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:bulletpurple: Site Update:Multi-Submit and Scheduled Submit
:bulletpurple: 30% Off Fine Art Prints


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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 Relation run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest

:bulletpink: SuicideGirls.com CSS Contest - Deadline May 31, 2013
:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge #95 - A Mother's Love - Deadline May 31, 2013
:bulletpink: Monster High - Create-A-Monster Contest (Australia Only) -Deadline June 17, 2013
:flagus: :bulletpink: The Make Ugly Contest - Deadline June 23, 2013
:bulletpink: Get Crafty Contest -Tutorial deadline May 20, 2013  - Artisan Craft deadline June 30, 2013


Community Relations Projects


:bulletgreen: projecteducate  Current: Anthro Art Next Week: CSS
:bulletgreen: ArtHistoryProject Current Month - Performance Art (Body Art & Modification, Street Art & Graffiti and Cosplay)

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Informative News & Events


:bulletblue: Emoticons Tournament - Qualifying Round 2 Entries



Features & Interviews


:bulletred: DH Features 2 - Dragons




Groups


:bulletgreen:  ManipulateThis is a group for bi-weekly challenges. That's all we're about, the challenges! We also sponsor at least 2 contests per year. This is a photomanipulation group, and we like for you to have an understanding of traditional photomanipulation in order to be a member. Come to challenge yourself, learn new things, win prizes, and have fun!
:bulletgreen: Love-For-All-ArtThis group was made for all art types and skill levels. The journals feature all sorts of contests, and anyone holding or looking for giveaways is free to browse or add to the comments section. We want to feature monthly favorites and contest winners so anyone who wants to participate is free to join!
:bulletgreen: PremiumContentDevs is a group designed specifically to promote all things sold through the Premium Content Platform. We accept both art and stock images in the group in an effort to help sellers have more exposure. All submissions must adhere to dA Terms of Service guidelines to be accepted into the group. (i.e. Fan Art or copyrighted celebrity content will not be accepted.)



Whoas - Theme: Birds



Stella - Pink Bird by FonoraBird by PascalFreibergThe Potoo Bird by AndrewDickman
Flight.. by M-Atif-Saeedbirds by villasukkaSnowy Owl - Speedpaint by Charlie-Lang
First sign of spring by JennyMoedKorpelathe flight by alfred-georgBallet by RadekDemjan 
.12.10.28. by dasTOKThe Birds by ahlmkim02 Think Pastel of Me by clippercarrillo 
Misty Morning by xpress2gauravCasper by koshplappitJourney to be Free by Delecor 
reflection bird by NooKiNFall Warbler by mydigitalmindPhoenix - golden by iburrysecretsinskin
Bird Wonder by thenomadrulesPeacock Tree by decomposerdollM A G I C A L by tomatokisses  
 
 
 
  
  

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Official dA News


:bulletpurple: Site Update: The New Submission Process
:bulletpurple: MAMA Scared Stiff Contest Winners



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 Relation run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest
:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge 92: Share Of Hearts -Deadline February 28, 2013
:bulletpink: Tomb Raider Reborn Contest - Deadline March 14, 2013


Community Relations Projects


:bulletgreen: projecteducate This Week: Getting the Most out of dA  Next Week: Artisan Crafts
:bulletgreen: ArtHistoryProject February: Film, Animation and Flash
:bulletgreen: Chat Events Calendar
:bulletgreen: Did You Know?

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Informative News & Events


:bulletblue: devMEET with a Cause Aids Walk New York



Groups


:bulletgreen: Rising-Artists It is a lovely group that has many things to offer like Critiques, features depending on a theme and many more! We're a small group with big dreams, so we'd love to have some of dA check us out!
:bulletgreen: Traditional-Anime - A new group for anime/manga artists who create their artwork using traditional media. We feature your artwork in our gallery, and feature your contests in our blog.




