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What is DeviantArt? Part 1

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 4:27 PM



environment commission 2013 by TylerEdlinArt
Although it’s getting rarer these days, I sometimes come across people who ask me what exactly “DeviantArt” means.  Before I begin to explain all the amazing things our community has to offer, they sometimes look at me sideways and say, "Deviant, eh? One of
those websites..."

Most marketing experts would never name a site "DeviantArt," because the word "deviant" has multiple meanings that can be interpreted in different  not always positive  ways.  Yet we are the greatest, most diverse art community in existence.  Few branding agencies would ever make DeviantArt its infamous green/gray color.  Yet we love it, and have become known for it.

Where else can you stunning fan artists alongside the best nature photographers in the world?  Or top comic book artists alongside the most talented storytellers of our generation?  We are DeviantArt, the wild card of the Internet, the raw and truthful force of good that inspires the creative minds of today and tomorrow and the next day, too.

Click on any random deviation and see the kindness we bring to our comments.  Click any random Profile and see the love it receives.  Send a Note to one of our members and see the genuine response that comes back to you.  The most beautiful people in the world live here.  The most beautiful people in the world are artists, and they want to share their beauty with you and see what you have to offer, as well.  It's hard to feel down when that kind of love races through every interaction on DeviantArt.

Our mission as a website is clear: to entertain, inspire, and empower the artist in all of us.  From offering new tools for artists to developing more ways to discover each other, everything we work on is driven by this goal and we've planned big things for 2015 and beyond.

We’re honored to be able to bring this to you, but more than that, we’re unbelievably humbled by the community who made it this way and continues to grow and nurture itself organically.

As a company, we find ourselves constantly influenced and generally in awe of the community members that make DeviantArt the unique and cultivated home for artists it's become.  Because of that, we developed four core values to emulate on a company level and refined from the purest source: all of you.

We strive to be kindred; a place where artists can come to be accepted amongst each other without question.  We're magnetic, with vast galleries so full of raw talent, you could be appreciating their art for hours.  Yes, we're a little audacious; unapologetic in our efforts to deviate from the norm, even if it raises a few eyebrows from the mainstream.  And, finally, the art you'll find here is inspiring, from the creators who have built whole careers for themselves on DeviantArt to the mentors who reach out and share knowledge with others just because.

All of that is DeviantArt.  It can be a little hard to understand from the outside looking in, but take a chance, see what the community has to offer, and share the love and inspiration with others. We’re glad you’re here.

~Heidi

P.S. - You are cool, and I am proud of you.

P.P.S - What is DeviantArt? Part 2

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JPAceG107 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Deviant Art is my first home!
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Karis1311 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Student Artist
Wow! I'm speechless, that speech was soooo beautifulFreddy intensifies Rainbow Pride dA 2.0 Rainbow Pride dA 2.0 Rainbow Pride dA 2.0 I enjoyed reading All of it; and now I know what deviantart is, and plus I love living here, it makes me feel like happy and home :)Love :D (Big Grin) :happybounce: 
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MarxOliva Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who is the author of the art in header?
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Astarsia Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
if you click on the link above (where it says artwork) it takes you there.

But here:
environment commission 2013 by TylerEdlinArt

Click on this instead. Then you can enjoy their work.
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:iconasktitanic-hetalia:
I looked at some art before I arrived, and that's my background for my first account.i lost it by forgetting my password.my final attempt to easily remember a  password, though,was the day I knew my read180 password at school.I started to use that same password for ALL of my passwords for websites.
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Demon-Works Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This website has inspired me and helped me become better at drawing.
Sure there was a few hits and misses, even some stuff i with i could hide under piles of classified information in a underground government bunker. But at the end of the day the mistakes we make help us understand our flaws and DeviantArt has helped me find those flaws.   
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ShaoFeng Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All arts are branches from this tree (imagining big giant tree...)
where deviant art is the root 
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Macuarrorro Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Is the place that showed me thousands of talented people, and made me spend hours looking and faving all those deviations. Britney Spears Exaaactlyy 

It also is the one that made me get the courage to start doing my own stuff, when previously I believed I couldn't. And it made me try to become better with each deviation. Britney Spears Crying Yes 

#Pokemon #BritneySpears #LongLivetoDeviantArt  Britney Spears Shake It Off 
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Silver786 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Student Writer
Deviantart is a museum where you can actually interact with the artist. It's the place where art is "living", paintings, stories, photographies, drawings are shared, viewed, criticized, praised, they aren't just put in a frame, they live. 

