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Thank You AbbeyMarie

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 6:59 AM


Desktopography 2013: Icy Winds by AbbeyMarie

Please join me in thanking AbbeyMarie for her time and efforts during her term as a Community Volunteer focused on the Photo-manipulation community.



Resurrection by mirandaadria

Panda Girl by AbbeyMarie



Reforestation by Cold-Tommy-Gin

Skin Into Coal Tutorial by AbbeyMarie


Thank you AbbeyMarie :heart:

Skin by Dan Leveille

DeviantArtist Questionnaire

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 12:00 AM


:bulletgreen: How long have you been on DeviantArt? 


11 years

:bulletgreen: What does your username mean?


My username came from my gaming handle which was always 'Moonbeam'. I chose something girly and harmless so people wouldn't think I was any good :D (I was devious back then too).  When I joined DeviantArt the name was already taken so I shoved my favorite number at the end and tada!

Comet and The Moon by CapturingTheNight

:bulletgreen: Describe yourself in three words.


Compassionate, Organized and Adventurous.

:bulletgreen: Are you left or right handed?


Fun fact: I started left handed and switched to my right when I was younger.  As a result, I tend to be left-handed when playing sports but I use my right to write -- it can be confusing.

:bulletgreen: What was your first deviation?


Surviving by Moonbeam13
My awesome grandparents :heart:

:bulletgreen: What is your favourite type of art to create?


I'll always have a soft spot for photography but to be honest, I haven't played with a camera in some time.  I've been experimenting with fibre arts and culinary arts more recently.  The art of cooking is certainly my passion right now.

Eyeball Pasta with Bone Biscuits by Moonbeam13

:bulletgreen: If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?


I would love to be able to pick up a paint brush and create a masterpiece.

Kings of War by RalphHorsley

:bulletgreen: What was your first favourite?

Moonbeam, Tis the Hour... by vixelyn
Fun Fact: vixelyn is the one that led me to DeviantArt.


:bulletgreen: What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

I think you can see by looking through my favorites that my tastes vary depending on a variety of things. I may lean toward digital art one day and be enamoured with photography the next. I love an appreciate all forms of art :)

:bulletgreen: Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

This is an impossible question, I've been here so long and love so many :) Easily Artgerm , gilad , Davenit , arcipello and melocopter would be on that list but it grows every day and trying to mention everyone is going to make for a super long journal! 

Wonder Gal by Artgerm

:bulletgreen: If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

I have had the distinct privilege to meet many deviants during my time at DeviantArt and it's always been an amazing experience.  That aside, I would love to meet all of the volunteers I haven't met and give them real hugs for being so amazingly awesome. 

:bulletgreen: How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

superkev took the time to really teach me some photography fundamentals right in the beginning and I'll forever be thankful for that.

Flightness of Being by superkev

:bulletgreen: What are your preferred tools to create art?


A great imagination and some spare time.

:bulletgreen: What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

My kitchen E-mot is the real cooking mama 

:bulletgreen: What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

I have many but I think my favorite was the DeviantArt World Tour.  On May 8th, 2009 - Heidi and spyed departed on the first stop and the adventure began! What made is especially great for me is that I did the pre-planning for the meets. I spent my time talking to artists in the cities on the list, organizing devmeets and locations and generally getting jet lag without actually leaving my house.  I also spent time looking up odd laws about group gatherings because there's such a thing as 'too devious'. Also, one of the tour stops was Toronto and during that time, I played host to spyed and Heidi . You can read my recap of that stop of the tour here. I also have amazing memories of devmeets and Anime Expo and Comic Con and wowzas.. this community just rocks.


Happy Birthday DeviantArt! Birthday cake  icon :deviantart: happy DA B-day :3 




Now it's your turn


Re-post and answer these questions and share with us your questionnaire! Feel free to tag me in it so I can read it or comment below with a link! 

DeviantArtist Questionnaire  


  • How long have you been on DeviantArt?
  • What does your username mean?
  • Describe yourself in three words.
  • Are you left or right handed?
  • What was your first deviation?
  • What is your favourite type of art to create?
  • If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
  • What was your first favourite?
  • What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
  • Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
  • If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
  • How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
  • What are your preferred tools to create art?
  • What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
  • What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?



Skin by Dan Leveille

It's Party Time!

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 12:00 AM




Happy Birthday DeviantArt!! 15 years is a lot to celebrate and we are inviting you to party with us :party:



Below is a list of events hosted by Community Relations:



Contests


:bulletpink: DA's 15th Birthday Caption Contest! - Deadline August 7th, 11:59PM PT
:bulletpink: Birthday Baking Bash Competition! - Deadline August 11th, 11:59PM PT
:bulletpink: Retro Photomanip-Stock Contest - Deadline September 7th, 11:59PM PT


Chat Events


All events will take place in the #CommunityRelations chatroom

  • 4am PT: Muro Draw Challenge hosted by AmputeeWrecks
  • 10am PT: Speed Art Challenge hosted by Mrs-Durden 
  • 11am PT: PhotoHunt hosted by AshleyxBrooke
  • 12pm PT: Trivia Competition hosted by Mrs-Durden 
  • 1pm PT: Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament hosted by morbidman187 
  • 4pm PT: Muro Draw Challenge hosted by JenFruzz 
  • 5pm PT: Trivia Competition hosted by Mrs-Durden 
  • 6pm PT: Deviation Scavenger Hunt hosted by JenFruzz 
  • 7pm PT: Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament hosted by morbidman187 

DA's 15th Birthday: Chat/Forum Events! has more information so be sure to check it out!

