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Mon Nov 30, 2015, 10:58 AM

Monsters Under The Bed by TsaoShin
Please join me in welcoming RockstarVanity, TsaoShin and JunkbyJen to the Community Volunteer team!

RockstarVanity (General Photography)

A Ship and a Summer Sky by RockstarVanityMonumental by RockstarVanity
Exodus 7:19 by RockstarVanity

TsaoShin (Fan Art)

A Few of My Favorite Things by TsaoShinAre You Satisfied With Your Care? by TsaoShinManeki Toothless by TsaoShin

JunkbyJen (Digital Art)

::Spring Goddess:: by JunkbyJen
Artists for the Cure by JunkbyJen

::Beauty of the Orient:: by JunkbyJen

Take a minute to go say hello!! :heart:

Skin by Dan Leveille

Thank you Kaz-d

Sun Nov 29, 2015, 6:06 AM

Giants Footprints by Kaz-D

Kaz-D has been a force on the Community Volunteer team for around five years and you have seen her handy work in several photography groups, countless articles and of course projecteducate. Without Kaz-D, projecteducate would not have been as successful as it has been and it was through her leadership that Community Weeks were born and the inclusion of non-volunteer contributors began --making it a true community effort :)

Today we celebrate a truly awesome volunteer and thank her immensely for her contributions to this community.

Thank you Kaz-D :heart:

Wild Horses by Kaz-D

Let's have a Tea Party by Kaz-D

The things they left behind by Kaz-D

Shoot for the Moon by Kaz-D

Skin by Dan Leveille

Pimps and Whoas - November 24, 2015

Tue Nov 24, 2015, 11:08 AM

Daily Paint #1095. Cats VS. Cucumbers by Cryptid-Creations

News from the Team

:bulletpurple: Beta Preview of Watch 2.0
:bulletpurple: Celebrating Deviousness - November 2015
:bulletpurple: Holiday Card Project 2015!
:bulletpurple: Thank you SingingFlames
:bulletpurple: Thank You namenotrequired
:bulletpurple: The Good Dinosaur Fan Art Contest Winners
:bulletpurple: The Last Witch Hunter Contest Winners

Official Contests

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

:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge 125 - Music - Deadline November 30, 2015
:bulletpink: (Australia Only) Halo 5 - Guardians Fan Art Contest - Deadline December 12, 2015

Sketch This

:bulletgreen: SketchThis -foureyes
:bulletgreen: SketchThis
:bulletgreen: Sketch This - I want to see your dreams! :D
:bulletgreen: Sketch This Showcase, Vol. 2
:bulletgreen: Sketch This Showcase, Vol. 3
:bulletgreen: Sketch This Spotlight

Informative News & Events

:bulletblue: Artistle Secret Santa 2015
:bulletblue: photographers Channel Guidelines
:bulletblue: 10 Artists Tips: Productivity
:bulletblue: About writing
:bulletblue: Are you Dialed-In on Continued Education?
:bulletblue: Are you hanging in there?
:bulletblue: Artisan Crafts Contests and Events
:bulletblue: Challenges Around DeviantArt: November Feature
:bulletblue: Contest Tiems!
:bulletblue: DeviantArt Holiday Art Swap 2015!
:bulletblue: Digital Dolls Contest! - Now With Entries!
:bulletblue: How DA Stole Christmas: Contest
:bulletblue: How Do YOU Survive NaNoWriMo?
:bulletblue: How to be a street photographer in four lessons
:bulletblue: Monday Discussions - Anime and Mangas
:bulletblue: NaNoWriMo Links and Guides: Revamp 2015
:bulletblue: November 2015 Literature News
:bulletblue: November: Loving Angels
:bulletblue: Photography Newsletter
:bulletblue: Photomanipulation News November 2015
:bulletblue: Project Comment - November Newsletter
:bulletblue: Quick Tips: Literature Formatting on DA
:bulletblue: Reading List: Articles, Tutorials, Editorials
:bulletblue: Recipe challenge November
:bulletblue: Still life challenge November
:bulletblue: The Thanksgiving Note Project 2015
:bulletblue: Traditional Threes: Contest #1
:bulletblue: What do you want to see from CRLit?
:bulletblue: WINNERS - All Hallow's Tales 2015
:bulletblue: Secret Santa 2015/2016
:bulletblue: Contest | Birds in Flight
:bulletblue: Comment Outreach - Raise Awareness + Contest!

