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Thursday Prompt: Living Canvas
Good day, Core Members, and welcome back to our weekly Thursday Prompt!
With 200 entries received for last week’s contest, Know Hope, it was very difficult for us to select our winners! There were so many excellent pieces, and I want to thank all of you who participated for showing that we are a community that stands by one another when we need it the most.
Here are the six winning deviations that got us knowing there is hope this week. Here are your winning visual deviations:
        
And here are your winning written deviations:
        
Congratulations to Astanael, Aya-Lunar, Nyxium, TylerFreeFlight, FizzyPinkBubbles and
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Thursday Prompt: Know Hope
Good day, Core Members, and welcome back to our weekly Thursday Prompt!
We got some really exciting entries for last week’s challenge, Dare You to Move, and we had a fun time reviewing your pieces. We were most motivated by the following three posters:
      
Congratulations to The-Tinidril, GiraffeMeow and Amarantheans! Their inspiring creations have earned them $100 USD in DA Points each.
This Week's Challenge
For this week’s challenge, let’s spread a message of hope, love, acceptance and determination.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and over the years, DeviantArt has always worked to be a place where people are loved for who they are. No matter how difficult life is,
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Thursday Prompt: Dare You to Move
Good day, Core Members, and welcome to our very first Thursday Prompt!
Today is an exciting moment for everyone in CoreMembers, not least because this is our first group contest in over four years! I can’t wait to see how you’ll tackle our upcoming prompts and what kinds of art you’ll make.
Challenge
For this week, you are asked to inspire your fellow artists! Create a motivational poster that will help your fellow artists continue doing the great work they do, and once you’ve uploaded it to DeviantArt, post your deviation as a comment to this journal.
Rules
The work should be original (i.e. you must make your own poster design). Providing your own quote is encouraged, but not required. If you use someone else's quote make sure to give them credit.
The poster can be in any design, but if you are using stock images or deviations not your own, you must make sure you have permission to use those works and credit the artist(
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Thursday Contests Are Back!
Remember four years ago, when weekly contests for Premium Members was still a thing? Well, they're coming backLa la la la 
Hi, everyone! My name is Josh, and I’ll be your gamemaster for Thursday Prompt, our new Core-only weekly contest. I look forward to reinstating this program, which last ran from 2009 to 2014, and making it bigger and better than before!
Thursday Prompt is very simple. On most Thursdays, there will be a challenge for Core Members to create something new, and all you have to do to have a chance at winning prizes — like points, store discounts or other fun, mysterious things — is participate! The contests vary every week, so make sure to always keep an eye out for both your favorite challenges and those challenges that fit the kind of art you love to create. Randomness is the name of the game here.
Whether you draw, paint, write, take pictures, or create any other form of art, the
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Welcome to AngeKrystaleen and Lady-Suchiko

Please join me in welcoming our two newest members of the Community Volunteer team! Both will be helping to feature and showcase the Anime & Manga communities :)
AngeKrystaleen 



Lady-Suchiko 


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Celebrating 18 Years of DeviantArt!
It'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!
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18th BirthdayArtist Evolution
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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!
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Celebrating Artist Evolution!
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!
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18th BirthdayArtist Evolution
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Artist Evolution
See how deviant artists have evolved with DeviantArt!
To commemorate this landmark birthday (DeviantArt can now buy lottery tickets and vote!), we're taking a moment to appreciate how far we've come.  We talked to nine longtime deviants to discover how they progressed from their early days as ar
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Celebrating Deviousness - August 2018
In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community. Join us in celebrating the latest recipient of the Deviousness Award.

In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community. Join us in celebrating the latest recipient of the Deviousness Award.
Introducing Ellysiumn
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My name is Gene, and I am a dream weaver. I was born in Munich, but I have also Spanish blood on my mother's side. I spend seasons in Germany and Spain. I started out with Photoshop about 13 years ago, at first only for distraction but it rapidly became an addiction, to the point that I spent hours on it, even forgetting to eat! I'm an observer by nature, I love looking at the sky, space, and long dist
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Welcome Copperein and Blackbowfin!

