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LostKitten - Seniors Take over - Day 3

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 17, 2014, 1:07 AM


The Camel Farmer by MrTristan
Camel - Typography :D by SharliCullen High Arctic Camel by deskridge Arabian Nights by tabtab Camel Train to Menger City by stebev
Digital Painting: Cliff the Camel by UkuleleMoon
Christmas Camel by shadowedthief CAmel wannabe by mataleoneRJ Camel by Fresco24 pixel camel by hrafnwolf

Now, on to the main feature:

The way by Ironshod Perception by PearlPhoenix Winged Sunset Badge by balaa Memories by fernandda

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Her Prince by Pygar

Nocturnia Purple by TitusBoy25
Winter is on it's way by CaperGirl42 The Pillars of the Saints by arteandreas Composizione398bis by claudio51 FlameArtwork by JillWerewolf Inserting In The Flux by piethein21
War of the Worlds by Spaghettitrain
AB14  Time by Xantipa2 IRON ARTIST 2: 027 Vippy by Helixel Smudge by Dawidkilldeagons Lucide Rozetta by graphrainbow Valkyrie Peak by The-Vandalist
Howdy by yjoda
After the Glory by DeniseWorisch The Underwater Monster by royal-breeze :thumb499744609: It is Harder to Read if There is No Space by outerzenith Jorgen Von Strangle Word Cloud Typography by 120dog
Ar Rashid by AsfourElneel
The Musician by Tigerhawk01 Phoenix By Kuroineko1088 Vectorizado by Daghadma Midnight Show by BlueLumi Juliet Anna Potter by whitelock16 Desert Rose by raufaghufran
llamatrade by CookiemagiK chirstmas emote-ball by Emoticlown-ist we're only good for the latest trends, by poordaddy Day 11: Amura Pixel .:Commission:. by Rynnu Fighter by supajackle

:groups: The Groups We Love :love:

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TimberClipse - Seniors Takeover - Day 2

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 16, 2014, 1:06 AM
There are so many groups to choose from on DeviantArt, there are groups with a large focus and a small focus, from every area of the world and for every type of art that you didn’t even know existed! Whether you’re looking for a group to find new art or to learn more about DeviantArt, there’s one out there for you!

This collection of groups will get you started or take you to see new and exciting deviants, types of art, and adventures!


The official group for the DeviantArt mascot, Fella. The group is open to all deviants, new and old. The group features a wide variety of features, contests, and content from across different mediums on DA. The group also periodically features contests and events for members to bring together creativity and help the community thrive.


DeviantArt’s 365 project. Rather than events every day of the year, the group has events that occur on a weekly basis with prizes from points to prints and premium memberships for deviants to win! Every week brings a new task and prizes to your week to help you get up and create!

Week 50, 2014 at #deviant365Dec.
Week 50
Last week, we asked you to tell us about your favorite holiday movies! Congratulations to WinnDixieX3 who won a three month Premium Membership! 
This week we want to focus away from the holidays and back to art. We want you to tell us about an amazing deviant who has helped you out in one way or another this year. Using the @ sign, tag the deviant so that at the end of the week we can give a three month premium membership to both of you! 
Tagged deviants are welcome to enter as well! 
:bulletblue: Tag a deviant -by commenting below and using the @ sign- who you think is amazing! 
:bulletblue: Entries must be received by Thursday, December 18, 2014
:bulletblue: A randomly selected entrant and the deviant they correctly tag will receive a 3-month Premium Membership! 
Week 48, 2014 at #deviant365Nov.
Week 48
Last week, we asked you to create something! Congratulations to Showlover who won last week's task! 
This week, it is the start of December! 
Every year, deviantART invites its members to be part of the Holiday Card Project. Deviants have the opportunity to create a holiday card that are then sent to hospitals around the world. 

This week, we invite you to send a card into the project! As defined by the project guidelines, the cards need to be mailed into deviantART, and deviants that partake will each be given a 1-month premium membership. 
This week, there's a bonus from deviant365. Two lucky deviants who have sent a card in already, or send one in this week will be awarded 500 points each! Simply take a photo of the card that you created, upload it to deviantART, and include a thumbn
Week 40, 2014 at #deviant365Last week asked you to describe how you deal with change!
ArienSmith answered the question and will receive a 3 Month Premium Membership!!

Satin by ArienSmith
This week we are asking for everyone to show us or tell us about Space!
Space has many different meanings. It could talk about the infinite realm that holds all the stars and planets and all of the mysteries in between, it could mean the physical distance between to things or two objects, or even the personal relationship you have with others ("Over time space grew between us..."). You can use any medium of art you desire or just explain in the comments what the word
'space' means to you.
Is it big, mysterious, and full of wonder? Is it artistic style? Or is it something spiritual, or painf


Originally launched in 2008 by the Community Relations team, projecteducate is a group to promote and support artistic growth and knowledge throughout the community. The project includes contests, interviews, and various other events for artistic and community involvement. It is an excellent place for any deviant to learn more about the community and about different art forms!

