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Seniorityheader 2 by fourteenthstar
This article marks the latest additions to the dizzy height of Senior members in our community. With just over 1000 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 13th Birthday celebrations. They have all been nominated for their efforts in the community by multiple deviants, Staff and Volunteers.
As part of our 13th Birthday celebrations, we are honouring a number of special deviants with Seniority status.
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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 - July 2013

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 12:01 AM



Deviousness Award




 

Congratulations to `
Synfull






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 `Synfull?


`Synfull has firmly rooted herself at the heart of the emoticon gallery and made it her mission to bring pixel passion to every part of deviantART. With a personal gallery that's filled to the brim with extremely detailed emoticons and informative tutorials, Karen has developed a reputation with many deviants for being somewhat of a legendary emoticon artist. We very much agree that Karen's dedication and inspiring efforts deserve recognition, therefore it's without any hesitation that we bestow the Deviousness Award for July 2013 to `Synfull.

Congratulations to `Synfull






Celebrating our latest recipient of the Deviousness Award
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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



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

:iconcrcommunityprojects:



4. Official Contests


:trophy:
: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!

:iconcommunityrelations:
Bi-monthly news and updates from the Community Relations team.
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Celebrating Deviousness - May 2013

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:01 AM




Deviousness Award





Congratulations to `
anmari






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 `anmari?


`anmari has been spreading her infectious positivity throughout our community for over 6 years. Throughout this time Ana has been at the core of all things devious, passionately developing an eclectic gallery, helping organise devmeets, participating in chat events and also recently completed dedicating her time as a Community Volunteer. We are absolutely delighted to bestow the Deviousness Award for May 2013 to `anmari, congratulations!

Congratulations to `anmari






Celebrating the latest recipient of our Deviousness Award
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Seniorityheader 2 by fourteenthstar
This article marks the latest additions to the dizzy height of Senior members in our community. With just over 1000 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 in our current round of community recognitions. They have all been nominated for their efforts in the community by multiple deviants, Staff and Volunteers.
Announcing the newest Senior members in our community -- congratulations everyone!
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New Journal Category Tree

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 7:41 PM

In our continuous quest to improve the deviantART experience, we have made some changes to the Journal categories that have resulted in a much more condensed and simplified group of selections. The simplification of categories will make the Journal submission process even easier, and make it easier to browse and find Journals you love.

The old category tree was trying to be too specific, which in turn made it tough to find the right category to submit to. The new categories are meant to be clearer, broader, and more inclusive. Starting today, all existing Journals will be migrated to the new category tree.

Background


by techgnotic founder of depthRADIUS

What lead to this decision, you may ask? Like the torrid fate of many categories,  in trying to be all-inclusive and find an appropriate lid for every pot, all that’s really been achieved is a scattering of too much really great stuff across too broad a cognitive landscape.  Too much material that would have been of interest to a particular deviant is getting lost and never seen because it was posted in a similar but different category and never interfaced by the browsing deviant in question.  A tragedy. 

We are currently trying to encourage a much more dynamic – simpler but hopefully more efficient and effective – communication between deviants by reviving an ancient arcane system of "less is more" that still may be the most productive and ultimately informative information distribution tool ever devised by humankind. 

It’s important here at deviantART in our efforts to remain the worldwide leader in arts advocacy, education and entertainment that the contributions of our members and visitors really count for something in the great burning forge of human evolution.  To be a real news, information and opinion hub for everything arts requires our never being satisfied with being no more than the biggest static bulletin board or counter of clicks.  Deviants should be aware that we are always looking for suggestions on how to better facilitate their thoughts and concerns making it through to the artists and others they’re trying to reach.  Ideas matter.  We will continue to honor them with our best efforts in their best presentation.



The New Journal Tree



Journals

  • DeviantART Announcements - Official deviantART news, updates and information. Submission to this category is limited to deviantART staff only. 
  • Official deviantART Contests - Officially sponsored contests run by deviantART.  Submission to this category is limited to deviantART Staff only. 
  • Art Features - Journals related to the topic of art, features based on a specific theme, how-to articles, collections of deviations and interviews with artists. 
  • Literature Features - Journals related to the topic of literature, features based on a specific theme, collections of written deviations and interviews with writers. 
  • Software Reviews - Reviews of new and existing software. 
  • Deviant Events - Journals promoting community events or news, such as, community run contests, projects, deviantMEETS and chat events. 
  • Personal - Personal updates about yourself and your life.

     


1. What happens to the old categories?

   During the transition period, the old journal categories will be closed to new submissions but will be available to browse.  Your journals will not be lost.


2. Do I need to move my old journals to the new categories?

    Not at all, this is a minimal effort change for you.  Through the magic of Devious Technology, we will work to move your existing journals into the new categories.  In an effort to not spam you all, these moves will be done silently, meaning that you won't end up with a message center full of 'Your journal has been moved' notes.  Also, if you feel that your journal was not put into a correct category, please feel free to move it to a more appropriate one. 


3. How long will it take to move the old journals into the new categories?


   To put it into perspective, there are approximately 41 million journal submissions.  However! We aren't changing the "Personal" category, which accounts for 40 million of those entries ;P.  To move the remaining 1 million, it can take Devious Technology up to a month to complete.  


4. What happens when the old journals have been moved?

    Once all of the old categories have been cleared out, they will be removed from browse and deleted and the transition process will be completed!



If there are any other questions you may have that have not been addressed, please leave them in the comments below.


Thank you!




Details about the changes to the Journal Category tree. Check out the information to learn how these changes will affect your current and future journal submissions.
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Celebrating Deviousness December 2012

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:01 AM



    

        

Deviousness Award


    

    
    

        

            

Congratulations to `UnicornReality


        

        



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.



