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What is DeviantArt? Part 2

Fri Apr 3, 2015, 5:20 PM


lost valley by TylerEdlinArt

Some websites you enjoy for their distinction.  They're like no place else on the Internet because they serve one purpose, and they do it well.  If you want to find out who that actor was in that show you kind of remember, you head to IMDb.  If you want funny, interesting, or informative videos, there are a few options, but you're likely headed to YouTube.  To get reviews on a local business or ideas on where to eat, Yelp is always a good resource.

At DeviantArt, we pride ourselves on being like no place else on the Internet, but the community also represents a cross-section of the world at large — a bustling and inspirational microcosm of society.  We have Groups for everything from beginning artists looking for tips and tricks, to hobby artists coming together over a shared fandom, to artists who donate profits from their art commissions to charities. Whatever your passion, artistic or beyond, you'll find kindred spirits on DeviantArt who would love to talk about it, write about it, and art about it.

In response to my last journal (What is DeviantArt? Part 1), I heard from a few deviants who voiced concern around the site having too much of a certain type of art — whether it's anything from ponies to Mature Content.  It may look like that on the surface, or if you go seeking it out, but we truly do reflect what's popular in the moment.  Artists create these works, art-appreciators fave, comment, and interact with them, and Groups are built around them.  With ponies, for example, DeviantArt houses everything from amateur sketches, to in-depth tutorial studies, to "My Little Pony" fans, including the show's creator.  That's something to be proud of.  DeviantArt is with you, no matter what the step in your artistic journey.

There is a lot of pop culture here, and DeviantArt embraces it.  People interact with what they're passionate about, and the resonating blast snowballs.  Someone might start drawing Sonic the Hedgehog as a 13-year-old, but by the time they're 30, their portfolio of work could have them poised to be creating the next epic video game hero.  And even if they don't, DeviantArt provides that outlet, the community for the arts you call home.

What also makes DeviantArt a true microcosm is the fact that, when something happens in the world, our community jumps at the chance to voice an opinion and express passion through their art.  Our artists have their finger on the pulse of breaking news, and often, the outpouring of heartfelt creations says more than any newscaster or journalist's blurb.  When tragedies such as the tsunami in Japan or the death of Leonard Nimoy occur, deviants are the first on the scene, sharing their homages with all who look upon them.  Happy things, too, like funny twists on topical memes or inspirational stories bubble to the surface to brighten everyone's days.

DeviantArt truly is a cross-section of life, and there's not only no place like it on the world, but there's no community I'd rather be a part of.

~Heidi

P.S. - You are cool, and I am proud of you.


With gratitude:
Pony Anatomy Tutorial by secret-pony
MLPFriendshipIsMagic
fyre-flye
Llama levels by maryfersstiger
Why we fall. by DanLuVisiArt




Skin by Dan Leveille

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Elon Musk has nearly 2 million Twitter followers, but only follows 47 accounts himself – one of which is now DeviantArt#HumbleBrag

Elon Musk portrait by koraynergiz
"Elon Musk portrait" by koraynergiz
The truth is out there... and it's amazing! After 13 years off the air, The X-Files is officially returning as a limited series.  Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will reprise their roles as FBI agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, and I could not be more excited!

Mulder n Scully by chunkymacaroni   I want to believe by chunkymacaroni   Scully and Mulder - ink by breadzilla
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So, this happened... the Runaway Llamas Badge is real:eager:
Introducing our new Llama Badge levels, now with a 25,000 Runaway Llamas level.

Newllevels by danlev
#llamas #llamabadge #llamadrama #DeviantArtUpdate
Sometimes I feel like mediocre fan fiction is actually worse than bad fan fiction because it has potential that will likely never be fulfilled.  And then I feel guilty for having that train of thought because talent can take time to develop and practice makes perfect.  That said, those mediocre stories that could be so good if... hurt my heart. 

Thoughts?

aunjuli, fobkuriboh17, hlwar, IreneAdler76, LaurenKitsune, Shivver13, theFischy, tie-dye-flag, wreckling 

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Heidi
is a master of sarcasm
United States
Heidi. Female. American. Tall. Sarcastic. Athletic. Bossy. Financial enthusiast. Olympics lover. TV/fandom fanatic.

I've been fortunate to be involved with deviantART from day one and have held a variety of positions over the past thirteen years. Today, I'm deviantART's Vice President of Marketing.

I graduated college with a Journalism major and Political Science minor, and enjoy all aspects of news and politics. I can often be found watching Fox News, CNN, or CNBC during the wee hours of the morning.

When I'm not working, my hobbies include playing and watching almost all sports (basketball, softball/baseball, volleyball, football, tennis, etc.), traveling, geocaching, investing, and trying to be as funny as humanly possible. When it's time to relax, I'll turn on the television or read a book.

I also used to run GilmoreGirls.org, which was pretty epic during its heyday.

Current Residence: Earth
Favourite genre of music: Christmas songs, jams from the 80s
Favourite style of art: Pixel art, photography, fan art
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: iTunes
Shell of choice: Lobster, shrimp, clams
Favourite cartoon character: Bobby's World, DuckTales, Bionic Six
Personal Quote: I'm not stubborn, I just refuse to settle.
Interests

Bolt Award

For her outstanding work with deviantART, Heidi is presented with the illustrious Bolt Award for 2008. Heidi is the embodiment of community spirit, dedication, and drive that makes deviantART what it is today. Her positive attitude and inspiring personality has been an influence on the formation of the site since the very beginning, and without her, deviantART would be a much duller and less magical place.
-awarded July 2008

Deviousness Award

Deviousness Award

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:iconhidden-winter:
Hidden-Winter Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hello there! :D

Just want to tell you to have a wonderful day! :)

That is all. ^^
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takethef Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Thanks for +watching, for today that was the coolest notification found in my inbox :)
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:iconratscape:
ratscape Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the kind comments on my artwork. And the surprising DA gift! It really made my day. Thank you.
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EverAfterHigh2004 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  New member
Hi!
I Love DeviantArt!
Is My Site Prefer.
Ok, Please, Donate Me Premium Mebership?
Ok, Is for me, because i love DA and with the premium membership, i can have other.
PLEASE ♥
Goodbye!
I LOVE SO MUCH DA ♥♥♥
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PixelFairyHome Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  New member
oh, thank you so much Heidi :heart: Have a good day! 


tons of love and hugs, 
`Arichy
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NightAngel-16 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
thanks for the points ^^
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SOCOMnavyseal Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou for the points! My eyes literally bulged when I same the amount!!
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RhynWilliams Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015   Traditional Artist
:heart:
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:iconjedimastereeth:
JediMasterEeth Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the :points:
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hjordang Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the point! Hug Hug Hug Hug Hug Hug Hug Hug 
Enjoy your llama.:D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) 
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