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DeviantArt Timeline Updates

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 6:03 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:


Weird Cloud Formation by GorosArt
Earlier this year, we introduced the DeviantArt Timeline, which highlights the work we’ve accomplished in the past, and lays the groundwork for the work that is to come. As we progress, we’ll update the Timeline with additions to show what’s in store for the near future on DeviantArt. This journal outlines items that have been added to the timeline today, and what you can expect to see soon.

Upcoming Events


July 8: View Your Own Poll Results Without Voting
A seemingly small and very specific change, but a huge community request.

July 13: Watch Recommendations
We’re kickstarting the experience of joining DeviantArt by suggesting deviants to watch.

July 22: Profile Discussion
DeviantArt’s User Experience and User Interface team leads a discussion about the future of profile pages.

August 3: New Thumbnails (Phase 1)
Our new thumbnail grid launches on browse and search pages.

August 7: DeviantArt’s 15th Birthday
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August 12: Notes and Improved Notifications in App
Notes come to the DeviantArt Mobile App, along with improved notifications.

Coming Soon: Notes Search
The ability to search Notes has been a long-standing community request.

View the DeviantArt Timeline.


Please note:  These projects and their scheduled launch dates may change.  If that occurs, the Timeline will be updated accordingly.









In May, we introduced the
DeviantArt Timeline as a method of communicating with deviants and providing transparency about what’s planned for our collective future. During the site simplification process that followed, we received a number of comments from deviants asking why we were working on the features presented on the Timeline instead of other things. Many of the features brought up in these comments are ones that have been requested for years. We want to be more transparent about these suggested features, why some of them haven’t happened yet, and why some of them may never happen.

These requests are from past Site Updates, the Suggestions Forum, surveys, and individual requests we’ve received.


Notes in the DeviantArt Mobile App

When we launched the DeviantArt Mobile App, we made the difficult decision not to include Notes in the first version.  We wanted the app to be in your hands as soon as possible, and rather than postponing its release for Notes to be completed, we went ahead with launch.  But, the wait is nearly over! Notes will be in the DeviantArt Mobile App by October.

Group Deviations Separated in Notifications

Deviants often ask to have group deviation notifications split from regular deviation notifications. It’s great to get topical deviations in your notifications; however, active groups can often be overpowering. We’re happy to let you know that this change will be happening very soon.

Viewing Results of Your Poll Without Having To Vote on it Yourself

While this is a very specific request, being able to view results on your own poll without voting is a suggestion we get constantly, and we're working on implementing this change shortly!

Deviant Search

Admittedly, we should have implemented this long ago, but our aim is to make it happen sooner-than-later. The first version of deviant search will be fairly simple, allowing you to search for a specific deviant by their username or part of their username. Later on, we want to make a more robust search, allowing you to find deviants in a variety of different ways — including by artist type, genre, skill level, age, location, and more.  (We recently wrote a journal asking how you find other deviants.  Share your feedback!)  We'll have more details on the target dates of all search-related features within the next few weeks.

Favourites Search

The ability to search in favourites has been a long-standing community request that we’ve addressed in various Site Updates.  As mentioned, we haven't implemented this feature previously due to the technical work involved.  However, we want to enable this functionality and plan on making the technical changes needed soon.  We'll have more details on the target dates of all search-related features within the next few weeks.

Notes Search

The ability to search in notes is among our top community-requested features. We’re committed to adding search to Notes, and our goal is to do this by October; however, we acknowledge that October timeline is a stretch goal and the project may take longer.  We'll have more details on the target dates of all search-related features within the next few weeks.

Notes Uplift

The desire for an uplift to Notes is commonly mentioned in several community-feedback surveys we've held.  We want to redesign Notes to make it more modern, user-friendly, include a great search, and work better on mobile.  This new version of Notes would group notes between you and another deviant into one thread, allowing you to easily find notes you've previously sent or received from that deviant, easing inbox manageability when you have a long conversation with that deviant. (Currently, that conversation would end up scattered between conversations with other deviants).

Collaborative Deviations (Labeling Collaborators on a Deviation)

When deviants work together to create one piece of art, it can become complicated to share that art on DeviantArt. Often, both deviants will submit the same deviation and mention the other artist in the description, but that can lead to comments and favorites on both deviations going unseen by the deviant-creators. While we want to address this, there are a lot of complexities involved. We are still thinking about ways we can provide a better system for collaborators.

Private Favourite Folders

While we acknowledge that some deviants want to be able to make their favourites folders private, we haven't seen a strong community interest in having this as an option.  As such, we don't have any immediate plans to add it as a feature.

Indication on Thumbnails if Deviations are Already in Your Favourites

Deviants have suggested they would benefit from an indication of some kind on thumbnails that made it clear that deviation was already added to their favourites. We agree that this is a great idea, and we'd like to do it for Daily Deviations as well. Having said that, we don't currently have a timeframe for these changes. Last week, we released a journal outlining our ideas for a new thumbnail grid, and we'll keep this suggestion in mind for future iterations.

Better Manage Deviations Page

We are very interested in better deviation management —  particularly how pro artists, or artists with a lot of deviations, can better manage their deviations. As it stands, the experience isn’t ideal; however, we don’t consider this as high a priority as other initiatives and don’t have any timeframes around deviation management.

View Recently Deleted Notifications

Sometimes deviants accidentally delete notifications and want a way to view items they’ve recently removed. Notifications, Watch, and Feedback are features we’re actively working on, and they will begin to dramatically change shape later this year. The idea of “read” vs. “unread” is something we’ll be exploring and will hopefully alleviate these issues, but this will likely not be happening in the coming months.

