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Cooler by IgorWolski
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 a deviant submits multiple deviations close together, they will now be grouped on the Watch Feed. Changed by helloandre
  • In last week's Site Update, we mentioned that under certain circumstances, literature and Journal deviations could end up in a partially submitted state, creating a deviation page and duplicate Sta.sh item without sending a Message Center notification. The affected deviations have since been repaired. Fixed by inazar
  • The sidebar of the Journal Portal was overlaying on top of the site header. Fixed by trezoid
  • When updating one's DeviantID, if a file uploaded to the widget was too large, the upload would fail without any indication. It will now issue an error message. Fixed by szlosek
  • In the Watch Feed, written deviations that had been shared by a deviant would have display issues related to the "Read more" button. Fixed by inazar
  • For Firefox users, trying to change one's email address on the Settings page would result in an incorrect error message. Fixed by baclap
  • Under specific conditions, trying to remove a deviation in storage from one's Favourites would not work, and the deviation placeholder would reappear upon reloading the page. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • The About Us page was not displaying correctly on mobile devices. Fixed by elhsmart

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update

We appreciate the feedback regarding the old Webcam widget; however, it won't be returning. The widget lost its original value as a way to stream a webcam through a static image URL. The widget also caused security issues where deviants were unintentionally embedding URLs flagged by browsers as malicious — causing some pages of DeviantArt to be inaccessible. We've absolutely noted your passion for Profile Page customization and self-expression, and realize we need to offer more ways for personalization in the near future.

Here's some of the additional feedback on last week's update:
  • Deviants were positive about the updated mobile website header, though a few deviants mentioned that they would like to see their message total at a glance.
  • The most common response to the Discuss topic was that deviants edit their deviations to correct typos or to add links in the artwork's description. 
  • Deviants also said that they edit their deviations when they spot an error in their work and wish to correct it, or else when they've uploaded a work-in-progress and want to replace it with the completed work.
  • On average, deviants said they edit deviations 1 to 3 times, though with particular deviations they may edit more or less than that.

Discuss!

Creation Habits

Do you find that you are more spontaneous when it comes to creating art, or do you prefer to work in a set routine? If you prefer a set routine, do you set a schedule with time for yourself to create, or do you fit it into unscheduled time in your day? 

Header artwork: Cooler by IgorWolski 

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Dracula Untold Billboard Contest

Wed Jan 28, 2015, 5:00 PM
We're challenging you to illustrate one of Vlad's monumental transformations—either into a flock of bats or into the vampire Dracula.Dracula Fb Meta by SpicyGingerr

Transform Vlad the Impaler!

Dracula Untold paints a new picture of the Dracula we know and fear, providing an original twist on the emotional story of transformation and immeasurable power.

Throughout the movie, the Transylvanian prince and soon-to-be vampire Vlad the Impaler goes through various changes on his quest to protect his family, his home, and himself from the cruel Turkish Empire.

We're challenging you to illustrate one of Vlad's monumental transformations—either into a flock of bats or into the vampire Dracula. Breathe new life into a depiction of these startling changes as Vlad the Impaler uses the strength of mind and body to meet the challenges of his journey.

Official RulesSubmit
Learn More
1

Watch the Dracula Untold trailer for inspiration in your artwork.

2

Illustrate one of Vlad's main changes from the story—either his transformation into a flock of bats or his ultimate transition into the vampire Dracula.

3

Enter your artwork into the contest by using the SUBMIT button below. Your entry must be a single .JPG or .PNG file and must be approximately 2,000 pixels in width by 550 pixels in height.

Official RulesSubmitView Entries
Your Billboard Here!

Three Grand Prize Finalists

3 Grand Prize Finalists will get $1,000 USD and their work featured as a Billboard Takeover on DeviantArt's Today Page.

The Dracula Untold Billboard Contest begins at 12:00 AM (PT - Los Angeles Time) on January 28, 2015 and ends at 11:59pm (PT - Los Angeles Time) on February 4, 2015.

  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of January 28, 2015;
  • Entrant must reside in any of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, possessions and the U.S. military installations to be eligible;
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PT) on February 4, 2015 and be submitted through the contest gallery on DeviantArt;
  • Membership to www.DeviantArt.com is required to enter the Contest;
  • Membership to www.DeviantArt.com is free;
  • Entrant must submit an original artwork illustrating one of Vlad the Impaler's monumental changes—either into a flock of bats or his transformation into the vampire Dracula;
  • The Work may originate in any visual medium but must be submitted as a single .JPG or .PNG file;
  • Entry must be approximately 2,000 pixels in width by 550 pixels in height;
  • Entry must not include any third party stock images for the Work nor any other third party content, however, licensed brushes and textures are acceptable;
  • Entrant may reference elements from the motion picture Dracula Untold but may not directly copy them or make faithful renders of the actor's likenesses;
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply. Please read the Official Rules carefully;

