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Sat Dec 30, 2006, 6:36 AM
  • Mood: Love
  • Reading: Talk to the hand
So this morning's headlines..


A piece of canadian ice shelf greater to 11 thousand football fields has broken free due to climate changes.  It's 497 miles south of the north pole.. this shouldn't be happening.  Did you all see The Day After Tomorrow? I think I'm going to go watch it again as survival training.

At what point do we wake up and realize the impact we are having on our world?  And this bullshit about one person not making a difference is exactly that.

Do your part, be conservative with energy and not wasteful.  Reduce, reuse, recycle and all that jazz.. this crap about it being someone elses problem is clearly not the correct answer.

I'd like there to be a world for my children and grandchildren.

In other news today, someone in china bred a flourescent green pig.

I have no idea, I just live here..


Merry Yule

Fri Dec 22, 2006, 8:27 PM
  • Mood: Love
  • Reading: Talk to the hand
It's Yule for me.. a little history and a blessing for you because I just wouldn't be me if i didn't :)

Yule is also called by the name: Winter Solstice. It celebrates the rebirth of the Sun God and honors the Horned God. On Yule we experience the longest night of the year. Although much of the winter harvest weather is still to come, we celebrate the coming light and thank the Gods for seeing us through the longest night. It is a time to look on the past year's achievements and to celebrate with family and friends. From this day until MidSummer, the days will grow longer and banish the darkness to begin the light that brings warmth and life to the world. This is the official first day of winter.

I invite you to light the world with me.

You'll need a small globe, whether it's a drawing or an actual globe is up to you, just a visual representation of the earth.  You will also need three white candles in candle holders.

Set the candles in a triangle around the globe and light the candles in clockwise order, starting at the top.  

Extinguish the candles counterclockwise while saying:

The longest night,
winter of the soul.


While in the dark this is your time to contemplate the positive changes you wish to see in the world.  When you're ready, light the candles clockwise and say:

From the depths of the
soul comes hope,
light of the world


Spin the glove, visualizing the positive changes.  Let the candles burn all the way down and keep your globe in a place that will remind you to be a positive light in the new year.

Blessed be to you all.

:heart:


Heather's Joke

Sun Dec 17, 2006, 2:10 PM
Heather's Best Joke Ever
At least until she comes up with a better one

Two muffins are baking in an oven
One muffin says to the other muffin "Man, it's hot in here"
The other muffin looks at him and says "Holy crap a talking muffin"

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Sunday bloody Sunday
  • Reading: Phule's Army



:pointr: Director of Artist Relations
:iconmoonbeam13:


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!


:bulletgreen: Important things first! I take a size small.. my favorite colors are green and pink and I like oatmeal cookies HINTHINTNUDGENUDGE ..<cough>  Alright ...alright.. but do have a safe and happy holiday season everyone :heart:

:bulletgreen: Due to personal time constraints, smashmethod has opted to leave the AR team for now.  We thank him for his dedication and wish him the best in the future :heart:

:bulletgreen: While I will be filling positions for gallery directors in areas like Anthro, 3-D and wherever else I find a hole, I am not doing it until after the new year.  I appreciate the enthusiasm of the community but I require time to assess the current team and decide what is needed.  Thank you :)

:bulletgreen: I have completed the task of selecting all of the artists for the BT/Thomas Dolby tour.  I appreciated this project because I literally spent hundreds of hours in thousands and thousands of galleries over the course of two months.  I found artists I’d never known about and it really renewed my love for deviantART.  Congratulations to those artists that were selected, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

:bulletgreen: As the end of the year draws near, I am spending time summarizing the year in terms of Artist Relations in order to make a plan for the upcoming year.  To this end I ask for your input.  I would like to hear your thoughts on improving the galleries and Artist Relations.  I’d also like to know what is working for you and what isn’t.  If you would like to contribute to this, please send me a note with the subject Suggestions for 2007.  

:bulletgreen:  I would like to draw your attention to Editorial: v5 News by bananaprincess as a perfect example of a brilliantly executed editorial.

:bulletgreen:  Please check out the project Word-worth-1000-pics

:bulletgreen: We now have a category called devWEAR portraits under the dA related gallery.  This is where you can model your new devWEAR swag J

:bulletgreen:  I have to clean up the categories in Resources -> Tutorials.  There are hundreds of thousands of miscategorized deviations now that the new category structure has been created.  With that being said, this is the new main category structure:

Resources -> Tutorials ->

- traditional art
- digital art
- web design
- application reference
- non-art


The following categories on the main list (if you browse) are set to be removed.  If you have deviations in this category they must be relocated to the correct category or they will be moved to scraps for you to relocate later prior to the category being deleted so as not to delete your work  

- 3d studio max
- Blender
- Bryce
- Dreamweaver
- Flash
- Lightwave
- Maya


I thank you for your cooperation, I will begin relocating things to scraps toward the end of next week.




:bulletgreen: If you contact the help desk about something to do with a deviation please link said deviation.  It certainly helps me to respond faster to your issue :)

:bulletgreen:  Looking for contests? Find a list of all AR sponsored contests here




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?



:pointr:Photojournalism
:iconghouldaddy:

There are a couple of things I'd like to touch on. The first is a congratulations to emilymartian on her being featured in "New Mini" magazine and you can read about her experience here.

Second, with the introduction of the way back feature I've begun a massive cleansing of the Photojournalism Gallery. So far I've cleaned up to August 2001, this is proving a task as in the beginning there was only Photojournalism misc. followed by events, people, and then military...so you can see there's a great deal that's changed and deviations were never moved accordingly. By the time I'm done, the sub par stuff will be out and the gallery should look top notch.

Next I want to touch on something that is related to the above. When a gallery director moves something, it's moved because it's in the wrong category..now it may be in the right gallery for instance a photo of a public protest should be placed in Political, or Public Gatherings..not concert and musicians...get my point. When a piece can fit in more than one category, or doesn't belong in the gallery outright, a gd will move your deviation to Scraps...this is not to say your image isn't worthy of your gallery, it's just placed there, so that YOU can move it to a more fitting place in your gallery. So what I'm getting at here is before flipping out and writing a scathing journal about the big bad gallery directors take a step back and send in a help desk ticket and get a proper reason as to why your image was moved. The Gallery Directors are here to work with you, not against you. And please remember the Photojournalism gallery is about "newsworthy" images, so leave out the pics of you and you friends goofing off at school etc. or of your new kitty Max..they can be the greatest deviations ever, but they just don't belong in Photojournalism.

Lastly, after a great  many requests I'd like to introduce the  newest addition to the Photojournalism Gallery:

Documentary/Editorial
Images or series of images taken to accompany an editorial piece or photographed in a documentary style. Photo essay's would also be submitted to this category. A series of random snapshots DO NOT belong in Documentary/Editorial, but may be uploaded to your scraps. Images containing date and time stamps will automatically be moved to your scraps.

I guess that's all for now..oh one more thing. Time stamps..please people, PUH-LEASE read the manual on your camera, turn off time stamps!!!! They do nothing for your image what so ever othe than make it seem like a cheap snapshot..and we all know where snapshots belong don't we? Let's hear it..all together now... SCRAPS!! and that's where I will be placing anything with a time stamp on it. Can't figure out how to remove it? Then please crop it out.

And on a completely unrelated matter...please check out the 12 dAys of Christmas contest on now and win yourselves some fancy swag! read the news here news.deviantart.com/article/24…


:pointr: Artistic Nude Photography
:icontracieteephotography:
Over the last few weeks I’ve seen a large amount of work submitted to the Artistic Nude gallery that does not adhere to the “deviantART nudity policy”.  These guidelines are in place to ensure that we have a high quality website and galleries that conform to their own standards. So PLEASE read this document FAQ #23: What are DeviantArt policies on nudity? before submitting you work.

I can’t believe how many times I’ve seen deleted deviations resubmitted over and over again sometimes up to three times.

If your deviation has been deleted because it was in breach of the deviantART nudity policy this does not mean you can resubmit it again under a different name, change the colour, rotate it or submit it in a different gallery.

I’d like to say a big thanks to all the people out there helping to report such deviations as this you’ve all been a wonderful help!


DD Suggestions

Is everyone on holidays already? I miss getting my inbox full of DD suggestions everyday. If you see a wicked piece of  Artistic Nude work you would like to see featured feel free to drop over to :iconscottb: or myself and send us a note with your suggestion. All you need to do is…..

1. Title your note as “DD Suggestion”
2. Send us a “Link” with a brief description
3. Make sure the image doesn’t have 100’s of favs

It’s great to choose unknown artists where possible so we can bring those hidden talents out into the open:XD:



:pointr:Nature Photography
:icongarrit:

The first changes in the Animals, Plants & Nature category are done. You can see below that a lot of things are completely new and that some stuff has changed. It's a big step for the Animals, Plants & Nature community into the future.

I got so much feedback during the last few months and tried to include all your suggestions into the new category structure. It was a long process to reach that point but you see that it's really a massive change and in the right direction. Thanks again for your massive feedback and response.

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New Animals, Plants & Nature Category:

   * Astrophotography
   :new:Birds
   :new:Closeup -> Animals | Nature
   :new:Dogs & Cats
   * Elements
   * Flowers & Plants
   * Geology
   :new:Human & Nature
   :new:Insects & Arachnids *renamed*
   * Landscapes
   :new:Mammals -> Domesticated Animals | Wild Animals  
   * Miscellaneous
   :new: Reptiles & Amphibians
   :new: Underwater
   * Waterscapes
   :new:Weather & Sky *combined*

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Ok, you can see that the new system is separated into:

Animals: Birds, Closeup (Animals (Macro shot from a butterfly for example), Dogs & Cats, Insects & Arachnids, Mammals (Domesticated Animals, Wild Animals), Reptiles & Amphibians, Underwater (fish for example)

Nature: Astrophotography, Closeup (Nature (Macro shot from a leaf for example), Elements, Flowers & Plants, Geology, Human & Nature (A girl with a butterfly in her hand for example), Landscapes, Underwater (reef for example), Waterscapes, Weather & Sky

Plants: Flowers & Plants, Closeup (Nature (Macro shot from a flower for example)

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Most stuff is already active, but some big changes will come the next days like Mammals, etc.  If you have misscats in your category -> please move it to the right category otherwise nobody will find it. You have new categories, begin to use it. Contact me if you need help.


