Slender ManWatch depthRADIUS
The Slender Man
In this season of deceits deceptions & witcheries
I am wary of my following message not being received with the full gravity it deserves. It is not my intention to unduly alarm the deviantART community, but... LaurenKitsune is at this time unaccounted for. All attempts on our part to contact her have failed. It is my hope that she has simply taken a much deserved unscheduled pre-Halloween “vacation” and will be back in online communication soon.
Before going dark, LaurenKitsune was good enough to write and transmit a report on the Slender Man phenomenon sweeping the Internet. That report is published here fo
The Monster in The MirrorWatch depthRADIUSThe Monster in The Mirror in Art Features More Like This
A Pop Culture Interpretation of The Supernatural
Every culture around the world created gods and other mythical beings by mixing and matching fanged and taloned animal parts—e.g., enormous eagle heads on lions’ bodies—human beings have always seemed to need to believe there are powerful and usually quite vengeful supernatural beings lurking just beyond the candlelight.
Supernatural beings come to serve several purposes:
They kept people on the lighted path of truth and goodness, fearful of exploring beyond;
They were a reminder of the punishment we deser
Imaginism - The Future Of Art Is Here NowImaginism - The Future Of Art Is Here Now in Art Features More Like This
In Toronto & on deviantART
No better living functioning evolving example of the new pattern in the creation, dissemination and education in the visual arts can be found than Imaginism Studios, the online brainchild of artists Bobby Chiu & Kei Acedera. Established in Toronto in 2005, the studio has specialized in pre-production character and concept design for film, TV, gaming, and publishing. As creators of some of the most wildly creative and whimsical images ever presented on deviantART, this artistic couple has built an international fan base independent of their c
Clive Barker: Return of The Dark MasterClive Barker: Return of The Dark Master in Art Features More Like This
His Books of Blood in the 1980s established him as a premier master of the horror narrative, on an equal level or even surpassing Stephen King, who said of him;
I have seen the future of horror, his name is Clive Barker.
Like King, Barker’s works of horror have been adopted and adapted for movies, his stories becoming the basis for the Hellraiser and Candyman series and many more. Beyond his stories being used as source material, Barker has worked as screenwriter, producer, actor and director in the film world.
As with Stephen King, many of
WatercolorWatch depthRADIUSWatercolor in Art Features More Like This
Foreword by techgnotic
Christopher Behrens, the 7-year deviantART member contributing this wonderful history of watercolors to depthRADIUS, along with curating artists and interviews, is a modern renaissance man held in high regard by fans of his unique artistic vision. He is an independent filmmaker, author, and a masterful watercolorist in his own right. His gallery of works can be perused here.
Watercolor by ctbehrens
he history of painting begins with watercolor as it is the oldest painting med
You're Not AloneYou're Not Alone in Art Features More Like This
“Sometimes we lay aside our own troubles when we wipe away another's tears.”
Is no longer alone
his life is not easy; a winding, sometimes whimsical, sometimes tragic journey that ultimately finds terminus in the same common destination for each of us. No matter the brave, fierce constructs we build and serve that would have us believe we are each one of us all alone as we make this journey, we make our way toward the end of all things side-by-side in our community of the living each day defying death. Our paths may be wildly divergent—the way of the hungry and impoverished traveling the same timeline with the grotesquely indulgent, the very best of us side-by-side with the most evil of us; but all headed for the same fate: dust. Ever
Cinema Makeup SchoolWatch depthRADIUSCinema Makeup School in Art Features More Like This
Mastering The Magic ofMonster Making
15.7 million fans tuned in for the fourth season finale of the AMC cable channel’s hit series The Walking Dead, making it one of the most watched hour-drama broadcasts in cable history.
More than a mere gore fest, critical approval for the show has come by way of nominations from the Writers Guild of America and the Golden Globes. World War Z
DronesDrones in Art Features More Like This
Choose any media or medium and there is no question that Drones have become the white hot center of debate for a multitude of deeply consequential concerns for the entire Earth Sphere. No matter the digital end point or theatre of conversation, whether it be politics, war, privacy, pop culture, or the rise of machines – Drones or UAV's (unmanned aerial vehicles) are the current catalyst du jour in any number of flashpoint discussions. From the front page headlines of news outlets around
Liam Sharp 3.0 - True Talent Never RestsWatch depthRADIUSLiam Sharp 3.0 - True Talent Never Rests in Art Features More Like This
August 16, 2013 / by $techgnotic
Liam Sharp was and is one of the most sought after comic artists in the business. After bursting on the scene by drawing the bestselling Marvel UK title of all time, Death Head II, he was back in America illustrating top line comics like Superman, Batman and Spiderman as well as special projects for people like Stan Winston. For anyone unfamiliar with his amazing work, his galleries can be found on deviantART. I recently got lost for an entire day perusing a single file of his Conan illustrations.
Gears of War Brumak issue 3
Alien Threat in Pop CultureCould the alien invasion film phenomenon be an expression of the hope for humanity's unity? Prometheus, the highly anticipated prequel to all the Alien films (which also features the return of original Alien director Ridley Scott) opens Friday. The film's story involves a team of astronauts sent to deepest space to investigate the origins of human life, only to discover that an imminent alien invasion may soon wipe out all human life.Alien Threat in Pop Culture in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
:icontechgnotic: Jun 6, 2012 by techgnotic
Could the alien invasion film phenomenon be an expression of the hope for humanity’s unity?
Prometheus, the highly anticipated prequel to all the Alien films (which also features the return of original Alien director Ridley Scott) opens Friday. The film’s story involves a team of astronauts sent to deepest space to investigate the origins of human life, only to di
What Lurks Behind Wil WheatonWatch depthRADIUSWhat Lurks Behind Wil Wheaton in Art Features More Like This
What Lurks BehindWil Wheaton
What's Behind Wil Wheaton? That’s what he’d like to know.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
He could just turn around but he’s asking his army of twitter followers to photoshop the hell out of whatever it is that's on the green screen directly behind him. What an opportunity, deviants
<a class="follow" href="https://twitter.com/wilw">
Site Update: Watch, Notifications, Mobile UpdatesSite Update: Watch, Notifications, Mobile Updates in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
In our continuous effort to improve the DeviantArt experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.
Watch, Notifications, and Mobile Updates
Updates have been made to Watch and Notifications! Changes made include:
Ability to filter what sort of content you see on your Watch, on both the desktop site and the DeviantArt Mobile AppGroup deviations are rolled into one update, on the Watch page, rather than each deviation taking up its own spaceOn the
Site Update: Google Analytics to Beta, New BrushesWhat's NewSite Update: Google Analytics to Beta, New Brushes in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Google Analytics For Your Profile (Beta Testing)
Beta Testers can now link Google Analytics to their Profile! Google Analytics brings deviants access to comprehensive statistics about their deviantART profile, artwork, Journals, galleries, and collections.
Read more »
Calligraphy and Watercolor Brushes in deviantART Muro
Two new brushes have been added to Muro! One is a calligraphy brush that allows you to create calligraphic writing, and the other is a watercolor brush that lets you simulate a watercolor look.