Commissioning in deviantARTCommunity Week
In deviantART, a person joins the website in hopes of becoming known and appreciated for your talents as an artist. After some time, you'll also learn you can earn something by selling your art. By selling you art, I mean selling your labor into creating a piece for a person to observe. The other selling is making a profit off of prints.
Now... why would one want to go about selling your art (as in labor)? To earn some money, a significant whatnot that allows you to buy other people's art. If you're going the PayPal route, this could mean some cold, hard cash!
How to Commission
Hate to say, selling your art require three key pieces: audience, skill and price. The difference between a successful seller and one that sells because they are desperate lies in those three points.
Of course, this is my take. Note that I'm not teaching you how to sell commissions. I'm showing you what things to consider when sell
How to Improve your Art and CommissionsWith every stroke we make with a brush, pencil, or any other medium we use, we are improving. Sometimes, it might feel like you are not improving at all and sometimes your art looks EPIC all of a sudden. I really hope this little guide can help you with your improvement and also give you some good tips in regards to creating commissioned pieces.
Observe Your Idols
We all have that one person, or those 50 people on DA who make us feel like our art is mediocre. You have to remember that those artists were once in your position, admiring other incredible artists. Have a couple artists you really really like and try to learn from them. Now I don't mean copy their styles and trace their work, but try some of their techniques or use their art as inspiration. (In my opinion, copying and tracing is how we start drawing but we don't share this with the public. Copy and trace only when you practice!) If you are fairly new to DA, you can browse the popular page, or c
Photography... To Edit or Not to Edit?Community Week
This is an important subject for the future of the photography community at deviantART and one that I hope will spark discussion, and the interest, of photographers and admirers. This article is intended for all skill levels but may be of particular interest to new photogs or even non-photographers.

I cannot tell you how many times I have offered editing advice on a photograph that suggests tweaking the brightness, increasing the contrast, adding blur, and so on. Often times this advice is accepted or argued back with a defense of why the photographer does not agree with my opinion. However, too often I get responses such as:
"Thank you for the tips but I do not edit my photographs."
"I like my photographs to appear exactly as they come out of the camera."
Now, as a photographer on deviantART for ten years--and if you've taken a look at my gallery then you KNOW I edit--this viewpoint


Created in an effort to reach more deviants on a long term basis, in order to continue bringing exposure to talented yet under appreciated artists across deviantART. With nearly 400 volumes created already, there are hundreds of artists are here to catch your eye and able to get the exposure of many others as well!


Home to the community volunteers of the Digital Art community. With art, news, contests and more what isn’t to love about this group. It’s a great place to challenge yourself and grow within the digital art community while meeting some other fantastic artists and deviants at the same time!

Face the unknown by AquaSixio I saw the death twice by ellrano Another Sci Fi city! by duncanli


A group aimed at giving the traditional art community their own unique voice by giving the traditionalists a place to gather, organize, and inform others with the help and guidance of the traditional Community Volunteer team.

Snowmaiden by KnyazevSergey Tiger and thaw by spocha Alma ao amanhecer by SILENTJUSTICE


Every month, the team at CRLiterature hosts a book club! We began in June with THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams and are wrapping up the year with THE WILD IRIS, a poetry collection by Louise Glück. (And, yes, you totally have time to catch up this month -- this book is short!) Each month you'll have a new book and a new host from CRLiterature. As you can see from the above selections, we do our very best to read widely. We've read Stephen King, Cornelia Funke, H.P. Lovecraft and Helen Fielding this year! We're excited for reading MORE books with even MORE of you in 2015!

Gluckthewildiris by PinkyMcCoversong   December Book Club: Wild Iris, a poetry collectionYou still have until January 10th to read this awesome book and participate in winning some great prizes. Not to mention get better at writing, so read on to find out just how incredible this book is and why it deserves your time.
It's the middle of the month, and we're ready for some poetry discussion that will show you why this book is worth your time. (: this book is really short, so if you haven't gotten around to reading yet, don't despair! Ask PinkyMcCoversong who read like half of it in a day. "But she's awesome", the crowds say - I know, but her superpowers don't include reading poetry particularly fast. :aww:
Oh pray, good HtBlack, what makes this book of poetry from someone I don't even know worth my time?
Well, you know, we all have tastes, so we tend to read what we think we'll like - and it's fair. But sometimes our tastes prevent us from looking farther than we're used to, and as writers/readers, broad horizons in my opinion should mat

What we're reading right now with host TheMaidenInBlack!


CRLiterature is the hub for all things lit community on dA. And we love helping the community with their writing, at all stages. But the number one thing that writers should be doing is READING. We also know how much of a book-ish community we have on dA (as showcased by the awesome fan art we feature in every Book Club journal), and we know that no matter who you are, or what kind of art you're creating, our work is enriched by what we read and experience. Reading as a writer (or artist) isn't just about the grammar and the syntax and the style. It's also about culture, and discovering new and different voices, about becoming a world citizen by reading stories that other people, with different experiences, wrote. Whether you write, paint, draw, or fold origami, we want you to join us!


On the first of the month, the host (one of the CRLiterature admins) will post an intro journal about the book. (Follow CRLiterature and you'll be sure to see these updates!) Halfway through the month, the host will post a check-in, with discussion questions for the first half of the book. And at the end of the month, there will be an end-of-month discussion. ANYONE can participate in these discussions!  Here are some of our mid-month discussions from earlier this year:

August Book Club Mid-Month Check-In: CARRIEHello, readers!  Our beloved Nichrysalis has run into some personal stuff he has to deal with, so I'll be taking over for the rest of the this month's book club!

