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Posted on October 3, 2013

What happens on deviantART doesn't stay on deviantART!

We're heading to Sin City, and we're betting on an amazing time with our deviants!

Join Us in Las Vegas!

Venetian HDR by ~ryecr

Venetian HDR by ~ryecr

Our first ever deviantMEET in Las Vegas!

DeviantART is headed to beautiful Las Vegas for the first time, and we can't wait to add more deviousness to the Entertainment Capital of the World. On Sunday, December 1st, deviants of all ages are invited to join us in taking over the Venetian for a deviantMEET and gaining special, free access to Preview Night of Autodesk CAVE Conference!

Map to deviantMEET

The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, Sands Expo Hall C

  • Location: 201 Sands Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89109
  • Date & Time: Sunday, December 1st, 2013 at 5:30 PM
  • Admission: FREE!
  • What to Bring: Sketchbooks, cameras, tablets, and money for food/drinks!

Connect with deviantART staff, fellow deviants, and recreate your online connections offline with the help of deviantART and Autodesk!

Autodesk has invited deviantART to be a part of their first-ever CAVE event — a dedicated conference for artists, designers, creators, and storytellers. To make it even more interesting, they've offered to give deviants FREE exclusive access to Preview Night of the CAVE Conference.

The deviantART crew will be waiting in the Sands Expo Hall C (at the Venetian) to meet and greet, hand out nametags, and then we'll head to the CAVE Conference floor to take over Preview Night in deviant style!

Feel free to bring with you your favorite digital tablet, sketchbooks, notepads, and cameras. (Since we'll be doing a bit of walking around, however, you might want to leave your laptops at home.) This is an all-ages event!

Autodesk CAVE Conference

The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, December 1st-3rd

CAVE Conference is a gathering of artists, designers, and storytellers to learn, share, inspire, and challenge each other. Whatever your background — if creativity is your fuel, CAVE is the place to find it. CAVE includes sessions with world-renowned artists and designers including Syd Mead, Neil Gaiman, Lorne Lanning, John Cleese, Scott Robertson, Daniel Simon, deviantART's own Angelo Sotira (spyed) and Ron Martino (techgnotic), and more. For more details about CAVE, visit

With 13,000 new deviants joining deviantART each day, we want to ensure everyone's user experience is seamless. A common question from new and old deviants alike is: "What do username symbols mean?" Over the years, as we’ve surveyed deviants, we’ve found that very few understand symbols.

As part of our ongoing process to make the user experience cleaner and more intuitive, we've launched a new set of username symbols designed to help easily identify deviant-types.

Easily Identifiable

At a glance, the new symbols are quickly recognizable. When hovering over a username symbol, a tooltip appears, providing a brief explanation of that user's deviant-type. If clicked, a modal appears, giving a brief explanation for each username symbol, with "Learn more" links that lead to more detailed explanations.

A word from Heidi:

Over the years, a few things have come to seem like deviantART mainstays. Deviant green, intricate art categorization, colorful avatars, symbols next to usernames. In our constant re-evaluation of what's best for longtime deviants and new users alike, we do sometimes need to stop and ask ourselves if a makeover for some aspect isn't overdue. Changing username symbols was one of the harder things we evaluated.

I've been testing the new symbols for a few months now, and while I love its sleekness, its clear message, I do occasionally find myself missing my old symbol. Symbols have permeated into deviants’ minds, made their way into works of art, and sometimes defined how deviants thought of their front-facing persona on the site. But I can honestly say in good faith, I think this new design will permeate the community just as the original system did. It beautifully aligns with the design direction we’ll be traveling moving forward, and, perhaps best of all, it doesn't require insider knowledge for understanding.

I invite you all to memorialize the old symbols and commemorate their meaning from ages past in any expression that inspires you. But I know these new symbols will usher in a new era with just as much meaning and visual attachment as ever.

Heidi, VP of Marketing

Looking Ahead

We appreciate that the previous username symbols have a long history and have become ingrained in the deviantART community, and we want to assure the community that this change was not one that was made lightly. Many factors were taken into consideration, most notably that removal of the old symbols allows us to implement more technological advancements in the future, including Mentions. Given time, it’s our hope that the new username symbols will become an emblem of deviantART culture.

Happy 13th birthday, and thank you

Wed Aug 7, 2013, 12:06 AM
Today marks deviantART's 13th birthday and a handful of us -- spyed, mccann, chris, and me -- have been on this amazing journey since pretty much day one.  Thirteen years ago, most of us in that handful were just teenagers, unknowingly embarking on a time in our lives that would shape us, inspire us, and be truly thought-provoking in ways we could have never imagined.  Today, I find myself so fortunate to play a role in the ongoing journey that has deviantART at the forefront of solving complex problems that affect the creative community.    

Throughout the years, I've met incredible people at deviantMEETs, town hall meetings, and visits to new countries -- all of which have fostered relationships and changed my life.  I'm extremely 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 13 years, and we're thankful for that, and for you, every day.   

London Picnic Meet 2012 by Narfmaster   Come to the Louvre - Heidi by spyed Release Party by jorobins

No one loves a birthday celebration more than I do, but before I break out the cake and balloons, I want to sincerely thank everyone who has touched my life over the years and helped cultivate the site I believed in to make it the artistic community I always knew it could be.  Thank you.



Sat Jun 15, 2013, 1:06 AM

a good surgeon by vampireDoLL
Sun Burst Texture by AdamImhotep

084 chocolate Souffle by J-BRM

This was MyWeekThroughArt. How was yours?


Promoted Deviations and Journals

Thu May 23, 2013, 12:27 PM

Table of Contents

What is Promoted?

Promoted deviations and journals are pieces of media we believe you should know about.  They appear and act just like any other deviation or journal in your Message Center, with the exception that they're clearly marked as Promoted.  As with all deviations and journals, they can be commented on, favorited, shared, and more.

Where does Promoted come from?

Promoted messages are selected by and sent from deviantART.  They represent deviations and journals we believe are of significant importance -- so much so that we want them to have a greater reach within the deviantART network.

Who sees Promoted?

A Promoted deviation or journal will only appear in a deviant's Message Center if the content involved will likely be of high relevance to the deviant.

How often will Promoted be seen?

We're only interested in sending Promoted messages we believe are relevant and valuable. As such, we will remain extremely mindful when considering which messages are sent and how often.

Can deviants remove Promoted messages from their Message Centers?

As with all deviations and journals that appear in Message Centers, Promoted messages can be closed by clicking the "X" next to the deviation or journal, or by selecting multiple messages and choosing the "Remove" option.

Can deviants opt out of receiving Promoted?

Premium Members can opt out of receiving Promoted messages by visiting the General section of their Settings and unchecking "Check here to receive Promoted messages." Non-Premium Members cannot opt out.

Can deviants opt out of receiving Hot Topics or Contest Announcements?

