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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

Collaborative Deviations: A Discussion

A common request from deviants is to post collaborative deviations, where more than one deviant has worked to create the end product. In a recent journal, we briefly addressed why we haven’t yet undertaken collaborative deviations. However, we want to open a discussion around how collaborations could theoretically work, so that we can better understand the community’s desires for such a feature.

Read more »

Change Log

  • Some tools in DeviantArt muro wouldn't work properly, when editing an already existing deviation. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • There were some display issues when viewing the artists section of More Like This results. Fixed by outgoingcoyote

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update!

In response to the Discuss topic, deviants said that they found themselves watching more artists, particularly in instances where they thought they were watching deviants that they weren't. neurotype also noted that it has made the unwatching process easier, in incidents where they no longer wanted to get updates from deviants they were watching before.

Discuss!

Collaborative Deviations

Because we're already holding a discussion this week, we'd like you to join the conversation about collaborative deviations on the discussion journal! We'll be back with a new Discuss topic next week.

Join the discussion »

Header artwork: My poem of red by Piroshki-Photography

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Toshiba Seriously Japanese Contest

Wed Jun 24, 2015, 3:27 PM
880x440 by madizzleePut a modern twist on classic Japanese art in the new Toshiba Seriously Japanese Contest! We’re challenging you to illustrate how digital technology has changed our world by merging current Japanese graphic styles with one of three highly acclaimed and classic prints. Enter now for the chance to win a new Portégé Z20t Ultrabook and up to $5,000 AUD!
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Sudden Shower
Over Shin-Ōhashi Bridge & Atake
by Andō Hiroshigec. 1857

Modern Japan is known for its highly distinctive graphic styles such as manga, anime, cosplay, and the remixed artistry of Tomokazu Matsuyama (Matzu). Toshiba, founded in Japan, has made a name for itself by honoring its rich Japanese history and crafting cutting-edge technology—for example, the new Portégé Z20t complete with 17 hours of battery life. Use those 17 hours (or more) to illustrate how digital technology has changed our world by merging modern Japanese graphic styles with one of the classic images below. Whether you give the “Three Beauties” a selfie stick or reimagine a techno kid riding “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” while surfing the web, we want to see what you can do!

Three hand-selected winners will each receive the newly released Portégé Z20t Ultrabook® and a 6-month Premium Membership on DeviantArt, and the grand-prize-finalist will also receive $5,000 AUD!

We challenge you to celebrate Toshiba’s latest release in their Ultrabook series, the Portégé Z20t, that boasts amazing power and flexibility in design, and an incredible 17 hours of battery life.

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Select and download one of the three classic Japanese artworks provided.

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Illustrate how digital technology has changed our world by merging modern Japanese graphic styles with one of the three classic Japanese artworks.

Read Official Rules
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Submit your entry to the contest category using the button below.

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The Great Wave off Kanagawaby Katsushika Hokusaic. 1829–32
Three Beauties of the Present Dayby Kitagawa Utamaroc. 1793

The Perfect Balance Of Productivity And Mobility

The power of an enterprise-class laptop. The freedom and convenience of a tablet. Why choose when you can get the best of both? The Toshiba Portégé Z20t Ultrabook® offers innovative 2-in-1 versatility in a supremely crafted chassis, along with outstanding battery life and an exceptional handwriting experience.

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Collaborative Deviations: A Discussion

Wed Jun 24, 2015, 12:57 PM by danlev:icondanlev:


Old Paint Brushes by xSweetSlayerx

A common request from deviants is to post collaborative deviations, where more than one deviant has worked to create the end product. In our recent
Top Community Feature Requests and Our Responses journal, we briefly addressed why we haven’t yet undertaken collaborative deviations.  However, we want to open a discussion around how collaborations could theoretically work, so that we can better understand the community’s desires for such a feature.

Simple vs. Complex

We've already put a fair amount of thought into collaborations, but don't want to make assumptions about around how deviants would use the feature to best serve their needs.  From simple to complex, there are a number of ways we could implement collaborations and we’re interested to hear the community’s expectations.

If we wanted to go a simple route, a deviation could list multiple deviants as contributors to the final deviation, and that would be it. The problem with such an approach is that the deviation would only appear in one deviant’s gallery, and only that deviant would receive comments and favorites.

