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!
The 15th was ohnojaylo
's birthday and the 20th was nighty
's , we've decided they deserve the month to celebrate so send them some love!
It is with sadness that I inform you of the resignation of alyn
. He made a significant contribution in his time here and he'll be missed.
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.
There were complaints that Mature Content images were showing in people's watchlists in thumbnail format causing them issues at work and school. We have figured out that those people turned on their filter after
the images had appeared in their watch and the Mature content filter is not retroactive. If you are concerned about these sorts of images you must make sure you clear out your watch list of any Mature Content and then turn on your filter.
We are working on some new categories.. oooh.. ahhh... interested? you should be!
The Art of Threes
resolution is ready but we will require some community help, keep an eye out for a forthcoming announcement.
More contests are on the way!! Watch your galleries folks!
Show us your stance on Internet safety in the new devSAFE 2006
category, get involved!
Visit our chatroom at #artistrelations
, and take the opportunity to speak directly with the gallery directors and core staff in real time! Help show your support by sporting our stamp
The Key System
As you can see at the very bottom there is now a Key System. The way this will work is simple. If you have a specific inquiry or suggestion for a specific department, begin your comment with the appropriate Key Code, that way we can search the page and compile them and address them. Neat, huh?
There aren't too many days left to get your entry in for the Show Yourself Photography Contest
. The contest closes March 27, so if you haven't submitted yet, go for it! Just submit your creative self portrait to the Show Yourselfcontest category
, and you'll be eligible to win some cool prizes, including a new Logitech Quickcam.
Gallery Highlights: ColdEmbryoGiant Ferris Wheel
There is often confusion when it comes to what is allowable in the Artistic Nude sub-category of art photography. In this update, I will attempt to explain some of the requirements for submitting deviations to Artistic Nude.
**One challenge when considering the Artistic Nude category for your deviation is choosing between the Artistic Nude
, the Glamour
or the Fetish
galleries because all three of these cats can contain nudity. Fetish are usually fairly easy to pick but Glamour is often difficult to differentiate. Generally we define Glamour type nudes as being more like Playboy, FHM and Ralph magazine style photos. Glamour also covers most swimsuit, lingerie and the like. Because of this we consider most photos of underwear to be glamour - but it really depends on the style and intent of the photo. If the intent is art and it is not a glamour style photograph then it most likely belongs in the Artistic Nude Gallery. This applies equally for photographs of female and male models.
The guideline for deciding if your deviation is Artistic Nude is found during the submission process and is as follows:
"Original and artistic photography of a nude human subject; partially nude, or implied, in an artistic setting or style. Photography should not be manipulated in a digital editor outside the confines of what can be achieved in a classic darkroom or through the use of classic filters. All photographs must be of an actual human. Photographs of a statue, sculpture, drawing or any other artistic or non-artistic representation of a nude human subject must not be submitted in this category. Any non-artistic nude photography, highly digitally manipulated photography, or photography not using the male/female form as the main subject, will be removed without notice. Any photograph where the subject is determined to be under the age of 18 will also be removed without notice."
Other than that there are the lines between scraps and art and the line between pornography and art. Poor quality, non-artistic and low resolution photographs are not allowed in the Artistic Nude gallery - these can only be submitted to scraps. All deviations containing nudity must also comply with the dA Nudity Policy FAQ #23
Re-cats and DDs
Sounds like some sort of beat lingo but in fact are two of the more important jobs a Gallery Director has.Re-Cats / Re-Categorize
Anytime you report a picture as a section violation it appears on a report that is monitored by all Gallery Directors and one of our responsibilities is to look at the picture and decide where it needs to go in the galleries they tend.
The Stock Art Gallery - wants to focus on high resolution (600 x 600) Art that can be USED by other artist. The Key words being USABLE and ART.DD Daily Deviations
Should also be known as Staff Picks
Gallery Directors are allowed to pick one feature a day from their galleries and explain why there are featuring it.I usually feature something suggested to me from people whom take an interest in Stock
A Daily Deviation should be a day of celebration for the Featured Artist and well wishers welcome to comment but anything negative needs to stay away from the party...
If you are in disagreement with my suggestion and feel the strong need to
let me know then please note me with your constructive comments.
Thanks as always .. deviantART has continued to be a positive experience
for me because of all of you
The Photomanipulation Gallery was updated with some new categories to make the submission process easier.
The new categories are :Abstract:
Photomanipulations submitted to this category should focus on color and/or form to represent the subject. Photorealistic content should not be part of this category. ( Mandalas belong in this category )Conceptual:
Photomanipulations where the artist's intent is to convey a concept rather than focus on the subject shown.Humorous:
Photomanipulations indicating or expressing a sense of humor.Dark:
Photomanipulations which are dark in mood or have an overall melancholy feeling, but don't fit into the Macabre and Horror category.Emotional:
Photomanipulations with the intent to convey an emotion.