Features & Interviews

:bulletred: Browsing by Newest v29, +SketchThis Highlights
:bulletred: 15 Under 15 Feature 11
:bulletred: 30 Writers You Should Discover: Volume XXIX
:bulletred: Awesome photography V
:bulletred: Best of the Week - 032
:bulletred: Confessions of a Landscape Junkie ~ Vol. 9
:bulletred: CV Features - Macro
:bulletred: Fabulous Photography Feature
:bulletred: Feature Friday - Edition #1
:bulletred: Features From Week 45
:bulletred: Getting to Know YOU! #2
:bulletred: NOW CLOSED: Gifts from Dreamland Charity Collab
:bulletred: I Spy Five IV Community Feature Project
:bulletred: Fan Art Friday: Avatar LOK
:bulletred: Infinity Gravity #9
:bulletred: Inspiration Station: aartika-fractal-art
:bulletred: Love DA Lit: Issue 223
:bulletred: Macro Spotlight Vol. 186
:bulletred: Manga #42
:bulletred: Monday Pixel Madness #44
:bulletred: Nature Photo Contest 2015
:bulletred: Nom Nom 88!
:bulletred: Photography Exposed: Food and Drink
:bulletred: Photography Interviews: Macro
:bulletred: Progressive Saturday Night (v.73)
:bulletred: ProjectPorkchop Vol508
:bulletred: Sci-fi Feature #30
:bulletred: Senior Selections #73
:bulletred: Small Worlds - Part 50
:bulletred: Stockers off the Beaten Path 12: Apsara-Art
:bulletred: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 Collection
:bulletred: The Ladies of Lit: Volume LX
:bulletred: THE NEXT BIG THING #23
:bulletred: Through-a-Lens: themed Tuesdays #14
:bulletred: ThumbHub Unveiled, Vol. 10
:bulletred: Underappreciated - Part 14
:bulletred: TRADITIONAL TROVE 79
:bulletred: Understanding 3D Fractals
:bulletred: Undiscovered Art
:bulletred: Unused Stock Contest and Cover Contest!
:bulletred: FAN ART FRIDAY: Harry Potter
:bulletred: An Interview with Rick!
:bulletred: Feature 25-Masters of Art
:bulletred: Icon Catalog - by Animal Type
:bulletred: FAN ART FRIDAY: Star Wars
:bulletred: Take Me To The Moon


:bulletpink: Commission info for wen-m
:bulletpink: Commission info for pugletz
:bulletpink: Commission info for leafologist
:bulletpink: Commission info for stelari
:bulletpink: Commission info for kurumi-lover
:bulletpink: Commission info for grimhel
:bulletpink: Commission info for masterplanner
:bulletpink: Commission info for digimitsu
:bulletpink: Commission info for mzzazn
:bulletpink: Commission info for getanimated
:bulletpink: Commission info for lumaris
:bulletpink: Commission info for rtnightmare


:bulletblue: LitRecognition is a group dedicated to promoting the work of literature artists on deviantArt. By showcasing featured DLRs in foreign languages as well as in English, the literature gallery moderators provide the community with a showcase of excellence in Literature. In contrast, we will be showcasing excellence with a series of literature pieces each day in a News Article to serve the community. We are a diverse group featuring 5 pieces of quality literature every day.
(but please remember: A DLR is not a DD!) We are still in need of further prose and poetry admins for our group. Please send your application to the group notes.
:bulletblue: ForestRefuge is quite a new group looking for members. It is a place to bring people together who create magical art about the forest. A community to inspire and to get inspired.
:bulletblue: ManipulateThis is having it's first Collaboration Activity.  The Ping-Pong game began on November 1st, but it's not too late to join in the fun. We need Advanced, Intermediate, as well as  Beginning skilled photomanipulators to help mix and match the partners unto make this a successful learning experience -  The Ping-Pong Activity Is Coming!
:bulletblue: Fan-Art-World is looking for Contributors: Wanted: Contributors!

Whoas - Theme: Cats

Kitten by RhynWilliams

Goodbye by TheQuiet-Llama

Untitled by xo-deano-ox

Rebirths by Qinni

Be your own kind of beautiful 2 by AshtrayheartRomina

Emerald Eyes by Mythic-Fox

Cat lady by SayuriIzumi

Tom 6 by Okavanga

Catwoman fanart by BlackRamu

A New Day by Eibography

Leo's Retirement by joeyv7

Witness To by SethFitts

The Distant Warm Hearth by ratchetcat

Urban Cats - 02 by MARX77

Winter Cats by Ripplen
Catamancer- Fluffy Cat by TamberElla

Star Cat cute totem by hontor

cheshire cat by da-bu-di-bu-da


: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 December 15 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Snow.

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!

Skin by Dan Leveille

Thank You PirateLotus-Stock

Wed Nov 18, 2015, 11:47 AM

Broken Glass 6 by PirateLotus-Stock

Please join me in recognizing PirateLotus-Stock for her amazing contributions during her time as a Community Volunteer.

Thank you PirateLotus-Stock ! :heart:

Vine Fairy 31 by PirateLotus-Stock

Zoo 13 Penguin by PirateLotus-Stock

Anazalia 11 by PirateLotus-Stock

Skin by Dan Leveille

Thank You Pica-ae!

Tue Nov 17, 2015, 8:48 AM

It's easy by pica-ae

Please join me in thanking pica-ae for her long-time commitment to the DeviantArt Community as a member of the volunteer team. pica-ae helped to represent the typography and Design and Interface communities over several years. She's been a volunteer more than once, she's one of our resident glitter queens and if you're really lucky, she may say 'squirrel' for you ;)

Thank you Anne for being awesome!