Skin by Dan Leveille

Please join me in thanking Waluigi-Prower (Emoticons) and Brookette (Artisan Crafts) for their time and efforts as Community Volunteers :) 

Waluigi-Prower 

:memories: by Waluigi-ProwerThe Impossible Technicolor Staircase by Waluigi-ProwerCubular Snowflake by Waluigi-Prower



Brookette 

Neon Shawlette by Brookette


Pokeball and Pikachu by Brookette

Cinnamon Swirl Bread by Brookette

A million thank you's to you both! :heart:

Celebrating Deviousness - August 2015

Sat Aug 1, 2015, 12:00 AM
Img-00 by techgnotic


http://moonbeam13.deviantart.com/art/Celebrating-Deviousness-August-2015-550370142









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









Introducing DamaiMikaz






:icondamaimikaz:


“My name is Damaris, but most people know me as DamaiMikaz. I’m a self-taught artist from the Netherlands and I’ve been making art ever since I can remember. When I first came to DeviantArt I was pretty much dragged here by my friends, that all worked on original projects. Up until that time, I was primarily a writer and traditional artist. It was DeviantArt that sparked my interest for digital art, and it didn’t just spark my interest, but the community’s willingness to help out people really gave me a good start.


It’s remarkable how easy it is to connect to people on this website over things as simple as original projects and learning how to do art. Following other artists was what helped me to spark ideas and keep drawing.




The tutorials, groups, and helpful reactions on the forums guided me towards becoming a better artist. What I’ve always liked most about art, is how it brings people together. Doing art on your own can be quite lonely and challenging, improving together is a lot easier because it’s more fun.


Over time DeviantArt has become a second home to me. I’ve met amazing artists, got more support than I could’ve ever imagined, and made some of my best friends here. People cheered with me when I was happy and supported me during the darker times in life. Thanks for your support. It has been an amazing journey so far, and I hope we’ll even reach greater heights.”
















August 2015

Deviousness Award Winner







DamaiMikaz is one of the most inspiring artists you’ll find on DeviantArt. A long-time dedicated member of the community, her journals regularly provide insight into creating art, inspiration for art and life, and thought-provoking ideas that spark magnetic conversations. Her approach to digital art has kept her creating, growing, and improving throughout the years, and one glance into her gallery is enough to see the progress that she has made and continues to make.


It is with great pride that we name DamaiMikaz the recipient of the Deviousness Award for August 2015.










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I have known of DamaiMikaz for a long time … I don’t think there are many deviants who haven’t come across her insanely talented gallery at least once or twice. However, only recently was I able to get to know her better. She is one of the newest mentors at seniormentors but she has already become a valuable, enthusiastic asset to our team. She is open, friendly, and approachable. Her love of DeviantArt and the community within is impossible to miss and it has been inspiring to chat with her and get to know her better! I’m thrilled that she has now received Deviousness, for she truly represents the meaning of this accolade. Congratulations, Damai!”






I find DamaiMikaz to be a wonderful and inspirational voice towards this community! She has such great advice and willing spirit to motivate people here on dA! Her art is also super fabulous! Thank you, Damai for your support and inspiration!”






DamaiMikaz is a super-talented artist who loves the community and is extremely friendly and approachable. I congratulate you dear friend and wish you the best of the best - stay extraordinary.”









I’ve not met many people on DeviantArt who could just downright shock me with their ability to self-market and create a brand around their username within the community - DamaiMikaz is foremost in my mind when I think of people who have, though. She’s so naturally good at making herself known that it’s almost scary. She’s one of those people who are everywhere, sure, but also have wonderful and very recognizable artwork with a personality to match. And whatever she’s doing is working; her name is in everyone’s mind and she has a watcher base that’s literally as big as Samoa. Recently I’ve got to chat with her a bit more since she’s joined the team at seniormentors (she’s giving back to newer artists in the community because she’s just that awesome) and was delighted to find out she’s very nice and personable too. Congrats, Damaris! If anyone embodies the whole “authentically devious” aspect of this award it’s you, hands-down.”






She has said that she would rather be happy than rich or famous. And it seems she’s succeeding. There’s a very positive vibe that she gives off in everything she does. I originally started watching her when she became a senior member, without knowing much about her. It quickly became obvious how she got there. I love when people give back to the community. She does so much, from helpful articles to features to simply being positive. Her support of other artists is inspirational. This award is well deserved.”










DamaiMikaz is such a supportive deviant. She is so open to sharing her knowledge of the big stuff and the little stuff. I enjoy looking at her gallery, but I’m the kind of person who admires the resourcefulness of a person as well, and she’s got that in spades. Want to know how to get more page views? She’s written an article! Got an art-block hovering over you? She’s got you sorted. It’s as if she feels that all that super awesome knowledge in her head simply must be shared. That’s a special gem, make no mistake. Nothing good is good unless it’s shared so other people can learn and shine brightly as well.”






What can I say about DamaiMikaz ? Well she knows how to translate energy onto a digital canvas, whatever she creates, you cannot help but be in awe at the power of her mark making; not only that, but the symbolism she uses to drive a story forward in which we are forced to wonder … somehow like peering up at the stars, where we are left to imagine what else is out there.


Damaris is a humble and charismatic person and there is no doubt she deserves this Deviousness award, Congratulations!!”






I started watching DamaiMikaz over a year ago and I could witness an incredible progress in her artworks (which were great already!). Her gallery is the proof that dedication and hard work can lead you anywhere; on top of that, she’s a really humble person. She gets along with anybody and takes time to leave helpful and nice comments on other people’s deviations: she’s the glue that holds a big part of the community all together.”









