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The new deviantART muro featuring Redraw!
New Year's resolutions, it's never too lateIf you're looking for a pep talk in your artistic endeavors, whatever they may be, please read DamaiMikaz's journal, aptly titled "Make 2015 Awesome!"
Fifty Shades of Fan FictionIs fan fiction art? Those who make a hobby from reading stories based on characters or settings from original works have all said the same exact sentence at some point in their fan fiction travels: "Fan fiction is better than many published books I've read."
Putting yourself out thereThe Internet is the great equalizer. Household names used to be people we saw on TV, in movies, or writers of the most famous books and syndicated articles. Now, it's not strange for a YouTube personality, online cooking blogger, or comedy tweeter with a 9-to-5 job to be mentioned around the dinner table.
Project Porkchop Vol. 357
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons and Dragons ProphecyA time to work
Learn This: Glitter your lifeWelcome to a CV project that has been years in the making. YES! Even before we knew we would be volunteers--ages before we even knew DeviantArt existed--we were working on this collection of tutorials to bring only the most refined and technologically advanced methods to your interweb doorstep.
Mature contentDeviously Mature #02 Mrs-Durden 11 4
THE NEXT BIG THING #142
The Next Big Thing seeks to highlight and bring recognition to the outstanding talent on DA who are rising stars in the community.
Baited Arrow by AntonZemskov
Gral, the shark by AntonZemskov
Help support the featured artists by taking the time to this journal and keep on their portfolios!
What's Next for Eclipse: Watch
As @danlev mentioned in a previous change log, we'll be covering some areas of DeviantArt Eclipse with more in-depth journals. Last week, we kicked off with a journal dedicated to updates that are coming soon to Feedback! This week, one of the essential areas of DeviantArt is Watch. It’s where we go to discover what’s new amongst who we follow, and get inspired by things we’re familiar with and love. We wanted to make sure your Watch experience is just as exciting as your Browse experience, but also as efficient as your Feedback experience. We’ve decided to make the Watch page dedicated solely to Watch – so you’ll no longer see the tabs for “Watch”, “Feedback”, and “Notes”. As soon as you’re on Watch, it’ll be just that – everyone and everything you watch! Here are some related updates we’ll be introducing to you all soon:New NavigationNo more multi-clicks or dropdowns to get to the content you want to see. You’ll now be able to filter your Watch through a sticky header – so whether you want to view Deviations, Group Deviations, Status Updates, Commissions, etc., just one click and you’re there! (Cameo appearances from: @ekud, @cochalita, @aenea-jones, @samanthadoodles, @cassielink, @tanyasimpson, & @mrs-durden!)Multi-Remove & Multi-SaveA popular request from Beta Testers! We’ve improved the experience to remove or save areas you watch by having a sticky remove/save option that follows as you scroll through Deviations, Journals, Polls, etc. (Additional cameo appearances from: @rhads, @sheharzad-arshad, & @kristynakvapilova!)Deviants deserve a flawless browsing experience so they can access the content they love with absolute ease. We hope these changes will help achieve that. These upcoming updates will be announced in @danlev weekly change logs as soon as they are live. Share with us in the comments what you look forward to using in Watch!Got something else on your mind? Let us know:Submit a bug or feature requestSubmit your overall feedback about DeviantArt EclipseSpecial shoutout to the DeviantArt staff involved with these major Watch updates: @tomergr @heidi @roihim @yury-n @noaron @zilla774 @mariiasv @nishnushtlv @chenarbel @thesquidarrives @yumeruby @justgalym @micahgoulart Feel free to thank them via mention, give ‘em a llama, or ask them Watch-related questions!
Thursday Prompt: The Artidote
Welcome, Core Members, to another edition of the Thursday Prompt!
Last week, you were tasked with inspiring us all with your handwriting in our challenge for National Handwriting Day, "Art of the Write". With over 70 entries received this time around, it was amazing looking at all those writing samples and how you all write!
After much deliberation, we have picked the ten works that we felt best represented the best handwriting we've seen so far:
New Charity Project to launch March 1st
Hello everyone! Been a while!
Excited to announce an upcoming project for this Spring! A really cool theme has been selected!
Giving you all advance notice to prepare for this awesome event!
This project will affect my local no-kill Animal Shelter!
I will do more than give money, I will donate pet supplies and volunteer time!
Fun times ahead!
Talk to you soon!
Traditional Art Week: Intro and Feature Contest!
