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Will Net Neutrality Survive?

Tue Jul 11, 2017, 9:00 PM by danlev:icondanlev:


The FCC Wants To Destroy It.


Battle For The Net - Tomations by falcont


Today, DeviantArt has joined hundreds of sites across the web to fight for net neutrality. July 12th is a coordinated day of grassroots efforts across the net to bring attention to the shadowy efforts of powerful cable and telecom industry forces to do away with net neutrality — a rule that protects open and equal access to the net for all publishers.

Without net neutrality rules that create an open and fair playing field for all users on the Internet, there will be economic censorship with the rich publishers paying Internet providers to be in the fast lanes with the rest of us throttled down.

WHY WE'RE FIGHTING

The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, extra fees and discrimination in favor of the rich publishers who can afford to pay for the fast lane

The Internet has thrived precisely because of net neutrality. It's what makes it so vibrant and innovative—a place for creativity, free expression, and exchange of ideas with a level playing field for all kinds of content. Without net neutrality, the Internet will become more like Cable TV, where the content you see is what your provider gets paid to put in front of you by powerful corporate media interests.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

  1. Send a letter to the FCC & Congress 

    It’s easy! BattleForTheNet has supplied a way to automatically reach the FCC and your representative in Congress. Use their messaging or write your own!

  2. Spread the word: Share a net neutrality deviation on social media and encourage your friends to join the protest at battleforthenet.com.

  3. Get the word out by sharing your net neutrality art using the #BattleForTheNet tag. Make a statement with your art and send it to the FCC and Congress.

  4. Educate yourself and your friends: Watch some of the great videos on the BattleForTheNet site or review this podcast from Mozilla.







PRIDE by Rumiiya


Every year, June is celebrated as LGBTQ+ Pride Month across the globe. We asked the DeviantArt community to contribute artwork for one of the six colors of the Pride flag.

Over 10,000 artists contributed art. A few weeks later, we created a Profile Pride flag made with some of the art you contributed, and we featured others in our Pride video as well as on DeviantArt’s social media channels.

Flag by danlev

We ran Pride live streams with TsaoShin (watch recording), SirWendigo (watch recording), and Laovaan (watch recording). 

We’re completely overwhelmed and heart-warmed to share that over 110,000 flags have been added to deviants profiles across the site — and each day, thousands more are added.


Based on suggestions we’ve received, a button has been added to the Pride flag Profile widget that lets you easily browse all entries that were submitted, showcasing all of the Pride artwork for months to come.

While June has ended, our pride is not. The profile flag is here to stay, and you can still add it to your Profile by pressing the “Edit Profile” button and adding the Pride widget.











F02 by danlev

DeviantArt is teaming up with Battle For The Net, the campaign to fight for net neutrality. We need weaponized artworks to drive home the message.


July 12th will be a day of coordinated grassroots efforts across the net to bring attention to the shadowy efforts of powerful cable industry forces to do away with net neutrality — a rule that protects open and equal access to the net by all publishers. We will join alongside sites like Reddit, Twitter, Amazon, Vimeo, Netflix, Soundcloud, and many others in activating our memberships to stand together for net neutrality.

We’re asking deviants to create art that other deviants and Internet warriors can share on July 12th. Your art may also be selected to be distributed far and wide by the official Battle For The Net campaign. Make your voice heard through your art!

The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, extra fees and discrimination in favor of the rich publishers who can afford to pay for the fast lane.

The Internet has thrived precisely because of net neutrality. It's what makes it so vibrant and innovative—a place for creativity, free expression, and exchange of ideas with a level playing field for all kinds of content. Without real, enforceable net neutrality rooted in the legal foundation known as Title II, the Internet will become more like Cable TV, where the content you see is what your provider gets paid to put in front of you by powerful corporate media interests.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

  1. Get inspired by visiting Battle For The Net to learn more about the initiative.

  2. Create an image that embodies the campaign for net neutrality—some examples have been included below. Use strong phrases like the ones suggested, and make sure your image would be impactful if shared on social media. When possible, include the BattleForTheNet.com URL into the image or description that accompanies it.

