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Our first-ever deviantMEET in Las Vegas hit the jackpot!


On Sunday, December 1st, deviants were already lined up outside the doors at 5:00 PM, even though the event wasn't scheduled to start until 5:30!  (A handful of amazingly dedicated super deviants arrived as early as 3:30 PM!)  Far be it for us to wait to get the party started, so we opened the doors a little early, allowing the crowd to rush in.  After signing our guestbook – we know, physical guestbooks are so Web 1.0, but they're great mementos! – our devious artists dispersed to play at the deviantART booth. 

Stocked with six Intuos 5 Wacom tablets to play with, a 24-inch Cintiq, SketchBook Pro for sketching and painting, enough table seating for traditional drawing and portfolio review, and bags upon bags of free swag (including stress balls, deviantART Sharpies, and tons of free stickers), everyone found an awesome and creative way to spend their time.


CAVE deviantMEET Booth by madizzlee

CAVE deviantMEET Goodie Bags by madizzlee

Photo Credit: danlev and Shyree


Over 300 deviants, friends, and family showed up to our booth and got exclusive access to the other booths at Preview Night of the Autodesk CAVE Conference.  One of the most rewarding things about attending deviantMEETs is witnessing a true cross-section of the range of ages, skill levels, and artistic disciplines represented all across deviantART.  Watching everyone mixing and mingling, picking up tricks of the trade and passing along wisdom to others, and settling down for a quiet moment to create and inspire offline as much as they do online is truly something to behold. Sometimes it's easy to forget how much we all have in common, but deviantMEETs showcase our connection right on the forefront!


CAVE deviantMEET Group Shot 4 by madizzlee
Cave deviantMEET by madizzlee CAVE deviantMEET deviant (9) by madizzlee
Cave (14) by makepictures
CAVE deviantMEET (3) by madizzlee

Photo Credit: danlev, Shyree, and makepictures


This was the first deviantMEET staff members can recall where we've had trouble giving away food!  At most deviantMEETs, we provide some kind of snack, like the tasty pizza at our November deviantMEET in Hollywood, and it's gobbled up within minutes!  Las Vegas deviants happen to be really health conscious!  Our deviantART green cupcakes -- Pantone matched, of course! -- were turned away by a good many.  We, less-than-health-conscious staff members, can confirm that they were indeed delicious, as Ben (xraystyle) ate at least four.


CAVE deviantMEET Cupcakes by madizzlee
Photo Credit: danlev and Shyree


On a more serious note, we can't thank the Autodesk CAVE Conference enough for their support and encouragement in allowing us space to house our humble deviantMEET and maybe even bring deviantART to a larger crowd of artists and art enthusiasts via our booth.  For its first year, the CAVE Conference was imagined as a gathering of artists, designers, and storytellers to learn, share, inspire, and challenge each other.  If creativity is your fuel, CAVE was the place to find it. 


Our booth was right near the convention hall's entrance, and along the entrance wall was the CAVE ART Collection, representing a wide variety of content, styles, and subject matter that celebrated imagination.  This year's collection includes artwork created in SketchBook Pro by students, professionals, and aspiring artists from around the world, many of whom were deviants.


Wall of Art by Innocently-Creating

Deviants at CAVE deviantMEET in Las Vegas by madizzlee CAVE deviantMEET Group (12) by madizzlee
Photo Credit: Innocently-Creating, danlev, and Shyree


On Monday, Angelo (spyed) help kicked off the conference by delivering a keynote speech about his experiences in community building and how the lessons he learned supplied the building blocks to the successes of the deviantART.  His experiences seemed to resonate through the audience within, many of them deviants who have gone on to work for professional organizations in all genres of artistic expression.  Truly inspirational.  And he was followed by Neil Gaiman, so, not a bad lineup!


Angelo's Speech at CAVE by madizzlee
Cave (19) by makepictures
Photo Credit: danlev, Shyree, and makepictures


Next, Ron (techgnotic) hosted a presentation about the ever-evolving role of communities as they pertain to artists.  Now, more than ever before, creators are coming to the Internet and deviantART to interact with their fans and inspiration, and often those fans help to shape the focus of the total narrative.  It's an interesting and innovative time to be on either side of the creative community!


Cave (24) by makepictures

Photo Credit: makepictures


All in all, we couldn't be more grateful that we were given the opportunity to engage with our Las Vegas deviants and introduce them -- or reintroduce them -- to the inspirational world of Autodesk.


CAVE deviantMEET Art 2 by madizzlee

CAVE deviantMEET Art 3 by madizzlee CAVE deviantMEET Art by madizzlee
Photo Credit: danlev and Shyree


For additional deviantMEET perspectives, check out a few of the following journals from those who attended!


You never know... we might be coming to your neck of the woods sometime soon, so keep your eye on hq for updates, and stay devious!

