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Give the Gift of Art Challenge

Wed Nov 12, 2014, 4:10 PM
1 by SpicyGingerrHow Would You Express Your Feelings Through Art? DeviantART and Wacom have joined forces to inspire you to give the gift of art! To participate, create a piece of art that illustrates a precious possession-whether physical, emotional, or spiritual-that you would like to share with someone special in your life. ifty semi-finalists will be selected by designated members of deviantART, and all semi-finalists and winners will receive prints of their entry to share with friends and loved ones. Top entrants will receive even greater prizing!
Wacom Give The Gift Of Art Challenge

How Would You Express Your Feelings Through Art?

DeviantART and Wacom have joined forces to inspire you to give the gift of art! To participate, create a piece of art that illustrates a precious possession—whether physical, emotional, or spiritual—that you would like to share with someone special in your life. Fifty semi-finalists will be selected by designated members of deviantART, and all semi-finalists and winners will receive prints of their entry to share with friends and loved ones. Top entrants will receive even greater prizing!

Visualize a very special person in your life. What do you dream of giving them?

Create an original piece of art that depicts your precious possession as a gift for a special person in your life. That possession can be something physical, emotional, or spiritual. You may use any visual medium for your entry. The deviation description for your entry must include: the tools used to create your art, and details about who you're giving the precious possession to and why.

Submit your entry using the ENTER NOW button below.

Your entry must be at least 2000 pixels in its shortest length and either be a single .JPG or .PNG file.

The First Place winner of The Give the Gift of Art Challenge will receive the following prizes:

  • $2,000 USD
  • 10 rolled deviantART prints of your winning entry
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • 1-Year Premium deviantART Membership
  • A New IntuosPro Medium Pen Tablet
  • $1,500 USD
  • 10 rolled deviantART prints of your winning entry
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • 1-Year Premium deviantART Membership
  • A New IntuosPro Medium Pen Tablet
  • $1,000 USD
  • 5 rolled deviantART prints of your winning entry
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • 1-Year Premium deviantART Membership
  • A New IntuosPro Medium Pen Tablet
  • $500 USD
  • 5 rolled deviantART prints of your winning entry
  • 2,000 deviantART Points
  • 1-Year Premium deviantART Membership
  • A New IntuosPro Medium Pen Tablet
  • 1 rolled deviantART print of your winning entry
  • 3-Month Premium deviantART Membership
  • 1,000 deviantART Points

Contest begins at 12:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) on November 12, 2014 and ends at 11:59:59 (PT) on December 15, 2014.

  • Entrants must be at least 13 years old as of November 12, 2014.
  • Entrant may reside anywhere in the world.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PT) on December 15, 2014 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART;
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is required to enter the contest;
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is free;
  • Entry may originate in any visual medium and must be submitted at the contest site as a single .JPG or .PNG and must be at least 2000 pixels in its shortest length.
  • Entry may not include any characters, logos, symbols, or titles of any third party.
  • Entry must include in the description what tools were used to create it, who you would give your art to, and why.
  • Read the Official Rules carefully.

50 semi-finalists will be selected by a judging panel of deviantART staff members. The three finalists will be selected from the semi-finalists by a judging panel of three prominent members of the deviantART community. Judges will not participate in the contest as entrants. The Honorable Mention will be selected from the remaining semi finalists by a Wacom creative director after the winners have been selected.

All of the judges will use the following criteria to judge all of the entries in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:

  • Creative interpretation of Theme
  • Originality
  • Technical Skill

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You know the lyrics — now turn them into art!
The original "Fantasia" exploded classical music into fabulous animation sequences. Now it's your turn to illustrate lyrics from Frozen, Lady Gaga, and Lorde as a celebration of the release of the Fantasia: Music Evolved video game. The marriage of music to image is as natural as music inspired by image. Let these extraordinary lyrics move and inspire your art. Take as your subject one of the three lyrics provided from Frozen's "Let It Go," Lady Gaga's "Applause," or Lorde's "Royals" and turn it into art! Each lyric can inspire a million visual interpretations, from literal to abstract—we want to see yours!
Musically Inspired Deviations
How To Enter
Step 1
Choose one of the following lyrics as inspiration for your work. You must include which song musically inspired you in the description of your entry.
Lorde
Royals
"And we'll never be royals. It don't run in our blood.
That kind of luxe just ain't for us. We crave a different kind of buzz."
Lady Gaga
Applause
"Pop culture was in art, now art's in pop culture in me.
I live for the applause, applause, applause."
Frozen
Let It Go
"It's funny how some distance makes everything seem small.
And the fears that once controlled me can't get to me at all!"
Step 2
Create a piece of art inspired by one of the three provided lyrics. You should not depict the musical artists, song lyrics, nor any Disney or other characters.
official rules
Step 3
Your entry must be a single .JPG or .PNG file and must be approximately 2,000 pixels in width and 550 pixels in height. Enter your artwork into the contest by using the button below. Tell us which song and put the name of the song in the description on your entry.
official rules
enter now
Prizes
There will be three winners in the contest with one winner chosen for each lyric featured.

