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Og-preview-winners by seoul-childIn the Split Shattered Self Contest, DeviantArt challenged deviants to depict an inner struggle—either inspired by the movie Split or their personal experiences—and the winners are in! View the three winning entries hand-picked by M. Night Shyamalan now!

In The Split Shattered Self Contest, DeviantArt challenged artists to depict an inner struggle—either inspired by their own lives or the movie Split—and the winners are in! M. Night Shyamalan spent the last week reviewing each of the beautiful and highly creative semi-finalst to determine which pieces best represented an inner struggle. After considering each artwork’s originality, artistic skill, and success in portraying the contest theme, Shayamalan selected the following three pieces to win The Split Shattered Self Contest.

Read the comments from Director M. Night Shyamalan about each winner below, and join us in congratulating the three stellar contest winners!




Og-preview-semifinalists by seoul-childIn the Split Shattered Self Contest, DeviantArt challenged you to illustrate challenged you to depict an internal battle inspired by the movie Split, and the semi-finalists are in!

In The Split Shattered Self Contest, DeviantArt challenged you to depict an internal battle inspired by the movie Split. The judges poured through every single entry—from those portraying James MacAvoy’s movie character, Kevin, and his multiple personalities, to those who chose to illustrate their own inner struggles. With thousands of entries to through, it took the judges multiple days to review and decide on the beautiful and immersive artwork below. Each of the twenty-five semi-finalists will receive a 3-month Core Membership and 800 DeviantArt Points!

From here, the semi-finalists will be sent to Split director, M. Night Shyamalan, who will pick out the first, second, and third place winners. Congratulations, semi-finalists, and thank you to everyone who entered!






Manypears by danlevEvery year, DeviantArt celebrates April Fools' Day by running some kind of ridiculous prank. This year, we were blown away by how many deviants took part in our LOLWUT Pear prank.

Every year, DeviantArt celebrates April Fools' Day by running some kind of ridiculous prank. Our ideas have ranged from pretty believable (like deviantHEART, a dating site dedicated to artists), to a little more "out there" (like thoughtART, the technology we developed that allows users to create and search for art using their minds).

This year, we were blown away by how many deviants took part in our LOLWUT Pear prank.

The Backstory Behind The LOLWUT Pear

In 2006, ursulav published an illustration of a pear titled The Biting Pear of Salamanca. This lovable pear soon took off as a popular meme, commonly referred to as the "lolwut pear," and often used in online conversations when one's only response to a baffling situation is: "lolwut?" While the meme has been around for over a decade, we never truly paid it the tribute it deserved as a community.
LOLWUT is an image macro and catchphrase used in online conversations to indicate feelings of confusion or bewilderment about something another person has shared.

Know Your Meme

DeviantArt Becomes A Pear Fan Site

On April 1st, we announced that DeviantArt's purpose had changed direction to becoming a fan site for the LOLWUT pear. A few weeks beforehand, we contacted 76 amazing deviants who agreed to help make our joke fruitful by creating fan art for the pear — and some were already huge fans of the pear.


Artwork: lupus-lup

The Pears Begin To Ripen

On March 31st at midnight, 18 hours before the joke was being announced, we silently opened the Biting Pear of Salamanca fan art category, letting our 76 artists submit to early to get everything prepared. By about 9AM, we reached 100 total submissions. By about noon, 300. This is when people started to see a trend in their Notifications. People were talking about it in Chat and even posting tweets about it. All of their favorite artists were submitting pears.


"lolwut?" —Twitter

People soon realized that submission into our special Biting Pear of Salamanca category got them a shiny new badge, which inspired artists around the globe to submit pears of their own!

By around 3PM, we hit 1,000 pears, at some points reaching a rate of 5ppm (pears per minute). Once we finally announced the joke at 9PM (midnight Eastern Time), we already had nearly 5,000 pears — and this was entirely without any official announcement of the April Foolery from DeviantArt!

