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Comic-Con: Day 2

Sat Jul 14, 2012, 1:57 AM by Heidi:iconheidi:
Comic-Con Day 2 was all about cosplay, fandom, and art, art, art!  

Before we get into the thick of things, we didn’t have a photo of our huge plasma screens hanging from the convention ceiling to share in our Day 1 recap, so we vowed to get that to you today!  The 11 foot wide screens stream amazing works of art from Artists' Alley participants to the whole convention floor!    

In Comic-Cons past, the foot traffic In Artists’ Alley got busier and busier as the week progressed, and this year is no exception. There’s something magical about speaking one-on-one with a deviant, learning their experiences, hearing how they started as an artist, and how far they’ve come. It’s an emotional connection to make with someone who was practically a stranger a few moments ago -- and then you realize you’re not really strangers when you’re part of such a welcoming community. We all start somewhere, learn and grow along the way, and then challenge ourselves to be better and meet new goals.

EDWARDJCHUA draws Batman as a squirrel, as requested by Ayame-Kenoshi!

A steampunk-rock deviant named ducky-overlord, a member of deviantART for over 9 years, came to our booth today with exciting news to share. Not only was she thrilled to be at the convention and meeting fellow deviants, but she received her first ever Daily Deviation today! And it's no wonder she did. This steampunk-inspired mask is incredible!

Today’s deviantART-related panel was hosted by our very own Josh Wattles, aka makepictures, who spoke to a rapt crowd on the topic of fan art law and copyright. It was sure to be a popular subject, because not only was the crowd comprised of those who love and create fan art, but also artists who create original works who wanted to learn to keep their intellectual property protected. Josh won over both sides with a Fan Art Copyright 101, seamlessly integrating basic definitions with explanations of the trickier facets of the law, peppered with humorous case studies involving Darth Maul, Harry Potter fan fiction, and bronies.

Josh's presentation featured a piece by  kozispoon, who drew Josh in the style of a My Little Pony.

The panel included an expert -- technically, he was a composite of artists who walk the fine line of producing fan art pre-professionally -- who, through the miracle of voice modulation to keep his identity a secret, spoke about his experience working for the comic industry while still being a fan art fanatic.

The mysterious guest.

Because deviantART staff know how to play while they work, megturney spent her day conducting interviews with Artists' Alley participants, all while cosplaying as Superhero Mulan. We were lucky enough to sit down for a moment with AlexGarner, who only had a bit of time to spare before running off to finish a cover for a new DC comic. Work hard, play hard!

megturney keeps AlexGarner on the topic of DC, so he can brainstorm as he interviews.

The cosplaying didn’t end with Superhero Mulan.  megturney also organized her Superhero Disney Princess pals and anyone they could katamari over with them. See how many characters you can name!

In the midst of the whirlwind action of panels, interviews, and cosplaying, deviantART’s booth in the alley continued to be a popular spot for artists to sit down and create after all the inspiration they’d seen on the convention floor...which in turn inspired onlookers to wait for their turn to create, and it was basically one giant ball of creativity and awesomeness.

greenestreet poses behind his clever Avengers/Justice League crossover.

Comic-Con has certainly influenced hokepalakiko as he draws the Man of Steel.

We know how difficult it may be for people in other countries and even as close as other states to make it to Comic-Con. Even though you may not be able to make it physically, we’re hoping these pictures are the next best thing. And if the inspiration you’ve seen here has moved you to create a drawing -- in deviantART muro or elsewhere -- post a link to it in the comments, because we’d love to check it out.

Before you go, a little Batman eye candy.  Just because!

That's a wrap for Day 2!

~Heidi and LaurenKitsune

Read more:
Comic-Con: Day 1
Comic-Con: Day 2
Comic-Con: Day 3
Comic-Con: Day 4

Comic-Con: Day 1

Fri Jul 13, 2012, 2:14 AM by Heidi:iconheidi:
San Diego Comic-Con Day 1 is winding down to such wee hours, some sticklers might call it “Technically A Few Moments Into Day 2.” But we live by the belief that new days don’t technically start until after you’ve fallen asleep, and all of the deviantART staff in attendance are still buzzing with energy after such an amazing first day on the convention floor.

