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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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In the Riddick 'Rule the Dark' Fan Art contest, we challenged you to show us how Riddick rules the dark, based on the trailer and asset pack. We saw amazing renditions of this fierce survivor, showcasing Riddick's strength and determination. The competition was stiff, but our judges narrowed it down to the top 25. These will now be sent to Riddick Director, David Twohy, to select the final three Winners. Congratulations to the top 25 Semi-Finalists below!

The remaining 22 Semi-Finalists will receive:
  • 3-Month Premium Membership
  • 2,000 deviantART Points



1 by lizardpudding    Riddick by Bobann

Riddick Ruling. Again. by johnrholmes    Riddick by natelovett

Descent of Darkness by thebestdistraction    Riddick: Rule the Dark - Composure by Gmrmnd7

Riddick: Rule the Dark by Caelkriss    Riddick by AngelitaRamos

Riddick-Fight For Your Life by xWaxWingx    Rule the Dark by digitalyear

Riddick - Rule the Dark Entry 2 by FoxHound1984    Rule the dark by DarrenGeers

RaulRamosArt RiddickRuleTheDarkContestEntry by daitengu    Riddick by creatorofall


Carnivorous Cavern by Destructiconz    Sneak Attack by Changinghand

The Dark Hunt by ArchLimit    Riddick Artwork (drawn by Alexander Levett) by AlexanderLevett

RULE THE NIGHT by DaigotheBeast     Riddick: Rule the Dark by deanhsieh

Riddick by KaiserFlames    Bring it. by Cookiee1991

Riddick by airuzki    The Sweet Spot by JZINGERMAN

    
The Amazing Crimson Tempest of Richard B Riddick by Prinnyking3    


Please note: If during the finalist judging, any one of the Semi-Finalists becomes ineligible or is disqualified under the Official Rules, the Semi-Finalist judges will replace the disqualified entry with a new selection to be considered by the final judges.





In the Riddick 'Rule the Dark' Fan Art contest, we challenged you to show us how Riddick rules the dark. The competition was fierce, but our judges are ready to reveal the top 25!
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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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Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13: :

Table of Contents



1. Art is Personal
2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
3. Community Projects
4. Official Contests
5. Project Educate 2014
6. News from the Chats and Forums
7. News from the Galleries

1. Art is Personal


Every day, daily deviations are featured, artist interviews are posted, and countless journals of thumbnails published.  Every single day, community members, volunteers and staff, all come together and share in a love of art. It doesn't always go well and sometimes a piece of artwork I adore, strikes the wrong chord with someone. However, regardless of the message received the artwork achieved the goal of becoming personal and striking an emotion and there are no rules that state this emotion should always be happy and fluffy. I'm personally inspired by a different kind of image, one that challenges my feelings and ideals and sometimes, ones that make me uncomfortable. It was 1995, at the Guggenheim in New York City, that I stumbled across the work of Joel- Peter Witkin.  It was his work that inspired me to pick up a camera but to say that his work is globally appealing, would not be valid.  For me, it was the beginning of a great journey that would eventually lead me to this community.  For others, I imagine they would rather not view his work, as its controversial and uncomfortable for them.

As an artist, my art is very personal.  Every image I create tells a story and what I've learned is that even when I feel the intent or message is obvious, it might be completely lost on someone else.  Does that make them stupid? not at all, it just means that my art spoke to them differently and that happens for a number of reasons. It could be about what they were feeling that day or it could be speaking to something that happened in their past or it could very well be the paragon of their greatest fear and while it is my artwork and my intention, there is nothing wrong with someone else seeing something completely different.  

Every day I look through comments on articles or Daily Deviations and I'm always amazed by how vastly different the opinions are.  Some people love it and others absolutely hate it, some feel it's about one thing while another is on a completely different track.  The point is that these feelings are all valid and, assuming the commenter has shared their feelings respectfully, there's nothing wrong with that.

If a piece of artwork manages to elicit an emotion - be it positive or negative - in my opinion, it has more than earned it's place.  If you feel differently, that's okay.  No one will react to one piece of artwork the same way.  In fact, you could probably go back through you favourites gallery and look at selections you made years ago, and find those pieces may not make you feel the same way about them as they did at the time. 

Conversely, if your piece of artwork manages to accumulate a wealth of negativity,  remember the silver lining - Your art made people feel -  Then pat yourself on the back and go create your next masterpiece.

