Please join me in thanking UseR2006 for his time and efforts during his time as a member of the Community Volunteer team.
Thank you UseR2006! We appreciate you
In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.
My name is Jeffrey Cruz and I'm a Melbourne-based Comic book Artist that goes under the pen-name of 'Chamba'. I've been drawing for as long as I can remember, back when I would copy images of Transformers from the back of the toy packaging. That year, my Love for creating art was born.
During my first year of University back in 2003, I was introduced to DeviantArt as part of class task to join an 'online community', something that was very foreign to me. Being part of DeviantArt had allowed me to open up my eyes to the variety of styles that existed beyond my own backyard and of the people who created such works. Throughout the years I've not only made life-long friendships with folks both local and overseas, but it's also pushed me to expand what inspires me and what I wanted out my own art.
Through DeviantArt and it's community, I've been able to start and participate in small scale group projects such as regular ‘Jams’ hosted on 'Skratchjams' and even a character creation for the second volume of my graphic novel ‘RandomVeus.’ Several things that I could not have taken part of if not for DeviantART.
With that, I am truly thankful for all the comments, critiques and general support that I've received throughout the years and I look forward to where DeviantArt will continue to go.
Jeffrey Cruz, known to many as theCHAMBA (or simply Chamba), is one of DeviantArt's most loved and most recognized artists. Over the years, Jeffrey's art has garnered worldwide attention and drawn the eye of major companies, including Marvel, Disney, DC, and Capcom, and his positive, welcoming personality has created a legion of fans around the globe. With his constant involvement in the DeviantArt community and his continuous striving to create great and interesting art, we're proud to name theCHAMBA the Deviousness Award recipient of May 2015.
Chamba, or Jeff as i know him has been a friend of mine for as long as i have been on DA, his constant growth and overall evolution as an artist is such a small part of what makes him amazing. His relentless ability to connect with people, his smooth style and his charm as a human being stand out in my mind. There are very few that deserve more credit than they get when they get as much as Chamba does, but i do believe that his name should be occupying more minds than it already does.
theCHAMBA's artwork has always been inspiring to me. Its fresh and exciting! His tutorials are most helpful and he's extremely engaged with the community!
I first discovered Jeff's art work when I joined DeviantArt in 2006. Right away his art inspired me to pick up a pencil and draw. His style was so refined and crisp, while the sheer movement in each piece made it feel as if the characters were caught mid-motion. But it didn't stop there, his use of perspective, especially with characters, is second to none. I still scratch my head when I see his art now, and wonder how he does it. The answer is that he's passionate about what he does, and it shows in every piece. I'm honored know Jeff, and to have this opportunity to share what I feel makes him amazing artist. I'd like to take a moment to thank him for sharing his amazing skill with us all. I know it's not only made an impact on my art, but so many others who enjoy his work on a daily basis.
It's safe to say that theCHAMBA and his work is far removed from the realms of awesome - instead placing more suitably in those of the mega awesome. His super-charged color palettes and dynamic compositions reflect the stamina of Jeff's relentless dedication to his fans, while engaging the community and capturing devious hearts site wide. As a fellow captive of his marvel and allure, it's a privilege for me to tell you how bad ass he is.
There is something outstanding about Jeffrey´s vision of art: everything seems to be in motion, alive, ready to jump from drawing to life. Jeff is an inspiration, not only as an artist and how he shares is knowledge with the community, but also as a fellow artist at UdonCrew:. An awesome and prolific gallery is the signature of his great work over many years. In Spanish, chamba is a word for "work", so I will say "Buena chamba, Chamba
Jeffrey "CHAMBA" Cruz's artwork brings joy to many and it has attracted audiences well beyond the borders of the artist's native Australia. He is widely recognised for his unique art style, imaginative characters and homage/fan-arts that take us back to our childhood. Not only is Chamba a talented artist, he is also a humble one, who takes the time to read and respond to all of his fans comments. Chamba isn't just a great artist, he is a great role model for aspiring artists everywhere.
First off, I feel honored to write a little snippet about Jeffrey's work! I have followed his work on deviantART since I created my account which was nine years ago! Occasionally, I'd make a comment about his epic moustache and he would still find the time to respond and make me chuckle. He has such a wonderful gift (I'm especially fond of his chibis and coloring style) and I am more than happy to support him as an artist.
