The purpose of Artist Relations is to strengthen the community spirit as well as network with fellow artists so that we may bring outside opportunities to you, and help you to hone your skills. The Gallery Directors are the first people you should go to regarding your galleries. They are the people you need to make gallery suggestions to, and ask questions about your specific genre, or seek knowledge from.They also act as your lifeline to the administration. They are here to support and listen, and I can tell you we've got incredibly talented, devoted and passionate people on this team, so get to know them!
Thursday was our own superkev
's birthday so make sure you show him some love
The winners of the Megadeth contest will be announced next week!
Contests, contests, contests! and with new alliances with various companies for these contests, cooler prizes! So keep your eyes open and get involved.
Restructuring is coming up for the Stock Art gallery, so be patient through the rennovations.
The Art of Threes
resolution is almost ready, please pay attention for upcoming announcements.
Thanks to the hard work of IT, gallery directors and an especially spectactular bout of insomnia on my part the last couple of weeks, the miscategorizations in the report desk ( that were backed up to over a year) are now caught up to the last 5 weeks. It's not perfect yet but we're getting a handle on it, organization will be ours! If you like to submit news ..........
Well firstly, yay! we like you but we need you to honor the following a list of absolutely-do-nots for news articles...
- no CSS style sheets
- h1 to h6
- anything with an id attribute (div id blah blah etc)
- do not center your header graphic as it messes with the ad that needs to run on the right hand side. [DISCLAIMER: This is not the appropriate place to list how much you hate the ads because frankly it keeps the little hamsters that run the servers running their squeaky wheels and I'm not in a position to argue with you about it, I'm simply passing on information that you need, thank you!]
Visit our chatroom at #artistrelations
, and take the opportunity to speak directly with the gallery directors and core staff in real time! Help show your support by sporting our stamp
The Key System
As you can see at the very bottom there is now a Key System. The way this will work is simple. If you have a specific inquiry or suggestion for a specific department, begin your comment with the appropriate Key Code, that way we can search the page and compile them and address them. Neat, huh?
One thing people frequently ask is "How much manipulation is too much for the photography gallery?" Usually, we use film as a guideline. If the manipulation is something you couldn't do in a traditional darkroom, or with traditional photography techniques, it's too much.
That means you can use your image editing software to do burning, dodging, tinting, color corrections, contrast, brightness, cloning out blemishes, levels and curves adjustments to simulate what can be done in a darkroom. Simulating double exposures, and stitching images together to form a panorama is fine too. There are obviously more things you can do in Photoshop that are indetectable, and these are acceptable too.
The bottom line is that the end result should look like a photo. If your work extends beyond these "typical" photo edits, it probably belongs in one of the Digital Art -> Photomanipulation categories.
Gallery Highlights: pinkieGirls on the RoadThe RockLa mer s'egoutteone spot
The artistic nude gallery continues to be flooded with new deviations. Some are poor, some are average, some are good but most
excitingly some are absolutely stunning! We have had two weeks of some excellent male and female nude submissions.
The great thing about this is that we have seen more very high quality male artistic nudes than we seem to have had in the past. This has provided a bit more equality in an often female model dominated gallery. There are two examples of these in the photo links below by two of our best artistic nude photographers on dA who work primarily with male models - holdmycoat
Gallery Highlights:WARNING: CONTAINS MATURE CONTENTunmercifulBeauty SlaveryEasy
Exciting News The first phase of the new Stock Images category is happening even as I type this.
The former People, Men and Women categories have disappeared and will be included under the new Models Section.
Please bear with us as we undergo re-construction. The plan will be to give stock artist a month or so to move their art to
the new categories and then move everything else left over to scraps
The new gallery structure is about stock that is useable, high resolution (600 x 600) and easy to find.
We plan to put the ART back in Stock
The Pin Up
gallery is now alive and kicking. t is located in the "People & Portraits" category of photography and this is for your retro styled pinup shots. They really should reflect that aesthetic of wartime like the old Varga girls (with a new modern twist if you like). They should not be full nudes, lingerie is fine.
Think along the lines of artists like:Happy Valentine's Day Lovers
by earthtorachelVintage Pin-up
by cherierobertsText Art
After a long wait and a lot of work, I am happy to announce the Text Art gallery has gotten a face lift. First off, the name has been changed to Text Art instead of Textmode Art. Previously there was only the two galleries, ASCII and ANSI, so the mode in which text art is created was critical to the name. ASCII art is created using the 95 characters found on standard keyboards, and ANSI art is created using the extended ASCII characters which allow 8 different background colors and 16 foreground colors. Both these art forms are very specific in their applications, so Textmode made sense.
