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Foreword by techgnotic






Gabriel Picolo is a graphic design student in Brazil who has provided at least two people—me and himself—a most compelling reason for getting out of bed every morning in 2014.  He calls it the 365 Days of Doodles Project, for which he creates, each day, one of his wildly imaginative pencil sketch and ink drawings (quite a bit more elevated than a “doodle”—more like a free-flowing meditation).






Gabriel’s “doodles” often situate child characters interacting with wild creatures, some mythic, like dragons, some merely ferocious, like lions.  Sometimes the doodles have more of a cartoonish touch.  Some are fan art.  All are usually spectacularly chaotic, whimsical and alive—like a caffeinated morning wake-up call for the eyes.  What a wonderful way for an artist to engage each and every day.  And a lot of fun for a fan of the artist like me to look forward to each new day.


Gabriel’s project has made me re-think New Year’s resolutions.  Rather than renounce some pleasure like chocolate or cigarettes, but also, rather than pledge to engage some hated task like hitting the gym—why not the “Doodle Option” instead?  Imagine the benefit to each of us individually, psychologically and spiritually, that might be achieved if we chose some pleasurable and creative outlet for a daily reconnection to whimsical being. I know for a fact that spyed is rolling tight with pen and sketchbook these days, finding time to draw no matter how grueling the day's schedule might be.




Imagine 7 billion Earthlings reserving a brief bit of time each day to engage in some de-stressing cathartic creative ritual, like writing a poem, or doodling a doodle and then sharing it with the rest of us on deviantART. I see great things for this concept of the Personal Daily Deviation.  Some say a ripple from a stone tossed by a child into the ocean might become a devastating tsunami across the vast sea.  Maybe a simple hope for happiness expressed in a doodle might become a reality of world peace one day.


Please let depthRADIUS know if you are creating a small piece of creative work each and every day and sharing with everyone on deviantART. I would be glad to create a list for everyone!











Questions for Gabriel Picolo





  1. What prompted you to impose the discipline of daily drawing into your schedule?

    I started the project to fight procrastination and stop being such a lazy artist. Drawing something everyday was my new years' eve resolution.

  2. What has the first one hundred days of doodling taught you as an artist and as an art appreciator?

    The 100 days of doodles so far taught me that inspiration can come from just about anywhere in my life. Everything I encounter may be a theme for that day's drawing. Also, this exercise has taught me that discipline brings good results.

  3. Is subject matter planned in advance or do you wake up each day and wait for inspiration to strike?

    -I prefer to draw things related to how my day was (that's why I start the doodles in the evening). When that's not possible I do have some ideas written down as notes that I choose from.




  1. Has a meditative element presented itself within this daily commitment? Your own version of ink soaked Tai Chi?

    I don't know if this counts as meditation but half an hour before I start the doodle I take a deep breath and start  a pre-planning process of where I'm going to place everything on the paper. It helps a lot.

  2. What are your other artistic responsibilities? Work, etc.?

    I'm currently graduating at Graphic Design, that requires me to draw for college projects now and then. I also take in drawing commissions when I'm not at my "main job", which is not related to art.










In 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.

What's New


CSS3 Options for Journal Skins


Additional CSS options for Journal Skins have been released! Journal Skin designers can now use the transform, transform-origin, transform-style, and transition attributes when coding their Journal Skins, allowing for more dynamic designs than ever before.

Change Log


  • The "Remove from Messages" button was missing from the new mobile deviation page. Fixed by yumeruby
  • Portfolios were not rendering properly on mobile devices. Fixed by ArtBIT
  • For a brief period, clicking the 'Add this widget' button on any widget while editing one's Profile Page would reload the page. Fixed by helloandre
  • Sitback controls were not displaying in Chrome. Fixed by ArtBIT
  • The Critiqueable page was two weeks behind. Fixed by elhsmart
  • When browsing a deviant's Gallery, the Gallery Folder links displayed underneath thumbnails had to be double-clicked to work properly. Fixed by ultramouse
  • Emails notifying of a Prints order being shipped did not include the shipping address. Fixed by ArtBIT
  • For some users, the Featured Prints widget would display deleted deviations. Fixed by duraseb
  • In Chrome, a small number of deviation thumbnails in the "More from deviantART" section on deviation pages would be blank. Fixed by yumeruby
  • Zoomed out image deviations were improperly side-scrolling, causing the scroll bar to appear below the image rather than the bottom of the browser window. Fixed by duraseb

