|If I were a DJ and deviations were my vinyl, the art in this Collection would be what you'd find in my crates.|
|If I were a DJ and deviations were my vinyl, the art in this Collection would be what you'd find in my crates.|
What is DeviantArt? Part 1
Although it’s getting rarer these days, I sometimes come across people who ask me what exactly “DeviantArt” means. Before I begin to explain all the amazing things our community has to offer, they sometimes look at me sideways and say, "Deviant, eh? One of those websites..."
Most marketing experts would never name a site "DeviantArt," because the word "deviant" has multiple meanings that can be interpreted in different — not always positive — ways. Yet we are the greatest, most diverse art community in existence. Few branding agencies would ever make DeviantArt its infamous green/gray color. Yet we love it, and have become known for it.
Where else can you stunning fan artists alongside the best nature photographers in the world? Or top comic book artists alongside the most talented storytellers of our generation? We are DeviantArt, the wild card of the Internet, th
deviantART Muro: It's Time to Draw! DRAW NOW
For weeks, we've been teasing you with our "It's coming..." campaign.
Claiming that something was innovative, expressive, inspiring, and coming...
soon! With August 7th, 2010, upon us — aka deviantART's 10th birthday —
the time has come to unveil the product we've spent months developing:
From start to finish, deviantART Muro
allows users to create complete works of
art in ways never before realized by
digital drawing programs. deviantART Muro already
boosts standard and interactive brushes,
full-blown layer capabilities, and the
ability to uploa
Happy 13th birthday, and thank youToday marks deviantART's 13th birthday and a handful of us -- spyed, mccann, chris, and me -- have been on this amazing journey since pretty much day one. Thirteen years ago, most of us in that handful were just teenagers, unknowingly embarking on a time in our lives that would shape us, inspire us, and be truly thought-provoking in ways we could have never imagined. Today, I find myself so fortunate to play a role in the ongoing journey that has deviantART at the forefront of solving complex problems that affect the creative community.
Throughout the years, I've met incredible people at deviantMEETs, town hall meetings, and visits to new countries -- all of which have fostered relationships and changed my life. I'm extremely grateful to have talked with every deviant who has crossed my path -- even in a note, comment, or journal. The deviantART community has flourished and prospered in the past 13 years, and we're thankful for that,
Update: Fair Exposure and Popular Browse Fair Exposure and miscategorization
On January 24th, 2012, we released an hq journal regarding Popular results for Browse. In this journal, we described Fair Exposure -- deviantART's algorithm for Popular browse results. Fair Exposure's goal is to showcase the most popular deviations in a variety of styles, genres, and art forms, without bias towards a particular topic.
Since the release of our Fair Exposure announcement, especially in the last handful of weeks, we've noticed a concerted, dedicated effort made by deviants, or groups of deviants, to specifically beat (or "game") the system. Deviations have been intentionally miscategorized in hopes of having them appear "higher" in Popular results. This has, rightfully so, resulted in complaints from deviants who submit to deviantART in a fair and honest manner.
Happy Holidays from DeviantArt!‘Twas the night before Christmas on DeviantArt,
Not a paintbrush was stirring, and creators took heart.
The artists scrolled through Daily Deviations with care
Knowing kindred warm-fuzzies soon would be there.
Deviants were all swiping, all snug on their phones
While visions of inspiration across all time zones
Were zapped to their smart device, quick as can be,
At the tap of a button in a +Fav’ing spree!
When across the Interwebs there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to the Comments to see what was the matter,
“I’m bored,” the Journal wrote, “I’m on a long trip, too.
I don’t have my laptop, and there’s nothing to do.”
I cracked all my knuckles, settled down in my chair,
Then descended upon the keyboard and wrote with a flair:
“Dear Friend, did you not get DA’s early present?
We now have an app, and it won’t cost you one cent!
“On, Watch Feed! On, Browse! On, Explore! On, Today!