This likely isn’t an ideal solution, so if we pursue collaborative deviations, then we’re faced with more complex options. From a technical standpoint, these complex options pose a number of issues:

  • If we assume that the deviation appears in all of the deviants’ galleries, who receives notifications for action on that deviation?

  • All deviants would need to confirm that they worked on the deviation, in order for them to be cited.  What would the process be for adding collaborators to a deviation?  

  • Who can edit the deviation title, description, and other details? What happens if one collaborator makes a change the others don’t like?

  • How does a deviant remove oneself from a deviation at a later date? Can one deviant delete the deviation, or do they have to get approval from the others?

  • If the collaboration is sold as a print, who sets print prices? How are profits dealt with?

These are the challenges our Product and Devious Technology teams will need to address, and your feedback will help us determine whether these questions have straightforward answers or if they will require us to investigate more complex problem solving solutions.  We look forward to your feedback and expectations of this potential feature so that we have a better idea of where, and if, this proposed project should fit into our current priorities and build schedule.

Community Discussion

  1. Do you collaborate with other artists? If so, how often? Please share example deviations.

  2. What type of roles do other artists have in the creation of your deviation?

  3. Which features do you feel are required to make collaborative deviations useful to you?




Meteora cover 3 issue by arsenixc
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 Deviousness Award 2.0

The Deviousness Award, bestowed in recognition of exemplary membership and an outstanding spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community, has recently undergone a reevaluation to provide a focus and a re-definition as to just what Deviousness truly represents.

Read more »



Change Log

  • Various bugs involving the mention autocomplete menu were taken care of. Fixed by Alisey 
  • Watch buttons would unintentionally appear on files in Sta.sh. Fixed by inazar
  • Clicking on a watch button while logged out would cause multiple modals to appear instead of just one. Fixed by inazar
  • Layer opacity stopped working properly in DeviantArt muro. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • For deviants who use the splinter menu, Group deviations were incorrectly being included in the total number of deviation items. Fixed by kemayo
  • On the Notifications page, Group deviations would display in list view by default, instead of in thumb view. Fixed by kemayo
  • In DeviantArt muro, importing an image from one's desktop would result in a broken image. Fixed by outgoingcoyote

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update

Deviants were positive about the addition of the Watch button to deviation pages, and we're happy to report that there has been a considerable increase in deviants clicking to watch one another. 

We received some great positive feedback on group deviations being split from individual deviations, and we also appreciate the concerns other deviants raised about the change. As we've mentioned in recent journals, we're exploring new ways to view content submitted by the people you watch, and the feedback regarding group deviations being split is helpful in further developing these ideas.


Discuss!

Watch on Deviations

With the addition of the Watch button on deviations, do you find yourself watching more deviants, or realizing that you aren't watching a deviant you thought you were? 

Header artwork: Meteora cover 3 issue by arsenixc 

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The Deviousness Award 2.0

Wed Jun 17, 2015, 5:02 PM
Where Subscriber's Money REALLY Goes by priteeboy
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T he Deviousness Award, bestowed in recognition of exemplary membership and an outstanding spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community, has recently undergone a reevaluation to provide a focus and a re-definition as to just what Deviousness truly represents.

The award is given once per month to honor a deviant who has gone above and beyond in their services to the DeviantArt Community. The 189 recipients of the Award thus far have brought something to the community that was not there before their presence, and it's our duty — and honor — to publicly recognize their efforts in doing so.

Early on, Deviousness was given more than once per month to a deviant whose involvement in the community merited recognition. However, starting in 2004, the award officially became a once-monthly accolade, given to a deviant who excelled in community involvement and engagement. Sometimes professional artists, sometimes hobbyists or art appreciators, these deviants all share one thing in common — a kindred and exceptional passion for the DeviantArt community and an inspiring commitment that truly exceeds expectations.

Artists CreditMadH

W hen selecting Deviousness Award recipients in the future, we will be focusing on recognizing deviants who best exemplify “Authentic Citizenship” in the DeviantArt community.

An “Authentic Citizen” in the DeviantArt community is one who brings community members together, be it over shared interests or art medium, or by providing resources for others to use and reference. These deviants can be outstanding artists in their medium of choice, or they can be art appreciators who provide palpable love and support to their fellow deviants. Highly active in the community, all Authentic Citizens are deviants who strive to be the best they can, providing invaluable mentorship and paving lifelong relationships in the process.