Embedding SoundCloud Files In Journals
You can now share SoundCloud uploads in your Journal! When visiting SoundCloud and listening to a song, click the
Create and Sell Motion Books on deviantARTCreate and Sell Motion Books on deviantART in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Motion Books push the boundaries of storytelling to the extreme, turning the act and art of reading into something that extends well beyond the printed page. Madefire's powerful and adaptable Motion Book Tool is now in your hands, allowing you to create expressive stories where audio and visual artistry collide.
The Motion Book is an adventurous, energy-packed medium that empowers creators to reach for worlds unseen. When you submit your Motion Books to deviantART and share them with the world, they'll be showcased alongside some of the comic industry's greatest creators and publishers, right alongside characters like Batman, Optimus Prime, Rainbow Dash, and Hellboy!
Celebrate deviantART's 13th Birthday!Celebrate deviantART's 13th Birthday! in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
On the day of your birth, you were likely surrounded by those who loved you, who would lead you through the rough first scary years of life, and who would stand by as you grew into a capable person. As time passed, others may have drifted into your life, and even if you didn't know it, they also nurtured and cared for you in much the same way, helping to shape the person you would become.
When a community like deviantART is born, the same common thread binds its originators and founding members together. Over the years, more and more creative beings drift into its life and strengthen its core every single day, resulting in an exponentially inspirational powerhouse for the sheer fact that they've become a part of it. That nurturing spirit, that inherent support system, that caring community inspires deviantART to grow, and it comes from inside each and every one of you.
Deviant and Art MentionsMentions: Connecting PeopleDeviant and Art Mentions in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Mentions are a new, highly requested feature that makes engaging friends and artists in conversation more dynamic than ever before.
What is a Mention?
A Mention is when a deviant’s username, icon, or artwork is included in a comment or Journal. Mentions create links to the deviants or artwork you include, allowing you to highlight artists and engage deviants with ease.
Links to pages on deviantART can quickly be distinguished by their bold, dark-blue color, while external links are darker and have an arrow indicating you are leaving deviantART.
Deviants you mention are notified in the new Mentions section of the Message Center, making engaging and involving others in conversation a simple, hassle-free experience.
How to Mention
There are four ways to mention a deviant.
Site Update: Username Symbols, MentionsWhat's NewSite Update: Username Symbols, Mentions in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
New Username Symbols
With 13,000 new deviants joining deviantART each day, we want to ensure everyone's user experience is seamless. A common question from new and old deviants alike is: "What do username symbols mean?" Over the years, as we’ve surveyed deviants, we’ve found that very few understand symbols.
As part of our ongoing process to make the user experience cleaner and more intuitive, we've launched a new set of username symbols designed to help easily identify deviant-types.
Read more »
Deviant and Art Mentions: Connecting People
DeviantART is a massive community, with 1.5 million comments contributing to inspirational and stimulating conversations each day. With the sheer amount of interaction taking place at any given time, we w
Site Update: Sending ValentinesSite Update: Sending Valentines in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
In our continuous effort to improve the DeviantArt experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.
Valentine's Day Art Exchange 2015
Now's the time to share the love, because the Valentine's Day Art Exchange is in full swing! The "Send a Valentine" button is live, so you can send the digital valentines that deviants have created to your friends and loved ones. The World Map has also been updated to show Valentines being sent in live time!
Check out the
Valentine's Day Art Exchange 2015The Valentine's Day Art Exchange is back! Break out the virtual glitter and cyber candy hearts, and create valentines for your fellow deviants to send to their special someones!Valentine's Day Art Exchange 2015 in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
DIGITAL LOVE IS IN THE AIR
Break out the candy hearts and crafting paper, because the Valentine's Day Art Exchange is back! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, now's the time to create valentines for your fellow deviants to share with their special someones.
Take part and help spread the love!
Start now by creating a digital valentine to be submitted to the Valentine Exchange category. Then, from February 11th to 16th, deviations in the Valentine Exchange category can be sent as valentines to your friends and loved ones!
How It Works
Create Valentine-themed deviations and submit them to the
Site Update: Motion Book Tool, BookshelfIn our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.Site Update: Motion Book Tool, Bookshelf in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Create & Sell Motion Books on deviantART
Become your own publisher and create interactive reading experiences with the Motion Book Tool. Madefire's powerful and adaptable Motion Book Tool is now in your hands, allowing you to create expressive stories where audio and visual artistry collide!
Plus, with deviantART’s new Bookshelf feature, you can easily access all of your favorite purchased digital content!
Read more »
Site Update: deviantART muro Presets to BetaWhat's NewSite Update: deviantART muro Presets to Beta in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Presets in deviantART muro (Beta Testers)
Adding filters to images when using deviantART muro just got easier! The new Presets tab in the sidebar allows you to quickly easily transform an image's appearance, ranging from things that professional photographers often do during post processing of images to fun diversions.
The filters in the Preset tab, many of which were previously available in the Filters menu, make it easier than ever to edit and share images, which is especially useful for deviants when sharing images quickly in comments or Journals.
Read more »
Firefox OS devices would automatically be sent to the desktop website instead of the mobile website. Fixed by
History of April Fool's dAy!This article is written for the projecteducate's Community Week as well as ArtHistoryProject's dA Related month.History of April Fool's dAy! in Deviant Events More Like This
Here is a brief history of April Fool's pranks deviantART has played on it's members. Please note that information is still missing (mostly older years) - this is because some April Fool's pranks were never recorded or are lost in the millions of journals on the site.
2001 - "jark is Arrested"
jark is arrested in Disneyland for cutting in line and refusing to move to the back.
2004 - "British Takeover"
April Fool's Day 2004 marked the day the British took over deviantART. New rules were enforced on that day, including spelling "color", "colour" and saying "Cheers guv'nor" instead of "Thank You".
"Please note that any American who uses the term "socce
The LOL Corner #137: The Best of dAmnItThe LOL CornerThe LOL Corner #137: The Best of dAmnIt in Deviant Events More Like This
This regular news article promises to make you giggle, chortle, and laugh your ass off.
Every edition will feature a collection of the funniest chat network quotes.
dAmnIt! was a database of funny quotes submitted by deviants like you. As of November 30, dAmnIt has been removed from the site.
Feel free to note TheLOLCorner with a quote from the chat or forum. More details about this can be found here.
The Last 5 Editions:
Edition #136: The Best of dAmnIt
The Timeline of DeviantArtThe Timeline of deviantARTThe Timeline of DeviantArt in Deviant Events More Like This
In 2014, DeviantArt turned 14 years old. Fourteen years is a long time, some of you reading this may be younger than that. I've gathered some historical information with the help of Moonbeam13 and some members of the Community Relations team to help enlighten those of you who have joined in recent years and missed out on a chunk of DeviantArt's life.
I hope you enjoy taking a step back in time!
Please note: it is extremely difficult to track down some events in DeviantArt's history (in particular, the first few years) and that some dates are only approximate.
August: tech13 becomes the first recipient of the prestigious Deviousness Award.
