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Luminous Veil

Mon Jul 6, 2015, 8:53 AM


Untitled by Moonbeam13



On Saturday evening, Rob, my mom, and I headed to a Pan Am celebration that would include the official lighting of an art installation he helped to work on.  Let me start at the beginning :)  Rob is an Industrial Electrician and the art installation involved LED lighting of the Bloor Viaduct or Prince Edward Bridge in Toronto.  

The bridge has an ominous past.  It was opened in 1918 and by 2003 was the site of close to 500 suicides ranking it as the second most fatal standing structure in North America, after the Golden Gate Bridge. The city decided to put suicide prevention measures in place and architect Derek Revington came up with the plans for the Luminous Veil.  While the construction of the barrier was completed in 2003, due to budget concerns, the lighting was never completed.  Cue present day!  With Toronto hosting the Pan Am games -- and more efficient lighting technology -- funding was made available to complete the Veil and Rob was part of the team that helped to bring it to life.


Untitled by Moonbeam13



The lighting consists of 35,000 LED lights with a possible 16 million colour combinations.  Each foot of the lighting has the ability to be separately controlled but the real beauty, in my opinion, is the weather station.  The lighting changes based on the temperature and wind movement resulting in an always changing wave of colour.  



This is the largest and most expensive 'art project' in North America and there was a lot of grumbling about how the money could be better used, however, not only has this project brought literal light to the bridge -- it has sparked conversation about mental health support in Toronto and that can only be a good thing. You can read more about the details of the project here.





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Skin by Dan Leveille

Thank You Pixel-Spotlight

Fri Jul 3, 2015, 11:43 AM


Sunbreak by Pixel-Spotlight

Please join me in thanking Pixel-Spotlight for her time as a Community Volunteer for the photography community. Merry spent her time shining a bright light on the fashion photography community and sharing her experience in an effort to help others. She has always been a positive and inspring force and while we will miss her presence on the team, I know she's going to continue to be a role-model in the community and I look forward to seeing what she does next.

Thank you Pixel-Spotlight :heart:

Stylenoir Utopia Cover by Pixel-Spotlight

Georgia Rose by Pixel-Spotlight 
Mimi by Pixel-Spotlight

Menswear Mafia by Pixel-Spotlight

Victims of a Misguided Truth by Pixel-Spotlight  Victims of a Misguided Truth by Pixel-Spotlight

Skin by Dan Leveille

Celebrating Deviousness - July 2015

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 12:00 AM
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In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.









Introducing DestinyBlue






:icondestinyblue:


“It's probably a true to say I would not be a professional artist were it not for DeviantArt. When I joined the site 11 years ago I didn't want to be an artist, I just wanted to draw; I never imagined this place would help carve my career in art. But then I never expected a lot of what happened to me to happen. My early works were filled with fantasy, but art grew to be more than just a creative outlet for me, it grew to be an emotional one. As times got darker so did my work, drawing gave me a channel to explore and express my feelings, and through DeviantArt, I could connect, and it's been these personal connections, to thousands of people, often thousands of miles away, which have been most important to me.




Recently I opened up about my struggles with mental health, and the community has been unbelievably supportive. I consider DeviantArt my home on the internet, and the only reason a place is a home and not a house is because of family. It's the family here who I treasure, the people who I laugh with, share with, and who are always there to lend support when needed.


It's touching to think that the site which has nurtured me so much, considers I've given something back to it in return. Without DeviantArt I could draw, but with DeviantArt I could become an Artist. So thank you, for the award, and everything.


Peace, Love and Crowns.”
















July 2015

Deviousness Award Winner







DestinyBlue is one of DeviantArt's most recognized and beloved artists. She is a long-term deviant who regularly pours her heart and soul into the community, and spends much of her time each day leaving thoughtful, helpful comments for other artists on their work. In addition to the kindness and energy she puts forth into the community, her art is instantly recognizable, covering a variety of themes that any viewer can appreciate and connect with. It is our pleasure to name DestinyBlue the recepient of the Deviousness Award for July 2015.










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DestinyBlue can be described as nothing less than extraordinary. Her art is astounding, but even more astounding is the flawless depth of its meaning. She extends her heart to people who have experienced all degrees of hardship, and expresses their strenuosity in a way that can be understood by those who haven’t. Incredibly, Blue is a master of both language and art. She’s an iridescent guide and inspiration to artists and non-artists alike.However, more than all of this Blue is a person, a real and approachable person.


For those who have met her at conventions, you will know that your love for her art was reinforced by the smile she greeted you with. Her love and support for her fans is undeniable, and for this Blue is more than deserving of this Deviousness Award.






DestinyBlue brings a sense of magic and surrealism to her work but at the same time it's both very beautiful and emotional. With many of DestinyBlue's works you can definitely feel a relation to the emotions depicted in the work.






DestinyBlue is an amazing artist and inspiration, her attitude towards her fans and the community has always been outstandingly positive and welcoming. Her glowing artwork has always captured many emotions from dealing with self-image to loving the beauty in the world which reaches out and speaks to so many, including myself; one her latest pieces for example "depression" she speaks out about her own battles and struggles which I believe connects her even more to her fans and audience on such a personal and emotional level. It is without a doubt how deserving she is of this honor.









DestinyBlue has been one of the most wonderful people I've had the pleasure to meet via the internet and then magically in real life. (Good old London comic con!) :Aww: Her history is so inspiring and the fact she's been open to the public about her past struggles is so amazing. She's told us how struggling in life can lead to great things and you really can achieve your dreams if you work hard an believe in yourself. :Star: To say DestinyBlue's art is good... would be an understatement. Her art is SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOSIOUS. :dummy: Her drawings are just superb, her colouring is beautiful and the messages within each piece of art is just wonderful. :heart: Some of her drawings really touched my heart. She knows just how to portray feelings into her art which makes her gallery so much fun to view. I believe she deserves all the love on DA because she really is such a lovely girl. :Hug: I wish her nothing but the best in life and hope to see her again in the future to purchase more of her wonderful art!






DestinyBlue is a long time deviant with a tremendous influence in the digital art community! Her distinctly beautiful painting style and emotionally relatable works have earned her tens of thousands of fans and her passion for working with people has made her a role model for her fellow artists. She definitely deserves the recognition!





DestinyBlue has a very distinctive style of art. One look at her artwork and you know it's hers. The colors are beautiful, soft and it is just simply beautiful.










DestinyBlue is definitely someone who deserves this Deviousness award, a truly wonderful artist with a heart of gold. She really brings people together on DeviantArt with her thought provoking and heartfelt art that speaks volumes where words fail. A long time member of DeviantArt she inspires and lifts many artists both online and at conventions with her enthusiasm and dedication, including myself!






