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
Coming to DeviantArt four years ago, it's safe to say I could never have predicted the significant impact this community would have on my life. I wasn't what one would call an art aficionado at that time, and DA was simply a means to an end -- a place for sourcing artists for commissions on a fan art project. I fondly remember browsing artworks and being fascinated by the paintings and drawings of so many amazing artists, then gradually noticing that a few of their select pieces were given something called a "Daily Deviation". I wanted to be a part of that process, to help recognize quality art, but also as a way of showing my immense admiration for the creative talent responsible for it. That's how my DA journey began, as I started to suggest DDs and submit journal features.
But that's only half the tale, and truthfully, not the part that resonated most strongly with me or convinced me to take on a bigger role by performing volunteer duties. What made DA special for me was the spirit of the place; it's an effervescent blend of joy, gratitude, kindness, and helpfulness, that results in not just beautiful art to enjoy, but feels like a constant spring of renewal and invigoration. It's even more remarkable when you consider that for all DA is, it's still a workplace, both for the staff who keep things operational, and the artists who advertise their services.To be able to foster that sense of inclusivity -- to gather the artists with the appreciators, the professionals with the hobbyists, the young deviants just finding their style with the veterans showcasing years of studied practice -- is an accomplishment worthy of celebration and illustrates why DA continues to be so integral as a site for "bleeding and breeding" art.
I can truly say that art has taught me so much about what it means to put yourself out there, to face rejection and harsh criticism, but to keep on creating, to keep on drawing, writing, crafting, photographing -- whatever the medium you use to express yourself and your innate ability. The artists I've been privileged to interview have all kept that same commitment to persevere and achieve their goals no matter the setbacks or disappointments they encounter. I admire their positivity, enthusiasm, and willingness to share their stories. I am always eager to listen and assist in any way I can.
It's because of my time at DA that I was inspired to create a blog last year, as a way to connect with more art enthusiasts and share the wonderful works that can be found here in the community and elsewhere. That blog now has over 20,000 followers and reveals the concerning fact that I have become a full-fledged art junkie (with no regrets). Art also complements my training in literary analysis. For each book I study I can imagine the artist's style that would be best suited to it, or the scene they would magically bring alive.
A year after joining DA, it was only a hobby. Now DA represents a passion project, a place of friendship, a love story. This Deviousness award feels like the apex of that entire experience for me, and I am sincerely grateful and honoured to be the month's chosen recipient. There's still so much I want to do, to engage and continue to find ways to effectively promote artists. Thanks for all your support, and for making this community a second home.
Deviousness Award Winner
lovelessdevotions has been a member of the DeviantArt community for four years and has already become easily recognizable as a mentor and friend to many. She embodies the true spirit of the community by spending much of her time promoting and celebrating the works of others. Her vast array of collections and frequent features that showcase talented artists throughout the community prove that having an eye for talented artists and inspirational displays is as important of creating art oneself. Her commitment to the community is what led to her being selected as a Community Volunteer, and she won’t be stopping anytime soon. She’s always the first to lend a hand and celebrate deviants, and it is for this reason that we are honored to bestow the Deviousness Award for October 2017 to lovelessdevotions.
Don't let the username fool you, the amount of work and love lovelessdevotions invests in the community is something to admire, constantly featuring art not only in the form of Daily Deviations, but also promoting the art of fellow digital artists through her journal and even outside DeviantArt in other social networks, something she has been doing long before becoming a volunteer, which shows her love for the community isn't something that came with the symbol but comes from within her heart."
lovelessdevotions is an incredible asset to the DA community. I know that sounds corny, but she really is dedicated to the entire concept of what a community really is. She devotes her time to making the artists of DA feel appreciated, to letting them know that their work is outstanding. She promotes their efforts, spends time seeking out underloved works and artists, dedicates an incredible amount of her time on DA to looking for la crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me - even if she can't feature everyone with a Daily Deviation. Her features and her interviews are always intriguing, from series like Decoding DDs to Loveless Midnight to The Next Big Thing (and its interview series). lovelessdevotions' intense efforts cast a light on those works of buried treasure hiding in the depths of DA. I don't know what drove her to choose the screen name "lovelessdevotions", but I can say that her devotions are anything but lacking in passion. She is one of the true gems of DeviantArt."
