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I will be in England untl June 10th.  Please expect a delay in any inquiries or issues sent during the time I am away and I will get back to you as soon as I can upon my return.



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:iconmoonbeam13: deviantART » Director of Artist Relations
Moonbeam13


Hello!


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!

:bulletred: Read about the  Estop photography exhibition update <a href=news.deviantart.com/article/20…>here

:bulletred: When sending an inquiry to the helpdesk or via email about a particular image you wish to get rights to use pleeeeeeeeeease send the link to the image.  The chances that I’m going to know what you’re talking about out of 20 million deviations is slim to none.

:bulletred: I get notes and emails daily asking how to get noticed or to become a gallery director.  The answer to both is relatively the same, get involved in your communities.  Talk to the current gallery directors to find out how you can help contribute as a member of deviantART.  This is how you will get noticed and it is there that I will look t fill gallery director positions.

:bulletred: If you want to be considered for outside work, please set up an email address that you can display on your userpage.  I receive permission requests daily from the outside world and if your email address is not made public I have to try and contact you myself or try to forward their request to you.  Several times I’ve had these bounce back as the email addresses no longer work.  These are missed opportunities for you so get to love gmail 

:bulletred: There will be new gallery directors joining our ranks shortly I look forward to announcing them :party:

:bulletred: New contests are popping up all over the place and I know it’s hard to find them.  To solve this, I have added  a module to my journal to ease your pain and frustration.

:bulletred: Please, please pleaaaaaaaaaaaaase stop sending me daily deviation suggestions.  I don’t select them and it’s causing an awful clutter in my inbox.  Please check out <a href=help.deviantart.com/18/> FAQ:18 for the proper people to send these too!

:bulletred: If you are currently working in the art or movie industry I’d love to hear about you and what you do.  Please email a bio or other pertinent information to moonbeam13@deviantart.com

:bulletred: 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.
                                  
:bulletred: 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 artsitrelations by zilla774

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?



I will be out of the country from June 3rd until June 10th, so expect a delay in response but I will get back to you upon my return


:iconsuperkev: deviantART » Photography
superkev


We're considering a big change to the main photography categories. The change would eliminate the distinction between commercial, photojournalism and art photography, and just put everything under the photography banner.

The change would recognize that just because something is photojournalistic or commercial, doesn't mean that it can't be artistic as well. As a photographer who sometimes sells his artistic pieces as commercial, and tries to make his commercial photography artistic, this makes a lot of sense to me. On the other hand, some people like to make the distinction between these major types of photography. What do you think? Please weigh in with this poll.

Also, as you might have read earlier, we're putting together a "mantra" document to guide the photography gallery of deviantART. Have a look at this journal and make your contribution to the future of photography on dA.


:iconserpentinekiss: deviantART » Photography » Fetish Photography
serpentinekiss


The latest interview in our series with Fetish and Glamour photographers and models, is our very own kentsoul and you can read this informative article here More than the usual mundane questions you see in interviews with photographers, we dig a little deeper to get an intimate glimpse at how he ticks, his love affair (hell, obsession) with vintage cameras, his passion for his craft and some useful advice for up and coming erotic photographers. Well worth a read.

Gallery Highlights:
She asked for it by Aaron-Hawks
untitled by johnnyflamethrower
mistress fur by Akashaqueen
hoods by steeneeweenee


:iconradiopooh: deviantART » Stock Photos
radioPooh


Art that is Stock

It’s not uncommon to see well meant statements after I post a good Stock Art picture as a Daily Deviation

Such as:

Wow, this is really beautiful. This is more than just a stock

How could you possibly use this as a stock photo?? It’s so beautiful on its own!!

This is beyond a stock pic, it should be framed and hung on the wall as an art photo!! Congrats on the DD!!

I love this pic it shouldn't be a stock...

.........................

Which is meant to make the Stock Artist feel great about their posted Stock Art

But I assure you they already know what they are posting is good ART and also realize they could have posted in one of the many other great categories on deviantART with equal success but have made the decision to post in Stock because they want to give to the community and see how their Art is used

Stock Art is not a less than category .. It’s not meant as a dump for scraps, unwanted pictures, family and friends snapshots or 1000 webcam pictures of your self in your bathroom making faces in the mirror ..

It is the place for good ART that is at least 600 x 600 and contains a usable image that has value –

..............

I’m going to start leaving a comment on the other DD’s that says

This is a GREAT Piece of ART – It should be Stock



  :iconnighty: deviantART » Digital Art » Photomanipulation
nighty


C A T E G O R I E S

Recently I got many suggestions for new photomanip categories that people would like to be added. So before the next category update it would be great to get some more feedback from you guys on this topic:


At the moment the categories are as follow:

# Abstract
# Animals
#Conceptual
# Dark
#Emotional
# Fantasy
#Humourous
#Landscapes & Scenery
# Macabre &Horror
#Miscellaneous
# People
#Political
# Pop Art
# Sci-Fi
# Surreal


So what do you think:
- Are you happy with the categories at the moment ?
- What could be improved ?




C O N T E S T S

For all contest lovers: there are lots of contests running at the moment in photomanip land.
Here's a short list with contests :

:bulletred: 36 contest by lockstock
Closes June 13th


:bulletred: Demons and Wonders by Eireen
Closes June 30th


:bulletred: Surreal competition by AttempteStock
Closes June 20th


:bulletred: Fantasy Contest by anaRasha
Closes June 30th



:bulletred: Myths/Legends/Fairytales by cookiekitty-stock
Closes June 15th


:bulletred: Darklight by pyerflystock
Closes June 28th



G A L L E R Y  H I G H L I G H T S

I Believe by LadyTitia
Butterflies by inta
Rose Red by Foxfires
The other Side of Darkness by miss69
Beautifully Human by DWilsonArtCreations


:iconaeires: deviantART » Digital Art
Aeires


Fractal

The One Fractal Summer contest is up and running.  If you want to take part of the first official DeviantArt fractal contest, you have till the end of this month to create your entry piece.  If there are any questions, please send me a note so I can help you clarify any concerns you might have.


Misc.

The Miscellaneous gallery is a great source of digital goodness when it comes to talented artwork.  By definition, this gallery is for art that doesn't exactly fall under the other digital galleries definitions properly.  The sub-galleries of this section are very similar to the other digital sections but they are not meant to be a duplicate of any other digital gallery.  A good rule of thumb is art placed in this main area should be of a mixed media creation process.  For example, an artist does a pure render using a 3 dimensional program but does a large dose of post work on the image by using brushing and painting techniques.  The end result is an image that is a byproduct of two distinct art mediums so it doesn't properly fit into either the 3D or the Painting gallery.  This is were the Misc gallery comes into play, offering the artist a perfect place to submit difficult to classify artwork.

The Misc gallery is not a place to submit art to that clearly fits into
one of the other main digital galleries.  For example, a photograph that has been clearly manipulated using the traditional photomanip techniques should not be posted to this gallery, it belongs in the Photomanipulation gallery.  Photographs that have only brightness adjustments are another example of a piece of art that should not be posted to the Misc gallery.  I think it's a human element to think of this section as a dumping ground when the word "misc" is mentioned.  In reality, some of the best art created by the most talented people are
found within the Misc galleries.  I propose we start to view this section as a Mixed Media gallery and take pride in these sub-galleries just as much as we do with our other digital galleries.  If you have any questions or concerns about this, drop me a note and we can discuss this friendly about how to make this the great gallery it deserves to be.


Gallery Highlights:

Stormbringer
Crystalline
Necrowarrior F


:iconabhimanyughoshal: deviantART » Skins & Themes
abhimanyughoshal


Wazza! First off, I'd like to let everyone know that the submission process for the 321 Skin Contest has been fixed (thanks, danie!), so you can go ahead and send in your stuff. Besides this, the S&T Gallery is going to host a journal graphics contest from next week for our new group on DA, so get ready to get cracking! Also, I'm glad that our fine skinners have begun working on tons of new original themes, check out the gallery for some treats!

Gallery Highlights:
aerial Player 1.0 by danioc
Sincerity II by mattnagy



:iconzilla774: deviantART » Wallpaper
zilla774


First off this time I need to discuss some important issues. Not the most pleasant part of my duties, but important none the less.

Pornographic Images
As realitysquared has mentioned many many times, wallpapers with ANY pornographic content, whether that be photographic or painted or anime or whatever, are NOT allowed on deviantART. Failure to recognise the submission rules will result in your work being deleted and your gallery reported.

FAQ #12: deviantART doesn't allow 'Hate Art', 'Hate Speech' or 'Hate Propaganda', what is this?

Googled Images
There has been a rise recently of submissions featuring celebrity images in the wallpaper gallery. The excuse or justification of 'I found it on google' is not valid. Such images break our copyright rules and will be removed.

FAQ #8: What are violations of the deviantART copyright policy?


Ok, so that's the nasty bit out of the way. Seriously though, make my day that bit brighter by not submitting works with either in and you will save me hours each day in reports to the lovely CEA people.

Make a difference!

Don't forget to make your voice heard in the wallpaper gallery and post any suggestions here:

Make a difference!

Daily Deviations
Keep sending your daily deviation suggestions in to me, we've had some excellent suggestions recently. Keep up the good work!

Wallpaper Features
Some of you may not realise that I run weekly news items featuring the best and most interesting wallpapers from the past seven days. Check 'em out here:

Wallpaper Gallery



:iconhalfliquid: deviantART » Pixel Art
halfliquid


The Doll Gallery Icon contest is now closed. rocksicle and I will have a meeting of the minds, harmonize on the winners -- if there's a quarrel, an obligatory Jenga session will take place to clear it up -- and have the article posted in a bit. Stay tuned to the news or my journal!

Thank you to those who continue to report miscats in the gallery. Starting to get through those more systematically since my Spring semester ended and will continue to do so. Same goes for the sweet DD suggestions: great work digg'n 'em out!


Gallery Highlights:
Pixel - Charms
Locke s Bandana
-The ultimate maze-
Chocolate covered cheese sushi



:iconage2003: deviantART » Flash
Age2003


Hey Flashers!

Only a small update but don't worry I haven't forgetten about the Flash Character Contest - the long awaited results will be announced very soon.

In the meantime if you're a user of the Flash gallery please check out my latest journal as I need your help and feedback on a large project in the works. :plotting:

That's about it for now. :)



:iconsmashmethod: deviantART » Digital Art » 3-Dimensional Art
smashmethod


Not much to report this time around, other than there is going to be a new contest in the works sometime soon.  Also, I would like to stress that photos of people, while they are 3-dimensional, are not the proper type of submissions for the 3d gallery.  3-dimensional renderings from a 3d modeling application, not photographs, should be submitted to this gallery.  So if you're getting a lot of notes saying your deviations were relocated, that's probably why.  Keep the fine DD suggestions coming in, and I'll be sure to try and reply if your choice was approved for a DD.  Keep the wheels greased and rolling, that'll be all.


:iconbleedsopretty: deviantART » Resources
bleedsopretty


As most of you have probably noticed, GDs all over deviantArt have been asking deviants for their take on the gallery they look after. With your help, we'll be creating 'mantra' documents - descriptions of what our galleries are all about, which will also include your stories and insights [authors shall be credited of course :)]

So what does the Resource gallery mean to you? Stories about how you got started, how it feels to share resources with people and see them make their artwork from it; anything you have to say about the Resource gallery would be considered for inclusion into the final document.

This is a great chance for you guys to get involved and help shape a part of deviantART. Make some noise and let everyone know, send notes to friends and let them know what all us gallery directors are up to :D

Just a reminder - If your deviations get moved to a different category there is no need to get all upset and insane about it. They were moved for a reason. I've been running into this problem the past few weeks. I have been cleaning out some categories and the second I move something that doesn't belong, people flip out and try to fight about it because some of the same miscats remain in the gallery. All violations//miscats will be handled. The gallery is huge so it might take awhile to get to them, but they will be taken care of.

I am working on a gallery highlights article that will be posted bi-weekly. I can't give out too many details just yet, but keep an eye out for it! You won't be disappointed ! Er..at least I hope not ;P

I need a name for the gallery highlights article! I want something simple yet catchy. I've decided to run a small article naming contest. If your name gets used you will win a six month subscription! I don't have any real rules, just make sure your name relates to resources in someway. You can send me as many name ideas as you want, Just note me with the subject line 'name contest'.

I need some DD suggestions!! I also take suggestions for the DA related category as well.

_Daily Deviation Guidelines

_Do NOT suggest your own artwork

_Only suggest things from the Resources//DA Related galleries

_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



:iconde-profundis: deviantART » Traditional Art
De-Profundis


We are pleased to announce our winner of the From Trash To Treasure contest, tassou who won with his beautiful piece FishEye! Please keep an eye out for upcoming competitions and articles on the traditional page, and drop by #traditional for a chat!



:iconimperfect: deviantART » Poetry and Prose
imperfect


There are lots of exciting things coming up for the literaure community in the next few months and we're hoping to much more information for everyone in the next newsletter!

In the meantime check out PoetryPlease and ProsePlease. These two groups offer lots of resources for writers and you can frequently find coshdaddy and I in their dAmn chatrooms offering critique :)





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:

PREFIX LEGEND
AR:for Artist Relations
PH:for Photography
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
ANI:for Anime
AC:for Artisan Crafts
COM:for Comics and Cartooons
CON:for Contests
DI:for Designs & Interfaces
FL:for Flash
ICN:for Icons
POE:for Poetry
PRS:for Prose
ST:for Skins & Themes
TA:for Traditional Art
VP:for Visualization Presets
WP:for Wallpaper
RES:for Resources
FR:for Fractal Art





   

Warning: Can contain Mature Content
Every other week, Gallery Directors will select 5 of their favorite prints that meet a particular theme. Our goal is to help artists get a little more exposure, give some inspiration to people looking for ideas, and to have a little fun.

All selections must fit the theme of the week and be available as prints. While Gallery Directors may make selections from within their respected galleries, they are not restricted to them and may deviate.

We will announce future themes by a week or two in advance to give everyone the opportunity to be creative and submit themed deviations to their galleries, however, this is not a contest, there are no prizes, and this is not a replacement for the Daily Deviation. The GD5 Theme Scene is just a gallery of favorites selected by our Gallery Directors that are based on a particular theme.

Check them out!
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:pointr: Week 11: Smoke and Mirrors

Abracadabra!

Now you see it, now you don’t.

Houdini laughed last.

---

Reflections reveal

Brutal truth or twisted lies

Oh, mirror mirror!

:iconsmashmethod: 3-Dimensional Art Gallery Director smashmethod's Picks
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:iconradiopooh:Stock Gallery Director radioPooh's Picks
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WEEK 12: Dance of the Spheres

Previous Features:

:bulletred: Week 1: Fruit and Candy
:bulletred: Week 2: Conflict and Chaos
:bulletred: Week 3: Sword and Sorcery
:bulletred: Week 4: Hot and Cold
:bulletred: Week 5: Heart and Soul
:bulletred: Week 6: Man and Machine
:bulletred: Week 7: Stars and Stripes
:bulletred: Week 8: Natural and Artificial
:bulletred: Week 9: Tears and Fears
:bulletred: Week 10: Mystery and Enigma

The Unknown Artists Project is to expose talented, yet underrated, artists on deviantArt.  In spirit of that goal, we will present to the community a monthly feature showcasing unknown artists in photography, traditional art, digital art and literature.  







:icongarrit: selections by garrit
:thumb32434801:Philosophical by frida-vl:thumb31925746::thumb23624905:
Millennium by smalasussieTurning For Attention by Uusilehto:thumb27551188:


:iconsuperkev: selections by superkev
:thumb33647673:kitchen-range by NoDatePiazza Farnese by minotauro9
men1 by D3nde:thumb27573351:Vela Via by Kerridwyn:thumb33761263:


:iconghouldaddy: selections by Ghouldaddy
:thumb28994720::thumb33646269:S I L E N C E by MultiSpeedKing:thumb33645873:
:thumb23184492:pouting. by futurowomangrocery monster by claytes





:icontwosilverstars: selections by twosilverstars
Curse of Arastold by Ironshod:thumb31667146:The Queen Bee by felixxkatt:thumb32481205:
Cat's eye by SassisNatural Selection by bluealarisDiamond Meadow by chinupThe jantra pot a partial by jlof


:iconzeruch: selections by zeruch
:thumb18258943:Murder Lincoln Station No. 5 by dcrowJust A F in the Shower by kerenweezerPp by happyspleen
:thumb31240839:Cupcakes Make Better Ninjas 2 by Lou-Pimentelmy drawing3 by wangust:thumb32338855:


:iconde-profundis: selections by De-Profundis
Lost by Adelaidafidelity by apechute:thumb33773383:everything at his time by Ataisa
:thumb33669376::thumb33608389:Brighid by celticseaturtleSude by sefkatislegen







:iconifrozenspiriti: selections by IfrozenspiritI
Coffee and Bubble-gumThe spotlight flickered, trembled, like a pale, neurotic moth in a flame. Dimmed for a moment as the hidden crew adjusted the intensity and positioning, then settled comfortably down to watch, like another member of the audience.
She shifted her weight from foot to foot nervously as she stared into the light like a cornered criminal or a moments-from-roadkill frightened doe. She was wearing sleek black heels, kind of strappy but with thick soles. They clunked on the wood of the stage in nervous taps, the sound floating over the audience heavily with every clump and shuffle of papers.
Just do it, already.
Somewhere in the back someone was chewing gum, smacking loudly. A cough from the darkness to the right. The spotlight flickered. The auditorium was hollow in the blackness, except for the sharp circle of light illuminating the crimson velvet curtains just behind the lone girl trembling on the stage. The audience watched.
Feet up on the chairs, someone stomping down the aisle wit
the bird at the end of...
I awoke to a lonesome horn on my black eternity.  Memory pounds through the
thousand-year nothing, charges on black hoof, neighs the grey sky.  The rider is a
saint bearing rain, with richness for all the muted voices.  The green leaves sing of
their life out of the glare of the sun and unshed winter leaves shout of their death in
the bleakscape.  The shy, spongy lisp of redwoods and sequoia finds eloquence,
writing speeches, commanding the imagination of a nation.  Lilies shed all their
respectable poetic significance, and are again singing children in white summer
dresses and sway, as droplets run and swing and cannonball off their waxy petals.  
Even the veiled hills become more romantic, more distant, less populated in the
rain.  Nothing in the world is more romantic than the distant and the empty, except
perhaps lovers in lovemaking.  
Oh, those hills.  
Part I
The mists of
Dream Sequence: BDream Sequence: B
The second round of bullets flashed past my head like voracious stinging insects, leaving my ears ringing in their wake.  I hit the deck hard, trying to roll skillfully out of the fall but mostly ending up sprawled awkwardly across the deck instead.  The pain in my left leg was terrifying.  Damn it.  That first shot had to have struck bone.  
A stairwell opened up on my right; I was almost sure that it had been there all along, and I was one hundred percent sure that if I could just roll in there, they would pass me by.  I managed to drag myself over to the top of the stair and see just how high it was.  Through all the chaos, through the pain of being shot, through the shouting of voices I managed only one calm, collected thought:  this stairwell was much higher than the stairs on a train had any right to be.  
The sounds of pursuit grew behind me, drowning out the rumble and rhythmic thrumming of the train's engines.  I pulled myself over the edge to go tumbling dow
The Hours
The road took her in. Radiohead filtered through busted speakers and played the soundtrack of her life. Tints of a smile highlighted her face in the lime ambience light of the control panel. 2.30am was her favorite time, especially when spent on the road. The occasional pair of lonely headlights wandered into her vision for five minutes at the most and then passed. She loved the dance; they were two strangers sharing the deserted expanse of the highway, sharing the secrets of the dark. Night drowned the scenery and she was floating. The yellow reflectors on the road reminded her of a landing strip which was one more reason to love driving at this normally forsaken time. Every now and then she would slip under a spell of sulfur street lights marking some exit. When she'd escaped unnoticed, she would look over to make sure her passenger had not been disturbed by them. The sleeping companion stifled a moan every now and then, dreaming of some unknown fantasy.
They were on their way to whe
Neither Here Noir There
Beauty is the end.
Never you forget that.  Beauty is the end.  I mean, look at an A-bomb.  A mushroom cloud, eh?  You ever see anything so beautiful in all your life?  Shit, I haven't.  Damned things bloom like flowers, but what comes of it?  A smoking crater ten miles wide, a nuclear wasteland that nobody and nothing can't live in for a thousand years.
Yeah, beauty is the very goddamned end.
Oh, you don't believe me?  Think I'm jerking you around?
Well, shit, I don't blame you.  Skepticism's a fine trait, especially when someone only gives you one lame ass example. Hell, I'm a skeptic too, it being kind of a given for this line of work.  Here I am the one telling you this, and I know if the roles where reversed, I'd think I was full of shit, too.  But I tell you something else.   When someone speaks the truth, when they stop talking out of their ass for a second
Margot in Pieces
I'm meant to be a writer, say I, but my mother doesn't understand. She stands over me and my tiny room, towering like a giant. She is the birth beast, the originator, she gave birth to me, and yes, she could kill me too, no jury would convict her. But then with imagery like that, perhaps I'm not quite the writer I claim to be.
               Writing won't pay your bills, Margot. Writing won't get you married. Writing won't feed your family. She says this in a warning tone, the type mothers always use when they want to appear benevolently concerned, or at least hiding the self-loathing at having created the worthless beings they call children.
               No, but writing will save my soul, I want to shout back at her, but it doesn't scan well, the words aren't enough, they need to be reconsidered, rewritten, reedited, perhaps double-lin
Fiddlers FootThe Fiddler's Foot
The scent of overripe lime, with an edge of musk. Mike was taken aback. The other smells, of greasy bodies, unwashed facial hair and old old shoes, those were predictable. Levellers gigs often attracted new-age types, along with a body of students of which Mike had, until three years ago, been a member. The students, at least, tended to use deodorant. But not that fragrance.
The venue was as dilapidated as it had been when a younger Mike had come here with likeminded friends at weekends, determined to escape the pop-filled mix of the campus nightclub. He was glad to see it hadn't changed, with the peeling blue paint and the busted lights above the bar that had been that way since the day it had opened. It was a small venue, rectangular in shape (though he swore that the longer walls were curved), with a narrow passage leading past the bar to a green room full of silver foldable seats and black tables. The stage itself had been constructed out of metre high wooden fra


:iconzebrazebrazebra: selections by zebrazebrazebra
napoleon at sevenan old guitarist sitting
on a watercolor hill,
plucking on six strings absent.
two halves of breasts running near
under van gogh's starry night,
under black-white guernica.
everything in all jigsaws,
everything in trepid cubes.
a girl before a mirror
with violin and guitar,
sitting with three musicians
and a woman with her book,
stippling all realities
of intangible maternity.
hours yielding from dalí's clock,
minutes sub-the alchemist
like rain, like raining, like rained—
portraits wilt with abstract smiles.
clear sfumato, oh still life,
napoleon at seven.
:thumb33093650: Curling From My Toes
There's a poem  
c u r l i n g  from my toes
about the way they long to               row
                                                           through
                                                     your
                     
:thumb25135203:
home-called placesI
a return to those home-called places
which used to be european and small
and now are
you
under my fingertips, beneath my reading light
you lie concave as a valley, no! you lie
rushing forth!
and you tease me to dip
first toes then foot then breath then whole
II
a return to those lie-in spaces, a return to my
walkable wombs
to the day you conceived me, gently, painted
flesh onto bones
and you wove skin for me in layers
III
a return to those
waiting
places:
your body
I walk on child-sized feet, your body I walk
on naked soles
Keeping the Faith
at the leaf tip
each little snail
bows to the sun
:thumb32692570:


:iconpinkymccoversong: selections by PinkyMcCoversong
Two-Oh-Clock*
We stand (and the miles worth every
procreation of a beginning curling toes
in the middle or an expression the color
of burnt orange, the tongue
suffocation like plastic, not together
but there was a 'click-shut and snap' that
we knew meant something stronger could last,
and then crumble, there was
no difference when your heart beat shook
hundred story buildings to bridge-line
shadows, the hairline of astonishment
flickering like lovers would be laughing) hand-in-hand.
*
:thumb29118317: a sink full of cutleryfill the lungs
              with fever
           or with fire
the clouds are never really sure.
But I will choke down
one or six or ten
and promise I'll quit
by the time
snow's been.
And I'll
         day       dream
of skipping town
by  
       roadway
or train car...
but those means can always be caught,
hook, line, and sinker;
I'm sinking
         on       the      rocks.
Another round
to dull the bruise;
yellow means it's healing.
but yield's always uncouth.
it's rude and raw
like the teeth that pelted
                     
:thumb33645281:
Undefined RetrospectionBehind the inner eye – A whistle.
     Of dejected familiarity.
Labors at the last fond memory.
     Taken aback once – Flashing.
Veritable winds mask malodor.
     And those oculi so confidently portray.
     A frail demeanor, just bordering the edge.
Trodden on the irony of.
     Certain circumstances retained ambiguous.
focusso ev'ry thought that i have had
hangs from cell to cell to cell -
and concentration is, i think,
a memory - i cannot tell.
Places God Wouldn't Walklong long ago
when the sycamores were young
I dreamt of collaboration
with an unknowable divine
but i didn't amount in the end
to a single little thing
one secret in ten
would get me found out
no genius in this youth
no friends when i was truly alone
& my mother would hold me
till she'd rocked me to sleep
& I envied the paupers
with their beautiful eyes
they taught me to sing
but they left me, somehow
I followed their footsteps
but never got no where
I've got a road map with the secret
to serenity in your soul
they tell me it's god
who grants it to us
but I've found my serenity
in places god wouldnt walk
I got no proposals,
only red wine & time
no vagabonds to preach
the troubles of my soul away
I'm lying in my serenity
beneath the beat of my heart
I know my spirit is caught up somewhere
overalls blowing in the breeze
or my sleeve caught on the fence post
it's taking its time
the long way around
till it comes to find me
lying in my serenity
beneath the beat of your heart.









:iconcamelhijackation: selections by camelhijackation
Fifty Flash by ratscapeAttackAttackAttack! by JedrejAllure by Manshidefeated heroes by 7grims
Painting, line of Alrob by biotechbob:thumb33657127:Flow. by Hoaders997 GT3 by PORSCHER


:iconsmashmethod: selections by smashmethod
DETAIL WORKMANSHIP by iyucelChess Final by R4PTOR-89Zeppelin by jbdesignThe future of the Evo by Alienmatos
To the rhythm of the war drums by kvdoYukon GMC by adit1001ENGINE by EverydayParadiseaudiotone discman by afumado



:icondamphyr: selections by damphyr
:thumb33009613::thumb32697503:Hanami by silvair
Ayling - Portada by ChiisaPolar Bear on Vacation by iANARmess "iamsuch" by vestrit:thumb33857923:



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:iconmoonbeam13: deviantART » Director of Artist Relations
Moonbeam13


Hello!


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!


:bulletred: “Mantras” you may have heard about these documents in various journals of our glorious Gallery Directors.  If you haven’t, then get on board and throw the GD for your gallery on watch and get your opinions out there.  Help us define your galleries!

:bulletred: New contests are popping up all over the place and I know it’s hard to find them.  To solve this, I have added  a module to my journal to ease your pain and frustration.

:bulletred: Please, please pleaaaaaaaaaaaaase stop sending me daily deviation suggestions.  I don’t select them and it’s causing an awful clutter in my inbox.  Please check out <a href=help.deviantart.com/18/> FAQ:18 for the proper people to send these too!

:bulletred: The Art of 3s is over and prizes are being distributed.  If you’re a winner please continue to be patient it’s almost over.  

:bulletred: If you are currently working in the art industry I’d love to hear about you and what you do.  Please email a bio or other pertinent information to moonbeam13@deviantart.com

:bulletred: 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.
                                  
:bulletred: 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 artsitrelations by zilla774

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?




:iconsuperkev: deviantART » Photography
superkev


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.


:icongarrit: deviantART » Photography » Animals, Plants & Nature
garrit


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.

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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 don’t 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

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Contests:

- The dA Animals, Plants & Nature Photography Contest will start in the near  future
- The 7 Deadly Sins Photography Contest started.



:iconscottb: deviantART » Photography » Artistic Nudes
scottb


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:

:bulletred: hesitation - Photography

:bulletred: superkev - Photography

:bulletred: garrit - Animals, Plants and Nature Photography

:bulletred: serpentinekiss - Fetish Photography

:bulletred: scottb - Nude Photography

:bulletred: radioPooh - Stock


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:

:bulletred: Send me a note with a link to both the deviation being
suggested and the deviant

:bulletred: Only send one suggestion at a time.

:bulletred: Notes with multiple suggestions will generally be ignored.

:bulletred: Try to suggest deviants who are not well known and could do
with the publicity.

:bulletred: Suggestions of popular deviants who have had one or more
past Daily Deviation are more likely to be ignored.

:bulletred: 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.

:bulletred: Suggestions of deviants who have had a recent Daily
Deviation are likely to be ignored.

:bulletred: Suggestions of deviants who have had a Daily Deviation in
the previous 4 weeks will be ignored.

:bulletred: 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.


Happy suggesting!


:iconradiopooh: deviantART » Stock Photos
radioPooh


Getting DD suggestions for Stock Art is always appreciated and it’s nice to see Artist appreciating other Artist and calling attention to their works.

Special mention goes to

:iconauralis-stock: auralis-stock
:iconblackdove-stock: BlackDove-stock
:iconchaoticgoddess: ChaoticGoddess
:icondelightfulstock: DelightfulStock
:icondella-stock: Della-Stock
:iconeikoweb: eikoweb
:iconlucias-stock: lucias-stock
:iconmonicamarinho: MonicaMarinho
:iconmoonlitdreamer-stock: moonlitdreamer-stock
:iconoibyrd: oibyrd
:iconrachastock: 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.


  :iconnighty: deviantART » Digital Art » Photomanipulation
nighty


I want to use this opportunity to share some ongoing and upcoming events with you :


:pointr: Interviews
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.


:pointr: Elements Contest
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

Gallery Highlights:
As Only Time Can Tell
Where apples grow
nowhere 2.
...18-close to home
The Essence of a Butterfly
Trembling Prairie
FALLANGEL



And as always... If you have any questions, suggestions, etc please feel free to contact me via note or e-mail.



:iconaeires: deviantART » Digital Art
Aeires


_General Digital_

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.


Pinup:

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.

Stencils:

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:
Closed
Detail
-ButterflyTV-
Messiah



:iconrocksicle: deviantART » Icons
rocksicle


Hey guys,

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




:iconabhimanyughoshal: deviantART » Skins & Themes
abhimanyughoshal


The 1st instalment of the 321 Skin Contest has gone pretty well, and I'm happy with the response. Congratulations to the winners zeolyte and skryingbreath. 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!


:iconbornghost: deviantART » Designs & Interfaces
bornghost


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 ad-Comunity, and ArchiByte in your free time.


:iconzilla774: deviantART » Wallpaper
zilla774


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



:iconhalfliquid: deviantART » Pixel Art
halfliquid


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 Pretty
March of the Ham-heads
Summon - Odin
Habitat



:iconage2003: deviantART » Flash
Age2003


Hullo all :aww:

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 haven’t entered you have mere minutes left!

Take care, have fun and til next time.
:peace:


:iconsmashmethod: deviantART » Digital Art » 3-Dimensional Art
smashmethod



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.




:iconeinion: deviantART » Digital Art » Vector Art
Einion


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
:bulletblue: Do not suggest your own work.
:bulletblue: Please, only send me pieces that are in Vector Art!
:bulletblue: 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.
:bulletblue: 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:

February
March
April
May

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.



:iconbleedsopretty: deviantART » Resources
bleedsopretty


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 :D! I took the time to create a short tutorial to help you out. Click here to view tutorial



:iconde-profundis: deviantART » Traditional Art
De-Profundis


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!


:iconohnojaylo: deviantART » Artisan Crafts
ohnojaylo


Hallo from Artisan Crafts! I haven’t 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 Artisan Crafts on dAmn. by I-magine! 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:

PREFIX LEGEND
AR:for Artist Relations
PH:for Photography
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
ANI:for Anime
AC:for Artisan Crafts
COM:for Comics and Cartooons
CON:for Contests
DI:for Designs & Interfaces
FL:for Flash
ICN:for Icons
POE:for Poetry
PRS:for Prose
ST:for Skins & Themes
TA:for Traditional Art
VP:for Visualization Presets
WP:for Wallpaper
RES:for Resources
FR:for Fractal Art





Keep Walking

Tue May 16, 2006, 11:12 AM
:community:

If you aren't checking the gallery pages everyday you're missing out on great news items written by members of the community and the incredible Artist Relations Staff:

Photography , Traditional Art , Digital Art , Poetry , Prose , Designs & Interfaces , Flash</b> , Wallpaper , Skins & Themes , Icons , Artisan Crafts , Visualizations , Pixel Art , Nude Photography , Fetish Photography , Stock Photography , Resources

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I have officially kicked off my fundraising efforts for The Weekend to End Breast Cancer. This will be my fourth year doing this event and my sixth year of doing a fundraising event for breast cancer research.

My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor and going through her ordeal with her, changed my life forever.

In 2001, I started doing the 5km CIBC run for the cure and I did that event for two years running, raising $4,500.

Then, in 2003, they brought an event to Toronto for the first time, called the Weekend to End Breast Cancer. This is a 2 day, 60km event that moves through the entire city and to call it life altering is an understatement.

The first year was very emotional for me and I went through a lot of 'stuff' in my head. The stories, the memories, the pain and the joy I was surrouded by, that drove the other participants around me, was a lot for me to digest. I have never seen anything as beautiful as the image of thousands of people, men and women, moving forward toward the same goal. I raised $6,500 that year and signed up for 2004 as soon as it was over.

In 2004, I came just shy of my $10,000 goal at $9,010 but the experience was just as profound. This event has shattered fundraising records two years in a row and I truly believe it's these efforts that will bring a cure to this disease, which is why it's what I've devoted myself to.

In 2005, I raised just over $3,000 but the experiece was just as rewarding and in 2006 I want to raise much more.

I spend as much of the year as I can fundraising for this event and I've started now. My website hooks into my donation site as does this link here


This is not your local fundraiser, this is a national movement that I will continue to walk until we find a cure. I can't express to you how I feel, but you will see the results of what we will continue to accomplish one weekend, every year, until we win.

The statistics are mind blowing, 1 in 9 women. 1 in 9! Think about that.. think of 9 women you know.. it has to end.

In  5 years I've raised over $20,000 for breast cancer research but it's not enough yet and I must keep going.

If you can make a donation that's wonderful, if you already have that's amazing and if you simply want to help me spread the word I would very much appreciate that. I'm also open to any fundraising ideas you may have  

:heart:







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Warning: Can contain Mature Content
Every other week, Gallery Directors will select 5 of their favorite prints that meet a particular theme. Our goal is to help artists get a little more exposure, give some inspiration to people looking for ideas, and to have a little fun.

All selections must fit the theme of the week and be available as prints. While Gallery Directors may make selections from within their respected galleries, they are not restricted to them and may deviate.