 




 
`UnicornReality is a much loved and well known deviant who has been instrumental in the successful continuous development of our stock & resources community. Known best of all for her beautiful stock photography,  Fiona's vibrant personality and enthusiastic approach to bringing fun into everything she does,  has proven to be a daily inspiration to us all. If you are looking for a muse to stoke your creative fire, UnicornReality should be top of your list. We are absolutely delighted to bestow the Deviousness Award for December 2012 to `UnicornReality.



Congratulations to `UnicornReality




Our newest recipient of the illustrious Deviousness Award.
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Celebrating Deviousness - June 2013

Sat Jun 1, 2013, 12:01 AM




Deviousness Award





Congratulations to `
ChewedKandi






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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Our first-ever deviantMEET in Las Vegas hit the jackpot!


On Sunday, December 1st, deviants were already lined up outside the doors at 5:00 PM, even though the event wasn't scheduled to start until 5:30!  (A handful of amazingly dedicated super deviants arrived as early as 3:30 PM!)  Far be it for us to wait to get the party started, so we opened the doors a little early, allowing the crowd to rush in.  After signing our guestbook – we know, physical guestbooks are so Web 1.0, but they're great mementos! – our devious artists dispersed to play at the deviantART booth. 

Stocked with six Intuos 5 Wacom tablets to play with, a 24-inch Cintiq, SketchBook Pro for sketching and painting, enough table seating for traditional drawing and portfolio review, and bags upon bags of free swag (including stress balls, deviantART Sharpies, and tons of free stickers), everyone found an awesome and creative way to spend their time.


CAVE deviantMEET Booth by madizzlee

CAVE deviantMEET Goodie Bags by madizzlee

Photo Credit: danlev and Shyree


Over 300 deviants, friends, and family showed up to our booth and got exclusive access to the other booths at Preview Night of the Autodesk CAVE Conference.  One of the most rewarding things about attending deviantMEETs is witnessing a true cross-section of the range of ages, skill levels, and artistic disciplines represented all across deviantART.  Watching everyone mixing and mingling, picking up tricks of the trade and passing along wisdom to others, and settling down for a quiet moment to create and inspire offline as much as they do online is truly something to behold. Sometimes it's easy to forget how much we all have in common, but deviantMEETs showcase our connection right on the forefront!


CAVE deviantMEET Group Shot 4 by madizzlee
Cave deviantMEET by madizzlee CAVE deviantMEET deviant (9) by madizzlee
Cave (14) by makepictures
CAVE deviantMEET (3) by madizzlee

Photo Credit: danlev, Shyree, and makepictures


This was the first deviantMEET staff members can recall where we've had trouble giving away food!  At most deviantMEETs, we provide some kind of snack, like the tasty pizza at our November deviantMEET in Hollywood, and it's gobbled up within minutes!  Las Vegas deviants happen to be really health conscious!  Our deviantART green cupcakes -- Pantone matched, of course! -- were turned away by a good many.  We, less-than-health-conscious staff members, can confirm that they were indeed delicious, as Ben (xraystyle) ate at least four.


CAVE deviantMEET Cupcakes by madizzlee
Photo Credit: danlev and Shyree


On a more serious note, we can't thank the Autodesk CAVE Conference enough for their support and encouragement in allowing us space to house our humble deviantMEET and maybe even bring deviantART to a larger crowd of artists and art enthusiasts via our booth.  For its first year, the CAVE Conference was imagined as a gathering of artists, designers, and storytellers to learn, share, inspire, and challenge each other.  If creativity is your fuel, CAVE was the place to find it. 


Our booth was right near the convention hall's entrance, and along the entrance wall was the CAVE ART Collection, representing a wide variety of content, styles, and subject matter that celebrated imagination.  This year's collection includes artwork created in SketchBook Pro by students, professionals, and aspiring artists from around the world, many of whom were deviants.


Wall of Art by Innocently-Creating

Deviants at CAVE deviantMEET in Las Vegas by madizzlee CAVE deviantMEET Group (12) by madizzlee
Photo Credit: Innocently-Creating, danlev, and Shyree


On Monday, Angelo (spyed) help kicked off the conference by delivering a keynote speech about his experiences in community building and how the lessons he learned supplied the building blocks to the successes of the deviantART.  His experiences seemed to resonate through the audience within, many of them deviants who have gone on to work for professional organizations in all genres of artistic expression.  Truly inspirational.  And he was followed by Neil Gaiman, so, not a bad lineup!


Angelo's Speech at CAVE by madizzlee
Cave (19) by makepictures
Photo Credit: danlev, Shyree, and makepictures


Next, Ron (techgnotic) hosted a presentation about the ever-evolving role of communities as they pertain to artists.  Now, more than ever before, creators are coming to the Internet and deviantART to interact with their fans and inspiration, and often those fans help to shape the focus of the total narrative.  It's an interesting and innovative time to be on either side of the creative community!


Cave (24) by makepictures

Photo Credit: makepictures


All in all, we couldn't be more grateful that we were given the opportunity to engage with our Las Vegas deviants and introduce them -- or reintroduce them -- to the inspirational world of Autodesk.


CAVE deviantMEET Art 2 by madizzlee

CAVE deviantMEET Art 3 by madizzlee CAVE deviantMEET Art by madizzlee
Photo Credit: danlev and Shyree


For additional deviantMEET perspectives, check out a few of the following journals from those who attended!


You never know... we might be coming to your neck of the woods sometime soon, so keep your eye on hq for updates, and stay devious!

                                       

Staff attendees: spyed , techgnotic , Heidi, makepictures , xraystyle, danlev, Shyree, jeanpat, LaurenKitsune



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