See Who Purchased Your Premium Content

Deviants who sell Premium Content have requested to see who is buying their digital downloads. We think this is a good idea (if the buyer chooses to share such information), and we’d like to provide deviants with more tools to run their DeviantArt businesses. We want DeviantArt to be a dashboard for your art on the Internet that connects you with your audience and customers. However, we're still mapping the requirements needed to make that happen. Because of this, we don't have a specific timeframe for these changes.

Favourites Subfolders

Subfolders within favourites is a common request from the community; however, we feel that it’s in the community’s best interest to solve this problem in other ways. One problem with favourites folders is that they currently don’t scale well. Having too many favourites will cause your favourites page to become overwhelming and make finding that folder more difficult.

The use of favourite folders is important to DeviantArt as a whole. It makes More Like This more accurate and provides a great experience to discover new art around a topic. Our goal is to make favourites simpler and easier to use rather than adding more complexities.

Multi-image Deviations

Multi-image deviations aren't currently slated on our Timeline. There are workarounds to include multiple images in one deviation — such as including multiple images in one larger file, or including them in a journal — and while we acknowledge that these methods aren't ideal, we don't see enough demand for this as a feature to prioritize it over other features that are wanted or need to happen.

Exclusion Filtering by Tag

We've seen requests from deviants asking for a blacklist feature that could remove deviations with certain tags from the browsing experience. (For example, if you don't want to see deviations tagged #spider, you could add that tag to your blacklist.)  We don't have any plans for a feature like this currently, but we're not opposed to the idea of personalization based on interests. Right now, we're investigating content strategy as a whole — how we decide what displays where — and we're looking into this with the knowledge that this is a feature some deviants might want.  Tip: If you want to do this in individual browse or search results, you can always add a minus sign before the tag (example: "insects -#spider").

Please Note

As you may have seen on the DeviantArt Timeline, today's announcement was originally slated for DeviantArt Shoes.  However, based on the community feedback we've received over the last few weeks, we felt it was more important to address the topic of community feature requests at this time. 

The DeviantArt Shoes announcement has been merged with the Deviousness Revamp announcement, and the combined journal is now scheduled for release on Wednesday, June 17th. The Design Checkpoint journal has been temporarily removed, to be re-added at a later date.  

By next week, we'll have added the next handful of release dates to our Timeline!

Stay Connected

Keep an eye on the DeviantArt Timeline for news and notes about when these projects will hit the site!  Do you have more requests for projects or features that aren’t included here?  Share them in the comments, or check if they’re listed in the Suggestions Forum.





How do you find other deviants?

Fri May 29, 2015, 1:01 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:


Paris Official devMEET 2012 by Nile-Paparazzi

DeviantArt is a vast community with over 35 million registered deviants.  As such, it can be hard to find people you know or artists you might be interested in watching.  As part of our recent initiative to simplify and unify the DeviantArt experience, we're looking into new and easier ways to find help you find deviants you want to interact with.

We recently posted this question in the Forums to get a sense for how best to improve these circumstances, and now we're interested in hearing from the community at large.

How would you like to find other deviants?


Example ideas for improved connections include:
  • Deviants based on artist type
  • Deviants my friends watch
  • Deviants near you/deviants by location
  • Deviants recommended you watch
  • Search by username or e-mail 
  • Search by topic, hobby, or fandom
  • Deviants who are online
  • Deviants who recently joined DeviantArt
:lightbulb:  If you have ideas not included here, please share them in a comment!




Cleaning-up Site Naming

Wed May 27, 2015, 2:31 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:



As mentioned in last week’s
Beginnings of Site Simplification journal and the new DeviantArt Timeline, we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to make DeviantArt a simplified and unified experience — ultimately leading to increased participation from new and longtime deviants, adding more favourites, comments, and deviousness to the site as a whole.

Because DeviantArt has been around for nearly 15 years, we recognize that the site has accumulated a number of terms, words, and names for our various features and functions — some of which have multiple or similar meanings, and many of which increase confusion around how the site works.

We understand that DeviantArt is a community of artists from around the world who will use all kinds of creative expressions to describe numerous things and activities on DeviantArt.  We are not suggesting any uniformity in language used by the community, and are only dealing with navigation labels used on the website — not what deviants choose to call things on their own.


Getting Started

To kick off the site simplification process, we’ve updated a handful of naming conventions across DeviantArt — both the desktop site and mobile Web — with the goal of making the site cleaner and easier to use.  The truth is, many of these changes are small and likely not even noticeable to the average deviant!  These updates aren’t about adding or removing features, but are instead about cleaning up inconsistencies and having a clearer interface and navigation.


Watch

Before MySpace had "friends" and Twitter had "followers," DeviantArt had "watch" — a term that's been around since the early days of the site.  But as the site grew, we introduced several variations of the term, all essentially meaning the same thing, increasing confusion for deviants and inconsistencies on interfaces.  Today, we’re consolidating everything into “watch.”  The “+watch” button on profile pages now says “watch" and instances of “deviantWATCH” on profiles and in messages are now also labeled as “watch.”

As mentioned in our Beginnings of Site Simplification journal, we’ll soon be splitting watch and notifications — two distinct functions — into separate sections, but this change won’t be happening in the next few weeks.




Deviants

Deviants, the term for members of DeviantArt, is a strong term that we feel has a lot of meaning. On DeviantArt, you are a deviant. There are a few areas of the site that refer to deviants as “users” or “members,” and those have been cleaned up. The term “Premium Members” will be an exception for now.