Please update your deviations if you think they fit better in a new category.
If you have any suggestions or questions regarding the Photomanipulation Gallery, please feel free to note me.Text Art
Some time has gone by after revamping the text galleries and the changes have brought a mixed bag to report. On the good side, the gallery has seen some great use of text in a variety of new ways. Some of the images make you stop and study them, for both their artistic merits and for the deep statements that are being portrayed through the use of creative word and letter combinations. It's a great time of change as it feels like a new surge of creativity has been injected into the gallery. On the flip side, there has been a lot of miscategorized postings. Since the new galleries have been added, a lot of images that are logos, banners/tags, and some visual poetry images have been posted to the text gallery. If you are new to text art, or are unsure of the proper gallery, reading the Designs and Interface, as well as the Visual Poetry gallery descriptions is recommended.
Gallery Highlights:Can you Spot Aids? - Digital General Digital
While looking through the digital galleries this week, I'm excited by what I see. The amount of great art I've seen since the last feature is
amazing, can't wait to share some of it. As far as digital news features goes, this weeks Unburied Treasure should be the best yet.
Along with that, I am currently working on a new Digital Insights news feature to highlight some tutorials for a different art form this time.
Gallery Highlights:Elsabeth, Muriel + the Toaster Nature Daily Deviations
I will have a personal journal posted this weekend explaining the methods I go through in what I select to feature. Hopefully this will help people out with their suggestions when they find an image that must be shared with everyone, so if you are dropping in to suggest an image, please read it first. As a General Digital Director, I have the freedom to feature any type of digital image. Looking at what has been shared so far, I'd like to expand the type of art that is getting featured from the digital galleries so that all the various types of digital artwork can be featured. The overwhelming amount of what I feature is noted to me by various deviants so keep sending in those suggestions.
This is just a big reminder people. The new Comics gallery is only for sequential comic work, single panel work (with a caption or dialogue) and intro pages and comic covers that are part of a comic of which you have at least one page uploaded in your gallery.
This section is not for illustrations and especially not for fanart of superheroes and other trademarked comic book characters. Please keep your illustrations in Cartoons (or in People, Fantasy, or any other section you may feel it is suiting for in the case of more realistic work. Please read the gallery descriptions). And please keep your artwork of Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Wolverine, and any other fan favorites and the like in the Fanart > Cartoons/Comics section.
Please help keep DeviantART organized, and remember, people are more likely to find your artwork if it is in the proper gallery. Deviants and visitors alike browse specific galleries for a reason, because it's what they want to see!
As a second reminder, please keep your Anime images in the Anime section. Come on now we should be over this. There are sections for anime in both Traditional and Digital Art, under both Drawings and Paintings. I know a piece may be fantasy, or sci-fi, or what have you as well, but if you're drawing it Anime/Manga style please keep it in that section. It is a very friendly community, you will be well-recieved there, believe me!
Also remember to keep your Anime fanart in Fanart > Anime/Manga. The Anime sections are for original works and original characters.
In other news, don't forget about my two weekend news features Budding Manga Artists and C & C Sunday, both of which are now viewable in either the Digital Art or Traditional Art news subcategories (or both, depending on what mediums are in the features at the time). C & C Sunday has already reached its 6th edition, and Budding Manga Artists has had roughly 40 installments! You can see Archives of both features in the full view of my journal or by looking through the Anime & Manga
news subcategory and the Comics
news subcategories respectively.
Look forward to them this weekend... hopefully. I am currently out of the country and so my availability will vary!
And thats all from me. Happy cartooning!
I've been seeing some great stuff recently from lesser known emoticon and Icon creators on deviantART recently which is fantastic. I love seeing people taking a step back from more common approaches to emoticons (or anything) and going at it their own way.
A small note of caution, I've been seeing few people submitting deviations into the Emoticons category which shouldn't be there. When browsing the category, every deviation in there should ideally be usable in something like a forum or IM client. So if you make a large 500 x 300 animation, even if it includes 'emoticon characters' then it still needs to go in somewhere like Pixel Art or Digital Art. If you need help with this, or anything related to Icons, then don't hesitate to send me a note.
We're running chaosmuse
's innovative Deviantart.com skin contest as of now, and I can't wait to see the winning skins. If you don't know about it, please check out her journal for details. Also, our mega contest has been postponed to some time in April. However, we will still run a regular month-long contest next month, beginning on the 1st. On the artistic front, I've been seeing some interesting work in the gallery of late, a lot of original scripting and design ideas... but alas, a whole bunch of Vista skins again. Furthermore, a lot of skinners, in my opinion, need to work on their detailing skills - their base designs are good, but somewhere along the way, a few mediocre elements show up, and mar the overall design's appeal. I'd love to see some tutorials and pointers, perhaps from some of our more established skinners, on how to remedy this situation. Thats it from me as of now. Keep skinning!