For those of you unable to make it to San Diego, allow us to paint a picture for you.

Try not to get hypnotized as our deviantART signage spins from the convention ceiling!

The first thing you see as you walk in the door (provided you walk in at door G) is the radiant deviantART band of hope hanging from the ceiling like a beacon for artists and art lovers to join their devious brethren at the mecca of creativity: Artists’ Alley.

Like last year, deviantART is sponsoring the alley, offering comic artists comfy seats, slick carpeting, deviantART swag, and the contentment that comes from knowing how awesome deviantART thinks they are.

We've provided not one, but two huge display screens streaming art from artists within Artists' Alley -- one showcasing portrait-style art, the other rotated to feature landscape. The displays, measuring roughly 11 feet wide, are hung from the convention ceiling right over the alley for all to see, beckoning everyone to come closer and meet these legends in person.

endosage and mattdanna prepare the booth.

The deviantART booth itself features kiosks with chairs for weary walkers -- and not the undead kind or those from Westeros. Six of the kiosks feature iMacs and Intuos tablets, ready for anyone who wants to play with deviantART muro. The seventh kiosk features a 24-inch Cintiq where newbies and pros alike can enter into the digital artist’s playground that is so much fun, it frequently requires a wipe-down after patrons and staff alike drool on it in amazement.

It didn’t take long for artists to flock to our humble corner and let their imaginations run wild. Darke-Imp and her friend took a few minutes to whip up a devilish Dante from the video game “Devil May Cry.”

mejia29 stood by this piece he called “one of the best things he’s ever made,” and we were honored to be right there for the historic moment.

Comic-Con wouldn’t be complete without sassy Marvel characters, so xashe drew us one of the craziest of them all: Deadpool.

MarceloBriseno stopped by Artists’ Alley again this year to whip up a quick “Empty Skull” portrait, and it looks amazing.

It's Franchesco!

One of our favorite things about walking through the alley and talking to the artists is that they each have a story. They each had a dream they pursued and the perseverance to hone their talent, and it’s truly an inspiration to all of us. There are many paths that they may have taken to end up in the alley, but the looks on their faces when a fan comes up for an autograph or to purchase some original art is so awe-inspiring and motivational, it reminds us staffers why deviantART loves Artists’ Alley.

danlev agrees!  Comics are art.

Day 1 is coming to a close (we still haven’t gone to bed yet! It’s still Day 1!), and we can barely wait to get going on Day 2. Who knows what the future will hold? More comic book purchases? New, awesome panels to attend? A shy deviant quietly creating a breathtaking masterpiece on deviantART muro as a crowd looks on in awe? Well, we can tell you that ALL OF THESE THINGS WILL DEFINITELY HAPPEN, but you’ll have to tune in to our next Journal to see just how they go!

~Heidi and LaurenKitsune

Read more:
Comic-Con: Day 1
Comic-Con: Day 2
Comic-Con: Day 3
Comic-Con: Day 4

Site Update: Premium Content Platform

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 11:03 PM

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

    DeviantART is proud to announce our Premium Content Platform — providing the ability for content creators to become sellers and generate real earnings by making digital files of their high-quality work available for download. Sellers are able to set their own prices while retaining 80% of all revenue earned, and buyers are able to quickly get the things they want with the satisfaction of supporting the artists they love.

      Every year, San Diego Comic-Con hosts a gallery of artists in what's known as Artists' Alley.  And, for the second year in a row, it's with great honor that deviantART is proud to sponsor the Alley!  For those of you unable to make it to San Diego, allow us to paint a picture for you!  

      Change Log
      • Drag and drop collecting was broken on Daily Deviations page. Fixed by shadowhand
      • Clicking on the preview body of a note in the Message Centre would not open the note. Fixed by $DEVlANT
      • A very limited number of image deviations were loading as literature. Fixed by $ZombieCoder
      • Comments left on older journals were not displaying properly in the Message Centre. Fixed by $kemayo
      • Sometimes Redraws would change the zoom on the last frame of playback.  Fixed by $mudimba
      • Some redraws would get "stuck" on playback.  Fixed by $mudimba
      • A bug in Google Chrome would cause improper behavior of the Halftone brush in rare conditions.  Fixed by $mudimba
      • Making marks without moving the mouse or pen would result in improper brush behavior.  Fixed by $mudimba