Hey, this makes me quite happy! Damai is a huge influence on the site, for me personally she is a motivational symbol. Very straight to the point, logical and practical person. I see her mostly as a speaker, a voice which talks to many! She is that kind of deviant you want to stick around and read what she writes, see what she draws. I enjoy particularly thinking about the messages she presents in her work - thought technically not as developed, it always draws you near. For longer time I hoped she will be presented to wider public - more people should get to know her :) (Smile) So yes! It makes me happy! Thanks for giving me a chance to say something cool about her!”






DamaiMikaz is one of those deviants that brings to the table a unique, inspiring style to the art community. With an equally enthusiastic and positive personality to go with it, DamaiMikaz is truly one of a kind! Shine on DamaiMikaz!”






DamaiMikaz is super active in helping the deviant community with her journals, comments and welcoming every new member out there! She is a example for us all as she’s always kind and honest. It’s incredible how much time she has devoted to Deviantart. If anyone deserves this honorable award it’s her!”






DamaiMikaz is indeed a inspiration for the community, whom without skipping a beat cares about the opinions of others.”


Among few well known and famous people of this community she responds to comments and interact with fans.”
















Congratulations to DamaiMikaz!


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Thank You Erzsabet

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 11:26 AM


Tatted flowers by Erzsabet

Please join me in thanking Erzsabet for her time as a Community Volunteer.  During her term she helped to represent the Artisan Crafts community and moderated the chats and forums :) 




Grey Gown by Erzsabet

Tatted Mini Crown by Erzsabet

Tatted Four Leaf Clover by Erzsabet

Light Blue Tatted Chain Bracelet - For Sale! by Erzsabet



Thank  you Erzsabet :heart:


 

Skin by Dan Leveille

Thank you diphylla

Fri Jul 24, 2015, 11:25 AM


Long Way Home by diphylla


Please join me in thanking diphylla for her time as a Community Volunteer for the digital art community and a member of the Chat and Forum team.  Thank you!! :heart:



Freedom of Departure by diphylla

Dark Queen by diphylla

diphylla logo by diphylla

Contained by diphylla


 

Skin by Dan Leveille

Thank You TheCreativeJenn

Thu Jul 23, 2015, 12:22 PM


Inner Chaos by TheCreativeJenn



Please join me in thanking TheCreativeJenn for her time as a Community Volunteer. Her efforts with the Fan Art Community are very appreciated and I know she'll continue to be a friendly face as a Senior Member.


Among the Darkness by TheCreativeJenn

The Fragmented Self by TheCreativeJenn

... I Promise by TheCreativeJenn

'My Axe is Pleased to Hear That...' by TheCreativeJenn


Thank you TheCreativeJenn :heart:

Skin by Dan Leveille

Pimps and Whoas - July 22, 2015

Wed Jul 22, 2015, 12:49 PM


black and white by guimarconi


News from the Team


:bulletpurple: Celebrating Deviousness - July
:bulletpurple: DeviantArt Timeline Updates
:bulletpurple: Heroes of the Storm Contest Winners
:bulletpurple: Polls No Longer Require Owner's Vote
:bulletpurple: Thank You Pixel-Spotlight
:bulletpurple: Thank You justanothersomeone
:bulletpurple: Welcome Queen-Kitty


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 #121 - Circus - Deadline July 31, 2015
:bulletpink: (Australia and New Zealand Residents Only) Toshiba Seriously Japanese Contest - Deadline August 9, 2015
:bulletpink: Gear In Review - A Contest - Deadline August 22, 2015


Community Relations Projects



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

Currently - PE Promotional Week                                 Coming Up - Traditional Art

:bulletpink: Painting with a Limited Colour Palette
:bulletpink:  How to Achieve Smooth and Clean Lines
:bulletpink: Fast Processing Tips in Photojournalism
:bulletpink: What is Photojournalism
:bulletpink: Project Educate Newsletter

:star:View the whole schedule here:star:



Informative News & Events


:bulletblue: APN Photography News
:bulletblue: August Infrared
:bulletblue: Being the First is Not Important
:bulletblue: Digital Drawings and Paintings
:bulletblue: Dutch DevMeet August 8
:bulletblue: July 2015 Literature News
:bulletblue: Mental Health
:bulletblue: Monday Discussions - Art and Injuries
:bulletblue: On the Merits of DeviantArt
:bulletblue: Photography Newsletter
:bulletblue: Vexelove Divided Collab July 2015
:bulletblue: A Writer's Arsenal Contest
:bulletblue: Project Portfolio



Features & Interviews


:bulletred: AI Vol 14 Maquenda
:bulletred: An Interview with Tanikel
:bulletred: APN Adventure Vol 24
:bulletred: Awesome Stock Vol 3
:bulletred: Browsing by Newest v23
:bulletred: Color Street Photography 1 Helen Levitt
:bulletred: DA love for everyone
:bulletred: Feature 61
:bulletred: Fella's ArtFest July 2015
:bulletred: Five on Friday 1 - SkyAndNatureClub
:bulletred: Inspiring Writers and Artists Vol 6
:bulletred: Light Hunters Feature 118
:bulletred: Love DA lit Issue 212
:bulletred: Macro Spotlight Vol 173
:bulletred: Prime Cuts Interview with Ravensaura
:bulletred: ProjectPorkchop Vol 456
:bulletred: Senior Selections 58
:bulletred: Spotlighting Commenters 67
:bulletred: Stocker of the Beaten Path 8 MyladyTane
:bulletred: The Ladies of Lit Volume LVI
:bulletred: Traditional Trove 71
:bulletred: Tutorial Showcase 17
:bulletred: Underappreciated Beauty
:bulletred: The Next Big Thing 4
:bulletred: Rethink Pink
:bulletred: Sublime Photography 5
:bulletred: Fav Feature vol 34


