Director of Artist Relations
The purpose of Artist Relations is to strengthen the community spirit as well as network with fellow artists so that we may bring outside opportunities to you, and help you to hone your skills. The Gallery Directors are the first people you should go to regarding your galleries. They are the people you need to make gallery suggestions to, and ask questions about your specific genre, or seek knowledge from. They also act as your lifeline to the administration. They are here to support and listen, and I can tell you we've got incredibly talented, devoted and passionate people on this team, so get to know them!
Hot Topics cannot be unsubscribed from. I'm constantly noted, harassed on my userpage or emailed by people screaming at me to remove them from my mailing list. Hot topics are the administrations way of communicating important news about the community to you, the members of said community. If you could care less about what's going on, I'm afraid your only recourse is to delete the hot topic. Please note that doing this completely negates your right to claim 'we didn't tell you' if you fail to notice a big change.
While on the topic of hot topics, people constantly ask why a hot topic appears so much later than the original posting date of the article. Hot Topics have to be put into place by IT and as such there is a time delay between the original posting and the time it goes into Hot Topic mode. Hope that explains it
My main focus at this time is to round out the volunteer team. I'm working on this behind the scenes and it's a larger project than I think you can possibly fathom but it's coming. So be patient It'll be good.
I have noticed and increase in people sending notes to myself or my gallery directors to report policy and copyright violations. Please file help desk tickets for this. My team does not deal directly with violations of this type and it's absolutely necessary to keep running records of instances that occur, so we will direct you back to the help desk to ensure proper protocol. Thank you.
`abhimanyughoshal has opted to leave the Artist Relations team of his own accord and he will be sadly missed. I thank him for his efforts for the community and wish him the best in his future endeavors
Important and entertaining links you should go to
Live Your Creative Passion Scholarship Contest
Against the Light Contest
Community Driven Contests, Projects and Clubs I've heard about
For something new.. some thumbs of favorites I've added recently:
On StrengthMany people claim that strength of heart; strength of spirit is an attribute of they themselves. That because they've been through hardship, pain, and heart-ache, that they're able to take it again on their own.
What none of us want to stop and consider is that strength is not a personal attribute. Our strength comes from the others around us. We have to lean back to back to stand at all. Our souls were not meant to stand alone in the wilderness and drive back the night.
You can't measure strength in lives saved or pain endured, but in the people who lend you that strength, that power. And their power is lent to them by others, so that no
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Looking for contests? Find a list of all AR sponsored contests in the module in my journal
The Key System
As you can see at the very bottom there is a Key System. The way this will work is simple. If you have a specific inquiry or suggestion for a specific department, begin your comment with the appropriate Key Code, that way we can search the page and compile them and address them.
I am typing this as I have one foot out the door for a camping trip, so there aren't many updates, save for WE NEED MORE FEATURE ARTICLES! I would also appreciate How-To articles, articles exploring things that you don't see on dA but are related to Artisan Crafts, and possibly even resource
Remember, the only way to get your articles seen is to not only submit them as a news article, but also fav it and get others to fav yours so that it can remain on the page longer, and so that people who visit your page can check out all the news you deem worthy.
I'm getting the itch for another contest, and if anyone would like to donate prizes or knows of some good prize ideas, let me know!
Cartoons & Comics
Hi guys! This really is just a quick recap of what's goin on in Comics and Cartoons with some newer tidbits here and there. The gallery is still moving along happily and there's projects a plenty! I've gathered enough links and thumbnails from various deviants about their comics/cartoons projects for me to start a sister news letter to my Smorgasbords. Inside these articles I'll include deviant names, links to the projects and thumbnails along with a small writeup about the project itself. I'm excited. There's always so much going on so this will be a fun and easy article to write every month. So make sure you send me a note about your comics/cartoons projects if you're interested in being featured!
This is just one example of a project being a success because of that awesome community support I see everyday. I want to thank everyone who stepped in and helped!
As I'm sure everyone knows by now, all the Fanart subcategories have been closed and redirected to the new Fanart root category! This means if you're lookin to submit comics/cartoons fanart you need to do so through the new root category. I will be covering the Fanart > Comics/cartoons category until Fanart is assigned with a gallery director of its own. So you're more than welcome to poke me with DD suggestions from the Fanart category as long as they're from "comics/cartoons". Read more on that here.