August 4: The first member-submitted deviation is uploaded - A Dangerusss QNX by :de
CSS Did You Know? - December 4th, 2012CSS Did You Know? - December 4th, 2012 in Deviant Events More Like This
PE: Site Updates and How to Welcome ThemSite Updates and How to Welcome ThemPE: Site Updates and How to Welcome Them in Deviant Events More Like This
This article was written due to the recent uproar from some groups of the community because of the new username symbols.
Change is something handled differently by everyone. Some people accustom to change very quickly, others may take a long time or may not adjust to change at all. In regards to deviantART Site Updates, it's important to know ways to welcome change and embrace it. You are not expected to love every feature that is released, but giving it a chance before bashing it is a right step forward.
Before reading on, please note that this article is not directed at any one individual, but as a community as a whole. All views expressed in this article are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the views of deviantART.com.
When a new feature is released, most deviants give their first impressions of said feature. Some may even react like this:
This is compl
CSS Did You Know? - October 19th, 2012CSS Did You Know? - October 19th, 2012 in Deviant Events More Like This
CSS Did You Know? - May 2nd, 2013Volume 9CSS Did You Know? - May 2nd, 2013 in Deviant Events More Like This
CSS can be difficult when you're unfamiliar to it. So that's why we're writing these articles! If you have any suggestions or would like to write a section in future CSS Did You Know? articles, please note CSS-DYK.
dA Embedded Deviations and Videos Styled by GillianIvy
Author selector by im-not-sana
dA Embedded Deviations and Videos Styled
What Am I Talking About?
What is the difference between an embedded deviation and a deviant thumb? Glad you asked. The thumbs have the codes everyone already knows and loves. And if you don't know what I'm on about, then look on the sidebar of your deviation and you will find your thumbcode. These codes can be used in journals, widgets and artist descriptions to link a thumbnail of the deviation.
12th BirthdAy ShenanigansA compiled list of any current (or upcoming) deviantART 12th Birthday activities. If you are holding and event or know someone who is, leave a comment below!12th BirthdAy Shenanigans in Deviant Events More Like This
Official 12th Birthday Announcement
Read all about deviantART's Birthday here!
deviantART Birthday Subscription (run by Katy-L-Wood)
Win yourself a Premium Membership!
7-Day deviantART BirthdAy Giveaway! (run by bradleysays and lightpurge)
The draw to win prizes is closed, but winners will be drawn all week!
CSS Did You Know? - November 20, 2012CSS Did You Know? - November 20, 2012 in Deviant Events More Like This
The Artist Behind The Lexus IS DesignThe Artist Behind The Lexus IS Design in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
Robert Evans (PSAS), a longtime member of the deviantART community, has succeeded in making a radical artistic statement about turning artists' visions into actual realities.
Robert's pathway to actualization of his vision was facilitated by forward-thinking executives at Lexus who reached out to the creative cutting edge, to deviantART artists, for new revolutionary design ideas for the production of their 2014 Lexus IS. The Lexus IS Design Contest was born and dA's Robert Evans has come away with the prize: experiencing having his personal artistic conceptualization of how an automobile should look and roll become a real world reality. As Grand Prize Winner, the new Lexus built to Robert's design was debuted at the SEMA auto show in Las Vegas before 60,000 US and international buyers and then featured at the Los Angeles Auto Show before 12,000 industry decision-makers and 4,000 media correspondents from 50 countries.
CR Newsletter - March/April 2014 Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13: :CR Newsletter - March/April 2014 in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Table of Contents
1. New Volunteers
2. New Categories
3. Changes to the Daily Deviation Selection Process
4. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
5. Current Contests
1. New Volunteers
After an exhaustive review of all the applications for new volunteers, I have the pleasure to announce the following new additions to the team! They have been specifically selected to represent areas we believe have been greatly neglected:
You asked for it and we listened! It has been widely suggested that Journals be eligible to be featured as Daily Deviations. So starting today, the talented StephenieMeyer will be eagerly awaiting your suggestions!
OscartheGrouch will be taking care of Scraps and Storage to uncover those hidden gems that are truly.. hidden.
Lightning Returns: FF XIII ContestLightning Returns: FF XIII Contest in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII allows players to customize its heroine, Lightning, in ways the series never has before. To celebrate, deviantART and Square Enix invite you to design your own customization of Lightning in the first ever contest of its kind! Su
The Deviousness Award 2.0The Deviousness Award 2.0 in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
T he Deviousness Award, bestowed in recognition of exemplary membership and an outstanding spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community, has recently undergone a reevaluation to provide a focus and a re-definition as to just what Deviousness truly represents.
The award is given once per month to honor a deviant who has gone above and beyond in their services to the DeviantArt Community. The 189 recipients of the Award thus far have brought something to the community that was not there before their presence, and it's our duty — and honor — to publicly recognize their efforts in doing so.
Early on, Deviousness was given more than once per month to a deviant whose invo
MovemberAbout MovemberMovember in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the broken relationships between men and their razors. Donning their moustaches, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men's health - specifically prostate cancer.
Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.9 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic. In addition, Movember is aware of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas supporting the campaign and men’s health cause across the globe, from Russia to Dubai, Hong Kong to Antarctica, Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai, and everywhere in between.
No matter the country or city, Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to e
WelcomeWelcome in Personal More Like This
Please join me in welcoming LiliWrites and TheMaidenInBlack to the Community Volunteer team! Both of these ladies will be helping to represent the literature community. Take a minute and go say hello
Deviousness and SeniorityDeviousness and Seniority in Personal More Like This
Many have noticed that I've begun posting the Deviousness articles and I'm happy to take any suggestions you may have for future recipients. Simply take a moment to note me with your suggestion and why you feel they are the the deviant to end all deviants and I'll add them to our list for consideration
Some have also noticed that :faq29: has been updated with a suggestion form. The reasoning for this is pretty simple. Selections are made by a group of people, not just me, and having the information in one central location is the easiest way for us to share thoughts. There was always a plan to move suggestions to a form, it just hadn't happened yet
So to recap:
1. Deviousness suggestions -> send me a note or an email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2. Senior suggestions - > please submit your suggestion via this
What Does Your Artistic Journey Look Like?What Does Your Artistic Journey Look Like? in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
Enter your journey and contribute to a major art project sponsored by deviantART and The Art Institutes system of school
Make Ugly Contest Winners AnnouncementMake Ugly Contest Winners Announcement in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
View Contest ArticleRulesView EntriesView Semi-finalists13+ US Only
Ugly Truth has awakened
WeChat Emoticon Sticker Semi-FinalistsWeChat Emoticon Sticker Semi-Finalists in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
DeviantART and WeChat challenged you to create your very own animated sticker! Whether you wanted it happy, sad, or dancing the night away, it was up to you to animate an emoticon sticker you have never seen before. The WeChat judges labored over each entry and selected the top twenty-five stickers. Who will take one of the three grand prizes?
Integrating Sketchfab in JournalsDeviantART is proud to announce a new partnership with 3D web publishing service, Sketchfab!Integrating Sketchfab in Journals in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Sketchfab, a leading platform to publish, share, and embed interactive 3D content, allows you to bring your 3D artwork to life in real-time without a plugin.