      • Under some circumstances, the publishing options wouldn't appear on Writer items.  Fixed by $aMoniker
      • Members couldn't delete descriptions using the inline edit box on the item page.  Fixed by $aMoniker
      • When editing the description inline, the old text would sometimes vanish.  Fixed by $aMoniker
      • When pressing the command key and middle clicking on the view button, it did not open deviations in a new tab. Fixed by $kemayo Writer
      • The old journal editor skin thumbs were jumping around when they were hovered over. Fixed by $inazar
      • When inserting deviations using the "link" menu, all deviantART URLs were being interpreted as deviations. Fixed by $Alisey
      • Fixed an issue where adding links would display the actual HTML when published. Fixed by $Alisey
      • Content after embedded items in Writer sometimes disappeared when the page was reloaded. Fixed by $Alisey

      Your Feedback
        In last week's Site Update, we asked you about how you feel about the way deviantART gathers member feedback.
        • Some users like the way we gather suggestions currently, as it ensures that staff interacts with the community. Others would like to see a more unified means of gathering feedback/suggestions. "There's three very different places to suggest things, not including individual messages to staff members" neurotype pointed out.
        • In response to the emoticon legend suggestions from last week, Satsumo mentioned several other suggestions for improvement.
        • Kat-Anni and several other members mentioned that they'd like to see a public list of suggestions that are being considered (or not considered).
        • KinnoHitsuji brought up several Group suggestions, including being able to organize affiliates, alphabetizing gallery and favourite folders, and being able to view a list of Groups a user is a member of when submitting a new deviation.
        joannastar created a mockup of how the deviantART Visual Suggestions gallery could be improved by adding an "I support this" button on deviations.

        Suggestion: Suggestion Gallery by joannastar

        :lightbulb: Discuss
        Our new Premium Content Platform, which is being rolled out to members over the next several weeks, allows artists to sell  high-quality content — everything from comics or stories for download, to high-res files like .PSDs, textures, tutorials, brush packs, and more!

        If you've sold your content in the past, or are planning on doing so now, what type of content are you interested in selling? Our Platform is in Beta and we will be continuing to upgrade it, so we'd like to know what types of content members are most interested in so that we can better support them.

         Lightbulb Have a suggestion, idea, or feedback? Leave a comment on this article!
        :bug: Find a bug? Report it to the Help Desk(Be as detailed as possible!)

        Mythical Creatures Design Challenge!

        Tue Jul 10, 2012, 4:32 PM

        Remember reading about Greek and Roman mythology in school? What about the folklore you’ve heard while camping or during bedtime stories? We’re challenging you to harness those tales of old and make a design for a t-shirt featuring mythical creatures! 

        Think about fantastical beasts renowned in folklore and myth -- unicorns, dragons, and other mythical animals that you’ve seen in films or books. Now, get inspired by those creatures and let’s see something awesome! 

        :wizardhat: Participation is easy!
        • You come up with potential designs for our deviantART t-shirts.
        • Deviants vote on their favorite designs.
        • Judges choose 2 designs based on the highest-voted submissions.
        • Artists of the winning submissions get cash and their designs printed on t-shirts for all to see!
        This time around, we’re challenging you to design a t-shirt inspired by the world of fantasy. Entries should display an original image or images featuring a mythical creature or creatures. For more inspiration on the deviantART Design Challenge, check out the Mythical Creatures category!

        Like the last challenge, we will allow a two-week period for you to submit your designs before we open the voting. Voting will last for one week only! So don’t forget to submit your work and then remind your friends to vote starting July 25, 2012!

        :wizardhat: Prizes, prizes, prizes!

        Two winners will be selected! Each winner receives $1,500 cash and 20 units of their t-shirt! Plus, each of the winning designs will be sold in the deviantART T-Shirts and Gear Shop. You could find your mythically inspired design printed on someone’s shirt out in the world someday.

        :wizardhat: Not a designer?

        Just like the last Design Challenge, you still have a chance to make an impact and determine the future of deviantART’s designs without being a designer. All throughout the Design Challenge, keep an eye on the Mythical Creatures category. We’ll show you an assortment for you to browse through the submitted designs.

        If you see a design that would make a great shirt, click “I Want This!” on the deviation to cast your vote for the entry. View the entries right now!

        :wizardhat: Worried about cheaters?

        Don’t worry. When the contest is over, deviantART will review the source of all entry data (including but not limited to username and IP data) for suspicious activity and remove fraudulent votes. Also, just because a design has the most votes doesn’t mean it automatically wins. The 100 designs receiving the most votes will move to the final judging round, where our panel of experts will pick three of the most creative, original and best Mythical Creatures inspired t-shirts to produce. 

        But hurry! The deadline for entries is July 24, 2012. Voting begins on July 25, 2012 and ends on July 31, 2012. Submit your designs and cast your votes now!

        :wizardhat: Don’t delay!

        Click here to get started! And be sure to read the Official Terms for all the technical details.

        Unleash your mythical creatures and turn them into an original t-shirt design!

        We are happy to announce a solid list of art-related panels hosted by deviants as well as deviantART administrators during Comic-Con International: San Diego. Comic-Con attendees, mark your schedules for these awesome events!

        Comic-Con How-To: How to Better Understand the Sociology Behind Cosplay

        Thursday, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Room 2 Upper Level
        Cosplay is a loved hobby by many, but what is it about cosplay that attracts us? What is cosplay culture like? What is the proper etiquette as it relates to photographing cosplayers and socializing with convention attendees? Have all your questions about cosplay answered by veteran costume designer and cosplayer Yaya Han (yayacosplay).

        For the past 11 years, yayacosplay has been creating full costumes and fashion pieces in the United States, and what began as a passionate hobby has evolved into a loving craft and career. Check out her work and make room for this informative panel!

        Comic-Con How-To: Living and Creating in the DeviantART World with Yuumei

        Thursday, 3:00 - 4:00 PM, Room 2 Upper Level
        DeviantART is a great platform for sharing your work and getting it seen, and we've invited yuumei to share her expertise on establishing yourself in the world of deviantART. Learn all about yuumei's journey as an artist, her history on deviantART, and her own tips and tricks on gaining a following.

        Comic-Con How-To: Don't Break In, Break Out! with Dave Elliot and Bob Self

        Thursday, 4:00 - 5:00 PM, Room 2 Upper Level
        Stay around after yuumei's panel for this in-depth look at publishing for creators. Find out about the future of publishing with comic industry veteran DeevElliott, President of Baby Tattoo Books MrBabyTattoo, chriscopeland from Cartoon Network, and jeffwamester of the Ultimate Spiderman fame, all moderated by our very own techgnotic!

        Comic-Con 2012 Panels Handout by Ayame-Kenoshi

        Comic-Con How-To: Examining Fan Art Under the Law - A Counter-Cultural Disconnect?

        Friday, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Room 2 Upper Level
        DeviantART's Advisor in Chief makepictures lays down the law in this panel, reviewing the relationship between fan art and copyright. makepictures has decades of experience in copyright law, and will be discussing the impact of new technologies on fan art. To top it all off, he'll be talking about one of the most interesting events to happen in this genre -- the smash hit 50 Shades of Grey. makepictures will even be joined by a mystery fan art fanatic. You won't want to miss it!

        Comic-Con How-To: Supercharge Your deviantART Profile Like the Masters

        Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Room 2 Upper Level
        This superstar lineup of comic, manga, and animators all have something in common besides ridiculous amounts of talent: they are all part of the deviantART community. Over the years, they have learned a thing or two about getting the most out of deviantART, and in this panel, they will share their tips on how to get the most out of your deviantART experience.

        Our panelists include AdamWarren (The Dirty Pair, Empowered), alohalilo (creator of Lilo & Stitch), DeevElliott (Heavy Metal Magazine), Zubby (Project Manager of Creative Services, Udon Entertainment), Kevineastman (co-creator of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), diablo2003 (from Marvel Comics), and yuumei (creator of Knite). Moderating this panel will be deviantART Co-Founder and CEO spyed!

        All of these have also been listed in the Comic-Con Programming Schedule. Tell your friends, and we'll see you at our panels! 

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