Commissions


:bulletpink: Commission info for managodess
:bulletpink: Commission info for mangapym
:bulletpink: Commission info for anijelli
:bulletpink: Commission info for angelcrusher
:bulletpink: Commission info for apomix
:bulletpink: Commission info for alakasnow16
:bulletpink: Commission info for moonsongwolf
:bulletpink: Commission info for saviroosje
:bulletpink: Commission info for xkoday
:bulletpink: Commission info for bpavlica
:bulletpink: Commission info for roemesquita
:bulletpink: Commission info for masterplanner
:bulletpink: Commission info for zeurel
:bulletpink: Commission info for whianem
:bulletpink: Commission info for xxsparklepuffxx
:bulletpink: Commission info for noaqh
:bulletpink: Commission info for gi-ace


Whoas - Theme: Black and White



John Frusciante by UszatyArbuz

Miss Caswell by Miss-Bo

Jessica 14 by itsajackal

Fox 16 by SpawlPhoto

Dominoes Black and White Study by houstonryan

Black owl by Anna655

black..white by XxHayleyXx3

Blank Space by ffnana

GLAMOUR by George-B-Art

Week 29 - Majestic Matterhorn by serel

Trafalgar  Sq. by pavboq



Poverty by sharpiemaster

Black and White by BogdanBoev

Hatter's Tea Party by LKBurke29



On the balcony by CephalonLethea

The Sacred Waterfall Of Alexandrio by JeremyArts



King by George-B-Art



Catching Shadows by TrentenCunningham


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:note: To contribute to the next issue of "Pimps & Whoas" please include it in the comments below with the appropriate links and information.  If promoting groups, please include a description so people know why they should check it out! Also use devtags not icontags eg:communityrelations not :iconcommunityrelations:

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


Next issue to be posted August 19 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Balloons.

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!

Skin by Dan Leveille

Please join me in thanking justanothersomeone for his time and efforts during his term as a Community Volunteer watching over Abstract and Surreal photography :)

Globalization by justanothersomeone

Sacrifice by justanothersomeone

Kafka, why won't you sleep? by justanothersomeone

Coagulation by justanothersomeone



Thank you justanothersomeone :heart:

Welcome Queen-Kitty

Wed Jul 8, 2015, 1:10 PM


Bibliophile by Queen-Kitty



Please join me in welcoming Queen-Kitty to the Community Volunteer team :) She joins our photography team and will be representing Fashion Photography :excited:  

Take a moment and go say hello!

Rusted Reflections by Queen-Kitty

Fruit Punch by Queen-Kitty

Follow Me Out to Sea by Queen-Kitty

Beta by Queen-Kitty



The Dream That's Still in My Head by Queen-Kitty

Cherry Pop by Queen-Kitty

Skin by Dan Leveille

Luminous Veil

Mon Jul 6, 2015, 8:53 AM


Untitled by Moonbeam13



On Saturday evening, Rob, my mom, and I headed to a Pan Am celebration that would include the official lighting of an art installation he helped to work on.  Let me start at the beginning :)  Rob is an Industrial Electrician and the art installation involved LED lighting of the Bloor Viaduct or Prince Edward Bridge in Toronto.  

The bridge has an ominous past.  It was opened in 1918 and by 2003 was the site of close to 500 suicides ranking it as the second most fatal standing structure in North America, after the Golden Gate Bridge. The city decided to put suicide prevention measures in place and architect Derek Revington came up with the plans for the Luminous Veil.  While the construction of the barrier was completed in 2003, due to budget concerns, the lighting was never completed.  Cue present day!  With Toronto hosting the Pan Am games -- and more efficient lighting technology -- funding was made available to complete the Veil and Rob was part of the team that helped to bring it to life.


Untitled by Moonbeam13



The lighting consists of 35,000 LED lights with a possible 16 million colour combinations.  Each foot of the lighting has the ability to be separately controlled but the real beauty, in my opinion, is the weather station.  The lighting changes based on the temperature and wind movement resulting in an always changing wave of colour.  



This is the largest and most expensive 'art project' in North America and there was a lot of grumbling about how the money could be better used, however, not only has this project brought literal light to the bridge -- it has sparked conversation about mental health support in Toronto and that can only be a good thing. You can read more about the details of the project here.





And from below:



 

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Thank You Pixel-Spotlight

Fri Jul 3, 2015, 11:43 AM


Sunbreak by Pixel-Spotlight

Please join me in thanking Pixel-Spotlight for her time as a Community Volunteer for the photography community. Merry spent her time shining a bright light on the fashion photography community and sharing her experience in an effort to help others. She has always been a positive and inspring force and while we will miss her presence on the team, I know she's going to continue to be a role-model in the community and I look forward to seeing what she does next.

Thank you Pixel-Spotlight :heart:

Stylenoir Utopia Cover by Pixel-Spotlight

Georgia Rose by Pixel-Spotlight 
Mimi by Pixel-Spotlight

Menswear Mafia by Pixel-Spotlight

Victims of a Misguided Truth by Pixel-Spotlight  Victims of a Misguided Truth by Pixel-Spotlight

Skin by Dan Leveille

Celebrating Deviousness - July 2015

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 12:00 AM
Img-00 by marioluevanos












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









Introducing DestinyBlue






:icondestinyblue:


“It's probably a true to say I would not be a professional artist were it not for DeviantArt. When I joined the site 11 years ago I didn't want to be an artist, I just wanted to draw; I never imagined this place would help carve my career in art. But then I never expected a lot of what happened to me to happen. My early works were filled with fantasy, but art grew to be more than just a creative outlet for me, it grew to be an emotional one. As times got darker so did my work, drawing gave me a channel to explore and express my feelings, and through DeviantArt, I could connect, and it's been these personal connections, to thousands of people, often thousands of miles away, which have been most important to me.




