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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!” —Baka-Inu-Ninja


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

Thank you, Beta Testers!

We owe you an enormous debt of gratitude.  Your input and feedback around our latest Beta releases -- Site Navigation, Activity Feed, and Status Updates -- has been incredibly valuable and because of it, we're able to make significant improvements to those features that will benefit every user of deviantART.  We sincerely couldn't do it without you.

The information and data gathered from those Updates will be used to ensure a smooth site-wide launch, and we again thank you for all of your help.  As sometimes happens in the Beta process, the Status Updates submitted in our test period need to be deleted to make some of the changes you requested.  This will likely take place mid-next week.  But, we encourage you to please keep testing, coming up with unique ways to take advantage of these features.

Since Monday, we’ve received over 3,000 comments, nearly 100 bug reports, and extensive feedback regarding these new releases -- and Beta Testers have published over 7,000 Status Updates!  Pretty impressive.

We will continue to make adjustments and fix bugs, will be rolling out these features to more deviants in the next week.


More deviantART Than Ever Before


Around the clock and across the world, deviantART staff have been working to not only evolve the way our community interacts with one another, but enhance the ways we discover and talk about works of art. These upgrades enrich the deviantART you love into an even more magnetic, kindred experience while retaining everything that makes us deviantART.

We’ve seen comments that some of our new features remind deviants of functionality best-known on social media sites.  But there are aspects of these functions that will benefit the deviantART community and enhance our daily experiences, so it makes sense to embrace them.  

The core of deviantART will always remain the same, and the same artists will be around for you to interact with and draw inspiration from.  Only now, their ability to reach you and other future watchers is enhanced and streamlined, and we guarantee the results and reach of creators will be staggering.

As one of our Beta Testers, you've been given a glimpse into the way the lives of our deviants are about to be changed forever, and we couldn't be more honored that you were the first to see them and help us refine them for site-wide release.

Thank you.

~Heidi

Keywords on deviations were built to be an important tool to help discover artwork. But as deviantART grows and strives to create new ways to discover great content, we’ve found that keywords as we currently use them have become underutilized.  We think we can do better -- and can make a better experience for the community -- by making some changes.


In the coming month, keywords will transition into tags, and we’ll be improving the way they work. Tags will better surface artwork, allow deviants to form communities around topics, make it easier to find other artists and art appreciators, and increase discoverability.  

For example, if you're a fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles it can be difficult to know what to search for: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ninja Turtles, TMNT, Donatello, etc.  Public tags provide visibility to see how others are tagging their deviations, which will allow you to align your behavior to the norm, or choose to be deviant!


Getting Started


You’ll hear more about tags in the coming month, but to prepare for the upcoming release now, we wanted to let you know that:


  1. Keywords are changing to tags.

  2. Tags will soon be publicly visible on deviation pages.

  3. Our system will automatically transition some of your keywords to the appropriate tags for better discoverability when tags fully launches (for example, common keyword phrases such as “lord of the rings” will become “#lordoftherings”).
    

As a reminder, tags on deviations can be edited at any time.  If you’d like to update your deviations before any changes are released, now’s the time to do so!  (Simply visit any of your deviations and click the "Edit" button.  You don't need to add a hashtag before a tag, but you can!)





Frequently Asked Questions


Question:
Some of my new deviation tags look weird.  What gives?

Answer:
The old keyword field was unstructured, while new tags are all single words.  In the keyword to tag conversion process, we had to do a bit of guesstimation regarding the translation.  A keyword field for "my little pony" might mean “#mylittlepony,” while "sunset australia watercolor" might intend "#sunset #australia #watercolor."  In the event you see a tag that doesn't apply to your deviation, simply remove anything not appropriate.

Question:
I can only enter 64 tags to describe my deviation, but I was previously able to enter as many keywords as I wanted.  What gives?

Answer:
Public tags provide visibility around seeing how others are tagging their deviations.  One of the problems with keywords was that everyone had to invent their own terms or guess what others were using.  There would be many keywords around the same topic -- my little pony, mlp, mplfim, mylittlepony, my_little_pony, fim, friendshipismagic, and so forth.  By making tags public, you'll be able to discover tags that the community is using in a more predictable way.  Having 10 or 20 relevant tags will enable more people to see your art than having 100 irrelevant ones.


