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Seattle deviantMEET Wrap-Up!

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 2:52 PM

The Emerald City gave a warm welcome to its deviantART green brethren on Saturday, March 23, with one of the most successful deviantMEETs in history! With over 400 attendees, this event was the second largest deviantMEET ever, and the day couldn't have been more perfect. The Pratt Fine Arts Center had the honor of not only hosting the event but instructing the group on some awesome artistic techniques. More on that later.

Heidi, danlev, ewm and I arrived a bit early to witness the magic of this room...

...turning into a full house!

Photo credit: ewm

The gathering kicked off with deviants mixing and mingling with one another, meeting artists with similar interests. At 1 PM, the screenprinting tutorials began, led by instructors from Pratt. We were surprised to see that our friends at Pratt even created a special screen containing a deviantART logo for attendees to use in their design!

Photo credit: ewm

While we were nervous about the weather, given that there was a snowstorm the day before, we were extremely pleased to see that it was actually a beautiful day! As such, we opened the garage, and the festivities migrated outdoors. Sidewalk chalk was distributed, and an amazing collaboration was made.

Pratt-1 by Ayame-Kenoshi
deviantART Meet I by PoultryChamp

Photo credit: Ayame-Kenoshi, PoultryChamp, and ewm

A few deviants set up in the drawing room, where sketchbooks were exchanged and new masterpieces were made. Those who brought laptops or tablets were able to use Pratt's Wi-Fi to showcase their deviantART profiles, +Watch new friends, and work on digital pieces. We even had a few deviants creating unique forms of artwork -- including knitters, crafters, and even AutumnDogForge creating chain mail!

DA meet Seattle by llesliedesign
Photo credit: ewm and llesliedesign

This deviantMEET was held in honor of the Merrell Diorama Contest winners, who sent us their creations to display at the meet. All three winners were beautifully constructed and looked even more impressive in person. In fact, the first place winner, trinafool, drove all the way from Portland, OR, to share her diorama. It was a truly international deviantMEET, as we had attendees from all over -- even as far away as Vancouver, Canada!

Photo credit: ewm

After the festivities ended, a group of deviants headed to the nearby Moonlight Cafe to grab a bite to eat. It was unfortunately time to say goodbye to Seattle, but we knew we had created connections that will last a lifetime.

Special thanks goes to the Pratt Fine Arts Center for being accommodating hosts and giving us the tools to express our creativity! And, of course, thank you to all who attended, near and far. It wouldn't have been a success without you!

Check out what others had to say about the deviantMEET!

Legacy of The Lens

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 11:07 AM

A study in artistic diversity, Bernardo Medina embodies the renaissance spirit of the consummate artist, always inspired and inspiring artists around him to create and capture the rhythms of life and beauty in a multitude of mediums.

At the core is his love and dedication to the realism in captured moments of humanity that only the lens of photography can provide. With a background in architecture and design underpinning his artistic journey, Bernardo joined deviantART almost a decade ago and in that time has generated a formidable and impressive body of work on his own but also through collaborative endeavors with the other members of the deviantART community. He serves as a model of not only individual personal dedication to his art – but as an artist ever ready to share from his vast reservoir of spiritual support with any deviants or other artists who need only ask.

Bernardo specializes in building teams of artists to realize his visions when imagining public spaces filled with artwork, media, and inspiration. On a recent notable project he worked with devilicious on bringing the interior of a 25,000 sq ft nightclub to devious life. On this, as with his other creations, much of the graphics, photography, modeling, design concepts, and artworks are sourced from dA when building massive public projects.

Many are most familiar with Bernardo’s work from his collaborations and photographic journeys in association with National Geographic that have yielded such absolutely beautiful imagery.  He manages to capture the human condition and the global pulse of our living planet in an unvarnished and dramatic yet life-affirming manner. His images rank with the very best of what has made National Geographic the touchstone and authority in naturalist photography since before most of us were born.