Ohhh my goodness! DestinyBlue is one of those artists whose work installs directly into your heart! Her use of colors and light are her signature, but also the emotions she makes the viewers feel from the very first second we look at her pieces of amazing artworks. She is absolutely inspiring, and I admire her profoundly for sharing her heart with all of us, since the stories her works show are all about her, about her struggles, about her beautiful heart! She’s beloved around here! She gives a lot to the whole community through not only the inspirational artworks, but also through all her conventions! She gives opportunities to other people, and that is AMAZING of her! Her sweet disposition makes her unique, a one-of-a-kind human being!!! And I couldn’t be happier to see her getting this Award!!! Congratulations my sweet dear DestinyBlue, you SO deserve this!






DestinyBlue is one of those unique people that can convey a very strong message without even using words. The art she makes isn't only stunning on a technical level, but every single one of her artworks carries a strong underlying message. She isn't just a person that makes art, she expresses herself in it. She shows the courage to not only talk about the beautiful things in life, but also about the darker and more confusing stuff that happens to all of us when we are busy figuring life out. Many of her artworks evoke discussions, in which she gladly takes part. To me, her artworks embody a shining light of hope.









I have been hooked on DestinyBlue's gallery for a long while now. It has been a treat seeing her progression over the past several years. Each piece of art she turns out still amazes me. Her emotional concepts and use of vibrant colors and light are her signature style, and it makes her work easily recognizable. Each of her works tell a story. She goes above and beyond for her fans. She attends a lot of conventions around the world to touch base with so many people and to spread the love of art. Blue is an easily approachable person and an all-around sweetheart.






I really love DestinyBlue's artwork a lot; loads of colors and a unique style that's stands out. I've watched her for a long time, and I still love the artworks she's made. Congrats to her!






Not only is Miss Blue's artwork stunning and poignant, but she is also one of the most lovely people I have ever met. I met her at my first convention, and since then every time I have met her not only has she been lovely to me, but every single one of her fans. She has time for everyone, she listens to their stories and always has time for the people she sees.

She draws from the heart and her artwork — its colours, its themes and its messages — encapsulates her own feelings, while also making something that speaks deeply to her audience. She builds a feeling of unity and understanding with her audience; that someone else knows what they are going through, creating stunning artwork while giving those feelings a physical form for people to identify with.
















Congratulations to DestinyBlue!


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Pimps and Whoas - June 29, 2015

Mon Jun 29, 2015, 1:53 PM


coffee. by karolaks


News from the Team


:bulletpurple: Celebrating Deviousness - June 2015
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Collaborative Discussion
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Deviousness 2.0
:bulletpurple: Site Update: New Thumbnail Grid
:bulletpurple: How do you find other deviants?
:bulletpurple: Welcome tiganusi and hosagu
:bulletpurple: Watch Notifications and Mobile Updates
:bulletpurple: Top Community Feature Requests and Our Responses


depthRADIUS



:bulletorange: Collection: Ships Of Voyages Of Destiny
:bulletorange: Movie Review: Porco Rosso
:bulletorange: The Resurrection of Mara Jade
:bulletorange: Why is Winter Coming?
:bulletorange: Achievement Unlocked: Equality

:star: Looking for more articles like this? Follow us at depthRADIUS  Want to submit any ideas, suggestions, collections, or an existing work for consideration for the Today page? We'd love to look at it. Email us at share@deviantart.com


Official Contests


All "official" contests will begin at midnight PST on the start date and end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relation run contests and all DeviantArt sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest

:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge #120 - One Big Mistake - Deadline June 30, 2015
:bulletpink: (Australia and New Zealand Residents Only) Toshiba Seriously Japanese Contest - Deadline August 9, 2015


Community Relations Projects



projecteducate
Project Educate is a joint venture between Community Relations (communityrelations) and the DeviantArt community. Every week, the project brings you a new set of articles with information, tips, and tricks about one of the many galleries within DeviantArt. Every month, we also have a Community Week built into the schedule, where everyone in the community has a chance to submit an article to share!

Currently - Street Photography               Coming Up - Photojournalism

:bulletpink: Photojournalism - Questions for the Experts
:bulletpink: Digital Art Week July 13-19th

:star:View the whole schedule here:star:



Informative News & Events


:bulletblue: Challenges Around DeviantArt
:bulletblue: Chats and Forums Newsletter
:bulletblue: DA How To: General Etiquette
:bulletblue: Digital Hacks 3: Add Copyright Information in Ps
:bulletblue: Literature News
:bulletblue: Artisancraft's News and Weekly Gallery Highlight
:bulletblue: Photographers: Your Terms and Conditions
:bulletblue: Poetry Rejection by the Numbers
:bulletblue: Senior Mentors Quarterly Update - June 2015
:bulletblue: The CVs on DDs - A Group Interview
:bulletblue: Art Critiques: Sometimes It's Best to Say No
:bulletblue: Steampunk My Page Contest

Features & Interviews


:bulletred: Collage'd Best of Tutorials
:bulletred: A Lonely Tribe
:bulletred: APN Adventures Vol 22
:bulletred: Are You Super?
:bulletred: Artisan Crafts 2
:bulletred: Browsing By Newest v22
:bulletred: Fabulous Photomanipulations
:bulletred: Fan Art Friday: Young Justice
:bulletred: HiddenSparks Vol X: meuphrosyne
:bulletred: I Like Your Face - Issue 28
:bulletred: Illustrating Westeros ASOIAF - Artists Speak XIV
:bulletred: Love DA Lit Issue 211
:bulletred: Macro Spotlight Vol 171
:bulletred: ProjectPorkchop Vol 449
:bulletred: Spotlighting Commenters 64
:bulletred: The Ladies of Lit Volume LV
:bulletred: The Treasure Chest Ed 9
:bulletred: This Week in CSS
:bulletred: Wonderful Water
:bulletred: Deviously Poetic 9
:bulletred: Manga Monday Features 2
:bulletred: What's in the Undiscovered Section 9

Commissions


:bulletpink: Commission info for saviroosje
:bulletpink: Commission info for yanguchitzure
:bulletpink: Commission info for Tudalia
:bulletpink: Commission info for firefox2171
:bulletpink: Commission info for rydi1689
:bulletpink: Commission info for ilantiis
:bulletpink: Commission info for madjesters1
:bulletpink: Commission info for roemesquita
:bulletpink: Commission info for jademere
:bulletpink: Commission info for saniika
:bulletpink: Commission info for bpavlica
:bulletpink: Commission info for Astarsia
:bulletpink: Commission info for Destron23
:bulletpink: Commission info for thiefoworld


Whoas - Theme: Coffee



Slush by JillAuville

Coffee in Asgard by JamesBousema

coffee by faust-sayuri

Coffee Girl by Coolgraphic

coffee by Katari01

Gandalf and Radagast in coffee by Adnaurian

coffee romantica by lightdrafter

coffee sun by Avaril


Current Mood in Gloomy Day by LzCassiopeia

Good morning by FiorOf



. coffee . by Countess-Grotesque

Aztec Coffee by screwbald

Coffee 404 by thanshuhai



Cup with coffee beans by gabiano












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:note: To contribute to the next issue of "Pimps & Whoas" please include it in the comments below with the appropriate links and information.  If promoting groups, please include a description so people know why they should check it out! Also use devtags not icontags eg:communityrelations not :iconcommunityrelations:

What I'm looking for from you guys:
:bulletred: News, Features or Interviews you want to promote
:bulletred: Groups you want me to feature or highlight
:bulletred: deviations that follow the theme for that issue
:bulletred: DevMEETs or events going on around you or being hosted by you.
:bulletred: Commission information for those looking for Commissions
:bulletred: Anything else you feel you want the DeviantArt community to know about!


