deviantART » Director of Artist Relations
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!
Two new gallery directors! Age2003 for flash and bleedsopretty for resources! Go say hi
The ancipation is stifling for the Megadeth contest but there will be more information very shortly! Remember there were over 2500 entries and one judge
IT is working on our issues with the new gallery subcategories not showing thumbnails when you click through the front page links as opposed to browse through the dropdown menus. Please stop sending in helpdesk tickets, the issue is being addressed
The very long awaited resolution to the Art of Three's contest is currently on my plate and will be coming in the near future, yes I promise.
CSS in news articles was causing an issue with IT and as such, except for a few key articles, CSS will not be used in future news postings. If you submit news, please do not use style sheets.
Visit our chatroom at #artistrelations, and take the opportunity to speak directly with the gallery directors and core staff in real time! Help show your support by sporting our stamp
The Key System
As you can see at the very bottom there is now a Key System. The way this will work is simple. If you have a specific inquiry or suggestion for a specific department, begin your comment with the appropriate Key Code, that way we can search the page and compile them and address them in next weeks update. Neat, huh?
deviantART » Photography
The photography gallery is alive and kicking. There are plenty of chances available to prove how talented you are. Check out the Surreality Photography Contest. You've got until April 21 to get your entry in, so step out of boring reality and get to shooting. There's also the 2006 Photography Olympics. Represent your country and shoot for gold. The Photography Olympics closes on March 15.
We've also made some changes to the minimum and maximum resolutions for images uploaded to the photography gallery. Please make sure that your photos are no smaller than 300 pixels on the shortest side, and up to 1280 pixels on the longest side before uploading them to deviantART. Images that are smaller than the minimum should go into scraps or snapshots, and those that are larger can be easily resized to fit.
No, YOU don't understand
Duygu in a Grandiose Moment
portrait on the train
deviantART » Photography » Artistic Nudes
In the last couple of months there have been some exciting new artists in the artistic nude category. Also a lot of our seasoned members have been submitting some excellent work. Keep the quality work coming!
Controversy has continued with people complaining about some of my DD picks. They seem to be unaware that DD's are not awards or prizes and attack either the deviant, dA staff in general or me! I choose DD's that I personally think are very good. It has nothing to do with the deviant in question or other dA staff. Some people of course will disagree as there is no accounting for differences personal taste. Funny enough some of the most favourited DD's also get the most complaints proving my theory about personal taste. DD bashing will not be tolerated.
Gallery Highlights: Warning: these deviations may contain Mature Content
waiting for midnight
Fantazma - Trinity
deviantART » Stock Photos
Please make your name glow
As mentioned in the last news letter (has it been two weeks already yikes) We (the stock community) have finished up with the first of the proposed and long awaited category changes. The first phase will be Models, which will replace the current flat structure categories of Men, Women and People. I am currently working on an implementation plan an then work out a date with our magical and lovely AR Leader Moonbeam13
The entire Stock Community awaits with baited breath (Ive never quite understood what that phrase means but seem to continue to use it anyway)
In the process of discussing the changes in the Stock Forum, I have come to realize what a close, supportive and passionate group of people Stock Artist are.
I am so proud and honored being part of that group *dabs tear... its truly been my pleasure to represent them.
There will soon be some new rules in Stock Images to improve the galley and prevent it from being the dumping ground of 100 pictures taken in someones bathroom *sigh.
One day I hope to read on someones ART . Hey this should be Stock
Stocking you always peace out (Im looking for a catch phrase / bear with me / I'll get there (smile)
deviantART » Photography » Fetish
A new contest and another interview for the Glamour Gallery will be launched early March. Stay tuned in the photography news section for more details.
Gallery Highlights: Warning: these deviations may contain Mature Content
Vicky :: Black and White
Pearls of god
Sofia - four
So this has been my first week as the Flash Gallery Director and its been a good week I must say. Ive seen a lot of promising Flash artists and a lot of new comers to the gallery with their first pieces of Flash to which I stand with open arms.
Ive also come across very well produced animations that Ive enjoyed watching immensely but have had to report because theyve contained copywritten music. This is something dont like doing at all so please dont see this as a personal attack, I dont want to report your animations however if you dont stick to the policies then you leave me no choice.
