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Deviousness - May 2015

Fri May 1, 2015, 12:05 AM
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In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.









Introducing theCHAMBA






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My name is Jeffrey Cruz and I'm a Melbourne-based Comic book Artist that goes under the pen-name of 'Chamba'. I've been drawing for as long as I can remember, back when I would copy images of Transformers from the back of the toy packaging. That year, my Love for creating art was born.


During my first year of University back in 2003, I was introduced to DeviantArt as part of class task to join an 'online community', something that was very foreign to me. Being part of DeviantArt had allowed me to open up my eyes to the variety of styles that existed beyond my own backyard and of the people who created such works. Throughout the years I've not only made life-long friendships with folks both local and overseas, but it's also pushed me to expand what inspires me and what I wanted out my own art.




Through DeviantArt and it's community, I've been able to start and participate in small scale group projects such as regular ‘Jams’ hosted on 'Skratchjams' and even a character creation for the second volume of my graphic novel ‘RandomVeus.’ Several things that I could not have taken part of if not for DeviantART.


With that, I am truly thankful for all the comments, critiques and general support that I've received throughout the years and I look forward to where DeviantArt will continue to go.

















May 2015

Deviousness Award Winner







Jeffrey Cruz, known to many as theCHAMBA (or simply Chamba), is one of DeviantArt's most loved and most recognized artists. Over the years, Jeffrey's art has garnered worldwide attention and drawn the eye of major companies, including Marvel, Disney, DC, and Capcom, and his positive, welcoming personality has created a legion of fans around the globe. With his constant involvement in the DeviantArt community and his continuous striving to create great and interesting art, we're proud to name theCHAMBA the Deviousness Award recipient of May 2015.










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Chamba, or Jeff as i know him has been a friend of mine for as long as i have been on DA, his constant growth and overall evolution as an artist is such a small part of what makes him amazing. His relentless ability to connect with people, his smooth style and his charm as a human being stand out in my mind. There are very few that deserve more credit than they get when they get as much as Chamba does, but i do believe that his name should be occupying more minds than it already does.






theCHAMBA's artwork has always been inspiring to me. Its fresh and exciting! His tutorials are most helpful and he's extremely engaged with the community!






I first discovered Jeff's art work when I joined DeviantArt in 2006. Right away his art inspired me to pick up a pencil and draw. His style was so refined and crisp, while the sheer movement in each piece made it feel as if the characters were caught mid-motion. But it didn't stop there, his use of perspective, especially with characters, is second to none. I still scratch my head when I see his art now, and wonder how he does it. The answer is that he's passionate about what he does, and it shows in every piece. I'm honored know Jeff, and to have this opportunity to share what I feel makes him amazing artist. I'd like to take a moment to thank him for sharing his amazing skill with us all. I know it's not only made an impact on my art, but so many others who enjoy his work on a daily basis.






It's safe to say that theCHAMBA and his work is far removed from the realms of awesome - instead placing more suitably in those of the mega awesome. His super-charged color palettes and dynamic compositions reflect the stamina of Jeff's relentless dedication to his fans, while engaging the community and capturing devious hearts site wide. As a fellow captive of his marvel and allure, it's a privilege for me to tell you how bad ass he is.






There is something outstanding about Jeffrey´s vision of art: everything seems to be in motion, alive, ready to jump from drawing to life. Jeff is an inspiration, not only as an artist and how he shares is knowledge with the community, but also as a fellow artist at UdonCrew:. An awesome and prolific gallery is the signature of his great work over many years. In Spanish, chamba is a word for "work", so I will say "Buena chamba, Chamba






Jeffrey "CHAMBA" Cruz's artwork brings joy to many and it has attracted audiences well beyond the borders of the artist's native Australia. He is widely recognised for his unique art style, imaginative characters and homage/fan-arts that take us back to our childhood. Not only is Chamba a talented artist, he is also a humble one, who takes the time to read and respond to all of his fans comments. Chamba isn't just a great artist, he is a great role model for aspiring artists everywhere.









First off, I feel honored to write a little snippet about Jeffrey's work! I have followed his work on deviantART since I created my account which was nine years ago! Occasionally, I'd make a comment about his epic moustache and he would still find the time to respond and make me chuckle. He has such a wonderful gift (I'm especially fond of his chibis and coloring style) and I am more than happy to support him as an artist.






Jeffrey is one of the most impressive illustrators I've seen, his control in anatomy and his knowledge of color and light is fantastic. I met him several years ago here on DeviantArt, thanks to his humble comments of support to my work, and he still does it. When he sees aspiring artists in the community, he does not hesitate to motivate them with honest comments. He has a wealth of creativity, his work overflows with quality. I'm sure that anyone who goes to his gallery is tempted to comment on his great work, due to his versatile style which anyone can appreciate. This is a well deserved award! I'm sure that a big part of the DeviantArt community considers him one of the greats of this web because of his humility, constancy and great talent. My best wishes Art Buddy, keep making wonders!






Chamba is definitely one of the rare few that are as skilled as they are accessible. Friendly, down-to-earth with the right amount of goofiness, he's a joy to converse with. Oh and he's an artist, an amazing one at that. His illustration style strikes a careful balance between cartooning and realistic rendering. The result is nothing short of breath-taking. His style breathes new life into popular characters we know and love. It's been great having him in the community, everyone can benefit from his talent, hard work and positive energy.






I don't remember how long it's been since I saw his first artwork, nor do I recall which drawing it was, but I do remember how impressed I was with its composition, colour style and motion sense. Since then I've been so hooked to the work of Jeffrey Cruz, better known as theCHAMBA, that I feel like a stalker. With an easily recognizable style, full of passion, highly dynamic and above all, very personal, all these years that I've been following him, I've seen him growing as an artist, achieving one of his dreams with the release of his comic RandomVeus and becoming little by little one of the most notorious artists in the community. For many more successes Jeff!






I've known Jeffrey for almost a decade and I'm lucky to know him in person, I respect him greatly.  What I love about his work is that he still has a great passion for it, like he did when he was 18.  An energetic guy, the fire inside him just gets stronger and he's always aiming for new goals.  He is the guy that takes art by the horns and wins - always improving, always caring.  Never stop drawing theCHAMBA












To be a great artist, it is not just the work that it is done by the artist himself, but also the character and soul the artist has as a person. Since watching theCHAMBA years ago on DeviantArt, I have not only seen him grow as an artist, but I have seen him continue his desire to be strong in character and demeanor while being on DeviantArt. His interactions with other artists and admirers have been positive, and seeing his works (solo or collaborative) is always a treat. I am very excited and happy to hear of this acknowledgement for theCHAMBA, as it is well deserved. I cannot wait to see what he posts next, and I know it won't be long. Congratulations bro, and continue to inspire others like you always do!






I am incredibly honored to be able to write something about Mr. Jeffrey 'Chamba' Cruz. Chamba was one of the first artists I started following on Deviantart. The levels of details he puts into his work as well as the insane perspective he always adds to his characters makes his work very unique and stands out. He is a great inspiration and has motivated me to draw lots and be as good as him, not to mention he is an awesome guy, very nice and has a great sense of humour. Congratulations on being awarded Deviousness Chamba! And don't ever stop drawing.






theCHAMBA's work is engaging, joyous and expertly crafted. He knows how to create dynamic shapes and helps them work together!








What to say about Mr. Jeffrey "Chamba" Cruz...? I've known him for so long now that it's weird to me to think of a time when I didn't know him. We both joined dA around the same time and without it we may have never met which is really crazy. I talked to him the first time after commenting on some piece of fan art he posted over a decade ago, and now I consider him one of my best and closest friends. Which is funny to me since he is probably the friend that is the farthest away from me physically, being all the way in Australia and me over in Washington state. So who would have guessed we'd have so much in common? It's like we grew up next door to each other when we finally met in person at the San Diego Comic Convention in 2006. We became instant buds after our insane trip to our very first convention at the largest comic convention in the world. Since then we've worked on countless art pieces together, lived together, started a podcast together, cosplayed as Mario and Luigi together (hahaha...)! He even helped me start and run a group on dA to get more artists sharing art with one another and spreading a little fun in the dA community, that of which, we normally would have been doing on our own anyway. His artwork is dynamic! The angles are insane! To the point where we quickly started calling them "Chamba-Angles". His coloring is flawless whether done in cartoony cel-shading, comic book'y cut styles, soft paints, or even traditional marker work. It's truly been a humbling experience to watch him grow over the last 10+ years. Jeffrey is a great guy, in life and to his fans. He's humble, sometimes to a fault. He doesn't even realize how crazy talented he is, which makes him all the more frustrating as an artistic peer. But he has always encouraged me to push myself as an artist. I'm proud to call him my best friend; he's the Ryu to my Ken. I can't think of a dude out there who deserves the recognition more than him. People that know his work, know that his influence is seen in the styles of a lot of different artists in the community today, including my own. He's an Artistic trend setter and as soon as the rest of the world catches on you'll start hearing the same "ticking" that I do, because this dude is about to blow up. DA, Udon, myself.. we're all lucky to have him. Despite the meaning of the nickname, it's no "fluke" that the guy is as talented as he is. I've never met anyone as dedicated to creating art as he is and I doubt I ever will again.















Congratulations to theCHAMBA!


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Pimps and Whoas - April 16, 2015

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 4:38 PM


Donuts by SonjaS

News from Staff

:bulletpurple: All Roads Lead to Deviation
:bulletpurple: Site Update: New Watermark
:bulletpurple: What is DeviantArt - Part 2


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:bulletorange: Collection: The Artist's Toolkit
:bulletorange: DeviantArt Road Trip: Isle of Wight
:bulletorange: The Battle for Breakfast is Fought with Ads
:bulletorange: 5 Literary Journals - Publish Your Writing
:bulletorange: Making the Ghostbusters Universe
:bulletorange: Chasing The Sun: Solar Power is the Next Big Thing

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:bulletpink: AnthroChallenge #118 - Ball of String- Deadline April 30, 2015


Community Relations Projects

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Coming Up - Art in the Professions

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Informative News & Events

:bulletblue: Animal Mash-Up Contest
:bulletblue: Art History Needs You
:bulletblue: Challenges Around DeviantArt
:bulletblue: Everyday Creativity
:bulletblue: Getting Involved on DA
:bulletblue: Greetings from the Mentoring Applications Team
:bulletblue: Groups Galore Issue 01
:bulletblue: Hypochondria - It isn't a joke
:bulletblue: May: Photojournalism
:bulletblue: Mid-April News: Creative Spark Ver. Two
:bulletblue: News and Gallery Highlight
:bulletblue: Photoshop Tutorials: How to Make a Gray Sky Blue
:bulletblue: Writing Tips Cliffhangers (Don't Use Them)


Features & Interviews

:bulletred: An Absurd Interview with RhynWilliams
:bulletred: APN Adventures Vol 14
:bulletred: April 2015 Literature News
:bulletred: Around the World: North America: Washington
:bulletred: Artist Showcase Episode 15
:bulletred: Behind the Screens: Interview with Pawelshogun
:bulletred: Daily Fractal Feature - April 16, 2015
:bulletred: Digitalism v.22
:bulletred: Featuring Amazing Artists 25
:bulletred: I Love, You Love
:bulletred: Meet our members 10
:bulletred: Meet Twindisch
:bulletred: Prime Cuts: Interview with Forest Walker
:bulletred: Steampunk Feature
:bulletred: Traditional Trove 61
:bulletred: tWR Interviews - Rhetoric Figures in Poetry
:bulletred: Under the Skin: abcilic


Commissions

:bulletpink: Commission info for foreverfrosty
:bulletpink: Commission info for gummyghost
:bulletpink: Commission info for jademoonrabbit
:bulletpink: Commission info for spoonfayse
:bulletpink: Commission info for iwonn
:bulletpink: Commission info for liberlibelula
:bulletpink: Commission info for urban-barbarian





Whoas - Theme: Donuts


Flirty Donut by To-Ka-Ro

Donuts Sandwich by theresahelmer

Donut hitch-hiking trip by gagatka27

Polymer Clay Handmade Donut Charms by MadeByTokiToki

Donut box by MichaelaKindlova

Sprinkley Donuts by DeadMoonDreams

Mustache Donut by nickv47

The Donut by Noukah

Donut Panic Comp by Capttylor34

Donut by Evilehope

Norfolk Donut Supply Company by stuntkid

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Next issue to be posted May 5, 2015 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Fire.