Jeffrey is one of the most impressive illustrators I've seen, his control in anatomy and his knowledge of color and light is fantastic. I met him several years ago here on DeviantArt, thanks to his humble comments of support to my work, and he still does it. When he sees aspiring artists in the community, he does not hesitate to motivate them with honest comments. He has a wealth of creativity, his work overflows with quality. I'm sure that anyone who goes to his gallery is tempted to comment on his great work, due to his versatile style which anyone can appreciate. This is a well deserved award! I'm sure that a big part of the DeviantArt community considers him one of the greats of this web because of his humility, constancy and great talent. My best wishes Art Buddy, keep making wonders!
Chamba is definitely one of the rare few that are as skilled as they are accessible. Friendly, down-to-earth with the right amount of goofiness, he's a joy to converse with. Oh and he's an artist, an amazing one at that. His illustration style strikes a careful balance between cartooning and realistic rendering. The result is nothing short of breath-taking. His style breathes new life into popular characters we know and love. It's been great having him in the community, everyone can benefit from his talent, hard work and positive energy.
I don't remember how long it's been since I saw his first artwork, nor do I recall which drawing it was, but I do remember how impressed I was with its composition, colour style and motion sense. Since then I've been so hooked to the work of Jeffrey Cruz, better known as theCHAMBA, that I feel like a stalker. With an easily recognizable style, full of passion, highly dynamic and above all, very personal, all these years that I've been following him, I've seen him growing as an artist, achieving one of his dreams with the release of his comic RandomVeus and becoming little by little one of the most notorious artists in the community. For many more successes Jeff!
I've known Jeffrey for almost a decade and I'm lucky to know him in person, I respect him greatly. What I love about his work is that he still has a great passion for it, like he did when he was 18. An energetic guy, the fire inside him just gets stronger and he's always aiming for new goals. He is the guy that takes art by the horns and wins - always improving, always caring. Never stop drawing theCHAMBA
To be a great artist, it is not just the work that it is done by the artist himself, but also the character and soul the artist has as a person. Since watching theCHAMBA years ago on DeviantArt, I have not only seen him grow as an artist, but I have seen him continue his desire to be strong in character and demeanor while being on DeviantArt. His interactions with other artists and admirers have been positive, and seeing his works (solo or collaborative) is always a treat. I am very excited and happy to hear of this acknowledgement for theCHAMBA, as it is well deserved. I cannot wait to see what he posts next, and I know it won't be long. Congratulations bro, and continue to inspire others like you always do!
I am incredibly honored to be able to write something about Mr. Jeffrey 'Chamba' Cruz. Chamba was one of the first artists I started following on Deviantart. The levels of details he puts into his work as well as the insane perspective he always adds to his characters makes his work very unique and stands out. He is a great inspiration and has motivated me to draw lots and be as good as him, not to mention he is an awesome guy, very nice and has a great sense of humour. Congratulations on being awarded Deviousness Chamba! And don't ever stop drawing.
theCHAMBA's work is engaging, joyous and expertly crafted. He knows how to create dynamic shapes and helps them work together!
What to say about Mr. Jeffrey "Chamba" Cruz...? I've known him for so long now that it's weird to me to think of a time when I didn't know him. We both joined dA around the same time and without it we may have never met which is really crazy. I talked to him the first time after commenting on some piece of fan art he posted over a decade ago, and now I consider him one of my best and closest friends. Which is funny to me since he is probably the friend that is the farthest away from me physically, being all the way in Australia and me over in Washington state. So who would have guessed we'd have so much in common? It's like we grew up next door to each other when we finally met in person at the San Diego Comic Convention in 2006. We became instant buds after our insane trip to our very first convention at the largest comic convention in the world. Since then we've worked on countless art pieces together, lived together, started a podcast together, cosplayed as Mario and Luigi together (hahaha...)! He even helped me start and run a group on dA to get more artists sharing art with one another and spreading a little fun in the dA community, that of which, we normally would have been doing on our own anyway. His artwork is dynamic! The angles are insane! To the point where we quickly started calling them "Chamba-Angles". His coloring is flawless whether done in cartoony cel-shading, comic book'y cut styles, soft paints, or even traditional marker work. It's truly been a humbling experience to watch him grow over the last 10+ years. Jeffrey is a great guy, in life and to his fans. He's humble, sometimes to a fault. He doesn't even realize how crazy talented he is, which makes him all the more frustrating as an artistic peer. But he has always encouraged me to push myself as an artist. I'm proud to call him my best friend; he's the Ryu to my Ken. I can't think of a dude out there who deserves the recognition more than him. People that know his work, know that his influence is seen in the styles of a lot of different artists in the community today, including my own. He's an Artistic trend setter and as soon as the rest of the world catches on you'll start hearing the same "ticking" that I do, because this dude is about to blow up. DA, Udon, myself.. we're all lucky to have him. Despite the meaning of the nickname, it's no "fluke" that the guy is as talented as he is. I've never met anyone as dedicated to creating art as he is and I doubt I ever will again.