Please join me in welcoming copperrein and BlackBowfin to the Community Relations team!
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BlackBowfin (Literature)



Now take a moment and go say hello!
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Upcoming Site Changes and Your Involvement

About a year and a half ago, we posted a journal discussing how DeviantArt’s acquisition would grant us the resources to make many positive changes for the site.  Thus far, a lot of such improvements haven’t been entirely obvious — like the many new hires across all departments (we've more than doubled our staff!) or upgrades to the tools we use behind-the-scenes.  All of this was done in order to bring you big-ticket changes, including a much-improved and redesigned site.
We've approached the redesign with a lot of consideration, which is why it’s been in development for so long.  Not only do there continue to be lengthy internal conversations discussing every piece and every feature in explicit detail, but we
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Celebrating Deviousness - July 2018
In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community. Join us in celebrating the latest recipient of the Deviousness Award.

In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community. Join us in celebrating the latest recipient of the Deviousness Award.
Introducing Yuukon
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 My name is Monique, and I am a photographer and writer born in the Netherlands, but I have since lived in several countries. I started out with photography when I was five years old, my grandfather gave me a brand new Polaroid camera on my birthday, which is where it all started for me. When I first joined DA, I had no idea what to expect, but I was given a warm welcome. If we fast forward fourteen years
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New Profile URLs
DeviantArt is constantly evaluating better ways to serve our community, from new features to smaller updates and bug fixes. Today, we're making a change to the format of profile URLs that will have a positive impact moving forward. In order to better serve you, we’re changing profile URLs from username.deviantart.com to deviantart.com/username
Don't worry, your old URLs will still work, and you can continue to use them. Your old links/URLs will always redirect to your new ones.
We know a lot of deviants are attached to their URLs, so the decision to make this change was not done lightly. Part of the decision-making process involved surveying active deviants, and we discovered the overall sentiment was fairly neutral. Most people did not strongly prefer one or the other — as long as old URLs redirected. But, most importantly, we believe this change will be beneficial for you.
Why Changing URLs Is for the B
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#PluralityOfPride
Fly your flag with DeviantArt as we celebrate the #PluralityOfPride! Join the conversation and check out some of the LGTBQ+ artists we’re featuring for #PrideMonth.
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Like the many flags we fly to represent who we are, Pride Month is about celebrating the strength of our plurality, the many identities that complete us and make all of us great, and how they come together to build our common humanity.
Occurring in the same month as the Stonewall Riots (on June 28, 1969) where people were beaten simply for being who they are, Pride Month is meant to be a celebration of coming together in light of this violent beginning. This year, DeviantArt is proud to honor deviants of all identities who, over the years, have helped build us into an ever-more inclusive community where we can just be.
Be who we are, without fear.
Be different, even if we can't always be in real life.
Be ourselves, celebrated and supported
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Celebrating Deviousness - June 2018
In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community. Join us in celebrating the latest recipient of the Deviousness Award.

In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community. Join us in celebrating the latest recipient of the Deviousness Award.
Introducing Firefly-Path
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I’m a fantasy gown designer based in Los Angeles. What started as a hobby back in Texas where I grew up, making fantasy costumes for my sister and me, turned into a full time career. Back in 2002 I made cosplay outfits for the two of us to wear together to conventions. My costumes began to attract a lot attention and people offered to pay me to make their dream cosplays! 
Fast forward si
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Beta Test: New Profile URLs
DeviantArt is constantly evaluating better ways to serve our community, from new features to the subject of this update: subdomains!
In order to better serve you, we’re changing the subdomains from username.deviantart.com to deviantart.com/username. But don’t worry, username.deviantart.com will not break—your old links/URLs will redirect to your new URLs.
We know a lot of deviants are attached to their URLs, so the decision to make this change was not done lightly. Part of the decision-making process involved surveying active deviants, and we discovered the overall sentiment was fairly neutral. Most people did not strongly prefer one or the other -- as long as old URLs redirected. But, most importantly, we believe this change will be beneficial for you.
Why Changing URLs Is for the Better

The new URLs will likely increase your traffic: Based on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) experts we’ve consulted with and al
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GDPR and Privacy Policy Update
DeviantArt is committed to providing all deviants with a safe and fun environment to create and grow — and this commitment includes maintaining your privacy and security.  
You’ve likely already received many emails and notifications about privacy updates from websites and apps where you have accounts. This is because the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) places new responsibilities on organizations that collect data from European Union residents and is designed to grant people more control over such data.
In accordance with GDPR, DeviantArt is building a tool that allows European Union deviants to:
Access Their Data: On request, deviants can see what data we have on file, what we’re using the data for, and with whom we are sharing the data.
Permanently Delete Their Data: Deviants may review and permanently delete certain data. A log of deletion requests will be kept for security purposes.
These changes will be in effect starti
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Celebrating Deviousness - May 2018
In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.Join us in celebrating the latest recipient of the Deviousness Award.

