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Last year, just before Halloween, my loving husband participated in a Zombie Run.  For those unfamiliar, it was a 5KM event with a couple of obstacles and people dressed up like zombies, trying to steal your 'lives' (flags that were around your waist).  At the time, I was undergoing some medical stuff and wasn't permitted to participate but it was the beginning of something .. crazy.  In his words, the few obstacles weren't that big of a deal but it was a lot of fun and he wanted to do more.  

He then signed up for Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder Given my circumstances at the time, it was assumed I wasn't going to be able to join him but life has a funny way of changing course on you and a couple of weeks before Warrior Dash, I signed up. Warrior Dash was fun but intense, a 5 KM course on a ski mountain and 13 nutty obstacles. The experience was incredible, I pushed my body to do things it really didn't want to do :P and I faced some of my fears head on, like confined spaces and heights, in order to cross the finish line and collect my medal.





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Rob had been pushing me to change my 'spectator' ticket for Tough Mudder to a participant one, but I was reluctant.  It's no joke, it's 20 KM and 20+ obstacles that are designed to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie.  However, after Warrior Dash, I was addicted and so I signed up for Tough Mudder. 

We're a few weeks away from one of the biggest challenges I've ever put my mind and body through and I'm excited :P For those that have never heard of these events, here's a fun video:




Rob and I have started a team "Bounty Hunters" and we're raising money for Wounded Warriors.  Founded in 2006, Wounded Warriors Canada is a non-profit organization that helps Canadian Forces members – be they full time or reservists – who have been wounded or injured in their service to Canada. Through a wide range or programs and services, they help find solutions where gaps have left Canada's soldiers in need. Currently, their primary focus is on mental health and, particularly, the staggering impact of PTSD, perpetrated by Operational Stress Injuries. Overall, however, their mandate is to help any Veteran in need as they transition to civilian life. Visit their website to learn more


If you have the ability to donate, please visit the link below, we'd sure appreciate it!





Have you ever participated in an event like this? A mud run or obstacle race? If so tell me about your experience in the comments!

If you haven't, would you consider it? What sorts of things do you do to challenge yourself?


Wish us luck, I'm sure it'll all be fine ;)

Wounded by Moonbeam13 Toughmudder by Moonbeam13Hlogoxkb by Moonbeam13

Game artists from around the world are uniting to create an art book to support Kevin Griffith's (CowAndCheese) battle with terminal lung cancer.

Kevin Griffith is a senior artist on the Diablo 3 team at Blizzard and has been fighting a rare and ruthless form of cancer known as Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma (ASPS).  

malygos colorV01 kkgSharp by CowAndCheese



The art book will feature original fan art from Kevin's favourite games and everything about this project screams deviantART to me!  We have a ridiculously talented community of artists and I'm calling on YOU to put your skills to work for an amazing cause.

All proceeds from the
 campaign will be donated to cover medical costs for KKG and to iCureASPS.

Submissions are due by July 20, 2014 and should feature one of Kevin's favourite games:

    :bulletgreen: Chrono Tiger
    :bulletgreen: Altered Beast
    :bulletgreen: Diablo 2 & 3
    :bulletgreen: Super Mario RPG
    :bulletgreen: Minecraft
    :bulletgreen: Final Fantasy 4 & 6
    :bulletgreen: World of Warcraft
    :bulletgreen: Mortal Combat 2


You can submit your original fan art here and read more about the project and Kevin on the gamesforgood.com website.


You can also view the current submissions on their DA page @gamesforgood and the progress charts here

Now go prove, once again, that deviantART has a ton of heart :heart:


 
KKG MalthaelBlizzcon2013 Practice02 by CowAndCheese
 KKG LeahAndDad Final by CowAndCheese 







Witches of East End Contest

Tue Jul 15, 2014, 2:01 PM

Illustrate an Edgar Allan Poe scene, story, or element from "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Black Cat," or "The Raven" that you would expect to see in the world of The Witches of East End. The winning work will be displayed in an episode of the series perhaps as a picture, book illustration, tarot card, or some other fanciful way chosen by the creative team of the show.

Edgar Allan Poe was a master of the mysterious and the macabre. The witches of East End would certainly indulge in the study of the master. Re-familiarize yourself with these three classic Edgar Allan Poe stories and absorb the context for the world of The Witches of East End.

Based on Melissa de la Cruz's New York Times best-selling novel, Witches of East End centers on the Beauchamp family, where in season one sisters Freya and Ingrid discovered they are witches with ancient magical powers. With the help of their mother Joanna and Aunt Wendy, they learned how to cultivate their craft and work together to defeat unearthly enemies seeking revenge on their family, while keeping their abilities a secret from the town.

This season, with the portal to Asgard open, what comes through will forever change the lives of the Beauchamps. Darkness surrounds East End as a new stranger arrives. Joanna is still weak with poison in her blood as the Beauchamps search desperately for a cure. With the death of Penelope, Killian and Dash's warlock powers return. #DarknessIsRising

Be sure to check out full episodes on Lifetime, Sundays 9/8c
  • 1. Need inspiration? Watch The Witches of East End season 2 trailer, view full episodes of the series, or read the selected Edgar Allan Poe works. We've collected them all for you.
  • 2. Illustrate an Edgar Allan Poe scene, story, or element from "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Black Cat," or "The Raven" that you would expect to see in the world of The Witches of East End.
  • 3. Enter your artwork by using the SUBMIT button below. Your entry must be at least 2000 pixels in its shortest length and be either a single .JPG or single .PNG file.

1st Place

  • ARTWORK USED IN THE WITCHES OF EAST END SEASON 2 FINALE
  • $1,500 USD
  • 1 year Premium Membership
  • 8,000 dA points

2nd Place

  • $1,000 USD
  • 6 month Premium Membership
  • 4,000 dA points

3rd Place

  • $500 USD
  • 6 month Premium Membership
  • 4,000 dA points

The Witches of East End Edgar Allan Poe Contest begins at 2:00PM Pacific Time (PT) on July 15th, 2014 and ends at 11:59:59 PM (PT) on July 27, 2014

Rules

  • Entrants may enter as many entries as they like however duplicate entries are not allowed.
  • Entrants must be at least 18 years old as of July 15th, 2014.
  • Entrant must be a resident of the United States, its territories, or its possessions. Individuals located on United States military bases wherever located may also enter.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PT) on July 27th, 2014 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART;
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is required to enter the Contest;
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is free;
  • Entry may originate in any visual medium and must be submitted at the contest site as a single .JPG or .PNG and must be at least 2000 pixels in its shortest length
  • Entries must depict a prominent element or scene from one of the following Edgar Allan Poe stories: "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Raven," or "The Black Cat."
  • Entries may not include any characters, logos, symbols, or titles of any third party other than Edgar Allan Poe stories
  • Read the Official Rules carefully.

Judging

 

Twenty-five semifinalists will be selected by full time deviantART staff. The three winning entries will be selected from the semifinalists by Lifetime on a basis of its suitability of use within the set on the series.

The judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:

  • Technical and Artistic Skill
  • Effective Presentation of the Edgar Allan Poe story element
  • Originality
  • Relevance to the Modern World of the Witches of East End

Please read the Official Rules for more details on judging

Sundays 9/8c




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Official Contests


All "official" contests will begin at midnight PST on the start date and end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relation run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.
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:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge 109 - Mad Science - Deadline July 31, 2014


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Commissions




Whoas - Theme: Cute Animals



You Are Not Alone by AdamScythe Fight For Your Life by darkcalypso Sneak Attack by Nate-Zeman 
A Portrait Of A Cottontail by kkart Red Squirrel Jump by WNPhotography Shelter by tadas0 
Lovebirds by catchingfyre SHINE with strength and pride by funkichkn 
Hello little friend by aquanis-photos I'm cute and I know it by aquanis-photos For those with thumbs- Chubbanimals Nr 19 by trenchmaker 
Otter Summer Reading Instructions by samuel123 
 
  
 
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What I'm looking for from you guys:
:bulletred: News, Features or Interviews you want to promote
:bulletred: Groups you want me to feature or highlight
:bulletred: deviations that follow the theme for that issue
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:bulletred: Anything else you feel you want the deviantART community to know about!


Next issue to be posted July 30 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Comics.  

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!

Transformation Challenge Winners

Tue Jul 8, 2014, 2:03 PM

Thank you to everyone who participated in The Transformation Challenge! The 25 semi-finalist entries blew away the Microsoft and Motherboard judges, but they worked hard together and came up with the three finalists. Each of the finalist winners will receive a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, $1,000 USD, an all-expense paid trip to work with a featured artist, and have had their winning work featured as a home page billboard generating thousands of page views for their deviations.

Razor in the Gutter - Nas Pasha

by raging-akujiki

Habib Zargarpour

This is a powerful piece that shows a personal transformation of someone who is down and out and gets a second chance by bringing himself back from the brink by the use of a simple razor. The art style reinforces the gritty nature of his situation.

Thobey Campion

Raging-Akujiki's submission had a unique take on transformation, applying the theme to a man whose clearly hit the bottom then found a route through to coming back together with a loved one. As someone who's seen incredible comebacks in the lives of close friends, I found it touching. The rich illustration also contributed a certain epic feel inherent in a rising from the ashes story.

Tranformation

by HughEbdy

Habib Zargarpour

There is a very subtle but effective use of composition here, especially with the progression of the frames. The contrast between the armored, heroically posed character and the ending with him running towards the water because he overheated is very comical.

Thobey Campion

As one of the legion of fans of Don Quixote, Monty Python, and really medieval everything, I've always enjoyed the modern take on a very dark period. Hughebdy's work demonstrated a really funny twist that left me pleasantly bewildered but also impressed at the succinctness of his humor.

The Transformation challenge - The Fly-Kid

by Zeich

Habib Zargarpour

The Fly Kid's concept of if you can't beat them join them is very visually displayed here. There is a natural flow from the character at the start to how he gets covered with flies, completing the transformation. Such an innocent kid with funny proportions becomes a menacing fly himself. The center frame has a very dynamic feel to it as the flies attack.

Thobey Campion

Zeich's submission is just straight-up weird in the best way. What wold normally be just an unthinkably awful plan is twisted into something close to a super-power. Maybe it's from my Calvin and Hobbes days (which haven't ended), but the idea of occupying a world by oneself predicated on magical occurrences no one else knows about is just the most appealing thing I can think of. Outside of all this, the texture and artistry of Zeich's work set him apart.



WeChat Emoticon Sticker Winners

Tue Jul 8, 2014, 9:56 AM

Congratulations to the three finalists in the WeChat Animated Emoticon Sticker Challenge! The judges from WeChat were astounded by the ingenuity that was displayed in each entry. All three winners will receive $1,000 and had their entry exhibited in a billboard on the deviantART homepage.



 Astralseed tagged me with this list of questionable questions and not wanting to be a party pooper, here goes:

1. How tight do you like your underwear?

Tight enough that they don't fall down but not so tight that I can't breathe.

2. A train is headed towards some city, another train is headed towards another city.  Both trains travel 362 miles before intersecting, with one train going 13mph less than the other.  How much later did the other train leave?

What did you say was in that drink you're drinking?

3. If you peed rainbows, what would it taste like?

Obviously -  Skittles. See the rainbow, taste the rainbow.


4. If you had 7 legs and only one arm, would you walk, wobble, or other?


I'd be famous, so I'd have a driver, or at least someone to carry me around.


5. Do you smoke shampoo?


No, but your questions are starting to make me think you do ;P


6. How often do you wear your clothing inside out?

Whenever I attempt to get dressed in the dark :/


7. The world is ending because it's being hit by giant meteors, will you listen to Aerosmith?


Because of your Magic Touch my Heart's Done Time and thankfully this meteor will give me a Permanent Vacation.

8. Naked snow angels, yay or nay?

I'm Canadian, clearly this is a resounding YAY

9. Will you take her to the next level?  


All I hear is "untz untz untz"


10. I say WaWa, you say?

I still think that's a crazy name for a store, granted, it's not as crazy as the 'Piggly Wiggly'.  Silly Americans :heart:


While I'm not going to tag anyone, feel free to add your own answers to Astralseed's questions and post them in your own journal :D


Note: Extra love and adoration for Astralseed our deviousness award winner for July! Well deserved, despite her tagging me ;P :heart:



DeviantART and WeChat challenged you to create your very own animated sticker! Whether you wanted it happy, sad, or dancing the night away, it was up to you to animate an emoticon sticker you have never seen before. The WeChat judges labored over each entry and selected the top twenty-five stickers. Who will take one of the three grand prizes?

Chase the ball! by BronzeHalo
Draw All Night by sketcheronline
Headbangin' by NoreyDragon
Chibi Reiko Dance (WeChat Contest) by mmidori31
Of Coffee and Eyeglasses by reiji-kun
Leeksei Cry by faruuk-sama
Bouncing Flan-In Love by MinjiXMuu-chan
Love kick by Samanfuu
Hay Fever by WhiteFoxCub
Hmph! by DablurArt
Frokie by raadits
Ghost by crowlik
Ninja Fail by SoulRobot
Nom by H-SWilliams
StinkyFishy by ArikaLorrea
Toilet Cat (WeChat Emoticon Challenge) by zephleit
Thrashing Joy by Comikidd
Mr Owl's Dance by YannickBouchard
never give up :P by duhanabi
Watering a flower by Xergille
Yummy by Acornballs
too fat to fly by bruisedbanana
WeChat contest - Xenora but first SELFIE by Marini4
Troublesome Pets (WeChat Emoticon Challenge) by zephleit
 Momo - There Is A Spider On the Floor by wangqr


Witches of East End

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 9:51 AM

Based on Melissa de la Cruz's New York Times best-selling novel, Witches of East End centers on the Beauchamp family, where in season one sisters Freya and Ingrid discovered they are witches with ancient magical powers. With the help of their mother Joanna and Aunt Wendy, they learned how to cultivate their craft and work together to defeat unearthly enemies seeking revenge on their family, while keeping their abilities a secret from the town.

This season, with the portal to Asgard open, what comes through will forever change the lives of the Beauchamps. Darkness surrounds East End as a new stranger arrives. Joanna is still weak with poison in her blood as the Beauchamps search desperately for a cure. With the death of Penelope, Killian and Dash's warlock powers return. #DarknessIsRising

The Creative Team behind The Witches of East End want to participate with you in a visual conversation celebrating the magical and mysterious world of witchcraft.

The team will be browsing the group galleries over the next 14 days and will offer selected deviants the option to share their deviations through the official Witches of East End social media platforms in return for $100.*

Take a look at the trailers, consult your magic crystal balls, connect with your inner powers and pull from your galleries the most exquisite and exotic witchcraft you can find from your work!

* You may be offered, if selected, an option to accept $100 in return for Lifetime Television obtaining the right to use your deviation on a non-exclusive basis as a social post on one or all of Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Google + or a similar social platform each in connection with the promotion of the Witches of East End. You are free to decline the offer. Offer may be subject to signing an additional agreement at the request of Lifetime. If you elect to make fan art with the images provided in this article by Lifetime, you agree that you have a limited license to use the images non-commercially in social networks such as deviantART. Lifetime also agrees that it cannot use any of your work commercially outside of this Group without your additional permission.