In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.
Hello! I’m Nancy, but most people know me as Anoya. I live with my two Norwegian Forest Cats Dio & Dex in a little country called the Netherlands. I like to do photography, but I secretly also love to crochet amigurumi. I have a huge passion for Animals, Plants & Nature (APN) which might be quite obvious since I’ve been the APN Photography Community Volunteer twice for over two and a half years in total. I still feature Daily Deviation suggestions in my journal since all of them are worthy of being featured and deserve extra exposure. I also think the artists should know their work has been suggested and that it’s being loved and appreciated!
In July I’ll celebrate my 11th deviant birthday. I’ve fallen in love with the community in 2004 and this place has become my second home. I want to thank every deviant who I’ve met (online and offline) for the amazing experience. The support, the kindness, the willingness to learn and to teach, to critique, to help each other out, to pay it forward, sharing our love for art.. I could go on forever. This place is amazing! There’s no place like home! :heart
When thinking of hardworking, talented artists who dedicate their time to the DeviantArt community, there are some deviants that come to mind almost instantly. Anoya is one of those deviants. A long-time member of the photography community, Nancy has provided her insight, guidance, and energy for new photographers and experts alike. In addition to her endeavors as a photographer, she has dedicated multiple years of her time to DeviantArt as a Community Volunteer for the Animals, Plants, and Nature photographers, and it is with immense gratitude that we present the Deviousness Award for April 2015 to Anoya.
Nancy is not only a deviant I would consider a friend, but also a deviant that many could not picture DeviantArt without. Her skill in APN photography mixed with her love for the community paints a perfect profile of Anoya. Nancy is also one of the most loving, caring, and wonderful deviants there is. I could not imagine a more perfect match for this month's Deviousness Award. Congratulations, and please, never stop being as amazing as you have been to us all!
I've known Nancy ever since she first volunteered for DeviantArt, she's always been incredibly helpful to everyone and she's consistently uploaded some really fantastic photography. More than that, over the years Nancy has helped me through some tough personal times and she is someone I can always trust with my secrets and always there to offer a friendly ear to my many worries.
Nancy is one of the most adorable and kind people I have come across on DA. She has so much love for the APN galleries and has given them her all both within the Community Volunteer team and outside of it. It's impossible to think of Nancy without smiling because to me she is one of those people that exude love and positivity. She is an incredible photographer and thus an amazing mentor within the APN community, so I am very happy to see her receive the much deserved Deviousness Award.
Anoya and I go way way back. She's one of the first friends I made on deviantART and we both could watch each other grow within the community and be happy for each other. She's ever so enthusiastic to contribute all her energy and positivity in order to create fun and educational projects. As a huge Animal, Plants and Nature Photography fan, she spreads the word and promotes the brightest APN talents on dA. But what makes her really special is the love she spreads among our community! If you ever got the chance to get to know her, you'll agree that her fluffy marshmallow heart is soft and sweet and has a place for each and every one of us. Ik hou van jou, Anoya!
Finding words to describe the impact that Nancy ( Anoya ) has had on me and others is incredibly difficult. She's one of those deviants that just motivates you to want to be active in the DA community and as cliche as it sounds, I really wish that there were more people like her out there.
Nancy was one of my inspirations when I was a newbie in this community. Thanks to her I started going to deviantMeets and I have been to many since. Nancy is one of the kindest and loveliest people you'll meet.