Whoas - Theme: Yellow



Fields of Yellow by MashueiWhite-lipped snail (Cepaea hortensis) by worldsinminiature
Busy Bee by Alex3636slip away into the cracks by PsycheAnamnesis
Abstract Fall by SavannahASL<da:thumb id="353293459"/>
Take me to Rio by Endberpapercraft Advance Wars YC Fighter vs BH Aniti-Air by ninjatoespapercraft


Romantic filigree earrings with yellow resin roses by Benia1991meet me halfway by inessa-emilia

In All Ways Orange by darren-francisDisney Elementals Jasmine by CeruleanRaven


golden by sandaraStranger by JLazuline


Astarte by oxboxer -117 (1) by hoooook

Gallery of Mo - Campion by Kyendoyellow by galligalli

Yellow by LarsVanDeGoorYellow by siniebraico
Sun Bee by thefantasimThe Magician by thefantasim
The Fool by thefantasim





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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



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: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!

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Official dA News

:bulletpurple: The Stock Market No 2



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 Relation run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest

:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge #94 - A Taste of Spring - Deadline April 30, 2013


Community Relations Projects


:bulletgreen: projecteducate Current Week: Community Week    Next Week: Chat & Forums
:bulletgreen: ArtHistoryProject Current Month: deviantART Related
:bulletgreen: Chat Events Calendar
:bulletgreen: Did You Know? 

:la:
Check them out and see how you can get involved!


Informative News & Events


:bulletblue: April's Manga/Anime Repeating Contest


Features & Interviews


:bulletred: Arthur Rackham
:bulletred: CI Monthly Feature 8


Groups


:bulletgreen:  SuicideGirls Official Group of Suicide Girls. SuicideGirls.com is an online community that celebrates ALTERNATIVE BEAUTY and indie culture from around the world.
:bulletgreen: dAWishingWell - A group dedicated to granting dA-related wishes. Come and join the fun! (make sure to read the important journals before joining)
:bulletgreen: CRPhotography - A now up-and-coming photography group run by our very own Community Volunteers: 3wyl and Kaz-D
:bulletgreen: Beta-Readersgroup dedicated to matchmaking writers and beta readers to help work together on their writings!
:bulletgreen: Digital-Art-Club A huge group for the collection of digital art all over!

Whoas - Theme: Pink



Crochet sweety llama Mobile phone bag by CuteMoonbunnyPink Freshwater Pearl Pendant by Sarahorsomeone

Wedding Roses by li-saWoman in Pink by JumpinFREAKJust a Pinkie WIP by MagnaStormAdventure Time- Prince Gumball Animation by Immature-Child02
Clarity by helios-spadathe Divide -pink by Human-Hydrain the pink by awjayPink Bubblegum by Rode-Egel
Pink warrior by LauraxLovesorangepopEarly Spring by Selenada
Allure by evyallenPink Rose Nail Art by soyoubeautyPink Elephants by elia-illustrationmessage to myself by Fukari
Cupcake cutie by SammiRauschline play by isthatwhatyoumint
Pink Ribbon by BossanovaInkPink Lemonade by The-Big-Pumpkin-Inc
Xixa of Xylem 2013 by DadwardPink Rose angel by JanjanitaWander by skyeeraPink Daiquiri fan art by rogercruz
In The Roses by thefantasimFairy Tale by thefantasim
Spritual Lotus by thefantasim



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Official dA News


:bulletpurple: Drones



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 Relation run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest

:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge #94 - A Taste of Spring - Deadline April 30, 2013
:bulletpink: SuicideGirls.com CSS Contest - Deadline May 31, 2013


Community Relations Projects


:bulletgreen: projecteducate Current Week: Cartoons and Comics    Next Week: Vector Art
:bulletgreen: ArtHistoryProject This Month - deviantART Related
:bulletgreen: Chat Events Calendar

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Informative News & Events



Features & Interviews


:bulletred:ProjectPorkchop Vol219


Groups


:bulletgreen:  ArentYouADolla group meant to help dollers improve if they ever want critique, provides plenty of tutorials, and to get their works seen!
:bulletgreen: communityrelations - Official home of the deviantART Community Relations Team. Watch us to stay informed on ongoings throughout the deviantART Community :)
:bulletgreen: CR-FanArt-Contests - This group is the community relations hub for contests specifically for the Fan Art gallery
:bulletgreen: ProjectPorkchop - aims to feature under appreciated artists in hopes of gaining some extra exposure and recognition to their artwork.  Two articles are posted each week, with 5 artists being featured in every article.