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Pimps and Whoas - April 2, 2015

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 1:02 PM


Dinosaur by chvacher

Official DeviantArt News

:bulletpurple: Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
:bulletpurple: Celebrating Deviousness - April 2015
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Bug Fixes, Hidden Gems
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Bug Fixes, Print Services


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:bulletorange: Aries: Leader of the Flock
:bulletorange: Collection: Concerts. Can you hear what I see?
:bulletorange: DeviantArt Road Trip: Dubai
:bulletorange: Exploring The Eiffel Tower's Aesthetic
:bulletorange: Movie Review: Kiki's Delivery Service
:bulletorange: Terry Pratchett - The Final Walk With an Old Friend
:bulletorange: The Marathon Imperative
:bulletorange: Today's Headlines from the News Desk - April 2, 2015 New headlines every day! Be sure to check the Today Page daily for updates!

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:bulletpink: AnthroChallenge #118 - Ball of String- Deadline April 30, 2015

Community Relations Projects


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Currently - Artists Tools Week          Coming Up - Community Week

:bulletpink: Artists Tools Week - The Schedule
:bulletpink: Paint Tool Sai vs FireAlpaca
:bulletpink: Tools for Transparent Background
:bulletpink: OneOfAKindApp - The Holy Grail of Photography

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Informative News & Events

:bulletblue: Bawzon is hosting a contest to design a tattoo for himself!
:bulletblue: April - Blessings of Friendship
:bulletblue: All About Bookmaking
:bulletblue: Challenges Around DeviantArt
:bulletblue: Coping with Grief
:bulletblue: CRFractals Monthly Challenge
:bulletblue: Easter Emoticon Contest
:bulletblue: Emoticon Gallery Newsletter
:bulletblue: Found Poetry How To: The Cento
:bulletblue: How to Be Successful with Commissions
:bulletblue: How to Enjoy Life on DeviantArt
:bulletblue: Let's Talk About Tech Support
:bulletblue: Thank you Inknalcohol
:bulletblue: The Ins and Outs of Book Covers
:bulletblue: We Shall Not Forget You Bark
:bulletblue: What we can learn from Sir Terry


Features & Interviews

:bulletred: Animal ABCs - D is for Deer
:bulletred: Around the World - North America - Wyoming
:bulletred: Artistlefeatures Vol XIX-G'night Moon
:bulletred: Beautiful Resources and Stock Images Feature
:bulletred: Behind the Screens Interview with aStripedUnicorn
:bulletred: Browsing by Newest v20
:bulletred: Chicks in Corsets
:bulletred: DA Love for Everyone #117
:bulletred: Dark Fairlytales Part 5
:bulletred: Digitalism v.20
:bulletred: Hidden Talents 31
:bulletred: Interview with Novoo
:bulletred: Not So Traditional Tuesdays 28
:bulletred: Photography Interviews - People and Portraits
:bulletred: ProjectPorkchop Vol 424
:bulletred: Sunday Through to Saturday Typography VII


Groups

:bulletgreen: Digitalists is hosting it's April Contest where the theme is spring
:bulletgreen: projecteducate needs your help with a new topic they're working on called Art in the Professions
:bulletgreen: ArtisanCraft has posted their News and Weekly Gallery Highlight
:bulletgreen: CRLiterature has posted a journal letting you know how you can get involved check it out
:bulletgreen: DeviantartWikia is searching for new editors.  Send them a note if interested!
:bulletgreen: Unknown-Fandoms is a new group meant to showcase all the yet-to-be-known fandoms of the community. Since it's very new, they're looking for members to help out.

Commissions

:bulletpink: Commission info for Tyrannus
:bulletpink: Commission info for souffle-oswin
:bulletpink: Commission info for stelari
:bulletpink: Commission info for iwonn
:bulletpink: Commission info for vashperado
:bulletpink: Commission info for roemesquita
:bulletpink: Commission info for fantaticpizzapie
:bulletpink: Commission info for charlie-bowater
:bulletpink: Commission info for apomix
:bulletpink: Commission info for bunisan
:bulletpink: Commission info for hardrockangel


Whoas - Theme: Dinosaurs



Rawr means 'I love you' in dinosaur by kailali


Dinosaur rider. by BananaPistol

Dinosaur Army by RyomaNinja

Lethal Dinosaur - turok by Metridali

Day 853# Dinosaur Nuggets by Cryptid-Creations

Perfectly generic dinosaur by Book-Rat

Dinosaur Dig Platter by ElysLullabye


Dinosaurs by shongrekAbout Dinosaurs by KirbyAustria

Cadillac and Dinosaurs by TheLengua

Cowboys and Dinosaurs by Phil-Crash-Murphy

Dinosaurs by WonderDookie

SOLD Handmade Poseable Baby Kork! by Wood-Splitter-Lee


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Note: Pimps and Whoas is going on hiatus while I decide if it's worth continuing. Many of you know that I work on the Headlines for the Today Page and it feels a bit duplicitous? I've been doing this series for 5 years and it's very possible that it's come time to move on and I'm ok with that. You  let me know in the comments below if you feel it's necessary to continue this series or whether you're ready for something new. I have other article series ideas I can work on and I'm happy to take any suggestions for future series :)

Skin by Dan Leveille

Celebrating Deviousness - April 2015

Tue Mar 31, 2015, 11:59 PM
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In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.









Introducing Anoya






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Hello! I’m Nancy, but most people know me as Anoya. I live with my two Norwegian Forest Cats Dio & Dex in a little country called the Netherlands. I like to do photography, but I secretly also love to crochet amigurumi. I have a huge passion for Animals, Plants & Nature (APN) which might be quite obvious since I’ve been the APN Photography Community Volunteer twice for over two and a half years in total. I still feature Daily Deviation suggestions in my journal since all of them are worthy of being featured and deserve extra exposure. I also think the artists should know their work has been suggested and that it’s being loved and appreciated!




In July I’ll celebrate my 11th deviant birthday. I’ve fallen in love with the community in 2004 and this place has become my second home. I want to thank every deviant who I’ve met (online and offline) for the amazing experience. The support, the kindness, the willingness to learn and to teach, to critique, to help each other out, to pay it forward, sharing our love for art.. I could go on forever. This place is amazing! There’s no place like home! :heart















April 2015

Deviousness Award Winner







When thinking of hardworking, talented artists who dedicate their time to the DeviantArt community, there are some deviants that come to mind almost instantly. Anoya is one of those deviants. A long-time member of the photography community, Nancy has provided her insight, guidance, and energy for new photographers and experts alike. In addition to her endeavors as a photographer, she has dedicated multiple years of her time to DeviantArt as a Community Volunteer for the Animals, Plants, and Nature photographers, and it is with immense gratitude that we present the Deviousness Award for April 2015 to Anoya.










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Nancy is not only a deviant I would consider a friend, but also a deviant that many could not picture DeviantArt without. Her skill in APN photography mixed with her love for the community paints a perfect profile of Anoya. Nancy is also one of the most loving, caring, and wonderful deviants there is. I could not imagine a more perfect match for this month's Deviousness Award. Congratulations, and please, never stop being as amazing as you have been to us all!





I've known Nancy ever since she first volunteered for DeviantArt, she's always been incredibly helpful to everyone and she's consistently uploaded some really fantastic photography. More than that, over the years Nancy has helped me through some tough personal times and she is someone I can always trust with my secrets and always there to offer a friendly ear to my many worries.





Nancy is one of the most adorable and kind people I have come across on DA. She has so much love for the APN galleries and has given them her all both within the Community Volunteer team and outside of it. It's impossible to think of Nancy without smiling because to me she is one of those people that exude love and positivity. She is an incredible photographer and thus an amazing mentor within the APN community, so I am very happy to see her receive the much deserved Deviousness Award.





Anoya and I go way way back. She's one of the first friends I made on deviantART and we both could watch each other grow within the community and be happy for each other. She's ever so enthusiastic to contribute all her energy and positivity in order to create fun and educational projects. As a huge Animal, Plants and Nature Photography fan, she spreads the word and promotes the brightest APN talents on dA. But what makes her really special is the love she spreads among our community! If you ever got the chance to get to know her, you'll agree that her fluffy marshmallow heart is soft and sweet and has a place for each and every one of us. Ik hou van jou, Anoya! :heart:





Finding words to describe the impact that Nancy ( Anoya ) has had on me and others is incredibly difficult. She's one of those deviants that just motivates you to want to be active in the DA community and as cliche as it sounds, I really wish that there were more people like her out there.







Nancy was one of my inspirations when I was a newbie in this community. Thanks to her I started going to deviantMeets and I have been to many since. Nancy is one of the kindest and loveliest people you'll meet.





Nancy has inspired me with her Animals and Nature photography since I first stumbled across her gallery. To make her even more awesome she has been an unstoppable force within the community whether she was a community volunteer or not and has injected enthusiasm into many deviants lives!





Nancy is one of the nicest people I've had the pleasure of meeting on this site. Not only is she a absolute sweetheart she is very very talented! I'm so happy to see her get the very well deserved Deviousness Award. :heart:





I had the privilege of meeting Nancy in her first stint as a Community Volunteer when she was watching over the Animals, Plants and Nature genre and I was watching over the Photojournalism Genre. She has always and always will love the genre she is passionate for and the community can stand proud to say that it has benefitted from her influence not once, but in both times that she has represented it as a CV.  Nancy is an all-rounded loveable character who loves people and is very much a positive influence to every person she comes across. I regard selflessness as a core community spirit and Nancy, without a shadow of a doubt, fulfils this criteria with flying colours.  And she owns cats. I mean, who wouldn't love someone who owns and loves cats?! :heart:





It’s an honour to be invited to say a few words about Nancy. Unlike many others chosen to comment on these awards I don’t have much insight in the huge behind-the-scenes work done in the community. I haven’t know Nancy for as long as many others around here. I first met her about a year ago while she was on her second term as Community Volunteer for the APN section where she, with her love for nature and a keen eye for good photography, has helped a lot of people get recognition, just take a look at her journals and features and you’ll see my point. During the past year she has become a cherished friend with whom I can always chat about anything, from the very serious to the very silly. One of my favourite personality traits of hers is her Dutch directness, which caught me off guard at first, to sum it up for those unfamiliar with it, don’t ask a question if you don’t want a straightforward honest answer.  Despite a number of challenges of her own, she still finds the time and energy to be very active here, putting her heart into the community while being her kind, open, honest and humorous self. How she manages to do this is beyond my understanding. To cut it short, she’s a real gem, an amazing girl who’s an inspiration to the rest of us.