  3. Include the tag #BattleForTheNet when you submit your art. When you use this tag you agree the art can be used by anyone (or any organization) promoting net neutrality.

  4. Comment on this article with a link to your deviation.



SOME IDEAS

  • Illustrate the cable and telephone companies throttling Web developers
  • Depict greedy cable executives trolling the halls of government to wield power against the the netizens of the world
  • Try your hand at political cartooning
  • More examples
(In)Justice for All (2014 Net Neutrality Fight) by GhostAegis  Propaganda Art - FCC by insanity-dezigns Net Neutrality Ad 2-1 by JustMarDesign

EXAMPLE PHRASES

  • Save the Internet!
  • Join the fight to save the Internet!
  • Stop the Internet slowdown!
  • Keep the Internet weird. Defend net neutrality!
  • If you're not freaking out about Net Neutrality right now, you're not paying attention.
  • Stop class wars on the Net!
  • Telecom giants want to end net neutrality so they can control what we see and do online.
  • July 12th is an Internet-wide day to save net neutrality.




Photography of Oleg Oprisco

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 12:13 AM


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Some of my favorite photographs from the talented Oleg Oprisco.

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Skin by Dan Leveille

Og-preview-2 by seoul-childToday, we’re releasing a Pride flag made with love by the DeviantArt community — and you can now add it to your profile to show your support, or to just celebrate Pride!
Made with Pride by the DeviantArt Community

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month and show your support by adding the new Pride flag to your profile!
Edit Profile to Add Pride Flag
(Or, click "Edit Page" on your Profile to add the widget.)
Add The Flag To Your Profile!

The Pride flag is now available as a new Profile widget!

DeviantArt Pride IconPersonalize Your Flag!

Choose a phrase that best represents your pride!

Edit Profile to Add Pride Flag
me.DeviantArt.com/

For many people, being LGBTQ+ can be difficult. Being open about who you are is a challenging point in many LGBTQ+ people’s lives, and many worry about what people will think, and who will or won’t accept them. Seeing LGBTQ+ supporters can be a meaningful reminder that it’s okay to be yourself.

At the beginning of the month, we asked deviants to create art with one of the six colors of the Pride flag. We’re overwhelmed and heart-warmed to see the outpouring of support of deviants and all of the stories that have been shared. Over 10,000 deviants submitted Pride art.

Today, we’re releasing a Pride flag made with love by the DeviantArt community — and you can now add it to your profile to show your support, or to just celebrate Pride!


Photo: Gareth Watkins,

licensed under CC BY 3.0

We’d like to recognize and pay tribute to Gilbert Baker, who is the creator of the rainbow flag, an LGBTQ+ activist, and a fellow artist. Baker passed away on March 31st, but his memory lives on in every life he’s inspired.

Proud sponsor of




Og-preview by seoul-childYour art can help inspire change! Choose a color from the Pride flag and use it to create a work of art that will be united into one extraordinary creation.

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month and DeviantArt is celebrating as a community.  Create art in a rainbow of colors and we'll combine the pieces into one extraordinary Pride flag! 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: We’ve heard that some artists could use a bit more time, so we’ve extended the deadline by 24 hours. Please submit your Pride art by June 11th at 11:59 PM PDT.

There's something amazing about the individuals who make up the DeviantArt community.  We are unlike any other community on Earth.

Here… we can express ourselves — just as we are.


Here… we are accepted.

Here… we are appreciated as our true, authentic selves.

This June, DeviantArt is proud to celebrate Pride Month, a time that honors and celebrates all who identify as LGBTQ+. We come together as artists and art appreciators, bonded through our shared love of creative expression. When the outside world is disheartening, sometimes a show of support and acceptance is all someone needs to feel understood and appreciated.

Later this month, we'll combine the community's creations and release a new Pride flag-themed widget for deviants to proudly display on their Profiles.  




Choose A Color And Create!

Life
Healing
Sunlight or Energy
Nature
Harmony or Peace
Spirit
Step 1

Choose one of the six colors of the Pride flag.

Step 2

Create art that is primarily that color and is based on the corresponding meaning.

You can also submit or modify previously-created art, as long as it fits the theme.

Step 3

Review the guidelines below and submit your art by June 11th at 11:59 PM PDT!