While Premium Members have the ability to opt out of receiving Promoted messages, they cannot opt out of Hot Topics or Contest Announcements. This is because deviantART needs to maintain an open channel with deviants for official communications.

I'm falling apart

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 27, 2013, 4:41 AM

This is probably the longest personal journal I've ever written. I certainly don't expect everyone (or anyone) to read it, but I felt like getting it all on "paper" as it seems like the type of "adventure" I'll look back on when I'm old and gray.

Dodgeball in Southern California is kind of a big deal. That same game you played in elementary school with red rubber balls has been updated and modified for adults. The Los Angeles area alone is home to over ten dodgeball leagues, featuring play that ranges from "soft core" (for beginners) to "hard core" (for serious-types).

I've been playing dodgeball for about three years now, but have only just recently started to get really into it -- so much so that last weekend I flew to Chicago to play in the Elite Women's Midwest Dodgeball Tournament. About halfway in to our five hours of dodgeball, I looked down at the pinky finger on my left hand and thought, "That's kind of swollen... and crooked." I, of course, played on. At the end of the day my finger definitely hurt, but I wasn't in a terrible amount of pain. Nevertheless, I made a doctor appointment for the first full day I'd be back in California -- five days later.

I landed in Los Angeles on Wednesday night and after going through my normal travel ritual of unpacking, washing clothes, and showering, I noticed that my left ankle was swollen. I didn't think much of it until a short five minutes later when I looked at it under better light and thought, "Wow, that's really swollen. It's weird that I don't remember tweaking it or knocking it on anything. And that it has no bruising."

Being a frequent flyer, I'm aware of the slim possibility of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a potentially life-threatening disorder in which blood clots form in the deep veins of the body, particularly the legs. Even though my flights were relatively short and I'm in fairly good shape, that didn't stop me from WebMD'ing symptoms and Skyping Toby (Ayame-Kenoshi) with my self-diagnosis.

[4/25/2013 12:48:11 AM] Heidi: Lauren (LaurenKitsune) is offline. Chris (chris) is ignoring me. I feel the need to tell someone that I'm being a hypochondriac, so that just in case I am right... there's evidence.
[4/25/2013 12:48:32 AM] Toby (ayame-kenoshi): That's what I'm here for.
[4/25/2013 12:48:59 AM] Heidi: I'm convinced that I have… and that I'll have a pulmonary embolism and die.

With my ankle continuing to swell, I ended up falling asleep around 4:30 AM. Luckily, I already had a doctor appointment in the morning -- for my swollen, crooked finger.

Upon check-in, the nurse asked what I was being seen for. I said, "I'm falling apart." By 9:30 AM my ankle was the size of a baseball and my knee had expanded like a puffer fish. After examining my ankle and knee, and adding that my calf was also swollen, my doctor said, "Do you know what I'm thinking?"
"You might have a blood clot. I need you to go to the hospital. You don't have to go right now, but you do have to go in the next two hours."
This was my face... :|

She next got into specifics about what I should expect and the tests that would be performed. As she was ushering me out the door, I said, "Oh, wait! My finger. That's why I originally scheduled an appointment."
"You can take x-rays at the hospital."
Oh, good. Two birds with one stone.

Not surprisingly, hospitals treat possible blood clots with a sense of urgency. Being labeled as someone who might have a blood clot is like flying first class -- straight to the front of the line for you! Need a blood test? Yours is marked as 'stat.' Need an ultrasound? They'll send a personal escort who will wait for you while you're still in the lab giving blood.

The first thing I did at the hospital was give blood for a D-dimer test that would check if I had markers for a blood clot. The lab technician said it would take an hour to get the test results back and that they'd call my name when ready. (Hospital workers give you a lot of "sad eyes" and sympathetic glances when blood clots are mentioned. Also likely because my left leg had swollen to be one-third larger than my right leg.)

With an hour to kill, I had the perfect opportunity to get my pinky x-rayed. Even though my pinky issue was minor in comparison to a blood clot, I again got to skip to the front of the line.

With my x-rays done, I was only in the waiting room for a few minutes before a lab technician walked over to me holding a piece of paper. "This isn't great," I thought. "It hasn't even been an hour and I'm being hand-delivered my results." True enough, my blood test was positive.

Well, fuck.

Despite what I'd told Toby the night before, I was honestly never worried about a pulmonary embolism. I was, however, feeling sorry for myself because I'd have to take blood thinners for the next six to nine months -- which meant I couldn't play contact sports. These were the thoughts running through my head as I was undergoing an ultrasound that was trying to locate the blood clot.

After a fifteen minute ultrasound, I received the first good news I'd heard all day -- I didn't have a blood clot! While the blood test was indeed positive, it's just one indicator used to identify the probability of a blood clot. The ultrasound confirmed no signs of deep vein thrombosis, but it did confirm a large cyst in my knee. A cyst that had likely ruptured and/or was impeding the flow of blood in my leg.

Still, good news! I was discharged with instructions to rest, ice, and elevate, and when the swelling subsides we'll closer examine what caused the cyst in the first place. But before I could get too far, as I was walking to my car, I got a phone call from my doctor.  "Heidi, are you still at the hospital?"
"Okay, good! Don't leave. I've examined your x-rays and you fractured your pinky."

Womp, womp.  The end!


  • Mood: Neutral
  • Watching: Game of Thrones
  • Eating: Apple chips
  • Drinking: Water

Happy holidays from deviantART!

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:12 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through dA,
Not a troll was stirring, nor Grinch in his sleigh.
Deviations were hung in digital Galleries with care,
In hopes that +Favourites soon would be there.

The n00bs were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Daily Deviations danced in their heads.

And Fella in his 'kerchief, and spyed with his night-light,
Had just settled down to log-off for the night,
When over in the Forums there arose such a clatter,
Fella sprang back online to see what was the matter.

To the browser window he flew like a flash,
Tore open the tabs and refreshed the cache.
When what to his art-loving eyes should appear,
But an animated sleigh and eight commissioned reindeer,
With a little old driver, so creative and slick,
Fella knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than broadband, his reindeer were famed,
After all his favorite artforms, Santa had them all named.
"Now, Manga! Now, Photos! Now, Literature and Crafts!
On, Digital! On, Typography! On, Animations in Flash!

From the greatest masterpiece to the simplest scrawl
I'll fly 'round the world, inspiring them all!"
Fella heard him exclaim, as he flew off in the night,
"Happy Christmas to all, from your favorite website."

–Creatively crafted by LaurenKitsune

Our sincere thanks ♥

The holiday season is very special to us at deviantART.  We're all part of a diverse community celebrating many different forms of culture and spirituality, and we sincerely thank you for choosing to make deviantART a little slice of your Internet life.  

No matter what you celebrate this holiday season, we extend our warmest wishes to you and yours.  Happy holidays!