Next issue to be posted July 13th and the theme for the "Whoas" is Black and White.

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!

Skin by Dan Leveille

Miracle Cures

Mon Jun 22, 2015, 6:56 AM


Olive Oil by FallOut99

This weekend started off relatively uneventful with Rob and his dad going golfing Friday morning while I was busy working away.  In the late afternoon however, Rob sat on the couch and I guess something didn't agree with that position because he got a sharp pain in his back.  Figuring it was a muscle strain he asked me to massage it :eyes: and once I touched the spot on his back, he literally hit the ground.

Now, I would be lying if I said I wasn't worried, I mean here's my beast of a husband lying face down on the floor unable to really turn around -- he was turtled. However, I would also be lying if I said I wasn't in hysterics. Those of you that know us will know that this is normal for our relationship. Regardless! We got him flipped over and after a few home assessments, came to the conclusion that he had put his back out.

As we've been down this road before, we weren't too worried, I just headed out to pick up the supplies of muscle relaxers, ointments etc and returned home with my bounty of remedies.

Weekends are usually a chore time for me, and this one wasn't that different save for a family dinner at our place on Saturday.  By this time, Rob had realized that the zero-gravity chair on our patio was exactly what he needed to be sitting in and that's where he was for most of the day.  Once everyone left, we moved it into our living room :P.  Who said patio furniture was only for the outdoors? We like to challenge societal norms -- we're devious like that ;)  

Come Sunday, it was time for me to get the grocery shopping done so I got up, took a shower, put on my deodorant, dried my hair, got dressed and walked into my office where I proceeded to make my list.

Then it happened.

First it was a cooling sensation, and I thought 'I'm not used to my deodorant feeling so.. cool?' and then it quickly escalated to burning - excessive, excruciating, burning - emanating from my armpits.

I ran into the bathroom and discovered the culprit -  Rob's 'Stop Pain' roll-on was suspiciously near my actual deodorant.  I had done this to myself and I wanted to die.

I'd like to say I played it cool (pun intended) but I did not, I screamed and then I laughed and then it was a laughing scream and then I ran into my office and started Googling the most ridiculous strings of search words to find a cure to what felt like burning flesh eating disease.

Google of course has answers and some of them were obviously ridiculous but one stuck out as being plausible, and at this point I was seeing stars because of the pain.  I ran into the kitchen yanked the golden cure from the cupboard and began madly dousing my armpits.

Now, if you've never witnessed a grown woman insanely applying olive oil to her armpits, you haven't lived.  Rob was standing on the other side of the island saying helpful things like 'It's a good thing you're pretty' and I was too wrapped up in the quest for pain relief to throw anything at him.

I'm happy to report that olive oil did indeed make it stop, almost immediately.  So, if you ever find yourself in a situation where something that shouldn't be on those sensitive spots, ends up there anyways? I've taken one for the team and now you know the cure.

So, my dear friends, some questions for you!

1. Have you ever done something silly? If you're willing to share it, I'd love to hear it!
2. Do you have any wacky home remedies? 
3. What did YOU do this weekend?

Skin by Dan Leveille

The Deviousness Award 2.0

Wed Jun 17, 2015, 5:02 PM
Where Subscriber's Money REALLY Goes by priteeboy
Artists Creditpriteeboy

T he Deviousness Award, bestowed in recognition of exemplary membership and an outstanding spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community, has recently undergone a reevaluation to provide a focus and a re-definition as to just what Deviousness truly represents.

The award is given once per month to honor a deviant who has gone above and beyond in their services to the DeviantArt Community. The 189 recipients of the Award thus far have brought something to the community that was not there before their presence, and it's our duty — and honor — to publicly recognize their efforts in doing so.

Early on, Deviousness was given more than once per month to a deviant whose involvement in the community merited recognition. However, starting in 2004, the award officially became a once-monthly accolade, given to a deviant who excelled in community involvement and engagement. Sometimes professional artists, sometimes hobbyists or art appreciators, these deviants all share one thing in common — a kindred and exceptional passion for the DeviantArt community and an inspiring commitment that truly exceeds expectations.

Artists CreditMadH

W hen selecting Deviousness Award recipients in the future, we will be focusing on recognizing deviants who best exemplify “Authentic Citizenship” in the DeviantArt community.

An “Authentic Citizen” in the DeviantArt community is one who brings community members together, be it over shared interests or art medium, or by providing resources for others to use and reference. These deviants can be outstanding artists in their medium of choice, or they can be art appreciators who provide palpable love and support to their fellow deviants. Highly active in the community, all Authentic Citizens are deviants who strive to be the best they can, providing invaluable mentorship and paving lifelong relationships in the process.

Each Deviousness Award recipient has contributed to the community in a way unlike anyone before them, but some of the common ways past winners have excelled include regular positive contributions to groups, projects, and community events, consistent positive commentary and/or constructive feedback to individuals, and actively engaging with their fellow deviant in meaningful ways.

The sorts of invaluable resources such individuals selflessly bring to DeviantArt include answering all manner of questions asked by curious deviants; being a role model for comment etiquette; establishing a friendly and inviting identity in the chat rooms; assisting deviants in personalizing their profile pages; being a champion and advocate for new and unknown artists; directing deviants to tutorials to improve their craft; being available for thoughtful reviewing of artists’ portfolios; knowing who in the DeviantArt network to put deviants in contact with for specific problems or needed advice. This is far from an exhaustive list of ways Deviousness winners impact our community. In fact, thinking of new and creative ways to serve other deviants is possibly the consummate definition of Authentic Citizenship.

The spirit Deviousness Award recipients have reflects the brand pillars outlined in Our Story.

What these deviants do is

— they reach into our community to create and empower projects and ideas that haven’t been done before, oftentimes that haven't yet been dreamed of.

Artists CreditMarcSimonetti

They are a

force that draws other community members in, gets them involved, and keeps everyone feeling like they belong.

Artists CreditDetkef

They're

spirits, connecting with people on multiple levels.