Important:

Your help is needed. The categories are fine, but they need fitting descriptions that everybody can understand. Confusing Descriptions are a pain and we can avoid that. I want to involve you in that process, you must work with that category system and the best way to secure that everyone understand and respect the descriptions & guidelines is to offer you the chance to suggest descriptions for it.

Descriptions means -> a good explanation for the category -> 1 - 3 sentences long.

An example: Photojournalism Sports -> Photographs of sporting events, locations, equipment, or athletes taken to document the wide world of sports.

We need descriptions for:

- Birds
- Closeup ( Sub Categories: Animals, Nature)
- Dogs & Cats
- Mammals (Sub Categories: Domesticated Animals, Wild Animals)
- Reptiles & Amphibians
- Underwater

Good Descriptions are really important. Use your chance and get involved.


Prizes:
1 x 1 Year Subscription to dA + 2 x 3 Months + 2 x 1 Month Subscription are waiting for the people as little thank you for the best suggestions.

Get started! I


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Topic: What is a Close Up (Macro) and should I upload my shot into this category?
Let's see the Gallery Desc on dA:

Closeup definition: Photography in which the image on film or electronic sensor is as large or larger than the subject. Otherwise it's not a Closeup-Shot and not the right category.



Additional Info:
For example, suppose a photographer wants to take a macro photograph of a coin on film. With the lens set for a magnification of 1:1, he or she moves the camera to and fro until the coin is in focus, then takes the picture. After having the film developed, the photographer can place the coin on the film, and the coin will be exactly the same size as the picture of the coin on the negative or slide.

In recent years, the term macro has come to mean being able to focus on a subject close enough so that when a standard 102×152 mm (4×6 inch) print is made, the image is life-size or larger.

Next, the photographer photographs it from farther away, this time, setting the lens to a magnification of 1:4, again moving to and fro until the coin is in focus, and taking the picture. The real coin is now four times as big across as the image; that is, the image and the coin are in a 1:4 relationship. If a 4× enlargement print (about 100×150 mm) is made, the size of the coin will match the size of the photo of the coin. That is, the image is life-size, or 1:1, in the print.

Technical requirements:

Shots in this category are done:
:bulletblue: by reversing the lens using a "reversing ring" or
:bulletblue: by using a special-purpose lens called a macro lens or
:bulletblue: placing an extension tube between the camera body and the lens or
:bulletblue: by using a bellows attachment between the camera body and the lens to extend the lens to film plane distance or
:bulletblue: by attaching a telephoto extender between the camera body and the lens or
:bulletblue:by reversing a lens of lesser focal length in front of a normally mounted lens using a "macro coupler," which uses two male filter threads to join lenses.



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Some examples:

:thumb44809626: that isn't a Close Up

Zot in a Knot by HeatherTelesca that is a Close Up

Big Trouble in a Little Kitten by IrishRaine that isn't a Close Up

ladybug by graemo that is a Close Up

the cutest dog in the world by claytes that isn't a Close Up

A Leaf by HolgaVision that is a Close Up

:thumb17888102: that isn't a Close Up

:thumb25715193: that is a Close Up

:thumb32636165: that isn't a Close Up

Hawk by justinblackphotos that is a Close Up

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Please consider that if you upload shots to the Close Up-Section. The Close Up category is one of the most suggested category additions and a good addition for the nature & animal photographers on dA, but if the gallery ends full of misscats nobody will be happy in the end.

It would be nice if you would tell your friends about it (if they do nature photography on dA).




:pointr:Stock Art
:iconradiopooh:

And the Stock Art was hung from the Chimney with care In hope that Saint Nicolas would soon be there

Greetings from Sandi .. oibyrd and David radioPooh

Your prince and princess of stock art , Your Mac Daddy and Mac Momma, Your Samson and Delilah , Your Archie and Veronica of the Stock world

Etiquette and being constructive

There is a difference in slamming a piece of art and being constructive. A few feel that it is there right to really slam art ( especially stock art)

I think we need to build a new world order in the art world where we try to help fellow artist to make their art better  .. if you don’t like a piece of art .. then let them know . but let them know why and how they could make it better ..

the comment “your picture sucks” makes me want to reply “your comment sucks but with a few more insightful words it could have been constructive”

We just want people to play nice ..  If you come under attack . don’t attack back .. travel the high road .. one technique I do when some one slams me  is to make a positive comment on their art ..my way of balancing the scales and taking the high road

Stock Art is planning a get together at Stonehenge in 2008 where we will form a big ring during the summer solstice by holding hands and singing we are stock art. Okay just kidding . but it could happen if we believe


:pointr:Comics and Cartoons
:icony2jenn:

Hiya guys and gals!  There's only a couple of things I need to rattle on about this week.  First things first, the Day in the Life of a Deviant contest is officially over and closed to entries!  I've contacted the other five judges and the results should be ready to unveil sometime within the next week.  I am VERY pleased with the outcome and for those who entered.  Good luck, guys!

I'm currently going through the Comics and Cartoons gallery in its entirety and moving things around or deleting violations.  I've begun work in the 2001 submissions so if you see any of your really old work getting moved or deleted please don't panic.  If you have any questions about it please contact the helpdesk and your ticket will be forwarded to the appropriate admins.  Just to add a bit to this... I've had to move a large amount of recent deviations from C&C to Manga/Anime.  If your work is obviously anime please place it in the correct category.  If you refer to your comics as manga or Doujinshi then i'm goin' to move it there! Manga/Anime was given it's own category so please take advantage of it! Copyright violations will be removed regardless of your credit to the original source.  Do not use dA as a dumping ground for "pretty pictures you found on Google".  That goes for any edits of artwork that isn't originally yours as well... unless, of course, you have valid permission from the original copyright owner.  That doesn't mean from the site that offers ripped sprites from Sonic games.  That means you need to contact Nintendo and ask their permission before your sprite comics or edits can be posted on dA.  Furthermore, please don't use other folks posting artwork like this as an excuse.  If you see others getting away with copyright violations that doesn't mean it's okay.  That just means they either haven't been reported or the administration hasn't seen the violations yet.

For the record, I love how festive Comics and Cartoons is lookin' right now.  So I will close this with a heap of holiday cheer thrown your way! Oh, and BombshellBoy is starting a clothing line made of fruitcake.  I'm wearing the boots right now.  Sturdy suckers, they are!

Gallery Features:
:bulletblue: News and Thumbnail Smorgasbord

:pointr:Anime/Manga
:iconmarker-guru:
Not much news for us, We really still need newsletter content and DD suggestions especially. We want to also press a point. if you have a problem with a DD thats been posted, don't be a complete idiot about it. Suck it up and move on. not everyone will share the tastes of the artist or the person choosing the DD. Thats because everyone is different. that doesn't discredit the work that goes into a piece of art, or make it not DD worthy. So be a grown up, you don't share the opinion, oh well get over it. Maybe next time you will suggest something you like better. but really, insulting the deviation makes you look like the biggest most jealous geek in the universe. Also remember a critique has to sound like a critique, not an insult. any old whining cant be written off as a critique just because you say it is... be constructive, and also point out some positive aspects to the piece. if you don't have the skills, or open mindedness to analyze a piece objectively, you should really consider your capability of giving a critique before possibly making a fool of yourself, or hurting someones feelings.

:pointr:Digital Art
:iconaeires:

Not a lot to point to this time but things are happening.  The Digital Vexel gallery is under construction and will be sent in before the ending of the year.  The goal is to give the vexel artists a Christmas present all their own.  I will  continue to read through the comments and notes sent to me so a more unified description can be written.  Hopefully both vector and vexel artists will be happy with the results.

Keep the daily deviation suggestions coming, I'm excited at what has been suggested so far this month.  I tend to feature more sci-fi and fantasy work, as well as fractal but the goal is to highlight all the digital galleries.  If you don't see areas represented, please send me some suggestions.

On a similar note, smashmethod will be greatly missed from the digital directors ranks.  I tended to stear clear of featuring 3D work because he covered those bases with excellence.  Now that he has stepped down for personal reasons, please continue to suggest 3D works for daily deviations.  Both nighty and myself are general digital directors and we both have a passion to help the digital galleries get exposure.  I showcase 3D work in some of my news articles so I'd be more than happy to help out the 3D areas by featuring them for daily deviations, please send your suggestions my way.

Until next time, have a happy holiday season.

:pointr:Photomanipulation
:iconkuschelirmel:
I would like to remind you that I follow certain rules when choosing DDs and if you want to suggest any to me, it might avoid disappointment if you read them first.
  • photomanipulations ONLY
  • last DD must be longer than 6 months ago, preferrably no previous DDs awarded
  • Stock sources have to be listed
  • Don't suggest yourself!
  • Please send me a note with the link to the piece you want to see featured
An explanation to each of the items listed above can be found in my journal


If you haven't read them yet, here are the first four issues of "Manip Tips & Tricks": Next up: fourteenthstar


:pointr:Designs and Interfaces
:icondepthskins:

Hi, just a few things I'd like to cover so here goes:

Firstly, I've moved quite a few deviations from the tattoos gallery into scraps lately and the reason for that is that I don't believe photographs of tattoos should be placed in this gallery. However, I stand corrected by Moonbeam13 that I should allow such deviations to remain within the category. As a result, those that submitted help desk ticket, I'll have your deviations moved back. My apologies.  But before I wrap this up, I would appreciate that you clearly state in the comment area that the tattoo was inked by yourself. Failure to do so would result in your deviation being forwarded to scraps for being in the wrong category. This doesn't only go for the tattoo artists but for every designer that submits within the DI gallery. If it's not obvious that your deviation is of a particular nature, it's wise you give a brief comment.

