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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


spirits, connecting with people on multiple levels.

Artists CreditThreepwoody


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

Celebrating Deviousness - June 2015

Mon Jun 1, 2015, 11:47 AM
Img-00 by marioluevanos

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

Introducing TheGalleryOfEve


Hello! I’m Eve, mostly known as TheGalleryOfEve. I’m a self-taught artist born and raised in Argentina, currently living in sunny Florida, USA. I’ve always been inclined towards the Art world, my family has been a role model for me in many aspects, especially in the Art arena (my Grandpa was a Traditional painter, my Mom loves music, she plays the piano and sings, and my Grandma used to create some of the most beautiful handcrafts I’ve ever seen!) So when I discovered the wonders of Digital Art, back in 2007, I knew right there what I would be doing for the rest of my life.

As you can imagine, self-teaching techniques and concepts takes hours and hours of looking through all kinds of tutorials, that’s how I came across with DeviantArt, my now “Home Away From Home”, a place I cannot live without!

It’s been a beautiful journey, one that has filled my life! I’ve come to meet some of the most wonderful friends I could ever ask for, and every day is such a pleasure to interact with them, to see what they do, to get absolutely inspired by them, and to see their progress, to showcase them and to share my little creations with them! This community has taught me that despite our geography, ethnicity, race, gender, culture or any other differences we could have, we all live under the same sky, and here is where we come together as “Friends in the World of Art.”

Art is my passion, and so is my sweet DeviantArt!

May 2015

Deviousness Award Winner

If you're looking for a powerhouse of positivity in the DeviantArt community, look no further than TheGalleryOfEve. Eve's kindness, charm, and abundance of positive energy has been a beacon in the community for several years, and the good nature that she brings with her everywhere she goes is infectious. From leaving motivational comments for others, to featuring artists in the community who help one another out, Eve's dedication to making the DeviantArt community a better place has made her a shining star. We're proud to name TheGalleryOfEve as the Deviousness Award recipient for June 2015.

Showing Some Love

Community Quotes

Eve is not a star of DeviantArt but a jar; a jar of creamy Nutella on a lazy Sunday morning. Love The love and positivity she spreads throughout the community in her own ways are simply exceptional and never fail to leave a sweet taste in our mouths. I have no doubt in my heart that this crazy yet lovely lady deserves to shine in the spotlight for her selfless distribution to the community just as much as she lets her fellow deviants shine in her own light.

I met Eve a few years ago and when I checked her profile my first thought was "what a lovely person, how does she find time to do all this?". Over time we became friends - I cannot express properly what an amazing person she really is. You think she's awesome even if you don't know her? Imagine that awesomeness times 10 and you'll get close to what she's actually like. Eve pours her soul and passion in everything she does, from group work to personal and community projects and she's always there for anyone who needs advice or just a hug. Are you having a bad day? Talk to her, it's guaranteed that she'll bring a smile on your face. Eve is the kindest and loveliest person i know and i am honored to be able to call her my friend. Congratulations my darling, i am so happy for you! Tight Hug

TheGalleryOfEve is one of the nicest people I know. She is sweet and compassionate; a true angel! She’s like a tiny overactive bird, full of emotions and emoticons, happy for you, sad for you, always around when you need a little bird song to comfort you. She inspired me so much and she still does! Eve is a gift for the DeviantArt community. Her contribution is so much more than features and group activities. She spreads love and happiness! She truly deserves the Deviousness Award for deviating from the norm with her out-of-this-world kindness. I wish her all the delicious jars of Nutella she dreams of. Eve, I am so happy to know you! You showed me flowers and sunshine where I only saw darkness! Thank you!

I am so very excited to see my dear friend Eve get the recognition she deserves for her years of dedication to the DA community! She is, without a doubt, one of the kindest most genuine souls I have ever met both online and real life. Eve is always positive and upbeat and never has a negative word to say about anyone. She is also involved with many wonderful groups aimed at promoting positivity and spreading happiness and good vibes throughout the community. Whether you need feedback on a project, contributors for a contest, a wish granted at dAWishingWell, or you just need a good laugh to start the day right...Eve is there! Oh, and of course her commenting style is one in a million...I mean, seriously, how can you read one of her comments and not smile?...It's impossible! Congratulations my fellow sister in deviousness! This is one award that is VERY well deserved!

