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Amazing work by rossdraws.

Check out the video: 
Daenerys Targaryen: YOUTUBE! by rossdraws
Daenerys Targaryen: YOUTUBE!
Hey guys!
Just uploaded my video drawing Daenerys Targaryen!!!
Check it out and please enjoy!!

Feel free to follow my social handle 'RossDraws'!

Check out rossdraws' new YouTube channel!…
Hey guys! My intro video for my new YouTube Channel is up, 
Come check it out and be weird with me! Super excited to be starting this and sharing with you guys :)

Hope you subscribe!

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Love our new business cards with our new brand! They feature art created by different deviants, which I think is super fitting for a community like this. I chose this deviation by the talented Mark-Chadwick. =p

Untitled by danlev
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You've Met With A Terrible Fate, Haven't You? by PaperProductions
You've Met With A Terrible Fate, Haven't You?
14x15.5 inch Mask on a 16x20 Inch Canvas.

Mask is handcrafted and made entirely out of cardstock. Each individual piece handrolled and sculpted into the design. Work time was approximately 2 weeks.

Canvas is painted and then covered in a variety of preserved and vibrant pieces of Moss. Picture shows the piece as is using only natural light, no photoshop or filters used.

My inspiration for this design was, of course, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. I chose to show the Mask in a very nature influenced setting due to the relationship between itself and Skull Kid.

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Visit the tag page to find new deviants introducing themselves!
Exciting! As of an hour ago, 1 million Status Updates have been posted on DeviantArt!
OMG. I can't.
Literally, I just can't.
I don't even. Ew.

Collaborative Deviations: A Discussion

Wed Jun 24, 2015, 12:55 PM by danlev:icondanlev:

Old Paint Brushes by xSweetSlayerx

A common request from deviants is to post collaborative deviations, where more than one deviant has worked to create the end product. In our recent
Top Community Feature Requests and Our Responses journal, we briefly addressed why we haven’t yet undertaken collaborative deviations.  However, we want to open a discussion around how collaborations could theoretically work, so that we can better understand the community’s desires for such a feature.

Simple vs. Complex

We've already put a fair amount of thought into collaborations, but don't want to make assumptions about around how deviants would use the feature to best serve their needs.  From simple to complex, there are a number of ways we could implement collaborations and we’re interested to hear the community’s expectations.

If we wanted to go a simple route, a deviation could list multiple deviants as contributors to the final deviation, and that would be it. The problem with such an approach is that the deviation would only appear in one deviant’s gallery, and only that deviant would receive comments and favorites.

This likely isn’t an ideal solution, so if we pursue collaborative deviations, then we’re faced with more complex options. From a technical standpoint, these complex options pose a number of issues:

  • If we assume that the deviation appears in all of the deviants’ galleries, who receives notifications for action on that deviation?

  • All deviants would need to confirm that they worked on the deviation, in order for them to be cited.  What would the process be for adding collaborators to a deviation?  

  • Who can edit the deviation title, description, and other details? What happens if one collaborator makes a change the others don’t like?

  • How does a deviant remove oneself from a deviation at a later date? Can one deviant delete the deviation, or do they have to get approval from the others?

  • If the collaboration is sold as a print, who sets print prices? How are profits dealt with?

These are the challenges our Product and Devious Technology teams will need to address, and your feedback will help us determine whether these questions have straightforward answers or if they will require us to investigate more complex problem solving solutions.  We look forward to your feedback and expectations of this potential feature so that we have a better idea of where, and if, this proposed project should fit into our current priorities and build schedule.

Community Discussion

  1. Do you collaborate with other artists? If so, how often? Please share example deviations.

  2. What type of roles do other artists have in the creation of your deviation?

  3. Which features do you feel are required to make collaborative deviations useful to you?

Watch connects you with the people you watch by creating a sequential stream of activity, including deviations, journals, favourites, status updates, and more.