Artists CreditThreepwoody

They’re

to create and do more, and to uplift others to do the same.

Artists CreditCestica

Each month's Deviousness Award recipient is selected by a small committee of DeviantArt staff who are constantly monitoring the community for deviants who go out of their way to bring good to DeviantArt. While each recipient is selected for specific, individual reasons, there are basic traits they all have in common. Recipients are highly active in the community, offering guidance or advice or even just a helping hand to people they interact with. Some are recognized professionals in their field; all are recognized members of their respective sub-communities on DeviantArt. Every Deviousness Award recipient has worked to help others strive to be their best, and has bettered the community and themselves in doing so.

A potential future showcase of
Deviousness Award winners

Winners of the Deviousness Award embody the life-energy that fuels DeviantArt at its core, and without them, DeviantArt wouldn't feel like the welcoming home it is for so many.

We want to elevate the prominence of Deviousness Award recipients in our overall site design, so they are properly recognized for their efforts. The award is not only about the current month's recipient, but is also about previous recipients, and the importance of the time and efforts they've dedicated to DeviantArt's community. For all of these reasons, we're looking to better showcase and acknowledge deviants who show excellence in lasting ways.

Whether they set out to change the world or just feeding the insatiable muse within, artists at their very cores create something that leaves the world a little better than it was, changing lives around them for the better with every world they create. Their passion, support, and inspiration cultivate a greater community and a healthier, happier global artspace for all to share.

Deviousness Award winners represent every artist and art enthusiast on this hallowed journey of creation, and it's truly an honor to bestow this award on those who have poured so much of themselves into the community they helped cultivate and nurture.

Jeremy Vickery:

I've enjoyed drawing as far back as I can remember, but as a child I never thought I could have a career in the arts. It was through encouragement from friends and family (my community) that I decided to pursue art as a career. And even after art school I did not stop learning, in fact it was just the beginning. I've now worked in the animation industry for more than 17 years, most recently as an artist at Pixar Animation Studios, and I still have so much to learn from all of my awesome artist friends. Years ago, when DeviantArt was still a new thing, a good friend pushed me to make an account.

I was resistant, but finally made one, and I'm so glad I did. It's not only helped me as an artist to find professional connections (many freelance clients came from my DA account), but I've made so many amazing friends, some of which I've even met in person. The community is what keeps me inspired to create more.”

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Eric Proctor:

Art has always been an undeniable urge that has affected every part of my life. Drawing, creating, and admiring artwork has influenced my interests and goals ever since childhood. As a kid, my heroes were conceptual artists for games and movies, and a great deal of my free time was spent studying and emulating their work. Pursuing art in college, my educators may have given me the tools to improve my work, but it was my peers and community that influenced my style.

So much of my motivation to create is woven into the artistic community. I draw my inspiration from other artists, my style changes as I study the work of my peers, and the support of the community fuels my drive.”

Artist CreditTsaoShin
Artist CreditTsaoShin
Artist CreditTsaoShin

Jonathan Castillo:

Art has always been part of my life as far back as I can remember. My mom still keeps some drawings from when I was around 4. Art has taught me to see things from a wider perspective, to have an open mind and consider several points of view. I believe that as artists we have that extra sensitivity to see things differently, and that's what allows us to be creative.

This is something I've learned to put in use in all aspects of my life, on a professional and personal level. Creativity can (and should) be used not only for drawing, painting or taking photographs, but for virtually everything, from making your bed in the morning, to doing whatever you do at work.”

Artist CreditThiefoworld
Artist CreditThiefoworld
Artist CreditThiefoworld

Andy Fairhurst:

I've always been an artist, but I have only seen my artwork start to shape my life in the last 10 years, since I started using the internet as a tool to share my work on a wider scale, and to learn more than I could ever imagine. It was always only a hobby, but through the likes of DeviantArt, I have developed and improved my artwork AND means of marketing myself, and now I am a self employed freelance artist. It's been a slow but steady and enjoyable journey.

Artist CreditAndyFairhurst
Artist CreditAndyFairhurst
Artist CreditAndyFairhurst



Thank You !!

Wed Jun 17, 2015, 1:57 PM


Rainbow cake ... by aoao2


Every year I'm always amazed by the crazy outpouring of love when my birthday rolls around and this year was no different.  In the last few days I've celebrated some awesome milestones - my 10 year working anniversary with DeviantArt, my 6 year wedding anniversary and finally my birthday.

Thank you for all of the wonderful birthday wishes! You make a girl feel very loved :heart:

Now we dance  Dork Dance 2 Rave Project-entry :la: Banana Dance 






Skin by Dan Leveille

Welcome tiganusi and hosagu

Fri Jun 12, 2015, 10:20 AM


Celebrate by bittykate

Please join me in welcoming two new faces to the Community Volunteer team, tiganusi and hosagu!


tiganusi - General Photography 

Psychopsis, En Vogue by tiganusi Psychopsis in Monochrome, In Colour by tiganusiIn Flight by tiganusi

hosagu - Street Photography

When light pops up from a smile by hosagu Bedouine Hurghada - Egypt by hosagu Oh honey, it was not a bad shot! by hosagu


Take a moment and go say hello!

Skin by Dan Leveille

Thank You!

Mon Jun 1, 2015, 12:45 PM


Thank you! by Silverfox5213

Please join me in thanking TehAngelsCry and puddlefisher for their time and efforts during their time as members of the Community Volunteer team.



TehAngelsCry (Wallpaper)

Avalon Nebula by TehAngelsCry



Ethereal Dreams by TehAngelsCry

Dandy Dandelion by TehAngelsCry


puddlefisher (Comics and Cartoons)

Yakoozie Kid by puddlefisher

Isaac by Failureson

Flurry The Bear-The Rising Tide by Tonywash

Thank you TehAngelsCry and puddlefisher, we appreciate you <3



Skin by Dan Leveille

Celebrating Deviousness - June 2015

Mon Jun 1, 2015, 11:47 AM
Img-00 by marioluevanos












In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.









Introducing TheGalleryOfEve






:iconthegalleryofeve:


Hello! I’m Eve, mostly known as TheGalleryOfEve. I’m a self-taught artist born and raised in Argentina, currently living in sunny Florida, USA. I’ve always been inclined towards the Art world, my family has been a role model for me in many aspects, especially in the Art arena (my Grandpa was a Traditional painter, my Mom loves music, she plays the piano and sings, and my Grandma used to create some of the most beautiful handcrafts I’ve ever seen!) So when I discovered the wonders of Digital Art, back in 2007, I knew right there what I would be doing for the rest of my life.


As you can imagine, self-teaching techniques and concepts takes hours and hours of looking through all kinds of tutorials, that’s how I came across with DeviantArt, my now “Home Away From Home”, a place I cannot live without!