  'I know I am mad' - Dali Quote by pica-ae
Hot Chocolate Journal Skin by pica-ae

Creepy Neighbourhood by pica-ae
Rain by neurotype

No Light No Light by ShahAkash

Skin by Dan Leveille

Halloween Contest Winners

Mon Nov 16, 2015, 9:55 AM

Felgonrot Hall by j0sh-3000

We are excited to announce the winners of the Halloween 2015 event, Haunted House! The winners are:

First Place: Stygma  (wins 3,000 DA points from Community Relations)
Second Place: ShadowZyn (wins 2,000 DA points from Community Relations)

There was an extremely narrow margin between first and second place! Congratulations to both of you. :pumpkin:

Other Prizes

We decided to give four additional prizes this year for superlatives (best of, etc.).

For best answers, we chose the following contestants:

RichDoes, IllyDragonfly, and SolidMars

Each of these individuals will receive 1,000 points from Community Relations.

Our final winner is for "Most Creative" (which also turned into "Best Overall"): RogueMudblood, who will receive 2,000 points from Community Relations!

Using immense creativity to create in-character responses, RogueMudblood made playing the game even more fun for us. We appreciated the stories and interesting responses, as they helped us see that RogueMudblood appreciated the time and energy we put into creating our games. The fact that people like RogueMudblood cared enough to really put creativity and heart into her responses made the game really fun. RogueMudblood's dedication to the contest really set the bar high for other participants.

Here is an example of an answer from RogueMudblood:

"I stare at the mistress of the house and can't help but wonder how much further I have to go. She seems far more solid than some of the other apparitions, and I consider the possibility that she's actually one of the demonic monsters I've already encountered – or a new one entirely and simply wearing a disguise. Even so, if solving the conundrum she has set for me is all it takes in order to be able to leave this place... But then, she didn't say she'll let me leave yet. Only that she'll help me on my way, which isn't promising, considering all of the people I've been sent to in this place.

As I move the pieces of the puzzle around the board, turning a couple of them in different directions to make them fit, I can't help but wonder about the cat from earlier in the night, and the beer man with the temporal fluxes. Of all the beings in the house thus far, they've been the most normal. It doesn't take long for my hands to move the pieces into place, my mind moving them on the spatial plane far more easily when I'm not concentrating on them directly. I wonder about the two keys that seem to be stuck inside the black mass of two of the pieces - will she make me choose between them? And if so, does one lead to "certain death"?

When the last one falls into place, I turn to look at the mistress of the house, her hands covering her upper arms as they cross over her chest. With the stare she gives me, I can't help but wonder if she's been reading my mind this whole time...."

Thank you all, and congratulations to the winners!!

A special thank-you, too, to all who helped this year. :heart: You are loved and appreciated.

Skin by Dan Leveille

Thank You Aeirmid

Thu Nov 12, 2015, 10:15 AM

I Long to be Like You by Aeirmid

Please join me in extending a wealth of heartfelt gratitude toward Aeirmid for her years of dedication to the DeviantArt community as a Community Volunteer.  Over her 3 years on the team, she's represented both the Digital Art and Photomanipulation communities while heading numerous projects and hosting crazy Halloween events :)  Despite her high-level of activity on DeviantArt she also managed to complete her Ph.D!  She is inspiring and talented and I'm personally hopeful she users her new found time to create some new art :heart:

The Healing Waters by Aeirmid

Your Fool by Aeirmid

The Time of My Life by Aeirmid

Breathe. by Aeirmid

Thank you Aeirmid :love: :heart:

Skin by Dan Leveille

Welcome OfOneSoul

Mon Nov 9, 2015, 10:23 AM

HubCat by HubcapCreatures

Please join me in welcoming OfOneSoul to the Community Volunteer team where she will be helping to represent the Traditional Art community! Many of you already know her from her incredible collections and Daily Deviation suggestions but if you don't take a moment to go say hello :)

Skin by Dan Leveille

Thank you STelari

Fri Nov 6, 2015, 11:43 AM

Pearl of a heart by STelari

Please join me in thanking STelari for her time and dedication to the Traditional Art community, during her time as a Community Volunteer :)

Thank you STelari :heart:

Crown for the Queen by STelari

The good days by STelari

There are no problems in here by STelari

Skin by Dan Leveille

Thank you Elandria

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 12:56 PM

Timeless 01 UNRESTRICTED by Elandria

Please join me in sending massive amounts of gratitude to Elandria for being an outstanding volunteer during her term.  Lanny has been a member of the DeviantArt community for over a decade and spent the last 3 years as a Community Volunteer, representing the Stock and Resources community.  As you can see from her gallery, she's well-versed on the topic and has provided countless amounts of stock photos which have served as inspiration for a plethora of DeviantArt artists. She's also getting married soon, so take a moment to congratulate her!