Keep those suggestions for DDs comin! Remember to note me with your all time favorite Comics and Cartoons submissions and about your projects! And don't forget to read Comics and Cartoons Smorgasbord #8. Happy dAing!
Hi all, lots to cover in this issue so get a mug of tea, get comfy and let me entertain you.
Custom Customization Customising Contest!
There has been a slight delay in organising the judging for this contest. I'm not proud to say this has happened, but I'd much rather be honest about it and 'fes up. The winners will be notified shortly. Thank you for your patience in this.
Changes to the Wallpaper Gallery
Due to the new Fan Art Gallery going live, there are some significant changes to the Wallpaper Gallery that require your attention if you submit any fan art related material to the Wallpaper Gallery. I have outlined those changes in a journal. Please take the time to read and understand it to avoid confusion and relocation of your work. Only new pieces will be relocated as all previous submission to the affected areas have been automatically relocated.
Where do I submit my Desktop Screenshot?
Recently there has been a huge rise in Desktop Screenshots making their way into the Wallpaper Gallery and a a result creating a lot of unnecessary submission violation reports for me to wade through (all work and no play makes Zilla all emo). This is rapidly becoming the number one problem in the gallery with more violation reports and relocations involving screenshots than any other issue. Please help me to help you by submitting your screenshots to the correct gallery.
The correct place to submit your screenshots is: Customization > Screenshots
Wallpaper Gallery : Features
Every week I feature a selection of the most interesting and unique wallpapers submitted to the Wallpaper Gallery. These features are unlike the Daily Deviations in that a deviant can be featured regardless of previous exposure, favs or popularity. It's a really great way of seeing some of the best walls around for that week.
To get yourself featured is easy and requires no extra work on your behalf. Just submit a great wallpaper and it'll be featured! the only criteria necessary to be eligable for the feature is that the wallpaper must be a minimum of 1024x768 and be original work. You can also note me with any suggestions for the features just like DD suggestions. But remember you cannot suggest your own work
Here are a few examples of what you are missing if you don't check out the features:
Until next time, take it easy!
There are some points I wanted to address this time around :
Unfortunately I have to bring it up again: Misscats
In general please keep in mind that if you're unsure where to submit your deviation: read the gallery descriptions and if you're still unsure please contact a gallery director with your questions. That's what we are here for ! Otherwise it will end up with frustrations on both sides.
There are a lot of miss-categorized deviations in the pixelart galleries. For one there seems to be a confusion about the difference of isometric and non-isometric pixelart.
So here is the definition again :
- isometric: Pixelart created in method that is displayed in a 3 dimensional perspective. Most commonly from a 30 degrees viewpoint and in a ratio of 2:1. (For example of an Isometric perspective, think of the buildings from the classic SimCity series.)
- non-isometric: Pixelart created in a fashion that does not display a 3 dimensional perspective but is created in another, such as the perspectives of a profile view, platform style, top-down view, 3/4 view, etc. Relatively, just any other perspective that does not fall under an Isometric classification fits here
The second major misscats in this galleries are mostly digital drawings, created with a pixel brush, which might even look a bit like pixelart but belong in the Digital Art > Drawings category. Pixelart must be created pixel by pixel, no fill-tools or brushwork should be used.
Please keep this in mind when submitting your work !
This is another gallery where the amount of misscats is immense. Please take the time to read through the gallery descriptions before submitting your deviation.
Vexel images are:
- 1. Derived from combining the terms vector and pixel, a vexel is a type of image that has a posterized appearance similar to vector graphics but may contain raster elements for supporting the primary vector-like portions.
- 2. Images created by digital tools such as the Photoshop pen tool, selection tool, or similar device that causes the image to have filled sections of colors next to each other to create the artwork. Referred to as having block shapes, the image is compiled of colored areas
that are specifically created to build the image by using these mentioned tools. This technique gives the image a more 2D appearance, much like what a vector image looks like.
- 3. Vexels are characterized by clean color and lines that range from as little as 2 color outlines to
pseudo-realistic detail depending upon the amount of block shapes/sections the artist uses to create the image.
Vexel images are not:
- 1. Photographs that have been ran through a filtering process.
- 2. Paintings/drawings, airbrushed images, and heavily filtered artwork.
- 3. Any type of artwork that does not adhere to
the rules above as to what a vexel is.
