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Each day, hundreds of thousands of pieces of art are submitted to deviantART. As more and more artists join, create, and share their work, it becomes easy for high quality art to miss its chance to stand out and be seen.
Our new browse mode, Undiscovered, aims to bring new, high quality artwork to the foreground.

Finding Hidden Gems

Undiscovered focuses on recently submitted artwork that has not yet drawn attention or recognition at the levels of Popular or What's Hot browse modes. Using an algorithm that identifies patterns in community behavior when curating content, Undiscovered generates a browsing experience that draws attention to creative art and talented artists that may not receive the same level of attention from other browse modes.

Please keep in mind that the algorithm that powers Undiscovered is still new and we may make changes as it grows in use.

Discover New Art Daily

Because Undiscovered focuses on recently submitted artwork, the artwork displayed may change throughout the course of a day, frequently bringing you new art by a wide variety of artists, and giving more art and more artists the chance to be seen.

Insidious 2 Contest

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 1:07 PM

Perhaps you're walking down a dark hallway or climbing a creaky old staircase and you can't help but feel something unpleasant or dangerous happening. Your imagination starts to run wild… but what is it?

Your challenge is to depict a shadowy twist to a "normal" daily experience showing that danger is always closer than expected: an everyday activity that may be haunted; an accident about to happen; a terror that lurks within! Whether your artwork is based on the Insidious Chapter 2 trailer or the original film, Insidious, or you simply rely on your own sense of approaching dread, we want to see it!

Watch the Insidious Chapter 2 Trailer and read the contest Challenge. Using the visual medium of your choice depict a twist to a "normal" daily experience suggesting that danger is always closer than you think.

Read the Official Rules. Your entry must be a single .JPG or .PNG, at least 2,000 pixels in the shortest length, and suitable to be made into a print.

Submit your creation to the contest category by clicking the "submit artwork" button below.

  • $5,000 USD
  • Your winning entry framed & signed by Director James Wan
  • Two free tickets to see Insidious Chapter 2 at your local theater
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • 1-Year Premium Membership
  • $3,000 USD
  • Your winning entry framed & signed by Director James Wan
  • Two free tickets to see Insidious Chapter 2 at your local theater
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • 6-month Premium Membership
  • $2,000 USD
  • Your winning entry framed & signed by Director James Wan
  • Two free tickets to see Insidious Chapter 2 at your local theater
  • 2,000 deviantART Points
  • 6-month Premium Membership

3-month Premium Membership
2,000 deviantART Points

Entry must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PT - Los Angeles CA, USA) on July 7, 2013 and must be submitted to the Contest gallery.

  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of June 12, 2013 to be eligible to enter the Contest and must be a resident of the United States.
  • The completed entry ("Work") may originate in any visual medium but must be submitted at the Contest Site as a single JPG or PNG file, at least 2,000 pixels in the shortest length. Should be suitable to be made into a print.
  • The Work must be completely original, but may be based on any of the Entrant's prior work. No stock.
  • Multi-panel Works are NOT acceptable.
  • Membership to (the "Contest Site") is required to enter the contest.
  • Membership to is free.
  • Additional terms and conditions apply.

25 Semi-Finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff.

From the Semi-Finalists, the final three Winners will be selected by James Wan, Director of Insidious Chapter 2.

All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Technical merit
  • Overall impact of the Work in communicating the Contest challenge (depict a twist to a "normal" daily experience suggesting that danger is always closer than one would think)
  • Artistic Skill

Notifications for Commissions

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 1:08 PM

A new set of notifications have been added to the Message Center to bring more exposure to artists offering Commissions! 

Whenever an artist lists a Commission through the Commissions Widget, a notification message will be sent to that artist's watchers, informing them that a new Commission is available. These messages, grouped into a new Activity section of the Message Center, can be enabled or disabled from the deviantWATCH modal on a deviant's Profile and the Manage Friends page.

charles bukowski by ercansebat

Forewordby techgnotic


If the severely acne-scarred face and coarse exterior brought on by his alcoholic and depressed life was the book cover of his being, then Charles was the ultimate book that could not be judged by its cover.