Fella by AlphaPrimeSaviour
Read Sketchfab's announcement
Integrate 3D Models Into Your Journals
Deviants can now embed 3D models into deviantART Journals using Sketchfab embeds. DeviantART is always aiming to make content on the site more engaging and interactive, and this integration benefits both creators and those who enjoy browsing incredible content.
Sketchfab is not just for the creators; the platform is helping to unlock incredible 3D content, while creating a new form of online media that anyone can br
Tag Pages: What You Need To KnowThe following journal applies to deviants who have access to our new tags feature that was launched to a small test audience last week. If you received the following Hot Topic in your Message Center, you likely have access to tags. If you didn’t receive the following Hot Topic, you likely don’t have access at this time. Sit tight, as we’ll be rolling out the release to a wider audience soon!Tag Pages: What You Need To Know in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Tags are our new way to label and create conversations around a topic. Tags can be used everywhere — in Status Updates, Collections, comments, deviation descriptions, or Journals. When clicked, you’ll discover a tag page full of content and activity around the topic.
As someone in the test audience for tags, you’re among the first to see the beginnings of our tag system and we’d appreciate your feedback -- both in terms of what you think so far, and where’d you’d like to see things go in the future.
Anatomy of a Tag Pag
How To Set Up Google AnalyticsPremium Members can now use Google Analytics to get meaningful insight about the traffic to their deviantART Profile! Using our new Google Analytics integration, you can access comprehensive statistics about your audience, traffic, and art.How To Set Up Google Analytics in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Learn more about how you can benefit from Google Analytics on you deviantART Profile.
Set Up Analytics For Your Profile
To set up Google Analytics for your profile, you will need to allow Google Analytics to start tracking your profile:
Visit the new "Google Analytics" near the bottom of your General SettingsClick "Where do I find my Analytics ID?" and follow the instructions on how to set up your Google Analytics account.Follow the instructions on how to find your Google Analytics Tracking ID.Insert your Tracking ID and click save. Google Ana
Google Analytics For Your deviantART ProfilePremium Members can now use Google Analytics to get meaningful insight about the traffic to their deviantART Profile! Using our new Google Analytics integration, you can access comprehensive statistics about your audience, traffic, and art.Google Analytics For Your deviantART Profile in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Get Deeper Insight Into Your deviantART Traffic
By enabling the feature on your profile, you can now use Google Analytics to get a better grasp on the deviantART experience that you’ve created for your audience!
Understand what types of people are organically drawn to your work. Where do they live? How long are they on your page?
See the impact of the marketing you do outside of deviantART. When you share your deviantART work and links in other networks and sites, you’ll be able to track the traffic back to your Journals, Gallery, Profile, and much more!
Understand what your visitors are looking at when they’re on your Profile an
Site Update: New Thumbs, Comment Business CardsIn our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.Site Update: New Thumbs, Comment Business Cards in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
A Preview of deviantART's New Thumbnails
The current deviantART thumbnails (the smaller versions of deviations) have served the community well for years; however, there's always room for improvement. We've created a new style of thumbnail, which hopes to solve the problems with the current thumbnails.
Read more about the new thumbnails and find out how you can preview them.
Comment Business Cards
Introducing Commissions on deviantART1. List Commission availability on your profileIntroducing Commissions on deviantART in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
The Commissions Widget showcases your offerings, showing potential clients that you are accepting requests.
2. Client request Commissions
Commission requests are sent to the artist's Message Center, allowing them to accept or reject the request.
3. You receive payment, you deliver artwork
Artists can track their Commission transactions and generate real profit through My Earnings, garnering 80% royalty on each transaction. Earnings can then be withdrawn as a check, via PayPal, or converted to deviantART Points.
The new My Correspondence page gives you access to all of your correspondence messages, including Commissions and Group requests. Comments and replies can also be left on accepted commission requests, for a more convenient experience for buyer and seller alike.
The 80% Royalty, Explained
Introducing Improved CommentsWith over 1.5 million comments posted per day, deviantART's commenting system provides the backbone for fostering relationships across the globe. Whether mentoring one another, providing artistic support, or checking in with a friend, commenting is one of the site's most used and loved features.Introducing Improved Comments in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
To highlight this vital aspect of community interaction and provide more control around conversations, we’re proud to release the first in a series of improvements to comments.
The Featured comments option allows deviants to showcase the most meaningful or interesting feedback they’ve received — helping those comments stand out from the rest. When someone leaves a feature-worthy reply on one of your deviations, you can now highlight that comment from the pencil menu.
Featured comments on deviations are highlighted and denoted with a special label.
Whether it’s a flubbed
Bringing You Closer to the CommunityBringing You Closer to the Community in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Baiyoke Veins by Draken413o
As DeviantArt grows, we strive to find more ways to connect you with the things and people that matter to you most. After months of designing, testing, and engaging in community conversations around the shape of things to come, we're proud to announce a series of features that will bring you closer to the community.
Our guiding principles are to bring you a better, fresher, yet familiar site experience, giving you more power to do what you want and, more importantly, create deeper connections between your friends and favorite artists.
Watch, Notifications, and Mobile UpdatesWatch, Notifications, and Mobile Updates in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Watch connects you with the people you watch by creating a sequential stream of activity, including deviations, journals, favourites, status updates, and more.
Today, we’re introducing some changes based on community requests: the ability to filter Watch, improved display of group deviations and favourites in Watch, and, by very popular request, separating group deviations in notifications.
Customize Watch Using Filters
We often hear from the community that deviants want to filter or dive into specific types of content on Watch. We’re happy to introduce a set of filters that let you customize what you see in Watch.
This is not a permanent feature, but we think you’ll enjoy the experience until Watch evolves into a more personalized feed. Our goal is to make Watch a personalized platform to discover and consume what’s interesting and relevant to you. Your choices and usage of t
Pageviews Now Include All Profile SectionsPageviews Now Include All Profile Sections in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
As of today, we've updated the way Profile pageviews are counted for deviants and Groups.
Many years ago, we expanded the pageview counter to include not just the front page of your Profile, but also the Journals tab and the Prints tab (but not individual Journals or Prints). We mistakenly never expanded the count to other areas of the Profile.
This has been inconsistent for quite some time and we haven’t been transparent about what exactly this counter included.
Starting today, the pageview counter will begin including pageviews to all sections of your Profile, including:
Gallery and Gallery FoldersFavourites and CollectionsOther profile subpages: Activity, Badges, Daily Deviations, Critiques, Gallery Stats, Polls, Wishlist
We felt that it was important to fix this inconsistency to properly reflect traffic to all deviants’ Profiles. If an artist gets a lot of traffic to their Prints shop, this should be reflected in the same way i
Introducing thoughtART: Create With Your Mind!What is thoughtART?How Does it Work?thoughtART CreatethoughtART SearchExplore the thoughtART GalleryIntroducing thoughtART: Create With Your Mind! in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Create and search for art using your mind
Introducing thoughtART Technology
A few years ago, deviantART teamed up with several university laboratories across the United States, and we are proud to finally announce the fruits of our efforts. Thanks to recent advancements in neurological science, we're unveiling a revolutionary new platform in artistic creation. Our device uses touch-sensitive pads built into your existing keyboard and mouse to monitor your brainwaves and transmit them directly to our site. Excited? Welcome to the new age of thoughtART Technology!