Secondly, a new category has been created for Mascot designs. Mascots are not logos although their function is similar. So I'm asking that you move any such deviation you have into the Mascot category. If you have a lot of deviations that is of this nature, note me and I can do a mass move for you.

Another thing I would like to point out is to check if a deviant has already received a DD feature before recommending them. I say this because as of late, a lot of recommendation are for deviants whose work I recently featured. So when I don't feature your suggestion that's probably the reason.

That's it for now.
Thanks.



:pointr:Visualizations
:iconyathosho:

It's an unwritten law, that beside summer holidays, christmas time see a large amount of AVS releases. Trust me, this year won't be any different, new compilations from Winamp-Forums, visbot and :devavsociet: are imminent.

Those who think, that the Winamp plugin scene or more specifically the AVS scene is dominated by a few guys will be proven wrong when looking at the fifth installment of the New People Selection series. This compilation features some of the hottest upcomers and some extremely rare presets.

Second feature in this newsletter would be minipack 3 by WotL. Long time no see, mister.. good to see him back.

:pointr:Wallpaper
:iconzilla774:

Firstly as this is the last newsletter before christmas, I hope you all have a great holiday and all get what you want and not necessarily what you need ;)

the wallpaper gallery is definately the place to be this winter as we currently have two great competitions being run! Be sure to check out the following:

Exotika II - Environment Creation Challenge

Check out the link here: news.deviantart.com/article/24… for the full beef on this awesome competition being run by =Suirebit in collaboration with the Wallpaper Gallery.

In a nut shell, Exotika 2 is for digital landscapers and features ice as it's main theme. It encourages all you landscapers and spacescapers to create cold, exotic worlds all in neat little wallpaper packages.

Closing Date in 31st December 2006.

And as if that wasn't enough!!

Winter Wallpaper Contest.

For everyone else who wants to do a winter themed wallpaper with no holds bared then this is the one for you!

Sadly however, this competition is limited to members of europeans so if you aren't currently a member, get your ass over to the page and sign up!!

To find out more about it, check it out here: news.deviantart.com/article/24… or the journal here: europeans.deviantart.com/journ…

Happy holidays guys!

z.


:pointr:Skins & Themes
:iconabhimanyughoshal:
Hullo! I'd like to begin by drawing your kind attention to the 2 new galleries, for Windows Media Player 11 and for Fan Skins. Fan Skins will include skins and themes for various applications, that depict artwork/images of products, television shows, movies and so on. Generated skins, however, will not be allowed. Please read this news.deviantart.com/article/19… for more information on our policy on such skins.
         
Nothing much else to report. I'd love to see some nice holiday-themed skins before this year is out, and might also be giving out goodies to those who humour my request! Lastly, please show some love here: Skinning StealThisCSS



:pointr:Resources
:iconbleedsopretty:
After the tutorials are done we will be fixing up the texture categories! :D

We want to create new categories so searching for the perfect texture will be fast and easy. We would love to hear any ideas or suggestions you guys may have.

The resources newsletter will be coming soon! There has been a delay due to stuff going on in my personal life but in the near future we will have this up and running. We still need a name! A few months back I was offering a 6 month sub to anyone who can come up with a fun catchy title. We didn't get many suggestions so the offer still stands. Anyone who can come up with a cool name for the article will get a 6 month sub! So send me any ideas you come up with.

+

__DA Related

We have a cool new zine category!


:pointr:Traditional Art
:iconzeruch:
Please check out the first of a set of written features that hopefully will become semi-regular Traditional Art Topics: Pop Art.


:pointr:Literature
:iconcoshdaddy:
With the holidays approaching, you would do well to keep your eyes on the Literature News and on the Literature Forum for some projects that are coming along. You can bet there will be some gifts for writers ready to get involved, as well.

The Literature Forum itself is now seeing a bit of a change. Previously, we have had our workshops within threads in the forum as sticky topics. This was meant to be a temporary solution, and the more permanent addition has now come to fruition. The Literature Workshop Forum allows you to post your own threads for your poem/prose piece. It will allow the forums to be much more organized, and give you more control over how your poem is shown. Normal rules apply, and you can read the rules at the forum or by clicking here

Make sure to check out the latest LGU for more info, as well.




Thanks for reading this update. We look forward to reading your feedback and to answering your comments and suggestions in our next update. :heart: :community:



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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


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.  





:pointr:  selections by :iconghouldaddy:
2am parking garage staircase by dersunde Blood Sweat Tears by s9 untitled by Alex80 Eat my dust by chamica
Holga 1 by magson state fair 1 by mr-amateur Climbing by leahrizzo fun-fair by MatthewFreund



:pointr:  selections by :icongarrit:
Mine. by mudrimia hates showers by sportoThe REAL Princess Primavera by SADCATEaster by BunnyisCthulhu
Second day of Life by berenikaWhere is my Daggel? by JekyllWatchinYaMoritz im Koerbchen by CRuS23billy the cat by billyjeaaan


:pointr: selections by :iconimogene:
untitled 40 by optical-flare :thumb36414085: Rest by s9
:thumb28459437: Winding Wheel by un--expected Helena by andrewfphoto :thumb39743054:




:pointr:  selections by :icontwosilverstars:
Quiet Lake by Haych86 Strega della Seduzione by andreauderzo It Came from the Sea by TeaPartyGirl THE DAY BEFORE by LEONALEGRIA
:thumb42705137: Tower of Babel by AndreasZielenkiewicz :thumb29440507: A Fruitful Rest by LindsayGNery


:pointr:  selections by :iconalchemism:
Yorick the Nobleman by namesjames texture detail by bukwessul :thumb44037980: :thumb43573954:
spirit dancer in paris by eyepegus :thumb42291435: :thumb43567442: :thumb41590574:


:pointr:  selections by :iconzeruch:
Syujyo Triptych, Holiness by elliegreco In This World of Plenty ... by blackonwhite many fishes many wishes by pentelka buddha 9 by benw99
red tree2 by Mayonnaisse 222 by aressero TrafficLights by zoundsister Yellow by NicolasRGiacondino





:pointr:  selections by :iconlovetodeviate:


100 Words: Nightmare by HaveTales-WillTell
Chesire by Cybby
Ecce, Sum Christianus by naiadgirl1012
The Doppelganger by Meretrix-Simiorum
Beta Reader by saturnangel
Sight by Teasersp
The Scar by EveningDownpour


:pointr: selections by :iconzebrazebrazebra:

Bubble by wildestdreaming
Little House by CreativeFlair
i am the city by cockv
spongewood by circularthinker
Humming by Lisolette-Anwe
A Lack Of Film by jonzoiplu
meadow road by thexhystericxeskimo
the wind might by myloveliestsequence

:pointr: selections by :iconpinkymccoversong:

"the scent of white" by xXdr0psXx
"light that reaches far" by youngandoutforglory
"All Tomorrow's Parties" by insomaniac55
"ad astra" by Nihility-and-Forever
"MAPS" by Chornyi
"Poker On 64th Street While Outside The Fog Tolls Midnight" by Yenji
"like Trotsky in Mexico" by PaperRequiem
"escape." by secondhandroses









:pointr: selections by :iconfourteenthstar:
:thumb44060366: :thumb44038362:

Mature Content

bailarina by lamortdudieu
Give up the Ghost by xxalice
The Role of the Heart by Gegenton The Tower by MOracz 1parte by Pelukini

:pointr:  selections by :iconmirrorkills:
Medicine by Zinovas Vacio by vespertino TORMENT by SquareFrogDesigns In the Light by Astarsia
Where We Start by burlesk101 :thumb39558080: :thumb35396206: Tribute to Jorane - Part I by Amalthee

If you are using Internet explorer, you must right-click on the thumb and choose "Open in new window" and the deviation will appear, along with the artist's name. Please visit the FAQ to learn more about the Unknown Artists Project and how you can contribute to its success.


Hey Mom! We're Famous!

Fri Dec 8, 2006, 3:12 PM
I swear to you that's the subject of the email I just sent my mother..

Anyhow, the reasoning is this article in the January edition of Toronto Life:

Emerald City

woot.

Ok I have to get back to work now but wheee

I haven't had a lot of sleep so deal with it :P

:heart:

  • Mood: Love



More than 6,500 deviantART members have contributed to the One Million Masterpiece charity project in the last three months – 65% of the entire picture so far.

Five international charities have come together to produce a record breaking piece of global art that will represent all people from around the world.  To kick things off they have created a global alliance of the largest online arts communities who are supporting the project, however deviantART have shown their dominance by driving ten times more members to the website that anyone else.

The first goal of The One Million Masterpiece project is to smash the current world record of 25,297 contributors to a single artwork.  We think that with the help of the deviantART community we can hit that target by the end of the year – so if you haven’t already done so please get on over there and make your mark!

Joining The One Million Masterpiece is free.  Log-on to The One Million Masterpiece site and follow the simple instructions.  Anyone wishing to make a donation to the international charities can do so securely through the site.

The One Million Masterpiece aims to create a unique snapshot of our global society, and to sum up its diversity in one single picture  It will be the worlds largest ever artistic collaboration, with the final picture being unveiled and exhibited on World Population Day 2007 as a symbol of global unity.




:pointr: Director of Artist Relations
:iconmoonbeam13:


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!


:bulletgreen: We were experiencing issues with new categories not showing up again, however, this issue has once again been addressed and hopefully we will be ok from now on.

