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The Deviousness Award 2.0

Wed Jun 17, 2015, 5:02 PM
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T he Deviousness Award, bestowed in recognition of exemplary membership and an outstanding spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community, has recently undergone a reevaluation to provide a focus and a re-definition as to just what Deviousness truly represents.

The award is given once per month to honor a deviant who has gone above and beyond in their services to the DeviantArt Community. The 189 recipients of the Award thus far have brought something to the community that was not there before their presence, and it's our duty — and honor — to publicly recognize their efforts in doing so.

Early on, Deviousness was given more than once per month to a deviant whose involvement in the community merited recognition. However, starting in 2004, the award officially became a once-monthly accolade, given to a deviant who excelled in community involvement and engagement. Sometimes professional artists, sometimes hobbyists or art appreciators, these deviants all share one thing in common — a kindred and exceptional passion for the DeviantArt community and an inspiring commitment that truly exceeds expectations.

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W hen selecting Deviousness Award recipients in the future, we will be focusing on recognizing deviants who best exemplify “Authentic Citizenship” in the DeviantArt community.

An “Authentic Citizen” in the DeviantArt community is one who brings community members together, be it over shared interests or art medium, or by providing resources for others to use and reference. These deviants can be outstanding artists in their medium of choice, or they can be art appreciators who provide palpable love and support to their fellow deviants. Highly active in the community, all Authentic Citizens are deviants who strive to be the best they can, providing invaluable mentorship and paving lifelong relationships in the process.

Each Deviousness Award recipient has contributed to the community in a way unlike anyone before them, but some of the common ways past winners have excelled include regular positive contributions to groups, projects, and community events, consistent positive commentary and/or constructive feedback to individuals, and actively engaging with their fellow deviant in meaningful ways.

The sorts of invaluable resources such individuals selflessly bring to DeviantArt include answering all manner of questions asked by curious deviants; being a role model for comment etiquette; establishing a friendly and inviting identity in the chat rooms; assisting deviants in personalizing their profile pages; being a champion and advocate for new and unknown artists; directing deviants to tutorials to improve their craft; being available for thoughtful reviewing of artists’ portfolios; knowing who in the DeviantArt network to put deviants in contact with for specific problems or needed advice. This is far from an exhaustive list of ways Deviousness winners impact our community. In fact, thinking of new and creative ways to serve other deviants is possibly the consummate definition of Authentic Citizenship.

The spirit Deviousness Award recipients have reflects the brand pillars outlined in Our Story.

What these deviants do is

— they reach into our community to create and empower projects and ideas that haven’t been done before, oftentimes that haven't yet been dreamed of.

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They are a

force that draws other community members in, gets them involved, and keeps everyone feeling like they belong.

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spirits, connecting with people on multiple levels.

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to create and do more, and to uplift others to do the same.

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Each month's Deviousness Award recipient is selected by a small committee of DeviantArt staff who are constantly monitoring the community for deviants who go out of their way to bring good to DeviantArt. While each recipient is selected for specific, individual reasons, there are basic traits they all have in common. Recipients are highly active in the community, offering guidance or advice or even just a helping hand to people they interact with. Some are recognized professionals in their field; all are recognized members of their respective sub-communities on DeviantArt. Every Deviousness Award recipient has worked to help others strive to be their best, and has bettered the community and themselves in doing so.

A potential future showcase of
Deviousness Award winners

Winners of the Deviousness Award embody the life-energy that fuels DeviantArt at its core, and without them, DeviantArt wouldn't feel like the welcoming home it is for so many.

We want to elevate the prominence of Deviousness Award recipients in our overall site design, so they are properly recognized for their efforts. The award is not only about the current month's recipient, but is also about previous recipients, and the importance of the time and efforts they've dedicated to DeviantArt's community. For all of these reasons, we're looking to better showcase and acknowledge deviants who show excellence in lasting ways.

Whether they set out to change the world or just feeding the insatiable muse within, artists at their very cores create something that leaves the world a little better than it was, changing lives around them for the better with every world they create. Their passion, support, and inspiration cultivate a greater community and a healthier, happier global artspace for all to share.

Deviousness Award winners represent every artist and art enthusiast on this hallowed journey of creation, and it's truly an honor to bestow this award on those who have poured so much of themselves into the community they helped cultivate and nurture.

Jeremy Vickery:

I've enjoyed drawing as far back as I can remember, but as a child I never thought I could have a career in the arts. It was through encouragement from friends and family (my community) that I decided to pursue art as a career. And even after art school I did not stop learning, in fact it was just the beginning. I've now worked in the animation industry for more than 17 years, most recently as an artist at Pixar Animation Studios, and I still have so much to learn from all of my awesome artist friends. Years ago, when DeviantArt was still a new thing, a good friend pushed me to make an account.

I was resistant, but finally made one, and I'm so glad I did. It's not only helped me as an artist to find professional connections (many freelance clients came from my DA account), but I've made so many amazing friends, some of which I've even met in person. The community is what keeps me inspired to create more.”