What is thoughtART?
It may sound like something from science fiction, but the technology be
Holiday Card Project 2013Holiday Card Project 2013 in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
It's back! With the goal of bringing a little cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the deviantART Holiday Card Project connects deviants from around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating uplifting holiday cards.
In past years, the Project has received more than 5,000 cards sent in by more than 1,000 deviants from 50 different countries/political regions. Cards were then divvied up and distributed in-person by deviantART members to local Los Angeles hospitals, with additional cards given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for hospital staff members to hand out to patients.
The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is simple: do something nice for others. However, if you're looking for even more incentive, every deviant who submits a card will be given a free one-month Premium Membership to deviantA
Holiday Card Project 2013 Wrap-UpHoliday Card Project 2013 Wrap-Up in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
The Holiday Card Project returned in 2013, and it was a total hit! We received over 5,000 cards from 2,000 deviants in more than 60 different countries! A ton of deviants reached out to us, interested in helping to distribute cards to their local hospitals! With these volunteers' help, we distributed cards to 22 hospitals in the US and abroad!
The majority of the hospitals we worked with distributed the cards themselves, either through their own volunteers or by placing cards on the food trays of patients. We received letters of thanks from some hospitals, and a few even shared our cards on their Facebook pages! One thing all of the hospitals and patients had in common: they loved your cards!
One of our biggest surprises this year came from Bank of America! A deviant who works there got word of our project and told some people around the cor
Artistic Journey Challenge WinnersArtistic Journey Challenge Winners in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
Our Film. Our Journey.
Paving a Path Through a Creative Life
Video by Keith Fenter, kfenter
In the "What Does Your Artistic Journey Look Like?" Challenge, we asked the DeviantArt community
Introducing the DeviantArt Stylus IRLIntroducing the DeviantArt Stylus IRL in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
For nearly 15 years, DeviantArt has been at the forefront of digital art creation, a cutting-edge icon in the high-tech art world. As part of our continuous goal to combine the best in art and technology, DeviantArt has created an innovative tool—the DeviantArt Stylus IRL—that brings the sophistication of digital art into the real world.
A legacy of Innovation
For nearly 15 years, DeviantArt has been at the forefront of digital art creation, a cutting-edge icon in the high-tech art world. As part of our continuous goal to combine the best in art and technology, DeviantArt has created an innovative tool that brings the sophistication of digital art into the real world.
Using the innovative, patent
Give the Gift of Art ChallengeHow Would You Express Your Feelings Through Art? DeviantART and Wacom have joined forces to inspire you to give the gift of art! To participate, create a piece of art that illustrates a precious possession-whether physical, emotional, or spiritual-that you would like to share with someone special in your life. ifty semi-finalists will be selected by designated members of deviantART, and all semi-finalists and winners will receive prints of their entry to share with friends and loved ones. Top entrants will receive even greater prizing!Give the Gift of Art Challenge in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
How To EnterOfficial RulesPrizesView Semi-Finalists
Join us for a deviantMEET in San Diego!We'll be hosting a Las Vegas deviantMEET!Join us for a deviantMEET in San Diego! in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Posted on June 30, 2014
Join us for a deviantMEET in San Diego!
DeviantART and Madefire are teaming up at Comic-Con, and we're hosting a deviantMEET of epic proportions.
The Gaslamp Quarter by AndrewShoemaker
Our first ever deviantMEET in San Diego!
Like any great duo of artistic avengers, deviantART is joining forces with
Holiday Card Project 2014 Wrap-UpHoliday Card Project 2014 Wrap-Up in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
The Holiday Card Project returned in 2014, and once again resulted in a great success! We received over 4,000 cards from over 2,000 deviants, which made for a lot of holiday joy being spread.
With the goal of bringing a bit of holiday cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the Holiday Card Project connected artists from around the world, applying their tremendous artistic abilities to designing and creating uplifting holiday cards — and the community came out at full strength to send a little cheer to those in need!
Cards poured in from around the world in all shapes, sizes, and appearance — spruced up store-bought cards, digitally made cards that were printed, and even hand-drawn/painted cards! We had everything from traditional winter scenes to
Holiday Card Project 2014Holiday Card Project 2014 in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
The deviantART #HolidayCardProject is back for its 8th year! With the goal of bringing a bit of holiday cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the Holiday Card Project connects artists from around the world, applying their tremendous artistic abilities to designing and creating uplifting holiday cards.
In 2013 alone, the Project received more than 5,000 cards sent in by more than 2,000 deviants from 60 different countries/political regions. Cards were then divvied up and distributed by deviantART members to local Los Angeles hospitals, with additional cards given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for deviantART volunteers and hospital staff members to hand out to patients.
The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is simple: do something nice for others. However, if you're looking for even more incentive, every deviant who sends in a card will
New Username Symbols: Extended ThoughtsTwo weeks ago, we released two new products – deviant and art Mentions and new username symbols. Gratefully, and as we'd hoped, many deviants are embracing these changes in exactly the ways we'd anticipated, and the ways we ourselves did over the past several months of testing. While some deviants embraced the changes, it's fair to say that others have felt surprise, curiosity, and maybe even shock. These feelings are totally normal, but for the large part, there's a hope present. A positive outlook. The first steps in a new era that makes the way for our goals in the future, and, at the same time, removes clutter and confusion that new deviants often experience.New Username Symbols: Extended Thoughts in Personal More Like This
As with any change, there are a handful of deviants that don't understand why we made the choices we did
New Username SymbolsAs part of our ongoing process to make the user experience cleaner and more intuitive, we've launched a new set of username symbols designed to help easily identify deviant-types.New Username Symbols in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
At a glance, the new symbols are quickly recognizable. When hovering over a username symbol, a tooltip appears, providing a brief explanation of that user's deviant-type. If clicked, a modal appears, giving a brief explanation for each username symbol, with "Learn more" links that lead to more detailed explanations.
A word from Heidi:
Over the years, a few things have come to seem like deviantART mainstays. Deviant green, intricate art categorization, colorful avatars, symbols next to usernames. In our constant re-evaluation of what's best for longtime deviants and new users alike, we do sometimes need to stop and ask ourselves if a makeover for some aspect isn't overdue. Changing username symbols was one of the harder things we evaluated.
I've been testin
deviantART was on TV + join the art challenge!A long time ago (about 24 hours), in a galaxy far, far away (down the road in Hollywood), comedian and television host Chris Hardwick introduced a segment on his late-night Comedy Central show — aptly titled @midnight (get it?) — that got many of us at deviantART all aflutter.deviantART was on TV + join the art challenge! in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
First of all, if you love the Internets and you haven't seen @midnight yet, you're missing out on some serious lulz. A few nights a week, Hardwick invites some comedian pals on the show for some Geek-Centric Improv Comedy. Sort of like a British Quiz Show brought to you by Reddit. Or "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" with slightly less dancing, but an equal amount of thick-rimmed glasses and awkward sexual tension.