It’s been a beautiful journey, one that has filled my life! I’ve come to meet some of the most wonderful friends I could ever ask for, and every day is such a pleasure to interact with them, to see what they do, to get absolutely inspired by them, and to see their progress, to showcase them and to share my little creations with them! This community has taught me that despite our geography, ethnicity, race, gender, culture or any other differences we could have, we all live under the same sky, and here is where we come together as “Friends in the World of Art.”


Art is my passion, and so is my sweet DeviantArt!















May 2015

Deviousness Award Winner







If you're looking for a powerhouse of positivity in the DeviantArt community, look no further than TheGalleryOfEve. Eve's kindness, charm, and abundance of positive energy has been a beacon in the community for several years, and the good nature that she brings with her everywhere she goes is infectious. From leaving motivational comments for others, to featuring artists in the community who help one another out, Eve's dedication to making the DeviantArt community a better place has made her a shining star. We're proud to name TheGalleryOfEve as the Deviousness Award recipient for June 2015.










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Eve is not a star of DeviantArt but a jar; a jar of creamy Nutella on a lazy Sunday morning. Love The love and positivity she spreads throughout the community in her own ways are simply exceptional and never fail to leave a sweet taste in our mouths. I have no doubt in my heart that this crazy yet lovely lady deserves to shine in the spotlight for her selfless distribution to the community just as much as she lets her fellow deviants shine in her own light.






I met Eve a few years ago and when I checked her profile my first thought was "what a lovely person, how does she find time to do all this?". Over time we became friends - I cannot express properly what an amazing person she really is. You think she's awesome even if you don't know her? Imagine that awesomeness times 10 and you'll get close to what she's actually like. Eve pours her soul and passion in everything she does, from group work to personal and community projects and she's always there for anyone who needs advice or just a hug. Are you having a bad day? Talk to her, it's guaranteed that she'll bring a smile on your face. Eve is the kindest and loveliest person i know and i am honored to be able to call her my friend. Congratulations my darling, i am so happy for you! Tight Hug






TheGalleryOfEve is one of the nicest people I know. She is sweet and compassionate; a true angel! She’s like a tiny overactive bird, full of emotions and emoticons, happy for you, sad for you, always around when you need a little bird song to comfort you. She inspired me so much and she still does! Eve is a gift for the DeviantArt community. Her contribution is so much more than features and group activities. She spreads love and happiness! She truly deserves the Deviousness Award for deviating from the norm with her out-of-this-world kindness. I wish her all the delicious jars of Nutella she dreams of. Eve, I am so happy to know you! You showed me flowers and sunshine where I only saw darkness! Thank you!










I am so very excited to see my dear friend Eve get the recognition she deserves for her years of dedication to the DA community! She is, without a doubt, one of the kindest most genuine souls I have ever met both online and real life. Eve is always positive and upbeat and never has a negative word to say about anyone. She is also involved with many wonderful groups aimed at promoting positivity and spreading happiness and good vibes throughout the community. Whether you need feedback on a project, contributors for a contest, a wish granted at dAWishingWell, or you just need a good laugh to start the day right...Eve is there! Oh, and of course her commenting style is one in a million...I mean, seriously, how can you read one of her comments and not smile?...It's impossible! Congratulations my fellow sister in deviousness! This is one award that is VERY well deserved!






A kind and compassionate deviant, TheGalleryOfEve is constantly involved in the community. She regularly features other deviants and conducts interviews~ She seems to always be on the look out for things the community should know about.






TheGalleryOfEve is one of those deviants who puts themselves above and beyond for the community and does so with the best, most positive attitude! Not only is TheGalleryOfEve an excellent member of deviantart, she's such a sweet person and always makes you smile!











I am most honored and humbled to write for our dear TheGalleryOfEve. It is kind of difficult not to give an award such as this to her. It is comparable to giving Albert Einstein an award within the world of Science, it just makes sense! :) When I first came to DeviantArt, Eve was one of the first people I came into contact with. TheGalleryOfEve is truly a wonderful person, through and through. There isn’t a thing that she would not do for anyone here on dA. The kindheartedness, warm-spirited personality comes to mind when thinking about how much she donates to so many others and their artwork. All the features with the time, work, and effort put into them are amazing. The interviews she conducts for her team, and the smaller peeps like myself that she coaches is nothing short of great also, considering how much time she must spend reading all of her notes, comments, and concerns. I learned from her guidance and her support how to not only improve on my own art, but supporting and critiquing others’ art as well. Eve, we love you dearly, and dA would most certainly not be the same without you!






In my opinion TheGalleryOfEve deserves the Deviousness Award very well. She is a kind and unterstanding person and has already received other rewards as well, like "Heartist", "Angel without wings", "Shining Stars of DeviantArt", "Senior member" and "Selfless Award". At any time she answers comments and is ready to give them as well. Artists are well supported by her features, she does on a regular basis and her suggestions also. She is always open for something new and ready to reply on any questions people might have. Her art is unique and manifold in styles from writing to traditional to digital to photography - so she knows what she is talking about when helping others. TheGalleryOfEve is one of DeviantArt's good souls.






Eve is an amazing person and you can find her everywhere on the site, sharing, promoting and commenting on your art (or your journals). She's a lovely supporter to people she knows and people she might not know so well. When you talk to her a couple of minutes you'll see what a beautiful personality she has and you'll want to talk to her again and again. Next to that she has a really bright, colorful and very bubbly gallery, just like she is! Congrats, Eve! You so very much deserve this!








TheGalleryOfEve is an inspiration. From the moment I met her some years ago, I've been inspired by her positivity, her ideas and her genuine drive to help others and promote Art. She constantly promotes others through her Angels Without Wings series and totally deserves that same recognition and more to be shown to herself.






Eve is an absolute delight in all areas of DeviantArt. She is always filled with joy and support, in fact I don't think I've ever seen her frustrated or mad at anything...ever! She is such an important part of the community because of the happiness and love she spreads, and her constant desire to give everything she has to everyone she comes across. I know I can always count on her to join in on fun projects, and I am very happy to see her receive a much deserved award for her hard work and time here on DeviantArt.






Eve represents to me the little miracles of everyday life. A message from her always makes you smile, she brings happiness all the time.  Her enthusiasm and dedication exudes from any of her artwork, notes, actions, support, help, and kindness. Eve is consistent and true and she has a fabulous sense of humour. She is one of those deviants I'd like to meet in real life, if only to give her a hug for helping me stop smoking after 17 years! TheGalleryOfEve helps to spread the core values of the site, by being a fabulous mentor to new and younger deviants and being a supporter for those of us that have been here for a while. I'm truly happy she is being recognized for what and who she is through this Deviousness Award. If there could be the title of the "Devious Diva 'til Hell freezes over": then she would deserve that too.