Nancy has inspired me with her Animals and Nature photography since I first stumbled across her gallery. To make her even more awesome she has been an unstoppable force within the community whether she was a community volunteer or not and has injected enthusiasm into many deviants lives!
Nancy is one of the nicest people I've had the pleasure of meeting on this site. Not only is she a absolute sweetheart she is very very talented! I'm so happy to see her get the very well deserved Deviousness Award.
I had the privilege of meeting Nancy in her first stint as a Community Volunteer when she was watching over the Animals, Plants and Nature genre and I was watching over the Photojournalism Genre. She has always and always will love the genre she is passionate for and the community can stand proud to say that it has benefitted from her influence not once, but in both times that she has represented it as a CV. Nancy is an all-rounded loveable character who loves people and is very much a positive influence to every person she comes across. I regard selflessness as a core community spirit and Nancy, without a shadow of a doubt, fulfils this criteria with flying colours. And she owns cats. I mean, who wouldn't love someone who owns and loves cats?!
It’s an honour to be invited to say a few words about Nancy. Unlike many others chosen to comment on these awards I don’t have much insight in the huge behind-the-scenes work done in the community. I haven’t know Nancy for as long as many others around here. I first met her about a year ago while she was on her second term as Community Volunteer for the APN section where she, with her love for nature and a keen eye for good photography, has helped a lot of people get recognition, just take a look at her journals and features and you’ll see my point. During the past year she has become a cherished friend with whom I can always chat about anything, from the very serious to the very silly. One of my favourite personality traits of hers is her Dutch directness, which caught me off guard at first, to sum it up for those unfamiliar with it, don’t ask a question if you don’t want a straightforward honest answer. Despite a number of challenges of her own, she still finds the time and energy to be very active here, putting her heart into the community while being her kind, open, honest and humorous self. How she manages to do this is beyond my understanding. To cut it short, she’s a real gem, an amazing girl who’s an inspiration to the rest of us.
Nancy is one of those people that exudes enthusiasm, kindness, and a love for life. One of those people I respect, look up to, and simply just want to be like. Her dedication to being a photography gallery volunteer and to all the projects she has had her hand in is hard to miss, though I know we are only seeing the tip of the iceburg. Nancy's artwork seems to reflect the honesty and her love of life that is impossible to miss when you meet her nevermind being technically and aesthetically gorgeous. My heart skipped a beat when I heard you were receiving a deviousness award but I am not surprised. It just makes sense! You deserve any and all love sent your way because this place wouldn't be the same without you.
Anyone who has ever interacted with Nancy will know what a generous and truly caring person she is. I've had the honor of being her friend for nearly 10 years, and in that time I've seen how she has poured herself into this community. She not only has been on the volunteer staff at least twice, but she supports and encourages everyone around her, just by being herself. Her photography is a testament how talented and acutely perceptive she is, and her critiques and comments show us what it really looks like to be constructively supportive of other artists. She's one of those who has helped shape the dA community into what it is today, and I know it wouldn't be nearly as great a place without her influence or her presence. I was elated to learn that she was receiving this award. Be assured, she deserves it!
Nancy is an amazing and kind deviant. She does a lot for the APN Photography Community, she also was our adorable Community Volunteer for this Gallery. I appreciate her APN Suggestion Saturday Features, and her own gallery is very beautiful! After being an amazing deviant for almost 11 (eleven!!) years, she is so deserving of the Deviousness Award! Thank you for sharing your photography passion and community spirit with us, Anoya! Keep being awesome!
Nancy is one of those individuals whom you can't help but admire and love for all she has to offer both as a friend and as a strong community member of DeviantArt. Not only is her personality amazing, her artwork and photography reflects that very embodied greatness she has!
I knew about Nancy before I got to know her through being CVs together. Back then she already was known for her great photographs and her friendly character. During our first term together, she proved that she really is that awesome lady. Always supportive, always open-minded and always there for you if you need someone to talk to - no matter if it is as a friend or a CV. With the years Nancy became one of my best friends here on DeviantART and I also got the honor to meet her in real life already. She just makes things a little brighter. Her gallery and her work during both times as a CV show how much she is dedicated to the things she loves. And because of that she also continued to promote artists after leaving the CV team. She is a true gem and no one should miss to get to know her! Congratulations for your Deviousness, Nancy! You are awesome!