But of all his most treasured collaborative work, Bernardo cites as his most enduring, fulfilling and inspiring the projects he shares with his son Tomas, teemoh. Like father – like son: Tomas also began his photographic journey on deviantART. Whereas Bernardo’s life in photography has focused on capturing moments in the natural world, Tomas, with his background in video and graphic design, is achieving great things in experimenting with light, form and sound. The father & son team is currently collaborating on a media show, “My Thailand Story.” Theirs is the sort of professional and spiritual relationship that best defines and illustrates in living practice what the deviantART experience and community is all about.

Interview with Bernardo Medina


When did you first realize that deviantART was becoming your support system in your artistic endeavors?


When I started meeting many talented artists in deviantART, passionate about their work and about sharing it. They have been truly inspirational during the last 10 years. I come to deviantART every day. As an evolving community, it has a rhythm of it's own. In a world saturated with social media, deviantART remains true to it's original intent, connecting people through art. DeviantART has always been a reflection of new art trends, what's new, what's viral. In the modern world of business it is useless to be a creative original thinker unless you can share what you create and benefit from it.


Can you tell us a bit about your formal education and how it relates to the knowledge gained from an online community of photographers?


Architect by education. We have a Studio of Design and Construction in Texas. Photography is a source of inspiration for my architectural projects. It lets me play with the perception of the outside world, it's structures, forms, colors, illusions and cliches!

DeviantART artist/friends work with us on the artistic part of the architectural projects we do: graphics, photography, modeling, design concepts. The collab and team work is awesome!

Recently we worked with deviantART's devilicious on a 25,000 sq. ft. night club project in Fort Worth, Texas. We produced many deviantART inspired images. Her visual concepts had a unique deviant flair. Working with devilicious (Mary) is Nirvana!


Would you like to shed some light on your relationship with National Geographic?


Over the last few years some of my images have received photography awards and I've traveled with Nat Geo a couple of times. We are currently working on a multi-media show that includes a photography exhibit in Houston with The TAT ( Thailand Tourism Authority ) of the 2012 Thailand trip.


Do you feel like you’re an ambassador for the arts ethos of deviantART when you’re working in Thailand, etc?


A humble ambassador! It's always great when you have a deviantART friend tell you that your work inspired their creativity, or that they traveled to a certain place after seeing my photo.


What do you tell young artists about making best use of the human resources of arts communities as they begin building their careers?


Connect, connect, connect with artist-friends. The sorcery and charm of sharing our view of the world make it one of the most treasured of all creative arts. Access to talented and creative people is to modern business what access to coal and iron once was to steelmaking.


Can you name a photographer on deviantART whose work you admire?


We have followed jsmonzani for many years. The range of his work is inspiring. His work mixes photography, graphic design and cinema, and we like that!


What relationship do you see between the magic of art and the business of art?


To be a successful entrepreneur, one needs a vision of one's work. If we dream, we will be inspired beyond the straight jacket of the everyday world. There is a profound connection between art and enterprise, which allows businesses to overcome its limitations and break the rules. Creativity is the cutting edge of the art business.


Do you have future projects in mind in collaboration with your son?


We're working on a media show: "My Thailand Story."


Can you talk about the arc of a father and son collaboration?


My son Tomas (teemoh) joined deviantART 9 years ago. He went to film and photography school and now we work together on special projects. It's awesome! He is driven to create and has a passion for engaging with clients to turn their visions into striking images. As a video-photographer and graphic designer, he is working on several media projects experimenting with light, form & sound – the world in motion!

Interview with Tomas Medina


How has your Dad's arc as a photographer influenced your career personally and professionally?


It’s very exciting to be a part of a creative family.  It gave me the tools to create my own vision of the world.  Professionally, it's a great start if you have 4 eyes!


Can you talk a bit about your current camera set up and also offer some travel tips for the young photographer about to set out on a first trip as a paid photographer?


We like Canon Equipment, and we travel light, but bring very selective gear to cover any lighting  condition.


Have you ever instantly known when you’ve captured the death of the perfect moment?