Submit Your Art

Before you Submit

  • By submitting a deviation, you understand that it may appear in the Pride Profile Flag and/or a Pride Month Video. The Flag and Video may be distributed on DeviantArt and other social networks to promote the project.
  • Any visual medium is welcome. Literature may be submitted as text on an image that includes the associated color as the background.
  • We recommend deviations be at least 1000 x 1000 pixels.
  • Deviations used in the Flag or Video may be altered for cropping and color, and may be animated.
  • You must be the creator of any deviation submitted to this project. If a real person other than yourself appears in an image, please have permission to submit the deviation to this project.


Upcoming Livestreams


6:00 PM PDT on June 6


1:00 PM PDT on June 8


June (TBD)

 

What’s Next

A handful of deviations that best represent the spirit of the campaign will be selected to be displayed in the upcoming Pride flag Profile widget. Some deviations will also be featured on DeviantArt’s social media channels.

Proud sponsor of






Artwork: Eidetus Jungle by Farkwhad 

DeviantArt is a visual site — and now it's a bit more visual! When you share a link to a deviation in a comment, it'll automatically be displayed as a thumbnail (with the option to switch back to a link).

This feature has been available to Core Members for a while, but it's in the best interest of the community to make it available to all members. We feel that all artists should be able to represent art as art, rather than just a text link.

In addition, artists whose deviations are mentioned will receive a message in your Notifications, so you'll now know when others are referring to your art.

TIP: If you prefer to share a link, just hover over the thumbnail and tap the "Link" button.

EXAMPLES

Here are just a few examples on how you can use this:
  1. Post a journal asking your audience for deviations around a specific topic!
  2. Experiencing artist's block? Post a journal or status update asking your friends to share inspiring deviations!
  3. If you create stock photos, brushes, or other resources, ask artists to share their creations in the comments to showcase everywhere your resources have been used!
  4. If an artist is looking to improve their skill, share a tutorial or relevant resources that could help them!
  5. Start an art questionnaire! Post a Journal with 10 questions your friends have to answer — but only with art!


TRY IT OUT NOW!

What's the last deviation you favorited?
Share it in the comments of this Journal!







Manypears by danlevEvery year, DeviantArt celebrates April Fools' Day by running some kind of ridiculous prank. This year, we were blown away by how many deviants took part in our LOLWUT Pear prank.

Every year, DeviantArt celebrates April Fools' Day by running some kind of ridiculous prank. Our ideas have ranged from pretty believable (like deviantHEART, a dating site dedicated to artists), to a little more "out there" (like thoughtART, the technology we developed that allows users to create and search for art using their minds).

This year, we were blown away by how many deviants took part in our LOLWUT Pear prank.

The Backstory Behind The LOLWUT Pear

In 2006, ursulav published an illustration of a pear titled The Biting Pear of Salamanca. This lovable pear soon took off as a popular meme, commonly referred to as the "lolwut pear," and often used in online conversations when one's only response to a baffling situation is: "lolwut?" While the meme has been around for over a decade, we never truly paid it the tribute it deserved as a community.
LOLWUT is an image macro and catchphrase used in online conversations to indicate feelings of confusion or bewilderment about something another person has shared.

Know Your Meme

DeviantArt Becomes A Pear Fan Site

On April 1st, we announced that DeviantArt's purpose had changed direction to becoming a fan site for the LOLWUT pear. A few weeks beforehand, we contacted 76 amazing deviants who agreed to help make our joke fruitful by creating fan art for the pear — and some were already huge fans of the pear.


Artwork: lupus-lup

The Pears Begin To Ripen

On March 31st at midnight, 18 hours before the joke was being announced, we silently opened the Biting Pear of Salamanca fan art category, letting our 76 artists submit to early to get everything prepared. By about 9AM, we reached 100 total submissions. By about noon, 300. This is when people started to see a trend in their Notifications. People were talking about it in Chat and even posting tweets about it. All of their favorite artists were submitting pears.


"lolwut?" —Twitter

People soon realized that submission into our special Biting Pear of Salamanca category got them a shiny new badge, which inspired artists around the globe to submit pears of their own!