From the covens, rings, tribes, and sects of deviantart.

The artist's interest in the images conjured up by "witchcraft" has continued unabated for over 1000 years. What fired the mind of Goya to produce Witches' Sabbath in 1798 still blazes in the imaginations of the artists of the DeviantArt community. There are over 10 million images associated with witchcraft on the deviantART website.

How To Submit Your Own Work!

  • 1. Go to the Witches of East End Group Gallery
  • 2. Press the + button next to the gallery title, and select "Contribute an existing deviation."
  • 3. Select the image from your gallery you'd like to submit, and then press the green "Submit" button.
  • 4. Your image will now be featured in the group gallery!

The Witches of East End creative team has conjured up the following images to act as inspiration for other Witches of East End gallery submissions.

Download the images and feel free to manipulate, redraw, or create your own fanart inspired by the show!

Conversations
1.

Have you ever seriously experimented with witchcraft? What was your intent?

2.

Do you believe there is such a thing as "witchcraft" in which spells, for bad or good intent, can be cast that circumvent the general scientific rules of physics? Or is witchcraft just another fairy tale narrative to teach children caution and entertain adults?

3.

What are your feelings about Wicca, the "witch religion," seeking to reunite with ancient Pagan animist spiritual beliefs?

4.

Would your interest in practicing witchcraft embody transformation into an entirely different lifestyle and belief system? Or would you just like to have some potent memorized incantations for turning troublesome people at work into newts and toads?

The Witches of East EndLifetime






Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13: :

Table of Contents



1. Art is Personal
2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
3. Community Projects
4. Official Contests
5. Project Educate 2014
6. News from the Chats and Forums
7. News from the Galleries

1. Art is Personal


Every day, daily deviations are featured, artist interviews are posted, and countless journals of thumbnails published.  Every single day, community members, volunteers and staff, all come together and share in a love of art. It doesn't always go well and sometimes a piece of artwork I adore, strikes the wrong chord with someone. However, regardless of the message received the artwork achieved the goal of becoming personal and striking an emotion and there are no rules that state this emotion should always be happy and fluffy. I'm personally inspired by a different kind of image, one that challenges my feelings and ideals and sometimes, ones that make me uncomfortable. It was 1995, at the Guggenheim in New York City, that I stumbled across the work of Joel- Peter Witkin.  It was his work that inspired me to pick up a camera but to say that his work is globally appealing, would not be valid.  For me, it was the beginning of a great journey that would eventually lead me to this community.  For others, I imagine they would rather not view his work, as its controversial and uncomfortable for them.

As an artist, my art is very personal.  Every image I create tells a story and what I've learned is that even when I feel the intent or message is obvious, it might be completely lost on someone else.  Does that make them stupid? not at all, it just means that my art spoke to them differently and that happens for a number of reasons. It could be about what they were feeling that day or it could be speaking to something that happened in their past or it could very well be the paragon of their greatest fear and while it is my artwork and my intention, there is nothing wrong with someone else seeing something completely different.  

Every day I look through comments on articles or Daily Deviations and I'm always amazed by how vastly different the opinions are.  Some people love it and others absolutely hate it, some feel it's about one thing while another is on a completely different track.  The point is that these feelings are all valid and, assuming the commenter has shared their feelings respectfully, there's nothing wrong with that.

If a piece of artwork manages to elicit an emotion - be it positive or negative - in my opinion, it has more than earned it's place.  If you feel differently, that's okay.  No one will react to one piece of artwork the same way.  In fact, you could probably go back through you favourites gallery and look at selections you made years ago, and find those pieces may not make you feel the same way about them as they did at the time. 

Conversely, if your piece of artwork manages to accumulate a wealth of negativity,  remember the silver lining - Your art made people feel -  Then pat yourself on the back and go create your next masterpiece.

Art is a personal journey of mind, body and soul - both to create and to experience and we'd all do better as a community to consider that. :heart:

Feel free to share your favourite artists or pieces of artwork in the comments below :) I'd love to see the variety of tastes and styles that exist in our community!


2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations


If you're interested in learning more about being a volunteer on deviantART please read FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on deviantART?

To see current openings on the Community Relations volunteer team please go to this journal. If there isn't a spot open please consider helping out from within the community. Read How to be a guiding light and shining example by the awesome RockstarVanity :love:



3. Community Projects


Check out any of the projects below to get involved or, if you are feeling inspired come up with a project of your own and contact CRCommunityProjects for help in getting started!

:bulletgreen: fella - deviantART's Official Mascot Group

:bulletgreen: Fella's Dictionary Update  

:bulletgreen: Fella's ArtFest Contest

:bulletgreen: deviant365 - deviantART's Official Weekly Task Group

To get support for your Community Project, please read this post



4. Official Contests


:bulletpink: The Transformation Challenge - Deadline June 24, 2014
:bulletpink: SuicideGirls Fan Art Contest - Deadline June 27, 2014
:bulletpink: World of Water - Deadline June 30, 2014
:bulletpink: AnthroChallenge #108 - Thank a Mailman - Deadline June 30, 2014

Please note that all contests end on the deadline stated at 11:59:59 PM PST



5. Project Educate 2014


There are plenty of ways to get involved with many of projecteducate's upcoming projects! Check out how to get involved with Community Weeks here and check out the Schedule to see what's coming up. We've also introduced an exciting new project called 'Hints and Tips' and you can get involved by reading this journal!

We've recently had a fantastic Traditional Art week and you can read the roundup here. We've also had Artisan Crafts week and the recap can be found here!


6. News from the Chats and Forums


The chat and forum have been busy for both the Community Volunteer team and the deviantART community these past few months! If you are interested in either the chat or forum, be sure to read the Chat & Forum Newsletter: May, June! :D


7. News from the Galleries


:bulletblue: 3-Dimensional Art

:bulletblue: Anime/Manga

:bulletblue: Anthro

:bulletblue: Artisan Crafts


:bulletblue: Customization
:bulletgreen: Wallpaper

:bulletblue: deviantART related

:bulletblue: Digital Art
:bulletgreen: Fractal
:bulletgreen: Photomanipulation
:bulletgreen: Vector & Vexel

:bulletblue: Fan Art

:bulletblue: Film & Animation

:bulletblue: Literature
:bulletgreen: Fan-Fiction

:bulletblue: Photography
:bulletgreen: Abstract & Surreal
:bulletgreen: Animals, Plants & Nature Photography
:bulletgreen: Artistic Nude
:bulletgreen: Conceptual Photography
:bulletgreen: Fetish Photography
:bulletgreen: Horror & Macabre
:bulletgreen: People and Portraits
:bulletgreen: Pin-Up & Glamour
:bulletgreen: Still Life Photography
:bulletgreen: Urban & Rural Photography

:bulletblue: Resources & Stock Images

:bulletblue: Science Fiction & Space Art

:bulletblue: Text Art & Typography: Do you want to take part in Typography Challenges? Give your input here!

:bulletblue: Traditional Art

:bulletblue: Body Art
:bulletgreen: Sculpture



The Community Relations department exists to facilitate and develop the relationship with our deviantART community. Our goal is to nurture our community by encouraging artists to create, collaborate, and participate in a friendly, safe, and supportive artistic environment. Watch communityrelations for up to date news and to learn how you can get involved in projects and events!

