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!
Mantras you may have heard about these documents in various journals of our glorious Gallery Directors. If you havent, then get on board and throw the GD for your gallery on watch and get your opinions out there. Help us define your galleries!
New contests are popping up all over the place and I know its hard to find them. To solve this, I have added a module to my journal
to ease your pain and frustration.
Please, please pleaaaaaaaaaaaaase stop sending me daily deviation suggestions. I dont select them and its causing an awful clutter in my inbox. Please check out <a href=help.deviantart.com/18/
for the proper people to send these too!
The Art of 3s is over and prizes are being distributed. If youre a winner please continue to be patient its almost over.
If you are currently working in the art industry Id love to hear about you and what you do. Please email a bio or other pertinent information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss an edition of the newsletter or want to find someone in Artist Relations? Check out My journal
where I store all of this information for your viewing pleasure.
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?
On the topic of new categories, we are occasionally asked to add technique-based categories like Macro or Film or Digital to the list. The reason we don't and won't do this is because the dA photography categories are subject-based. Having both subject and technique-based categories would create a lot of confusion, because it would multiply the number of categories into which a photo could fit.
Subject-based categories also tend to be broader and more enduring than technique-based ones. For example, the "Portraits" will be around forever, but "Ring Flash" may fall out of style eventually and not get used anymore. We don't want a profusion of obsolete categories confusing the already long submission process.
There are some "legacy" technique-based categories, like "Darkroom," but those are from the old days before we had a policy.
If you wish to add information about the techniques used in your photo, please add some keywords to your submission, or write something in the description. The ever-improving dA search function catalogues these things, and will make it easier to find your photo when people search for those terms.
There are lots of ways to get involved in the photography community on dA: commenting, submitting photos, chatting in dAmn, and of course, there is the photography forum. There's plenty of great conversations going on in there, and it's a good way to meet some people who really know what they're talking about. Some of my favorite threads right now:
Anyway, you get the picture. There are plenty more. Go check it out
.Closeup categories are coming back ...
I will add soon:
Animals, Plants & Nature -> Waterscapes -> Closeup
Animals, Plants & Nature -> Flowers & Plants -> Closeup
Animals, Plants & Nature -> Wild Animals -> Closeup
Animals, Plants & Nature -> Domesticated Animals -> Closeup
Additions & Suggestions & Complaints? Thanks for your input.
--------------------------------Animals, Plants & Nature photography mantra
I'm going to be compiling a document about what the Animals, Plants & Nature is about. What drives it's artists; What forms it has, and will continue to take on; What draws people to Animals, Plants & Nature photography; What it means to the artist; What it means to the viewer, and so on.
This document is intended to be written by the community, to represent the community: So I need your support and ideas
. Please visit this journal>
and let your ideas flow ...
[NOTE: You dont need to be an excellent writer, or a writer at all... just leave any ideas you have, and I'll end up writing the whole document. The document will be part of the category system in the future.]
For the best input -> 3x 3 months sub
- The dA Animals, Plants & Nature Photography Contest will start in the near future
- The 7 Deadly Sins Photography Contest
The number of Daily Deviation suggestions being sent my way seems to be
increasing which is great. A couple of things to keep in mind when
sending suggestions to me in particular are described below.
Please keep in mind that as the Artistic Nude photography Gallery
Director, if you send me a suggestion from a different art category it
is very unlikely to result in a Daily Deviation. Only occasionally do I
feature other photography categories so please remember to send your
suggestions to the right dA staff member. For photography, the relevant
staff are: hesitation
- Photography superkev
- Photography garrit
- Animals, Plants and Nature Photography serpentinekiss
- Fetish Photography scottb
- Nude Photography radioPooh
The other item that I wish to discuss is the method of sending me a
Daily Deviation suggestion. You will be more likely to have your
suggestion chosen as a Daily Deviation if you follow these simple things:
Send me a note with a link to both the deviation being
suggested and the deviant
Only send one suggestion at a time.
Notes with multiple suggestions will generally be ignored.
Try to suggest deviants who are not well known and could do
with the publicity.
Suggestions of popular deviants who have had one or more
past Daily Deviation are more likely to be ignored.
That does not mean that a popular deviants can never get a
Daily Deviation, just that it will only be occasionally, generally with
months in between.
Suggestions of deviants who have had a recent Daily
Deviation are likely to be ignored.
Suggestions of deviants who have had a Daily Deviation in
the previous 4 weeks will be ignored.
And lastly, but certainly not least important, please
include a short write-up to go with your Daily Deviation suggestion. If
you do this then your chances of it being chosen as a Daily Deviation
are much greater.
Getting DD suggestions for Stock Art is always appreciated and its nice to see Artist appreciating other Artist and calling attention to their works.
Special mention goes to auralis-stock BlackDove-stock ChaoticGoddess DelightfulStock Della-Stock eikoweb lucias-stock MonicaMarinho moonlitdreamer-stock oibyrd Rachastock
Who have on more than one occasion have dazzled me with their consistent good choices.
Please check out their galleries since they have proven already to have a good eye for Stock Art.