I met Eve several months ago as part of dAWishingWell, and that in itself should speak to her incredible character. She was happy to donate her time and energy to creating an environment of giving and promoting community. She's one of the most supportive people I've met, freely offering her advice, effort, time, support, and even just an emote hug when you need it so you know someone out there cares about you. (Though you might not think so if you looked at the "Tag" emote she created! ;) ) She really is a wonderful deviant and an outstanding member of the community, an embodiment of the positive aspects of DA that is my sincere pleasure to say I have had the opportunity to know.
















Congratulations to TheGalleryOfEve!


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Pimps and Whoas - May 29, 2015

Fri May 29, 2015, 10:52 AM


korea pro baseball team by mulecans

News from the Team

:bulletpurple: Introducing the Timeline of DeviantArt
:bulletpurple: Beginnings of Site Simplification
:bulletpurple: Cleaning-up Site Naming
:bulletpurple: Welcome JenFruzz
:bulletpurple: Welcome Liliwrites and TheMaidenInBlack
:bulletpurple: Celebrating Deviousness - May 2015

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:bulletorange: Collection: Storage Areas or Twilight Zones
:bulletorange: Tomasz Opasinski: So You Wanna Be In Pictures
:bulletorange: Collection: Celestial Illustions

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Official Contests

All "official" contests will begin at midnight PST on the start date and end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relation run contests and all DeviantArt sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest

:bulletpink: AnthroChallenge #119 - In the Kitchen - Deadline May 31, 2015
:bulletpink: Heroes of the Storm - Ultimate Fan Art Contest - Deadline June 23, 2015


Community Relations Projects


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Currently - Photo Manipulation               Coming Up - Community Week

:bulletpink: Photo Manipulation Tutorial Feature
:bulletpink: The Struggles of Photo Manipulation
:bulletpink: Photo Manipulating and Stock Images
:bulletpink: Freelancing as a Photo Manipulator

:star:View the whole schedule here:star:



Informative News & Events

:bulletblue: A Brief History of the Animation Age Ghetto
:bulletblue: Beginning Your Professional Artistic Journey
:bulletblue: Bits and Bobs
:bulletblue: Community Voices Vol 1 - Daily Deviations
:bulletblue: Infrared Photography - The Gallery is Here
:bulletblue: Literature News
:bulletblue: Mary Ellen Mark - Documenting Lives
:bulletblue: ArtisanCraft: News and Weekly Gallery Highlight
:bulletblue: Pep Talk: Artistic Skills and Non-Art Jobs
:bulletblue: Teach Me Senpai vol 6. - Journal Skins
:bulletblue: The Deity Prose Contest
:bulletblue: The History of the User Interface
:bulletblue: The Olden Days
:bulletblue: The Yard Needs You
:bulletblue: The EmoticonGallery - April Summary
:bulletblue: Representation of Sacred Traditions in Stock


Features & Interviews

:bulletred: APN Adventures Vol 18
:bulletred: Behind The Screens - Interview with Igreeny
:bulletred: Browsing By Newest v21
:bulletred: DA Love For Everyone
:bulletred: Darkroom Feature 5
:bulletred: Digitalism v25
:bulletred: DigitalSpotlight Feature 7
:bulletred: Fashion Makes the World Go Round XI
:bulletred: I Like Your Face Issue 25
:bulletred: Illustrating Westeros ASOIAF Artist Speak XII
:bulletred: Macro Spotlight Vol 166
:bulletred: Photography Interviews: Photojournalism
:bulletred: Pixel Art Feature
:bulletred: Project Porkchop Vol 440
:bulletred: SeniorSelections 52
:bulletred: Small Worlds Part 42
:bulletred: Traditional Trove 65
:bulletred: Vibrant Colors Feature V
:bulletred: Voyage to the Unknown: Master Journal


Commissions

:bulletpink: Commission info for simonnex
:bulletpink: Commission info for coffee--pot
:bulletpink: Commission info for uladat
:bulletpink: Commission info for nintendrawer
:bulletpink: Commission info for roemesquita
:bulletpink: Commission info for Stelari
:bulletpink: Commission info for fooray
:bulletpink: Commission info for aghorishaivite
:bulletpink: Commission info for getanimated
:bulletpink: Commission info for andehpinkard


Whoas - Theme: Baseball


Baseball by Saccstry

Baseball by Avimator

Snow's Home Run by stupidyou3

Street Baseball by BautistaNY

Day 127 Swingin by Blackn-Yellow


baseball by GingerOpal

Baseball Squid by MegLyman

BASEBALL ON THE LAKE by Bisparulz

Baseball Robot by nkabuto



Baseball by Trippy4U
No Crying In Baseball by stevegoad


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Welcome JenFruzz

Thu May 28, 2015, 10:04 AM


Illuminate by JenFruzz


Please join me in welcoming JenFruzz to the Community Volunteer team, She will be helping to represent the Animals, Plants and Nature community. Take a minute and say hi!

Sweet Honey by JenFruzz

Cotton Candy by JenFruzz

Bug's Life by JenFruzz

Fury Skies by JenFruzz

Skin by Dan Leveille

Welcome

Mon May 25, 2015, 11:56 AM


Welcome by Syntetyc


Please join me in welcoming LiliWrites and TheMaidenInBlack to the Community Volunteer team! Both of these ladies will be helping to represent the literature community.  Take a minute and go say hello :wave:


TheMaidenInBlack










LiliWrites 







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Thank You User2006

Mon May 11, 2015, 1:17 PM


On the Beach by UseR2006

Please join me in thanking UseR2006 for his time and efforts during his time as a member of the Community Volunteer team.

Two Sides by UseR2006

Tinted Vision by UseR2006

Looking Down From Above by UseR2006

Hailing Death by UseR2006

Dirty Glasses by UseR2006

Thank you UseR2006! We appreciate you :heart:

Skin by Dan Leveille

Pimps and Whoas - May 7, 2015

Thu May 7, 2015, 6:32 PM


Fire by todd587

News from the Team

:bulletpurple: Site Update: Bug Fixes, Creation
:bulletpurple: Updated Sta.sh API


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:bulletorange: A Guide to Good Looking Fire Breathers
:bulletorange: Collection: Airstreams
:bulletorange: Collection: The Nintendo Generations
:bulletorange: The Dead Zone
:bulletorange: Daredevil: Man Without Fear
:bulletorange: Creator owned Comics
:bulletorange: Taurus - Beautiful Bons Vivants

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All "official" contests will begin at midnight PST on the start date and end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relation run contests and all DeviantArt sponsored contests.
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:bulletpink: AnthroChallenge #119 - In the Kitchen


Community Relations Projects


projecteducate
Project Educate is a joint venture between Community Relations (communityrelations) and the DeviantArt community. Every week, the project brings you a new set of articles with information, tips, and tricks about one of the many galleries within DeviantArt. Every month, we also have a Community Week built into the schedule, where everyone in the community has a chance to submit an article to share!


