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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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:iconkovowolf: :icontommygk: :iconthegalleryofeve: :iconaunjuli:

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

:iconthiefoworld: :icondamaged927: :iconprimalfuryan: :icontouchedvenus: :iconsaiyagina: :iconstarscoldnight: :iconchutkat: :icongenzoman:

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.

Featured Work & Community Quotes

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!
stars by suzi9mmexquisite II by suzi9mmgrand 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 Modern Day Golgotha by King-Mob
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, thetaoofchaos

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 

Journal Takeover - DiegoTripodi

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 3:31 AM
Hi Everyone. My name is Diego Tripodi, I draw and I sometimes make comics. I've been using deviantArt for 8 years already, and I want to use this space (thank you, Fiona!) to tell you about a graphic novel, which in my opinion is not just a gem among all the comics that we can find on deviantArt, but also one of my favourite comics that I have read.

I have to admit that I don't really have either the patience or the focus necessary to read for too long in front of a computer screen. However, browsing deviantArt one night, I stumbled upon the following pages...

Look Straight Ahead page 1 by dlmx-13 Look Straight Ahead page 2 by dlmx-13 Look Straight Ahead page 3 by dlmx-13

...and I thought "wow, that looks great! but what is that guy doing out in the snow like that? Hmmm, let's see what this is about...", and couldn't stop reading page after page until I reached the end of the story (100+ comic pages). It was a long night, and I ended up thinking I had just read one of the finest comics I've come across in a long, long time, and it is available to read in this very website.

The comic is Look Straight Ahead, which is written and drawn by Elaine Will, dlmx-13 here at deviantArt.

The synopsis:
Jeremy Knowles is a 17-year-old outcast who dreams of being a great artist. But when he suffers a severe mental breakdown brought on by bullying and other pressures at school, his future is called into question - as is his very existence! Can he survive the experience through the healing power of art? And just what does it mean to be "crazy," anyway?

Look Straight Ahead cover by dlmx-13 Look Straight Ahead no.2 cover by dlmx-13 Look Straight Ahead no.3 cover by dlmx-13 Look Straight Ahead no.4 cover by dlmx-13 LSA issue 5 cover by dlmx-13 Look Straight Ahead issue 6 cover by dlmx-13 Look Straight Ahead issue 7 cover by dlmx-13

I'm a bit tempted to tell you about some of the scenes from the comic, and filling this journal entry with a lot of the awesome comic pages that make the story, but being someone who would many times skip the introductions and jump right into the story, I'll try keeping it short, so I'll just say:

-Despite being the story of a young kid dealing with mental illness, it is not a depressing story.

-Mental illness seems to me like a very hard subject to tell a story about, but the author has this great talent to portray Jeremy's struggles in such a honest way, that while I'm not an expert on the subject, I couldn't help but getting the impression that dlmx-13 made a fantastic job of introducing its subject matter to those, as myself, without special knowledge.

-While I believe this is dlmx-13's first graphic novel, it doesn't seem to me like someone's early work, but the work of someone who masters the medium she has choosen to tell the story. Whenever handling a scene such as a conversation, or something more on the surreal side of things (such as Jeremy's hallucinations), each page is unique, and displays awesome storytelling.

-The synopsis mentions the healing power of art, and this is actually my favourite thing about this comic, but I think it'll be much better if you find out for yourself, by reading the story...

This is a work that took years to complete, and I can't help but thinking what a monumental task the author set for herself (and not just by the length of the book), but she eventually achieved her goal, and the result is a wonderful book which does not only shed light on a complicated subject, but more importantly, it's a very entertaining read.

Look Straight Ahead has been collected in a print edition, which you might be able to find at your local comic-book shop (here's a list with the stores where the book is available), or it can be ordered online as well. And if you cannot purchase a copy at the moment but are interested in reading it, no worries, it can be read online at Elaine's website, or at her deviantArt gallery.

Thanks for reading! :)

Journal Takeover - GrimFace242

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 12:45 AM

What is BeACritic ?

The simplest explanation is BeACritic strives to feature any artists on dA that are seeking feedback. It's both a feature and a contest. A feature to the deviant seeking feedback and a contest to those giving the feedback.

Not Just for Literature Anymore!

In very recent news, BeACritic has put the wheels in motion to start accepting visual art in addition to the literature we already acept for features.  There's no official announcement just yet, but it won't be long!

Some Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

Once a deviant decides that they want to be featured by BeACritic, they send a note to the group with thumbcodes for three of their deviations. We then put them into the schedule in the next available slot. After the blog goes up, deviants have two weeks to read/review the three deviations and leave their feedback. Once the two weeks are up, the contest is closed and the next feature starts. Deviants may enter up to three times per feature.

What are the prizes?

Every feature gives away two prizes. The first is a critique by BeACritic and the second is 50 :points:. The critique winner is selected at random using a a number generator. The points winner is selected by the deviant that is featured.

Why should I follow the group?

Aside from Special Promotions, following the group ensures that you're receiving the most recent blogs as well as the critiqueable submissions in your Message Centre.

What are the Special Promotions?

Special Promotions are the reason you need to be watching BeACritic! Every once and awhile a journal will be posted ONLY through the group blog and will have a very short window of opportunity. During that time, BeACritic will give out additional prizes to deviants that participate in the Special Promotion. These prizes are ON TOP of the regular feature prizes and vary from points to additional critiques to commissions.


Journal takeover - Sserenita

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 7:49 AM
deviantHEART is pleased to announce that we will be holding our 2nd Annual Kindness Quilt Contest!

:star: What is a Kindness Quilt?
Kindness Quilts are photo collages that are made up of custom Quilt Squares. They are positive and often tell a story of some kind. The templates come in two sizes, 3x3 and 4x4.
Here is a sample quilt for reference
A Love Story Kindness Quilt: ARK Project by iLantiis

:star: The Theme
"My Inspiration" In the spirit of kindness and community togetherness, we decided to pick a theme that will let participants be creative and will also benefit others! For this theme, you will create a kindness quilt as a tribute to a fellow deviant who has helped and inspired you throughout your DA experience!

:star: The Contest Specifics
Start date: June 22nd
End date: August 30th
Gallery: Kindness Quilt Contest 2014 (submit entries here)
Category: Community Projects / Projects & Clubs / The Kindness Quilt
Voting begins: September 1st
Voting ends: September 15th
Winners announced: by September 20th
Resources: Quilt Pack and Quilt Square
Submission Requirements: Must be in the form of a quilt! Quilts accepted in sizes 3x3 and 4x4 (3x3 demo quilt - if you are adventurous enough to do a 5x5, we will accept those too). Quilts must be positive, must not use anything against dA rules, must credit all resources properly and may not be a group collaboration. Any visual medium can be used to create the quilt squares (photography, digital, craft, traditional, manipulations, etc). Fanart IS accepted. Bases ARE NOT accepted unless you can link to the original base showing it is not against dA rules (many traced bases are - judges will be picky when it comes to use of resources). Since this is a project that benefits others, you may submit as many quilts as you like for as many deviants as you like, but ONLY ONE WILL BE CHOSEN.
Participants need not be a member of deviantHEART!

:heart: Judges and Judging
:bulletpurple: Judges
:iconsserenita: :iconilantiis: :iconamour-raven: :iconriemea: :iconicesis: :iconshadowriverlark: :iconthegalleryofeve: :icongrimface242:

:bulletpurple: Judging Parameters
Judges will be judging on creativity, establishment of mood and artistic improvement of the chosen visual medium. While entries must display some artistic knowledge, artistic style and ability will not be pitted against other artists. Instead, for the purposes of artistic improvement, each participants art will be judged against the most recent art in their gallery that is the same type as their quilt. So if an artist uses photographs to create their quilt, judges will look at the most recently submitted photographs in their gallery to see if they tried to improve upon their technique for this contest.

:star: Prizes
:winner: Winner will receive the following:
♥  An in-depth interview and special feature with deviantHEART and The-Feature-Showcase
♥ Features from Sserenita, rainylake, Riemea, TheGalleryOfEve GrimFace242  SimplySilent
♥ 200 points from Sserenita                                                  
♥ 200 points from Riemea                                                  
♥ 1 Year PM from TheGalleryOfEve

Note: the more prize donations we receive the more winners we will have, so there will be more than one!

If you would like to donate prizes or if you would like to be a guest judge please send a note to deviantHEART and we will add you to the list!

:heart: :heart: :heart:

In other news, we are very excited to announce that deviantHEART will be adding a brand new feature to our group beginning July 1st! It will be called Heart to Heart an interview series with our Featured Heartists! So if you have ever been featured by our group, expect to be contacted by our admin jenifferlee!