What is there to say about Nancy? Absolutely everything! Giggle She is a shining, positive beam of energy that can be found pulsing brightly everywhere she goes. Nancy was an absolutely amazing community volunteer for the APN category of photography. Even though she is now retired from the position, she continues to push the artwork that was suggested to her during her term, so that people can know they were nominated and have their artwork shown to an audience regardless. She is always loving, kind, and attentive. Her selflessness is visible in every action she takes on and off deviantart. Nancy constantly gives back to the community with features, comments/critiques and her loving positive nature. Speaking to her always uplifts the spirits, as she always has a kind word to say and helpful attitude to boot! She is such a positive role model and I am grateful to be able to call her my friend. Her photography is a pleasure to look at, and if you ever have any questions to ask, she makes a great effort to answer your inquires. Her dedication to her craft is an inspiration! Thank you for everything you do Nancy, we as a community appreciate it so much. Keep on shining!
I simply can not imagine DeviantArt without Nancy. When I first came to DA about five years ago she was the community volunteer for the Photography: Animals, Plants and Nature category and her devotion to promoting the category in which I primarily shoot immediately struck me. On a diverse website like DA where photography, particularly nature based photography, often takes a back seat to other categories, a vibrant, enthusiastic and passionate volunteer is a must and Nancy is certainly just that. In 2013 I was delighted to hear of her second term as a APN community volunteer, as I had noticed a big decline in the category, and I knew that she had the passion to promote it the way it should be promoted. Congratulations on the well deserved Deviousness award Nancy. I have said it before, but I will say it again- you are a legend!
I remember when Anoya first came to DA, it was not long after I did. Even when she first came here, one of her main focuses was not just her photography, but also her dedication to the community in general. Always there for those who needed help and advice. As much as her photography is to be admired, she also has an awesome sense of humor and a heart of solid gold that makes her the dearest of friends.
Nancy has been an inspirational figure for the Animals, Plants and Nature Photography Gallery on DeviantArt ever since I joined DeviantArt myself. Her team spirit is infectious and, I have to say, on a personal note, it was an honour to work with Nancy on the Community Relations team. Nancy is not afraid to go beyond the galleries on DeviantArt with the shenanigans that she frequently took part in regarding the Chats & Forums. Even now, as a senior, Nancy constantly supports the community, showing that you don't have to be a Community Volunteer to make a powerful, positive impact. I am so happy Nancy is receiving Deviousness because she deserves it!
crushes are weirdstanding on opposite ends of the Pacific
watching sunrise and sunset happening
in tandem; you've left me starry-eyed
SunburstEight in the morning and my shaved head
burns tan with summer, eighty-five degrees
of heat and separation, and the air
conditioner has conditioned me to roll
the windows down
my hand against my sweat-drenched forehead
and my eyes at the cars around me.
Perspective tells me I should be glad the car works.
The migraine tells me I should murder everyone.
Pigeons on a nearby traffic sign are playing
their usual game of "which car is best
to crap on, and how long will that crap sizzle
before it dries", and I'd feel bad for that Lexus
under them if he hadn't cut me off two miles back.
The pigeons hav
Jessie's mother read to her about
the 10,000 year old fairies that
in the hills and the clouds
and lit the way
for all the lost animals
A long time later
Jessie's mother told her that it wasn't real
But she didn't understand
She could still see them outside her window
Robbing the ForgeThe wordsmith
red stars into the air
I collected the sparks [ow, ow, ow]
And wrote you this poem
So longThe night is over
but we haven't fallen in love
The sun is sprinkling
more ~~magic than usual over the
bread, orange juice, kettle's ready
and you're going away
to wherever it is you go
I'll just be standing in the hall, then
In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.
My name is Denise Maritato and I was born and raised in New York. I have been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil with the support and encouragement of my grandmother, a fellow artist. In 2005, I graduated with honors from The Pratt Institute with a degree in Communications / Graphic Design.
After college, I completed a two year internship at a fashion company in Manhattan NY where I designed clothing tags, labels and packaging for hand bags and accessories. I then went on to design balloons for Anagram International and finally found a home working for Amscan Inc. designing halloween costume packaging for the retail chain Party City.