Currently
- Community Week              Coming Up - Art History

:bulletpink: Artwork in the Fashion industry
:bulletpink: Art in the Professions: We Need Your Help
:bulletpink: 10 Steps for Making a Good Tutorial
:bulletpink: George's Traditional Art Tools
:bulletpink: Getting Your Art Seen: Placement
:bulletpink: Incidental use: Exhibiting your art at work
:bulletpink: Six tools for Product Photography
:bulletpink: The Videogame Industry: An Interview
:bulletpink: Tools for Making a Pattern
:bulletpink: Vectors in the Professional World

:star:View the whole schedule here:star:


Informative News & Events

:bulletblue: Beginnings and ends
:bulletblue: Comparing Yourself with Others is Suicide
:bulletblue: CRFractals Monthly Challenge May 2015
:bulletblue: Devnews News You Can Use
:bulletblue: Finding the Forums
:bulletblue: Promote your Forum and Chat news
:bulletblue: Literature News
:bulletblue: Toronto DevMeet info for May 16
:bulletblue: May: Hope survives
:bulletblue: Mentorship Project: Eighth Lesson
:bulletblue: Monday Discussions: Favorite Recipes
:bulletblue: DevMeet info for London on July 18
:bulletblue: TheEmoticonGallery - April Summary 2015
:bulletblue: Vexel Art


Features & Interviews

:bulletred: -404 Deviant Found Vol 61
:bulletred: 5 Deviants that deserve your attention Episode 2
:bulletred: Best in Photography Today - 30
:bulletred: DA love for Everyone - 120
:bulletred: Dark Fairytales Part 7
:bulletred: DigitalSpotlight Feature 6
:bulletred: Fashion Makes the World go Round X
:bulletred: Great Contemporary Artists on DeviantArt - April
:bulletred: Hidden Talents 34
:bulletred: Illustrating Westeros ASOIAF Artists Speak XI
:bulletred: In the Stock Light: Danika-Stock
:bulletred: Interview: Jill of All Trades - PolyMune
:bulletred: Love DA Lit Issue 204
:bulletred: Lush - Pinup and Glamour Features
:bulletred: Macro Spotlight Vol 164
:bulletred: Monday Pixel Madness 15
:bulletred: Photography Interviews: Other Photography
:bulletred: ProjectPorkchop Vol432
:bulletred: Senior Selections 49
:bulletred: SixWordStories Workshop 8 - Backward Progression
:bulletred: Sunday Through to Saturday Typography
:bulletred: The Ladies of Lit Volume LIV
:bulletred: Traditional Trove 63


Commissions

:bulletpink: Commission info for stelari
:bulletpink: Commission info for bpavlica
:bulletpink: Commission info for eevachu


Whoas - Theme: Fire


Fire by tatasz

Hobbit - Fire and Water - Bard vs Smaug by caycowa

-Fire- by arvalis

Fire Ice by luisbc

Fire by allonkira

Fire: The Fire by Abz-J-Harding

FIRE by sererena

The Biscuit Fire by skorch0matik

the fire by flaviafou

Fire Breathing Dragon by sandara

The Fire by korbox

Fire Elemental by DrawingNightmare

Maiden of Fire by kunkka

Playing with Fire by fahsi
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What I'm looking for from you guys:
:bulletred: News, Features or Interviews you want to promote
:bulletred: Groups you want me to feature or highlight
:bulletred: deviations that follow the theme for that issue
:bulletred: DevMEETs or events going on around you or being hosted by you.
:bulletred: Commission information for those looking for Commissions
:bulletred: Anything else you feel you want the DeviantArt community to know about!


Next issue to be posted May 29, 2015 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Baseball

Wanna suggest a theme? Note Moonbeam13 with your ideas!

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Deviousness - May 2015

Fri May 1, 2015, 12:05 AM
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In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.









Introducing theCHAMBA






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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.

















May 2015

Deviousness Award Winner







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.










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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.















Congratulations to theCHAMBA!


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Pimps and Whoas - April 16, 2015

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 4:38 PM


Donuts by SonjaS

News from Staff

:bulletpurple: All Roads Lead to Deviation
:bulletpurple: Site Update: New Watermark
:bulletpurple: What is DeviantArt - Part 2


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:bulletorange: The Battle for Breakfast is Fought with Ads
:bulletorange: 5 Literary Journals - Publish Your Writing
:bulletorange: Making the Ghostbusters Universe
:bulletorange: Chasing The Sun: Solar Power is the Next Big Thing

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Official Contests

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:bulletpink: AnthroChallenge #118 - Ball of String- Deadline April 30, 2015


Community Relations Projects

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Project Educate is a joint venture between Community Relations (communityrelations) and the DeviantArt community. Every week, the project brings you a new set of articles with information, tips, and tricks about one of the many galleries within DeviantArt. Every month, we also have a Community Week built into the schedule, where everyone in the community has a chance to submit an article to share!

Coming Up - Art in the Professions

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Informative News & Events

:bulletblue: Animal Mash-Up Contest
:bulletblue: Art History Needs You
:bulletblue: Challenges Around DeviantArt
:bulletblue: Everyday Creativity
:bulletblue: Getting Involved on DA
:bulletblue: Greetings from the Mentoring Applications Team
:bulletblue: Groups Galore Issue 01
:bulletblue: Hypochondria - It isn't a joke
:bulletblue: May: Photojournalism
:bulletblue: Mid-April News: Creative Spark Ver. Two
:bulletblue: News and Gallery Highlight
:bulletblue: Photoshop Tutorials: How to Make a Gray Sky Blue
:bulletblue: Writing Tips Cliffhangers (Don't Use Them)


Features & Interviews

:bulletred: An Absurd Interview with RhynWilliams
:bulletred: APN Adventures Vol 14
:bulletred: April 2015 Literature News
:bulletred: Around the World: North America: Washington
:bulletred: Artist Showcase Episode 15
:bulletred: Behind the Screens: Interview with Pawelshogun
:bulletred: Daily Fractal Feature - April 16, 2015
:bulletred: Digitalism v.22
:bulletred: Featuring Amazing Artists 25
:bulletred: I Love, You Love
:bulletred: Meet our members 10
:bulletred: Meet Twindisch
:bulletred: Prime Cuts: Interview with Forest Walker
:bulletred: Steampunk Feature
:bulletred: Traditional Trove 61
:bulletred: tWR Interviews - Rhetoric Figures in Poetry
:bulletred: Under the Skin: abcilic


Commissions

:bulletpink: Commission info for foreverfrosty
:bulletpink: Commission info for gummyghost
:bulletpink: Commission info for jademoonrabbit
:bulletpink: Commission info for spoonfayse
:bulletpink: Commission info for iwonn
:bulletpink: Commission info for liberlibelula
:bulletpink: Commission info for urban-barbarian





Whoas - Theme: Donuts


Flirty Donut by To-Ka-Ro

Donuts Sandwich by theresahelmer

Donut hitch-hiking trip by gagatka27

Polymer Clay Handmade Donut Charms by MadeByTokiToki

Donut box by MichaelaKindlova

Sprinkley Donuts by DeadMoonDreams

Mustache Donut by nickv47

The Donut by Noukah

Donut Panic Comp by Capttylor34

Donut by Evilehope

Norfolk Donut Supply Company by stuntkid

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:bulletred: News, Features or Interviews you want to promote
:bulletred: Groups you want me to feature or highlight
:bulletred: deviations that follow the theme for that issue
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Next issue to be posted May 5, 2015 and the theme for the "Whoas" is Fire.

