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Welcome, Akrasiel

Mon Aug 14, 2017, 6:33 PM

Bird's Eye City by akrasiel

Please join me in welcoming akrasiel to the Community Volunteer team! We are eager to have her join our other Literature volunteers, doughboycafe and BeccaJS 

Take a moment and go say hello!

Skin by Dan Leveille


Danielle McKay
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
My name is Danielle McKahy and I am the Director of Community Relations. The Community Relations department exists to encourage, 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!


Welcome, Akrasiel

Mon Aug 14, 2017, 6:33 PM

Bird's Eye City by akrasiel

Please join me in welcoming akrasiel to the Community Volunteer team! We are eager to have her join our other Literature volunteers, doughboycafe and BeccaJS 

Take a moment and go say hello!

Skin by Dan Leveille

Welcome, Akrasiel
Join me in welcoming akrasiel to the Community Volunteer team!

Thank you, Chaosfissure!

Mon Aug 14, 2017, 4:09 PM

That One Scene Where He Dies by ChaosFissure

Please join me in thanking ChaosFissure for his time and commitment to the fractal community during his time as a Community Volunteer!

We wish him the best and know we will be seeing him around the community being awesome, as always :)

Angel Fear by ChaosFissure

The Earth Fighting Oceans by ChaosFissureMooneater by ChaosFissure

Thank you ChaosFissure :heart:

Skin by Dan Leveille

Thank you, Chaosfissure!
Join me in thanking ChaosFissure for being a member of our Community Volunteer team!

Celebrating Deviousness - August 2017

Tue Aug 8, 2017, 12:00 AM
Og-preview by seoul-child In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community. Join us in celebrating the latest recipient of the Deviousness Award.

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

Introducing AlectorFencer


Hello, I’m Claudya Schmidt, known as AlectorFencer, or as many of my fellow artists and watchers call me, “Planty Wolf.” I’m a freelance and graphic novel artist living in the thriving city of Berlin, Germany. I’ve been a part of this amazing community for a staggering 12 years and have recently realised just how time can fly by.

When I joined DeviantArt, I was unaware of the impact that this community would have on my life and my art career. Art has always been a part of my life, but it was through DA that I began to express ideas on canvas and share it with others. In the beginning, my curiosity for various styles and media lead me to experiment with traditional as well as digital media. I was fascinated by all those amazing artists who submitted their brilliant works on their pages. After opening up my own gallery and submitting my very first picture, comments by friendly and very welcoming people came in. That is where the pull of inspiration got me. And that’s where my story began.

I specialise in fantasy themed paintings and character design, mostly revolving around nature, dragons and anthropomorphic creatures. About five years ago, I delved into world building and began to work on my first graphic novel series, “Myre”, which I’ve been developing exclusively for the past two years and have now published the first part.

After completing the last panel of my graphic novel, the reception and welcome back was so great! Even though I’d been gone for so long, the people of this community never left my side and showed me yet again how strong the bond between artists in this community can be.

Thanks to all the feedback, support and patience, I’ve been able to realise my dreams. I will do my best to be around here more and share my newly acquired experiences in making large projects come to fruition.

This, I hope, will help and inspire other artists to overcome things such as art blocks or any doubts about their dreams.

Never stop creating. Never stop challenging yourself. And most of all, never stop dreaming.

Thanks a lot and much love!

In Darkness He Waits #2 by AlectorFencer
Running With Spirits by AlectorFencer
Happy Easter Dragon by AlectorFencer
Myre - War by AlectorFencer
The Haunter of Dreams by AlectorFencer
Summit View by AlectorFencer
Infinite Coldness by AlectorFencer
Myre - Chronicles of Yria Cover by AlectorFencer
Reyna’s Day Off by AlectorFencer
Wolftale Dragon Rider by AlectorFencer
Embers of Change by AlectorFencer

August 2017

Deviousness Award Winner

In her 12 years as a deviant, AlectorFencer has strived to better herself as an artist, while providing inspiration and encouragement to the DeviantArt community. It’s easy to lose yourself in her magical gallery of fantastic creatures and experience the vastness of her imagination and talent. Through the support of a successful crowdfunding campaign, she was recently able to bring to life her graphic novel series “Myre,” which is available now on her profile. AlectorFencer’s unmistakable talent, kind soul, and devotion to the community, make her the ideal recipient of the August 2017 Deviousness award.

