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Beta Test: New Profile URLsDeviantArt is constantly evaluating better ways to serve our community, from new features to the subject of this update: subdomains!
In order to better serve you, we’re changing the subdomains from username.deviantart.com to deviantart.com/username. But don’t worry, username.deviantart.com will not break—your old links/URLs will redirect to your new URLs.
We know a lot of deviants are attached to their URLs, so the decision to make this change was not done lightly. Part of the decision-making process involved surveying active deviants, and we discovered the overall sentiment was fairly neutral. Most people did not strongly prefer one or the other -- as long as old URLs redirected. But, most importantly, we believe this change will be beneficial for you.
Why Changing URLs Is for the Better
The new URLs will likely increase your traffic: Based on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) experts we’ve consulted with and al
New Knowledge Base and Customer Service UpdatesDeviantArt is always looking at how we can better serve deviants. We’re aware Customer Service is an area that needs improvement, and we’d like to share some of the steps we've taken to grow and what we'll be doing going forward. As you may have already noticed, our FAQs are on a new Knowledge Base platform with improved search capabilities and streamlined presentation. But those aren’t the only changes.
Technology That Helps Us Help You
As deviants search for information in the Knowledge Base, we will be able to identify which answers help solve questions, while also being able to identify which answers need improvement or are missing. This information will help us pinpoint issues so they can be addressed more quickly.
Rewritten and Improved FAQs
At the bottom of every article, you’ll find a “Did this answer your quest
Thumbnails in Comments Now Available to Everyone
Artwork: Eidetus Jungle by Farkwhad
DeviantArt is a visual site — and now it's a bit more visual! When you share a link to a deviation in a comment, it'll automatically be displayed as a thumbnail (with the option to switch back to a link).
This feature has been available to Core Members for a while, but it's in the best interest of the community to make it available to all members. We feel that all artists should be able to represent art as art, rather than just a text link.
In addition, artists whose deviations are mentioned will receive a message in your Notifications, so you'll now know when others are referring to your art.
TIP: If you prefer to share a link, just hover over the thumbnail and tap the "Link" button.
Here are just a few examples on how you can use
Collaborative Deviations: A Discussion
A common request from deviants is to post collaborative deviations, where more than one deviant has worked to create the end product. In our recent Top Community Feature Requests and Our Responses journal, we briefly addressed why we haven’t yet undertaken collaborative deviations. However, we want to open a discussion around how collaborations could theoretically work, so that we can better understand the community’s desires for such a feature.
Simple vs. Complex
We've already put a fair amount of thought into collaborations, but don't want to make assumptions about around how deviants would use the feature to best serve their needs. From simple to complex, there are a number of ways we could implement collaborations and we’re interested to hear the community’s expectations.
Welcoming New Deviants
Starting today, we're launching an ongoing initiative aimed at increasing community spirit by identifying deviants who are good at reaching out to others, and matching them with new deviants who might benefit from a kindred guide.
Joining a new community can sometimes feel daunting -- like you’re on the outside looking in. But we’re working on ways to make it easier for new deviants to meet others and get involved with the things that matter most to them.
If you're a deviant who often interacts with new deviants, you may receive a notification every so often. Currently, there isn't a way to opt-in to getting these notification, but you can increase your chances of receiving them by interacting with new deviants. The "New Deviants" section of the today page is a great place to start.
How It Works
We’ve selected a small group of deviants who’ve pro
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!
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
BETA TEST: DeviantArt Eclipse
As you may know, DeviantArt has been long working on a big update of our site and overall user experience. It’s been over a year of brainstorms, planning, research, interviews, testing, and more, and now we’re gearing up for a full Eclipse!
The time has finally come: we’re excited to announce DeviantArt Eclipse to beta testers. Take a look at the new design and some of the new features on our promo site. How To Try DeviantArt EclipseNow it’s time for you all to experience it! All beta testers have been enabled with DeviantArt Eclipse. To make the switch simply click on the More menu on the top navigation and select “Try DeviantArt Eclipse.”You can switch back to the old site by clicking on the avatar icon and selecting “Back to Old Version.”
Explore What’s New
We can’t wait for you to explore some of our awesome new features! We recommend starting off by selecting Header Art in order to personalize your Profile and make a “wow!” first impression.
After you’ve done that, elevate your art by choosing a deviation background (Core Members have more background options to select from as well). Expand your watch list and community outreach by browsing status updates and polls. Experiment with the new Love Meter to indicate how much a certain work of art matches your personal taste. Go on and explore, Beta Testers!