lovelessdevotions is such an incredible presence within DeviantArt, with a near-unparalleled level of commitment when it comes to promoting and curating artwork from the galleries of our community members! Her Decoding Daily Deviations series has really taken features to a new level... It's easily my favorite that she creates! The time and care she puts into sharing her finds with us is admirable and she's been an inspiring teammate to work with on the volunteer team. Apart from all that, she is a very warm and friendly individual who is easy to talk! It is exciting to see her receive Deviousness and I hope that those being introduced to her via this article for the first time are inspired by what they see and read! Congratulations!"
lovelessdevotions has a high level of professionalism and made a significant contribution to the formation and development of art on DeviantArt. I like how she does her unique projects and reveals talented artists around the world. It's not such an easy job. To swim on this course should be one - this thing called love for art. The love of art lives in her heart. Which is why her projects so good. Congratulations, lovelessdevotions!"
Decoding Daily Deviations: Sanctuary IDecoding Daily Deviations is the series that aims to unlock the secrets of what it took to create these magnificent artworks and motivate others to work towards similar recognition. Each week we will present an interview with one artist who has recently received a DD and have them share the details on that specific piece, relating to their creative process, techniques, and narrative inspirations. If you've ever wanted to know more about a beloved artwork and the talented skills applied to it, this is the series to keep track of!"
FEATURED ART: Sanctuary I by iancjw
DD DATE: 2017-03-01
TIME SPENT: 4 days
TOOLS/PROGRAMME: Photoshop and Modo
Share with readers the details of how this piece came into being. Did you have a clear story idea/inspiration from the beginning?
I didn’t have quite a clear story in mind, but rather I had a clear visual aesthetic of what I
EYE ON TALENT XCIII: Zegalur:iconzegalur:
Community member: 8 years
If you have enjoyed browsing these artworks, do consider the journal, and the artist to help gain them even more deserved attention!
Want to suggest a deviant to be featured here? Send a note to lovelessdevotions
THE NEXT BIG THING #103The Next Big Thing seeks to highlight and bring recognition to the outstanding talent on DA who are poised to become the next community luminaries.
20- The Cat Market by Rozen-Clowd
24 The Three Horned God by Rozen-Clowd
Help support the featured artists by taking the time to this journal and keep on their portfolios!
lovelessdevotions is a tireless and devoted curator of exceptional art on DA, whose carefully selected daily deviations and many outstanding journal feature series are always of interest and often surprise. When it comes to art on DA from areas I am unfamiliar with, most especially fantasy art, lovelessdevotions is one of my primary sources for finding quality. I, therefore, concur with this award being given to lovelessdevotions, who is assuredly a staple of DA, and I continue to look forward to her features!"
Without having a gallery of her own, lovelessdevotions is proof that we don't have to be full-time professional artists to appreciate great art. In fact, she is probably the person with the most refined taste I know. During my time as community volunteer, she was already known among the team for her excellent DD suggestions across all categories. Once lovelessdevotions became a CV herself, her selections never disappointed, either. Months later I still find myself regularly checking the DDs to see what kind of hidden gem she found in the Digital Art galleries. Besides picking excellent DDs, lovelessdevotions writes a ton of articles and features every month. I'm puzzled by how she finds the time and inspiration to do that! It shows that she must really love what she is doing around here, and for that, the award is absolutely well deserved. To top it all off lovelessdevotions is a wonderful person and a lot of fun to talk to. I'm happy that she receives the deserved recognition. Big congrats, Kellie!"
lovelessdevotions has left a great impression on the DeviantArt site, she has helped promote countless amounts of artistic talents & has helped alot within the community, she is a shining beacon & I'm glad she's been given the deviousness award, Congratulations!"
lovelessdevotions has impacted countless lives through her service as a CV, leadership, and journal features. Both servant and community leader, she volunteers her time generously to promote artists around the globe. Over the past few months, it has been a pleasure to work with and follow her as she curates incredible content from hundreds of undiscovered artists. I am thrilled beyond words that she is being recognized for her efforts and look forward to all that she has in store for us!"