A kind and compassionate deviant, TheGalleryOfEve is constantly involved in the community. She regularly features other deviants and conducts interviews~ She seems to always be on the look out for things the community should know about.

TheGalleryOfEve is one of those deviants who puts themselves above and beyond for the community and does so with the best, most positive attitude! Not only is TheGalleryOfEve an excellent member of deviantart, she's such a sweet person and always makes you smile!

I am most honored and humbled to write for our dear TheGalleryOfEve. It is kind of difficult not to give an award such as this to her. It is comparable to giving Albert Einstein an award within the world of Science, it just makes sense! :) When I first came to DeviantArt, Eve was one of the first people I came into contact with. TheGalleryOfEve is truly a wonderful person, through and through. There isn’t a thing that she would not do for anyone here on dA. The kindheartedness, warm-spirited personality comes to mind when thinking about how much she donates to so many others and their artwork. All the features with the time, work, and effort put into them are amazing. The interviews she conducts for her team, and the smaller peeps like myself that she coaches is nothing short of great also, considering how much time she must spend reading all of her notes, comments, and concerns. I learned from her guidance and her support how to not only improve on my own art, but supporting and critiquing others’ art as well. Eve, we love you dearly, and dA would most certainly not be the same without you!

In my opinion TheGalleryOfEve deserves the Deviousness Award very well. She is a kind and unterstanding person and has already received other rewards as well, like "Heartist", "Angel without wings", "Shining Stars of DeviantArt", "Senior member" and "Selfless Award". At any time she answers comments and is ready to give them as well. Artists are well supported by her features, she does on a regular basis and her suggestions also. She is always open for something new and ready to reply on any questions people might have. Her art is unique and manifold in styles from writing to traditional to digital to photography - so she knows what she is talking about when helping others. TheGalleryOfEve is one of DeviantArt's good souls.

Eve is an amazing person and you can find her everywhere on the site, sharing, promoting and commenting on your art (or your journals). She's a lovely supporter to people she knows and people she might not know so well. When you talk to her a couple of minutes you'll see what a beautiful personality she has and you'll want to talk to her again and again. Next to that she has a really bright, colorful and very bubbly gallery, just like she is! Congrats, Eve! You so very much deserve this!

TheGalleryOfEve is an inspiration. From the moment I met her some years ago, I've been inspired by her positivity, her ideas and her genuine drive to help others and promote Art. She constantly promotes others through her Angels Without Wings series and totally deserves that same recognition and more to be shown to herself.

Eve is an absolute delight in all areas of DeviantArt. She is always filled with joy and support, in fact I don't think I've ever seen her frustrated or mad at anything...ever! She is such an important part of the community because of the happiness and love she spreads, and her constant desire to give everything she has to everyone she comes across. I know I can always count on her to join in on fun projects, and I am very happy to see her receive a much deserved award for her hard work and time here on DeviantArt.

Eve represents to me the little miracles of everyday life. A message from her always makes you smile, she brings happiness all the time.  Her enthusiasm and dedication exudes from any of her artwork, notes, actions, support, help, and kindness. Eve is consistent and true and she has a fabulous sense of humour. She is one of those deviants I'd like to meet in real life, if only to give her a hug for helping me stop smoking after 17 years! TheGalleryOfEve helps to spread the core values of the site, by being a fabulous mentor to new and younger deviants and being a supporter for those of us that have been here for a while. I'm truly happy she is being recognized for what and who she is through this Deviousness Award. If there could be the title of the "Devious Diva 'til Hell freezes over": then she would deserve that too.

I met Eve several months ago as part of dAWishingWell, and that in itself should speak to her incredible character. She was happy to donate her time and energy to creating an environment of giving and promoting community. She's one of the most supportive people I've met, freely offering her advice, effort, time, support, and even just an emote hug when you need it so you know someone out there cares about you. (Though you might not think so if you looked at the "Tag" emote she created! ;) ) She really is a wonderful deviant and an outstanding member of the community, an embodiment of the positive aspects of DA that is my sincere pleasure to say I have had the opportunity to know.

Congratulations to TheGalleryOfEve!