In 2006, I met my wonderful husband Mark and we just celebrated 8 years together! Mark is a historical fine artist and you can check out his work at www.maritato.com. About a year and a half ago, I fell in love again...this time with DeviantArt! This amazing and diverse community has been my muse, my second family and a home away from home. I have been blessed to be a part of some amazing and influential groups and projects and the many friendships I have made here are absolutely priceless to me! Thank you all for the love, praise and support and I look forward to working with you in the future!
To say that Sserenita is a devious superstar would be an understatement. Denise is a hardworking deviant who goes out of her way to showcase individuals for their kindness as well as for their creative endeavors. In her time on DeviantArt, she has helped out with a number of Groups that range from artistic creation to promoting positivity and well-being, and in the midst of this she also makes time regularly to work on her own creations, maintaining an impressive balance of creative energy, self-growth, and passion for the community. We're honored to present the Deviousness Award for March of 2015 to Sserenita.
One look at Sserenita (Denise's) profile page will show you the caring and generous heart of this beautiful person. Her page is full of features and interviews with other artists, offers of help to anyone who needs it, and a long list of groups where she is an administrator. Even with this, the groups are not just the 'enter your art here' style of group, but ones where good is done for as many recipients as possible; public relations, tutorials, wishes granted, helping others to build the dA community, gain exposure with the hope of receiving Daily Deviations and so much more. Denise was recently awarded her 'Angels Without Wings' title and I am totally thrilled to see that she now, completely deservedly, is being awarded Deviousness. Congratulations dear Denise, this couldn't happen to a more beautiful and loving person.
Denise is a really amazing person! I've gotte to know her better through groups likedeviantHEART, she sure has a huge one, and CRCommunityProjects. She's always willing to help others, run things, and participate in great projects. Denise's art is also beautiful and is a reflection of how dedicated she is in everything she does. The realism is beautifully blended with creative elements and she's constantly improving. Denise is a really kind, supportive individual that illustrates devious community values we should all strive for in everything she brings to DeviantArt.
Denise is a fantastic woman and deviant. She has a huge heart and is as creative and talented as she is kind. It has been a true honor to watch her grow as a deviant and as an artist these past few years, and I look forward to many many many more years to come! Thank you Denise for all the inspiration, smiles and amazing great laughs! And congratulations!
Denise is a wonderful person and highly active in this community. She is an AWW (Angel without Wings) she is as well a Gangsta of Love and since January a cherished Writer for team AWW. She always has a kind word for everyone. She as well gives herself fully to everything she does. She never does anything halfhearted, but dedicates herself to everything she does. Congrats my dear friend Huggle! you surely deserve it
Sserenita's talents as both an artist and a community member are immense and instantly recognizable from a distance. Her kindness and loving attitude is apparent in everything that she does and creates. She really is an inspiration and a mentor to many people, including myself. She's incredibly supportive to those that surround her, whether it be with features or interviews, she's constantly putting forth and effort that is above and beyond. I don't doubt for a second that anyone would be disappointed after taking a stroll through her page.
Denise is one of those deviants who are the definition of someone who goes out of their way to do good for others, getting involved in several community-driven groups, making interviews, featuring other's art, etc. Is one of those deviants you see everywhere! Her positive attitude is to admire and is something contagious. And if that wasn't enough she's a very friendly gal who is worth knowing, so if you don't already, what are you waiting for? Denise is just awesome!
Sserenita is a great deviant with full of talent, skill and a motivating spirit. She is always eager to promote, share and inspire those around her whether it's through the community or through special projects!
Denise has been a shining light within the community and things just wouldn't be the same without her. From the very first time I met her she was filled with joy and enthusiasm towards helping the community in any way she could. Denise goes above and beyond with her dedication towards the projects she gets involved with and her love doesn't stop there. She's an amazing person and someone I am honored to call my friend. Smart, talented, and kind - Denise is one of those individuals that will touch your soul in a beautiful way.
It is a big pleasure for me to receive the opportunity for writing some lauding words for my very dear friend :Sserenita:! Denise is a very kind, lovely and helpful lady, a really true and watchful friend and so busy here on DA by supporting so many artists and activities! I met her the first time through her support of our award Angels Without Wings. Naturally she is involved in a lot of groups like deviantHEART, ProjectPorkchop, dAWishingWell, Digitalists and Angels-And-Gangstas. How she can find enough time for all this activities? Unfathomable! She also finds time to create her own awesome art. Denise, you are wonderful and I want to say thank you for all you have done for me and us, congratulations for winning the Deviousness Award - Well deserved!
