Art ElvesI mentioned I was in Mammoth over the holidays, which, besides an annoying sickness for the first few days, was so much fun I don't even know where to start. But I'll get into that in another Journal.
I wanted to share with you a note I found on my desk at hq when I returned. Yanira works here at the office once or twice a week and she had her nephews in with her during the break.
We have a ton of these deviantART coasters laying around HQ so they must have found them. We originally made them for originaldrinkanddraw and I'm so glad they found them! I'm going to have to get more just in case the elves come again!
Look what they left for me!
How cool are these?! Um, please ignore the devious slogan on there... Hopefully the artistic elves knew we were talking about delicious, healthy milk!
Welcome! To the 2013 Holiday Headquarters!Welcome! To the 2013 Holiday Headquarters!1 year ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Incredible SOPA ResponseI've been watching the SOPA response on deviantART all day, and needless to say the level of discussion being had about it is at an all new level from what I've ever seen around here the past decade or so.Incredible SOPA Response3 years ago in Personal More Like This
When you guys rally, it's quite a sight. And I do mean a sight...
These are screenshots just taken from the front page of dA. And with every reload of our NEWEST submissions...
... there is a seemingly endless stream of these DEVIATION CENSORED deviations, just about all of them opposing SOPA and PIPA.
It's always mesmerizing to watch our community in action, especi
Odyssey II Ch.8 Entry: BrethrenMaya wore confusion on her face.Odyssey II Ch.8 Entry: Brethren2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Paul had always been short with words; this time would be no different.
"I know everything now."
Maya watched as he floated upwards through the hole in the ceiling.
There was no time to tell her what he had seen. What it was like to die while psychically connected to another being and how, in that moment, the mind-soul rides that tether like a roller coaster searching for the end of the track. That he rode that tether through the mind of Tal'shen and then into its mother, witnessing their lives, truths and stories.
No time to explain that he knew her race, perhaps better than her. That for millennia these stained glass people worshiped science as humans worshiped gods, and evolved a culture of unraveling the complex mysteries of the mathematical universe. They were a race that evolved exponentially because each was dedicated to self-improvement. He saw that, over time, there was a great shift - physical and mental - and an age came to pass when their mi
Preparing for NaNoWriMo Part 2In my last journal, we discussed the best ways to prepare for NaNo and included a couple tips on how to make that writing go a little faster and smoother. Well, now it's time to discuss how to NOT fail at NaNoWriMo. Because just as there are some really grand ideas on how to prepare yourself and keep yourself on task during the month, there are also going to be those times of self doubt and using excuses to not write. For NaNo, any of those excuses are completely unacceptable [well, except for life threatening excuses - those are allowed].Preparing for NaNoWriMo Part 22 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
So once again, I reached out to the Lit Community to find out exactly why other deviants failed at NaNo, or what they found to NOT work for them and compiled it all together in a pretty little list like last time.
What Not to Do
Don't get sucked in Wikipedia, TVtropes or any other sites like that. In fact turn off your WiFi so the internet isn't a distraction. All your research
Getting the Most out of dA: CommentingUsually, when you read something involving 'Commenting', you think of deviations and the commenting platform that allows other members of the community to voice their thoughts and opinions on the art shown. However, what is pretty evident, and something that most of us may forget, is that deviantART runs on the ability to give and get comments, be it on pieces of artwork, our profile pages, forums, and everywhere else in between.Getting the Most out of dA: Commenting2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
In a sense, without the ability to give and get comments, deviantART wouldn't be much of a website, much less #1 of online art communities around. Comments are not solely the cause of what makes deviantART what it is, but it has a huge impact on a lot of things. By giving and getting comments, not only do we interact with other members to really make this a community, we also have the ability to get our voices heard.
It's quite an odd concept with us all facing screens, typing out our thoughts and opinions, but one thing we shouldn't forget is that commen
History of April Fool's dAy!This article is written for the projecteducate's Community Week as well as ArtHistoryProject's dA Related month.History of April Fool's dAy!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Here is a brief history of April Fool's pranks deviantART has played on it's members. Please note that information is still missing (mostly older years) - this is because some April Fool's pranks were never recorded or are lost in the millions of journals on the site.