–deviantART Staff

Holiday Card Project 2012

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 7:06 PM

It's back!  With the goal of bringing a little cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the deviantART Holiday Card Project connects deviants from around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating uplifting holiday cards.

In past years, the Project has received more than 5,000 cards sent in by more than 1,000 deviants from 50 different countries/political regions. Cards were then divvied up and distributed in-person by deviantART members to local Los Angeles, CA hospitals, with additional cards given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for hospital staff members to hand out to patients.

The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is simple: do something nice for others. However, if you're looking for even more incentive, every deviant who submits a card will be given a free one-month Premium Membership to deviantART.

Please read the following text for more details on the Holiday Card Project.

:holly:  What is the deviantART Holiday Card Project?The purpose of the Holiday Card Project is to have deviants create physical holiday cards for people who are hospitalized during the holiday season — helping to bring a little cheer to those who are undergoing a hospital stay.

:holly:  Who receives the cards?The cards will be distributed to both U.S. and international hospitals. Some cards will be delivered in-person by select deviants in the areas of the respective hospitals, while other cards will be distributed by hospital staff members. The patients who receive the cards age in range from children to seniors, and have illness or injuries that vary from mild to terminal.

:holly:  What should I write in a card?Be as creative as you’d like, but remember, the degree of illness for patients will vary from mild to terminal, so it is important to be cheerful. Some suggested greetings include, “Hope you’re feeling better,” “Thinking of you,” or “Have a nice day.” Try and stay away from “Get well soon” as it might not be appropriate for all patients. Be sure include a message of “Happy holidays” as the cards will be distributed for the holidays.

:holly:  Can I make a card myself?Of course. An 8.5" × 11" (21.59 cm x 27.94 cm) sheet of paper folded 2 ways to a total size of 4.25" × 5" (11.43 cm x 12.7 cm) works nicely. Though, there is no specific “set” size for cards. Use your best judgment. You can personally design and decorate cards by drawing, coloring, or painting. Construction paper, cardboard, markers, crayons, colored pencils, ribbon, etc., are all great to help make your card as special as possible.

:holly:  Can I use holiday cards purchased from a store?Absolutely. Store bought cards are great for the Holiday Card Project, but try and add a little extra flair and pizzazz by drawing on the inside of the card or including a few doodles. Use color to brighten up the presentation; be creative.

:holly:  How much is postage for sending a card?If you live in the U.S. and are sending an averaged sized card, it will probably cost one first-class stamp ($0.45). If you live in a country other than the U.S., the best thing to do is to check with your local postal agency for rates.

:holly:  Can I send more than one card?Please do. You can even put more than one card in the same envelope or package to save on postage. However, remember that quality is better than quantity. Sending one quality card that you put time and effort into is better than sending two cards that were thrown together.

:holly:  Will patients know who made their cards?The only way a patient will know who made a card is if you sign your name, which you are welcome to do. You may also include your e-mail address and/or deviantART URL in hopes of getting a reply; though, that can’t be guaranteed. If you wish to send a card anonymously, you may.

:holly:  Can non-deviants participate in the Project?Definitely. The Holiday Card Project accepts cards from all participants who are willing to contribute to a good cause. The Project is a great way for schools, clubs, church groups, or family and friends to get together and work on a fun activity. No deviantART affiliation is necessary.

:holly:  What do I get out of this?The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is to try and bring a little cheer to those undergoing a hospital stay. The patients and their families are deeply touched by the kindness and caring from those who take time to create and send cards.

Additionally, once the Holiday Card Project has been completed, all registered deviantART members will be given a free one-month Premium Membership just for sending in a card. In order to be awarded a Premium Membership, please include your username on a piece of paper separate from the holiday card. Premium Memberships will be distributed no later than January 31, 2013.

:holly:  When is the deadline for the Holiday Card Project?All cards should be received by December 15, 2012.

:rudolph:  Where do I send a card?Please use the following address:

deviantART, Inc.
Holiday Card Project
7095 Hollywood Blvd., #788
Hollywood, CA 90028

Please remember to include your deviantART username on a separate piece of paper when mailing in a holiday card. To ensure that you successfully receive your free Premium Membership, it is vitally important that your username be written in such a manner that it easy to read!

:stare:  Rules and TermsLimit one one-month Premium Membership per participant. DeviantART reserves the right to deem any card contributed to the Project as unacceptable and therefore ineligible for a Premium Membership.

:megaphone:  Spread the WordIf you’d like to help promote the Holiday Card Project, please use the image below and link back to this journal.

:note:  Past Projects

:holly:  Where do I direct questions and concerns?Please note that many common concerns have already been addressed in the above questions and answers. Take care when reading the Project's description because there's a good chance it already contains an answer to your question. For any remaining issues, please leave a comment in this journal.

My sincere thanks

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 5, 2012, 3:42 AM
  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: Friendly Fires - On Board
  • Watching: The Olympics
  • Drinking: Water

:star:  Happy 12th birthday, deviantART!

In two days, on August 7th, deviantART will celebrate our 12th year on the Web.  As deviantART's third employee (behind spyed and chris), I've spent over 40% of my life working for the site.  

The last 12 years have oftentimes been a roller-coaster ride of the highest highs and the lowest lows, but having the opportunity to help build a site like deviantART -- that truly impacts the lives of millions of people -- while getting to work with good friends and talented peers, has been well worth any hardships.  It's been the best experience of my life.  

My time at deviantART has been an incredible ride and I've learned more than I thought was possible.  From gifted co-workers to sage advisors and mentors, I'm forever grateful for every relationship and interaction, and I'd like to thank everyone who has made it possible for deviantART to get where it is today.  Most importantly, I'd like to thank the deviantART community.  Few sites can claim they've been around for 12 years and none of deviantART's successes and accomplishments would have been made possible without the deviants who continue to call deviantART home.

Today, deviantART has amassed over 23 million members and receives 56 million unique visitors per month.  Even so, we're just at the cusp of what's to come.  Enormous opportunities are ahead -- ones that will allow us to connect people and the arts in entirely new ways -- and I'm excited for the world to see all the amazing things we'll develop through community and technology.


Comic-Con: Day 4

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 9:08 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:
On Sunday, the 4th and final day of San Diego Comic-Con, we were able to keep the love flowing to show the artists and art enthusiasts who came by our booth just how much they meant to us.

The last day of Comic-Con is always bittersweet. The air buzzes with positivity, inspiration, and camaraderie, but in the back of your mind, you know it may be another year before you see some of these friends, old and new. Sure, we always have the Internet, but there's something special about meeting in real life that can’t compare to flipping through a portfolio of sketches, laughing out loud with your peers, and supporting artists’ hard work right then and there.

There was rarely a moment when one of our seven kiosks wasn’t occupied by an artist. Young or old, newbie or professional, digital or traditional, the chance to sit down and create art was difficult to pass up with inspiration coming from every direction.

