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February 22, 2012
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Table of Contents

1. Daily Deviations
2. Bi-weekly Critique Nights
3. Volunteer Openings
4. Share Your Opinions
5. Community Projects
6. Official Contests
7  Project Educate 2011/2012
8. Art History
9. News from the Galleries

1. Daily Deviations

Recently, I announced changes to Daily Deviations in this journal and I'm happy to say that the response has been favorable.  To review, we have made the following changes:

a> The "3-month rule" is now the "6-month rule" meaning an artist cannot receive another DD if they have had one in the last 6 months.

b> Daily Deviation selectors are limited to a maximum of one selection per day.  This has been put in place to focus on quality vs quantity.

The hard-coding of these new guidelines is now in place (special thanks to ZombieCoder for that :heart:). 

These changes are part of an ongoing initiative to better our Daily Deviation selection and ensure they are reflecting the variety and talent that exist here in the deviantART community.

What I would love to discuss next, is Daily Deviation descriptions! I have my own opinions that I wrote about here regarding them.  However, I want to know how you, the deviantART community, feels about them.

I'd like some thoughtful discussion so we can really break down if they are helpful, required, a nuisance etc.  So please think about the following questions and give me your input in the comments below:
:bulletpurple: Do you feel descriptions on daily deviations should be mandatory? If so, why?
:bulletpurple: Do you find descriptions distract from the artwork?
:bulletpurple: I believe that writing descriptions is an art form itself so if someone isn't comfortable writing something, I'd prefer they leave it black, agree or disagree?
:bulletpurple: What makes a good description for you? What are you looking for when you read them?
:bulletpurple: Any other thoughts or suggestions you have I would love to hear!

I'm really looking forward to the conversations around this :excited:

2. Bi-weekly Critique Nights

Every other week the Community Relations team is going to gather in our chatroom #communityrelations and critique artwork! Each event will focus on a different genre/medium and this week - February 22, 2011 at 3pm Eastern/12pm Pacific/8pm GMT it will be Manga/Anime.

We've started a line-up that you can access here.  Stay tuned for upcoming events!

3. 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?

I'm currently looking for people in the following areas:
:bulletpink: Chats & Forum
:bulletpink: Designs & Interface
:bulletpink: Fan-fiction
:bulletpink: Film & Animation
:bulletpink: Photography - Darkroom
:bulletpink: Pixel Art
:bulletpink: Space Art & Sci-Fi
:bulletpink: Stock & Resources
:bulletpink: Street Art & Graffiti
:bulletpink: Traditional Art
:bulletpink: Traditional Art - Sculpture

If any of those sound like you, please check out this journal for information on how to apply

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:

4. Share Your Opinions!

I'm actively using my personal forum to try and connect more with the community and I have a series of threads:

:bulletpink: Questions for $Moonbeam13 or Community Relations? Ask here
:bulletpink: Suggestions for deviantART
:bulletpink: Gallery Changes or Addition Requests
:bulletpink: Suggestions for Project Educate

These forums are all accessible from my profile page at Moonbeam13 as well and I will be adding more. I encourage you to speak up and get involved! We're in this together :)

If you have a suggestion for a forum please send me a note! please do not create them yourself as it causes confusion on my page :) :thanks:

5.  Community Projects

:omg: Want to show your devious pride and get involved in ongoing Community Projects? Check out some of these!

6. Official Contests

:bulletpink: Love Is Contest - Deadline March 10, 2012
:bulletpink: Collaborative Digital Doll Contest - Deadline March 19, 2012

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

7. Project Educate 2011/2012

:bulletblue:Project Educate: The Full Schedule
:bulletblue: Photography Week Round Up
:bulletblue: Body Art Roundup
:bulletblue: Community Week
:bulletblue: Project Educate: Conceptual Photography Schedule

Watch projecteducate to learn how you can contribute and participate!

8. Art History

:bulletgreen: Full Schedule
:bulletgreen: Archive - Articles submitted so far

:bulletgreen: Street Photography - The Origins
:bulletgreen: A Visual History of 3D Art
:bulletgreen: Body Art - Ancient
:bulletgreen: Body Art - Middle Ages
:bulletgreen: Body Art - Modern Day
:bulletgreen: Impressionism : Pissarro
:bulletgreen: Impressionism : Monet

9.  News from the Galleries

:bulletblue: Anime/Manga- General Update

:bulletblue: Anthro
:bulletblack: Anthro Artists & Featured Interview - Issue #3 with Katmomma
:bulletblack: Changes To The Anthro Gallery
:bulletblack: Anthro Challenge #81 - Time contest

:bulletblue: Artisan Crafts
:bulletblack: Inspirational Artisan Crafts #14
:bulletblack: Artisan Craft Themed Challenge - Hearts
:bulletblack: Miniatures Category Addition

:bulletblue: Body Art & Modification
:bulletblack: 2012 Tattoo Conventions!