:bulletgreen: I am still focused mainly on the BT tour and selection of artists.  I have made selections for all tour stops up to Georgia and am continuing forward.  If you want to voice your interest in participating, feel free to grab my attention via note.  However, do not note me to tell me that you feel someone I’ve chosen is a bad pick.  This doesn’t endear you to me, I will not be changing my mind on the artist because you don’t agree with my selection.  It’s very petty, don’t continue the trend. If you do contact me, bear in mind that all notes  may not be responded to as I’m getting flooded on a daily basis.

If you want to keep track of the artists being showcased at each location please visit dAPresents and check out the journal entries for more details information about the tour.

:bulletgreen: Get involved in the World Aids Day Contest

:bulletgreen: Check out this article about a new project!

:bulletgreen:  Have you checked out 2envision yet?

:bulletgreen: Feeling charitiable? Go check out LuneFeu’s cancer fundraising page <a href="www.active.com/donate/tntwaak/…"here and help her kick cancer in the ass.

:bulletgreen: Cute little project Deviant of the Year 2006

:bulletgreen: Any issues, concerns, complaints, suggestions, accolades etc. about contests should be directed to me.  You can note me or email me at moonbeam13@deviantart.com

Do not scream and yell all over a news article about a contest, it’s getting quite tiring only to clarify a situation and have a person feel silly for having made the comment in the first place.  I’ve given you your contact information and I implore you to use it.  I would like to bring new and interesting contests to deviantART with fun and exciting prizes, so please, work with me.

:bulletgreen:  Looking for contests? Find a list of all AR sponsored contests here

:bulletgreen: Want to see previous AR newsletters? Go to my journal and check the journal module to the left.





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?



:pointr:Photography
:iconsuperkev:

It's time for yet another photo challenge. This time I'd like you to take a photo that represents what 2006 meant to you. It can be anything... Everyone's perception of the year that's coming to a close within a month will be different. Maybe your photo will portray something that is personal, global, political, environmental, emotional, whatever you want. You can be conceptual, photojournalistic, emotive, or any other style you think fits. It's wide open.

Again, remember this is not a contest. It's just a way for you to stretch your photographic "legs" and imagination a bit. Submit it to the category that suits the subject of your photo the best. Feel free to share a link to your creation in the comments to this newsletter with the heading. Remember to use the key "PH" in your comment so we can see it.


:pointr:Fetish Photography
:iconserpentinekiss:

Not much to update for my galleries this time around, so I'll share a few beauties I've found in my recent travels.

My cam’n’ me Pt II
<a href’="www.deviantart.com/deviation/4…">Steve Diet Goedde 1
Amber “Ring Leader”
Carmen – Horns


:pointr:Artistic Nude Photography
:icontracieteephotography:
Just a few things I would like to talk about one being over the past 2
months I’ve been cleaning up the Artistic Nude Gallery moving hundreds of deviation that don’t belong in the AN Gallery for example….


Photomanipulations
I’ve found a large amount of photomanipulated work in the Artistic Nude
Gallery. Please remember photos 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. Images that are prominent and noticeable as photomanipulations belong in Digital Art> photomanipulation.

Image Size
Please make sure that your deviation is no smaller than 300 pixels on the shortest side, and up to 1280 pixels on the longest side. This makes your deviations more convenient for others to full view your work and really enjoy it.

Low Resolution
This is a big one I wanted to point out. I know when I look at art the
last thing I want to see is fuzzy and grainy low quality images it just
looks nasty. I get asked all the time by people why their images where moved to scraps and most times it was because of low resolution. So please remember no web cam or mobile phone shots. Remember the better lit your subject is the clearer your image is likely to be!

Basic Nude Photographs
The Artistic Nude Gallery is not the place to submit your snap shots of
your body parts remember it’s called “ARTISTIC NUDE”.


If you are submitting art to the artistic nude gallery please read the
criteria outlined in the “Submission Guidelines” carefully before
submitting your work. This will reduce the likelihood of your deviations being deleted or relocated.
FAQ #565: You prohibit the submission of 'pornographic imagery'; what do you consider this to be?


Other than that, keep submitting those wonderful works of art!



:pointr:Stock Art
:iconradiopooh:

Stock Agreements –

When Art is posted in the Stock Art Gallery there is implied consent it’s for the use by others. Stock Art’s biggest customers are the many great Photo-Manip (photo – manipulation) artist who borrow pieces and parts of stock art to make their own art.

At the very least most Stock Artist require that  you give them credit if you use their work and share with them what you do with their images ( I know I do). But sometimes there are other restrictions and because this is a ‘trust’ situation, if you use Stock ART then you need to read
‘carefully’ the rules of the submitting artist (that almost sounded legal).

As mentioned – it’s about trust – and you won’t go to jail if you misuse someone’s stock but you could be... given a finger wag and made to feel bad and later in the afterlife burn in hell (okay – that’s a little harsh) but the point is... if you use stock – please bear in mind the wishes of contributing stock artist

Some additional rules I’ve seen

Please don’t use my stock for prints, please don’t use my stock in
contest, and please don’t use my stock for negative messages or images.

If you are unsure – or in question about use of someone’s stock – Please note them... you will find most stock artist want to be used... and depending on your request will usually work with you.

The Stock Gallery wants to bring world peace, cure hunger and disease and bravely go where no human has gone before – but short of that, Stock Art wants the love of the deviantArt community, because Stock Art loves you

( ending music: “Imagine” by Mr. John Lennon)




:pointr:Digital Art
:iconaeires:

A lot of activity going on at the moment.  First off, the Non-Existent- An ASCII/ANSI contest has been extended to the 9th of December.  There
has been some feedback that people are discouraged to enter because of the quality they see already posted.  To that I say enter, by all means give it a try.  You never know what will catch the judges eye, it could very well be your entry piece but only if you enter the contest.

As far as gallery additions go, it's been busy as great things are
happening.  We now have Illustration galleries for both the Drawings and Paintings section of Digital.  An illustration is an image that is made for the purpose of helping the audience visually connect with a story, manual, or lecture.  To keep things simple and yet give everyone an opportunity to post illustrations properly, both drawings and paintings have a Storybook, Conceptual, and Technical subgallery.  That should cover all the bases without making the issue too wide spread and confusing.  One thing I would like to point out, the Illustration gallery is not for stand along images.  Images that are not part of a manuscript should be posted to another gallery that is suited for individual images created for their own viewing without further explanation.  Please read the gallery descriptions for the finer details of what should be posted to Illustrations.

Coming soon we will also have a new main digital gallery specifically for Vexel artwork.  This is a large task to classify, organize, and institute so it will not be rushed.  This can be a heated issue as both Vector and Vexel artists show their points of view passionately.  I am encouraging the community to get involved and provide feedback on what shape this new gallery will take shape as.  If you have any ideas as to what subgalleries you would like to see for a Vexel gallery, please leave a comment on the Vexel Art Gallery news article.  I also encourage noting me if you wish your voice to remain private.  This will all happen before new years so don't wait too long.

As for next year, expect the digital galleries to explode with coverage.  I'm planning a huge set of news articles that will both showcase art and help people understand the digital galleries.  Weekly chats will also be taking place so people can voice their opinions on what they'd like to see from me as a digital director.  2007 will be the year of activity, stay tuned for what's happening in your digital realm.


:pointr:Anime
:iconanako-art:
Hello everyone.:) This time we have just a few things for you about
Manga/Anime gallery.

First of all, we want to remind you about what to check when you submit a Daily Devation Suggestion. Make sure that the work you want to suggest is in Manga/Anime category, because really, we cannot feature even the most beautiful deviation from the other categories. So always remember to note the appropriate Gallery Director.:) And also submit all your manga style artworks into Manga/Anime gallery, because there's a bigger chance then for you to get featured!  ;)

Another matter that we'd like you to keep in mind is the most popular
point in FAQ - FAQ #8: What are violations of the DeviantArt copyright policy? This means that every screencap from anime, every scanned picture from manga, or even a modified image with a copyrighted character - all of them are not allowed to be sent into deviantART. So please, watch out what you submit if you don't want to have any problems and give us more work.:D

OK, now something pleasant. There's going to be a Manga/Anime Contest in January! We need your help to decide what kind of contest would be the best. Give your suggestions! Marker-Guru created a poll where you can vote and share with us your ideas. You'll fint it here: guruubii.deviantart.com/journa… . Go and vote right
now! :D

At the end, we want to tell you that the second issue of our Manga/Anime Monthly Newsletter has been posted! Go HERE to check it out!:aww:


:pointr:Skins and Themes
:iconabhimanyughoshal:
Please read this > news.deviantart.com/article/24… and post your thoughts on it, since we need to take a stand on Picture Skins, and your opinion counts. I'd like to acknowledge the wonderful new work that's coming in, and the large number of DD suggestions I've been receiving. I'd also like people to take advantage of the resources available at Skinning, a group dedicated to helping artists and designers get into skinning and coding. There's lots more to come, so stick around. Oh, and please contribute if you can, in the form of resources, tips, tutorials, etc. Or ask a skinning question, and our experts will answer it for you!


:pointr:Wallpaper
:iconzilla774:

Exotika II - Environment Creation Challenge

The Wallpaper Gallery, in conjuction with Suirebit is pleased to announce the start of the Exotica II competition.

Exotica I was a huge success and this new competition will be just as challenging. Read all about the competition here:

Exotika II Competition

In a nut shell, Exotika 2 features ice as it's main theme and encourages all the lanscapers and spacescapers to create cold, exotic worlds all in neat little wallpaper packages.

Closing Date for the competition is 31st December 2006, so get cracking people, standards were high last time around and I'm sure it's gonna be stunning this time.

Prizes include Subscriptions and a Daily Deviation for the winner!

Desktop Screenshots

Recently I have had to clear out more and more desktop screenshots from the Wallpaper Gallery.

Screenshots have their own gallery and should be placed in that, not the Wallpaper Gallery. The screenshots gallery can be found here:

Customization > Screenshots

Please note that I will no longer be relocating miscategorised  Screenshots to this gallery, but I will be moving them to your Scraps for you to relocate.

