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About Me

Hi, I'm Tanya

DA Community Volunteer
General Photography

Words and pictures, fuelled by coffee.

Writer. Photographer. Witch.
Forensic psychology student.
Edinburgh, Scotland.

I'm a deeply passionate advocate for creative living. I believe art is a way of life, whether it's your job, your hobby, something that keeps you sane or something that keeps you breathing. The way I see it, art is for everyone and should be all about exploration and experimentation. As a member of the Community Relations team, I'm on a mission to support and encourage you in your creative endeavours. Whoever you are and whatever inspires you, MAKE ART.

Blog, photography, creative writing and free books at

Buy Me a Coffee at


Read my writing :reading:


My DA username until 2016 was RockstarVanity and it might still show up in some older mentions, features etc, including my Deviousness Award from 2012. Clicking a link to it will still bring you to my page.

My Deviant Life


Deviant since 2005
Senior Member since 2007

Community Volunteering

General Photography
May 2018 - Present

Horror & Macabre Photography
October 2017 - May 2018

General Photography
December 2015 - September 2017

Darkroom Photography
June 2012 - May 2013

Horror & Macabre Photography
November 2008 - June 2010

Looking for some DA-related tutorials and guides?
You might find these useful...

A Guide To Connecting And Sharing On DAWhat's this all about?
DeviantArt is a HUGE website and it's easy to feel invisible, especially if you're new (if you're new, hello, we're happy to have you here!). The aim of this guide is to help you start connecting with other artists and their work as well as sharing your own art and encouraging feedback and interaction. It would be impossible to cover absolutely everything in one journal, so consider it a starting point and get ready to go exploring! I've included a few helpful links under each section, so you can use these as springboards to help you bounce around and find out more.
:bulletgreen: Check out welcome for an introduction to DA
:bulletgreen: Introduce yourself in the Welcome Center forum
Get in the right mindset
The first thing to do is stop thinking simply in terms of what you want to get. DA, like a lot of places on the web, is a social experience. If you've been here
How to be a Guiding Light and a Shining ExampleHow can I help?
You don't have to be a Community Volunteer or have a fancy symbol next to your name to promote and support artists within your favourite gallery. The suggestions listed below are for everyone, and if you want something a little more useful than just my ideas, don't forget to pay a visit to the Help & FAQ section of DA.
Featuring art
To avoid repeating myself, I'd like to point you in the direction of a tutorial called Promoting Other People's Art On DA which contains information about...
Featuring art on your profile page and in your journalsSuggesting Daily DeviationsSharing deviations
Be a groupie
DA groups are set up and maintained by Admins, from the Founder (the person who 'owns' the group) to Moderators and Contributors.  These roles are different within each group, and each group has it's own set of rules for joining a

Promoting Other People's Art On DAOne of the great things about DA is that it's not only a place where you can promote your own work - it's also a place where you can promote art you admire by other people. There's a whole bunch of ways that you can do this, so if you'd like to help draw attention to awesome art created by your friends or brilliant things you've found while browsing, read on and find out how you could make someone's day.
Featuring art on your profile page and in your journal
If you look around DA you'll see all sorts of different features on people's pages and in their journal - selections from people's recent favourites, thumbnails of work on a theme, collections of prints etc. This FAQ explains how to link to artists and their art in your journal, page and other places on the site: :faq81:
While it's cool to be able to show off the work that you love in such a public way don't get carried away - when writing feature- or thumb-based journals, do your best to ensure that they have
DA Groups: Your ResponsibilitiesGreat power, great responsibility and DA groups
Just to explain before you start reading, this is an editorial written by me so the suggestions detailed below are my suggestions. I am not the oracle and this isn't an official DA tutorial. You are welcome to agree or disagree with me as you please, and I hope some people out there find this useful.
Clarity of Information
Make your joining and submission process, and any limits to it, VERY clear. People who have been in your group since it launched will have a good understanding of what can be submitted where and how often, but new or prospective members need to be able to find all guidelines easily so they can adhere to them. The more information your members have easy access to, the less time you'll have to spend repeating rules to people who have made mistakes.
Knocking down language barriers
Do your best to explain everything as clearly as possible because not everyone on DA will spe

The Artists' ManifestoWhat we owe ourselves
As artists, we work ourselves crazy in an attempt to arrive at the unattainable goal of perfection. We insult ourselves in a way that we would never put up with from someone else. We are our own worst critics, even during times when we go out of our way to support and encourage our friends. We pour our souls into our creations. We need to listen to the compliments along with the constructive advice. Remember that there is value in what we do and that we have every right to be celebrate when things go well. So, what do we owe ourselves..?
Recognise your talent
In this context, I'm talking about talent in terms of something you instantly feel an affinity with and have a flair for. This can be anything from painting amazing portraits to being naturally great at organising a group of people to work on a project. I have never met anyone who doesn't have a talent, but I've met people who aren't aware of their talent, even when others po
Motivation and CommunicationIntroductory Bit
Before I get started, I'd like to make it clear that this article is made up of my own thoughts, my own opinions. I hope that some of you read this and it sparks a little internal dialogue, but I'm not expecting that on any great level. It may spark a little external dialogue too, and that's fine. You don't have to agree with me and I would never expect everyone to agree with everything (or anything) I say. This is a collection of thoughts on a concept, a gathering of my own ideas and an act of sharing those ideas with others. There is no right and wrong. But there is motive and there is intent, and that's the perfect place to start...
Not seeking critique?
When you come across a piece of work that the artist hasn't enabled the Critique option for, do you leave a critique anyway knowing that it will not be welcomed? If so, why?
Because you feel annoyed with that artist and assume that they already think their work is perfect? Do you th

