a tough decision to make! Judges and authors of the Beautiful Creatures novels Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia had the difficult task of determining the top five winners from our 25 Semi-Finalists. Check out Lena as Light and Dark, as well as our top winner who clinched an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles, C
Updates to the New Submit Page, Journal ThumbnailsUpdates to the New Submit Art Page (Available to some Beta Testers)Updates to the New Submit Page, Journal Thumbnails3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Please note: The new Submit Art page is being A/B tested -- meaning that we're comparing the effectiveness of two different versions of the feature. If you're a Beta Tester, there's a 50% chance you'll either see the new or old version of the Submit Art page. This is expected behavior and there's no way to switch between the two groups.
Integration of Prints Submission
The Prints submission menu has been incorporated into the Submit page! This change makes for a complete integration of the submission process, allowing you to upload, submit, and sell your art, all in one process, all from one page.
Remember These Settings
A checkbox has been added to the bottom of the Submit page that, when selected, will retain the settings you use for your submission, and then apply them to the next file you sub
A brief history of FellaWe all know Fella. If you have been a member of deviantArt for at least 1 day it's quite probable you've encountered him at least once, he's everywhere! And this shouldn't come as a surprise, he's dA's mascot after all! But how much do you know about him? Let's take a look at a Brief History of deviantART's mascot.A brief history of Fella2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Fella was brought to life thanks to switched, who designed him back in April 2001 for a mascot contest.
Back then he didn't look exactly as we know him today, his figure was a lot more basic and circular and his expression wasn't as human as we're used to today. However his main features remain, his mischievous look and his colors, most probably based on the site layout's at the time
Animation 2nd and 3rd Place Winners2nd place:Animation 2nd and 3rd Place Winners3 years ago in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
Lester dream by ZeVaamonde Les Graffiteurs by catiniata Politeness by mayec Kula's Dance by K-hermann Petite Princesse by Xayasha By night, a crying sky by Vanoushka Planete Panique by Swindy About a girl and a little robot by sssashimi Ninja Tale by pokemon-master Pantomime by TheLidiaLab :thumb341036196: scared by DigPuff Pinnacle of Dreams by Andrei-Sitari Waiting for Perrito by ANDRESCOUTURIER Flower Girl by AyumiNazu Glenda by ArmandoCamero Mr. Square and Mr.Long by nocl3 Lotus Scroll by Y2LXIII Angsty Jibberish by JasonDriskill Revival (Success Clip) by zxephin
Ten second place winners will receive two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.
Twenty third place winners will receive one class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.
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The 365 Photography Challenge - How to Stick at itBefore I start with this article, a little disclaimer. I just finished the 365 photography challenge - known as a 'photo a day' but I blogged and took more than one photo on most days, so it was that little bit more challenging. So I'm feeling pretty smug right now, that I achieved it. But I am by no means toting myself as an expert. This is just my humble advice on how to keep going when it does nothing but rain, or when you feel like giving up.The 365 Photography Challenge - How to Stick at it3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Before 2012, some weeks would pass when I wouldn't even pick up the camera, let alone think about shots, or how to compose one. Photography still excited me, but I was lacking inspiration. So on the 2nd of January last year I decided to throw everything up in the air, and let go. That is to say, I stopped being precious about the camera (because you can't when you have to take a photo a day) and I forced myself to take rubbish shots, as well as half decent ones.
Start as you mean to go. Don't over-set yoursel
Photography Troubleshooting: The Watermark FAQ"How do I protect my photography and art in general?"Photography Troubleshooting: The Watermark FAQ3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
"As Eitvys200 pointed out, at least 1 journal per month makes it to the top of the list and is about stealing art. Sometimes this is something small such as posting a piece to facebook, other times you see hoards of pieces on a website selling wallpapers or something similar. Regardless of how it happens, or where, it can hurt just as much to see your hard work disregarded and especially someone else profiting or taking credit.