2001 - "jark is Arrested"
jark is arrested in Disneyland for cutting in line and refusing to move to the back.
2004 - "British Takeover"
April Fool's Day 2004 marked the day the British took over deviantART. New rules were enforced on that day, including spelling "color", "colour" and saying "Cheers guv'nor" instead of "Thank You".
"Please note that any American who uses the term "socce
Want to Become an Alpha Tester? Now's Your Chance!Update: A massive thank you to everyone who sent in a application to be an alpha tester! Applications are now closed. Due to the volume of applications it will take a few more days to finish going through them. Users will be contacted if they are successful in getting a place, so keep an eye out! - DEVlANTWant to Become an Alpha Tester? Now's Your Chance!2 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Calling all beta testers, bug lovers and feature loving deviants.
I have exciting news! devBUG is looking for some new deviants to be Alpha Tester!
But what is an alpha tester?
An Alpha tester is a bit like a Beta tester only they get to test out new features before Beta testers do.
So, what do alpha testers get to do?
As an alpha tester you'll have the chance to talk to staff and developers about new and upcoming features, and help find and report any bugs that there may be, before it goes to beta testers or th
Official Birthday Card ContestOfficial Birthday Card Contest3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Balloon 4 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 8 by LuMi-ViEcHBalloon 4 by LuMi-ViEcH
Celebration by Scorpion81Celebration by Scorpion81Celebration by Scorpion81Celebration by Scorpion81
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 t
Improved deviantART Integration on TwitterWe're excited to announce that we just implemented enhancements to the way deviantART links display on Twitter, giving you and your artwork more prominence and exposure!Improved deviantART Integration on Twitter2 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
We're always looking for ways to give artists better exposure -- both on deviantART and across the web. Not only do these changes give artists a bigger presence across Twitter by allowing them to reach a bigger audience, but they also encourage proper attribution.
(Hylian Shirt by *blo0p)
Artwork will appear larger on Twitter.Titles and descriptions of artwork are now automatically included!
Links to Profiles, Groups, Favourites, Galleries, Collections, Journals, and Sta.sh items will now display inline! When profiles are shared, it pulls in your deviantID and bio.
Tweets including deviantART links are now eligible to show up in
Google Analytics For Your ProfileBeta Testers can now use Google Analytics on their profile! Using Google Analytics, members now have access to comprehensive statistics about their deviantART profile, artwork, Journals, galleries, and collections.Google Analytics For Your Profile1 year ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Here's just a small sample of some of the stats you can see with this:
Real-time traffic to your contentVisitor stats (new visitors, returning visitors, time spent on pages, number of pages viewed, bounce rates.)Traffic chartsTraffic demographicsSee where your visitors are coming fromTop social networks sending you trafficIndividual posts on those social networksSearch engine keywords people are using to find your profile and contentYour content with the most traffic
Various example reports and visualizations of a deviant's audience.
Set Up Analytics For Your Profile
Google Analytics is an advanced tool that may take time to understand if you have never used the platform.
Site Update, March 7In 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 a discussion topic for the community.Site Update, March 72 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
The Forum Sidebar
A sidebar has been added to Forum pages! On the main forum page, the sidebar displays recently popular threads, and on specific forum pages, the sidebar collects and displays recently popular forum threads from that forum.
On individual threads, the sidebar includes Share buttons, so you can easily share a Forum thread that interests you. In addition, it includes a button that lets the creator of a thread close that thread on their own, which has been a frequently requested feature.
In an effort to consolidate features, the Shoutbox has been removed from the Chat page after over ten years on deviant
BOSS Week.I love weeks like this. The team is incredibly hard at work launching deviantART's Premium Content Platform, and simultaneously managing our huge sponsorship of Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego.BOSS Week.3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
^That's me in the middle there, writing this Journal.
^ Check out the intensity of endosage, danlev, hellokirti, Heidi,and Ayame-Kenoshi. Diligent, even intense. That's because they're hours away from a massive release that will reach millions of deviants worldwide. They are right to be this tense. You would be, too.
In everything we do, we aim to change the world for the better. And we aim high. This Premium Content Platform you can read about here has no limits as to what it could achieve for the arts, from my perspectiv
PE: Site Updates and How to Welcome ThemSite Updates and How to Welcome ThemPE: Site Updates and How to Welcome Them1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
This article was written due to the recent uproar from some groups of the community because of the new username symbols.