Three grand prize winners will be selected by full-time DeviantArt Staff on or about February 7, 2015, from all eligible and qualified entries. The judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:

  • Success in showing Vlad the Impaler's transformation
  • Technical skill
  • Artistic impact
Official RulesSubmitView Entries
Dracula Untold Own It Feb 3 On Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD


Create an original gadget, outfit, or weapon inspired by the world of The Order: 1886thumb by SpicyGingerr
The Order: 1886 Gadgets and Gear Contest
The Order: 1886 Gadgets and Gear Contest

Illustrate an original gadget, outfit, or weapon inspired by the industrial world of The Order: 1886.

In this new game set in Victorian England, you will fight your way through zeppelins, mansions, and the gloomy streets of London with the help of unique Neo-Victorian inventions. What other gadgets, outfits, and weapons will help you along the way? Create a new device or a new version of an existing invention for The Order's collection for the chance to win a PS4 console and a trip to Sydney!

CLOSED

The Order: 1886 creates an alternate history in which a war between humanity and bestial Half-breeds has been raging for centuries.

Now in the midst of the Industrial Revolution, humanity has come ahead with the use of gadgets and weapons inspired by the inventions of Nikola Tesla. However, there's a new threat to the peace of London: a rebellion in the lower classes against the Knights of the Order and the society they represent. It's up to The Order to maintain peace and to protect humanity while danger lurks around every corner.

In this vision of Neo-Victorian London, innovators and inventors of the time have been forced to take their creations a step further, building masterful scientific works of destruction and defense. Explosive thermite rounds and bolts of concentrated electricity — these are just two of the innovative ways science has improved weaponry. Based off of actual scientific inventions of our own 1880s era, your weapons will reflect fascinating reality and advanced ingenuity combined.

Along with your advanced arsenal, various cutting-edge gadgets will help you greatly in your battle to maintain peace. With the vast scientific advances of the Industrial Revolution, The Order's technology has progressed further than anyone could have imagined. Whether you're seeing across great distances with a monocular or contacting airships and your fellow knights via wireless communicator, these gadgets will remarkably benefit your endeavors.

As a Knight of The Order, you are in charge of keeping the peace in the streets of London. You have to be ready for any manner of fisticuffs you may encounter, whether with one of the Half-breeds or one a member of the rebellion. True to Neo-Victorian style, your garb is not only highly practical for battle, but also fashionable and representative of the era.

GET INSPIRED

Familiarize yourself with the Neo-Victorian world of The Order: 1886. Watch the trailer above and read through the descriptions of the weapons, gadgets, and outfits. For more information, visit the official game website HERE.

START INVENTING

Create an original piece of art depicting a new weapon, gadget, or outfit for The Order. The item may be inspired by modern technology, but must not be a copy of an in-game tool. Read the official rules for more information.

SUBMIT YOUR CREATION

Submit your entry using the button below. Your entry must be at least 2,000 pixels in its shortest length and must be submitted as a single .JPG or .PNG.

The Grand Prize Finalist will receive:

  • A check for 3,000 AUD
  • A brand new PS4 Console
  • The Order: 1886 PS4 Game
  • A 6-month DeviantArt Premium Membership

The Contest Runner Ups (2) will each receive:

  • A brand new PS4 Console
  • The Order: 1886 PS4 Game
  • A 6-month DeviantArt Premium Membership

The 10 Semi-Finalists will each receive:

  • The Order: 1886 PS4 Game
  • A 6-month DeviantArt Premium Membership

Contest begins at 12:00 AM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on January 27, 2015 and ends at 11:59:59 (PT) on February 8, 2015.

  • Entrant must be at least 18 years old as of January 27, 2015.
  • Entrant must be a resident of Australia as of the date of his or her entry.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59 pm (AEST) on February 8, 2015 and be submitted through the contest gallery on DeviantArt.
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is required to enter the Contest. Membership to www.deviantart.com is free.
  • Entrant must follow the instructions on the Contest Site and submit a completed entry of an artwork ("the Work") depicting an original version of either a gadget, outfit or weapon inspired by the game The Order 1886 (the "Game").
  • The Work may originate in any medium but must be submitted in the form of single .jpg or .png file at least 2,000 pixels in its shortest dimension.
  • The Work may not use graphic materials copied from the Game, but may reference the graphic look and feel of the Game.
  • The Work may not contain explanatory text; and, the judges will not consider explanatory text in the deviation description at the time of submission.

