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!
We have created a chatroom at #artistrelations
, to give you an opportunity to speak directly with the gallery directors and core staff in real time! Help show your support by sporting our new stamp
Due to time constrictions object2bdestroyd
has resigned as the gallery director for Vector Art and we thank him for his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors. damphyr
has made the cross over from Artist Relations into the new and improved Policy Violations Team and we know from working with this dynamo that she's going to do an awesome job. You can count on additions to our team early in the new year in an effort to fill more of the gaps.
Category clean-ups and additions are happening but the tool is slightly touchy so there will be some noticeable issues that we are aware of and dealing with. Specifically, you may notice some 'unused' categories floating around. They will be removed, just ignore them for now. If you notice anything out of the ordinary please feel free to note or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to the new year working with this fabulous team and it's equally impressive community
The Key System
As you can see at the very bottom there is a Key System. The way this will work is simple. If you have a specific inquiry or suggestion for a specific department, begin your comment with the appropriate Key Code, that way we can search the page and compile them and address them in next weeks update. Neat, huh?
The Doppelganger Photography Contest is underway. This is your opportunity to put your own spin on the style of some of dA's more well-known photographers. Get your entries in before January 15! You can see the entries that have already been submitted here
Full contest details are available here
. Winterdream 2005 Photography Contest
Winterdream is the theme. Interpret it as you will, if you happen to live in a region where it just happens to be warm and there is no snow you can still participate. The key here is your Imagination
. We want to see your vision of Winter, dreamlike or real
. Cotton, powdered sugar and salt are all great replacements for actual snow in creating your winter setting, gingerbread house and all. Be creative
! The contest will run from December 15th 2005 until January 31st 2005
So head out and create your own Winter Wonderland... You will find more information here
The Artistic Nude gallery has seen some great additions in the past two weeks based on a holiday, festive or Christmas theme. Possibly because of the high spirits of the festive season, commenting has been generally more constructive and kind with considerably fewer rude and nasty messages left than usual. It has been a nice place to post work and visit so please lets keep it this way
I have started a news feature called Nude Nation
. This a new article designed to feature artistic nude talent throughout the world on a country by country (or group of countries) basis. The choice of country featured is purely on a random basis - the first edition explores the United Kingdom (UK). The next installment will be France.
The first Fetish Photography competition - A Taste of Fetish - is now closed and judging has been completed. Winners were announced last week in the news
. Thanks to all who took part, we had some excellent interpretations of the theme 'Restriction' and encourage you all to take a look at the submissions found here
We had a slow yet good response to the contest and a few people asking as to when the next one will take place, so if we have encouragement from the community we will go ahead and make this a regular thing. I will also be featuring the Glamour Portraits Gallery and am considering holding a contest for this category also, if you would be interested in this please let me know. As always, please note me directly with your suggestions for Fetish and Glamour DDs.
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Choosing a Daily Deviation is rather serious business in the fact that it gets so much exposure within our Community and seems to evoke so many emotions both good and bad.
There seems to be a lot of misconception as to the reasons a picture might be picked but its pretty simple in the case of a gallery director.
The choice is based on what the gallery director believes represents the best from their gallery and from that point it is left up to that individual as to what they may or may not base their decision on.
Basically its a Staff Pick nothing more or less and it is important for both the artist featured and the gallery they represent so a Gallery Director does not take the responsibility lightly.
But like all art appreciation .. Its always subjective what I like may be something you hate .. It does not mean my choice is bad or your taste is wrong all it means is we simply see things different ..
I am still trying to evolve and so appreciate all the suggestions I receive. I promise I look at each and every one and please dont take it personal if yours does not get chosen this time around, I encourage you (in my case) to keep your good suggestions coming.
I would ask you provide me with a link to a particular example and the reasons you feel it worthy that often helps in the write-up that each Daily Deviation deserves.