A view from the deviantART booth, looking out at the convention floor.

With a handful of deviantART staffers standing by to answer questions, hand out swag, or grin with delight when they met a deviant they’d been following for years, every one of us walked away from the convention with hearts full of memories we'll never forget.

It was great seeing families come up to our booth, excited, wanting to share the community with their kids. Usually it's the other way around — teenagers trying to explain deviantART to their parents. There was some of the latter, but primarily what we noticed was the older generation wanting to pass the community on to their kids, or even grandchildren in some cases.

spyed watches a young pre-deviant use deviantART muro to draw a landscape of his favorite game.

Every year deviantART is a part of Comic-Con, we learn more about how to make the next even better. This year, we had more panels, more schwag to hand out, more ways to make the artists in the alley feel the love. And we have a whole year ahead to come up with how awesome we know Comic-Con 2013 will be.

And don't worry -- we'll soon be releasing video of every aspect deviantART could capture on film, so you can experience what it was like to attend from the comfort of your home.  Get excited for some exclusive interviews with artists, insider tips and tricks from our hosted panels, and so much more.

Not all Poison Ivys at Comic-Con were cosplayers. Leeahd took the time to make this villain digital.

As we mentioned in an earlier recap, we’re looking for ideas on how to make meeting up with large groups of deviants even more frequent. You may have read about our Paris deviantMEET, our London deviantMEET, and our first-ever Gallery Show in London, and we want to hear from you.

- What conventions should we go to in the future?
- What towns does deviantART need to visit next to hold a deviantMEET?
- What sorts of get-togethers would be perfect for deviantART to show up and crash?
- Please leave your ideas in the comments below!

All deviantART staffers in attendance take a moment to pose beneath our rotating sign!

Much was achieved with our sponsorship of Artists' Alley; however, none of it would have been possible without makepictures and techgnotic. Thanks to their tireless efforts and passion, we were able to further deviantART's commitment to entertaining, empowering, and inspiring the artist in all of us.

Ultimately, though, we need to sincerely thank each and every deviant and/or art lover who stopped by our booth and warmed our hearts with tales of their artistic journey.  It's thanks to them, and deviants around the world, that deviantART is able to provide an environment of creative integrity and purpose.

~Heidi and LaurenKitsune

Read more:
Comic-Con: Day 1
Comic-Con: Day 2
Comic-Con: Day 3
Comic-Con: Day 4

Comic-Con: Day 3

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 2:37 AM by Heidi:iconheidi:
Saturday kicked off Day 3 of Comic-Con, and the crowds poured onto the convention floor to start the weekend in Geek Style.

At noon, deviantART hosted our final panel: How to Supercharge Your deviantART Profile Like the Masters.  Moderated by none other than our fearless ninja, Angelo (aka spyed), we were honored to have the following superstars share their deviantART experiences with the crowd:

- Adam Warren (AdamWarren -- “The Dirty Pair,” “Empowered”)
- Mark Brooks (diablo2003, from Marvel Comics)
- Jim Zubkavich (Zubby -- Project Manager of Creative Services, Udon Entertainment)
- Dave Elliott (DeevElliott -- “Heavy Metal Magazine”)
- Wenqing Yan (yuumei, creator of “Knite,” “1000 W0RDS”)
- Kevin Eastman (Kevineastman -- co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
- Chris Sanders (alohalilo creator of “Lilo & Stitch”)

It was truly a remarkable and informative hour.  Brains were picked from every angle and our panelists described everything from the importance of joining deviantART, to how maintaining one's Profile Page can help launch a career.  (Fear not!  If you weren’t able to attend in person, word on the street is that video highlights may be showing up on hq in the near future.)

spyed hosts our "Supercharge Your Profile" panel.

As things were winding down, each panelist was asked to summarize the best piece of advice they wanted to impress on the crowd.  The following is a quick soundbite of what each had to say.

Be persistent, relentless, and unstoppable, even when you want to stop. Especially when you want to stop.
-Adam Warren (AdamWarren)

Thrive on criticism. 
-Mark Brooks (diablo2003)

Create something that's genuine and something you like. 
-Jim Zubkavich (Zubby)

Don’t be a lurker. Be positive and that will come back to you. 
-Dave Elliott (DeevElliott)

Don't be afraid.  Everyone starts out not being awesome.  Immerse yourself in the process, and before you know it, you'll be great. 
-Wenqing Yan (yuumei)

Whatever you think is art... is art. Period. 
-Kevin Eastman (Kevineastman)

Whatever you do, try and put a story in your work.  It will make you a better artist. 
-Chris Sanders (alohalilo)

With our last panel out of the way, we were free to focus our energies in other directions, while the deviantART booth in Artists’ Alley buzzed along like clockwork.

DaneRot spends his downtime by sketching Hulk!

Besides the myriad amazing reasons we had to be psyched about coming to Comic-Con, this year was especially exciting, because we just launched our Premium Content Platform earlier this week. It’s always a good feeling to launch a new feature that we know will enrich the lives of deviants, but to launch something that directly benefits artists and generates them real earnings, well, you can understand that we’d be brimming with excitement to spread that news to everyone we meet.

Friend of deviantART Uwe Maurer of Ambient Design brought spyed and me (Heidi) to The Art Department’s booth to talk about some really exciting things.  Most of them we have to keep hush-hush for now, but what we can say is that there may be some interesting ways for Premium Content to kick-start their students’ portfolios and careers.

We were also thrilled to hear that, while we were running around Comic-Con, Bleeding Cool wrote an article about the potential impact Premium Content offers independent artists.

Since we had a camera crew hanging around for some interviews we planned to do with artists, we thought we’d learn a little more about the artists that make up Comic-Con. Today, spyed was able to make his way through the artists sitting in the Small Press section. As you can see, there were some pretty big hearts inside the artists in Small Press.

Walking around outside of Artists’ Alley also meant getting to spend time at some of the other booths we’d been rushing past, promising to return to for two days now. marioluevanos and LaurenKitsune took a few moments to dig through bins to recreate the deviantART logo on the giant LEGO wall!

Last year (which was deviantART’s first year sponsoring Artists' Alley), we offered two scholarships to artists emerging artists who'd always dreamt of going to Comic-Con.  It was such a success that, this year, we offered six scholarships, and set them up near the deviantART booth.

On Thursday, we hosted mleiv and larkinheather, while Friday saw the arrival of UNDERANANGEL and SpyrosVerykios-ComiX. Today, we had super artists and deviants Mogorron and sambees. Though weary from travel, they were excited to display their works in Artists' Alley, meet professionals in their industry, and have their portfolios reviewed by the experts!

Other Happenings

chriscopeland and jeffwamester use deviantART muro.

damphyr and megturney battle it out as Wolverine and Mulan.