The exquisite collection that was this everyman artist’s art consisted of thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels—mostly all wrenchingly autobiographical, mostly all about moments of epiphany and grace in an otherwise miserable and unhappy existence. The perfect explication of the common man's deepest truth; it's not easy to be here.

Unvarnished and brutal blunt force trauma underlined with hope, beauty, longing, and love.

Therein lies the power of his poetry and his prose that strikes to the very soul of the reader that allows his legendary cruelties toward the people in his life and his many general misdeeds to be mostly forgiven—a price worth paying in light of the beauty of his words in those moments when his artistry transcended the ugliness beaten into his heart by an abusive father. A small but loyal fan base has grown up around his poetry and novels. A bourbon-soaked slice of his life was portrayed by Mickey Rourke in “Barfly.” But his works remain just beneath the popular radar, a treasure chest of sparkling gems that remain to this day hard to sell, victims of the stained brown bag packaging they were first delivered in.

About Artists on Writers


Writers will always find inspiration in the visions of artists, always feeling compelled to tell the stories behind the moments captured in artists’ unforgettable images,

Just as,

Artists will always find inspiration in the words of writers, always feeling compelled to lend visual reality and habitat to the characters described in the scribe’s haunting words.

A Quote From Charles Bukowski


“Find what you love and let it kill you.”
— Charles Bukowski

Quotes from BUKOWSKI


“You have to die a few times before you can really live.”

“Bad taste creates many more millionaires than good taste.”

“Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.”


by Charles Bukowski

There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going to let anybody see you.

There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders and the grocery clerks
never know that he's in there.

There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay down, do you want to mess me up?
You want to screw up the works?
You want to blow my book sales in Europe?

There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
but I'm too clever,
I only let him out at night sometimes when everybody's asleep.
I say, I know that you're there,
so don't be sad.

Then I put him back,
but he's singing a little in there,
I haven't quite let him die
and we sleep together like that with our secret pact
and it's nice enough to make a man weep,
but I don't weep, do you?

Oh Yes

by Charles Bukowski

There are worse things than being alone,
but it often takes decades to realize this
and most often when you do
it's too late
and there's nothing worse
than too late.

Alone With Everybody

by Charles Bukowski

The flesh covers the bone
and they put a mind in there
and sometimes a soul,
and the women break
vases against the walls
and the men drink too much
and nobody finds the one

But keep looking
crawling in and out of beds.

Flesh covers the bone and the
flesh searches for more than flesh.

There's no chance at all:
we are all trapped by a singular fate.

Nody ever finds the one.

The city dumps fill
the junkyards fill
the madhouses fill
the hospitals fill
the graveyards fill

Nothing else fills.

What Bothers Them Most

excerpt by Charles Bukowski

They simply never understand,
do they,
that sometimes solitude is
one of the most beautiful things
on earth?

Quotes from BUKOWSKI


“Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.”

“You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.”

“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”

Questions For the Reader


  1. Does an artist’s life story necessarily serve as an element of his or her art?  Can you even try to separate the work from the life of the artist?
  2. Does “real” artistic commitment require excesses and the testing of boundaries in the real-time of your own life experience?
  3. In your experience has your art been affected by the way you conduct your life?
  4. Can the actions of an artist be so negative as to dismiss all of the artist’s work?  For example, Ezra Pound a poet who embraced fascism or Leni Riefenstahl who made infamous and some say brilliant propaganda films for the Nazis.

Research & Curation


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

Multi-Submit and Scheduled Submit (Premium Member Features)

Upgrade to Premium Membership to use these new features!

Multi-Submit and Scheduled Submit, two often-requested features that will make submitting to deviantART even easier, have been launched to Premium Members!