We will announce future themes by a week or two in advance to give everyone the opportunity to be creative and submit themed deviations to their galleries, however, this is not a contest, there are no prizes, and this is not a replacement for the Daily Deviation. The GD5 Theme Scene is just a gallery of favorites selected by our Gallery Directors that are based on a particular theme.

Check them out!
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:pointr: Week 10: Mystery and Enigma

One, One, Two, Three. Five!

Eight, One, Three, Two, One, Three, Four!!

Love, Fibonacci

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Oh, foe conundrum!

Your twisted lies deceive me.

Mona Lisa Eyes

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WEEK 11: Smoke and Mirrors

Previous Features:

:bulletred: Week 1: Fruit and Candy
:bulletred: Week 2: Conflict and Chaos
:bulletred: Week 3: Sword and Sorcery
:bulletred: Week 4: Hot and Cold
:bulletred: Week 5: Heart and Soul
:bulletred: Week 6: Man and Machine
:bulletred: Week 7: Stars and Stripes
:bulletred: Week 8: Natural and Artificial
:bulletred: Week 9: Tears and Fears

An honor just being nominated

Sun May 14, 2006, 7:33 AM
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Dea Ms. Colella,

Congratulations on being a Nominee at the International Color Awards, Masters of Color Photography.



Thousands of images were received from over 52 countries and your work was honored by nomination. Certainly an achievement, well done!



The judging panel were passionate about viewing the works, taking six weeks to hand pick the winners and nominees. The Awards could not have asked for a better group of professionals to work with. All credit goes to the judges and the photographers who provided the best images in their class.


Congratulations once again on being a Nominee and we wish you a most successful photography year.



Best wishes,

Basil O'Brien

Creative Director



International Color Awards - "Masters of Color Photography"






Better than a kick in the teeth I suppose ;)

Nominated image: Oddball

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On the lookout

Thu May 11, 2006, 11:43 PM
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I am looking for incredible artists in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, as well as anyone working on mainstream movie projects.

If this is you or someone you know, I need to hear from you via note ASAP.

Thank you.
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Spook's Story

Tue May 9, 2006, 6:44 PM
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I was 14 when Spook found me.   

During a car trip, we had stopped to get a drink and walked into this tiny convenience store in the middle  of nowhere.  I walked to the back coolers to select my liquid salvation and there he was in a tiny crate with a "for sale" sign on the front.  He was so tiny and after gentle pleading, my mother agreed he just couldn't be left there, he needed to come home with us.  

I had it in my head that I wanted a black cat named 'Midnight' and when they handed over the paperwork after the exchange of money, we had custody of this tiny black ball of fur that was apparantly a '5 week old long hair domestic female'.

Carrying "her" back to the car, my mother ran into the store to get food and supplies while I played with "her" in the back seat.  "she" would jump at every sound and once I made the comment 'Wow you really are spooked" the name stuck.

When we took Spook in to get fixed, it was discovered that "she" was really a "he" but because of a weird complication, one of his testicles was in his abdomen.  A rare condition but operable, and he was restored his 'masculinity'

Spook was an integral part of my life.  He would sit on my lap when I did homework and slept with me at night.  He always slept on my pillow, right until the end, eventually pushing me right off it and stealing it for himself.  As a result of his being so young when we got him, he was never properly weaned and had a habit of sucking your fingers.  This trait would earn him the name 'nipple kitty' from one of my friends.

He was the ultimate lap cat, content to sit there for hours if you would oblige him with a second of your attention.  He loved crinkle balls, and would carry them around the house, dropping them and proceeding to meow at them, convinced they would eventually run from him.  Unfortunately, this was a game he liked to play at 3 or 4 in the morning, heh.  

He was a scavenger, and would be the one that would wake me one morning by pawing my face, to present his newly captured dead mouse.  We never had another mouse in the house again.  I imagine they must talk.

Spook's health went downhill about a month ago, his weight was dropping, he didn't seem very alert.  I'd gone through this before with him when he dehydrated once, so I applied the same techniques to bring him back to health and booked a vet appointment.  He was looking better until tonight.  I bundled him up in  a blanket and put him on my lap but something in me knew.  

By the time we got to the vet I was already in tears.  The doctor confirmed my suspicions, he had kindney failure and was suffering and the only humane thing we could do would be to euthanize him.  I don't think I've ever felt as much pain as I did when she told me.  I've never lost a pet before, nevermind had to make this horrific decision.  

There is no decision, he needed to not be suffering anymore.  So I signed the paperwork and I spent time with him telling him what he meant to me.

When the doctor came back in, I held his paws during the procedure and kept whispering in his ear how much I loved him. I'm comforted only by the thought that 'I love you' is the last thing he heard.

Spook will be cremated and his ashes will be returned to me.  I think I'll plant some catnip in my garden and lay him there.

I'm hollow and I miss him and my heart aches with pain I've never known but he's no longer suffering and he's playing with the worlds largest crinkle ball and sticking his head in someone's glass of water.

Spook 1990-2006
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Home Sweet Home (Update)

Tue May 9, 2006, 5:22 PM
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Update: Tonight my beloved Spook (my 16 year old cat) passed away.  I was blessed enough to be with him at the time but the pain is unbearable.  I will be processing this for a while but still here if you need me, albeit quiet.  I will post a journal about him later because he was quite awesome and I need to honor him.  The Artist Relations newsletter is late, I know, but it will be posted over the next couple of days.


Well I survived Vegas and still own things so I assume that's good :) I'm just catching up so amuse me and fill this out.  You have to copy and paste into the response here, and fill in the blanks regarding me lol.  I can take it ;)

PS. I think I need a new deviantID and I'm thinking we need to work some wonder woman symbology into there.. hrm.. I may feel a contest coming.




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You make me _______.

You should _______.

Someday I will ______.

You + me =________.

If I saw you now I'd __________.

I would build a _______ just for you.

I would get your name tattooed on my __________.

If I could sing you any song it would be _________.

We could __________ under the stars.

Love,
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Meditations and Tagging

Tue May 2, 2006, 5:34 PM
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I`m reading daily meditations from the Dalai Lama and I`d thought I`d share some with you.  Today`s is ``Common sense shows that human life is short-lived and that it is best to make of our brief sojourn on this Earth something that is useful to oneself and others``

Aside from that I`m getting ready for my trip to Las Vegas this weekend to have an early celebration for my upcoming 30th .. funny I don`t feel old.

I`ve been tagged by Bennybeee so here we go:

1.what kind of first impression do you think people say when they first see you?
She`s a bit odd

2. what's one thing you like to do alone?
Sing

3. what is your favorite line to say when you're drunk?
Ì need to dance

4. how many drinks do u need before u get tipsy?
two.. ok I`m lying, one

6. what kind of books do you like to read?
Something that requires some degree of brain activity

7. do you think you're cute?
I suppose so. Pug dogs are cute, I can be too,.

8. do you have a problem changing clothes in front of your friends?
Not at all

9. what do you eat/drink when you raid the fridge at night?
Whatever is quick and easy.

10. describe your bed?
Something I long to have some sort of love affair with but instead tend to spend a lot of time out of and desiring.  Appearance wise it`s a queen size mattress with a big duvet cover and my recently acquired four foot dragon `Falkor

11. spontaneous or planned?
erm.. I can be spontaneous but I also have OCD, something is on a list somewhere.

12. do you know how to play poker?
No but I`m learning

13. what do you carry with you at all times?
My cell phone is always with me.. as is my palm pilot.

14. what do you miss most about being a kid?
Playing more

15. are you happy with your given name?
Yes I`m quite fond of Danielle

16. what color is your bedroom?
Victorian Blue or so it said on the paint can

17. have you ever been in a play?
Yep

18. do you like yourself and believe in yourself?
Erm difficult to answer.  Not particularly but yes I believe in myself.

19. do you consider yourself to be a nice person?
Yes I do

20. do you spend more time with your girlfriend/boyfriend or your friends?
I`m married this is an odd question

21. what's one thing you wish you could do but can't?
Pee standing up.. just once to prove that aim is possible. No squatting doesn`t count.

22. what is your ideal wedding location?
Costa Rica

23. whats one instrument you wish you could play?
The guitar but I plan on learning one day.

24. whats one language you want to learn?
Spanish

25. have you ever pierced your body parts?
Yes, my belly button and soon my nose.

26. do you have any tattoos?
yes and there will be more shortly

27. what's one trait you hate in a person?
Lack of compassion

28. do you consider yourself materialistic?
Not at all

29. what do you cook best?
I make incredible vegetarian chili

30. favorite person/s to talk with on the phone?
My mommy


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:pointr: Week 9: Tears and Fears

Tears and Fears

Oh woe, woe is me

Emo kiddies so-so sad

The cup half empty

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Whisper, scratch and sigh

Softly tapping in the dark

I crawl, I crawl, I…


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WEEK 10: Mystery and Enigma

Previous Features:

:bulletred: Week 1: Fruit and Candy
:bulletred: Week 2: Conflict and Chaos
:bulletred: Week 3: Sword and Sorcery
:bulletred: Week 4: Hot and Cold
:bulletred: Week 5: Heart and Soul
:bulletred: Week 6: Man and Machine
:bulletred: Week 7: Stars and Stripes
:bulletred: Week 8: Natural and Artificial

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:thumb25570134::square fashion campaign 03 by photogeekboyCatch me, If you can by VisionsPrelude
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:thumb30648683:Cathedral... by endrju100:thumb23100624:I just feel...trapped by AmandaSupak
Freedom of choice by doggeryA dash of color by bingbing51:Cover it by JonnyqwertyPropsteikirche-Propsteichurch by sphyle


:iconghouldaddy: selections by Ghouldaddy
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Shelter from the Storm by backdrift:thumb25393880:wake up by Ms-lovisface the mountain by Tstar7
dmuchawiec by kornrad:thumb25463345:Dress Up Francesca No. 2 by dcrowRadar by mega3


