Please join us in welcoming another new addition to the Community Volunteer Team!
Project Educate Continues! Project Educate Continues!!!
projecteducate is a group and all updates from individuals during their weeks listed below will be posted over there! So be sure to join or watch for the full updates! If you want to partake in Community Week by writing an article then just note the group with your ideas!
How it Works
projecteducate started with purely CV run weeks. Those were weeks focusing on a specific art form brought to you by your lovely Community Volunteers. As well as these epic seven days of awesome, we've now introduced two more themes which run on a bi-monthly basis. Those are Community Weeks, which include articles from members of the dA community - and Artist Toolbox Weeks which include a mixture of articles focusing purely on the 'tools' of the trade. If you're interested in either please note projecteducate!
Project Educate - The Schedule of Weeks!
November 3rd - November 9th
Welcome 4 New Volunteers PolyMune, Endorell-Taelos, Katara-Alchemist and Nyiana-sama!
Please join us in welcoming new additions to the Community Volunteer Team!
PolyMune Game Development Art
Katara-Alchemist Chats and Forums
Endorell-Taelos Chats and Forums
Nyiana-sama (welcome back) Chats and Forums
Chat Events Calendar farand's Fun and ThumbShare - Movember Event in :#communityrelations:
Time: 2 - 3pm PST Meet 'N Greet Chat With the Lit CVs in :#crliterature: Sunday, June 8th at 12:01 PM (PDT)
Sketchmatch in :#communityrelations:
Wednesday, Nov. 13th - 7:00 PM PDT (click to see your local time)
Want to see a particular event run? Want to help out? Note communityrelations with your thoughts and ideas!
Welcome Neiio, Valasedai and Lost-angle!! neiio, ValaSedai & lost-angle!
Please join us in welcoming new additions to the Community Volunteer Team!
Skins and Themes
Icons and Handhelds
Chats and Forums
dAMonsters!On a dark and scary stormy night...
within the Zombie Kingdom of dAmn...
monsters are stirring!
The Fella Zombie King needs your help! He needs to grow an army of monsters in the Zombie Kingdom in preparation for Halloween Night. Mummies, Zombies, Vampires, Demons, and WereWolves will all form their own Armies and build up their numbers by biting and infecting human victims and turning them into Monsters!
The Fella Zombie King will bestow prizes on the strongest Monsters! But you must make sure that the humans you infect and turn into Monsters stay in Zombie Kingdom so that they may learn the ways of the Army and be ready for Halloween Night!
The game will start on October 24th, at 4:00pm Pacific Standard Time
How To Play
You begin by joining the #dAMonsters chatroom and "biting" someone, not yet in the chatroom, by typing:
Welcome Maytel, Arctoa and rydi1689!!maytel, arctoa, and rydi1689!!
Please help us in welcoming the newest members to the Community Volunteers team!!!
Abstract & surreal photography
Many welcomes for the new CVs!Please give a warm welcome to the following new volunteers
puddlefisher for Comics and Cartoons
tanikel for Photojournalism
MarcosRodriguez for Macro Photography
Erzsabet for Chats and Forums
What IS Vexel Art Anyway?So, hello then I am the newly appointed Community Volunteer for the Vexel gallery, taking over from the ever-wonderful jussta! I am here to provide you with support and entertainment, and to be a bridge between you and the deviantART $taff
You will be excited to know that I already have a contest in the planning for next year, but in the mean time while I find my feet in the volunteer world, I can tell you that vexelove has both a contest and a collab you can take part in at the moment, and you can find the details here: http://fav.me/d5jxxjz
And, my dear vexel artists, take a look at TheVexelGroup, your vexel community hub of info and goings-on, also with a gallery you can submit to
So... What IS Vexel Art anyway?
I always thought the easiest way to describe it was by calling it digital cut paper. When you make a traditional cut paper piece, you are using shapes of paper all built up to create an image - vexel is the same so
Ongoing Community ProjectsCommunity Projects are a great way to get involved on deviantART! This article lists ongoing projects in the deviantART Community. It will be updated often, so keep your eye on this space.
Run your own project!
Did you know that you can run a project, too? And we can help you! Check out CRCommunityProjects to find out how to run your own Community Project, or to get some support for your project!
These projects are ongoing! Get involved! If you're interested in starting a new project, or you have a new project that you'd like listed here, please note Astralseed.