Your Feedback


We’re excited to show you what we’re working on, and will be updating you more about the power of tags in the coming month.  
For now, we’d love to hear your feedback:

  • Do you add keywords to all of your deviations? Roughly how many do you typically add?

  • Do you base your keywords on medium, subject matter, or other things?

  • What keywords do you commonly search for?


Let us know how you’re currently using keywords, so we can make the new tags as powerful and as useful as possible.



My deviantART Story

Thu Aug 7, 2014, 12:06 AM


Today marks deviantART's 14th birthday!  This is truly an exciting time in deviantART’s history, and I'm confident that the next few months will be some of our best ever.  It might sound cliché or exaggerated, but we’re in a position to change the arts (and the world) through technology, empowering artists of all shapes and sizes to do truly amazing things.  

But before I get too far ahead of myself, I'd like to take a minute to participate in "My deviantART Story" to document a few of the ways that deviantART has helped me grow as a person.

Importance of Travel

World Tour Paris by spyed

Before deviantART's World Tour in 2009, when spyed and I visited nine countries in two months, I'd never been outside of North America.  The World Tour gave me a deep appreciation for travel that I wouldn't have gotten if not for the amazing friendships I've made on deviantART.  Traveling forces you outside of your comfort zone and opens you up to new experiences and awareness that can't be learned any other way.

Gut Instinct


In life, we're oftentimes faced with two choices -- listening to/following the opinions of others or relying on our own gut instinct.  The older I get, the more I've come to trust my gut feelings and intuition, or otherwise I'd end up kicking myself later.  The importance of speaking up and representing your own thoughts can't be underscored enough.

Technical Aptitude

Smart Phone by NaBHaN

From interacting with brilliant co-workers to seeing the daily ins and outs of computing around the office and online, working at deviantART demands a certain technical aptitude.  I've loved computers and the Internet from an early age, but my job requires an understanding of how different technologies and processes work.  Having such knowledge not only aids with things like decision-making, but it also helps with communication so I'm able to articulate concepts to various kinds of audiences.

Art Appreciation

ReWolf by kchilt

While I am very much an art appreciator over an art creator, my time at deviantART has taught me so much about the arts that simply isn’t covered in a standard education. On deviantART, artists of different genres, diverse age groups, talent levels, and fame are all just a click away.  I've gained a deeper appreciation of the arts simply by observing and being surrounded by so many talented individuals.

True Connections

Out There Be Monsters by luckynesu

I have a few close friends from childhood, but my time on deviantART has 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, and I can’t imagine what life would be like without them.  

Thank You


I've said it before, but the sentiment remains true -- I'm forever grateful to have talked with every deviant who has crossed my path -- even in a note, comment, or journal.  The deviantART community has flourished and prospered in the past 14 years, and I'm thankful for that, every day.  

~Heidi

Celebrate deviantART's 14th Birthday!

Thu Aug 7, 2014, 12:03 AM
 
 
 
 

Fourteen years of existence marks a period of growth, change, and introspection — an era of creativity and emotion that leads to long-term personal and artistic development. As we celebrate deviantART's 14th birthday, we want to thank all of you for joining in on the journey of growth and development, from the deviants who have been here from the start to the deviants who are starting out their deviantART experience today.

 
 

How has deviantART helped you grow as an individual and/or as an artist? Tell us your story through an art feature Journal!

 

Visit the Write a Journal Entry page to get started.

Using the deviantART section of the sidebar, search for deviations to include in your Journal.

Click on the art you want to include to add it to your Journal.

Feature five (or more!) works in your Journal, and tell us a bit about why you've chosen each artwork you feature!

Title your Journal My deviantART Story, then post it to the Art Features category.

 
 

Comment on this article with a link to your "My deviantART Story" Journal to get the 14th Birthday Profile Page Badge!