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Insensitivity by samowel Folly by amberfishyQueen of Sheba by Jozef-SzekeresThe Red-Haired Boy by melukilan
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:iconifrozenspiriti: selections by IfrozenspiritI
:thumb26668650: A Conversation w. Fidel Castro
I walked into the room, unnaturally giddy with the anticipation of talking to the most infamous villain of the Caribbean. It had been hell getting to that place, and I could scarcely believe that I was actually there. In disbelief, I sat in front of the man...the soon to be syndicated Latino Saddam. With beards they, he and Saddam, looked uncommonly alike. I wondered, with typical American logic, whether the two were related. He sat across from me, puffing his Cuban cigar with the utmost content. He looked sincerely happy inhaling that sickeningly acrid smoke borne with a professional flair in a building not two miles away. Our eyes met and I could only imagine what he had to done to anger America so... a sudden sense of national pride swelled in my breast as I thought about my home country. The best damn country in the world, what's more. He signaled, with the mere flick of his wrist, for me to begin.
It was at that moment in which I was mortified to discover that I could not speak Sp
Digging Holes                                          Digging Holes
The bright orange earthmoving machine stuttered and stopped.  In the cab, Graham lit a cigarette, and watched the line of cars creep past, sunlight glinting off their windshields.  
"Hello," said a voice.
Graham jumped, twisting around.
"Down here."
Close by stood a small boy in a suit, staring up at him.  
"You scared me, kid."
"Sorry.  What are you doing?"
"Digging a hole, what's it look like?  Where's your mom?"
The boy pointed a few hundred feet away.  
"You better go back before she gets worried."
"Why are you digging a hole?"
Graham paused.  "Cause it's my job."
From the low hill where the boy had pointed, a woman withdrew from a group of people and
And When the Renaissance Comes       "I wish I could describe this."
       He put down his glass. "What do you mean?"
       "This. All this. Look at it. It's beautiful."
       "Yeah."
       "I wish I could describe it." Ashi stretched out her legs and leaned back on the step behind her. "It just can't be done."
       Bilal looked sideways at her, took another sip. "It's been done a lot."
       "I know. That's what I mean. How many ways are there to describe an evening party on the back verandah of someone's house and it's 1:15 a.m. and it's so deliciously private and there'd be a bonfire except it's the middle of summer - "
       "And bonfires are cheesy."
       "And bonfires are cheesy but there a
The hillThey tipped him a smirk and rolled away, winding elbow crooks and matching step. Jav groaned and kept walking, eyes seeing a double overlaying the hazy afternoon. The dust rose in plumes, a tuft for each step. He noticed, grinned a half-smile. His smile was always crooked.
It had been an age, so to speak. Jav remembered peaks and tips of snow, bending trees and creeping light. Waking birds and jazz music played real low on the stereo. That was this morning, before the world turned on its axis and left him behind. This morning.
He had gone to school. It was an ordinary morning, with ordinary textbooks and ordinary shoelaces and less-than-ordinary trudge. The day had bloomed, bright and sharp, every leaf in focus, with curls of sunlight twining around those snow-covered mountains. He had known, then, that something was going to happen.
Or not, perhaps, that something was going to happen, but that he decided he didn't care. It was a very liberating feeling, not caring. He wasn't quite sur
to throw your heart at the skyThis is the city where the soul does not escape through the undeterred growth of thick toenails, where preparation is futile and prayers not even a severed vein on the corpse of human thought, where the sea is a myth and not a metaphor for doubt, where skies are close and intimate and whisper, where the hunt is for the clumsily adroit and not for the divine: this is the city where to die is to end.  
He is the eulogist for the city newspaper. It is a distasteful job, but an easy one, requiring no more than a dictionary of jokes and a watch. He is old, but he knows the young ones twitter about his love of forgotten sit-coms and bow-ties as they sharpen their claws over the clatter of keyboards. He stands calmly, his mind resisting tether, as is his habit in afternoons.
If you were to enter, as I do, you would see him stretching, less like a cat than an unfurling crane, and although his eyes are accustomed to the omnipotence of time in his shiny, white-lined room, yours might h
WitnessFifty thousand dollars. They'll spend it however you want, and all you need is a witness. You were going to do it anyway, weren't you?
Your neighborhood is drenched in sepia, and smothered in curling leaves. Your house looks just like every other house on the block, a generic cutout styled after the suburban dream. I check the address twice before I knock on the door.
You don't answer at first, so I rock on my heels and wait. It's warmer than it should be in November; I didn't need to bring a jacket. They say that global warming will kill us eventually, either through UV exposure or when the ice caps melt and we all drown. That doesn't matter much to either of us though. Right now it's just warm enough to wear tshirts.
I knock again. This time the door opens. You ask if I'm here to? I nod. I try to smile, you don't. You don't invite me in; you just drift back through the house. I follow you, closing the door and taking off my shoes as I do. Your pictures are on the walls. I wonder if y
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little overturethere's a little beaded chain
after laces were undid to tug
there'd be a whirlpool
time beading on a window sill otherwise
a lip curled asymmetrically the way
air is tangible before the sky explodes
plumelike descent as on an exhale
and the most hypnogogic of and mussed
seasalt specklet swirls
where a person would get lost
tuesday
the cafe in the library
is always busy at ten on tuesdays:
i can never coax my headphones
into rejecting ambient conversation
while they play
my advisor's music
(squeaks, creaks, squabbles;
tracks where the violinist
beautifully plucks her strings
the wrong way).
last tuesday, i heard someone spreading neufchatel
onto an everything bagel
while my advisor told me that
"there comes a time
when you have to move on,
when you have to do something else",
as he moved from track to track.
i silently pondered
calling him to request "tom's diner",
but instead i sang it to myself
through the next cacophony of strings
as a girl in granny smith green
doused her dapper palate in dasani.
My End of the TrailI hung my name out, forgotten, rags of old laundry.
Sometimes I still heard it rattle in the emptiness of my throat:
sullen hums, barren cicada wing-strokes:
an old sound, not my own.  It belonged to something else,
was stranded wind-torn in a lifetime
we had long left behind, like footprints
on broken grass.  All around me, the signs of summer,
not our green home,
but burnt, unforgiving: a sky bleached like bone.
We cannot stop, or stand still,
to gather new possibilities.
We have to move on,
have been forced to move on.
Sing a name for me now.  Be magpie and bluejay for me;
call back our old songs from the dust, from long miles
in the sun.  All around me, you are singing.
We cannot stop, to stand still,
but we can call to each other: we can call our own names,
even in this land, yes,
even under this sky.
dissolution
chimera, I:
doomed to re (invention) vision,
well-acquainted with such agonies.
cut-paper eye sockets tearing,
tearing up, falling away;
i am a masterpiece of
water-born cliffs and slow
sculpted bone (im-
purities burn away in the steam).
woven of lace and stone, I:
a majesty of wasted time and
misunderstandings;
these superfluous words press
soft on damp skin left
white-hot and malleable to
probing syllables and
ink-clad fingertips.
rough edged, I:
laid open to your pressured gaze.
strained desire guides this change
(you mold my flesh like clay).
another one you'll never see.in the lulling
                 hum and humming
            lull of evening i wonder
         if you've noticed my
     non-glances at the incessant
                   non-biting of your nails while
               wordless settles between us
     like dust on our
         lips and i wonder also in what
                                 manner you burn
    
how it waswrapped wholly in the memory, warm
sung in a gracious pulse, unmoved
these are the comforts
stinging
Spending SyllablesI begin at the top
Cradling your sentences
on my tongue,
punctuation spilling over
breath lost in the blackening
of all other consciousness.
My fingertips progress,
wandering,
searching out the poetry
written in sensations,
in strands of hair,
and the lines of stray alphabets
on the curves of your spine.
We will rise simultaneously
straining at the apex of creativity
for an epiphany
the rest
like a jumble of
spare syllables
unhatched
will tumble
out
.
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__Driving and out
of gas.I
like to drive
on empty,
to see how far
nothing can
get me.Absence
goes a long
way.
Terracotta
to know what it means
when I find your bones
in another's jaw.
when excuses are frequent flyers,
dimly lit with muted nods,
lazing softly into expectation.
to know what it means
when I search for bearings
along the slatted wood walls
        and find instead,
memories in
        a clotted rope
        poignant as the milk-white bottom of your tea cup
        
        a faded amazing grace-
                              notes like pinching, tinny flies
                              that circle an
You Must Be This Tall
The coaster!
It's rolling, mother.
My bar didn't lock,
so I've got to be strong.
I see a corkscrew coming on.
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r e t r o s p e c t i v emy letters to los angeles
are sleeping somewhere
in a lost and found...
i remember bits, pieces - like
someday, vermont avenue will no longer ebb
and flow w/ the pleading of my open palm...

all the same, the whole of it has gone,
it abandoned me (as i abandoned its city)
g o o d . r i d d a n c e .
i may, however, begin to miss things,
in fact, i'm doing it right now...
(i would feel guilty, but i'm tired)
     catching the last train to Long Beach
we made love behind a lighthouse,
i memorized his face when morning came,
the sewers smelled of fish and sex -
  i'd never felt so torn apart by scenery...
and the cool cement of north Hollywood
cruel in early hours, so compassionate at noon...
     sidelong glances (the lost art of Eye-Contacting)
from across a crowded thursday cafe...
i met a man called Johnny Hawaiian -
his face was covered in tattoos,
i spent the whole day hypnotized...
     a girlish youth cursed her mother in russian
while the parking patrol made its rounds...
L
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:icondamphyr: selections by damphyr
:thumb31153525:final distance. by intoyourheartTribute to Spring by Feathers-of-Love
:thumb31039728:Psycho-kitty by angel-kerena:thumb30242251:oO Sunbath at the Beach Oo by Bluefley



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And the winners are…



Application Skins



First Place

exol3ctus by kabir-dc by kabir-dc

Second Place

devASTATE for Winamp 2x by a-t-o-m-i-c by a-t-o-m-i-c

Icons



First Place

by YUMEK0N

Second Place

:bigthumb2407141: by kendre

Third Place

Devious colors by diamondie by diamondie


Indy Art



First Place

Art of Threes By Timez by wildtimez by wildtimez


Second Place

Deviant Art Third Birthday Sub by stix4life by stix4life


Third Place

DA Triple Spiral by yankeedog by yankeedog


Photography



First Place

Doctrine of a Photographer by aircrash by aircrash

Second Place

by mariusbudu

Third Place

Art of Threes - Measuring Tape by concept2 by concept2

Pixel Art



First Place

:bigthumb2556791: by gas13

Second Place

DA 3rd BDay Bash - Pixelled by rhysd by rhysd

Third Place

:bigthumb2526575: by luigihann


Poetry



First Place

3s a crowd by chaian by chaian

Second Place

Three Stages Of ManIn the beginging you must learn when newborn,
even if you have knowledge of past regressions,
From child to teen and in near adulthood,
you have much to learn in these years lessons,
Youthful lack of understanding leads to exploring,
and an underlining case of experienced learning,
All the while you age at rate to show you being,
has evolved through trials and error before reaching,
The hear and now where experience learned is shown,
now an adult not a child memories of the past,
Lays foundation to that which will be reaped and sown,
either in error or just whichever be the case,
Your work is evident of what you keep as you grow,
marking through each years that special date,
on the calendar to remind all your coming into the world,
As you continue to move foward everything changes,
endings come into being and loss is key,
For though you pass on your experience of life youth,
answering a call not many willingly will choose,
And you physically being to wither away,
as the sun rises and
by 4got10

Third Place

Three Doesnt Work by missionverdana by missionverdana


Prose



First Place

:bigthumb2534147: by woxul5

Second Place

:bigthumb2628132: by AngelaSasser


Wallpaper



First Place

DAv3 - Everything evolves by zodiac-gemini by zodiac-gemini

Second Place

Yuenqi vs Fella by yuenqi by yuengi

Third Place

DA - The Art by randomsurprise by randomsurprise

Congratulations to the winners, you will be contacted by Moonbeam13 about your prizes.






Random silliness

Fri Apr 28, 2006, 3:54 AM
:community:

If you aren't checking the gallery pages everyday you're missing out on great news items written by members of the community and the incredible Artist Relations Staff:

Photography , Traditional Art , Digital Art , Poetry , Prose , Designs & Interfaces , Flash</b> , Wallpaper , Skins & Themes , Icons , Artisan Crafts , Visualizations , Pixel Art , Nude Photography , Fetish Photography , Stock Photography , Resources

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So I realized I'd been tagged by people on some of these things.. months ago.. oops.  It wasn't that I didn't want to do them I just got..really overwhelmed elsewhere :)

So there's no way I'm responding to the 6 I think I've missed so I'll do this one:


Rules:
The 1st player of this "game" starts with the topic "6 weird habits/things about yourself" and people who get tagged need to write a journal about their 6 weird habits/things as well as state this rule clearly.

In the end, you need to choose the next 6 people to be tagged and list their names.
Don't forget to leave a comment that says "you are tagged" in their devpage comments and tell them to read yours.
+++

1. I can't walk up stairs with someone behind me. I have no idea why it just freaks me right out.

2. I have OCD, I do everything in a very methodical fashion. For example.. If I go grocery shopping I have a path i have to take. If I forget something I have to complete the circuit before starting again to get what I missed.

3. Every joint in my body is double jointed.

4. I sleep 15-20 hours a week and have for many years.

5. I touch the end of my nose repetedly when I'm deep in thought or trying to work out a problem.

6. I put hot sauce on my popcorn


I'm going to actually tag people! granted given my ability to respond they probably won't do it just out of spite :P

Ghouldaddy , dxd , Thunderstatement , Tachy-on , zilla774 , hexentanz

:heart: :community:







I'm Here for the Long Term by realitysquared I Support Policy by realitysquared# Help
Behind the lens Support The "Evil Penis" by arachnid15 Community supporter stamp by deviantStamps
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AR Newsletter





:iconmoonbeam13: deviantART » Director of Artist Relations
Moonbeam13


Hello!


