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Scribblenauts Unmasked Winners

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 11:52 AM

In the Scribblenauts Unmasked Contest, we challenged you to help Maxwell in his mission by creating your own unique Scribblenauts version of any character from the DC Comics Universe. The winners are in! See whose entries have won cash and were featured on deviantART's home page!
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Celebrating Deviousness - June 2013

Sat Jun 1, 2013, 12:01 AM

Deviousness Award

Congratulations to `

What is this Awesome Achievement?

The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.

Who is `ChewedKandi?

`ChewedKandi has certainly gone out of her way to keep the vector community on the right path. Always making sure that her talents are infinitely scalable, Sharon has put her bezier curves to excellent use, and firmly anchored herself as an inspirational leader.  We are absolutely delighted to bestow the Deviousness Award for June 2013 to `ChewedKandi, congratulations!

Congratulations to `ChewedKandi

Hot off the press, out latest recipient of the Deviousness Award!
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Home Made Tripod

I've shared this nifty little trick before - a home made tripod. It sounds impossible, but actually it's really practical and much easier than lugging the real thing around with you if it's not needed! Check out this articlefor more information on how to create it!

Home Made Reflector

Reflectors can be pretty expensive from time to time. I've been lucky to pick up a couple cheaply on Ebay and they serve the purpose but if you really want to save, then why not try making your own? This article shows you how with just three materials and the video below also provides further guidance - check it out here. The below video is also really useful for this as well..

Paper Lens Hood

Lens hoods are really useful, but I tend to use mine more of a protector for my lens than anything else. So if you're looking at  buying one and you're not sure where to look then why not try making one yourself first? This website allows you to find your camera make, and print off your own! It doesn't get much more useful than that...

Flash Diffuser

Camera shops will charge you a fair bit for a bit of plastic that will diffuse your flash. That's a great quick, easy solution. However if you've got the time to make something for yourself, it's quick and easy - and free! Cartons - transluscent - work well for this occasion. Simply slice the bottom off of a milk carton and attach the base to the flash gun. Sellotape is helpful here. If you want it more diffused, then just add a few more layers. It doesn't look that attractive - but it serves a purpose!

If you have any great DIY Photography tools that you'd love to share then why not drop a link or comment at the bottom of this article for the next Artists Toolbox Week! :w00t:

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Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13: :

Table of Contents

1. Gallery Makeover Project
2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
3. Community Projects
4. Official Contests
5. Project Educate 2013
6. Art History Project
7. News from the Chats and Forums
8. News from the Galleries

1. Gallery Makeover Project

First, thank you for all of your feedback concerning Gallery Makeovers! That information is being sorted and organized and I'll be working on one gallery at a time going forward.  Recently, we announced the changes to the Journal Category tree and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.  I have been collecting feedback from the announcement for future consideration when it comes to future gallery additions.  At this time, I will be monitoring the changes and should we need to add more categories, we can certainly do that.  It's easier to add than take away, as this project is certainly proving :

I'm currently organizing a plan of attack for the rest of the galleries, a schedule if you will.  Once that's been sorted out, I will certainly announce what is being worked on and how, so the community is informed :) Nothing will be a surprise, as you know, we've come to these plans together with feedback from you.  Simplification and ease of submission is the end goal and while it will take some time, I think we all believe it's well worth the effort. 

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? 

We are actively recruiting for many positions right now! To see current openings on the Community Relations volunteer team please go to this journal. To apply, please go to the application form here

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 only those being considered will be contacted.  Also, all applications are kept on file for one year.

Thank you :)

3. Community Projects

:omg: Want to show your devious pride and get involved in ongoing Community Projects? Check out CRCommunityProjects for the latest updates!


4. Official Contests

:bulletpink: Turning Tables - Deadline August 31, 2013
:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge 98 - Artist Appreciation - Deadline August 31, 2013
:bulletpink: More FIAT More Imagination Contest - Deadline September 15, 2013

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

5. Project Educate 2013

:bulletpink: projecteducate has revamped the past two months to include a brand new shiny week! The introduction of our first ever 'Artists Toolbox' week brought you various articles focusing on the tools of the trade - a new concept to projecteducate which went down so well that we have a week scheduled in September too! If you're interested in participating please check out How it Works. To find out what's coming up shortly check out the Calendar.