Gallery Highlights:TitipocoSoftLight VS
Sorry about the lack of updates last time, it's been a very busy, awful couple of weeks for me and I couldn't find time to find things to talk about. But this time, I have some stuff to wet your creative whistles.
For the CD designers who have been patiently waiting for the contest myself and rocksicle
are planning, know this: It's almost ready. We're rounding third base and heading back to home on the details, prizes, and judges. So look for that contest within the next month or so. Hey, it takes time to get something this big running.
For the web designers, there's also a contest coming up thanks to the needs of wise-ass
. I'm thinking about calling it A Wise-Ass Design Contest. It has a nice ring to it. The prizes are nice too.
And for all those who love Designs & Interfaces but hate to see miscategorized deviations: Report them. I hardly get any reports about miscategorized deviations these days! So let's inform the uninformed, straighten out the crooked, and smack around those who think Designs & Interfaces is a good place for their latest crayon drawing. If we work together, we can do it!
But how do you do it, you ask? Here's how!
While viewing the deviation, scroll down to just below the Description box and just above the comments.
Click the "Report Deviation as Policy Violation" button.
Select the "Wrong Section" option from the dropdown menu.
Write a blurb in the Comments box. Could be a haiku for all I care.
Submit it! The next time I work my way through my miscat reports, i'll take care of it!
In regards to DDs, i'd like everyone to keep submitting them. I will feature the ones that are to my taste and usually won't feature more than one piece from a list of deviations in a note.
That's all, folks. Until next time!Multi Monitor Mayhem Contest
The contest is in it's final week now, so if you are going to submitanything then make sure it's soon! The standard of entries has been extremely high, which will make the judges jobs harder than ever to pickthe winners! The closing date is 1st April 2006 11:59pm PST
Read more about the contest here: Multi Monitor MayhemCategory Change
The 'Mac/OSX' wallpaper category was originally intended for Mac resolution wallpapers back when there was a clear difference between Mac and PC sizes. These days that is no longer relevant and the Mac category has been used mainly for Mac themed walls. I have taken the decision, after having several requests via the Wallpaper Forums, to change this category to an OS themed section for both Macs and PCs (and any other OS for that matter). So, Windows themed walls can now be placed in the Mac/PC OS
Again, I have to mention the Anime category, as it is still being heavily abused with rips and copyright violations. 90% at least of the submissions to this section have to be removed because of policy violations. If this continues then the CEA Team will be removing the category completely. I'm sure that no one wants this to happen, so please, please, please consider whether what you are submitting is your work to submit BEFORE you submit it.Wallpaper Features
Want to see great selections of desktops ready chosen for you? Then head over to my latest wallpaper features available here:Wallpaper News
That's it for now, see you next time for the contest winners!
Things are starting to move along with fixing some of the problems that we have in our homely pixel art galleries. One of which is the fact that doll-makers often had no place to turn to when their pieces incorporated non-pixel art methods (such as blurring and the like).
Should I put it in pixel art? Should I put it in a miscellaneous section somewhere in digital art? What gives!? What should I do, Mr. Pixel Art Gallery Director Guy?
Worry about this you shalt no longer because we're making a section devoted entirely for you guys!
I'm asking for any opinions and ideas you may have if you have knowledge in this genre. You can leave nuggets of K in this forum thread
whose purpose is to gather all that we can before we craft the final section.
Put enough heads together and I figure something good might happen, aye?
On another note Im sure some of you will be happy to hear about, all section violations that have been reported in the past for the pixel art gallery up until now have been taken care of. Thank you to those that submitted them! You know I loves you.
Gallery Highlights:The Mighty BooshRanchOnce In A Blue Moon
Hey guys n' gals!
Just a quick update to thanks to those who've given me more feedback recently, thanks to the few that send me DD suggestions (keep them coming) and those who send violation reports. You're all very helpful.
Hmmmm did someone say competitions? No? Ok well I will then...COMPETITIONS!
I'm not going to give too much away at this time but I will say that I'm working with something to bring you a nice official Flash competition to wet your creative appetites.
More details soon!
And if that wasn't exciting enough squeakytoad
has come up with a cool concept for an animation contest that I'll be judging along with a few others.
It's called "Animator Idol" and you can find out more information in here
That's about it for now, once again if you need to contact me for help or whatever then feel free to note me.
