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DevNews 17th Edition, 2012.

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 8:53 PM


Hello Members, Watchers and Visitors,

Welcome to DevNews 17th Edition, 2012.

DevNews is a group that aims to promote deviantART's Community by
spreading information about all current and upcoming events that are
relevant to deviants.

Please do add this article to your collection and share with your watchers and friends

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StaffAppreciation Happening Now!

The home of the committee for planning the deviantART Staff Appreciation Week
of 2012! We aim to strengthen community ties to staff, and to show them
that we appreciate their time, effort, and dedication!            
Welcome to the 2012 dASAW! [Updated]Welcome to the 2012 deviantART Staff Appreciation Week!
 
Hello everyone, and welcome to our second annual deviantART Staff Appreciation Week! We hope that you're as excited as we are to kick off a 7-day-long celebration of deviantART and the people who make it run smoothly for us! 
For this week of contests, projects, love, points, prizes, more love, and devious shenanigans, our team of volunteers has worked very hard to organize many ways of telling the staff of deviantART, rather simply, "THANK YOU!"
So, without further ado, let's take a look at our schedule of events! If you are interested in seeing what's happening during the dASAW, you can refer to this journal! We will link to all of our pertinent news articles and post the dates of our contests and projects here!
Don't forget to wish the deviantART staff a happy dASAW! :iconeeeeeplz:
:bulletgreen: - Project
:bulletred: - Contest
:bulletwhite: - Chat Events
:bulletpink:
dASAW 2012: 6-Word $taff $tories Contest!:iconstaffappreciation: :iconsixwordstories:
$ix-Word $taff $tories Contest

Hello again from StaffAppreciation! This year we have a contest that anyone can enter, and it's specifically geared towards those deviants who love to write literature! StaffAppreciation and SixWordStories are working together to bring you the six-word staff stories contest!
The Challenge
Your challenge this time is to write a six-word biography about a staff member (from the about page) based on what you can learn from their profile! Anyone can enter, simply find a staff member, write your six-word story, and submit it to us! 
The Rules
You must follow these rules in order to qualify for first, second, or third place!
Your entry must be submitted to deviantART and submitted to the SixWordStories gallery by 28 August, 2012 23:59 (11:59 PM) EST! One entry
Staff Appreciation Week, August 22 - 28th 2012
August 22 - 28th  2012
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Welcome to StaffAppreciation!
We are opening our doors for 2012!
A successful deviantART Staff Appreciation Week depends on the help of the community! Care to donate to us? dASAW-Points! Thank you in advance! :D
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What is this group?
This group is home to the planning committee for the deviantART Staff Appreciation Week. This event is in planning for 201
dASAW 2012: muroWARZ Redux Project:iconstaffappreciation:
muroWARZ Redux

Hello from StaffAppreciation! :happybounce: One of the most fun activities from last year (originally inspired by EastSideSunsets) has returned for round 2: muroWARZ! Whether or not you participated last year, we're sure this'll still be fun for you! If you are unfamiliar with last year's muroWARZ, take a look
The Challenge
In this project, you'll use deviantART Muro and deviantART's commenting system to leave a staff member of your choice a picture reminiscent of them! It can be anything: their avatar, something from their profile, or something that you think will make them scream in happiness!
:iconeeeeeplz:
 
How to Play
Find a staff member on the about page, or think of any staff member who you really adore!
Go to th

dASAW 2012: Devious Depictions Contest:iconstaffappreciation:
Devious Depictions

Hello from StaffAppreciation! :happybounce: As part of our deviantART Staff Appreciation Week 2012, we bring you a contest for artists of all skill levels and specialties! No matter your medium, all deviants are welcome to join this contest to show their appreciation to the $taff of deviantART and win fantastic prizes at the same time!
The Theme
As with all of our festivities the theme of this contest is to show appreciation to the staff members of deviantART. However, your challenge this time is to create a piece of art that represents a staff member based on what you know about him/her or what you can find on his/her profile! Your art can be ANYTHING: a statue, a painting, an emote, a stamp, a comic, really ANYTHING! :happybounce:
The Rules
You must follow these rules in order to qualify for first, second, or third place! We encoura
Congrats to IceXDragon!Congrats to IceXDragon!
 
Some time ago, we announced our Idea Contest, and we were very happy with the number of entries we received! After a long period of judging, we're happy to announce that IceXDragon's idea was chosen to be used during one of our chat events! 
Here is the idea: 
Guess that $taff member! This would be a chat game, and the host would give a fact about any $taff member, and the participants have to guess the $taff member linked to the fact! c: 


The 2012 StaffAppreciation Team! SanguineEpitaph | litecrush | bradleysays | parachute-tonight | Quolia | viralremix | JamminJo | otohime0394 | DirectKai | EAT-MY-PAINTINGS | KovoWolf | winehaus Please consider adding StaffAppreciation
dASAW 2012 Interview: $codenamepanther:iconstaffappreciation:
dASAW Interview Series: codenamepanther
Welcome to the second Staff Member interview of deviantART Staff Appreciation Week! As part of my role in dASAW, I had the pleasure of interviewing the fabulous, codenamepanther. Enjoy! :dalove:
:megaphone: 1. How did you discover deviantART, and what made you stay?
I discovered deviantART back in the day when Heidi introduced it to me. Essentially, I have known about it since it started, but I didn't join until about 3 years ago. I think the passion of the community and the amazing work I see on a daily basis has made me stay.
:megaphone: 2. Tell us the story behind your username and/or prior dA accounts.
This one is actually asked a ton. I don't have a prior account. This is my main account at this time. I have others that are used for testing things, but they are not really that exciting. codenamepanther was kind of made up out of now




DevNews Deviant and Group of the month, August 2012.

Deviant & Group of the Month ~ August 2012Hello Members, Watchers and Visitors, 
DevNews is proud to bring you August's Deviant & Group of the Month.
Deviant of the Month ~ August 2012
Each month the DevNews Admin and Staff choose 1 deviant from the community.This deviant has to be an outstanding deviant within the community, someone who caresabout others and the community! Someone we identify as a leader in the community. This deviant can be anyone, anywhere on dA.


This month, we award it to someone we believe is an outstanding deviant within our community!
  
:spotlight-left: miontre :spotlight-right:
miontre is very active deviant within the deviantART Community. He is a very talented photographer, thoughtful, caring, always positive and willing to help anyone with their deviantART Related questions.
miontre Founder of PhotographersDream

Deviousness Award, August 2012

Celebrating Deviousness August 2012Deviousness Award
Congratulations to `Thiefoworld
     Call the Police
Summary of Art
Little Felicia 2012
What is this Awesome Achievement?
The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.
 
 
Deviousness Award Interview with ThiefoworldWhat is this Awesome Achievement?
The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out
on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.
The Deviousness Award for August2012 goes to Thiefoworld.
Thank you so much to Athos-of-Light for conducting this interview!


So, Don Jon, would you like to tell the world who you are and the things you do IRL and stuff?
Hi! My name is Jonathan but everybody calls me Thiefo, yeah even IRL. I'm a Graphic Designer doing some marketing work for a living. I also do some freelance work as illustrator. I've had the opportunity to work on some independent projects, children's books, mascots and a little concept art. I

A small F.A.Q.Hello dear person who is reading this.
I guess is because lately a lot of new people is visiting me (hi guys! :D) but there are some questions I've been asked a lot lately. A LOT. And even when it doesn't bother me at all to answer these everytime, I figured out I could just make a little journal so hopefully people will look at this before asking (one can dream right? :P)
Why are you a premium member "'till hell freezes over"? How did you obtain such thing?
Staff members and volunteers get a permanent Premium Membership. I was a Community Volunteer a few years ago (a Gallery Moderator as they used to be called then). Said PM remains even when one steps down, hence why I have this status.
As a trivia fact, they're not really endless, they just last for maaany many years ;)
Who made your icon? I've seen others similar before, is there a base of some sort?
My icon was made fo
About hackers on DA and what you can do"Hacker alerts" are pretty common around DA and it has been for a long time. Journals warning you that there is a hacker loose at DA and it will hack your account if you don't copy the journal and re-post it.
Some variations can be: "There is a hacker that will block all your friends, leave nasty comments on other's profiles, will deactivate your account, will get you in trouble with the staff, etc." another could be "Don't watch *insert deviant's name here* because they will give you a virus if you do" there are a lot more variations, but you get the idea. These journals always end with something like "If you read this warning, spread the word and share it with your friends so they won't be the hacker's next victim!"
I know, reading something like this can feel terrifying and you might feel compelled to spread the word, you don't want you friends to be a victim of this terrible hacker!
I know that people re-post these journals with good intentions, trying to warn others about this sup

deviantMEET

DeviantMEET in Utrecht![update] heeft iedereen het onthouden?! morgen om 12u is de meeting! :) Als het goed is blijft het morgen droog, maar het wordt niet echt warm (16 tot 17 graden) zorg dus voor warme kleding of een parapluutje, just in case ;)
Hoi Nederlanders! :dummy:
Na een succesvolle meet in Amsterdam, die we samen met europeans hostten, is het weer tijd voor een nieuwe deviantMEET! Zaterdag 15 september is er dus weer een deviantMEET, dit keer in Utrecht! 

De deviantMEET groep van 7 augustus voor het i amsterdam teken op het Museumplein in Amsterdam.
We zullen elkaar treffen om 12:00, voor de Burger King aan het eind van de stationshal, in de buurt bij perron 15.
Als het weer ons gunstig gezind is zullen we naar een nabijgelegen p
Derby Devmeet: CANCELLED:new: I have decided to cancel this meet. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. If you are local to Derby, the arts feste is still an amazing event and I urge you to still go. Again I am very sorry, but I need to be realistic! 
Thank you
Becca
Hey guys. This may sound selfish of me, but the more I think about this meet, the more I am uncomfortable running it on my own. I am 30 weeks pregnant and yesterday I was at the paralympics and realised just how exhausted I was getting from walking around for long periods of time. This is just going to get worse- I will be almost at 34 weeks by the time this meet happens. I really want this to still go ahead as the feste is awesome and will still try and come for a little bit, but in all honesty I don't think I can be there for the whole day. 
Therefore if someone wants to take over running this meet, please let me know, otherwise I may have to cancel it. 
thank you and apologies!
Becca


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New deviantART Thumbnails - Thumb GridHello again, everyone! 
Back in April we launched the new deviantART thumbnails to beta. Over the last few months we've received a great deal of feedback from the community on them. We're always working to ensure that we put out products that are best for our community, and so today we'd like to announce some new options being added to these thumbnails to give you the best browsing experience. 
A Recap
 
Very quickly, we'd like to recap what the New Thumbnails are, and the feedback we've received on them. We made the decision to change our thumbnails based on a multitude of factors. While the smaller thumbnails did their job, there's always a great deal of room for improvement as we move toward the future and look for better ways to present your art to the deviantART community, and the world. 
To further this, we increased the size of the t

dA-Dictionary

Dictionary Entries: 27We have new people on staff! That's right, give a warm welcome to the four new people who will be helping out! bradleysays, Katara-Alchemist, Xadrea, and Tifa22 will be helping myself and namenotrequired post the dictionary entries. Hopefully this means that we'll be able to stay on track with updates once a week (at least every two weeks). It's definately a load off my mind! It also feels amazing that something I started on a whim has grown to be this big. That's your doing!
The birthday celebrations last week were amazing with high participation from everyone. Can't wait until next year's when dA is officially old enough to be on the internet and no longer a COPPA violation!
Other than that, there's nothing really going on with the dictionary. I (personally) am collecting points again to use for prizes in contests and for random donations. The birthday celebrations cleaned

fella

dA Life #10: Mature Content on dAWelcome to the tenth dA Life blog, a series created to help you enjoy your time on dA and use it's many tools for sharing your art, appreciating other people's art and taking part in the wonderful community that we have here.
Because deviantART is home to people aged 13-18 as well as adults, we have a Mature Content filter. dA Life #09: Browsing with Mature Content filter explains a little bit about this and shows, with screengrabs, what it's like to browse deviantART with your Mature Content filter activated. It also explains how to activate your Mature Content filter to alter your browsing experience to suit your personal preferences. dxd, one of the CEA Team, wrote an amazing journal, CEA Blog: Mature Content, which covers misconceptions about Mature Content on dA in detail. Both those journals are well wort