:bulletpink: Artists Toolbox: Tablets

6. Art History Project

:bulletpink: Official Group
:bulletpink: Sign-up Sheet

7. News from the Chats and Forums

The chat and forum have been busy for both the Community Volunteer team and the deviantART community these past few months! If you are interested in either the chat or forum, be sure to read the Chat & Forum Newsletter: July, August! :D

8. News from the Galleries

:bulletblue: Anime/Manga

:bulletblue: Anthro

:bulletblue: Artisan Crafts

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 and updates from the Community Relations team.
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Riddick 'Rule the Dark' Winners

Thu Aug 29, 2013, 1:39 PM



Strap on your goggles, Riddick fans! Director David Twohy reviewed each of the 25 amazing semi-finalist entries into the Riddick: Rule the Dark Fan Art Contest, and after careful consideration, he's chosen three bounty hunters to win tons of cash and prizes! "You're not afraid of the dark, are you?"


The Dark Hunt

by ~ArchLimit

The Winner Will Receive

  • $4,000 USD
  • Survival Kit
  • 8,000 dA Points
  • 1-Year Premium Membership

Judge Comments

"Great pose, great vibe."


Carnivorous Cavern

by *Comikidd

The Winner Will Receive

  • $3,000 USD
  • Survival Kit
  • 4,000 dA Points
  • 6-Month Premium Membership

Judges Comments

"Felt like a Steranko comic book cover."



by ~AngelitaRamos

The Winner Will Receive

  • $2,000 USD
  • Survival Kit
  • 4,000 dA Points
  • 6-Month Premium Membership

Judges Comments

"Put me in the middle of the action."

The time has come, Riddick fans! Director David Twohy has reviewed each of the 25 amazing semi-finalist entries to the Riddick: Rule the Dark Fan Art Contest.  After careful consideration, he's selected three winners who will claim the bounty of cash and prizes! "You're not afraid of the dark, are you?"
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Over the years, we've been proud to offer the opportunity to volunteer with deviantART. We believe that our volunteers play a crucial role in helping our community develop and grow in positive ways.  

The Gallery Moderator (previously known as Gallery Director) and Message Network Admin (MN@) teams have become a much loved and appreciated role, with many volunteers proudly detailing their experience in applications to enter into successful careers with companies who all recognise the value of volunteering in such a vibrant and eclectic community. Did you know that some of our now full time Staff were once volunteers? fourteenthstar, Moonbeam13, Pachunka, aunjuli, y2jenn, damphyr, Tachy-on, dxd and Ikue all volunteered in various roles -- and we are all very proud of that fact!

Over the past few months, we've been taking a close look at the volunteer experience -- what's worked, what hasn't worked and how we can improve things in order to enhance the experience for future generations of volunteers. There's been a number of things that have confused the community over the years regarding what volunteers can -- and can't do -- and we feel that it's time to put the past behind us with a smile on our face and move into a new era with enthusiasm.


It's time to say goodbye to the two different teams of volunteers. Yes, that's right -- no more Gallery Moderators, and no more Message Network Admins! Whatever will we do!?

We've unified the teams under Community Relations (communityrelations) to provide one brand spanking new team of Community Volunteers. No more confusion about who does what, because everyone who is a Community Volunteer will have access to the same tools in order to help out within the community. Obviously, some volunteers will focus in specific areas so continue to check  FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen? , as well as the team roster to properly direct your questions or daily deviation suggestions :)


Community Volunteers will help the community out by providing you -- the community -- with a specific contact point in relation to galleries, chat and forums. You'll find them doing the following;

:bulletpink: Helping run community challenges and educational projects
:bulletpink: Supporting community events
:bulletpink: Helping moderate featured chats
:bulletpink: Helping moderate forums
:bulletpink: Being part of the #help team
:bulletpink: Being part of the team that moderate #devart and other official chatrooms
:bulletpink: Liaising with Moonbeam13, fourteenthstar and Tachy-on on community matters
:bulletpink: Bringing rockstar deviants to your attention via features, articles and Daily Deviations


We knew you'd ask! So don't worry. The task of moderating the galleries is not something that a volunteer should be doing -- it's something that we ALL should be doing by reporting inappropriate deviations to the attention of the CEA team, who are full time employees dedicated to working in this area.

