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!Hoshimimi's Draw my OC Contest
%Unframed-Nature's BIG Autumn Contest
#Pixels-Unlimited's contest Fall Celebrations
#Pixels-Unlimited's Biweekly Feature Article #10
Presenting Projects: #ProjectComment
Scenery Spotlight III
Watcher's Choice - Issue #2
Gallery Makeover: Icons and Handhelds We're slowly nearing the end of this first phase of the Gallery Restructure Project which means if you would still like to give us any kind of feedback related to the Icons & Handhelds gallery structure, now's the time to do so!
Please also scroll down and see which points have been brought up by the community and feel free to tell us what you think about them.
As recently announced by $Moonbeam13 in this article deviantART will soon be undergoing a rather extensive makeover of the gallery system in order to streamline categories and simplify submissions. That will amongst others include the removal of dead categories, merging where it makes sense or simply a complete restructuring of a whole root category if necessary.
Community input is highly important for this so with this journal you have the opportunity to specifically give feedback concerning the Icons
Icons and Handhelds - Gallery Newsletter #6The new Icons & Handhelds Newsletter, designed to keep you up up to date with all notable happenings and findings within this gallery.
- Recent Discoveries -
Brought to my attention by other deviants or discovered during a browsing session of my own.
Icon by ~laisdossin Milky swim by ~Milky-Hoshi
Gramophone - Free Use by ~DeviantWombat C l o c k by ~AIternativeBunny
Scenery Spotlight IIA series of articles featuring outstanding yet under-appreciated scenery and background art on a weekly to biweekly basis.
Paintings & Drawings
deep woods 6 by ~PhotoFramaLane 2 by ~PeacePhotoMan
Scenery Spotlight XIA series of articles featuring outstanding yet under-appreciated scenery and background art on a regular basis.
Paintings & Drawings
Railway of Butterworth by ~fightedenSibley at Night by *MarshallLipp
Sunny above by *ArthurBlueGarden Background by *Elle-ArdenThe Airbus by ~SwissAdA
Red Rock by ~jbjdesigns:thumb349002668:Darkness/Light Cave by ~Thibaut-M
I, II, III, IV, V,
GAMESCAPES - Winner Announcement
A big thank you to my fellow judges for providing their help and also for being so incredibly fast with sending in their votes!
So not even 24h after the deadline I am proud to present you with the winners of this contest!
Before I get to that I would like to mention though that everybody did a fantastic job and even though only three people can win no work went totally unappreciated.
But I'll stop stringing you along now.
3rd Place goes to:
50 by ^ValaSedai
(provided by ~Viokcha)
1 traditional Chibi by ~Demon-Tetra
1 Chibi w/o bg by ~Viokcha
1 Headshot by ~LadyNoise
1 animated Pixel Icon by ^ValaSedai
A llama by =KiaraJoy
Journal Feature by =KiaraJoy
Journal Feature by `Astrikos
Journal Feature by ~Viokcha
2nd Place goes to:
OverloadYou know how people always say that you should never stop trying out new things when it comes to art? That one of the most important aspects is to frequently step out of your comfort zone?
I'm part of those people and I will always tell any beginner or someone who feels stuck that they shouldn't stop pushing themselves.
Two and a half years I've been on here now and there's lots of artists I've watched for almost as long. Some of them never cease to surprise me; there's always something new and exciting coming to my inbox from their account and I've seen people grow in such amazing ways. On the other hand there's people who have hardly moved at all. Not because of a lack of work but because they never seem to attempt anything different from what they're used to.
Now I'm not judging because while I believe that pushing yourself beyond what you already know is a vital part of any artist's evolution, I also believe that there's such a thing as overdoing it. If you draw just for the challe
How do YOU like dem characters?So whenever I think about my favourite (fictional) characters I notice again and again that they all follow a certain pattern; are connected by specific character traits or background stories. I guess it's obvious that one is attracted (and I don't mean that just sexually now) to a particular type more than to others.
What I most recently realized was that even though I am attracted (yes, this time I mean sexually) to both men and women, most of my favourite chars are men. I also came to the conclusion that that's not so weird after all since the type of character I usually like simply is mostly represented by male characters. At least in the stories I have read/played/watched/etc. Characters I prefer are usually...well...assholes. In one way or the other. For a long time the only female characters I liked enough to count them among my top fave characters were Millenia from Grandia II and Nynaeve from WoT. And now that I think about it, they do both have rather unpleasant charact
Those feelsI'm feeling journaly. Shh, that's totally a word.
So what am I gonna bore you with today? Some ramblings about fandoms, fan art and why I prefer it over other kinds of art. Sit back and enjoy. Or lean forward if you're shortsighted.
