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CATS CONTEST
    This contest is looong overdue and what better time to launch it than now, when we're all spending most, if not all of our time inside? Given the tough time we are going through and the social distancing  as a direct result of it, it's important to keep ourselves busy and as happy as we can with what we have available.    Initially I was thinking of a theme between the lines on "coming together", but this is already beautifully used in another contest, or something dedicated to "what makes you smile", and although it is a beautiful and positive theme, it cannot be objectively judged or quantified. So, having this in mind, as the host of
CATS CONTEST
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Seniority Announcement: April 2020
Seniority has been a cornerstone of DeviantArt since the site's early years, and is a community award given to deviants who have made their mark on the community. These outstanding deviants have been recognized for their level of interaction, helpfulness with others, kindness, sincerity, and many other traits. These deviants can be recognized by the medal icon that appears next to their username, and in almost 20 years, less than 2,000 deviants have received Seniority. The following five deviants, having shown a kindred spirit that has led to continued positive community interaction and involvement, are the most recent recipients of Seniority. Please join us in congratulating them! @lauraypablo An active member of the photomanipulation community, @lauraypablo regularly does community features and consistently takes time to interact with others on the site in meaningful ways. @barananduen If you know the username @barananduen, it's probably for a good reason. She's an incredibly
Seniority Announcement: April 2020
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Site Update: Hoofs Banned
Due to the sudden increase in submissions of the character "Hoofs," our policies have been updated to prohibit the submission of any Hoofs art, fanart, or derivative works. — Site Update HoofsBanned Hoofs is officially banned from DeviantArt. For more information, read below. Due to the sudden increase in submissions of the character "Hoofs," our policies have been updated to prohibit the submission of any Hoofs art, fan art, or derivative works. We sometimes have to make difficult decisions for the benefit of the community as a whole, and the extreme nature of this character necessitated us making a change. Though we do our best to e
Site Update: Hoofs Banned
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What's Keeping You Busy?
It can be tricky at times to keep motivated to do things, especially when options for doing things are limited by the space and tools that are available. Still, times like these where there's safety in staying home require keeping occupied and having things to do for physical, mental, and emotional well-being, even if watching TV is what’s keeping you occupied. We’d like to know what you’re doing to keep busy, and how those things are (or can be) fueling your creativity! If you have the opportunity to try something you’ve been putting off doing, now may just be the time to do it. We’d like to hear from you in the comments on this journal: What have you been doing to keep busy? How have the things you’ve done to keep occupied inspired you creatively? Here are a few things that keep DeviantArt staff members busy: “I've been catching up on my reading list! I’ve read Circe by Madeline Miller and Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu! Diving into new worlds has been a good way to occupy my
What's Keeping You Busy?
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Expand Your Reach with Commissions
We’re always trying to find ways to empower artists, and a great option to expand your reach and exposure, as well as monetize your material, is by opening yourself up to commissions. Commissions can help unlock business towards your creations. Below are some simple ways to craft the best commission for your future buyers. #1: Be Ready to Take Commissions It's important to check in with yourself and make sure you’ve got the time and responsibility to take commissions. Whether you freelance full-time or create artwork on the side, be honest with yourself on what projects you can take on. This helps you stay on top of your work, maintain a professional relationship with potential clients, and avoid burnout and stress! Remember: you don’t have to accept every commission. Do what works best for you! #2: Know Your Worth Don’t second guess or undervalue your work! If you are accepting commissions, you are investing time, effort, and resources into the finished product, so you should
Expand Your Reach with Commissions
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Talent Tuesday: Interview Vol.19
Each month, NaturesHaven (https://www.deviantart.com/natureshaven) will shine a special light on one of it's members by doing an interview! This month we're talking to Arts-of-Cendrayliss (https://www.deviantart.com/arts-of-cendrayliss) :bigthumb792854294: `Mouselemur (https://www.deviantart.com/mouselemur) First of all, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions! Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Hello I 'm French woman, i love animals and i practise energy care for them. i created this Gallery Deviant Art to share my Nature photographies and my link with the Nature :iconArts-of-Cendrayliss: :bigthumb781842407: :iconMouselemur: How would you describe your art? My Art is very multifaceted, isn't never the same, my Art is like skyscape
Talent Tuesday: Interview Vol.19
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All About Seniority
Community Week Hi all, I am Yuukon (https://www.deviantart.com/yuukon) and I am excited that today I'll be sharing some ins and outs about being a Senior on DeviantArt with you! Seniority is more than just toilet seats, nursing homes, walking canes and grey hair, and I definitely look forward to sharing with you what it is beyond that! What is Seniority? Being a Senior on DA is different from being a senior in real life. One can be both, of course, but on DA, it's not a requirement to be a senior in real life to receive Seniority. Seniority on DA is basically a form of recognition for people who have left a positive mark in the community. Some get it for their time devoted t
All About Seniority
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Photo Feature 8 and Update
Hey Everyone, Wow it's been a minute since I did a feature. My apologies, with the virus I have had to finish and postpone many projects I was working on in case of a complete lockdown. I hope everyone is remaining calm especially with how things have escalated just within a week. I would also like to reach out our community members, specifically those who live in Italy. My family came from Tuscany to the States and still have many family members still there so this hits closer to home for me. We are all thinking about you and we hope you are doing well. If you can, please just comment and let us know if you need anything, how you are doing
