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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.

What's New

Introducing Commissions on deviantART

We've launched our new Commissions widget to everyone, enabling artists to generate real earnings through custom creations. Artists can list their commission availability through the widget on their profile, clients can then request commissions from them, and once the artist accepts, they receive payment which then shows up as profit on their My Earnings page.

Brush Updates for deviantART muro

Several additions have been made to deviantART muro in the form of new brush tools!
  • We've been beta testing a text brush that is now released to everyone. You can paint on your canvas with words, and there's a large variety of fonts to choose from!
  • Based on a suggestion by WilloughbyArevalo, we've also added to the eraser tool, so that you can erase using some of the same stylistic brushes that you use to draw! This allows for an even more dynamic creation experience with deviantART muro.

Coming Soon: The New Submit Art Page!
One of the most heavily used features on deviantART is getting an upgrade! We'll soon be releasing improvements to the submission process. From uploading and selecting files to choosing a category, every step has been re-designed and reviewed by our teams to ensure a user-friendly submission process. It's a whole new way to get your art out to the world. And with this comes new technology that will allow us to add even more features in the coming months. 

The New Submit page has been in limited release to a group of several hundred thousand deviants and we've received an amazing amount of feedback. Thanks to such feedback, we've made further improvements to the page and fixed issues that arose during the limited release.  Our data has since shown a significant increase in successful submissions among those using New Submit. Thanks again to all who have provided feedback; we're almost ready to release it to everyone!

Change Log

  • The Collections sidebar of one's Favourites page could not be re-arranged in Google Chrome. Fixed by shahyarg
  • There were some minor issues with dragging thumbnails in some browsers. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Custom Gallery Folder icons were overlapping when viewed in Firefox. Fixed by shahyarg / New Submit

  • When using the left and right arrow keys to browse through stacks, sometimes the image would shift. Fixed by drommk
  • The "remember settings" option didn't work properly if "My Scrapbook" or "My Journal" was selected. Fixed by drommk
  • Under rare circumstances, a "loading editor failed" error would occur. Fixed by drommk Writer

  • Embed codes for film and deviantART muro redraws stopped working in Writer, and would instead disappear. Fixed by kemayo
  • For comments, if the comment was posted with an unclosed HTML tag, the comment would display as cut off in Internet Explorer. Fixed by inazar
  • Writer would delete skinned journal entry contents when editing in Internet Explorer. Fixed by Alisey
  • An extra empty line was added when splitting up a blockquote. Fixed by Alisey

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback left on the previous two Site Updates! Here's some of what you had to say, in the midst of the holiday season.
  • Feedback regarding the changes made to literature thumbnails with preview images was largely positive. 
  • In addition, some deviants mentioned that they would like to add preview images to literature deviations submitted through Writer, as well. For reference, this is something we do intend to implement in the future!
  • Some deviants would like a word count to display in Writer. Suggested by ohsparrowsong


Commissions and deviantART muro Brush Updates
What do you think of the new options that have been added? How do you think you'll make use of the Commissions widget? What are your thoughts on the new brush tools? If you create something using the new brush tools, please link to them in your comment!

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Introducing Commissions on deviantART

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 4:22 PM
Generate real earnings through custom creations

1. List Commission availability on your profile

The Commissions Widget showcases your offerings, showing potential clients that you are accepting requests.

2. Client request Commissions

Commission requests are sent to the artist's Message Center, allowing them to accept or reject the request.

3. You receive payment, you deliver artwork

Artists can track their Commission transactions and generate real profit through My Earnings, garnering 80% royalty on each transaction. Earnings can then be withdrawn as a check, via PayPal, or converted to deviantART Points.

My Correspondence

The new My Correspondence page gives you access to all of your correspondence messages, including Commissions and Group requests. Comments and replies can also be left on accepted commission requests, for a more convenient experience for buyer and seller alike.

The 80% Royalty, Explained

DeviantART offers one of the few places on the Internet with millions of visitors interested only in the incredible depth and breadth of artforms presented by our deviants. And, the truth is, it costs money to run the site. The Commissions Widget alone required building a number of new technologies, as well as harnessing and tweaking existing features to work with the new changes. The 20% fee we charge helps build and maintain everything that's involved -- and there is more to come on this feature.

We're considering tiered fees in the future for people who reach monthly sales levels, and for Premium Members, but we'd like to see this spread onto the site before making those changes so we can accurately project where the breaks for the different levels should be placed. Anyone who chooses to use the widget will be providing us valuable insight and data that we will use to mold the future of the widget and the forthcoming Portal/search ability that will allow people to browse and discover artists who are offering commissions. For those who don't see the value in the widget, deviants still have the ability to provide commissions via the same methods they've always had.