Each Deviousness Award recipient has contributed to the community in a way unlike anyone before them, but some of the common ways past winners have excelled include regular positive contributions to groups, projects, and community events, consistent positive commentary and/or constructive feedback to individuals, and actively engaging with their fellow deviant in meaningful ways.

The sorts of invaluable resources such individuals selflessly bring to DeviantArt include answering all manner of questions asked by curious deviants; being a role model for comment etiquette; establishing a friendly and inviting identity in the chat rooms; assisting deviants in personalizing their profile pages; being a champion and advocate for new and unknown artists; directing deviants to tutorials to improve their craft; being available for thoughtful reviewing of artists’ portfolios; knowing who in the DeviantArt network to put deviants in contact with for specific problems or needed advice. This is far from an exhaustive list of ways Deviousness winners impact our community. In fact, thinking of new and creative ways to serve other deviants is possibly the consummate definition of Authentic Citizenship.

The spirit Deviousness Award recipients have reflects the brand pillars outlined in Our Story.

What these deviants do is

— they reach into our community to create and empower projects and ideas that haven’t been done before, oftentimes that haven't yet been dreamed of.

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They are a

force that draws other community members in, gets them involved, and keeps everyone feeling like they belong.

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They're

spirits, connecting with people on multiple levels.

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They’re

to create and do more, and to uplift others to do the same.

Artists CreditCestica

Each month's Deviousness Award recipient is selected by a small committee of DeviantArt staff who are constantly monitoring the community for deviants who go out of their way to bring good to DeviantArt. While each recipient is selected for specific, individual reasons, there are basic traits they all have in common. Recipients are highly active in the community, offering guidance or advice or even just a helping hand to people they interact with. Some are recognized professionals in their field; all are recognized members of their respective sub-communities on DeviantArt. Every Deviousness Award recipient has worked to help others strive to be their best, and has bettered the community and themselves in doing so.

A potential future showcase of
Deviousness Award winners

Winners of the Deviousness Award embody the life-energy that fuels DeviantArt at its core, and without them, DeviantArt wouldn't feel like the welcoming home it is for so many.

We want to elevate the prominence of Deviousness Award recipients in our overall site design, so they are properly recognized for their efforts. The award is not only about the current month's recipient, but is also about previous recipients, and the importance of the time and efforts they've dedicated to DeviantArt's community. For all of these reasons, we're looking to better showcase and acknowledge deviants who show excellence in lasting ways.

Whether they set out to change the world or just feeding the insatiable muse within, artists at their very cores create something that leaves the world a little better than it was, changing lives around them for the better with every world they create. Their passion, support, and inspiration cultivate a greater community and a healthier, happier global artspace for all to share.

Deviousness Award winners represent every artist and art enthusiast on this hallowed journey of creation, and it's truly an honor to bestow this award on those who have poured so much of themselves into the community they helped cultivate and nurture.

Jeremy Vickery:

I've enjoyed drawing as far back as I can remember, but as a child I never thought I could have a career in the arts. It was through encouragement from friends and family (my community) that I decided to pursue art as a career. And even after art school I did not stop learning, in fact it was just the beginning. I've now worked in the animation industry for more than 17 years, most recently as an artist at Pixar Animation Studios, and I still have so much to learn from all of my awesome artist friends. Years ago, when DeviantArt was still a new thing, a good friend pushed me to make an account.

I was resistant, but finally made one, and I'm so glad I did. It's not only helped me as an artist to find professional connections (many freelance clients came from my DA account), but I've made so many amazing friends, some of which I've even met in person. The community is what keeps me inspired to create more.”

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Artist Creditjermilex
Artist Creditjermilex

Eric Proctor:

Art has always been an undeniable urge that has affected every part of my life. Drawing, creating, and admiring artwork has influenced my interests and goals ever since childhood. As a kid, my heroes were conceptual artists for games and movies, and a great deal of my free time was spent studying and emulating their work. Pursuing art in college, my educators may have given me the tools to improve my work, but it was my peers and community that influenced my style.