The amazingness that is cosplayers attending Comic-Con.

Follow deviantart on Twitter for the chance to win free Fella!

That about wraps up Day 3 of Comic-Con, and we all know what that means -- tomorrow is the final and saddest day of Comic-Con.    However, we're trying to make the good cheer last as long as we can before we start X-ing out the calendar days until Comic-Con 2013.

~Heidi and LaurenKitsune

Read more:
Comic-Con: Day 1
Comic-Con: Day 2
Comic-Con: Day 3
Comic-Con: Day 4

Comic-Con: Day 2

Sat Jul 14, 2012, 1:57 AM by Heidi:iconheidi:
Comic-Con Day 2 was all about cosplay, fandom, and art, art, art!  

Before we get into the thick of things, we didn’t have a photo of our huge plasma screens hanging from the convention ceiling to share in our Day 1 recap, so we vowed to get that to you today!  The 11 foot wide screens stream amazing works of art from Artists' Alley participants to the whole convention floor!    

In Comic-Cons past, the foot traffic In Artists’ Alley got busier and busier as the week progressed, and this year is no exception. There’s something magical about speaking one-on-one with a deviant, learning their experiences, hearing how they started as an artist, and how far they’ve come. It’s an emotional connection to make with someone who was practically a stranger a few moments ago -- and then you realize you’re not really strangers when you’re part of such a welcoming community. We all start somewhere, learn and grow along the way, and then challenge ourselves to be better and meet new goals.

EDWARDJCHUA draws Batman as a squirrel, as requested by Ayame-Kenoshi!

A steampunk-rock deviant named ducky-overlord, a member of deviantART for over 9 years, came to our booth today with exciting news to share. Not only was she thrilled to be at the convention and meeting fellow deviants, but she received her first ever Daily Deviation today! And it's no wonder she did. This steampunk-inspired mask is incredible!

Today’s deviantART-related panel was hosted by our very own Josh Wattles, aka makepictures, who spoke to a rapt crowd on the topic of fan art law and copyright. It was sure to be a popular subject, because not only was the crowd comprised of those who love and create fan art, but also artists who create original works who wanted to learn to keep their intellectual property protected. Josh won over both sides with a Fan Art Copyright 101, seamlessly integrating basic definitions with explanations of the trickier facets of the law, peppered with humorous case studies involving Darth Maul, Harry Potter fan fiction, and bronies.

Josh's presentation featured a piece by  kozispoon, who drew Josh in the style of a My Little Pony.

The panel included an expert -- technically, he was a composite of artists who walk the fine line of producing fan art pre-professionally -- who, through the miracle of voice modulation to keep his identity a secret, spoke about his experience working for the comic industry while still being a fan art fanatic.

The mysterious guest.

Because deviantART staff know how to play while they work, megturney spent her day conducting interviews with Artists' Alley participants, all while cosplaying as Superhero Mulan. We were lucky enough to sit down for a moment with AlexGarner, who only had a bit of time to spare before running off to finish a cover for a new DC comic. Work hard, play hard!

megturney keeps AlexGarner on the topic of DC, so he can brainstorm as he interviews.

The cosplaying didn’t end with Superhero Mulan.  megturney also organized her Superhero Disney Princess pals and anyone they could katamari over with them. See how many characters you can name!

In the midst of the whirlwind action of panels, interviews, and cosplaying, deviantART’s booth in the alley continued to be a popular spot for artists to sit down and create after all the inspiration they’d seen on the convention floor...which in turn inspired onlookers to wait for their turn to create, and it was basically one giant ball of creativity and awesomeness.

greenestreet poses behind his clever Avengers/Justice League crossover.

Comic-Con has certainly influenced hokepalakiko as he draws the Man of Steel.

We know how difficult it may be for people in other countries and even as close as other states to make it to Comic-Con. Even though you may not be able to make it physically, we’re hoping these pictures are the next best thing. And if the inspiration you’ve seen here has moved you to create a drawing -- in deviantART muro or elsewhere -- post a link to it in the comments, because we’d love to check it out.

Before you go, a little Batman eye candy.  Just because!

That's a wrap for Day 2!

~Heidi and LaurenKitsune

Read more:
Comic-Con: Day 1
Comic-Con: Day 2
Comic-Con: Day 3
Comic-Con: Day 4

Comic-Con: Day 1

Fri Jul 13, 2012, 2:14 AM by Heidi:iconheidi:
San Diego Comic-Con Day 1 is winding down to such wee hours, some sticklers might call it “Technically A Few Moments Into Day 2.” But we live by the belief that new days don’t technically start until after you’ve fallen asleep, and all of the deviantART staff in attendance are still buzzing with energy after such an amazing first day on the convention floor.

For those of you unable to make it to San Diego, allow us to paint a picture for you.

Try not to get hypnotized as our deviantART signage spins from the convention ceiling!

The first thing you see as you walk in the door (provided you walk in at door G) is the radiant deviantART band of hope hanging from the ceiling like a beacon for artists and art lovers to join their devious brethren at the mecca of creativity: Artists’ Alley.

Like last year, deviantART is sponsoring the alley, offering comic artists comfy seats, slick carpeting, deviantART swag, and the contentment that comes from knowing how awesome deviantART thinks they are.

We've provided not one, but two huge display screens streaming art from artists within Artists' Alley -- one showcasing portrait-style art, the other rotated to feature landscape. The displays, measuring roughly 11 feet wide, are hung from the convention ceiling right over the alley for all to see, beckoning everyone to come closer and meet these legends in person.

endosage and mattdanna prepare the booth.

The deviantART booth itself features kiosks with chairs for weary walkers -- and not the undead kind or those from Westeros. Six of the kiosks feature iMacs and Intuos tablets, ready for anyone who wants to play with deviantART muro. The seventh kiosk features a 24-inch Cintiq where newbies and pros alike can enter into the digital artist’s playground that is so much fun, it frequently requires a wipe-down after patrons and staff alike drool on it in amazement.

It didn’t take long for artists to flock to our humble corner and let their imaginations run wild. Darke-Imp and her friend took a few minutes to whip up a devilish Dante from the video game “Devil May Cry.”

mejia29 stood by this piece he called “one of the best things he’s ever made,” and we were honored to be right there for the historic moment.

Comic-Con wouldn’t be complete without sassy Marvel characters, so xashe drew us one of the craziest of them all: Deadpool.

MarceloBriseno stopped by Artists’ Alley again this year to whip up a quick “Empty Skull” portrait, and it looks amazing.

It's Franchesco!

One of our favorite things about walking through the alley and talking to the artists is that they each have a story. They each had a dream they pursued and the perseverance to hone their talent, and it’s truly an inspiration to all of us. There are many paths that they may have taken to end up in the alley, but the looks on their faces when a fan comes up for an autograph or to purchase some original art is so awe-inspiring and motivational, it reminds us staffers why deviantART loves Artists’ Alley.

danlev agrees!  Comics are art.

