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Table of Contents

1. Art is Personal
2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
3. Community Projects
4. Official Contests
5. Project Educate 2014
6. News from the Chats and Forums
7. News from the Galleries

1. Art is Personal

Every day, daily deviations are featured, artist interviews are posted, and countless journals of thumbnails published.  Every single day, community members, volunteers and staff, all come together and share in a love of art. It doesn't always go well and sometimes a piece of artwork I adore, strikes the wrong chord with someone. However, regardless of the message received the artwork achieved the goal of becoming personal and striking an emotion and there are no rules that state this emotion should always be happy and fluffy. I'm personally inspired by a different kind of image, one that challenges my feelings and ideals and sometimes, ones that make me uncomfortable. It was 1995, at the Guggenheim in New York City, that I stumbled across the work of Joel- Peter Witkin.  It was his work that inspired me to pick up a camera but to say that his work is globally appealing, would not be valid.  For me, it was the beginning of a great journey that would eventually lead me to this community.  For others, I imagine they would rather not view his work, as its controversial and uncomfortable for them.

As an artist, my art is very personal.  Every image I create tells a story and what I've learned is that even when I feel the intent or message is obvious, it might be completely lost on someone else.  Does that make them stupid? not at all, it just means that my art spoke to them differently and that happens for a number of reasons. It could be about what they were feeling that day or it could be speaking to something that happened in their past or it could very well be the paragon of their greatest fear and while it is my artwork and my intention, there is nothing wrong with someone else seeing something completely different.  

Every day I look through comments on articles or Daily Deviations and I'm always amazed by how vastly different the opinions are.  Some people love it and others absolutely hate it, some feel it's about one thing while another is on a completely different track.  The point is that these feelings are all valid and, assuming the commenter has shared their feelings respectfully, there's nothing wrong with that.

If a piece of artwork manages to elicit an emotion - be it positive or negative - in my opinion, it has more than earned it's place.  If you feel differently, that's okay.  No one will react to one piece of artwork the same way.  In fact, you could probably go back through you favourites gallery and look at selections you made years ago, and find those pieces may not make you feel the same way about them as they did at the time. 

Conversely, if your piece of artwork manages to accumulate a wealth of negativity,  remember the silver lining - Your art made people feel -  Then pat yourself on the back and go create your next masterpiece.

Art is a personal journey of mind, body and soul - both to create and to experience and we'd all do better as a community to consider that. :heart:

Feel free to share your favourite artists or pieces of artwork in the comments below :) I'd love to see the variety of tastes and styles that exist in our community!

2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations

If you're interested in learning more about being a volunteer on deviantART please read FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on deviantART?

To see current openings on the Community Relations volunteer team please go to this journal. If there isn't a spot open please consider helping out from within the community. Read How to be a guiding light and shining example by the awesome RockstarVanity :love:

3. Community Projects

Check out any of the projects below to get involved or, if you are feeling inspired come up with a project of your own and contact CRCommunityProjects for help in getting started!

:bulletgreen: fella - deviantART's Official Mascot Group

:bulletgreen: Fella's Dictionary Update  

:bulletgreen: Fella's ArtFest Contest

:bulletgreen: deviant365 - deviantART's Official Weekly Task Group

To get support for your Community Project, please read this post

4. Official Contests

:bulletpink: The Transformation Challenge - Deadline June 24, 2014
:bulletpink: SuicideGirls Fan Art Contest - Deadline June 27, 2014
:bulletpink: World of Water - Deadline June 30, 2014
:bulletpink: AnthroChallenge #108 - Thank a Mailman - Deadline June 30, 2014

Please note that all contests end on the deadline stated at 11:59:59 PM PST

5. Project Educate 2014

There are plenty of ways to get involved with many of projecteducate's upcoming projects! Check out how to get involved with Community Weeks here and check out the Schedule to see what's coming up. We've also introduced an exciting new project called 'Hints and Tips' and you can get involved by reading this journal!

We've recently had a fantastic Traditional Art week and you can read the roundup here. We've also had Artisan Crafts week and the recap can be found here!

6. News from the Chats and Forums

The chat and forum have been busy for both the Community Volunteer team and the deviantART community these past few months! If you are interested in either the chat or forum, be sure to read the Chat & Forum Newsletter: May, June! :D

7. News from the Galleries

:bulletblue: 3-Dimensional Art

:bulletblue: Anime/Manga

:bulletblue: Anthro

:bulletblue: Artisan Crafts

:bulletblue: Customization
:bulletgreen: Wallpaper

:bulletblue: deviantART related

:bulletblue: Digital Art
:bulletgreen: Fractal
:bulletgreen: Photomanipulation
:bulletgreen: Vector & Vexel

:bulletblue: Fan Art

:bulletblue: Film & Animation

:bulletblue: Literature
:bulletgreen: Fan-Fiction

:bulletblue: Photography
:bulletgreen: Abstract & Surreal
:bulletgreen: Animals, Plants & Nature Photography
:bulletgreen: Artistic Nude
:bulletgreen: Conceptual Photography
:bulletgreen: Fetish Photography
:bulletgreen: Horror & Macabre
:bulletgreen: People and Portraits
:bulletgreen: Pin-Up & Glamour
:bulletgreen: Still Life Photography
:bulletgreen: Urban & Rural Photography

:bulletblue: Resources & Stock Images

:bulletblue: Science Fiction & Space Art

:bulletblue: Text Art & Typography: Do you want to take part in Typography Challenges? Give your input here!

:bulletblue: Traditional Art

:bulletblue: Body Art
:bulletgreen: Sculpture

The Community Relations department exists to facilitate and develop the relationship with our deviantART community. Our goal is to nurture our community by encouraging artists to create, collaborate, and participate in a friendly, safe, and supportive artistic environment. Watch communityrelations for up to date news and to learn how you can get involved in projects and events!

Bi-monthly Newsletter from the Community Relations team.  Watch communityrelations for up-to-date news and to learn how you can get involved in community projects and events!
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TheCreativeJenn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My most recent tastes consists of nature and fantasy. :)

My world by Esoragotkasrongkran angel- by Komai69iHiccup and Toothless by Natsu-LuUnmasked Scorpion (Mortal Kombat 9 version) by flavioluccisanoR A P H A E L by Carlos-Quevedo

I miss your photography by the way! You should pick up the camera again soon.
Komai69i Featured By Owner Edited Jul 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much Nod 
for this...…   Love LoveLove  CURSE YOU! 
TheCreativeJenn Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Your talent is phenomenal, keep it up!!! :tighthug::heart::heart:

And I don't mind the many edits, your happiness matters most. :)
KPEKEP Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
today it this
Haidutina by Ggalero
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Lyricanna Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My tastes in art are definitely varied and that is almost entirely due to being on this site for so long :love:

A few recent faves:
Ocean surfing wave at sunset time by Vitaly-Sokol Through the Roses {+Speedpaint} by kawaiihannah Knight by Arichana Complete by AnimaxiomArt How to fall for a Pirate Assassin by KejaBlank
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Love these!
Urus-28 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To create feeling is the goal that each artist should have in mind.
Because the contrary is boring art and that is really not a good thing.
I prefer seeing people hating my art than going to the next without any particular feeling.

Some pictures I really like :aww:
Evolette by Amytea Urban Plateaus by dylancole Lapides clamabunt by ser1o MBX Vol 01 17 Markandeya ORACLE by Nisachar
Amytea Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Merchi ;)
Urus-28 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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