Photo Feature 8 and Update
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R a n d o m II
brain dreams... enjoy
R a n d o m II
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Watercolour portrait: step by step walkthrough
Community Week Hi! I'm Luciferys and I'm going to show you a step by step of how I work with watercolors. Art supplies: Not pictured here, but I also used a jar of water and a paper towel. Step 1: I chose 300 gsm hot pressed watercolor paper and I cut the paper in half (this making it A4 in size). I taped the paper to a hard surface (this will keep the paper in place and also preserve a white border) and started sketching. I usually try to keep the sketch simple. References: Step 2: I covered the edges of the character with masking liquid using a silicone brush (it's easy to clean and it doesn't get ruined by the masking liquid). Mask
Watercolour portrait: step by step walkthrough
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Red Mountain
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A sunken boat...
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a memory
I remembered the afternoon I called you, curled on my bed with someone's good book in my palm, nestled softly in the waning light and under my gently roaming fingers the baby moved – not to my hand-touch, but inside, an insistent flutter, not like the swiftly beating heart on the doctor's monitor, not like the slow appearance of a plus-sign on a drugstore test. I called you, my gently rolling daughter's mother's mother. I called you like the woman standing at my back while I held the kite string on a pushy spring day, the diagonal shape so far above us I could only feel the jerk of the cord around my fingers, holding us t
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Convenience
  Ducky Short usually avoided using 'convenience' stores. The floors were always grimy, the lighting was too dim for his tired veiny eyes, and the cashiers never spoke more than five words of English. But the thing that irked him most was how every one of them put the Ho-Hos on the very bottom shelf, and every time he would have to find a way to maneuver his long body and old rusty joints into a crouch just so he could reach them.   He had been struck with a Ho-Ho craving as he was walking by, and since the only store nearby was a tiny convience store, he had no choice but to go in and claim his cakes. There was no contro
Convenience
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how lilies weep
obstacles are a kind of faith,  bleeding through intention as if through some amorphous skin, red silk, a bruised clock  covered in  veins and cloaked with skin, timed to burst. i am nothing if i am not a dream of yours, waking from the geometric light of my window into a shimmering cup, poured full of your words my hips dripping their tiny mechanisms, whirring impatiently my mouth made raw, swirling in incense, growing new teeth, finding ulcers to bleed through. i drip and cough and sleep and bleed and hope that i am strong enough for someone like you. i am taped and bandaged and covered up
how lilies weep
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Detergent and Deterrence
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I Guess We'll Live To See It
You should start looking for a place we can make our last stand. The dawn is breaking: Every morning, a little less light, and the end is not as close as you think. Love is not enough, and wanting is not enough. The desert is coming. The sea is coming. God forbid they find us holding our thirst in both hands. Instead, instead; No, There is no rescue. You should start looking for a place we can make our last stand. Take my frenzy for resignation, put your boots on. I have a lantern. I have a little knife. We have so much still to survive. Open your hands and let the thirst out. Build. We will stand until t
I Guess We'll Live To See It
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for a friend
The sky is captured in his eyes, clear and blue. The weather etched smile is honest. The slender face says sixty; it lies. It is that and half again. Knobby hands sun baked and brown peek out from ragged gloves. They seem part of the old split locust post where they are resting; one of the row of soldiers that keep watch on their field and its occupants. The smile broadens as I approach. I help stretch the wire. His archaic dialect fills the road with cows and snow and the yankees that his grandparents saw marching. The hours pass pulled by the mule he plowed with as a boy. He mentions his wife they'd been marri
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Birthday '19: Celebrated DeviantArt's 19th birthday
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Found on Newest, Vol. 18
One of the most polarizing things about the Newest page is that there's no filter, and that it's literally just deviations right as they're submitted. The bright side to browsing Newest is that you have the chance to run into a variety of good art of...well, anything and everything, really! So, here are some more great works that I've found while browsing Newest!
Found on Newest, Vol. 18
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Have you all seen this journal from team? If your day could use a pick me up, go through the comments and see what's making people smile! If something someone comments there makes you smile too, tell them! :la:
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Deviousness Award

A deviant for nine years, ikazon is a monumentally influential member of DeviantArt. A champion of DeviantArt’s literature community, he’s contributed his own writing and journal skins to the community since he first joined DeviantArt. In 2011, ikazon became a Community Volunteer, shining a light on undiscovered pieces in both the DeviantArt related and literature galleries. His dedication to the community quickly made him a beloved figure on DeviantArt. Soon after, in 2012, he was hired as a full-time staff member, where he ran multiple community projects, such as the 2014 and 2015 Valentine’s Day Exchange!

However, ikazon’s contributions to the community extended past his time as a community volunteer and a staff member. From contributing journal skins to the CalendarProject to leaving encouraging comments for his fellow community members, ikazon’s supporting presence has been felt all across DeviantArt.

We’re proud to name ikazon as the Deviousness Award recipient for March 2016!
Awarded Mar 2016

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ikazon Writer

My pleasure, and likewise! I hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and well :hug:

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Erdbeersternchen Photographer
Thanks a lot for the continuous support!
May your shadow always stay beside you. 

Brazen summer sun by Erdbeersternchen
ikazon Writer

No worries, of course! :hug:

seresereHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the llama!! Hooray Llama Badges 
ikazon Writer

No worries :la: