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Group rules
Be nice. We don't want anyone reporting a user because they are using offensive language or being mean. If that does happen, there will be consequences.

Submission rules
No mature content, nor any other inappropriate content. Nothing offensive, no nudity, no gore.
Beyond that, any deviation relevant to this group will be accepted. Here is what that means:
Flying-Islands-Here is looking for any flying grounds, platforms or surfaces. Deviations have to contain objects being visibly in the air. From the deviation alone, it should be clear that the object is above the ground and not being stabilised by the ground, not (mainly) floating on water, not resting on pillars, not resting on a smaller object that is resting on the ground. Hanging is allowed.
Exceptions have been made and will be made.

Folder guide
We encourage you to use our folders as much as possible. We are not strict about this and will accept any deviation with content related to our group.
Here is how we currently sort deviations:

Priority list: From top to bottom, the first folder that applies to the deviation is the one it belongs into.

  • contests - Group contest submissions
  • Previous Contest Entries - artwork from previous contests.
  • Tutorials and Resources - Stocks, step by step deviations, tips and advice.
  • Flash & Animations - Flash games, Flash animations, animated GIFs, films, any interactive game that is playable on dA
  • Fanart - All deviations containing characters and objects from existing works and their fanart-extended universe. This includes fanart OCs, existing islands and any other fanart. As with any other folder, submissions are still subject to the submission rules (must be relevant to our group).
  • Pixel Art & Icons - Pixel art, deviations with dimensions less than 150x150px and single floating grounds with white or transparent background
  • Flying cities - Structures able to contain a lot of inhabitants or several buildings that are somehow connected (standing on the same ground, floating in groups, bridges between them, wires, etc.)
  • Flying Islands - All deviations with focus on the main topic of the group: original floating islands. Islands should have a surface with sufficient space to be inhabitable (but not necessarily otherwise friendly to life). Islands should also be made of stone, earth, sand or similar materials.
    As a rule of thumb: If a house fits on it, it's an island, if not, it's a rock.
  • Floating rocks - Flying grounds too small or too uneven to be inhabitable, but still based on stone, earth, sand or a similar material
  • other - Flying platforms that are visibly above grounds, but do not fit into any other folder. This includes grounds made out of clouds and bubbles, spherical worlds, abstract things and flying trees.
  • non-member submissions - Deviants who are not in our group or an affiliate group can only submit here. It will be sorted from there when or if an admin finds the time.

Gallery Folders

Leave Your Sail by ashpwright
fly by Jess-madhouse
Floating island by Aszith
i just want to be up there by Adishu
0.5 - Previous Contest Entries
The last tree (hanging tree contest) by Calhingil
Nomadic Isles by Remuko-E
WDV - 600 - The Drift by wetdryvac
Farewell  (hanging tree contest) by Calhingil
0 - Contests
1 - Tutorials and Resources
Isometric Flying Island [PROCREATE] Step-by-Step by Sephiroth-Art
Tutorial Gradient maps by Olgola
Speedpaint - landscape practice1 by BettyElgyn
Floating islands png by AchosenReject
2 - Flash and Animations
Lil Floating Island by Mlp-L-Master
Graveyard Island 1.1 by darkfairyofmadness
F2U Swamp Island dark by darkfairyofmadness
Overgrown Pixel Statue by darkfairyofmadness
3 - Fanart
High up by BlueySerperiorNeo
Kaiju Colossus by Blueart14
Dragon hunters: sweet little berry... by Fideliada
4 - Pixel Art and Icons
F2U nature island Icon downloadpack by darkfairyofmadness
Forgotten Fan by Tillustrate
Pixel Art Practice: Floating Rocks by ghost-bunz
Pink little island finished by Wysake
5 - Flying cities
Blue Sky TwinCity by Kamikaye
The Adamant City by ashpwright
Fiasco by ashpwright
First Shift by alexandreev
6 - Flying Islands
Candlelight by ViaEstelar
Cloud Shaper 2 by natliluna
Iujhytg by infinityfractals
7 - Floating Rocks
The Expert by ashpwright
Team Mascot by ashpwright
Tomb in the Air by ashpwright
Idyll remake by Olgola
8 - other
Unwanted by ashpwright
9 - non-member submissions
CM 24 - Meteorstom by KamiraExp-Commission