A whole bunch of people seem to be quite biased towards fan art because ya know it's all unoriginal and blah blah blah. Okay sure, I won't deny that creating not only a piece but also the setting, universe, characters or whatever from scratch is more work and does involve probably a good bit more of creativity. Or does it? To be honest, I think it can be even more of a challenge to grab something existing and put a new twist on it, look at it from a different perspective, in particular if it's been done a crapload of times already. Not that easy to find a new way to portray a character that's been literally drawn to death. Or a scenery. An object. You pick.
So we've got that special kind of challenge. That's one good reason. One on somewhat of an artistic l
Special Issue + dA Compliments #26Here's a special issue of our DeviantART Compliments journal in light of our new upgrade to Super Group! Thank you very much to everyone who donated and extra special thanks to all the lovely deviants at %dAWishingWell who helped make this happen!
I also want to thank all the wonderful people who've become a part of this project by submitting a compliment, whether you did so anonymously or not. I've been getting a lot of thanks and praise from others about starting this project, but it's honestly all of you guys that make this project happen. It warms my heart everyday to read through all these touching compliments and realize the incredible amount of friendship and spirit this wonderful community has.
Now let's move on from my blathering and get to the real stuff.
^rydi1689 is such an amazing, friendly and kind person! She encouraged me numerous times with GREAT patience () and I am truly thankful for it! She is
Donator Features! Many thanks to the following deviants for donating to help us upgrade to Super Group!
Painting a dream by =StygmaComing for you... by =Stygma
Crashboat Beach Overview by `SavageFrogTMC Contest 03 Mewthful Holidays Entry by `SavageFrogMy Enlightened Prayer by `SavageFrog
Ginko Necklace by =RiemeaRings by =RiemeaLes Miserables: Enjolras by =Riemea
Catgator Design by *popcorn-starlingDraw to Adopt Entry by *popcorn-starlingStarling Chibi by *popcorn-starling
Jump In Stamp by *Kezzi-RoseBack to the Fuchsias by *Kezzi-RoseBoudoir by *Kezzi-Rose
Can't Help But Celebrate by `TeaPhotographyColour Your World by `TeaPhotographySensations of The Soul by `TeaPhotography
How I draw Trad. Chibis by *PhiatozAT Thaty by *PhiatozRin and Len by *Phiatoz
Monday MusesWelcome to our new activity on Mondays - Monday Muses!
It's all about the artists and artworks that inspire you!
There are many ways someone can be an inspiration. By displaying inspiring community spirit, or providing helpful resources for example. Or maybe you just stumbled over an amazing artwork that simply knocked you off your feet and inspired you to make something of your own right away.
No matter what it is, we want you to share it!
Simply pick an artist or deviation you find inspiring in some way, and post them in a comment on this journal. Please also include why you chose that artist or artwork.
Your suggestions will be featured next week!
For this first issue some of the admins of the Well tell you who their Muses are!
"Glorious goddess of all that is painted sneakers & community
An Interview with MirachRavaiaToday we're talking to another prominent member within the fanfiction community, =MirachRavaia. She's been an active suggester for Daily Deviations and a positive roll model within the fan fiction community, an even more impressive achievement when you realize English is her second language!
What are your favorite fandoms to write for?
Tolkien's work. That means The Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, but also Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and pretty much every book I could get from him.
What is it about these fandoms that inspires you?
It is wonderful to explore the characters in depth, fill in the blanks, identify yourself with the character. It leads you deeper into the story to its very bones, to the bottom of an unexplored ocean, and lets you emerge again. You can do what the author couldn't, because he had to create the entire story and bring all the threads together. He created the structure, that you can
Artists: Born or Created?Are artists born or are they created?
These are questions that has been debated throughout human history. Are certain individuals somehow given a trait at birth that allows them to excel at creativity? What about others that desire to become an artist? Can these individuals be taught the skills necessary to become an artist. Or, is it a melding of both inborn talent and knowledge gained from the study of artistic techniques?
The poll: What do you think?
"Are artist created or born?"
Becoming an artist takes education and practice.
Artists are born with a natural creative ability.
I don't know?
If you have not participated,
feel free to jump over and cast your vote!