Notifications

As features and functions were added to the site, the messages area on DeviantArt ballooned over time.  While we acknowledge that it needs a major overhaul, we’re taking a few small steps to begin that revamp. Over the next few days, we’ll be renaming the term “messages” and “inbox” to “notifications.”

Consuming art and other content submitted by the people you watch is a completely separate experience than when you’re replying to comments or checking how many people recently favourited your deviations. These two experiences need to be separated out and redesigned so that each of them is optimized for their distinct function. This change will be happening in the near future.

Current:



Coming soon:


Simpler, Still Devious :p (Lick)

Our mission as a website is clear: to entertain, inspire, and empower the artist in all of us.  From offering new tools for artists to developing more ways to discover each other, everything we work on is driven by this goal, and we've planned big things for 2015 and beyond.  But first, we need to turn down the noise and focus on simplicity — creating a DeviantArt that is clear and welcoming to all.





Beginnings of Site Simplification

Wed May 20, 2015, 2:41 PM
Img-01 by techgnotic


 

It’s no secret that DeviantArt is a complicated site.  Have you ever invited a friend to DeviantArt, only to have them ask a bunch of questions about how to get started?  Or have you ever spoken with a fellow deviant about a feature you use daily, only to learn they didn't know that feature existed?  It’s our aim to make a new deviant's first experience as inspiring and welcoming as those who have made this community their home.  We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to make DeviantArt a simplified and unified experience and, as mentioned in the DeviantArt Timeline, today we are announcing the beginnings of a site simplification process.

In the coming weeks and months, DeviantArt will begin to make changes to the way things are named and where they appear.  Each of these decisions is informed by analysis of real member behavior for both logged-in and logged-out deviants.  Our goal is to present experiences we all love at DeviantArt more clearly and reduce instances of confusion that contribute to complexity.  Ultimately, this should improve participation from everybody — adding more favourites, comments, and deviousness to the site as a whole.

Cleaning Up Naming

A while back, we asked the community about collections usage.  In response, we heard things like, “Collections?  Do you mean the folders in our galleries?” and “Do you mean the journals where people feature a collection of artwork?”  These are perfect examples around how the naming conventions on DeviantArt — the names we’ve given products and features — need work.

DeviantArt has been around for 15 years.  As mentioned, the site is admittedly complicated and there are many terms, often with multiple meanings, that deviants need to learn as a member.  When we designed the DeviantArt Mobile App, we were able to essentially start from scratch and focus on keeping things simple.  Now it’s time to bring that same mentality to the desktop site by removing complications and consolidating site terminology.

We’ll provide explicit details soon, but here are some examples of how we might change terms used on the site’s navigation:


  • Favourites, “Collections”, the “featured” folder in your favourites, and +fave could become: favourites
  • Gallery, deviations, art, and artwork could become: deviations
  • Watch, watchlist, deviantWATCH, and +watch could become: watch
  • Messages, notifications, notices, hot topics, and inbox could become: notifications

  • Members, deviants, users, and visitors could become: deviants


Navigation Design: Tier One

When looking at our existing navigation, emphasis is placed on search, shop, and DeviantArt’s home/browse.  However, we know that deviants prefer to visit their messages, profile, and so on. 

Let's take a look at the site's most used features and functions, and see how they can be translated into a new, easier to use navigation.

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 8.04.02 PM by danlev
(Please note: This is just a representation for how the new site navigation could be structured. It is not meant to be a design nor does it use real colors. For now, we're only focusing on the placement of DeviantArt's core features.)
 
In the new header arrangement above, the logo would bring you to your watch, notifications (messages) are represented by the number “264” (not necessarily consolidated into one number), Notes are represented by “8”, search, and explore come afterwards, but are still at the top.

We plan on splitting Messages into three distinct components:

  • Watch, which is currently the “deviantWATCH” section of your messages, is content submitted by the people you watch. Since deviantWATCH is vital to community health and we want to optimize this experience for the consumption of deviations by deviants you +Watch.

  • Notifications will replace what is currently the “feedback” section of messages. In the future, this will be a more powerful experience than what it is today. Based on community feedback, using Messages can often feel like a chore.  We’ve also heard that deviants avoid checking their Messages because of how cluttered everything can become, so our aim is to make notifications smarter and easier to manage.

  • Notes. We have exciting plans for notes.  In the near future, we’ll be bringing them to our Mobile App and, a little further out, we’ll be transitioning them to a more chat-like system.


Search and explore also appear on the top navigation:

  • Search will function similar to how it works today, with an improved design.

  • Explore, which is currently known as browse (and the front-page), will include What’s Hot, Daily Deviations, Today, etc.


Navigation Design: Tier Two

Below is a potential second level navigation:

2nd Level Navigation by danlev

Our watch system is the center of the DeviantArt experience for every deviant and we want to bring it to the homepage of DeviantArt.

The beauty of this design option for our home experience is that these elements can be mirrored on profiles and have the same experiences. If profile “tabs” and home/watch “tabs” were organized in the same manner, DeviantArt would be a lot easier for new people to use. Symmetry would make DeviantArt intuitive. Today, we’re suffering under the load of features and naming conventions that create a giant cloud of confusion.

Feature Symmetry by danlev

We want to streamline DeviantArt’s naming conventions, so that we can present a profile featuring exactly what you are then able to watch: deviations, deviants, favourites, journals, and commissions.

