Improved deviantART Integration on TwitterWe're excited to announce that we just implemented enhancements to the way deviantART links display on Twitter, giving you and your artwork more prominence and exposure!We're always looking for ways to give artists better exposure -- both on deviantART and across the web. Not only do these changes give artists a bigger presence across Twitter by allowing them to reach a bigger audience, but they also encourage proper attribution.(Hylian Shirt by *blo0p)What's NewArtwork will appear larger on Twitter.Titles and descriptions of artwork are now automatically included!Links to Profiles, Groups, Favourites, Galleries, Collections, Journals, and Sta.sh items will now display inline! When profiles are shared, it pulls in your deviantID and bio.Tweets including deviantART links are now eligible to show up in
Pageviews Now Include All Profile SectionsAs of today, we've updated the way Profile pageviews are counted for deviants and Groups.Many years ago, we expanded the pageview counter to include not just the front page of your Profile, but also the Journals tab and the Prints tab (but not individual Journals or Prints). We mistakenly never expanded the count to other areas of the Profile.This has been inconsistent for quite some time and we haven’t been transparent about what exactly this counter included. Starting today, the pageview counter will begin including pageviews to all sections of your Profile, including:Gallery and Gallery FoldersFavourites and CollectionsOther profile subpages: Activity, Badges, Daily Deviations, Critiques, Gallery Stats, Polls, WishlistWe felt that it was important to fix this inconsistency to properly reflect traffic to all deviants’ Profiles. If an artist gets a lot of traffic to their Prints shop, this should be reflected in the same way i
Creepy Meets CuteThe deviantART community is always blown away by the talent of ~Santani, a Moscow-based artists who makes original dolls that blend together the concepts of "creepy" and "cute." My Little Dragon: Blue Wyvern by SantaniPurple by SantaniTiny Griffin Spotty by SantaniOwmlet by SantaniT.G. Polar by SantaniBunny Twins by SantaniT.G. Red panda by SantaniT.G. Squirrel by SantaniTiny Black by SantaniHypnowl by SantaniMy Little Dragon: Bambi portrait by SantaniT.G. Polar 1 by Santanislightly toothy by Santani
Top 50 Portraits Submitted to deviantART This WeekHere are my top 50 favourite portraits that were submitted to deviantART this week. A2. by zbuchlakfairy tale.... by BlackCocktailforbidden fruit tastes the sweetest by justina-mMelancholy by ksushiks If there's no tomorrow by fairyladyphotographyself-hatred by NikolasBrummerstrange by LisbethPhotographythunderbird by NikolasBrummer Nature's own by la-esmeraldaRemember Me by EdgarBerg
dA Artist Raising $20k for LGBT Animated FilmNew York City-based artist Alex Myung (~alexmyung) has started a Kickstarter project to raise $20,000 to create Arrival, an animated short film with a focus on the theme of coming out. Equalitopia sits down with Alex to discuss the project.Currently, the project has raised almost $4,000 from 74 different backers, averaging out to about $52 per backer. Keep in mind that Kickstarter projects are “all or nothing,” meaning that if the project doesn’t reach its funding goal by Wednesday, February 20th, no funds will be transferred to the project.Equalitopia: Could you tell us briefly about the storyline of Arrival?Alex: Arrival is about a young boy growing up
Site Update: Username Changes, Journal WidgetIn our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.What's NewUsername Changes Now AvailableDeviantART has been around for almost twelve years, and in that time, we've seen artists grow from hobbyists to students to professionals. As a member of any community, your identity can change and grow over time.For years, we've been getting requests from the community asking for the ability to change usernames. We realize that as an artist, it's important to give yo
Imaginary MonstersDigital paintings featured on Reddit's Imaginary Monsters subreddit (and a few related ones).Fat Demon by panickGhatanothoa by BorjaPindadoEarth Colossus by chasestoneNightmare in Dunwich by SammaeL89mountain king!! by N-ossandon-NeztCthulhu fhtagn no more II by SamizeBeauty and the Wild by GrivetartA Kind Soul by EsbenLashSea Monster by SergonGoldfish by BenWoottenLusus Naturae by Erebus88The Good Colossus by MartaNaelSea Monsters by LDN-RDNTOld Gods by NickPerrottaWIP: Giant Monster by chrisscalfSea Monster by RyomaNinja