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Eric Proctor:

Art has always been an undeniable urge that has affected every part of my life. Drawing, creating, and admiring artwork has influenced my interests and goals ever since childhood. As a kid, my heroes were conceptual artists for games and movies, and a great deal of my free time was spent studying and emulating their work. Pursuing art in college, my educators may have given me the tools to improve my work, but it was my peers and community that influenced my style.

So much of my motivation to create is woven into the artistic community. I draw my inspiration from other artists, my style changes as I study the work of my peers, and the support of the community fuels my drive.”

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Jonathan Castillo:

Art has always been part of my life as far back as I can remember. My mom still keeps some drawings from when I was around 4. Art has taught me to see things from a wider perspective, to have an open mind and consider several points of view. I believe that as artists we have that extra sensitivity to see things differently, and that's what allows us to be creative.

This is something I've learned to put in use in all aspects of my life, on a professional and personal level. Creativity can (and should) be used not only for drawing, painting or taking photographs, but for virtually everything, from making your bed in the morning, to doing whatever you do at work.”

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Andy Fairhurst:

I've always been an artist, but I have only seen my artwork start to shape my life in the last 10 years, since I started using the internet as a tool to share my work on a wider scale, and to learn more than I could ever imagine. It was always only a hobby, but through the likes of DeviantArt, I have developed and improved my artwork AND means of marketing myself, and now I am a self employed freelance artist. It's been a slow but steady and enjoyable journey.

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The Deviousness Award, bestowed in recognition of exemplary membership and an outstanding spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community, has recently undergone a reevaluation to provide a focus and a re-definition as to just what Deviousness truly represents.
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SilverMollusk Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i guess you have to be on deviant art for a long time to get this? I've only been here for two years. That's not to say I'm not proud of what I've done while I'm here; in fact I couldn't be happier. It would be such an honorable thing to have.... When is this coming up again? Is there a way you 'enter' or...? Thanks :)
LaszlVFX Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Becoming a senior member would be my biggest goal on DA La la la la 
Anchluss Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018  Student Digital Artist
chaseawaythedark Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Student Writer
This has been my goal for a while :la:
SailorSunPhoenix Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I want to try and get a award :) this is will be a goal.
Neaganan Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I think this will be my main goal to achieve on DA.
Not even the award itself, but bring something with the community.
Yarkov Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Nickster19 Featured By Owner May 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
How can I earn the award? I'd really like to someday. :D
Sdq2002ProductionsDJ Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i want to join.
Cupcake-Angels Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Student General Artist
Do you need to be core to earn the deviousness award?
InternetWaifu Featured By Owner May 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, not at all!
FloraLoveNL Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
I hope you like for a goal to become a senior member :D
L-L-arts Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
So this is what it's all about! It's my goal to become a Senior Member. :)
KryativeLotus Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there a way to nominate a deviant user or at least recommend someone? There is one that has brought so much love to many people and I think she deserves something as wondrous as this... That sounds a little selfish doesn't it? ^^;
LadyFromEast Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
OchiWochy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
InternetWaifu Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cth103 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016
I love deviantART!
InternetWaifu Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
EveVictus Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
DestinyBlue Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Professional
Jaynpb10 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A awesome work of art keep it up I love your style!!!
Zahkiin Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fortunelight Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Pls look at my drawings.
Owl-Flight Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Wow I think this is the first time DA had recognised that it has sub communities and isn't just 'one big happy family'
AllaD8 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THat is awesome!! I love this idea Love DeviantArt 
PoochyPaws Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw that's really cool, awesome Article guys <3 
and those with the Deviousness Award must be Honored :meow:
That's a really neat touch, it even seems to me like it could be a simple way to help the Artist(s) on their Goal with whatever they wish to achieve as an Artist. 
Not everyone would want to become "famous" and it's a big responsibility. 'Mo money 'mo problems some would say, perhaps. Most people are just into Art because it's a
FUN hobby and a way of Life I would say. I find myself being creative in any Art-related activities, like sketching a picture (while writing my own very small song lyrics lol) and even when coloring a Digital picture, I wish to try New productive things more often. Sometimes there are many ways to get the same job finished.
Productive Not Destructive! :peace:
sagethethird Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Professional
Well heck bukowski said it better than me!

"Too often people complain that they have done nothing with their lives, and then they wait for somebody to tell them that this isn't so" 

don't wait to be told your awesome by DA or any other institution that gives out meaningless external validation, You're already awesome by wanting to better yourself as an artist, and making great art. :) be proud of that, and keep being you. 
sagethethird Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Professional
i've never understood why any award is given here at all. it's become kind of toxic to think that's all a lot of people are here for...

Behance doesn't have an award system, neither does any other art site. 

It just feels so weird to me, i'd rather be a citizen of the world that happens to be an artist, no need to incentivize humanity when you're all in the same meat-space. 

No need for definitions, or pedestals. just people. That to me is a community, not a reward system. 
ladyeyeballz83 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
how would you know minutes someone for the award I Know of a few people that I think deserve it
Pascua-Tanya Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's great that the staff of DA took his time to make a reassessment and more complete definition of the Deviousness Award. The community will understand what it really means this recognition and as you can get to get one =D.