We saw everything from sexy pears to alien pears to 3D pears to pears in mecha suits (and, of course, pears in pear mechs) to Peariel (from The Little Pearmaid, obviously) to pear nightmares.

Over the weekend, we reached a total of 28,398 pears, created by 27,114 deviants.

We even caused a surge in Google searches.
 
Lolwut by danlev
DeviantArt, spiking the relevancy of pears and lolwuts approximately every 11 years.

Thank You To The Artists Who Got This Started!

We couldn’t have reached the submissions or had this meme-of-a-meme take off without all the amazing deviants who were in on the joke planting tiny pear seeds of inspiration in the minds of all their watchers. You are all amazing, right to the core.


And, of course, thank you to ursulav for letting us pay tribute to her wonderful pear, and to everyone else who submitted fruity deliciousness of all genres and styles!

The Biting Pear of Salamanca by ursulav

Featured Pears









What's your favorite pear? Share it in the comments!

Want to work on projects like this? The DeviantArt Marketing team will be hiring soon! Keep an eye on DeviantArt.jobs for openings.



Uniting A Fandom of Pears

Sun Apr 2, 2017, 12:06 AM
Og-preview by marioluevanosIn the cold winter of 2006, a pear ripened that would forevermore change the fruity landscape of the Internet. Its submission to DeviantArt by ursulav brought with it so many questions: Lol wut? Why? It eats birds?











From Salamanca With Love



In the cold winter of 2006, a pear ripened that would forevermore change the fruity landscape of the Internet. Its submission to DeviantArt by ursulav brought with it so many questions: Lol wut? Why? It eats birds?








What is that chipmunk wearing?





How have we never noticed the giraffes?








Why do our internal DeviantArt site metrics report a steady rise in pear art over the last 10 years that finally hit capacity last month, taking over our algorithms and resulting in an artistic barrage of our most popular subject to date: lots and lots of vaguely ominous grinning pears?











The world may never know. But we must cater to the wishes of our deviants, so it's all pears all the time now. Break out your forks, kids. We're having pear salad tonight.

Look at all this $%^&ingBiting Pear of Salamanca Fan Art!








We know you have Biting Pear of Salamanca Fan Art on your desktop. Everyone does. Fanfiction perhaps? We accept it all! Submit yours today!








Show your solidarity with your new Biting Pear Overlord and change your avatar to one of these fine pears. Or make your own! Pear yourself!














Get A Pear Badge





All eligible submissions to our new Pear Category will get a Pear Badge that will display proudly on your profile for all to see. Note: Having the Pear Badge prevents the Biting Pear of Salamanca from biting YOU!


(Offer not available to low-flying birds.)


















The Split Shattered Self Contest

Fri Mar 10, 2017, 3:12 PM
Og-preview by marioluevanosDeviantArt is challenging you to depict what this inner battle looks like. Taking inspiration from the movie or from your own life, create an original piece of art illustrating an internal struggle—either between Kevin’s various personalities or between your own inner personas.

Judged by M. Night Shyamalan

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Everyone tries on different personas, behaviors and points of view sometimes leading to internal conflicts—whether it’s tension between what you want to do and what you know is right to do, or between your active side and your lazy side.  But in the movie Split, Kevin (James McAvoy) has internalized 23 distinct personalities—and a 24th is about to be born.  Kevin’s personalities are in constant conflict and fight for control of his body, and the result is a battle for power that drags everyone along for a terrifying ride.

DeviantArt is challenging you to depict what this inner battle looks like. Taking inspiration from the movie or from your own life, create an original piece of art illustrating an internal struggle—either between Kevin’s various personalities or between your own inner personas.

Your entry can be figurative or abstract. Read Official Rules.

How To Enter
How To Enter

Step 1

Watch the trailer above to learn about the movie Split, and review the assets provided. You may use the assets as reference, but you may not directly copy and paste images from Split as part of an entry.