Remember deviantART forbids the use of any copywritten materials used within your artwork. The same rules apply to the Flash Gallery so please try and set a good example to the others.
Speaking of which, a lot of people have been asking how to upload video files to the Flash / Movies Category. I want to remind you that all video formats (*.avi, *.mpg, *.wma etc.) are forbidden too - as is uploading Flash animations with imported complete video files.
And finally in an attempt to bring the Flash community closer together a small band of animators, voice actors, cartoonists, and flash addicts have been gathering in one of the few dAmn chat rooms dedicated to flash - <a href=chat.deviantart.com/chat/flash…>#flashanimatorz. If you want to make some friends interested in the same thing then this is a good place to start.
Over the next few weeks Ill be moderating the gallery, looking for more good Flash talent and submissions worthy of Daily Deviations, if you have a suggestion <a href=age2003.deviantart.com/journal…>please send them my way.
If you guys have any problems or questions feel free to note me.
Cupid's Last Stand
deviantART » Resources
The resources gallery is getting a makeover!
Currently I am working on subcategories to get things more organized. For instance, I've seen so many wonderful non-digital tutorials that are lost in the miscellaneous category. I really think they deserve a home so I am planning on creating a Traditional Art subcategory as well as a Non-Art subcategory which would include things like cooking tutorials.
In addition to the new categories, I am going to be working on cleaning the gallery over the next few weeks. I've found many resources using copyrighted materials - I'd like to remind everyone that these types of deviations are not allowed on deviantART. Anything I find using celebrity//comic//videogame//etc images I will be reporting to the C&E administration. If anyone is unsure if their deviations are in risk of being removed please feel free to write me a note with your questions.
Finally, I am excited to announce that resources will now be getting Daily Deviations! Yes! I know this is good news for a lot of people. This is a great opportunity to expose more deviants to the resources many artists spend countless hours creating. So please send me some DD suggestions!
If anyone has any comments/questions please feel free to write me a note.
deviantART » Skins & Themes
TIt seems like the entire skinning community at DA has been plagued by the Vista virus...people still haven't gotten over the whole 'glass' effect. I can't wait for this epidemic to end. Anyhow, march will see a slew of contests and group activities that I hope many of you will participate in. I'd also like to begin holding chat sessions to discuss skinning, design trends and so on. Anyone up for it? Hit me back and we'll get started. Cheers!
Competition time! Yes, finally I can let slip that we have a competition winging its velvety way to the wallpaper gallery! The ETA is yet to be decided, but I can reveal that it'll be featuring the mult-display category! Get your thinking caps on and prepare yourself for the unleashing of the first of many competitions!
Prizes and full competition entry information to follow shortly.
Want great wallpapers? Then look no further, I've taken all the hard work out of browsing the gallery to bring you the best of the gallery in my weekly features. Every week I feature a collection of the most original, most unique and just down right awesome wallpapers from the past 7 days submissions. I've been running these since I started my role as Gallery Director so just hop on over to the wallpaper gallery and feast your eyes on hundreds of top works from a multitude of uber-talented artists.
To be eligable for inclusion in these features, all you have to do is submit work at a minimum size of 1024x768 to the gallery! Simple! I also accept suggestions for inclusion, like DD suggestions, just note me.
Thanks to everyone who sends me notes and emails with Daily Deviation suggestions, keep 'em coming guys! If anyone wants to suggest work, here's how to do it:
1) Work must be from the Wallpaper Gallery
2) Submissions must be a minimum of 1024x768 to be considered
3) Work must be original
4) Artists must have written a deviation description (if they can't be
bothered to make the effort, I can't be bothered to feature them)
5) You should write a short paragraph why you feel the piece should be
6) You CANNOT suggest your own work
7) Note me the link and your paragraph and I'll do the rest!
That's it until next time!
deviantART » Pixel Art
=-black-eye- has a nifty Pixelation Quilt Project going that already has some stunning quilt squares (if there's a technical word for them, fill me in!). If you want to be a part of this uber-cool retro gaming monster once it's compiled (and have a chance at the two prizes =-black-eye- is offering up to boot!), please make sure to post your entry somewhere in the news article (or his journal) by March 1, 2006.. Just a few days away!
And seeing some of the entries we have, it's going to be another sweet project!