Each winner will receive $1,000 USD, and the winning entry will be featured in a billboard on the deviantART homepage that links directly to the winners' deviantART profile for maximum exposure.
Rules & Judging
Rules
CHALLENGE BEGINS AT 12:00AM (PT – LOS ANGELES TIME) ON NOVEMBER 7, 2014 AND ENDS AT 11:59:59PM (PT – LOS ANGELES TIME) ON NOVEMBER 16, 2014.
• Characters of any kind are not allowed. Do not reproduce the name of the song or the lyrics in your entry. Don't include Lady Gaga, Lorde, or Demi Lovato in your entry.
• Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of November 7, 2014.
• Entrant must be a resident of the United States. Individuals located on United States military bases wherever located may also enter.
• Entries must be received by 11:59:59PM (PT – Los Angeles Time) on November 16, 2014 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART;
• Membership to www.deviantart.com is required to enter the contest. Membership to www.deviantart.com is free;
• The work must be submitted as a single .JPG or .PNG file approximately 2,000 pixels in width and 550 pixels in height.
Judging
The three winning entries will be selected by deviantART staff. The judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:
• Effectiveness as an illustration or inspiration from the lyric chosen by the Entrant for the Work
• Overall impact of the Work
• Originality and artistic skill
Please read the Official Rules for more details on judging.


Blue Angel by sandara
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.

Change Log

  • We received a lot of feedback that deviants preferred to use #1, #2, etc. to form lists, and that the automatic conversion to tags was distracting. In response to this feedback, we've updated the system so that using # before a number will no longer create a link to a tag page. Changed by kemayo
  • Double-clicking the "Post Status" button when creating a Status Update would cause the update to be posted twice. Fixed by inazar
  • If a deviant posted one Status Update and then returned to the box to post a second Status Update without reloading the page, the Add Media tool would not display thumbnails properly. Fixed by inazar
  • Under certain circumstances, the "Verify Your Email" modal would display the website itself, rather than the verification modal's intended contents. Fixed by trezoid
  • When editing a deviation description using the Add Media tool, if the Add Media tool was closed and re-opened, there would be nothing inside of the sidebar, on its reopening. Fixed by inazar
  • The Sta.sh Writer sidebar was missing from the Write a Journal Entry page. Fixed by inazar
  • When viewing a deviant's Collection on the mobile website, the "back" button would incorrectly direct to a blank page. Fixed by baclap
  • After dragging and dropping a deviation to add it to a Collection, clicking the Add to Favourites button would remove it from one's Favourites. Fixed by baclap
  • Some modals were cut off on the mobile website because they were too tall and couldn't be scrolled. Fixed by helloandre

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of the feedback you left for us:
  • Deviants were generally positive about the removal of the outgoing link page. As mentioned in last week's update, we still monitor outgoing links as best as we can to ensure that deviants aren't led to malicious websites, but we encourage you to always be aware of the URL for any link you're clicking.
  • All of the Notes improvement suggestions from deviants that were included in last week's Site Update were well-received by the community. The feedback provided will be useful to our team when we further look into improving Notes, and we appreciate the feedback and discussions that came about regarding Notes improvements!

Discuss!

Activity Widget

Based on community feedback, we're currently in the process of making some improvements to the Activity widget that displays on Profile Pages, including an option to display solely Status Updates in the widget. With this in mind, how many Status Updates (or items in general) would you like to display at one time in the widget?

Header artwork: Blue Angel by sandara

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Human City by phanou36
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

Removal of the Outgoing Page

Please note: This change was a late addition to last week's Site Update.  We're including it again to ensure that people are aware.

We've removed the "Now Leaving deviantART.com" page that previously displayed when clicking a link that navigated to an external site. Outgoing links will still be signified with an outgoing symbol, and, to ensure a safe and enjoyable Internet experience, we encourage you to always be aware of the URL for any link you're clicking.