Change is something handled differently by everyone. Some people accustom to change very quickly, others may take a long time or may not adjust to change at all. In regards to deviantART Site Updates, it's important to know ways to welcome change and embrace it. You are not expected to love every feature that is released, but giving it a chance before bashing it is a right step forward.
Before reading on, please note that this article is not directed at any one individual, but as a community as a whole. All views expressed in this article are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the views of deviantART.com.
When a new feature is released, most deviants give their first impressions of said feature. Some may even react like this:
This is compl
Why credit and notify?Hi all,Why credit and notify?3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
It's your friendly neighborhood Photomanipulation and Stock & Resources CVs here, eager to tell you about a problem that has become increasingly common not only in the photomanipulation community, but also in other communities throughout dA. The problem is that people are neglecting to credit AND notify stock providers that they have used their materials.
What is the overall rule and guidance about crediting your stock?
If you want to use other people's resources (including but not limited to stock photographs, brushes, and presets), dA requires that you exactly follow the rules of usage that those individuals lay out in their license or stock rules. That invariably means that you must CREDIT them with a link to their homepage at least, and NOTIFY the providers by sending them a link to your deviation, preferrably by note. Some providers require a direct link to the exact image or resource t
Helping CornerThis blog will now be used for deviants that need help with CSS related things. That could mean they are searching for a coder or someone who is willing to make a CSS for free.Helping Corner4 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you are aware of such people send a note and their issue gets a spot here!
If you are looking for general feedback or critques, please go here: http://ecssited.deviantart.com/journal/Feedback-Area-352731590
- - -
no one is searching for help currently!
Keep us informed if you know someone having trouble with CSS etc.
[added 28th February]
Tuesday: Give One, Get One FREE!'Tis the season for giving and receiving!Tuesday: Give One, Get One FREE!2 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
It's the holiday event you've been waiting for! Give one, get one FREE Premium Memberships is here!
How does it work? When you give a Premium Membership to a friend, you'll get an equivalent Premium Membership applied to your own account FREE! If you give a one month Premium Membership, you get one month. If you give a year, you'll receive a year. Give more, get more!
GOGO veterans are well-aware of the awesomeness contained in this offer, but for those who are unfamiliar, here's the breakdown:
1) Visit the Premium Membership Gift page.
2) Insert the name of the lucky person you want to receive the Premium Membership, either by typing their username, or picking a friend from your +Watch list.
3) Select the length of time you'd like to gift the PM.
4) Complete yo
How to Protect your dA Account and your PCCommunity WeekHow to Protect your dA Account and your PC5 months ago in Personal Journal More Like This
Any account on any page whether it be deviantART or an external website is subject to being invaded by hackers. On DeviantART this is very common and usually happens because of the following:
Your account is not protected by a good password.You revealed your personal data, and/or any other data related to the access of your account. Because of the many traps that hackers place in various parts of the site in our reach, seeking to steal the login details to our account.
But do not panic. I will show you the many ways to avoid this, and protect yourself from hackers and other unwanted malware. If you are interested in this information, I invite you to read my instructions below.
To better protect your account
To better protect you account you must use passwords that are difficult to decipher but you can remember easily. The most secure passwords are those that combine numbers, letters and symbols. The pass
Good News Stockers!!Stock & Resources Gallery Changes!!Good News Stockers!!3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Yes you read that right!
Following our initial proposals which were posted here -
Dan and I can officially announce that Moonbeam13 in her Super
Woman outfit has flown forth and waged war on our cluttered and
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO CHECK ALL YOUR RESOURCES AND STOCK SUBMISSIONS TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE IN THE MOST APPROPRIATE SUB CATEGORIES! THANK YOU!
Sub Category Name Changes
"Classical" is now "Classical & Vintage"
"Female/nude/formal, classical" is now "Full Body" (to be the same as the male equiv.)
"Premade Backgrounds/places" is
Fella's Dictionary: A - EA • B • C • D • EFella's Dictionary: A - E1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
AdCast /ad-kast/. noun; deviantART’s art advertising platform.