Today, we’re introducing some changes based on community requests: the ability to filter Watch, improved display of group deviations and favourites in Watch, and, by very popular request, separating group deviations in notifications.

Customize Watch Using Filters

We often hear from the community that deviants want to filter or dive into specific types of content on Watch. We’re happy to introduce a set of filters that let you customize what you see in Watch.

This is not a permanent feature, but we think you’ll enjoy the experience until Watch evolves into a more personalized feed. Our goal is to make Watch a personalized platform to discover and consume what’s interesting and relevant to you. Your choices and usage of these filters will help us build a more personalized Watch in the future.

These new features are live on the desktop site and in the the latest version of the DeviantArt Mobile App. An update to the app is now available in the App Store and Google Play.

Improved Thumbnail Grid for Group Deviations and Favourites

Deviants have told us that group deviations clutter their Watch, so we’ve introduced a new design that rolls up group deviations into a single update. With this change comes a new design for favourites folders and group deviations, both on desktop and the Mobile App. On Mobile, you can now swipe horizontally to scroll through favourites folders and group deviations directly from Watch.

(Note: This change is not retroactive; deviations submitted to groups prior to this change will still appear separately in Watch.)

Group Deviations Separated in Notifications

We surveyed a pool of deviants regarding group deviations and the feedback was overwhelming; deviants want group deviations to be separated out from regular deviations in notifications. This was also a popular request in the
DeviantArt Suggestions Forum. As of today, all deviations submitted to groups will be separated out.

(Note: This change is not retroactive; deviations submitted to groups before this change was made will still appear in your main “deviations” section. For deviants who use the splinter navigation menu, your deviation count currently still includes group deviation, but we are working on fixing this.)

Unwatching Deviants Now Removes Their Content From Watch and Notifications

When you unwatch deviants, their notifications (deviations, journals, polls, critiques, etc.) will now be automatically removed from your Notifications and Watch.

Try it out!

Try out the new Watch filters:
Visit Your Watch

Don't have the DeviantArt Mobile App yet? Get it now:

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Stay tuned and keep an eye on the DeviantArt Timeline! More updates around notifications and Watch are coming!

The Upcoming Thumbnail Grid

Wed Jun 3, 2015, 4:52 PM by danlev:icondanlev:

On DeviantArt, your deviations are paramount, and we want to present them in the best way possible, even in thumbnail form.  Over the past few months, we've been working on a new thumbnail grid that maintains the integrity of your deviations, no matter their dimensions or content types. Our goal is to be better at displaying art than any other site on the Internet.

Problems We’re Solving

We can do better than the current thumbnail grid, which includes uneven or irregular gaps between deviations. These gaps don't have any visual rhythm, causing your eyes to jump all over the place. Some content types, including literature, journals, pixel art, and emoticons, don’t look ideal. Our new grid focuses on fixing these issues while modernizing the look and feel of DeviantArt.

Below are some concept designs that represent one avenue we’re exploring.  (These are works-in-progress and not final.  Also note that the category menu is hidden in these concepts, just to show how the grid would look in a full-width context.)

1a Desktop   Wall By Starvingartist-d8uzxzz by danlev    1b Desktop   Torpedo By Starvingartist-d8v06ii by danlev

Before and after concept designs on the desktop site

More Deviations

One of our core goals for the new grid revolves around displaying more deviations. The current grid leaves uneven or irregular gaps between images, and our new grid maximizes screen space — both on desktop and mobile Web — to create a wall of beautifully displayed deviations. When user-testing the new grid, the feedback we received is that people want to see deviations, and just deviations, when they’re browsing.

Thumbs Coverage by danlev

Comparison of the grid

More Deviations on Mobile

Every week, more and more deviants access DeviantArt via their mobile devices, using both our mobile Web site and the DeviantArt Mobile App.  Currently, mobile accounts for over 37% of DeviantArt’s traffic.  While that number continues to grow, we know the browsing experience is inferior, and the new thumbnail grid will significantly enhance the way deviations are viewed on-the-go.