Pay-It-Forward Project by AzizrianDaoXrak
Praising Life by Astrikos
Pimps and Whoas - January 3, 2013Pimps
Official dA News
Site Update: Literature Thumbs. Sta.sh Submit
Happy Holidays from deviantART
Odyssey Propulsion 6
Commissions on deviantART
Celebratring Deviousness January 2013
Dedication to a New Year
Gallery Makeover ProjectHello everyone
Recently my team and I worked tirelessly on a project to help improve the gallery descriptions and thumbnail examples. While that project was indeed tedious with almost 4,000 categories in our system, it was also educational. What I learned from sorting through thousands and thousands of categories was that we have a lot of redundancy and a lot of categories that seem to have been created on a whim that are now simply homes for junk.
Over the years, the desire to appease niche communities and people who just wanted a specific area has led to some categories that go up to 4 levels deep, and it's really no wonder it's so confusing for people to figure out where to submit their artwork.
The conclusion I've come to is simplicity. While I'm not about to rip apart everything and make 6 stand alone categories, I do believe that there is a lot we can do to simplify the category tree. That includes some of the following:
1. Merging categories that ma
dA Related CR Update: December 2012Welcome to the last deviantART Related CR Update of the year!
News posted between the last CR Update and now:
Winners of the devID Spooky Make-up ContestCSS Did You Know? - November 20, 2012, November 28th, 2012, and December 4th, 2012Did You Know? - Username Changing, Llama Locking and
Stock and Resources: Policy ClarificationThe Stock and Resources community is an integral part of deviantART, both for having an active community of its own as well as providing high quality stock to all deviants.
As this community has grown so much over the years, so has the amount of invalid stock and resources that have been provided by some deviants. The Stock and Resources community feels like this reflects negatively on them, the volunteers have a hard time trying to teach people about valid stock and how to use it correctly, and it gives an appearance that deviantART Staff tolerate so-called “art theft” or copyright infringement.
In this article our aim is to reinforce our policies regarding stock and stock use and clear up some misconceptions.
Stock and Resource submissions to deviantART:
What are Invalid Stock and Resources?
In short, invalid stock or resources are anything which you do not have full permission to upload. This incl
Celebrating Deviousness - February 2013
Congratulations to `Krissi001
Project get connected
Project Animal Emotes 3
What is this Awesome Achievement?
PE: Introduction to the Digital Art categoriesHi! Welcome to the Digital Art categories central! The following article is intended to be a quick guide on the Digital Art categories to get you started, most of the descriptions included here came from past Project Educate articles (so thanks for all the current and past CVs for their indirect help :P) and will include links to more articles if you want a more deep insight of said category, as well as a list of CVs you can send your DD suggestions to. (As of December 2012, for the updated list of current volunteers you can always check this blog)
But first, what is considered DIGITAL Art?
Digital Art includes every artwork created with the use and/or help of digital software and tools. Said in simple words: art you create with a computer (or other devic
A Note on Daily Deviation FeaturesAt ten features into my tenure as Community Volunteer for Abstract & Surreal Photography I am noticing a certain trend in response to abstract and surreal Daily Deviations. I shall address some of the recurring themes here, and hopefully answer some questions along the way. At this point I would like to mention that I am talking about a small and vocal minority, and I sincerely thank the overwhelming majority for supporting the featured artists and their work. You're what makes this site such a great community.
With that said, let's get to the troublesome themes I am coming across.
The "This is crap!" Argument
As an observer and a critic, you're entitled to think that something isn't very good. However, exclaiming as such on the comments of a piece of work that an artist has spent time and energy creating is not only counter-productive, but rude and insulting, especially if it's not followed up with some advice about how you think they could make their
PE Daily Deviations- Presentation of your workHello all!
Well we’ve had a fascinating week so far; a week which hopefully has provided some insight not only to the process of DD selection but helped you understand what we look for in DDs as CVs. As we draw to the end of this week, I bring you an article which will whet your Saturday with thoughts that don’t just apply to the DD feature, but something which should be a consideration to everything you submit to dA. I am talking about deviation presentation.
Why is Presentation important?
Art isn’t always about just being “creative”. There are techniques and skills which develop over time which contribute to the quality of the work you produce and alongside this comes a developed understanding of good presentation.