Reporting Bugs, Feature Requests, and Feedback
DeviantArt Eclipse is still in development. You will likely encounter bugs and unfinished features. We need your help to test out our new features! If you do find any issues, please let us know.Submit a bug or feature request (submit to this form as many times as you’d like!)Please try to include as much information as possible, such as browser info, OS info, screenshots, links, reproduction steps, what you expected to see versus what you actually experienced, and anything else you think will help describe your issue.Please do not contact DeviantArt Support about Eclipse-related bugs or issues — we’d like to collect all bugs and feedback though this form.Submit your overall feedback about DeviantArt Eclipse
Known Issues & In-Development Features
Here are some of the major known issues we are aware of and actively working on:We are still working on the favouriting and collecting experience. Please share your feedback!It’s not yet possible to include Literature and Journal thumbs in comments or galleries within Journals.Icon codes are in development.Sharing a thumbnail in a Journal or comment using a link (or :thumb: code) is not yet possible.Thumbnails of pixel art, stamps, and small images have some display issues. Literature thumbs do not include preview text.Various feedback notifications (such as certain types of replies and deviation mentions) are not yet completed and may display as an error.Feedback will sometimes get out of order after scrolling through many notifications.Minor formatting issues in new Journal text editor.Bio and personal information are not yet editable on Eclipse.Gallery Subfolders and Gallery Stats will be temporarily unavailable as we rebuild them in the future.The mobile web version is not yet available.Comment permalinks don't include links to the original content or parent comment. Submitting Journals to Groups is not yet possible. While creating or editing Commissions, the Points-currency conversion is not being calculated properly. (This is just a visual bug; the price of Points is not changing.)
Questions on certain Eclipse features? Feel free to check out our Knowledge Base for more information.
Site Update: Mobile, Help Desk, Channels, Prints
Intermittent Site Updates
As you may have noticed in the past few weeks, we’ve stopped publishing our regular Site Updates. Four months ago, we launched the DeviantArt Timeline to showcase our past accomplishments and provide insight into future happenings on the site. We will continue to use the DeviantArt Timeline as a central hub of our announcements.
While we are phasing out the weekly updates, we will continue communicating changes to the community when we have announcements to share. Smaller site changes, which were normally in the Change Log section of Site Updates, may still be communicated through ad-hoc Site Updates. This change will allow us to better focus our efforts on top priorities while making individual postings even more meaningful and im
Art Everywhere: DeviantArt's Outlook Add-inWith the new DeviantArt add-in for Outlook, it is easier than ever to use beautiful original artwork in your emails.
Insert art from DeviantArt directly into your emails.
Get It Now
DeviantArt is the world's largest online art community, with tens of millions of users uploading hundreds of millions of pieces of original artwork. Now with the Outlook add-in, it is easier than ever to use beautiful original artwork in your emails.
Each piece of artwork is inserted with attribution from the artist.
Pimps and Whoas - June 29, 2015
News from the Team
Celebrating Deviousness - June 2015
Site Update: Collaborative Discussion
Site Update: Deviousness 2.0
Site Update: New Thumbnail Grid
How do you find other deviants?
Welcome tiganusi and hosagu
Halloween Contest Winners
We are excited to announce the winners of the Halloween 2015 event, Haunted House! The winners are:
First Place: Stygma (wins 3,000 DA points from Community Relations)
Second Place: ShadowZyn (wins 2,000 DA points from Community Relations)
There was an extremely narrow margin between first and second place! Congratulations to both of you.
We decided to give four additional prizes this year for superlatives (best of, etc.).
For best answers, we chose the following contestants:
RichDoes, IllyDragonfly, and Mythiril
Each of these individuals will receive 1,000 points from Community Relations.
Our final winner is for "Most Creative" (which also turned into "Best Overall"): RogueMudblood, who will receive 2,000 points from Community Relations!
Using immense creativity to create in-character responses, RogueMudblood made playing the game even more fun for us. We appreciated the stories and interesting res
DA's 15th Birthday: Chat/Forum Events!To celebrate DeviantArt's 15th Birthday, the Community Relations team has come together to run many exciting events! Are you looking to win some prizes and have loads of fun? Well consider joining as many of these chat and forum events as you can! Many many core memberships and point donations will be awarded to winners and participants!
All chat events occur in the CommunityRelations chatroom and will occur on August 7th!