This link is a good illustration of that :D world.deviantart.com/
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JosephMorrison Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Simply a kind ear, a sharing mind, a beautiful heart, a thoughtful and reassuring eye and above all a nurturing bed of growth and enthusiasm. I love you DeviantART!
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Bun4ataa Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
DeviantArt is the oldest web for picks, wallpapers that everyone can share, and their own. When i created my acc, and start explore - i realized that this place is like big home , and everyone got own room and freedom. Was cool  Now its cooler :) 
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shiftmaker Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
art devils share their freedom, thats deviantart!
there are no limits to imagination, thats deviantart!
learn a lot, for free, thats deviantart!
Its not site, its hub of shares!
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ReinaHW Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015   Writer
I would define it as a conglomeration of art from around the world from various forms of artists who share their artistic and creative talents with other artists, whatever that art may be. 
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DragonsLoveKittens Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job Heidi! This is exactly why I joined DA.
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sonaakali Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
I agree, the community of DA in the contemporary Internet is like a safe heaven: I have never been disturbed by any comments on DA. I like to read them, to see how poeople share their gratitude and love. And artists, of course. Their works energize me and sometimes they evoke the desire to live to the fullest even during hard times. I say thank you to all those related to DA.
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LilaBlack Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
This is wonderful. Thank you. DeviantART is like a home to me, I don't know what I'd do without it. It's truly an unique community, the best there is.
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Caine-of-Nod Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting Journal Entry. I wish I could write this well.Clap 
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RoentgenDevice Featured By Owner Edited Apr 4, 2015  Student General Artist
It is a social networking page that is something between Facebook with much less Big Brother-vibe to it, a snooty design "blog" ran by the staff aaannnnd *drum roll* an awesome community-oriented art platform where everyone can present his works to the world.

And it's basically free.
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Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
DA is like a home to me as well. ^^
This community site was what kept me from giving up as an artist altogether.
When I first joined, I was excited to share my art works, and was also blown
away by the art works of others. Soon I realized that this place was filled with
endless opportunities and possibilities. In mid commentary, I even discovered a
gift in the form of interpretation, and since then, combined my writing skills to
support fellow artist. This community helped me to look beyond myself with
a desire to reach out and connect with other fellow artist, to inspire and be inspired.
And in many ways, visiting many galleries felt like a visit to alternate universes, as
every gallery offers a visual invitation to an artist's personal world with unique and
interesting perspective, and style. :)
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MJMSTUDIOS2020 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
That's the same thing too. When I first came, I was awe-inspired by tons of artwork posted on there every day that I had to make an account on it. Since then, I've been through a load of changes but I still wish they would give us back the old logo though.

Nevertheless, it doesn't stop me from getting bored here. There's always something new every day. <3
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Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome. ^^

And visiting people's art work is like traveling to an alternate dimension, of their
own visual world. I really enjoy sharing feedback in the form of interpretation.
It's encouraging also to read other people's success stories. I get excited for others,
because it means that we can make it too. It's only a matter of time. This site is filled with
endless possibilities. And it's here that we'll find our right connections. :)
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MJMSTUDIOS2020 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
The only problem I have with deviantART is the logo change. Sadly they did it and I don't like it. 

But everything else as you said before is true. =)
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Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I read about the change of their logo. I forgot what it meant, but I guess they were trying to
go for a more bolder approach, like something that deviates from a predictable design or something.
It's a visual gamble they are willing to take. ^^

Thanks. :)
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MJMSTUDIOS2020 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
I didn't like it one bit. Sad to say but everything else is good as gold (not really).

But I do understand. =)
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:iconmikeythewarriorcat:
Still, there are trolls lurking around here.

"SHUT UP :D"

"TROLLOLOLOLLOL"
"XD YOU REPORTED ME? YOU'RE  SHO KAWAI, WITTLE BABY TROLLOLOLOLOL"
Like wtf
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3wyl Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking forward to the big things! It definitely feels like DeviantArt is progressing forwards.