:iconcommunityrelations:


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Official dA News


:bulletpurple: Celebrating Deviousness - June 2014
:bulletpurple: Community Operations Newsletter - June 2014
:bulletpurple: Prints 101: Changing Your Print Source File
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Film Submission
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Welcoming New Deviants


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Official Contests


All "official" contests will begin at midnight PST on the start date and end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relation run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest

:bulletpink: The Transformation Challenge - Deadline June 24, 2014
:bulletpink: SuicideGirls Fan Art Contest - Deadline June 27, 2014
:bulletpink: World of Water - Deadline June 30, 2014
:bulletpink: AnthroChallenge #108 - Thank a Mailman - Deadline June 30, 2014



:bulletblue: Introducing the Hero Challenge
:bulletblue: June Workshop - The Wit in TV Script
:bulletblue: News and Weekly Gallery Highlight
:bulletblue: Painting With A Knife
:bulletblue: Photography vs Painting
:bulletblue: Plot a Scene Workshop
:bulletblue: Stitch Dictionaries: How to Make them Useful
:bulletblue: The Great Lit Crit Event
:bulletblue: The Triumph Project
:bulletblue: Traditional Art Tutorials on deviantART
:bulletblue: Traditional Art Week Introduction - June 2014



Features & Interviews


:bulletred: -404 Deviant Found Vol 43
:bulletred: 10 x 10 Underground
:bulletred: 3 Photomanipulators you really should be watching
:bulletred: Adjusting the Antennae Ep. 11
:bulletred: APN Suggestion Saturday 20
:bulletred: Awesome Art IX
:bulletred: Awesome Stock Week Feature No 1
:bulletred: Beast Vision Vol 09
:bulletred: Daily Fractal Feature for June 10, 2014
:bulletred: dArp - Water
:bulletred: Digitally Delicious - June 11th
:bulletred: Equine Escapades Vol09
:bulletred: Fan art Friday: Care Bears
:bulletred: Fan Art Wonders - 4
:bulletred: Fella's ArtFest - June 2014
:bulletred: FellArt - A Feature of Fella Related Art
:bulletred: Friday Night Specials v6.1
:bulletred: Hannibal Feature
:bulletred: League of Lit Groups Vol 12
:bulletred: Love dA Lit: Issue 172
:bulletred: LUSH: Pinup and Glamour Features
:bulletred: Monday Munchies (10)
:bulletred: Photographer of the Week: Daykiney
:bulletred: Photomanipulators Suggested by You
:bulletred: SA Interview - Sandara
:bulletred: Senior Selections 2
:bulletred: SLS 05 w/NatashaBreen Key Feature
:bulletred: Space Travellers
:bulletred: Stock Radar #7
:bulletred: The Ladies of Lit Volume XLIII
:bulletred: Traditional Tuesdays 74
:bulletred: Tutorials and mini sculptor plans
:bulletred: Undiscovered Weekly: Literature



Groups


:bulletgreen: Madmen-Asylum a group of mad artists and writers is holding The Longest Night - One O’clock: Erotomania Contest
:bulletgreen: deviant365 aims to uphold the core values of deviantART through weekly tasks that encourage creativity, community, and artistic growth.
:bulletgreen: fella aims to be a welcoming space, primarily for new members, providing useful resources and practical assistance from friendly, approachable deviants, leading to easier navigation of the site and an enjoyable, positive deviantART experience.
:bulletgreen: DudeLetsDiet New motivational group for weightloss, weight gain or getting fit. Or anyone who would like to support others in their journey Heart
:bulletgreen: photohunt A fun Photography game! The task is you will be given a word and you have 20 minutes to go shoot it and post it in the #PhotoHunt chatroom.  Best photo wins! I dare you guys to come play just ONE game. You will be hooked.
:bulletgreen: Infectious-Kindness is a group dedicated to making dA a better place, with a much more open community, and supportive atmosphere where people don't just appreciate each other, but also support and care about each other. The members of this group are people who are dedicated to this purpose, and they participate in the group by performing random, and meaningful acts of kindness. Whether it be simply encouraging someone who feels that they are in a slump, or going the full mile and giving someone a premium membership, this group is designed to encourage all things that will bring the dA community closer together, and make this website a much more friendly and fun place to be.



Commissions

 Party Dress Cake by pinkcakeboxRose bridal choker by RosalynGothicJewelry Mini Rose Apple Tart by flameshaft 
Rose Heart Necklace - Opalite by pinkythepink Rose Dragon *test* by LittleCLUUs Blue watercolor rose by dopeindulgence 
Rose tattoo colored by Sabinerich Ombre Rose Cake by Nazegoreng Rose carpet by Ikanu96 
Perfume of roses by anaispopy Roses by D29621x The modern and the traditional Japan by juriTanaka 
Smokey rose.. . by addy-ack Love by Astranat Red rose by Docali 

  
 
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:bulletred: Groups you want me to feature or highlight
:bulletred: deviations that follow the theme for that issue
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Next issue to be posted July 9, 2014 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Cute Animals.  

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!

The Transformation Challenge

Tue Jun 10, 2014, 12:08 PM

Show us "who you are" transformed into "what you could be".

You get three panels to show us a three-stage progression into a radically different person or thing.

Use the template. Any style. Any visual medium. Any tool, any machine. If you are shy, you can use an original character or object instead of yourself.

Three grand prize winners will be selected, their entries will be featured as a billboard on deviantART and Motherboard's website linking back to the artist's deviantART account. The winners will be flown, all expenses paid, to either Brooklyn, NY, Honolulu, HI, or Los Angeles, CA to collaborate with either Dash Shaw, Jasper Wong, or Jordan Crane in their studios and will each win a Microsoft Surface Pro 3.*.

*In order to qualify as a Grand Prize Winner, you must be able to travel between July 25th - August 1st to participate in the collaboration. Winners will be assigned to a specific city.
Three Grand Prize Winners

Step 1

Download the three-panel template below and create your original entry using any static visual medium.

Download TemplateRead Official Rules »

Step 2

Show us your transformation! Remember, it must be a three-stage progression that ends with you or your original character changing into a radically different person or thing submitted as a single .JPG or .PNG file fitting on the provided template.

Step 3

Enter your artwork into the contest by using the ENTER NOW button below. Your entry should include in the deviation description your answers to the questions asked below.

Enter Now »

Three Grand Prize Winners will Receive

  • A Microsoft Surface Pro 3
  • $1000 from deviantART
  • All expenses paid trip to one of three locations: Brooklyn, NY, Honululu, HI, or Los Angeles, CA to participate in Phase 2 and collaborate with a selected artist

For this challenge, the adventure continues beyond just physical prizes. The three grand prize finalists will be flown to one of the three artists studios to work alongside either Jasper Wong, Dash Shaw, or Jordan Crane on a collaborative project. We will document your journey for you and the world to see. The joint artworks produced from the collaboration will be featured on a page on deviantART sponsored by Microsoft and also on Motherboard.

Are you up for this quest?
jordan crane
jordan crane

Jordan Crane was born in Los Angeles, California, which is still his home. He was educated in public school and attended USC for engineering. He self-published the first issue of Non in 1997. The anthology grew quickly, and by the fifth and final issue, it was an impressively designed package wrapped by a silkscreen cover, featuring top tier talent as well as his own Xeric award winning graphic novel Col-Dee. During this time, Crane published his first graphic novelette The Last Lonely Saturday, a simple story of love and death, which has become an enduring favorite.

Crane's specific particular design aesthetic could be found across his work, featuring warm covers accentuated by an eye for colors playing and fighting together. Crane's illustrated and design work has been critically recognized with several awards. In 2010, Jordan's biggest book design project, The Art of Jaime Hernandez was published by Abrams books. That same year, he launched www.whatthingsdo.com, a website portal featuring many of today's top cartoonists, a natural follow up to his previous editing work in Non.

Right now, Crane is finishing his graphic novel Keeping Two, a collection of short stories titled Lower the Living, and the fifth issue of his comic book Uptight, which will feature his first scifi story titled the Dark Nothing. His current work can be found in his ongoing comic book Uptight, published by Fantagraphics.

jordan crane

How did you use the Surface to create your artwork?