In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community. Join us in celebrating the latest recipient of the Deviousness Award.
Introducing Cryptid-Creations
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Hey there! I'm Cryptid-Creations, also known as Piper Thibodeau. I've been active on DeviantArt since 2008 and the website has been an integral step in my career as a character designer and illustrator. When I started off initially in the 9th grade, I wasn't familiar with digital painting and stuck to drawing traditionally. DeviantArt thankfully allowed for me to discover great artistic influe
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New Knowledge Base and Customer Service Updates
DeviantArt is always looking at how we can better serve deviants. We’re aware Customer Service is an area that needs improvement, and we’d like to share some of the steps we've taken to grow and what we'll be doing going forward. As you may have already noticed, our FAQs are on a new Knowledge Base platform with improved search capabilities and streamlined presentation. But those aren’t the only changes.

Technology That Helps Us Help You
As deviants search for information in the Knowledge Base, we will be able to identify which answers help solve questions, while also being able to identify which answers need improvement or are missing.  This information will help us pinpoint issues so they can be addressed more quickly.
Rewritten and Improved FAQs
At the bottom of every article, you’ll find a “Did this answer your quest
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Experimenting With Browse Modes
Today, we’ve made a change to the front page of DeviantArt, updating the default Browse mode from What’s Hot to Popular 24 Hours.  Any change to the front page is never made lightly, and we’ll be closely monitoring how the update impacts traffic to deviations.
In the future, we’ll be making additional updates to the front page — including more variety, providing representation to more unknown artists and genres, and highlighting the breadth and depth of all DeviantArt has to offer. We’ll be sharing more details about this in the coming months.
In the meantime, we’d love to hear about how you browse and what you think of the front page.
How often do you visit the front page?
How often do you browse vs. search?
What sort mode do you use most often?
What would be your ideal front page experience for DeviantArt?
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DeviantArt Originals Recap
Take a look behind the scenes to see how DeviantArt’s 2018 April Fool’s campaign came to life.

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Pre-production
In years past, April Fool's has been no trivial matter at DeviantArt. We have brought you thoughtART, to simply will art into being; DeviantHeart, a dating website for creatives; and even succumbed to takeover by cats. This year was no exception. It all began in early 2018,  when danlev set a brainstorming meeting. The ideas were plentiful: from llama-based cryptocurrencies to a Paul Blart site-takeover entitled: DeviantBlart.
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Ultimately, it was DeviantArt Originals, a supposed lineup of TV shows and movies by DeviantArt, that intrigued us the m
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Fraud Protection for Points
DeviantArt is always looking for the best ways to serve deviants, and in 2010 we introduced DeviantArt Points – our virtual currency.
Points can be used in a variety of ways, including rewarding fellow deviants for a job well done, supporting artists through commissions, buying Prints, or simply giving a gift with love.  In certain circumstances, like when earning royalties through the Commissions widget or Prints sales, Points can also be exchanged and redeemed for real money.
Any time real money is involved, there are inevitably a small number of “bad actors” who seek to game the system and take advantage of it.  To ensure the safety and security of our community when engaging in the Points ecosystem, we've recently enhanced our fraud detection tools and added new members to DeviantArt's Trust and Safety team.  With the addition of these tools and team members, we will be able to detect and investigat
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DeviantArt Originals: By Artists, For Artists
DeviantArt Originals: By Artists, For Artists. Original movies and shows created by DeviantArt and your favorite artists.
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Original movies and shows created by DeviantArt and your favorite artists.
DeviantArt has always been known as a platform for showcasing, uplifting, and engaging artists on the web, but over the past 10 months, we've been working on something that will extend our reach from the static web, onto even more screens near you.
Introducing the first streaming service for artists, by artists: DeviantArt Originals!
We've proudly partnered with Bento Box Entertainment — the studio behind breakout hits Bob's Burgers and Brickleberry — and some of your favorite DeviantArt artists to create inspiring and entertaining content tha
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