Thank you Lanny! :hug:

Medieval Tales 35 by Elandria

Forget Me Not 73 by Elandria

Reflections 05 by Elandria

Faro 53 by Elandria

Skin by Dan Leveille

Img-0 by marioluevanos

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

Introducing Ry-Spirit


My name Ry/Ry-Spirit. I was born in Hong Kong and moved to Australia when I was 8. It was tough moving to a whole new country in a new school not knowing anyone or a single word of English. It wasn't like I didn't want to make friends but I just didn't know how to start. But something helped with that.... art! It helped me break my shyness as well as giving me the confidence to keep pushing forward. I remember this one time, I had to leave in the middle of class to do something, the next day my friend who was in the class said the teacher (Mr Newton) told the whole class after I left, he said 'Ry, remember that name, he will be a famous artist one day.' That comment really stuck with me and motivated me to become a better artist.

Throughout the years of high school, whenever I get the chance I would just draw, draw and draw. Its great getting positive feedback about my art from my friends and family. I also developed a habit of drawing in people's notebooks without them knowing, its great seeing their reaction when they see it.

Seeing people's smile makes me happy. After high school I really had no idea what I wanted to do, I'm afraid I didn't get enough marks to become a lawyer or doctor (I would be horrible at it anyway). So I studied Graphic Design. It was during then that my girlfriend at the time suggested that I start putting my art online for the world to see. She introduced me to the amazing world of... Deviantart! Ry-Spirit was born that day.

Eventually I moved further away from Graphic Design and focused more on illustration, people seemed to like that. - and so did I! Thank you so much to everyone for all the love and support over the years. I hope I have made you smile with my art, my Rydiculous punny journal entries and my one million polls. I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for Deviantart. I will continue to be try my best to entertain you! Ry-Spirit cares

November 2015

Deviousness Award Winner

DeviantArt and Ry-Spirit go hand in hand. From his fun-filled artwork to his quirky polls, Ry-Spirit has spent the last eight years becoming a shining light within the community. Having served as a volunteer for the fan art gallery, he’s dedicated his time to making DeviantArt a better place for those around him. His participation in the yearly Valentines Day event and his clever April Fools’ jokes bring a smile to the faces of everyone who encounters them! The DeviantArt community is lucky to have a true deviant like Ry-Spirit. It is with great excitement that we name Ry-Spirit the recipient of the Deviousness Award for November 2015.

Showing Some Love

Community Quotes

:iconkovowolf: :icontsaoshin: :iconrhynwilliams: :iconjcroxas: :iconpuddlefisher: :iconthechamba: :iconphoenixleo: :iconthiefoworld:

Ry-Spirit has always been one of this deviants who's stepped up to the plate to be a shining example of this wonderful community. Not only is Ry's art inspiring but it's just so adorable in the most professional way! I've been a fan of Ry's for a long time and I'm so glad to see a deserving deviant receiving this recognition!

Ry-Spirit Creates bubbly, colourful art work that springs out and greets us with quirky humorous scenes, his art is easily recognisable and appeals to all ages!, I'm glad he has been awarded a deviousness award as I am in no doubt that he has lifted the spirits of many individuals, he definitely deserves it!. Congratulations Ry!

Ry is one of those artists you instantly fall in love with. His art is vibrant, fun, and the themes are often light-hearted and funny. While his gallery is a pleasure to look at, Ry is also one of the most down to Earth artists on DeviantArt. He takes time to engage his followers, celebrates fandoms with themed drawing months, and participates in fun community run events. Every time I see a new Ry drawing pop up in my feed, I get a smile on my face. He’s definitely a big part of the DeviantArt community spirit!

We may be strangers with each other, but our love for the arts bind us together and I know very well that Ry-Spirit has been (and will always be) inspiring lots of growing artists in continuing what they truly love. His artworks are full of life and are vibrant which will make sure to put a smile on our faces. Ry, thank you for adding colors to our lives. Thank you for sharing your artworks. Thank you being fun and most especially, thank you for being you. You are truly an outstanding deviant and congratulations on this new milestone in your life. Long live!

Ry-Spirit is like DeviantArt's very own Pokemon Gym Leader, whose Badges testify to his hugely-committed engagement with his fans, the community and NPCs far and wide. It is especially difficult to overlook Ry's presence on-site with his distinct art style which even the smallest thumbnail could not mask. Granted, things would get ambiguous below the 30px mark, but this doesn't mean Megachu is any less mega. Indeed, Ry's less tangible attributes shouldn't go amiss too; namely, the joy, positivity, hilarity (and outright absurdity) which regularly ooze beyond the pixels. To Ry, I say: way to go pal!