I used the Surface from start to finish. I used to work on paper, and my process is nearly the same digitally. I start by making notes, just words at this point, things that I'd like to draw, relations and associations on the topic. When a couple of interesting things start to poke out at me, I'll start sketching. At this point I do simple figure drawings to see if the idea has legs. So I open up Manga Studio, get my page sized, and start rough sketches. I push the idea through to the last panel, and when I have something that works, then reduce the opacity on the layer, and do the final tight drawing on a new layer. Then colors. I'll initially just fill the spaces with harsh contrasting colors to make sure I get all the nooks and crannies filled in. Then I'll find a pair of colors I like, something that's pleasing but still pretty argumentative. Then I will tone everything based on that pair. Then fiddle some more with the colors, and then done.

What programs did you use?

I used Manga Studio Pro from start to finish for this comic strip.

How long did it take to create the piece?

I worked on it for about 8 hours. Drawing and coloring from start to finish was about 4 hours. It was spread out over a couple of days, so I got to think about it a lot, so that'd account for another 4 hours. I do a lot of my best drawing inside my head.

jasper wong
jasper wong

Jasper Wong is an artist, illustrator, and curator. He is a man who wears many hats and best known for his art that is a unique clash of Asian-influenced pop culture on paper. Jasper has exhibited worldwide, in places such as Japan, California, France, London, Mexico, New York, Hong Kong, Chicago, and Australia and he has been selected on multiple occasions by Archive magazine as one of the 200 Best Illustrators worldwide. He has also scored press in publications such as Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Taschen's Illustration Now, Hypebeast, Booooooom, Arrested Motion, Hi-Fructose, Acclaim, Complex, Vice, Highsnobiety, VNA, Street Art News and Juxtapoz. He was recently chosen as one of the HB100. A list of Hypebeast's 100 most influential figures in the industry, which included the likes of Kaws, Pharrell, Banksy, Jay Z and Kanye West.

Jasper is also the founder of a gallery in Hong Kong called ABOVE SECOND and another creative venue in Honolulu called LOFT IN SPACE. In its existence, both Monocle magazine and CNN have chosen it as one of the best galleries in the city. Jasper is also the creator and lead director of POW! WOW! HAWAII, which is a non-profit organization of contemporary artists committed to community enrichment through the creation of art outreach programs, educational programs and engaging the community in the creation and appreciation of art.

Another venture is in the form of a community art center called LANA LANE STUDIOS. It is a repurposed industrial warehouse that has been transformed into progressive 2D/3D creative workspace and center for teaching and learning. It is a place where creative output flourishes, interacts with and inspires the community. It is a combination of private studio spaces and a fully functional art school for the youth of Hawaii.

jasper wong

How did you use the Surface to create your artwork?

It started as a sketch on paper and inked on vellum. It was then scanned on to the Surface. I transferred the same process that I normally use on the computer, but implemented the Surface instead. I was able to easily work on the illustration on the go. Something that wasn't as possible with my laptop, because it can be cumbersome taking it out while on the move.

jasper wong

What programs did you use?

I used Photoshop.

How long did it take to create the piece?

It took me about a week to complete the piece. I have a 1 and half year old daughter and she loves to play with the Surface. She likes to draw with the pen. But, it also slowed my progress. :-)

dash shaw
dash shaw

Dash Shaw is a cartoonist and animator whose last graphic novel, "New School", was named one of the best books of 2013 by NPR. His other recent books include "BodyWorld" and "Bottomless Belly Button." His animated works include the Sigur Ros video "Seraph", "Wheel of Fortune", and the ifc series "The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century AD." His new graphic novel "Doctors", about doctors who enter deceased people's afterlives to bring them back from the dead, arrives later this year from Fantagraphics Books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

dash shaw

How did you use the Surface to create your artwork?

I started it as a sketch and then scanned it into the Surface. Here you can see a sketch.

dash shaw

What programs did you use?

I used Photoshop. The finishes were done entirely in Photoshop, on the Surface.

How long did it take to create the piece?

That's hard to say. I did other versions. And then I stare into space for a while. I don't know. Maybe a couple days?

THE TRANSFORMATION CHALLENGE BEGINS AT 12:00 AM PACIFIC TIME (PT) on JUNE 10TH, 2014 AND ENDS AT 11:59:59 PM (PT) on JUNE 24, 2014

  • Entrants may enter as many entries as they like however duplicate entries are not allowed.
  • Entrants must be at least 18 years old as of June 10, 2014.
  • Entrant may reside anywhere in the world.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PT) on June 24th, 2014 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART;
  • Membership to www.deviantART.com is required to enter the Contest;
  • Membership to www.deviantART.com is free;
  • Entry must be submitted at the Contest Site as a single .JPG or .PNG file using the provided template without resizing.
  • Entry must feature yourself or an original character or object. Third party characters are not allowed.
  • Read the Official Rules carefully.

Habib has been the Creative Director at Microsoft Studios since 2010. He has over 12 years of experience in Visual Effects for film and 10 years in the games industry. Nominated for two Academy Awards and winner of two BAFTAs in Visual Effects for his work on Twister and The Perfect Storm while at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Habib has also worked on two Star Trek films, Star Wars Episode I, The Bourne Identity, Spawn, and Signs. Habib served as a Senior Art Director at Electronic Arts (EA) from 2002 - 2009 where he worked on Need for Speed Most Wanted, which received a Visual Effects Society (VES) Award in 2006.

As Publisher of Motherboard, Thobey Campion has seen VICE's technology and science channel grow into a tech media powerhouse, introducing a global audience to the most exciting developments from the fringes of innovation. Today, Motherboard maintains 7 international bureaus, 3.8MM uniques visitors per month, hundreds of millions of video views, multiple Webby awards, and a rock-solid reputation for hard-hitting perspectives that provide a refreshing voice amid more sterile tech news and gadget review media.

25 semi-finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART staff. From the semi-finalists, the VICE and Microsoft judges will select three grand prize winners which will be posted on deviantART.

Judges will review the entrants description of his or her creative process and will use the following criteria in whatever degree they feel appropriate:

  • Technical and Artist Skill
  • Effective Presentation of the Progression into a Radically Different Person or Thing
  • Originality


WeChat Emoticon Sticker Challenge

Wed May 28, 2014, 12:38 PM

CONTEST CLOSED

WeChat, with 396 million mobile users, and deviantART, host to the world's largest emoticon community, invite you to create an original emoticon sticker with a chance to win major cash and a billboard of your own on deviantART's front page!

Make it happy, make it sad, make it dance, make your character express what it's got -- ready or not.

Read the Creative Assignment for instructions and guidelines on creating your emoticon sticker.

Create your emoticon sticker. Remember, stickers must be animated and feature an original character of your creation.

Enter your artwork into the contest by using the ENTER NOW button below. Your entry must be a single .GIF and must be 360x360 pixels with the total file size not exceeding 200 KB. Follow the directions in the Creative Assignment.

Three grand prize winners will receive $1,000 USD and their entry will be featured in a billboard on the deviantART homepage that links directly to the winner's deviantART profile for maximum exposure.

25 Semi-Finalists will get a one month Premium Membership to deviantART.

*Please note that you are creating a 360x360 .GIF, not a full billboard.

THE WECHAT EMOTICON STICKER CHALLENGE BEGINS AT 12:00:00 AM PACIFIC TIME (PT) ON MAY 28th, 2014 AND ENDS AT 11:59:59 PM (PT) ON JUNE 3, 2014.