Changes in naming and updates to the interface in this direction will not happen all at once, but will instead roll out over time. Small changes may begin happening as soon as next week.












Share Your Thoughts


As DeviantArt grows, we strive to find more ways to connect you with the things and people that matter to you most, but we're becoming more and more cognizant of wanting to simplify the process — so that we can bring you the best experience and do it well.

  • How will these types of changes impact your experience at DeviantArt?  

  • What other things can we unify or simplify?

  • Which site terms/names do you find confusing?  Which took you a while to understand? 
  • Post a status update about Timeline!










Img-01 by techgnotic














DeviantArt.com will celebrate its 15th birthday in August 2015. While many online communities have come and gone during the last decade and a half, DeviantArt remains because of our passionate and committed community. In that time, we've celebrated many milestones, and it became apparent we were in need of a place to share our victories and our challenges. And since we want to move toward more complete transparency with the community, what better time to also showcase and discuss what’s to come down the road as the future of DeviantArt?


Today, we’re introducing the DeviantArt Timeline, which will highlight the work we’ve accomplished in the past while laying the groundwork for what’s to come. Everything beyond present day on our Timeline acts as a roadmap for the future, welcoming deviants to follow progression and development toward future goals and promises. We want to bring the community along with us while planning our future, and will be constantly engaging deviants about upcoming feature releases and site changes, mockups, and feedback.


Our Timeline is interactive — scroll left, scroll right, click events for additional details.





View the Timeline!











Share Your Thoughts


  1. Did we miss any important events?
  2. How do you feel about what’s to come?
  3. Post a status update about Timeline!











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

What is DeviantArt? Part 1

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 4:27 PM



environment commission 2013 by TylerEdlinArt
Although it’s getting rarer these days, I sometimes come across people who ask me what exactly “DeviantArt” means.  Before I begin to explain all the amazing things our community has to offer, they sometimes look at me sideways and say, "Deviant, eh? One of
those websites..."

Most marketing experts would never name a site "DeviantArt," because the word "deviant" has multiple meanings that can be interpreted in different  not always positive  ways.  Yet we are the greatest, most diverse art community in existence.  Few branding agencies would ever make DeviantArt its infamous green/gray color.  Yet we love it, and have become known for it.

Where else can you stunning fan artists alongside the best nature photographers in the world?  Or top comic book artists alongside the most talented storytellers of our generation?  We are DeviantArt, the wild card of the Internet, the raw and truthful force of good that inspires the creative minds of today and tomorrow and the next day, too.

Click on any random deviation and see the kindness we bring to our comments.  Click any random Profile and see the love it receives.  Send a Note to one of our members and see the genuine response that comes back to you.  The most beautiful people in the world live here.  The most beautiful people in the world are artists, and they want to share their beauty with you and see what you have to offer, as well.  It's hard to feel down when that kind of love races through every interaction on DeviantArt.

Our mission as a website is clear: to entertain, inspire, and empower the artist in all of us.  From offering new tools for artists to developing more ways to discover each other, everything we work on is driven by this goal and we've planned big things for 2015 and beyond.

We’re honored to be able to bring this to you, but more than that, we’re unbelievably humbled by the community who made it this way and continues to grow and nurture itself organically.

As a company, we find ourselves constantly influenced and generally in awe of the community members that make DeviantArt the unique and cultivated home for artists it's become.  Because of that, we developed four core values to emulate on a company level and refined from the purest source: all of you.

We strive to be kindred; a place where artists can come to be accepted amongst each other without question.  We're magnetic, with vast galleries so full of raw talent, you could be appreciating their art for hours.  Yes, we're a little audacious; unapologetic in our efforts to deviate from the norm, even if it raises a few eyebrows from the mainstream.  And, finally, the art you'll find here is inspiring, from the creators who have built whole careers for themselves on DeviantArt to the mentors who reach out and share knowledge with others just because.

All of that is DeviantArt.  It can be a little hard to understand from the outside looking in, but take a chance, see what the community has to offer, and share the love and inspiration with others. We’re glad you’re here.

~Heidi

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

P.P.S - What is DeviantArt? Part 2

Skin by Dan Leveille

My #WatchForever

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 7:06 PM


Airplanes by alicexz
I'm jumping on the #WatchForever bandwagon and have compiled a list containing a few of my favorite deviants.  The following artists are not only tremendously talented, but, having had the opportunity to meet a handful in real life, I can also attest that they're good people.

My years on DeviantArt have provided me a wealth of friendships I wouldn’t otherwise have had the opportunity to make.  These friends have opened me up to different ideas, cultures, and points of view.  I'm forever grateful to have talked with every deviant who has crossed my path  at a Deviant Meet, or even in a note, comment, or journal.  
 

Watch Forever  Added to my devWatch! 