How are you liking CARRIE so far? At this point, you're at the mid point, having finished Part One of Stephen King's debut novel.
I'm going to post some questions for discussion below, but first....
And now, for some questions!
1. How do you feel about the portrayal of girls and women in thi
September Book Club Mid-Month Check In: PERKSHey everyone! :wave: Sorry this is a little late; dA has been acting wonky for me the last couple of days, but I think it's fixed now! On to the discussion!

How are you enjoying the book so far? As of now, you should be halfway through the novel! The discussion questions will go below, but first...

And now, the questions!
What do you think being a wallflower is? Do you agree with Bob's definition?
Who did you identify with the most? Did you see parts of yourself in any one specific character?

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Just show up! And PARTICIPATE. We hope you're already interested in hanging out with us and reading and discussing, but, just in case you needed a little extra motivation, we always have some pretty cool prizes. The top participant for the month -- as judged by the admins based on contributions to the discussions -- will receive the prizes. Usually the prizes are books that are somehow related to the book selection for the month. This month we are giving away POISONED APPLES: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann and RESURRECTION PARTY by Michalle Gould. (Courtesy of HarperTeen and Silver Birch Press, respectively.) Every six months, we also give away a giant box of all of the giveaway books for the aforementioned past six months of Book Club. The box I'm mailing out in January is pretty fantastic. I can't wait to see who wins!

Gouldresurrectionparty by PinkyMcCoversong  Heppermannpoisonedapples by PinkyMcCoversong



EVERYONE. That means you. We have this handy-dandy calendar here, to help you figure out what we're reading ahead of time.  Get to the library (and learn about interlibrary loans!), the book store, or your ebook retailer. We do our very best to choose books that are easy to access in most English-speaking countries both at stores and on ebook platforms. We also love, who provide free shipping worldwide. (For real!) So you should be able to get your hands on every single book club selection no matter what. 


Maybe the best part about this book club is that you don't have to even leave your house to participate. It's at the tips of your fingers. Which is great, since reading is SO IMPORTANT and also REALLY FUN. CRLiterature is so proud and excited to bring a book club to dA, and in 2015, we hope you'll be right here with us, hanging out, reading, discussing, and getting involved in this awesome community of artists and writers.


In January we'll be reading and discussing DAWN by Nebula- and Hugo-Award-Winning author Octavia E. Butler. See you there!

Butlerdawn by PinkyMcCoversong

Questions? Comments? Leave 'em below and DrippingWords and I will be sure to come by and answer!


:iconpinkymccoversong: & :iconcrliterature:

In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.

Introducing TsaoShin


Hey, everyone! I’m Eric Proctor (TsaoShin) and I’m a US based digital painter. My work is a mix of fantasy, fun, and the stuff I think is cool. My background in oil painting influences my style and I like to keep my colors outrageous. I’ve been on deviantART for 10 years and my artistic growth has been shaped greatly by this community. I am continuously inspired by the amazing work that people submit here and I’m motivated by the love and comments left by people who appreciate it. Thank you for all of your support!

December 2014

Deviousness Award Winner

An energetic artist who brings a spark of life to all of his creations, Eric Proctor (known by the community as TsaoShin) has spawned some of the most memorable works of art on DeviantART. His Grumpy Cat Disney mashups have been seen and shared far and wide across the internet, and his creative spirit and technical ability are matched only by his good-hearted nature. To many community members, Eric is one of the most friendly individuals to interact with. All of his Journals come with good cheer, gratitude, and positivity, and he takes time to interact and spread good cheer and knowledge into the community.

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TsaoShin has been a deviant I've followed for a long time. Eric was one of the first few people who's art I fell in love with in regards to Fan Art and style. Stitch being my favorite Disney character, I fell in LOVE with all his beautifully, creative pieces! He brings to life fantastical, funny, enjoyable creations that you can enjoy over and over again!

I want to first say it is a great honor and privilege to say something about Tsaoshin's big award! He definitely knows which end of the pen to use to cook up some very sweet candy for the eyes and has a very unique and recognizable style! I have had the honor to award him his 4th and 5th Daily Deviation! He has a wonderfully shining personality and a wonderful sense of humor. His most notable art series is the Grumpy Cat Disney series which are just hilarious and epic! Eric, I want you to stand up, take your bow and pat yourself on the back! You deserve it! Continue to reach the sky and bite the stars because you have prove to be a very successful artist and stolen a lot of our hearts! Enjoy your time in the spotlight and never stop!

Eric is a very inspiring artist to me, someone I admire with all my heart!!! I came across with his gallery here on DeviantArt when I saw his Grump Disney collection of amazing illustrations, and I remember laughing my head off, while my eyes were still at "awe" with his skills and the details of his works! To this day I keep going back to those particular drawings when I'm in need of some "food-for-the- creativity" we all have from time to time. But aside from his absolutely wonderful skills, Eric has a very sweet personality, he's very thoughtful in the way he answers to people's comments and although he's such a busy person, he still makes time to answer everybody and to provide resources like brushes and wonderful tutorials! He's evidently very passionate about what he does, and it shows! You cannot visit his gallery without getting your eyes completely captured by those colors and all the emotions he's able to communicate through the facial expressions of the characters he draws. I'm SO happy he's being celebrated like this today, because our beloved TsaoShindeserves this immensely! Keep up the wonderful work, dear Eric!