Remember: spotted any impressive pixel art in the pixel art galleries? Let me know.
deviantART » Artisan Crafts
Howdy from Artisan Crafts! As you well know The Great Plushie Contest is underway, and I already see tons of neat stuff! The deadline is March 25 so get your entries in!
Ive also got another contest underway, Gimme Yo Sushi for all those who either like sushi or making food or whatever.
Please keep those Daily Deviation suggestions coming!
"Death" Voodooz series 2
Famine Voodooz series 2
"War" Voodooz Series 2
deviantART » Designs & Interfaces
Designs & Interfaces will have another edition of their Unknown Artists article on the 1st of the month. Be sure to check the Designs & Interfaces page for that.
Any previously mentioned contests are still on the drawing board and will definately be happening.
deviantART » Digital Art » Vector Art
The vector community on dA is growing all the time and it seems each week brings a new deviant trying the medium for the first time. The process can seem a little daunting at first so if you are new to vectors and you have questions don't be afraid to use the forums to ask about things you're unsure of. For you experienced users: try to make a habit of checking in to help with these sorts of queries as know there is a large reservoir of untapped knowledge within our ranks.
Thanks for all the Daily Deviation suggestions I've received so far and keep 'em coming; obviously not all of them can get featured but periodically I plan to do more News items like this one as another means to highlight lesser-known vector artists and many of your suggestions will get funnelled into these so they won't be wasted! If you'd like to send me a Note with your picks please have a look at this Journal entry for some guidelines.
The rennovation of the official deviantART emoticon list continues at speed thanks to my wonderful team of emote artists. Look out for some emoticons being offered up to the whole community to work on in the coming weeks, giving you an opportunity to get your art used on the site.
Seven Deadly Sins
deviantART » Digital Art » 3-Dimensional Art
Well, for those of you who have been around, you know that it's been a pretty eventful past couple weeks for users of the 3D gallery. In short, the entire gallery had a restructuring, and is now going through the slow process of having users relocate the last group of deviations that may still be in the wrong, no longer existing, categories. To clear up what appeared to be a common confusion amongst some of our users, let me briefly explain what is going on in the 3D Gallery right now:
A majority of the deviations that had been submitted before this restructuring are now in the new "Miscellaneous" categories. These submissions will remain filed where they are in the new system, whether you move them or not. However, if you have submissions that are in the no longer existing categories, you must please move them into the new system. Simply look at the new structure, here and if you have submissions that are not in categories on that list, please move them into categories that are on that list. You will have until March 15th to do so.
For a full overview of what happened to the 3D Gallery, please have a look at this news article, it should answer all of your questions.
Also, I have started a new monthly article for the 3D Gallery, called The Wireframe Manifesto. This article will showcase five different works from 5 different artists. The first issue can be read, here. And, of course, if you know of some artists you would like to see featured in the next installment of this article, feel free to note me with them (please make the note subject "Wireframe Manifesto").
And as always, if you have any questions about the new changes to the 3D Gallery, or any related topics, just contact me, and we'll try and get it figured out as soon as possible.
deviantART » Traditional Art
The Traditional Art gallery directors will begin monthly write-up/feature of our own showcasing some of the more off the beaten path gems we find. We have no name yet, but it is in the works, suggestions?
I also am looking to write something on "live" artists who create on stage with bands or under other musical/performance scenarios. Something that showcases art done spontaneously and in reaction to other media, and would like to put a call out to any DA artists who do this. Feel free to send me a note!
Thanks for reading this update. We look forward to reading your feedback and to answering your comments and suggestions in our next update.
To direct your comments towards the right gallery director, optionally prefix your comments with the following acronyms:
|AR:||for Artist Relations|
|AN:||for Photography > Artistic Nudes|
|FP:||for Photography > Fetish|
|SP:||for Stock Photos|
|DA:||for Digital Art|
|3D:||for Digital Art -> 3 Dimensional Art|
|AA:||for Digital Art > Anthro|
|DF:||for Digital Art > Digital Fantasy|
|PM:||for Digital Art -> Photomanipulation|
|PA:||for Digital Art > Pixel Art|
|AC:||for Artisan Crafts|
|COM:||for Comics and Cartooons|
|DI:||for Designs & Interfaces|
|ST:||for Skins & Themes|
|TA:||for Traditional Art|
|VP:||for Visualization Presets|
|FR:||for Fractal Art|