Yes. Sometimes you can feel that instantly! But also, many great photographs are made only after observing a subject, learning when it looks best, and returning to photograph it at its most spectacular. This is how you make anything look extraordinary.

Video Narrated by Alan Watts

CREDIT: :iconjacquelinebarkla: A Dark Horse Running in a Fantasy by JacquelineBarkla

Questions For the Reader

  1. What happened that confirmed for you that you had chosen correctly in making the arts a focal point in your life?

  2. Have you ever collaborated with a close friend or family member?  Was it a moment of growth or did it result in a retreat.

  3. Are you in the process of planning a full commitment to a career in the arts?  Do you need to choose between many talents in the arts?

  4. Do you think there is a well of inspiration waiting to be tapped by the right artistic stimulus in every human being?

Site Update: What's Hot (Beta)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 8:05 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

What's Hot (Beta): Trending Artwork on deviantART

With the vast amount of artwork on deviantART, it can be easy to miss something, and it's common for artwork to get a spike of traffic long after it was originally submitted. Our new “What’s Hot” browse mode surfaces artwork that’s receiving a recent increase in exposure, regardless of when it was submitted.

Change Log

  • There were some layout and styling issues with Critiques and Critique messages. Fixed by yury-n
  • File type restrictions on some categories were fixed. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Some outdated categories needed reparenting or deletion. Fixed by shahyarg
  • There were some layout issues with the "Write a Journal Entry" button on profile page. Fixed by muteor
  • Gallery Stats would not display for some users. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Deviants were not being redirected to the page they logged in from, when logging in from the Deviant Login menu. Fixed by kemayo
  • Some small layout issues could occur when editing the Comments widget on one's Profile. Fixed by muteor
  • Navigating from one deviation to another using the arrow keys would sometimes override browser navigation. Fixed by muteor
  • Passwords containing some special characters were being rejected for a brief period. Fixed by yury-n
  • The "Watch Redraw" button on deviations created in deviantART muro did not work if the deviation was viewed at full size. Fixed by muteor
  • Deviations in the Message Center would not always display properly when the Big Thumbs setting was on. Fixed by muteor
  • The "Show Images" and "deviantART muro drawing" buttons in comments were briefly broken. Fixed by shadowhand
  • When Browsing with endless scrolling, the page could keep scrolling even if there were no more results. Fixed by muteor
  • Some Cancel buttons on the Settings page required two clicks to take effect. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Clicking the "Add to Favourites" button on deviations reached from the Message Center would sometimes take deviants back to the Message Center instead of adding the art to their Favourites. Fixed by muteor
  • When sending a Note using the Share button on deviation pages, clicking on a friends name in note share on deviation page navigated to recipient page rather than adding name to the address box. Fixed by yury-n
  • For Firefox and Internet Explorer users, the browser's back button did not always work properly, when viewing a deviation by using the "Next" and "Previous buttons. Fixed by muteor
  • When deleting many items in the Message Center, the page did not scroll back to the top of the page when finished. Fixed by muteor
  • Some checkboxes were displaying oddly on the Settings page. Fixed by muteor
  • A "Long Running Script" error would sometimes occur for some deviants using Internet Explorer 8. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Various changes were made to improve OAuth 2.0 application submission and whitelisting. Fixed by shahyarg

