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Deviant-Hunting Videos and People's Choice AwardEarlier today, danlev pointed me in the direction of Deviant-Hunting – a group run by ImportAutumn that highlights exciting and deserving deviations by featuring them in YouTube videos. Each episode contains an amazing look at artists, regardless of how long they've been on deviantART or how popular they are. Episode six was just released yesterday, and it's definitely a great watch.
If you're interested in learning more, I recommend following the group or subscribing on YouTube.
In other news, deviantART is one of the few companies honored to be nominated for a SXSW Interactive Award – the leading conference and festival celebrating the Web, held each year in Austin, Texas.
Should anyone feel so inclined, we could use your support to win the People's Choice Award, which is based only on the number of votes we get from people like
Friday NightYou're like a warm bowl of oatmeal on a cold Sunday morning.
The rose on your cheeks brings a smile to my lips.
And delights my eyes.
New Username Symbols: Extended ThoughtsTwo weeks ago, we released two new products – deviant and art Mentions and new username symbols. Gratefully, and as we'd hoped, many deviants are embracing these changes in exactly the ways we'd anticipated, and the ways we ourselves did over the past several months of testing. While some deviants embraced the changes, it's fair to say that others have felt surprise, curiosity, and maybe even shock. These feelings are totally normal, but for the large part, there's a hope present. A positive outlook. The first steps in a new era that makes the way for our goals in the future, and, at the same time, removes clutter and confusion that new deviants often experience.
As with any change, there are a handful of deviants that don't understand why we made the choices we did
deviantART Honored by Online Trust Alliance
deviantART: Online Trust Alliance 2012 Award Receipient
At deviantART, we always strive to keep your user experience safe so you’re provided with an environment in which you’re comfortable to create and grow. As part of our ongoing effort to keep your user experience protected, we’ve been documenting ways to encourage awareness and ensure a safer deviantART — first in April and August of 2011, and again in January of this year.
In 2011, deviantART became a member of the Online Trust Alliance (
Merry Christmas + What is love? LOVE IS...
Once upon a time, many moons ago, pachunka asked me, "What is love?" I'm not sure the kind of answer he was expecting, but he received the following response:
Pretend that you're hungry. Really, really hungry. Famished. You come home after a long day at work and fix yourself the most perfect sandwich ever. It's the sandwich to end all other sandwiches -- made from the freshest of materials, exactly to your specifications. Just as you're about to take the first bite, your significant other comes through the door and mentions how good the sandwich looks. You then give away your sandwich away without a second thought. This is love.
The holiday season provides an opportunity for people to reflect on, and be thankful for, the good things in our lives -- health, family, friends and success. But after a conversation with a good fri
Madefire and Literature: Interview with Liam SharpWhen deviantART HQ announced they were Introducing Madefire Motionbooks to deviantART, the writers amongst us were again asking "what about us?". Madefire seems pretty awesome, but what can we do as writers to get involved? The answer is LOTS. In an interview with Writer, Comic Book Artist, Publisher and Madefire co-founder Liam Sharp, we find out a little bit more about what Madefire can do for writers, and a little about Liam himself...
"Madefire is undertaking an epic journey
One that we believe will revolutionize how stories are told, read, and shared. One that will transform a once static medium into an interactive experience that unfolds dynamically on mobile devic
Quiet.I'm drawing every day.
And taking photos every day.
And designing every day.
The drawing usually leads to the designing. Or vice versa.
The photos are just something I can't help. If I miss a shot, but see the photograph that could have been, I get kinda depressed about it. So I just take photos to avoid that feeling. I miss a lot of photos anyway. But I try to remind myself that those were photos just for me. And that's a nice feeling when you can see photos that someone else will never see. Really incredible things happen all around, all the time, so long as you're looking for it. Challenging yourself to see the art out there even if it hasn't been pointed out by anyone but you, for you.
The designing is all deviantART. Plus designing apartments for new friends in town, or helping friends with their apps or startups. Like http://www.trendabl.com or something. But usually it's for internal deviantART projects.
Stuff we've been working on forever that hasn't seen the light of day
Spirit Day 2012"Ultimately, I want Spirit Day to make just one person feel little bit better about his or herself, to feel safe enough in their own skin and to be proud of who they are" - Brittany McMillan
In memory of the young LGBT people who lost their lives to suicide, Brittany encouraged her friends to wear purple on a day in October -- a day that came to be known as Spirit Day. Since then, GLAAD has helped turn Spirit Day into a global event that inspires millions of individuals, celebrities, TV personalities, media outlets, companies and schools to wear purple in a stand against bullying.