Commissions


:bulletpink: adeleeevee's Commission Details



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Official dA News


:bulletpurple: The Enduring Enigma of Collage



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 Relation run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest

:bulletpink: Tomb Raider Reborn Contest - Deadline March 14, 2013
:bulletpink: The G.A.M.E - Deadline March 21, 2013
:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge 93 - National Celebrations - Deadline March 31, 2013


Community Relations Projects


:bulletgreen: projecteducate This Week: Community Week.  Next Week: dARelated
:bulletgreen: ArtHistoryProject  - March is Customization Month

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Check them out and see how you can get involved!


Informative News & Events


:bulletblue: Self-Injury Awareness: Fears vs Dreams


Gallery Makeover Project

:bulletpink: Digital Art: Drawings and Paintings


Whoas - Theme: Owls  





little owl by Apofiss...::: You Got Owled :::... by AmorpheusArt

Archduke of Dill Duchy by TLCookPaper Mosaic Owl by Chronoperates

The Moon's Parliament by JLGribbleMummy and Babyyyy by bumble-boo
Recording Birdsong in the Wild by 3-haresBoobook Owl Family by leelastarsky
Magic Owl's Head by SuliannHForest Owl by SuliannH


house of a witch by CoraminaBlue Owl by Fluro-Knife

Twilight in the Highlands by HeliocyanMy home... by Michel-Lag-Chavarria

owls by macAnaOwl by recycledwax

Cute owl pillow by mjdaluzBarn Owl with Mechanics by creaturesfromel
HAPPY OWL IS HAPPY OOAK by VIIStarFear me for I am fluffy by Nikki-vdp

Owl Clippies by TheLazyWolfOwl commission by steinntr0ll

Snowy Owl by Dani-LefrancoisOwl by Rovi-Jesher
Owl by justinyap90Mr. Owl by NelEilis

Barn owl boy by EdhelothLil Pixel Owl by griffling

Owl by DappleHackLadies of the forest by NoctiLuna


Sprite Summoning by erinclaireb It's owls' time! by Valentina-Mustajarvi
The cute side of birds of prey by phalalcrocoraxOWL 2 by Anuk
Caramello by trenchmakerAlmost an Owl- Limette-X by childrensillustrator


Snowy Dream by iphelpsDon't you dare by Svenimal
2010-297 Fluff by W0LLEOwls by n-a-S-t-u

SO many owls, so little time by yael360Owl by HatchedFromTree





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Table of Contents


1. New Submission Process and Thumbnail Examples
2. New Galleries and Gallery Additions or Change Requests
3. Why Wasn't I Chosen?
4. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
5. Community Projects
6. Official Contests
7. Project Educate 2013
8. Art History Project
9. News from the Chats and Forums
10. News from the Galleries
11. Vacation Notice


1. New Submission Process and Thumbnail Examples


In my opinion, one of the greatest advantages to the New Submission Process, are the thumbnail examples and descriptions that appear when you're selecting a category.  It's no secret that we have misplaced deviations throughout the galleries and it's probably the most complained about topic I deal with on a daily basis. My team and I have been working hard to improve the descriptions and thumbnail examples for all of the galleries, and I'm happy to report that, we will have completed this project by the end of this week.  It was no small accomplishment and I want to extend a huge wave of gratitude to those volunteers that helped out and also to those community members that helped to point out issues they spotted while submitting.  It was very much a team effort! That being said, with thousands of galleries, it's possible something got missed, so if you notice anything that looks awkward or concerning, please reach out to me and let me know.  