Day 1 is coming to a close (we still haven’t gone to bed yet! It’s still Day 1!), and we can barely wait to get going on Day 2. Who knows what the future will hold? More comic book purchases? New, awesome panels to attend? A shy deviant quietly creating a breathtaking masterpiece on deviantART muro as a crowd looks on in awe? Well, we can tell you that ALL OF THESE THINGS WILL DEFINITELY HAPPEN, but you’ll have to tune in to our next Journal to see just how they go!

~Heidi and LaurenKitsune

Read more:
Comic-Con: Day 1
Comic-Con: Day 2
Comic-Con: Day 3
Comic-Con: Day 4


DeviantART is proud to announce our Premium Content Platform

Providing the ability for content creators to become sellers and generate real earnings by making digital files of their high-quality work available for download. Sellers are able to set their own prices while retaining 80% of all revenue earned, and buyers are able to quickly get the things they want with the satisfaction of supporting the artists they love.

What is Premium Content?

The Premium Content Platform was built to represent high-quality content — the premier pieces in an artist's repertoire of work. We encourage the sale of everything from comics or stories for download, to high-res files like .PSDs, textures, tutorials, brush packs, and more!

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What are Points?

DeviantART Points are a virtual currency that can be used to buy virtual and real goods on deviantART. Points can be purchased using a credit card or PayPal, and one U.S. dollar is the equivalent to 80 Points. A buyer making a Premium Content Platform purchase must use Points for the transaction.

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Selling Premium Content

Premium Content Platform sellers have the opportunity to generate real earnings through sales. Sellers are able to set their own prices for downloads and a seller retains 80% of all revenue earned.

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Buyers make Premium Content Platform purchases with Points.While all payments are made in Points, earnings from work sold can be withdrawn as U.S. dollars via PayPal or check, or converted into Points.

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Buying Premium Content

Buying Premium Content is a straightforward and user-friendly process. Simply click the "Purchase" button, ensure you have enough Points available to make the transaction, enter your password, and agree to the Seller's Agreement. Your download will start immediately!

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Rating Premium Content

To assist future buyers, we encourage previous buyers to rate sellers on a five-star scale. It only takes a moment to rate a seller and feedback is critical to helping others make purchasing decisions.

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Eligibility and Agreements

Sellers enter into an agreement with the buyer on each download. When making a download available for sale, sellers can use a standard Personal Use/Personal Non-Commercial Use License Agreement or can insert their own Custom License Agreement.

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Supporting Artists, Empowering Buyers

The majority of work on deviantART will always remain free. Members and visitors will still be able to browse and download millions of deviations at no cost. The Premium Content Platform was built to represent the premier pieces in an artist's repertoire of work. Our aim with the Platform is to provide a place where artists are able to sell their work and feel empowered and dignified by receiving a deserving share of the earnings. Buyers are able to directly support the artists they love through purchases made on the Premium Content Platform.

The Premium Content Platform launch is a staged release. All members are currently enabled to buy content. However, only a small segment of deviants have been granted the privilege to sell. Over the next few weeks, more and more deviants will be given the privilege to become sellers. Those who have the ability to sell will be notified with a Hot Topic notification in their Message Center.

Premium Content Platform

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 11:17 AM
DeviantART is proud to announce our Premium Content Platform — providing the ability for content creators to become sellers and generate earnings by making digital files of their high-quality work available for download. The Premium Content Platform allows deviants to buy and sell digital goods for immediate download and use. Sellers are able to charge a little and sell a lot, and take advantage of the easy-to-use Points currency for digital downloads. Buyers get the things they want with the satisfaction of supporting the artists they love.
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What is the Premium Content Platform?

The Premium Content Platform is a way for deviants to easily sell and buy digital content. The Platform is based on digital downloads, which removes all of the issues brought about by physical goods and their delivery; for example, printing and shipping products from one location to another. By selling digital products through downloads, sellers can easily connect to millions of potential customers. Once purchased, digital downloads can be accessed and enjoyed immediately. By using the deviantART Points system, sellers set their own prices for each download, opening up massive potential for purchases on a wide variety of items by the millions of people who use deviantART.

What are Points?

DeviantART Points are a virtual currency that can be used to buy virtual and real goods on deviantART — such goods include Premium Content Platform purchases, Premium Memberships, t-shirts and gear, Prints products, virtual badges, and more. Points can be purchased using a credit card or PayPal, and one U.S. dollar is the equivalent to 80 Points. A buyer making a Premium Content Platform purchase must use Points for the transaction. However, a seller's earnings are credited in U.S. dollars which can be withdrawn via PayPal or check, or converted into Points.

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Selling Premium Content

As a seller, you can make almost any content that can be placed in a digital file available for purchase. The content must be your original work or you must have full authority to make it available for sale. The content also needs to qualify under deviantART's Submission Policy and Etiquette Guidelines. The Premium Content Platform is designed for both ease of use and security. Deviants wishing to sell content are able to do so efficiently and ensure their high-quality content is put to its proper use, on their terms, while also generating profit for their hard work. Sellers are able to set their own prices for Premium Content Platform downloads and, once sold, a seller retains 80% of all revenue earned.

When making a Premium Content download available for sale, sellers are encouraged to provide a detailed deviation description about the content being made available for purchase in order to avoid misunderstandings or disappointments from buyers. For example, if the content is a brush that will work only in certain versions of software or if the content is a file that will only open in certain editions of Photoshop or Painter, the description should explain these nuances as much as possible.

To begin selling through the Premium Content Platform, go to the Submit Art page and follow these simple steps:


Buyers purchase content using deviantART Points. Each time a buyer pays for a download, the seller will be notified about the sale through an Activity Message in the Message Center. DeviantART charges a fee on each download equal to 20% of the price set by the seller at the time of the download, and places the remaining 80% into the seller's My Earnings account in U.S. dollars. After a short holding period of approximately 14 days, the seller's earnings from the sale will be available to be withdrawn by the seller either as U.S. dollars (via PayPal or check) or as deviantART Points.

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Buying Premium Content

Buying Premium Content is easy. Whether you're looking for tools to aid your latest photomanipulation or you are searching for the perfect desktop wallpaper, the Premium Content Platform is a fantastic way to fuel your creative mind. Buying Premium Content is a straightforward and user-friendly process.

Once you've identified Premium Content that you're interested in, click the "Purchase" button, enter your password, and agree to the Seller's Agreement. Your download will start immediately.

Rating Premium Content

In order to assist future Premium Content buyers, we encourage those who have purchased content to rate sellers on a five-star scale. In addition to rating sellers, buyers are also encouraged to leave feedback about the download in the comments section of a deviation. It only takes a moment to rate a seller and/or leave a comment and feedback is crucial in helping others make purchasing decisions.

