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Valentine's Day Art Exchange 2016!

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 11:44 AM
Og-preview by seoul-child

Digital love is in the air! Break out the candy hearts and crafting paper, because the Valentine’s Day Art Exchange is back! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now’s the time to create digital valentines for your fellow deviants to share with their special someones.

Take part and spread the love!

Start now by creating a digital valentine to be submitted to the Valentine Exchange category. Then, from February 12th to 16th, deviations in the Valentine Exchange category can be sent as valentines to your friends and loved ones!

How it works


Create Valentine-themed deviations and submit them to the Valentine Exchange category.


From February 12th to February 16th, a special “Send a Valentine” button will appear on deviation pages for deviations submitted to the Valentine Exchange category.

Share the love

Your friends will receive the deviation you send, along with your Valentine message, in their Notes.

Heart-filled hints

  • Deviations submitted to the Valentine’s Exchange category will be available for everyone to send. Avoid including specifics on your deviations - such as a deviant’s username, real name, etc.
  • Fallen in love with one of your previous designs? It’s okay! If you’ve included text suggesting it’s for a lover, you can change the design to look as though it were to a friend or from a secret admirer, and then resubmit it.
  • You can submit as many deviations to the category as you want.

February 12

Send your Valentine

Remember to come back on February 12th to celebrate the season of love with us! Not only will you be able to start sending valentines, but you’ll also see some special new additions to this very page.

Holiday Card Project 2015 Wrap-Up

Fri Jan 29, 2016, 11:26 AM

The Holiday Card Project returned in 2015 for its 9th year, and it once again was a cheerful success! With over 4,500 cards from over 2,000 deviants and artists from all over the world, people who could not be home for Christmas this year received some extra holiday joy this season!

Unique cards poured in from across the world—from beautiful hand-made cards to digital and delightful creations, we had a fantastic selection of cards to send out! If you’d like to see the various cards created for the project, take a moment to explore the#HolidayCardProject tag.

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Untitled by madizzlee

With so many cards coming in, I recruited staff members at HQ to open the envelopes with me! We spent three days straight opening every card single card and sorting them into various piles. A huge shout out goes out to Heidi, danlevbittygirla, damphyr, aunjuli, makepictures, ivancureno, Twee689, and tiffanyxli for all of their help. Thank you so much!! :heart:

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Once the cards were received and sorted, we reached out to hospitals in our community and abroad. Our first stop was the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, as they accepted cards from us for the third year in a row. I had the chance to sit down and explain DeviantArt's purpose and the community to the director of volunteer services, as she showed me the flyers the put up while handing out cards! 

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Untitled by madizzlee

We also took cards to other various hospitals and nursing homes across Los Angeles! From Huntington Hospital in Pasadena to St. Francis in Lynwood, patients across the Greater Los Angeles Area felt your love and support. While we weren't able to hand out cards to patients in person, they went into the  hands of the volunteer services department. 

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In addition to the cards we passed out in Los Angeles, we mailed cards to volunteers around the world who helped us spread the holiday joy around the globe. Cards were handed out in New Jersey, North Carolina, Maryland, and, for the first time ever, in Sevilla, Spain! Our fantastic volunteers, AnimeRocks26, njwag, and Ikebosev all did a wonderful job handing out the cards. :hug: 

12ade7df-3e76-41c4-b0b6-0b161d5a6955 by IkebosevHoliday Card Project by njwag Christmas Card Giveaway 3 by AnimeRocks26
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As promised, everyone who sent in a card has now been granted a free 1-month Core Membership!  In the event you participated in the Project and haven’t received your Core Membership, don’t fret! Just send me (madizzlee) a note with the following information:

    Bullet; Green Your name
    Bullet; Red Approximately when your card was sent
    Bullet; Green A one sentence description of your card
    Bullet; Red Where you sent it from

Please note: If you already have an active Core Membership, the 1-month Core Membership has been added to that existing Core Membership, and will take effect once your current one expires.

Once again, thank you to everyone for spreading the holiday cheer!

Encouraging New Deviant Engagement

Tue Jan 26, 2016, 12:13 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:

Receiving comments on your deviations can be one of the most rewarding aspects of DeviantArt. The moment you make the decision to share your art with the world, you're ready to connect with kindred spirits, hear their tips, and share feedback of your own.  The cycle is rewarding for each and every participant.

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Starting today, we’re running a few experiments that aim to bring attention to new and undiscovered deviants on DeviantArt.  When such a deviant submits a deviation, he or she will be shown suggested deviations and prompted to leave a comment.  The purpose of this project is to create bonds between new deviants and help people find similar artists to grow with.

This feature is experimental, and we’re testing to see how something like this helps deviants grow as an artist and meet new people.  

Notes Search Now Available

Thu Jan 7, 2016, 12:35 PM by danlev:icondanlev:

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One of the most highly requested features is now here: the ability to search notes! Notes search allows you to do things like:

  • Find all notes you’ve sent to a specific deviant
  • Find all notes from a deviant that contain a keyword
  • Search for a keyword within a custom folder
  • Find all unread notes that contain a keyword
  • Search your drafts
To search your notes, simply enter a keyword in the search box. You can also use the advanced search dropdown to filter your search results.

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Advanced Operators

Advanced operators can help you narrow your search:
  • subject:keyword — Find notes with a keyword in the subject. Example: subject:commission.
  • body:keyword — Find notes with a keyword in the body. Example: body:painting.
  • " " (quotes) — Search for an exact phrase. Example: "art gallery".
  • (hyphen) — Used to exclude notes that contain a keyword. Example: painting -digital.

Visit Your Notes

Note: During the initial launch, only the past year of your notes will be searchable. We hope to expand this in the future.

Status Update Notifications

Thu Jan 7, 2016, 12:26 PM by danlev:icondanlev:

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Starting today, status updates posted by deviants you watch now appear in your notifications. This has been a popular request from deviants who actively post status updates. With status updates in notifications, it will ensure that more of your watchers see your posts.

Like other notifications, status updates can be viewed in list view (text only) or grid view (full thumbnails). Status update notifications can also be stacked, which groups notifications by deviant together.

Make Your Status Update Stand Out

Adding a deviation to your status updates is a quick way of making it stand out to your watchers. Simply add a deviation by pasting a link to a deviation in your Status Update, or use the "Add Media" button. 

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An Easy Way To Communicate With Your Watchers

Status updates are a quick and easy way to communicate with your watchers. They’re a great way to give an insider peek about what you’re working on, share inspiring art or articles, feature your favorite artists, or simply share what’s on your mind.

Post a Status Update

Or, view your notifications to see 
status updates posted by your watchers.

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