In a segment called "Star Weird" on Monday's episode, Hardwick's guests had to choose which of two artistic descriptions was an actual deviation on deviantART. YES, MOM, HE SAID DEVIANTART'S ACTUAL NAME ON TV! MUCH WOW! The comed
Happy holidays from deviantART!Happy holidays from deviantART! in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through dA,
Not a troll was stirring, nor Grinch in his sleigh.
Deviations were hung in digital Galleries with care,
In hopes that +Favourites soon would be there.
The n00bs were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Daily Deviations danced in their heads.
And Fella in his 'kerchief, and spyed with his night-light,
Had just settled down to log-off for the night,
When over in the Forums there arose such a clatter,
Fella sprang back online to see what was the matter.
To the browser window he flew like a flash,
Tore open the tabs and refreshed the cache.
When what to his art-loving eyes should appear,
But an animated sleigh and eight commissioned reindeer,
With a little old driver, so creative and slick,
Fella knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than broadband, his reindeer were famed,
After all his favorite art
Celebrate deviantART's 14th Birthday!Celebrate deviantART's 14th Birthday! in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Fourteen years of existence marks a period of growth, change, and introspection — an era of creativity and emotion that leads to long-term personal and artistic development. As we celebrate deviantART's 14th birthday, we want to thank all of you for joining in on the journey of growth and development, from the deviants who have been here from the start to the deviants who are starting out their deviantART experience today.
How has deviantART helped you grow as an individual and/or as an artist? Tell us your story through an art feature Journal!
Visit the Write a Journal Entry pag
What is DeviantArt? Part 1What is DeviantArt? Part 1 in Art Features More Like This
Although it’s getting rarer these days, I sometimes come across people who ask me what exactly “DeviantArt” means. Before I begin to explain all the amazing things our community has to offer, they sometimes look at me sideways and say, "Deviant, eh? One of those websites..."
Most marketing experts would never name a site "DeviantArt," because the word "deviant" has multiple meanings that can be interpreted in different — not always positive — ways. Yet we are the greatest, most diverse art community in existence. Few branding agencies would ever make DeviantArt its infamous green/gray color. Yet we love it, and have become known for it.
Where else can you stunning fan artists alongside the best nature photographers in the world? Or top comic book artists alongside the most talented storytellers of our generation? We are DeviantArt, the wild card of the Internet, th
Tags are the new KeywordsKeywords on deviations were built to be an important tool to help discover artwork. But as deviantART grows and strives to create new ways to discover great content, we’ve found that keywords as we currently use them have become underutilized. We think we can do better -- and can make a better experience for the community -- by making some changes.Tags are the new Keywords in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
In the coming month, keywords will transition into tags, and we’ll be improving the way they work. Tags will better surface artwork, allow deviants to form communities around topics, make it easier to find other artists and art appreciators, and increase discoverability.
For example, if you're a fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles it can be difficult to know what to search for: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ninja Turtles, TMNT, Donatello, etc. Public tags provide visibility to see how others are tagging their deviations, which will allow you to align your behavior to the norm, or ch
Top Community Feature Requests and Our ResponsesTop Community Feature Requests and Our Responses in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
In May, we introduced the DeviantArt Timeline as a method of communicating with deviants and providing transparency about what’s planned for our collective future. During the site simplification process that followed, we received a number of comments from deviants asking why we were working on the features presented on the Timeline instead of other things. Many of the features brought up in these comments are ones that have been requested for years. We want to be more transparent about these suggested features, why some of them haven’t happened yet, and why some of them may never happen.
These requests are from past Site Updates, the Suggestions Forum, surveys, and individual requests we’ve received.
Happy Holidays from DeviantArt!‘Twas the night before Christmas on DeviantArt,Happy Holidays from DeviantArt! in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Not a paintbrush was stirring, and creators took heart.
The artists scrolled through Daily Deviations with care
Knowing kindred warm-fuzzies soon would be there.
Deviants were all swiping, all snug on their phones
While visions of inspiration across all time zones
Were zapped to their smart device, quick as can be,
At the tap of a button in a +Fav’ing spree!
When across the Interwebs there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to the Comments to see what was the matter,
“I’m bored,” the Journal wrote, “I’m on a long trip, too.
I don’t have my laptop, and there’s nothing to do.”
I cracked all my knuckles, settled down in my chair,
Then descended upon the keyboard and wrote with a flair:
“Dear Friend, did you not get DA’s early present?
We now have an app, and it won’t cost you one cent!
“On, Watch Feed! On, Browse! On, Explore! On, Today!
Tap-and-hold to fave, sha
Celebrate DeviantArt's 15th Birthday!As DeviantArt enters its 15th year on the Internet, we want to take a moment before blowing out our candles to thank the community for allowing us the honor of hosting the site that you call your home for art. After all, it's the community's 15th birthday, too, and in the past few months, we've been making it our top priority to share with you our plans for the future, celebrate the successes of our past, and look to you for guidance on how best we can serve each of you while entering this new phase of DeviantArt's existence.Celebrate DeviantArt's 15th Birthday! in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
As DeviantArt enters its 15th year on the Internet, we want to take a moment before blowing out our candles to thank the community for allowing us the honor of hosting the site that you call your h
Art Theme Contest WinnersWe challenged you to create the perfect wall of art, and you responded with some absolutely amazing entries! The judges have selected the 5 winners from the thousands of entries. Check out the winners below.Art Theme Contest Winners in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Pyres Of Atonementby
Art Theme ContestCreate the perfect wall of art from the best community of artists in the worldArt Theme Contest in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
Find a common theme and select three Prints from the Fine Art section of the Prints Shop that you feel would look great together on a wall. Our judges will then select 5 Finalists to win their selections presented in the NEW Gallery Framed Print style. Artists will be paid their full royalty on the winning prizes.
When you win, your walls win, and the Artists win, too!
How To Enter
Decide on an original and compelling theme.
Select 3 Fine Art Prints related to the theme.
Provide a quick description of your theme in your submitted comment.
Place your selection in a comment below.
The new Add Media tool, which lets you easily add formatting, emoticons, and images to comments, can be used in full on this article. Adding images to comments by using the Conversation, Sta.sh
Welcome! To the 2013 Holiday Headquarters!Welcome! To the 2013 Holiday Headquarters! in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Save The DateSAVE THE DATESave The Date in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
April 7th, 2014
24 HOURS ONLY!
Mark your calendars for April 7th!
When the clock strikes midnight in the wee early hours of April 7th Pacific time, we’ll be launching a truly devious deal that you’ll want to be a part of.
Real-life llamas for all to ride? The very first deviantMEET in outer space? Free pie? Who knows?! Leave your guess as a comment to this journal. We’ll pick the most creative and inventive answer each day, for the next 7 days, to win a ‘Til Hell Freezes Over Premium Membership.* Then, on April 2nd, we'll reveal the devious deal to one and all!
