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Valentine's Day Art Exchange 2015 Wrap-Up!

February often signals the spark of new or lasting love, and this February was no different, marking the fourth annual Valentine’s Day Art Exchange! This year’s event was a grand success, with over 23,000 deviants sending over 130,000 valentines!


Not to be outdone by last year’s event, almost 10,000 artists created and submitted Valentine-themed deviations to the 2015 Valentine Exchange category, a nearly 50% increase from the number of artists who took part in 2014! We also saw deviants spread the love even more than in previous years, as over 65,000 deviants received a valentine.




You are pushing me in all the right buttons by Ry-Spirit  I'll give you the moon by MariLucia


We’re always happy to see positivity and good feelings within DeviantArt, and the Valentine Exchange certainly brought out the best of the community. Ranging from artwork that was cheerful and kind, to lovey-dovey, to outright funny, deviants took their creative talents and put them to use in clever, heartwarming ways.

Happy Valentine by Naschi  


This Year’s Top Five


Every year we see some Valentine deviations get sent at an impressively high rate. This year we saw five deviations in particular being sent around the globe numerous times. The top five most popular digital valentines from 2015 are:


  1. Potato Love by Kawiku, sent an astounding 3,241 times!

  2. Happy Valentines by griffsnuff, sent 2,455 times!

  3. I GIVE MY HEART TO YOU by Ry-Spirit, sent 2,423 times!

  4. Valentine 2015 (1) by KhaoShar, sent 1,186 times!

  5. Valentines Day- Thank you for Eeveerything by DragonDogDreams, sent 1,030 times!


We’d also like to give a shout-out to JutsuGal1208, who sent more valentines than any other deviant this year, with over 1,100 valentines sent to almost 1,000 deviants! Talk about really spreading the love!

Happy valentines by griffsnuff  Valentine Sylveon by Midna01


As always, many thanks to everyone who took the time to spread love and cheer this February — whether you created or sent valentines, or even just cheered on the exchange. It’s because of your kindred spirit that we’re able to continue hosting events like these for the community, which in turn helps deviants build lasting relationships with one another. It’s the DeviantArt way of building connections around the globe, but it wouldn’t be possible without you.


Thank you once again for another fabulous Valentine’s Day, and we’ll hopefully see you here next February as well! :love:

Potato Love by Kawiku




Badanj by ivancoric
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.

Change Log

  • For a short period, voting on a Poll from one's Message Center would always vote for the first option, regardless of which option was actually selected. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • When editing the Poll widget on one's Profile Page, clicking Cancel would not cause the widget to return to its standard display. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • When in Sta.sh, if you used your native browser's back button to go back a page while your cursor was in a comment field, the items in that Sta.sh would be unclickable. Fixed by baclap
  • DeviantArt muro would, in some circumstances, fail to import deviations. The fix for this required the removal of support of DeviantArt muro for Internet Explorer 10 or earlier. Fixed by sgrahamUK
  • Items in the Favourites menu in the top right corner of the site would have incorrectly colored backgrounds. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • Page scrolling would occasionally occur when selecting a Poll option by clicking on the text. Fixed by kemayo
  • For Safari users in Sta.sh Writer, creating a link inside of a nested list would cause the linked text to duplicate itself. Fixed by baclap
  • Deviation descriptions briefly did not allow <strike> HTML to be used. Fixed by kemayo
  • When on one's Gallery page and using the pencil menu to move or copy deviations, the menu would extend off the edge of the screen if the deviation was on the right edge of the screen. Fixed by inazar
  • It was briefly possible to drag subfolders into other subfolders, when viewing one's Gallery. Fixed by DEVlANT

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update!
  • In response to the Discuss topic on push notifications, Notes were the most common item that deviants mentioned wanting to receive push notifications for.
  • Some deviants also said that they'd like to receive push notifications for mentions, comments, replies, and Group correspondence, though a few mentioned that they specifically did not want notifications from Groups, comments, or replies.
  • While other responses for or against certain push notifications were varied, several responding deviants did note that they wanted to have a level of control over what items sent them notifications.

Discuss!

Notifications on the Mobile App

For deviants who use the DeviantArt Mobile App, do you regularly use of the Notifications screen (pictured below)? What aspects of the screen do you like? What features or changes would make it more useful to you?

Notifications by danlev


Header artwork: Badanj by ivancoric

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Wonderland III by shadddow
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.