Denise is such a great person; she is kind, friendly, caring and devoted to the DeviantArt and artistic community. She spares no effort when it comes to make other artists shine with her art features and interviews, and her work in many community-oriented groups. Her contribution is truly inspiring and appreciated. Sserenita is reliable and very helpful. She is a precious team mate and an understanding friend. Not only she is a shining example of community implication, but Denise is a talented artist as well. This is a well-deserved award to an exceptional deviant.
Ohh my goodness! Denise is one of those friends that always have a lot of joy to spread around! There’s no place where she goes that isn’t left with a warm feeling in people’s hearts. She’s the kind of person that you don’t need to call twice for help because whenever someone is in any kind of need, she’s there… she selflessly and lovingly steps up to the plate and rolls up her sleeves to help out no matter what! Her kindness is contagious! Her involvement in the community has made her one of the most positively influential deviants I’ve known so far. She participates in a lot of community-oriented groups and projects, and she’s dedicated to showcase fellow deviants in any way she can, from features to interviews, and all the other amazing things she does for everybody! I hope she knows how much I look up to her; she inspires me to try to be better and to follow her footsteps! On a personal level I just love her! She’s AMAZING! It makes me super happy to have the privilege to call her my friend! And I’m VERY proud of her for coming such a long way in such short period of time! Congratulations Denise! This is a VERY well deserved recognition my dear!
I remember I met Sserenita in dAWishingWell at the first time. She is amazing and kind person. I love her artwork and i'm so glad that we have such adorable person in our community! Take some time and read her interviews, because they're very nice!
I have the pleasure of working with her in deviantHEART! Denise is a wonderful and positive person. She's always willing to help and try to create solutions. She puts all her heart into her groups, and aims for success. She had only started with deviantHEART and wanted to take on our Featured Heartists & the ARK project! She's done wonders keeping up with it all! She deserves to be given chances for everything she wants to try, because she will amaze you. This is why she deserves this honor! Congratulations, Denise!
All the land is wrapped in winter.
The air is chilled and
Frost envelopes the Earth.
But Lord of the Sun,
Horned One of animals and wild places,
Unseen you have been reborn (The White Goddess Book of Shadows)
It is such a sheer and profound honor being part of the DeviantArt Community. The love and encouragement that I've received over the years from fellow members and staff alike is truly humbling.
I cannot thank you all enough for the wonderful support that you've shown this Dubai based Pakistani bloke, and I hope and pray that you'll continue to graciously support me on this artistic/photographic journey with DeviantArt, which for me began in mid 2008, but it really took off in 2011 - the year I was bitten by the shutterbug and I decided to take up photography. I have never looked back since.
Hi, I'm Khuram Lawrence, a Dubai based photographer, and I'm a proud member of the largest Art community in the world. DeviantArt Rocks!
MARX77 is well known throughout the community for bringing knowledge, color, and energy everywhere he goes. A skillful photographer and careful curator, Khuram has an eye for excellence, both in sharing moments through his own photography and in sharing artists through his feature Journals. His personality is just as sharp as his creative eye — he's a witty and humorous individual who is also considerate and kind. It is with great pleasure that we present MARX77 with the Deviousness Award for February 2015.
Khuram is well deserving of the honor. He's a terrific fella and takes excellent photos. He has a great sense of humor, and is also very socially aware and often features issues that people should know about and do something to change. We need a couple hundred more like him here. Congratulations to him!
The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively." - Bob Marley. Khuram's an amazing guy, gifted with a rare talent to unite people through his beautiful art and his friendly character. He has a great sense of humor, is a humble leader and dA would be less fun without him. He's one of my dearest friends and I'm proud of it. Congrats, Khuram. Enjoy your award. It's truly yours.
Six years ago, I met a long-haired man from a country far away, that showed us a different way of seeing life in his city. We became friends and continue to be - his name is Khuram. During this six years of friendship he gave the community an amazing view of life through his eyes and lens - a sharp and precise look at street life, both in color and black and white. He writes amazing articles and is super helpful to DA showing so many ways of street photography with texts and images from great photographers all around the world. I am proud to write these few words about him for such a deserved award. Keep us looking at your works my friend. Congratulations!