Change Log

  • When leaving a comment, typing lists as #1, #2, #3, etc. will no longer trigger a tag. We received a lot of community feedback about this and agreed that it was an important change to make. Changed by kemayo
  • Improvements have been made to the selection of what image displays, when sharing a Journal to a Facebook page. Changed by DEVlANT
  • For Chrome users, some default fonts were not displaying as intended. Fixed by inazar
  • A deviation's camera data would sometimes take up more than a single line of space. Fixed by szlosek
  • Display improvements have been made when viewing the FAQ on a mobile device. Fixed by baclap
  • Setting a Group as your main Group would not make it the main Group item in the Favourites drag and drop menu. Fixed by szlosek
  • Improvements have been made regarding what content displays (and how much of that content displays) when viewing the activity section of a tag page. Changed by szlosek
  • There were some visual issues, when commenting on Forum posts from the Watch Feed. Fixed by inazar

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update!

  • Deviants were generally positive about the removal of the Outgoing page, though a few deviants voiced concern about its removal. To be clear, we still monitor outgoing links as best as we can to ensure that deviants aren't led to malicious websites, but as mentioned in the What's New section, we encourage you to always be aware of the URL for any link you're clicking.
  • Deviants offered a variety of good responses to the Discuss topic about Notes. Generally, deviants are interested in real-time conversation through Notes, though a few deviants mentioned that they prefer options that are not real-time, in instances where commissions may be involved.
  • SpiritedAura mentioned that Notes displaying from oldest to newest would make it easier to read through a conversation without confusion.
  • icytemporalist and tazsaints suggested a way for Group administrators to send Notes to individuals and have the individual receive that Note from the Group itself, rather than their individual account.
  • shelaghcully mentioned that they would like to be able to use rich-text formatting, when replying to Notes.
  • adamlhumphreys suggested that marking a Note as unread should make the notification re-display as part of one's message total.

Discuss!

What smartphone OS do you use?

DeviantART needs your feedback! What smartphone operating system do you use?

Vote now

Header artwork: Human City by phanou36 

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Dimlight Forest by FerdinandLadera
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

Removal of the Outgoing Page

Update, October 24: We've removed the "Now Leaving deviantART.com" page that previously displayed when clicking a link that navigated to an external site. Outgoing links will still be signified with an outgoing symbol, and, to ensure a safe and enjoyable Internet experience, we encourage you to always be aware of the URL for any link you're clicking.

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 4.16.19 PM by wreckling

Change Log

  • The "Give" modals displayed when giving Points and other things was not displaying correctly in iOS 8. Fixed by baclap
  • When in the Admin Area of a Group, editing the Announcements section would not save properly. Fixed by baclap
  • For new deviants, the Watch Feed would not display their activity. Fixed by helloandre
  • Status Updates would not visually retain their spacing around the edges immediately after editing, although they would displaypadding around the edges after editing. Fixed by inazar
  • In rare cases, deviations that required a viewer to be logged in to see could still display, when embedded at full size within a Journal. Fixed by trezoid

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update!

  • We received a lot of feedback on last week's update due to the launch of all the new features, and we're continually appreciative of the passion which the community shows when new features are introduced and other features are updated. We're continuing to monitor performance and community feedback at this time.
  • We've been hearing a lot of community suggestions on how the new features could be improved — some deviants compiled extensive feedback and even created mockups. Please keep it coming! Some of the interesting mockups for suggested improvements include rotane's detailed Activity suggestion, and Kiwikku's Collections and Watch Feed suggestions.
  • In response to the Discuss topic, generally deviants enjoy seeing Status Updates and artwork from Collections most, when browsing their Watch Feed. 
  • Some deviants mentioned that the amount of Group deviation submissions they see in the Watch Feed can be too much, at times. To solve this, alltheoriginalnames suggested that deviations from Groups could display the same way Collections do.
  • A few deviants mentioned that when viewing Collections in the Watch Feed, they'd like to be able to click through to individual works, rather than clicking through to the Collection first.
  • NatahanKataka suggested a "Back to Top" button, when browsing the Watch Feed. 

Discuss!

Improving Notes

We've been having early discussions about Notes and what would make a better private messaging system on deviantART. We know Notes search is a common request, but we'd like to hear what additional features or upgrades you'd like to see to the Notes system.

Here are some ideas to get you started:
  • A chat/realtime-like experience?
  • Notes between a group of deviants?
  • Easier ways to send a deviation to a friend via Notes?
  • Something else?

Header artwork: Dimlight Forest by FerdinandLadera 

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