This has been one area in particular that people seem to have misunderstood and had differing expectations. In our formative years, we had a team of volunteers who actively browsed categories and moved deviations around, but that was back when so little deviations were uploaded every day that it was actually possible to view -- and comment -- on everything that was uploaded over a 24 hour period! It's simply not possible to provide this anymore, and Community Volunteers can help out with gallery moderation by bringing problematic galleries to the attention of full time Staff, and will have access to some tools that permit the moving of deviations that are in glaringly obviously incorrect galleries. For example, a traditional art piece that has been uploaded into the Digital Art gallery, or a photograph that has been uploaded to sculpture.


Community Volunteers won't be involved in making any policy decisions regarding your artwork, nor will they be able to ban anyone from our main deviantART site, however if you troll too hard in #devart or any of the other chatrooms, you may very well find yourself receiving a swift /kick from one of them, or even the dreaded dAmn ban for a few days. Oh noes! :ohnoes:


:trollface: u mad? They are still here!! See those Community Volunteers over there...


If you are interested in becoming a Community Volunteer, you can find our application form here and FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on DeviantArt? will give you more information


No. All Community Volunteers will be easily identified by the use of the ^ symbol. It's an upside down V, for volunteer. Get it? :D


Now! You'll start to notice the changes rolling out today, and we'll take a few days to transition over all the areas. We'd like to thank you in advance for all your patience whilst this happens.


:heart: Moonbeam13 & fourteenthstar

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Site Updates and How to Welcome Them

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

Site Update Reactions by kozispoon

The Change

When a new feature is released, most deviants give their first impressions of said feature. Some may even react like this:

This is completely normal, especially with extreme changes (like the new username symbols). It is perfectly fine to be upset about it - but at the same time, you do need to give the new change a chance.

Over-reacting is something that is common with change. Deactivating your account in protest will not make the feature go away. If anything, it will make a statement about yourself to others (positive or negative, it depends on the person). And of course, if you deactivate, how are you going to provide any feedback about the new feature?

Providing Constructive Feedback

Providing feedback to Staff Members is a good thing to do. Providing excellent and constructive feedback is even better. Saying "I don't like it" is not proper feedback. All feedback should be posted on the feature's official announcement article (or if in BETA, then devBUG's official article). You can also choose to use the Suggestions Forum.

Here are a few bullet points to help you provide constructive feedback:

  • Elaborate. Say what you don't like about it. If you just say "I don't like it" that is telling Staff Members nothing. How can they improve anything if they don't know what to improve?
  • Suggest Improvements. What can they do to make you like the new feature better? Are there any compromises you are willing to make in order to be more happier with the feature.
  • Mock-ups. Creating mock-ups of what you want to see is one of the best things you can do. It helps others visualize exactly what you are thinking of.

Remember: just because you give feedback, it doesn't mean anything will be changed. Most changes deviantART implements are for a very good and thought out reason.

>> For more read Katara-Alchemist's A Guide To Creating A Suggestion for DeviantART

Things to Think About

Over the years that I've been on dA, I've noticed a common trend with comments on Site Updates. The comments mostly say the same thing every time, and usually these comments are over exaggerated. :)

"dA doesn't care about us."
They do. Believe it or not, but deviantART Staff Members do not go out of their way to annoy you. New features and updates aren't made because they want you to get all flustered. They only do things that are the best interest for's future as a company and YOU. It is important to remember that there aren't many websites where you have DIRECT communication with every single Staff Member.

