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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.

Status: Available
Go say hello to a #NewDeviant!

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:

Get it on Google Play   

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.

Journal History


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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AmythestDiamond Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Digital Artist
I have a question about Account Bans. At the time, I had an account which was :iconamythestshine: but I was underaged. 
I was offline for a while until I took over my cousin's old account. Now that I am above age, is it possible to appeal the account ban so I can go back to this account? :iconamythestshine:
The-Cute-Storm Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Thanks for the favorite on "Have a Nice Day!" 🌈

Have a Nice Day! by The-Cute-Storm  

Stop by my gallery, and join our Facebook Fan Page for more frequent updates and please do check out our online store as well!

~Miss D

Warlordgab Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
Excuse me but how do I combine Group Deviation Stack back into the Deviation Stack? It makes more difficult to me checking the pics :(
Starfox2o12 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
Is there a way to combine that Group Deviation Stack back into the Deviation Stack? That was a feature I didn't need. I don't need two stacks of deviations coming from the same groups when one was working just fine for me. Is there any way Deviantart can stop forcing features on Deviants and start making features optional? Not all of us like these "Features" and some of us like things customizable.
the-legendary-sword9 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
hello, can i ask a question in here?

in the new ''exploration theme'' style for the thumbnail grid, you will remove both the artist's names AND the deviations titles for the sake of having ''bigger thumbnails'' in the thumbnail grid, in order for the site to match with the smartphone layout/style, am i correct?

if so, please consider that removing the artist's name will be only bad for the artists in question and it will reduce their pageviews/fame/support/faves from other people that will lurk the thumbnail grid.

also, it would make it really hard for people that view the thumbnail grid to distinguish which thumbnail in the grid is a commission/art-trade/adoptable/tutorial, and it would only cause alot of hassle/problems to lurkers/new members of this site that occasionally quick-view the thumbnail grid at a quick glance.

please consider keeping the artist's name SHOWN underneath the thumbnails in the thumbnail grid, even with the new exploration theme added in the site.

PS: please read & reply back to my comment.
sorry for the many words, i was just trying to show some problems/possible issues with the new thumbnail grid update.
VoOdOoJaZzOfFiAh Featured By Owner Edited Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist
oh my! look at this!…

 this "illegeal" site has stolled all of our arts! go try and check other art names and youl find all of them and they are selling them! what do i do? so thats why i am asking you.
IhKa Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would be nice if at DeviantArt, you can place SVG files. They have an animation that can not be exported to another format.
Lazulelle Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
What is this DEVIANTART SHOES thing on the timeline and can I wear them? :iconcannotevenplz:
Fehnryr Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
Hey Danlev! I don't know if you had a huge part to play in it, but I wanted to say that I am VERY happy to see that survey about site updates and whatnot. I have been saying you guys should take surveys for a long time, and I really hope it will help you collect feedback from deviants that you can use. 

I also like most of what I'm seeing from the site simplification updates and the new thumb grid, so I just wanted to say thank you for those. I feel like the DA staff has been listening to the community a little more lately, and I hope it continues that way.

Just out of curiosity, though, is there any improvement planned for tags? Because right now you can't put spaces in, and I feel like I have to give one image eight billion tags to cover all my bases. (For example, #spn #spndean #spndeanwinchester #supernatural #supernaturaldean #supernaturaldeanwinchester etc etc )
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Student General Artist
Hi Danlev! A few days ago I was very opposed to the Site Simplifications started a Petition Opposing Site Simplification. Since I began that petition, I have learned a lot about the Simplifications and about Deviantart that I didn't know before.

A lot of people thought you ignored them, but I learned that you will reply to those who ask, :D and having you clear things up about the notes the other day makes me feel much better about the simplifications.

However, a lot of deviants (myself included) are still concerned that the upcoming layout of the website might look too mainstream and are worried it could take from the unique aesthetic of Deviantart and are worried it will take the 'deviant' out of Deviantart. When I first saw the proposals (I'm aware that they're not the finished UIs though) I though they look too much like something out of wordpress or tumblr. 

I was wondering if you could shed some light on the matter to help alleviate our concerns, as I'm starting to think its not as bad as we think it will be? :)
danlev Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
Hey TheArtFrog, as I mentioned in my other reply to you, the images we provided shouldn't even be considered "UIs" -- they're more a representation of how the information will be structured. The colors, design, style, font, etc, should be ignored and just look at how the information is structured on the page. We haven't finalized any designs yet, but we're sure it will be devious. ;)

We just wanted to share our progress with the community. Our goal with the redesign is to make the site easier to understand and use while encouraging more interaction between deviants (more interaction = more comments/favourites/watches for you). 

Next Wednesday, we'll be sharing some more progress around design that I think you'd be interested in. It's around the presentation of artwork. Keep an eye out for it! :)
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Edited May 29, 2015  Student General Artist
Okay! Thanks so much! I'll be honest I had very little faith in the admins before, but having talked to you has made me much happier about these changes! :) Please could I repost you're comment on my journal to let others know about this, and that the changes will be okay after all? (I should've asked with the last quote, sorry 'bout that ^^;)
danlev Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
Sure! No problem! :)
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flain10 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
May i ask a question? Its related to the dA app.
danlev Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
Go ahead. :)
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