So much of my motivation to create is woven into the artistic community. I draw my inspiration from other artists, my style changes as I study the work of my peers, and the support of the community fuels my drive.”

Artist CreditTsaoShin
Artist CreditTsaoShin
Artist CreditTsaoShin

Jonathan Castillo:

Art has always been part of my life as far back as I can remember. My mom still keeps some drawings from when I was around 4. Art has taught me to see things from a wider perspective, to have an open mind and consider several points of view. I believe that as artists we have that extra sensitivity to see things differently, and that's what allows us to be creative.

This is something I've learned to put in use in all aspects of my life, on a professional and personal level. Creativity can (and should) be used not only for drawing, painting or taking photographs, but for virtually everything, from making your bed in the morning, to doing whatever you do at work.”

Artist CreditThiefoworld
Artist CreditThiefoworld
Artist CreditThiefoworld

Andy Fairhurst:

I've always been an artist, but I have only seen my artwork start to shape my life in the last 10 years, since I started using the internet as a tool to share my work on a wider scale, and to learn more than I could ever imagine. It was always only a hobby, but through the likes of DeviantArt, I have developed and improved my artwork AND means of marketing myself, and now I am a self employed freelance artist. It's been a slow but steady and enjoyable journey.

Artist CreditAndyFairhurst
Artist CreditAndyFairhurst
Artist CreditAndyFairhurst



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Ikue Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There sure is, if you have collected enough you can pay for it with points. Check out the Premium Membership upgrade page for the different price points. :)  www.deviantart.com/premiummemb…
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Ah-Mold Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
As long as it is labled for filtering, will you accept anything?
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DisturbedDragon2000 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Student General Artist
can I submit anything here?
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KashimusPrime Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You really need to work on fixing your Helpdesk. It's broke. And yes I've already sent a bug report. 
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milovanf Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I've had that same crap too. :lol:
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KashimusPrime Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's thankfully fixed! And it wasn't an extension malfunction. As I've clearly stated in my ticket yet somehow still had to explain myself. 
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milovanf Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Same here.
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systemcat Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
Ok, I tried to file a complaint, and it turns out another tried to do so before me and failed at it. My most recent piece, on the side of the deviant's page where "related art" is shown. There is a porn-like anthro piece! That is sick. I know I've seen others say this, and I'll say it too. Let us have the ability to turn off this related art bit on our work! No one needs to see furry porn! This art in question doesn't event have a maturity tag, and that's what I attempted to report.
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ponyzilla Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
hello.
vaginasaporita has been bullying my friends and saying rude things involving somebody living in somebody's penis.
please ban hip asap.
thanks.
-ponyzilla
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Little-drawing-Girl Featured By Owner Edited Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
please help in this  Rude Art-Thief issue here, all informations you need are in this Journal
little-drawing-girl.deviantart…
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Little-drawing-Girl Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
already done and she's gone but Thx
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iShumani Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please bann :iconherbstfell: She stole deviations from me and francoer 
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iShumani Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Du hast es gestohlen. Fertig.
Deutlich zu sehen!
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kaykay12160 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Student Writer
Hello! I'm sorry to bother you, but there is a deviant I would like to report. She is :iconorigami-sama:. She has stolen art from several other deviants, I do not know if it is my place to say it, but I would like to report her. Thank you for reading this comment. 
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ShiftyInfinity Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Place you need to Go to make the report is here: help.deviantart.com/contact/
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EpicSk8r13 Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I was gonna report alex-foxx and remusyoshi
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Ah-Mold Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Um, excuse me? DA HQ? I don't want to bother you, but I thought you should know that there is somone out there who claims he can hack DA to create a "free points generator." Here is his site:

howtohackdeviantart.blogspot.c…
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milovanf Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
The blog that you link to belongs to Google Inc. They need to fill a DMCA claim so they can take it down. You need to inform a director of CEA Community about this so she can fill a DMCA claim. Since Blogger, is an official marketing site of Google Inc. company. Here the FAQ of how to report it.
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AmeThyst99 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please +watch my friend RogueAtSketchez ;^;

she couldn't sign into her older account for some reason, but please watch her!!

She had almost 400 watchers and just lost them all.


COULD SOMEONE GIVE HER A PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP???
I'LL GIVE OUT A FREE REQUEST TO WHOEVER DOES <3333

SHE MEANS EVERYTHING TO ME!
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