  • Entrants may enter as many entries as they like however duplicate entries are not allowed.
  • Entrant must be at least 18 years old as of May 28, 2014.
  • Entrant may reside anywhere in the world.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59PM (PT) on June 3, 2014 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART;
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is required to enter the Contest;
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is free;
  • Entrant must follow the instructions in the "Creative Assignment" found on the Contest Site.
  • Entry must feature an original character. Third party characters are not allowed.
  • Entry must be an animated emoticon sticker rendered as a .GIF file 360 pixels in width by 360 pixels in height with the total file size not exceeding 200k.

25 semi-finalists will be selected by WeChat judges and will be posted on deviantART. From the semi-finalists, the WeChat judges will select three grand prize winners within approximately seven days of the posting of the semi-finalist entries.

Judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:

  • Originality of the Emoticon Character
  • Artistic and Technical Skill
  • Sense of Fun, Action, and Engagement

Please read the Official Rules for additional judging information.





Pimps



Official dA News


:bulletpurple: Product Spotlight: Postcards and Greeting Cards

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Official Contests


All "official" contests will begin at midnight PST on the start date and end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relation run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest

:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge 107 - Diet - Deadline May 31, 2014
:bulletpink: Fan Art Nouveau Contest - Deadline June 2, 2014
:bulletpink: SuicideGirls Fan Art Contest - Deadline June 27, 2014
:bulletpink: World of Water - Deadline June 30, 2014



Community Relations Projects


:bulletgreen: projecteducate Current Week: Artisan Crafts View the whole schedule here
:bulletblue: 9 Ways to Overcome Artistic Frustration
:bulletblue: Photomanipulators: What would you like to see?
:bulletblue: Remember that Modular Desk System I designed?
:bulletblue: Symbols We Are Not
:bulletblue: Tips: How to Make Thy Comment Meaningful
:bulletblue: Tutorial: Game Character Design
:bulletblue: Wanted: Journal CSS
:bulletblue: Wire Working 101


Features & Interviews


:bulletred: (-404) Deviant Found - vol .41
:bulletred: 16th Anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts
:bulletred: A Photographer is someone who kills the living
:bulletred: A Showcase of Happiness
:bulletred: Au Naturel
:bulletred: Awesome Art VIII
:bulletred: Beast Vision Vol. 06
:bulletred: Celebrating Diversity 54
:bulletred: Traditional Tuesdays #72
:bulletred: Daily Fractal Feature for May 20
:bulletred: Digitalism v.05
:bulletred: Digitally Delicious - May 21st
:bulletred: Equine Escapades Vol. 06
:bulletred: Fabulous Photomanips under 100 faves and more
:bulletred: Fan Art Friday: FMA
:bulletred: Features 29
:bulletred: Fella Features You - Vol. 14
:bulletred: Folk and Fairy Tales
:bulletred: Friday Night Specials V5.3
:bulletred: In the Stock Light: Apsara-Art
:bulletred: LUSH - Pinup and Glamour Features
:bulletred: Manga/Anime Beauty 17: sae-midori
:bulletred: Meet the Crafter - aphid777


Groups


:bulletgreen: CRLiterature has announced their Book Club Schedule
:bulletgreen: ProjectComment has announced their Get Familiar: Comment Project 6
:bulletgreen: VecType is for typographic Illustrators, who use vector tools to create their art. 
:bulletgreen: toronto has announced  May 24th Unofficial DevMeet at Anime North!
:bulletgreen: TheCRITcentre is all about providing critical feedback for deviants in order to help them progress with their chosen art forms! 
:bulletgreen: ArtisanCraft has posted their News and Weekly Gallery Highlight
:bulletgreen: RecommendAFriendThe Recommend a Friend project was created in order to expose the work of deviants that are recommend by their friends. The friend also includes a tidbit about why we should check out their recommended deviant's gallery. The friends that recommend also get featured monthly! Basically, features for ALL 
:bulletgreen: young-photo-club  is a photography group for people 25 years old and younger. We have a photography critique project going on in which members join and critique each others' photography, we also have a lot of other projects to promote photographers, and help everyone improve their skills, receive feedback and advice, and gain new knowledge about photography, while enjoying discovering each others' work


Forums


:bulletblue: Challenge Fun #5
:bulletblue: deviantART Popularity
:bulletblue: Male-Female Ratio in Fiction
:bulletblue: Self Esteem and Self Motivation Boosting
:bulletblue: Show me Your Newest!



Commissions

 
  
 
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What I'm looking for from you guys:
:bulletred: News, Features or Interviews you want to promote
:bulletred: Groups you want me to feature or highlight
:bulletred: deviations that follow the theme for that issue
:bulletred: DevMEETs or events going on around you or being hosted by you.
:bulletred: Commission information for those looking for Commissions
:bulletred: Anything else you feel you want the deviantART community to know about!


Next issue to be posted June 11th and the theme for the "Whoas" is Roses.  

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!


Pimps



Official dA News


:bulletpurple: Follow Up on the Motion Book Tool
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Google Analytics Feedback
:bulletpurple: Site Update: New CSS Options for Journal Skins
:bulletpurple: CR Newsletter March/April 2014


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Official Contests


All "official" contests will begin at midnight PST on the start date and end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relation run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest

:bulletpink: Themed Fan Fiction Contest - Deadline May 21, 2014
:bulletpink: Fan Art Nouveau - Deadline June 2, 2014
:bulletpink: World of Water - Deadline June 30, 2014


Community Relations Projects


:bulletgreen: projecteducate Current Week: Community Week! View the whole schedule here
:bulletgreen: ArtHistoryProject - Olympia - Manet's Biggest Scandal 
:bulletblue: Be An Active Watchee
:bulletblue: Buying and Selling Commissions
:bulletblue: Calling all Crafters
:bulletblue: Critique Me 1
:bulletblue: Digital Dolls CV
:bulletblue: Emoticon Appreciation Day Ideas - Update
:bulletblue: Emoticon Gallery Newsletter 11
:bulletblue: Happy Birthday Fella!
:bulletblue: How to draw Shoes - Kickstarter with Mark Kokavec
:bulletblue: Improving in Art
:bulletblue: Illustration Academy 2014
:bulletblue: Recommend A Friend: Suggester Edition I
:bulletblue: That's how you get pageviews
:bulletblue: The World's Grumpiest Charity Collaboration
:bulletblue: Tools of the Trade: Choosing Stock
:bulletblue: Tutorial: How to color a black and white painting
:bulletblue: Update: Selling LOTS of DevWear and DevGear
:bulletblue: Why it's so important to unite as artists
:bulletblue: Giving Books to Loving Owners
:bulletblue: dAr CR Update - May 2014
:bulletblue: I'm a Forum Whore, Get Me Outta Here - Day 1


Features & Interviews


:bulletred: All Snapped Up .21 - kimerajam
:bulletred: Anime and Manga Feature
:bulletred: Celebrating Diversity 52
:bulletred: Daily Deviations
:bulletred: Digitally Delicious April 25th
:bulletgreen: CRLiterature is now accepting favourites
:bulletgreen: deviant365 - Taskers Discussion - April 2014
:bulletgreen: Writers-Workshop - We Are Resurrecting
:bulletgreen: BurstofColoursis a place where beginners to expert photographers capture the colours of photography. Whether you would like to find inspiration, meet other photographers, or get more exposure on your colourful works this is a group for you!
:bulletgreen: BurdenedHeartsThis group aims to focus on uniting people and encouraging them to support each other through life.
:bulletgreen: Deviated-PathIt's a traditional group for abstract and surreal artists.
:bulletgreen: dAmnTaboo - The game of unspeakable fun!
:bulletgreen: ArtistsInNeedA group dedicating to promoting commissions for artists that are in financial problems.
:bulletgreen: dAPoses This is a group for deviants to join and submit stock photography that can be used for pose reference for the human figure.
:bulletgreen: Divine-Tutorialsis an awesome group with a wonderful array of different tutorials! They gather some pretty helpful stuff throughout DA!
Bullet; Green fella aims to be a welcoming space, primarily for new members, providing useful resources and practical assistance from friendly, approachable deviants, leading to easier navigation of the site and an enjoyable, positive deviantART experience.
Bullet; Green deviant365 
aims to uphold the core values of deviantART through weekly tasks that encourage creativity, community, and artistic growth.
Bullet; Green deviantartfilm is 
the unofficial deviantART film HQ. This group is all about Film and animation on deviantart (deviation category: Film & Animation)
:bulletgreen: InternationalFAQ is a Group that provides unofficial translations of the dA FAQ for people who don't understand English too well to enjoy a better dA experience. To quote from our Mission Statement"We believe that all deviants are entitled to receive help in their own language wherever possible. We exist to help non-English-speaking deviants understand deviantART's faq by translating it into multiple languages. We cannot contact the help desk on your behalf."


