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Celebrating 18 Years of DeviantArt!

Mon Aug 6, 2018, 11:00 PM
Lineart1 by dtab428It's DeviantArt's 18th Birthday, and we want to celebrate with you. Check out our festive challenge and Artist Evolution Spotlight to see how you can get involved AND how to get our special Birthday Badge!


On August 7th, eighteen years ago, DeviantArt opened its digital doors to bring artists and art enthusiasts from around the globe together. From that day forward, we set out to entertain, inspire, and empower the artist in all of us. No matter where you are on your artistic journey — whether you joined 18 minutes, months, or years ago — we're proud to be part of your Internet life and can't wait to see what the next eighteen years bring!

As DeviantArt steps into adulthood, a much-anticipated site redesign can be seen on the horizon. Approached with much consideration, the redesign seeks to improve the DeviantArt experience and modernize the platform,  while also paving the way for future plans. Stay tuned for more details.

In the meantime, pull up a chair, join the party, and don't forget to make a wish as we blow out the candles!

18th Birthday Line Art Challenge

To celebrate DeviantArt's 18th birthday, we invite you to add some much-needed color to a line art template! Choose whatever medium or method you'd like to complete your masterpiece, and prepare to unlock its hidden potential.

How to Participate
  • Download the line art template.
  • Do not resize, rotate, flip, or alter the template in any way.
  • Transform the template into a new, finished piece of art by applying color and/or other designs.
  • Submit your finished piece to DeviantArt Related > DeviantArt Birthday > 18th Birthday.

18th Birthday Badge

It's a storied tradition for DeviantArt to award Profile badges on our birthday, and this year is no exception! Simply upload your completed work of art to the correct category and the coveted 18th Birthday Badge will be yours to keep!

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

Things to Know

  • The 18th Birthday Line Art Challenge is open to all deviants.
  • Submit as many line art works as you'd like.
  • Use the deviation description to tag other deviants you'd like to see want to participate in the Birthday Challenge.
  • All submissions must adhere to DeviantArt's Terms of Service and Etiquette standards.

DeviantArt's birthday allows us the time and space to celebrate our accomplishments, while also focusing on things that matter the most.

With our upcoming site redesign, DeviantArt is excited to continue growing with our artists. We look forward to supporting the community in new ways, as deviants continue to excel and inspire with every piece of art they make.

Artist Evolution

Nine longtime deviants share how they've progressed from their early days on DeviantArt.  Read their stories and share your own!

It's DeviantArt’s 18th birthday and we want to celebrate with you! Check out our festive Line Art Challenge, Artist Evolution Spotlight, and learn how to get our special Birthday Badge!

╰( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° )つ──🎨*:・゚
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louia13070 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2019  New Deviant
soursoulART Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2019  Student General Artist
even if i cant submit ill draw it :(
Possumtivity Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2019  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Would it be possible to open this back up, considering there's still an ability to get many past years of celebratory badges, but not this most current one? Many have missed out, including myself...
Telian24 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
I'm a bit disappointed because no end date was given for the challenge, and so I thought I could take my time, but now the category is closed :(

Please, next time announce when the challenge will be closed!

And have my submission anyway:
Happy birthday DA! by Telian24  
Doggowhat Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Preview by Doggowhat
I can't submit it, because it's closed! As it says, so I sent it here in!
Hope you like it! ^^
CryptidCid Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
god rip ):
ArticxsDesign Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2019  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
xMissOMG Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2019
Cool Heart
soaringblazewof Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2019  Student Artist
1 year ago and i I LOVE THIS WEBSITE
BC-LS Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019  Student Digital Artist
Wait, so I'm older than this website by 2 months and 4 days? That's weird.....
MelMuff Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang! I meant to do this but never got around to doing it. Now it's too late. 😿😿😿
MoonRoseLight Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can i still do this...or no?
Cookie-Dough-Is-Good Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2019  Student Digital Artist
Goddamn we're big boys now UwU
Lulu-Adoptables Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2019
astronautCarrot Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2019  Student Digital Artist
Cool! Think I'm gonna join in :)
Platinum-Platypus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2019   Traditional Artist
Cool! :la:
NileyMapa Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2019  Student Traditional Artist
OvO !! Cool
xBunniePrince Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
PhotossOfWill Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Airborne Airborne Airborne Airborne Airborne 
GungohGuns Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
ingart15 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DDensetsu Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Kirayala Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
happyface2plz Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Viscel Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2018
I am a dummy! 
MazziKoro Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
IceChupps Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2018  Student Digital Artist
UnderTailDeviant Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Spunky537 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday
LuxCENTER Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2018
jacie2 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello there, I want the badge for my profile
GiovannaBolo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthdayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy CONGRATULATIONS aeeeeeeee
Let´s Go Draw
Senpaiception Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:O hapy bday!!!!
deathrich Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Blower fella (Party) fella's Gobbler (Party) CloudYayzPlz -request- Cakemeplz 
H A P P Y 18th B I R T H D A Y 
New-Wonka Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Happy birthday !!!!!!Birthday cake  icon 
Deshawnthesketcher Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i was too late wasn't I? Oh well, happy SUPER LATE birthday?!?!?!?
Sootness Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018
No, you are not to late :) To get the badge you have to paint the template and submit it to the right category :)
Alexxxa4 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
sonaze01 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018
If you are thinking commenting is how you get the badge, you're under a false assumption. If you are commenting / about to because of what rutilated-quarz said, they were wrong. That is not how this one works.