 
14th


As a statement of empowerment and artist prestige, we're pleased to reveal deviantART's official poster for Artists’ Alley at San Diego Comic-Con – designed by the exquisitely talented Artgerm!

DeviantART couldn't be more excited to sponsor Artists' Alley for the fourth year in a row.  Our aim has always been to keep focus on those who not only make the entire convention possible, but provide us with a world of entertainment across all media: the artists.

Go forth and march with your creative brethren!



DeviantART San Diego Comic Con 2014 Poster by Artgerm

Get the poster!



Spread the word!


Arm yourself with the above image.  Plaster the poster on the walls of your bedroom or school, share the image across social media, design mash-ups and remixes to be submitted back online, or make print-outs and start your own local art revolution.  (The image is available for any use, as long as it's non-commercial and in the spirit of deviantART.)


What is art?


In keeping with artist solidarity, we want to hear what art means to you! 
  • Is art what gets you up in the morning?
  • Is it what you live and breathe?
  • Is it a way to connect with friends across the globe?


Leave a comment and finish the sentence, “Art is __________.”

'Add Media' functionality has been enabled for all deviants in this journal.  Feel free to upload your Comic-Con poster-related photos and images!

Free Premium Membership Day!

Mon Apr 7, 2014, 12:02 AM
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A long time ago (about 24 hours), in a galaxy far, far away (down the road in Hollywood), comedian and television host Chris Hardwick introduced a segment on his late-night Comedy Central show — aptly titled @midnight (get it?) — that got many of us at deviantART all aflutter.

First of all, if you love the Internets and you haven't seen @midnight yet, you're missing out on some serious lulz. A few nights a week, Hardwick invites some comedian pals on the show for some Geek-Centric Improv Comedy. Sort of like a British Quiz Show brought to you by Reddit. Or "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" with slightly less dancing, but an equal amount of thick-rimmed glasses and awkward sexual tension.

In a segment called "Star Weird" on Monday's episode, Hardwick's guests had to choose which of two artistic descriptions was an actual deviation on deviantART. YES, MOM, HE SAID DEVIANTART'S ACTUAL NAME ON TV! MUCH WOW! The comedians were the hilarious Rachel Bloom, Kevin Shinick, and Seth Green, whose "Robot Chicken" series has delved deeper into the "Star Wars" franchise than most Sarlacc pits.

 Watch the clip:



(Unfortunately, Comedy Central videos may not be available in all countries.)

 Let's make art!


Not only are we uber honored by the shout-out, we're confident the deviantART community can create the deviations that were suggested as mere jokes. Let art imitate life!  Well, let fan art imitate comedy!

Artists, we want to see your interpretations of @midnight's fake ideas!  Pop in your "Star Wars" Blu-ray as inspiration and bring to life these joke deviations suggestions!

 Your options:


  • C-3P0 as an oiled-up muscle droid dancing on a Gay Pride float
  • A Jedi in a Mexican poncho named "Obi-Juan Ken-riguez"
  • Seth Green as a sexy slave girl Princess Leia


 Congrats to the featured artists!


R2-TATTOO by CallMePo
R2-TATTOO by CallMePo

Darth Vader Creation by Ticiano
Darth Vader Creation by Ticiano

Morph: Seth Green by dolphinbad
Morph: Seth Green by dolphinbad

 Share the love!


Once you've created your Star Wars-inspired masterpiece, link to your deviation below. Twitter users can also tweet their art to the show using @midnight. You never know, maybe you'll be featured next!

We're proud of the artists who made it onto the show, and want to encourage them and others to keep creating and imagining. Laugh now, but you could upload a fabulous oiled-up C-3P0 as he was meant to be seen, and, next thing you know, you're being offered a job at a comic franchise or video game developer.  Hey, it's happened before!  ;)

We won!


UPDATE: Thanks to the efforts of our amazing community, deviantART won the People's Choice category at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Awards!  We'd like to sincerely thank everyone for participating. The creative energy and inspiration that run through the deviantART community is absolutely awe-inspiring for those of us fortunate enough to be helping out behind the scenes. We truly believe that we are the greatest community in the world, and we work towards sharing that feeling with our deviants each and every day. Thank you for sharing this win with us!