Recently I opened up about my struggles with mental health, and the community has been unbelievably supportive. I consider DeviantArt my home on the internet, and the only reason a place is a home and not a house is because of family. It's the family here who I treasure, the people who I laugh with, share with, and who are always there to lend support when needed.


It's touching to think that the site which has nurtured me so much, considers I've given something back to it in return. Without DeviantArt I could draw, but with DeviantArt I could become an Artist. So thank you, for the award, and everything.


Peace, Love and Crowns.”
















July 2015

Deviousness Award Winner







DestinyBlue is one of DeviantArt's most recognized and beloved artists. She is a long-term deviant who regularly pours her heart and soul into the community, and spends much of her time each day leaving thoughtful, helpful comments for other artists on their work. In addition to the kindness and energy she puts forth into the community, her art is instantly recognizable, covering a variety of themes that any viewer can appreciate and connect with. It is our pleasure to name DestinyBlue the recepient of the Deviousness Award for July 2015.










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DestinyBlue can be described as nothing less than extraordinary. Her art is astounding, but even more astounding is the flawless depth of its meaning. She extends her heart to people who have experienced all degrees of hardship, and expresses their strenuosity in a way that can be understood by those who haven’t. Incredibly, Blue is a master of both language and art. She’s an iridescent guide and inspiration to artists and non-artists alike.However, more than all of this Blue is a person, a real and approachable person.


For those who have met her at conventions, you will know that your love for her art was reinforced by the smile she greeted you with. Her love and support for her fans is undeniable, and for this Blue is more than deserving of this Deviousness Award.






DestinyBlue brings a sense of magic and surrealism to her work but at the same time it's both very beautiful and emotional. With many of DestinyBlue's works you can definitely feel a relation to the emotions depicted in the work.






DestinyBlue is an amazing artist and inspiration, her attitude towards her fans and the community has always been outstandingly positive and welcoming. Her glowing artwork has always captured many emotions from dealing with self-image to loving the beauty in the world which reaches out and speaks to so many, including myself; one her latest pieces for example "depression" she speaks out about her own battles and struggles which I believe connects her even more to her fans and audience on such a personal and emotional level. It is without a doubt how deserving she is of this honor.









DestinyBlue has been one of the most wonderful people I've had the pleasure to meet via the internet and then magically in real life. (Good old London comic con!) :Aww: Her history is so inspiring and the fact she's been open to the public about her past struggles is so amazing. She's told us how struggling in life can lead to great things and you really can achieve your dreams if you work hard an believe in yourself. :Star: To say DestinyBlue's art is good... would be an understatement. Her art is SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOSIOUS. :dummy: Her drawings are just superb, her colouring is beautiful and the messages within each piece of art is just wonderful. :heart: Some of her drawings really touched my heart. She knows just how to portray feelings into her art which makes her gallery so much fun to view. I believe she deserves all the love on DA because she really is such a lovely girl. :Hug: I wish her nothing but the best in life and hope to see her again in the future to purchase more of her wonderful art!






DestinyBlue is a long time deviant with a tremendous influence in the digital art community! Her distinctly beautiful painting style and emotionally relatable works have earned her tens of thousands of fans and her passion for working with people has made her a role model for her fellow artists. She definitely deserves the recognition!





DestinyBlue has a very distinctive style of art. One look at her artwork and you know it's hers. The colors are beautiful, soft and it is just simply beautiful.










DestinyBlue is definitely someone who deserves this Deviousness award, a truly wonderful artist with a heart of gold. She really brings people together on DeviantArt with her thought provoking and heartfelt art that speaks volumes where words fail. A long time member of DeviantArt she inspires and lifts many artists both online and at conventions with her enthusiasm and dedication, including myself!






Ohhh my goodness! DestinyBlue is one of those artists whose work installs directly into your heart! Her use of colors and light are her signature, but also the emotions she makes the viewers feel from the very first second we look at her pieces of amazing artworks. She is absolutely inspiring, and I admire her profoundly for sharing her heart with all of us, since the stories her works show are all about her, about her struggles, about her beautiful heart! She’s beloved around here! She gives a lot to the whole community through not only the inspirational artworks, but also through all her conventions! She gives opportunities to other people, and that is AMAZING of her! Her sweet disposition makes her unique, a one-of-a-kind human being!!! And I couldn’t be happier to see her getting this Award!!! Congratulations my sweet dear DestinyBlue, you SO deserve this!






DestinyBlue is one of those unique people that can convey a very strong message without even using words. The art she makes isn't only stunning on a technical level, but every single one of her artworks carries a strong underlying message. She isn't just a person that makes art, she expresses herself in it. She shows the courage to not only talk about the beautiful things in life, but also about the darker and more confusing stuff that happens to all of us when we are busy figuring life out. Many of her artworks evoke discussions, in which she gladly takes part. To me, her artworks embody a shining light of hope.









I have been hooked on DestinyBlue's gallery for a long while now. It has been a treat seeing her progression over the past several years. Each piece of art she turns out still amazes me. Her emotional concepts and use of vibrant colors and light are her signature style, and it makes her work easily recognizable. Each of her works tell a story. She goes above and beyond for her fans. She attends a lot of conventions around the world to touch base with so many people and to spread the love of art. Blue is an easily approachable person and an all-around sweetheart.






I really love DestinyBlue's artwork a lot; loads of colors and a unique style that's stands out. I've watched her for a long time, and I still love the artworks she's made. Congrats to her!