Khuram is my brother from another mother. Humble, clever, friendly and helpful at any time, with his heart at the right place. His work is always very enjoyable. I understand his slices of life as careful observations. I will not be prising him too much, you better click through his profile and do so yourself... Btw, congrats Khuram! Well deserved, bro!
I honestly don't remember which photo of Khuram's I saw that led to me watching him, but I have never looked back since. His Urban Cats series is my favorite, because he's capturing stories from unlikely sources, and raising awareness at the same time. It helps that he's just an awesome, optimistic person in general, always congratulating people for awards won or sharing important videos or articles in his journal. It's so awesome that he is going to be so acknowledged site-wide.
I am honored to be able to write something about Khuram. Although I have not known him as long as others here, he has been a real motivating force for me on DA, and I know that I am not the only one. His street photos, mostly brightly colored scenes with people and the incredible homeless cats of Dubai, are each so vivid, so filled with life, that they seem to breathe. They draw us into his world, and show it to us through the magic of his eyes and camera, which also reflects hope or humor where none may be apparent at first. He takes the time to respond to every comment made on his photos and seems to make a real connection with almost everyone. He is also incredibly modest, shuns all credit to himself, preferring to point people to other artists. Still, he manages to put together unbelievable features on those people most needy in this world, from the homeless, the hungry, the displaced, to women struggling in other countries, The Book of Life (words of wisdom), and much, much more. Khuram is simply a remarkable human force in this world, both as an artist and a person!
Khuram is a kind person. As much as I value his photography, where he shows his gentle way of looking at the world and humanity with it‘s daily quirks and oddities in a warm-hearted way, as much do I love his presence as a person. He is funny, cheeky, with a really good sense of humour, and most importantly a caring person. He engages in real conversations, shares and promotes other people‘s work, offers support and helps shaping this place into a place worth visiting. Thanks for all the times you made me laugh out loud, Khuram!
MARX77 is a deviant wizard. We've all seen his amazing photos, so I'm not talking about his ability to capture souls with his lens, immortalizing them forever. We've all seen his curations and his eye for color, lighting, people and situations, but I'm not talking about that either. I'm talking about his magical ability to be everywhere on the site at once with messages and faves of support to so many in the community. I'm especially happy to be able to call him friend, just as long as he doesn't turn me into a cat.
Oh Khuram, how do I write about you when we've never met face to face and conversed with over a coffee or pint of ale? Well here goes, Boss. Khuram is very much a family man. Not only does he have his own family, but he also has another family, the human family. This you can see in his work, and also in his dealings with folk here on DA. We came across each other in '07, and have been bantering back & forth ever since, in the groups he runs and with our work. When it comes to his photography, it has soul, be it Street, Street Portraiture or those feral felines of Dubai. The atmosphere & colour in his images brings them to life, you're there with him. Bright blessings to you Boss, and congratulations, you deserve it.
Some are born to be politicians, some are born to be farmers, but some born to be an artist. Khuram is an artist. I can not remember how and when I met him but the atmosphere of his photographs immediately surrounded me. His compositions speak to me because they are simple but the messages are complex. When he captures the people on the streets we can notice that those people has a special kind of soul and it is the same when he photographs the “Street Cats". You can admire them while they are living their daily lives on streets. The warmth of living and adventure of being human can obviously be seen when we visit his gallery. Hope to see more from him.
I can hardly think of any other deviant who merged into the DA-community as completely as Marx77 did. Within his six years of membership he adopted a leading role in moderating and administrating street photography not only by founding or cofounding several groups. His presence is extended to his outstanding work you can easily find in his gallery. It is not hard to spot, that Marx77 made to develop an own handwriting in street photography. His style is engraved by the use of a big aperture, which brings the displayed subject much closer to the audience. Sometimes he crosses the line to portrait photography, but always using the street in the backdrop. He loves to shoot at night, displaying the whole range of possible saturation and showing the vivid vibes of the Arabian street life. It´s the daily life of ordinary people that attracts him. This turns him –at least- for some of us into an ambassador of his culture. His dedication in supporting others is extraordinary.