Copyright Violations

Please DO NOT post any material in the Wallpaper Gallery which contains material from any source that is not permitted on DeviantART. Every single newsletter I am having to remind people of this.

You CANNOT post images which use Screenshots, Photographs, Captures, Movie Stills etc of any copyrighted material. These include cartoons, anime, fanart (that you did not create yourself), movies, photographs of celebrities/musicians/porn models.

Come on guys, it's not hard, please READ and UNDERSTAND the submission guidelines BEFORE posting. I really hate having to remove and report images which break the submission rules just as much as you hate receiving notes telling you not to do it.



Thanks for reading this update. We look forward to reading your feedback and to answering your comments and suggestions in our next update. :heart: :community:



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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

Gobi

Sun Dec 3, 2006, 2:07 PM
meet Gobi Gobi by Moonbeam13

newest member of the household :)

  • Mood: Love

Gallery Bugs?

Wed Nov 29, 2006, 4:30 PM
Please read Bug Issues and get your issues listed so we can get these bugs destroyed ASAP.

Tell all your friends, let's erradicate them once and for all. The bugs that is.. not your friends :heart:

  • Mood: Love

Home again

Sat Nov 25, 2006, 6:35 AM
Despite rumors I didn't go missing, I'm here, in fact I've been working since I walked in my front door :)

I'm currently selecting artists for the remaining tour dates and to give you an idea.. I came home to over 300 notes and 400 emails so bear with me.  My response time for the next week and a half is going to be slow but I will respond.

Just be patient with me :)


I'll update more on the trip later.

:heart:

  • Mood: Love



:pointr: Director of Artist Relations
:iconmoonbeam13:


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!





:bulletgreen: We bid a fond farewell to dholms , briteddy and rocksicle and wish them well in their future endeavors, as well as thank them for their contributions to the AR team.

:bulletgreen: Please join us in welcoming livius to the volunteer team as the gallery director for Icons :)

:bulletgreen: I will be filling the position of Anthro gallery director shortly.

:bulletgreen: I have spent an obscene amount of hours over the last week hunting down artists for the BT/Dolby tour stops.  If this is someting you're interested in being a part of then help me out :) Either set your coordinates under 'settings' or put your location in your deviantART profile.  If that's just too much for you and you want me to look at your stuff and consider you, feel free to note me.  However, understand that I will likely not be able to respond to everyone who notes me for this reason, but it's certainly an avenue you can take.

:bulletgreen: Moonbeam13 will be on vacation from November 13th until the 20th and in her absence the splendiforous fourteenthstar will be manning the AR team :heart:

:bulletgreen: Our own Traditional Art gallery director alchemism will be included in 'The Doll Show' at The Hive Gallery in Los Angeles for the month of December - 2 of his small Anonymous paintings will be hanging with many artists' work.

:bulletgreen: I would like to personally bring your attention to the news article Help Wanted! Apply Within!.  This is one of those examples of humanity that make me proud to be a part of such an awesome community.

:bulletgreen: Another one of those examples is the Holiday Card Project! So get involved :)

:bulletgreen: When deviations get moved you get an automated relocation note issued by the system.  This note will now point to a new FAQ FAQ #634: Why was my deviation relocated or moved?

:bulletgreen:  Any issues, concerns, complaints, suggestions, accolades etc. about contests should be directed to me.  You can note me or email me at moonbeam13@deviantart.com

Do not scream and yell all over a news article about a contest, it’s getting quite tiring only to clarify a situation and have a person feel silly for having made the comment in the first place.  I’ve given you your contact information and I implore you to use it.  I would like to bring new and interesting contests to deviantART with fun and exciting prizes, so please, work with me.


:bulletgreen:  There was a dataloss a few years ago that caused deviations to go missing.  I am working on getting these recovered and my team is helping to compile a list of missing deviations.  If yours was one of the deviations missing,  please note your gallery director or myself and we will add it to the list.


:bulletgreen: Want to see previous AR newsletters? Go to my journal and check the journal module to the left.

:bulletgreen:  Looking for contests? Find a list of all AR sponsored contests here




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?



:pointr:Fetish Photography
:iconserpentinekiss:

Nudity in Fetish, Glamour & Pinup

Up until now the submission descriptions have read that nudity only belongs in Artistic Nudes. I found this ridiculous as clearly nudity comes into the Fetish and Glamour themes quite often. This is no longer the case and I’m pleased to announce that we now welcome appropriate nudes into Fetish, Glamour and Pinup. Please read the revised descriptions carefully and make sure that the images do belong in those galleries, or as usual, they will be moved for you. While nudity is now allowed in these galleries, please double check that your mature content flag is raised. This is very important if we want to continue being allowed to display our nude images here then we need to flag them mature content so the kiddies can’t see.

Photojournalism in Fetish and Glamour

I understand that when you attend a Fetish, Burlesque or any other kind of event of this nature, and take photos of it, you want to share them. However, Fetish and Glamour Portraits is not the place to put them, especially if the quality is low, and you’ve used your ugly on-camera flash. These galleries are for ARTISTIC portraits, with care taken to the lighting, the space around the person, the expression on their face etc... These are not the galleries for images taken on a street corner with 50 random people walking in the background in fluro yellow tshirts. These kind of images are taken as snapshots, as a reminder for yourself of the day, and therefore belong in your scraps gallery, or if it is an exceptional journalistic shot, it belongs in photojournalism.

Feet

These are still the bane of my existence. People please! For crying out loud! I understand that a lot of people out there have foot fetishes, and I’ve seen some fantastic foot fetish shots in my time, but please please please put a little thought and care into your images when uploading them to Fetish. I’m sick of seeing the same friggen snapshots of feet over and over again. Same angles. Same overexposure due to on camera flash. Please. Please. Aaahhh. Don’t be surprised when I continue moving these shots to scraps. If an alien landed on earth and looked through our DA fetish gallery they’d swear we all had a penchant for stinky feet in trainers. Fetish Portraits is not a dumping ground for random close ups you don’t know what to do with.

Good Girls Contest

Check out the journal here which explains the requirements and submission rules. This is a positive idea for a contest and I think you should all put your support behind it. The idea is “The picture must portray "real women". For a lot of you in the size acceptance community this will be big beautiful or plus size women. "Real women" could also describe other types of women struggling to be seen or heard as the "real women" that they are. Use your imagination.” Check out the journal for more information or contact jenthestrawberry directly.

News Articles

An interview with Godsgirls photographer and recent Deviantart addict Matthewcooke can be found here news.deviantart.com/article/23…

And just look what exciting new additions can be found on DA in any one week. A rundown of some sexy shots can be found here news.deviantart.com/article/23…

:pointr:Photojournalism
:iconghouldaddy:

I'd like to start off by congratulating RevolverPhotography on her win for the Be Afraid 2006 Photography Contest with :"Cleanliness is next to..."
:thumb42206229: So everyone give a big round of applause to RevolverPhotography, all the other winners, contestants and judges for a great contest, we'll be back next year and look out for Winter Dream 2007 coming soon.

Next up, I've started my cleaning of the Photojournalism gallery, and boy it's a task. People please remember to carefully read what category your are submitting to, please, pretty please with ice cream and a cherry etc etc etc? This saves me a great deal of time and you a great deal of frustration as to why your image was moved. Second issue, Quality is also a HUGE issue in Photojournalism at the moment, small tip, if your camera has a date and time setting that it imprints onto the picture, for the love of all things holy, please turn it off. Any image that I find that has a date stamp on it, I will not hesitate to relocate. Lastly, should you feel that your image was moved unjustly, or you simply had a question as to it's relocation please send a Help Desk ticket and do not note me personally, I will not respond via a note to questions of this nature.. but if you have a question as to where to submit your image and if it fits in Photojournalism, please don't hesitate to note me.. upload your image to scraps or off site, send me a note (with a subject line please.. even "hello" works..) and I'll help out as best as I can. Lastly I've listed my Daily Deviation suggestion guidelines here please take a moment to read them before sending me a suggestion.

Cheers!


:pointr:Stock Photography
:iconradiopooh: :iconoibyrd:
What makes a good Stock Art Picture ?

1.) High Resolution and Sharp Focus – That’s pretty much true with any piece posted in any gallery – but especially with Stock because people who use stock need higher resolution in order to use it in their art – It’s required the image be at least 600 x 600 if not bigger to be useable.

2.) Reduced Background Clutter It helps to have a well defined image with reduced clutter or just a plain background. Sure a good photomanip artist can pick a fly off a horse’s posterior without problem but it helps if the image stands out. (This would not apply to background or scenery stock)


3.) Usable Image You can meet the above two suggestions and still not be considered ‘good’ stock art. Your image has to be of interest – something that someone might want to use, be it an interesting pose or a unique object –

And for the record - Stock Art is not a dumping ground for your 1,200 photos of yourself taken with your camera phone as you make silly faces in your bathroom mirror. Please be advised that the use of the Stock Art Gallery for that type of photo is an insult to many great High Quality Stock Artist found in the Stock Art Gallery

Grin – did I use the word Stock Art too much.

Thanks to Sandi :devOilbyrd: there have been some great DD’s from Stock Art being posted .. Please check them and her out and show your love.

On a more important note please join tExTuReMaTtIc quest to assist Nadia bleedsopretty and Nick thespook See here ( -: www.deviantart.com/deviation/4… :- )

You can make a real difference in someone’s life and proving the power of love for community and art.


:pointr:Photomanipulations
:iconkuschelirmel:
I have launched a new series of news articles called "Manip Tips & Tricks". In these articles, each issue will feature one deviant who is going to give you some insights into his or her workflow. What tools do they use? Which features do they prefer (in Photoshop for example)? How do they go about composing their images? Those and many other questions like them are addressed in the article.  The first issue has been published already: Manip Tips & Tricks #1: Aegis-Strife If you have any suggestions for whom you'd like to see sharing their tips, please send me a note - just keep in mind that this article's main focus is photomanipulation.