However, there is now a Typography gallery
added to the main Text gallery. Typography art is images created where the subject matter is text using a variety of typeface styles, word spacing, character spacing, and line lengths. Not confined by the tight restrictions of ANSI and ASCII, typography art can be arranged with color and graphical elements to help portray the image's theme. Because of it's broader
requirements, the main gallery was renamed to accommodate this new gallery so all the digital text art can be found under one umbrella.
Sometimes you find art that is hard to classify, so a Misc. Text
gallery was also created for images such as those. Any image where the text is the focus of the image, but it doesn't fall under either ANSI, ASCII, or Typography should be placed here. This will also give the medium room for future growth as artists push the envelopes with text art.
Visual Poetry is still in the Poetry galleries, down loadable fonts should still be posted to the Resources gallery, and logos should be placed in the Designs and Interface/Logo gallery. With new galleries, it will mean some text art will need to be moved. Sorry for the inconvenience, but it's a step in the right direction.
I'd like to thank diamondie
for the help with the gallery descriptions.Text Art examples:
ANSI: Closed Society BBS ANSI by Roy,
ASCII: Tribe of Evoke,
by edelyneFractal Art
There are some fractal artists that are concerned about gallery admin representation. Well, rest assured, I'm keeping an eye on the math art department. A fractal nut at heart, it's my first love and it won't be without a director. Stay tuned for another fractal feature next week that will help identify some characteristics of great fractal work, as well as showcase some of the best since the last feature.
Gallery Highlights:Love's Thin VeneerEvolutionVentilated....
Well, well... who would've foreseen the recent avalanche of great DesktopX and Blackbox themes? I'm glad to see that folks are warming up to apps other than Styler and Winamp. In fact, we've got a gargantuan contest lined up, that will promote just this. Other than that, I'm going to initiate smaller contests with themes, for various applications. I might get wacky myself, but I'd love some theme recommendations as well. Start your engines!
Gallery Highlights:blackboxpack NOOKAMulti Monitor Mayhem Competition!
Yes thats right folks, the wallpaper gallery is kicking off the 2006 season with a cracking multi monitor competition!
Winners will receive the following stunning prizes!
Top 10 get included in the official multimonitor pack!
1st Prize: 1 year subscription + print account
2nd Prize: 6 months subscription + print account
3rd Prize: 3 months subscription
(Note: Print accounts can only be awarded to deviants 18+)
The competition will be available from Monday 13th March and will run until 1st April.In other news...
Overall Copyright Violations are down throughout the gallery which is making my role a heck of a lot easier these days, so thanks muchly to all of you who are reading and understanding the submission agreement. Anime still remains a sore point in the gallery due to CVs so unless you want to see this section being removed by the CEA team, I strongly urge you not to submit anything that is in violation of our copyright guidelines. If you are unclear as to what you can or cannot post please see the following FAQs:FAQ #8: What does deviantART consider to be Art Theft?FAQ #306: I credited the original owner on my deviation- why did it get deleted by the staff?-black-eye-
's retro-gaming quilt project ended without a hitch and is up for your viewing pleasure
. Thanks to all those who participated (and who didn't
use copyrighted sprites!). It was an absolute blast and we'll be sure to have another project shortly.
Next on my agenda is the long-overdue and long-talked-about creatage of a separate section for doll-based pieces. Hopefully this will ease confusions with where to place dolls that do not use traditional pixel art methods.
I hope you're all well, Im pretty good myself - settling in nicely now but don't think Im spending all my day playing in the Games subcategory, oh no, far from it.
Since I last gave you an update Ive been building up my little Flash FAQ
up and helping to get a few things added to the official site FAQ.
For all those getting confused about how to upload a Flash Animation, this one is for you:FAQ #615: How do I submit a Flash animation to deviantART?
And for those who're still unsure about how deviantART stands with music in Flash this one's for you:FAQ #614: What are the rules for the use of music and sound effects in a Flash animation?
Speaking of which, I'm spending a lot of time dealing with various music copyright infringements allover the Flash gallery. I seemed have surprised a fair few people because many didn't realise there was actually an admin assigned to the gallery.