Not only is Miss Blue's artwork stunning and poignant, but she is also one of the most lovely people I have ever met. I met her at my first convention, and since then every time I have met her not only has she been lovely to me, but every single one of her fans. She has time for everyone, she listens to their stories and always has time for the people she sees.

She draws from the heart and her artwork — its colours, its themes and its messages — encapsulates her own feelings, while also making something that speaks deeply to her audience. She builds a feeling of unity and understanding with her audience; that someone else knows what they are going through, creating stunning artwork while giving those feelings a physical form for people to identify with.
















Congratulations to DestinyBlue!


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Pimps and Whoas - June 29, 2015

Mon Jun 29, 2015, 1:53 PM


coffee. by karolaks


News from the Team


:bulletpurple: Celebrating Deviousness - June 2015
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Collaborative Discussion
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Deviousness 2.0
:bulletpurple: Site Update: New Thumbnail Grid
:bulletpurple: How do you find other deviants?
:bulletpurple: Welcome tiganusi and hosagu
:bulletpurple: Watch Notifications and Mobile Updates
:bulletpurple: Top Community Feature Requests and Our Responses


depthRADIUS



:bulletorange: Collection: Ships Of Voyages Of Destiny
:bulletorange: Movie Review: Porco Rosso
:bulletorange: The Resurrection of Mara Jade
:bulletorange: Why is Winter Coming?
:bulletorange: Achievement Unlocked: Equality

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


Official Contests


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

:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge #120 - One Big Mistake - Deadline June 30, 2015
:bulletpink: (Australia and New Zealand Residents Only) Toshiba Seriously Japanese Contest - Deadline August 9, 2015


Community Relations Projects



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

Currently - Street Photography               Coming Up - Photojournalism

:bulletpink: Photojournalism - Questions for the Experts
:bulletpink: Digital Art Week July 13-19th

:star:View the whole schedule here:star:



Informative News & Events


:bulletblue: Challenges Around DeviantArt
:bulletblue: Chats and Forums Newsletter
:bulletblue: DA How To: General Etiquette
:bulletblue: Digital Hacks 3: Add Copyright Information in Ps
:bulletblue: Literature News
:bulletblue: Artisancraft's News and Weekly Gallery Highlight
:bulletblue: Photographers: Your Terms and Conditions
:bulletblue: Poetry Rejection by the Numbers
:bulletblue: Senior Mentors Quarterly Update - June 2015
:bulletblue: The CVs on DDs - A Group Interview
:bulletblue: Art Critiques: Sometimes It's Best to Say No
:bulletblue: Steampunk My Page Contest

Features & Interviews


:bulletred: Collage'd Best of Tutorials
:bulletred: A Lonely Tribe
:bulletred: APN Adventures Vol 22
:bulletred: Are You Super?
:bulletred: Artisan Crafts 2
:bulletred: Browsing By Newest v22
:bulletred: Fabulous Photomanipulations
:bulletred: Fan Art Friday: Young Justice
:bulletred: HiddenSparks Vol X: meuphrosyne
:bulletred: I Like Your Face - Issue 28
:bulletred: Illustrating Westeros ASOIAF - Artists Speak XIV
:bulletred: Love DA Lit Issue 211
:bulletred: Macro Spotlight Vol 171
:bulletred: ProjectPorkchop Vol 449
:bulletred: Spotlighting Commenters 64
:bulletred: The Ladies of Lit Volume LV
:bulletred: The Treasure Chest Ed 9
:bulletred: This Week in CSS
:bulletred: Wonderful Water
:bulletred: Deviously Poetic 9
:bulletred: Manga Monday Features 2
:bulletred: What's in the Undiscovered Section 9

Commissions


:bulletpink: Commission info for saviroosje
:bulletpink: Commission info for yanguchitzure
:bulletpink: Commission info for Tudalia
:bulletpink: Commission info for firefox2171
:bulletpink: Commission info for rydi1689
:bulletpink: Commission info for ilantiis
:bulletpink: Commission info for madjesters1
:bulletpink: Commission info for roemesquita
:bulletpink: Commission info for jademere
:bulletpink: Commission info for saniika
:bulletpink: Commission info for bpavlica
:bulletpink: Commission info for Astarsia
:bulletpink: Commission info for Destron23
:bulletpink: Commission info for thiefoworld


Whoas - Theme: Coffee



Slush by JillAuville

Coffee in Asgard by JamesBousema

coffee by faust-sayuri

Coffee Girl by Coolgraphic

coffee by Katari01

Gandalf and Radagast in coffee by Adnaurian

coffee romantica by lightdrafter

coffee sun by Avaril


Current Mood in Gloomy Day by LzCassiopeia

Good morning by FiorOf



. coffee . by Countess-Grotesque

Aztec Coffee by screwbald

Coffee 404 by thanshuhai



Cup with coffee beans by gabiano












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:note: To contribute to the next issue of "Pimps & Whoas" please include it in the comments below with the appropriate links and information.  If promoting groups, please include a description so people know why they should check it out! Also use devtags not icontags eg:communityrelations not :iconcommunityrelations:

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


Next issue to be posted July 22nd and the theme for the "Whoas" is Black and White.

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!

Skin by Dan Leveille

Miracle Cures

Mon Jun 22, 2015, 6:56 AM


Olive Oil by FallOut99

This weekend started off relatively uneventful with Rob and his dad going golfing Friday morning while I was busy working away.  In the late afternoon however, Rob sat on the couch and I guess something didn't agree with that position because he got a sharp pain in his back.  Figuring it was a muscle strain he asked me to massage it :eyes: and once I touched the spot on his back, he literally hit the ground.