Commissions




Whoas - Theme: Horses



Patience7 by LadyLittlefox OOAK Hand sculpture model horse 'Whisper' by Tawneyhorses Andalusian by misslucky21 
Dark Horse by Mangoe Steel horse changes. by sealle The god of kylin i Acha-Niln with D.R. by thefastzza 
Horse Color by AJIENA Graaprins - (Prince Grey) by Tegnekroken-ITAF Royal Saddlecloth Tack 001 by LiaLithiumTM 
Atem Badge [Closed] by MorganLeslee PIH Conformation - Breedsheet by Krispz Threstrals by LilleahWest 
Pegasus by tiger1313 Air by Astralseed SeaHorse by j0rosa 
Amigurumi Horse by Amarisje Jumper by Pickleweasel360 
 
  
 
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What I'm looking for from you guys:
:bulletred: News, Features or Interviews you want to promote
:bulletred: Groups you want me to feature or highlight
:bulletred: deviations that follow the theme for that issue
:bulletred: DevMEETs or events going on around you or being hosted by you.
:bulletred: Commission information for those looking for Commissions
:bulletred: Anything else you feel you want the deviantART community to know about!


Next issue to be posted May 22 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Adoptables.  

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!




Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13: :

Table of Contents



1. Miscats, Miscats, Miscats
2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
3. Community Projects
4. Official Contests
5. Project Educate 2014
6. Art History Project
7. News from the Chats and Forums
8. News from the Galleries

1. Miscats, Miscats, Miscats



Misplaced deviations (miscats) appear to be the bane of our existence.  There's nothing more annoying then browsing your favourite photography gallery and coming across a flashing gif, or perusing through your favourite traditional art gallery and finding a blatant digital art piece.  I know this, because the number of "misplaced deviation" reports are staggering.  It's obvious that some people have made it their sole purpose at deviantART to scour through the galleries and while I appreciate that dedication to organization - I have to tell you the problem is bigger than a simple manual move.

With over 284 million pieces of art across over 3,000 categories, the problem cannot be solved by a few people with move tools.  While it's absolutely gratifying to clean something up, the manual method is a one-way ticket to insanity, for those involved.

So what's to be done? In the past we've tried many methods, most of which involved manual efforts on the part of volunteers and staff, and the end result has always been the same.  It's too big without technology.  We need a better solution.  I want to convey that this frustration is felt by everyone, from the community, to the volunteers to the staff. We are all united in our distaste for miscats.  That being said, a solution is not a fast fix and will take time to think through and develop.

In the interim, a team of volunteers, staff and myself will be banding together as a unified team, to sweep specific galleries, one at a time.  While I stand by my earlier point that it's an un-winnable war, we're going to treat this as a team building exercise and have some fun with it while sharing in the joy of cleaning up a little.

During these sweeps, we will concentrate on one gallery and we will be trying to educate those that are putting their artwork in the wrong place. There are several reasons that art ends up in the wrong category:

1. There are so many categories it's overwhelming and people get confused.
2. The names and descriptions are in English and not everyone speaks English as a first language
3. People just don't care enough to bother.

While we're powerless against those that don't want to make an effort, we do have the ability to educate and inform the rest, and that's what we're going to focus on.  By engaging groups like InternationalFAQ, we can translate some of our responses, so those that don't speak English as a first language, understand the category system a little better.

The first gallery we will be tackling with be the Tutorials gallery and other's will follow. I will be monitoring the progress to see if the cost of our efforts are worth it.  

I cannot stress enough that this is not the solution to the problem.  It's an interim action to try and regain some control over some of our hardest hit categories.  Should you wish to suggest a category for cleanup, please contact the volunteer assigned to that area or note me :)

Thank you!

2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations



If you're interested in learning more about being a volunteer on deviantART please read FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on deviantART? 

To see current openings on the Community Relations volunteer team please go to this journal

If there isn't a spot open please consider helping out from within the community. Read How to be a guiding light and shining example by the awesome RockstarVanity :love:

Please note that there are a lot of inquiries that come in and I may not be able to respond to each and everyone. Your understanding is appreciated :) 

3. Community Projects


Check out any of the projects below to get involved or, if you are feeling inspired come up with a project of your own and contact CRCommunityProjects for help in getting started!

:bulletgreen: fella - deviantART's Official Mascot Group

:bulletgreen: Fella's Dictionary - A to Z  

:bulletgreen: Fella's ArtFest Contest

:bulletgreen: deviant365 - deviantART's Official Weekly Task Group

Or maybe one of  these



4. Official Contests


:trophy:

:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge 106 - Elements - Deadline April 30, 2014
:bulletpink: World of Water - Deadline June 30, 2014

Please note that all contests end on the deadline stated at 11:59:59 PM PST


5. Project Educate 2014


As always projecteducate is ever evolving and developing new ways to allow Deviants to get involved whilst not having to tackle the (sometimes daunting!) task of writing a full length article, or taking on a whole seven days of Education! Therefore the Handy Hints & Tips Blog Series has begun! Check out the blog here for information on how to get involved and for the first blog of the series check out this article!



6. Art History Project



The ArtHistoryProject is buzzing with lots of useful historical blogs that cover all kinds of topics. If you haven't gotten involved, but would like to, then just note the group with your interest and the topic you would like to cover. In the meantime, head over and enjoy some of the recent articles:

:bulletpurple: Western Europoean Modernism - A Brief Look by WintersRead 
:bulletpurple: 6th The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood by STelari
:bulletpurple: 9th John William Waterhouse by Cassy-Blue


7. News from the Chats and Forums


The chat and forum have been busy for both the Community Volunteer team and the deviantART community these past few months! If you are interested in either the chat or forum, be sure to read the Chat & Forum Newsletter: March, April! :D


8. News from the Galleries



:bulletblue: Anime/Manga

:bulletblue: Anthro

:bulletblue: Artisan Crafts

:bulletblue: Comics & Cartoons

:bulletblue: Community Projects

:bulletblue: Customization
:bulletgreen: Emoticons
:bulletgreen: Wallpaper

:bulletblue: deviantART related

:bulletgreen: Game Development Art

:bulletblue: Digital Art
:bulletgreen: 3-Dimensional
:bulletgreen: Photomanipulation
:bulletgreen: Pixel Art

:bulletblue: Fan Art
:bulletgreen: Fan Fiction

:bulletblue: Film & Animation

:bulletblue: Literature

:bulletblue: Photography
:bulletgreen: Abstract & Surreal Photography
:bulletgreen: Animals, Plants & Nature Photography
:bulletgreen: Artistic Nude Photography
:bulletgreen: Conceptual Photography
:bulletgreen: Fashion Photography
:bulletgreen: Fetish Photography
:bulletgreen: General Photography
:bulletgreen: Horror & Macabre Photography
:bulletgreen: Macro Photography
:bulletgreen: Pin-Up & Glamour Photography
:bulletgreen: People & Portraits
:bulletgreen: Street Photography
:bulletgreen: Still Life Photography
:bulletgreen: Urban Exploration


:bulletblue: Resources & Stock Images

:bulletblue: Science Fiction & Space Art


:bulletblue: Traditional Art
:bulletgreen: Sculpture



The Community Relations department exists to facilitate and develop the relationship with our deviantART community. Our goal is to nurture our community by encouraging artists to create, collaborate, and participate in a friendly, safe, and supportive artistic environment. Watch communityrelations for up to date news and to learn how you can get involved in projects and events!