Frequently Asked Questions

Coming Soon: Browse and discover artists who are currently offering Commissions.

Holiday Card Project 2012 Wrap-Up

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:19 AM

After a 3 year absence, the Holiday Card Project returned in 2012 and was more successful than ever! Over 2500 deviants from 60 countries participated this year, with more than 3500 cards received. With such an excellent response, we wanted to ensure we were spreading the love as much as possible. We asked for volunteers to help distribute cards to their local hospitals, and with the extra assistance of a few super deviants, we were able to distribute cards to 23 hospitals around the world!

Most hospitals were comfortable taking the cards and distributing them to patients on food trays or through hospital volunteers. While we aren't always able to interact directly with the patients, we're told what we already know -- that the cards are beautiful and the patients greatly appreciated them. We even started to receive lovely thank you letters from our participating hospitals.

Topicality, pajama-sam, and I were able to distribute the cards in person to the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. The kids at this center are those that are undergoing therapy to get stronger and healthier after their surgeries. We were able to speak with the patients, and their parents, and see their reactions upon receiving one of your one-of-a-kind cards. One child, in particular, made quite an impact on us.

Ryan has been in various hospitals since November 3rd. He spent his 8th birthday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in the hospital. He has a condition known as AVM, a congenital brain condition, which required several brain surgeries and various medical procedures. While it's been an extremely tough time for him and his family, Ryan had the biggest smile on his face when we saw him, especially when we gave him one of your hand-crafted cards. Not only did Ryan love the card, but his mother was appreciative for the support.

Hcp photos-1 by Ayame-Kenoshi

Hcp photos-2 by Ayame-Kenoshi

This was truly a deviantART community effort, as deviants made the cards, and deviants distributed the cards! While we staff were able to distribute a few, we relied on you to spread joy all over the world. Thanks to our volunteers, we were able to double the number of hospitals reached. Check out some of their photos below!

Holiday Card Project Cards by Astralseed

2 by rainylake

Holiday card project 1 by silverlakephotos

Holiday Card Project 2 by silverlakephotos

Thank you so much to our volunteers who distributed cards to hospitals, Moonbeam13, cmptrwhz, silverlakephotos, Katy-L-Wood, ArwingPilot114, rainylake, Oilux, AJ333, itsinthesoul, PoorLittleTruffle, infinitelove143, Astralseed, and Nyiana-sama. Check out their wrap-up journals here:

:holly: Holiday Card Delivery by cmptrwhz
:holly: The Holiday Card Project: The Denver VA Hospital by Katy-L-Wood
:holly: Holiday Card Project! by AJ333
:holly: Holiday Card Project- UMass Medical Center- UPDATE by Nyiana-sama
:holly: Holiday Card Project - Monroe Clinic Hospital by Astralseed
:holly: Holiday Card Project: Longmont United Hospital by rainylake

Special thanks to the deviantART staffers who were instrumental in the behind-the-scenes work of sorting and counting the cards, Shyree, LaurenKitsune, Heidi, aunjuli, codenamepanther, o-KOUKLA-o, and makepictures.

And, most of all, thank you for your time and effort sending us cards and bringing smiles to those who need it most. This project could not have been possible without you, and we sincerely appreciate the spirit of giving and joy that thrives throughout the deviantART community. :heart:

As promised, all participants of the Holiday Card Project were given a one month free Premium Membership to deviantART. Those subscriptions have all been awarded and activated. If for some reason you did not receive your subscription, please send Ayame-Kenoshi a note with the following information:

:bulletred: Your name
:bulletred: The approximate date your card was sent
:bulletred: A one sentence description of what your card looked like
:bulletred: The location you sent it from

Please note: If you currently have an active Premium Membership, this one-month Premium Membership has been added to your subscription and will take effect once your current Premium Membership expires.

Thank you again for a successful return of the Holiday Card Project!

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

Commissions on deviantART (Beta Testers)

The deviantART community is full of talented artists and art appreciators looking to commission custom artwork. We’re excited to announce that we’re launching Commissions on deviantART to all Beta Testers, a feature that connects artists with clients, creating custom artwork in exchange for real earnings. 

Please note: Currently, the Commissions widget can only be installed by Beta Testers, but everyone has the ability to request a Commission from Beta Testers during this testing period.  

