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The New Way to Write Journals

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 4:47 PM

Writing a Journal is easier than ever with the new Write a Journal Entry page. Add formatting, artwork, files, Journal Skins, and emoticons to your Journal for a more dynamic journal creation experience!

What's New

  • Rich-text formatting is supported! You can use familiar keyboard shortcuts or Writer's rich-text toolbar for a simple, straightforward experience when formatting your text.
    • For deviants who prefer to use HTML, you can still type your HTML as usual, or you can turn off the rich-text by switching to HTML Mode from the Edit menu!
  • Make your Journal more engaging without having to work harder! Use Writer's sidebar to easily add deviations and files from your into your Journal!
    • Premium Members can also improve their Journal by adding a custom Journal Skin using the Style section of the sidebar.
  • Use the Emoticons tab of the sidebar to explore and add a combination of official and community-created emoticons to your Journal!
  • Save an unfinished draft of your Journal to your or open an unfinished Journal draft from the File menu in the toolbar!
  • Create, customize, and submit your Journal, all from one page, all in one step.

Try it out! Visit the Write a Journal Entry page!

Art Under The Radar

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.

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