:iconalicexz:  alicexz

Rachel Berry by alicexz   Katniss by alicexz   The Boy Who Lived by alicexz

:iconalierturk:  alierturk

Canyonlands, Mesa Arch by alierturk   Hawaii, Freeway by alierturk   Arches National Park, Delicate Arch and Milky Way by alierturk

:iconangrymikko:  angrymikko

ABDUCTION! by angrymikko   Fireflies Of The Night by angrymikko   Night Watch by angrymikko

:iconartgerm:  Artgerm

Deviously Awesome by Artgerm   Pepper Weird by Artgerm   Korra by Artgerm   

:iconbetteo:   betteo

old.postcard by betteo   art.llama by betteo   city.ityc.tyci.ycit.PRINT by betteo

:iconexileden:  Exileden

9th Anniversary Lottery by Exileden   Northern Lights Speedpainting by Exileden   MOO MOO Shizuzakka by Exileden  

:iconlerms:  lerms

This Moi by lerms   Sherlock by lerms   Landscape study by lerms

:iconlora-zombie:  lora-zombie

MATCH AND BADGIE by lora-zombie   SKETCHBOOK DRAWING : Hello Zombie by lora-zombie   CATZILLA  by lora-zombie

:iconratscape:  ratscape

Prince Oberyn by ratscape   Garth by ratscape   Once Upon a Time on Vulcan by ratscape 

:iconsmokepaint:  smokepaint

Once in the summer.1 by smokepaint   ky ky by smokepaint   buuu by smokepaint  

:iconv-l-a-d-i-m-i-r:  V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R

The Conclusion of Origins by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R   American black bear by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R   Little Red-Cap and the Wolf by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R


More Awesome Deviants  :eager: by darkmoon3636 


3wyl, Apofiss, Ayame-Kenoshi, BeccaJS, celesse, Elandria, Franchesco, griffsnuff, kiki-doodle, kyle-culver, lintu47, meta474, pinguino, Qinni, RhynWilliams, Ry-Spirit, sandara, saniika, TsaoShin, shilin, TooMuchColor, trixdraws, TsaoShin


Share the Love  Love 


Who are some of your favorite deviants?  If you enjoyed my list, I encourage you to write a similar journal to share some of the deviants that you'll #WatchForever.  Be sure to use the #WatchForever tag so others can find out who you love to watch!

It was fun to sift through my Friends List and Favorites when putting this journal together.  These are just a few of the many deviants I'll continue to watch, which means I can look forward to creating another journal like this in the future.  Stay tuned!

~Heidi

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

Skin by Dan Leveille



As 36.6 million viewers know, The Academy Awards (aka The Oscars) aired last week, and there were some surprising outcomes.  It's very trendy to list the Oscar Snubs that drop your jaw — I'mma let you finish, but "Interstellar" was one of the greatest space films of all time! (okay, that’s a stretch, but I still enjoyed it) — and I can't tell if I'm just watching the wrong things, but it does seem like less and less of the movies I happen to see in theaters actually get nominated.  But, maybe that’s just me.

In the midst of all the head-shaking and "the Academy gets it all wrong" this year, I read a very interesting article that got me thinking.  In this so-called "Worst Mistake in 20 Years," the author posits that not naming "Boyhood" Best Picture is something we laypersons will be facepalming about for years to come.  Full disclosure, I have not seen the film, but I've heard very good things, and the premise definitely intrigued me.  Shot intermittently over the course of 12 years, this film transcended not just the limits of time, but storytelling, evoking real responses in its audience about coming-of-age never before dreamed of.

I'm sure the film's reception has been rewarding for all who were involved in it —  even though an Oscar win would have been very nice icing on the cake — but it makes me wonder about people's relationship with their own art.

Does the time it took to create something add weight to one's connection with it? Should it?  Should Richard Linklater (writer and director of "Boyhood") be satisfied with making a groundbreaking work of art, or should he feel as scandalized as the article recommends?  And what about us as the audience?  Does something that took half a lifetime to complete deserve a modicum of more respect and reverence than something thrown together in a week or a month?  I'm not sure the answer to those things.

What do you think, with regard to your works on DeviantArt and off?  :bump:

  • Is there a piece in your gallery that took you much longer to complete than the others?  Share it and a few words about what it means to you.
  • Is there something of yours that has a special place in your heart, but maybe isn't your most-faved or most-commented-upon piece? What is its significance?
  • Does learning of the time and effort involved in a piece change your opinion of it?

~Heidi

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






If you're looking for a pep talk in your artistic endeavors, whatever they may be, please read DamaiMikaz's journal, aptly titled "Make 2015 Awesome!"

It's easy to compare your work-in-progress to someone else's final draft. Sometimes we forget that not everyone came out of the womb with a paintbrush, camera, or typewriter in hand, ready to create the world's next masterpiece. But what we all have within us is the hunger to challenge ourselves, the itch to create, and the discerning eye that sometimes makes us critical of our own works, but also prompts us to accept nothing less than the best from ourselves. While we shouldn't be too hard on ourselves, or listen too closely to those nagging doubts, the discipline behind our internal cheerleaders is an important one to hear out.

So if you're in need of a pick-me-up artistically, or just want some positivity in your day, check out this journal!

I've often found that reflection can spur productivity, so I ask: 
Bump 
- What's within you that's holding you back?
- What are the consequences of not achieving your goal?
- Have you visualized what achievement of your goal would look like?

~Heidi

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




Fifty Shades of Fan Fiction

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 5:57 PM


Is fan fiction art?  Those who make a hobby from reading stories based on characters or settings from original works have all said the same exact sentence at some point in their fan fiction travels: "Fan fiction is better than many published books I've read."

I know what you're thinking, and it's probably partly my fault for this journal’s title.  Depending on your cup of tea, fan fiction as a genre gets either a bad rap for tending to have romantic/erotic themes or has the best romantic/erotic themes.  Let's just get that out of our systems for a second.  Adult things exist on the Internet, and when you don't need to worry about "real names" or "publishing house morals," it's definitely a subset of media ripe for the picking (or deflowering).