By around 3PM, we hit 1,000 pears, at some points reaching a rate of 5ppm (pears per minute). Once we finally announced the joke at 9PM (midnight Eastern Time), we already had nearly 5,000 pears — and this was entirely without any official announcement of the April Foolery from DeviantArt!

We saw everything from sexy pears to alien pears to 3D pears to pears in mecha suits (and, of course, pears in pear mechs) to Peariel (from The Little Pearmaid, obviously) to pear nightmares.

Over the weekend, we reached a total of 28,398 pears, created by 27,114 deviants.

We even caused a surge in Google searches.
 
Lolwut by danlev
DeviantArt, spiking the relevancy of pears and lolwuts approximately every 11 years.

Thank You To The Artists Who Got This Started!

We couldn’t have reached the submissions or had this meme-of-a-meme take off without all the amazing deviants who were in on the joke planting tiny pear seeds of inspiration in the minds of all their watchers. You are all amazing, right to the core.


And, of course, thank you to ursulav for letting us pay tribute to her wonderful pear, and to everyone else who submitted fruity deliciousness of all genres and styles!

The Biting Pear of Salamanca by ursulav

Featured Pears









What's your favorite pear? Share it in the comments!

Want to work on projects like this? The DeviantArt Marketing team will be hiring soon! Keep an eye on DeviantArt.jobs for openings.



Uniting A Fandom of Pears

Fri Mar 31, 2017, 8:58 PM
Og-preview by marioluevanosIn the cold winter of 2006, a pear ripened that would forevermore change the fruity landscape of the Internet. Its submission to DeviantArt by ursulav brought with it so many questions: Lol wut? Why? It eats birds?











From Salamanca With Love



In the cold winter of 2006, a pear ripened that would forevermore change the fruity landscape of the Internet. Its submission to DeviantArt by ursulav brought with it so many questions: Lol wut? Why? It eats birds?








What is that chipmunk wearing?





How have we never noticed the giraffes?








Why do our internal DeviantArt site metrics report a steady rise in pear art over the last 10 years that finally hit capacity last month, taking over our algorithms and resulting in an artistic barrage of our most popular subject to date: lots and lots of vaguely ominous grinning pears?











The world may never know. But we must cater to the wishes of our deviants, so it's all pears all the time now. Break out your forks, kids. We're having pear salad tonight.

Look at all this $%^&ingBiting Pear of Salamanca Fan Art!








We know you have Biting Pear of Salamanca Fan Art on your desktop. Everyone does. Fanfiction perhaps? We accept it all! Submit yours today!








Show your solidarity with your new Biting Pear Overlord and change your avatar to one of these fine pears. Or make your own! Pear yourself!














Get A Pear Badge





All eligible submissions to our new Pear Category will get a Pear Badge that will display proudly on your profile for all to see. Note: Having the Pear Badge prevents the Biting Pear of Salamanca from biting YOU!


(Offer not available to low-flying birds.)




















Alex from Stardew Valley by davidmccartney

Fan art of the bachelors and bachelorettes from the popular indie farming simulation game, Stardew Valley.



Sebastian


Sebastian by Selphia

Sebastian by LeMonisa
Sebastian by GraceTH
Sebastian by ClockworkSheep

Alex


Alex from Stardew Valley by davidmccartney
A day together by RenCrestStardew Valley Alex Portrait by drewsefske


Harvey


Harvey: Stardew Valley by davidmccartney
Harvey by NhawNuad
Stardew Valley Harvey Portrait by drewsefske

Elliot


Elliot: Stardew Valley by davidmccartney
Elliot  - stardew valley by Simjim91
Stardew Husbands by Meiseki
Elliott by Meiseki
Stardew Valley Elliott Portrait by drewsefske

Haley


Fan Art: Haley (Stardew Valley) by davidmccartneyHaley from Stardew Valley by NaNinna


Penny


Penny by sakamina

Leah


Stardew Valley : Leah by Wlack
Stardew Valley Leah Portrait by drewsefske

Abigail


Abigail from Stardew Valley by davidmccartney
Abigail from Stardew Valley by GraceTH
Quality time with Abigail by QuizzicalKissesStardew Valley Abigail Portrait by drewsefske

Maru


Stardew Valley Maru Portrait by drewsefskeStardew Valley Realistic Maru by EarendelArt


Stardew Valley Bachelorette's by drk2cl

Skin by Dan Leveille

Mobile Web Uplift

Thu Sep 29, 2016, 5:47 PM by danlev:icondanlev:


This week we released an update to the mobile web version of DeviantArt. We've uplifted the front page, browse, search, header, and navigation of the site.