I have been reading most of the comments on this great article, to meet people that apparently believe that this is a contest of art or popularity, or they will never get the award. I think that people who speak popularity should look beyond this and start being what is known as "Authentic Citizen" in the sense of doing something meaningful for the community, one thing that has not been seen here and to help new artists to grow as such ^^. Do not do things just to get a prize or be more popular. People are often guided by the "Numeric Popularity" for DeviantArt because, according to belief, have many views makes you more popular and stuff. The numbers do not say everything (For example, I have 500 watchers and only 5 people left a comment on my art. There are many reasons why a person becomes your follower and not always it is precisely because of your art. If you are someone well known, that person wants to be around you for gain popularity, not because he or she love your art or your personality. That person not looks at you exactly, look to the numbers. This will not always be the case, but It happens). The flip side of the popularity is the "Authentic Popularity" when people know you and recognizes for who you are, for the great and significant things you do to make a positive change in the environment where you live and on DeviantArt too :). You are "immortalized" as the person kind, generous and with community spirit that you are, not simply labeled as something that having hundreds and millions of views on the web, as some Youtube videos.

So those that say who get a deviousness Award are selected by be popular (in the numerical sense) or famous is completely wrong. Or, mistakenly believe that this award will make you very popular, as with Premium Memberships, Seniors, Community Volunteers, etc. Being honest, I did not get a flood of visits when I had my first Premium Membership and some Volunteers told me that things do not change drastically when you become an CV, perhaps will get a few observers more that can be DD Suggesters or are interested in the gallery that you monitor like a CV. What really matters is what you do and how you do it. How do you think that deviousness Award winners, the Community Volunteers, seniors and all users who perform community work in DA have come so far?. The answer is simple: they are very active, engaged and motivated personas that love the community work and the DeviantArt community: they have a high community spirit that allows them to help others as volunteers (not of official way), sharing resources and tutorials of artistic and DeviantArt support, promote the art of talented artists unknown to have more exposure, answer all the questions and concerns of users, give advice, constructive criticism and act as mentors for artists who are in the process of artistic learning, carry out projects, contests and special events to educate the community, etc. That is, do everything that characterizes them as Authentic Citizen and are recognized as such with the Deviousness Award, the Seniority or a CV position.

I can not deny it would be very pretty get a deviousness Award for my contributions to the community and because that way the staff think I am a useful person in the community :meow:. In the same way I want to be a Senior and a Community Volunteer, since the latter is one of my dreams, but not my ultimate goal, because also I want to be a leader in the community, no matter if someone tells me that I need not be a CV to be useful. I want to live that experience :). The DA will come later,when the time comes or if I really deserve it. After all, help the community is something that is done selflessly without trying to get something in return. And the first person you should to impress is yourself, you should be proud of what you do, recognize that you need to learn and do more and continue the great work you're doing :nod:.

And for those who want to be a Senior, a CV or have a deviousness Award: If you do selfless community work on DeviantArt, you are on the right road and you should continue with what you do, increasing your contributions and allow more community members to benefit from they. If you are new DA, you have not yet made any contribution, you have knowledge and artistic experiences you want to share and want to help the community, you should start now. You should not expect to be an CV, for example, to do it. You not should see obtaining a reward or recognition as a final objective, nor the only reason why you should contribute. The community is the first thing and to the same should be focused all contributions. The road ahead is long and definitely you will enjoy the experience if you love what you do =D.
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I could've liked this comment (as you can in facebook) I would've certainly done so :thumbsup:
Vision4LifeCro Featured By Owner Edited Jun 28, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Deevad Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:-) splendid
BramLeegwater Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015   Digital Artist
Amazing topic, very cool design! Love the look through!
radawolf Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
perfect choice as always :aww:
kiku-atama Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome !
FlammableJackalope15 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really AWESOME X3
Melanthriel Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015   Digital Artist
I'll never get this, I'm way too inactive. I hope I can earn seniority someday when I'm active again... But I doubt it. I need more community spirit!
Soirema-pl Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Why the rainbow logo?
xxemeralddogxx Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
because yesterday in all 50 states same sex marriage became legal
Soirema-pl Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
EliCarlosCake09XZ Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
nice x3 I hope have no troubles to join x3
torialaw Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Student Artist
I love idea, I join.
Deividman Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Is there any way the community can vote for their favourites? Thanks!
Pascua-Tanya Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I think that not there a way for that as a member of the community, we can vote in the selection of recipients for the Award deviousness, but I think it would be an excellent decision by the Staff give us that opportunity ^^.

What it you can do is nominate someone who you consider he deserves this award. You must send a note or write a message to Moonbeam13 to your email (, mentioning the person and explain why deserves the award.
Deividman Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the information Pascua-Tanya. I'll do that.
GladeFaun Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Think you're stepping in the right direction. Can think of a few worthy candidates myself already... :)
nasty-butler Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Student General Artist
I don't get this an add for a contest or what?
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