Now, I would be lying if I said I wasn't worried, I mean here's my beast of a husband lying face down on the floor unable to really turn around -- he was turtled. However, I would also be lying if I said I wasn't in hysterics. Those of you that know us will know that this is normal for our relationship. Regardless! We got him flipped over and after a few home assessments, came to the conclusion that he had put his back out.

As we've been down this road before, we weren't too worried, I just headed out to pick up the supplies of muscle relaxers, ointments etc and returned home with my bounty of remedies.

Weekends are usually a chore time for me, and this one wasn't that different save for a family dinner at our place on Saturday.  By this time, Rob had realized that the zero-gravity chair on our patio was exactly what he needed to be sitting in and that's where he was for most of the day.  Once everyone left, we moved it into our living room :P.  Who said patio furniture was only for the outdoors? We like to challenge societal norms -- we're devious like that ;)  

Come Sunday, it was time for me to get the grocery shopping done so I got up, took a shower, put on my deodorant, dried my hair, got dressed and walked into my office where I proceeded to make my list.

Then it happened.

First it was a cooling sensation, and I thought 'I'm not used to my deodorant feeling so.. cool?' and then it quickly escalated to burning - excessive, excruciating, burning - emanating from my armpits.

I ran into the bathroom and discovered the culprit -  Rob's 'Stop Pain' roll-on was suspiciously near my actual deodorant.  I had done this to myself and I wanted to die.

I'd like to say I played it cool (pun intended) but I did not, I screamed and then I laughed and then it was a laughing scream and then I ran into my office and started Googling the most ridiculous strings of search words to find a cure to what felt like burning flesh eating disease.

Google of course has answers and some of them were obviously ridiculous but one stuck out as being plausible, and at this point I was seeing stars because of the pain.  I ran into the kitchen yanked the golden cure from the cupboard and began madly dousing my armpits.

Now, if you've never witnessed a grown woman insanely applying olive oil to her armpits, you haven't lived.  Rob was standing on the other side of the island saying helpful things like 'It's a good thing you're pretty' and I was too wrapped up in the quest for pain relief to throw anything at him.

I'm happy to report that olive oil did indeed make it stop, almost immediately.  So, if you ever find yourself in a situation where something that shouldn't be on those sensitive spots, ends up there anyways? I've taken one for the team and now you know the cure.

So, my dear friends, some questions for you!

1. Have you ever done something silly? If you're willing to share it, I'd love to hear it!
2. Do you have any wacky home remedies? 
3. What did YOU do this weekend?

Skin by Dan Leveille

The Deviousness Award 2.0

Wed Jun 17, 2015, 5:02 PM
Where Subscriber's Money REALLY Goes by priteeboy
Artists Creditpriteeboy

T he Deviousness Award, bestowed in recognition of exemplary membership and an outstanding spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community, has recently undergone a reevaluation to provide a focus and a re-definition as to just what Deviousness truly represents.

The award is given once per month to honor a deviant who has gone above and beyond in their services to the DeviantArt Community. The 189 recipients of the Award thus far have brought something to the community that was not there before their presence, and it's our duty — and honor — to publicly recognize their efforts in doing so.

Early on, Deviousness was given more than once per month to a deviant whose involvement in the community merited recognition. However, starting in 2004, the award officially became a once-monthly accolade, given to a deviant who excelled in community involvement and engagement. Sometimes professional artists, sometimes hobbyists or art appreciators, these deviants all share one thing in common — a kindred and exceptional passion for the DeviantArt community and an inspiring commitment that truly exceeds expectations.

Artists CreditMadH

W hen selecting Deviousness Award recipients in the future, we will be focusing on recognizing deviants who best exemplify “Authentic Citizenship” in the DeviantArt community.

An “Authentic Citizen” in the DeviantArt community is one who brings community members together, be it over shared interests or art medium, or by providing resources for others to use and reference. These deviants can be outstanding artists in their medium of choice, or they can be art appreciators who provide palpable love and support to their fellow deviants. Highly active in the community, all Authentic Citizens are deviants who strive to be the best they can, providing invaluable mentorship and paving lifelong relationships in the process.

Each Deviousness Award recipient has contributed to the community in a way unlike anyone before them, but some of the common ways past winners have excelled include regular positive contributions to groups, projects, and community events, consistent positive commentary and/or constructive feedback to individuals, and actively engaging with their fellow deviant in meaningful ways.

The sorts of invaluable resources such individuals selflessly bring to DeviantArt include answering all manner of questions asked by curious deviants; being a role model for comment etiquette; establishing a friendly and inviting identity in the chat rooms; assisting deviants in personalizing their profile pages; being a champion and advocate for new and unknown artists; directing deviants to tutorials to improve their craft; being available for thoughtful reviewing of artists’ portfolios; knowing who in the DeviantArt network to put deviants in contact with for specific problems or needed advice. This is far from an exhaustive list of ways Deviousness winners impact our community. In fact, thinking of new and creative ways to serve other deviants is possibly the consummate definition of Authentic Citizenship.

The spirit Deviousness Award recipients have reflects the brand pillars outlined in Our Story.

What these deviants do is

— they reach into our community to create and empower projects and ideas that haven’t been done before, oftentimes that haven't yet been dreamed of.

Artists CreditMarcSimonetti

They are a

force that draws other community members in, gets them involved, and keeps everyone feeling like they belong.

Artists CreditDetkef

They're

spirits, connecting with people on multiple levels.

Artists CreditThreepwoody

They’re

to create and do more, and to uplift others to do the same.