Fan artists are a gift to this world.  It's not uncommon to commission an artist to illustrate some of your favorite characters or ships in unique, or even adorably canon, settings.  Yet I've always wondered why there isn’t as big of a commerce highway for fan fiction authors to create content specifically for their fans who request it.  If you don’t own the original property, you don’t own the original property.  Why is it more acceptable for fan artists to profit than fan authors?  (Disclaimer: I’m no legal expert, but makepictures is!  If you have fandom-related legal questions, you should ask him or watch his Fan Art Law presentation.)  

Fan-commissioning across all kinds of media should be a thing.  Buying fan fiction at a convention as easily as you'd buy a work of fan art.  Commissioning a songwriter to compose a haunting melody about Mulder and Scully.  Commissioning a short film about what the Avengers do when they're not avenging.   

Changing gears, as you likely know, there's a film opening tomorrow that’s based on a famous — or infamous — "Twilight" fan fiction.  I'm sure I'm not the only one concerned about its existence in mainstream media giving fan fiction a bad name.  Content aside, which anyone in the know will quickly tell you is not aligned with that actual subset of culture, the book is — objectively — horribly written.  Purple prose, extraneous adjectives galore, poor sentence structure. If this is what mainstream audiences are told fan fiction is, we've got an even bigger fight than we thought in order to be legitimized.

What can you do?  Keep reading the good.  Keep supporting the talented.  Leave comments and favorites and kudos to inspire these authors to create bigger and better storylines and universes than anyone thought possible.

Interested to learn more about fan fiction?  Sherlock Holmes
- Wikipedia
- Fan Fiction on DeviantArt
- Archive of Our Own
- FanFiction.Net

Already a fan fiction enthusiast?  Share your thoughts!  Bump
- How did you first get involved in fan fiction? 
- What are your thoughts on commissioning fan authors vs. fan artists?
- What impact will the Fifty Shades of Grey movie have on the notion of fan fiction?

~Heidi

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


Putting yourself out there

Wed Feb 4, 2015, 5:54 PM


The Internet is the great equalizer. Household names used to be people we saw on TV, in movies, or writers of the most famous books and syndicated articles. Now, it's not strange for a YouTube personality, online cooking blogger, or comedy tweeter with a 9-to-5 job to be mentioned around the dinner table.

Often these online personalities are a lot more approachable online than celebrities for the simple fact that they engage with their fans. Sure, some celebrities are pretty good about replying on Facebook or Twitter, and, yes, submitting something to an ESPN anchor might get you a shoutout on TV, but for the large part, people who are active online want to talk to you, want to converse, want your feedback, and want to engage.

Kind of like in real life, sitting on the sidelines and cruising the Internet silently is a fine way to get information, but to get that real kindred connection, you need to participate. And, better than real life, you can delete and edit your responses and include humorous and relevant .gifs, all at the push of a button. I've tried re-creating .gifs in real life. It doesn't translate.

With Internet engagement, you get what you give. The most famous artists on DeviantArt didn't get where they are today by sitting back and holding court. They do have amazing talent to back them up, but they were chatting and fave-ing and putting themselves out there just like you. Many artists and writers love getting prompts and feedback from their fans, and a lot integrate fan suggestions into future works. And still others — just like you — simply rely on kind comments as encouragement and inspiration to keep going and creating.

It's not all about "just putting yourself out there." Have you ever watched a journalist on Twitter, maybe someone who works for a popular publication, who does nothing but tweet their own articles? It's nice that they're broadening their reach by having a million fans, but why are they only watching four people? That pretty much means they don't use Twitter at all… or they like really clean feeds. Why do they never reply to tweets, even genuine or complimentary questions, or comments from their peers? It's like their editor just recommended this new Twitter thing, and they just blindly checked the box "Republish all my articles" without ever visiting Twitter again. It works, but for how long?

Even the most established artists, writers, and other creators don't rest on their laurels, awaiting the next big epiphany. They're constantly engaging with their audience, keeping their finger on the pulse of what their fans like to see from them and want to see more of. On DeviantArt especially, Livestreams and tutorials are a way they can give back — to chat with their fans, teach them, and strengthen their brand. They're doing it right.

Finally, whether you're an established artist, an up-and-coming superstar, or just someone who has interesting and evocative opinions you want to share with the world, the key is to be authentic. It's not enough to just blurt out "Like my status if you think sharks are cool" and wait for the fans to roll in. (Okay, bad example… sharks are pretty cool.) You can't sign up for a new site and say "Watch me Livestream! I'm great! Promise!" You can integrate yourself into the community, find people you look up to, who make you better, and build a fan base around conversation and trust. It works. Fans appreciate being heard, and you'll appreciate having a living, breathing connection to everyone who wants to support you in your path to success.

Added to my devWatch!  My +Watch Forever for talented deviants who are doing it right:

celesse
elsevilla
griffsnuff
kiki-doodle 
loish 
Memnalar 
nebezial
PascalCampion
Qinni
Ry-Spirit 
sandara
saniika
TsaoShin
Willow-San
yuumei 

~Heidi

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




It's easy to take for granted how cool it is to live in the future. Well, it's the present at the moment, but it's only been a few years now that technological advancements have enabled us to connect with hundreds of thousands of people all across the globe at the push of a button.