13 Semi-finalists will be selected by a judging panel of DeviantArt staff members. The three finalists will be selected from the semi-finalists by a judging panel of three prominent members of the Playstation staff. The Grand Prize winner will be selected live at an event in Sydney by a Representative of Sony Playstation.

All of the judges will use the following criteria to judge all of the entries in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:

  • Reflecting the Theme(s) of the Game
  • Technical; Artistic and Creative Skill
  • Overall Impact of the Work


Coots by Renum63
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

The New Mobile Web Header

A new header for the mobile website has just been released! Our mobile website header has been given a minor overhaul to be more mobile-friendly, and given a sleek new look to match.

Menu items have been updated for ease of access and use, providing a solid balance of clarity and functionality. Everything that was previously available through the menu accessed by tapping on the logo is still present, so everything you know and love is still one tap away.

Mobile Web Header by wreckling


Change Log

  • The Webcam widget on Profile Pages has been phased out. Over the years, as the web has evolved, it has lost its original value. Members can include images in Custom widgets or widget descriptions. Premium Members will have their webcam image automatically transitioned into a Custom widget tomorrow.
  • For a short time, uploading files was not working consistently. Fixed by chris
  • Under certain circumstances, literature and Journal deviations could end up in a partially submitted state, creating a deviation page and duplicate Sta.sh item without sending a Message Center notification. The root cause of the problem has been fixed; affected deviations will be repaired in the near future. Fixed by kemayo
  • Ads were not positioned correctly, when on the mobile website. Fixed by baclap
  • In some instances, newly created Groups would have a duplicate Journal tab. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • Older URLs to browse specific categories would not redirect to the proper new URLs. Fixed by elhsmart
  • Copying and pasting a deviant's username into a deviation description would bring their user symbol with it, and cause display issues. Fixed by inazar
  • When posting a Journal to a Super Group from the Journal tab of that Group's page, Journal Skins installed to the Group would not load. Fixed by inazar
  • An extra button was appearing on the Browse page next to the thumbnail setting buttons. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • When submitting deviations to a Group, deviations marked as Mature Content wouldn't display in the "Contribute to Group" modal. Fixed by outgoingcoyote

Your Feedback

Thanks for the feedback on last week's Site Update
  • With regard to the Discuss topic from last week, many deviants who responded said they commissioned other artists for personal reasons, usually for art of their characters or as a gift to a friend. 
  • Deviants who said that they commission artists for professional reasons mentioned doing so for graphics for their website or covers for their written works, among other things.
  • Several deviants commented on last week's update when DeviantArt encountered errors with uploading files. We appreciate your letting us know! Having said that, please be sure to file a bug report at the Help Desk should you encounter bugs in the future, as that way the appropriate teams are informed first.

Discuss!

Editing Deviations

When editing previously submitted deviations, what is your primary reason for doing so? (e.g is it to change the main file of the deviation, to update the description, etc.) How often do you edit your devations?

Header artwork: Coots by Renum63

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Cartographer by Gabriel-BS
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

  • A new version of the mobile app was released, including a variety of bug fixes and performance improvements.
  • Logged-out visitors will now see up to 50 comments per page on a deviation, rather than the previous setting of 10.
  • When submitting an .mp4 file from Sta.sh, the file would not be correctly identified as a video format. Fixed by szlosek
  • If more than one person gifted a deviant a Premium Membership, only the username of the last deviant who gifted them a Premium Membership would display, even if the previous gifted Premium Membership hadn't expired. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • Currency conversion was not displaying properly on the Give Premium Membership page. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • There were some display issues with dates from 2014, when viewing one's Watch Feed. Fixed by inazar
  • Visiting the Settings page when logged out would trigger a 404 error, rather than prompting the visitor to log in. Fixed by inazar
  • Widgets on the Profile Page were not consistently displaying at the same size from one browser to another. Fixed by trezoid
  • When editing one's Featured Deviation widget, the deviation selection tool was broken. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • There were sizing issues with embedded images, when browsing the Watch Feed. Fixed by kemayo
  • The category selector on the Submit page was not scrollable for Windows 8 users. Fixed by szlosek 
    

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update!
  • We're still Beta Testing the new mobile website header that was launched last week, but in response to feedback from the Beta Testing community, your message total will now display in the menu on the mobile website.
  • In response to the Discuss topic, deviants said that they would like individual deviations and Group deviations to be separated, when viewing their Message Center.
  • PlatinaSi, Lumdrop and a few other deviants suggested a third separation item in addition to the separation of individual and Group messages, specifically to view updates from deviants they've marked as Friends.

Discuss!

Commissioning Artists

When you commission an artist to create work, do you generally do so for yourself, or as a gift for others? Do you find your commissions are more for personal or professional reasons?

Header artwork: Cartographer by Gabriel-BS

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