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Spirit Day: Make Your deviantART Avatar Purple!Spirit Day, a commemoration to support LGBT teens who face bullying, is Thursday, October 20th. Many people are participating by wearing purple, while others are participating online. Last year on Facebook, millions of people signed up to change their avatar to purple. DeviantART's 2010 Spirit Day article is the most +loved article of all time on deviantART.If you'd like to show your support on deviantART, change your avatar to purple!As Wikipedia states:"In early October 2010, Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan promulgated the observance of a new commemoration called Spirit Day, the first observance of which took place on October 20, 2010, in which people wear the color purple to show support for LGBT young people who are victims of bullying. Promoted by GLAAD, many Hollywood celebrities wore purple on this day to show their support of this cause, and many w
Improved DMCA Reporting SystemHello, deviants! In an effort to keep the community informed and to provide the best possible experience for our members, we wanted to inform you of changes to our reporting system.DeviantART is dedicated to protecting our artists, and in an effort to be able to more quickly handle complaints by deviants who have had their rights infringed on, we have changed the way we receive complaints from the artist or the copyright holder.In the past, we took reports by the copyright holder in two different ways: An informal report via the Report Violation tool and a formal complaint via contacting the Help Desk. While both of these methods were effective, they presented many setbacks.The informal report did not gather all the necessary information for a formal copyright complaint and was prone to misuse by well-meaning deviants who would attempt to report images they did not own the copyright to
A Glimpse into Hyperrealism ArtIntroductionHyperrealism is a genre of painting and sculpture that resembles a high quality Photograph, It's the type of art that your mind might not accept it as a hand-made artwork. Hyperrealism is far more advanced than Photorealism by the methods used to create the resulting paintings or sculptures. The term is primarily applied to an independent art movement and art style in the United States and Europe that has developed since the early 2000s.Hyperrealistic paintingHyperrealistic paintings are the k
CSS Did You Know? - May 16th, 2013Volume 11:iconcss-dyk:WelcomeCSS can be difficult when you're unfamiliar to it. So that's why we're writing these articles! If you have any suggestions or would like to write a section in future CSS Did You Know? articles, please note CSS-DYK. InsideJournals are like Ogres by GillianIvyColor Models and Transparency by jonarific:icongillianivy:Journals are like OgresThey both have layers! And they both can make you cry. The deviantART journals have two different structures. The original 'Old School' layout where everything is named .journalbox, etc. And my preference, the newer gruze structure. I prefer the gruze expressly because it is chockful of layers. Kinda like cake or onions, but ogres makes sense too. You can still make a basic simple journal skin with the gruze structure and it has so man
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!" ArgumentAs 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
Getting the Most out of dA: CommentingUsually, when you read something involving 'Commenting', you think of deviations and the commenting platform that allows other members of the community to voice their thoughts and opinions on the art shown. However, what is pretty evident, and something that most of us may forget, is that deviantART runs on the ability to give and get comments, be it on pieces of artwork, our profile pages, forums, and everywhere else in between.In a sense, without the ability to give and get comments, deviantART wouldn't be much of a website, much less #1 of online art communities around. Comments are not solely the cause of what makes deviantART what it is, but it has a huge impact on a lot of things. By giving and getting comments, not only do we interact with other members to really make this a community, we also have the ability to get our voices heard.It's quite an odd concept with us all facing screens, typing out our thoughts and opinions, but one thing we shouldn't forget is that commen
About 'Overpricing' thingsMOVE on 'Overpricing': About 'Overpricing' things[My Opinion Versus Everyone's] Please remember these are simply my opinions and are not meant to imply that you should agree or disagree nor should these prove to be offensive in any way; if I do come across displeasingly then you have my apologies beforehand, thank you._____________________________________________________________________________________________________________Ah! And btw, if you haven't seen Stephen Silver's video about pretty much this topic, please do -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWXYoD7wfOsI see a lot of comments here and there that go something like this..."50 points?? Why would I pay 50 points for an adopt..."or..."100 points? Are you sure you're not overpricing that...?!"And I'm sure many of you have seen similar comments, now I understand that points aren't the easiest things to accumulate when you're fresh into dA or even we