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!


:bulletred: New contests are popping up all over the place!!! Pay attention to the the <a href=contests.deviantart.com/> contests gallery maybe something will appeal to you!

:bulletred: MinorKey ‘s real life has decided to reclaim him but he has been awesome enough to stick around to beat the new gallery director into submission.. er.. train.. yes train the new person.  Who is this new person you ask? Patience.. you’ll see ;)  I thank MinorKey for his dedication and efforts to the prose gallery in his time here.  He will be missed but we wish him luck with his future :heart:

:bulletred: Please, please pleaaaaaaaaaaaaase stop sending me daily deviation suggestions.  I don’t select them and it’s causing an awful clutter in my inbox.  Please check out <a href=help.deviantart.com/18/> FAQ:18 for the proper people to send these too!

:bulletred: The Art of 3s results will be posted by May 1st.  Yay!

:bulletred: I mentioned the new feature we would be starting and there have been a few speed bumps but “Treasures from the Past” will come out sometime in May.

:bulletred: Most of the core staff have hosted a featuredchat on dAmn except for me.  I’m not hiding, I just didn’t think this was something anyone would be interested in.  Recent notes and emails would suggest otherwise, but you let me know if this is something you want.  No throwing things.. I’m sensitive!

:bulletred: 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.
                                  
:bulletred: 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 artsitrelations by zilla774



The Key System


As you can see at the very bottom there is 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 address them. Neat, huh?





:iconsuperkev: deviantART » Photography
superkev


It's contest madness in the photography gallery. There are many different ways to prove your photographic acumen. Have a laugh at the LOL Contest, which wraps up at the end of the month. Seek nirvana with the Hidden Paradise contest. Stroke the Fluffy Contest. Isn't it soft? Stretch your horizons with the Panorama Competition. Get out your camera and join the hunt for prizes.

There's tons of other news on the photography page, much of it contributed by users like yourself. If you're not checking it daily, you're probably missing out. If you want to develop your own news feature, talk to superkev or hesitation and we'll get your news career underway.

Gallery Highlights:
Our world is a holy place...
escape
192
Staring, pt.II


:icongarrit: deviantART » Photography » Animal, Plants & Nature
garrit


The deviantART Animals, Plants and Nature Contest 2006 will start soon. Stay tuned for upcoming information.


:iconscottb: deviantART » Photography » Artistic Nudes
scottb


There really has been some great artistic nude deviations submitted in the past two weeks. Some of them are from well known and popular deviants who are continuing to dazzle (hehe I just needed to say that word :giggle:) the dA artistic nude community. Others have been from newer deviants who have joined in the last two or three months, some great examples of their deviations are:

Gallery Highlights:
untitled
Softshell
Sublime Elena
Timeless Nude


:iconserpentinekiss: deviantART » Photography » Fetish
serpentinekiss


An interview has just been posted with the wonderful photographer earthtorachel . It gives us an insight into the way that she works and the thought processes behind her shoots.

To see the Interview go here


:iconradiopooh: deviantART » Stock Photos
radioPooh


The stock gallery is still waiting on some changes before Phase One of the new category structure can be considered complete. Thanks to all who have started moving their pictures to the new categories, your effort and support are truly appreciated.

One of the by products of a new category structure is it gives opportunity to weed out all the ‘bad stock’ that has accumulated over the years that has resulted in people thinking that pictures posted in the Stock Galley are less than art. Bad Stock would be considered 1000 pictures of someone making the same face while in their bathroom using a webcam OR posting snapshots of their silly friends at some party, OR doodles of some ½ human ½ raccoon thing with fangs dripping green blood.

I invite any good artist with good, high res, sharp, useable images to consider posting in the Stock Art Galley and see how many people appreciate it.

That would be considered Good Stock


:iconaeires: deviantART » Digital Art
Aeires


I am working on a good amount of help tickets/requests, mostly dealing with gallery adjustments.  Nothing to report at this time but a lot is in work that I'm hoping to have completed soon.  I am also expanding the news features so that more art mediums can get some coverage.  It's a growing process so keep an eye out for what's new and what gets posted regularly, there are some great pieces of art that get shared every week in the news features, some of it might be yours or an artist you might want to watch.

I currently have a lot of suggestions for Daily Deviations.  Please be patient if you've sent me a note.

Gallery highlights:
Eternal Transcendence
Solo
Untitled III


:iconrocksicle: deviantART » Icons
rocksicle


Hey guys. Just wanted to give everyone a quick reminder that Gallery Directors, myself included, generally don't like to give a Daily Deviation to someone who's been given one before. They've already had their 15 minutes and there's always someone else equally worthy who hasn't been featured.

So, if you make a suggestion to us of a possible Daily Deviation, it bears well to check first that the deviant in question hasn't already got one. You can do this by going to their gallery and clicking on the Daily Deviations tab at the top; this will show you if they've been featured before. If it's blank then you're good to go, otherwise hold back unless you're really sure this is something special or different from what they've done before.

For those that are interested, I survived my charity hitchhike across Europe with minimal loss of limb. You can read a little about what happened in my journal.


:iconabhimanyughoshal: deviantART » Skins & Themes
abhimanyughoshal


The 321 Skin Contest is coming along very nicely; you can see the entries here, and the word on the grapevine is that there are lots more entries in development! I can't wait! Also, work on a new group that will promote skinning, is now underway. Easel and I are getting things started, and we'll subsequently get around to contacting skinners to provide tutorials and resources, as well as participate in group collaborations and whatnot. If anyone is interested in pitching in, please send me a note, and I'll get back to you when we're ready to go live. I'll keep y'all posted. Cheerio!

Gallery Highlights:
Green Dimension v.2


:iconbornghost: deviantART » Designs & Interfaces
bornghost


Well, the Trews Design contest is coming along wonderfully. There are quite possibly 2 more big design contests coming up as well, so keep an eye out for them. Seems like everybody needs something designed these days, and that's awesome!

If you're wondering where the DDs have been, well I have an answer. I'm lining up a month's worth (i.e. 15, cause I go every other day) DDs for the month of May from all the notes i've received (unless some aren't good, then i'll find something to replace them). So keep an eye out for those, and hopefully I can make somebody's day.

That's all for now. Keep designing!

:iconzilla774: deviantART » Wallpaper
zilla774


Multi Monitor Mayhem Winners!

The winners of the competition are here! Congratulations to the following people:

FIRST PLACE
long distance love by joulee
long distance love by joulee
Who wins 2 years of subscription!

SECOND PLACE
The Ball Room by Isilmetriel
The Ball Room by Isilmetriel
Who wins a years subscription!

THIRD PLACE
Raise Your Horizons III by SPEARdesign
Raise Your Horizons III by SPEARdesign
Who wins a 6 month subscription!

View the news article <a href=news.deviantart.com/article/20…>here

Thank you to everyone involved. All who submitted entries and to the judges for their valuable input. The standard was very high for this especially considering this is the first wallpaper competition in a very long time. Rest assured there will be new and exciting competitions just around the corner!

Finally a special thanks to reviver who was the original suggester of the competition. Way to go bud!


:iconhalfliquid: deviantART » Pixel Art
halfliquid


The DIGITAL ART > DOLLS section is still being formulated (just a few kinks to smooth). By the time the next AR Newsletter hits news in a couple weeks, everything should be wrapped up and, if everything goes as smoothly as my imagination tends to believe it will, those who wish will be able to submit into it by then!

Thank you again to those who posted their suggestions and know-how. I give you the benefit of the doubt that everything is being considered.

Which leads me to the promised contest for the wee gallery icon for the new Doll section: keep an eye out on my journal and/or the news and, within the following days, you'll see an official article. If you're anxious to get started though, feel free to do so since the rules are not going to come as a shock: 16x16 pixel piece in .gif format, transparent background, if applicable. And it goes without saying -- but like to say it anyway! – it must adequately illustrate the Doll section.


Gallery Highlights:
Medieval house
bunnies redone
Dragon portrait
Froggies


:iconage2003: deviantART » Flash
Age2003


Hold tight guys n gals, something's coming your way! :excited:

I've had a lapse in Flash Daily Deviations over the last two weeks so i want you people to keep your eyes out for great Flash. All you have to do is send me a note remember...provided you've read these guidelines of course. :)

And if you want to get help with an animation or chat about practically every aspect of Flash then you should stop by in #Flashers. There's plenty of cool people in there to help you out from animators and scriptors to voiceactors and designers. And of course  the resident Flashbot.

Well thats it for now. As i've said before there's more coming your way very soon and i don't just mean a competition. =P


:iconsmashmethod: deviantART » Digital Art » 3-Dimensional Art
smashmethod


Well, all seems to be running well in the 3D gallery.  I'm happy to report once again that the amount of mis-categorizations in the gallery are low to almost non-existent.  So keep on doing what you've been doing, everything is running smoothly.  Also, keep those fantastic DD recommendations rolling in, I read and appreciate all of them.  If there's a stint that seems like multiple picks in a row without a suggestion, it's because I pick my DD's in clumps every week or so, so that I don't forget one accidentally.

In other news, the "3D Makes Me..." contest has come to an end, and judging has begun.  I must say it has been a hard contest to judge, with many great submissions.  With any luck the results will be posted as soon as possible, so we can see just who won the great prizes offered to us from our good friends over at Daz3D. So keep your eyes on the news, the winners will be posted soon, and keep those great submissions coming.  On a personal note, I've been rather impressed by the submissions to the Terrestrial vehicles category as of recent.  You guys just keep getting better and better.


:iconbleedsopretty: deviantART » Resources
bleedsopretty


Our Great Easter Egg Decorating Challenge contest is still going on. It ends on May 10th so you still have time if you want to enter.

There are some really awesome entries already, you guys should check them out!

Contest Entries
Contest Article


:iconde-profundis: deviantART » Traditional Art
De-Profundis


The <a href=news.deviantart.com/article/20…> From Trash to Treasure contest has officially begun! Good luck and get creating.


:iconcoshdaddy: deviantART » Poetry and Prose
coshdaddy


April is poetry month, so we've decided to end it with a bang. There's going to be a lot coming up in the next week. That's because this week is deviantART Poetry Writing Week (dAPoWriWe for short).

Keep your eye on the writer's forum and the Poetry and Prose front pages for more info when the week begins. Watch out for news, contests and more.


:iconyathosho: deviantART » Visualizations
yathosho


Despite the popularity of nuskool media-players like iTunes, the Winamp community is not only backed up by a huge skinning community but also by very gifted creators of visuals.

For this newsletter I picked two packs from relatively new artists to the scene and a learning-by-doing pack for those interested in creating their own presets.

Gallery Highlights:
Vis Comica
D.I.Y
BEHOLD





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:

PREFIX LEGEND
AR:for Artist Relations
PH:for Photography
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
ANI:for Anime
AC:for Artisan Crafts
COM:for Comics and Cartooons
CON:for Contests
DI:for Designs & Interfaces
FL:for Flash
ICN:for Icons
POE:for Poetry
PRS:for Prose
ST:for Skins & Themes
TA:for Traditional Art
VP:for Visualization Presets
WP:for Wallpaper
RES:for Resources
FR:for Fractal Art







Warning: Can contain Mature Content
Every other week, Gallery Directors will select 5 of their favorite prints that meet a particular theme. Our goal is to help artists get a little more exposure, give some inspiration to people looking for ideas, and to have a little fun.

All selections must fit the theme of the week and be available as prints. While Gallery Directors may make selections from within their respected galleries, they are not restricted to them and may deviate.

We will announce future themes by a week or two in advance to give everyone the opportunity to be creative and submit themed deviations to their galleries, however, this is not a contest, there are no prizes, and this is not a replacement for the Daily Deviation. The GD5 Theme Scene is just a gallery of favorites selected by our Gallery Directors that are based on a particular theme.