Deviousness Award

Deviousness Award
`TanyaSimoneSimpson's gallery is filled with striking, vibrant photography and endless inspiration. Throughout her time as a Community Volunteer, Tanya promoted positivity whilst providing constructive feedback and suggestions from the community. Tanya always goes above and beyond to provide helpful resources and tutorials, not just encouraging you to improve your creativity, but to improve your citizenship within our community too. If you are ever in need of motivation or a friendly nudge of encouragement, `TanyaSimoneSimpson should be your first deviant to visit. Congratulations, Tanya!
-awarded March 2012

Suggesting Daily Deviations

I'm a General Photography Community Volunteer

My partner in crime is Mrs-Durden

:iconmrs-durden: :icontanyasimonesimpson:

I take Daily Deviation suggestions from the following photography categories:

Architecture | Conceptual | Darkroom | Fireworks | Horror & Macabre | Infrared | Other | People & Portraits (Body Art, Classic Portraits, Emotive Portraits, Expressive, Infants & Children, Other, Self-Portraits, Spontaneous Portraits, Weddings) | Photojournalism | Still Life | Transportation | Urban and Rural

I mostly feature dark, experimental, psychedelic, visually challenging, subversive and otherwise unconventional photography with style and substance. I like weird. Give me weird.

For further details about what I look for in a Daily Deviation, examples of the kind of photography I feature, and more information about how to send a suggestion to me, please read MY FULL DAILY DEVIATION SUGGESTION GUIDELINES and check out this collection of photos I've featured during my current Community Volunteering term.

For more information about what Daily Deviations are, and a list of which CVs feature from which genres, mediums and subjects, please read How do I suggest Daily Deviations?

My DD Suggestion Guide for General PhotographyI'm one of the Community Volunteers for General Photography, along with my partner in crime, Mrs-Durden.
This guide explains what I look for in a Daily Deviation (along with examples of past features) and how to send a suggestion to me. If you aren't sure what Daily Deviations are all about, this knowledge base article covers it.
The photography categories you can suggest to me from are:

Horror & Macabre
People & Portraits (Body Art, Classic Portraits, Emotive Portraits, Expressive, Infants & Children, Other, Self-Portraits, Spontaneous Portraits, Weddings)
PhotojournalismStill Life
Urban and Rural
I mostly feature dark, experimental, psychedelic, visually challenging, subversive and otherwise unconventional photography with style and substance. I like weird. Give me weird.


:iconprojecteducate: :iconcommunityrelations: :iconcrphotography: :iconfella: :iconopheliafleurs:

ProjectEducate [share, grow and learn as artists]


projecteducate (lovingly referred to as PE) was launched in 2008 to promote and support artistic and community growth and knowledge throughout DeviantArt.

PE is a joint venture between DA Community Relations and the community. During each themed week and weekend, we bring you a new set of articles with information, resources and features from one of the many galleries on DeviantArt. We also regularly host a Community Week where anyone in the community has a chance to submit an article to share!

We pride ourselves on being a fun and educational group, and we'd love for you to join us on this adventure.

Find out about up-coming weeks and weekends

Project Educate ScheduleSchedule and Info
projecteducate was founded eight years ago by Moonbeam13 and since then has been a project run by the Community Volunteer team. The group is aimed at providing educational information for artists who want to learn about all sorts of art genres or who want to contribute their own knowledge for others to read about.
Weeks are usually allocated in seven day blocks. Community Volunteers along with members of the community will take the lead and bring you seven days of awesome in the form of articles, features, chat events, interviews and maybe even a contest or two. However, we now also host "PE Weekends" where 1-4 articles are posted from Saturday to Sunday, giving everyone the chance to bring a topic to the attention of the community, in an easier and less time-consuming manner.
The volunteers and community members will share their knowledge about various galleries on DeviantArt, the Chats and Forums communities, or other DeviantArt related educational topics. We

The Community Relations Team [bleed and breed art]


Community Volunteers (CVs) are part of the Community Relations team and we help out by providing you – the community – with a specific contact point in relation to galleries, chat and forums.

You’ll find us doing some or all the following:

Helping run community challenges and educational projects.

Supporting community events.

Helping moderate forums.

Being part of the #help team.

Being part of the team that moderate #devart and other official chatrooms.

