PE Art Features and Daily Deviations

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Daily Deviations:

As per FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?, The Daily Deviation is a daily feature chosen from galleries here on deviantART.

A small assortment of submissions are chosen each day by a select group of staff/volunteer members who wish to showcase an image which they found impressive or otherwise interesting enough to deserve being brought to the attention of the community-at-large.

Benefits of suggesting Daily Deviations:

helping artists gain more exposure
deviantART is such a large website with many members, often great art can fall through the cracks and go unnoticed as a result. Daily Deviations are usually a wonderful way to put a bit of a spotlight on a particular piece or artist. Often people like to focus on the lesser known artists, though it may be worth noting that even deviations uploaded by popular artists can at times use more exposure as well since being popular by itself does not make ones art seen by all, it just gets seen by more people than a less known artists pieces would. It should also be noted that while receiving a Daily Deviation can help the artist gain more exposure to more than just that piece, the general experience is that the piece being featured gets most of the attention.

making yourself known to CVs and possibly the rest of the community as well
By suggesting art for Daily Deviations there is a good chance that the CVs you've been suggesting to may come to look at your gallery or profile. In addition, if your suggestion is selected to be a Daily Deviation, your name will be listed as the suggester and while being listed as the suggester isn't meant to be a goal of suggesting, when it does happen, it can help you gain some extra exposure from time to time as well.

Self Suggesting

Members are more than welcome to self suggest their own art work for a Daily Deviation. ChewedKandi wrote a wonderful journal about self suggesting a while back that is worth a read if you are interested in suggesting your own work. Self Suggesting DDs

:bulletred:Before suggesting, I highly recommend you review the Community Volunteers DD Suggestion Guidelines (are generally found on the CVs profile page) as well as making sure that the artist you are suggesting is eligble for a DD (they may not have had a DD in the past 6 months) FAQ #313: How can I find out if someone already has a Daily Deviation?
:bulletred:To learn more on who you can suggest Daily Deviations to have a read of FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?

Other DD related articles worth reading:

Community Voices: What is a Daily Deviation? - Aeirmid
Daily Deviations: The Myth and the Legend - Aeirmid
Daily Deviations- So you want to suggest DDs - alexandrasalas
Why did an icon get a DD? - Hardrockangel
Tolerance Towards Daily Deviations - Talty
DDs: When it's not always positive - Aeirmid Astralseed
A DD is not an award but an art feature - Hardrockangel
Interview with DD suggester Minato-Kushina - Astralseed
Interview with multiple DD recipient omgitsacat - Astralseed
Daily Deviations- Presentation of your work - BeccaJS
Note to Daily Deviation - Astralseed
Daily Deviations: What if...? - 3wyl

Art Features:

How to promote others art:

Last year I wrote an article for projecteducate detailing how to gain more exposure to art. While the article covers more topics than creating art features, our focus today is on art features so I will just go back over that part of the article one more time.

personal journal features:

A simple way to get other artists or art seen is to do small features in your personal journals. Often your watchers tend to like a lot of the things you do as well so if you are featuring recent favorites or a new artist you found and liked they may get some extra exposure that way. It's quick and simple to add a few thumbnails to the bottom of your journal. If you are unsure how to add a thumbnail to your journal this should help explain:

"Thumbnails can be added to your journal by using either the thumbcode or shop notation (for prints). To display a thumbnail, you need to use the :thumb#: notation, where # is the number of the deviation in which you wish to display. For print thumbnails you would do :shop#: and replace # with the number of the print.

You can access these numbers by viewing the deviation or print which you wish to display in your journal. So for example, if you viewed the following deviation… , you will note the url ends with the number 49326740. So to display this deviation in thumb form you would simply type :thumb49326740:

You can also access a thumbcode directly via a deviation, by visiting the deviation you wish to display. Once there you will note a box entitled "Thumb" located, on the right hand side of the artist description area."

Art Feature Journals:

Art feature journals are a wonderful way to help other artists gain a bit more exposure. Making use of them is easy and anyone can do it.
So you want to feature some art? Well that's great! Using the journal system is a wonderful way to help gain more exposure for art and artists, how about we make the best of it and try to get positive exposure for the art/artists you choose to feature, yes?

First we want to start off with a subject to feature, be it a theme, particular artists, or anything else your heart may desire. After deciding the subject I like to work in notepad. I start collecting information like artists name, and thumbnails, and copy paste them into a notepad file, to keep things organized, and to prevent losing information.

So you have all the thumbnails and artists you want to feature. What now? Simple, this is where you start to refine things. Here are some things to consider before posting your article:

-Less is more!
Articles with tons of thumbnails, as pretty as the thumbnails may be, are not a good way to go. Not only does it make it difficult to load them all for some people (yes, it's true, there are still people on dial up), but people are not very inclined to look at all of the thumbnails individually, thus readers are automatically turned off, and those who still look at the feature generally only 'see' very few of the thumbnails featured. A good number of thumbnails to keep in mind in a feature is 20. That is more than enough to showcase some wonderful work/stick with a theme, and it's not too overwhelming for people to view.