With so many different mobile devices and screen sizes, it’s important to build a responsive thumbnail grid design that ensures your art looks good to everyone — no matter how they’re accessing DeviantArt.

While browsing DeviantArt’s mobile site, you’d typically see two or three thumbnails on your screen at a time. Our new design maximizes device screen space to show you as many deviations as possible, while also optimizing the display of deviations for retina and other high-resolution devices.

The new grid also extends to profiles, making your profile and deviations shine on any device’s screen.

2a Mobile   Wall By Starvingartist-d8uzy2c by danlev    2b Mobile   Torpedo By Starvingartist-d8v0623 by danlev

Before and after concept designs on mobile Web.

Optimized for Bandwidth ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ

While the size and quality of our thumbnails is increasing, we’re intensely focused on optimizing how these images are served in regards to bandwidth usage. On the mobile version of the website, you’ll enjoy high resolution thumbnail images while your phone enjoys reduced bandwidth usage.

On the desktop site, images will use slightly more bandwidth to ensure that you’re seeing the best quality that fully represents a deviation, particularly for retina and high-resolution screens. We’re also optimizing the way images are served to you across multiple pages, so as you browse, your overall bandwidth usage will be cut down.

Deviations, Presented the Best Way Possible

With the new grid, we aim to present your deviations in the best possible way. We want to make sure your art looks like art, and your profile becomes even more of a showcase.

Thumbs Size by danlev

Comparison of size and quality of thumbnails. Click to view full size to best compare.

The new grid will be clean, putting focus on a deviation itself. Information such as the title, artist name, avatar, comment count, favourite count, and More Like This could be visible upon hover. The hover state could also include icons to indicate if the deviation is in your favourites, and if it is a Daily Deviation. (These ideas are not final — we’re still exploring a number of possibilities.)

Thumbs Pixel2 by danlev

Comparison of pixel art thumbnails. Artwork: Lightning Idle by AbyssWolf

Commitment to Integrity

As mentioned above, when designing this new grid, we paid special attention to maintaining the integrity of your deviations. With so many different types of artistic expression on DeviantArt, including non-standard image types, such as literature, pixel art, emoticons, and motion books, we want to ensure that kinds of art are featured respectfully and beautifully.

This is just the first of multiple journals to come that will discuss the new thumbnail grid.  Stay tuned for more technical details and visual aids, but in the meantime, we hope you'll weigh in with your thoughts on this exciting new display!

See what's coming next by visiting the DeviantArt timeline.


Dan Leveille
United States
I work in Marketing at deviantART. I love the internet. I'm an LGBT activist, Developer, Designer, Photographer. I graduated from RIT. I'm building Equaldex (equalitopia on deviantART), an application that will analyze the LGBT movement. I also run a LGBT rights blog.

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How do you feel about how frequently your Watch Feed updates with new items? 

30 deviants said I wish it updated much more frequently. #gimmemore
25 deviants said It's about right.
14 deviants said I wish it updated slightly less frequently.
13 deviants said I wish it updated much less frequently.
12 deviants said I wish it updated slightly more frequently.


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Andorada Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
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thanks for the fav, fell free to watch me if you like
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I hope beauty chases you while you chase it, and that wonder and majesty leave your quest for glory very successful.  
I hope you find many fun things to do, many wonderful sights to see, and many extraordinary people with whom to interact in positive ways.  
May the unexpected always turn out to be good.  
I hope this year is one of successful efforts to improve, new friendships made, old friendships renewed, and may you and those you love have a wonderful ride together around the sun in the year beginning with this day - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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2 ( Numbers ) 0 ( Numbers ) 1 ( Numbers ) 5 ( Numbers ) new year's day!!!!!!!!
SuperLeboy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fav--- wait... dA Staff?!

(Someone on the dA staff faved one of my deviations... Misson complete!)

:la: Thank you very much!!!
To-Ka-Ro Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the fav! If you're interested, please feel free to roam around the gallery! :nod: 
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