Traditional Art Week
Welcome to Traditional Art Week!
This week you'll be introduced to a variety of traditional art topics, including a Mixed Media tutorial, a how-to on working with acrylics, an interview with an experienced traditional artist, and much more!
We also have a fun contest for everyone to participate in during this week! More details on that directly below.
From today, January 21st until Thursday, January 24th, we invite you to post your own traditional art feature in your journal! To make this more exciting, we're offering prizes for the most creative and beautifully curated features posted during the week.
Your feature must contain a theme (ex. cats, paintings, drawings, blue, etc.) and you must state this theme in your description.
Your feature must contain no more than 15 th
My daughters name is Ivy
My daughters name is Ivy.
She. is. a. character. She realized pretty early that she could make us laugh. We encourage her creativity, and we laugh with her. But we also think about balance. Sometimes it's tough not to laugh too much at certain things. We try to show her that she doesn't need to constantly entertain us, and that our love and attention isn't conditional.
Her use of language fascinates me. She started speaking in sentences later than I thought she would. Instead, she uses gestures to communicate more than our son does. But now at four, Ivy talks a lot. And to a biased dad, she has interesting things to say, or interesting ways of saying them.
When she was two, she referred to water as, "no". I think she made that connection because we would ask her, "Ivy do you want some water? ..No? Ok sweetie well just tell us if you get thirsty."
I think we followed the first question with second because her facial expressions seemed to us like indecisiveness or a desire to say no without disappointing us. Eventually she began to associate water with, "no", and despite our gentle protestations, Ivy held onto the tradition for several months.
It was a fun little quirk.
In the Fall, we visit the local Pumpkin Patch. It's a popular spot in our small town, and this day was no exception. Waiting in traffic, I said something about a crowd, and Ivy echoed my sentiment with the following words: "Crowded like a mungo."
She said it with the kind of casualness you imagine only adults have learned. Laughing, I asked, "Mungo?"
THAT'S WHAT I SAID, she announced, switching very quickly from casual to defensive, as if she understood that I was questioning the legitimacy of mungo as a real word.
Over the next few weeks I had the great pleasure of witnessing her exploration of this word. To her mom, she would walk up and say, "Hungry like a muungooo". To her brother, whilst picking books to read before bed, "Mungo book!" And to express exasperation at something happening in a tv show, "What in the mungo??"
After some prodding and some consultation with our 7-year old son, Jesse, we gathered that Ivy first started saying "mungo" after watching an Octonauts episode that involved Flamingos.
It especially tickled me that she was using it in the way we use curses. Originally, it might have meant, flamingo. But now it's a catch-all.
Where I might say, and not in front of the kids, "what in the actual fuck?" Ivy says, "what in the actual mungo?" And as far as I can tell, she does it completely unprompted. That is, we don't curse around her, apart from the very seldom, "Shit" at a stubbed toe or something. She's not in school yet. We know what media she consumes. It just came naturally to her to explore the word this way.
We try not to laugh too hard at it all the time, because it's fun to see her explore naturally instead of just trying to make us laugh.
I love being a dad. Seeing little people learn language, develop personalities, and imagine worlds, is so unexpectedly fun. You know that all of this will be a part of it, but there's just no way of predicting the specific joy you feel. The joy you get seeing and being a part of their growing up, as it happens.
And I know it's not unique at all, from a certain vantage point, this thing I'm describing. There's even some kind of comfort in knowing that parents in India, Hawaii, Palestine, Israel, Russia, China, and all over the world, are experiencing this is exact thing I'm talking about. But from another view, the specialness of the contours of our little family, can never really be duplicated, or adequately expressed, or known in the way that I get to know them, right now. And I cherish that.
Update Regarding Changes to Image Processing
Hello everyone! In November, a change was made as part of a larger ongoing revamp in how image hosting and processing is handled here on DeviantArt. However, as part of the process, some complications arose that have taken longer to address than previously hoped, and as such we wanted to provide some transparency on the matter.
First and foremost, thank you for your bug reports and comments with regard to these recent changes! The feedback that we've received has helped us nail down some of the primary issues that have needed attention. To clarify also, as it came up in a number of comments: the image processing changes are unrelated to DeviantArt Eclipse. As the timing of both overlapped, we fully understand that it might have seemed that the issues created by the image processing changes were connected to Eclipse, but we do want to reassure you that they are separate projects.
While some specific fixes are still in the works at this particular moment in time, her