2. New Galleries and Gallery Additions or Change Requests


While I've been working on the gallery descriptions and thumbnails, a variety of clean-up actions have occurred as well and I've been merging and removing old and unused categories.  I have also been taking care of some needed additions, which you can read about below.  Going forward, please request any changes or additions in this new forum thread which will be monitored regularly :) 


There are hundreds of people that express interest every time there is an opening and I'm often asked why people don't get replies to their requests or why someone was chosen over someone else. It saddens me when someone notes me asking me why they aren't good enough.

This is really the wrong way to look at things. These decisions are not easy for me to make and I weigh them based on many factors, including (but not restricted to) time on deviantART, activity in the community, suitability to the team, understanding of the gallery of choice, fit with the current team members etc. 

Not being chosen doesn't mean you're lacking, it just wasn't meant to be at this time. There are many ways to get involved with the community that don't require a symbol and I suggest that if you're serious about volunteering, you start by getting acquainted with the current volunteer team and getting involved with the community. The community, staff and volunteers are all responsible for making deviantART the powerhouse of awesome that it is :heart:


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:

Please note that there are a lot of inquiries that come in and I may not be able to respond to each and everyone. Your understanding is appreciated :)



5. Community Projects


:community:
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6. Official Contests


:trophy:

:bulletpink: #Fella's Love Letter Contest - Deadline February 28, 2013
:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge 92: Share Of Hearts -Deadline February 28, 2013
:bulletpink: Texture Your World Contest - Deadline March 11, 2013
:bulletpink: Tomb Raider Reborn Contest - Deadline March 14, 2013
:bulletpink: The G.A.M.E - Deadline March 21, 2013
:bulletpink: Photomanipulation Contest: Rebirth and Renewal - Deadline April 1, 2013


Please note that all contests end on the deadline stated at 11:59:59 PM PST


7. Project Educate 2013


February 25 - March 3 - Daily Deviations
March 4 - 10 - Poetry Forms

11. Vacation Notice

I will be traveling to China from March 13-27th, 2013.  During this time I will have no access to the internet so anything related to Community Relations will be handled by my awesome team of volunteers with the help of  :iconcolorfulsparklesplz: fourteenthstar and dxd :iconcolorfulsparklesplz:  


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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Official dA News


:bulletpurple: Site Update: Literature Thumbs. Sta.sh Submit



Community Relations Projects


:bulletgreen: projecteducate the 2012 Round-up!
:bulletgreen: ArtHistoryProject January is Photography Month!
:bulletgreen: Did You Know? 

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Check them out and see how you can get involved!


Informative News & Events


:bulletblue: A Smattering of Lit News
:bulletblue: Determination I need you, DD Suggesters


Groups


:bulletgreen:  DelveMag has put out a call for participation!. They are in serious need of new people who join their team and contribute tour zine. So basically, everyone who is willing, reliable and passionate about all things art-related would be very welcome!
:bulletgreen: Lit-Visual-Alliance is running a Winter Contest
:bulletgreen: InspireTheUninspired is a literature group that aims to help give inspiration to other deviants. We provide Fortnightly Prompts, Contests and Weekly Features for our members! We promote literature events when they are brought to our attention and keep you up to date on our lovely affiliates  If you want to read some amazing pieces of art and meet beautiful deviants, :devinspiredtheuninspired: is the place to be.  The current contest is Memories and Resolutions contest! 
:bulletgreen: Good-Intention is a group dedicated to the kind acts that take place daily around the deviantART community. From users spending their time on free resources, to those who choose to feature the artwork of others. No act is too small or too minor to not have a spotlight shone on it.