Well what have we here? what can be said about Ry-Spirit that hasn't already been said?  Actually I don't actually quite know since I've not read what everybody else has already written down, hah. BUT, if you are familiar with Ry's work and his presence here on DeviantArt, then you should already know of what he brings to the table. Fun pieces with broad appeal. Whether fan-art or general randomness, done in his signature loose but precise paintery style. To top it off, he's constantly creating. One of the many signs that he loves what he's doing (and you can see it) Congrats on the award, Ry, it was no doubt inevitable!

I have frequently seen Ry-Spirit's works on DA while browsing and it was always a pleasure to find see his works while browsing. And he does have an active fan base and watchers. So after watching him, it was great to see him involving his watchers in discussions or even fun polls! If you are ever in need of some uplifting or cheerful moments and browsing for artworks artworks or simply a fan of particular fandom, you are very like to see them in Ry-Spirit's gallery. It will make you smile, laugh, and even giggle at the adorableness, as well as continue looking in amazement in his ability to portray such an extensive array of characters in different ways. He is also a very community oriented user in the fact that he is very active in participating and interacting with his watchers through the various journals he creates as well as the impressive number of interesting and often amusing polls. As a former Community Volunteer on DeviantArt, he also promoted amazing works and artists through Daily Deviations! His inexhaustible ability to create such lovely, hilarious and amazing works and being such an active deviant who interacts with the community and his fans or any who stumble on his works is extraordinarily inspirational! Congratulations!

Ry is simply amazeballs, not only a talented artist but also a funny and creative guy, I love how he always do things differently, in a fun, colorful, light hearted way, doesn't take things too seriously and in that sense, he really is a fun definition of what it means to be a deviant. I declare myself a Ryceball!

Congratulations to Ry-Spirit!

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Thank you jenthestrawberry

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 10:29 AM

Little Droplets on the Hillside by jenthestrawberry

Please join me in thanking jenthestrawberry for the time she dedicated to being a Community Volunteer, representing the Traditional Art community :)

Sierpinski Silliness by jenthestrawberry

Fragment by jenthestrawberry

Cosmic Ladies by jenthestrawberry

Writer with Bookcase Carousel by jenthestrawberry

Thank you jenthestrawberry :heart:

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Thank You Agaave

Mon Oct 26, 2015, 11:57 AM

Triple ACEO trade: Purple Hills by Agaave

Please join me in thanking Agaave for her time and dedication during her term as a Community Volunteer representing the Traditional Art community :)

1310 Lyrae by Agaave

Saerianna by Agaave

180 Utu by Agaave

Thank you Agaave! :heart:

Skin by Dan Leveille

Welcome Oughter and Pixlphantasy

Fri Oct 23, 2015, 12:21 PM

the party by 8o-clock

Please join me in welcoming PixlPhantasy and Oughter to the Community Volunteer team!

PixlPhantasy - Anthro

Purrfect Broom Ride! by PixlPhantasy
Ricochet - Keeping in Shape - Prize Art by PixlPhantasy

On Parade by PixlPhantasy

Oughter - Chats and Forums

Andrew by Oughter

Take a moment to go say hello!

Skin by Dan Leveille

Welcome ErikShoemaker and Cassy-Blue

Thu Oct 22, 2015, 10:49 AM

welcome! by lilibz

Please join me in welcoming two new faces to the Community Volunteer team :)

ErikShoemaker - Photomanipulation

IV: Vessel by ErikShoemaker

Eclipse by ErikShoemaker

II: Gaia by ErikShoemaker

Cassy-Blue - Stock and Resources

Beach Stock 285 by Cassy-Blue

Fencing Pose 8 by Cassy-Blue

Sessiid Stock by Cassy-Blue

Take a minute to go say hi!

Skin by Dan Leveille

Thank you SingingFlames

Tue Oct 20, 2015, 2:21 PM

Thank you 

The Squeals and The Chemistry by SingingFlames

Please join me in thanking SingingFlames for her time and efforts during her term as a Community Volunteer, representing the Fan Fiction and Literature communities!

Thank you SingingFlames, we love you! :heart:

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Thank You namenotrequired

Fri Oct 16, 2015, 10:28 AM

Poke Poke by namenotrequired

Please join me in thanking namenotrequired for his dedication and awesomeness during his time as a member of the Volunteer team.  At one point, Bart was even a Marketing intern! He's been around for some time and spent a lot of that time promoting the awesomeness of this community :)

He even met his love here :)

Ellen and I by namenotrequired

So take a moment and say a heartfelt thank you and good luck to namenotrequired !!!

We love you! :heart:

Skin by Dan Leveille

Welcome to Halloween 2015

Wed Oct 7, 2015, 9:02 AM

Felgonrot Hall by j0sh-3000

Welcome to Halloween 2015!

This year for Halloween, you have decided to try your hand at ghost hunting, and Palacio de la Muerte is calling your name. Palacio de la Muerte is a haunted house and grounds that lies just outside the bounds of your city. Nearby residents have reported hearing strange noises and seeing unnatural lights hovering over the area. And, the neighborhood has been abuzz about a couple of university students who entered the premises the previous Halloween and were never seen again. The thought of it sends chills down your spine.