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AlectorFencer is a deviant who I’ve admired ever since I discovered her on DeviantArt several years ago. I’ve followed her religiously because of the devotion she has for her fans and community but also because of her artwork that constantly inspires me! She allows her viewers to be immersed in her world and it’s simply breathtaking. Thank you AlectorFencer for always being that constant beacon of light and inspiration to those who are aspiring to be equally as successful and amazing. For always handing forward your positive energy and being so sweet and kindhearted to all you come in contact with! Your bubbly personality and talent are so infectious! Thank you for being you!”

I think AlectorFencer is one of those artists that I’ve been watching for the longest time. I can’t even remember when was that I began following their art career, but I think the strongest memory I have from them is her nature themed wolves. Even looking back at them feels so nostalgic and in their newer art, you can still see that they’ve stayed faithful to what they love making, even after all these many years! She is a formidable artist that continues to surprise me with each piece that they make and even with subtle colours, the picture stays strong. It’s very exciting that she finally got the deviousness award recognition and hopefully, we’ll continue seeing more of her art for many more years!”

I still know which of AlectorFencer’s artworks was the first of hers that sprung out on me - ‘One With The Universe’. It put a spell on me and pulled me in and I instinctively wanted to high-five Mr. Spock. The aspects of her creations that fascinate me go beyond technical excellence. Her work is alive with love to detail and palpable motion. AlectorFencer knows to make her fantastical subjects feel graspable and real. With her skill and style, she can capture anything and consume the viewer fully without exaggeration. In my mind, one unique feat of an artist is being able to transport the essence of a work’s subject matter, even if the viewer might not even be necessarily interested in it, and she does it by way of high visual appeal and dedication to conveying her imagination to the fullest in her art. I’m happy to see fellow German AlectorFencer recognized for that and certainly many more reasons.”

I believe the first time I came across AlectorFencer’s work was in 2012 when I discovered "Forgotten" with its absolutely mind blowing details. I have been watching her work ever since and I don’t regret it one bit. AlectorFencer has a very distinctive and magical style, which helps me - in my constantly overflowing inbox - to recognize her art immediately and admire the masterful as well as the inspiring use of colors and light. Despite the recurring themes, each deviation brings something completely new to the table, which makes it so exciting to browse through her gallery. Well deserved, and big congratulations to AlectorFencer.”

Are You There? by AlectorFencer
One with the Universe by AlectorFencer
Dreamscapes Autodesk Hero Challenge by AlectorFencer

AlectorFencer possesses a rare talent that still seems to surprise her - a reaction which forms a delightful part of the humble charm she brings to her work, her dealings with people, and her neverending (I suspect) masterwork, the Yria Chronicles. Congratulations on your thoroughly deserved Deviousness Award, AlectorFencer.”

AlectorFencer’s art is a treat for the eyes. Their expressions, fantastical characters and masterful use of lighting and color really make each piece pop, but more than that, you can just tell so much love has been put into their work. Congrats, AlectorFencer! I’m thrilled to see an artist I’ve admired for so long getting Deviousness!”

I am so excited to see her get the Deviousness Award. I love her works with their crazy details, concepts, and storylines. She has been on DA for 12 years and I really can’t wait to see more of her beautiful art and community events in the future.”

AlectorFencer work is vibrant, energetic and charismatic, she knows how to give life to her creations and you can tell that she is very passionate in her trade. Her work is simply inspiring and fresh. I’m glad that she’s been given the Deviousness award, congratulations!, You deserve it!.”

AlectorFencer’s work has a potent mixture of nature and magic that has always enchanted me. Powerful scenery and mysterious characters populate their gallery and create a wonderful sense of intrigue. I can’t view one image alone without wanting to dig deeper and be pulled into the fantasy! Subtle textures, skilled brush-strokes, and realistic depth combine to draw the viewer in. Many congratulations AlectorFencer on the well-deserved award.”