Multi-Submit is a tabbed interface built into the Submit page which allows you to upload and submit multiple deviations at once, and Scheduled Submit lets you set a future time and date for uploaded files to be publicly posted to deviantART. 

For deviants with a busy schedule, or who like to upload and submit multiple deviations at once, this gives you the opportunity to prepare and present your work to your watchers without having to worry about flooding Message Centers or risking works going unnoticed!

Trying Out A New Suggestions Forum

We've been running a limited trial of the Ideas Forum on our Customer Service Central, and have just expanded this trial to more deviants. This forum allows for a great deal of flexibility in how we approach suggestions, including giving staff the ability to mark suggestions as complete, planned, or not planned, the ability for community members to vote up suggestions they agree with, and more!

Merging Journals in the Message Center

A few years ago, we merged News and Journals. Until now, Journals submitted to the Journal Portal still came through to the News section of the Message Center. Today, all of these messages — and all future messages — have been merged into the Journals section of the Message Center for clarity. 

Change Log

  • The "More" buttons in a Group Gallery did not show if the window was too wide. Fixed by shahyarg
  • The global settings for Group Gallery submissions were not being enforced properly for the Featured folder. Fixed by randomduck
  • Clicking a "Visit Journal" link in the Message Center would open the Journal, but the "Next", "Previous", and "All" buttons would not display. Fixed by muteor
  • Links containing FTP URLs would break when formatted. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Browsing Collections in More Like This results only opened first item loaded by 'view more' and scrolling. Fixed by helloandre
  • There was a display issue when collecting thumbs on profile page. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Opening a thumbnail in the footer by using ctrl+click (command+click, for Mac users) would open that deviation on the same page instead of in a new tab. Fixed by helloandre
  • Journal thumbnails would have cosmetic issues when stacked in a Group Gallery. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Promotional discount price changes would not display properly in the "Buy Prints" box. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Prints Shop thumbnails were briefly broken. Fixed by muteor

DeviantArt muro

  • Filters were not behaving properly, often turning the layer either pure black or pure white. Fixed by mudimba
  • There was a cosmetic bug in the layer palette when a file had a large number of layers. Fixed by mudimba / Submit

  • The "+New" button would disappear in Internet Explorer 8. Fixed by kouiskas
  • For Multi-Submit, if there was only one tab left open before refreshing the page, it wouldn't have the close button after refreshing. Fixed by kouiskas
  • A "Saved to" popup would incorrectly appear when opening a remembered tab. Fixed by kouiskas
  • When closing all previously open tabs and then uploading new items, a duplicate tab would appear. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Clicking the close button too early would make the button disappear instead of closing the tab. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Resetting a tab wouldn't remove saved settings. Fixed by drommk
  • When switching tabs while scheduling a submission, the Schedule menu would close but the calendar would still display. Fixed by drommk Writer

  • Writer could fail to display included emoticons under certain circumstances. Fixed by kemayo
  • Big thumbnails were broken, and would instead display the same as thumbnails created using the standard :thumb: code. Fixed by kemayo

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback left on last week's Site Update! Here's some of the feedback you left for us.
  • Feedback regarding the Discuss topic varied. Some deviants mentioned posting features for art they like or art they feel fits a specific theme, while others mentioned that they post features to showcase a specific artist or artists.
  • Some deviants mentioned that they'd like an easier way to add thumbnails to features. In response, other deviants suggested using Writer's sidebar to add images more quickly.
  • SingingFlames suggested having different size options for literature thumbnails, to match the different size options between :thumb: and :bigthumb:, when posting features.
  • Deviants generally did not like the suggestion regarding Polls being automatically removed from the Message Center after voting.
  • Some deviants would like to see more of their transaction history using deviantART Points. Suggested by Xeshaire


Creating Art with Apps
There are many apps for mobile devices that are designed for creating art when on the go. Do you use any apps for creating art, when on your mobile device? If so, what apps do you use, and why do you prefer to use that app (or those apps)?

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