Sta.sh Writer
  • Pressing enter at the end of a link or heading would not end that link or heading, and it would instead continue into the next line. Fixed by Alisey
  • Pressing backspace would not delete an empty blockquote. Fixed by Alisey
  • When previewing a comment in the Forums, the preview wouldn't display thumbnails. Fixed by inazar
  • The Add Media tool would occasionally fail to load when opened on the Edit Deviation page, or when editing a Sta.sh stack's description. Fixed by inazar
  • When previewing a comment, the display would be inaccurate if unclosed tags were left somewhere in the comment. Fixed by kemayo
  • In Sta.sh Writer, the "Link" toolbar popup's "OK" button would get stuck saying "Loading..." after a URL was added. Fixed by kemayo

Your Feedback


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  • Feedback regarding the integration of Verold embedding was positive.
  • Responses to the Discuss topic varied, though there were common points of agreement between members. Several deviants mentioned organizing their Collections by medium or by fandom, depending on the purpose of the Collection.
  • Some deviants said that their Collections were to showcase artwork to other artists, while others mentioned their Collections being for personal organization. A few deviants mentioned using Collections for both.

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In 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.

What's New


The New Mobile Deviation Page


The deviation page on the mobile website has just gotten a huge uplift!

In uplifting the mobile deviation page, we re-evaluated what the most important functions and information on the deviation page were, and altered the page to present them in the most easily accessible way. From there, the deviation page was given a visual refresh for ease, clarity, and simplicity.

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Verold Integration in Journals


We're proud to announce a new integration with Verold, a platform for artists to upload their 3D work and publish it to the Web. Verold's viewer is now integrated into deviantART Journals, giving you the ability to showcase your 3D art!

Read more »



Note Regarding Site and Account Security


Information has come forward online this week regarding a bug named Heartbleed.

We want to reassure you that deviantART was not affected by this bug. 

However, to protect your deviantART account in the incident you use the same or a similar username/password combination on other websites, we strongly recommend changing your password on any and all accounts you use.

We'll continue to monitor this situation to ensure your experience is a good one.

Change Log


  • On the Submit page, the example thumbnails in the category selection area were not clickable, and in some cases were broken altogether. Fixed by yumeruby
  • In certain circumstances when submitting a Journal, the "Featured" option selection could not be changed, when submitting to the "My Journal” category. Fixed by yumeruby
  • For Internet Explorer users visiting a deviant's Gallery, if that deviant had a very large number of Gallery folders, some folder icons would fail to load. Fixed by yumeruby
  • Scraps could be submitted exclusively to Groups, but would not be included in the Gallery because of its category setting. Scraps can no longer be submitted exclusively to Groups. Fixed by lepidosteus
  • A very small number of deviants were unable to submit deviations properly at times, due to a rare error involving Groups they help administrate. Fixed by yumeruby

Sta.sh Writer
  • The autocomplete menu for mentions was sometimes missing user symbols. Fixed by kemayo
  • For the Commissions Widget, the "Add Media" tool was missing for example thumbnails. Fixed by inazar
  • The Sta.sh tab in the Sta.sh Writer sidebar briefly stopped working. Fixed by inazar
  • Sta.sh Writer's sidebar would not appear when visiting from an iPad. Fixed by inazar
  • Changing a paragraph's blockquote setting would not visually update the toolbar button. Fixed by Alisey
  • When trying to edit a Journal submitted to a Group, clicking the "Edit with Sta.sh Writer" button would mistakenly direct to a blank Sta.sh Writer page, rather than to the already-submitted Journal. Fixed by kemayo

Your Feedback


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  • Deviants were excited about Free Premium Membership Day. We hope that you enjoyed the events, and took advantage of the extra features!
  • Feedback regarding the integration of Sketchfab embeds was positive.
  • In response to the Discuss topic, several deviants mentioned that they use the Autocomplete menu frequently, although some said that they are more inclined to use the Autocomplete menu when the deviant they are trying to mention has a long or complicated username.
  • fillyrox suggested a "Recently Mentioned" option for the Autocomplete menu, so that usernames that were recently selected would appear at the top of the menu.