:rose: :heart: In Memory of DarkestVirtue  :heart: :rose:



Whoas - Theme: Glitter



Glitter and Sparkles by ammmy
glitter on feather. by simoendliGlitter and Gold by saverysauce



Glitter Bokeh by FallOutGirl9001Sweetheart by mk-w
Glitter by SundayMindChristmas Time by BWozniakPhotography

Disco in a Drop by baileysmomentsintimeDiamonds in the sky by ftourini

Glitter by EliseEnchantedGift by DemonMathiel
Jar Full of Wishes by Cesteelchristmas in advance lol by Tartofraises
Let's Play by DemonMathielfirst snow by Mechanical2127


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What I'm looking for from you guys:
:bulletred: News, Features or Interviews you want to promote
:bulletred: Groups you want me to feature or highlight
:bulletred:  deviations that follow the theme for that issue
:bulletred: DevMEETs or events going on around you or being hosted by you.
:bulletred: Commission information for those looking for Commissions
:bulletred: Anything else you feel you want the deviantART community to know about!


Next installment to be posted January 17, 2013 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Smile.  

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!
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Official dA News


:bulletpurple:  Holiday Card Project 2012 Wrap Up




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 Relation run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest

:bulletpink: :flagus: Beautiful Creatures - Deadline January 20, 2013
:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge 91 - Time's A Ticking - Deadline January 30, 2013
:bulletpink: Fractalize Your Xmas Holidays - Deadline January 31, 2013


Community Relations Projects


:bulletgreen: projecteducate
:bulletgreen: ArtHistoryProject 
:la:
Check them out and see how you can get involved!


Informative News & Events


:bulletblue: HLE Contest hosted by Damaged927



Features & Interviews


:bulletred: Friday Feature Issue 007
:bulletred: Digitally Delicious Jan 17th



Groups


:bulletgreen:  LiteraryCompass is a group featuring and promoting long-form fiction, novels, on-going serials. Also the hub for the article series published on a once every 3-week basis.
:bulletgreen: Photo-Challenge-52 is starting the new Project 52, a photo each week! We are always happy to have new people taking on the challenge!
:bulletgreen: Safe-Stock-Resources It's a collaborative effort by stock providers that care about our community to band together and pledge to provide safe and legitimate stock resources as according to :devart: terms and guidelines. We are highlighting stock providers that are known for providing quality and safe stocks for artists to use. By creating the group, we're hoping to avoid those who would abuse a stamp. The submissions process is thorough and each member is double checked before they are approved into the group. Learn more about the group here
:bulletgreen: dANightsOfMystery - Whether you're solving or committing the murder, there's plenty of ways to get involved in our Devious Nights of Mystery. Feel free to peruse our Party Rules or find out What is a devious night of mystery? Or if you're ready to get started, check out our Current Parties and sign up before the guest lists are full. If you have any questions feel free to contact OfOneSoul or any of our contributors.
:bulletgreen: deviant365 the official deviantART 365 group is back up and running for 2013! deviant365 aims to bring the deviousness to the deviantART community one week at a time, 365 days a year.
:bulletgreen: FractalCircles has relaunched with a new fresh concept. We are looking for fractal artists who like to experiment and team up with others to create Fractal Art. Though I want to underline that we are NOT focused on art collection but on art creation. So we are not a group to submit random Fractal Art to.

Whoas - Theme: Smile




Rule this world with a smile by blackfantastixNebu Fanboy by arachnid15
Smile by scorsagraSmile. by ephemeralciel
smile by bulefunny feet by l0ne-star
Big Smile by Acacia13That Smile. by BeautifulFlower66
Smile by nattzvartSmile by Wings-Of-A-Messiah
Together by PiccolaRiasmile by bartekwhitecoast
Smile like You Mean It by Foxhawk95
Commission - Tilt by DejiNyucu




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What I'm looking for from you guys:
:bulletred: News, Features or Interviews you want to promote
:bulletred: Groups you want me to feature or highlight
:bulletred:  deviations that follow the theme for that issue
:bulletred: DevMEETs or events going on around you or being hosted by you.
:bulletred: Commission information for those looking for Commissions
:bulletred: Anything else you feel you want the deviantART community to know about!


Next installment to be posted January 31, 2013 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Yellow.  

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!
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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 moonbeam13@deviantart.com 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


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: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!

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