Eligibility and Agreements

Selling on the Premium Content Platform is a privilege and not a right of membership. The launch of the Platform will be staged by selecting target groups of sellers before the Platform is extended to all members. People who have the ability to sell via the Platform will be notified with a Hot Topic notification in their Message Center. All members will be enabled to buy content on day one.

Sellers enter into an agreement with the buyer on each download. When making a download available for sale, sellers can use a standard Personal Use/Personal Non-Commercial Use License Agreement. Alternatively, sellers can insert a Custom License Agreement. These options are explained at the time the seller makes the content available for sale.

Important Information

Occasionally a dispute may arise between a buyer and a seller. The most likely issue will be a concern by the buyer that the download doesn't meet his or her expectations. This can be avoided most of the time with a good description of the content on the deviation page. The seller should accept responsibility for providing an adequate description and the buyer should accept responsibility for reading that description before deciding to make a purchase.

Buyers can request a refund within 7 days of their purchase using the refund button on the Order Detail page. Sellers are provided with a streamlined method to provide refunds within thirty (30) days of the request made by the Buyer. Sellers should always consider issuing a refund in the case of a Buyer who is unhappy.  Buyers and Sellers should always behave politely toward one another.

The deviantART Help Desk is available in the event that the buyer and the seller cannot resolve their dispute. Both the buyer and the seller should read the Terms of Use for the Premium Content Platform before using the Help Desk. However, in general, buyers should proceed at their own risk.

You can report content that should not be made available on the Platform using the Report Deviation button, the same way you would report a deviation for other issues. Should a fraudulent circumstance arise that requires the attention of deviantART staff, buyers should file a report within 7 days of purchase. To report a deviation, click the Report Deviation button and select "Premium Content Issues". You will then be prompted to select what the issue is, and to leave more information, so that staff can handle the situation as smoothly as possible. If deviantART staff find that fraudulent activity has occurred, appropriate action will be taken — ranging from suspending a deviant's ability to buy or sell Premium Content, to a permanent site ban.

As a reminder when purchasing Premium Content, the buyer is expected to abide to the agreements made when the content was originally purchased, the same way the seller is expected to abide by the Terms of Use and Seller Agreement.

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deviantART is applying to manage .art

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 12:00 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:

deviantaRT is applying to manage a new Top Level Domain called .art

Top Level Domain (TLD) is the technical name for ".com," ".net," ".org," or ".fr". These TLDs are controlled and issued by a worldwide organization called ICANN, short for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.  When ICANN announced that it would accept applications for new TLDs, deviantART quickly realized that someone would try to nab ".art."    

DeviantART is committed to have the .art TLD in the hands of representatives of the arts; people who know something about the Internet and the way art is presented and enabled by the Internet.  Nobody has more experience with this than the deviantART community that we are all building, participating in, and sharing with each other every day.

In order to secure .art into the right hands, deviantART created a new company called Dadotart, Inc., and brought aboard smart people who know all about the intricate rules, regulations, and technicalities of ICANN and how it works.  We put together a pretty complicated (and somewhat tedious) formal application and submitted it to ICANN months ago, right before the deadline.  You can download and read the public portion of the application here.

Two days ago, ICANN "revealed" all of the applicants for TLDs.  .Art is the third most-contested TLD, with 10 other companies applying to control it -- including some who have applied for hundreds of other TLDs on their own.  This is because TLDs can be big business.  The people who control them get to set prices and terms to use the address.  .Art is going to be very popular for many reasons and these companies know it.

DeviantART is committed to the notion that the art community must participate directly in the management and control of the .art TLD.  The Dadotart application requests a Community Designation for the .art TLD and part of the management would include a committee made up of artists, art professionals, art organizations (both public and private), as well as organizations representing commercial interests in the art world.  This committee would establish the rules and requirements for handing out addresses using the .art TLD and would also be involved in pricing decisions.

The object is to keep the .art TLD accessible, but at the same time give it a strong integrity to the arts.  Someone either using or visiting a .art address should know that they are in a place for the arts -- not just in a vanity environment.  Organizations or others dedicated to the arts need to know that the people behind .art will respect their names and their status and not just sell "Louvre," "Chagall," "MOMA," or "StarCraftFan" to the highest bidder or to the first one in the door.

We believe the .art designation is important because of what art represents as a global cultural force without boundaries.  .Com generally references something to do with commerce, and the arts frequently have nothing to do with commerce; .net has something to do with technology and many art forms have nothing to do with technology itself; .org suggests an organization and many people in the arts specifically stay away from them; .au, .ae, .uk, .pl, and .sg all represent countries and the arts should rise above them just as many artist do, particularly on the Internet and the Web.

It will take many months, maybe more than a year, before final action by ICANN on awarding the .art TLD.  We’ll keep you posted about any major developments.  If you're really interested in the process, you can read additional details on ICANN's site for New Generic Top Level Domains.

This doesn’t mean that would all of a sudden change to (or is already a trusted and well known address for our community and the millions of other people who enjoy visiting.  Changing our domain would be very disruptive.  The .art TLD would service all of the arts, including art forms that deviantART doesn't handle -- like the theater, music, dance, and so on -- and would allow people to have individual identities associated with the arts without going through a community like deviantART or YouTube.  This is one of the reasons we created Dadotart, Inc., as the actual applicant for the TLD, so that the participation could be as broad as the arts themselves.

Let us know what you think about this effort!
  • What kind of .art domains do you think should be reserved?
  • Do you agree that .art domains shouldn't just go to the highest bidder?
  • What golden rule of arts custodianship should guide the hearts and minds of those who get the awesome responsibility to manage .art?

deviantART deviantMEET

Posted on June 11, 2012

Join us in London, England!

We're headed to Hyde Park to meet and mingle with local deviants, and we want to see you!

Join Us!

We're back in London

The London deviantMEET from our 2009 World Tour was a total success, yielding more deviants than any other city on the tour! We're looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new deviants alike, as we head back to the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park on Saturday, June 30th.

HQ Meet: 1 - Group Shot by ^sine-out

Hyde Park: London, England

  • Location: Albert Memorial in Hyde Park

  • Date & Time:  June 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM BST

  • Admission: FREE!

  • What to Bring: Food for a picnic, art supplies, camera, and deviousness

This deviantMEET is part picnic! Bring your own snacks and/or share with others.

devCAKE by `Anmagdan

We're combining forces with britain, the local deviantMEET group, in order to make this event one to remember. On Saturday, June 30th at 12:00 PM, we'll be meeting at the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park for a day full of fun. Weather permitting, we'll hang out at the park, create art, talk all things deviantART, and simply have a good time!

Hungry? Us too! Deviants are encouraged to bring food and snacks for lunch -- picnic style. If you're feeling generous, bring a little extra to share with others.