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CatCraze

:thumb320849341: New folder + Contributor(s) spots openGroup Rules & Guidelines | Best of CatCraze | Feline Info Links | Rarer Breeds Profiles | Cat Articles
New Folder Announced: Memorials - Cats That Have Passed
From recent submissions we have been getting, we've decided to add a folder specifically for our deceased cats that have passed on and are no longer with us anymore. If you'd like to commemorate your friend, please submit to our new folder titled, Memorials - Cats That Have Passed
:note: Our guidelines for this fold

Community-Projects

Community-Projects role is to be of any support to not just the gallery,
but to you and your community projects online here on deviantART and offline in the world we share.
Run your own Community Project!Edit: I am no longer looking after Community Projects. For now please contact Moonbeam13 instead. If you're interested in this position, see A New Community Volunteer Vacancy :)
Did you know that everyone on deviantART can organise a project? :eager: Some examples of current projects can be found here. Do you want to raise awareness for a cause? Start a contest or group? Make people participate in something fun and artistic? Make it happen!
Now, you can do this all on your own - but the dA staff and volunteers are here to help you with it, too :) This is a major part of my role as Volunteer for Community Projects, in particular. So if you would like some help, please send me, namenotrequired, a note!
Not sure how to organise it? Want some more exposure f
Projects and Going Ons!Hiya! This is Bart, reporting from sunny Brazil again, while my love is at work :D I'd like to let you all know about some projects that you can participate in, that you can win things in, etc... enjoy! :squee:
I apologise to those that I offered a feature but whose project hit the deadline before this journal came! :hug: This journal will be a regular thing from now on - if you have your own project see my journal Run your own Community Project! to get help with running it, and/or with promoting it, prizes etc. :) Let me know and I'll help! :la:
Projects
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dAWishingWell

Nomination Station: August (UPDATED)The Noms
Get your fill!
Hi everyone! This is a new monthly blog that will help you in finding and submitting members for Seniority and deviations as DDs! But we can't do it without your help.
:damphyr: Seniority
:iconteaphotography: TeaPhotography
Tea, apart from doing a lot of work for the Shelter Project, an outside DA activity (telling us a lot about her type of personality), is totally UNSTOPABLE... This lady is a BIG soul always helping deviants, encouraging people and giving a hand to ALL AND SUNDRY!!!! I am sure her wonderful "hands and heart" have touched a lot of lives, both at a personal level but also artistically.... Tea is a powerful force in many groups like dAWishingWell, DevNews and right here at deviantHEART! I cannot praise Tea enough... because I am sure her reputation surely follows her, and therefore my words are just what you all know.:iconPrinceFuyu: rioIu
Vincent is a deviant wi
WishingWell WeeklyThe Wishlist | Granted Wishes | Featured Member | Featured Print
Point Features | Well Wishes | Tuesday Treats |

Tuesday Treats: Furry FriendsTuesday Treats!
sometimes i wish all my friends had fur...
Furry creatures aren't always cuddly, but they sure make for some cute friends! Personally, I love a cute fuzzy tarantula, but I am sure more of you will find kitties and puppies super cute and furry! So go out there and find some furry friends to share with us and link the deviation in a comment on this blog! One deviation per member please. Each submitted deviation will be added to our gallery! Enjoy and have the best day ever!
Recently, we checked in on some sparkly deviations!
All My Hearts by AppleLily Magic is resting by Munchkinmay Makeup! by MFSyRCM .Multicolor. by Psychosomaticc

Have a suggestion? Just send the group a note with subject of Tuesday Treats Suggestion!
Wonderful Wednesday and YouThe Wishlist | Granted Wishes | Featured Member | Featured Print
Point Features | Well Wishes | Tuesday Treats | Feature Friday | <a wytiwyg="1" href="http://dawishingwell.deviantart.com/journal/FAQ-277497067">

deviantHEART

Heart Art Submissions Open!Heart Art Curator Icesis
Submit HeartArt Here
:heart: Heart Art
Submit your 3 most positive deviations to the current Heart Art folder, and you might earn points and features! You have two opportunities each month to participate, once in Week 1 and again in Week 3. Don't delay! Check out the activity guide for more information ♥
:new: Two votes are needed to have your work added to the folder. Please consider what you are submitting. Hearts, smiles, love, happy emotion, laughter, red, etc are just a few of the things you can submit (so many more possibilities), but simply cute or well done submissions that don't appear to be "HeartArt Material" will be declined.
I LOVE: Now ClosedThis project is now closed. Please look forward to other great deviantHEART projects!
February Top 2 LOVE HAPPENS

deviantART-Related

A Week in dA Related - #055Welcome to the next installment of A Week in dA Related!
A Week in dA Related is a weekly news article series that aims to bring you the most important and fun deviantART and dA Related news from the previous week. It also includes a handful of features from the gallery that were submitted in the last 7 14 days. :)
If you have any deviantART Related news you'd like to share, shoot a note to bradleysays.
This issue covers August 5th to August 18th, 2012
News
Official deviantART
Site Update: Sta.sh Visual Refresh by danlev
Last week's site update involved the discussion of Channels!
Site Update: Thumb Grid to Beta, Redraw Button by danlev
This week
dA Related Gallery Restructure: Input WantedHey guys,
As you can tell by the title, the deviantART Related gallery will be undergoing a restructure. Over the next couple of months, I'll be working closely with namenotrequired and Moonbeam13 to update the current structure of the deviantART Related gallery.
For your convenience, here's the current structure:
Deviant Stamps
DeviantMEETS
Devious FunAdoptablesMemesMiscellaneousMy Video Stills
It's Coming
LOLFella
T-shirts, Gear & PrintsCommunity Product ShotsProduct ShotsdeviantWEARFeatured Action ShotsFor SaleReprintingSold OutFor SaleReprintingSold Out
Zines
deviantART Birthday10th Birthday11th Birthday12th Birthday7th Birthday8th Birthday9th BirthdayPrevious Birthdays
deviantART Skins & ScriptsBrowser Scripts & ExtensionsJournal & Gallery SkinsComplete Journal & Gallery CSSInstallable Journal SkinsJournal & Gallery DesignsJournal GraphicsUser Styles
deviantART SuggestionsVisual SuggestionsWritten Suggestions
deviantID
We already ha

Make a Difference

Make a Difference #171Artists join deviantART to share their art and appreciate others. Due to the many artists out there, it's easy to get towed under and generally obscured from the public.
Make a Difference aims to do exactly that. This series of articles will hopefully make a difference to you as well as the artists featured weekly. Just by giving one minute of your time to write constructive comments, favourites and even watches will make a difference to these artists.
:iconskaparnemmi:'s captures subject matters with fantastic clarity and sharpness, making her photographs really powerful. With the lighting being all natural, it only serves to work well with the bright colours to form pieces worthy of attention.
  
SkaparnEmmi's Gallery
:iconjustifi-cation: has an awesome way of phrasing things and r

ProjectPorkchop

ProjectPorkchop Vol150ProjectPorkchop is all about bringing more exposure to the many talented yet under appreciated artists going unseen on deviantART daily. The artists chosen truly deserve more attention based on low counts of favorites, comments, and watchers, added to their incredible artistic talent.
:iconherrdarano:

see more..
:iconbrittmartin:

see more..
:icongermanicusfink:
Kicks are for Kids by Abathar-Muzania Psycho Land by Abathar-Muzania
see more..
:iconnikly:
Sky pirate by NIkly Comm: masterlevan1 by NIkly sealing master full body by NIkly Pokemon trainer2 by NIkly
see more..
:iconsilveroceans:
Fairy by SilverOceans Legend of Korra by SilverOceans
ProjectPorkchop Vol151ProjectPorkchop is all about bringing more exposure to the many talented yet under appreciated artists going unseen on deviantART daily. The artists chosen truly deserve more attention based on low counts of favorites, comments, and watchers, added to their incredible artistic talent.
:iconkorearailroads:

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:icondejavurio:

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:iconallaboutdianne:
What Happened to Old Hawaii by AllAboutDianne together-ness by AllAboutDianne
Suggested by DiMO-and-MrDr
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Well that sure is a thing by SnowontheRadio Carnivore Candygram by SnowontheRadio Closed Case pages 134 - 138 by SnowontheRadio Floralscope by SnowontheRadio
see more..

SCREENERS

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Seaofsadness-SOS

Japan Dolphins Day 2012Friday, August 31, 2012
#JapanDolphinsDay2012
Please help Celebrate Japan Dolphins Day 2012 at a Japanese Embassy or Consulate near you! TO SEE A FULL LIST OF EVENT CITIES AROUND THE GLOBE, PLEASE CLICK ON THE WORDS "SEE MORE" JUST BELOW.
On August 31, 2012 rallies and peaceful protests will be held in front of Japanese Embassies & Consulates worldwide. The events are to protest the September 1 start of the annual Taiji dolphin cull as seen in the Academy-award winning documentary The Cove. The message is positive: Japan, let the dolphins live & be free!
Will you join us? Will you help lead an event in your community? If so, please send a message to the Adminstrators at Save Misty the Dolphin or leave a note here on the event wall. We will work with you to help set-up your event on facebook, provide on-going technical assistance from now through August 31 & include your event in any official Japan Dolphins Day 2012 communications.
Japan Dolphins Day (JDD) was founded by Ric O'Barry and
The Targeted Dolphins in Taiji Dolphin hunts..The targeted dolphin species include:
Striped dolphins
Bottlenose dolphins
Pantropical spotted dolphins
Risso’s dolphins
Pilot whales A tradition to bring a kid into adulthood, Killing a Pilot Whale (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ioyftq95JHU/T6scWGcTqCI/AAAAAAAADXg/BlZGSn42ujE/s1600/Long+finned+pilot+whale5.jpg)
Pilot with a dolphin (http://theboldcorsicanflame.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/pilot-whale-314085.jpg)
Rough-toothed dolphins

Solutions Sanctuary

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stopBSL

Featuring August's !RARE! Breed of the MonthInfo, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || !RARE! Breed of the Month Features
Welcome to Our !RARE! Breed of the Month Feature!
Previous !RARE! Breeds of the Month
January's !RARE! Breed of the Month
February's !RARE! Breed of the Month
Ma

TheCorrespondent

Andrew McConnell, master photojournalistSources: Canon Europe http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/interviews/power_of_photojournalism.do and Andrew's official website (well worth a look!) http://www.andrewmcconnell.com/
Photos from various sources via Google images.
Irish photographer Andrew McConnell began his career as a press photographer covering the closing stages of 'The Troubles' in his homeland and the subsequent transition to peace. McConnell moved to work in Asia and then Africa, since 2007, to document the stories and issues from that continent. In the 2011 World Press Photo Contest McConnell won both the Portraits Stories and Arts and Entertainment singles categories for his images from Africa. His work has appeared in publications including National Geographic, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Sunday Times Magazine and Vanity Fair (Italy)
Video interview with Andrew: http://www.photographers.ie/2011/07/interview-with-andrew-mcconnell/