All times listed are in LA, California time (Pacific Time). Please use a time converter to figure out when events are happening in terms of your own time zone! (ex: http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/)
4am PT: Muro Draw Challenge hosted by AmputeeWrecks
10am PT: Speed Art Challenge hosted by Mrs-Durden
11am PT: PhotoHunt hosted by AshleyxBrooke
12pm PT: Trivia Competition
The YearbookDeviantArt is turning 18 years old and that means it is time to graduate and join "the real world" as some like to call it. One of the most common keepsakes from high school is the yearbook. It's a way to look back years later and point at your classmates wondering "who is this again?" and "did they even go here?". You can browse photographs from various school events like field day or prom. Oh and don't forget about the awesome quotes that the students get to leave by their graduation photo!
The communityrelations team has created this yearbook (Ok, it's a journal but we're artists. Use your imagination ) and would love to have you sign it for us! We have some prompts to help you figure out what to write down. We can't wait to see your replies and look back on them years from now with fondness, amusement, and hey! Maybe even some healthy fear.
Will You Sign Our Yearbook?
What would your graduation quote be?
What is you
Happy 18th Birthday DeviantArt! (now with winners!
UPDATE: The Winners !
Please join us in congratulating the winners of our DeviantArt Academy Scavenger Hunt!
Also, a special THANK YOU from our team to SmolSalty for creating our Graduation Fella mascot for this contest!
Thank you to everyone that participated, it was a lot of fun for us
Welcome to DeviantArt Academy!
Let me introduce myself! My name is Danielle and I am your dedicated Guidance Counselor. It seems we have come to the end of your high school experience -- Senior year! I have come to see you all as my children and as such I will miss you but I know you're about to embark onto bigger things. That said, we still have something special to experience together -- Prom! This year's prom is themed around success, growing up and achieving t
Nature Wallpaper Contest. ENTRIES
Welcome to our first Wallpaper Contest!
The rules are simple and entering the contest is easy... Keep reading!
The Theme is... Nature!
Nature, in the broadest sense, is the natural, physical, or material world or universe. "Nature" can refer to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. The study of nature is a large, if not the only, part of science. Although humans are part of nature, human activity is often understood as a separate category from other natural phenomena.
Deviants may subm
Contest: Your Artistic JourneyHello all,
To celebrate DeviantArt's 17th Birthday on August 7th, projecteducate wanted to bring to you a special contest that is rife with meaning. We wanted to give you an opportunity to show us what your journey has been in the realm of art, but also on DeviantArt. Please read the information below to find out what exactly the prompt of this contest is, what the rules are, how to participate, and what you could win!
Your Artistic Journey
Whether you've been creating art for 3 months or 15 years, you've got a story to tell. You've gone through a journey, an evolution, you've learned a lot, you've become a better artist, you've made mistakes, you've dealt with frustrations. Not everything was easy, not everything was hard. You started out as one person and you might be someone entirely different right now. Your personal life affected your artistic life, and vice versa. This is what this contest wants to hit right into. We want you to reflect on your time as an artist
Celebrating Deviousness - March 2018In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community. Join us in celebrating the latest recipient of the Deviousness Award.
In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community. Join us in celebrating the latest recipient of the Deviousness Award.
Unlike most users here who found DeviantArt in their early teens, I spent most of my adolescence without it. Not having been led to it until I was 17 which by that point my preferences when it came to the kind of art I liked to make and look at were already starting to set. I sometimes wonder how my teenage years would have been different had I discovered it earlier since it was nothing but a positive influ
Celebrating Deviousness - September 2018In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community. Join us in celebrating the latest recipient of the Deviousness Award.
In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community. Join us in celebrating the latest recipient of the Deviousness Award.
My name is Aleksandra and I'm an artist from Poland. In what media do I create? It's hard to tell as often times I feel like a jack of all trades. Art is in my life since I remember - in fact, my oldest memory is connected with drawing. In my early teenage years, I was mostly drawing manga using traditional media. When I joined DA I was sharing photography and my first pixel arts. Before - I pos
You’ve likely already received many emails and notifications about privacy updates from websites and apps where you have accounts. This is because the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) places new responsibilities on organizations that collect data from European Union residents and is designed to grant people more control over such data.
In accordance with GDPR, DeviantArt is building a tool that allows European Union deviants to:
Access Their Data: On request, deviants can see what data we have on file, what we’re using the data for, and with whom we are sharing the data.