Step 2

Create an original piece of art illustrating an internal conflict—either between Kevin’s various personalities or between your own inner personas. Find inspiration from the movie or your own life. Read Official Rules for more details.

Step 3

Submit your artwork to the contest category using the button below. Your entry may be figurative or abstract, and may originate in any visual medium but must be submitted at the Contest Site as a single JPG or PNG file at least approximately 2,000 pixels in its shortest length.

Prizes
Prizes

1st Place

  • $6,000 USD

  • 1-year Core Membership

2nd Place

  • $3,000 USD

  • 6-month Core Membership

3rd Place

  • $1,000 USD

  • 6-month Core Membership

22 Semi-Finalists

  • 3-Month Core Membership

  • 800 DeviantArt Points

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Rules
Rules

The ‘Split Contest’ begins at 12:00:00 am (PT – Los Angeles Time) on March 10, 2017 and ends at 11:59:59 pm (PT – Los Angeles Time) on April 9, 2017 (The “Promotion Period”).

  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of March 10, 2017;

  • The completed entry (“Work”) may originate in any visual medium but must be submitted at the Contest Site as a single JPG or PNG file at least approximately 2,000 pixels in its shortest length;

  • Entrant must follow the instructions on the Contest Site and submit a completed entry following this direction: In the movie Split, Kevin’s multiple personalities (as played by James McAvoy in the motion picture) are in a constant struggle to take control. Taking inspiration from the movie or from your own life, create an original piece of art illustrating an internal struggle—either between Kevin’s various personalities or between your own inner personas.

  • Do not include the Split title in an entry;

  • Other requirements and restrictions apply and please read the Official Rules carefully;

Judging
Judging

The 25 semi-finalists will be chosen by DeviantArt Staff with an independent judge. The first, second, and third place winners will be selected by M. Night Shyamalan with the same independent judge. The judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:

  • Overall Emotional Impact of the Work,

  • Originality and Artistic Skill; and

  • Success in Portraying the Contest Theme.

Please read the Official Rules for more details about judging.




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K-Zlovetch Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago
THANKS TO FIX THE UPLOADING PROBLEM.
MANY PEOPLE (ME TOO) JUST CAN'T UPLOAD ANYTHING, THE "SUBMIT" BUTTON WON'T WORK ANYMORE.
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04StartyCornOnline88 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
Excuse me, there is a problem with the Uploadings. Please FIX IT.
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K-Zlovetch Featured By Owner 2 days ago
ME TOO....
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Purple-Seedrian Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
cosmixcomix.deviantart.com/jou… Please do something about that, if you can, thanks...
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iWarz507 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey guys I've been asking for almost 2 weeks for a refund of this autobilled Core membership, please take it away and give me a refund I just need that money for something important :(
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Vanilladucky Featured By Owner Edited Apr 10, 2017  New Deviant Student
Ok, So something is going on with my account. Anytime I commission someone and they put Vanilladucky it doesn't send me the feedback. So which makes it hard for me cause I have to dig threw there profile and find if they did the commission or not. So which wastes like 2 minutes of my life that I could have spend doing something else.

So may you devaintart staff help me. Cause this is has been going on for a couple weeks now and it is getting annoying.
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dApd-dAsd Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017  New Deviant
Hello dear :deviantart: Staff
Robotic Official Inc. ICC. wanted to prevent a new POLICE SERVICE for :deviantart:
Our OFFICIAL team will contact with you for a partnership deed :iconroboticofficialteam:
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ThatWasLeftHanded Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I'm all for keeping deviantART safe, but there are better ways than making an account just for the act :/
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dApd-dAsd Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  New Deviant
Officer Daniel : There's more than 5 People are on this account.
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ThatWasLeftHanded Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
You're weird.
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COMMANDARMYTOPSERECT Featured By Owner Edited Apr 10, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This Guy is Asshole, He Not Have Any Intention To Keep DeviantART Safe.... He Will Send The False Report to Random Person....