Unframed-Nature

August's Monthly Theme: NONE
September's Monthly Theme: REFLECTIONS IN NATURE
July's Top Subs of Unframed-Nature &amp; News!Welcome to JULY 2012’s Top Submissions of Unframed-Nature.
:iconhappysunplz:
Thank you for being here whether you are a Member yet or not!
We welcome you and your support! :thanks:

Since the beginning of January 2012, we’ve grown over 900 Members!
That means, in about 8 months, we’ve grown an average of over 100 Members a month!
:omg: :party: :party: :party: :omg:
So, a GRAND Welcome to ALL of Our NEW MEMBERS!
:squee:  :clap: :clap: :clap:  [:squee:]
Thank you to our loyal Members who have been submitting to our Group for a long time now. Without you, we wouldn’t be here. [Aww]
:iconwhiteflowerplz:
Thank you to ALL the Members who voted on this monthly event!
:iconiloveit-plz:
We completely appreciate you supporting your Group in this particular way. It is so generous of you to take the time to VOTE!  You are wonderful!!
[Clap] [Heart] [Clap]
Let’s continue to submit our own BEST QUALI
Time to VOTE &amp; Other News!:iconpurpleflowerplz: Voting on Top Submissions of JULY 2012! :iconpurpleflowerplz:
:sun: TIME TO VOTE ON JULY 2012's FOLDERS! :sun:
:eager: :eager: :eager:
~~~ :iconpoppy3plz: ~~~ HOW TO VOTE ~~~ :iconpoppy3plz: ~~~
Most Months, we hold a WHOLE GROUP Membership Voting, and we Welcome our AWESOME MEMBERS/[plus ADMIN.!] to VOTE on what each feel are the TOP Submissions from the Month, out of our Folders!
We believe this is the Group's Group.
:heart:
You May Vote on:
:bulletpurple: 2 from "Birds, Iverts., Aquatics, Repts., Amphibs. JULY 2012" - HERE: http://unframed-nature.deviantart.com/gallery/37967816
:bulletpurple: 1 from "Wild Animals JULY 2012" - HERE: http://unframed-nature.deviantart.com/gallery/37967821
:bulletpurple: 1 OR 2 from "Domestic Mammals JULY 2012" - HERE: http://unframed-nature.deviantart.com/gallery/37967823
:bulletpurple: 2 from "Nature Much Closer MAY. 2012" - HERE: http://unframed-nature.devi

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UPDATES CONT. - Warm Winter Project: 2012UPDATE 9 - As of Sunday, November 25, 2012, I WAS ABLE TO MEET AND PURCHASE MY DONATION GOAL OF 50 HOODIES thanks to deviantART's 30% off Black Friday sale as well as my 10% Premium Member Discount. Congratulations to us and thank you to everyone who helped out!
UPDATE 8 - As of Saturday, November 17, 2012, we are at 125,125 points, with only 34,875 points left to go! I was able to purchase 2,000 points a moment ago to put directly into the pool myself. My original intent was to get 8,000, but I ended up working less than I expected this week and was unable to, but as of my next paycheck (in two weeks), I will be able to purchase 8,000! That will leave us with 26,875. And after TimberClipse's AWESOME point doubler, like the one that helped out and did so amazingly earlier in the year, that will be another 8,000, leaving us with only 18,875! And his doubler is already halfway full with much thanks to rainylake for immediately putting 2,000 points in
RESULTS: 'Warm Winter Project: 2012' ChallangeOn April 17th I started Blurple's 'Warm Winter Project: 2012' Challenge in an effort to collect points on behalf of ToxicAlice92's Warm Winter Project: 2012.
Total Collected:
2,669:points:
2,669 x3 = 8,007
But lets round that up to a Grand Total of:
8,500 :points:
Many thanks to the very generous donors! :heart:
Additionally, three donors have been randomly selected to receive 1month Premium Memberships:
DianaGrigore JamminJo AreteEirene
If you have :points: you are willing to donate you may send them direct to ToxicAlice92. She also has a list of deviants collecting on her behalf.
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100 Premium Memberships; 63,600 points!I am looking to collect 63,600 points by 25 December 2012!
I am raising 63,600 points to give 100 3-month premium memberships on Christmas Day of 2012, to give a little something back to deviants who give a lot to the community. I cannot do this alone.
How do you donate?
To donate to this cause, go to winehaus's page and click "Donate" on the donation pool, or go to the "Give" drop-down menu at the top-right of the page and select "Give Points." No matter which way you give, I still get them! :happybounce:
How else can you help besides donating?
To further help the cause, please favourite this news article and feature it in your next journal, poll, and send it to your friends! It will really mean a lot to the future recipients and myself. It doesn't matter how many watchers you have, but I need your help for this to be known to everyone site-wide!
You can also show your support with this stamp!

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Commissions Corner


Commission rates (Status:OPEN) 
I am an advanced level designer and coder of deviantART CSS skins. I am open to any kind of coding/designing of skins.
My specialization is in creating sophisticated skins both in terms of functionality and design.
Though I am open for any kind of CSS designing and coding, I am fond of designing/coding modern style skins most of the time.
   
   
My Daily Deviations
Journal Skin (Coding)
I can code your journal skin if you have got a design made by yourself or from others.
A journal skin design has to have all the necessary elements that are present in a journal skin. You need to provide me a .PSD file for coding a design with all the elements organized in layers. You need to tell me the font names that you want to use from Google fonts as well.
 
Premium
$7 - $14
Professional
$16
Gillian's Journal CommissionsPlease see my front page for current commission slots via the new commission platform, thank you.
:thumb291053890: COMMISH literature fees, lowered prices, discountsNEWS
EDIT: I revised my traditional commissions prices too, lowering them slightly as I did for digital commissions and simplifying them a bit to further shorten the journal.  :)
I revised my digital commissions prices (lowering some of them a little) to simplify the journal, which was becoming too long.  :faint:
That said, since I'm in a One Piece mode I'll offer a discount on the normal price for the first three people who will commission me OP fanarts, even if fan-characters! However, said discount will only apply on drawings (either digital or traditional) and not on fanfictions or crafts. Only two slots left!
OLDER NEWS
Just a fast update to let you know that I revised my literature commissions fees in order to simplify them a little... I hope they are easier to understand now, but feel free to ask me questions if you are still confused!  ^^
Literature commissions
- Fixed fee (to be paid up front): 10 EUR (general plot and characters study, draf

BRACE YOURSELFS, COMISSIONS ARE COMING! (sorry xD)So, I got some time to spare and I have currently no work besides the college.
So, anyone who wants a draw for me, be it character design, from games or concept creation, comic pages, portraits of real people, any kind of thing, just give me a call so we can talk on email.
Just send me an email to chakal.igor@hotmail.com so we can discuss this stuff.
Don't know if it'll interest anyone at all, but COMISSIONS ARE FINALLY OPEN =D.
PAYPAL COMMISSIONS: rules and prices- OPEN!:star:PAYPAL COMMISSION INFORMATION :star:
:star:POINT COMMISSION INFORMATION :star:

:star: Status and 2014 commissions :star:
:star: Visual pricelist :star:
:star: ADULT Visual pricelist :star:
[Star!] Finished commissions [Star!]
[Star!] Adoptables gallery [Star!]
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Commission Info - OpenCommissions open for 2.  Trades are friends only and requests are closed.  All info is updated =)
Payment
All of my prices with examples are below.  I accept concealed cash or money orders via snail mail, as well as Paypal, but I will not turn down points either.  Commissions are worked on in the order that I received the payment.  Payment must be made up front.  You will be given a sketch of the work being done and that is the only time you can ask for changes.  When I work with traditional media, I cannot change anything once it is lined or coloured.
What information do you need for a commission or trade?
I need:
-References images.  Full body, and clothed.  Unless you are willing to pay extra, I will not draw full nudity.  If you have no references, I need a detailed description to follow.
-Name of the character
-Name of the creator of the character
-Character's age
-A s
Journal Skin Commissions: CLOSEDI'm opening up my journal skin commissions again, because of late - I've been quite happy with my CSS abilities. :love:
Basic Skin: 300 points. :points:
  
Advanced: 600 points :points:
(Includes sidebars, menus, etc)

Current Specials
:bulletred: Code my Design SPECIAL: 25% off the price if you give me the design! :eager:
:bulletblue: EditPLZ SPECIAL: 50% off if you want an already existing skin of mine edited to your suiting!

:thumb307780062: Super Discount Commissions from an Awesome ArtistOKAY! SO...
Me and :iconkatestrife06: are going to Tokyo in Tulsa in 2 weeks and she needs to make a lot of art in the next few days to sell (bookmarks, keychains, etc)
Here's some examples of her art:
        
SUPER DISCOUNT PRICES:
Head and shoulder pics (1.5 x 2.5) for $1 each!  Bookmarks for $2!  And full color pin up pictures for only $5
The only catch is that they have to be things that she can sell at a convention, too.  So, for now, these will be for fanart pieces.  Here are some of the fandoms she wants to work with...
Pokemon
Puella Magi Madoka Magicka
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Legend of Korra
Batman (chibis only)
Avatar: The Last Airbender
League of Legends
Legend of Zelda (?)
Adventure Time
Vocaloids
AND HONESTLY ANYTHING FANART RELATED THINK YOU CAN THINK OF!  Feel free to send ideas.
Please help

[CLOSED] Commission Information - 1 slot AvailableUPDATE: $AUD ONLY COMMISSIONS OPEN GET IN NOW FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS ETC,
HUMAN BASE NOT READY YET BUT ALL OTHER OPTIONS ARE OPEN. Human base coming soon.



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Rules
Please read these before proceeding. If you think there is too much to read to be bothered, then don't get angry at me if I have to decline your commission or it doesn't turn out like you want it too.
:star: Please send a NOTE to me with your idea and any
Commissions - ClosedCommissions currently closed. This journal will be updated when they reopen.
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2012 commissions 2013 COMMISSION INFO:

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2012- COMMISSIONERS LIST
1. UnseenVision || paid || fullbody -soft || finished Jan 6th
2. Major-Link || free || fullbody -cell || finished Jan 7th
3. Pronon1990 || paid || fullbody-cell x2 || finished Jan 9th
4. KIxFE-4eva || paid || Pokemon || finished Jan 10th
5. Crash-the-Megaraptor || paid || kneesup -soft || finished Jan11th
6. ZeFrenchM || paid || fullbody-cell || finished Jan 19th
7. Jadesca || paid || chibi || finished Jan 12th
8. ohemgeetragictwist || paid || fullbody cell || finished Jan 12th
9. Jadesca || paid || animal || finished Jan 21st
10. quamp || free || fullbody cell || finished Jan 22nd
11. ZeFrenchM || paid || fullbody-cell || finished Jan 24th
12. shnoogums5060 || paid || fullbody cell || finished Feb 20th
13. Chronophontes || paid || kneesup soft 2v
Comission Information!What I will draw:
:pointr:Anything of any style you ask me to (only traditional). I will just not draw hentai and/or gore.
What you will get:
:pointr:A full-resolution file for any use (except commercial) in any format you want: jpg., png., tiff., etc sent to your e-mail. If you want the
original piece, a separated value for the shipping (around $5 depending on where you live) will be charged.:)
Payment:
:pointr:Paypal.  Please note :note: me with all the details about the comission, references and general info:hug:
:pointr: my paypal e-mail is gwen_chloe12@hotmail.com
:pointr: If you want to comission me with points, please go to my main page: http://gwendolyn12.deviantart.com/ the comission info will be in the "Comissions" widget.
:pointr: Se você é brasileiro e quiser me comissionar, eu aceito pagamento em reais por depósito bancário (a conversão do valor de dólares para reais será feita de acordo com o câ

Origami CommissionsHello my friends!
I've been meaning to post this journal for a while but have only got to it now. Just to let you know that I am up for COMMISSIONS. Whether you would like something that you've seen in my gallery, or would like to request some exotic origami creation as a decoration/gift/way to give me grey hairs, just shoot me a note and I'll see what I can do.
To date, I have been commissioned to fold:
1) 7 miniature cranes for a to-scale dolls' house
2) A replica wedding bouquet

3) 39 golden animals for a wedding reception
4) A dinky peacock for a university friend
I only do origami commissions and accept payment through PayPal but everything else is negotiable. (Also, am willing to mail stuff to ya wherever you're at, but expect it to cost an arm and a leg if you live in Antarctica. :B)
SO HIT ME. :eager:
Point Commission Prices by qazak
SERVICESSERVICES

Photo Retouching.
Photomanipulation
Restoration of photos
Cd Cover