Nevertheless, you are brave, you are ready, and you have nothing to lose. Grab your flashlight, and let's go!

How to play

As you go along your path, you will encounter four monsters and a score of characters who once lived in or around the mansion. You will not receive a list of who they are up-front; we will tell you who the first one is, and, as you progress, new characters will be revealed to you. You should visit all of them. First, find a link on their profile page that will lead you to a document. That document will have a puzzle or riddle on it (and perhaps a story). Solve the puzzle or riddle, and send the character your answer via note. The character will not tell you whether or not you are correct, but he or she will refer you to the next character(s). 

You may find some puzzles that are too difficult to solve. We recommend that you at least try. But, if you come across a puzzle that you do not want to answer or cannot guess, it is okay to tell the character that you want to skip their puzzle. They will still give you the names of the next characters, but they will not give you any points. You can not go back to puzzles that you have skipped. You will need to visit as many characters as possible. There are a total of 23 characters. The more characters you visit, the more points you can get. 

The Rules

Many ghost hunters will be joining the hunt this year. Therefore, we will disqualify any ghost hunters who do not follow the rules. 

1. READ ALL THE RULES before you begin.
2. Work by yourself. 
3. You must start with the Maid (fairygodpiggy), and you must see every character.
4. Do not comment on any puzzle on the documents or on the character's page. Just send the answer to the character. ANYONE WHO VIOLATES THIS RULE WILL IMMEDIATELY BE ELIMINATED FROM THE GAME.
5. Only contact each character one time. Work through the puzzles to the best of your ability. The characters will only respond to notes that contain the answer. They may ignore clarifying questions (think about it: we get hundreds of participants, and multiple notes from each participant would mean we wouldn't have time to check your answers and give you new names). 
6. It should go without saying: Be nice. People put a lot of time and energy into making this contest awesome, so please be respectful to the characters. :D (Big Grin)
7. You have until November 5th at 11:59PM PT to visit all 23 characters and get to the end.  You don't need to do anything at that point; we are keeping track!

The Reward

We will be keeping track of your score as you progress through the game. The two players with the highest scores will receive 3,000 (first place) and 2,000 (second place) DA points. There will be other prizes available for things like creativity. 

All prizes are courtesy of Community Relations. 

Note:  For questions or problems during the activity, note the group Halloween-HQ or Aeirmid

Are you ready? Start at the gate with the Maid:

Skin by Dan Leveille

Pimps and Whoas - Oct. 7, 2015

Wed Oct 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

088 by lischoco

News from the Team

:bulletpurple: Beta Test: New Thumbnail Grid
:bulletpurple: Celebrating Deviousness - October 2015
:bulletpurple: Rick and Morty Contest Winners
:bulletpurple: Sapporo CANvas Contest Winners
:bulletpurple: Watch Recommendations

Official Contests

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

:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge #124 - Zombies Under the Ocean - Deadline October 31, 2015
:bulletpink: Anthro Halloween Contest - Deadline November 1, 2015
:bulletpink: Welcome to Halloween 2015 - Deadline November 5, 2015 

Community Relations Projects

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!

:bulletpink: Depth of Field Tips for Flower Photography
:bulletpink: PE Intro: Animals, Plants, and Nature Week
:bulletpink: The Art of APN Photography

:star:View the whole schedule here:star:

Informative News & Events

:bulletblue: All Hallow's Tales Contest - Ghost Story
:bulletblue: Art Challenges, II: 21st Century Mythology
:bulletblue: Calling all emoticonists
:bulletblue: CONTEST UnframedNature: Mystical Scenery of AUTUMN
:bulletblue: deviantART plushies and merch for sale
:bulletblue: Draw 'o Ween
:bulletblue: Dreams and Nightmares... a new challenge begins
:bulletblue: Eleven.. Cover Contest!
:bulletblue: First Annual Hungerature Games: Sign Ups
:bulletblue: Join us for Drawtober 2015
:bulletblue: Learning about Color and Exposure
:bulletblue: Manga Illustration: Step by step
:bulletblue: Nature Photo Contest 2015
:bulletblue: October 2015 Literature News
:bulletblue: October Artisan Crafts Challenge
:bulletblue: October Book Club: SPOOK by Mary Roach
:bulletblue: October Contest : Animals, Plants and Nature
:bulletblue: October Transitions
:bulletblue: Photography Exposed: Humorous
:bulletblue: Photography Newsletter - October
:bulletblue: Prompt 9: Super Blood on Mars
:bulletblue: Recipe challenge October
:bulletblue: Tearoom Debates V: Author's Death v Series' Life
:bulletblue: The Snapetember Contest
:bulletblue: Them's Fightin' Herds!
:bulletblue: What is your dream as an artist?
:bulletblue: Yarn-or-Treat!