-Popular vs Under exposed!
Are the pieces you are featuring popular already? Do they really need the added exposure? Pieces with 1000+ favorites already get a decent amount of exposure on a daily basis, adding them to a journal feature, while probably a great piece, will more than likely continue the vicious cycle of the popular becoming more popular, while the under exposed struggle to get noticed at all. deviantART is full of incredible art work in all areas that are under exposed, you just have to dig a little. You can search by keywords or categories (or even keywords in categories) to find some very amazing work to feature.

Keep in mind that writing a little something about the artist or art you are featuring can go a long way. It's helpful to the reader to know what exactly they are looking at, or what can be found in the artists gallery (this can help them decide to visit the gallery or not). Articles with nothing but thumbnails look slapped together, with little effort or care, and are often overlooked as a result.

-Scheduled vs Unscheduled!
Having a basic time frame in which you put your features out is a pretty good idea. It lets your readers have an idea as to when they can expect the next issue, and keep an eye out for it. Keep in mind that putting out too many journals can be annoying to your watchers, so the less is more rule applies here as well. I suggest no more than once or twice a week for scheduled articles.

-Mature Deviations!
While featuring mature deviations is perfectly okay, it helps to keep in mind that many of the younger deviants can not view them. So if you want to appeal to a wider audience with your features it is beneficial to keep mature deviations to a minimum, so the younger deviants don't have to look at an article full of deviations that tell them they are restricted from viewing them.

Okay, so at this point you should have refined your article including or excluding things as you see fit. Your article should be ready to be copied and pasted to make it a journal correct? But wait.. take a moment to spell check it. No really, while it's normal for people to make typos it can be quite bothersome to read a journal full of typing or spelling errors. Spell check only takes a few minutes and is well worth it.

All done with the spell check? Okay, let's continue and get your article posted!

I suggest submitting through writer so that your art journal feature appears as a news item in your watchers message centers. So simple go to and click on writer in the upper right corner. Then you will copy your text from notepad into writer and hit continue in the top right corner. Next look over your journal to be sure you don't have duplicate thumbs etc and everything looks the way you want it to.

Now you can add the title and select the category you want to place your Art Journal Feature in. I suggest putting it in Culture> Art Features.

Next, if you wish to add it to any of the groups you admin (and you have permission to do so) you can not only send the journal to your watchers but also to the groups you admin. On the right hand side you will see a list of groups you admin and you can check the box to send your Journal Art Feature to those as well to be posted.

Places to find art for Art Features:

Deviation Thumbshare Forum or the Premium Thumbshare Forum (which is only accessable by Premium Members.)
The Thumbshare forums are a wonderful place to gather images from for art features, be it that you yourself post a topic in which others can thumb their deviations or you simply browse existing threads to find art of interest for your feature.

channels :faq45:
If you've ever customized channels to suit your desires or needs you'll understand how valuable of a tool they can be. Channels are easily customized to browse a specific category or for specific key words which can also make your search for art much easier.

Groups are very valuable for various reasons but to keep our focus on art features let's examine how easy finding specific kinds of art can be with the vast sea of groups on dA. To find themed groups you can simply search from the Groups page. From there you are generally able to find groups with various types of art focused around your search term.

browsing categories/ use search terms
Browsing for specific art or in specific categories is simple and fun FAQ #577: How do I use the Search?

other artists favorites
Searching through artists favorites has at times been very beneficial in locating art to feature. While this isn't always a fool proof method, it has its perks and is worth looking into, especially if you are looking for art similar to what the artist themselves creates.


In light of spreading community cheer and awareness of how beneficial Art Features and Daily Deviations are, we are presenting you with 2 challenges and the possibility of winning points as well as getting featured yourself.

To participate in the first challenge we ask that you prepare your own Art Feature.

:bulletred:The theme and or how you choose to present it are entirely up to you.
:bulletred:You will have from today February 6th until Friday February 8th to complete and submit your Art Feature
:bulletred:One first prize winner will recieve 1000 :points: for best presentation of the Art Feature
:bulletred:Please be sure to link to your Art Feature in the comments below
:bulletred:Everyone who enters this challenge will have their art featured along with one of their own deviations featured in an article on Sunday.

To participate in the second challenge we ask that you send your fellow CVs some Daily Deviation suggestions.

:bulletred:You will have from today February 6th until Friday February 8th midnight PST to get your suggestions in.
:bulletred:Please be sure that suggested deviations are eligible for a DD in that the artist hasn't recieved a DD within the last 6 months already. FAQ #313: How can I find out if someone already has a Daily Deviation?
:bulletred:One first prize winner will receive 1000 :points: for the most eligible suggestions made
:bulletred:Please note your full list of suggestions made (links or thumbnails okay) to me Astralseed in one note by February 8th midnight PST
:bulletred:For a full list of which Staff and CVs accept DD Suggestions have a read of FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?

Astralseed, posting on behalf of the "Getting the most out of dA" PE Team; 3wyl | Astralseed | namenotrequired

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