Thanks to the generous efforts of deviants like you, deviantART has been honored as one of the top-five finalists in the People’s Choice category of the 2014 SXSW Interactive Awards!



We couldn't be more humbled to be amongst the other highly acclaimed finalists, but we still need your help!  This year, voting for the People’s Choice category is open to everyone, all over the world.  However, the process is a bit tricky, as it requires voters to cast their final votes live, using a smartphone or tablet app.


(Voting has closed!)


  1. To participate, you’ll need a Apple or Android phone or tablet.
  2. Visit the Apple App Store or Google Play.
  3. Search for and install the “Visual Voting” app.  (It’s free!)
  4. Open the Visual Voting app and choose your method of sign-in (Facebook, Twitter, or anonymous).
  5. Click the "SXSW Interactive People's Choice" pink banner.
  6. Are you attending? Select “No” or “Yes.”
  7. Click on "Cast Your Vote" pink banner.
  8. Select "deviantART" as your People's Choice!




Thank you for your support!


We wouldn't have been considered for this honor if it weren't for the support and passion of deviants like you. By getting the word out, deviantART hopes for the chance to bring you even more cutting-edge technology in the creative realm, reaching more artists than ever before. So, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all the support you've given us over the years, and stay devious!


Spread the word!


Because the voting window is so tight, we're relying on word-of-mouth to help spread the message. If you're so inclined, please share your deviantART support across your favorite social media platforms, tell your friends, download the app onto your dog's smartphone and vote on his behalf, and help us rock the vote!




Earlier 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 you.  Voting is simple and takes just a couple of clicks no account creation involved.  Vote here and tell others to do the same!

Thanks to all, and happy-almost-March!  ;) 

~Heidi



DeviantART is proud to announce that SketchBook users on iPad and Android tablets now have the ability to create and submit art directly from their devices to deviantART!

Our recent partnership with Autodesk has allowed deviantART to become the first community integrated into SketchBook -- the professional-grade painting app that is easy to use for every artist.  Merging these two powerhouse environments means that tablet users will be able to publish their creations from SketchBook directly to their deviantART accounts.  Deviants will also be able to use the app to browse the inspirational works of other SketchBook artists in the autodesk-sketchbook group.

This is a first step in what will become a much fuller integration that will bring more deviousness to SketchBook and add a powerful creation tool to the arsenals of deviant artists everywhere, as we welcome new SketchBook users into the deviantART community.


DeviantART is the first community integrated into SketchBook Pro and SketchBook Express.

Submit Art To deviantART From SketchBook Apps by danlev Get Inspired By Other SketchBook Artists by danlev
Submit art directly from SketchBook to deviantART or get inspired by browsing art made by other SketchBook artists.  



About SketchBook


Autodesk SketchBook is a family of digital paint and drawing apps with over 23 million users worldwide.  DeviantART is thrilled to welcome SketchBook tablet users who may not yet have a deviantART account into our humble community with an easy sign-up process right within the app.  Autodesk created the autodesk-sketchbook group to act as a hub for up-to-date news and releases and, of course, a beautiful gallery of SketchBook-related deviations to browse.

As mentioned, this integration marks just the first realization of a larger strategic partnership between Autodesk and deviantART.  Future updates will bring this feature to the mobile phone and desktop SketchBook products, and include a deeper interactivity with deviantART, such as commenting and favouriting from directly within the app, as well as even more powerful creative tools.


The SketchBook mobile apps are a great way to take illustration software with you wherever you go.

Feedback

We want to hear from you!  Do you have ideas for future SketchBook/deviantART integrations?  Your feedback just might be a part of the next update, helping artists around the globe become more connected!

How To Download

To take advantage of these creative tools with a devious spin, simply grab the full SketchBook Pro or free SketchBook Express app on Google Play for Android, or the iTunes App Store for iOS.

SketchBook Pro (Paid)
 Google Play App Store

SketchBook Express (Free)
 App Store