Protecting work is a huge deal for some people, and not for others. It depends entirely on your outlook - how you view your work and indeed whether or not there needs to be some constrictions on it due to the content being a child, or family member. But how do we protect our work properly from art theft and wrongful use? The simple answer is you can't provide for every eventuality. Even if you upload your work to a website where right click -> copy is disabled,
Thank you for making Creative Grants a success!Thank you for a successful first round!Thank you for making Creative Grants a success!3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
On May 1, 2012, deviantART introduced the Creative Grants program -- a source of funding allowing artists to make creative dreams a reality. We're pleased to announce the first cycle of funding has ended and we've received over 500 applications! Thank you to each and everyone who submitted their creative project. You can check out the recipients and their projects here!
Get ready for the next cycle!
We'd also like to announce that our next cycle of funding is now open. Apply by describing the artistic endeavor of your dreams through our official application form. If you didn't get a chance to participate in the l
Site Update: More Like This UpdatesIn our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.Site Update: More Like This Updates3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
More Like This Updates
Last week, More Like This was launched to Premium Members, with a limited preview open to all deviants. This week, we're pleased to inform you that the limited preview open to all members has been expanded beyond just Popular deviations, allowing you to try More Like This on even more deviations.
We've also been working on some changes to the Br
Photography Troubleshooting: Snap to ProThis week we bring you another issue of Troubleshooting for Photographers, to hopefully give you some tips and explanations behind how to make your Photography look that little bit more professional. Aeirmid noted that while there are a lot of folks in the photomanipulation community who enjoy taking photographs, there is also a great desire for people to learn a bit more about how to make them look more professional.Photography Troubleshooting: Snap to Pro3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Firstly combining the elements of many of the articles that have already been written in this series (see the bottom of this article for links) will assist anybody in gearing their photographs up to look more professional. However IsacGoulart summed it up quite neatly with this rather epic quote...
“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph."
Getting your work up to some sort of standard is always tricky. Especially if you are setting the standar
dAMonsters!On a dark and scary stormy night...dAMonsters!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
within the Zombie Kingdom of dAmn...
monsters are stirring!
The Fella Zombie King needs your help! He needs to grow an army of monsters in the Zombie Kingdom in preparation for Halloween Night. Mummies, Zombies, Vampires, Demons, and WereWolves will all form their own Armies and build up their numbers by biting and infecting human victims and turning them into Monsters!
The Fella Zombie King will bestow prizes on the strongest Monsters! But you must make sure that the humans you infect and turn into Monsters stay in Zombie Kingdom so that they may learn the ways of the Army and be ready for Halloween Night!
The game will start on October 24th, at 4:00pm Pacific Standard Time
How To Play
You begin by joining the #dAMonsters chatroom and "biting" someone, not yet in the chatroom, by typing:
Site Update: Sta.sh Submit, Thumbnails to BetaIn our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.Site Update: Sta.sh Submit, Thumbnails to Beta3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Coming Soon: New Sta.sh Submit
Beta testers are currently trying out the new submission process for Sta.sh, deviantART's upload and publishing platform. This new version includes a simplified and tidier interface that makes it easier to understand and use. The feedback on this new process has been very positive, so we will be rolling it out to all members early next week. If you'd like to try it out early, upgrade to a Premium Membership and enable Beta Testing in your
PE DDs: When It's Not Always PositiveWhen DDs Go AwryPE DDs: When It's Not Always Positive3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Daily Deviations, or “DDs,” are frequently held in very high esteem on deviantART. After all, what artist does not want his or her work displayed for more than 20 million viewers to see and admire? The benefits of receiving a DD feature include increased exposure for your work and a day in the spotlight for you as an artist. Many people therefore view DDs as badges of honor, awards that make them proud and validate the time they spend in our community.
Be careful what you wish for!
Don’t get us wrong-- DDs are wonderful for the purposes listed above. But, they can also bring a lot of drama upon the artist, especially if they are controversial.
Let’s talk about some of the sources of this drama.
Some people feel that people who post art-- and especially those whose art is worthy of a Daily Deviation-- should have thick enough skin to accept criticism as well as praise. They argue that criticism is part