Artists CreditCestica

Each month's Deviousness Award recipient is selected by a small committee of DeviantArt staff who are constantly monitoring the community for deviants who go out of their way to bring good to DeviantArt. While each recipient is selected for specific, individual reasons, there are basic traits they all have in common. Recipients are highly active in the community, offering guidance or advice or even just a helping hand to people they interact with. Some are recognized professionals in their field; all are recognized members of their respective sub-communities on DeviantArt. Every Deviousness Award recipient has worked to help others strive to be their best, and has bettered the community and themselves in doing so.

A potential future showcase of
Deviousness Award winners

Winners of the Deviousness Award embody the life-energy that fuels DeviantArt at its core, and without them, DeviantArt wouldn't feel like the welcoming home it is for so many.

We want to elevate the prominence of Deviousness Award recipients in our overall site design, so they are properly recognized for their efforts. The award is not only about the current month's recipient, but is also about previous recipients, and the importance of the time and efforts they've dedicated to DeviantArt's community. For all of these reasons, we're looking to better showcase and acknowledge deviants who show excellence in lasting ways.

Whether they set out to change the world or just feeding the insatiable muse within, artists at their very cores create something that leaves the world a little better than it was, changing lives around them for the better with every world they create. Their passion, support, and inspiration cultivate a greater community and a healthier, happier global artspace for all to share.

Deviousness Award winners represent every artist and art enthusiast on this hallowed journey of creation, and it's truly an honor to bestow this award on those who have poured so much of themselves into the community they helped cultivate and nurture.

Jeremy Vickery:

I've enjoyed drawing as far back as I can remember, but as a child I never thought I could have a career in the arts. It was through encouragement from friends and family (my community) that I decided to pursue art as a career. And even after art school I did not stop learning, in fact it was just the beginning. I've now worked in the animation industry for more than 17 years, most recently as an artist at Pixar Animation Studios, and I still have so much to learn from all of my awesome artist friends. Years ago, when DeviantArt was still a new thing, a good friend pushed me to make an account.

I was resistant, but finally made one, and I'm so glad I did. It's not only helped me as an artist to find professional connections (many freelance clients came from my DA account), but I've made so many amazing friends, some of which I've even met in person. The community is what keeps me inspired to create more.”

Artist Creditjermilex
Artist Creditjermilex
Artist Creditjermilex

Eric Proctor:

Art has always been an undeniable urge that has affected every part of my life. Drawing, creating, and admiring artwork has influenced my interests and goals ever since childhood. As a kid, my heroes were conceptual artists for games and movies, and a great deal of my free time was spent studying and emulating their work. Pursuing art in college, my educators may have given me the tools to improve my work, but it was my peers and community that influenced my style.

So much of my motivation to create is woven into the artistic community. I draw my inspiration from other artists, my style changes as I study the work of my peers, and the support of the community fuels my drive.”

Artist CreditTsaoShin
Artist CreditTsaoShin
Artist CreditTsaoShin

Jonathan Castillo:

Art has always been part of my life as far back as I can remember. My mom still keeps some drawings from when I was around 4. Art has taught me to see things from a wider perspective, to have an open mind and consider several points of view. I believe that as artists we have that extra sensitivity to see things differently, and that's what allows us to be creative.

This is something I've learned to put in use in all aspects of my life, on a professional and personal level. Creativity can (and should) be used not only for drawing, painting or taking photographs, but for virtually everything, from making your bed in the morning, to doing whatever you do at work.”

Artist CreditThiefoworld
Artist CreditThiefoworld
Artist CreditThiefoworld

Andy Fairhurst:

I've always been an artist, but I have only seen my artwork start to shape my life in the last 10 years, since I started using the internet as a tool to share my work on a wider scale, and to learn more than I could ever imagine. It was always only a hobby, but through the likes of DeviantArt, I have developed and improved my artwork AND means of marketing myself, and now I am a self employed freelance artist. It's been a slow but steady and enjoyable journey.

Artist CreditAndyFairhurst
Artist CreditAndyFairhurst
Artist CreditAndyFairhurst



Thank You !!

Wed Jun 17, 2015, 1:57 PM


Rainbow cake ... by aoao2


Every year I'm always amazed by the crazy outpouring of love when my birthday rolls around and this year was no different.  In the last few days I've celebrated some awesome milestones - my 10 year working anniversary with DeviantArt, my 6 year wedding anniversary and finally my birthday.

Thank you for all of the wonderful birthday wishes! You make a girl feel very loved :heart:

Now we dance  Dork Dance 2 Rave Project-entry :la: Banana Dance 






Skin by Dan Leveille

Welcome tiganusi and hosagu

Fri Jun 12, 2015, 10:20 AM


Celebrate by bittykate

Please join me in welcoming two new faces to the Community Volunteer team, tiganusi and hosagu!


tiganusi - General Photography 

Psychopsis, En Vogue by tiganusi Psychopsis in Monochrome, In Colour by tiganusiIn Flight by tiganusi

hosagu - Street Photography

When light pops up from a smile by hosagu Bedouine Hurghada - Egypt by hosagu Oh honey, it was not a bad shot! by hosagu


Take a moment and go say hello!

Skin by Dan Leveille

Thank You!

Mon Jun 1, 2015, 12:45 PM


Thank you! by Silverfox5213

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



TehAngelsCry (Wallpaper)

Avalon Nebula by TehAngelsCry



Ethereal Dreams by TehAngelsCry

Dandy Dandelion by TehAngelsCry


puddlefisher (Comics and Cartoons)

Yakoozie Kid by puddlefisher

Isaac by Failureson

Flurry The Bear-The Rising Tide by Tonywash

Thank you TehAngelsCry and puddlefisher, we appreciate you <3



Skin by Dan Leveille