Change Log

  • The "More" links on the right side of a Group's Gallery did not always display properly. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Blackberry's BB10 browser was not identified as a modern browser by the new mobile site. Fixed by shadowhand
  • For some Order Details pages, an 'unknown' status would display. Fixed by yury-n
  • deviantART muro deviations were not allowed to be submitted into the deviantID category. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Journal submission validation errors were small and barely noticeable. Fixed by helloandre
  • The 'other groups' area of the Favourites drop-down menu would not show when a deviant was scrolled down the page. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Some of the wording on the Manage Deviations page was confusing. Fixed by yury-n
  • The "Drag and Collect" overlay was off-center for literature thumbnails. Fixed by shahyarg

deviantART muro

  • Deviants who were logged into deviantART but hadn't visited in a while were told that they needed to log in. Fixed by mudimba / New Submit

  • In, very wide deviations weren't fully visible when fully zoomed. Fixed by adahacker
  • Clicking on the Beautiful Creatures Light or Dark Contest submission link did not automatically populate the category properly for the new Submit page. Fixed by adahacker
  • It was impossible to submit to Scraps when trying to submit exclusively to a Group. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Clicking "Submit" wouldn't always trigger a submission attempt, if done while auto-saving. Fixed by adahacker
  • For some deviation types, editing a deviation wouldn't give the creator the option to notify their watchers. Fixed by adahacker Writer

  • For comments, switching between comment boxes would cause glitches. Fixed by inazar
  • Writer's sidebar did not let deviants use their Groups' journal skins. Fixed by Alisey
  • Including literature deviations in comments did not work if the original deviation had Sharing disabled. Fixed by Alisey
  • Blockquotes did not end after hitting enter. Fixed by Alisey

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Dedication to a New Year

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 8:52 PM



Nuances of an Annual Ritual

Which brings us to each year’s communal celebration of the passing of our lifetimes:

New Year’s Eve

So what did you “actually get done” in the past year? How closer are you to a grand goal in life? An assessment is made and then the inevitable Step 2 of the yearly process is engaged, which is often a word for word repeat of last year’s Step 2:

The New Year’s Resolution

There seem to be two main strategies that emerge at this point of facing the New Year, a “brand new morning.”  The lone wolf quietly acknowledges goals not yet reached, and is even more secretive in the “new plan.”  “I’ll show them,” becomes the new private mantra.  It works for some people, but my experience has been that I’m splurging on Star Wars memorabilia by Valentine’s Day.

I’ve found that rather than making secret contracts with myself, a much higher success rate is always achieved as a combination of two other elements.

Pablo Picasso

To a truly worthy vision, maybe even one that cannot be achieved in a year, but in a lifetime, is just the sort of quest that engages the starving soul so much more than the common shaving a few digits off of the weight scale. (I personally implemented the "no cookie left behind" program this holiday season so I might want to think about that one too.) But the truth is, New Year’s comes but once a year. It would seem better to me to go big or not at all. Pick projects of real importance in your life – ones that require the more personal attention and dedication to the better.

Should not be a dirty word in the strategies of personal achievement. It has been my experience that the more genuinely useful support I’ve received from the like-minded (as well as the merely curious) has always gone a long way to keeping my Big Picture from faltering. When the potholes in the road forward begin to resemble archeological digs, as it seems they usually do, there’s nothing more heartening in being able to take it all in stride than a word of admiration, advice or encouragement from a fellow dA community member.

In his book "Outliers" Malcolm Gladwell outlines the 10,000-Hour Rule, the thought being that spending ten thousand hours practicing a particular discipline is necessary for mastery of that skill. He also brings up the importance of support in the from family, friends, and mentors in the ultimates success of an individual. No one achieves the highest summit's of success alone. No one. Even the most unique vision requires the nurture of human camaraderie if it is to be developed to it's fullest potential and efficacy.

I find myself thinking about recent achievements as well as a grand vision currently in formation here at deviantART, and how much the atmosphere of this community – how much dedication to art and artists, and how much they are supported and support each other – and I can’t wait to see where life will take all of us in this new year.  A tough statement to put out there, considering the unbearable horrors that have recently rained down in our world from weather catastrophes, classroom atrocities, civil wars and the violence related to a radically altered political landscape around the world.  But it’s true.  I am still hopeful.  I am still ready to rededicate my dreams on New Year’s Eve. I’m not sure I’d be making that statement were I not now ensconced and engaged in the deviantART community.  But as Kurt Vonnegut used to say, “So it goes.”

























For the Reader


Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?


Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?


What’s the most farfetched resolution you’ve ever declared?


What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?


Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?


Can you share with us the personal discipline system that works for you as an artist in bringing your work to a next level?


More specifically do you have any tips for those of us balancing multiple responsibilities along with our creative endeavors?

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