I'm not exactly the first to proclaim that the Internet allows amazing personal connections, but join me for a moment. Right now, you're reading these words on your phone, on your laptop, on your Nintendo DS browser. Maybe you're in the room next to me, maybe you're halfway around the world and we can make an Earth sandwich with two pieces of bread. Somehow you've made a connection to me, to DeviantArt, in the hopes that I will bring you quality entertainment -- no pressure.  ;)

But even beyond all that, you come to DeviantArt to connect with a talented artist, an author you admire, a photographer who inspires you -- and perhaps you pay it forward and connect with someone who would learn something from you about your craft. You post a deviation and a complete stranger :+fav:s it -- maybe someone who was too shy to say hi and wanted to make a connection, or maybe someone who found it while browsing and will become a close friend in the future. Each of us has a whole lifetime of stories to share with one another, and we're all here, connected, in a way that wouldn't be possible without the Internet.

The Internet facilitates all kinds of relationships and connections -- that's old news.  Even so, sometimes it hits you as you're conversing with a deviant you've never met, who moved around the world to be with someone they had never met until Twitter brought them together, talking about a TV show you've never seen, but learned about via fandom on DeviantArt. What a time to be alive, eh?  2015 has it all.

What about you? What's your favorite personal connection story facilitated by the Internet?

~Heidi

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


Happy Holidays from DeviantArt!

Wed Dec 24, 2014, 6:16 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:
‘Twas the night before Christmas on DeviantArt,
Not a paintbrush was stirring, and creators took heart.
The artists scrolled through Daily Deviations with care
Knowing kindred warm-fuzzies soon would be there.

Deviants were all swiping, all snug on their phones
While visions of inspiration across all time zones
Were zapped to their smart device, quick as can be,
At the tap of a button in a +Fav’ing spree!

When across the Interwebs there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to the Comments to see what was the matter,
“I’m bored,” the Journal wrote, “I’m on a long trip, too.
I don’t have my laptop, and there’s nothing to do.”

I cracked all my knuckles, settled down in my chair,
Then descended upon the keyboard and wrote with a flair:
“Dear Friend, did you not get DA’s early present?
We now have an app, and it won’t cost you one cent!

“On, Watch Feed! On, Browse! On, Explore! On, Today!
Tap-and-hold to fave, share, and ‘More Like This’ – yay!
Read notifications on the go, or scan new search hits!
Check in on your friends, or even Submit!”

The deviant sprang to the App Store (or perhaps Google Play)
To download inspiration to read from his sleigh.
And I heard him exclaim, with all of his heart:
“Happy holidays to all, and to all a good art!”

–Creatively crafted by LaurenKitsune

Our sincere thanks ♥


In this season of reflection, we want to thank the DeviantArt community for the support, patience, enthusiasm, and love you've poured into our little slice of the Internet.

Whether you're a deviant who has been with us from the start or someone who is beginning their DeviantArt experience today, your path embodies everything our diverse community celebrates: inspiration to everyone around you, conversation to look forward to, a place you can be yourself, and a dauntless attitude that is so uniquely deviant.  Thank you for allowing DeviantArt to be the place where these common bonds of kinship are formed and shared.

Wishing you and yours health and happiness this holiday season.

–DeviantArt Staff



The holidays are a time for giving and with this special promotion, everybody wins!

From now until January 5th, when you give a Premium Membership to a fellow deviant, your account will get a Premium Membership of equivalent value for FREE! (For example, if you give a 1-year Premium Membership to a friend, your account will get a 1-year Premium Membership at no additional cost!)

Browse DeviantArt to your heart's content with no third-party advertisements.

Make the most of your Profile Page with additional widgets and customizable Journal Skins.

Your identity can grow and change over time. With a Premium Membership, so can your username!

Use Google Analytics to gain insight and comprehensive statistics about your audience!

Submit art on your time. Upload, schedule, and submit multiple deviations at one time, all from one page.

Premium Membership purchases help support DeviantArt and the future of the community, an irreplaceable gift to millions.




With the newly introduced DeviantArt Mobile App for Android and iOS, our goal was to bring you a better, fresher, yet familiar DeviantArt experience — providing more power to do what you want and, more importantly, create deeper connections between your friends and favorite artists.  We have plenty of plans for the future — including Notes and Push Notifications, which didn’t make it into the first version — and we want to hear what you’d like to see next to help shape the future of the app.


What’s New (January 21st, 2015)

  • Good news for deviants who use Amazon's Kindle Fire mobile devices! The Android version of the DeviantArt mobile app is now available for download in the Amazon App Store.

What’s Next

  • iOS 7 Support: The DeviantArt Mobile App is currently only available for iOS 8; however, we're committed to supporting iOS 7 in the near future. 
  • Notes: In order to provide the best possible Notes experience, the Notes system will be moving to a more chat-like interface -- both on desktop and mobile.  Notes will be grouped by deviant, which will make your inbox less cluttered.
  • Push Notifications: Push notifications will keep you informed about timely and relevant content -- including comments, Notes, and other account-related activity.
  • Continuous Updates: Development of the DeviantArt Mobile App is ongoing.  We’re excited to release updates every two weeks providing stability improvements and bug fixes.

Watch Feed & Notifications

As we designed the DeviantArt Mobile App, we understood the need to build something that streamlined the DeviantArt experience.  The Watch Feed was specifically built for smartphones and tablets.  While we love the robust tools currently available in the Message Center of the desktop site, the Message Center is not an environment that works well on mobile.  We will continue to improve the Watch Feed and Notifications on the DeviantArt Mobile App to make the art you crave and content you need more accessible.

Possibilities for What’s to Come

The first version of the DeviantArt Mobile App provides an entirely new way to experience the DeviantArt community.  You’ll be able to browse art endlessly, stay intimately connected with your Watch List, and submit art on the go -- and there’s more on the way.  As we continue to develop the app, more desktop site features will be supported.