Here are some examples of what vexel art looks like:
2. News Articles:
There are a lot of interesting digital newsarticles which shouldn't be
- Illustration Weekly 14
- Wednesday's Wall of Wows
- Surreal Features (Photomanipulation)
- Dark Materials Edition 03
- Beyond This World
- Fantasy Realms 8
- Digital Impressions Edition 10
- designersBLOCK: Edition 14
3. DD Suggestions:
`kuschelirmel is back from her vacation, so please send Photomanipulation DD suggestions her way ! Thank you !
So that was it with the news from the digital galleries for this week If you have any ideas, suggestions, concerns, etc .... please contact me via note !
Yes, I am back from my one month vacation - with tons of great memories and stories to tell. Non AR related though, so I'll just get to the point Now that I am back, I am taking DD suggestions again. All photomanipulations & (digital) mixed media pieces should be recommended to me again (no longer `nighty, she just covered me in my absence. Also, please make sure that all sources are listed & that they are valid stock (no "found on google"!). My full DD Guidelines can be found to the right of my journal page, please read them. Also, expect some special features during the next weeks while I catch up on what I missed while I was gone
I hope you are all doing well. There isnt much going on except, I am really excited that I am getting so many DD suggestions! Thank you! Fanart fridays are going well, except i have to adjust some dates as soon as i am able HAHA!... ha! So, since I am jsut plugging away at life, I thought I would mention some of the neat things on DA right now thatI came across!
`cooley is holding a great contest called The bladewind Challenge! it looks pretty awesome, with great prizes!
`misskittyoooo's Can you make comics like a pro Contest is almost over!! if you have entries, get them in fast!
~bapity88 is holding a little contest to design Charms for jewelery. Its adorable and ends soon!
*windfalcon Is having a commission selling custom Painted feathers, that are just exquisite! You should definately check that out when you have a chance!
Thats all I can think of for now, but remember, if you have contests, tutorials, or anything interesting like that send them my way! I need content for my newsletters! I apologize if I am slow with replies etc, but rest assured! I read them all
I would like to write a bit about my co-gallery director Sandi, better known to the art community as `oibyrd
She is a partner in crime, a shoulder to cry on and a very close friend
Her participation on deviantART is HUGH .. LARGE and STOCK MUNDO BIG-O
She is both a user of Stock ART and a Contributor as seen by her very involved accounts
You might send her some love since her father recently has been sick
I love Sandi and I know you do too ( grin / anyone knows me knows I don't like hugs )
Some cool stock articles
New to stock art ? ( -: [link] )
Stockilicious Vol 12: Horror Hour (MC) ( -: [link] )
Project: StockART - Human Canvass ( -: [link] )
Two of my fav peeps .. ( honestly .. all peeps who contribute to stock art are appreciated )
~demonicintuition: - cute as a button and a major force in stock art
`LawrenceDeDark - a good friend and hard worker for stock-goodness
Check this out 20 Questions with LDD-Stock ( -:[link] )
And speaking of that
`FantasyStock and her series of 20 Questions is willy wonka wonder-bar
20 Questions with Markopolio-Stock ( -:[link] )
20 Questions with Gracies-Stock ( -:[link] )
20 Questions with AlinePotter-stock ( -: [link] )
I did note Sandi and I are missing so far ( wink )
I guess that's it ..
Remember Stock art needs to be professional high res ( at least 600 x 600 ), critical Focus .. and USABLE ( a picture that can be used )
Stock ART wants to go where no man has gone before .. push art limits and provide what the deviant community wants ..
I think we are getting there
To direct your comments towards the right gallery director, optionally prefix your comments with the following acronyms:
AR: for Artist Relations
CON: for Contests
AC: for Artisan Crafts
COM: for Comics and Cartooons
CUS: For Cutsomizations
ICN: for Icons
ST: for Skins & Themes
VP: for Visualization Presets
WP: for Wallpaper
DI: for Designs & Interfaces
DR: For DeviantArt Related
DA: for Digital Art
3D: for Digital Art > 3 Dimensional Art
DF: for Digital Art > Digital Fantasy
PM: for Digital Art > Photomanipulation
PA: for Digital Art > Pixel Art
VE: for Digital Art > Vector
FR: for Fractal Art
FL: for Flash
LIT: for Literature
POE: for Poetry
PRS: for Prose
ANI: for Manga/Anime
PH: for Photography
AN: for Photography > Artistic Nudes
FP: for Photography > Fetish
PJ: For Photography > Photojournalism
RES: for Resources
SP: for Stock Photos
TA: for Traditional Art