Tap-and-hold to fave, sha
Premium Content PlatformDeviantART is proud to announce our Premium Content Platform — providing the ability for content creators to become sellers and generate earnings by making digital files of their high-quality work available for download. The Premium Content Platform allows deviants to buy and sell digital goods for immediate download and use. Sellers are able to charge a little and sell a lot, and take advantage of the easy-to-use Points currency for digital downloads. Buyers get the things they want with the satisfaction of supporting the artists they love.
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What is the Premium Content Platform?
The Premium Content Platform is a way for deviants to easily sell and buy digital content. The Platform is based on digital downloads, which removes all of the issues brought about by phy
Celebrate deviantART's 14th Birthday!
Fourteen years of existence marks a period of growth, change, and introspection — an era of creativity and emotion that leads to long-term personal and artistic development. As we celebrate deviantART's 14th birthday, we want to thank all of you for joining in on the journey of growth and development, from the deviants who have been here from the start to the deviants who are starting out their deviantART experience today.
How has deviantART helped you grow as an individual and/or as an artist? Tell us your story through an art feature Journal!
Visit the Write a Journal Entry pag
Happy holidays from deviantART!
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through dA,
Not a troll was stirring, nor Grinch in his sleigh.
Deviations were hung in digital Galleries with care,
In hopes that +Favourites soon would be there.
The n00bs were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Daily Deviations danced in their heads.
And Fella in his 'kerchief, and spyed with his night-light,
Had just settled down to log-off for the night,
When over in the Forums there arose such a clatter,
Fella sprang back online to see what was the matter.
To the browser window he flew like a flash,
Tore open the tabs and refreshed the cache.
When what to his art-loving eyes should appear,
But an animated sleigh and eight commissioned reindeer,
With a little old driver, so creative and slick,
Fella knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than broadband, his reindeer were famed,
After all his favorite art
New Username SymbolsAs part of our ongoing process to make the user experience cleaner and more intuitive, we've launched a new set of username symbols designed to help easily identify deviant-types.
At a glance, the new symbols are quickly recognizable. When hovering over a username symbol, a tooltip appears, providing a brief explanation of that user's deviant-type. If clicked, a modal appears, giving a brief explanation for each username symbol, with "Learn more" links that lead to more detailed explanations.
A word from Heidi:
Over the years, a few things have come to seem like deviantART mainstays. Deviant green, intricate art categorization, colorful avatars, symbols next to usernames. In our constant re-evaluation of what's best for longtime deviants and new users alike, we do sometimes need to stop and ask ourselves if a makeover for some aspect isn't overdue. Changing username symbols was one of the harder things we evaluated.
I've been testin
Introducing the Premium Content Platform
DeviantART is proud to announce our Premium Content Platform
Providing the ability for content creators to become sellers and generate real earnings by making digital files of their high-quality work available for download. Sellers are able to set their own prices while retaining 80% of all revenue earned, and buyers are able to quickly get the things they want with the satisfaction of supporting the artists they love.
What is Premium Content?
The Premium Content Platform was built to represent high-quality content — the premier pieces in an artist's repertoire of work. We encourage the sale of everything from comics or stories for download, to high-res files like .PSDs, textures, tutorials, brush packs, and more!
Join us for a deviantMEET in Paris, France!Come meet and mingle with deviantART admins and fellow deviants on Saturday, June 9th at 2:00 PM at Mecano Bar in Paris, France. We'll be hanging out for most of the day, so stop by at anytime!
Posted on May 18, 2012
Join us in Paris, France!
Parisian deviants! We're headed for the beautiful City of Light, and we want to see you!
First day of spring in Paris by *melintir
We're back in Paris!
It's been 3 years since we've visited "La Ville-Lumière," and we're excited to make our triumphant return. On Saturday, June 9th, dev
Holiday Card Project 2012
It's back! With the goal of bringing a little cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the deviantART Holiday Card Project connects deviants from around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating uplifting holiday cards.
In past years, the Project has received more than 5,000 cards sent in by more than 1,000 deviants from 50 different countries/political regions. Cards were then divvied up and distributed in-person by deviantART members to local Los Angeles, CA hospitals, with additional cards given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for hospital staff members to hand out to patients.