*One ‘Til Hell Freezes Over Premium Membership selection and giveaway per day. No purchase necessary for ‘Til Hell Freezes Over Premium
20% off Art Gifts20% off Art Gifts.20% off Art Gifts in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Fine Art Prints
Introducing Madefire Motion Books to deviantARTApr 2, 2013by spyedIntroducing Madefire Motion Books to deviantART in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Visit #Madefire on deviantART
I am very excited to announce a strategic partnership between deviantART and Madefire, the leading Motion Book application in Apple’s App Store. (iPhone & iPad)
Together with Madefire, we are releasing the Madefire Web Reader on deviantART in a new category on our front-page called "Motion Books.” You will immediately find a dozen Madefire Motion Books there, with more books released each Wednesday.
Browse Motion BooksTM
Try it out!
Boldly Facing The FutureBoldly Facing The Future in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Artist Credit DanielaUhlig
Many of you have been in this community for a long time, but whether you’ve just joined or you’ve been a member since day one, this is your first impression of the new DeviantArt.
Change is not something that we take lightly, because it affects our collective identity. It was important for us to define who we are and what we’re made of at our core before we changed anything. We all have our own understanding of what that means, but the process of getting that core story down on paper took almost a year.
The result is “Bleed and Breed Art.” This is our center of gravity and our reason for getting out of bed i
SNEAK PEEK: deviantART's NEW Today Page!As I noted in my last journal, there are some big -- and exciting!! -- changes on the way for deviantART. Er, DeviantArt.SNEAK PEEK: deviantART's NEW Today Page! in Personal Journal More Like This
The team here at DeviantArt continues to listen to your feedback plus we met with a crew of super-deviants in NYC last month (check out a pic below and got a full, insightful download. Then, we thought long and hard on how to pave a kindred and inspiring direction. As always, you are the center of it all -- and how to connect you with your community.
Ok, getting into it, I want to share a sneak peek on work-in-progress (as in not final!) designs for the new Today page and to hear what everybody thinks.
Fella Version Llama Version
All Roads Lead to DeviationIn a week it will be April 15th, 2015. Which in my memory is the day fifteen (15) years ago that we embarked on a new project we'd come to call DeviantArt. jark and I agreed for him to wind down projects on the DMusic Network and instead focus his energy on a similar platform for an emerging group of digital artists we were watching closely as fans. Soon after, he found matteo who was working on an education resource for digital artists known as WastedYouth.org and asked him for some perspective on the project. As a high functioning digital artist and photoshop master (I believe he had co-authored a book on photoshop by this time at age 18!) matteo (Matthew Stephens) made many contributions to what became DeviantArt at this critical moment, not the least of which was the NAME 'DeviantArt'! But perhaps more importantly the idea to include all artists on the platform, not just wallpapers and art made for customizing your computer. jark created the ability for us to easily create newAll Roads Lead to Deviation in Personal More Like This
The DeviantArt Community Turns 14The DeviantArt Community Turns 14 in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
When you're young, your teenage years can't come soon enough. Thirteen was fun, but with a whole year as a teenager under your belt, you start to get perspective on what it means to grow up. You're not there yet, but the path ahead is clear and inspiring.
At 14, you start taking on responsibilities and testing out maturity, while continuing to reach for the stars and fostering the creativity that's such an integral part of your life.
DeviantArt's 14th birthday marks the ushering in of this new chapter. For the past year, we've gained perspective on where our journey should lead us next, and we couldn't be more thrilled to share it with you and have you with us every step of th
DeviantArt and Madefire SHAKE San Diego Comic-ConLet's bring it back to the old school my peoples. The days when we'd write real Journals, and link to all kinds of stuff on the Internet like as if we were Google. Get your scroll wheel ready, web-style.DeviantArt and Madefire SHAKE San Diego Comic-Con in Deviant Events More Like This
DeviantArt is on a M)&H3R 4/_|<126! RAMPAGE! A NEW Beginning. If you knew what I know, you'd already be screaming. The reavening is upon us and there is no where to hide. Thanks for your feedback on the SNEAK PEEK of the new Today page, btw. We've reviewed all comments, made changes, and will be ready to share more soon, so keep an eye out! Another comp set from The NEW DeviantArt is on its way to you soon.
Comic-Con 2014, July 24-27th
Let's talk <a href="http://www.comic-con.org/">
The Shape of Things to ComeYou want change on DeviantArt. Everyone here has something they would change. We do listen and, yes, we can’t get everything done. Still, as a community, with any change we change together because we are all here together.The Shape of Things to Come in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
We found major talent to join the DeviantArt team this year to help us assume responsibility for major change and deliver on it. In return, we will be calling on the whole community to exercise its responsibility of continuing to shape DeviantArt into the place where the global undercurrent of creativity feeds the future of popular culture.
DeviantArt is as binary as it is digital in its platform. We serve equally those who produce art as those who need to see art and engage with it. Creating the undercurrent is a function of tools as much as it is a function of community activity. Getting these two to work in unison has always been the secret sauce of DeviantArt – and every recipe for the sauce begins
deviantART Presents: New Profile Pages!DeviantART is proud to announce the launch of NEW Profile Pages! In response to community feedback and deviously Deviant Technology innovation, new Profile Pages offer additional ways to personalize, customize, and organize your homebase at deviantART!deviantART Presents: New Profile Pages! in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
These Profile Page upgrades are much more than a simple set of new features. Built using a platform based on "modules", new Profile Pages have the ability to evolve and grow over time. Added to your Profile Page with just a few button clicks, modules couldn't be easier to use. New modules will be released regularly, allowing Profile Pages to continually adapt and meet the specific needs of the
The Love that Binds SDCC's Artists' Alley.If you participated in Artists' Alley this year on the floor of San Diego Comic-Con, in the far left corner of the Con by Hall G, then this is a journal especially for you. It's also a journey for readers, or members of deviantART who want to get a glimpse into something incredible deviantART's community does each year.The Love that Binds SDCC's Artists' Alley. in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
The event this year was brilliant. We are so incredibly proud of every exhibiting artist in the alley. And today, we're just as war-torn and beaten up from all the action as you are. This is my first productive cycle on our first day off in a few weeks. I probably should be doing what I imagine our other teammates are doing, relaxing! Instead, my heart is pounding, my mind is racing, my jaw clenching at times. Some things just need to be said and I can't rest until they are.
We're also proud of the patrons who visited Artists' Alley and either spoke with artists about their projects, commissioned or purchased illustrations, comic-books, etc. and supported the ~200 artis
IdolizationIdolization is a strange and dangerous thing.Idolization in Deviant Events More Like This
Yet we all do it. Either aware or unaware.
It all starts when we see an artist here whose work we like a lot.
Most of us have been there. Seeing the work of an artists that hits a soft spot in you, for whatever reason that might be.
You admire it, but at the same time you feel sad because you realize your level is still miles away from this artist, and you will probably never be able to do the same.
But despite everything, you start following this person. And you keep following him.
Because somewhere deep in your soul, you hold the believe --or rather, hope-- that when you watch it long enough, it will reveal it's tricks.
That it will inspire you in some way. And that you'll be able to do the same.
Unconsciously, we all build images of our idol.
It's human nature, I guess. We fill in all the blanks. The things that we don't know from this person.