Eric is an artist I’ve admired a long time for his uplifting and inspiring art. His work is infectiously cute, clever, and remarkably skillful—every piece tells a story that often provokes a smile. Beyond that, I’ve grown to respect him, not only as a creative individual, but as someone who constantly reaches out to the community. We have the unique opportunity to follow his journey and interact with him along the way. He frequently gives back to deviants through features and giveaways, but also shares his process through videos and resources. I feel like it’s silly to say after all I’ve already said, but Eric is one of the kindest artists I’ve met on DeviantArt, and it’s a quality equally matched to his skill as an artist. We are lucky to have him in the DeviantArt community, and we can only hope to one day match his skill, kindness, and enthusiasm.

Congratulations to TsaoShin!

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In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.

Introducing elsevilla


Hola, Hector is my name (AKA elsevilla), I'm a comic artist and illustrator from Mexico and I've been a member of DeviantArt for the past 12 years. I have done works for major companies all thanks to the community that spreads the word and cares for my work. I love coffee and peanut butter on bread! I wouldnt be here if it wasnt for my parents and the DeviantArt community, that always keep me focused in right direction. I just want to say thank you guys, for making my dreams come true.

November 2014

Deviousness Award Winner

Hector, better known as elsevilla, is one of DeviantArt's most recognizable artists. A professional, talented individual and long-time deviant, Hector's art has been a standard in the community for years. He is a shining example of a kindred spirit, friendly and welcoming to everyone he encounters, offering tips and resources, and regularly livestreaming his creative process, giving artists of all kind the opportunity to learn.

Showing Some Love

Community Quotes

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Sevilla has always been a huge inspiration not only for being incredibly talented, having worked for big name companies such as Konami, but because despite that, he remains incredibly friendly and helpful, breaking the preconception that "big name" artists don't have the time to engage with the community. He's also always offering a very personal and honest opinion about current topics in his journal, which is always interesting to read. Congratulations Hector! You deserve it!

I don't believe it would be a stretch to say that elsevilla is one of those artists that many are inspired by. His mastery of his medium and attention to the finer details bring each one of his pieces to life in ways that truly captures the viewers attention. His exceptional artwork is definitely worthy of your time!

He was one of the first artists I discovered in the online world of manga and anime. I was a fan of the tv shows and when I discovered I could watch them online, I dedicated my hours to do so, then tried to find the images of the main characters I loved from them. Thats when i found DeviantArt in 2005 and then BooM his amazing art captivated me! I remember I left some comments on them on my old account and he always had the time to reply.  It was just a hobby for him back then Wow!.  I was even more impressed because he was a Mexican artist, I barely find latin americans here as me, so another Star! on my wall for that too. Now I wait every week to the upcoming release of his works to feature them in my groups, hoping to captivate more followers of his works.  I find myself watching his live drawings sessions in his Livestream channel and wow! He knows exactly how to work, fast, he ends up making huge changes in the end and the outcome is even better Love The faces and body shape of his characters is what I love most about them. The colors and expressions in their faces are just incredibly detailed, especially the wicked ones, that are full of attitude and maybe a spicy look in their eyes :D (Big Grin) I am a Lovers/Couples artworks lover, and he has the best ones for me.

elsevilla is a force that genuinely pulls you away from the ground, to the magical heights of the skies and makes you fly into another dimension of art. Hector is a person that tries different concepts from Dragons to octopus to Chin Li Fan Art to the finest manga/anime arts you will see on DeviantART. Hector is really someone who amazes me every single time with his amazing and highly diversified ARTS.

Hector was one of the first deviants I came across that deeply inspired me to become a better artist when I first joined deviantART. The sheer amount of fun details and colors he puts into each of his works never ceases to awe me, and he continues to evolve as an artist over the years. Even at his level of popularity on deviantART, Hector also still takes the time to share his artistic insight with his followers. deviantART is better for having such an amazing individual among its ranks.

I watched elsevilla even before deviantART existed. Hector is an artist that always strives for improvement, switching from traditional to digital and finding his own unique style. He's never afraid to speak his mind and share what he knows. He's always willing to give tips and he's always got great anime recommendations!

Hector's work has always been outstanding, not only for his artwork but what he has contributed to the community. He was already a deviant before I joined deviantART and by the time I decided I wanted to enter this professional art journey, he already had been working on his. 10 years ago, his art blew my mind, and nowadays he keeps being the inspiration for many people. He is a very crazy person with amazing ideas and incredible talent and I hope he continues to be crazy for many more years to come.

When people talk about style and Latin talent, the name Hector Sevilla is one of the first that comes to mind. His style is so recognizable and is one of the first reasons that brought me to DeviantART. It is not necessary to read his name besides an image to know that it is his. As any big artist, his style speaks for him and transforms into his best presentation card, compressing in just one image western culture, oriental expressiveness and Latin sensibility. Is an honor to consider him as a friend and colleague and I'm lucky to be testifing of his growing as an artist - to become one of the greats of today.

Congratulations to elsevilla!

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Movember Art Trade

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 7:56 AM

My friend Steve, who is our band manager at Tullis Russell Mills Band has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer. In support of this a number of guys from local brass bands have formed a team to help raise funds throughout Movember. I'd like to help boost their funds by offering an art trade for any donations that are made to the team.

