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Transformation Challenge Winners

Tue Jul 8, 2014, 2:03 PM

Thank you to everyone who participated in The Transformation Challenge! The 25 semi-finalist entries blew away the Microsoft and Motherboard judges, but they worked hard together and came up with the three finalists. Each of the finalist winners will receive a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, $1,000 USD, an all-expense paid trip to work with a featured artist, and have had their winning work featured as a home page billboard generating thousands of page views for their deviations.

Razor in the Gutter - Nas Pasha

by raging-akujiki

Habib Zargarpour

This is a powerful piece that shows a personal transformation of someone who is down and out and gets a second chance by bringing himself back from the brink by the use of a simple razor. The art style reinforces the gritty nature of his situation.

Thobey Campion

Raging-Akujiki's submission had a unique take on transformation, applying the theme to a man whose clearly hit the bottom then found a route through to coming back together with a loved one. As someone who's seen incredible comebacks in the lives of close friends, I found it touching. The rich illustration also contributed a certain epic feel inherent in a rising from the ashes story.

Tranformation

by HughEbdy

Habib Zargarpour

There is a very subtle but effective use of composition here, especially with the progression of the frames. The contrast between the armored, heroically posed character and the ending with him running towards the water because he overheated is very comical.

Thobey Campion

As one of the legion of fans of Don Quixote, Monty Python, and really medieval everything, I've always enjoyed the modern take on a very dark period. Hughebdy's work demonstrated a really funny twist that left me pleasantly bewildered but also impressed at the succinctness of his humor.

The Transformation challenge - The Fly-Kid

by Zeich

Habib Zargarpour

The Fly Kid's concept of if you can't beat them join them is very visually displayed here. There is a natural flow from the character at the start to how he gets covered with flies, completing the transformation. Such an innocent kid with funny proportions becomes a menacing fly himself. The center frame has a very dynamic feel to it as the flies attack.

Thobey Campion

Zeich's submission is just straight-up weird in the best way. What wold normally be just an unthinkably awful plan is twisted into something close to a super-power. Maybe it's from my Calvin and Hobbes days (which haven't ended), but the idea of occupying a world by oneself predicated on magical occurrences no one else knows about is just the most appealing thing I can think of. Outside of all this, the texture and artistry of Zeich's work set him apart.



WeChat Emoticon Sticker Winners

Tue Jul 8, 2014, 9:56 AM

Congratulations to the three finalists in the WeChat Animated Emoticon Sticker Challenge! The judges from WeChat were astounded by the ingenuity that was displayed in each entry. All three winners will receive $1,000 and had their entry exhibited in a billboard on the deviantART homepage.



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


Help Desk Closure, July 4th


In honor of Independence Day in the United States, the Help Desk will be closed on Friday, July 4th. We'll be back to our normal business hours on Monday, July 7th. Please keep in mind that due to this extended weekend, there will be some delays in ticket responses upon our reopening. Any tickets filed will be attended to as soon as possible.

Change Log


  • Trying to view comments left on a file in Sta.sh after that file was submitted as a deviation would redirect to an error page, rather than displaying the Sta.sh comments. Fixed by ultramouse 
  • Trying to create a new thread in the admin area of a Group by clicking on the "Start a conversation!" bubble would redirect to an error page. Fixed by justgalym 
  • When submitting an image deviation as a Print without using recommended settings, not selecting a product type would trigger an expected error message, but clicking "Cancel" would cause the deviation to be submitted anyway. Fixed by ultramouse 
  • If the title of a newly posted Forum thread contained an apostrophe, it would not be escaped properly, and would contain a backslash. Fixed by elhsmart 
  • PDF files would not be downloadable when they couldn't be viewed in-browser. Fixed by outgoingcoyote 
  • In Sta.sh, a file's description would be changed every time that file's page was loaded. Fixed by elhsmart 

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of the feedback you left for us:
  • In response to the Discuss topic, most deviants said they do their best to respond to all feedback they receieve.
  • Some deviants mentioned that they respond to all comments or replies they receive, but that they don't feel as compelled to thank other deviants when their art is added to someone else's Favourites.