Nancy is one of those people that exudes enthusiasm, kindness, and a love for life. One of those people I respect, look up to, and simply just want to be like. Her dedication to being a photography gallery volunteer and to all the projects she has had her hand in is hard to miss, though I know we are only seeing the tip of the iceburg. Nancy's artwork seems to reflect the honesty and her love of life that is impossible to miss when you meet her nevermind being technically and aesthetically gorgeous. My heart skipped a beat when I heard you were receiving a deviousness award but I am not surprised. It just makes sense! You deserve any and all love sent your way because this place wouldn't be the same without you.





Anyone who has ever interacted with Nancy will know what a generous and truly caring person she is. I've had the honor of being her friend for nearly 10 years, and in that time I've seen how she has poured herself into this community. She not only has been on the volunteer staff at least twice, but she supports and encourages everyone around her, just by being herself. Her photography is a testament how talented and acutely perceptive she is, and her critiques and comments show us what it really looks like to be constructively supportive of other artists. She's one of those who has helped shape the dA community into what it is today, and I know it wouldn't be nearly as great a place without her influence or her presence. I was elated to learn that she was receiving this award. Be assured, she deserves it!





Nancy is an amazing and kind deviant. She does a lot for the APN Photography Community, she also was our adorable Community Volunteer for this Gallery. I appreciate her APN Suggestion Saturday Features, and her own gallery is very beautiful! After being an amazing deviant for almost 11 (eleven!!) years, she is so deserving of the Deviousness Award! Thank you for sharing your photography passion and community spirit with us, Anoya! Keep being awesome!





Nancy is one of those individuals whom you can't help but admire and love for all she has to offer both as a friend and as a strong community member of DeviantArt. Not only is her personality amazing, her artwork and photography reflects that very embodied greatness she has!





I knew about Nancy before I got to know her through being CVs together. Back then she already was known for her great photographs and her friendly character. During our first term together, she proved that she really is that awesome lady. Always supportive, always open-minded and always there for you if you need someone to talk to - no matter if it is as a friend or a CV. With the years Nancy became one of my best friends here on DeviantART and I also got the honor to meet her in real life already. She just makes things a little brighter. Her gallery and her work during both times as a CV show how much she is dedicated to the things she loves. And because of that she also continued to promote artists after leaving the CV team. She is a true gem and no one should miss to get to know her! Congratulations for your Deviousness, Nancy! You are awesome!







What is there to say about Nancy? Absolutely everything! Giggle She is a shining, positive beam of energy that can be found pulsing brightly everywhere she goes. Nancy was an absolutely amazing community volunteer for the APN category of photography. Even though she is now retired from the position, she continues to push the artwork that was suggested to her during her term, so that people can know they were nominated and have their artwork shown to an audience regardless. She is always loving, kind, and attentive. Her selflessness is visible in every action she takes on and off deviantart. Nancy constantly gives back to the community with features, comments/critiques and her loving positive nature. Speaking to her always uplifts the spirits, as she always has a kind word to say and helpful attitude to boot! She is such a positive role model and I am grateful to be able to call her my friend. Her photography is a pleasure to look at, and if you ever have any questions to ask, she makes a great effort to answer your inquires. Her dedication to her craft is an inspiration! Thank you for everything you do Nancy, we as a community appreciate it so much. Keep on shining!





I simply can not imagine DeviantArt without Nancy. When I first came to DA about five years ago she was the community volunteer for the Photography: Animals, Plants and Nature category and her devotion to promoting the category in which I primarily shoot immediately struck me. On a diverse website like DA where photography, particularly nature based photography, often takes a back seat to other categories, a vibrant, enthusiastic and passionate volunteer is a must and Nancy is certainly just that. In 2013 I was delighted to hear of her second term as a APN community volunteer, as I had noticed a big decline in the category, and I knew that she had the passion to promote it the way it should be promoted. Congratulations on the well deserved Deviousness award Nancy. I have said it before, but I will say it again- you are a legend!





I remember when Anoya first came to DA, it was not long after I did. Even when she first came here, one of her main focuses was not just her photography, but also her dedication to the community in general. Always there for those who needed help and advice. As much as her photography is to be admired, she also has an awesome sense of humor and a heart of solid gold that makes her the dearest of friends.





Nancy has been an inspirational figure for the Animals, Plants and Nature Photography Gallery on DeviantArt ever since I joined DeviantArt myself. Her team spirit is infectious and, I have to say, on a personal note, it was an honour to work with Nancy on the Community Relations team. Nancy is not afraid to go beyond the galleries on DeviantArt with the shenanigans that she frequently took part in regarding the Chats & Forums. Even now, as a senior, Nancy constantly supports the community, showing that you don't have to be a Community Volunteer to make a powerful, positive impact. I am so happy Nancy is receiving Deviousness because she deserves it!















Congratulations to Anoya!


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Thank You Inknalcohol

Wed Mar 25, 2015, 1:01 PM


Moments by inknalcohol



Please join me in thanking inknalcohol for his time as a Community Volunteer for the literature community.  Damien is one of those people you can't help but be drawn to.  He spent his term encouraging the literature community to grow, to connect and to nurture each other .  While we will miss his presence on the team, I know he's going to continue to be a force in the community and I look forward to seeing what he does next.











Thank YOU, inknalcohol  :heart:

Skin by Dan Leveille

RULES:
1) You must post these rules 
2) Share 10 facts about yourself 
3) Answer the 10 questions asked by the person who tagged you and make up 10 questions for people you tag 
4) Choose 10 people and put 10 icons in their journal
5) Not something like, "You are tagged if you read that". 
6) You have to legitimately tag 10 people. 
7) No tag-backs. 
8) You can't say that you don't do tags. 
9) You MUST make a journal entry! No comments. 



Ten Facts About Me:

1. My middle name is Nicole. 

2. My first name was supposed to be Stephanie. My mom was pregnant at the same time as a friend of hers and her friend gave birth first and totally stole the name. My mom decided to go with the backup Danielle. Bonus fact: They never kept in contact so, hah.

3. My biggest pet peeve is people misspelling 'weird' as 'wierd'.



4. I'm working in my pyjamas because I am sick and I work from home, so I can :D (I also know you're jealous)

11026698 808100085910440 838024700 N by Moonbeam13



5. I'm a mix of Italian, Scottish and Irish - so I'm loud and I like to eat.. and drink.

6. I've dyed my hair many colours but my favourites are pink and red. Pink is too hard to keep up, so I tend to stick with red.

Photo on 2015-02-05 at 1.03 PM by Moonbeam13



7. I completed Tough Mudder last year. It was the most intense thing I've ever participated in and did every single obstacle and the whole course in pretty great time.  I'm signed up again for this year :)

8425259 Race 0.541924418858239.display by Moonbeam13



8. I have 4 tattoos and two piercings besides the three in my ears. 

Triple Goddess Tattoo by Moonbeam13  This is triple goddess symbol with a celtic love knot chain that wraps around my left upper bicep just below my shoulder. It's memorial tattoo for my grandmother.  The triple goddess represents the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone. Me, my mom and my grandmother. My mom has the same tattoo around her ankle.


 Untitled by Moonbeam13  Well, this is a ring pop :D Rob designed my engagement ring and had it custom made. It's a pink tourmaline and he was slightly worried it wouldn't fit so, he proposed with a ring pop of the same colour (just in case but the ring fit perfectly). The date is our wedding date.

The other two tattoos are a sunflower on the right side of my belly button just below my ribcage and the Om symbol at the base of my spine. 

My belly button and my nose are both pierced.




9. My cat's name is Gobi. People think he's named after the desert but really he's named after a dish at our favourite Indian restaurant (Gobi Manchurian.. delicious).  That's probably weird?

Untitled by Moonbeam13




10. I'm currently addicted to Pokemon Shuffle.  I'm an adult.



Questions from madizzlee 

1) What was the last thing you had to eat?
An english muffin toasted with peanut butter. 

2) If you could watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The Princess Bride

3) What's your favorite song?
Kashmir by Led Zeppelin

4) Who is your favorite Harry Potter character? (If you say Harry Potter, I know you're lying)
Hagrid

5) If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
India

6) Describe the shoes you're currently wearing.
I'm wearing Wonder Woman socks that inknalcohol sent me for Christmas!
 

7) How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop?
None, I bite the crap out of those, I have no patience for suckers.

8) Owl Post: Good idea or great idea?
GREAT!

9) Describe yourself in one word.
Passionate.

10) Who is your favorite super hero?
Wonder Woman Wonder Woman for Moonbeam13 by ValaSedai


My Questions:

1. If you were a worm, how long would you be?
2. 
Who do you love enough to cook or bake for?
3. If you could speak another language, what would it be?
4. What is a cause that you're willing to fight for?
5. What is your most prized possession?
6. What is your least favourite vegetable?
7. What is the strangest talent you have?
8. Do you have an innie or an outie?
9. What is the last song you heard?
10. Do you believe in magic?

Now it's your turn! Tagging: Aeirmid, Astralseed, tiganusi, copperrein, Thiefoworld, KovoWolf, aunjuli, morbidman187, Mrs-Durden, LadyLincoln 

Pimps and Whoas - March 6, 2015

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 11:54 AM


Gold by ftourini


Official DeviantArt News

:bulletpurple: Celebrating Deviousness - March 2015
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Bug Fixes, Mobile Notifications
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Runaway Llamas
:bulletpurple: Valentine's Day Art Exchange 2015 - Wrap Up



depthRADIUS

:bulletorange: Blood On the Easel: Da Vinci vs Michelangelo
:bulletorange: Collection: Every Day is Pancake Day
:bulletorange: Collection: Hugs Forever
:bulletorange: Fan Art Friday: Masters of the Universe
:bulletorange: Leonard Nimoy's Famous Vulcan Salute Revealed
:bulletorange: Llamas on the Run
:bulletorange: Pursuit of a Dream
:bulletorange: Spock Lives March 1931 - February 2015
:bulletorange: Star Wars: Battle Pod
:bulletorange: The Lonely Whale's Cry for Love
:bulletorange: The Stock Market No 13

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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: Fan Art Valentine's Contest - Deadline March 14, 2015
:bulletpink: AnthroChallenge 117 - March Hare - Deadline March 31, 2015


Community Relations Projects


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Project Educate is a joint venture between Community Relations (communityrelations) and the DeviantArt community. Every week, the project brings you a new set of articles with information, tips, and tricks about one of the many galleries within DeviantArt. Every month, we also have a Community Week built into the schedule, where everyone in the community has a chance to submit an article to share!