:bulletblue: Comics & Cartoons

:bulletblue: Community Projects

:bulletblue: Cosplay

:bulletblue: Customization
:bulletgreen: Digital Dolls

:bulletgreen: Emoticons
:bulletblack: Emoticon Gallery Changes
:bulletblack: Emoticonists on dA (Interviews)
:bulletblack: most popular Emotes from 2011

:bulletgreen: Handhelds & Icons
:bulletgreen: Wallpaper

:bulletgreen: Game Development Art

:bulletblue: DeviantART Related

:bulletblue:  Digital Art
:bulletgreen: 3-Dimensional
:bulletgreen: Fractal

:bulletgreen: Photomanipulation
:bulletblack: Photomanipulation for Beginners ~ an article about what photomanipulation is and what you need to try it - and on the ever so important issue of "where do I get pictures to play with?"
:bulletblack: Know your Basics, the photomanip way:
:bulletblack: Colour Theory
:bulletblack: Composition
:bulletblack: Perspective
:bulletblack: Tutorial Treasury:  01 | 02 | 03

:bulletgreen: Pixel Art

:bulletgreen: Vector>Vector

:bulletgreen: Vexel

:bulletblue: Fan Art

:bulletblue: Literature

:bulletblue: Photography
:bulletblack:Photography News
:bulletblack: General Photography Feature January 2012

:bulletgreen: Abstract & Surreal
:bulletgreen: Animals, Plants & Nature
:bulletgreen: Architecture

:bulletgreen: Artistic Nude
:bulletblack: Blue Artistic Nudes
:bulletblack: Artistic Nudes in Water
:bulletblack: Artistic Nudes in Fashion
:bulletblack: Artistic Nudes and Flowers
:bulletblack: Love

:bulletgreen: Conceptual
:bulletblack: The Power of Ideas # 3
Project Educate: Conceptual Photography Schedule

:bulletgreen: Fashion>Fashion

:bulletgreen: Fetish
:bulletblack:Orange Fetish Portraits
:bulletblack: Fetish Portraits in the Woods
:bulletblack: Grunge Fetish Portraits
:bulletblack: Fetish Heroes & Villains  
:bulletblack: Love

:bulletgreen: Horror & Macabre

:bulletgreen: Photojournalism>Photojournalism

:bulletgreen: Pinup & Glamour
:bulletblack: February Update
:bulletblack: LUSH! Pinup & Glamour Features

:bulletgreen: Street
:bulletblack: Friday night Street Specials v1.1
:bulletblack: Friday night Street Specials v1.2
:bulletblack: Friday night Street Specials v1.3
:bulletblack: Friday night Street Specials v1.4
:bulletblack: Friday night Street Specials v2.1
:bulletblack: Friday night Street Specials v2.2
:bulletblack: Friday night Street Specials v2.3
:bulletblack: The story behind the shot - v.2
:bulletblack: The story behind the shot - v.3

:bulletgreen: Urban & Rural

:bulletblue: Resources & Stock Images
:bulletblack: Stock & Resources Gallery Updates and Proposed Changes
:bulletblack: Stock & Res ftlo... #3 STARS

:bulletgreen: Science Fiction & Space Art

:bulletblue: Text Art & Typography
:bulletblack: TypoTalks with *suqer
TypoTalks with ~knarfart!
:bulletblack: Typo Feature - Serif
:bulletblack: Behind the typefaces by MartinSilvertant

:bulletblue: Traditional Art
:bulletgreen: Sculpture
:bulletgreen: Street Art & Graffiti


The Community Relations team exists to facilitate communication amongst deviantART's administration, volunteers and members. Our goal is to foster creative genius by encouraging artists to grow, collaborate and participate in a friendly and supportive artistic environment.

Watch :iconcommunityrelations: for up to date news and events!
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RobMitchem Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you about descriptions being optional.
IreneLangholm Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think that Daily Deviations should have descriptions because it tells a little something about why the volunteer selected it. Most of the time when I look at a DD without a description I am wondering exactly why it was featured and from everyone I've spoken with, they feel the same way.
If some people feels it distracts from the work, they can choose not to read it. Pretty simple.

I feel that volunteers are chosen to represent a gallery that they have knowledge of and therefore there is no reason why they shouldn't be competent to write a description. I want to learn what they see when they feature something. I'm looking for both technical and conceptual descriptions, maybe even just one of the two. Something that reflects on why this piece of art is unique enough to be featured.

A DD without a description gives me the impression that the person who features it was either too lazy or indifferent to bother writing a few words about the artwork. So I definitely think there should be a presentment of the artwork in text form.
YongL Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
what about the 'a picture paints a thousand words contest'? It's already march and no result is posted up yet. :confused:
AJ333 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know that a comment on a daily deviation should be mandatory but personally I like it when there is one. It lets me know why it was featured and what to look at about the piece.

If I ever got a DD myself some day (far into the future) I'd probably prefer if it had a comment from the suggester or featurer but if it didn't I'd still be honored I got a DD at all :nod:
zippybluedwarf Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Re DD descriptions: I am a fan! I don't think they should be mandatory--many folks probably can't find the right words and some works speak for themselves! I do find these descriptions an art in itself, and generally descriptions hold up to a quality standard.

I have other thoughts, but one major argument to keep them: The medium of some artisan crafts is often difficult to tell. Often the glory of a piece (say, paper art) is that it looks like a photograph or some other medium. Having a little description can cue in someone to what it truly is and encourage them to click on the thumbnail and get a better look!
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!
Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Frankly, I rarely read the description on DDs. The pics took all my attention instantly.
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)
carpenoctem410 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student General Artist
:bulletpurple: Do you feel descriptions on daily deviations should be mandatory? If so, why?
- I don't think they should be mandatory. But still I'd prefer if someone takes the time to write a few words :)

:bulletpurple: Do you find descriptions distract from the artwork?
- No, not at all. Very often, they show me another point of view or another aspect I haven't considered yet, and I enjoy that!

:bulletpurple: I believe that writing descriptions is an art form itself so if someone isn't comfortable writing something, I'd prefer they leave it black, agree or disagree?
- I agree. If someone doesn't know what to write or doesn't feel comfortable writing something, it's ok if they leave it blank. Still it would be nice if they take the time to at least try :)

:bulletpurple: What makes a good description for you? What are you looking for when you read them?
- A good description tells me something about the art piece, the technical aspects or the meaning etc., or tells me about the emotions and thoughts the suggester or the gallery moderator had while looking at the piece.
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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