Good presentation could be anything from cropping a photograph, to spell checking your literature. These are common sense things that in the rush of wanting to show off your creativity can sometimes be
Digital Art Newsletter: FebruaryHIIIIII OMG YOU'RE ALL HERE READING THIS I'M SO EXCITED!!!!14
As usual, here are the current happenings, announcements and stuffs going on related to Digital Art. Enjoy them with me ENJOOOY!
First off, let's give a warm farewell to ChewedKandi for her contributions to the Vector Gallery You'll be missed Shar!
Future plans for March
The first session of Sketchmatch last week was a great fun! Thanks for all the people who participated! I'm happy to announce the next match will be this Thursday Feb. 21st over communityrelations at 7 PM PST (click to see your local time)
If you are unfamiliar with Sketchmatch you can see the complete rules here:
PE DDs: When It's Not Always PositiveWhen DDs Go Awry
Daily Deviations, or “DDs,” are frequently held in very high esteem on deviantART. After all, what artist does not want his or her work displayed for more than 20 million viewers to see and admire? The benefits of receiving a DD feature include increased exposure for your work and a day in the spotlight for you as an artist. Many people therefore view DDs as badges of honor, awards that make them proud and validate the time they spend in our community.
Be careful what you wish for!
Don’t get us wrong-- DDs are wonderful for the purposes listed above. But, they can also bring a lot of drama upon the artist, especially if they are controversial.
Let’s talk about some of the sources of this drama.
Some people feel that people who post art-- and especially those whose art is worthy of a Daily Deviation-- should have thick enough skin to accept criticism as well as praise. They argue that criticism is part
Seniority Announcements - January 2013
This article marks the latest additions to the dizzy height of Senior members in our community. With just over 1000 deviants holding the highly saught after ` -- it's clearly a moment that deserves recognition.
So what does it take to become a Senior? That's a question many have asked and have never really been able to get a straight answer on. Some have gained Seniority as a thank you for their time spent as a Volunteer, or to recognise their contribution to a particular project or collaborative action. Some have gained Seniority because of their community spirit, providing help and assistance to many other deviants and taking time out to promote the work of others in the community.
Some people have received Seniority because of their artistic endevours, having a positive influence on their peers by sharing resources, providing constructive criticism and by being a voice that stands out above the many other
Cancer, we're coming to get you! Just bumping this journal because it means a lot to me!
Race for Life 2013
It's that time of year again when I am asking for your help in a cause that is close to my heart. Race for life is a 5K charity run raising money for Cancer Research UK. Cancer Research do life-saving work into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer.
This is my 5th year in a row doing Race for Life, and every year it becomes more and more important to me. There are far too many people suffering with cancer; too many families, friends and individuals and the work Cancer Research do is so important to help find a cure.
This year, the lovely Kaylee (CurvyLemon) and my sister Rachel (racheljj) are joining me in the race- and I encourage any woman in the UK to sign up too!
This is me last year, 28 weeks pregnant and dressed up as superwoman because I surpassed my target. If I raise more that my target of
PE Note to Daily DeviationHello all,
In this section of Daily Deviations (DD) PE week I wanted to write about how your suggestions are processed and then turned into DDs, but with a bit more of a focus on the process of how we Community Volunteers (CVs) utilize the note system. I felt it was a place where some common problems arise which may not be talked about all too often resulting in confusion and frustration for both suggesters and CVs.
The Note System
I think many are aware of this but just for the sake of being clear, CVs use the same exact note system as every other user on the site. We do not have any special bells and whistles to organize our notes other than the same tools you all are also given. There is no special tool or program that sorts or does anything special with our DD suggestions for us, it is entirely up to us, how we choose to sort them in our note system.
Let's take a closer look at how the process works, shall we?
Abstract/Surreal Pinboard: January 2013Hallo everyone, I hope you all got through the transition into 2013 mostly unscathed!
This is just a short piece of correspondence to let you know about some current Community Relations-led events that might be of interest and relevance to the Abstract & Surreal community. Feel free to take part, or to inform me of other abstract and surreal happenings that I could promote.
photohunt Chat Event
The PhotoHunt chat, hosted by AshleyxBrooke, is holding a special event on the 12th January at 14:00 EST. Lots of prizes are being given away and it's definitely worth your time if you've a free few hours to take photographs in a time-limited theme-set environment. Full information about the event can be found here.
Abstract-and-Surreal December Contest Results
Abstract-and-Surreal's December contest is over and has been judged. The theme was Christmas