DOWNLOAD the plan game for free!The studio Krillbite which I work at released The plan today!What is The plan?The Plan is a free atmospheric videogame, exploring issues of death and meaning. Being a rather short and experimental project, it's suitable for those who usually don't play as much and/or have little spare time, even though we think The Plan will appeal to a wide range of people as well.today! Be sure to download and chect it out http://www.krillbite.com/theplan/Our blog http://krillbite.com/blog/
Plush Prices - CLOSEDEdit december 26th: Since many wanted the blue fish, but missed out, we still take custom ones for 15$!Fish plushies: ClosedPlush commissions: ClosedPlush quotes: ClosedAnnndd all spots are taken!~ I will re-open when I have the current batch done which will take a little while. :3 (Until April/May)First come first serve.1. Bluehasia over FA or here2. Cylithren3. FireMaster13Hidden comments are for price quotes that were given here instead over notes, where it was supposed to be posted.Yes I had to hide like a 100 comments but I prefer the quotes to be hidden instead of people asking like "Why is it cheaper there and I have to pay more?" etc. Simply because it's outdated. ;u; And because all plush prices differ because of marking complexity and such. :3Fish plushies - OPENThese fishies are 15$ custom made, scale color can be different as well as fin colors. On scales I'm very limited on colors!Falagra and I make these together as a collaboration.
Well gosh darnit, son of a biscuitThis is a black Tuesday for dA. All my favourite accounts are getting banned one after another. First :iconbutthurtbrigade: and a good chunk of it's members including the fabulous :iconfuhrer-glasses: and :iconstapledslut:. And now even :iconwolfofthunders:I will have to completely reorganise my breakfast schedule because of some overzealous admin. Usually I wake up, prepare nomnoms, settle in front of the computer and search for some morning drama. butthurtbrigade was one of my favourite places to acquire my morning dose of concentrated baawws. Now when it is gone I will be forced to actively search for the dramas elsewhere and I don't like that.My breakfast should look like this:And now for a few days will look like this. Which is mostly inconvenient and you should care because...umm...yes, because yes.
Back to Basics Photography - Understanding RawdSLR cameras and most bridge cameras have the option to shoot in raw, but what exactly is it and what are the benefits? Let me attempt to explain.A camera raw file contains all the data that is captured when the shutter button is pressed whereas a JPEG is compressed and a lot of the data is lost. They are often called digital negatives as they serve the same purpose as the negatives in film photography; they are not ready to be used as the final image, but hold all the information and data needed to produce one. This all means that you are left with a higher image quality which also allows you to have more control and manipulate more parameters than a JPEG. All of the metadata is also still in tact, meaning that the original state can always be referred back to if needed.So, surely you want to see the difference, right? Well you're in luck. Top - straight out of camera (SOOC) raw. Bottom - basic adjustments done in LightRoom raw.This can ei
When It's HardHi folks! I realized in my most recent round of blogs that I've been a little quick to tell you all to put on your grown up panties, but this one is going to be a little different. Making art can be one of the most exhilarating things you'll ever do, but (and this is from personal experience also) 80% of the time you're going to fail. You'll spill your ink all over that glorious drawing. Oil from your hands will permanently stain only the portion of paper that was meant to remain a snowy white. Your computer's hard drive will crash or all your image files (all the WIPs especially) will get corrupted. You'll try something new and it just won't work out the way you envisioned. These things are the parts that aren't really spoken about enough, and so when they happen to us we assume that we're doing something terribly wrong. I'm here to tell you that we all go through these things and there's always a solution! When you're not improving"Getting better"