I’ve known AlectorFencer for quite many years, and we’ve even done an art exchange for each other. I love her magical fantasy artwork and the creatures that she designs, it was what drew me to start watching her art! Her art has grown in scope and technique over the years and I am so glad that her comic Myre is doing very well. She’s a super awesome and cool person and I’m happy that she is getting awarded her well-deserved Deviousness.”

Congratulations to AlectorFencer!

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Celebrating Deviousness - August 2017
In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community. Join us in celebrating the latest recipient of the Deviousness Award.

Birthday Events!

Mon Aug 7, 2017, 1:48 PM

 9b472552c10b79f83768aab9cd9a1f7eae5b1abb382d5a53a by Moonbeam13

It's that time again to celebrate the DeviantArt community! 17 years is incredible and we've seen a lot but now is a time to reflect on that journey, celebrate our successes, contemplate our challenges and look forward to another year of this amazing community.

Our scribble challenge will inspire you to transform humble doodles into something incredible (and there's a badge :excited:)

The Community Relations team also has events planned throughout the day, in the forums and on the chat network. See here for a schedule of events and times.

Over at projecteducate, we are asking you to share your Artistic Journey.

There's also a caption contest  and a haiku challenge!

Personally, I want to take a moment to thank you all for your love and support throughout the years. It's because of you that I'm here, doing what I love, every day. This is more than a job, it's a family and there are no other people I'd rather spend the next 17 years with :love:

With that, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And if you're so inclined, share a memory or thought in the comments below!

Skin by Dan Leveille

Birthday Events!
Join Community Relations for some epic birthday events!

Welcome Cinestress and Mocris!

Thu Jul 13, 2017, 2:27 PM

Flower Dance by Mocris

Please join me in welcoming two new faces to the Community Volunteer team, Cinestress (Film and Animation) and Mocris (Stock and Resources).

Cinestress (Film and Animation)

Director ID by Cinestress

Mocris (Stock and Resources)

Winter 0092 by mocris-stock

Animal-Stock 186 by mocris-stockNight Stock 7 by mocris-stock

Take a moment and go say Hi!  


Skin by Dan Leveille

Welcome Cinestress and Mocris!
Join me in welcoming Cinestress and Mocris to the Community Volunteer team!


Deviousness Award

Deviousness Award
It is not often we bestow deviousness upon someone who is already a member of staff, but sometimes you need to bend those rules when there are exceptions to the rule like $Moonbeam13. She has been heading up the crew of Gallery Directors as head of Artist Relations for going on a year now, listening to suggestions from the community, enacting her own ideas, getting input from the volunteers, and bringing you massively cool contests. And that’s just some of the things she gets done in a single day. It is with great pride and a huge vote of “thanks” that we give deviousness to $Moonbeam13 on the verge of our 6th Anniversary!
-awarded August 2006


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CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner 10 hours ago  Professional General Artist
373 thanks stamp by CapnDeek373  for extending my core! :ahoy:
worldstrouble Featured By Owner 5 days ago
You're so nice. <3
SaraFormosa Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago   General Artist
Hi, thank you for extend my Core MembershipLove 
...But I think there is a mistake: According to the competition :iconmarepeatingcontests: was to be extended only 3 months ^^
if it was a mistake wanted to warn that was added 3 months longer than necessary.
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for your honesty! It's ok though, please enjoy :)
SaraFormosa Featured By Owner 2 days ago   General Artist
No problem Blush  and thanks so muchBunny Emoji-66 (Thank you arigatou) [V3]  :hug:
VKA3 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the 1 month Core Membership
Neiot Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, Moonbeam13! :la:
offermoord Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Hi Danielle. Thanks for the Core & the points! :love:
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
you are welcome :)
PrinceCheese Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017
Hello! I had a quick question about submitting art for a DD. I understand that they are picked daily and that I shouldn't spam the people in charge of choosing them with my art. However, if my work does not get chosen, will I be notified? And if not, how long should I wait before trying again?

Thanks so much!
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