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Flying islands and floating cities are found everywhere from books to movies, TV shows to classics. Whether it's Laputa from Gulliver's Travels, the LionTurtle cities fom Legend of Korra, or The Castle in The Sky, we are looking for your art! Join today if you have art related to the topic or if you are simply interested in flying islands! :)

Tags: flying, sky, air, float, island, fantasy, scifi, science fiction, sci-fi, ghibli, levitation, levitate, gorillaz, surrealism, surreal, gravity, antigrav, antigravity, anti-gravity, hover, hovering
Founded 10 Years ago
Mar 8, 2014


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564 Members
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Welcome back to some floating news, in our fourth issue in which I inform you about new or even upcoming content with our favourite trope: floating islands, flying rocks, hovering cities and more levitating platforms.

Today, I present to you: Action Movie Kid.
This YouTube channel, made by father and DreamWorks animator, chronicles the short adventures of James, a small boy with the power of imagination - an imagination that comes alive!

Sooner or later, he had to touch our topic in one way or another, so here he is, building his own flying platform with nothing but chalk and imagination:

Awesome, right? I love the concept of this YouTube channel.

In other news, you might have heard about a game with an interesting premise: No Man's Sky, where everything is procedurally generated. Procedural generation means: Instead of having a designer place all elements of the gaming environment on a map, your position on the map determines your environment through an algorithm, the plant life and the animals are made by an algorithm, the resources, the planets, the kinds of ships you encounter, what conversations you have with aliens, everything is made by an algorithm, not by a human designer (not entirely, that is).

While the game apparently isn't without its controversies, I enjoy watching it - it really relaxes me and the graphics are gorgeous. And there are floating rocks:

Do you know some new or upcoming stuff for Floating News? I'd love to check it out! Tell me in the comments below. Of course, if you would like to write something yourself, old or new, please do!

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Azzedar-san Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for invited my work!
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Akrinias Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the request! :D 
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NoelNoelle Featured By Owner May 7, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
""windmill, windmill for the land" is that form feel good inc. by the gorillaz?
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AndroidKavern Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for showcasing my art. :D (Big Grin)
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MarkPajo Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for adding my deviation! ^w^
Tropical Paradise by MarkPajo
CharllieeArts Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the request! Hug
Ladyvat Featured By Owner May 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for adding my PixelIslands!
TAONN Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018
Thank you kindly for adding my Floating Mushroom Village Islands to your group. I'm honored to be added with so many wonderful pieces :bow: :love:
Ryanator50 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow I had no idea that there was an art group for floating islands, but I'm glad you like mine! this was actually made for a Final Fantasy group, but you can totally show it in your gallery too
archtenshi Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018
Thanks for the request^^
Jasslyne-Oh Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the request! :hug:
drmambo199 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for featuring my art here! <3
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Pom-Lover424 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018   Digital Artist
WHOA, I didn't know such a group existed! Hee hee, I'm honored to lend a piece of my floating island passion to the place. :)
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perzarus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for the  request! :)
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VYCanisMelodis Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, er, thanks for adding one of my things on here!
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vanyelashke1980 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the request!!
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Jonilo5 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
Thank you for the request! Heart Heart Heart :happybounce: 
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mydas5 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018
Thank you for requesting my photo-manipulation. Really appreciate it. Have a great week-end
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Jasesaster Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the flying Island request :)
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D-A-Skye Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the request!
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Aneel555 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the request :D it means a lot to me
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Thanks a lot for the request!
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Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the request! I didn't know there was a group dedicated to floating islands, but that's a great topic! I hope you don't mind if I join (even though I probably won't submit art anytime soon) ^^
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