I want to use this opportunity to share some ongoing and upcoming events with you :
After the success of the first interview with `nebu, there is a new one in the making. The next featured artist you can read all about will be miskis.
Also if you have any suggestion on who you would like to see in upcoming interviews, please send me a note.
Brought to you by shyble-stock and textureific.
Wind, water, earth and fire are the four main elements to which our lives revolve around, here is your chance to create a photomanipulation with one of those elements as your main subject!!
For more information on how to participate, check this news article
As Only Time Can Tell
Where apples grow
...18-close to home
The Essence of a Butterfly
And as always... If you have any questions, suggestions, etc please feel free to contact me via note or e-mail.
Greetings. Having a general digital responsibility, a lot of suggestions get sent to me when people are passionate about making DA have a more diverse and friendly digital gallery. I take each suggestion and look into them, seeing if they are possible, how they can work, and making them merge with what is already there if the idea is going to be used. Below is a review of the new changes that I've been working on that are now part of the digital gallery.
There is now a pinup gallery in the paintings gallery. This gallery is for the type paintings of women (can be men too) that you would see in calendars of the 40's, or on a WWII bomber nose or tail. You can research "Varga art" for a visual representation of this type of art. The motivation behind this gallery is the Pinup gallery that is part of the Traditional art sections. This has long been a great style of art and there is no reason why people can't create it digitally.
A type of graffiti, this art is about creating an image prior to actually painting it by using cut out patterns, or stencils. In some places, it is illegal to paint graffiti so people have gotten around being arrested by making their templates, doing a quick painting, then ducking out leaving behind their art. It's all about creating a patterned image, or silhouette of what you are trying to get across. When this gallery was made, we learned the hard way that you can't add just one sub-gallery to another. When that happens, only the sub-gallery can have art posted to it. A fix for this problem was to make graffiti more diverse. I looked through the galleries and took notes to the styles and type of graffiti images that were posted previously. Three distinct forms stood out, Text, Characters, and Abstract. To add to Stencils, a specific graffiti gallery was made for
each of those individual styles.
Those are the big changes that I've been able to complete lately. Right now I am also working on ways to bring more spotlight to areas that normally get left in the dark. Ahead is a whole new collection of news features that will be showcasing a vast arrangement of art from across the digital galleries. If you are not checking the digital gallery main pages, you are missing a wealth of art and artists being featured.
Gallery Highlights:ClosedDetail-ButterflyTV- Messiah
Just a quick reminder to people about that lovely report button, heh. If you see a deviation in the Icons galleries (or indeed any other)
that you feel shouldn't be there then report it by clicking the 'Report Deviation as Policy Violation' button near the end of the page. People have said to me in the past that they don't want to get innocent users in trouble. I'm happy to say there are guidelines about how Policy Violations are dealt with, and we do make sure any action
that is taken is with good reason. In any case, a deviation in the wrong place very rarely results in any punishment for the deviant; people make mistakes, we just move things to the right place and everyone's happy
Otherwise, everything's fine and dandy in Icon land so not much to report. Any ideas for what you'd like to hear about then please tell me, otherwise I'll have to resort to making things up. Still got some nice featured deviations for you to check out though:
Gallery Highlights:always in my heart -fullview-:darkness
The 1st instalment of the 321 Skin Contest has gone pretty well, and I'm happy with the response. Congratulations to the winners zeolyte
. The 2nd instalment of this contest has also begun, so get into it already! Also, I'd love to see some more collaborations on skins, especially between graphic artists and coders. A few group activities are in the works, and with your help, maybe we could give the skinning scene a boost. Lets see some action, y'all!
The Trews Design Contest has closed and we're anxiously awaiting the final judgements from the band. There were a ton of entries, so this could take a while for them to judge thoroughly. Also, the contests for TripleSix Couture and Palm Pictures went extremely well. Let's keep it up.
Also, after going through roughly 20 DD suggestions, I found that only about 10 of them applied to the Designs & Interfaces gallery. I hate repeating myself, so please read this.
I only DD deviations from the Designs & Interfaces gallery. If you want to suggest a Traditional Art piece, or a 3D piece, or a photomanipulation or somebody's fan art, i'm not the person to come to with that suggestion. Once I see that it doesn't apply to my gallery, i'll just discard of it and it won't be put up. If you have suggestion like that and don't know who to send it to, though, feel free to use the list of my fellow gallery directors in my journal.
That's all! Go check out designerscouch
, and ArchiByte
in your free time.Your Chance To Make A Difference
I receive a lot of suggestions and comments back from the people in the wallpaper gallery. Sometimes I can act on those suggestions immediately, other times I can't, but it's all very constructive stuff that I get back from the community - you guys ROCK!
In light of this, I am offering everyone the chance to take more of an active role in the gallery!
Do you have a suggestion as to what you would like the gallery to include? Or do you have any competition ideas? Got a cool wallpaper project that you want to get people involved with? Basically it's an open forum for you to take part (it's always been an open forum, but people forget
With dAv5 just around the corner it seems like an excellent opportunity to revitalise and enhance the gallery. We are all really excited about what dAv5 will bring to the party and whilst some things are not going to change a whole heap, I am keen to get the party started right now in the Wallpaper Gallery.Make A Difference
The Doll Gallery Icon Contest is up and running. I already see some that have caught my eyes. Check the article
for all the rules, details and, of course, prizes! Remember: 29th of May
is the deadline for your entries.
Some people have asked whether it's OK to put a few icon's in a single deviation. This is absolutely fine! In fact, if you're doing something in the likes of different color combinations, I recommend you do have all the ver's in a single deviation rather than cluttering up the gallery.
Doll gallery itself is still being polished. Minor complications got in the way of getting it up before this AR Newsletter release, but you won't have to wait much longer!
Gallery Highlights:Le PrettyMarch of the Ham-headsSummon - OdinHabitat
Lets get right into it shall we?
Many thanks to the recent Daily Deviation suggestions I've received over the last few weeks some good ones, however some have been deviations that contain copyright music and for this reason i cannot DD them.
I'd like to remind you all that copywritten music is not
permitted within you Flash animations unless you have written permission. Crediting the artist won't cover it and it doesn't matter whether you're making money from it or not. So if you have copywritten music in your gallery please either remove the track(s) from your animation(s) or just remove the deviations. If you have any questions about this please note me
Speaking of animations; expect some potentially great animations in a
month's time as the Animator Idol Contest
has reached it's collaborations stage where each of the three teams (of four animators) will work together and no doubt create something very special.
And last but not least the Flash Character Contest
is going well so far I'm very pleased to say. I look forward to viewing all the entries
when the competition ends. If you havent entered you have mere minutes left!
Take care, have fun and til next time.
The "3D Makes Me..." contest has come to a close, with the winners announced here
. Please drop by the news article and wish the winners pleasant tidings. I'd like to send out a big thanks to everyone who participated, and made the contest as fun as it was. I'm always on the lookout for good ideas anyone may have for future contests, so if you have any ideas you'd like to see turn into a contest, please note me
with them. I'll be looking into setting up another contest sometime soon,
with any luck. And in a final note, about DD's again... please make sure those artists whom you're suggesting for DD's didn't already get a
DD within a couple days, or weeks of your suggestion, as we don't DD the same person so many times in a row. Other than that, keep on keeping on, thanks.
The Vector Art gallery continues to grow and lately we seem to have had an influx of new vector art and new vector artists, which is all good, quite a bit of which could go into an Anime category. I'm keeping an eye on this and if it's a continuing trend we will add one to go along with the new Fanart category that was added recently. If you feel your and your friends' work will contribute enough to justify an Anime category please feel free to Note me.Competition
Currently running is a competition run by Vector Brothers Unite (vbu
) Creative Self Portraits
, with prizes sponsored by Artist Relations, so if you're up for a challenge it's an ideal time to try your first vector. The submission period ends on the 22nd of this month so get your pen tool out.Daily Deviation guidelines
Do not suggest your own work.
Please, only send me pieces that are in Vector Art!
Try to suggest pieces that don't already have a lot of favourites - I like the idea of DDs being used to promote work for those who need the exposure.
When you send me your Note put "DD suggestions" or something like that in the subject line and include at least a few words about why
you think it deserves to be featured.
Keep 'em rolling in and if you have any questions, Note me.New features
I'm going to start a new project myself soon, featuring vector artists whose work I admire in my Journal. Many of your recommendations of DDs have brought to my attention deviants who have a consistent body of work in their gallery but have not really gotten the attention they deserve yet. In addition to some of these lesser-known artists I'll be featuring some of our best and brightest who, despite being popular already, deserve recognition for their outstanding achievements in the medium.
In case you missed them at the time do have a look at the monthly Mixed Bags: FebruaryMarchAprilMay
July's Mixed Bag will be the first to feature a single theme: vehicles. There is a lot of fine work in this category and it doesn't get the same exposure as people-themed vectors. August's theme will be animals, and in September, people.
Recently I've noticed that most [almost all] files which were uploaded in 2004 are gone. This includes tutorials, brushes, fonts, textures, etc. Unfortunately, all deviations with missing download files will be moved into scraps. Anyone who has any resources which were uploaded in 2004 please check to see if your download files are missing! If so, please resubmit the missing files. 'How do I resubmit missing files?' Well I am glad you asked
! I took the time to create a short tutorial to help you out. Click here to view tutorial
The 'From Trash to Treasure'
contest is up and running, I'd like to remind everyone to read the guidelines carefully before submitting work. We're off to a great start and good luck to everyone!
Also, zeruch oedalis
and myself are working on some great Art
History articles for you guys- look out for them soon!
Hallo from Artisan Crafts
! I havent got much of an update for you, save for please be sure to check out my FAQ
for info about anything Artisan Crafts related.
Also, please come visit me at
! I am usually there everyday and would love to chat with you about anything Artisan Crafts or deviantArt related!
Keep your eye out for the next Artisan Crafts Prints Artists feature!
Please keep those Daily Deviation suggestions coming! As you may have noticed, I only had one or two Daily Deviations up this whole month so far.
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|