The following features are not currently supported on mobile:

  • Editing and deleting Deviations, Journals, Status Updates, Comments, Collections, and Galleries.
  • Full Groups access
  • Critiques
  • Prints
  • Polls
  • Chat & Forums
  • Full Sta.sh access
  • Contest and challenges
  • Commissions, Premium Content, and Downloads

Known Issues

Below is a list of prominent known issues:

  • (iOS only) Content does not load (due to low memory).  To fix, force quit the app and reopen.
  • (iOS only) The app's bottom navigation bar is not present on Profiles.
  • (iOS and Android) Images cannot be added to Literature.
  • (iOS and Android) Images added to Status Updates cannot be opened.  (Update: resolved!)

Get Started and Stay Tuned


If you have general feedback or feature requests, we’d love to hear your input!  Please leave a comment on this journal.


In the event you run into a bug or unintended experience why using the app, please submit your issue to the Help Desk using our iOS bug report and Android bug report forms.

 

Get it on Google Play      

(iOS 8 only, iOS 7 coming soon)



Happy Thanksgiving, deviantART!

Thu Nov 27, 2014, 2:41 PM
To those who celebrate, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving!  To those who don't, I wish you a happy Thursday it's the best day of the week!  

I'm forever grateful for every deviantART relationship and interaction.  We're all part of a diverse community celebrating many different forms of culture and spirituality, and I sincerely thank you for choosing to make deviantART a little slice of your Internet life.  I'm thankful for you not just today, but every day.

:heart:

~Heidi


Open up by moiret

Connecting you with your watchers.


The Watch Feed creates a sequential stream of activity from your watchlist, including deviations, Journals, Collections, Status Updates, Polls, Forum threads and Critiques. Status Updates let people share quick updates about what they’re working on or what inspires them. Find an awesome deviation? Share it in your Status Update.

As we designed our upcoming Mobile app, we understood the need to build something streamlined and direct to deliver what you want to watch. The Watch Feed was built for smartphones and tablets. While we love the robust tools available in the Message Center — and they’re not going away — the Message Center is not an environment that works well on mobile.

Connect With Your Watchers in New Ways

The Watch Feed and Status Updates let you connect with your watchers in ways not previously possible. In the Watch Feed, deviants can easily interact and comment on artwork and content shared by your watchers.



"With Status Updates, I am closer to the people I watch, which I feel adds a deeper sense of appreciation for their artwork. It's nice to know who is behind such incredible work!" —CrypticGrin

Status Updates

The Watch Feed also includes Status Updates — a new way to easily communicate with your watchers.  Status Updates are a great way to share quick updates. Give the world an insider’s peek at a work-in-progress or let your fans know you’ll be livestreaming a drawing soon. Share the work of an artist who inspires you, talk about current events, or start up a conversation that could reach new audiences!


“I've been wanting an easier way to notify my watchers of things. This makes it easier with the Status Updates, instead of having to make an entire Poll or a Journal for a small issue or update.” —TheWickedBeast


Resharing Content

Using the “share” button, you can easily redistribute interesting content or Status Updates to your watchers. Using Status Updates and the “share” feature, trends, news, and art will spread through the community like never before.




Controlling Your Watch Feed

If an item is removed from your Message Center, it will also be removed from your Watch Feed. You can customize what appears in your Watch Feed by editing your Manage Friends settings for specific deviants.  (These settings apply to both the Watch Feed and the Message Center.)


If you choose to unwatch a deviant's content (for example, Journals), existing Journals will remain in your Watch Feed; however, future Journals will not appear.

Artist credit: Open up by moiret


My Postit Notes by Dr-Koesters
Discover more of your favorite topics.


Tags create landing pages around topics — making it easier to discover related artwork, bringing together artists and art appreciators, and forming communities around common interests. As DeviantArt grows and creates new ways to discover great content, we believe tags will play an important role in better surfacing artwork.

Tag Deviations, Collections, and Status Updates

You now have the ability to tag your deviations and Collections. Tags added to your deviations will be publicly viewable — this is a change from the previous use of keywords, which were private. Visitors can learn about your work by viewing how you tagged it, and can find more works by you and other deviants based on tags. Tags can also be used in comments, Status Updates, Journals, and Collections.


Tagging your deviations and Collections will improve their visibility across the DeviantArt network. Tags are the glue for surfacing and creating context around different types of content. Tagging is a crucial part of discoverability and will help your work find the audience that will appreciate it most! The goal of tags is to help you find art and topics that resonate with you, real-time community activity, and new ways to participate in the community.


“Tags will make it much easier to categorise and find deviations!” —SouloftheSky


Tags Pages

Tag pages display artwork, Journals, Collections, Status Updates, and a stream of activity around a shared theme. You can also find a list of deviants who are frequently using that tag, to connect with other people who share your interests.



Tags Transitioned From Keywords Must be Approved

Important: Keywords added to existing deviations before tags launched will not display publicly unless you approve them using our new Tag Editor, which can also be used to add and edit tags on your existing deviations in bulk.

Editing Tags with the Tag Editor

Using the tag editor, you can add, edit, and approve tags on your deviations in bulk. The Tag Editor allows you to manage tags, up to 20 deviations at a time — making it a more seamless process for you to tag your content. The Tag Editor can be accessed next to the “tags” field while editing any existing deviation.



Start Tagging

Get started now! Read our tagging guide and use the Tag Editor to approve tags on your deviations.


Share your thoughts on the new tags feature by posting a Status Update using #Tags.

Artist credit: My Postit Notes by Dr-Koesters