Going through the photomanipulation gallery, I've noticed once more how many people don't seem to read descriptions. There's a huge amount of pictures in the gallery that would be better suited for photography>darkroom or digital art>Miscellaneous. Photomanipulation is more than making level/color adjustments (these types of images should go in darkroom), adding a border (these can actually go into one of the photography galleries) or adding vectors/painted elements/renders (these should go into digital>misc because you used more than one technique to achieve your result). I try to judge miscategorisations on a case by case basis and try to put them where they belong. But more often than not, I simply don't have the time to do so and in that case, I will relocate your deviation to scraps. And from there on it's your responsibility to put your deviations into the right category.

And last but not least: if you are running a manip-related contest, feel free to tell me about it so I can add your contest to my links.


:pointr:Flash
:iconage2003:
Hey people!

I hope you all had a great Halloween this year, I know I did.

Now just a few things to cover on this update, firstly I require a favour. Many of you may have noticed that some older Flash animations on dA no longer load up which is a real shame because some of those missing Flashs are truely great. What I would like you to do is if you know of a Flash animation that's missing or if you spot one on your many travels please post the link in this journal.

Once we've got a list of them we should be able to get them back through the power of the great IT dept.


Guess what! The Flash Gallery is going be getting a reshuffle soon enough if all goes to plan. :plotting: I'm really excited about this development because the Flash Gallery will be more defined, more organised and bigger. It won't be perfect, well not at first but it will be close enough I feel. You shall have to wait til I can comfirm a few things first though. :aww:

This infact would be a perfect opportunity to send me some feedback via a note or two with your ideas, thoughts and opinions. I'm all ears.  :)


Oh and rumour there's a competition on it's way.

Until next time. <3


:pointr:Anime
:iconmarker-guru: :iconanako-art:

We just have a couple things to mention this time. One, the Manga/Anime>Digital art>3D Category got a lot of major work put into it clearing up all the policy violations and 2D art out of it. Please keep in mind where you are submitting your work when you post it. Putting in the right category will help you get the exposure you want! We will touch more on that in our monthly newsletter.

Secondly, The gallery is a ghastly mess. Its a huge undertaking to clear it out. Please keep in mind what a deviation is! Its a refined piece of work. that does not mean, sketches on lined paper, with scanner shadows,
un cropped and huge files, and sketchbook spiral bindings. Take some pride in your work and please keep those in your scrapbook. We will continue to move them there. Deviations are for complete work. You can download a ton of art programs for free to edit your work, and there are countless tutorials on this. Please try to use your scrapbooks =)

The final thing we want to mention, when you suggest DD’s to us, please pay attention to the category the deviation you are suggesting is in. we can only feature art in Manga/Anime. Anything in any other category (regardless of the style its in) cannot be featured by us. Having said that, please post all your Manga/Anime themed work in the Manga/Anime category! So then we can actually give you DD’s and you can get featured  all over, like you deserve to be =)

Our first monthly newsletter was posted Feel free to submit news content to us.



:pointr:Comics and Cartoons
:icony2jenn:

Hi guys! Hooboy!  Who had a great Halloween?! I know I did.  The Hunt was fantastic and my son and I got to go trick-or-treating as a pirate strumpet and Charlie Brown. I'll let you figure out who was what.

Things are moving along great in Comics and Cartoons!  I've started my first official contest, "Day in the Life of a Deviant".  Read allll about it here:   news.deviantart.com/article/23… It's a great idea, if
I do say so myself and I'm very excited about the outcome.   You've got just over a month to get your entries in.  Please remember to read the rules and guidelines in the contest article and use those imaginations!

While scootin' around dA, I've noticed quite a few people upset because some of their deviations were moved to Scraps.  Please don't take offense to this, guys.  In my case, if it's a bad scan (as in the viewer can not
tell what the image is) or if it's done on linepaper I'll move your comics and cartoons to scraps.  That said, don't draw on linepaper!  If it's just a sketch then put it in Scraps!  Draw on something else... like printer
paper!  It's cheap and flat white.  Anyway, it's not an issue in regards to your skill level or style.  So don't be offended if your piece gets moved to Scraps. If you've got questions about it and would like an official answer just write the :devehelp:desk and the lovely Helpdesk gals will forward the inquiry to the appropriate gallery director.  Don't jump to conclusions!  And check out this new FAQ: FAQ #634: Why was my deviation relocated or moved?

Now, despite my best efforts, my kitchen is a mess again and growing things, that I'm sure will eat me while I sleep, out of the fridge.  So, in closing, I will say join the contest, win loot and have fun!  Oh, and give BombshellBoy wet willies.


:pointr:Wallpaper
:iconzilla774:

Wallpaper Gallery

Competitions

Halloween Wallpaper Competition

Congratulations to Kay-Z who won the wallpaper contest, and to the runners up: orangestuff StinaWiik and shadukha - well done to you!

Also well done to everyone who took part in this, there were some great entries to this and it was difficult choosing the winners :hug:

I have received several requests to run the Multimonitor Contest again and as I'm never one to turn down requests such as this I will be considering running this very soon. If you would like to see this contest run again, then please note me.


Copyright Issues

Ugh, you have no idea how much I hate this part of my role. Again it is with extreme discomfort that I have to remind everyone about the copyright regulations when submitting to the Wallpaper Gallery.

It is NOT acceptable to post ANYTHING which uses artwork or images which are not intended for reuse. This basically is everything other than stock art or royalty free images.

There has been a huge rise recently in the number of copyright violations that are being removed from the gallery and in particular the Games section.

To clarify: it is not acceptable to post images made with any screenshots, images, game sprites or copyrighted material from games. Unfortunately DeviantART does not allow this type of material to be used and submitted here.

Also, again I have to remind you that you cannot use images of your favourite movie, movie star, TV show, anime character, musician, band or cartoon. If you have to put 'I found this image on google' or 'this image
is copyright someone else' in the description then you should think twice about posting it because it will be removed if it contains a copyright violation.

The removal of large quantities of copyright violations recently has resulting in the reputation of deviantART for not liking fanart. This is not, nor has ever been the case. What we cannot allow on this site are images which contain copyright infringements and unfortunately by its very nature Fanart contains a much higher percentage of this type of violation.

If you require further clarification please read the submission agreement and use the FAQ. For more specific queries, please refer to the HelpDesk.

Come on guys, I'm starting to sound like a broken record here. I hate writing this everytime and I'm sure you hate having to read it everytime. Please let's try to solve this so I can write more positive things next
time!




:pointr:Resources
:iconbleedsopretty:
I would like to address the issue we are having with the resources > miscellaneous category. I get so many random things uploaded in there everyday. Please please please!!!!!!! If your resource already has a category [example-Photoshop Brushes] upload it to it's correct category! If you just upload things to the misc section because you are unsure of which category it belongs in either note bleedsopretty or thespook with your questions.

Another issue we continue to have is deviations containing copyrighted materials. This includes random googled images//celebrity photos//game renders//etc. Signatures//Signature tutorials are the most common example of this type of violation. I've mentioned this a few times already but I shall repeat myself in case you've forgotten. Anything that contains such materials will be given a copyright violation the second it comes to our attention. Yes, some violations of the same type may still be in the gallery but that is only due to us not finding it yet. :D

If you ever come across anything that is a violation, or anything you suspect might be. . . either note...... bleedsopretty ...or thespook heh :D!



Thanks for reading this update. We look forward to reading your feedback and to answering your comments and suggestions in our next update. :heart: :community:



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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 Artistic Nude Photography
FP: for Fetish Photography
PJ:     for Photojournalism
SP: for Stock Photography
DA: for Digital Art
3D: for 3-Dimensional Art
AA: for Anthro Art
PM: for Photomanipulation
PA: for 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
LIT:    for Literature
POE:    for Poetry
PRO:    for Prose
ST: for Skins & Themes
TA: for Traditional Art
VP: for Visualization Presets
WP: for Wallpaper
RES: for Resources
FR: for Fractal Art

Leaving On A Jet Plane

Sun Nov 12, 2006, 8:05 AM
That's right.. I've had enough!

Ok not really I just need to gather some sanity in lush rainforest surroundings and so I'm off to Costa Rica and I'll be back November 22nd.

Please try not to break anything and play nice in the sandbox :heart:

  • Mood: Love

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.  





:pointr:  selections by Ghouldaddy
seasons end by zomikone Walk by exsoon Simple Pleasures by sisterbeezus
Jared of DY by janrystar The Earth Is Not... by sunshineandgasoline The Cult by zAPPiENCe


:pointr:  selections by garrit
heart and leave by nokturaParallelism by DianaCretu:thumb40824689: ++++ by hacekomoe
She by StetoCinabike by lllariaPiXIt's in your reach by AngelicWatcherMuseum Stairs by krash


:pointr: selections by imogene
Etang by Pixydream drink me by blushark Post-it by boitamalice
:thumb40967931: :thumb14416021: Yasar by soneryaman :thumb32259411:





:pointr:  selections by twosilverstars
self portrait with martha by nailone :thumb30795126: :thumb41884286: :thumb41682280:
:thumb42403964: Japanese Maple Tri-Fairy Wings by customfairywings army of me by misskeima Snowhite and the Pill by neshad


:pointr:  selections by alchemism
:thumb42241915: Probed for clues by popartmonkey Gang Initiation MYTH by hyronomous estrala2 by alechamdre
No man's land by Bernardumaine Addiction by Naikoivanenko :thumb26442997:


:pointr:  selections by zeruch
:thumb37988362: Jesus of Nazareth by noeling Thrym by Transmit-and-Receive Carezza by ideacrea

Mature Content

Woman by jacquifire
SexMyBrain by telekinetick Untitled 5 by Eraseuser





:pointr:  selections by lovetodeviate

-Orange in a Mug- by kalix
The Bookworm Laments by RomaV
The Salter Room by jackamalo
Violence, with Tom and Sam by Josh-Kard
Habits by Error732
Sun Glass by ashellessmind
How I learned to stop worrying by SirCellophane
The Deviant's Dictionary by leftomaniac


:pointr: selections by zebrazebrazebra

Seed of the Serrano by Adeimantus
Sea Side by Boogster
Blanket Girls by thecherrybombshell
Crushed Haiku by Danteholic
In Lieu Of Flowers by NLY
Cosmic, being by Aelpheus
The Dress She Wears by sculptorchic
fishing fisher's fissure by intthis


:pointr: selections by PinkyMcCoversong

"Who?" by Bogbrush
"Schroedinger" bt sukael
"Inhale, Exhale" by silverdagger42
"Caresse by Hadre (in French)
"----" by camassia
"the swell" by e-bojnowski
"Hollywood" by seanna
"Sirius" by Machilin (in Japanese and English)








:pointr: selections by fourteenthstar
i love vectors by shingudoo rockaholic by aremanvin :thumb40841537: :thumb40751423:
:thumb41900753: Tied Love by ZODC

Mature Content

scorn by SelinaKyle
The last stop before the sun. by Kaylanna

If you are using Internet explorer, you must right-click on the thumb and choose "Open in new window" and the deviation will appear, along with the artist's name. Please visit the FAQ to learn more about the Unknown Artists Project and how you can contribute to its success.



For those that follow the path of the Witch, tonight is Samhain, our eighth and final sabbat of the year.

This is our time of endings and beginnings, so many Wiccans celebrate the New Year at Samhain. This is a quieter time, a time when the veil between the physical and spiritual world is at its thinnest and spirits may pass between more readily.  This is the time to revere our ancestors and to say farewell to those that have passed this last year.  This begins a time of darkness, when the land begins its slumber and from now until Yule, the days grow shorter and darker. Winter storms begin to sweep down from the north. The time when the earth rests is begun at Samhain. We celebrate the year passed and the year to come. We light bonfires and perform rituals to honor those that have gone before.


    The Moon is bright, the Crone is old
    The body lifeless - the bones so cold
    We all live and pay our dues
     To die in ones and threes and twos.

    Death, dance and play the harp
    Piercing silence in the dark
    The Woman's old with withered limbs
    Death beckons Her to dance with Him

    As She accepts the Dance of Death
    The Earth is cooled by ghostly breath
    To lie in dormancy once more
    To have Her strength and life restored


    Thus is the Circle of Rebirth.
    All pass from this life through the great god, Pan
    But through My love you are all reborn
    In the cycles of nature - through the Cosmic Plan.

    In living we die - in dying we live
    The fruit is first seed, yet seed comes from the fruit
    In the mystery of life and death and rebirth
    The Circle turns ever, and I am its root.


    The Sun conceived in Darkness, cold
    In the Shadow of Death, a Life unfolds
    A shred of Light begins to burn
    From Death comes Life - the Circle turns.




:heart:Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again!
  • Mood: Love

This is an 11 point journal which I discovered in spot's journal who stole it from imperfect , of which the concept originated with caveatLECTOR, and was then employed by kaujot

That was a mouthful in itself.  If anything I'm doing this for the therapeutic benefits of it.  I won't explain any of it if you ask me, you just get to make up your own situations I suppose, so why do it online? Because I can, because it sets it free, more so than my paper journal sitting beside my bed, it lets the thoughts out.


The rules:

* List 11 things you want to say to 11 different people.

* Don't say who they pertain to.

* Feel free to comment, but don't confirm or answer anything.

* Never discuss it again.


1) You are an incredible woman and I know you don't always see the amazing sides of you that I do.  I think you have assumed you are to blame for things that were not under your control.  Please know I love and admire you and I don't blame you at all. In fact, I thank you for helping me be the woman I am.

2) Thank you for being a friend.  For not judging me, for standing by me, supporting me and most importantly loving me when I needed it the most.  You're a talented artist and a blast to be around.  I only hope you know how loved and respected you are in return and how happy I am to see you finally getting the things you deserve.

3) We have moments where I think we're speaking different languages and your excitement seems to override your logic but in the end we seem to find a way to translate eachothers  thoughts and make great things happen.  I have a great admiration for you and wish others were able to see that glimmer as well.  

4) Wow.  I've been enamoured with your work since the day I joined deviantART  and I idolized you from afar.  Who knew we'd become such close friends. Who knew we'd come to find out about eachother's shadow's and demons.  Who knew they'd be so similar.  Thank you for everything.

5) I guess there's nothing else left to say, you've said everything I believe you intend to.  I'm taken aback by your words, your comments and your accusations that I've not been honest, that things came out of nowhere.  I took it, I apologized, I thought I made an effort but it wasn't enough, it didn't ever seem to be.  I think back on the conversations and I did tell you, in so many ways, over and over, I don't think you wanted to hear me.  It's ok most people didn't, I guess I just expected different and to say I'm disappointed would be an understatement.  However, I think it's the situation I'm disappointed in.. no I guess it's some of you too.  I don't think friendship should be this much of an exercise, some things are just supposed to be a given.  I still love you, I always will and if you called me tomorrow because you needed something I would be there but this constant struggle for acceptance I can't continue.  It's killing me.  I can't jump through anymore hoops for you or anyone else and I'm sorry.

6) I know what you wanted, I wasn't it.  It isn't possible for me to ever be.  However I'm slowly learning that you were the one that was wrong, not me, and I'm better than you ever could have imagined.

7) We've been apart more than we've been together sometimes but over the countless years, we're constant and I love you for that.  That, and how incredibly tangent and flippant you are 

8) I love you, thank you for everything.

9) I don't even know what to say to you anymore, I've said everything so many times I'm tired of hearing myself speak.  I have to resolve to complete this and it's not to continue hurting you but to continue healing me, I don't expect you to ever understand that.  I'm sorry.

10) You are one of the most beautiful women I know and I'd fall in love with you in a heartbeat :) Thank you for your friendship, your shoulder and your sense of humor.

11) I don't know what to do when you don't recognize me anymore.
  • Mood: Love



:pointr: Director of Artist Relations
:iconmoonbeam13:


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!


:bulletgreen: Due to personal reasons, lady-atropos has been returned to her former senior status. We thank her for her contributions and wish her well in her future endeavors.  serpentinekiss will continue to monitor the Fetish Photography Gallery.

:bulletgreen: The issue we have had with new categories not being browsable for weeks on end has been resolved! Yay IT! There was also a bug for users logged in that left gallery browse pages blank if sorted by ‘newest’.  This issue has also been resolved.

:bulletgreen: Please note the smashing new AR logo designed by our own zilla774 shiny new duds for an awesome team 

:bulletgreen: I would like to personally bring your attention to 2envision This is a group to get to know.  Once the group is up and running, we will be running bi-weekly updates in the AR newsletter so you can get involved in the excitement.  This is a good direction to go in and Davenit is a star for pursuing it.  This is what I love about this community.

:bulletgreen: The moving of deviations into the new categories in the resources gallery is still underway and will be time consuming.

:bulletgreen:  Any issues, concerns, complaints, suggestions, accolades etc. about contests should be directed to me.  You can note me or email me at moonbeam13@deviantart.com

Do not scream and yell all over a news article about a contest, it’s getting quite tiring only to clarify a situation and have a person feel silly for having made the comment in the first place.  I’ve given you your contact information and I implore you to use it.  I would like to bring new and interesting contests to deviantART with fun and exciting prizes, so please, work with me.


:bulletgreen:  There was a dataloss a few years ago that caused deviations to go missing.  I am working on getting these recovered and my team is helping to compile a list of missing deviations.  If yours was one of the deviations missing,  please note your gallery director or myself and we will add it to the list.


:bulletgreen: Want to see previous AR newsletters? Go to my journal and check the journal module to the left.

:bulletgreen:  Looking for contests? Find a list of all AR sponsored contests here




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?



:pointr:Photography
:iconsuperkev:

Hallowe'en is this week, followed closely by the Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations. It's a good opportunity to be inspired by the season and fill up that Horror and Macabre photography gallery. And here's a great news item to help you get started. Happy Hallowe'en!



:pointr:Fetish Photography
:iconserpentinekiss:

lady-atropos has decided to finish helping out with the Fetish Gallery due to personal reasons, and we wish her well in her future adventures. She will remain a senior member of the site, but will not be a Gallery Director any longer. I won't need to replace her due to awesome new features within the new version 5 that make my life run very smoothly, so please continue to direct all fetish DD suggestions to myself.



:pointr:Photojournalism
:iconghouldaddy:

Just a couple of things this time around:

You only have a little over a week to get your submissions in for the Be Afraid Contest. We want to see what you fiendish folk can come up with that will either scare the living bejeesus out of us, or really capture the Halloween spirit. This is a great opportunity to work out all your most dastardly and creepy desires on film (or digital camera, lol), so get out there snap a few frames to win some awesome prizes. Read more about the contest here.

Secondly, we have just added a new subcategory to the Photojournalism Gallery. After much debate and a fair bit of browsing, we've added a Wedding sub category.



:pointr:Digital Art
:iconaeires:

I was asked to help judge the Non-Existent–An ASCII/ANSI contest and I was excited to take part in this because text art contests are far from common.  From what I've seen so far being posted to the ANSI and ASCII galleries, people are really bring out some great art as they practice their skills for this.  If you haven't tried text art before, I definitely recommend you check this out.

On the digital front, I am in the process of getting some gallery adjustments taken care of. Some of the suggestions seem a little old in the making but the timing seemed better right now than when the new version of DeviantArt was taking place.  Add to that, some of the digital sections were moved to their own place making the digital galleries exist in a totally new way.