Book cover
-If you are interested in any image you see here,
for a book
  cover ... contact  me.
The price and delivery time depending on the difficulty
All for via Email.
:email: CONTACT:
digitalconsuelo@gmail.com


COVERS AVAILABLE

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Help us out? [Closed for now]I've had a little while to digest things, and I've decided that I really want this (despite what I might say when I'm not feeling myself).
Disdainful-Loni has opened up commissions again.  Why?  She wants to fly up and visit me.  Why?  My life's a fucking god damn disaster and she is a wonderful human being and really excellent friend who knows I can't do this alone.  I have her online every single day, and I've been dumping all of my bullshit on her like she's my own personal diary, but she thinks that's not enough and actually wants to take on my shitty attitude and emotions and burden physically.
And I really want this to happen.  Gods know I can really use someone to curl up with.
So if you could, help us out and commission her. ; ;   http://yami-loni.deviantart.com/journal/Help-a-gal-out-321964395
If I was in a better place right now, I'd formally open up commissions again and drop some prices to rais

Logo/Watermark Commissions





pDi.sk Logo Commission by admx
A Week in dA Related Logo by admxABCs of Deviants Logo by admx
Kinamatix Logo by admx
City Strolls Logo by admxRelativity Emblems by admx
Tenor Logo/Watermark Commission by admxGE Logo by admx
Nortfallon Crest by admx
Obsidian Hotel | Resorts by admxKiriss Logo/Watermark by admx
JobsQuest by admx
Interested? Send me a :note: note!
Johnny Briz One Note and need for CommissionsOver the weekend, I've jotted down so many notes and haggled some with friends that I decided that Stash isn't going to cut it in keeping them all together.  For that, I fire up the preview of Office 2013 and set up a One Note on Skydrive.  You can view it at this https://skydrive.live.com/redir?page=view&resid=88A38FEDE2455833!175&authkey=!ANel7e7mygwk88Q
I thank Meiou, Badger, and a couple other firends with haggling, but I still need an artist for me to work with on the project.  I've sent notes and comments all over DA and elsewhere looking for someone who would work with me, but it's either too soon or I'm hearing too much of my Inner Retard.  If anyone's interested, please let me know.
Also, I desparately need someone to comission a work from me this week.  Got broke a bit too unexpectedly over the weekend and I have some expenses coming down to the end of the month.  Any and all paying request will be apprecaited.

Artists for a Cure 2013 CalendarHello DevianART friends! :wave:
How are you all! I have been away a short while and working on many projects.
I am doing awesome.. business is always a good thing and now a days having
work is a blessing!
I miss you all and am so sorry to have missed all your updates and new arts, journals
and all! I will be trying my best to make more time to visit DeviantArt more than
I have been. I see my page needs a makeover and some major updating too! :giggle:
I will get right on that. I have much great news to update you all on.. but today's
journal is for something more important......  (Psst I will tell you to check out
my latest poll about 2013 Halloween Contest! :evillaugh:
Today I am very excited to announce the Artists for a Cure 2013 Calendar is now on Sale! :eager:
I am very proud to play such a large part in the organization, production, and designing of
this wonderful project, along with the participation of kind and talented featured artists! :heart:
I have donated one of m

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Volunteer Application:bulletblue: Promotion
deviantARTcommunityis always accepting new volunteer applications. We are currently in need of a bit of help. To be promoted to a volunteer, you must first have been an active and positive influence in the group. It's generally good if you've been a member for a little.
:heart: Volunteer Expectations
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Resources

Beta: Embed videos into Journal entriesMy second Beta project. Embeding dA films, Vimeo, and YouTube videos into the Journals.
This is the code: <da:embed profile="video type" id="ID of the video"/>
Replace video type with...
"film" for DeviantART Film
"vimeo" for Vimeo videos
"youtube" for YouTube videos
Also, replace ID of the video with the video ID. For example, on a YouTube video, the ID would be the alphanumeric part at the end of the link.
Example:
<da:embed profile="youtube" id="vE8ktfRZ0FE"/> will become...
As a final note, if the video is set for no sharing, the video will not work.
Resources on Display - Part 1So after a bit of an unplanned break I'm back to continue weekly features.  I'm going to do two features focusing on resources.  What I've featured this week (with the exception of the stock images) zre be specific to photoshop users, and next week I'll include items for Gimp and paint shop pro.
Photoshop Brushes

Photoshop Patterns

Photoshop Actions
Ghost Stories Photoshop Action by elestrial CoLoR effect 4.5 by sa-cool
Photoshop Tutorials
:thumb71772221: Manip Tips + Tricks: Pen Tool by kuschelirmel-stock How to make things glow by CearaFinn Painting Hair Tutorial by FrozenStarRo Mermaid Tutorial by LochaBWS Lighting Tutorial by midnitejinx
Stock Images
silver dapple colt 4 by venomxbaby Gothic Doll Stock by MariaAmanda Staff Warrior Stock Pack 1 - HQ by MD-Arts Baby_Swan2 by ConnysWORLD Fairy wood Free background by moonchild-ljilja Air Balloons XXIX - Exclusive Stock by somadjinn The Two Of Us by Wincey Rocky Sea by Burtn Cold Passage by Elandria Enchanted forest 7 by CathleenTarawhiti

dA Font Formatting Guide
To READ this with a Fancy Layout WITH source code, see http://viclou.deviantart.com/journal/DeviantART-lt-font-gt-Formatting-Guide-261232088
Introduction
Did YOU Know that you can use the < font > tag in boxes, journals, descriptions, and in litterature?
Well, yes you can! No Premium Membership REQUIRED!
To prove my point, :eyes: below!
Test.Test.Test.Test.Test.LOL!
The Tag
Did you enjoy the awesome presentation of the "Test." text above? Well, here's the source code:
<font face="Droid Sans" size="9">Test.</font><font face="Arial" size="3">Test.</font><font face="Tahoma" size="1">Test.</font><font face="Oswald, Droid Sans, Lucida Sans Unicode, Arial" size="5">Test.</font><font face="Brainly, Nunito, Testt, Times New Roman" size="4">Test.</font><font face="Helskini, Klavika, FF Me

Interviews & Editorials

:thumb323086501: &quot;Interviewing Dan the DeathMetal Man&quot;Helllllllloooo!!! :iconbadassplz: Well, as I said before I'm back to trying to keep up with these feature interviews here. :woohoo: And THIS one is LOOOOOOOOG overdue. However since it was so delayed it allowed some more amazing art to be posted, and it changed the tone of what the original interview would've been had I conducted it a couple months back. :nod:
Last week we did an interview with the arousingly funny and wonderful :iconessencestudios:. If ya missed it, then here's a link to it!: http://DiamonEyes.deviantart.com/journal/quot-Essence-quot-Interviewing-Heather-318998696
So we're going to speak a VERY special artist that I'm a huge fan of. :iconfanplz: This dude has talent, and skillz FAR beyond many I've seen. It's no wonder that he's already a working professional artist at his young age! :jawdrop::wow::faint::ambulance::tombstone: We are speaking of DAN MITCHELL ,otherwise known as "DeathMetalDan" :icondeathmetaldan: :party:
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&quot;Essence&quot; Interviewing HeatherHelloooooo! :iconbadassplz: As promised here's a new interview after an extended leave from doing these :D It's been way too long  and I'd like to get back into the groove of these :nod:
Last time, we interviewed the incredibly talented and amazing photographer, Jared Wingate:icondistortedvizion: You can find the full interview right here: http://DiamonEyes.deviantart.com/journal/quot-Wanderer-quot-Interviewing-Jared-304381315
Today I'm going to be interview one of the most humble and equally playful artists, and fellow emoticon abuser I met here on DeviantART. HEATHER RUSSELL :iconessencestudios:

:party::dance::boogie::stinkeye::fart::icontrolldanceplz::icondancekittyplz:
So lets get get this shit ROLLIN :iconfatguylaughplz:
:icondiamoneyes::  My sweet, please tell us a little bit about yourself, a small background.
:iconessencestudios::  Firstly, thank you dear for inviting me to be your guest here :iconki
dA love for everyone! #23:dalove:         :la:         :dalove:         :la:         :dalove:
As the title suggests, this news article's goal is to spread the dA love into everyone's heart! You will find here a little bit of everything, from awesome interviews with talented artists, art features, group promotion to random deviants' features. I hope you will find this informative and entertaining!
Interviewed artist: Lyricanna :iconlyricanna:
:bulletyellow: Tell us what defines you as a person.
That's a hefty question that could easily lead to a long. philosophical answer :lol: I'd say I'm the sum of my experiences and the values I have been taught and acquired over the years. So experience and knowledge, good or bad.
:bulletyellow: How did you found out about deviantART and why did you join the community?
I

Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby was born Jacob Kurtzberg on August 28th, 1917 in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. He was a comic book artist, writer, and editor; one of the most innovative and influential creators in the history of comics.
Growing up poor in New York City, Jacob Kurtzberg entered the newly emerging comics industry in the 1930s. He drew various comics features under different pen names, finally settling on Jack Kirby. In 1940, he and writer-editor Joe Simon created the highly successful superhero character Captain America for Timely Comics, predecessor of Marvel Comics. During the 1940s, Kirby, often collaborating with Simon, created numerous characters for that company and also for the company that would become DC Comics.

Kirby eventually found himself at Timely's 1950s incarnation, Atlas Comics, later to be known as Marvel Comics. There, in the 1960s, he and writer-editor Stan Lee co-created many o
dASAW 2012 Interview: $codenamepanther:iconstaffappreciation:
dASAW Interview Series: codenamepanther
Welcome to the second Staff Member interview of deviantART Staff Appreciation Week! As part of my role in dASAW, I had the pleasure of interviewing the fabulous, codenamepanther. Enjoy! :dalove:
:megaphone: 1. How did you discover deviantART, and what made you stay?
I discovered deviantART back in the day when Heidi introduced it to me. Essentially, I have known about it since it started, but I didn't join until about 3 years ago. I think the passion of the community and the amazing work I see on a daily basis has made me stay.
:megaphone: 2. Tell us the story behind your username and/or prior dA accounts.
This one is actually asked a ton. I don't have a prior account. This is my main account at this time. I have others that are used for testing things, but they are not really that exciting. codenamepanther was kind of made up out of now

An interview with VianaArts!Hello Europe! :wave: 
We are pleased to announce the start of an all-new europeans project - member interviews! In this interview series, we will interview prominent members of our group. To kick this project off, we met up with Samuel Silva, better known on deviantART as VianaArts, for an in-depth interview. To those unfamiliar with Sam's art - he's currently taking the Internet by storm with his drawing Redhead Girl, which alone has received over 1 million views over the past couple weeks. 

Europeans: Hi there Sam! Thanks for taking time out of your day to do an interview with us today.
Your recent drawing Redhead Girl has become really popular on the I
Manga/Anime Spotlight: aiki-ame:star:Manga/Anime Spotlight: aiki-ame:star:
Manga/Anime Spotlight is a weekly feature that highlights the different artists across the deviantART's Manga/Anime community, and is a portal to get to know a bit more about them and their works.
This week's feature is aiki-ame
:bulletgreen:1.) To start off, what is your favorite medium and tools to use?
SAI (digital) and water color.
:bulletgreen:2.) When you draw, do you plan everything out first, or do you just see where the drawing takes you?
For most pieces, i plan first, doing little thumbnail drafts.
:bulletgreen:3.) On average, how long do you spend on a drawing?
Probably 20+ hours? >_W<
Some other works from aiki-ame


Previous Features
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Asking for PointsEvery now and then, someone I don't know posts a comment on my profile page asking me to give them Points. Very occasionally, the request is of an I'm collecting for a Premium Membership/print/whatever and was wondering if you wouldn't mind donating a few Points to help me reach my goal nature but more often than not, it's just Will you give me Points? or something to that effect. I've actually had one comment saying simply POINTS PLEASE.
