Whilst there are lots of fantastic groups out there on deviantART it is sometimes really hard to pick out which ones to join and which ones do the things that You are interested in. Don't forget you can always browse Groups too. Later on this week Echostar08 is going to introduce dALinkSystem and hopefully give a bit more information on how you can get involved. But right now JamminJo has put together a Groups Directory to give you a guide to what's hot... at the end is a condensed list to make it a quick and easy read when you want to refer back to this blog. Enjoy!
Groups that Challenge
Artblock? Bored? Need practice?
Daily-Drawing is founded by the very lovely IridescentStardust and gives you a topic to draw every day so that you'll always have something to challenge you! Any form of art is allowed - which is what makes this group fantastic. You aren't limited to drawing if your medium is Photography, Writing or even polymer clay!
FAQ: The Group Rules
Topic: Crossbow, Dalmation, Flower crown.
The dA Coloring Book!
color-me-club hosts over 9,000 images and dozens of monthly contests for line and coloring artists. If you're experienced or new this place is perfect for you through its features, resources and amazing prizes and an excellent team to get you started.
FAQ: Front Page Rules!
To Expose yourself
Under appreciated? Need exposure? This is the place for you!
ProjectPorkchop was created in an effort to reach more deviants on a long term basis, in order to continue bringing exposure to talented yet under appreciated artists across deviantART. Through weekly features Astralseed helps feature artists that could use a bit more exposure to their art. Anyone is welcome to join and put deviants forward for consideration to be featured!
Latest Article Here!
Givin' News 'til Hell Freezes Over!
DevNews is a group that aims to promote deviantART's Community by spreading information about all current and upcoming events that are relevant to deviants. Through the use of deviantART's News system as well as Twitter, Email, deviantART Chat and Other online forms they aim to get news to as many deviants as possible.
For the Photographers
"Capture Lifes Moments"
PhotographersDream is founded by miontre and is a group of photographers aiming to promote artists as well as help them improve. They run mini-contests once a week and the winner gets featured on the home page.
FAQ: Group Rules (on the homepage)
Something Awesome: You can ask for feedback if your work gets declined ANY time you like - why is this awesome? So many groups out there just don't have the time or the helpers to give feedback on declined submissions but PhotographersDream does take the time to help you out.
We Take Photos!
Their aim is to make the photography community bigger. They hold critiques nights and try to get underexposed photographers out in the spotlight! They are a group of photographers that want to help out other photographers...so if you're looking for help, exposure and somewhere to showcase your art head their way!
Capturing Life through a lens
Hosting Gallery folders for every photography category here on deviantart Through-a-Lens is the place to go for inspiring challenges, themes, contests, linked critique nights with communityrelations and exposure. You can submit FIVE pieces a week and nothing is declined on quality basis. So whether you are beginner or expert you are more than welcome!
TheOriginals is run by Esheye-Telari and is a place for all things OC! You're welcome to join whether you have an OC from a fandom or not! Understandably there are some rules and the group submission process only accepts original characters from original fandoms. Exactly what it says on the tin!
FAQ: Group rules on the front page
For the Artisan Crafters
"For Art Creation!"
The ArtisanCraft Club is open to all artisans, from beginners to advanced, any media. The purpose of this club/community is to showcase our work, share tips and thoughts - to improve your skills and creativity and to get to know each other better!
FAQ: Group Rules and Regs
For Traditional Art
For Traditional Artists around the Community!
The TraditionalPainting group is another that is exactly what it says on the tin. This group allows you to submit your work each month to gain extra exposure. It's well worth checking out the rules though as there are a few other mediums allowed such as mixed media - but be sure to check the details on that!
FAQ: Front Page Rules
For the Animal Lovers...
A list of Equine Artists!
"We are a group for the purpose of listing equine artists on dA. Making it easier to connect with other equine artists or to find the type of equine art/artist you are looking for." If you're an equine artist of any medium head over and make yourself known! If you just like the artwork, you're always free to join too!
Groups for Anything Else...
Making the Lowly Paperbag - Awesome!
PaperbagSociety proves that there exists a group for everything! A fairly new group it promises great things with future challenges of making origami from paperbags! Up for a challenge? That's the place to go!
Quick View - Listed Directory
Stock and Resources
Fetish and Artistic Nude
Always happy to add groups if you let us know in a comment on this blog!
Written by JamminJo & Kaz-D