No One Cares About Your StoryGOOD NEWS: This is perfectly normal!I can't remember the source, but a few years ago I read this famous author's account of how it felt to have his first book come out, and he mentioned buying a copy himself because he was afraid no one would take an interest. Now this is a guy who managed to get not only an agency but a publisher (which is a whole pile of people who were like yesplz), and he's still afraid readers won't care. I was like, 'whoa mind blown.'But anyway, the fact is that we are all strangers on the Internet and, by default, there is no reason for you to read my stuff or vice-versa. If you went and stood in Times Square with copies of your latest story, how many people would give you more than a passing glance? And how many of those people would get to the end of your work, and how many of those would offer critical feedback?And, if you were one of the passersby, whom would you stop for?Okay, I'm done scaring the shi
Fan Fiction On deviantARTGalleries MonthWhat Is Fan Fiction?Everyday, we are inspired by movies, television, novels, and other forms of media. They engage our minds with a variety of stories and characters, their plights and triumphs, their everyday minutiae. Fan fiction authors are so enamored with these other worlds and their inhabitants that they must partake in the stories which have brought them so much enjoyment. They expand on the current universe, explain gaps in the narrative and delve into characters' motivations.A good fan fiction (or fanfic) is more than simple borrowing another writer's characters and universe. The fan fiction author must immerse his or her readers in the story, make them believe it is a natural extension of the source material. Characters have their own mannerisms and quirks; each universe has its own history and rules that need to be followed. The fan fiction author must master the nuances of those characters and the world they inhabit (unless purposely writi
Art ElvesI mentioned I was in Mammoth over the holidays, which, besides an annoying sickness for the first few days, was so much fun I don't even know where to start. But I'll get into that in another Journal.I wanted to share with you a note I found on my desk at hq when I returned. Yanira works here at the office once or twice a week and she had her nephews in with her during the break. We have a ton of these deviantART coasters laying around HQ so they must have found them. We originally made them for originaldrinkanddraw and I'm so glad they found them! I'm going to have to get more just in case the elves come again!Look what they left for me!How cool are these?! Um, please ignore the devious slogan on there... Hopefully the artistic elves knew we were talking about delicious, healthy milk!
The Inevitability of IndividualityI've been working on this for quite a while and I really hope you guys enjoy the result. I was looking through my favourites and it struck me how images with a similar composition can look so different, particularly of people. The phrase "The inevitability of individuality" came to me, and thus this project was born. Now, posting it, it feels like a piece of artwork in itself but sadly all the images belong to other people (click through and fave!). In any case the point of this art piece is to remind us all that no matter what we do we are uniquely ourselves. There's no point, and no need, to try and be someone else. You're perfect as you are.Down the right hand side of this journal is a list of things that make up a personality... I asked for help from my watchers for this and I would like to thank bunocerous, camelopardalisinblue, Sister-to-the-Queen, Kyndsie, litfuse55, Phantasm1, shehrozeameen, KyaniteArcher, cskadoz, leyghan, nightshade-keyblade, GhostOfTheEmptyGrave, Eventua, @Soul-
Harassment: A Survival GuideIt's no secret that the members of deviantART are an opinionated bunch! For good or ill, there is always plenty to say about art that speaks to them. This is great, yet amidst those opinions you're bound to get reactions that are nothing more than word pollution or troll bait. How many of you have logged into deviantART and been faced with this problem?We've all seen it, been a victim of it, or at least heard about it: Folk out in the digital world living for nothing more than the joy of ruffling peoples' feathers. Well not to worry dear reader, because I've compiled a survivor's guide on how to slay the beast of text pollution: le trolls! Identify The Problem!Being the level-headed fantastical artist that you are, when it comes to outrageous claims and aggravating comments regarding your work it seems like common sense for you to set the record straight and reply to these virtual text hoodlums. I
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Who's Hungry?Y'know what I love?Waffles. And I discovered that there are deviants who also love waffles, because they've created beautiful works that feature this delicious breakfast treat. See if you can spot which are edible and which are not! Tetris Waffles by Shadow-711TEXAS WAFFLE by Olympia-The-HedgehogDA2 - Waffles by JadeRaven93waffles by shasacanefocaWaffles by STLcanonmanWaffle Delight by sendokyummy waffles.. by jeffzz111
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