Check them out!
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:pointr: Week 9: Positive and Negative

Rainbow joy happy

Sanguine effervescent life

The cup is half full

-

Oh woe, woe is me

Emo kiddies so-so sad

The cup half empty

:iconsmashmethod:3-D Art Gallery Director smashmethod's Picks
:bigshop297062: :bigshop287398: :bigshop289362:
:bigshop287451: :bigshop273229:


:iconzilla774:Wallpaper Gallery Director zilla774's Picks
:bigshop211889: :bigshop131198: :bigshop300244:
:bigshop248121: :bigshop195628:


:iconrocksicle:Icon Gallery Director rocksicle's Picks
:bigshop271512: :bigshop165037: :bigshop12154:
:bigshop249435: :bigshop67522:


:iconradiopooh:Stock Photography Gallery Director radioPooh's Picks
:bigshop144957: :bigshop5802: :bigshop101676:
:bigshop156970: :bigshop187922:



:iconserpentinekiss: Fetish Photography Gallery Director serpentinekiss' Picks
:bigshop179678: :bigshop274141: :bigshop263837:
:bigshop135983: :bigshop177413:



:iconmoonbeam13: Director, Artist Relations Moonbeam13's Picks
:bigshop77890: :bigshop22476: :bigshop121442:
:bigshop79522: :bigshop95841:




WEEK 10: Tears and Fears

Previous Features:

:bulletred: Week 1: Fruit and Candy
:bulletred: Week 2: Conflict and Chaos
:bulletred: Week 3: Sword and Sorcery
:bulletred: Week 4: Hot and Cold
:bulletred: Week 5: Heart and Soul
:bulletred: Week 6: Man and Machine
:bulletred: Week 7: Stars and Stripes
:bulletred: Week 8: Natural and Artificial

             

AR Newsletter





:iconmoonbeam13: deviantART » Director of Artist Relations
Moonbeam13


Hello!


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!

:bulletred: All submissions in the old Art of Three category have now been moved to the new category in the hopes that we can finally clear this up.  Big thanks to Thunderstatement for moving the majority of the deviations :love:

:bulletred: Please do not send Daily Deviation suggestions to me.  I *very* rarely select them and you’re far better off address the appropriate gallery director.  If you don’t know who that is please consult FAQ #18

:bulletred: REMINDER (I keep getting helpdesk tickets about this.)   The restructuring of the Stock Gallery is complete but it looks a little messy.  IT will be moving male, female and groups to the model category but it won't affect anyone who wants to begin moving their art around now.

:bulletred: Known Bug -> When I create new categories it takes a while for them to show up under the browse menu but it will show up.  Please don’t send in helpdesk tickets for this, we are aware, it’s on that list ;)

:bulletred: We will be starting a new feature called “Treasures from the Past” that will highlight deviations submitted prior to 2004, should be interesting to clear the dust from some forgotten pieces! This was a suggestion from Rubycored. See? I listen I swear.

:bulletred: 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.
                                  
:bulletred: 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 artsitrelations by zilla774

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?




:iconsuperkev: deviantART » Photography
superkev


Just a reminder: photos of dead animals are not allowed in the photography gallery. This type of photo is a violation of deviantART policy and will be removed. Please do not post photos of dead animals.

In much lighter news, the LOL Photography Contest has begun. Get your entries into the LOL Contest category and you'll be eligible to win some cool secret prizes courtesy of the Lomographic Society.

The Hidden Paradise Photo Contest is also on the go. Show us your paradise and score some wicked camera gear.


Gallery Highlights:
847545738
a wish of weredream
Street
+ KELSEY JADE NEWETT +



:iconscottb: deviantART » Photography » Artistic Nudes
scottb


Life goes on as usual for the Artistic Nude sub-cat. Some of you have
probably noticed some recent news articles posted in the photography
section by wolfskin featuring artistic nudes with male models. It
seems that he also has a good eye for selecting, suggesting and doing
write-ups for artistic nude Daily Deviations with male models.  Assuming this continues, we will hopefully see the disparity between female and male nude models in DD's reduced with at least one male nude featured each week. Fingers crossed :)


:iconradiopooh: deviantART » Stock Photos
radioPooh


Is that

Stock Art RULES  *doing the sign of the horn and yelling like a he was at a Manson Concert

Or

Stock ART Rules * said in his mono boring history teacher voice

Actually I wanted to mention that it’s important to obey the wishes of the Artist that post in Stock Art ..

Most are pretty basic but they are left up to the individual artist so
it’s important to read and obey them to the letter of their law

Stock Artist trust the Artist that use them (in advance I might add)

And the wonderful thing is  - It works

I’m telling you

That’s what community is About

*hits heart twice with fist and gives a peace sign


  :iconnighty: deviantART » Digital Art » Photomanipulation
nighty


I just want to talk about some guidelines that you should keep in mind
when submitting to the Photomanipulation Gallery.

1. Photomanip or Photography:

The first question should be : is your piece really a photomanip ? or does your submission belong in the Photography or Photography > Darkroom category ? Here are some guidelines/tips on how to decide which category your piece belongs in :

In general the following rule applies. If you could do the changes in a traditional darkroom then your piece belongs in the Photography > Darkroom gallery. This means changes like, contrast, cropping your image, converting a color image to black & white, color dodging and burning, color toning, etc. - adding a border and/or text to your photo, doesn't make it a photomanip. Your piece should still be in the Photography section.



2. Usage of stock images:

We all like to use stock from different sources, when we can't take the pictures ourselves, or look for something special. Please add the sources you used to your description, and check that the used stock doesn't violate copyrights or Deviantart Policy. Pictures of celebrities, screen-caps or photos from artists from which you don't have permission shouldn't be used in your deviations, they violate copyright.


3. Dark and Macabre/Horror ?

As stated in the last news feature, there is now a new Dark category. This should make things easier when you want to find the right place for a moody piece. Only pieces that portray death and decay instilling a feeling of intense, painful feeling of repugnance and fear should be placed in the Macabre/Horror gallery.



And as always : If you have questions, suggestions, DD suggestions, or need help regarding the Photomanipulation Gallery, please feel free to note me.

:iconaeires: deviantART » Digital Art
Aeires


General Digital

Overall the digital galleries are in great shape.  I would like to take  this time and address two of the bigger sections that need a little help though.  The first is anime artwork.  I love anime.  Always have, most likely always will.  Each week I see great anime images posted from a variety of artists.  Some bring back fond memories when I was in school, watching Star Blazers and Battle of the Planets. That's old school, now I'm hooked on Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Blue Gender, and EVA, so going through the anime galleries is a pleasure for me.  However, it saddens me when I see images that were created from other people's works.  If you didn't create the image yourself, please don't post it.   Unfortunately, if an image is posted that wasn't created completely by the owner; it must be deleted because it belongs to someone else who originally created it.  We have a wealth of great tutorials to help people with anime artwork, so if you need help creating anime art, it's available.  You can also post questions in the gallery forums asking for specific help with techniques, programs, and similar topics.

The other thing I've noticed a lot this week is fan art being posted improperly.  Fan art is a tricky subject because if an anime image is created of a popular anime series, at first glance it seems like it should be posted to the anime gallery.  After all, it's anime, right?  Well, to help the artists who create original anime characters, the fan art sections help divide new works from anime series that already exist. If someone created the character first, and you make your own version because you love the series, that's fan art.  Same goes for comic books, movies, games, and neo-pets.  Batman, Sonic the Hedgehog, Inu Yasha, Naruto, and even Aisha the neo pet are all great examples of fan art.  Each is very popular, but not original works if you make your own image of them. If you create a piece of art of someone else's character, please read the fan art sections to see which gallery it should be posted to.

On the bright side, if an image is posted to the wrong gallery, it is not deleted.  Seems like a lot of people think that, but it's not true. The only images that get deleted are ones that violate policy.  People are human and we all make mistakes from time to time.  There is no need to delete an image just because it's posted to the wrong gallery.  We admins do handle reports when people report the image for being in the wrong gallery.  If possible, the image is placed in the proper gallery.  Unfortunately, when there are hundreds of mis-categorized images (miscats), it takes away from our other duties to move them all.  Time spent writing news features, looking for images for daily deviations, and images to feature so that artists can get more recognition for their work gets used up because of the time required to fix miscats.  The simple and quick way is to send them to scraps.  If an image of yours is sent to scraps, it's usually because it was posted in the wrong gallery.  You have every right to move it to the proper gallery after that, and it's encouraged that you do so that your art can be seen by people wanting to see that type of artwork.  Posting images in the proper gallery helps everyone in the long run.  With over 20 million images, it would be a madhouse if we didn't keep track of all these things.  Please take an extra minute or two and read the gallery descriptions so that your art is being seen by the right people because it's where it should be.

On a similar topic,  Gallery Hopping had its second installment posted last week.  The goal is to cover every single digital gallery, giving some insight into the gallery, its gallery description, and some new and old art from that gallery so that everyone can see what it's all about.  I'm trying to post a new gallery every week so keep an eye out for the news features.  Some great features are posted every week, check them out, your art might even be in some of them.

Gallery highlights:

Never Let Go
Marie
Land of Legend


:icongatekeeper501: deviantART » Comics and Cartoons
gatekeeper501


-Asher’s Corner-in-Comics.

Starting and Understanding a ‘web-comic’ ::

Now, a lot of people have dreamed of having a web-comic, some have tried and given up, some have done a few for fun. But the one thing that makes a web-comic really standout is its difference to printed comics. Web-comics are sadly much less profitable – I can almost guarantee 99% of web-comics are done at a loss. So if your looking to get rich quick scheme, your barking up the wrong tree. A webcomic would be more a labor of love then a business investment.

But now that I have rained on your parade, I can discuss how to start a web-comic … Come-on! Read the rest, that was the only bad news!

Stable Drawing Style</b - The only skill you really need is consistency, readers really don't like a character that looks different from panel to panel (unless they are a shape shifter or something!)

Three things you will need to start a web-comic, sadly the thing you need the least is the actual webcomic. First is ‘Domain Name’ second is ‘Hosting’ and third is ‘Your Comic’. Or you can go with a webcomic
provider.

Domain - You might want to pick the title of your comic, if you are thinking you might want to pan out into other comics/idea’s and such, pick a name concerning the genre or if you must create a ‘studio’ name. In any case, don’t pick something that has nothing to do with the comic and for the love of all things worshiped – DON’T USE YOUR NAME! Its so tacky. (Unless your name is the title of the comic! Oddly...)

Hosting – Hosting isn't hard to get, you can simply type it in any search engine and find millions of hosting providers. You can also use of course DeviantART to host your work and with constant improvements here at DeviantART, artwork is getting displayed in new and better ways!

Website – Is this really that hard?! Yeah, that’s easy right? Not really, unless you already have a bit of back ground in web design, or basic dabbling you might be in a bit of the dark. Luckily Narfmaster found Comic Update Script for PHP to use for an easy start up webdesign method. If you have problems installing or if you want a custom layout you can usually either find a helpful hand at our local programming forums. Or if that doesn’t work you can hire someone from our job offers forum (For PAYING posts).

Printed Comics News

If your a Marvel fan, one of my favorite comics just hit the shelves! If you've been following 'Annihilation', you'll be pleased to hear that 'Nova #1' has recently been released. If you like a tragic story, destruction of worlds, a single hero vs. incredible odds, then this is your style. (And if you get the comic before I do, don't tell me anything!)

Written by Andy Lanning & DAN ABNETT
Penciled by Kev Walker
Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
32 PGS./Rated T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP [$2.99]

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:iconrocksicle: deviantART » Icons
rocksicle


Hey, gang! It's halfliquid here. rocksicle could not make his regularly scheduled update today since he's currently trecking in an unknown location (OK -- we know he's somewhere in Europe on his way to Latvia now, but we can't pinpoint!) on an amazing cause known as the Bummit 2 the Baltic. Students in his University, along with himself, are on a hitchhiking trip to collect for three deserving charities: Children Our Future, The Poppy Project and the Rainforest Concern.