Permanently Delete Their Data: Deviants may review and permanently delete certain data. A log of deletion requests will be kept for security purposes.
These changes will be in effect starti
Gallery Descriptions and Miscats Month: Intro!Gallery Descriptions and Miscats Month
I'd like to introduce you to a month that has been in the works since the end of 2017. From today to March 18th, you will be seeing a series of articles come through the group discussing the various galleries that exist here on DeviantArt. The aim of this month is to help you better understand these galleries, and also better understand how you might have been miscategorizing your work. A big part of this is us showing you what the differences are between some galleries that are eerily similar to each other, which creates a lot of confusion in the community. The Gallery Tree is not perfect. After all, what is? There are many galleries that are hardly used by users, or are filled with miscategorized work, and there are many galleries that may seem redundant as other galleries exist for almost the same exact type of art. So, we do understand how many of you have become confused by them. Throughout this month we hope to answer some of y
Community Project: #Daily5
Come one, come all! It's time for a community project.
Something many of us see on DA each day is community members asking for comments. Whether it's simply acknowledgement that they created something or genuinely wanting feedback on their art, true deviation comments can be hard to come by! I mean there is a LOT of artwork submitted here each day. If you don't have a large watcherbase, it can be hard to get attention for yourself and your art. There are a lot of comment-oriented projects on DA and that's awesome. I am hoping to keep the momentum going with this new project.
I would like to challenge all of you to take 5-10 minutes each day (or as many days as you can!) to leave only five (5) comments on others' deviations. Commenting gives attention to others but can also bring some attention right back to YOU! Plus, commenting can be a great learning experience for all involved.
Superhero Contest Donations BlogNew contest journal >
I Got to Work and Play at DA!
Hey guys! Did you like the rhyme in my title? Lie and tell me yes.
It's audible gasp time. Two actual journals in less than a month. What is the world coming to? I really just have to share what my trip to Los Angeles was like! I'll make this one as entertaining as possible. CARRY ON!
This was my first time visiting Hollywood, first time visiting the west coast period, and--honestly--first time going anywhere west of Pennsylvania. I don't get the chance to travel much. So you better believe I quickly grabbed this opportunity (along with Queen-Kitty, Mrs-Durden, and KovoWolf) to visit DeviantArt's headquarters and hang with staff for a few days to help collaborate and provide feedback on the "new" DeviantArt!
NEW DEVIANTART? What?! Yes! You gotta keep reading to get to the good stuff though.
I woke up at 4:00 am Sunday (yes, I was dead) and headed to the airport to catch my flight. The views from th
How to level-up your artShort answer:
Study on top of drawing completed stuff in paralel. Don't just learn by doing. Yes, you will level up by doing as long as you study up for the picture in question (using refs, etc.), but your progress will be incomparably slower compared to one you get by also actively studying. o v o'
Elaboration, aka, how you do the do:
1. Find the study material!
My top pick is Loomis for starters!(it works really well with learning for anime-like styles if you can extrapolate)
If books ain't your thing, there are free videos! (Example)
Or online courses like from Schoolism (if you got 15$ a month to spare on a subscription)
2. Buy/Bookmark/download/sign-up!In other words - get access to it! Unless you can open the thing in 2 gestures or 2-3 clicks, you haven't done this step properly!
3. Do it daily!D
Small easy tip for making better looking picturesProbably a lot of you already do this (I know that traditional artists do this by default), but just in case you don’t or haven’t tried to:
Work on multiple pieces at the same time!
By that I mean, draw a sketch, then switch to draw another sketch, then switch back to the first sketch and do line-art, then switch to the second sketch to do line art. At best, work on 3-4 pieces in parallel: so that you can sketch the fourth after coloring the first.
By working in steps like these, you will always get a ‘fresh’ eye and will be able to fix issues you didn’t notice before. Working like this saves a lot of time, as it’s always easiest to fix issues faster rather than later.
In fact, if you leave your sketch alone for a week (let your eyes really rest and forget most stuff) you will get the best results! Pauses between other parts don’t need to be as big.
Another great thing is if you wait at least 2-3
Deviousness and Seniority
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 (email@example.com)
2. Senior suggestions - > please submit your suggestion via this
Kickstarter Campaign for Group Stock PhotosLove this! Four popular DeviantArt stock photographers, SenshiStock, jademacalla, Null-Entity, and PirateLotus-Stock, have come together to do a Kickstarter project to produce Creative Commons licensed, group pose references for art and illustration.
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