To be honest, when it's the first type of request and it isn't just a copy-pasta to a hundred people, I'll consider it. I like to help people have a better dA experience and not everyone can afford to buy a Premium Membership, so if someone asks really nicely for a bit of assistance, I'm usually happy to help if I can. But when it's the second kind of request, it's just rude. Asking strangers to give you things isn't polite, and it's even worse when you can't be bothered to explain why you're asking someone to give you something t
dA Life #10: Mature Content on dAWelcome to the tenth dA Life blog, a series created to help you enjoy your time on dA and use it's many tools for sharing your art, appreciating other people's art and taking part in the wonderful community that we have here.
Because deviantART is home to people aged 13-18 as well as adults, we have a Mature Content filter. dA Life #09: Browsing with Mature Content filter explains a little bit about this and shows, with screengrabs, what it's like to browse deviantART with your Mature Content filter activated. It also explains how to activate your Mature Content filter to alter your browsing experience to suit your personal preferences. dxd, one of the CEA Team, wrote an amazing journal, CEA Blog: Mature Content, which covers misconceptions about Mature Content on dA in detail. Both those journals are well wort

Contest ~ Challenges, Games & Community Projects

Europeans turns 3 - premium membership giveaway!EDIT: This contest has now been closed for submissions! We will be announcing our winners shortly. Thanks to everybody for participating! :)
Hello Europe! :wave:
On September 2, europeans is celebrating its third year as a group! :party:
To celebrate this feat, we are going to give away three 3 month deviantART premium memberships, or the equivalent in points (636 :points:) among all of our members who add this blog to their :+fav: favorites by September 2! 
Here's how it works:You add the blog to your favorites.On September 2, we will insert all the names of deviants who favorited this blog into a randomizer and update this blog to state the giveaway is closed.Using the randomizer, we will pick three deviants. If one of the selected deviants is not a member of europeans, we will continue picking deviants using the randomizer until we have successfully selected three members of europeans.Our founder :devfvdslo
Chinese Horoscope Contest- Last Call!One final week to get your submission in before the full moon of August 31st; deadline is midnight August 30th for 
deviantART's Chinese Horoscope Contest!
Find your Chinese Animal Sign, and you've found the Gallery which needs your contribution (if you don't know your Chinese Animal Sign, please check here; you'll find three animal signs in there, primary of which is your DAY sign, but if you'd prefer, work on either your MONTH sign, or YEAR sign, or ALL THREE! You can enter this contest as many times as you'd like, but try to limit yourself to the BEST work you can do, and not the MOST work you can do :giggle: ):


 
Rat Gallery

 

August Contest: Yellow Ending Soon August Theme: Yellow
:new: Just ONE day left! :new:
Over at Still-Life-Stills we're hosting monthly challenges with a regular prize list courtesy of communityrelations! So without further ado let's get onto the rules and regulations (of which there aren't many) of August's contest!
Dates
The contest will run from 1st August 2012 until the 31st August 2012.
Submission
Entries can be old or new. Please submit your entries to the group gallery found here!
Rules
:bulletblack: Entries can be old or new
:bulletblack: The majority of the deviation must be Yellow
:bulletblack: It must fit the rules of Still Life Photography (If in doubt, ask us!)
:bulletblack: You can only enter ONE piece of work!
Prizes
CONTESTS!Hey, contest-hungry deviants! :)
Sorry for the delay, guys! We'll resume usual sunday updates as we've been doing for the past few months. Thanks for the support!
Be sure to send us the winning entries in the contest, we will show them in the group.
Also, check the :new: tag, as it points you to the newly posted contests.
If you want to send us a contest, please Download Our Contest Format Here or check our main page where the format is provided without a download.
Thanks, and on with the contests!
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:bulletred: Costume Design Contest
Visual mediums accepted.
Design a Nightmare Night (Halloween) Costume for my Pony OC.
Prizes:
1st Place: 1500 :points:
Deadline: October 22th
More Info: http://equinepalette.deviantart.com/journal/Nightmare-Night-Costume-Design-Contest-484780974
:bulletred: Art Contest - Purgatory :new:
Visual media.
Use our images to create Monster book covers.

sifro. - solve the codes and win points! IMPORTANT: the login into the submmitting system currently doen't work. I'll try to fix it somehow, but until then, the "Try it without login" link still works. If you submit the solution to a cipher, it will give you a link to the next one. It just won't remember your position in the game, so better save that link, or remember the solution so you can get it again.
:new: July/7/2014 - After a year and half, we finally have a next winner! It's Dimensionwalker21, winning 360 points. Congratulations!
Dec/24/2012 - We have a next winner! It's WintersRead, winning 306 points!
Nov/11/2012 - The second winner is nuvak! He generously refused the point reward, so there is still a lot of points in the pool for the next winner!
Oct/12/2012 - We have the first winner! It's ninquetari, who wins 475 points!
The easy day was yesterday! Today, the game begins! And It's just in time for dA's birthday! :D
IMPORTANT LINKS:
SMT Persona 3/4 Contest - winners!Winners have been announced. Click here!
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In giddiness of Persona 3 getting a movie and Persona 4's fighting game coming out, I am holding a contest!
Draw any character or compilation of characters from any iteration of these two games (including P3 Portable, P4 Arena, etc)
Anyone can enter even if they've never heard of P3/P4. Just pick a character from their Wiki and draw them!
EDIT: You can draw the Personas and/or anything in the Compendium
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PERSONA 3 CHARACTERS
PERSONA 4 CHARACTERS
PERSONA 3 PERSONAS
PERSONA 4 PERSONAS

Relativity Contest - 3 Weeks Left:bulletwhite: Now lit entries can be up to 10,000 words.

:happybounce: Ravenswd and I are proud to announce our 2nd annual Relativity contest!  
The theme this year (overwhelmingly selected by our Watchers) is:
Your Original Character (OC) as a Hero or Villain in the Relativity Universe
Since this is a Relativity contest, simply drawing a picture of your OC as a superhero will not count.  You must incorporate something from Relativity into the piece.  Either another character from the universe or something that is a direct and obvious reference to the world.
ANY of the Relativity characters can be used.  That includes the characters  in or out of costume.  Supporting characters or villains may also be used.
A full list of characters, profile sheets, and references can be found in the RelativityComic Group here ---> http://relativitycomic.deviantart.com/gallery/
Your character can
Away + Premium Membership WinnersThis is Bart reporting from Brazil!:happybounce:
I am here with my girlfriend Gwendolyn12 to spend 3 weeks with her again :love: We did the same in February, the first time we met in person, and both had the best time of our lives. :happycry:
For those interested in what we get up to, watch my scraps. Here I will post photos with stories in the description to keep you all updated :eager:
So during this time, I will be around less than usual. If you have messages, notes, etc pending - I will get to them but notes (and comments right on my page) will get priority.
Thanks for the lots of response on my recent journals by the way - I received dozens of notes from people who want to run a project for example, which is awesome! What a community spirit :party: I'm proud of you. I've gotten back to quite some of you already - if I haven't yet, bear with me, I'll do for you what I can and remember that you're high priority for me :D There's just many and as there's often a lot to di

Creative Art Challenge #15 WaterfallCreative Art Challenge
:bulletred:Creative Challenge #1 - Clean
:bulletred:Creative Challenge #2 - Christmas
:bulletred:Creative Challenge #3 - Gateway
:bulletred:Creative Challenge #4 - Cold
:bulletred:Creative Challenge #5 - Scotland
:bulletred:Creative Challenge #6 - Froud Fae
:bulletred:Creative Challenge #7 - Daenerys
:bulletred:Cre
Seven Virtues ContestIn celebration of reaching 1000 watchers I would like to hold a contest, the contest theme will be THE SEVEN VIRTUES.
When Pope Gregory defined the seven deadly sins that we should avoid, he also included a counter-balancing set of values that we should espouse and adopt. These are: Faith, Hope, Charity, Fortitude, Justice, Prudence, Temperance
This contest will be open to all visual media's and will be judged on originality, execution, technique, impact and the last day for submission will be August 25th
Rules
1. Must be a new piece created for this contest
2. Must be submitted before August 25th at midnight
3. You Must link to this journal on your entry
4. Please indicate which virtue you are portraying in your artwork
When you are done your entry, just note me with the link and I will add it to the folder.
Prizes
1st place
300 points from me and a feature
100 points and a feature from :iconsweedies:
100 points and a feature from :iconkimsol:
2nd place
200 points from me and a featur

Disney-Parkhoppers Big Picture Contest - Last CallThe Big Picture Contest
:new: Last call for entries!  Voting will start on Monday the third, so if you want to enter get your entry in now!
Time for a new contest! This time we'll be looking for entries that show the Big Picture at the parks.
What does that mean? Well, it's the view you get when you step back. I've only been to Walt Disney World, and I often wonder about what things look like at the other parks. I've got a good idea of what individual attractions look like, but not how lands are laid out, or the order of parade floats, or how things fit into their surroundings.  The gallery here is full of all the details, but not the big picture. 
For examples, see our entries!
The Rules
1. Entries must showcase the Big Picture theme and be related to the parks in some way.  We will reject close-ups or deviations that focus on one attraction/character/store/etc., so be sure your entry meets the contest's requirements.
2. Any type of Medium is welcome.
3. Send the c
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:thumb303507833: ContestThe Brief:
To use any of the fonts that are currently featured in :iconAwesome-Fonts: to create a stunning piece of work.
Rules:
Post a link to your contest entry in comments of this blog entry, and please identity they font you used.
Prize: Featured in the next blog entry.
Deadline: Sept. 14th 2012
Have fun showing off your typography skills!
Here are some links for inspiration:
http://adsoftheworld.com/search/aotw/typography
http://www.behance.net/collection/Typography-typeface-graphics/85613
http://www.behance.net/collection/Lettering/141810

Bring Your Type to Life - A Typography ContestIt is time for another Typography contest! The theme of this contest will be…
Bring your Type to Life
This may sound abstract at first, but to keep the theme as open as possible, I choose a rather abstract title. There are many directions in which you can go. You could choose an anthropomorphic direction, where you breathe life into letters and give them human or other animate characteristics. Another route would be to create the letters out of living objects, such as plants or animals.
Which direction you choose, maybe even a third or fourth one, does not matter. What matters is that your letters are brought to life!
What kind of letters you bring to life, words, glyphs or sentences, is 100% up to you. This contest has a more visual approach, so you will not be judged on the creativity of the meaning you choose to give to the letters. However, don't rush it! Even one letter can appear completely different than another. Be wise with the letters, word
Children's Book Vexel ContestTheme
Do you remember that time when you went to sleep and your parent read you your favourite story?
Imagine that you can go back to those awesome times by creating a cover of your favourite book.
Rules
1. All works MUST be vexels. I will NOT accept any photos, photomaniplations, digital drawings, vectors etc. If you're unsure if your entry is a vexel please follow this link: The New Vexel Definition to find out what vexels are.
2. You can NOT trace/copy an existing cover.
3. You can use your own and/or DA stock, as long as you state in art's comment that photos used as stock were yours and/or made by other deviantArt artist.
4. Don't break any DA rules.
5. You can add title/author/any needed text that can be found on covers, it's all up to you!
6. Please include author's name and book's title in your entry's description. This means it has to be an existing

Thursday: Improbable Mission!Welcome to another beautiful Thursday! I hope you've been having a great week so far. :la:
We have the winners from our Reverse Jeopardy contest! Awesome puns and use of words. We enjoyed reading through all the entries!
The top winners are:
:bulletblue: Category: Olympic Sports
Answer: Badminton
Question: Which sport is constantly making a racket?
by aczi16
:bulletblue: Category: Aquatic Life
Answer: Red Snapper
Question: What was an accurate description of the photographer when told to get a real job?
by TheBlueAvenger
:bulletblue: Category: School Subjects
Answer: Algebra
Question: In which subject do we study the subject of zebra and algae breeding?
by miontre
:bulletblue: Category: Villains
Answer: Darth Maul
Question: What tool does a Sith Lord user to split firewood?
by jkrolak
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CLOSED - Sun and Moon ContestThis contest is now closed - winners and honourable mentions will be annouced in a week. Good luck to all who entered!
Deviants are encouraged to be creative; as long as the comments explain how the piece links back to one or both of the theme topics (Sun and/or Moon) it will be accepted.
See this journal for examples using a different theme http://fantasymuse.deviantart.com/journal/?offset=1 or the bottom of this journal featuring some amazing Sun and Moon deviations to inspire you
There are two categories that you can enter under: Digital Art and Stock. You may enter both categories once.
Each category will have a first, second and third place, as well as 5 honourable mentions from either category. If you wish to donate anything as a prize, please let me know via comment on this journal or via note. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated, and donators will be featured in a special "Donators Feature" at the end of the contest.
Opening Date: 12th August, 2012
Closing D

When Angels Fly Contest: ClosedI'm going to close the contest at 10:30 AM Central Time  just to give everyone a chance to do last minute touches ;)
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/
Collaboration Contest: Dark Halloween (UPDATE!!)UPDATED DATES AND PRIZES
Hi there :wave:
Sign-ups now CLOSED!
SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATED PRIZES! =D
Hello from the admins of TheArtOfManipulation! We would really like to revive the mentoring aspect of our group and we are going to start by having a Collaboration Contest. :happybounce:
How it Will Work
For this contest, two or more artists must team up and collaborate to create an entry. One artist must be at the intermediate/expert level and the other must be a beginner. We (the admins) will decide which class you fall into and assign participants into teams (requests will be considered if there is a specific person with whom you want to partner). We hope that this contest will create new friendships and allow beginning photomanipulators to learn something new =).
The Rules
:bulletblack: You must note the group TheArtOfManipulation no later than September 4, 2012. Title the note "Collab Contest" and
  

Magic/Dreams/Twisted Fairytales - 4 HOURS LEFT!!!R U L E S
:bulletblue: You have to be a member of the group to enter the contest.
:bulletorange: 2 per person; 1 in each category. You cannot have 2 in 1 category.
:bulletblue: New pieces only (After August 1st)
:bulletorange: No racism, pornography, violence, bashing religions and hentai.
:bulletblue: Photo Manipulations only.
:bulletorange: ALL STOCK MUST BE CREDITED or your entry will be declined. If it is your stock, say so in the Artist's comments.
:bulletblue: You must put in your "Artist's comments"  a link to this journal or the group.
T H E M E
Magic / Dreams was the most voted. But since we've already had both of those as contests before, I'm going to create two categories using the 1st & 2nd most voted:
(click on the category to go to the folder)
Category #1:
Magic / Dreams
Category #2:
Twisted Fairy Tales
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Chinese Horoscope Contest- Last Call!One final week to get your submission in before the full moon of August 31st; deadline is midnight August 30th for 
deviantART's Chinese Horoscope Contest!
Find your Chinese Animal Sign, and you've found the Gallery which needs your contribution (if you don't know your Chinese Animal Sign, please check here; you'll find three animal signs in there, primary of which is your DAY sign, but if you'd prefer, work on either your MONTH sign, or YEAR sign, or ALL THREE! You can enter this contest as many times as you'd like, but try to limit yourself to the BEST work you can do, and not the MOST work you can do :giggle: ):


 
Rat Gallery

 
First Contest The Imaginarium:bulletblue:THE IMAGINARIUM INVITE ALL MEMBERS OF DEVIANTART TO PARTICIPATE TO THE  FIRST CONTEST :dance:
Entries will be accepted from August 10, the contest ends on September 15.
:bulletblue:THEME
:bulletblue: SHOW YOUR IMAGINARY WORLD :bulletblue:
The theme chosen by a poll where all members voted for their favorite
:bulletgreen:The winners will be chosen by judges, administrators of the group:
:iconwhendell: :iconwesley-souza: :iconvaleskamoura: :iconeclipsy: :iconviniciuscarbonera: :iconsamueltd: :iconkuramaphoenix:
and guest judges :icondani-owergoor: :iconlunebleu: :iconpshoudini:

:bulletgreen: PRIZES
:bulletblue::winner:
:bulletblue: 3 MONTH PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP BY :iconwhendell:
[Bullet; Blue] 1000 POINTS [Points] Donated by= 170 [Points] :iconwhendell: 150 [Points] :iconwesley-souza: , 50 [Points] :iconsamueltd: , 100 [Points] :iconvaleskamoura: , 50 [Points] :iconlunebleu: , 50 [Points] :iconmirellasantana: , 150 [Points] :ic

- Photomanip Contest -Bravery
Start Date: June 26, 2012
End Date: September 15, 2012
Theme: Bravery
Your mission is to create a manipulation that somehow expresses bravery. You will not be given anymore information than that. How you choose to portray it is up to you and only you!
Judging: This contest will be judged by me. I will not accept other judging offers.
I will not be judging by personal preference nor will I choose any "friend" to win. I will be judging based on technique, originality, and effort. I will not go easy on you if you are a beginner, your art will be judged just as fairly as the others.
Rules
Sorry guys, I guess I should have added this earlier, but I was being pressured to get off the computer.
> Manipulations only
> Slapping a filter over an image is not acceptable. You must use multiple images
> Any animal may be the subject (I don't care if its a friggin okapi, as long as it fits the theme)
> If I have any suspicion
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Another Contest!With our first contest finished, I think this club is starting to get back into the swing of things.  With the winner away on "I don't want to do every part of this myself" leave, Katze316 has been given the opportunity to choose the next contest.  His choice follows, in his own words.
"Sci-Fi vehicles. Not necessarily real ones, like X-Wings and DeLoreans, they can come from your imagination. Some examples would be flying cars, spaceships, mecha, and all other funky-lookin' forms of transport. That should be interesting, provided we get more applications this time :XD:
I WANT YOU
:iconunclesamplz:
TO BUILD SOMETHING!"
Same rules apply as last time: It must be built out of only Lego bricks and Lego products. (eg. stickers made by Lego are not bricks, but they're okay.  Stickers, or anything else, not made by Lego are not okay.)
As before, please submit your creation as a note with a link to it.  If you have any questions, please ask away.
**Edit*
CONTEST (My First One...):bulletred: The Heart Of The Cards Stays Alive!
Traditional Drawing only.
Draw Yugi Moto or The Pharaoh from the Battle City Series. Mature Content Not Accepted.
Prizes:
1st Place:100 Favourites + 30 Comments + 1 Llama Badge + deviantWATCH + Invitation To Group
2nd Place: 50 Favourites + 20 Comments + 1 Llama Badge + deviantWATCH
3rd Place: 35 Favourites + 10 Comments + 1 Llama Badge
Deadline: August 21st
This Is My First Time Organizing A Contest, So Don't Put Me Under A Lot Of Pressure.

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Photography Community

Photography Weekly: Edition Thirty FourPhotography Weekly Header created by TouchedD
"One Signature is worth a thousand implied tones..."
-Charles Swan -
Copyright Expert

In the news this week there has been a spotlight on Karren Brady, a photographer who has won a copyright ruling. The news article itself is interesting but the cautions that it turfs up for the future and current generations of photographers are slightly more concerning. The general feeling that has started to develop is that if you have assistance with setting up a shot, making a scene, posing a model and making up a person for example, those people may well have rights to your work. This is also being debated with regards to post-production and if you get somebody else to edit your work. What are your thoughts on this? And when attributing this to the deviantART community, what
Infrared Photography Gallery: Your Thoughts?For some time now there have been calls from the community for an Infrared Gallery as it's becoming a popular technique and often there is confusion over where the work actually belongs. The powers that be have been listening and have decided that it would be really useful to have your feedback as to where this Gallery should go. At the moment, Infrared Photographs are spread across the Photography Galleries from Animals, Plants and Nature to Miscellaneous.
What is Infrared Photography?
gilad explained it quite succinctly over seven years ago now in this journal. Infrared Photography (or IR) shows a magical, thermal type effect of a world that, without specific filters or applications, appears quite normal. It can be achieved using a filter on specific D-SLR cameras or it can be achieved with special films in Analog. This clear technique divis

Fashion Friday #16Introduction
My goal is to feature amazingly talented Fashion Photographers & Models every Friday!
Featured Deviant
:spotlight-left: photofenia :spotlight-right:
 






Dusanka Duric 2010 II by photofenia
More in her Gallery
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Photography Weekly: Edition Thirty SixPhotography Weekly Header created by TouchedD
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”
-William Shakespeare

Basking in the glory of finally getting recognised for your hard efforts and photographic skill is pretty awesome and at the start of this week I took the opportunity to enjoy georgewjohnson's after he got published in a UK Photography Magazine. It's really nice when something like that happens and the knowledge that across the country - and because of deviantART and other networks - across the world, people are looking at your work. And if you're me, smiling! I once stumbled across lauren-rabbit's work in Black and White Photography Magazine and was truly proud that somebody I had found here on deviantART was here in my mag! So have you been published? Has your work received any recognition that makes you proud? What are your tips to getting out there and having your work showcased?

Aspect Ratio, Composition, Present and FuturePhotography is simply a technology that allows you to record a moment in time, in a box that simply captures a moment of light. Simple and basic as that, no myth there.
But the decision on how to capture that moment and its variables like composition, time and subject matter remain in the hands of photographer.
Let's talk about that box, how it affects composition, and the time we live in. Photographic technology has developed at a rapid pace. From the 19th century's cumbersome daguerreotypes to today's compact digital cameras,  photography has become one of the most accessible art mediums, but more related to motion pictures that we might think, being at the same time influence and influenced by each other.
4:3 (1.33)
The original aspect ratio used by the motion picture was industry was 4:3, or ratio down to 1.33:1, or just 1.33.  Theories why vary from from Euclid's famous Greek "Golden Section", a shape of approximately 1.6, to a shape that simply saved m

Literature Community

Art History Project- September is Literature!:new: 30/08/12: Almost ready to launch! Alongside this month, GrimFace242 is conducting a series of cheeky lit interviews for Art History, so keep an eye out for what he uncovers! 
There are still lots of slots for people to submit articles too! Don't forget, we can have more than one article on the same day! Please get those proposals in! Who is your favourite author? What Book/Poem has had the most influence on you? Bring it on!
24/08/12: Hey guys, we're still looking to fill this up nice and meaty! Don't forget, the articles don't have to be as in depth as some of you are thinking and can be about specific authors, styles or even something different such as interviews or chat event (get your lit group involved!). 
If you're not sure about your idea, please still send it in, we have a wonderful crack commando unit who are helping for crimes they didn't commit in the backroom. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, you can use this team! :D
Also, those who

Street Community

Street Photography: To Lo And Behold!Street Photography Quiz:
When was the last time a random passenger in a bus made your jaw drop?
Happens with me all the time!
Whenever I go out into the streets, I never plan on what I'm going to shoot, nor do I have a particular theme in mind.
Mind you, planning ahead is highly benefical to a Street Photographer or any photographer for that matter - a practice that almost always yeilds excellent results when properly utilized.
For me, it's just the sheer excitment of stepping into a vast concrete jungle, unsure about what's around the next corner, or perceiving an event that is about to unfold before you, the sound of your heart beating as you walk/run towards the developing scene - all the while hoping that you get there in time to take... that one shot, that ultimate payoff; is all that matters.
Sometimes you could be standing there observing a street scene when you begin to notice things falling into place; a photo opportunity forming right before your very eyes.
Beli
Friday night Street Specials v8.4
A weekly selection amongst the images that were suggested as DDs 
or simply impressed me and I think they deserve more attention. 
Enjoy them, comment on them and remember to visit the photographers' galleries as well.
If you like what you see,  this article 
so it can reach as many deviants as possible.








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Have a nice weekend!

Greetings, fellow Yardies..
Welcome to the end of August, traditionally a good month for most street photographers and to charge our own batteries for the rest of the year. Hope you got those awesome captures you wanted and we expect you to share them with us.
I won’t take much of your time with words, let me just leave you with some of  the last ten photos that impressed our administrators and the promise of good news (probably next week) to all our active and less active Yardies with the "beginning of School".










Allow me too to present you our new Boatswains:
:iconwchild: :iconcosmin-m: :iconaaroffy:  
Have a great Weekend.
NunoCanha
Cole Trickle, The Best Street Photography TeacherStreet photography is gaining popularity with each passing day.  It seems with each passing month, more and more photographers are attempting to try their hand at it.   Starting out in street photography can be an overwhelming venture. There is so much to learn when starting out and the internet can often be a daunting place for those starting out in street photography to go for advice.  
I am often asked advice on starting out in street photographer, and so I thought I would put together a small series on Street Photography for Beginners.  Now I am no expert or master street photographer, so nothing really qualifies me to put together a series on street photography for beginners other than it is process I followed to learn and practice street photography myself.
I like to look at learning street photography along the same progression Cole Trickle takes in the movie Days of Thunder.  
When he first shows up at the track he doesn't

Photomanipulation Community

Photomanip News and Feature 19 August.
Hi all,
How are you? Lots to share with you this week! :D Here's what's up . . .
News in Brief
"When Darkness Falls" winners coming this week!Vote for theme for Advanced Photomanip Month at The-Sacred-Space.All stock should be credited in manips. Saying "stock purchased" is not enough; we also have to say where, even if we don't give a direct link to the image itself.Creativity Challenges will get started soon! :eager:We will still be supporting Random Acts of Kindness.Good luck to all those returning to (or starting) school this week or next!
Please welcome . . .
Every week we will try to feature a new member of our community. If you
know of a new member (who has been here 6 months or less) and want to
have a "welcome" feature for them, please note their username to ChisSweetArt.
MarquisAmon has been with us on dA for about a month and has been wowing us with incredible macabre and horror deviations. :devchissw

deviantART Community Volunteers Projects, Spotlights, Information & dALove

City Strolls: #005Welcome to the fifth edition of City Strolls! This feature showcases some of the best cityscape photography on deviantART!
Today's Stroll: Liverpool, England






General Features
Features of deviations posted in the Photography > Urban & Rural > Cityscapes & Skylines gallery in the past week.




Wait by JacquelineBarkla
Asking for PointsEvery now and then, someone I don't know posts a comment on my profile page asking me to give them Points. Very occasionally, the request is of an I'm collecting for a Premium Membership/print/whatever and was wondering if you wouldn't mind donating a few Points to help me reach my goal nature but more often than not, it's just Will you give me Points? or something to that effect. I've actually had one comment saying simply POINTS PLEASE.
To be honest, when it's the first type of request and it isn't just a copy-pasta to a hundred people, I'll consider it. I like to help people have a better dA experience and not everyone can afford to buy a Premium Membership, so if someone asks really nicely for a bit of assistance, I'm usually happy to help if I can. But when it's the second kind of request, it's just rude. Asking strangers to give you things isn't polite, and it's even worse when you can't be bothered to explain why you're asking someone to give you something t

Awesome Artisan Crafts XIXHello!
:wave:
Hello and welcome to Awesome Artisan Crafts!
I will be regularly featuring the awesome creations I find in the Artisan Crafts Gallery.
Contest Results
In case you have missed the Official Birthday Card Contest Results have been announced.
Culinary Arts
Talty is pondering how the Culinary Arts Gallery should be arranged, please leave your suggestions for her.
Pony Features
Showcasing some awesome MLP Artisan Crafts.
Article One
A week in pixel 10Here are 10 more pixel art features from the past week :la:

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Asking for PointsEvery now and then, someone I don't know posts a comment on my profile page asking me to give them Points. Very occasionally, the request is of an I'm collecting for a Premium Membership/print/whatever and was wondering if you wouldn't mind donating a few Points to help me reach my goal nature but more often than not, it's just Will you give me Points? or something to that effect. I've actually had one comment saying simply POINTS PLEASE.
To be honest, when it's the first type of request and it isn't just a copy-pasta to a hundred people, I'll consider it. I like to help people have a better dA experience and not everyone can afford to buy a Premium Membership, so if someone asks really nicely for a bit of assistance, I'm usually happy to help if I can. But when it's the second kind of request, it's just rude. Asking strangers to give you things isn't polite, and it's even worse when you can't be bothered to explain why you're asking someone to give you something t
To Be Seen .02A weekly article featuring five photographers from all areas in the deviantART community. Spare a bit of time to take a gander at the photographs and their respective galleries showcased below!
m-vladimir


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ONLY ROSE. by 6Artificial6 Merry Xmas by 6Artificial6 I.T by 6Artificial6
Grzesiek by 6Artificial6 FALL by 6Artificial6
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Everyday superman by semyk3 Just LOVE by semyk3 coming soon by semyk3
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One to Make You Smaller by ScelusSceleris I'm Just A Sad Clown by ScelusSceleris Exit by ScelusSceleris
Possession's Destruction by ScelusSceleris Outdoors Means Infection by ScelusSceleris
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To Be Seen .03A weekly article featuring five photographers from all areas in the deviantART community. Spare a bit of time to take a gander at the photographs and their respective galleries showcased below!
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A Light In The Forest by LivelovelifeEleni A Joyful Psychedelic Cat by LivelovelifeEleni Tis' A Magical Shroom by LivelovelifeEleni
Deviant ID 1# Peace, love life and Happiness! by LivelovelifeEleni This is Toronto- C.N Tower by LivelovelifeEleni
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Caterpillar by possumbrush Spider on twisted leaf by possumbrush Woodchip Fungus by possumbrush
My Treasures - Genealogy by possumbrush HMAS Melbourne Sunset by possumbrush
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Wheat Field 11 by belfastrush Nasturtium 2 by belfastrush Strangford Lough 21 by belfastrush
Sand 2 by belfastrush Daniel 1 by belfastrush
If you have any suggestions for (improving) the Photography Gallery, anything photography related in communityrelations that you would like/we co

deviantART Spotlight (Collection of HQ News, Sta.sh updates, Community Operations)

Thursday: Ideal Class!Your stories were epic and action-packed last week. You handled the obstacles given -- a sad whale, Cupid shooting arrows, and bubble wrapped roads -- with elegance and creativity! Nice work!
Our top winners are:
:star: Express delivery by UnknownOO8
:star: The Most Interesting Delivery Guy in the World by Allegro-Designs
:star: Untitled by Sarah-BK
:star: Fella's Intergalactic House of Pancakes by allieryan
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Site Update: New deviantART ThumbnailsIn our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.
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DeviantART's thumbnail images just got bigger and better! Starting today, we've increased the size of deviantART's thumbnails and, by popular demand from the community, we're also giving you a "Thumbnail Grid" mode.
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deviantART Community Relations

CR Newsletter - July/AugustTable of Contents
1. Thank You!
2. Daily Deviations and Groups
3. Volunteer Openings
4. Share Your Opinions
5. Community Projects
6. Official Contests
7  Project Educate 2011/2012
8. Art History Project
9. News from the Chats and Forums
10. News from the Galleries
1. Thank You!
I'd like to take a moment to issue a very important "THANK YOU" to YOU! The deviantART Community.  On the heels of our 12th Birthday, I've looked back at the projects that my team have undertaken and realized that in the last year, especially, the deviantART community has stepped up and helped to make projects like projecteducate and ArtHistoryProject successful.  Without your contributions, interest, faves, feedback and participation, projects like these would go no where.  I'm looking forward to more community interaction and participation projects and am always open to your feedback regarding projects or endeavors you'd li
Chat Events: What do you Want?Every two weeks member of the Community Relations team alongside members of the community hold regular events in the :#communityrelations: chatroom. For some time these have been critique events but we recognize that these aren't always suitable for everybody. We'd like to have your thoughts and feedback on what sort of events you would like to attend and take part in running. We will hold events at different times on different days each week to ensure that we are making it available to as many people as possible. Here are some thoughts for chat event themes that have been done recently:
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:bulletblack: Scavenger Hunts
:bulletblack: Rock , Paper , Scissors
:bulletblack: Critique
:bulletblack: Questions and Answers
:bulletblack: Meet and Greets
:bulletblack: Interviews
:bulletblack: Tutorials
Let us know if those are the sorts of things you would like to attend or even help run. If you have an event idea and would like to run it alongside us then

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deviantART Project Educate

Project Educate: Pixel ArtThis week is to celebrate and learn more about the art of pixels.  Pixel art is defined by deviantART as: "Pixel art drawing, using only the pencil tool, hand laying individual pixels one at a time, under high magnification." (But more on that later =)ClefairyKid and I have put together a week of articles and events that we hope will be informative, interesting and fun.  Here is the schedule*:
Monday
The Pixel Art Community by ClefairyKid http://fav.me/d5bvdh1
Pixel art tutorials by Lyricanna http://fav.me/d5bspd5
Interview with Cyangmou by ClefairyKid
Tuesday
Furcadia Ports and Stamps - Categorization, where and why - by Lyricanna
Interview with Ice-Pandora by ClefairyKid
Wednesday
A Week in Pixel - Weekly Feature - by Lyricanna
Interview with ValaSedai by ClefairyKid
Pixel Art Critique in Communityrelations chat 3PM EST, 12PM PST
Thursday
Digital Dolls and Pixel Art – Similarities and differences - by :de
The Pixel Art CommunityWelcome to Pixel Art’s PE week! Firstly, I’d like to begin by discussing where we are in the Pixel Art community, where we came from and where we might head in the future.

Why discuss the definition of Pixel Art?