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Pimps and Whoas - April 2, 2015

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 1:02 PM


Dinosaur by chvacher

Official DeviantArt News

:bulletpurple: Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
:bulletpurple: Celebrating Deviousness - April 2015
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Bug Fixes, Hidden Gems
:bulletpurple: Site Update: Bug Fixes, Print Services


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:bulletorange: Aries: Leader of the Flock
:bulletorange: Collection: Concerts. Can you hear what I see?
:bulletorange: DeviantArt Road Trip: Dubai
:bulletorange: Exploring The Eiffel Tower's Aesthetic
:bulletorange: Movie Review: Kiki's Delivery Service
:bulletorange: Terry Pratchett - The Final Walk With an Old Friend
:bulletorange: The Marathon Imperative
:bulletorange: Today's Headlines from the News Desk - April 2, 2015 New headlines every day! Be sure to check the Today Page daily for updates!

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:flagus: denotes US only contest

:flagus: :bulletpink: Insidious Chapter 3 Emoticon Contest - Deadline April 12, 2015
:bulletpink: AnthroChallenge #118 - Ball of String- Deadline April 30, 2015

Community Relations Projects


projecteducate
Project Educate is a joint venture between Community Relations (communityrelations) and the DeviantArt community. Every week, the project brings you a new set of articles with information, tips, and tricks about one of the many galleries within DeviantArt. Every month, we also have a Community Week built into the schedule, where everyone in the community has a chance to submit an article to share!

Currently - Artists Tools Week          Coming Up - Community Week

:bulletpink: Artists Tools Week - The Schedule
:bulletpink: Paint Tool Sai vs FireAlpaca
:bulletpink: Tools for Transparent Background
:bulletpink: OneOfAKindApp - The Holy Grail of Photography

:star:View the whole schedule here:star:


Informative News & Events

:bulletblue: Bawzon is hosting a contest to design a tattoo for himself!
:bulletblue: April - Blessings of Friendship
:bulletblue: All About Bookmaking
:bulletblue: Challenges Around DeviantArt
:bulletblue: Coping with Grief
:bulletblue: CRFractals Monthly Challenge
:bulletblue: Easter Emoticon Contest
:bulletblue: Emoticon Gallery Newsletter
:bulletblue: Found Poetry How To: The Cento
:bulletblue: How to Be Successful with Commissions
:bulletblue: How to Enjoy Life on DeviantArt
:bulletblue: Let's Talk About Tech Support
:bulletblue: Thank you Inknalcohol
:bulletblue: The Ins and Outs of Book Covers
:bulletblue: We Shall Not Forget You Bark
:bulletblue: What we can learn from Sir Terry


Features & Interviews

:bulletred: Animal ABCs - D is for Deer
:bulletred: Around the World - North America - Wyoming
:bulletred: Artistlefeatures Vol XIX-G'night Moon
:bulletred: Beautiful Resources and Stock Images Feature
:bulletred: Behind the Screens Interview with aStripedUnicorn
:bulletred: Browsing by Newest v20
:bulletred: Chicks in Corsets
:bulletred: DA Love for Everyone #117
:bulletred: Dark Fairlytales Part 5
:bulletred: Digitalism v.20
:bulletred: Hidden Talents 31
:bulletred: Interview with Novoo
:bulletred: Not So Traditional Tuesdays 28
:bulletred: Photography Interviews - People and Portraits
:bulletred: ProjectPorkchop Vol 424
:bulletred: Sunday Through to Saturday Typography VII


Groups

:bulletgreen: Digitalists is hosting it's April Contest where the theme is spring
:bulletgreen: projecteducate needs your help with a new topic they're working on called Art in the Professions
:bulletgreen: ArtisanCraft has posted their News and Weekly Gallery Highlight
:bulletgreen: CRLiterature has posted a journal letting you know how you can get involved check it out
:bulletgreen: DeviantartWikia is searching for new editors.  Send them a note if interested!
:bulletgreen: Unknown-Fandoms is a new group meant to showcase all the yet-to-be-known fandoms of the community. Since it's very new, they're looking for members to help out.

Commissions

:bulletpink: Commission info for Tyrannus
:bulletpink: Commission info for souffle-oswin
:bulletpink: Commission info for stelari
:bulletpink: Commission info for iwonn
:bulletpink: Commission info for vashperado
:bulletpink: Commission info for roemesquita
:bulletpink: Commission info for fantaticpizzapie
:bulletpink: Commission info for charlie-bowater
:bulletpink: Commission info for apomix
:bulletpink: Commission info for bunisan
:bulletpink: Commission info for hardrockangel


Whoas - Theme: Dinosaurs



Rawr means 'I love you' in dinosaur by kailali


Dinosaur rider. by BananaPistol

Dinosaur Army by RyomaNinja



Day 853# Dinosaur Nuggets by Cryptid-Creations

Perfectly generic dinosaur by Book-Rat

Dinosaur Dig Platter by ElysLullabye


Dinosaurs by shongrekAbout Dinosaurs by KirbyAustria

Cadillac and Dinosaurs by TheLengua

Cowboys and Dinosaurs by Phil-Crash-Murphy

Dinosaurs by WonderDookie

SOLD Handmade Poseable Baby Kork! by Wood-Splitter-Lee


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Celebrating Deviousness - April 2015

Tue Mar 31, 2015, 11:59 PM
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In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.









Introducing Anoya






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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















April 2015

Deviousness Award Winner







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.










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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! :heart:





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. :heart:





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?! :heart:





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!















Congratulations to Anoya!


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Thank You Inknalcohol

Wed Mar 25, 2015, 1:01 PM


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Please join me in thanking inknalcohol for his time as a Community Volunteer for the literature community.  Damien is one of those people you can't help but be drawn to.  He spent his term encouraging the literature community to grow, to connect and to nurture each other .  While we will miss his presence on the team, I know he's going to continue to be a force in the community and I look forward to seeing what he does next.











Thank YOU, inknalcohol  :heart:

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