Discuss!


Collections

When adding artwork to your Favourites or Collections, how do you choose to organize them? How frequently do you browse your own Favourites and Collections? Do you create Collections more for yourself, or to share and feature artwork with others?


Battlefield Film Challenge

Thu Apr 10, 2014, 5:28 PM
If you could turn the tide of Battle, would you?
EA is offering $10,000* in prize money for budding filmmakers in Australia and New Zealand.
To enter, create a two to five minute video inspired by the Battlefield franchise.
Tell your story your way. Live action sequences, animation, Battlefield gameplay - you choose.
Five finalists will be flown to Sydney for a screening event on Friday May 23rd to announce the winner.
Entries due midnight May 12th EST.


The deviation page on the mobile website has just gotten a huge uplift!

In uplifting the mobile deviation page, we re-evaluated what the most important functions and information on the deviation page were, and altered the page to present them in the most easily accessible way. From there, the deviation page was given a visual refresh for ease, clarity, and simplicity.

   

Features that were previously hidden and accessed by a "More" button can now be accessed without any page shifting, allowing the art to be the focus, and making for a seamless, user-friendly experience. More From This Artist becomes much more visible as well, encouraging viewers to tap through to see more of your art, and Featured Groups and other features are just a tap away.

      

In addition, a tab has been added so that viewers can easily watch or contact an artist from the deviation page, making it easier than ever to interact in the midst of your browsing experience.

     


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NikoBanks 6 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Something is going on with the journals, think you just needed to know, best of luck fixing the journal glitch.
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milovanf 7 hours ago  Professional Digital Artist
From some strange reasons I'm not able to edit my blog entries in my group, when I submit them, they automatically get blocked. I cannot delete them, I can't do anything. Can you give me a hand with this problem I have?
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:iconlaplz::iconsaysplz:Happy 5k anniversary Deviantart!
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pgtnetus Apr 16, 2014  New member Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yaah,right! (5000,BC)-U got wait 4steyn  my brothers!
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ShinyRai Apr 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Happy 5,000 day :D
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Congratulations on 5,000 days of deviantART :)
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L-MA-D Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy  5,000 day!  
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FenHung Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
since deviantArt is turning 5000 days tomorrow, is there going to happen something special? :) You've been around for a long time now, for sure! Thank you very much!!
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sophiecyberland Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
how can I report someone?
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namenotrequired Apr 15, 2014  Student Interface Designer
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sophiecyberland Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omg thank you thank you! :iconyuihugplz:
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namenotrequired Apr 15, 2014  Student Interface Designer
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PeachyPenguin Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! I just wanted to know what happened to the super dAmn  add on for the dA chats? Is it gone forever or is it just going through some fixes? Some answers would be nice because I thought it was computer, not the application.
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namenotrequired Apr 15, 2014  Student Interface Designer
SuperdAmn isn't by dA, so they're unlikely to be able to help you; try SuperdAmners :D
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PeachyPenguin Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks ^^ this answered my needed questions!
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:iconbonniethebear:
As soon as the change with mobile devices I thought my tablet broke -.-"
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Dubedition Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
how do i change my password?
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barananduen Apr 16, 2014   General Artist
Hover over your username on the top navigation ribbon
-> Settings
-> General
it's the second large box :)
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Dubedition 5 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
Thank You! Thank You! I couldn't find any info on the website about it but there was a lot more info about the username.
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barananduen 5 days ago   General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Emma-Pines Apr 12, 2014  New member
can you do the premium membership thing again? lol
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:icon1redlinkibecame:
Hey I just wanted to inform you all of this...... it's kinda bad. yes I know it's on a mojang website however that dosnt mean the treat isnt real mojang.com/2014/04/heartbleed/
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namenotrequired Apr 13, 2014  Student Interface Designer
I saw an update on this in the latest site update!
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excuse me,i don't want to be rude or anything but I heard rumors about DA deleting accounts on May 21st:iconnervous-laughplz: 
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Refer to this c: 

milovanf.deviantart.com/journa…

It's just a silly rumor that someone made but they aren't going to delete accounts c:
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