If you make a verified donation to Steve's team via  THIS LINK, I will provide you with a unique piece of art, dedicated to you. For example;
- An ID (containing a photograph of you, or another iconic element) to be used as your ID on dA or a Facebook header or any other digital art element that you'd like.
- A custom photomanipulation containing any of your work as the base, or a stock image of your choice
- Got an idea for a collaboration? Let's do it!

If you are interested in participating in this art trade - please let me know ASAP . All donations are gratefully received. Thank you :heart:

In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.

Introducing ginkgografix

Hey there, my name is Anne—some people also call me CSS fairy - and I'm just a glitter spreading, CSS loving random person from Germany. DeviantART is part of my life since 9 years already. While I started with traditional and digital art, I am now doing kind of everything. I love baking, crafting (with plywood for example), designing and just giving new things a try in general. I am a communication designer, who just enjoys being creative in all ways possible.

October 2014

Deviousness Award Winner

A two-time Community Volunteer for the DeviantArt Related category, Anne is well-known as a positive, helpful force. She is the community's resident expert when it comes to CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and her personal gallery offers a wide variety of tutorials for new and experienced coders alike. In addition, each winter she hosts a calendar project encouraging members to create Journal designs for all to use, bringing more creativity to the community.

It is with immense gratitude that we acknowledge Anne as the recipient of the Deviousness Award for October 2014.

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Glitter and cake aside, ginkgografix is one of those awesome deviants that inspires others. Her energy and dedication are seen in everything she does. She's a positive force in the DeviantArt Community and an absolutely splendid person to chat with. I'm honored to have been able to serve as a Community Volunteer next to her.”

I first discovered Ginkgografix when I just started with CSS on DeviantArt. She was a Volunteer and she was always so busy, but she always took the time to answer my many comments and really made me feel a part of DeviantArt. She's constantly organizing activities, events and groups. I feel she has been the backbone for the CSS community. Thank you, Anne, you were like a mentor to me!”

Anne is so much. She is not only an awesome deviant with a passion for the community and an always willing hand, she is also a great artist with a lot of talents! And I am glad to live in the same country with her, because so we managed to meet a couple of times and I can tell you, she is just as awesome in person as on DeviantArt!”

Anne is one of the most genuine, caring people on DeviantArt. She's always available to help people out and has gone out of her way to produce incredible learning resources for the community.”

Anne is one of the most helpful, patient and giving people I have met on this site. She's always involved in the community and has taught a lot of us about CSS over the years. She has a great, sparkly personality and I'm glad to have volunteered alongside her.”

Anne is an amazing person to work with and a wonderful friend. Not only is she multitalented, but she willingly shares her talents with others both to help them learn and to support their efforts. As a volunteer, she was always the first person to say, "I'll help!" and was always a trusted, reliable counterpart or colleague. I will always be grateful to her commitment to helping her fellow deviants, including me!”

ginkgografix goes the extra mile with everything she does. Creative, supportive and energetic, she is an incredible inspiration to all.”

ginkgografix is a wonderfully talented, kind hearted soul who goes above and beyond for the community. She's a wonderful deviant and a beautiful person! She's an inspiration to us all, especially the CSS/HTML community!”

Anne befriended me long before I was a volunteer through a mutual love for CSS and bats. Instantly, I was drawn to her charisma, positive attitude, and her exceptional knowledge on everything DeviantArt related. When I became a volunteer I had the amazing privilege of working alongside Anne and seeing firsthand how her community spirit touched the lives of so many others. I knew right then she was someone I could look up to both on DeviantArt and in my personal life. I hope one day to be even half the volunteer she was.”

Congratulations to ginkgografix!

On the 18th September, Scotland will be voting YES or NO in a referendum for Independence. I was going to write a detailed journey going on about what has influenced my vote, but really, why bother when I can use two of the most powerful things in life to do so -- art & music. 

Yes by fourteenthstar 
Scotland by smokiebabyhuey


Ironically, I will be off to England on the morning of the 19th September, but I sincerely look forward to returning to Caledonia, with a bright new future and hopefully some silverware from the National Brass Band Championships too. 

Sláinte mhaith!

Deviousness Award


Congratulations to

What is this Awesome Achievement?

The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.

scheinbar is a much-loved and well-known deviant. Just one look at her gallery, filled with enchanting photography, will have you mesmerized. A deviant for over 7 years, Christiane can always be found posting inspirational features as well as regularly commenting on other deviations and encouraging and empowering her fellow deviants. We are inspired and insist that you too stop by and congratulate scheinbar on receiving the Deviousness Award for September 2014!

Congratulations to scheinbar

I'm almost ready to pack up my office and switch off work-mode for the next week! This weekend, I am heading off down to Troon and then having a few days here and there. Hopefully the weather will be good and I'll fill up the camera with some memories. 