deviantART muro

  • Menus were not aligned correctly. Fixed by mudimba / Submit

  • Clicking cancel in the middle of uploading several files to wouldn't entirely cancel the remaining uploads. Fixed by kouiskas
  • When opening a stack URL directly, pressing escape wouldn't return a user to their Fixed by kouiskas
  • Deleting very large stacks would sometimes fail halfway through deletion. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Editable titles and descriptions in now use the HTML5 attribute ContentEditable, to better distinguish that those areas are editable. Fixed by drommk
  • A "Your is empty" message would sometimes appear when it shouldn't have. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Stacks did not have a length limit for titles. Fixed by drommk
  • Dragging to select files would stop working when hovering over editable text. Fixed by drommk
  • Some .PSD and .TIFF deviations for which a preview can't be generated would remain with a broken preview image. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Clicking inside the description box, then clicking outside of the box would cause the content to parse incorrectly. Fixed by drommk
  • Some raw camera filetypes (.3FR, .ARW, .CR2, .CRW, .DCR, .DNG, .ERF, .KDC, .MRW, .NEF, .ORF, .PEF, .RAF, .SR2, .X3F) are now supported for submission. Whenever possible, a PNG preview will be automatically generated when uploaded, the same way that previews are generated for .TIFF and .PSD files that have maximized compatibility turned on. Fixed by kouiskas
  • .PSD, .TIFF and raw camera filetypes will now display EXIF data on the deviation page, if they contain any. Fixed by kouiskas
  • On already published deviations, selecting a different category would incorrectly trigger an autosave, even when "update" hadn't been pressed. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Deviants who had "Request Critiques" saved as a default submission setting would still be able to request Critiques after their Premium Membership expired. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Closed contest categories could still be submitted to after the contest had been closed, when using a link directing submissions to that category. Fixed by kouiskas
  • The page counter wouldn't always update when deleting all items on the page. Fixed by kouiskas Writer

  • Non-romanized characters were being double-encoded when edited. Fixed by Alisey
  • The CSS from the settings page was showing up on deviantART's settings page. Fixed by Alisey
  • When leaving comments in, the sidebar will more actively remove duplicates from the Conversation tab. Fixed by inazar

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback left on last week's update! Here's some of what you had to say.
  • Deviants were pleased with the addition of the "Import to deviantART muro" button.
  • Feedback regarding the change to More Like This on deviation pages varied. Some deviants said that they liked that the thumbnails were made smaller, but others mentioned that they were displeased with the increased amount.
  • Some deviants would like to create cover images for Gallery folders for Groups. Suggested by BrainyxBat
  • Deviants would like to be able to drag to collect deviations from the More Like This box on deviation pages. Suggested by HyliaBeilschmidt


Writing Journals
When writing Journals to post on deviantART, do you do so from the Write a Journal Entry page, or through Writer? What do you like most about each process? What do you feel could be improved?

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Robert shot an action-packed short film called Two Scoops, starring twins Lola and Lucia who operate an ice cream truck by day and happen to also be monster-slayers. Fans contributed to the project by submitting films, Tweeting their ideas for super-weapons, creating the fiercest monsters, and sending in their photos to appear on Missing Person posters.

We're excited to announce that the collaboration is now complete! You can see the finished film right here, along with the best contributions from fans, and documentary footage to tell the story of the project.

What is your all-time favorite Robert Rodriguez film?

Once Upon A Time In Mexico

Spy Kids


Sin City


Art on the Rise
DeviantART is a bustling and active community, and with the high volume of artwork submitted on any given day, it can be easy to miss something. In fact, it's common for artwork to go viral across the Web or get a spike of traffic days, months, or even years after it was originally submitted.

Our new “What’s Hot” browse mode surfaces artwork that’s receiving a recent increase in exposure, regardless of when it was submitted.

A New Way To Surface Artwork
We often see artwork gain a lot of attention across the Web (after being shared on blogs, social sites, etc.), but by the time this recognition occurs, our search engines don't consider it when displaying recently "Popular" deviations. The new "What’s Hot" mode is built to celebrate these surges of exposure.

What's Hot vs. Popular
The content of the “What’s Hot” page uses an algorithm that reflects what artwork has recently garnered attention, regardless of when it was submitted to deviantART. Unlike the "Popular" browse modes, "What’s Hot" ignores submission dates, and artwork that was submitted a year ago can receive enough attention to be "Hot" once again.

The algorithm that powers What's Hot is still being tweaked, so it's possible that we may make changes to it to improve the results.

What’s Hot is About Now
Due to the vast amount of activity on deviantART, the "What’s Hot" page can frequently change the artwork displayed, serving you examples of what's hot on the Web at any given time.

Try it out and see What’s Hot.

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