The new front page and browse pages get a sleek new look with clean, accessible menus and filters. Daily Deviations get a prominent and interactive new carousel design, highlighting DeviantArt's hand-selected picks of the day. This carousel can be swiped to jump to the next or previous Daily Deviation. 

Untitled by danlev

Tapping the category bar lets you narrow your results by category, or by filter (Newest, Popular, What's Hot, etc.).

The new navigation gets a fresh and clean new look, focusing on simplicity and ease of use. 

Mobilemenu by danlev

This is a first step in uplifting the mobile site, and as more and more deviants use DeviantArt on mobile devices, our goal is to make it easier to use on any device.




MyWeekThroughArt

Fri Sep 23, 2016, 12:13 PM


Back at Hogwarts by Alea-Lefevre


Back at Hogwarts by Alea-Lefevre
Went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood on Sunday. 



PteroEldrid by ALRadeck
Spent almost every night working on my app, Dododex, and updating its newest dinosaurs, including the Tapejara.

Fires by shirotsuki
Replaced all of my apartment lighting with Phillips Hue wifi lights, so now I can ask Siri to adjust any of my lights (Siri is represented as the girl on the right :lmao:).



This was MyWeekThroughArt. How was yours, griffsnuff, Precia-T, Kelshray, Azurelly, and dexikon?


Skin by Dan Leveille



In 2013, we started a project called "MyWeekThroughArt" and over 1,300 Journals were submitted. Some continued to post Journals over the following weeks, and some even continued it for many months. This week, we're bringing it back!

How has your week been? Tell us through art.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Simply post a Journal entry with three deviations that represent your week (or your week to come).
  1. Start a new Journal entry
  2. Using the "Add Media" sidebar, search DeviantArt for three deviations that represent your week and then place them in your Journal (for example, if you went on a date this week, one of your deviations might depict two people having dinner).
  3. At the end of your Journal, add a link back to this Journal and challenge several friends. Copy and paste the following text:
    "This was MyWeekThroughArt. How was yours, @deviant1, @deviant2, and @deviant3?"
  4. Title your Journal "MyWeekThroughArt" and submit it!


EXAMPLES



Browse MyWeekThroughArt Journals » 









“It’s just a bunch of dribbles and it’s a mess” is the likely reaction to both a kindergartener’s first attempts with paints and to the signature works of Jackson Pollock. Of all the abstract painters, Jackson Pollock was the easiest to dismiss while, in many ways, was the most complex in the concepts he hoped to covey with his famous drip paintings.

World War II had ended and like wars before had exposed many to horrors touching the depths of the human psyche and challenging its very sense of humanity. The use of atomic weapons, firestorm bombings of major cities and the revelations of mass genocides created a new sense of anxiety for everyone. Processing these feelings was difficult. Pollock in these paintings was doing exactly that and more — an attempt to transmit anxiety with a form of visual exorcism with results that could be as beautiful as they are, at times, dark.

Photo: Researchers, In. / Alamy


You can read more about Jackson Pollock and see his paintings at jackson-pollock.org. There’s also a terrific DepthRadius article about him and his influence on DeviantArt artists.

A DEVIANTART MURO BRUSH TO HONOR JACKSON POLLOCK


The DeviantArt Muro Drip Brush, in honor of Jackson Pollock, will bring you closer to your anxieties and allow you to explode them all over your canvas. The community looks forward to seeing it all and once you put those anxieties out there we sincerely hope they don’t come back!

Try it out! Use the brush and share your creations in the comments! We'll be featuring some in this article over the next few days.

Try the Brush in DeviantArt Muro

Special thanks to DeviantArt developer ArtBIT for building this brush!