Things in the 3D Gallery seem to be moving along well. First off, items
of mention include <a href="news.deviantart.com/article/20…
">the "3D Makes Me..." contest, whereby users are asked to express one of the six main emotions through the use of a 3d medium of some kind. For full contest details, including submission requirements, and prize information, go here.
That contest will be over on April 13th. Secondly, there seems to be a need for some clarification on what constitutes a proper DD suggestion. The primary problem with a lot of the suggestions that come my way is that they aren't for pieces in the 3D Gallery. I only make DD's for material from within my (3D) gallery. You may refer to the "Artist Relations" portion of my journal
to find out where your suggestions should go. Also, be sure the person you're suggesting doesn't already have a couple DD's, or just received a DD within like a week/month of the time you're suggesting. I appreciate the suggestions, but please put a little research into your suggestions before they come my way, it'd help out a lot. And finally, keep on placing your submissions in the proper galleries, and keep reporting those deviations which are misplaced, all your reports help. Other than that, keep on doing what you're doing, and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
I've mentioned our upcoming contests. I still can't reveal too much info just yet, but I am looking for different artists to do samples for one of the contests. I am searching for all types of digital artists. Photomanipulators, vector artists, etc. If you are interested send me a note and we can discuss the details.
Violations are still a big problem. I am working on clearing the resources gallery of any violations // miscats. You can help me out by reporting them, or by sending a note directly to me with the deviation links.
I've managed [after a lot of work....heh.] to rid the deviantART Related>>DA tutorials of all the regular non DA tutorials, and of all the cartoon sketches. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE remember that deviantART Related>>DA tutorials is for tutorials ABOUT deviant art, tutorials that explain things to help out newer deviants. All other types of tutorials belong in the Resources>>Tutorials category.
If you run across anything that you think deserves to be given a daily deviation. I'd love to check it out, send me a note with the deviation link and a small description explaining why you like it and why you think it should be featured. ___Daily Deviation Guidelines
suggest your own artwork
_Only suggest things from the Resources gallery
_It has to have less than 50 favourites. I want to give non-popular artists a chance to get some time in the spotlight
_It must not contain anything that is copyrighted! [movie/celeb/game/cartoon images, for example]
Ok, Ok, I know that Traditional has been somewhat quiet as of late (some would say narcoleptic, but that is really an overstatement). The past weeks have been a combination of snags (a little illness here, some quarter academic exams there, etc) and taking care of simple maintenance/administrativa. The galleries are large, and still need more grooming, but we will get through it steadily over time. Also, to be utterly frank, a project I wanted to launch hit more obstacles than a 1972 Buick in a demolition derby; so while that is scrapped (for now), there are things afoot. De-Profundis
, in her divine inspiration, has a contest in queue. The details will be set down within the week, and a formal announcement will be out shortly. After that, I am working with a user to get an idea hammered into either a semi-regular feature, or as a contest in and of itself. That will in all likelihood be established formally by the next AR update. To give a hint, it has to do with images and letters.
We three GDs are also brainstorming for creating some other feature, since the number of DD and UA suggestions (on top of what we already uncover on our own) clearly merits another outlet. The Great Plushie Contest
is almost over so get your submissions in!
The literature community is buzzing with activity! We have poetry and prose competitions, interviews, featured chats and DD numbers that rival cweeks
! Not to mention the guides on how to get published and where to get published, news articles about that
president who told his country they'd go to heaven if they read his book three times, and and and some pretty amazing writing to be perused.
Find all this and more in The Literature Gallery Update
This week, along with fourteenthstar
, we are also gathering some opinions on a poetry print template system. You can read more info and drop suggestions in the writer's forum thread
Gallery Highlight: Escaping
December til February is usually an excellent time for AVS enthusiasts. There have been many beautiful releases from the usual suspect, but also a handful of surprises. Grab these now, as usually another impact of quality releases does not happen before summer.
Gallery Highlights:Soy Bomb The DSE Remixes Functions
Thanks for reading this update. We look forward to reading your feedback and to answering your comments and suggestions in our next update.
To direct your comments towards the right gallery director, optionally prefix your comments with the following acronyms:
|AR:||for Artist Relations|
|AN:||for Photography > Artistic Nudes|
|FP:||for Photography > Fetish|
|SP:||for Stock Photos|
|DA:||for Digital Art|
|3D:||for Digital Art -> 3 Dimensional Art|
|AA:||for Digital Art > Anthro|
|DF:||for Digital Art > Digital Fantasy|
|PM:||for Digital Art -> Photomanipulation|
|PA:||for Digital Art > Pixel Art|
|AC:||for Artisan Crafts|
|COM:||for Comics and Cartooons|
|DI:||for Designs & Interfaces|
|ST:||for Skins & Themes|
|TA:||for Traditional Art|
|VP:||for Visualization Presets|
|FR:||for Fractal Art|