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Pimps and Whoas - May 29, 2015

Fri May 29, 2015, 10:52 AM

korea pro baseball team by mulecans

News from the Team

:bulletpurple: Introducing the Timeline of DeviantArt
:bulletpurple: Beginnings of Site Simplification
:bulletpurple: Cleaning-up Site Naming
:bulletpurple: Welcome JenFruzz
:bulletpurple: Welcome Liliwrites and TheMaidenInBlack
:bulletpurple: Celebrating Deviousness - May 2015


:bulletorange: Collection: Storage Areas or Twilight Zones
:bulletorange: Tomasz Opasinski: So You Wanna Be In Pictures
:bulletorange: Collection: Celestial Illustions

: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

Official Contests

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

:bulletpink: AnthroChallenge #119 - In the Kitchen - Deadline May 31, 2015
:bulletpink: Heroes of the Storm - Ultimate Fan Art Contest - Deadline June 23, 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!

Currently - Photo Manipulation               Coming Up - Community Week

:bulletpink: Photo Manipulation Tutorial Feature
:bulletpink: The Struggles of Photo Manipulation
:bulletpink: Photo Manipulating and Stock Images
:bulletpink: Freelancing as a Photo Manipulator

:star:View the whole schedule here:star:

Informative News & Events

:bulletblue: A Brief History of the Animation Age Ghetto
:bulletblue: Beginning Your Professional Artistic Journey
:bulletblue: Bits and Bobs
:bulletblue: Community Voices Vol 1 - Daily Deviations
:bulletblue: Infrared Photography - The Gallery is Here
:bulletblue: Literature News
:bulletblue: Mary Ellen Mark - Documenting Lives
:bulletblue: ArtisanCraft: News and Weekly Gallery Highlight
:bulletblue: Pep Talk: Artistic Skills and Non-Art Jobs
:bulletblue: Teach Me Senpai vol 6. - Journal Skins
:bulletblue: The Deity Prose Contest
:bulletblue: The History of the User Interface
:bulletblue: The Olden Days
:bulletblue: The Yard Needs You
:bulletblue: The EmoticonGallery - April Summary
:bulletblue: Representation of Sacred Traditions in Stock

Features & Interviews

:bulletred: APN Adventures Vol 18
:bulletred: Behind The Screens - Interview with Igreeny
:bulletred: Browsing By Newest v21
:bulletred: DA Love For Everyone
:bulletred: Darkroom Feature 5
:bulletred: Digitalism v25
:bulletred: DigitalSpotlight Feature 7
:bulletred: Fashion Makes the World Go Round XI
:bulletred: I Like Your Face Issue 25
:bulletred: Illustrating Westeros ASOIAF Artist Speak XII
:bulletred: Macro Spotlight Vol 166
:bulletred: Photography Interviews: Photojournalism
:bulletred: Pixel Art Feature
:bulletred: Project Porkchop Vol 440
:bulletred: SeniorSelections 52
:bulletred: Small Worlds Part 42
:bulletred: Traditional Trove 65
:bulletred: Vibrant Colors Feature V
:bulletred: Voyage to the Unknown: Master Journal


:bulletpink: Commission info for simonnex
:bulletpink: Commission info for coffee--pot
:bulletpink: Commission info for uladat
:bulletpink: Commission info for nintendrawer
:bulletpink: Commission info for roemesquita
:bulletpink: Commission info for Stelari
:bulletpink: Commission info for fooray
:bulletpink: Commission info for aghorishaivite
:bulletpink: Commission info for getanimated
:bulletpink: Commission info for andehpinkard

Whoas - Theme: Baseball

Baseball by Saccstry

Baseball by Avimator

Snow's Home Run by stupidyou3

Street Baseball by BautistaNY

Day 127 Swingin by Blackn-Yellow

baseball by GingerOpal

Baseball Squid by MegLyman


Baseball Robot by nkabuto

Baseball by Trippy4U
No Crying In Baseball by stevegoad


: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 June 29 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Coffee.

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!

Skin by Dan Leveille

Welcome JenFruzz

Thu May 28, 2015, 10:04 AM

Illuminate by JenFruzz

Please join me in welcoming JenFruzz to the Community Volunteer team, She will be helping to represent the Animals, Plants and Nature community. Take a minute and say hi!