If you want the badge, the only way to get it is if you submit the deviation into the birthday category.

No, it is not too late to get the badge. There isn't a deadline for the badge, all you have to do is the template and submit.
For more versions of the templates, visit here. 

~Party 18 birthday badge Icon Party~
Satanizmihomedog Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
O 3 o
watermingo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tiamatnightmare Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018
Hug Happy Halloween 
DeediStar Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018  Student Digital Artist
XenoMorphicDaisys Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
happy late birthday
rutilated-quarz Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
admit it - youre commenting on this to get the badge ;3 although, happy couple-months late b-day deviantart!
sonaze01 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018
However, that's not how it works. You'd actually have to submit a deviation in the category.
rutilated-quarz Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah is it? the guide i was reading said comments. Oh, well.
sonaze01 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018
You might be thinking of something else. It rings a bell that you'd comment on something to get a badge. 
Anyway, you can still get the '18 badge, though. You'd just have to submit it in the category. It's been said that there's no set deadline to getting this badge.
XenoMorphicDaisys Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pretty much XD,Happy birthday dA  lol
Exoviar Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Professional Photographer
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Thank You for Your Feedback on Eclipse!

Last week, we announced the Beta launch of DeviantArt Eclipse — a completely redesigned version of DeviantArt that puts more emphasis on artists and their art. As a Beta release, Eclipse is still under development and only available to a small portion of the DeviantArt community. We use the Beta release to gather feedback that allows us to closely analyze deviant engagement and sentiment.

Over 4,000 deviants have already tried Eclipse and many have shared their invaluable and much-appreciated feedback. We’ve received nearly 1,700 individual Eclipse feedback reports — including 407 bug reports, 532 feature requests, and 748 pieces of general commentary. Our team has read through and triaged over 60% of these reports and has a goal of completing all of them in the coming week. Thank you to every deviant who has taken the time to share feedback. Whether you’re someone who provided a few words or several paragraphs of candid response, we appreciate the passion you have for helping us ensure Eclipse will meet the needs of our diverse community.

This Is Just the Beginning of Eclipse

As with most Beta releases, we launched Eclipse knowing there were bugs and highlighted a handful of the most obvious in our release journal. We wanted to release sooner than later so we can begin this journey together – gathering feedback and insights and applying it into our development, fixes, and improvements. Plus, as Beta Testers, this is what you signed up for! We need your deviant-expertise to help identify bugs everything from baby bugs to elusive, exotic bugs.

Based on feedback, it’s clear there are certain areas of Eclipse that are leaps and bounds ahead of the “green site.” It’s also clear there are some things that need to be improved. We expected this and continue to welcome your feedback — the good and the bad. We’re in this together and want to hear from deviants every step of the way.

We're Exploring More Ways To Customize Your Profile

Eclipse provides new ways to personalize your Profile, including the ability to select Header Art for your page, linking to your social media platforms, and stating your commission status. However, with the removal of Custom Box, we heard, loud and clear, that deviants want more options to display content.We’re also in the process of exploring other ways you can customize your Profile.We’ll be sharing tips and varied examples of ways you can really customize Profiles. In the meantime, here’s one example of how @katy-l-wood is testing Eclipse’s current abilities to enhance her Profile.
Many deviants asked for the ability to showcase a single deviation on your profile. This is something we are already working on. We’d also like to clarify that, for the foreseeable future, Custom Boxes within Groups will remain as they are. Groups will eventually be redesigned with Eclipse in mind, but that process won’t be complete for many months. We’ll provide advance notice about any removal of Custom Boxes in Groups.

Addressing Your Other Top Concerns

The new Feedback allows easy viewability of your most recent and unread notifications; however, we’ve seen concerns about Feedback needing improvement as a whole. For example, deviants report it’s cumbersome to remove notifications and it’s hard to remove notifications in bulk. We’ll be making the “remove” button more accessible so that you can one-click remove (or one-click save) just as you could on the “green site.” We’re still reviewing the experience of mass removing feedback and hope to have updates soon.We are currently working on issues regarding Header Art and avatars – specifically, their size and quality. Icon codes and plz accounts will be coming soon to Eclipse. :iconlaplz:The new text editor makes it easy to write Literature, with the option to add formatting and illustrations to your work. That said, the Literature experience in Eclipse is still a work in progress. As we mentioned in the Beta journal, using Literature and journal thumbnails is not yet finished. Literature thumbnails in the sidebar (under “More Like This”) are also not yet finished.Improving the display of Literature thumbnails is something our Product and UX teams are already actively working on improving.Having a “Show More” link on deviation descriptions and comments allows for a cleaner viewing experience; however, based on feedback, we've removed "Show More" from deviation descriptions and comments.While search in Gallery, Favourites, and Journals didn’t make it into the Beta version of Eclipse, it’s our aim to bring this functionality to Eclipse.Several deviants brought up that the ability to include thumbs by pasting a URL (or thumb code) is not currently possible. We mentioned this in the original announcement, but we want to reiterate this is not working as intended and will be implemented in the future.