Change Log

  • Notes wouldn't load properly when reached via a direct link (e.g. from the Message Center). Fixed by szlosek
  • A number of deviations were submitted during a partial outage, causing their thumbnails to be broken. These thumbnails have since been repaired. Fixed by szlosek
  • Critiques could not be enabled on Motion Books, even though the option appeared when submitting. Fixed by trezoid
  • Some Group Correspondence messages were being miscounted, which could result in nonexistent Correspondence messages being included in the Message Center count. Fixed by trezoid
  • When on the Browse page in Firefox, if you were viewing a category with many subcategories while viewing a search query that had no results, it would be impossible to scroll down far enough to select a subcategory further down the category tree. Fixed by elhsmart
  • Viewing More Like This results would incorrectly change one's default homepage to Browse. Fixed by lepidosteus
  • Using the search bar at the top of the site while on a search resuls page in the Groups portal would cause a bad query. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • When in Sta.sh, editing a stack's description and then hitting the browser's back button would cause the page to say that your Sta.sh was empty. Fixed by baclap
  • There were visual issues with the name input section of the Porftolio creation process. Fixed by trezoid

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! There were a variety of responses given to last week's Discuss topic, mostly because art creation is a process that's different from one person to the next. However, we did get overlapping responses from a variety of people, so here are the common themes we noticed between responses:
  • Deviants tend to create on a daily basis, though it's usually smaller works that they aren't as likely to share online or with others. 
  • Some deviants said that they start off intending to create smaller works, but that those smaller works tend to become larger works simply because they enjoy working on it.
  • A few mixed media artists mentioned starting off work with a sketch on one day, and then transferring to another media to expand on it the next.

Discuss!

Push Notifications

If you could enable push notifications from DeviantArt's mobile app when you receive messages, what items would you want to receive notifications for (for example, comments or favourites on your art)?


Header artwork: Wonderland III by shadddow 

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We love You by MariLucia
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

Valentine's Day Art Exchange 2015

Now's the time to share the love, because the Valentine's Day Art Exchange is in full swing! The "Send a Valentine" button is live, so you can send the digital valentines that deviants have created to your friends and loved ones. The World Map has also been updated to show Valentines being sent in live time!

Check out the Valentine Exchange category and start sending the love, or submit your own for others to share!

Read more »



Change Log

  • When on the Submit page, the Submit menu in the site header would not be correctly positioned. Fixed by baclap
  • Browsing using the "Previous" and "Next" buttons stopped working, when viewing deviations from a stack in one's Message Center. Fixed by trezoid
  • It was possible to upload .doc and .docx files to some categories, even though we don't offer support for them. Fixed by trezoid
  • The More and Shop menus at the top of the site did not work when viewing them as a logged-out user. Fixed by duraseb
  • In the Admin Area of Groups, the Action Log would incorrectly display a "member ID" column. Fixed by baclap
  • Pasting a deviation link into a deviation description would incorrectly change the link into a thumbnail, for non-Premium Members. Fixed by kemayo

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update
  • The top 3 mentioned uses for Notes in response to the Discuss topic were roleplaying, exchanging information for commissions/art trades/art requests, and having private casual conversation with friends.
  • Deviants also said that they use Notes when planning contests or collaborative events, when contacting individuals on behalf of a Group, and sending Daily Deviation suggestions.

Discuss!

Your Creative Output

How often do you create art? Do you make sketches or rough draft work regularly, or do you restrict yourself to creating what you consider to be completed works?

Header artwork: We love You by MariLucia 

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thumb by SpicyGingerr
Outcast Odyssey

In the Outcast Odyssey Card Master Challenge, we asked you to design a new Witch/Warlock, Dragon/Monster, or Steampunk Warrior for use in the new Outcast Odyssey game, and the winners are in!

We were honored with judges of the highest possible calibre: contracted Outcast Odyssey artist and DeviantArt member Warren Louw, Senior Designer at Magic Pixel Games Jonathan Durr, and Mobile Games Producer at Namco Bandai Games America Joe Riego. Our esteemed judging team pored over every semi-finalist’s entry in great detail.

Only a handful of illustrations would best translate into a card to be featured in the game, and after much thoughtful consideration, our judges agreed on the following three pieces. View the alluring Witch, monstrous Dragon, and formidable Sorceress picked as finalists, and read the judges’ comments below. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone who participated!

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

"The design of this dragon was so unique. The artist did a great job with the composition and the sense of scale on the creature."

- Jon Durr

"There were a lot of great dragons in the contest but this particular piece stood out as having a real surreal feel to it and it just fits in the world of Outcast Odyssey."

- Joe Riego

"Excellent use of colour with a solid painterly technique bringing through a wonderful design with epic scale. A worthy OO dragon!"

- Warren Louw

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

"The pose, vibrancy and overall render really stood out for me. She's creepy yet gorgeous, and just a really fun take on the concept of a witch."

- Jon Durr

"The use of colors and composition was excellent. I really enjoyed her pose as well as it just screamed card right from the get go!"

- Joe Riego

"Superb layout, harmonious colour and lighting with captivating attention to design and details. Very nicely thought out character creating a magical energy, perfect for OO!"