Making adjustments is tricky because you are basically telling people where and how to post their art.  When I first started making changes
based upon suggestions, I made some rookie mistakes.  Now that I'm a bit older as a gallery director, I'm moving a bit slower but with much more forethought on how changes work out.  Now that I have a much deeper understanding of how things are done, all the suggestions that I received are going to get attention.  I will be posting progress points, as well as getting feedback through my journals before making any large changes.  Drop me a note or leave me a comment if you have any questions or concerns.



:pointr:Anime
:iconmarker-guru: :iconanako-art:

Hello, we are Marker-Guru and Anako-ART, the new Manga/Anime Gallery Directors! If you don't know us yet, you might be interested in our Monthly Newsletter which will arrive on the 31st this month. For now, we just ask you to do one thing: send us DD suggestions!! Right now we're getting very few of them, so if you know someone who should be featured, read our DD guidelines and send us suggestions!:D

See you on the 31st!;)



:pointr:Comics and Cartoons
:icony2jenn:

Hi guys!
Nothin' much to report this time around.  The gallery is moving along just fine.  Keep in mind that you need to categorize your deviations properly please!  A photo of you and your buddies at the mall doesn't belong in Comics and Cartoons because you think the look on Whosit's face is "funny".  Please read the category descriptions and put your deviations where they belong!  And remember, when in doubt it doesn't hurt to ask.  Speaking of which, i'm goin' to be workin' on the C&C descriptions.  Even without them they're pretty easy to follow so please be sure you're putting your deviations in the right spot.  Thaaaanks.  


I would also love to run a Comics and Cartoons contest this winter so any ideas you might have please send me or BombshellBoy a note!  Keep those DD suggestions comin'!

Gallery Features:
:bulletblue: Interview with vert-is-ninja
:bulletblue: Thumbnail Smorgasbord #5
:bulletblue: Thumbnail Smorgasbord #6



:pointr:Wallpaper
:iconzilla774:

Only a day or so left on the Halloween Wallpaper Contest, so if you are planning on submitting to it then now is your last chance! The winners will be announced on the 31st October, so keep 'em peeled.

I am taking time out in the next few weeks to take a look at the structuring of the wallpaper gallery. Since dAv5 has been launched and is settling in nicely it seems the time is right to have a look at which categories need updating and what new categories need adding (if any). This is something I do periodically with the gallery and helps identify problem areas.

If you have any thoughts or ideas regarding what you would like to see happening to the Wallpaper Gallery, then please note me. I am always looking to the wallpaper community to help lead any changes. I am not changing anything for the sake of change, but will be updating anything
that the community feels strongly about.



:pointr:Skins and Themes
:iconabhimanyughoshal:
Well, the S&T contests haven't seen very good responses of late. In light of this, I've decided to shift our focus over to a new initiative - Skinning. The group is headed by skinners of repute and experience, as well as several knowledgeable enthusiasts, and aims to promote skinning at Deviantart. For now, we're working on projects that will help designers and artists get into skinning, by offering tutorials and resources. As such, if you'd like to help out or see what we have to offer, please visit the group page - Skinning. Also, ipholio and I are teaming up to showcase some great skins, themes and icons as bi-weekly features. We're already on it!



:pointr:Icons
:iconrocksicle:

The Autumn Grand Master Icons Contest is now over and the winners have  been announced in <a  href="news.deviantart.com/article/23…">this news  article. I was impressed with the effort the entrants put into their submissions, so well done to everyone who took part and especially to the winners. Some people mentioned that 5 icons was a lot, so the next contest will take that into account and I'll make sure that you can take part with small or large submissions. Any suggestions people have for contests they'd like to see can of course be sent to me in a note.

Icons are difficult things to make so to help out the community I'd love to see some well thought out tutorials being made. From now until whenever, if you make an decent OS Icons tutorial and send me the link then I'll give you a subscription, or if it's really good then a print might be your reward.



:pointr:Visualizations
:iconyathosho:


Whenever there's a visualization featured or even awarded with a daily deviation, people wonder what it's all about. Ignorance is bliss, but I don't give up on you that easily.

Visualizations are rendered dynamically to music, most popular would be G-Force (also found in iTunes) or Tripex. However, these cannot be modified as easily as Milkdrop or AVS, which come with an editor including a library of effects. Custom effects or combination of effects can be saved as presets, which you can download - for instance in DeviantArt's Visualization Gallery.

This month I recommend the following presets to download:

Bside by dRRew
Dynamic Movement 5 by dynamicduo



:pointr:Literature
:iconcoshdaddy:
Hello, dA.

With the two big contests coming to a close it's time for everyone to get to reading. There were plenty of entries for both contests (In The End and The Butler Did It!) so get to reading. With The Butler Did It!, you can actually win more prizes by guessing whodunit. Read the article for more information.

In The End entries

The Butler Did It! entries

Literature Gallery Update #7 was released last week, and the next will be coming soon, as well, so make sure you read that and keep looking out for more for all your lit news.

Stay tuned.


Thanks for reading this update. We look forward to reading your feedback and to answering your comments and suggestions in our next update. :heart: :community:



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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 Artistic Nude Photography
FP: for Fetish Photography
PJ:     for Photojournalism
SP: for Stock Photography
DA: for Digital Art
3D: for 3-Dimensional Art
AA: for Anthro Art
PM: for Photomanipulation
PA: for 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
LIT:    for Literature
POE:    for Poetry
PRO:    for Prose
ST: for Skins & Themes
TA: for Traditional Art
VP: for Visualization Presets
WP: for Wallpaper
RES: for Resources
FR: for Fractal Art


Jack-O-Lantern Pie

1 cup boiling water
1 (4 oz) package orange flavor Jell-o
1 pint vanilla ice cream; softened (2 cups)
1 prepared chocolate flavor crumb crust
thawed non-dairy whipped topping or whipping cream
candy corn
black liquorice, cut into 1 inch pieces

Stir boiling water into gelatin in medium bowl 2 minutes or until
completely dissolved. Spoon in ice cream, stirring until melted and smooth. Refrigerate 10 minutes or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites). Spoon into crust. Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm. Just before serving, make Jack-O-Lantern face on pie with whipped topping, candy corn and liquorice.

For a vegan version use vegetable based gelatin (see below for recipe) as well as a soy-based ice cream and vegan pie crust :)


Gelatin-Free Jello

Ingredients (use vegan versions):
20 cups Juice blend (frozen and reconstituted, not from concentrate or powder), like Pineapple Orange
4 to 6 tablespoon corn starch (Depending on how firm you want it)
Directions:
Heat the juice blend until it gets reasonably hot on stove. Add the cornstarch and stir until it is blended. When it thickens to something like jelly put it in a dish. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or until firm.

enjoy :)

If you submit a picture of your finished pie into artisan crafts -> culinary arts and note me with the deviation link there just may be something in it for some lucky deviant with a good looking pie!
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Yes Another! Stolen from bornghost

You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages you and asks. And feel free to ask by all means.
Bold indicates 'yes'.

Kissed someone on your top friends devWatch
Ever told a lie
Video taped yourself having sex
Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back
Been arrested
Kissed a picture
Slept in until 5 PM
Fallen asleep at school
Held a snake
Ran a red light
Been suspended from school
Totaled your car/motorbike in an accident
Sang karaoke
Done something you told yourself you wouldn't
Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose
Caught a snowflake on your tongue
Kissed in the rain
Sang in the shower
Gave your private parts a nickname
Sat on a roof top
Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on
Broken a bone
Shaved your head
Slept naked
Blacked out from drinking
Played a prank on someone
Had a gym membership
Felt like killing someone
Made a girlfriend/boyfriend cry
Cried over someone you were in love with
Had Mexican jumping beans for pets
Shot a gun
Tripped on mushrooms
Donated Blood
Eaten cheesecake
Still like someone you shouldn't
Have a tattoo
Crossed your eyes
Mixed a cocktail
Read Shakespeare
Lived in another country
Tied a cherry stalk (or similar) with your tongue
Played a violin
Lied to get out of work
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Thank you for the incredible messages on my page and thank you to Davenit and insaneone whom I'm lucky enough to call my friends.

I have the priveledge of working with almost 40 incredible people every day who volunteer their time and make up the Artist Relations Team.  If you don't know them then get to know them they are:



:bulletred: ^hesitation - Photography


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:bulletred: ^serpentinekiss - Fetish Photography


:bulletred: ^lady-atropos - Fetish Photography


:bulletred: ^scottb - Nude Photography


:bulletred: ^tracie76 - Nude Photography


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:bulletred: ^Aeires - Digital Art


:bulletred: ^nighty - Digital Art


:bulletred: ^neoikeia - Anthro Art


:bulletred: ^smashmethod - 3-Dimensional Art


:bulletred: ^kuschelirmel - Photomanipulation


:bulletred: ^delya - Comics and Cartoons


:bulletred: ^y2jenn - Comics and Cartoons


:bulletred: ^guruubii - Anime


:bulletred: ^aeterne - Anime


:bulletred: ^halfliquid - Pixel Art


:bulletred: ^abe-x - Skins & Themes


:bulletred: ^rocksicle - Icons


:bulletred: ^depthskins - Design & Interface


:bulletred: ^pinguino - Anime


:bulletred: ^Einion - Vector Art


:bulletred: ^Age2003 - Flash


:bulletred: ^zilla774 - Wallpaper


:bulletred: ^De-Profundis - Traditional Art


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:bulletred: ^adrift - Prose


:bulletred: ^yathosho - Visualizations


:bulletred: ^bleedsopretty - Resources


:bulletred: ^thespook - Resources


On top of this incredible group I have the support of fourteenthstar lolly hexentanz and MidnightExigent who constantly ground me and if that weren't enough, Waveswinger, Heidi, spot and everyone else at HQ are just the kind of people you want to be around all of the time.


However, because I'm just a lucky girl, spyed is inspiring and supportive and realitysquared is just a godsend and the community (that's you) is what defines it all.

You really are as good as the people you're surrounded by, and I tell you it can't get better than this.

Thank you for all of you. :heart:
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