Troon Marina by JeremyBrettFan Troon by vaidasv Troon Sunset by mrderektodd

Be good whilst I am away! :wave:

When I first heard about DeviantART, 11 years ago,  the Internet was a very different place and I still had to use a dial up modem to get online. I was working in social work and staying up way too late on IRC chatting with all sorts of nerds and geeks. I had been trying to learn how to use Photoshop and someone suggested I checked out DeviantART. So I did, and I was very much hooked from the start. I was blown away by the artwork from people like AlexandraVBach, judith , zilla774  and insaneone -- so I brazenly left comments on their work asking for tips on how get better at using photoshop to create photomanipulations. Luckily for me, they were very helpful and thus the start of some very special friendships began. 
LUST by zilla774Death By Art by insaneoneDia de Muertos by AlexandraVBachno solid ground by judith

Fast forward a few years and communicating with other deviants got even easier. Our chat network (dAmn) was born and a featured chat with the legendary suzi9mm took place. I was a bit of a fangirl for her back in the day and of course I had to attend!

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stars by suzi9mm
exquisite II by suzi9mm

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grand piano by suzi9mm

Soon after that event, I was asked to join the volunteer team, and the rest as they say, is history. A few months later, I was working full time for DeviantART, and continued to develop my coffee addiction and insomnia with the encouragement of Moonbeam13. We've been through a lot over the years and I love her to bits. I should tell her this more often! :heart:
badass by Moonbeam13

It's safe to say that my DeviantART journey has been an insanely awesome. I have gone through some major health issues, bereavements and far too much personal drama. However,  DeviantART was -- and still is -- a constant in my life that has been there every step of the way, with tears and laughter and not to mention some outright WTF moments. 

Now, 11 years on, I'm 42 years old and happier than I've ever been. I think that shows in my artwork too. I can't recall the last time I opened up Photoshop with a view to actually making a photomanipulation. These days I am far happier behind the camera, but I still look back upon my idols from way back when I need inspiration. People like superkev, foureyes and cweeks, for example.

arrested love... by cweeksLow Tide Morning by superkeva boat with a red sail by foureyes

I could keep writing here, but suffice to day DeviantART has truly touched me in profound ways. People always tell me that I am so lucky to work for DeviantART, and yes, I know that is true and I very much agree. But you know, I think we are all lucky to be part of such an amazing community. A community that is filled with people who will always be there for each other, no matter what. People like you.

Happy birthday! :cake::dalove:

Seniorityheader 2 by fourteenthstar
This article marks the latest additions to the dizzy height of Senior members in our community. With just over 1000 deviants holding the highly saught after Senior Member accolade -- it's clearly a moment that deserves recognition.

So what does it take to become a Senior? That's a question many have asked and have never really been able to get a straight answer on. Some have gained Seniority as a thank you for their time spent as a Volunteer, or to recognise their contribution to a particular project or collaborative action. Some have gained Seniority because of their community spirit, providing help and assistance to many other deviants and taking time out to promote the work of others in the community.

Some people have received Seniority because of their artistic endeavors, having a positive influence on their peers by sharing resources, providing constructive criticism and by being a voice that stands out above the many others who deviate to be recognised in the crowd.

Today, we present to you the following deviants who have all been awarded Seniority as part of our 14th birthday celebrations.They have all been nominated for their efforts in the community by deviants, Staff and Volunteers.


Congratulations everyone, and Happy Birthday :cake:!

Celebrating Deviousness August 2014

Fri Aug 1, 2014, 12:53 AM

Deviousness Award


Congratulations to

What is this Awesome Achievement?

The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.

Endorell-Taelos is very well known within the community for her selfless giving and gracious community spirit. Since joining DeviantART over seven years ago, Alicia has continued to make a positive impact on many deviants. Her helpful and thoughtful approach was one of her finest attributes when serving as a Community Volunteer, and this has continued throughout the many contests which Alicia provides on a regular basis. As we approach our Birthday celebrations, we can't think of a better way to kick-start the party than by awarding the Deviousness Award for August 2014 to a deviant who is a role model to us all. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Endorell-Taelos

Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Operations Newsletter. Following on from June's Newsletter, I'm going to provide you with further insight in to the Community Operations Department ., and the people who work there.

Some Statistics

You asked for more statistics!  As you can see, at times there may be more tickets solved than were reported, and vice versa. This can be due to a high number of tickets concerning a high priority, which may have resulted in a small backlog developing in a lesser priority area. I think it's also fair to mention that during this reporting period a number of Comm Ops staff have been out on vacation, and we have also assisted the Retail Department in day to day tasks.

In the Past Month we have received ;

  • 928 Bug Report Tickets
  • 2,065 General Help Tickets
  • 4,394 CEA Tickets

In the Past Month we have resolved

  • 900 Bug Reports
  • 1,852 General Help Tickets
  • 4,564 CEA Tickets

In the Past week we have received

  • 238 Bug Reports
  • 530 General Help Tickets
  • 938 CEA Tickets

In the Past week we have resolved

  • 239 Bug Reports
  • 423 General Help Tickets
  • 1,189 CEA Tickets

Current Satisfaction ratings

  • Bug Reports 85%
  • General Help 79%
  • CEA 76%

Overall ratings for the Past Month for all of Community Ops

  • 77% of resolved tickets never received a rating
  • 17.7% gave a positive rating
  • 4.8% gave a negative rating

Let's not forget the moderation desk - which is where all your reports of inappropriate deviations, copyright claims and other policy related issues pertaining to an individual deviation are queued.