But all joking aside for a second, Im very active around the galleries and forums so if you submit something that violates policy, i will find it.
That's about all for now, but soon Ill be announcing some things I've got up my sleeve for all you Flash addicts out there.
In the meantime check my journal for mini updates.
Gallery Highlights:Bored Aliens Short 01Final Movie - Forgive Me
It's good to see the somewhat newly-imposed gallery structure for the 3D gallery has been received with open arms, as all news submissions are being put into the new structure, which has dramatically decreased the amount of miscategorizations on the user's part. You can still keep moving your old deviations into the new system as well, if you haven't done so already. Also, keep your eyes peeled for a contest that's in the works, that should be up and ready for you to participate in sometime soon. Other than that, keep on doing what you're doing, and feel free to keep suggesting DD's for the gallery as well. I do read every note, even if I don't have the time to reply to them all. Your suggestions are all really helpful.
As I outlined in my first update, one of my missions as the new Resources GD is to organize the galleries. Tutorials is first on my "makeover" list and is my current focus. I'm working on a new structure, I want to empty the miscellaneous sections to get all those tutorials cleaned up and easy to find; Expect many new sub-categories.
I'm always open to suggestions and any input you may have. If you have any ideas for categories you'd like to see added I encourage you to send me a note.
As I've been sorting through I have noticed people still upload tutorials using copyrighted images, signature tutorials seem to be the biggest problem. Even if you credit the original artist it is still considered a violation and will be taken down. Over the past couple of weeks I've had people reupload deviations that have been given a violation. If your tutorial is taken down please do NOT
reupload it before removing//replacing the copyrighted material. If you are unsure why your deviation has been removed either contact me or the helpdesk.
The list below contains a few things that are against policy that I find on a daily basis. So, if any of your deviations have one or more of the following, I'd appreciate if you can fix it ASAP. It will save us a lot of hassle. :]
- Celebrity photos
- Game images [this includes "renders"]
- Game sprites
- Anime//comic//Cartoon images
- Movie//Television show images
We also have a few contests coming up; Fun Fun stuff! I can't say much more because it's a secret! But keep an eye out for them.
I need some DD suggestions! So send them over! :]Daily Deviation Guidelines
suggest your own artwork
-Only suggest things from the Resources gallery
-It has to have less than 50 favourites. I want to give non-popular
artists a chance to get some time in the spotlight
-It must not contain anything that is copyrighted!
[movie/celeb/game/cartoon images, for example]
-Send me a note and put "DD suggestions" in the subject line. Include a
description of why you think it deserves to get a Daily Deviation
If you have questions drop me a line
Workshops. That's the discussion right now. To be or not to be, as it were. Currently, there is some debate and discussion ongoing about the creation and maintenance of new workshopping threads in our forums
, something that has been practiced before and may be tried again. Stay tuned in for more information about this.
Our short short story competition is coming to a close. Expect results in the next Literature Gallery Update
this weekend. Also,keep watch this weekend for a chat with Literature GD imperfect
. Sunday, 6PM (EST) #PoetryPlease
. She will be answering any and all questions about her, the lit community, and any other random inquiry that you may have. This does not include, however, where you left your socks or if you'll get that raise this year. Be there for this once in a lifetime opportunity!
As well, our own front page
is still abuzz with news from around the globe. Make sure to keep clicking and keep up to date.
Gallery Highlight:Drugged On Flowers
Thanks for reading this update. We look forward to reading your feedback and to answering your comments and suggestions in our next update.
To direct your comments towards the right gallery director, optionally prefix your comments with the following acronyms:
|AR:||for Artist Relations|
|AN:||for Photography > Artistic Nudes|
|FP:||for Photography > Fetish|
|SP:||for Stock Photos|
|DA:||for Digital Art|
|3D:||for Digital Art -> 3 Dimensional Art|
|AA:||for Digital Art > Anthro|
|DF:||for Digital Art > Digital Fantasy|
|PM:||for Digital Art -> Photomanipulation|
|PA:||for Digital Art > Pixel Art|
|AC:||for Artisan Crafts|
|COM:||for Comics and Cartooons|
|DI:||for Designs & Interfaces|
|ST:||for Skins & Themes|
|TA:||for Traditional Art|
|VP:||for Visualization Presets|
|FR:||for Fractal Art|