Celebrating 17 Years of DeviantArt!

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Og-preview by seoul-childSeventeen years ago, DeviantArt launched what would soon become the world’s largest online art community. August 7th marks the day we sprang onto the Internet, and we want to celebrate this momentous occasion by thanking deviants all around the globe for your inspiration, entertainment, and more than a little deviousness!

Seventeen years ago, DeviantArt launched what would soon become the world’s largest online art community.
August 7th marks the day we sprang onto the Internet, and we want to celebrate this momentous occasion by thanking deviants all around the globe for your inspiration, entertainment, and more than a little deviousness.

For some, birthdays are a time of reflection, an opportunity, once a year, to consider where we were and what it took to transform into what we are today. That part is clear -- deviants like you shared your comments and faves, mentored artists in need, learned from your heroes, and in transforming DeviantArt into the welcoming community you know and love, you yourselves transformed. Look at the first deviation in your gallery. Through hard work and practice, you’ve transformed your skills, transformed yourselves, and transformed others through your inspiration and support.

In this spirit of transformation, we invite you to celebrate with us. Think of the artist you’ve become, where you began, and what lies ahead. Then grab some cake and balloons, and come along for the ride. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you!

Humble beginnings always have the potential for greatness. For this community event, we’re inviting you to take an unassuming design and unlock its potential. Let your imagination know no limits, and watch as a community transforms a simple scribble into countless breathtaking works of art.

Download the Template

Open the template in the image editing software of your choice, or print it if you'd like to work traditionally. Then, use the template's lines as starting points to create your own masterpiece!

Remember:

  • The template’s transformation can have any theme. It doesn't have to be birthday-related.
  • Do not resize, rotate, flip, or alter the template in any way.
  • Transform the template into a new, finished piece of art.
Important: To receive the exclusive 17th Birthday Badge, you must use this button when submitting your finished template.
  • The 17th Birthday Scribble Challenge is open to all DeviantArt members.
  • Submit as many scribble templates as you’d like.
  • Use the deviation description to tag other deviants you want to participate in the Scribble Challenge.
  • All submissions must adhere to DeviantArt’s normal Terms of Service and Etiquette standards.

Finally, the answer to the question you’re all scrolling to find! Yes, you’ll get a Birthday Badge of your very own for taking part in this slice of devious community fun. Simply upload your completed work of art into the correct category, and the coveted 17th Birthday Badge will be yours.

Please note:

DeviantArt staff may remove a badge if a deviant’s contribution doesn’t demonstrate the true spirit of our community.

For 10 years, Patricio Betteo (betteo) has splashed his distinctive style all over DeviantArt. A model of community spirit, enthusiasm, and inspiration, betteo was born and raised in Mexico by Uruguayan and Chilean parents, who so nurtured his love of art, he’s now able to pay it forward with stunningly vibrant illustrations in children’s books and magazines. His “non-lucrative side missions” include creating comics, painting, juggling, and eating the cores of apples to absorb their nutritive power.

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Birthdays are a chance to look ahead. Moving forward, you’re going to see even more transformation, as DeviantArt shakes off our awkward teenage years and enters the next phase of transformation to reach more, inspire more, and nurture more of your creative nature than ever before.



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