The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is simple: do something nice for others. However, if you're looking for even more incentive, every deviant who submits a card will be given a free one-month Premium Membership to deviantA
My deviantART StoryToday marks deviantART's 14th birthday! This is truly an exciting time in deviantART’s history, and I'm confident that the next few months will be some of our best ever. It might sound cliché or exaggerated, but we’re in a position to change the arts (and the world) through technology, empowering artists of all shapes and sizes to do truly amazing things.
But before I get too far ahead of myself, I'd like to take a minute to participate in "My deviantART Story" to document a few of the ways that deviantART has helped me grow as a person.
Importance of Travel
Before deviantART's World Tour in 2009, when spyed and I visited nine countries in two months, I'd never been outside of North America. The World Tour gave me a deep appreciation for travel that I wouldn't have gotten if not for the amaz
Putting yourself out thereThe Internet is the great equalizer. Household names used to be people we saw on TV, in movies, or writers of the most famous books and syndicated articles. Now, it's not strange for a YouTube personality, online cooking blogger, or comedy tweeter with a 9-to-5 job to be mentioned around the dinner table.
Often these online personalities are a lot more approachable online than celebrities for the simple fact that they engage with their fans. Sure, some celebrities are pretty good about replying on Facebook or Twitter, and, yes, submitting something to an ESPN anchor might get you a shoutout on TV, but for the large part, people who are active online want to talk to you, want to converse, want your feedback, and want to engage.
Kind of like in real life, sitting on the sidelines and cruising the Internet silently is a fine way to get information, but to get that real kindred connection, you need to participate. And, better than real life, you can delet
DeviantART's official Comic-Con poster!As a statement of empowerment and artist prestige, we're pleased to reveal deviantART's official poster for Artists’ Alley at San Diego Comic-Con – designed by the exquisitely talented Artgerm!
DeviantART couldn't be more excited to sponsor Artists' Alley for the fourth year in a row. Our aim has always been to keep focus on those who not only make the entire convention possible, but provide us with a world of entertainment across all media: the artists.
Go forth and march with your creative brethren!
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Watch ForeverI've never done one of these before, but it's a fun thing I've seen around on Tumblr plenty of times, so I thought why not do one here on DA?
Basically, here are some people I've been watching for a long time on DA, people who I'll go on watching without question. I'm choosing to highlight a few, because they're super rad, but everyone on the list is super rad, and you should totally watch all of them.
Nancy is one of the coolest people on the planet, and I know this because I've met her in person! She's very friendly, lively, super cheerful, and a ton of fun to be around. She's also a fabulous photographer, and has been a repeat Community Volunteer here on DA, if that doesn't prove how dedicated she is, then I don't know what will.
What is there to say about Stanley Lau that hasn't already been said by tons of ot
"Watercolor is like life. Better get it right the first time – you don't get a second chance!" -Sergei Bongart
Watercolor TechniquesWatercolor Techniques I
Traditional Art Week at projecteducate continues! During Artist's Toolbox weeks, I've published articles dedicated to watercolor tools (Watercolor Equipment I - Basic Tools, Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools). You should go grab your tools now, because the next series of articles will be focusing on painting methods. I sincerely hope these will help you and wish you all happy painting!
Laying a wash
A wash is a large area in a watercolor painting where the paint flow and diffusion have been manipulated to efface individual brushstrokes. Within wash areas, color transitions are usually gradual and span analogous hues. Laying a wash is one of the most satisfying tasks in watercolor painting. Essentials of this s
Watercolor Techniques IIWatercolor Techniques II
Traditional Art Week at projecteducate continues! During Artist's Toolbox weeks, I've published articles dedicated to watercolor tools (Watercolor Equipment I - Basic Tools, Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools). Current series of articles is focusing on painting methods, previously published Watercolor Techniques I article can be found HERE. I sincerely hope these will motivate some of you to try something new and wish you all happy painting!
Wet-into-wet is another versatile and popular technique where watercolor, or water, is dropped onto a wet surface. This i