It's always interesting to meet people offline who know about DeviantArt. People in my class have talked about DeviantArt as a place to find other artists, and I think that is one of the greatest things about DeviantArt.
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IkkeKenta Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
Deviantart is 2197219629369431641398612981236982316923691236123962318 pony pictures!!! :3 
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Ninoru Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student Filmographer
DeviantArt is Facebook but with art. I meet a lot of people and make a lot of contacts on this site that I wouldn't have been able to otherwise, and I'll never stop loving it
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:iconmrdatatheawesome:
MrDataTheAwesome Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
described perfectly! :clap:
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:iconaneriana:
Aneriana Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I live in a non-English speaking country thus no one ever commented on the name of this site.  Most people don't understand the meaning.
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JLuisJoni Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DeviantArt truly is inspiring. I have been inspired by many artists from DA and it's thanks to them that I am where I am now. DA does have its bad side(No Social Network is perfect, after all), but most of the community(from what I've seen so far) is kind, cool and inspiring. Everyday, I feel inspired to do better and more, all because of the amazing artists I find here(and some friends of mine, too). Seriously, I have to thank DA for bringing all these amazing artists together and for making me what I am today. Let DA keep on growing!
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JenFruzz Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I've been here for a decade. This website, way back in 2004, gave me the confidence to continue photography. It continually inspires me to grow as an artist on a daily basis. I've made amazing friends here. While I sometimes sense the overall "community togetherness" is not what it once was, this only makes me more determined to get involved and to try and inspire others to get involved in the community as well :eager: I love to be proven wrong!

I loved reading this. Thanks for sharing it with us :clap:
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trezoid Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, to me it's this site I go on a bit, met some pretty cool people on, and happens to also give me money to do what I love doing.

It's pretty great.
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
I never had that thought of 'one of those websites' when I joined. It was after I joined and during discussions and what not did I read about what the deviant in here meant. o__O

I feel like a newcomer in internet sometimes. :<
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anteiichi Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
agreed on everything you wrote ! ;)
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HectorAdame Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never got in touch with the "community" here on deviantArt, if there is actually something like that. 
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JenFruzz Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
It's never too late to start :D Using the forum and chat networks can really help you connect with other community members. Participating in contests, commenting on someone else's deviation... There are so many ways to get involved. It won't take long for you to get a sense of the community here :aww:
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Ardate Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student Filmographer
It's not surprising, you didn't put any of your drawings in any group. How do you expect people to find them on the website?
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Ariel-Archangel Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is the only place I like to share my art, photos, stories, and express myself.  I know there are other places, but DeviantArt is a place that is easy to be and I enjoy it very much.  I intend to stay around for as long as possible too.  I do get the reaction from a few about the Deviant part.  But most are like yeah I am on that sight too or I love that site.  Deviant may be a shocking name, but those curious would check it out whether they like it or not. Though it does help it to stand out above the rest too.
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kadrin-chan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this. Lately, in my new college year, I have found a lot of people who are unfamiliar with dA, and I love to share with them my wonderful experiences of this site. :D
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
:love: :DALove: by Ikue  
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imHisson Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
It is a community of artists in which we seek to show our artwork to the world , where we are challenged , intrigued , amazed by the different artworks of our fellow artists. Some looking for fame, some, just giving us a pleasurablet time
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TANblaque Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:bulletpink: A website that reveals great Artists' works to the world. ^^
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nadiecito Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Student General Artist
countless (renewable) number of windows opened to new and undiscovered worlds
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ss24 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Like
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Arisu-Ami-Chan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
A place where one can feel at home in their fandom. Where artists can come together and help each other grow, while (attempting) to correct those that commit wrongs towards the community.

dA is interesting for a new comer to the art world. It broadens ones self and their own art or writing style while giving room for improvement.

It is intimidating at first, but once you obtain the knowledge you require you may continue on learning in another area you're curious about.

That is what dA is to me: a helpful, (semi)educational location for beginner, novice, and growing artists.
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SeanBattle Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Student
Heart Hug 
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HG-The-Hamster Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't care what people say negativity about the community, staff, artwork shown etc

Everyone has a different media they would like to work with even if it is digital art, traditional art, hell even fetish art could fit in someway, every website is different and yes there are some flaws but in the end ignoring what the community flaws are its a wonderful website and will always be there.
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RetsuraiAlpha Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Student Interface Designer
deviantart = rule 34
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015   Writer
Now that brought an incredibly disturbing image to mind. Especially given the new logo. 
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