Add Media /ad mee-dee-uh/. noun; available when creating journals, blogs and comments, this button allows a deviant to easily add official and community emoticons or thumbnails from the conversation, the community or a deviant’s own sta.sh
Related: Premium Member, Comment
Admin Area /ad-min e-ree-uh/. noun; The location where administrators (or contributors) of a group can manage members and have private discussions.
Located at: http://groupname.deviantart.com/admin/
Related: Group, Contributor
Alpha Tester /al-fuh tes-ter/. noun; a deviant selected to test alpha-s
DESIGN CONTEST [CLOSED] (over $130 worth!)Thank you guys <333 I will be judging these tomorrow, and I'll have the results definitely by Monday! It's gonna be tough ;w;DESIGN CONTEST [CLOSED] (over $130 worth!)2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Objective: Simple! Design a character for me to love! <3
Rules and Guidelines
-Contest ends August 10, 2013, at 11:59:59 PM EST (You have a long time, but if you reeeeeally need an extension then just let me know!)
-Only new characters please, made specifically for the contest!
-It must fully be your creation and you may not use bases of any kind (unless it was made by you, but I would still advise against it). Copying someone else's design will get you disqualified!
-You can make as many entries as you like! But you can only place once~
-You're allowed any media, as long as you can clearly see the design!
-Here's a long list of some design ideas to get you started (and some things to stay away from): http://sta.sh/019wmgkq8mfp
-I'll probably keep at least first place, but I may choose more if I feel like
Win a premium membership IV! - Winners annonced -Edit/Win a premium membership IV! - Winners annonced -2 years ago in Personal Journal More Like This
First of all thank you to all that entered! c: All the entries were absolutely wonderful and beautiful! It took me awhile to decide on the three entries I liked the best due to this.
Anyways here you go:
by Shroommu and by xyllem
You both will be receiving the prizes for 1st place!
/ by Squidoptables
Please note me for your prizes! ^^
Here are all the entries!
Design Contest Entry by verlak:thumb361636547:Eat Your Heart Out by Shroommu
Thank you to everyone that entered!
Please note me for your prizes! ^^
Hello everyone! Once again I am holding the win a premium membership contest!
For this one it shall be a character designing contest again! C:
This time I will only be keeping the first place design.
All of the entries will be featured in the results to advertis
CSS and Skinning ResourcesCSS and Skinning Resources3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Many people may have ideas about journal skins, or how they want their gallery folders to look.
FAQs on this topic;
Starting with dA CSS by ginkgografix
eCSSited #eCSSited is a group dedicated to the world of deviant CSS (and HTML). Its main purpose is to help deviants customize their journals and galleries. The group aims to be your first choice CSS resource, collecting useful tutorials and guides.
#deviantCSS is a full CSS and HTML resource/guide r
Announcing our Creative Grants recipients!Congratulations to our first-ever Creative Grants recipients!Announcing our Creative Grants recipients!3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
We're proud to announce that this round's Creative Grants recipients have been chosen! Our Creative Grants Board, comprised of Mollinda, RockstarVanity, and vayabobo, diligently reviewed the applications, and from their top choices, we have determined this round's recipients. What better day to announce these projects than on deviantART's big 12th birthday celebration?
These talented artists are passionate about their projects, and they've already accomplished so much in their communities without outside funding. We can't wait to see how they flourish after receiving their Creative Grants!
Full Moon Art Appreciation
By dogsofeternity from Dallas, TX
Austin Craver, aka dogsofeternity, has been running an art gallery space in Texas for t
R&S - Font Gallery Update!!I am very happy to make an announcement today that is something that I have been eyeing suspiciously for a while and now am very relieved to see it done:R&S - Font Gallery Update!!3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The Resource & Stock Images > Fonts gallery has been relaunched!
Take a look at the changes here!
Now, without going into much detail, it used to be subpar. The category names were unprofessional and confusing, leading to frustrating search results and many many miscats.
Over the last month there has been a lot of work put into changing this status.
So first of all I’d like to thank Elandria and Dan-Heffer who were very much in favor of the change and supported me in my endeavours to come up with a good gallery tree, despite being no experts on the topic of fonts, but giving me an outsiders input
Naturally I have to thank Moonbeam13 as well, as she supported the idea as well and made t