Features & Interviews

:bulletred: 15 Under 15 Feature 5
:bulletred: Abstract Selection
:bulletred: Artistic Spotlight
:bulletred: Browsing by Newest v26, +DDs By The Numbers
:bulletred: Crafty Features
:bulletred: EYE ON TALENT IV
:bulletred: FAN ART FRIDAY: I See Fire
:bulletred: Fan Art Friday: Improvement Edition
:bulletred: Fan Art in All Forms!
:bulletred: Forum Features #60: Magic!
:bulletred: Friday Feature: Theme: Male Subjects in Art
:bulletred: Friendly Feature #1 Today: Jamie Nicole
:bulletred: Ghosts in the Streets
:bulletred: HiddenSparks Vol. XXIV: infinitecog
:bulletred: Confessions of a Landscape Junkie ~ Vol. 8
:bulletred: I Like your Face - Issue 34
:bulletred: Macro Spotlight Vol. 182
:bulletred: Nom Nom 87
:bulletred: ProjectPorkchop Vol488
:bulletred: Show Me Features #16
:bulletred: Spotlighting Commenters #78
:bulletred: Stock Radar #15
:bulletred: Stocker Off the Beaten Path 10: Hyuugahinata-stock
:bulletred: Story Board V42 Mood and Moon
:bulletred: Street Photography Monthly Debate
:bulletred: Surreal Drawings
:bulletred: The Other and Otherness
:bulletred: Things needing more love
:bulletred: To me street photography is an art of observation
:bulletred: TRADITIONAL TROVE 74
:bulletred: Unknown Artists #7
:bulletred: What's in the Undiscovered Section?, #18


:bulletgreen: Fan-Art-World - This is a non-official group, created by a Fan Artist and for Fan Artists on DeviantArt. This group was conceived as a space for interaction between artists dedicated to the Fan Art, where they can discuss interesting topics about Fan Art, show Fan Arts with other artists, be informed of the news in Fan Art.
:bulletgreen: Ayu-dA is the first group released in Spanish with the purpose of providing help, support and any assistance to users who want to improve the use and optimization of DeviantArt.
: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: #SixWordStories: Monthly Showcase
:bulletgreen: Grand Reopening GIVE AWAYS!


:bulletpink: Commission info for hellobaby
:bulletpink: Commission info for duh22
:bulletpink: Commission info for apomix
:bulletpink: Commission info for michellehoefener
:bulletpink: Commission info for allantiee
:bulletpink: Commission info for stelari
:bulletpink: Commission info for evangeline40003
:bulletpink: Commission info for gh07
:bulletpink: Commission info for masterplanner
:bulletpink: Commission info for jademere
:bulletpink: Commission info for undead-alien

Whoas - Theme: Halloween

Lovecraftian Creepy Bottles by FraterOrion

Felted Candy Corn Bat by xxNostalgic

Halloween Dream by mybuttercupart

Knock Knock by PascalCampion

Finding Friends in the Hallows by ShawnCoss

Happy Halloween! by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R

Mutual Halloween Appreciation by basakward

#1 Preparing for Halloween by Picolo-kun

Sorceress Halloween Makeup (with Tutorial) by KatieAlves

Halloween by regourso

Trick Or Treat by woohooligan

Halloween by lalalalack

Happy Halloween! Guest-Starring Puck! by woohooligan

.:Amalia's Halloween:. by Marmottegarou

Chibi Dragonball Halloween by longlovevegeta

This Is... by leticiaprestes

Wolves  by ScarahScrewdriveR

Chocolate Spider Webs by claremanson


: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 November 20th and the theme for the "Whoas" is Cats.

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!

Skin by Dan Leveille

Img-og by techgnotic

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

Introducing Hellobaby


“It is such a big honour for me to be part of DeviantArt and now being this month’s Deviousness award winner. I am Hellobaby, a self-taught artist, who loves drawing. My main tools are pencil & colour pencils and while I didn’t go to art school, drawing is my passion. It’s hard to believe that I joined DeviantArt 10 years ago! When I first joined, I was so confused and didn’t know how to use DeviantArt, so after I created the account, I left it. About 5 months later, I came back and started to share my work. My first work was not even a drawing, it was a photo :P. Then, I enjoyed finding new, amazing artists and was awed by them. I started to log into DA more often and eventually, every day! I must say that DeviantArt has helped me to develop my style. I used to draw and learn by myself, my style was very static.

I never knew there is another art world out there. Back then, I didn’t even know what photoshop was (I thought it was some kind of traditional tool — isn’t it silly :XD: ?). When I found DeviantArt, a new world was opened up for me and I had chance to see artists around the world work. The way they mixed colours, their styles, everything — something I had only dreamed of. I started to learn how to play with new colours, met more amazing artists, learned how they did things like anatomy, made friends around the world and all of that has influenced my style today. Though I still need to learn a lot and try to every day. Drawing was just a hobby from me and now it’s like part of my life. Thanks a lot to DeviantArt and everyone who supported me from my very first step until now. You are always part of my heart.”