Sweet Honey by JenFruzz

Cotton Candy by JenFruzz

Bug's Life by JenFruzz

Fury Skies by JenFruzz

Skin by Dan Leveille


Mon May 25, 2015, 11:56 AM

Welcome by Syntetyc

Please join me in welcoming LiliWrites and TheMaidenInBlack to the Community Volunteer team! Both of these ladies will be helping to represent the literature community.  Take a minute and go say hello :wave:



Skin by Dan Leveille

Thank You User2006

Mon May 11, 2015, 1:17 PM

On the Beach by UseR2006

Please join me in thanking UseR2006 for his time and efforts during his time as a member of the Community Volunteer team.

Two Sides by UseR2006

Tinted Vision by UseR2006

Looking Down From Above by UseR2006

Hailing Death by UseR2006

Dirty Glasses by UseR2006

Thank you UseR2006! We appreciate you :heart:

Skin by Dan Leveille

Pimps and Whoas - May 7, 2015

Thu May 7, 2015, 6:32 PM

Fire by todd587

News from the Team

:bulletpurple: Site Update: Bug Fixes, Creation
:bulletpurple: Updated API


:bulletorange: A Guide to Good Looking Fire Breathers
:bulletorange: Collection: Airstreams
:bulletorange: Collection: The Nintendo Generations
:bulletorange: The Dead Zone
:bulletorange: Daredevil: Man Without Fear
:bulletorange: Creator owned Comics
:bulletorange: Taurus - Beautiful Bons Vivants

: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

Official Contests

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

:bulletpink: AnthroChallenge #119 - In the Kitchen

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!

- Community Week              Coming Up - Art History

:bulletpink: Artwork in the Fashion industry
:bulletpink: Art in the Professions: We Need Your Help
:bulletpink: 10 Steps for Making a Good Tutorial
:bulletpink: George's Traditional Art Tools
:bulletpink: Getting Your Art Seen: Placement
:bulletpink: Incidental use: Exhibiting your art at work
:bulletpink: Six tools for Product Photography
:bulletpink: The Videogame Industry: An Interview
:bulletpink: Tools for Making a Pattern
:bulletpink: Vectors in the Professional World

:star:View the whole schedule here:star:

Informative News & Events

:bulletblue: Beginnings and ends
:bulletblue: Comparing Yourself with Others is Suicide
:bulletblue: CRFractals Monthly Challenge May 2015
:bulletblue: Devnews News You Can Use
:bulletblue: Finding the Forums
:bulletblue: Promote your Forum and Chat news
:bulletblue: Literature News
:bulletblue: Toronto DevMeet info for May 16
:bulletblue: May: Hope survives
:bulletblue: Mentorship Project: Eighth Lesson
:bulletblue: Monday Discussions: Favorite Recipes
:bulletblue: DevMeet info for London on July 18
:bulletblue: TheEmoticonGallery - April Summary 2015
:bulletblue: Vexel Art

Features & Interviews

:bulletred: -404 Deviant Found Vol 61
:bulletred: 5 Deviants that deserve your attention Episode 2
:bulletred: Best in Photography Today - 30
:bulletred: DA love for Everyone - 120
:bulletred: Dark Fairytales Part 7
:bulletred: DigitalSpotlight Feature 6
:bulletred: Fashion Makes the World go Round X
:bulletred: Great Contemporary Artists on DeviantArt - April
:bulletred: Hidden Talents 34
:bulletred: Illustrating Westeros ASOIAF Artists Speak XI
:bulletred: In the Stock Light: Danika-Stock
:bulletred: Interview: Jill of All Trades - PolyMune
:bulletred: Love DA Lit Issue 204
:bulletred: Lush - Pinup and Glamour Features
:bulletred: Macro Spotlight Vol 164
:bulletred: Monday Pixel Madness 15
:bulletred: Photography Interviews: Other Photography
:bulletred: ProjectPorkchop Vol432
:bulletred: Senior Selections 49
:bulletred: SixWordStories Workshop 8 - Backward Progression
:bulletred: Sunday Through to Saturday Typography
:bulletred: The Ladies of Lit Volume LIV
:bulletred: Traditional Trove 63


:bulletpink: Commission info for stelari
:bulletpink: Commission info for bpavlica
:bulletpink: Commission info for eevachu

Whoas - Theme: Fire

Fire by tatasz

Hobbit - Fire and Water - Bard vs Smaug by caycowa

-Fire- by arvalis

Fire Ice by luisbc

Fire by allonkira

Fire: The Fire by Abz-J-Harding

FIRE by sererena

The Biscuit Fire by skorch0matik

the fire by flaviafou

Fire Breathing Dragon by sandara

The Fire by korbox

Fire Elemental by DrawingNightmare

Maiden of Fire by kunkka

Playing with Fire by fahsi

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Deviousness - May 2015

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

Introducing theCHAMBA


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

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

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

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

May 2015

Deviousness Award Winner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to theCHAMBA!