Of course, this isn’t a complete list. It represents our first step at addressing some of your top concerns and we’ll be sharing more responses and updates — including bug fixes — in the weeks ahead.

Keep it Coming!

In the release process, things are constantly evolving as we gain insights and implement updates. Please keep in mind these updates can take time to get used to. As you continue to explore Eclipse, share your thoughts and concerns through the Eclipse overall feedback or bug report/feature request forms. While we encourage general discussion in the journal comments, using the official form allows us to triage and act on feedback in a quicker, more manageable way.

We also want to give a shout-out to the amazing deviants who’ve produced really thorough Eclipse reviews:

Re: Eclipse by @rotane Eclipse by @katy-l-wood Review of Eclipse + Suggestions @nominee84 @senshistock’s video and documentEclipse Glimpse and Thoughts by @lexidus @taitrochelle’s videoMy Deviation Submission Journey in Eclipse PLUS by @ilantiis My Thoughts on the New Watch/Feedback System by @iingo Eclipse: WhatIsRight, WhatIsNot, HowToFixIt @ashclad-shade

Again, thank you to everyone! With your feedback, we’ve filed numerous bugs and our developers are working on them continually.

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Eclipse Change Log: March 6, 2019As of this morning, Eclipse has been rolled out to more members of the community, including many of those who have joined the waitlist. In this week’s change log, we’re excited to announce lots of updates that have been highly requested by the community!WHAT'S NEWCustom SectionsCustom sections are now live! You can now add a Custom section to your Profile – add your own background, images, text, and more! (Note: Core Members will be able to add multiple Custom sections, but during this first release Custom sections are limited to one for all deviants.)Watch and Feedback ImprovementsOne of Eclipse's most popular requests is finally here! You can now remove and archive notifications in one click on both the Watch and Feedback pages.Add GIFs!When words or an image might not express what you want to say – you can now gif it! Add gifs to journals, status updates, comments – you name it! Spotlight a Single Deviation on Your ProfileShine a spotlight one of your own, or maybe another deviant you admire. You can now feature up to 5 deviations on your Profile! Delete CommentsA highly requested feature! You can now remove comments posted on your Profile or deviation pages, as well as delete any comments you have personally left.CHANGE LOGWhen switching between Eclipse and the old site, you’re now kept on the page you were originally on.Hot Topic notifications are now part of Eclipse! Upon editing your bio in Eclipse for the first time, you will see a confirmation message before importing your old bio into the new bio editorFixed issue where emoticons could not be deleted using backspace. Upon uploading a vertical image as your profile cover art, you can now crop and reposition the imageFixed issue where comment sort order was not preserved after leaving the pageWhen returning to browse (or search) from a deviation page, you are now brought to a more accurate position in the browse results.Fixed issue where some GIFs could not be uploaded as an avatar.Fixed issue where emoticons and other formatting in bios would display as markup on the Home tab of your Profile.In addition to these updates and bug fixes are smaller improvements we’ve made as we continue to develop larger features in Eclipse. Stay tuned for more, and follow these steps to leave feedback:Switch to DeviantArt EclipseClick your avatarSelect “Give Your Feedback” to access our official form

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Eclipse Change Log: December 12, 2018

This week, nearly the whole DeviantArt team — encompassing staff members from Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, Kiev, and Vancouver, to name a few — has come together at our HQ in Hollywood to focus on Eclipse and plan what’s in store for 2019.

As a reminder, we’re continuing to work on the bigger community feedback concerns — including customization and improvements to Feedback — and we hope to share more soon.

Since the holidays are coming up, and many people on our team are traveling or taking time off, we won’t have a change log to share for a short while. But we want to let you all know that we are continuing to review and analyze your feedback, and we look forward to sharing more updates with you early next year!

Change Log

Literature descriptions are back! (Popular request!)After replying to a comment in Feedback, the notification is now automatically removed. (Popular request!)Comment link pages now have "parent" and "top" buttons, and are now centered for easy readability. (Popular request!)Scraps are back!You can now mention a deviant just by typing (rather than selecting them from the list).The Gift dropdown on profile now tells you when you've already given them a llama or they are full of cake. Removed minimum character count in Status Updates and Journals, allowing deviants to share a post that simply includes a deviation, gallery, or video.

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