We are where art starts, but that is only the beginning. We are a community for the creative in everyone to develop and heighten their personal sense of taste, but that’s not where it ends. We are the movement for the liberation of creative expression. We believe that art is for everyone, and we’re creating the cultural context for how it is created, discovered and shared.
Artists love us because we are an inclusive and supportive community. We help them find their identity through self-expression. We provide the tools, resources and exposure to enable them to become better, more successful artists. We inspire people to create art by feeding their creativity.
We provide endless entertainment and inspiration. This is where you see it first. This is where whatever you’re into, no matter how niche, is embraced and expressed by a dedicated community of likeminded creatives. This is where the global undercurrent of creativity feeds the future of popular culture.
There’s no other place like DeviantArt. We are an unapologetically addictive experience. Our world is a prolific orgy of originality where creatives enjoy freedom of artistic expression. We are the deviation of creativity that shatters the confines of expectation. We can’t help it—it runs through our veins and compels us to nurture it in others. This is DeviantArt.
- spyed, Boldly Facing The Future
A great first step on your DeviantArt journey is our welcome tour. It will guide you through an introduction to the site, browsing, submitting art, customising your profile, getting involved in our community, and shopping our amazing selection of art.
For more in-depth information, you can visit our Help Center and browse detailed knowledge base articles about...
- The site itself
- Your profile page and settings
- Creating, uploading and sharing content
- Social interaction, notifications and communication
- Buying and selling art, DA Points, and Core Membership
You might have noticed different symbols next to people's usernames around the site. You can find out what those mean here.
There are some awesome places specifically for people who are new to DeviantArt. A great place to start is the DAWelcomeWagon group. It's an astoundingly comprehensive resource for new members (don't miss their Getting Started on DeviantArt and Learn DA Lingo articles) and the official group of the Welcome chat room. You can also introduce yourself in the Welcome Center forum.
Deviations are what we call pieces of art here on DA. When you're ready to submit your first deviation, check out this knowledge base section to find out all about how to do that. Once you submit your deviation, it'll go live instantly so people can look at it, comment on it and share it. You can choose your own settings for all of those things during the submission process and it's super easy to edit them afterwards too. Find out about how to do that here.
DA has a clever upload and publishing platform called Sta.sh - the staging area for all of your images, writings, animations, works in progress, and everything in between! Our default limit for Sta.sh is 2GB with a free membership. Core members have access to a 10GB storage limit. You can find out all about how Sta.sh works here.
As well as sharing your own art and enjoying other people's, you can keep a blog, known as your Journal, on DA too. You can even customise your journals with beautiful ready-to-install skins created by talented artists and designers, or you can make your own. This knowledge base section explains all about journals.
If you want to sell high-quality prints and products featuring your art, you can do that on DA as well. This knowledge base article explains how to sell prints and this section tells you all about customising your own print shop.
There are literally millions of deviations on DA, covering just about every medium and genre you can think of.While you can browse by Newest, What's Hot, or use the search bar to find what you need, you can also use Gallery Categories to find specific types of artwork - and even search within those! To find out more about browsing, visit this knowledge base section. If you like your searches really specific, there are some nifty tricks you can use to narrow down your results even further. Find out about those here.
Another sorting option on DA's main page is Daily Deviations (also known as DDs). These are features chosen by staff and Community Volunteers who wish to showcase artwork they have found impressive or otherwise interesting enough to deserve being brought to the attention of the community-at-large. You can find out more about Daily Deviations, including how to suggest art for possible features, here.
With all those millions of pieces of art, you're bound to find some that you love and want to come back to time and time again. DeviantArt facilitates this through Favourites and Collections, which allow you to gather the art you adore all in one place and share your great taste with everyone else. Learn about Favourites and Collections here.
With Groups, every deviant can make or join a group of deviants that are bonded by a common interest or passion! Art appreciators and artists looking for inspiration can join Groups to get a curated blast of relevant deviations in their Notifications Center, finding new deviants to watch they might have not discovered by browsing alone. And artists looking for more exposure can submit their works to Groups to get their art seen by more than just the people watching them.
To find out more about Groups, check out these knowledge base articles...
- How do I create a Group?
- What are Groups?
- What is a Super Group?
- How do I join a Group?
- How do invitations to Groups work?
- What's contained in all the Group tabs?
To browse Groups by focus, media, location, type, number of watchers and date of formation, go here.
DeviantArt has two official groups that are used to share site and community news
The communityrelations department exists to encourage, facilitate and develop the relationship with our DeviantArt community. Our goal is to nurture our community by encouraging artists to create, collaborate, and participate in a friendly, safe, and supportive artistic environment. The CR department is run by Moonbeam13 with a team of Community Volunteers who help by providing the community with a specific contact point in relation to galleries, chat, and forums.
hq is the official home for the staff of DeviantArt. Expect updates and announcements regarding DeviantArt to be released from here.
Our Community Volunteers also run a number of groups focusing on different mediums and genres, as well as educational and informative content. These groups operate as community hubs and anyone is welcome to join and take part in our contests and projects.
Abstract-and-Surreal is dedicated to abstract and surreal art in all mediums.
AnimalsPlantsNature is a home for all APN photographers on DeviantArt. Find great artwork, features, resources, and contests. Meet and engage fellow nature photographers.