:bulletblack: DA Chats: Why you Should be Using them
:bulletblack: Hints and Tips 4 - Managing Your Watches
:bulletblack: How to Make a Good Group
:bulletblack: Seniors Who Were Formerly CVs
:bulletblack: Seniority. What does it mean?
:bulletblack: Senior members Diverse Artists Too


:star:View the whole schedule here:star:



Informative News & Events

:bulletblue: All the Literature Educate!
:bulletblue: Artisan Crafts Contests and Events
:bulletblue: Be-A-Critic: Newroleplayer
:bulletblue: CRFractals Monthly Challenge - March 2015
:bulletblue: Fan-Fiction-Tastic News 18
:bulletblue: Fundraising: Prints, Sketches and more
:bulletblue: HorseArt RPG - Community Outreach March 2015
:bulletblue: Introduction to Speedpainting
:bulletblue: Literature News
:bulletblue: March Contest: People and Portraits
:bulletblue: March Hero Challenge: Stephen Silver
:bulletblue: March Renewal
:bulletblue: Monthly Photography Newsletter
:bulletblue: New Contest: What It's Like
:bulletblue: Nothing's Planted
:bulletblue: Teach Me Senpai - Vol 3 Pixel Scene
:bulletblue: Time and effort: How they relate to art




Features & Interviews

:bulletred: The Invisible Empire by Juha Arvid Helminen
:bulletred: A Foggy Feature: Best of February
:bulletred: Adjusting the Antennae Ep 19
:bulletred: APN Adventures Vol 9
:bulletred: Architecture Urban and Rural Spotlight Vol 80
:bulletred: Around the World: North America: California
:bulletred: Browsing By Newest v19 - Relevant Things
:bulletred: Feature Friday
:bulletred: DA Love for Everyone #115
:bulletred: DevNEWS Interview Series 3 - Grimface242
:bulletred: DigitalSpotlight Feature 3
:bulletred: Fashion Makes the World go Round VIII
:bulletred: Five Things I learned from Leslie Knope
:bulletred: Flesh and Bone: Beneath the skin with Alan-H-Bruce
:bulletred: Hidden Talents 27
:bulletred: Love DA Lit Issue 199
:bulletred: LUSH - Pinup and Glamour Features
:bulletred: Macro Spotlight Vol 156
:bulletred: Meet JenFruzz
:bulletred: Pixel Challenge: Week 19
:bulletred: Prime Cuts Interview with Neon999
:bulletred: ProjectPorkchop Vol415
:bulletred: Senior Selections 40
:bulletred: Sunday through to Saturday - Typography IV





Groups

:bulletgreen: Artistle is hosting a photography contest, the Contrast in Nature (deadline was extended) and a new art challenge was just released :eager: We would like to invite everyone to participate :aww:
:bulletgreen: PixelPeddlers is a new group looking for members. You can read more about the group here
:bulletgreen:  LiteraryPrompts is a new literature group that focuses on prompts, specifically - we're looking for new members. Click here for more information on the group.
:bulletgreen: ArtisanCraft has posted their News and Weekly Gallery Highlight
:bulletgreen: Traditional Trove 55
:bulletgreen: birthdays is looking for new team members!

Commissions

:bulletpink: Commission info for Silver-moonnight
:bulletpink: Commission info for artfurry
:bulletpink: Commission info for zwxart
:bulletpink: Commission info for Getanimated
:bulletpink: Commission info for thedancingemu
:bulletpink: Commission info for genghiskwan



Whoas - Theme: Gold


Little Bird by fathergoose77

A mini gold weeping wire bonsai tree by Ken To by KenToArt

Rays of gold by Nameda

Golden Black Lips by Ryo-Says-Meow

city of gold (charlotte nc) by digidreamgrafix

no early bird by KerstinS

The Dragon by Albegoyec

Golden Ages by Avine

Salome by Avine

Wishing Star Key by AzenaKira

Gold Feathers by Sugarplum-Tata

Happy Halloween! Guest-Starring Puck! by woohooligan

''Black Crown''  Steampunk earrings by Arsenal-Best

gold and black lace girls by chrischaaan

Untitled by Lizalainx3


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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 2 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Dinosaurs.

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!

Skin by Dan Leveille

I've never done one of these before but I was inspired by wreckling's journal ! So here we go, I shall share with you my treasured deviants!

Giphy by Moonbeam13


Basically, here are some people I've been watching for a long time on DA, people who I'll go on watching without question. I'm choosing to highlight a few, because they're amazing, but everyone on the list is super amazing, and you should totally watch all of them. Also, it's important to note that I watch over 3200 people :omg: so this was really difficult. I treasure everyone on my watch list, so if you're looking for new people to watch, spend a week walking through my watchlist :D

wreckling 

First, I've known Trevor for some time, he was a volunteer TWICE! He's been to my house and we are friends.  Beyond that, he's a force. He started as a deviant, he became a volunteer and now he's staff doing crazy awesome stuff to improve things around here. He's probably the most genuine person I know and he's a great writer! I wish he had time to do more of it but watch him and encourage him to keep writing :)

crushes are weirdstanding on opposite ends of the Pacific
watching sunrise and sunset happening
in tandem; you've left me starry-eyed
   SunburstEight in the morning and my shaved head
burns tan with summer, eighty-five degrees
of heat and separation, and the air
conditioner has conditioned me to roll
            the windows down
            my hand against my sweat-drenched forehead
            and my eyes at the cars around me.
Perspective tells me I should be glad the car works.
The migraine tells me I should murder everyone.
Pigeons on a nearby traffic sign are playing
            their usual game of "which car is best
            to crap on, and how long will that crap sizzle
            before it dries", and I'd feel bad for that Lexus
            under them if he hadn't cut me off two miles back.
The pigeons hav
  



cakecrumbs 

I adore Rhiannon.  First, her gallery will make you salivate but beyond that she's so ridiculously nice and helpful.  I'm a cook, I'm not a baker but I had these grand plans for a cake for my mom's birthday and she coached me through some terrible moments with fondant! 

Majora's Mask Moon Cake by cakecrumbs  Pirate Cake by cakecrumbs  White Christmas Tree Cake by cakecrumbs


AlexGarner 

What can I say about Alex? He's on my top list because he draws Wonder Woman. To be fair, he does so much more than that but that is why I started watching him and eventually stalking him. It's terrible I know but I was kind? When I went to Comic-Con and found out he was there I hunted him down and then proceeded to absolutely geek the heck out. Embarrassing.  Thankfully he's totally awesome and forgives craziness :P 

Justice League No.13 by AlexGarner Wonder Woman No. 612 by AlexGarner Justice League N0. 40 Variant by AlexGarner


Pachunka 

Simon was one of the first people I met when I started working for DeviantArt and he was/is a ball of energy. When I first met him, I was certain he was powered by an invisible battery.  Beyond what he does for DA as a staff member, Simon writes.  He should do it more often but we do what we can :) I love his writing and you should check it out. 

FairiesAt bedtime
Jessie's mother read to her about
the 10,000 year old fairies that
lived secretly
in the hills and the clouds
and lit the way
for all the lost animals
A long time later
Jessie's mother told her that it wasn't real
But she didn't understand
She could still see them outside her window
every night
  Robbing the ForgeThe wordsmith
Smashes
    red stars into the air
--
I collected the sparks [ow, ow, ow]
And wrote you this poem
  So longThe night is over
      but we haven't fallen in love
The sun is sprinkling
a little
     more ~~magic than usual over the
dripplygrassGoodMorning!
     bread, orange juice, kettle's ready
  and you're going away
    to wherever it is you go
bye!     bye.
kthunk.
I'll just be standing in the hall, then



MARX77 

What can I say about Khuram that hasn't been said already? He's incredibly community oriented, he's an amazing artist with no real appreciation for how great he, himself is.  He spends an absurd amount of time promoting other people but let's be real, he's a gem and needs to be celebrated.

Blue and Yellow by MARX77 G L O B E T R O T T E R by MARX77 Selfie Pulla by MARX77


mudimba 

Awe-inspiring.  That is what you think when you think about Mike.  He's a rock-climber, he graduated from Harvard, he's a brilliant programmer, an amazing artist and probably the best dad ever.  He's a renaissance man, he's just naturally gifted at so many things and he's so down to earth and wonderful, you want to be his best friend.  

SF Botanical Gardens by mudimba I Have a Dream by mudimba Marathon 8 by mudimba


melocopter 

Probably one of the first artists I favorited and it was because he posted an amazing piece that reflected OCD, which I suffer from. My comment is from 2006 but that piece is still prominently hung in my office and will never go away.  Part of the allure was certainly that piece but beyond that it was his humanity.  He responded to every comment and was generally caring and empathetic.  Because of that I will always see him as a DeviantArt Hero :)

Everything in its Right Place by melocopter The Lightness of Being by melocoptervA World without Heather by melocopter



vixelyn 

She's the reason I joined DeviantArt.  She isn't as active as she once was but she's an incredible artist and her gallery is worth checking out. Without her, this story just wouldn't be. 

Kat Von 3D by vixelyn Winter's Kiss by vixelyn Felicia Hardy by vixelyn



And now, a really awesome list of really awesome deviants:
(Names in italics are deviants I've met in person!)

3wyl Bullet; Blue Aeirmid Bullet; Blue akreon Bullet; Blue AlexanderJansson Bullet; Blue alexandrasalas 

alicexz Bullet; Blue alvinlee Bullet; Blue Anoya Bullet; Blue Artgerm Bullet; Blue Astralseed 

Athos-of-Light Bullet; Blue Atramina Bullet; Blue aunjuli Bullet; Blue Battledress Bullet; Blue  BeccaJS 

celesse Bullet; Blue cheeks-74 Bullet; Blue ChewedKandi cosmosue Bullet; Blue copperrein 

danlev Bullet; Blue DanLuVisiArt Bullet; Blue DanielaUhlig Bullet; Blue damphyBullet; Blue DestinyBlue 

Elandria ElectrikPinkPirate Bullet; Blue elsevilla  Bullet; Blue Endling Bullet; Blue Exillior  

fartprincess Bullet; Blue foureyes Bullet; Blue fourteenthstar Bullet; Blue getcarter Bullet; Blue GENZOMAN

ginkgografix Bullet; Blue inknalcohol Bullet; Blue HalHefnerART Heidi Bullet; Blue Hellobaby 

Ikue Bullet; Blue imaginism Bullet; Blue IsacGoulart Bullet; Blue  JaimeIbarra Bullet; Blue jeriweaver  

Kaz-D Bullet; Blue KovoWolf Bullet; Blue kozispoon Bullet; Blue kuschelirmel  Bullet; Blue limnides  

LadyLincoln  Bullet; Blue LaurenKitsune Bullet; Blue LiliWrites Bullet; Blue  Lyricanna Bullet; Blue madizzlee  

Marker-Guru  Bullet; Blue meago Bullet; Blue micahgoulart Bullet; Blue Mrs-Durden Bullet; Blue Mothershark  

neurotype  Bullet; Blue nina-Y Bullet; Blue Nyx-Valentine Bullet; Blue Ophelia-Overdose Bullet; Blue  Pixel-Spotlight  

pica-ae Bullet; Blue RobbVision Bullet; Blue RYE-BREAD Bullet; Blue sandara Bullet; Blue SaTaNiA 

SeanDietrich Bullet; Blue spyed  Bullet; Blue StJoan Bullet; Blue superkev  Bullet; Blue techgnotic  

Thiefoworld  Bullet; Blue Thunderstatement Bullet; Blue tiganusi  Bullet; Blue UnicornReality Bullet; Blue Wen-M 

y2jenn Bullet; Blue zilla774 



Now how about you?


Who are some of your favourite deviants? You should make a journal like this one and share some deviants that you'll watch forever, then link your journal in the comments here so I can check it out! La la la la Be sure to tag your journal with #watchforever 

Celebrating Deviousness - March 2015

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 12:00 AM
Untitled-1 by marioluevanos












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









Introducing Sserenita






:iconsserenita:


My name is Denise Maritato and I was born and raised in New York. I have been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil with the support and encouragement of my grandmother, a fellow artist. In 2005, I graduated with honors from The Pratt Institute with a degree in Communications / Graphic Design.


After college, I completed a two year internship at a fashion company in Manhattan NY where I designed clothing tags, labels and packaging for hand bags and accessories. I then went on to design balloons for Anagram International and finally found a home working for Amscan Inc. designing halloween costume packaging for the retail chain Party City.




In 2006, I met my wonderful husband Mark and we just celebrated 8 years together! Mark is a historical fine artist and you can check out his work at www.maritato.com. About a year and a half ago, I fell in love again...this time with DeviantArt! This amazing and diverse community has been my muse, my second family and a home away from home. I have been blessed to be a part of some amazing and influential groups and projects and the many friendships I have made here are absolutely priceless to me! Thank you all for the love, praise and support and I look forward to working with you in the future!















March 2015

Deviousness Award Winner







To say that Sserenita is a devious superstar would be an understatement. Denise is a hardworking deviant who goes out of her way to showcase individuals for their kindness as well as for their creative endeavors. In her time on DeviantArt, she has helped out with a number of Groups that range from artistic creation to promoting positivity and well-being, and in the midst of this she also makes time regularly to work on her own creations, maintaining an impressive balance of creative energy, self-growth, and passion for the community. We're honored to present the Deviousness Award for March of 2015 to Sserenita.










Showing Some Love

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:iconmayebony: :iconastrikos: :iconastralseed: :icondieffi: :iconstygma: :iconilantiis: :iconnameda: :iconrainylake: :iconthiefoworld: :iconthegalleryofeve: :iconarichy: :iconicesis: :iconkovowolf:







One look at Sserenita (Denise's) profile page will show you the caring and generous heart of this beautiful person. Her page is full of features and interviews with other artists, offers of help to anyone who needs it, and a long list of groups where she is an administrator. Even with this, the groups are not just the 'enter your art here' style of group, but ones where good is done for as many recipients as possible; public relations, tutorials, wishes granted, helping others to build the dA community, gain exposure with the hope of receiving Daily Deviations and so much more. Denise was recently awarded her 'Angels Without Wings' title and I am totally thrilled to see that she now, completely deservedly, is being awarded Deviousness. Congratulations dear Denise, this couldn't happen to a more beautiful and loving person.





Denise is a really amazing person! I've gotte to know her better through groups likedeviantHEART, she sure has a huge one, and CRCommunityProjects. She's always willing to help others, run things, and participate in great projects. Denise's art is also beautiful and is a reflection of how dedicated she is in everything she does. The realism is beautifully blended with creative elements and she's constantly improving. Denise is a really kind, supportive individual that illustrates devious community values we should all strive for in everything she brings to DeviantArt.





Denise is a fantastic woman and deviant. She has a huge heart and is as creative and talented as she is kind. It has been a true honor to watch her grow as a deviant and as an artist these past few years, and I look forward to many many many more years to come! Thank you Denise for all the inspiration, smiles and amazing great laughs! And congratulations!





Denise is a wonderful person and highly active in this community. She is an AWW (Angel without Wings) she is as well a Gangsta of Love and since January a cherished Writer for team AWW. :) She always has a kind word for everyone. She as well gives herself fully to everything she does. She never does anything halfhearted, but dedicates herself to everything she does. Congrats my dear friend Huggle! you surely deserve it :)





Sserenita's talents as both an artist and a community member are immense and instantly recognizable from a distance. Her kindness and loving attitude is apparent in everything that she does and creates. She really is an inspiration and a mentor to many people, including myself. She's incredibly supportive to those that surround her, whether it be with features or interviews, she's constantly putting forth and effort that is above and beyond. I don't doubt for a second that anyone would be disappointed after taking a stroll through her page.





Denise is one of those deviants who are the definition of someone who goes out of their way to do good for others, getting involved in several community-driven groups, making interviews, featuring other's art, etc. Is one of those deviants you see everywhere! Her positive attitude is to admire and is something contagious. And if that wasn't enough she's a very friendly gal who is worth knowing, so if you don't already, what are you waiting for? Denise is just awesome!





Sserenita is a great deviant with full of talent, skill and a motivating spirit. She is always eager to promote, share and inspire those around her whether it's through the community or through special projects!







Denise has been a shining light within the community and things just wouldn't be the same without her. From the very first time I met her she was filled with joy and enthusiasm towards helping the community in any way she could. Denise goes above and beyond with her dedication towards the projects she gets involved with and her love doesn't stop there. She's an amazing person and someone I am honored to call my friend. Smart, talented, and kind - Denise is one of those individuals that will touch your soul in a beautiful way.





It is a big pleasure for me to receive the opportunity for writing some lauding words for my very dear friend :Sserenita:! Denise is a very kind, lovely and helpful lady, a really true and watchful friend and so busy here on DA by supporting so many artists and activities! I met her the first time through her support of our award Angels Without Wings.  Naturally she is involved in a lot of groups like deviantHEART, ProjectPorkchop, dAWishingWell, Digitalists and Angels-And-Gangstas. How she can find enough time for all this activities? Unfathomable! She also finds time to create her own awesome art. Denise, you are wonderful and I want to say thank you for all you have done for me and us, congratulations for winning the Deviousness Award -  Well deserved!





Denise is such a great person; she is kind, friendly, caring and devoted to the DeviantArt and artistic community. She spares no effort when it comes to make other artists shine with her art features and interviews, and her work in many community-oriented groups. Her contribution is truly inspiring and appreciated. Sserenita is reliable and very helpful. She is a precious team mate and an understanding friend. Not only she is a shining example of community implication, but Denise is a talented artist as well. This is a well-deserved award to an exceptional deviant.





Ohh my goodness! Denise is one of those friends that always have a lot of joy to spread around! There’s no place where she goes that isn’t left with a warm feeling in people’s hearts. She’s the kind of person that you don’t need to call twice for help because whenever someone is in any kind of need, she’s there… she selflessly and lovingly steps up to the plate and rolls up her sleeves to help out no matter what! Her kindness is contagious! Her involvement in the community has made her one of the most positively influential deviants I’ve known so far. She participates in a lot of community-oriented groups and projects, and she’s dedicated to showcase fellow deviants in any way she can, from features to interviews, and all the other amazing things she does for everybody! I hope she knows how much I look up to her; she inspires me to try to be better and to follow her footsteps! On a personal level I just love her! She’s AMAZING! It makes me super happy to have the privilege to call her my friend! And I’m VERY proud of her for coming such a long way in such short period of time! Congratulations Denise! This is a VERY well deserved recognition my dear!





I remember I met Sserenita in dAWishingWell at the first time. She is amazing and kind person. I love her artwork and i'm so glad that we have such adorable person in our community! Take some time and read her interviews, because they're very nice!





I have the pleasure of working with her in deviantHEART! Denise is a wonderful and positive person. She's always willing to help and try to create solutions. She puts all her heart into her groups, and aims for success. She had only started with deviantHEART and wanted to take on our Featured Heartists & the ARK project! She's done wonders keeping up with it all! She deserves to be given chances for everything she wants to try, because she will amaze you. This is why she deserves this honor! Congratulations, Denise!















Congratulations to Sserenita!


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Thank You!

Fri Feb 27, 2015, 9:16 AM


thanks. by kariiissa

Please join me in thanking cakecrumbs and ShadowedAcolyte for their time and efforts during their time as members of the Community Volunteer team.

cakecrumbs (Artisan Crafts) 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Cupcakes by cakecrumbs

Chocolate Bubble Cake by cakecrumbs

deviantART's 14th Birthday Cupcakes by cakecrumbs

Mike Wazowski Cake by cakecrumbs

Mango Rose Cheesecake by cakecrumbs


   ShadowedAcolyte (Literature) 















Thank you cakecrumbs and ShadowedAcolyte , we appreciate you! Heart

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Pimps and Whoas - Feb. 20. 2015

Fri Feb 20, 2015, 11:36 AM


16-Bit - Classic RPG Monster Set by Cyangmou


Official DeviantArt News

:bulletpurple: Heartbleed Hoax
:bulletpurple: Deviousness and Seniority
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Bug Fixes, Notifications Discussion



depthRADIUS

:bulletorange: Charles Darwin - Powerful Legacy for Science and Art
:bulletorange: Collection: Chinese New Year 2015 - Year of the Goat
:bulletorange: Collection: Weirfesteria
:bulletorange: Food in Focus - The Flavors of India
:bulletorange: Movie Review: Citizenfour: The Edward Snowden Story
:bulletorange: Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
:bulletorange: Pisces: The Dancing Dreamers of the Deep
:bulletorange: Valentine's Day - Chicago Style

:star: Looking for more articles like this? Follow us at depthRADIUS  Want to submit any ideas, suggestions, collections, or an existing work for consideration for the Today page? We'd love to look at it. Email us at share@deviantart.com


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: AnthroChallenge 116 - Ground Hog - Deadline February 28, 2015
:bulletpink: Valentine Heart Contest - Deadline February 28, 2015
:bulletpink: Fan Art Valentine's Contest - Deadline March 14, 2015


Community Relations Projects


projecteducate
Project Educate is a joint venture between Community Relations (communityrelations) and the DeviantArt community. Every week, the project brings you a new set of articles with information, tips, and tricks about one of the many galleries within DeviantArt. Every month, we also have a Community Week built into the schedule, where everyone in the community has a chance to submit an article to share!

Currently - Art History               Coming Up - Senior Week

:bulletblack: Art History Week
:bulletblack: Baroque Art: The Basics
:bulletblack: Photojournalism
:bulletblack: Community Volunteers on Art History
:bulletblack: Harper Lee: An Unexpected Chapter
:bulletblack: Knitting: The Marius Sweater, A National Icon
:star:View the whole schedule here:star:



Informative News & Events

:bulletblue: About Originality in Art
:bulletblue: Art For a Cause
:bulletblue: rainylake is running an APN contest
:bulletblue: Call for Submission for a Book Cover
:bulletblue: Challenges Around DeviantArt
:bulletblue: Creativity ain't wired
:bulletblue: February 2015 - Literature Newsletter
:bulletblue: Fifty Shades of Fan Fiction
:bulletblue: Hello CRLiterature - 2015
:bulletblue: Literature News
:bulletblue: Mid February News - Guiding Light
:bulletblue: Monday Discussions: Senority
:bulletblue: New Year's resolutions, it's never too late
:bulletblue: Photography Debates: Manual vs Automatic
:bulletblue: Prose Mentorship Project - third lesson
:bulletblue: To Lineart or Note to Lineart, that is the question
:bulletblue: Wonderland Euphoria - Contest EXTENDED


Features & Interviews

:bulletred: Monday Pixel Madness 1
:bulletred: 30 Writers You Should Discover
:bulletred: Abstract and Surreal Spotlight Vol 66
:bulletred: Animals, Plants and Nature Spotlight Vol 90
:bulletred: Beautiful Resources and Stock Images Feature
:bulletred: Behind the Screens - Interview with Aerroscape
:bulletred: Browsing by Newest v18
:bulletred: Digital Spotlight Feature 4
:bulletred: FAQ:809 - Line by Line Stock and Res Golden Rule
:bulletred: Floating/Sinking
:bulletred: Hidden Talents 25
:bulletred: Jackson Pollock: Drip Painting Legend
:bulletred: JustArt Feature 25
:bulletred: L'Amour De Piroutcha
:bulletred: Landscape Magic
:bulletred: Love DA Lit Issue 198
:bulletred: Macro Spotlight Vol 154
:bulletred: Majora's Mask Crafts
:bulletred: Manga 24 - Valentine's Special
:bulletred: Photography Interviews: Macro
:bulletred: Prime Cuts Interview with Athenapallas87
:bulletred: ProjectPorkchop Vol411
:bulletred: Random Photography Feature 12
:bulletred: Senior Selection 38
:bulletred: Stock Radar 13
:bulletred: The Human Form: Skin
:bulletred: Through-a-lens News 10
:bulletred: To Be Seen 128
:bulletred: Traditional Trove 53
:bulletred: tWR Interview - To Rhyme or not to Rhyme
:bulletred: Unknown Artists #1


Groups

:bulletgreen: young-photo-club is looking for new admins to oversee photography submissions and help with projects such as regular features, challenges, etc :) applications should be sent via note to the group.
:bulletgreen: PixelChallenges -  Encouraging developing art abilities in Pixel art :)
:bulletgreen: iPhotograph - A fantastic Photography group that is based in a chatroom on dAmn. We host critique nights a few times a week and run PhotoFriday. We are here to help you improve on your photography and answer any questions you may have with cameras. So stop by the iPhotograph Chatroom and say hello :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 Chat Best photo wins! I dare you guys to come play just ONE game. You will be hooked.
:bulletgreen: DudeLetsDiet A group for people looking to lose weight, gain weight or get fit. We will help you and each other to reach your goals :la: We all know how much of a struggle it is to try and do things on your own. Especially trying to lose weight. This group was made for people to have a place to go when they are seeking help with motivation or just want to chat about their experiences and motivate others!
:bulletgreen: CRLiterature has posted February Book Club Mid-month Discussion
:bulletgreen: TaintedArt, DeviantKitchen and Death-Guys are all looking for group administrators! Read more here
:bulletgreen: ArtisanCraft's News and Weekly Gallery Highlight


Commissions

:bulletpink:
:bulletpink: Commission info for goku-no-baka
:bulletpink: Commission info for bingodingo
:bulletpink: Commission info for tatchit
:bulletpink: Commission info for moonsongwolf
:bulletpink: Commission info for SirCassie
:bulletpink: Commission info for getanimated
:bulletpink: Commission info for mzzazn
:bulletpink: Commission info for Astralseed


Whoas - Theme: Monsters


30 Monster Girl Challenge 11 - True Monster by LostCraftGhost

My Pet Monster by Themrock

Little Rootling - Artdoll Photo 2 by Ganjamira

Meet My Monster by Urnam-BOT

Day 32 - The setbacks of being a monster by MonsterBrand

Dragon's Waves by RubisFirenos

Thorn away by MissPoe

Traktyle by cheshire1337

Friendship~ by MLeighStudio

FOREST MONSTERS by The-Kiwie

Faun VS Faun by Finnguala

Custom Winged Monstroctopus by loveandasandwich

now, blow the candles! by begemott

Vargr by Qarrezel

Day 805# Psoglav #sketchdailies by Cryptid-Creations

Monster Kid by Disse86

Fearless by Disse86

Tea Time Trouble by SavageFrog
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What I'm looking for from YOU!:
: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 March 6th and the theme for the "Whoas" is Gold.

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!

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Deviousness and Seniority

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 7:04 AM


#312 DeviantART by Picolo-kun


Many have noticed that I've begun posting the Deviousness articles and I'm happy to take any suggestions you may have for future recipients.  Simply take a moment to note me with your suggestion and why you feel they are the the deviant to end all deviants and I'll add them to our list for consideration :)

Some have also noticed that FAQ #29: How do I become a Senior Member? has been updated with a suggestion form. The reasoning for this is pretty simple.  Selections are made by a group of people, not just me,  and having the information in one central location is the easiest way for us to share thoughts.  There was always a plan to move suggestions to a form, it just hadn't happened yet :)

So to recap:

1. Deviousness suggestions ->  send me a note or an email (moonbeam13@deviantart.com)
2. Senior suggestions - > please submit your suggestion via this this form


I hope this clears any confusion or concern but as always, feel free to ask me any questions in the comments below, send me a note, or shoot me an email.


Stay devious :heart:

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Thank You Exillior!

Tue Feb 17, 2015, 1:38 PM


Henna 9 - Without Paste by Exillior

Please join me in thanking Exillior for her dedication and efforts during her time as a member of the Community Volunteer team.  Exillior spent the majority of her volunteer time casting a light on the often overlooked area of Body Art and Modification. She spotlighted amazing artists and and made a real effort to bring the beauty in the misunderstood, to light. While we will miss her on the team, it's no doubt that she'll remain within the community and go on to do amazing and wonderful things :)



Henna 9 by Exillior



you. by Exillior

Henna 13 Detail by Exillior

Halloween Eve Doodles by Exillior

autumn in a city by Exillior

testament to leadership by jameswolf

Cherry Blossoms by alienhunny





Thank you Exillior, we appreciate you! :heart:





Skin by Dan Leveille

Pimps and Whoas - Feb. 6, 2015

Fri Feb 6, 2015, 11:16 AM


Cities Of The Future by JonasDeRo


Official DeviantArt News

:bulletpurple: Holiday Card 2014 Wrap Up
:bulletpurple: Outcast Odyssey Challenge Semi-Finalists
:bulletpurple: Valentine's Day Art Exchange
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Bug Fixes, Art Creation
:bulletpurple: Site Update: The New Mobile Header
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Valentine Exchange



depthRADIUS

:bulletorange: 7 Things You Think You Know About Sherlock Holmes
:bulletorange: Agent Carter - The Hero We've Been Waiting For
:bulletorange: Collection: A Warning In Another's Eyes
:bulletorange: Collection: Midnight The Witching Hour
:bulletorange: Francis Ford Coppola: Godfather of New Hollywood
:bulletorange: Lewis Carroll: Alice in Wonderland
:bulletorange: Mohandas Gandhi - The Architect of Peace
:bulletorange: Mono
:bulletorange: Movie Review: Hayao Miyazaki - My Neighbor Totoro
:bulletorange: Niko and the Sword of Light
:bulletorange: Project Porkchop Vol 390

:star: Looking for more articles like this? Follow us at depthRADIUS  Want to submit any ideas, suggestions, collections, or an existing work for consideration for the Today page? We'd love to look at it. Email us at share@deviantart.com


Official Contests

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

:bulletpink: The Order 1886: Gadgets and Gear Contest - Deadline February 8, 2015 (18+, Australia Only)
:bulletpink: :flagus: Dracula Untold Billboard Contest - Deadline February 4, 2015
:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge #116 - Ground Hog - Deadline February 28, 2015
:bulletpink: Fan Art Valentine's Contest - Deadline March 14, 2015


Community Relations Projects

projecteducate
Project Educate is a joint venture between Community Relations (communityrelations) and the DeviantArt community. Every week, the project brings you a new set of articles with information, tips, and tricks about one of the many galleries within DeviantArt. Every month, we also have a Community Week built into the schedule, where everyone in the community has a chance to submit an article to share!

Currently - Daily Deviations

:bulletpink: Daily Deviations Week Intro
:bulletpink: How to Suggest a DD
:bulletpink: Community Volunteers Interviews Part 1
:bulletpink: Daily Deviations - Who and What to Suggest
:bulletpink: Disapproving of Art vs Feature
:bulletpink: Suggest, Suggest, Suggest - What we look for

:star:View the whole schedule here:star:



Informative News & Events

:bulletblue: Online Connections: What's Your Story?
:bulletblue: Help mechangel2002 with her Patreon campaign!
:bulletblue: 10 Easy Ways to Up Your Color Game
:bulletblue: A Contest for YOU - Purple! - Enter Now
:bulletblue: Putting Yourself Out There
:bulletblue: Creative Craft Challenge - Beading
:bulletblue: Did You Know: Rubber Duckies
:bulletblue: DIY Photography Studio Tools
:bulletblue: Fan-Fiction-Tastic News 17
:bulletblue: February - Searching for Angels
:bulletblue: How to Get Noticed on DeviantArt
:bulletblue: Monthly Photography Newsletter
:bulletblue: Presenting Your Traditional Artworks Part 1
:bulletblue: Self Marketing 101 - Submit to Niche Galleries
:bulletblue: Setting Prices for Your Artwork
:bulletblue: Tips: How to get Started with the lit community


Features & Interviews

:bulletred: -(404) Deviant Found vol 55
:bulletred: Adjusting the Antennae - Ep. 18
:bulletred: All About Justanothersomeone
:bulletred: All Snapped Up 30 - Aisii
:bulletred: All About Moonbeam13
:bulletred: Animal ABC's - V is for Vulture
:bulletred: Behind the Screens - Interview with Kiki-Doodle
:bulletred: Best of January 2015 Submissions
:bulletred: Conceptual Spotlight Vol 118
:bulletred: Daily Fractal Feature February 6th
:bulletred: DAs Hidden Treasures - Feature Part 1
:bulletred: Digital Spotlight
:bulletred: Fan Art Fridays - Spirited Away
:bulletred: Browsing by Newest v15
:bulletred: Fan Art Fridays - Coraline
:bulletred: Fashion Makes the World Go Round VII
:bulletred: To Be Seen 126
:bulletred: Hidden Talents 23
:bulletred: Masters of Light 10 - Starry Night and Gravity
:bulletred: Urban Cats: The Series So Far
:bulletred: Meet the Fractal Community 18
:bulletred: Monday Munchies 34
:bulletred: Photography Feature: Animals, Plants and Nature
:bulletred: Places XLI
:bulletred: Random Photography Feature 10
:bulletred: Senior Selections 35
:bulletred: Spotlight Feature 1
:bulletred: Urbex - Planes
:bulletred: Walking Through a Fairyland Part 21


Groups

:bulletgreen: Madmen-Asylum is a group of mad artists and crazy writers. Welcome to the “Longest Night” Contests where we explore men’s deepest fears and desires until he comes face to face with his most irrational and terrible fate. Our current theme is Nine o'Clock - Micromania. More info can be found here
:bulletgreen: WOW-Macros is holding a February contest: Macro Valentine's Contest
:bulletgreen: iBokeh  is a club for those who love bokeh and it's magic. Nature, portraiture, and still life are all a part of our gallery of blurred backgrounds and bokeh circles.
:bulletgreen: Holiday-Crafts is running a Valentine's Day Card Contest
:bulletgreen: Digitalists monthly challenge for February is Dark
:bulletgreen: Artistle is hosting a photography contest, the Contrast in Nature Contest and an art challenge series, Artistle Art Challenge #2, and invites participation and prize contributions for both.
:bulletgreen: CRLiterature announced February Book Club - Town of Cats by Haruki Murakami
:bulletgreen: seniormentors has listed February Critique Events
:bulletgreen: EtsySellers has published their New Member Hightlights
:bulletgreen: ArtisanCraft has posted their News and Weekly Gallery Highlight
:bulletgreen: SixWordStories announced Workshop 3 - Questions I

Commissions

:bulletpink: Commission info for mechangel2002
:bulletpink: Commission info for gamefreak38
:bulletpink: Commission info for lumaris
:bulletpink: Commission info for jfsouzatoons
:bulletpink: Commission info for cooley
:bulletpink: Commission info for claparo-sans
:bulletpink: Commission info for systemcat
:bulletpink: Commission info for hardrockangel
:bulletpink: Commission info for saniika
:bulletpink: Commission info for Touchedvenus
:bulletpink: Commission info for y2jenn



Whoas - Theme: The Future


Future Earth by JonHrubesch

Future by John35Photography

Future Cityscape by biz20

The Future is Here by f1x-2

Future Shock by psion005

The Future of Our Freedom by ZahirBatin

Balancing the Universe Between Fingertips by FaisalAlahmad

Toad Rider by ClintCearley

The future is there ... looking back at us by MitsukoYumi

Futuristic Engineer in yellow hardhat holding tabl by Ociacia

The Nullifier - cyberpunk LED helmet by TwoHornsUnited

A02 Bomber by Raph04art

Futuristic City by graffiti-freak

Strange Futuristic Sci-fi blaster by Hypercats

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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 February 20th and the theme for the "Whoas" is Monsters.

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!

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Imbolc

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 2:14 PM


Candlemas by Pentacle5

Also known as Candlemas, Imbolc originated as a Gaelic festival that celebrated the beginning of Spring.  The world "imbolc" means "in milk" and during ancient times, lactating ewes represented one of the first signs of spring.  Imbolc is also referred to as "Brigid's Day" in honor of the Celtic Goddess of Fertility.  All celebrations are focused on rebirth and the banishing of the Winter season.  For many it represents the change to come, both personal and within the world.  

All the land is wrapped in winter.
The air is chilled and
Frost envelopes the Earth.
But Lord of the Sun,
Horned One of animals and wild places,
Unseen you have been reborn (The White Goddess Book of Shadows)

How do you plan to welcome Spring? 

Imbolc Witch Chibi by Rhiannon-San

Brigit, Lady of Imbolc by Crisantemo

Imbolc Wand II by hexelfglitter

Imbolc by skycladarts

2nd Concentration - Imbolc by TwistedSwans

Brigid at Imbolc by Kittenpants

Imbolc Fire EP cover by SackofWetRabbits



Imbolc candles by me-tal







Imbolc by GiuliaPellegrini
Imbolc by LadyCassiopeia

Imbolc Goblin by Plognark

Imbolc Fb by serenaeffect

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









Introducing MARX77






:iconmarx77:


It is such a sheer and profound honor being part of the DeviantArt Community. The love and encouragement that I've received over the years from fellow members and staff alike is truly humbling.


I cannot thank you all enough for the wonderful support that you've shown this Dubai based Pakistani bloke, and I hope and pray that you'll continue to graciously support me on this artistic/photographic journey with DeviantArt, which for me began in mid 2008, but it really took off in 2011 - the year I was bitten by the shutterbug and I decided to take up photography. I have never looked back since.


Hi, I'm Khuram Lawrence, a Dubai based photographer, and I'm a proud member of the largest Art community in the world. DeviantArt Rocks!


















February 2015

Deviousness Award Winner







MARX77 is well known throughout the community for bringing knowledge, color, and energy everywhere he goes. A skillful photographer and careful curator, Khuram has an eye for excellence, both in sharing moments through his own photography and in sharing artists through his feature Journals. His personality is just as sharp as his creative eye — he's a witty and humorous individual who is also considerate and kind. It is with great pleasure that we present MARX77 with the Deviousness Award for February 2015.










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:icondavincipoppalag: :icona-teinna: :iconjacac: :iconandaelentari: :iconjules-101: :iconikarisou: :icongetcarter: :iconearthhart: :iconhermetic-wings: :icondeevelliott: :iconlightdrafter:







Khuram is well deserving of the honor. He's a terrific fella and takes excellent photos. He has a great sense of humor, and is also very socially aware and often features issues that people should know about and do something to change. We need a couple hundred more like him here. Congratulations to him!





The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively." - Bob Marley. Khuram's an amazing guy, gifted with a rare talent to unite people through his beautiful art and his friendly character. He has a great sense of humor, is a humble leader and dA would be less fun without him. He's one of my dearest friends and I'm proud of it. Congrats, Khuram. Enjoy your award. It's truly yours.







Six years ago, I met a long-haired man from a country far away, that showed us a different way of seeing life in his city. We became friends and continue to be - his name is Khuram. During this six years of friendship he gave the community an amazing view of life through his eyes and lens - a sharp and precise look at street life, both in color and black and white. He writes amazing articles and is super helpful to DA showing so many ways of street photography with texts and images from great photographers all around the world. I am proud to write these few words about him for such a deserved award. Keep us looking at your works my friend. Congratulations!





Khuram is my brother from another mother. Humble, clever, friendly and helpful at any time, with his heart at the right place. His work is always very enjoyable. I understand his slices of life as careful observations. I will not be prising him too much, you better click through his profile and do so yourself... Btw, congrats Khuram! Well deserved, bro!










I honestly don't remember which photo of Khuram's I saw that led to me watching him, but I have never looked back since. His Urban Cats series is my favorite, because he's capturing stories from unlikely sources, and raising awareness at the same time. It helps that he's just an awesome, optimistic person in general, always congratulating people for awards won or sharing important videos or articles in his journal. It's so awesome that he is going to be so acknowledged site-wide.





I am honored to be able to write something about Khuram. Although I have not known him as long as others here, he has been a real motivating force for me on DA, and I know that I am not the only one. His street photos, mostly brightly colored scenes with people and the incredible homeless cats of Dubai, are each so vivid, so filled with life, that they seem to breathe. They draw us into his world, and show it to us through the magic of his eyes and camera, which also reflects hope or humor where none may be apparent at first. He takes the time to respond to every comment made on his photos and seems to make a real connection with almost everyone. He is also incredibly modest, shuns all credit to himself, preferring to point people to other artists. Still, he manages to put together unbelievable features on those people most needy in this world, from the homeless, the hungry, the displaced, to women struggling in other countries, The Book of Life (words of wisdom), and much, much more. Khuram is simply a remarkable human force in this world, both as an artist and a person!





Khuram is a kind person. As much as I value his photography, where he shows his gentle way of looking at the world and humanity with it‘s daily quirks and oddities in a warm-hearted way, as much do I love his presence as a person. He is funny, cheeky, with a really good sense of humour, and most importantly a caring person. He engages in real conversations, shares and promotes other people‘s work, offers support and helps shaping this place into a place worth visiting. Thanks for all the times you made me laugh out loud, Khuram!





MARX77 is a deviant wizard. We've all seen his amazing photos, so I'm not talking about his ability to capture souls with his lens, immortalizing them forever. We've all seen his curations and his eye for color, lighting, people and situations, but I'm not talking about that either. I'm talking about his magical ability to be everywhere on the site at once with messages and faves of support to so many in the community. I'm especially happy to be able to call him friend, just as long as he doesn't turn me into a cat.







Oh Khuram, how do I write about you when we've never met face to face and conversed with over a coffee or pint of ale? Well here goes, Boss. Khuram is very much a family man. Not only does he have his own family, but he also has another family, the human family. This you can see in his work, and also in his dealings with folk here on DA. We came across each other in '07, and have been bantering back & forth ever since, in the groups he runs and with our work. When it comes to his photography, it has soul, be it Street, Street Portraiture or those feral felines of Dubai. The atmosphere & colour in his images brings them to life, you're there with him. Bright blessings to you Boss, and congratulations, you deserve it.





Some are born to be politicians, some are born to be farmers, but some born to be an artist. Khuram is an artist. I can not remember how and when I met him but the atmosphere of his photographs immediately surrounded me. His compositions speak to me because they are simple but the messages are complex. When he captures the people on the streets we can notice that those people has a special kind of soul and it is the same when he photographs the “Street Cats". You can admire them while they are living their daily lives on streets. The warmth of living and adventure of being human can obviously be seen when we visit his gallery. Hope to see more from him.





I can hardly think of any other deviant who merged into the DA-community as completely as Marx77 did. Within his six years of membership he adopted a leading role in moderating and administrating street photography not only by founding or cofounding several groups. His presence is extended to his outstanding work you can easily find in his gallery. It is not hard to spot, that Marx77 made to develop an own handwriting in street photography. His style is engraved by the use of a big aperture, which brings the displayed subject much closer to the audience. Sometimes he crosses the line to portrait photography, but always using the street in the backdrop. He loves to shoot at night, displaying the whole range of possible saturation and showing the vivid vibes of the Arabian street life. It´s the daily life of ordinary people that attracts him. This turns him –at least- for some of us into an ambassador of his culture.  His dedication in supporting others is extraordinary.















Congratulations to MARX77!


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Pimps and Whoas - Jan. 21, 2015

Wed Jan 21, 2015, 3:51 PM


Beacons of Hope by Julian-Faylona


Official DeviantArt News

:bulletpurple: Site Update: Bug Fixes, Commissions
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Mobile Header



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:bulletorange: Book of Life
:bulletorange: Christian Maryclay and The Clock
:bulletorange: Claude Monet - The World in a Different Light
:bulletorange: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
:bulletorange: It's Tea Time
:bulletorange: Movie Review: Hayao Miyazaki: Nausicaa
:bulletorange: Collection: The Heartbeat of Modern Music
:bulletorange: Vampirella: The Pin-up Vampire
:bulletorange: The Hyperloop

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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: Outcast Odyssey Card Master Challenge - Deadline January 25, 2015
:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge #115 - FFA January - Deadline January 31, 2015



Community Relations Projects


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Project Educate is a joint venture between communityrelations and the DeviantArt community. Every week, the project brings you a new set of articles with information, tips, and tricks about one of the many galleries within DeviantArt. Every month, we also have a Community Week built into the schedule, where everyone in the community has a chance to submit an article to share!

Currently - Traditional Art            Next Week - Daily Deviations

:bulletgreen: Traditional Art Week Introduction
:bulletgreen: A Discussion on Backgrounds in Paintings
:bulletgreen: Know Your Linework
:bulletgreen: Collaborations
:bulletgreen: A Brief Discussion About Tonal Contrast
:bulletgreen: How to Use Masking Fluid

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Informative News & Events

:bulletblue: Beauty in Raw Humanity - The Self Image Project
:bulletblue: Just a few words about using Markers
:bulletblue: Literature News
:bulletblue: Mid-January News - Selfless Journey
:bulletblue: Should You Become a Professional Artist
:bulletblue: Tips for the APN Photographer
:bulletblue: WIP Wednesday - Perspective Tutorials
:bulletblue: Week 3 at deviant365
:bulletblue: Photography Debates: Film vs Digital
:bulletblue: Hues of Nature Photography Contest


Features & Interviews

:bulletred: (-404) Deviant Found vol. 54
:bulletred: All About Erzabet
:bulletred: Behind the Screens - Interview with Emilieleger
:bulletred: Browsing by Newest v12 - Painting and Erotica
:bulletred: DA love for Everyone - 112
:bulletred: Dark Beauty - Part 12
:bulletred: Digitalism v16
:bulletred: Love DA Lit - Issue 196
:bulletred: Macro Spotlight Vol 150
:bulletred: Meet the Fractal Community #17
:bulletred: Prime Cuts: Interview with Jonathanguzi
:bulletred: ProjectPorkchop Vol402
:bulletred: Putting the Art in Artisan - aphid777
:bulletred: Questions and Answers from Tsaoshin
:bulletred: Spotlighting Commenters 42
:bulletred: To Be Seen - 124
:bulletred: Traditional Trove 50
:bulletred: Tuesday Muse Day
:bulletred: Monday Munchies 33
:bulletred: The Art of Design


Groups

:bulletgreen: CRPhotography announced the monthy theme for February:February:  Macro Photography
:bulletgreen: Through-a-Lens has released newsletter #9
: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: iPhotograph - A fantastic Photography group that is based in a chatroom on dAmn. We host critique nights a few times a week and run PhotoFriday. We are here to help you improve on your photography and answer any questions you may  have with cameras. So stop by the iPhotograph Chatroom and say hello :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 Chat Best photo wins! I dare you guys to come play just ONE game. You will be hooked.
:bulletgreen: DudeLetsDiet A group for people looking to lose weight, gain weight or get fit. We will help you and each other to reach your goals :la: We all know how much of a struggle it is to try and do things on your own. Especially trying to lose weight. This group was made for people to have a place to go when they are seeking help with motivation or just want to chat about their experiences and motivate others!
:bulletgreen: Madmen-Asylum is hosting a Contest "The Longest Night Eight O’clock: Claustrophobia". Deadline: 31st of January. More info here


Commissions

:bulletpink: Commission info for Roemesquita
:bulletpink: Commission info for TouchedVenus




Whoas - Theme: Hope


Hope by BlueShining

.:Hope:. by moroka323

Hope by nighty

HOPE by ales-kotnik

Hope and Despair by yuumei

Hope by AmateurExpert92

Hope is the Thing with Feathers by thanxforthefish

Hope by mbassis

Hope by Fractalholic

New Year's Hope by Noxmoony

A Yearning Hope by Opaque-Happiness

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Pimps and Whoas - January 7, 2015

Wed Jan 7, 2015, 12:44 PM


Stars by synconi


Official dA News

:bulletpurple: Boldly Facing the Future
:bulletpurple: Celebrating Deviousness - January 2015
:bulletpurple: DeviantArt Mobile App Now Available


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:bulletorange: You May Say I'm An Artist
:bulletorange: 2015 DeviantArt Calendars
:bulletorange: Ant-Man's Giant Sized Secrets
:bulletorange: Artists on Writers No. 5 - Charles Dickens
:bulletorange: Cities of the Future
:bulletorange: Collection: The Warrior and the Mage
:bulletorange: Damien Hirst - The Baddest Badboy
:bulletorange: Fan Art Friday: Star Wars VII The Force Awakens
:bulletorange: Hayao Miyazaki: The Castle of Cagliostro
:bulletorange: Invitation to Curate
:bulletorange: Movie Review: Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets
:bulletorange: Picasso From Harlequin to Minotaur to Eternity
:bulletorange: The Stock Market - No 12
:bulletorange: Wonder Woman Reborn

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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: Out with the Old, In with the New Contest - Deadline January 15, 2015 - Deadline January 15, 2015
:bulletpink: Outcast Odyssey Card Master Challenge - Deadline January 25, 2015
:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge #115 - FFA January - Deadline January 31, 2015



Community Relations Projects

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Project Educate is a joint venture between dA Community Relations (communityrelations) and the deviantART community. Every week, the project brings you a new set of articles with information, tips, and tricks about one of the many galleries on deviantART. Every month, we also have a Community Week built into the schedule, where everyone in the community has a chance to submit an article to share!

Currently - Community Week   Coming Up - Anthro Week

:bulletpurple: Community Week Intro
:bulletpurple: Wallpaper Created Tradtionally
:bulletpurple: Private Journal Entries
:bulletpurple: Project Educate Newsletter Nov/Dec

:star:View the whole schedule here:star:


:heart: Remembering Chad Fuller :heart:


Informative News & Events

:bulletblue: Deviant365 - Week 1 Challenge
:bulletblue: 10 useful things to make your life easier on DA
:bulletblue: A Smattering of Lit News
:bulletblue: Art History Sign Up
:bulletblue: Astralseed is offering energy work classes
:bulletblue: Fan-Fiction-Tastic News 16
:bulletblue: Hints and Tips: Photography
:bulletblue: How to Draw a Character with Personality
:bulletblue: How to Draw during 365 days
:bulletblue: January Book Club - Dawn by Octavia E Butler
:bulletblue: January Literature Newsletter
:bulletblue: January: New Year, New Hope
:bulletblue: Literature News
:bulletblue: Monday Discussions - Community
:bulletblue: Organize the New Year - Your Yarn Stash
:bulletblue: Photography New Years Resolutions - Take your pick!
:bulletblue: Photography Newsletter Dec/Jan
:bulletblue: Writing prompt 2 - Sympathy for the Devil
:bulletblue: SixWordStories Workshop 1
:bulletblue: Soften Scratchy Yarn
:bulletblue: Supporting Mental Health Online
:bulletblue: Tips: How to get started with the lit community
:bulletblue: Tutorial: Coloring with Gradient Maps


Features & Interviews

:bulletred: Monday Munchies 31
:bulletred: Smile - Encouraging Journal Feature
:bulletred: 30 Writers You Should Discover Volume XXIV
:bulletred: Behind the Screens - Interview with KPEKEP
:bulletred: City Strolls: Townsville, Australia
:bulletred: DA Love for Everyone 110
:bulletred: DA's New Look: 40 Brand Logos with Hidden Messages
:bulletred: Fella's ArtFest - January 2015
:bulletred: Interview with Mrs-Durden
:bulletred: Love DA Lit - Issue 194
:bulletred: Macro Spotlight Vol. 148
:bulletred: ProjectPorkchop Vol 399
:bulletred: Photomanipulation Treasures 14
:bulletred: Senior Selections 32
:bulletred: The Human Form: Legs
:bulletred: The Ladies of Lit: Volume L
:bulletred: Through-a-Lens News 8
:bulletred: Flesh and Bone: Beneath the skin with kostassoid
:bulletred: Fashion Makes the World go Round VI
:bulletred: To Be Seen 122


Groups

:bulletgreen: young-photo-club is having a contest with the theme of "Gratefulness" that is ending on the 31st of January :) Learn more about the contest here.
: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: Group-KickStarters is there to help unexperienced group founders to develop and realize their own ideas and get their groups running.
We also offer you special help in the form of an On-Site Group Mentorship. One of our mentors will help you build your group from the inside.
:bulletgreen: All-about-features is about giving extra exposure to features (and interviews).
We run a project called DA Starters that introduces new members of the community with a little interview and feature.
:bulletgreen: APlaceToBegin is offering extra help for new community members as well as a mentorship.
:bulletgreen: theWrittenRevolution launched The Mentorship Project Is Back!
:bulletgreen: Realm-of-Fantasy is challenging you to design their logo!.  Hurry though, the deadline is January 31st.
:bulletgreen:  Critoons which is a group created a while ago to help find comic & cartoon art to wanting critiques. You don't have to be a member of the group to submit art, just try and offer an occasional critique to others in the group when you have a few minutes (also it's appreciated if you mention the group in your critiques), and try and submit it to the right folder for the kind of critique you want (for example, if you only want writing critique then submit to a writing/script folder).
:bulletgreen: britain is hosting a Chinese New Year Pubcrawl - Saturday February 21st
:bulletgreen: CRLiterature is recruiting new team members. Do you have what it takes?.
:bulletgreen: toronto is hosting a Bowling/Congee Combo on January 17th
:bulletgreen: dAKnitters is hosting a contest for January
:bulletgreen: Still-Life-Stills is running their January Challenge - Drinks
:bulletgreen: Digitalists have launched their Monthly Challenge.  The theme is Fantasy
:bulletgreen: ArtisanCraft has posted their News and Weekly Gallery Highlight


Commissions

:bulletpink: Commission Info for Hardrockangel
:bulletpink: Commission Info for roemesquita
:bulletpink: Commission Info for cassiethomas
:bulletpink: Commission Info for Touchedvenus
:bulletpink: Commission Info for Managodess


Whoas - Theme: Stars


Blood Moon Rising by Questavia

From the Sun to Betelgeuse (Endless Book) by dinabelenko

Rising Star by Kara-a

Tonight by DmitryVasilyev

White Mantel by derfs

.:starlight:. by kyokosphotos

Star Ornament by derfs

Starry by Felizias

Night City by colourmewonderful

Fallen star by coffeemilkgirl

My Thoughts are Stars by EmmaMochi


Catching stars by pqphotography



In the stars by happysadliife

Stars Falling, Ancestors Calling by KovoWolf


Fall from the stars... by rockgem

room to think about stars by kuschelirmel


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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 January 21st and the theme for the "Whoas" is Hope.

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!

Skin by Dan Leveille

How Would You Express Your Feelings Through Art? DeviantART and Wacom have joined forces to inspire you to give the gift of art! To participate, create a piece of art that illustrates a precious possession-whether physical, emotional, or spiritual-that you would like to share with someone special in your life. ifty semi-finalists will be selected by designated members of deviantART, and all semi-finalists and winners will receive prints of their entry to share with friends and loved ones. Top entrants will receive even greater prizing!1 by SpicyGingerr
Wacom Give The Gift Of Art Challenge Semifinalists

Challenge Semi-finalists

In the Wacom Give the Gift of Art Challenge, we asked you to create a precious gift-whether physical, emotional, or spiritual-for someone special in your life. Deviants from all over the world took up the call, creating gifts of love, bravery, peace, and inspiration for those they hold dear. The judges went through every entry and chose 50 semi-finalists that stood out above the rest. Congratulations, semi-finalists, and thank you to everyone who participated!




Thank you Anoya!

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 11:31 AM


Life. by Anoya

Please join me in thanking Anoya  for her dedication and efforts during her time as a member of the Community Volunteer team.  Nancy's passion for photography, made her an excellent ambassador for this community and I'm sure she'll continue to be a bright and positive light!


Rouge. by Anoya

Saimiri. by Anoya

Tigris. by Anoya

Bee-ka-boo. by Anoya

Walking on sunshine. by Anoya

The universe told me. by Anoya

Autre. by Anoya



Thank you Anoya, we appreciate you! :heart:

Skin by Dan Leveille