Should there be inclement weather, the deviantMEET will move to the nearby Science Museum. The Science Museum is a short 10-minute walk from Albert Memorial and will allow us to take cover under indoor picnic areas. Keep an eye on this journal, as we'll be updating it with relevant weather-related information as the deviantMEET grows closer. However, the plan is to meet at Albert Memorial unless told otherwise!

After the deviantMEET, anyone wishing to participate in extra deviousness is welcome to join us at a still-to-be-determined pub -- somewhere within walking distance. (Those choosing to drink alcoholic beverages will need to provide proper identification.)

Rain or shine, feel free to bring sketchbooks, cameras, iPads, and art supplies to create and share your work with fellow deviants. Rumor has it deviantART staff might have free goodies for those in attendance!

This is an all-ages event, and we welcome you to bring friends. We can’t wait to see you!

Update, as of June 27th

The time is nearly upon us! Our London deviantMEET is just around the corner and we hope you have your calendar marked for Saturday, June 30th at 12:00 PM (noon). Our meet-up location is at the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park.

The plan is to enjoy a relaxing and fun day at the park, while engaging in sparkling conversation with like-minded deviants. Remember, this deviantMEET is part picnic and we encourage deviants to bring food and snacks for themselves, and maybe even to share! Additionally, feel free also bring sketchbooks, cameras, and any art supplies that will help make the day a creative event to remember.

Saturday's forecast likely includes a few rain showers, so we might be in for a bit of wet weather. Please dress and plan accordingly. (Maybe bring an old blanket to sit on and a jacket with a hood.) In the event the rain becomes too much, the deviantMEET will move from Hyde Park to the nearby Science Museum. However, we do hope to stay at Hyde Park pending any downpours.

Any important, late breaking, deviantMEET updates will be posted to deviantART's official Twitter account.

We'll see you there!

You are cool, and I am proud of you.

deviantART: Online Trust Alliance 2012 Award Receipient

At deviantART, we always strive to keep your user experience safe so you’re provided with an environment in which you’re comfortable to create and grow. As part of our ongoing effort to keep your user experience protected, we’ve been documenting ways to encourage awareness and ensure a safer deviantART — first in April and August of 2011, and again in January of this year.

In 2011, deviantART became a member of the Online Trust Alliance (OTA), an overarching group of companies dedicated to preventing and fighting malicious activities that occur on the Web. This was one of many steps taken as a means of ensuring your safety and privacy while on deviantART, and doing so placed deviantART alongside Microsoft, PayPal, Twitter, and other leading companies working to make your Internet experience free of malicious activity.

We are pleased to announce that this year, deviantART has been nominated to the Online Trust Honor Roll. This nomination came from the analysis of deviantART’s Privacy Policy, required email authentication, and several other factors. The 2012 OTA report examined over 1,200 domains and privacy policies, approximately 3,600 Web pages, and over 500 million emails. In addition, public records were analyzed for recent data breach incidents and settlements with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Of the companies evaluated, less than 30% qualified for an Honor Roll nomination.

We consider this an honor and are grateful toward the OTA for the recognition of our efforts. In previous years, many of the nominees were Fortune 500 companies, putting deviantART among some of the biggest and most successful businesses in the world, with regard to safety and security practices. If you would like to view the full list of 2012 Honor Roll recipients, they can be found on the OTA website.

Your protection continues to be a priority, and we will keep doing our best to ensure that your user experience on deviantART remains a safe one.

deviantART deviantMEET

Posted on May 18, 2012

Join us in Paris, France!

Parisian deviants! We're headed for the beautiful City of Light, and we want to see you!

First day of spring in Paris by *melintir

First day of spring in Paris

Join Us!

We're back in Paris!

It's been 3 years since we've visited "La Ville-Lumière," and we're excited to make our triumphant return. On Saturday, June 9th, deviants of all ages are invited to join us for a very special deviantMEET at Mécano Bar. We'll be there for much of the day, so come by at anytime!

Mécano Bar: Paris, France

  • Location: 99 rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris
  • Date & Time:  June 9th, 2012 at 2:00 PM CEST
  • Admission: FREE!
  • What to Bring: Art supplies, ID card, and money for food/drinks!

Mecano Bar Entrance

This is the entrance to the Mécano Bar. Head to the back room for extra deviousness!

Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of SaTaNiA and ZeldaDreams, who coordinate deviantMEETs in Paris monthly and have been incredibly helpful in making this happen, deviantART will be taking over much of Mécano Bar.

When you arrive, be sure to mention that you're there for the deviantMEET and you'll be given a deviantART nametag.

We'll be hanging out for much of the day, so stop by anytime after 2:00 PM to meet and mingle with deviantART staff, fellow deviants, and to simply have a great time!

The bar has free Wi-Fi, so we encourage deviants to bring laptops, iPads, sketchbooks, notepads, and cameras. This is a great opportunity to connect with old and new friends alike!  This is an all ages event.  Those choosing to drink alcoholic beverages will need to provide proper identification.

If you're not available right at 2:00 PM, feel free to drop in later in the day. The deviantART crew will be hanging out for hours. Plus, there's a strong possibility that deviant attendees will receive free deviantART goodies. ;)

Update, as of May 25th!

With our deviantMEET just two weeks away, it's getting hard to contain our excitement! We've been overwhelmed by the positive response from deviants who plan to attend and can't wait to meet, greet, and celebrate with everyone.

Because attendance will be strong, we encourage deviants to arrive anytime after 2:00 PM.  While our deviantMEET does kick-off at 2:00 PM, there's no pressure to arrive right away!  DeviantART staff will be hanging out and available for much of the day, so feel free to arrive at the time that's best for you.  This will ensure that we have a steady flow of people coming in and out of the Mecano Bar, allowing enough room for people to mingle, talk, and still have a good time.

Thank you to everyone who has told us they're attending.  We'll see you throughout the day on June 9th!

We'll see you there!

You are cool, and I am proud of you.

Sharpen your skills and showcase your unique technique in a whole new way.

DeviantART's HTML5 drawing application, deviantART muro, now includes Redraw, allowing you to record your work as you draw. Every brush stroke, every layer, every little movement — all captured by Redraw. Save your work once you're finished and see your art come to life again in high definition playback.

Follow along as professional artists create works of art in their signature styles. Pause, rewind, or jump to a particular frame that interests you. Control the speed of playback, taking it in slowly or flying through quickly. Learn at your own pace from the comfort of your home.

Demonstrate your secret shading technique, the key to composing perfect backgrounds, how to use filters effectively, and much more. Post your newest Redraw for your friends and family to see, or help your fellow artists by sharing the Redraw deviation that will take their work to the next level.

Redraw provides insight into the creation of artwork like no other application can. Relax with a compelling look at the evolution of a piece, sure to please the art enthusiast in all of us. From amateur artists to highly skilled professionals and everyone in between, Redraw offers something for everyone.