"Don't fix things that aren't broken."
If society lived by this motto, we would not be getting anywhere. Technology evolves, it's the way the world works. We would still have big box televisions, messenger pigeons, Windows 98, etc if these products weren't improved on. The message I'm trying to get across is, how is anything supposed to evolve over time if nothing should be "fixed when it isn't broken"?

"Everyone hates this new feature. Take it away!"
Speak for yourself and yourself alone. Sorry to put it bluntly, but there are 28 MILLION members on deviantART. To say everyone hates something is extremely delusional. It is a fact that people who don't like a new feature are more likely to express their opinions than someone who does like a new feature. So keep that in mind before playing the "every comment has been negative" card.

Conclusion / tl;dr

Key points you should take away from the article:
  • Everyone reacts differently to change.
  • Try not to overreact when it comes to change. The way you act reflects YOU as a person.
  • Provide constructive feedback is encouraged. Your feedback is always read when it's posted in the right place.
  • deviantART Loves You. :heart:

Protip: If you are still in doubt of a recent change, listen to I Love It by Icona Pop. By the end of the song, you will love it. :)

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Celebrating Deviousness August 2012

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:01 AM

Deviousness Award

Congratulations to `Thiefoworld

What is this Awesome Achievement?

The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.


Who is `Thiefoworld?

`Thiefoworld has made his mission to fill our community with vibrant colours and positive attitude. His illustrations are instantly recognisable and are somewhat iconic at deviantART. Thiefoworld's weekly webcomic is a must read for all deviants, and we love that his journals are filled with community spirit and encouragement for others.

You know you've picked the right deviant when you have to double check that he hasn't received the Deviousness Award already.

We are absolutely delighted to bestow the Deviousness Award for August 2012 to `Thiefoworld!

Congratulations to `Thiefoworld

Hot off the press, our latest recipient of the Deviousness Award.
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Official dA News

:bulletpurple: Celebrating Deviousness - September 2013


:star: Follow :icondepthradius: for more articles.

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: More FIAT More Imagination Contest - Deadline September 15, 2013
:bulletpink: Stylenoir Monarchy Contest - Deadline September 30, 3013
:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge 99 - Back to School - Deadline September 30, 2013

Community Relations Projects

:bulletgreen: projecteducate  Next Week: Artist's Toolbox with Various deviantART Artists View full schedule here
:bulletgreen: ArtHistoryProject Current: Greek and Hellenistic Art
Check them out and see how you can get involved!

Informative News & Events

:bulletblue: Chats and Forums

Features & Interviews

:bulletred: A Feature of Totally Awesome Art


:bulletgreen: CoC-ExchangeAs an extension, and valuable resource of CreatorsOfCreatures , we offer you an exchange that not only allows you to receive fantastic art of characters of your choice, but also gives you the opportunity to improve your art by broadening your horizons, and pushing you to try something new! 

Whoas - Theme: Sunflowers

Sunflower Smile by meadow-rue sunflower by tandolcedeco

Sunflowers :c: by izka197 Elva - Sunflower by chamoth143

Sunshine by izka197 STYLE TEST: Alyssa -More beautiful than flowers by izka197
SunFlowers by pencil-cute 
'The' sun flower by R3ality66 +sunflowers+ by Tashiya-sama
Sun Flower by CQcat  sunflowers by Kiyokouu 
Retro Sunflowers For Maria by CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Sunflower by electrifried  
Commission: Wholesome Sunflowers by TheLadyJ
:note: To contribute to the next installment of "Pimps & Whoas" please include it in the comments below with the appropriate links and information.  If promoting groups, please include a description so people know why they should check it out! Also use devtags not icontags eg:communityrelations not :iconcommunityrelations:

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 September 18th and the theme for the "Whoas" is Seasons.  

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!

News, features, interviews and events from around the deviantART community.
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This article marks the latest announcements detailing the latest additions to the dizzy height of Senior members in our community. With just over 800 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! :clap:
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