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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!

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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















"Pirate King! Robots, Guns!, aaand Pirates? What’s not  to love. "


- Joe Riego




"Pirate King: Awesome concept and very well executed! Loving the character design, colours, composition and overall mood created in this scene."


- Warren Louw




"Pirate King: This piece was wonderfully rendered, and conveyed a lot of personality.  Plus robots are sweet!"


- Jonathan Durr










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


























In the Dracula Untold Billboard Contest, we challenged you to show us one of Vlad the Impaler's transformations—either into a flock of bats or the fearsome vampire Dracula. After much deliberation by the judges, the winners are in. Congratulations winners, and thank you to everyone who participated!Dracula Fb Meta by SpicyGingerr
Winners

In the Dracula Untold Billboard Contest, we challenged you to illustrate one of Vlad the Impalers monumental changes—either into a flock of bats or into the fearsome vampire Dracula. There were hundreds of beautiful pieces, all of which showed Vlad's incredible strength of body and character. After much debate, our judges agreed on these three amazing entries. Congratulations winners, and thank you to everyone who participated!

Own it now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD


En Echelon by hull612
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

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 valentines for your fellow deviants to share with their special someones. Start now by creating a digital valentine to be submitted to the Valentine Exchange category. Then, from February 11th to 16th, deviations in the Valentine Exchange category can be sent as valentines to your friends and loved ones!

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Change Log

  • In response to community feedback, deviations that appear as part of a Collection on the Watch Feed can now be visited directly from the Watch Feed, rather than requiring deviants to view the Collection first.
  • For a short period, Profile Pages would not display for logged-out users. Fixed by kemayo
  • When sending a Note, the page would redirect to the Sent Notes folder after sending, rather than returning to the Inbox. Fixed by trezoid
  • Clicking on a specific Forum area would sometimes incorrectly try to redirect to a nonexistent Browse page, leading instead to an error page. Fixed by elhsmart
  • Under certain circumstances, the "Complete your Profile" banner on the Profile Page would continue to display, even after all portions of the DeviantID widget were properly completed. Fixed by szlosek
  • In the Watch Feed, using the Collections dropdown menu to add a deviation to one's Favourites wouldn't work properly if the menu displayed on top of a Journal. Fixed by inazar

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update
  • The majority of deviants who responded to the Discuss topic said that they tend to create spontaneously, rather than on a strict schedule. 
  • A common theme deviants mentioned was that they didn't create on a strict schedule, but that they create on a schedule that allowed for spontaneous works. For example, Estherella said that she creates once a week at least, but won't necessarily set a specific day or time to do so.
  • For deviants who said they create on a schedule, they noted that their schedule was either built on how much they completed per day/week, or how much time they spent each day/week on creating. 
  • Nintala said that she uses the time it takes for her to create her personal works as a way to measure a time frame she should give to clients when doing freelance work.

Discuss!

Sending Notes

When you send Notes to other deviants, what are your primary reasons for doing so? Do you use it as a casual way to converse, share art, communicate about commissions, roleplay, or other things? What would you say are your top 3 uses for Notes?

Header artwork: En Echelon by hull612 

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