We decided to take a poll here on deviantART through the #seniormentors group to see what the community thinks on this
Thank You For Helping Out(,::iconcannotevenplz:
The wish I made at %dAWishingWell was granted;A;
Really, I can't thank you all enough and words don't seem to cut it, so here's a big hug to all of you:iconbrohugplz:
And a feature of all the donors
let's hope I don't miss anyoneto top it off:iconrlytearplz:
Photomanipulation Test #1 by =James--SteeleWaves by `SavageFrog
Calcifer by ^ValaSedaiBreeze Pixel by ~RoyalsForeverTwilight is Ever-Free in the Everfree by =Angiebutt
Imaginary by *20Tourniquet02Golden Sunrise Over The Treetops by ~of-the-skiesIce Age by ~FunnelFlaky
Daydreaming Bird by =TheGalleryOfEveGravoid by `fluf-studiosBluebelle by =Alex-Blaszczynski
A Date with Water-AT with K-Shinju88 by ~SilverarteSentret by *CyphonRose:thumb328750445:
Who are you? by =StygmaDean by =wondering-soulsRainbow hair by =Azelforest
Zahra by =astarayelOrigin by =RiemeaAutumn Forest Trail - Premade BG by ^Emerald-Depths
++My Little Friend++ by *angel-of-timeIn my Weeds that Glow by =DeviBrigardRapidash and Ponyta by ~ArtisticAbbie
The Legacy Teaser + Act 1 by ~DiscordsDestinythe Death by =Metarex12:thumb333226308:
Laine - Request for momokamisama by =ethereal-dancerWalk the Walk- Chucks Forever by `TeaPhotographyWindows Of December by ^ArtByCher
The points will be put to good use, I promise!
To Help ToxicAlice92 - PROJECT COMPLETED Due to some amazing final donations... The full 10,000 points have now been donated to *ToxicAlice92 :iconsupereagerplz:
Thank you all for your support, I am so glad that this was completed with such great support. Thank you to everyone.
Please fave and comment on this journal to help others see it!
I almost never buy "extra" things, for me this includes items like points from deviantART. However, that has changed as of today.
Earlier this year, *ToxicAlice92 announced a project
On my profile, in the top right, there's a donation pool. I want to spend the entire year raising up enough points to buy 50 Vertical Zip hoodies to donate to the nearest homeless shelter at the end of the year next year.But that wasn't it!
UPDATE 2 - I also received a note from $Heidi earlier today (1.4.12) letting me know that deviantART would like to match my donations on their behalf!! That means when I reach my goal of 50, I will be receiving 50 more
WishingWell WeeklyThe Wishlist | Granted Wishes | Featured Member | Featured Print
Point Features | Well Wishes | Tuesday Treats | Featu
TimberClipse's Point Doubler Special Feature!Today is a special feature! ^TimberClipse was recently running a point doubler, where they would collect 5,000 points and several sponsors would match that 5,000 for a whopping 10,000 points for my Warm Winter Project donation pool! Well, the other day, they completed that goal and I now have over 99,000 points towards my goal of 160,000! Here are all the donors and sponsors who helped make such an impact on my pool!
Sanosuke by ~Kat1e so dark. by ~Kat1e :thumb296607450: :thumb294391650:
L A S T Y E A R by ~LeviaDraconia S E M M L E R G R U P P E N T E I C H by ~LeviaDraconia All Elegance by `TeaPhotography Almost an Octave by `TeaPhotography
:thumb192379985: :thumb187218322: Silver Strings base, Costumized! by =pachesthedog I Was Clean by =pachesthedog
Winter bkg challenge by =WDWParksGal-Stock Castle Fantasy Background by =WDWParksGal-Stock :thumb272400509: :thumb272405881:
:thumb301352363: :thumb299151686: :thumb293861767: The Life of an Artist by !PrincessPacific
neighbor by ~QuietCity Micro by ~QuietCity x Equals Blue Bird by ~FluttershyItoI14 :thumb29997665
PetalsThe grass tickled between her toes as her father toiled away with the roses by the letterbox. She watched his fingers weave between the thorns to pat the soil around each bush, humming to some John Lennon song she couldn't put a name to. Despite the sun just tipping the horizon, she saw sweat prickling his brow and his eyes squinting against the light. The fine lines on his face were suddenly accentuated by shadow, and for a moment, she swelled with wonder.
'Maria, come here,' he said, waving her over. 'You're not going to learn anything sitting all the way over there.'
Excitement sparked her limbs into motion, and she crawled over to sit next to him, careful to tuck her skirt beneath her thighs to avoid the dirt.
He picked up a pair of clippers from beside him. 'Now, you need to snipe back these diseased parts here and there from the base of the plant. It helps it grow better.'
Snipping off two pieces of wood with ease, he deposited them in Maria's outstretched hand. Their rough textu
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^Nyx-Valentine arrived in our community and started whipping everyone into a frenzy with her relentless desire to bring the Artistic Nude and Fetish galleries to the fore. 9 years later, and it's safe to say that Nyx is not only a leader as a photographer in these galleries, but she has also established herself as a much saught after model. ^... Read More