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Battlefield Film Challenge

Thu Apr 10, 2014, 5:28 PM
If you could turn the tide of Battle, would you?
EA is offering $10,000* in prize money for budding filmmakers in Australia and New Zealand.
To enter, create a two to five minute video inspired by the Battlefield franchise.
Tell your story your way. Live action sequences, animation, Battlefield gameplay - you choose.
Five finalists will be flown to Sydney for a screening event on Friday May 23rd to announce the winner.
Entries due midnight May 12th EST.




Pimps



Official dA News


:bulletpurple: Integrating Sketchfab In Journals

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:star: Follow :icondepthradius: for more articles.


Official Contests


All "official" contests will begin at midnight PST on the start date and end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relation run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest

:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge 106 - Elements - Deadline April 30, 2014


Community Relations Projects


:bulletgreen: Art History and Project Educate March Roundup

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Check them out and see how you can get involved!


Informative News & Events


:bulletblue: April EMTC 50th Edition
:bulletblue: Help Out Charity Artbook
:bulletblue: Founding Your Own Chat Room
:bulletblue: National Parkinson Foundation T-shirt Design Contest
:bulletblue: deviantART was on TV !
:bulletblue: Hola
:bulletblue: New Blender open move, spread the word
:bulletblue: Macro Photography - The Equipment
:bulletblue: New Blog Series - Handy Hints and Tips
:bulletblue: PSA: Question Everything!
:bulletblue: Self-injury Awareness: The War Within
:bulletblue: Emoticon Appreciation Day: Collecting Ideas
:bulletblue: Write an article for the Designn Magazine
:bulletblue: Fan-fiction-tastic News 7
:bulletblue: April's Artisan Craft Monthly Challenge
:bulletblue: The Secret Drawing Ingredient
:bulletblue:
Dolling 101 or Dolling for Beginners
:bulletblue: Stick Around!
:bulletblue: Artisan Crafts Contests and Events
:bulletblue: Starting April with a bang and a contest!
:bulletblue:
10 Tips to Improve Your Art
:bulletblue: Free Stock and Resources outside dA

Features & Interviews


:bulletred: The Wow Effect: Offsite Tutorial Feature
:bulletred: Monday Munchies 3
:bulletred: FellArt-A Feature of Fella Related Art
:bulletred: Conceptual Creations
:bulletred: Digitalism v.02
:bulletred: Photographer of the Week: homermedici
:bulletred: The "Free" Artist's Toolbox for Digital Artists
:bulletred: The Ladies of Lit Volume XLI
:bulletred: ProjectPorkchop Vol321
:bulletred: Digital Minds - Interview with Crickatoo
:bulletred: Game of Thrones - Stock Feature
:bulletred: Challenge! Spring
:bulletred: 10 x 10 Waterscapes
:bulletred: Jane Austen: A Realistic Romance
:bulletred: Thanks for the Memories VII
:bulletred: Ice Cream
:bulletred: Forum Features 42 - March:Spring!
:bulletred: APN Suggestion Saturday 15: Earth Hour
:bulletred: Through a Lens - March
:bulletred: Internet Sensation: Natalia Poklonskaya Fan Art
:bulletred: Friday Night Specials v4.1
:bulletred: Undiscovered Weekly - Digital Art
:bulletred: Traditional Trove 21
:bulletred: Beast Vision Vol 1
:bulletred: Celebrating Diversity 50
:bulletred: Anthro Who's Whoo - Vent-Kazemaru
:bulletred: The Street Journal: Best of March
:bulletred: Traditional Tuesdays 70
:bulletred: Monday Munchies 4
:bulletred: Fella's Welcome Wagon April 7th, 2014
:bulletred: Animal ABC's - A is for African Wild Dog


Forums


:bulletblack: What makes your writing special?
:bulletblack: Monthly Literature Critique Thread
:bulletblack: Monthly Digital Art Critique Thread
:bulletblack: A Matter of Respect Toward Fellow artists

:bulletgreen: Traditional-Anime's first contest!
:bulletgreen: fella aims to be a welcoming space, primarily for new members, providing useful resources and practical assistance from friendly, approachable deviants, leading to easier navigation of the site and an enjoyable, positive deviantART experience.
:bulletgreen: deviant365 
aims to uphold the core values of deviantART through weekly tasks that encourage creativity, community, and artistic growth.
:bulletgreen: deviantartfilm is 
the unofficial deviantART film HQ. This group is all about Film and animation on deviantart (deviation category: Film & Animation)
:bulletgreen: mental-health 
is a new group focused on POSITIVE AWARENESS of mental health concerns that impact the deviantART community and EMPOWERMENT for everyone, regardless of whether or not they live with mental illness.  



Commissions

:bulletpink: Commission info for vi0letdream



Whoas - Theme: Easter



Easter by GoldenfishClover Easter Dragon by LittleCLUUs Easter Bunnies by Pumpkin-Queen-Ildi 
The Bunny Show by offermoord Easter Egg 2014 by demoness-amara Easter Design by Fosra 
Say it with Flowers by Granitoons Textures Easter Fun II by CodeP by Code-P Easter Eggs by lilaknoedel 
Easter Fun by Mayocat We Are Ready For Spring...You? by theresahelmer Easter Bunny. by AwakenendByDreams 
Return of Good Easter Bunny by kidchuckle Easter Eggs by crow-princess Knives Out by tasteofomi 
nothing to see here GTFO plz by nocturnalMoTH Bunnymund by Scyao Easter Island by KootiesMom 
Easter 'Creature' Egg by systemcat 
 
  
 
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:note: To contribute to the next issue of "Pimps & Whoas" please include it in the comments below with the appropriate links and information.  If promoting groups, please include a description so people know why they should check it out! Also use devtags not icontags eg:communityrelations not :iconcommunityrelations:

What I'm looking for from you guys:
:bulletred: News, Features or Interviews you want to promote
:bulletred: Groups you want me to feature or highlight
:bulletred: deviations that follow the theme for that issue
:bulletred: DevMEETs or events going on around you or being hosted by you.
:bulletred: Commission information for those looking for Commissions
:bulletred: Anything else you feel you want the deviantART community to know about!


Next issue to be posted April 30, 2014 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Horses.  

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!
There appears to be a new rumour flying around in various journals and comments that deviantART will be deleting accounts.  The information seems to be spreading using messaging similar to what is here:

On 21 of may, deviantart will be deleting all accounts. Not plz accounts. accounts ,  But just all name-wasted accounts, or accounts that we think are fake, or that are useless. We are doing this to prevent something that could possibly may happen in the future. If we find this message on your deviantID, journal, etc. We will know that your not fake.

Thank you for listening

-deviantart staff 

First, allow me to reiterate that there is no truth to this.  DeviantART would never convey information this way and official information is always posted through hq

If you are being spammed with false information, feel free to hide and block the user and report them to the Help Desk.

So what will happen on May 21st? Happy you asked!

May 21st is National Memo Day and National Waiter and Waitresses Day.  So on May 21st we should all write a memo to ourselves to avoid internet rumour and then we should celebrate our success by going out to lunch and tipping our wait-staff well 

Have a great day! :heart: