Please join me in welcoming JustACapharnaum and doughboycafe to the Community Volunteer team
JustACapharnaum (Macro Photography)
Hello, I’m Tommy! A Canadian art lover from the land of the living skies, Saskatchewan! I am a bird loving magician who is strangely obsessed with weird/creepy things. Art has always been a part of my life as I grew up with a lot of creative and gifted family members. I love shooting photography with my Canon XSi and making stock available for other artists. I also enjoy drawing as a hobby and love working with one-on-one collaborations. I joined this place when I was still in college and was known as “StormPenguin” and grew addicted very quickly. I spent a whole term as a Gallery Moderator in the Fan Art gallery and eventually became a Community Volunteer after that. The community spirit had struck me during my term and launched my first community project “Kirby 166” where I had managed to get 166 submissions from different users for that!
I was overwhelmed and realized what potential this sort of project can do. I wanted to give Fan Art a new use, for charity. My most successful project was where the community had to draw Pokémon with moustaches, and 270 deviants raised nearly $200 for the typhoon Haiyan and raised another $200 for men’s health! The impact was real and the community was in spirits.I do feel the need to thank my closest friends for my successes, for without them I have no idea what I’d be doing today.
TommyGK has been an active and supportive member of DeviantArt for nearly 7 years, and in this time, he’s made an incredible mark on the community as a whole. From the moment he joined, Tommy has been a whirlwind of positivity and inspiration, creating a devious atmosphere of support with his thoughtful comments and sincere relationships. Two years later, he became a part of the DeviantArt volunteer team as the Fan Art volunteer, where he worked tirelessly to improve other deviants’ experiences on the site, providing Fan Art creators the visibility they deserved. He was a part of the team from 2011 to 2013, and later rejoined as the Chat & Forums Volunteer for part of 2013.
While he’s no longer a volunteer, TommyGK has found a new way to support the community in recent years: through his giant art collaborations! Bringing up to 270 artists together per project, he’s brought artistic inspiration to charity, donating to groups such as the Humanitarian Coalition, Samaritan’s Purse, and the Canadian Red Cross. Currently, Tommy is hosting a Minions collaboration to support earthquake victims in Ecuador, which you can view here.
As thanks for all the time spent as a passionate and successful Community Volunteer, his massive charitable projects, and his overall supportive and cheerful demeanor towards his fellow artists, we’re proud to award the July Deviousness Award to TommyGK!
Tommy’s sense of selflessness and charity is nearly unparalleled in our community. I first met him in the #seniors chat room during a critique event and there was no mistaking his enthusiastic spirit! He is a constant ray of positivity and kindness, making frequent efforts to help others in need through charitable initiatives on DA. His recent collaboration to create a collection of coloring books for Children’s Hospital is totally inspiring to me. It takes a very special person to give so much of their time to others and Tommy is indeed one of the special ones! We are incredibly lucky to have him as a part of our community and I can’t wait to see the future projects he brings to the table. Congrats on Deviousness, Tommy! You have completely earned it.”
Tommy totally deserves this award, as a long time fan and friend of his, his genuine heart of gold and just plain awesomeness to the community is one to applaud. His massive collaborations, dedication to the DA community, and strong spirit make him a great inspiration to not only me, but everyone else. And even though he’s had many many difficult times throughout his life, he still held tough like any fiery Pokemon. I am so proud of of this villain of kindness for achieving this devious award for July. And no, you’re not getting your wallet back either.”
Tommy is that sweet soul who goes above and beyond to help others and to BE a friend!!! He’s someone completely dedicated to DeviantArt and he shows it by being present whenever anybody needs it; having a kind word of encouragement for everyone in their time of need; engaging with whoever reaches out to him, making them feel his warmth of heart!!! Tommy is a human “Gem”, one will make you want to keep forever!!! His influence in the community reaches really high points, and his skills to organize community projects, like his AMAZING collaborations, are unbelievable!!! He not only helps those within DA, but he also helps our favorite charities, and he does it from the heart, investing not only time, but also his own money, which is admirable and which makes him one of the biggest role models we should all aspire to follow!!! He has a lot of love inside of him, and those of us privileged enough to receive it, are blessed to call him FRIEND!!! CongraSUPERtulations dear Tommy on your Deviousness Award, you SSSSO deserve this sweet recognition!!!”
I’ve known Tommy for YEARS! Not only is he a great artist but he is such an amazing person and I’m thankful to call him a friend. I’ve watched him grown not only as an artist but as a person too. He’s TRULY a gem in this community.”
You always create magic and finally it comes to you. I am so so so so happy for you, and you should have it earlier dear… YAYYYYYYYYY!”
Tommy’s a boss. Having known him before, during and after his time as a volunteer I’ve always been amazed by his constant positivity - even when nothing seems to go right in the world, he’s still infectiously chipper and looking at the future. His ongoing work with the #help chatroom and especially with Charity-Guild are great examples of how much good you can do for the community using the tools available to you on DA. Congrats you thunderous little penguin.”
Ever since the first time I encountered Tommy on deviantArt Chats, I’ve seen how he has always been so supportive to everyone - not just in an artistic manner, but also emotionally; and of course not to forget all the collaborations and charities that he has organized, which has brought the art community closer together. Tommy is the loveliest, and fluffiest of them all.”
Tommy is a very ambitious & outspoken person who usually strives to confront problems head on. Promoting projects or awareness on a topic, doing collabs, anything you can think of, Tommy has helped in & that’s why he’s the embodiment of what Deviousness is.”
Tommy is an admirable individual. I’ve spoken with him on many occasions, I’ve volunteered with him and I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with him outside of the context of volunteering. All I can say is that I’ve got a great deal of respect for someone who can come through hell and still manage to remain the radiant individual they’ve always been. He’s a damn fine artist and a good person to know. A person you should really want to encourage and provide smiles/laughs.”
Tommy’s a cool guy with a big heart—perhaps too big for his own good, but that’s a “flaw” everyone in the world should have. With his unstoppable drive to bring the DeviantArt community closer together and mobilize it for good, this award comes as absolutely no surprise to me.”
TommyGK, or Toto as I’d like to call him, is a wonderful human being with a ginormous and really good heart. I’ve known Tommy for quite some years and I admire the work he’s done and is still doing for charity. We’ve gotten to know each other quite well over the years and I’m so proud of him for getting this award. He’s a remarkable deviant, a great friend and just an awesome person in general. If you didn’t know him yet, you should go meet him, you’ll love him! Congrats, Toto!”
Tommy is one of the most caring and selfless people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. He first reached out to me when I was a Community Volunteer many years ago and all he wanted was to help make deviantART a better place for everyone. I’m delighted to say that’s what Tommy has been doing ever since! From helping out and being an all around positive influence on fellow deviants, to being a Community Volunteer himself and, more recently, bringing the community together to participate in his famous ‘Massive Charity Collabs’! Tommy is a shining light, he makes those around him want to be a better person and do things that matter. His charity collaborations have raised funds for many different causes and brought aid and hope for many people in need. I couldn’t be more proud of Tommy, he’s the brother I never had and I’m blessed to see him receive this honour. Tommy, you deserve this, let this encourage you to continue nurturing and bringing the people together for a good cause! You are an inspiration to us all! Congratulations, my brother!”
Giving art more meaning” is not only the slogan of his group, but a description of the artist himself: TommyGK has spent his 6,5 years on DeviantArt taking art to a new level, by showing how it can affect and change the world. With his enthusiastic but humble personality and extraordinary kindness he inspired hundreds of deviants, no matter the skill level, to join his charity collaborations. Thereby proving that every artist has the potential to be part of something big, and, in the end, make the world a better place. For all of that and so much more, thank you, Tommy, you deserve this award!”
A sweet person, a dedicated artist and a dear friend. As a Fan Art Community Volunteer, Tommy served his gallery with unbeatable enthusiasm and genuine love. His frequent charity art projects are always a magnet for new artists and prove his generous and unconditional spirit. Congratulations, my dear Tommy! You totally deserve the Deviousness Award. I hope you always offer your light to our Community.”
TommyGK is one of those individuals who has the biggest heart and fondest personality. He always thinks of others before himself and offers himself to help others! Along with his personality his art is equally as infectious and savory! Tommy is a sweet soul and an amazing individual. It’s been a real honor knowing him for as long as I have! Keep doing what your doing Tommy!”
Tommy is definitely one of the most outstandingly selfless deviants, people, and friends. Someone that you instantly love love love. He puts so much effort and fun in his projects and charity collaborations, that not participating in them becomes impossible. LOL He’s got one of the KINDEST souls! Tommy is always eager to tie the community with charity causes, making us all participate in heartwarming, fun projects. (Smile) But if you think that is all, take a look in his gallery and be prepared for awesome. He has superb nature photos, that some he offers as stock. As for crafts, he inspired us with huge life-sized Five Nights at Freddy’s figures, all made of recycled newspaper with tons of care and dedication. Tommy is a person who never finishes things half-way, and that inspires me greatly. His words and sense of humour made me appreciate the world in a different manner, a better one. I’m totally thrilled and overjoyed of him receiving the deviousness award, for he deserves every pixel, ever word, every meaning of it!!! Congratulations!!!”
Hi! I’m Katie. I’m from Ontario, Canada and I’ve been a makeup artist for 6 years now. I started out with a strange idea of creating a little Halloween scene on my lips. I had so much fun creating it that I posted it on DeviantArt for others to enjoy. So many people liked it, that I thought I would try out a scene on my eyes. I loved doing that even more and just kept creating different scenes on my eyes and lips.
Art has always been a big part of my life. I love almost every aspect of it! I try to incorporate so many of the techniques that I learned over the years into my makeup. I owe so much to DeviantArt. Taking a silly little idea and helping it grow into something I’m extremely proud of. The community here is greater than any other community I’ve seen. Thank you, to the lovely people at DeviantArt and to the amazing community for helping me go further than I ever thought I could go.
Over the past six years, KatieAlves has become one of the most instantly recognizable members of DeviantArt. Her unique makeup skills are unparalleled. Using her face as her pallet, KatieAlves succeeds in bringing different emotions, mythological creatures, and Disney movies to life. In addition to her makeup work, KatieAlves also creates video tutorials to teach others how to recreate her striking looks, which she shares with her watchers through her Youtube page and her DeviantArt journals. Katie has also encouraged the makeup community on DeviantArt with her various contests, which she hosts across her various social media channels.
With her unique talents, her helpful and engaging video tutorials, and her participation in the community, we are proud to award KatieAlves with the Deviousness Award for June 2016!
Katie is one of the most unique artists I’ve encountered so far on DeviantArt. To make such amazing works of art on such special canvas, takes amazing skill. Her inspiring technique makes her absolutely memorable, and when you have the chance to get to know her, you’re left with good feels about her!!! Not only she’s greatly talented, she’s also the sweetest thing!!! You can’t just come across with her without falling in love with her bubbly personality and helpful spirit!!! Today is a WONDERFUL day, knowing that such a lovely deviant is being celebrated like this!!! CongraSUPERtulations my sweet dear Katie, you’re AMAZING!!!”
KatieAlves is a talented make-up artist. She can use her face as a blank canvas and transform it into a work of art. From mystical and mysterious character make-up to fun and colorful beauty makeup she can do it all. She is truly an inspiration to those in the make-up community and beyond and very deserving of this award.”
Katie’s work is absolutely stunning! She is beyond talented. I wish to someday have even HALF the amount of talent she has for doing such artistic makeup”
Several years ago I was perusing DeviantArt when an amazingly detailed Deviation caught my eye. The colors were vivid, the painting gorgeously applied to accentuate fine lines and character details, all the while coming together to create a delightful scene. On closer inspection, I realized the painting was carefully applied to… her… eyelids!!! There are Deviants who would be grateful to paint such beautiful traditional art on paper or canvas, let alone on body parts! I just had to hop over to the gallery of KatieAlves, who I added to my watch list as quickly as I could get my mouse to jump to the watch box and click. My jaw slowly dropped to my chest as I lingered over traditional art painted on pairs of lush full lips and tiny fingernails, face paintings and additional eyelid paintings. All caused sparkling wonderment to my astonished eyes. Details so skillfully applied that each picture, design or scene could easily be viewed by the naked eye without the need to use the zoom feature. KatieAlves must have nerves of steel to be able to keep such a steady hand to paint via a reflection in a mirror! Katie continues to marvel her watchers with her elaborate face painting, delightful fan and other art painted on her eyelids along with nail and lip designs. Also, be sure to view her fabulous photography that is as electric and varied as her traditional art. Be sure to peruse through her ‘Deadly Sins’ series for her own interpretation on ‘The Sins’, which took her a full week to accomplish shooting with the model. Costumes, makeup and added scene details interpreted each ‘Sin’ masterfully. Katie provides tutorials to show others how to create their own body art, usually via links in the artist description of the given Deviation to a YouTube video, where she shows each step in the process of her art makeup, making it far easier to learn how to do such defined work. An avid commenter and group admin, Katie is an awesome Deviant and asset to the community.”
KatieAlves’s gorgeous makeup artwork caught my eye several years ago. At the time, I didn’t realize makeup art was even a THING; I remember falling in love with the creativity and talent Katie presented. I was blown away by the amount of dedication and craft she showed, and how beautifully her creations — small canvas as eyelids are — always turned out. Thank you, Katie, for bringing a new and inspiring form of art to my attention so many years ago — and keep up the jaw-dropping, stunning work!”
Katie’s incredible eye designs have inspired thousands of people! They’re so imaginative, and really capture the essence of whatever it is they’re trying to portray — especially when you consider sometimes how small the canvas is (eyelids). I hope she creates some makeup art of her new Deviousness award ;D Congratulations!”
I can’t even remember how long ago it was that I first started watching KatieAlves, but I can never forget the impression her work had on me, and what’s more, I’ve been seeing it around even outside of dA ever since, so I know it’s having an impact on many others too. She’s one of the first makeup artists I discovered and I have to say that her work still stands out as some of the most innovative I’ve seen so far. Narrative plays a key part in her designs and I think that’s part of why they are so engaging and charming, but also her amazing skill and dedication too.”
My name is Benjamin Cehelsky and I’m from the Czech Republic. I’m 23 years old and I have drawn since I was child. However, the biggest inspiration for me was DeviantArt, which I joined 9 years ago. I met a lot of people and friends all over the world here. My style of painting has changed many times throught the years and it has improved. Mainly, I was into the digital paiting. Many talented artists inspired me to try this, right here on DeviantArt. In 2012, I decided to help beginners, that’s why I started to create tutorials for digital paitings.
People were so grateful and feedback was so great that I’m still doing it. At this time I’m really into scenery and fantasy work. I’m so happy that people are enjoying my paintings more and more. I would do anything to have people enjoy my work. I want to thank you all for the support I get from you, from this community. You are awesome and you are inspiring me to never leave the thing I do and love the most. Thank you. Love, ryky
A deviant for 9 years, ryky has made a huge impact on the DeviantArt community, encouraging and leading his fellow artists to improve their artistic abilities. Using his over 150 tutorials and resources, fellow deviants have found amazing help drawing eyes, lips, hair, and more. Outside of these useful resources, ryky has made an impression with his unique art style as well, featuring strong colors and silhouettes. Ryky will often live-stream his drawing process, giving his fellow artists the chance to see him in action. In addition to his artistic contributions, ryky has also hosted his own challenges and giveaways through his journals, engaging and supporting not only his watchers but the whole DeviantArt community.
It is for these reasons that we are proud to award the May Deviousness Award to ryky.
ryky has always been a deviant I can rely on for help. I had been search for a tutorial on something, which I had struggled with for a very long time. After finding their profile, I knew it was an instant watch. Over the last few years, I’ve stayed with ryky and I’ve continued to learn new techniques. They answer questions, not just on dA, but other social media they have. They have tons of tutorials covering a huge variety of tutorials. I know first hand how much time that takes, and I find it incredibly encouraging that they take so much time out for other deviants by making them. Their tutorials include special effects, environments, lighting and even anatomy, so most anything you can think of. In addition, their art is just beautiful eye candy. Brilliant colors and lighting are such a treat to look at. Fantastical elements and encouraging messages and stories come with each one. Even though their art is rarely fully rendered, it still speaks volumes to me personally. They also host giveaways and streams, really getting involved with their followers and watchers. Lots of great artists do their craft well, but people like ryky really make that effort to keep active, keep their followers active. I can always refer to their gallery if I need help with something artistically. After being active on their social media, I know they are someone that I could ask and expect a reply from as well. Overall very deserving of such a reward! Congratulations ryky!”
Benjamin captures expertly light and shadow. If you love art and especially if you’re willing to learn a lot, you’ll definitely want to check out his gallery. The wonderful tutorials are legendary and lovely easy to follow. The magnificent style that plays perfectly with shades, creates a dreamlike atmosphere. I hardly know any other artist who shares in such a varied and productive way art with his admirers. Thank you for all.”
ryky’s work is amazing. I find myself returning to his gallery time and time again for his Tutorials and Resources which have really helped me a great deal with my own creative projects. His gallery is a difficult to leave once I am there because I just want to keep looking. I believe each of us has something in this life that we are meant to do and I believe that ryky is doing exactly what he was born to do… it all comes so naturally for him.”
ryky’s works are so vivid and eye-catching. I was mesmerized by his usage of light and mood in coloring. I had come across ryky’s work one day when I was browsing DeviantArt. Then, to my surprise, he had a folder of tutorials to share. I checked it out and instantly began watching him. I believe that he is definitely a great community member as he is willing to help others and share his knowledge of digital art. His resources are fantastic and I am a big fan of his dreamy landscape art. I am always delighted to become lost in his beautiful gallery. Thank you, ryky, for your contribution to our community!”
I love ryky! I have followed his progress over the years now and it is amazing to see how much he has developed. He has his very own distinctive style and unlike many other popular artists he doesn’t hesitate to share his knowledge and techniques with his fans. I have never seen any fellow artist producing new tutorials and step by steps in such pace! He is also very responsive, down to earth and loves interacting with his followers. Very well deserved award!”
ryky is a very resourceful and extremely talented deviant. From glowing blue hair to clouds in the sky, Benjamin’s gallery offers many insightful tutorials in how to draw a variety of objects. Not only are their tutorials spot on but their gallery is filled with colorful masterpieces with great composition showcasing their huge amount of skill. With drawings drawn in times sometimes as low as 10 minutes, ryky demonstrates how much lighting and texture can bring a piece together. Congratulations Benjamin, you definitely deserve this!”
ryky is one of my favorite artists on this site and that alone says a lot. I love the soft flow and mystery in his works, they always make me day dream. It takes a lot to get into another person’s mind and make them feel warm and dreamy, yet he does it every time and not only is he a bright and accomplished artist, but he is also great at teaching others through his many and diverse tutorials. I am very glad I get to congratulate him for receiving the award this month, it is very well deserved and I wish him the best of luck in his endeavors!”
I’ve only been watching ryky for a few months now, but during that time his dedication not only to his art but also to this community have definitely shown. His gallery is a wonderland just waiting to be explored deeper, filled with vibrant colors and beautiful scenery. It is however not just his fantastic art contributions to the site that make him stand out as an exemplary deviant though, ryky regularly posts useful tutorials covering simple subjects that are essential to every digital artist.”
ryky is that one artist that you almost cannot miss on DeviantArt. His art stands out from the crowd by it’s colorfulness and imaginative subject. He has come a long way since he started on DeviantArt and over the years he shared his improvement and painting methods with the community in the form of streams and countless small tutorials that are simple to follow even for the beginning artist. Congrats with your award, Ryky. It’s well deserved.”
ryky's works are both stunning in composition and colour combination, their pieces are always vibrant with life and emotionally driving colours, every scene they put together always tells a clear story, it's really magical. I've often seen ryky putting in so much of their time and effort to create tutorials for new and old artists with tricks and tips on how to draw, paint and design certain elements, this kind of generosity really helps the community flourish and bloom. I'm really happy to see such a friendly and familiar face like ryky being recognized by the community and being awarded Deviousness! Congratulations!"
Learn This: Stock and Resources!Welcome to a CV project that has been years in the making. YES! Even before we knew we would be volunteers--ages before we even knew DeviantArt existed--we were working on this collection of tutorials to bring only the most refined and technologically advanced methods to your interweb doorstep."
Today, I Cassy-Blue am going to show you how to make the BEST model stock photos with a few handy tips. The other cv's are also doing super awesome tutorials about their galleries, so you tots have to go and check them out to learn more .
After much experimentation with stock photos and modeling I have discovered the key to great model stock lays in the expression of the model. Yes, that's right. The face makes or break it. I have discovered the holy grail of stock image modeling. It's sooo easy too! Just press your lips together like a fish. No, that's not quite it. Like a duck! That's right. And bam you're 100% model
Learn This: Ultimate ManipWarning: this is an april fools day joke!
Welcome to a CV project that has been years in the making. YES! Even before we knew we would be volunteers--ages before we even knew DeviantArt existed--we were working on this collection of tutorials to bring only the most refined and technologically advanced methods to your interweb doorstep.
In this extensive tutorial I am going to show you how to build your own ultimate manip.
The ultimate manip requires only five specific ingredients:
1. Pretty girl in dramatic pose (irreplaceable). Use faestock if you can!
2. Forest (cemetery also works)
3. Full moon (a big one)
4. Pretty hair (lots of it)
5. Ravens (the more the merrier)
As it happens, I prepared everything here:
Black Dress Bob 19
Learn this: Add fancy Bokeh to a Macro PhotographWelcome to a CV project that has been years in the making. YES! Even before we knew we would be volunteers--ages before we even knew deviantArt existed--we were working on this collection of tutorials to bring only the most refined and technologically advanced methods to your interweb doorstep.
In my case I will show you how to add that sparkling bokeh effect to your Macros!!!
1.- First of all import your image to dA Muro:
2.- Add a new layer on top of your image by pressing the + button, then select the brush tool and the brush called Scatter. Select also a color that matches your image and the size and opacity, which should be around 50%:
3.- Start painting over the background zone of your image:
4.- And Voilá!!!! There you have your image with a cool bokeh!!!
Learn This: Submitting to Lit MagsWelcome to a CV project that has been years in the making. YES! Even before we knew we would be volunteers--ages before we even knew deviantArt existed--we were working on this collection of tutorials to bring only the most refined and technologically advanced methods to your interweb doorstep.
Want to Get Published?
This tutorial will cover the basics of submitting to your favorite literature magazines! It is guaranteed to grant you access to the wonderful world of being a published author. Read on to learn all the things you need to become highly successful in this exclusive field.
Step One: DO NOT READ
A lot of lit mag websites will ask that you read their publications to get an idea of what sort of work they look for. THIS IS A TRAP. Don't fall for it! They're basically saying "hey, we don't know what we like, but here are some things we've published before, so maybe get some ideas from there?"
We all know that being i
Learn This: Creating an Original CharacterWelcome to a CV project that has been years in the making. YES! Even before we knew we would be volunteers — ages before we even knew DeviantArt existed — we were working on this collection of tutorials to bring only the most refined and technologically advanced methods to your interweb doorstep.
Want to Create an Original Character?
Of course you do! What would a story be without characters you created from your own imagination? In this tutorial, you will discover the secrets to making the perfect OC for your story.
Step 1: Find an Already Published Story
This step is super important. Don't skip it! Find a story you enjoy — it could be a movie, TV show, story, or comic. Once you've found one, go on to step 2.
Step 2: Become emotionally attached to a character.
You've found the perfect story, great! At this point you've undoubtedly obsessively read/watched/d
Learn This: Becoming a famous photographerWelcome to a CV project that has been years in the making. YES! Even before we knew we would be volunteers--ages before we even knew DeviantArt existed--we were working on this collection of tutorials to bring only the most refined and technologically advanced methods to your interweb doorstep.
Wanna become a talented, famous photographer? Someone everyone is always talking about? Someone who inspires the entire genre? Here's what you gotta do:
Take lots of portraits with people wearing animal or gas masks.Use fake bokeh. Lots of fake bokeh.Selective coloring is sure to make your photo better!Black and white EVERYTHING for more intensity.Put lots of plants and pretty things in small transparent vials. It's so experimental and innovative.Tone mapping, all the tone mapping!Dodge and burn the shit out of those eyes! Do it! Burnnnnn theeemmmm.Sharpen the hell out of your photos. Do it. Now.Use creative conceptual props like keys, four leaf clovers, teacups, books, roses, lightbulbs,etc.Dra
Learn This: How to Prove you Are a TRUE FanWelcome to a CV project that has been years in the making. YES! Even before we knew we would be volunteers--ages before we even knew DeviantArt existed--we were working on this collection of tutorials to bring only the most refined and technologically advanced methods to your interweb doorstep.
So I was thinking I could learn y'all some epic art tips, or since we're all fans here, I thought it would be WAY more fun to show you how to prove you are a true fan (even a number 1 fan!) to anyone who questions your dedication to
I wanna prove that I'm a true fan What do I do?
1. Change your screen name. If your screen name is not related to your fandom you have already failed because no one will be able to tell at a glance how much you love your fandom! (Yes I am a failure Don't be me!) And DA's taglines are just too easy to miss. The screen name is in the big letters on your page, it's
Learn This: Digital Face Drawing!Welcome to a CV project that has been years in the making. YES! Even before we knew we would be volunteers--ages before we even knew deviantArt existed--we were working on this collection of tutorials to bring only the most refined and technologically advanced methods to your interweb doorstep.
So today I will be giving you a small taste of how you can make wonderfully realistic face drawings.
Learn This: Making Friends In ChatsWelcome to a CV project that has been years in the making. YES! Even before we knew we would be volunteers--ages before we even knew DeviantArt existed--we were working on this collection of tutorials to bring only the most refined and technologically advanced methods to your interweb doorstep.
morbidman187 Here, your fearless chat demi god with wisdom for your brains!
I will give you some of the best tips for making friends in chats that I have learned from many years of chat experience both before and after becoming a Community Volunteer.
If you don't follow these tips you are probably doomed to a friendless chat life.
1. First thing you must do as soon as possible, is announce whatever fandom is currently most important to you.
This may seem like it will isolate yourself from other users and it will but they suck and you only want the ones who like what you like anyway.
*** You have joined #ThumbHub *
Welcome back, Ja
Learn This: Animals, Plants, and Nature!Welcome to a CV project that has been years in the making. YES! Even before we knew we would be volunteers--ages before we even knew DeviantArt existed--we were working on this collection of tutorials to bring only the most refined and technologically advanced methods to your interweb doorstep.
JenFruzz here, reporting for duty
Today I bring all of you nature photographers an in-depth look at how to add a unique spin to your flower shots. We're nature people, we love flowers. Find me a nature photographer with zero flower photographs. DO IT. Just kidding. Don't do it. There is no time to waste!
Flowers are everywhere... How do we--as upstanding APN photogs--possibly create something fresh and unique?!
FLOWERS... AND SPACE.
Yes, this tutorial will teach you how to create otherworldly flower photography that will have your watchers flocking to your gallery like a herd of sheep being chased by a Shetland Sheepdog. You've seen beaut
Learn This: Making AnthrosWelcome to a CV project that has been years in the making. YES! Even before we knew we would be volunteers--ages before we even knew deviantArt existed--we were working on this collection of tutorials to bring only the most refined and technologically advanced methods to your interweb doorstep.
So you want to make an Anthro Character? You could make a character out of almost anything! A teapot! A rocking chair! A hot rod! All they need is some personality.
For sake of simplicity in this epic tutorial we will be doing an animal. After all, that Zoo movie came out and people NEED to make OC's for it so here we go.
Start off by making a basic human shape. Don't stress about anatomy that can be done at a later time.
The animal we will be doing is a cat because cats are cool. Make a new layer in your program and define the body more as
Learn This: How to Critique LitWelcome to a CV project that has been years in the making. YES! Even before we knew we would be volunteers--ages before we even knew deviantArt existed--we were working on this collection of tutorials to bring only the most refined and technologically advanced methods to your interweb doorstep.
In this Lit-centric tutorial I put together thanks to my genius gray cells, we will be exploring the darkest of all wisdoms, the one true gift we all aspire to... the skill that refines all skills.
Of course, I'm talking about the art of critiquing Literature.
Critique is an essential part of every artist's growth, both giving it and receiving it improve our own writing quality that much more - but how should you do it to get the most out of it? Worry not, here I am to save your day and let's be real, your full writing career. In my long time around DeviantArt I've established myself as the Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac of critique - an entrepreneur of the arts, but also a meth
Learn This: Do's and Don't's of #devartWelcome to a CV project that has been years in the making. YES! Even before we knew we would be volunteers--ages before we even knew deviantArt existed--we were working on this collection of tutorials to bring only the most refined and technologically advanced methods to your interweb doorstep.
As we all know #devart is our main hub of activity on the chat network. New people, old people, ugly people and leftover staff that have nothing better to do join this room on a regular basis.
But how should one act in this room to get along?
This article will help those old and new to #devart learn the best way to follow the rules.
For a companion on how to make friends read: Learn This: Making Friends In Chats
1. What to do when joining the room.
When you join #devart it's polite greet only staff members and senior members, no one else because why do they matter?
Learn this: How to make good street photographyWelcome to a CV project that has been years in the making. YES! Even before we knew we would be volunteers--ages before we even knew deviantArt existed--we were working on this collection of tutorials to bring only the most refined and technologically advanced methods to your interweb doorstep.
Chimping (looking at the LCD screen) is mandatory after taking photos on the streets
Mix your digital and film photos in a project: that rocks and gives great rendering
You know you're good when letting the number of “favorites” dictate whether a photo is good or notLet also criticism affect you negatively. A criticism used to empower positively your work is so over overrated.It is an obligation to hesitate before taking a street photograph!!!
Use cluttered backgrounds, it's so visually appealing.Shooting more than one type of film at a time (Kodak Portra 400 for color, Kodak Tri-X for black and white) is a must do to enter the Hall of Fame of Fam
Learn This: Fashion PhotographyEDIT: This might have been just a silly April Fool's joke, but I hope it exposed you to some new tools in Photoshop that you haven't used before! Both the gradient tool and selective color adjustment layers are things that I do use a lot! Just not quite to this extent of course
Welcome to a CV project that has been years in the making. YES! Even before we knew we would be volunteers--ages before we even knew DeviantArt existed--we were working on this collection of tutorials to bring only the most refined and technologically advanced methods to your interweb doorstep.
Today, I, Queen-Kitty, will be assisting you so that you can achieve SUPER artistic FASHION editing on your very own fashion photographs! I know you are super excited, because this tutorial has been a long time coming! Thankfully, many of the CVs, including myself, decided to release this extra special "Learn This!" series which is full of amazing and free exclusive tutorials to
Learn This: Glitter your lifeWelcome to a CV project that has been years in the making. YES! Even before we knew we would be volunteers--ages before we even knew DeviantArt existed--we were working on this collection of tutorials to bring only the most refined and technologically advanced methods to your interweb doorstep.
Hello I am Talty, one of your friendly Artisan Crafts CVs. Today I will teach you how to embellish your life with glitter, the corner stone of the craft world. There's nothing, absolutely nothing that can't be improved by the addition of glitter, you'll soon discover that your life is so much better when everything has a fine layer of glitter. Glitter goes with everything! It works everywhere! It's timeless! I'll share with you all of our secrets to glittering your life forever. You'll soon be addicted to it. You will never get rid of it.
Step number #1: Get glitter
Go to your closest craft store and get glitter. LOTS of glitter. If you want to be a pro y
My name is Gabriel Picolo, I’m an illustrator based in Brazil who loves coffee and black kitties.
I’ve been drawing since I was kid but it was always a hobby which I didn’t put much time into. By 2013 I used to draw a doodle per month. Maybe.
Then, I joined the DeviantArt community on 2014 when I did the 365 days of doodles project, in which I challenged myself to draw a doodle a day, for the whole year. It was one of the most challenging things I ever did and it helped me so much with developing my craft and to keep drawing regularly.
Everything from then on was crazy and by the end of the 365 days I was getting art commissions and clients, which made me decide to quit my 9 to 5 job to become a full time freelance illustrator. The support I got from the community was unbelievable and it made me connect with so many amazing people. This connection between you guys and the stories I create is definitely my favorite part of sharing my work here.
Picolo-kun made a mark on the DeviantArt community from the moment he joined. Starting off his DeviantArt career with his 365 Days of Doodles project, he was an instant hit with his complex daily drawings. From there, he continued to challenge himself and the DeviantArt community to create art in new and different ways. Once the 365 Days of Doodles were complete, he started a new palette project in which he focused on a different color in his artwork each month. Recently, he also hosted a challenge on Sketch This in the Autodesk Sketchbook mobile app. Outside of his artwork, he’s hosted his own challenges with prizes for the DeviantArt community. If you venture through his journals, you’ll see various stories about his growth, art features promoting other artists from DeviantArt, and tips and tricks for beating procrastination.
Although he’s only been a member of DeviantArt for two years, Picolo-kun has quickly become a core part of the community. It is for this reason that we are proud to award Picolo-kun the Deviousness Award for April 2016.
Encountering Picolo-kun’s DeviantArt gallery is like peering into an active volcano seething with dramatic and seductive imagery. Virtuosic draftsmanship combined with keen insights into the secrets of the human heart, from romance to tragedy, informed throughout by a wise and gentle sense of humor, all rendered in a style that’s both fluid and precise. Comics as poetry, and poetry as hardcore rock and roll for the eyeballs. Add to that a genuine curiosity regarding his fellow artists and simple courtesy in his dealings with them, you have a solid and inspiring deviant and a great natural resource for this community.”
Picolo-kun has a gallery that is filled to the brim with jaw dropping work. Crossing from traditional to digital, he incorporates a beautiful sense of the traditional style in his digital work. His Moleskin journal pieces have traveled so many dimensions of styles, genres, and subjects and all of his hard work has inspired so many others. He often makes great tutorials to help his followers and consistently fosters growth in his own work and for other artists. Congratulations, Picolo-kun! Well deserved!”
First of all I have to say I am honored to be asked to write something about Picolo-kun. (Gabriel) I know him for some years now and he has been a real motivating force for me on DA since I met him, and I know that I am not the only one. His work is very inspiring and full of colors and or ink. The 365 days of doodles challenge was an amazing idea of him and I have seen many people do it and even I have tried to do the challenge, but couldn’t keep up because of a busy school life. Nevertheless, people did the same thing as he did and that’s why he is so big inspiration. He has eye for color and detail and somehow is really good at capturing people’s emotions and has a big fantasy. His new hit, Icarus and the Sun is very popular, just as the 365 days of doodles challenge was last year. And very colorful and inspiring. But above all, he is not only an good and real artist, but also a really nice and humble person and a good friend for encouraging me to continue with the challenge and drawing, although that I eventually quit the challenge back than. But I will never stop drawing, because of people like him. I’ll like to end with that I am really grateful for being asked to write something about him. I wish you all luck for the future Gabriel, enjoy your award. You really deserve it!”
His artwork is born from real emotions, Gabriel’s imagination has sorcery and charm and he trains himself sensually in the perception of the world!!! The way he used lighting often enhances the thought provoking messages in his images. He has a passion to create Art that feels like a magical mess of gorgeous chaos ! He looks at beauty from the strangest outlook, …a true Deviant Artist.”
Gabriel’s amazing talent is matched by his sweet personality and the way he encourages others to be proud of their works! I came across this artist when I saw his inspiring Inking tutorial that earned him a Daily Deviation last year, and thank Goodness for the “More from” feature on the right of the page, because I saw things in there that tickled my curiosity and made me want to visit his gallery and take a more in-depth look! O… MG! There it was, his “Let Me In” piece grabbed my heart automatically, and the rest is history, I’m one of his fans now!!! Enjoying his creations and witnessing his lovely way of being in each of his interactions with every single one of us!!! I am truly amazed by his unbelievable talent and his warmth, his eagerness to be the role model he is!!! Congratulations my dear Picolo-kun, it’s SO good to see YOU holding that sweet little green crown.”
I met Picolo-kun while searching for the black cat in his daily sketchbook postings last year. Picolo is a master of his craft; what sets him apart is the way he weaves heart and soul into his drawing. His Icarus and the Sun series shows him to be also a fine storyteller. But what makes him a truly devious deviant is the way he interacts with his watchers. When I leave a substantive comment on one of his drawings, he replies with one of his own. That’s rare among popular artist. DA is a better place for having Picolo-kun on board.”
Picolo-kun, you probably know him from his well known project called ‘365 days of doodles’. The project started to stop laziness and better himself but turned out to be an inspiring adventure for you see everyday how he progressed in style, and composition. Even after the project, @Picolo-kunconsistency creates pieces of art that are a definite eye candy and elicit tons of emotions. Congrats Picolo-kun, you deserve it!”
Picolo-kun has always been my special inspiration here on DeviantArt. I’ve been honored to meet such a great person on DA! His works are all so interesting and I know all the people here are fans of his little comic strips! He’s a wonderful person, and so are his tutorials and artworks! I congratulate Senpai for getting this award as he truly deserves this! He’s got many more people to be loved by! Keep being awesome!”
I’ve been following Picolo-kun ever since he started out with the 356 sketches project and I remember thinking it was amazing that somebody was able to do such elaborate drawings every single day. His dedication is an inspiration in itself already, but his art is really inspiring and thought-provoking as well. It’s a mix between original takes on every fandom and thought provoking original characters and comics, all presented in a style and manner that’s really unique to him. But what probably struck me the most, is how much of an approachable individual Picolo-kun is. Despite doing daily art and being active on all kinds of social media, he still takes time to reach out to the community and interact with them on all kinds of subjects. He’s provided the community with feedback, tutorials and interesting challenges to take part in. His dedication is truly awesome. So congrats, Picolo-kun. It’s an award well earned!”
Picolo-kun, you probably know him from his well known project called '365 days of doodles'. The project started to stop laziness and better himself but turned out to be an inspiring adventure for you see everyday how he progressed in style, and composition . Even after the project, @Picolo-kunconsistency creates pieces of art that are a definite eye candy and elicit tons of emotions. Congrats Picolo-kun, you deserve it!
In a very spontaneous turn of events involving a fateful tupperware bowl, my mom unintentionally met with a medium at a Christmas party when I was eight years old, and that medium told her (among other things) that I was going to be a writer someday. My mom didn’t tell me about this whole happening until several years after I told her I wanted to write for a living, but still, how crazy is that, right?
My name is Trevor, and I’m a happy-go-lucky Californian currently employed as a content writer and marketing associate. I first branched out into creative writing when I was fifteen because I told an elaborate lie about how I wrote stories so I could impress my then-girlfriend, which in retrospect wasn’t a lie at all since I went on to write the stories that I said I’d written, even though I hadn’t written any of them before I said that.
On the bright side, that elaborate lie put me on a path that I haven’t had to look back on in the time since, as it led to opportunities I wouldn’t have had otherwise, a career path that I’m happy with, and a place that changed my life tremendously, that being DeviantArt.
I originally joined DA in September 2007, more or less on a whim because some friends told me I should. If present me could tell the me who signed up for DA what would come of that action, I have to imagine that past me would call present me a liar. Thankfully, present me would be telling the truth anyway. I have made tons of amazing friends, been a part of so many creative endeavors, and have been introduced to memorable experiences that have taken me halfway across the globe thanks to this site, community, and the people that inhabit it. Without DeviantArt my life would undoubtedly be very different than it is, and I wouldn’t trade my experiences here for anything.
When you wake the next morning, you still
need to get out of bed in time for work, you still
have to shower, dress yourself, eat breakfast, brush
your teeth and hair;
and when your mother calls
to check in, you have to comfort her because she lost
her dad last night;
and when you call your grandmother
your voice cannot waver lest you upset her, because
she lost a man she's known for seventy years and even
though she would never hold it against you, you still
feel obligated not to cry;
and when you sit down
to do your job, you will have to do it with all your heart
because if you cannot do it with all your heart you
won't be able to do it at all;
and when the sun
bears down on you as a testament to Wednesday
you have to accept that the sun will continue to be there
even after everything you love, even after you yourself
- by ikazon
Our neighborhood stray is dead. I know this
because there is a black cat here I've never seen.
This cat is not the black splotch covered canvas stray
that clawed up and down my arm last winter
when I mistakenly tried to wrap it in a blanket
for warmth. This cat does not have the matted
fur that the stray did, does not deliberately stretch
out in front of my car tires the way the stray did
right before I had to leave for work, does not
chase lizards in the grass like the stray. This is not
the stray that aggressively meowed at me
when he wanted affection, nor is it the stray
that climbed our fence to try catching birds.
I'm certain this new cat must be lost, or else
looking for that same blotched canvas stray
that had become part of his family, too.
- by ikazon
A deviant for nine years, ikazon is a monumentally influential member of DeviantArt. A champion of DeviantArt’s literature community, he’s contributed his own writing and journal skins to the community since he first joined DeviantArt. In 2011, ikazon became a Community Volunteer, shining a light on undiscovered pieces in both the DeviantArt related and literature galleries. His dedication to the community quickly made him a beloved figure on DeviantArt. Soon after, in 2012, he was hired as a full-time staff member, where he ran multiple community projects, such as the 2014 and 2015 Valentine’s Day Exchange!
However, ikazon’s contributions to the community extended past his time as a community volunteer and a staff member. From contributing journal skins to the CalendarProject to leaving encouraging comments for his fellow community members, ikazon’s supporting presence has been felt all across DeviantArt.
We’re proud to name ikazon as the Deviousness Award recipient for March 2016!
I’ve had the honor of calling Trevor a friend for many years, and I’ve always been impressed by his energy and positivity. He’s the first person to lend a hand or a listening ear, and his commitment to the DeviantArt community is among the most genuine I’ve ever seen. Giving him this award has been a long time coming, and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate his years of support and service.”
Trevor is someone who brings positivity and care into everything he does. Whether it’s through an insightful critique, an innovative idea to improve DA, or the hard work he has put into his many projects, evidence of his love for the community here is immeasurable. Congratulations, Trevor, you’re truly an outstanding deviant!”
Trevor should come in bottles, as the secret sauce to brighten your day. There’s just the right amount of warmth and genuine depth, plus that touch of sass that hits a mildly sexy note without it all turning awkward. Everyone loves a splash of Trevor ”
As a long-time deviant, ikazon knows DeviantArt like the back of his hand. With his knowledge of how the site works and its history, he’s been a huge help to the community and the site’s development. ikazon is a caring and passionate person who has truly made a positive impact on the community over the years. His personality, positive spirit, humor, and eagerness to help other deviants, make him a well-deserved recipient of the Deviousness Award.”
If the community is the lifeblood of DeviantArt, ikazon is the heart. Not only a talented writer in his own right, he is an inspiration to artists of all types, a helping hand to those in need, and a true friend to all lucky enough to call him one. His contributions over the years are larger than the sum of their parts, and he’s a shining beacon of positivity on an Internet that can sometimes be confusing and scary. My every congratulations go out to him, as he very much deserves this award!”
ikazon is an imaginative writer who evokes a sense of visual images through his descriptive work, he is an inspiration to many and he doesn’t fail to produce some kind of emotion through his work, Congratulations on your deviousness, you deserve it!”
Trevor has been the voice of reason in the lit circle for as long as he’s been part of the site, and he’s probably singlehandedly kept every lit CV from being thrown off a cliff by the community, so the impact he’s had runs deep. Plus it’s about time that someone gets deviousness after being dressed like a luchador by Moonbeam13 for cheap laughs at a wedding, let’s be real. Thank you for your mentorship, friendship and co-whining for the last ten years and congrats.”
ikazon is one of those deviants who strives above and beyond for this community. Not only is his literature so inspiring, but his heart and soul are equally as matched. He’s one of the kindest deviants I’ve had the honor of knowing throughout my time here on DeviantArt. Let me tell you, his enthusiasm and positive personality is infectious! He shares his passions with everyone around him with the greatest of heart! Thank you for all you do ikazon! You truly deserves this, congrats!!”
Trevor has been an outstanding example for the community for a very long time. He’s funny, inspirational, knowledgeable, and keeps a level head when the rest of us feel like gathering the pitchforks. It is great to see someone who has had such a great impact on myself, and many others, get this recognition. I hope Trevor realizes how fully he has earned it.”
It’s easy to see how DeviantArt has grown and changed over time, but the one constant, the one true light, has been Trevor. I’ve had the honor of knowing him before his senior-ship, which he earned through compassion and positivity, before he was a volunteer, where he championed for literature, and worked alongside him as staff on DeviantArt, where there was no greater truth than Trevor’s love and compassion—he always worked with the community in mind. Creativity, skill, and inspiration are just a part of what he brings to DeviantArt, but certainly his heart and generosity towards the community—every single person—is what makes me so grateful to know him.”
ikazon was my first introduction to the haikai aesthetic and Japanese poetry in general. He introduced me to the kind of poetry that’s open and friendly; that’s playful with a good sense of humor; that welcomed you in then helped you see things about the world and about yourself. I’m not only talking about the poetry, of course, I’m also talking about the person. ikazon is one of those positive and generous people who make you feel involved. When you’re in a conversation with him, it’s not only his words that matter—it’s yours too. His writing often is a conversation albeit one with depth and wisdom. You can see that in his works: his words are mindful of their influence on what surrounds them, aware of how they sound and how that affects the reader. This is characteristic of Japanese poetry but what I find most striking of his writing is how, unlike the usual brevity of a single vivid image found in Japanese poetry, his stories are instead a stream of images. His works hold the experience of events as a clear river of moments. A hint to his inspiration can be seen in his favourites and the DDs he’s featured: a varied mix of digital art, photography, and literature that leave an impression. He also has wonderful music taste and I’ve discovered a lot of good music from what he shares in his journals. That’s what he does. He shares. ikazon, thank you for all you’ve done, not just for me, but for everyone.”
Ohhh my goodness!!! I came across with ikazon’s page when he was working for DeviantArt and all I can say is that I fell instantly in love with his personality, his helpfulness and the sweetness of all his interactions!!! I don’t see him as a person, I see him as force whose amazingness is absolutely “Larger Than Life”!!! He’s always been there for everybody, supporting people who need DA-related guidance, but also as a friend, he’s indeed a beacon in this place!!! And when I thought I couldn’t get more at “awe” for his amazingness, I had a look at his writings … (gasp) … what can I say? He rocks!!! And I’m thrilled to see this recognition bestowed upon him today!!! I LOVE YOU TREVOR!!! with all my heart!!! CONGRASUPERTULATIONS, my friend.”
What can I say about Trev? He’s like a midwife for words. And a postpartum care specialist for wonderfulness. In the, gosh, six years we’ve known each other, Trev has always been there for me. He’s helped me develop my writing, he’s been an fabulous friend. He’s reached into my life and flicked some switch that reads “make things better”. And he’s done that for so many people. I haven’t even got started on how amazing his writing is, but I should. It’s like a kite that leaps and flows and when it comes down the sky is never the same. I’m so proud of my bud and I could say so much more, but I’m not going to because I want you to stop reading me and go start reading him.”
Monkey (former Monkey?) has been a community pillar for a long time, sharing not only his work but the process and, in doing so, inspiring others to create. Literature on DA wouldn’t be half as much of a presence without his involvement.”
Trevor is a ray of light in our community. He has done so much to build people up, to stay positive and to help other deviants over the years as both a volunteer and a staff member. The Thanksgiving Note Project was what first introduced me to him, many years back and I think it’s a great example of his positive outlook and willingness to always give back to the community by telling people that you appreciate them. Congrats Trevor! ”
Most of us need no introduction to Trevor, and that speaks volumes already. Trevor has been there for most of us when we struggled, when we had questions about DA, and when shenanigans are happening. Trevor’s positive attitude, witty humour and terrible puns are infectious. We love him even when he’s getting all the trivia questions right and stealing all the prizes or winning all the kiribans. There are few people who have done as much for the community as Trevor has, and I’m beyond delighted that he’s getting the Deviousness Award.”
ikazon Is a beautiful soul and I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the honor. For several years, he has graced the Literature community with his talent and heart. I am sincerely blessed to call him my friend. Trevor is selfless: he defines what it means to be devious. His radiating, giving spirit always serves as a positive example to others, and I personally know how loving, hard-working, dedicated and loyal he is. He can also be counted on to raise you up: with his sweet smile, the contagious ring of his gentle laughter and the tenderness of his inner heart. There are few who possess his rare gift of unpretentious gregariousness. I have had the rare honor of being close to him as a fellow writer and faithful friend since early 2008, and in watching him grow as an artist. Every day, Trevor makes a difference – in simply by being himself, and in shining an optimistic, magnificent light that follows him wherever he goes.”
Some years ago I became a CV and it was Trevor who became my partner in crime. Until that day I didn’t know of him and had no idea if we would get along well. I was a bit worried, but it was totally unneeded. Being able to say anything negative about Trevor is impossible. He is one of the most positive humans I have ever met. His smile makes you happy instantly and he supports the people around him in any way he can. Whatever he does, he does it with 100% dedication. Be it his job, his literature, his friends or projects he works on. Rock on, mindful coyote (hey, you are a monkey!) and make sure to celebrate with lots of cake and glitter. You totally deserve this and so much more! Stay as awesome as you are!”
Trevor is a little big hero. He might be little in stature but grand in heart. He’s simply put, one of the nicest (and goofiest) persons I know and I’m not talking only about DeviantArt but in general. I’m actually surprised he didn’t received this award sooner because he’s always one of the little people that first come to mind when I think of who deserve it. There are many little things I would like to say about him and there is a large list of little reasons why he deserves it, but if I had to mention just one I would say: he’s genuine. It’s always refreshing to know someone who is consistent in what they say with what they do, someone who genuinely cares and is also an amazing little friend, someone who will equally make you laugh and will empathize with you if you’re feeling sad, and you know you can count with at any time. So my little friend: you deserve it! So happy for you, have a little hug!”
Trevor is the living example of everything that I’ve come to believe the DeviantArt community should be. He is welcoming, inclusive, classy when called for, goofy when called for, and blessed with the perspective and wisdom of a person far older than his years. In the many roles I’ve seen him play for this community, he has always shown imagination, enthusiasm, a tireless work ethic, discretion and taste. Trevor is an asset to DeviantArt, a professional, and a good friend.”
Trevor, Monkey, GaioumonBatou, lightningmonkey wreckling, ikazon, and a few other names. premium member, beta tester, senior, volunteer, staff, and back to senior. I’ve actually not encountered a person who doesn’t like him… I mean at points people have been upset with him, but personally never been around anyone who didn’t at some level get along with him. I’m lucky to count him among one of my closest friends, and he’s been a constant in my dA experience. I’m a fan of his writing. I’m always amazed at his capacity to make friends, bring people together, and hammer out projects with quality work behind it. Personally, I feel as far as what the deviousness award stands for, Trevor embodies it. Passion for art, caring for fellow artists. He highlights the success of others, and has handed out Daily Deviations to this end. A leader (he’ll hate me for saying that) among friends to get projects accomplished. Generally just a really outstanding deviant. He may not be as old school as some users around here, but he is definitely in the woodwork of this place. I could go on for so much longer, but I promised I wouldn’t write a 10 page essay on the praises of this amazing person. AT LONG LAST HE IS DEVIOUSNESS INCARNATE >__> for at least a month.”
Trevor isn’t someone that I know on a personal basis, but certainly someone I feel compelled to say something about. You don’t have to know him personally to know that he is a dedicated, passionate and generally amazing person. The many years he has dedicated to DeviantArt have not gone unnoticed, and I certainly have so much respect for that. I’m happy to still see him around DA, so I can secretly stalk what he’s been up to. All this to say that this award is certainly incredibly deserved, so congratulations man!”
Trevor is one of the most awesome, down to earth deviants I know on here. He has faced some difficult transitions both as an artist and person on here and has taken them all in his stride with positivity, always ready for the next adventure. He is someone many deviants of all art forms can appreciate and understand that as long as you are true to yourself, nothing can get in your way.”
ikazon is one of the reasons I became serious about writing -- and I know I’m not the only person who he helped inspire. His never-wavering support, heartfelt critiques, and unyielding optimism pushed me through so many drafts I would have otherwise abandoned. And he would do the same for any writer. He is at the heart of the dA writing community, and I could think of no one more deserving of Deviousness.”
I’ve been reading Ikazon’s work for a while, but it was his piece 'Things they don’t tell you’ fav.me/d9h4bhk that really stuck with me. I think we’ve all lost people close to us, and there’s a tremendous amount of moving forward and carrying on that happens whether we want it to or not, things that we do or don’t do, say or don’t say to satisfy expectations or the needs of others, and I’ve never seen this captured with such honest fidelity as Ikazon did here. In the closing when it’s pointed out that everything will outlast even you, it puts the loss in a much needed perspective. It’s this clarity of language, this open and honest exploration of ideas and exposed nerves that makes his writing such a pleasure to read, even when it pulls open things you thought were healing nicely. He’s always a pleasure to read, both in his poetry and prose and in his comments, always a calm voice of considerate reason and helpful advice. An integral part of the community and another of those things that contributes to making this place such a fantastic environment to contribute to and develop in.”