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Celebrate deviantART's 14th Birthday!

Thu Aug 7, 2014, 12:03 AM
 
 
 
 

Fourteen years of existence marks a period of growth, change, and introspection — an era of creativity and emotion that leads to long-term personal and artistic development. As we celebrate deviantART's 14th birthday, we want to thank all of you for joining in on the journey of growth and development, from the deviants who have been here from the start to the deviants who are starting out their deviantART experience today.

 
 

How has deviantART helped you grow as an individual and/or as an artist? Tell us your story through an art feature Journal!

 

Visit the Write a Journal Entry page to get started.

Using the deviantART section of the sidebar, search for deviations to include in your Journal.

Click on the art you want to include to add it to your Journal.

Feature five (or more!) works in your Journal, and tell us a bit about why you've chosen each artwork you feature!

Title your Journal My deviantART Story, then post it to the Art Features category.

 
 

Comment on this article with a link to your "My deviantART Story" Journal to get the 14th Birthday Profile Page Badge!

 
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The DeviantArt Community Turns 14

Thu Aug 7, 2014, 12:01 AM
 
 
 
The DeviantArt Community Turns 14
 

When you're young, your teenage years can't come soon enough. Thirteen was fun, but with a whole year as a teenager under your belt, you start to get perspective on what it means to grow up. You're not there yet, but the path ahead is clear and inspiring.

At 14, you start taking on responsibilities and testing out maturity, while continuing to reach for the stars and fostering the creativity that's such an integral part of your life.

DeviantArt's 14th birthday marks the ushering in of this new chapter. For the past year, we've gained perspective on where our journey should lead us next, and we couldn't be more thrilled to share it with you and have you with us every step of the way.

 
We are where art starts
 

We are where art starts, but that is only the beginning. We are a community for the creative in everyone to develop and heighten their personal sense of taste, but that's not where it ends. We are the movement for the liberation of creative expression.

We believe that art is for everyone, and we're creating the cultural context for how it is created, discovered and shared.

Artists love us because we are an inclusive and supportive community. We help them find their identity through self-expression. We provide the tools, resources and exposure to enable them to become better, more successful artists. We inspire people to create art by feeding their creativity.

 
The Global Undercurrent of Creativity
 

We provide endless entertainment and inspiration. This is where you see it first. This is where whatever you're into, no matter how niche, is embraced and expressed by a dedicated community of likeminded creatives. This is where the global undercurrent of creativity feeds the future of popular culture.

 

There's no other place like DeviantArt. We are an unapologetically addictive experience. Our world is a prolific orgy of originality where creatives enjoy freedom of artistic expression. We are the deviation of creativity that shatters the confines of expectation. We can't help it — it runs through our veins and compels us to nurture it in others. This is DeviantArt.

 
Bleed and Breed ArtAngelo Sotira (Spyed) DeviantArt CEO and Co-Founder
 
Questions for the Reader

And now we turn to you for the next step in our journey. Where should we head next? What would you like to see the DeviantArt community accomplish in the future?



Witches of East End Contest Winners

Fri Aug 1, 2014, 12:23 PM
 

In our Witches of East End Contest, we challenged you to illustrate a scene or element from one of Edgar Allan Poe's classic tales: "The Black Cat," "The Tell-Tale Heart," or "The Raven." The Creative team behind the Witches of East End have hand-picked three winners, with the top winner earning a spot for their artwork in the upcoming season finale of Witches of East End! Thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations, winners!

 
Nevermore by AngelaRizza
 

Judges' Comments

This is our favorite. It's in the color palette and tone of the Beauchamp house and would be very easy to fit in. It also has great subtext for Asgard as well as Poe. Totally love it!

 

AngelaRizza has won

  • Artwork used in The Witches of East End Season 2 Finale
  • $1,500 USD
  • 1 Year Premium Membership
  • 8,000 dA Points
 
 
Edgar Allan Poe - The Black Cat by AlexanderLevett
 

Judges' Comments

We love the darkness of this piece and how much it reminded us of Aunt Wendy, while still tying into the Poe theme. You can feel from this art that the cat truly has a story to tell beyond its shadow!

 
  • $1,000 USD
  • 6 month premium membership
  • 4,000 dA points
 
 
The Tell-Tale Heart
 

Judges' Comments

This piece has a very haunting, strong, and dark emotion that relates both to Witches of East End and Edgar Allen Poe. The aspects of the room (the staircase, chair, etc.) combined with the power of the heart make us feel as if this portrait could come to life!

 

jonsmith512 has won

  • $500 USD
  • 6 month Premium Membership
  • 4,000 dA Points


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


  • When viewing a deviant's Featured gallery folder from the "Browse Folder” link on the Gallery Folder widget on their Profile Page, the Featured folder would not display as intended. Fixed by elhsmart
  • The Popular and Undiscovered browse modes were not available for Motion Books category. Re-added by ultramouse
  • The "Contribute Deviation" modal on a Group Gallery page could only be opened once per page load. Fixed by justgalym
  • The deviation selection option used in areas such as the "Contribute Deviation" modal would not render properly on smaller resolution screens. Fixed by shendykurnia

Your Feedback


Thank you for your feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of the feedback you left for us:
  • Responses to the Discuss topic varied, although most deviants who replied said they had not been to a convention or deviantMEET. 
  • Of the deviants who did say they've gone to conventions or deviantMEETs, some of the most frequently mentioned include Ohayocon, Boston Comic-Con, and the MCM London Comic Con. A few deviants also mentioned attending one of the stops on the 2009 deviantART World Tour!
  • SimplySilent posted a suggestion regarding when new threads are created in the Forums:
New Forum Threads by SimplySilent

Discuss!


Message Center Feedback

When replying to items in your Message Center, what section(s) of the Message Center are you least likely to respond to, or most likely to delete without acting on? Is there a specific reason why you choose to delete those without replying?

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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.

deviantART is at Comic-Con!

    DeviantART is at Comic-Con -- right now!  Every year, Comic-Con International: San Diego hosts a huge gallery of artists in what's known as Artists' Alley, and we couldn't be more excited to sponsor the Alley for the fourth year in a row.  Our aim has always been to keep focus on those who not only make the entire convention possible, but provide us with a world of entertainment across all media: the artists.

    At Comic-Con? View our list of panels.

    Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with all of our Comic-Con happenings!



        

    BtXcKxLCcAAAplV by danlev
    Legendary Pictures interviews spyed about the history of deviantART, with a special appearance by our very own Fella! 

    Change Log

    • Interstitial ads were unintentionally closing deviations on the homepage. Fixed by ArtBIT
    • Some newly recovered groups had trouble with the comments display on their profile pages. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
    • Writer documents did not display embedded animated gifs from stash when rendered, only in preview mode. Fixed by Alisey
    • DeviantID profile widget had issue with undesired text centering. Fixed by elhsmart
        

    Discuss!


    Conventions & deviantMEETs
    Have you ever attended a convention or deviantMEET? What are some of the events you've attended and which have been your favorite?


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