Discuss!


Managing Your Favourites

Do you ever clean, re-organize, or remove deviations from your Favourites? What prompts you to change how you organize your Favourites, if anything? Are there specific reasons you might have when it comes to removing a deviation from your Favourites?

manage the stars by scheinbar
(manage the stars by scheinbar)


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deviantART deviantMEET

Posted on June 30, 2014




Join us for a deviantMEET in San Diego!


DeviantART and Madefire are teaming up at Comic-Con, and we're hosting a deviantMEET of epic proportions.










Deviants, assemble!






Analog Bar!





Our first ever deviantMEET in San Diego!


Like any great duo of artistic avengers, deviantART is joining forces with Madefire to bring Comic-Con back to its roots and honor the true visionaries of the trade as they should be honored: with alcohol, loud music, and in-your-face art! On Wednesday, July 23rd, deviants age 21+ are invited to take over the Analog Bar and party until the Red Sun comes up.  Join us as we rock out with the artists and creators who make the entire industry possible!










Map to deviantMEET





Analog Bar


  • Location: 801 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Date & Time: Wednesday, July 23rd at 10:00 PM PST
  • Admission: FREE, no one under 21 permitted
  • What to Bring: ID card, phones/tablets, sketchbooks, cameras








CC2014 DeviantMEET!



Stock up on Red Bull and aspirin, because we're kicking off Comic-Con in the best way possible.  After Preview Night ends, you're invited to connect with deviantART staff, Madefire juggernauts, and fellow deviants, while rubbing shoulders with the amazing artists who populate Comic-Con's Artists' Alley. Hungry from avoiding food lines? Thirsty from the sweaty San Diego weather? Drop by the Analog Bar, and we will shower you with delicious food and adult beverages until you resemble the walking dead.




The Madefire crew will be unveiling some exclusive new Motion Books that you'll want to be the first to see, and a Madefire DJ will be scratching the records like Wolverine.




So come, eat, drink, and be geeky! Bring your camera for chance encounters with amazing artists, and get ready to get devious after dark. For obvious reasons, this event is exclusively 21 and up.






Attending deviantART and Madefire Staff








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


  • Editing the deviantID widget would trigger an "Invalid Country" error, if the location was set to "Unspecified". Fixed by elhsmart
  • Comment pages on the mobile website were not displaying properly. Fixed by ultramouse
  • Downloading Sta.sh files would not work when viewing files inside of a stack. Fixed by Alisey
  • The New Groups section of the Today page was missing. Fixed by justgalym
  • When viewing the edit history of a comment, the previous versions would display signatures, regardless of one's browsing preference setting. Fixed by ultramouse
  • Titles with special characters would not always display correctly, when viewing a Journal's preview. Fixed by Alisey
  • When viewing search results, the page will now display the search term queried and the number of deviations found. Fixed by ultramouse
  • For a brief period, clicking on a deviation thumbnail from some contest categories would lead to an empty page. Fixed by ultramouse
  • When browsing the Motion Books category, the "All Categories" link in the category tree would display twice. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • When browsing a subfolder in a deviant's Gallery, the link to the parent folder would not actually direct to the correct parent folder. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • Editing a deviation was not possible, given the deviation one attempted to edit was reached by following a link embedded in another deviation's description. Fixed by Alisey 

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of what you had to say:
  • Responses to the Discuss topic varied. In general, not many deviants said they post their works in progress to their Gallery, and a few deviants said they don't post works in progress at all. 
  • Of the deviants who do post works in progress, several mentioned posting them to Scraps. Some also mentioned using Sta.sh to hold their works in progress in order to share them with people whose feedback and critique they value.

Discuss!


Replying to Feedback

Do you reply to all of the comments, Favourites, Notes, etc. that you receive? Are there times where you feel as though you're unable to respond to everything, if you do? If you don't, is there a specific reason for that?


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