Art is a personal journey of mind, body and soul - both to create and to experience and we'd all do better as a community to consider that. :heart:

Feel free to share your favourite artists or pieces of artwork in the comments below :) I'd love to see the variety of tastes and styles that exist in our community!


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 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:



3. Community Projects


Check out any of the projects below to get involved or, if you are feeling inspired come up with a project of your own and contact CRCommunityProjects for help in getting started!

:bulletgreen: fella - deviantART's Official Mascot Group

:bulletgreen: Fella's Dictionary Update  

:bulletgreen: Fella's ArtFest Contest

:bulletgreen: deviant365 - deviantART's Official Weekly Task Group

To get support for your Community Project, please read this post



4. Official Contests


:bulletpink: The Transformation Challenge - Deadline June 24, 2014
:bulletpink: SuicideGirls Fan Art Contest - Deadline June 27, 2014
:bulletpink: World of Water - Deadline June 30, 2014
:bulletpink: AnthroChallenge #108 - Thank a Mailman - Deadline June 30, 2014

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



5. Project Educate 2014


There are plenty of ways to get involved with many of projecteducate's upcoming projects! Check out how to get involved with Community Weeks here and check out the Schedule to see what's coming up. We've also introduced an exciting new project called 'Hints and Tips' and you can get involved by reading this journal!

We've recently had a fantastic Traditional Art week and you can read the roundup here. We've also had Artisan Crafts week and the recap can be found here!


6. 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: May, June! :D


7. News from the Galleries


:bulletblue: 3-Dimensional Art

:bulletblue: Anime/Manga

:bulletblue: Anthro

:bulletblue: Artisan Crafts


:bulletblue: Customization
:bulletgreen: Wallpaper

:bulletblue: deviantART related

:bulletblue: Digital Art
:bulletgreen: Fractal
:bulletgreen: Photomanipulation
:bulletgreen: Vector & Vexel

:bulletblue: Fan Art

:bulletblue: Film & Animation

:bulletblue: Literature
:bulletgreen: Fan-Fiction

:bulletblue: Photography
:bulletgreen: Abstract & Surreal
:bulletgreen: Animals, Plants & Nature Photography
:bulletgreen: Artistic Nude
:bulletgreen: Conceptual Photography
:bulletgreen: Fetish Photography
:bulletgreen: Horror & Macabre
:bulletgreen: People and Portraits
:bulletgreen: Pin-Up & Glamour
:bulletgreen: Still Life Photography
:bulletgreen: Urban & Rural Photography

:bulletblue: Resources & Stock Images

:bulletblue: Science Fiction & Space Art

:bulletblue: Text Art & Typography: Do you want to take part in Typography Challenges? Give your input here!

:bulletblue: Traditional Art

:bulletblue: Body Art
:bulletgreen: Sculpture



The Community Relations department exists to facilitate and develop the relationship with our deviantART community. Our goal is to nurture our community by encouraging 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 Newsletter from the Community Relations team.  Watch communityrelations for up-to-date news and to learn how you can get involved in community projects and events!
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Thank you to everyone who participated in The Lexus IS Design Contest! Judges from MotorTrend, Calty Design, VIP AutoSalon, and Lexus, collaborated to select our winners, and were truly impressed with the quality and skill represented in all 25 semi-finalists.

~psas has won

  • 1-year lease on the all-new 2014 Lexus IS
  • All expenses paid trip to see your IS design revealed at The SEMA show in Las Vegas*
  • 1-Year Premium Membership to deviantART.com
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • $2,000 USD Cash Prize
* Airfare, two night hotel accommodation and The SEMA show ticket.

Judge's Comments

This entry has an aggressive design with a bold stance showing IS attitude that stands out. It is almost animated but with just enough realism. It screams SEMA and is an instant eye catcher that will fit right in.

~moondoni has won

  • 6-Month Premium Membership to deviantART.com
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • $1,500 USD Cash Prize

Judge's Comments

Menacing and sleek. This design has amazing aesthetic consistency and a great presence that introduces unique components front to back. It is both conceptual and consistent with the evolution of the IS line.

~hgh0518 has won

  • 6-Month Premium Membership to deviantART.com
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • $1,500 USD Cash Prize

Judge's Comments

Fully embracing the Lexus spindle grill, the front facia is very bold and has just the right amount of attitude. The subtle use of color accentuates the lines without overpowering them.




Thank you to everyone who participated in The Lexus IS Design Contest! Judges from MotorTrend, Calty Design, VIP AutoSalon, and Lexus, collaborated to select our winners, and were truly impressed with the quality and skill represented in all 25 semi-finalists.
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