- Warren Louw

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

"We've played a lot with different perspective on the cards, and know how tricky it is. This image nailed that perspective. The detail in the snake was incredible while not stealing the scene away from the central character."

- Jon Durr

"This piece elevates the standard fantasy trope of the wicked witch. The use of perspective, the dynamic lighting and vibrant use of color creates a stunning visual."

- Joe Riego

"Skilfull execution of composition, values, colour and detailing doing great justice to the character. An epic pleasure to look at!"

- Warren Louw



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VanuInfiltrator Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
They were just being honest.
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your-first-boyfriend Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
kk
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Nunari-chan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry but I won't start a fight, I just want to let you know something.

This site is not a porn site, it is an art site. And this is why I've been on this site ever since i was 10 or something like that.
And considering this, I feel sad because deviations were related to more artistic stuff before. Not just shots of asses.
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your-first-boyfriend Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Your definition of art doesn't mean squat here. 

If you don't like the rules of Da, make your own art site. :B
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hans-sachs Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
here, let me help you:

FAQ #220: What is Mature Content?

"Nudity: If your work contains nudity, revealing the genitalia of a model or character, you should assign this tag."

FAQ #554: Is my deviation Mature Content?

"Nudity-Fairly self explanatory. While not all nudity requires a tag, if your work displays a penis, testicle, vagina, (female) nipples or anus you should assign this tag."

no genitalia revealed. no "sexually provocative pose", either.
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Nunari-chan Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No genitalia revealed. But is it really not sexually provocative?

So is it okay to post photos of your ass only?
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Violet-Adopts Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
I totally agree with you but dA gives no care.
I have been on since I was eleven, sometimes they didn't even use tabs for the  bad stuff...
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hans-sachs Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
the admins believe that it's not sexually provocative, and they have the final say in this matter.

yes, provided that they follow da's rules.
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MadArtMan0817 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
zeb31.deviantart.com/journal/H…

I keep getting rumors about more accounts being hacked and these hackers upload pornography and other harmful artwork and even upload journals that hurt the person's Watches. Any way this can be stopped or this can detected any harmful behavior, like a fast short cut button to contact and Administrator and anyone for help?
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VictoriaDaMeowtini Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you devntart, we got an art theft
cutesykittyz.deviantart.com/
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bosronald Featured By Owner Edited Jun 24, 2014
The website is littered with these 'storage-thumbnails'. In practice people abuse the storage function as an removal function instead of a temporary, intermediate solution. Isn't it meant to be a temporary thing? I think there is a reason why people can restore deviations from storage. Nowadays most people, once they put something in storage, they'll keep it in storage ... indefinitely. 

An easy fix (that you guys with your technical know-how should be able to execute) is to automatically remove the thumbnails of the artwork in dA's search function and from any gallery in which they're featured. What's the point of seeing these thumbnails if I can't look at the artwork? It also causes gallery folders to reach their limit sooner. And these store-thumbnails really make your website look messy. 
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pinkie2001 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have cheap commissions open! :points:
I draw humans AND animals!

order her at pinkie2001
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MiaLioness Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Hi..!  Well, I am kinda new here and I feel kinda lonely, could anybody help me out? Hi! 
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pinkie2001 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah!
welcome c:
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PianoxLullaby Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Will there be birthday celebrations for deviantART this year? 
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
when is the store gonna open up again? I loved the products on it, and had gotten several shirts and bags from the store, and want more... i need my DA gear fix! and i want a sew on patch for my jacket...
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BritishBlaster3000 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Please Inform me of the Next Premium membership Day
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Voaz-Kzrhovb Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, I don't know if it is only a problem that I am facing individually, but the stash writer application is not working for my iPad or on my phone. It works better on my phone seemingly, but in my iPad it comes up as a blank screen, and I also can't access already saved literature drafts.

i know you're all busy and will eventually come across this issue on your own, but I felt at I couldn't just ignore it.

thank you for your time and consideration.
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ThunderLionel Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Art thief site detected plz read---->thunderlionel.deviantart.com/j…

This Porn site nurseps.com/ is stealing art from a lot of deviants 
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Embodiment-of-Ice Featured By Owner Edited Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Umm hi
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SherIIock Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hello, there is a deviant harassing and stealing from others. lian-e.deviantart.com/ and zeebr-a.deviantart.com/
They are using images from other works of art and claiming it as their own.
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your-first-boyfriend Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wrong place, buddy.

Contact the Help Desk and make everyone's life easier.
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kathrynslee Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello. I was asking about paying for points and for premium membership.

since I'm still a college student which enables me to avoid credit card and discovered that debit card is out of the charts, I have a question regarding about payment.

can I send money at deviantart via bank or payment center for points and premium membership payment?

replying will be a great honor. : ) 

thank you!!
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SealyTheSeal Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Do deviantART staff work in the summer? I submitted a ticket and after a couple days, it's still not replied.
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