If you head on over to his journal you can read on to find out more about the Bummit 2 the Baltic and learn how you can sponsor rocksicle! Any generosity on your part will help by leaps and bounds for this most worthy of causes.

PS: Linking to his journal in your own would be quite appreciative as well. Please help us spread the word!

:thanks:

Gallery Highlights (selected by halfliquid ):
Nemesis II IP
:BuyMyPrints:
Avatar – Cookie Love

:iconabhimanyughoshal: deviantART » Skins & Themes
abhimanyughoshal


Well, I've finally managed to get my monthly contest off the ground. 321 is now live! I'm looking to find some more intriguing prizes to offer, though. We've got lots more contests in mind.

Also, just so you know, the Vista bug is back. I wish skinners would just get over everything Aero/ Panther/ Safari/ Vista /Mac /Glass /Longhorn /Tiger/ Graphite/ Aqua, or at least let up for a bit. Lets see some originality, people!
     
I want to try and start a group that will offer tips to budding skinners on how to improve their quality of work. So, if you are an experienced skinner and are reading this, please get in touch with me to learn more about this initiative. For now, it'll be in the form of a group on DA. We'll have chats, journal features and more. Bring your own talent, support and Cocum juice!

Gallery Highlights:
technolize winamp
<a href=www.deviantart.com/view/312512… “>Black Box </a>


:iconbornghost: deviantART » Designs & Interfaces
bornghost


Not much going on in the Designs & Interfaces gallery at the moment. A few DDs here and there is all i've been able to pull together recently due to personal issues outside of dA. Also, CyniSteve brought a bug on the Tattoo Design gallery to my attention last night and we will work on getting it fixed soon so the Daily Favorites will show up properly.

In regards to contests, well... You'll see. ;)


:iconzilla774: deviantART » Wallpaper
zilla774


Wallpaper Gallery

Multi Monitor Mayhem Competition is now Closed

That's right, the judging is in progress and the winners will be announced very soon! Watch this space!

Suggesting Daily Deviations

What do you mean you didn't know you could suggest Daily Deviations? Really? You didn't? ok! Let's give a heads up on how to suggest wallpapers for inclusion in the Daily Deviation Feature!

1) you know that really neat wallpaper you saw a while back? Yeah that one, the really cool one, well, go grab the link and open it

2) Now it's open, let's check that it meets the gallery requirements. Is it at least 1024x768 or larger? yep? Is it by someone other than yourself? What, you knew you couldn't suggestion your own, ok ok, but you would be surprised how many don't.... I know, shocking...

3) In your message center, open a new note to me!

4) In the subject header put: 'DD Suggestion'. For some reason if you put anything else like: 'OMGBBQ!!! R3alLY 1337 w4lLp4p3r!!!!!11!' it won't appear in my inbox and it'll never be featured... wierd huh? Must be a bug.

5) Paste the link into the note.

6) The final ingredient - Each and every feature needs a description, without one the wallpaper will not be featured. But don't panic, it
doesn't need to be War and Peace! It's easy to write this description really, just tell me why you fell in love with the piece in the first place.

7) Click 'Send note'

8) I open the note, realise the piece is a work of genius and add the deviation to the Daily Deviation rota and it appears on the front page. Fame and fortune are sure to follow!

Easy huh! So get going and start suggesting all that cool Wallpaper artwork. You can make a difference to the gallery by helping to promote all the really neat works.

Until next time, stay frosty!

:iconhalfliquid: deviantART » Pixel Art
halfliquid


We got plenty of opinions and expertise for the in-the-works Doll section. Ask and I shall receive, eh? Thank you kindly! It's going to be a tremendous help as I  finalize the sections and descriptions in the upcoming week.

With that said, setstage brought up the fact that this new Doll gallery will be needing it's own little 16x16 gallery icon. And right he is! So I'll be sure to stage a little contest for that as well in the upcoming days.

As always, if you spot any cool pixel art, drop me a note, will 'yah?

:P

PS: Please, support the cause! rocksicle needs your help!


Gallery Highlights:
Iron_Smasher
Autumn Fairy
Messenger Pixel  Raccon


:iconage2003: deviantART » Flash
Age2003


Hey all,

Gallery moderation is going well and i've got to say a huge thank you for the Daily Deviation suggestions. You guys have sent me some really awesome ones over the last two weeks - very impressive. Please keep them coming my way.

Keep an eye out for more news on that Flash competition i mentioned 2 weeks back. I think you'll be rather pleased and excited like i am :)

Speaking of competitions, squeakytoad's "Animator Idol" is into it's second stage now as the deadline for your auditions was yesterday. In a few days the successful competitors will be announced in mine and his journals and the second challenge will be set. Many thanks to all those who enter the contest and i hope you get it.

Have a great easter all!
:peace:

:iconsmashmethod: deviantART » Digital Art » 3-Dimensional Art
smashmethod


Well, the items of most mention for today's newsletter would have to be about the "3D Makes Me..." contest, which is in full swing.  For those of you not familiar with this contest, you can click here to go to the official news article, to read up on contest guidelines, and prize information.  For those of you who have already entered the contest, I'd like to thank you for your submissions, I've been looking over the entries so far, and there have been a lot of good entires; you're going to make judging this thing hard on all of us.  Also, let it be known that you may enter the contest more than once, if you so wish. Just be sure to get your entires in by the 13th of April, so they can be eligible for judging.

As far as the rest of the gallery goes, keep sending me any questions you may have, and we'll try and resolve them as quickly as possible. And finally, one last word about DD suggestions.  Please make sure the person you're suggesting doesn't already have multiple DD's (the 3 or 4+ range), or didn't just get one in the last month of so.  I've been getting quite a bit of repeat DD suggestions, for artists who may have just had a DD within the week, even.  And though it's near impossible to respond to the tons of DD suggestions you're sending in, be sure I do read, and review everyone that comes in.  If I DD something you suggest, I try and respond back telling you so.

With all that said, keep on submitting quality submissions, and we'll gladly keep looking at them... thanks.

:iconbleedsopretty: deviantART » Resources
bleedsopretty


Resources

I have my ALMOST final draft for the new tutorial category list done. I want to hear your opinions! :) So give me some feedback. I want to know if there is anything that should be changed or added. Let me know if you can think of more popular applications I should add for each of the digital art subcategories.

Tutorials

+++Flash
+++Photography
+++Artisan Crafts
+++Writing
+++Traditional Art
-------Painting
-------Drawing
-------Miscellaneous
+++Digital Art
--Fractal Art
--Drawing//Painting//Airbrushing
-------Photoshop
-------Corel Painter
-------Paint Shop Pro
-------The Gimp
-------Open Canvas
-------Miscellaneous
--Photomanipulation
-------Photoshop
-------Paint Shop Pro
-------The Gimp
-------Miscellaneous
--Pixel Art
-------MS Paint
-------Photoshop
-------Paint Shop Pro
-------The Gimp
-------Miscellaneous
--Vector Art
-------Freehand
-------Illustrator
-------Photoshop
-------Corel Draw
-------Miscellaneous
--3D Art
-------Maya
-------3D Studiomax
-------Blender
-------Bryce
-------Cinema 4D
-------Lightwave
-------Poser
-------Softimage
-------Miscellaneous
--Miscellaneous
+++Web Design
-------Dreamweaver
-------HTML//CSS//Scripting
-------Miscellaneous
+++Application Reference
-------Photoshop
-------Paint Shop Pro
-------Illustrator
-------Corel Draw
-------Open Canvas
-------Cinema 4D
-------3D Studiomax
-------Poser
-------Apophysis
-------The Gimp
-------Miscellaneous
+++Non-Art
-------Food + Drink
-------Miscellaneous

Send me some DD suggestions! :)

___Daily Deviation Guidelines

_Do NOT 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


:iconde-profundis: deviantART » Traditional Art
De-Profundis


A traditional art contest revolving around Earth Day is on the way! Stay tuned.


:iconohnojaylo: deviantART » Artisan Crafts
ohnojaylo


Hiya everyone from Artisan Crafts!. The Great Plushie Contest Winners have been announced! Also check out the newest Strange But True feature. I have also posted a list of Tutorials compiled by Myana that relate to Artisan Crafts.

The newest feature? Artisan Crafts Prints Artists. Check them out, and their awesome prints! This month I feature Tomazz and his beautiful Culinary Art prints.

As many have noticed, the Miscellaneous section of Artisan Crafts has been closed due to abuse of the section. It will not be opened until the abuse has been cleared and I can be assured it will not happen again. It is very possible this will be a permanent change.

Gallery Highlight:
Bobcat 4


:iconcoshdaddy: deviantART » Poetry and Prose
coshdaddy


We're always receiving requests for changes to the poetry/prose categories, and we take the time to read and evaluate all suggested changes. Not all of these will make it in, but we decided that the Other category for Experimental Poetry was a worthy pick. So, if you happen to have an experimental poem that doesn't fit into the categories that we've presented, you've got another option.

However, that being said, there is a known error with the Browse feature that does not allow you to look in that specific category using the Quick Browse drop-down menu. We're working on this, and it should be resolved soon. Don't panic.

As well, the latest contest from the Literature Gallery Update is almost coming to a close. You have until April 10th to get bananaprincess to laugh through humourous verse poetry, so get cracking.






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:

PREFIX LEGEND
AR:for Artist Relations
PH:for Photography
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
ANI:for Anime
AC:for Artisan Crafts
COM:for Comics and Cartooons
CON:for Contests
DI:for Designs & Interfaces
FL:for Flash
ICN:for Icons
POE:for Poetry
PRS:for Prose
ST:for Skins & Themes
TA:for Traditional Art
VP:for Visualization Presets
WP:for Wallpaper
RES:for Resources
FR:for Fractal Art





Bullet Love

Fri Apr 7, 2006, 3:57 PM
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If you aren't checking the gallery pages everyday you're missing out on great news items written by members of the community and the incredible Artist Relations Staff:

Photography , Traditional Art , Digital Art , Poetry , Prose , Designs & Interfaces , Flash</b> , Wallpaper , Skins & Themes , Icons , Artisan Crafts , Visualizations , Pixel Art , Nude Photography , Fetish Photography , Stock Photography , Resources

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Well I guess there's a lot to update since my last journal so lets get to it!

:bulletred: My time in the spotlight is officially over and thankfully so, it was exhausting running between tv appearances and trying to keep my clients happy and non-affected by the chaos.  The Toronto Sun caught wind of what was going on and decided to run a story on spring cleaning that they interviewed me for.  I'm trying not to let the fame go to my head..

:bulletred: My aunt passed away and the situation was less than stellar.  She's been outside of the family for quite some time.  The only contact she's had has been from my mother and I and the reasons for this are trite as far as I'm concerned and really just boiled down to money.  I found myself deeply disappointed in some of my family members for not being able to drop it and just be family but regardless, she's at peace now, something she hasn't known for quite some time.  :heart:

:bulletred: Would you believe I'm still spring cleaning? I guess this is the clincher.. the second the tv appearances slowed down, the funeral stuff was over with and I was able to catch up on everything here.. boom, sick.  Figures.  But I think I'm above it now and the craziness is past and I can finally get myself back on track. This excites a person with OCD to no end.

:bulletred: Through my massive bouts of insomnia I tend to do things to amuse myself that don't require too much thought, because frankly, after 30 hours with no sleep, you're not that smart.  I currently have a colouring book and a paint by number on the go but more recently I taught myself to knit.  Hah, Stephen is going to have many scarves at this rate!

So that's my quick update! AR is kicking major butt and impressing me everyday.  The newsletter will have more on that :)



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