This Guy (Daniel Onishenko) Orignially Have This Account (Deactivated Because Of Police Impersonation Harassment And Cyberbully )
DetectiveDaniel78


He Was Plan His Escape Route In Case That Account Was Deactivated:
RoboticOfficialTeam


He Charged With These Following Felonies:
Police Impersonation
Harassment &
CyberBully


I Have A Proof:comments.deviantart.com/4/1875…
He Also Do That With In My Profile:comments.deviantart.com/4/2193…
Misc:comments.deviantart.com/1/6696…
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iWarz507 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello, is there anyone who could help me get a refund? I got automatically charged for a CORE Membership without my permission, I already submitted 4 tickets to the help desk but nobody responds me, please help me :(
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Ask-Bendy-The-Devil Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there, my good friend :iconsharp-cuki: got hacked and had her password changed. She fixed it, but when she logged on her points were apparently gone. She's a bit upset now, is there any possible way to get her refunded? Or should I just show her dAhub?
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pancakebossart101 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I drew a pear and submitted it accidentally to a different category that wasn't in the 'biting pear' category so I edited it and fixed it, but now I can't find my drawing in the pear gallery and I don't have a pear badge. should I resubmit the deviation?
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Heartcrocher Featured By Owner Edited Apr 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, im not a co-worker in the project, im just an artist/hobbyist.
I like to tell you: go to your submission,click edit and delete than submit it again.
In Category Split*** etc.
Now you have to get the badge in Lama Section.
The Avatar* you have to download and safe in your desktop than submit in stash.
In Avatar ID dArt replace it there.
That last item* goes directly from desktop to that Avatar space.


Have succes! :)
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pancakebossart101 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
it won't let me resubmit to the pear category bc it says it's closed
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Heartcrocher Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw too late!
Next time than.
Succes.;) (Wink) 
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Molp-rus Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
People to me carefully here, someone involved foreign members of the group on DA, so I want to offer who I am really man (Life in years) probably please read carefully through Journals: molp-rus.deviantart.com/journa…

P.S. If you don't want to read my journal (the link) can your problem in over head ass!  
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DepressedLatte Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm underage deactivate my ass.
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Ikue Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hiya! We're terribly sorry to see you're having issues with your gallery! Sadly this group is unable to assist you with bug related inquiries. It appears as though you have since created a help desk ticket. This is great, someone from the help desk will be in contact with you shortly. Hang in there! We'll get you sorted as soon as we're able. If you have any follow up questions please reply to the ticket you filed so the agent assigned to you can continue to assist you. :hug:
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99CentTrophy Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
Hey! Thank you for at least acknowledging that. Don't worry, at least I kinda know where one bug related group is hah.
I filed this ticket literally last night, unless you count the previous ticket from when the issue started occurring.
Again, thanks. I really hope this IS actually solve-
oh, great. They gave me another copy paste response like the last time :\
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Ikue Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You may wish to check your gallery once again. :)
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KodienTheWise Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  New Deviant
Sorry for asking this again, I can't recall what Group I posted this in. However, I would like to know why DeviantArt won't do something about a user going around attacking people because somebody found out about his true intentions for this Website. He has stalked people and is adding their account names to a fabricated list claiming that they are all the same people without evidence. Adding he has known the person for 2 years but that is a lie because the person happens to be friends with my sister, and he hasn't any characteristics that would make him a paedophile, another claim made by that user. He is calling people out and is also making screenshots of fake screenshot saying they are proof... why won't you banned the person I'm talking about, I can't use his name otherwise that would be a "call out" post. And that's unfair... because I Can't get anyone to help me or my friends!
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Yarinzian Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  New Deviant
Greetings, HQ. I am Christopher Ariel Ureña, and I am here to ask if you can help me out with something really important to me here in dA that I can no longer do anymore considering I've lost the accesss to it that is needed for it to happen in the first place.
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