AnthroCommunity is an information and educational resource hub for the Anthro Community and Gallery on DeviantArt. It's a place to network, share, participate in contests, get the latest news and meet new people.
CRArtisanCrafts is led by the Artisan Crafts CVs dedicated to the Artisan Crafts Gallery of DeviantArt.
CR-FanArt-Contests is dedicating to hosting Community Relations Fan Art contests, challenges and competitions.
CRLiterature is a central community hub for all things literature, sharing with you as much information, articles, Daily Deviations and discussion as possible. It is also an opportunity for you to find other writers, groups and resources.
CRPhotography is the central heart of the photography gallery on DeviantArt, dedicated to supporting, inspiring and encouraging our photography community in a variety of ways, through announcements, editorials, features, critique, contests, fun and games, promotion and much more!
CRPhotomanipulation aims to rally the photomanipulation community by providing a central place for organization, sharing (and holding) contests, planning activities, and collecting and featuring really great art.
DA-Fashion is dedicated to Fashion Portraits and Commercial Fashion Photography! It's a group for fashion photographers and models of all skill levels, ages, and backgrounds; as long as you can talk the talk and walk the catwalk.
deviantartfilm is all about Film and animation on DeviantArt.
Digitalists is a hub for all the digital art categories on DA.
StockandResources is a hub for all of the resource goings on in DA and the home of the Stock & Resources Community Volunteers.
projecteducate's primary goal is to bring awareness of different art media and also the culture of DeviantArt to deviants everywhere through articles with information, tips and tricks. PE is a joint mission between the Community Relations department and the DA community itself, so anyone can get involved!
Traditionalists is aimed at giving the traditional art community their own unique voice by giving the traditionalists a place to gather, showcase their work, organize, and inform others with the help and guidance of the traditional Community Volunteer team.
watercolorists shares the knowledge and skills of DeviantArt's traditional watercolor users for the enjoyment and inspiration of others.
If you ask anyone who has been on DeviantArt for a while what their favourite thing about the site it, they'll almost certainly mention our amazing community. DA isn't just a place to share and enjoy art. With members from all over the world, of all ages and skill levels, working in all mediums and genres, it's also an incredible place to make friends.
To keep up with new art, journals and other content from people and groups that interest you, you can watch them. When you watch someone, you will be notified in your Notifications Center and on your Watch page about their new submissions and activity. This knowledge base article explains all about watching.
If you want to go deeper than commenting, DA also has an optional critique system. This knowledge base section contains information about how to request, respond to and give critique.
With such a vast community of artists, there are even more opportunities to get to know people and talk about all sorts of things, from art to movies to life advice in our forums (visit the forums and learn more) and chat rooms (visit the chat rooms and learn more).
The forums fall into the following categories, all accessible from the same page...
- Senior Members
- Core Members
- Art Related
- Employment Opportunities
Our forums and chat rooms are looked after by Community Volunteers, who are here to help. Read some of their introductions to these areas of the site below...
Chats and forums are a great place to discuss and share art, or to socialize and make friends. Chats are ideal for real-time conversation, and forums are nice because they’re not time-sensitive. The best way to use them is to a) read the rules, b) browse a bit to see what they’re like (since each subforum is a little different), then c) have fun.
DeviantArt's chats and forums are a really great way to find and meet like-minded people in our community. They offer a personalized way to reach out to others and chat in real time with people around the world! When I was first getting my feet wet on DA, I found the chat network to be a lot of fun.
There are places to just hang out and have conversation (check out DA's official chat, #devart), areas for sharing your artwork and finding new people to watch (check out #ThumbHub), and even quieter places for those who are new to chat rooms and want to get an introduction to how they work (definitely check out #welcome!).
The forums are also fantastic for meeting people, sharing art, and finding new artists. We have general conversation forums like General and places to share/find artwork like Deviation ThumbShare. You can even advertise your points commissions in Projects or cash commissions in Job Services.
They might seem overwhelming at first but I promise the chats and forums can be a really great way to pass the time and have some fun doing it. Just join a chat room, say hello, read the rules (always), and join the current conversation. In the forums, scroll through and find a thread that interests you, then leave your own reply to get started. If you're ever too shy to jump in to conversation in the chats, just poke me there. I'm always in #ThumbHub and #welcome!
Chats and Forums are a great way to meet and interact with a wide variety of deviants from all over the world and in many different ways. Either making friends or just finding interesting people to watch. The best way to get the most out of them would be to follow the rules and try to be active in areas that may be of interest to you personally.
Simply put the chats and forums are just a great way for people to interact with each other - discover new people, make friends, network, share their art and discover new art, but also just talk about whatever they want to whether it's related to art or not. Newcomers are usually encouraged to silently observe for a bit and softly get into things rather than jump right in.
Astralseed at projecteducate wrote a really helpful guide to getting started with DeviantArt chats, which you can find here.
DeviantArt's new look
DeviantArt's new version, Eclipse, is rolling out gradually at the moment. If you have access and would like to find out more about how everything works, you can find the Eclipse FAQ here.
Discover your creative community.
Fella is here to offer a warm welcome to new members as you explore DeviantArt and find your home in our global community of artists.
Information up to date and accurate as of 13th November 2018