Liaising with Moonbeam13 on community matters.

Bringing rockstar deviants to your attention via features, articles and Daily Deviations.


(Happy birthday! Welcome to the Principal's Office.)

Photography Newsletters

Every month, the lovely Community Volunteers and admin crew at CRPhotography gather the awesomest photography-related news, features, conversations and useful things from around DA to share with you.


TanyaSimoneSimpson has started a donation pool!
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Points gathered here will go towards prizes and subs for groups I'm in, thanky donatey miscellaneous goodness and other lovely things for lovely people.

Donations are gratefully received and kindly appreciated but never expected. I tend to buy Points for giving rather than rely on others for them but your support means a lot to me and all the Points I gather here are given back to the DA community. Thank you!

The amount of 1000 points is an arbitrary number pulled out of thin air/the ground/the back of my brain cause there was a box that asked for a number and I never say no to a box asking for something.

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Made with pride by the DeviantArt community BROWSE ALL ART

:iconcommunityrelations: Welcome!

This month the general photography CVs - Mrs-Durden and myself - set a total of 32 DDs across the categories we look after! Many thanks to everyone who's suggested to us, and as always we welcome your suggestions so don't be shy. Our guidelines for suggesting Daily Deviations are linked at the bottom of this article to help you with suggesting. We tend to get a lot more People and Portraits suggestions than anything else so bonus points if you send us great pieces from the 'weird' galleries. Self-suggestions are always welcome too if you have a piece of your own that you think we should see!

:iconmrs-durden: Features by Mrs-Durden

Mature Content

Say please by guns
.: and then a stranger came ashore :. by sideshowsito

Mature Content

Liebe zu Zeiten der Pest by Felicia-Lucienne

Mature Content

change of parameters by marsellus-longus

Mature Content

Girl from the Moon by fotodesign1
000 0064 by metindemiralay

:icontanyasimonesimpson: Features by TanyaSimoneSimpson

Pants/Plane by Markus43 Pattaya international firework by Tairenar Spirit in the Woods by AnthonyPresley

Mature Content

Joy: Elementary sedimentary by JeremyHowitt
the kids from the train station grew up II by Ceecore magic flight by DanHecho

Mature Content

Frejadottir - GFB 2017 01 by Kopp-Photography
Untitled by dasTOK The Sun by MuseInBlack

Mature Content

Documentation of my medical fight by ClaraMcGuireArtistry
Siamese by Battle-for-the-Sun They've Landed by 3Days2Go Deep blue by HalfFormedThoughts Together at last by Sarah-Trickler Md: Kateryna Zhuk by AlexKPhoto Wrong turn by MarkTurtoo Castaway Angels III by lightlanaskywalker Urban mirror... by Csipesz Masti ka Rang Raj Hay by ZaGHaMi Angelic Mono 09 by phydeau The flying source by FX-1988 Writing Poems by Metal-Bender Endless dream by MNOUGAT The 19th of May 2018 by ZielinskiMaciej I slept by the ocean by Dapicture Stone2 by ambientgray


Hello devious pals :aww: I'm not very well at the moment so I'm running on limited sitting-up-and-looking-at-screens time, which means I might not be my usual interactive self here on DA for a bit. I'm prioritising CV stuff and notes, then doing other bits if I'm able to. I wanted to let you know that I'm not ignoring you and normal service will resume as soon as possible :boogie: 
It's GAME TIME! We're celebrating DA's 18th birthday with an epic scavenger hunt and even epic-er prizes. Find out more below...


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Ephraim-No1 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
thanks for the llama
specialized666 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional General Artist
Hi, have an awesome weekend :happybounce:
TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thanks :aww: You too!
defajoey Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the llama!! :)
veeegeee Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Professional Writer
Blackout2012 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018
Thanks for the llama!
SeamusMcVee Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018
Thanks for the Llama!! Greatly appreciated!
tahirlazim Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018
Thank you for the +fav-ing! :) (Smile)  
Killedbylife Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank You for the llama. Have one in return :D
Edaliana Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Professional Photographer
Hello! Thank you very much for the featuring! It's my first, after 7 years inactivity of account, and most pleasant DD *_*Hug 
TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018
You're very welcome. It's a really gorgeous photo and a pleasure to feature :hug:
zeochan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018   General Artist
Thanks for the llama :aww: :excited:!

And following for photography :dummy:!
tahirlazim Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018
Thank you for the +fav-ing! :) (Smile) 
tahirlazim Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018
F2U | Smol Rose Bullet 
cecil92 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018
Thank you very much for the fave
TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018
You're very welcome :aww:
Blue-Cat00 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the+ llama emoticon~! cat blow kiss emoji
TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018
You're welcome :hug:
SenhArt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2018
Thanks a lot for the +fav, Tanya...much appreciated!  Glomp!
ZielinskiMaciej Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for featuring my photo. Daily Deviation was a wonderful surprise!:hug:
TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2018
You're very welcome! :hug:
veeegeee Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2018  Professional Writer
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