                                       

Staff attendees: spyed , techgnotic , Heidi, makepictures , xraystyle, danlev, Shyree, jeanpat, LaurenKitsune



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:iconaffishburne:
AFFishburne Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry I missed, it that would have been an awesome experience to be around so many creative artist;-)
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:iconscheherazadeshorcrux:
ScheherazadesHorcrux Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It was an awesome meetup, and I can't wait for the next one! :)
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:iconispaztron:
iSpaztron Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
i was hidden behind everyone :( im too short..
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:icongorechronicle:
GoreChronicle Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
ERMAHGERD ASIAAA your on the pic  with miracle and taco !!!!!
Junchuu :iconrainbowdeathplz:
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:icondezmyn702:
Dezmyn702 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
All artists that live in vegas wanting to meet with other artists for fun hmu art club is in session once we get to know eachother I think a business plan utilizeing all of our creativity might do well no matter where we apply it
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:iconmidnightgravedigger:
midnightgravedigger Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like everyone had a good time, too bad it was so far away. Hopefully there'll be a meet in the mid-west some time in the future. 
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
The deviantMEET was terrific and I love meeting new people.  Here's some deviants I found over at Ceasar's Palace while I was there:

Las Vegas by makepictures

haha
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:iconhuskyfreaklover:
HuskyFreakLover Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LIVE IN VEGAS .! :D 
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:iconkyle-culver:
kyle-culver Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Very fun! Looks like it was a blast! Always fun to see these things going on (even if I can't make it ;) )
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:iconeyes-of-inferno:
Eyes-of-Inferno Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:iconwhyplz: I am trying to find an ACTIVE group for las vegas on here....>.> no one wants to respond..
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:iconfrdmlong:
frdmlong Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ARRGGHH!!! I missed it! To think it was here and I didn't even know it! Damn you ....life! Damn you.... moving! *kicks a piece of furniture* probably shouldn't have done that. ouch ouch ouch.
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:iconeyes-of-inferno:
Eyes-of-Inferno Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist

:iconletmehugyouplz:  awww... :( you need a hug


:iconawkwardhugplz: 


:iconbrohugplz:

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:iconfrdmlong:
frdmlong Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! ^_^ :hug:
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:iconyyjvmb:
yyjvmb Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
east coast east coast !!
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:iconmangart96:
mangart96 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student General Artist
deviantmeet Boston????
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:iconsettembra:
Settembra Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So awesome!!! I wish I could be there.... 
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:iconanzhelinamenshutkin:
AnzhelinaMenshutkin Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student
I wish there was one in Camden but who would come? No one wants to get shot!
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:iconveterilu:
VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome!
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:icontbrae:
TBRae Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Hope there's one in San Francisco soon. ;)
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:iconanimalwuva101:
animalwuva101 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
there should totally be one around florida,

i would obviously go!!
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:iconkonoha-no-gakuro-nh:
konoha-no-gakuro-NH Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student
owesome i wana go to Europe
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:iconsovoy21:
Sovoy21 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds so awesome, I wish you'd come to Europe once!
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:iconsashiri:
Sashiri Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Looks great! Though, would be really nice if there was a deviantMEET somewhere in Europe, if possible of course :D
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:iconsteampunk08:
Steampunk08 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for mentioning me :3
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:iconneverw1nt3r:
neverW1NT3R Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Come To New York! Or atleast on the east coast somewhere lol. I would have loved to have gone but I'm 3000miles away and couldnt afford the trip. Just food for thought :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconcandyskull1999:
candyskull1999 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
looks like fun! :D there should be a deviantMEET in Boise, Idaho :3 ya that'd be nice
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:iconevelent:
Evelent Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
D:!! I totally missed this Dx, could've made it too since I live there ahaha
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:iconnevadacoyotle:
NevadaCoyotle Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad that i went!I met some fantastic artists.
It was truly an awesome event!Excite 
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:iconnicksfluffyshit:
NicksFluffyShit Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's too far away....
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:iconjustsomefaces:
JustSomeFaces Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow I wish I could have gone.. that looks amazing! 
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:iconrandyainsworth:
RandyAinsworth Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Sounds like a lot of fun! :happybounce: 
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:iconhimitsuuk:
HimitsuUK Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013   Photographer
Cool :D
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:iconshibuya4lone:
Shibuya4lone Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
oww..........omfg omfg O_o O_o hmm hmm Chew Chew Nuu Nuu No, I disagree! No, I disagree! Sweating a little... 
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:iconsnugglesmesilly:
snugglesmesilly Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i wish i couldve gone :(
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:iconshibuya4lone:
Shibuya4lone Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
ah....i think i know what you fell
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:iconsnugglesmesilly:
snugglesmesilly Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes :(
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:iconyuukipink:
yuukipink Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Turning down cupcakes? Whhhhaaaaaaaattttttttttt? 
Send them to us! hahaha
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:iconaya-creuset:
Aya-Creuset Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish i was able to go to such an amazing event! Too bad I live in the wrong side of the world =(...
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:iconajedral:
ajedral Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student Interface Designer
could you visit to Philippines someday? :D
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:iconfluff-kasane123:
fluff-kasane123 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
please come to minnesota for the next meet >W<
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:iconfinland-skywalker:
Finland-Skywalker Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Germany!
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:iconsovoy21:
Sovoy21 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeaaah! :happybounce:
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:iconjulianneknight:
JulianneKnight Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Any plans to come to Colorado?
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:iconjustsomefaces:
JustSomeFaces Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^ yes, please come to CO 
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:icontinahmustang:
TinahMustang Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah I really wish I was able to go!
Oh well, hopefully there's always a next time...
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:iconscarletwave:
scarletwave Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013

cannot


believe


I MISSED IT!!!


(liveinReno)dammmmiiiitttttttttttttttttt.

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:iconennisfan:
ennisfan Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I missed it too :c
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:iconscarletwave:
scarletwave Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
:iconomfgplz: who do they think they are and also honestly, how much fun could it have been without us anyway?? :iconlachoirplz:                                            
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:iconennisfan:
ennisfan Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
RIGHT?!?!?!?!? We are SUCH FUN PEOPLE. It must have been very sad without us.
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:iconscarletwave:
scarletwave Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013

I think they should be pitied. And likely sent flowers. Not from us of course, but from others who celebrate our GREATNESS.

:nod:



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