Also, please only send me suggestions for Stock Art There are Staff who post over multiple galleries but Gallery Directors (denoted with a ^ sign ) only choose Daily Devs from the galleries they represent
Gallery Spot Light -
This group of highly professional stock artist has set a benchmark to the quality that should be found in stock art.
I don't know what actually happened, but all these skinners just began to crawl out of the woodwork and started submitting some great work. December was a great month for the S&T Gallery. The Christmas 2005 Skin Contest was something of a success. Nice to see skins for some not-usually skinned applications, like Trillian. nieman
will let us have the results on
New Years Day.
Lots of new categories have been added, and this is just the beginning. I'm also accepting notes regarding more categories that might be required. Also, keep your eyes open for new skinning groups that are going to be initiated soon. More contests are being planned too, so sharpen those 1337 skinning skills, and leave no opponent unscathed!
Things are progressing nicely throughout the Wallpaper Gallery. Although it appears to be relatively quiet across the holiday season, I am infact a seathing mass of activity, honest. I predict great things in the new year, so keep up the good work everyone!
Must see pick:
The Dreaming in Pixels
contest launched successfully and is open for submissions. Please read the rules in the article
carefully so that your entry is valid. You have all of January left to get your pixel on. Take your time and have fun, guys!watchers
has a Pixel Portrait Project
that ends on January 18. Small portraits of 16x16 faces using only 10 colors? I'm in! Let's chug those mugs out.azzumail
has a Pixel Avatar Contest
going on with no set deadline. Make her happy and submit something (with a chance at winning a 3-month sub in the process, if one tickles her fancy and you win!).
And finally, for those distraught over the flow of miscategorizations in the gallery, I am planning to set new gallery descriptions in the future that will utilize images (deviations that serve as ideal examples) for people who choose not to read (or can't for language reasons!). Visual aids can do a much better job of letting others know what pixel art is
, don't you think? We'll see how it stumps this trouble-area and go from there!
Looking foward to another year of pixeling so stay safe over New Years!
Designs & Interfaces is coming along slowly but surely. The Santa's Extreme Makeover contest came to a close on the 29th and the winners will be announced in the new year. There will be more Daily Deviations posted in the coming weeks. All is definately well and good around our parts.
The Literature Gallery recieved an early and rather odd shaped Christmas present this year. It turned out to be a coshdaddy
! (I'm not quite sure what that is either!) who will be joining MinorKey
and I as the third gallery director
galleries have been super busy with the realease of Unknown Writers Feature
, and hundreds of entries to the Merry Litmas Competition. We were overwhelmed by the support shown for the competition, and the quality of the entries; picking winners was no easy task, but we arepleased to announce Reindeer Pause
as the winning prose submission and consuming christmas
, who took the top slot for poetry. You can read more winning entries here
I would like to reiterate that folks wishing to submit to mixed media please read the description of the
category before doing so: Mixed Media refers to art created by using multiple traditional techniques in a combined manner.
This does NOT refer to works produced through a combination of traditional and digital techniques. Such works should be submitted to either the Traditional Art or the Digital Art gallery as though it were entirely one or the other. See the notes on the Traditional Art and Digital Art galleries for more information.
Thanks for reading this update. We look forward to reading your feedback and to answering your comments and suggestions in our next update.
To direct your comments towards the right gallery director, optionally prefix your comments with the following acronyms:
|AR:||for Artist Relations|
|AN:||for Photography > Artistic Nudes|
|FP:||for Photography > Fetish|
|SP:||for Stock Photos|
|DA:||for Digital Art|
|AA:||for Digital Art > Anthro|
|DF:||for Digital Art > Digital Fantasy|
|PA:||for Digital Art > Pixel Art|
|AC:||for Artisan Crafts|
|COM:||for Comics and Cartooons|
|DI:||for Designs & Interfaces|
|ST:||for Skins & Themes|
|TA:||for Traditional Art|
|VP:||for Visualization Presets|