While Spirit Day does focus on the LGBT community, I believe that it's anti-bullying message is relevant to every community. It only get's better, if we take the pledge to make it so.
Practice compassion and understanding, and treat others how you would like to be treated and we can make a difference.
Show your support for this anti-bullying me
Painted Portrait Interview with koyamoriWelcome to Painted Portrait, a new Interview series focusing on traditional artists worth keeping an eye on. Painted Portrait interviews aim to give the community more insight into talented traditional artists and how they came to be successful with their art. Today we are interviewing koyamori.
Thank you for allowing me to interview you, let's start off by having you introduce yourself.
My name is Cynthia, and I mainly use koyamori or maruti-bitamin for online handles.
I live in Toronto and have studied psychology and biology, and am currently attending college for graphic design.
What inspires your illustrations?
Childhood nostalgia and exploration of the unknown are some dominant themes that are great inspirations.
What are your favorite medias to work with and why do you liek them?
My favourite medium for some time is a mix of watercolours and inks.
Good NewsI'm excited to let you know that Autodesk, Inc. has made an investment in deviantART and that one of Autodesk's top executives, Samir Hanna, Vice President of the Autodesk Consumer Group, will become an observer on the deviantART Board of Directors.
Autodesk has over 30 years of history in helping designers create amazing things. You may know Autodesk for apps like SketchBook and Pixlr for drawing, illustration, and image editing, or for software like 3ds Max and Maya, which are used by the top film and game studios around the world to create fantastically realistic 3D characters, environments, and effects. Amazing fact: the last 17 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects use Autodesk software. Autodesk is also known for engineering software like AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit, which has been used to design some of the world’s tallest buildings, longest bridges, and most incredible machines.
With the investment we plan to improve deviantART at a faster pace than we coul
dA Artist Raising $20k for LGBT Animated Film
New 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
Thank You deviantART, Thank You! (People to Thank)People To Thank: Heidi for Noting me! grieves05 in the Retail Department for working with her to make this happen! Thunderstatement for sharing this!
I just received a Note from Heidi informing me that they've heard word of my Warm Winter Project and that at the time of my purchases, deviantART would like to match me the amount of hoodies on their behalf!!! This means if I reach my goal of 50, I get 50 more! And if I don't, I get just as many from dA as I can myself!!!!! The awesomeness and appreciation I feel could never have enough emotes to describe!!! :iconimtoohappyplz:
With this many extras, not only will I be able to donate to a shelter in Savannah, I'll also be able to have some to carry with me while driving around Jacksonville, where the issue of poverty is much, much worse, and I'll be able to help out those who can't even be taken into a shelter that's too crowded!!
Thank you to Heidi, grieves05, and thank you EVERYONE at dA HQ!!!! :
Fear of CreativityA rather unfortunate, yet commonplace problem amongst creative minds is one of fear: fear of being creative, fear of making something that could be terrible, fear of rejection, fear of judgment, fear of failure. This root fear seems driven by every artist's desire to make great work. After all, that is why creative people createto build or define beauty as they see fit. So when inspiration strikes, there is both a drive to create and an element of fear holding back. The apparent duality of this situation is actually multifaceted.
First, there is the general fear of failure. Nobody wants to fail, creatively or otherwise, even though great minds have shown us that failure is necessary for improvement. This fear of failure manifests itself as hesitation and self-doubt, ultimately causing procrastination or just a delayed start, or even destroying the urge to create altogether.
Secondly, the fear of judgment. Fearing what others might think of the work, fearing comments of negativity
Why are we slower?About a month ago I finally got to meet an art hero of mine, Klaus Janson, a well known pro who's been in the industry for over 30 years. A mutual friend introduced us, and we hit it off right away. The group of us went through the Village hitting pub after pub, and soon I was drunk enough to ask Klaus something that had been bugging me.
I asked him if modern comic artists are, on average, slower than we used to be. He said yes, and I agreed.
From the Golden Age until the 80s, pencillers were generally expected to turn in at least two pages a day, while an inker was expected to turn in around 3-4. There were a handful of exceptions, I'm sure, but most of the artists could pump out pages like human printing presses. In the current comic industry, it's completely reversed: while a handful of artists can still hit this speed, the vast majority can't. Pencillers today struggle to produce a page-per-day, while inkers (those who still ink with ink) are hitting around 2.
So what happened? I'v
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