Because an idol isn't a person anymore at that point. It has become an ico
How art tutoring should be nowadaysYes. Another one of my rants that starts with a personal experience.How art tutoring should be nowadays in Deviant Events More Like This
It was a day like any other, and I was just surfing DeviantArt, browsing the many deviations in my inbox. While I did so, my eye wandered to something that was called an 'tutorial on manga anatomy'. As usual, I was curious about the content. And as the preview image was pretty small, I wanted to check this out. It seems like this girl, let's name her Abbey (it's not her real name, but I think calling her 'that girl' is so damn confusing) had made a tutorial on male manga anatomy. Nothing wrong with that, you'd say. But I've been following Abbey for a while already. I originally met her in the forums, asking for feedback on one of her fanart drawings. Mostly anatomy related stuff. I gave her some tips. We talked a bit. And I followed her soon after, as I thought her art looked pretty promising altogether.
Now, I didn't know Abbey in real life. But she was a beginning artist, nowhere towards a level
LeechesHere's an average summary of a private message that I receive on a weekly basis:Leeches in Deviant Events More Like This
I just came by your profile and saw your art, and was very impressed. I think you have a very nice art style. Now I'm working on this project. It's called <project>. It's an awesome story about <subject>. I'm currently writing the script for it, but I'm planning to make a visual novel. I can't tell too much about the story, since I don't want it to be copied, but it's going to be really cool. The point is; I need illustrators. I'm an excellent writer, but I can't do illustration at all. And therefore, I wanted to ask for your help. I need about 60 pages illustrated and colored. Would you work together with me on this one? I don't have any money to spend, as I'm not an established writer yet. But when the visual novel gets published, you can get a percentage of my profit.
With kind regards,
Well... let me translate this for you.
This Person X
You are worth it!Just one of the many messages I got here on DeviantArt;You are worth it! in Deviant Events More Like This
I don't know if it's okay to send a note, I don't want to bother you. You faved my artwork, and I just wanted to thank you for that. I just saw your profile and I wanted to say: you are an AMAZING artist and great with story lines. Amazing talent. It's an honor to meet someone like you. I do a lot of art myself, but I'm nowhere as good as you are. I honestly don't know why a great artist like you faved my work. I don't think I'm worth the attention, since you're a way better artist than I'll ever be. But thanks a lot.
Honestly... the amount of comments I get like this nowadays is high.
And although I have to admit the whole I-like-your-art-thing is kinda flattering, it somehow still makes me sad.
Why all this buzz over a simple fave? It's DeviantArt! A digital collection of art. We are supposed to fave artwork that we like!
Why all this insecurity? Since when does the level of art
Become a better artistTo improve and become really good at art. Isn't that what all of us, artists, secretly wish for? That we, one day, become as good as the idols we've looked up to.Become a better artist in Art Features More Like This
Well, we can't be all born with mad talent. But there are certainly ways to speed up the process for you! In the journal here, I listed some tips and tricks that helped me getting to the point where I am now. I thought I'd share them with you. And maybe you can add to the list. I'm always willing to learn.
Give up on being a mangaka -- or hold more realistic expectations
Admit it. Most of us here started drawing manga because we liked the style at a certain point. How awesome would it be to one day become a pro in that field. A real manga artist (or mangaka, like they say in Japan)! The truth is... becoming a mangaka isn't that easy. It it were, many more people would be one. First of all, mangaka's live in Japan. That's the only country with a manga industry big enough to actually ha
When you want to quit art, think about this...I think most of us had it at some point. A moment in which we felt sad about our art. It might have been a full developed artblock, or just a small moment of hopelessness, perhaps questioning our artistic career, asking yourself "Why did I actually start doing this?".When you want to quit art, think about this... in Personal More Like This
Over the years, I've had many moments like that. Most of them triggered by another failed drawing, a total lack of inspiration (while I needed to get creative work done --nothing more annoying than that!), or another harsh critique that was just a bit too much to handle, at that particular moment.
I've had many times that I doubted myself. There have been times when I questioned my creativity in general. Times when I was sad about just another harsh critique, or depressed for being turned down by another group or publisher. Times when I got angry and shouted that I wanted to quit art altogether.
But eventually, I never quit.
The point is... no matter how angry or sad I am, it always takes me a while to calm down and
ImprovementOver the years, many people have asked me for how long I've been drawing. While it's true that I started drawing as soon as I was able to hold a pencil, I was never that serious about it. In a sense, you can ask yourself if I was any serious on art altogether. Because, in the end, all kids draw. I think most people can remember making drawings in grade school. Because it's something kids do naturally. Depicting the world around them with images. The beautiful thing is that kids have no fear. They just draw whatever they like, and are usually happy with it. It isn't until the age of 10 or 12, that the outside world suddenly expects you to be either good at something, or stop doing it. It's at that age that we become self cautious about drawing. And therefore it's around that age many kids eventually stop drawing.Improvement in Deviant Events More Like This
I came to that age as well. I have to admit... it kicked in a little late on me.
For those that wonder what I'm talking about; those are the 2 years I stopped
Do's and don'ts for flawless interactionNot much to say about this.Do's and don'ts for flawless interaction in Deviant Events More Like This
Just some basic tips and tricks for flawless interaction on DeviantArt
Watch people when you honestly find them interesting.
Watch your friends, even if they don't have amazing art. It helps you stay updated with their progress.
Watch groups. They'll offer you a fine selection of art you're interested in, and will help you discover new (interesting) artists.
Check the faves of people you watch. As you like their work, you might have similar tastes in art. Checking their faves might help you find cool art.
Recommend art from people that you watch for a Daily Deviation (if good art, of course).
Uncheck all boxes when watching. There's nothing more disappointing than an empty watch.
White knightsI haven't spend much time on my computer last weekend, but enough to see that DeviantArt was kept busy by a troll that apparently did really well for as much as trolls can 'do well' on the internet. A little over 4000 pageviews in just 4 days the account is online proved not only the artists involved in the matter took offense... but apparently a lot of other DeviantArt members as well. Even those that seemed (to me at least) totally uninvolved with the troll or the particular type of art.White knights in Deviant Events More Like This
For those that wonder about the issue; It's about Foxbun's rather cynical joke about the 'closed species' matter. (I'm usually against name calling here. But this account has intentionally created for its goal. It has been all over the site already and would've been in the comments within 10 minutes, even without me mentioning here. I don't provide a link, though. Use your search engine if you want to research it.)
The term white knight is to most older members of DeviantArt (or the interne
Conquer your artblockI think every artist out here has experienced it at least one time in their career: the so called artblock. A moment of total lack of inspiration that suddenly hits you, and leaves you unable to create. Most often the solution is to just wait. Most artblocks will solve automatically with time. But there are circumstances in which an artblock doesn't automatically disappear, or when you have deadlines to catch. In that case, you might be helped by some basic tips to conquer your artblock.Conquer your artblock in Deviant Events More Like This
Over the years, I've experienced an artblock (or writersblock, as they call it for fiction writers) many, many times. Most of them were short, but the longest lasted over 2 years. Most of them solved on their own. But sometimes I just needed that little bit of extra help. Therefore, I made a list with a few tips and tricks to make your artblock go away. Hopefully it'll help you as well as it did me.
Beat your fear
Most artblocks come from fear. The fear of not being able to