Why is it so important to discuss the definition of Pixel Art? It becomes important not only when it comes time to update the category’s description for the sake of organisation and clarity, but also when confusion and misconceptions become increasingly common among those in the community itself. As Pixel Art grew from being primarily used for old computer and gaming systems, that could not handle much data and therefore not too many colours per palette, into something used with more contemporary technologies like Photoshop and MSPaint, Pixel Art itself was bound to reflect those changes. This change has become apparent in new styles, new techniques and questions around the need for the “old rules” of past

The Pixel Art CommunityWelcome to Pixel Art’s PE week! Firstly, I’d like to begin by discussing where we are in the Pixel Art community, where we came from and where we might head in the future.

Why discuss the definition of Pixel Art?
Why is it so important to discuss the definition of Pixel Art? It becomes important not only when it comes time to update the category’s description for the sake of organisation and clarity, but also when confusion and misconceptions become increasingly common among those in the community itself. As Pixel Art grew from being primarily used for old computer and gaming systems, that could not handle much data and therefore not too many colours per palette, into something used with more contemporary technologies like Photoshop and MSPaint, Pixel Art itself was bound to reflect those changes. This change has become apparent in new styles, new techniques and questions around the need for the “old rules” of past
PE: Pixel Art TutorialsSo you have discovered the wonderful world of pixel art and want to create your own :la:  But you don't know where to start or what techniques you might need to learn.  This article will give you some tips and tutorials to help you on your way.  Some links in this article do go off-site, as a warning.
Do I need a special program?
No!  Something as simple as Microsoft Paint, Paint Shop Pro or the Gimp, all of which are free, are all you need to start with pixel art.  Well, that and a mouse/touchpad (and a computer ;)).  Photoshop can be used to pixel as well, but it is costly, so unless you plan to use Photoshop for a multitude of digital media, it isn't the best investment for pixel art.
Free downloads of MS Paint and Paint Shop Pro can be found here: http://www.bunnystick.com/tdlc.html
What are some useful Pixel techniques?
When it comes to shading, both dithering and anti-aliasing (often called AA-ing) are your best

PE: Pixel Artist Interview with Cyangmou
Today I bring you an interview with a talented Pixel Artist by the name of Cyangmou.
:iconclefairykid: How did you get started in Pixel Art? Was it your first medium or did you work with something different before discovering it?
:iconcyangmou: I worked with several other mediums before, but only traditional ones, like pencil, ink and water colours. I started with pixel art because a friend made a game and it needed pixel graphics, then pixel art became a hobby and after that I started  to do visuals for games =)
:iconclefairykid: What is the thing you love the most about Pixel Art? What makes it stand out from other art mediums for you?
:iconcyangmou: Pixel art has the childhood-game-feel for me and it has the RETRO-factor. I played my first videogames on the SNES and my GBA brought me back those small but very detailed graphics with beautiful colours. The two most outstanding things of pixel graphics are form e that the graphics are us
PE - Furcadia Ports and Stamps: CategorizationSometimes the category system here on dA can get a little confusing.  For example; you created a piece using pixeling techniques but you intend to use it as an icon.  Where do you categorize it?  A lot of people just are not sure.  So this article should help to clear it up.
When it comes to categorization, intended use can be a huge factor.  In this case, Furcadia portraits would belong in the Icons and Handhelds gallery instead of Pixel Art or Anthro, because while it may have been created pixel by pixel and the subject is anthro, it was created for use as a portrait (often shortened to port), with specific size parameters and place of display kept in mind.  By putting them in Icons, ports are easy to find and media doesn't separate them; some ports are not done in a pixel by pixel manner but as they are similar in theme and intended use, they should be seen in the same area.  As this is not the first time this has been discussed, I feel the need to

PE: Pixel Artist Interview with Ice-Pandora
Today I bring you an interview with an isometric Pixel Artist by the name of Ice-Pandora.
 
:iconclefairykid: How did you get started in Pixel Art? Was it your first medium or did you work with something different before discovering it?
 
:iconice-pandora: I started in 2005, back then my pixel art looked a little bit different than what I'm making these days. Less cute and more non-isometric! 
 
:iconclefairykid: What is the thing you love the most about Pixel Art? What makes it stand out from other art mediums for you?
 
:iconice-pandora: I love pixel art because you can create such great detailed art in a small amount of space and only by pixels.
 

 
:iconclefairykid: How long have you been working in Pixel Art? Do you feel like it's hard to learn or relatively easy to pick up or somewhere in between?
 
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PE: Isometric Pixel Art FeatureI want to start out by saying that I am no expert on Isometric Pixel Art, but someone who knew far more than I did wrote the best, most comprehensive article on the subject: http://shonegold.deviantart.com/journal/Isometric-PixelArt-Simply-Defined-214155749   Even though the author no longer is active on dA, that is a great resource and I encourage its use to understand isometric pixel art =)
This article is a feature article however, so I will not be going into depth with the definition.  I started with that link to help people better understand the fine examples I am about to showcase :aww:
Swordman by windship :thumb254327655: Panduranga-temple by Socnau The_Hovel by zi-

PE: Digital Dolls and Pixel ArtFull title: Digital Dolls and Pixel Art, Similarities and Differences.
A question I remember asking myself and have since been asked a few times is: what is the difference between a piece submitted to the customization > digital dolls > pixel art > original base* category and a piece submitted to digital art > pixel art > characters?  On the surface the answer is not much.  What it mostly comes down to is intent and process of creation. 
Intent: Did the artist intend for this to be a digital doll?  Do they call it a doll?  Did they make a base first and then make the finished doll?  Did they just pixel an image but plan to make a base for public use later?  If the answer to any of these is yes, then chances are that the image belongs in the digital dolls category.  If the doll is tool shaded (use of layer effects, gradients, blur, burn, dodge, etc) or if you used someone else's base it belongs in the digital dolls category.
Process
PE Daily Deviations: What if...? 
Hello everyone! :wave:
After news articles explaining 'The Myth and the Legend' of the Daily Deviations, how to suggest them, tolerance towards Daily Deviations, the negativity, the focus on the notes and what it actually is, this article tackle the 'What if...?' scenarios t

deviantART Art History

Glen Keane - an icon in the history of animation
Born in Philadelphia in April 1954, Glen Keane is an American author, animator and illustrator who is widely known for his work in various Disney movies such as The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Tangled, amongst others.

His father Bil Keane, cartoonist and creator of The Family Circus, played an important role in Keane's early interest in art, instructing him to analyze body forms and the creative approach to life drawing when giving him a copy of Burne Hogarth's Dynamic Anatomy.

After graduating high school, Keane went to the California Institute of the Arts where he was mentored by animation teacher Jules Engel, as his application was accidentally sent to the Program in Experimental Animation (called Film Graphics b
Jean Giraud (Moebius)
Jean Henri Gaston Giraud (also known as Moebius) was a French comics artist, working in the French tradition of bandes dessinées (bandes dessinées is derived from the original description of the comics art form as "drawn strips").

Many artists from around the world have cited Giraud as an influence on their work. Giraud was longtime friends with manga author and anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Giraud even named his daughter Nausicaä after the character in Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Asked by Giraud in an interview how he first discovered his work, Miyazaki replied:
"Through Arzach, which dates from 1975, I believe. I only read it in 1980, and it was a big shock. Not only for me. All manga authors were shaken by this work. Unfortunately, when I discovered it, I already had a consolidated style so I couldn't use its inf

Art History - Interview with KovoWolf:iconarthistoryproject: :iconcommunityrelations: 
As part of Graphical Art History Month I will be interviewing some of your Community  Volunteers :aww:
:star:
Today it's the lovely KovoWolf - Community Volunteer for Anthro Art

:iconKovoWolf:
Hi KovoWolf, tell us a little about yourself and your style of Art.
Hello! My name is Amber Mills and I am a freelance digital artists.
I have always loved to draw and doodle ever sense I was really young.
I have always had an inspiration for art and I owe a lot of my artistic roots to my grandfather who used to work for Disney on some projects doing sketches and cartoons.
My style derives from inspiration I get from within. Anything and everything I am feeling and want to express I put on 'digital pen and paper'. That is why I love art so much. Its an expression of raw and tempered emotion.
What is it that attracts you to Graphical Art?
I love the flexibilit
Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby was born Jacob Kurtzberg on August 28th, 1917 in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. He was a comic book artist, writer, and editor; one of the most innovative and influential creators in the history of comics.
Growing up poor in New York City, Jacob Kurtzberg entered the newly emerging comics industry in the 1930s. He drew various comics features under different pen names, finally settling on Jack Kirby. In 1940, he and writer-editor Joe Simon created the highly successful superhero character Captain America for Timely Comics, predecessor of Marvel Comics. During the 1940s, Kirby, often collaborating with Simon, created numerous characters for that company and also for the company that would become DC Comics.

Kirby eventually found himself at Timely's 1950s incarnation, Atlas Comics, later to be known as Marvel Comics. There, in the 1960s, he and writer-editor Stan Lee co-created many o

Jean Giraud (Moebius)
Jean Henri Gaston Giraud (also known as Moebius) was a French comics artist, working in the French tradition of bandes dessinées (bandes dessinées is derived from the original description of the comics art form as "drawn strips").

Many artists from around the world have cited Giraud as an influence on their work. Giraud was longtime friends with manga author and anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Giraud even named his daughter Nausicaä after the character in Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Asked by Giraud in an interview how he first discovered his work, Miyazaki replied:
"Through Arzach, which dates from 1975, I believe. I only read it in 1980, and it was a big shock. Not only for me. All manga authors were shaken by this work. Unfortunately, when I discovered it, I already had a consolidated style so I couldn't use its inf







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If there's anything that you want me to advertise, please send me a note!
The Artisan Crafts Challenge for August is "Maps and Lost Places", the prize is 2000 points and you have until September 20th to enter. projecteducate will be hosting their third Community Week soon! You can join and write an article, host a chat, a contest or interview someone! It would be great to see something related to Artisan Crafts there, more information about community week here.I'm looking to feature the most under-recognized crafts, if there's one that you feel is not getting enough love let me know! This week I'm looking for etching, basketry, knitting and clothing suggestions.
Artisan Craft related contests
semi-sweeties is having their "Movie Contest", make any kind of food inspired by movies out of clay! The
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Home - XV by SylveryFoxNetherlands 9 by lonelywolf2Val d'Orcia by TobiasRichter
IMG_9288 by KlekTime Flies by Thinking-SilencePas de l'Aiguille by ZeSly
Run away by vladxcThe valley of shadows by BojkovskiMoonrise over Ostler Peak by tourofnature
Convict Lake Sunrise by porbital:thumb318802871:Kearsarge Pinnacles by benjamin-charles
One Special Day by poenie123Iceland Series / 2 by MOEYartSnaefellsnes by Goro38
Untitled 75 by vibrakillerGrey over Plan du Lac by emmanueldautricheCoton by rh89
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