CEA Moderation DeskStats:
  • Opened Last Week: 2,227
  • Closed Last Week: 3,036

All non CEA related tickets should have an approximate response time of 4 days or less. CEA related tickets may take longer due to the the investigative process involved in many of the reports.

Impressed yet? I know I am! As a team we are constantly striving to improve, so I look forward to sharing additional snippets in future reports.

Our Favourite Deviations

I asked the team to share some deviations that they think are worthy of featuring in our newsletter. As you can imagine, the team come across lots of amazing art during their day to day roles. Here's a few from July.

Protector by Ironshod 30 Days of Exploration - Pikmin by GoshaDoleThe Earthling by Dannysucks
captain america x rockwell by m7781Estari Comic Teaser by aunjuli+Tarot Geek+ The Tower by Nephyla
The Hobbit - Fan Art by lermsRoyal Purple Water Lily #10 by Tazzy-Prac. 2014.07.10 01 by karolina-g


In a new section of our newsletter, I decided to ask a member of the team to take 5 minutes out of their day to answer some questions. First up is Ikue who has worked with Community Operations now since January 2010. Previous to this, Ikue was part of the Community Relations Volunteer team.

Using 5 words, describe your job at DeviantART?
Keeping up with the Community.

Turn to page 5 of the nearest book to you, what's the first 5 words on page 5?
"demonstrating the procedures on a…”  Stiff: The curious lives of human cadavers - Mary Roach

5 deviants that should be on everyone's friends list?
Moonbeam13 - Site information and Contests! She’s always got her thumb on the pulse of the community.
fourteenthstar - Same as Moony! Follow for all things deviantART.
LimKis - Extraordinary vector artist. Not exceptionally active anymore but when she does post you won’t be sorry!
ginkgografix - Outstanding artist. Follow her especially if you like all things CSS related.
CrisVector - Rounding this list off with another fantastic vector artist.

 5 things that you can't live without.
  • Can I say Candy 5 times? No? Okay then just Sour Candy.
  • My iPhone. Though it’s in need of an upgrade.
  • Photoshop/Illustrator. Design work/play!
  • deviantART. Corny I know, but it’s so full of inspiration!
  • My S.O. Another cheesy answer but it’s the truth! Together 15 years this fall. :aww:

5 deviations that you think the community need to see?
FVTVRAMA by glitchritualYakuza Mario by eduardovieiraSpring by alegas
The beauty in darkness by zv3zdaScribble by OwaikeO


As you can see from the above, July was quite a busy month for us. Not only have we been hard at work assisting deviants in need, but we've also had some team members attend Comic-Con. Head on over to aunjuli & damphyr to find out more, and turn green with envy.

July is almost over, and we're already putting in place preparations for our birthday celebrations, including announcing a special round of Seniority Announcements, and of course a brand spanking new Deviousness Award.

I hope you have enjoyed our latest newsletter. Please feel free to ask any questions or leave suggestions for future content in the comments below.

Thank you - stay devious! :dalove:

Following on from last week's poll, it seems you all want to see features of my favourite artists. That's going to be quite the task as there's so many! So, I figured I would make a selection everyday. First up, I'm going to feature some of my favourite digital artists from the first few years of my DeviantART journey. Enjoy!

Dia de Muertos by AlexandraVBach Evenfall by zilla774 Gleaming Eyes by insaneone
vinyl remixXXV by zeruch no solid ground by judith The Sky Falls by wroth -shredded- by fangedfem
Lilly Pixie by lilpixie Spectral Aurochs by abe123 Narcissus Enchained by azhrarn On Saturdays by enayla
Dragon Oracle by rhi Fae Born Again by furiouskitten NEREIDA by slaine E 300 by endosage
Immortal - by asunder Dreaming Of CheckMate by caddman Reach for the Stars by ketchup-suicide Vouivre by Eireen
Bear Bull - Blackfoot by wendelin Teatro de Pena - Virgin birth by OktoberChill Nightfall by kReEsTaL Collab - Artificial - The Hub by alyn
Fancy Hunting Some Quail? by keiross Emensity by h16 Zaccharia 'DIVORCE' by Never-effects Guardian of the Earth by cosmosue
Chixxy by shutdown Darkness Falls by nighty Winter Grace by Aeires FAITHLESS by ekud
Fly on the windscreen by kubicki Set Them Free by kuschelirmel

Seniorityheader 2 by fourteenthstar
This article marks the latest additions to the dizzy height of Senior members in our community. With just over 1000 deviants holding the highly saught after Senior Member accolade -- it's clearly a moment that deserves recognition.

So what does it take to become a Senior? That's a question many have asked and have never really been able to get a straight answer on. Some have gained Seniority as a thank you for their time spent as a Volunteer, or to recognise their contribution to a particular project or collaborative action. Some have gained Seniority because of their community spirit, providing help and assistance to many other deviants and taking time out to promote the work of others in the community. 

Some people have received Seniority because of their artistic endevours, having a positive influence on their peers by sharing resources, providing constructive criticism and by being a voice that stands out above the many others who deviate to be recognised in the crowd.

Today, we present to you the following deviants who have all been awarded Seniority in our current round of community recognitions. They have all been nominated for their efforts in the community by deviants, Staff and Volunteers.

Just a quickie...

Mon Jul 7, 2014, 2:57 AM
2 things to say;

1. Thank you for all your kind birthday wishes!

2. I'll be announcing the new Seniors later today...


Happy birthday, Jenn!

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 2:30 AM
Today is y2jenn's birthday. Join me in wishing her a very happy birthday filled with all the things she loves....

Beard Buddies by SeizureDemon

Dinosaur Princess by jubilri 

Bearded dinosaurs!
Dinosaur Facts - Facial Hair by DeathByStraws 


Celebrating Deviousness July 2014

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 12:48 AM

Deviousness Award


Congratulations to

What is this Awesome Achievement?

The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.

Astralseed has firmly routed herself at the heart of our community. In particular, Katy's efforts with groups such as Traditionalists,  Digitalists, Unique-Equines and CRCommunityProjects to name a few are evident of her outstanding commitment and dedication. In addition, Astralseed can always be found on our chat network and throughout our forum. Katy has been promoting unseen artists via her ProjectPorkchop articles and group. We think her contributions to the site are long overdue recognition, so it's with great pride that we bestow the Deviousness Award for July 2014 to Astralseed.

Congratulations to Astralseed

Journal Takeover - Endorell-Taelos

Fri Jun 27, 2014, 6:29 AM

Hello all! I am Endorell-Taelos :wave:  I would love to thank fourteenthstar for letting me take over her journal for today. It was totally unexpected but an awesome opportunity. I would love to talk about my recent community project and group.  :eager:


SeniorSelections is a group with focus on art collection and showcasing. We here at SS strive to feature premier artwork and bring more exposure to outstanding artists and their artwork. In order to bring this goal to life, we are opening our doors for Senior Members to come aboard our Feature Team and help realize our goal.

Each member of our Feature Team is responsible for managing his/her own gallery folder/sub-folder in our artwork gallery. He/she will be expected to stay on top of our feature schedule and be attentive when organizing his/her folder accordingly.

Feature Team members will also be active in the group's Staff Area regularly posting their selections to feature as well as offering ideas for future projects and introducing new ideas/methods into our idea pool. Think deviously!

If you are a Senior Member and interested in joining our Feature Team, please refer to our Seeking Admins Journal.  But if you are not a Senior Member and still would love to participate there are other ways that you can do so, firstly by suggesting a feature by note to one of our Feature Team members  to feature in our weekly articles!  You can see who is on the feature team and what they accept feature wise from our About Us Page, and from time to time in the future we may host contests or challenges that will be open for everyone not just Seniors!

Previous Feature Articles
Senior Selections #1  | Senior Selections #2  | Senior Selections #3  |  Senior Selections #4

Group FAQ
About UsAdmins Information and Guidelines | FAQ #29: How do I become a Senior Member? 

Some Senior Selections!
(Left to Right)
Inevitability ClauseYour sister tells me
we do it for the medication—
as if I don't look at
the knives in the kitchen
every day like solace
& say
no, not today.
As if I enjoy every time
I've been too tinny tiny
or monstrously stretched
inside this house of cards—
brushing against one
at just the wrong angle
& my sanity falling down
in red & black stains.
As if I don't wish
to have an equilibrium
that can withstand
the images in the trees
& how when I look in the mirror
there is a little girl
staring back at me—
waiting for her turn
to be special
in the hot air balloon
of my left iris
as I wait for my turn
to bury these corpses of fate
in the yard.
Your sister doesn't know
how it feels to be trapped
under a beam of inevitability
as the room burns down
with your mind playing arsonist—
that no matter how hard
you try for that wondrous normalcy
it always skips out of reach
like a stone set on sinking.
I try to hide my indignant face—
the overwhelming pleasure
that would come fr
 Wonder Winds by SaraRichard The Sinner II by xetobyte Path by Uriy1966  PearlsThe words were bare and unashamed
before the world's first poet
traded them for favours in a secret cave;
newborn words that seared the air,
words that writhed and soared and leapt,
he slipped between a maiden's thighs
and buried there. Time does not record
the poet's name, who wrought this wrong,
whose tongue became a leash,
whose bucking lovesong tamed her hips.
The adjectives he whispered, clothed her with their hide
as they died upon his lips.

Selected by LiliWrites, elicoronel16, Endorell-Taelos, justMANGO, spoems

Order and Chaos by RationalParadox Circles by jackiewilliams19 Feed The Gods by frankieperez24  emptying recurrenceEven with the support beams giving out,
windowpanes like wine bottles in a bonfire,
I couldn’t help but peek over my shoulder once or twice.
Only the important things. Only
the important things…
Everything within arm’s reach clutched to my chest,
I almost went blind barefoot in the wreckage. The chemical aurora
bloomed with molten grace embracing me within the galaxy’s
most delectable chokehold.
Eyelids like anchors, I saw Eden spill into
Sodom like Atlantis into the surf.  
The crashing refrain pulled me under until
I woke seeping out
through the warm bite of a velvet hearttrap..    
June clouds now stalk the moon a couple miles
out of withdrawal and I’m still imagining the
peeling paint that wrapped the shit bathrooms, trembling hands
and sweet paranoia..
The difference
between deoxyribonucleic lace and chains,
intimacy and espionage, is a karmic aftertaste; broken
and flung some thousand times against
the unplugged core. Tobacco

Selected by MiloticScale, BloodshotInk, coolmarvin, Nichrysalis