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Pimps and Whoas - April 16, 2015

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 4:38 PM

Donuts by SonjaS

News from Staff

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


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

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Official Contests

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:flagus: denotes US only contest

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

Coming Up - Art in the Professions

:star:View the whole schedule here:star:

Informative News & Events

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

Features & Interviews

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


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

Whoas - Theme: Donuts

Flirty Donut by To-Ka-Ro

Donuts Sandwich by theresahelmer

Donut hitch-hiking trip by gagatka27

Polymer Clay Handmade Donut Charms by MadeByTokiToki

Donut box by MichaelaKindlova

Sprinkley Donuts by DeadMoonDreams

Mustache Donut by nickv47

The Donut by Noukah

Donut Panic Comp by Capttylor34

Donut by Evilehope

Norfolk Donut Supply Company by stuntkid


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

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Pimps and Whoas - April 2, 2015

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 1:02 PM

Dinosaur by chvacher

Official DeviantArt News

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


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

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:flagus: :bulletpink: Insidious Chapter 3 Emoticon Contest - Deadline April 12, 2015
:bulletpink: AnthroChallenge #118 - Ball of String- Deadline April 30, 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!

Currently - Artists Tools Week          Coming Up - Community Week

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

:star:View the whole schedule here:star:

Informative News & Events

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

Features & Interviews

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


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


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

Whoas - Theme: Dinosaurs

Rawr means 'I love you' in dinosaur by kailali

Dinosaur rider. by BananaPistol

Dinosaur Army by RyomaNinja

Day 853# Dinosaur Nuggets by Cryptid-Creations

Perfectly generic dinosaur by Book-Rat

Dinosaur Dig Platter by ElysLullabye

Dinosaurs by shongrekAbout Dinosaurs by KirbyAustria

Cadillac and Dinosaurs by TheLengua

Cowboys and Dinosaurs by Phil-Crash-Murphy

Dinosaurs by WonderDookie

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


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

Skin by Dan Leveille

Celebrating Deviousness - April 2015

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

Introducing Anoya


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

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

April 2015

Deviousness Award Winner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to Anoya!

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Thank You Inknalcohol

Wed Mar 25, 2015, 1:01 PM

Moments by inknalcohol

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

Thank YOU, inknalcohol  :heart:

Skin by Dan Leveille

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

Ten Facts About Me:

1. My middle name is Nicole. 

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

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

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

11026698 808100085910440 838024700 N by Moonbeam13

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

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

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

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

8425259 Race 0.541924418858239.display by Moonbeam13

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

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

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

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

My belly button and my nose are both pierced.

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

Untitled by Moonbeam13

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

Questions from madizzlee 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8) Owl Post: Good idea or great idea?

9) Describe yourself in one word.

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

My Questions:

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

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

Pimps and Whoas - March 6, 2015

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 11:54 AM

Gold by ftourini

Official DeviantArt News

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


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

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Official Contests

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

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

Community Relations Projects

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

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

:star:View the whole schedule here:star:

Informative News & Events

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

Features & Interviews

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


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


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

Whoas - Theme: Gold

Little Bird by fathergoose77

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

Rays of gold by Nameda

Golden Black Lips by Ryo-Says-Meow

city of gold (charlotte nc) by digidreamgrafix

no early bird by KerstinS

The Dragon by Albegoyec

Golden Ages by Avine

Salome by Avine

Wishing Star Key by AzenaKira

Gold Feathers by Sugarplum-Tata

Happy Halloween! Guest-Starring Puck! by woohooligan

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

gold and black lace girls by chrischaaan

Untitled by Lizalainx3


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

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

Next issue to be posted April 2 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Dinosaurs.

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!

Skin by Dan Leveille

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

Giphy by Moonbeam13

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

y2jenn Bullet; Blue zilla774 

Now how about you?

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

Celebrating Deviousness - March 2015

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

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

Introducing Sserenita


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

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

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

March 2015

Deviousness Award Winner

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

Showing Some Love

Community Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to Sserenita!

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