October 2015

Deviousness Award Winner

Hellobaby is an integral part of our community at DeviantArt. A site member for 10 years, her unique style of traditional anime drawings have made her artwork instantly recognizable. In addition to her beautiful artwork, she has encouraged the growth and development of her fellow artists by hosting challenges, creating art features, and providing her own line art for other deviants to practice coloring. On top of this, she has dedicated a section of her profile to featuring deviants who may need help.

Hellobaby is the perfect example of a kindred and inspiring deviant and it is with great excitement that we name Hellobaby the recipient of the Deviousness Award for October 2015.

Showing Some Love

Community Quotes

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Hellobaby has been a staple to the DeviantArt community for many years! With her kindness and talent, it’s no wonder, that she is well loved within the community. Her whimsical work is so detailed and incredibly inspiring, but so is her heart. She is always trying to help people out in every way she can, as well as promoting them so others can help as well. She has one of the biggest hearts on DeviantArt and I am so happy she is being recognized for all of the love and inspiration she continues to spread!”

I can’t think of someone more deserving of the deviousness award as Hellobaby. She has always contributed greatly to the community, by making people smile with her art and charisma. She’s always supportive of people who are in need and always makes space to have an extra spot on her journals. She is the sweetest and most terrifying person you’ll ever meet and that is amazing because in her art you can see her really strong side and her loving side as well. It makes me really happy to call her a friend and I am sure she will continue to make DeviantArt shine like she has always had. To my sweet and extraordinarily creepy friend: You rock and keep being amazing like always!”

Hellobaby is one of the deviants I immediately think of when someone asks who are some of my favorite artists. She is very skillful with traditional art and exercises her genius well in the field. Although I adore her work, I admire her lovely heart even more. She has been so supportive of the DeviantArt community. She has given back to this community by helping many deviants throughout the years who have struggled with bills by advertising for them. She shares her traditional art skills through interviews that she has been more than happy to do! She was one of the deviants to comment back to me on a regular basis and she was very open to helping me with contests and fundraisers. I cherish her very much and I think she’s a great idol to many deviants including myself. Thanks for everything HB and I am so happy for you!”

Hellobaby artwork shines with high style, delicate lines and tons of detail. As a deviant, Hellobaby shines with kindness and compassion, always willing to feature artists and help spread the word about those in need. If you’re looking for inspiration or just something pretty, her gallery is a must-visit destination!”

Hellobaby is one of those cases in which you totally thought the deviant already had the Deviousness Award. Her art is instantly recognizable and never fails to amaze me, her illustrations are always full of intrincate details and her dedication and passion is evident in every piece, a passion that is also present in her attitude towards every deviant she encounters. She always have something nice to say and is always willing to help, to spread awareness and give promotion to her fellow deviants. Her positivity is contagious! I can’t be more happy for her, this award was long overdue!”

Hellobaby been an inspiration for me since I joined DeviantArt. At first, it was because she is an exceptional traditional artist - and being that my media of choice, her gorgeous art was extremely inspiring. Later on, as I got to know her better, I learned that she was a person with a soul just as beautiful, tender and lively as her art. My dear, you’re so deserving of this award. Congratulations, you’re one of the best people I’ve ever met. Keep being an inspiration to me, and everyone!”

What can I say about Hellobaby ? She is one of the nicest and most caring people you could ever hope to meet. She is a long time member of the community who uses her popularity and influence to help promote other deviants who need to reach out for help from the community. More than just her caring personality, she is truly an outstanding artist as well. Her skill as a traditional artist is second to none. Her art is full of soft lines and immaculate details, the colors pop from your screen, and it all manages to blend together into beautiful drawings. If you haven’t looked at hwer work, do yourself a favor and browse through her gallery. You won’t be disappointed.”

Hellobaby is a deviant who has unwavering devotion to the community and to friends! Hellobaby’s positive vibe is absolutely infectious in all the right ways! Hellobaby’s artwork is equally as inspiring with fresh, unique pieces of art.”

Hellobaby is a ridiculously talented, selfless deviant. She cares a lot about her followers and friends and she supports them by sharing their commission/help needed journals whenever she can, her FAQ about her drawing process and in general her positive attitude - even with all the pageviews and comments and favs she gets daily, she’s still that caring of a person! It’s amazing. I’m in love with her art and she’s no doubt my favourite visual artist on DA: if I were to get a second tattoo I’d ask her to draw it.”

Hellobaby is a powerhouse of awesome. Upon a quick first look of her page you’ll see her stunningly breathtaking artwork; they all contain lines and colors which are so eloquently fluid. Truly, if I could cover the walls in my home with Hellobaby’s works I’d count myself very lucky indeed. Once your breath returns, you’ll see her awesome come full circle. She is so helpful to everyone in so many varied ways that it appears she does this with the same fluidity expressed in her art. I behold in my eye a deviant truly embodying what this community is meant to be about at its core. I have great admiration and respect for her. My utter Congratulations to you, Hellobaby, on this long deserved recognition.”

Congratulations to Hellobaby!

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