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In the Dracula Untold Billboard Contest, we challenged you to show us one of Vlad the Impaler's transformations—either into a flock of bats or the fearsome vampire Dracula. After much deliberation by the judges, the winners are in. Congratulations winners, and thank you to everyone who participated!Dracula Fb Meta by SpicyGingerr
Winners

In the Dracula Untold Billboard Contest, we challenged you to illustrate one of Vlad the Impalers monumental changes—either into a flock of bats or into the fearsome vampire Dracula. There were hundreds of beautiful pieces, all of which showed Vlad's incredible strength of body and character. After much debate, our judges agreed on these three amazing entries. Congratulations winners, and thank you to everyone who participated!

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En Echelon by hull612
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

Valentine's Day Art Exchange 2015

Break out the candy hearts and crafting paper, because the Valentine's Day Art Exchange is back! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, now's the time to create valentines for your fellow deviants to share with their special someones. Start now by creating a digital valentine to be submitted to the Valentine Exchange category. Then, from February 11th to 16th, deviations in the Valentine Exchange category can be sent as valentines to your friends and loved ones!

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Change Log

  • In response to community feedback, deviations that appear as part of a Collection on the Watch Feed can now be visited directly from the Watch Feed, rather than requiring deviants to view the Collection first.
  • For a short period, Profile Pages would not display for logged-out users. Fixed by kemayo
  • When sending a Note, the page would redirect to the Sent Notes folder after sending, rather than returning to the Inbox. Fixed by trezoid
  • Clicking on a specific Forum area would sometimes incorrectly try to redirect to a nonexistent Browse page, leading instead to an error page. Fixed by elhsmart
  • Under certain circumstances, the "Complete your Profile" banner on the Profile Page would continue to display, even after all portions of the DeviantID widget were properly completed. Fixed by szlosek
  • In the Watch Feed, using the Collections dropdown menu to add a deviation to one's Favourites wouldn't work properly if the menu displayed on top of a Journal. Fixed by inazar

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update
  • The majority of deviants who responded to the Discuss topic said that they tend to create spontaneously, rather than on a strict schedule. 
  • A common theme deviants mentioned was that they didn't create on a strict schedule, but that they create on a schedule that allowed for spontaneous works. For example, Estherella said that she creates once a week at least, but won't necessarily set a specific day or time to do so.
  • For deviants who said they create on a schedule, they noted that their schedule was either built on how much they completed per day/week, or how much time they spent each day/week on creating. 
  • Nintala said that she uses the time it takes for her to create her personal works as a way to measure a time frame she should give to clients when doing freelance work.

Discuss!

Sending Notes

When you send Notes to other deviants, what are your primary reasons for doing so? Do you use it as a casual way to converse, share art, communicate about commissions, roleplay, or other things? What would you say are your top 3 uses for Notes?

Header artwork: En Echelon by hull612 

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Valentine's Day Art Exchange 2015

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 12:20 AM
The Valentine's Day Art Exchange is back! Break out the virtual glitter and cyber candy hearts, and create valentines for your fellow deviants to send to their special someones!. by demonyakumo

DIGITAL LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Break out the candy hearts and crafting paper, because the Valentine's Day Art Exchange is back! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, now's the time to create valentines for your fellow deviants to share with their special someones.

Take part and help spread the love!

Start now by creating a digital valentine to be submitted to the Valentine Exchange category. Then, from February 11th to 16th, deviations in the Valentine Exchange category can be sent as valentines to your friends and loved ones!

How It Works

Submit

Create Valentine-themed deviations and submit them to the Valentine Exchange category.

Send

From February 11th to 16th, deviations submitted to the Valentine Exchange category will have a special "Send a Valentine" button!

Click the button, fill out the form, and send a valentine to a friend or someone you love. You can send valentines with your username attached, or you can send them anonymously!

Share the love!

Your friends will receive the deviation you send, along with your Valentine message, in their Notes!

Heart-filled Hints

  • Deviations submitted to the Valentine's Exchange category will be available for everyone to send. Avoid including specifics on your deviations - such as a deviant's username, real name, etc.
  • Fallen in love with one of your designs? It's okay! If you've included text suggesting it's for a lover, you can change the design to look as though it were to a friend or from a secret admirer, and then resubmit it.
  • You can submit as many deviations to the category as you want!

love around the world

DeviantArt's World Map has been updated to include valentine deviations! Watch valentines as they fly across the world to meet their loved recipient.



Holiday Card Project 2014 Wrap-Up

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 6:02 PM




The Holiday Card Project returned in 2014, and once again resulted in a great success!  We received over 4,000 cards from over 2,000 deviants, which made for a lot of holiday joy being spread.

With the goal of bringing a bit of holiday cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the Holiday Card Project connected artists from around the world, applying their tremendous artistic abilities to designing and creating uplifting holiday cards — and the community came out at full strength to send a little cheer to those in need!

Cards poured in from around the world in all shapes, sizes, and appearance — spruced up store-bought cards, digitally made cards that were printed, and even hand-drawn/painted cards! We had everything from traditional winter scenes to holiday-themed cuttlefish, and they were all fantastic! If you’d like to see the various cards created for the project, take a moment to explore the #HolidayCardProject tag.

Untitled by madizzlee

Once the cards were received and sorted, we reached out to hospitals in our community and abroad. The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center welcomed cards from the project for the second year in a row. DeviantArt staff members were able to take a tour of the hospital and view some of the other fun projects they’ve hosted, including a gingerbread house contest. Due to rules involving patient privacy, we weren't able to hand out cards personally — however, the beautiful cards were left in the generous and capable hands of their hospital staff!

IMG 2139 copy by madizzlee
IMG 2131 copy by madizzlee
Untitled by madizzlee

Shyree had the pleasure of delivering some of the cards to St. Francis Hospital on Christmas Eve. Since St. Francis is a charity-based Catholic hospital, having cards to hand out on Christmas meant a lot to them. They were incredibly touched by the art and the kindred holiday spirit that the DeviantArt community sent their way.

Untitled by madizzlee

In addition to the cards we passed out in Los Angeles, we mailed cards to volunteers around the world who helped us spread the holiday joy around the globe. I’d like to give a big thank you to all of the volunteers who helped out this year, especially those who’ve helped out multiple times over the years. This is the 8th year we’ve held the project, and the people who step forward to distribute cards are some of the best people in the world. And, of course, the biggest thank you of all goes to you, the DeviantArt community! Without the beautiful and creative cards you sent in, this project never would have been possible.

Everyone who sent in a card has now been granted a free 1-month Premium Membership!  In the event you participated in the Project and haven’t received your Premium Membership, don’t fret! Just send me (madizzlee) a note with the following information:

    Bullet; Green Your name
    Bullet; Red Approximately when your card was sent
    Bullet; Green A one sentence description of your card
    Bullet; Red Where you sent it from

Please note: If you already have an active Premium Membership, the 1-month Premium Membership has been added to that existing Premium Membership, and will take effect once your current one expires.

Once again, thank you to everyone for spreading the holiday cheer!



Cooler by IgorWolski
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

  • When a deviant submits multiple deviations close together, they will now be grouped on the Watch Feed. Changed by helloandre
  • In last week's Site Update, we mentioned that under certain circumstances, literature and Journal deviations could end up in a partially submitted state, creating a deviation page and duplicate Sta.sh item without sending a Message Center notification. The affected deviations have since been repaired. Fixed by inazar
  • The sidebar of the Journal Portal was overlaying on top of the site header. Fixed by trezoid
  • When updating one's DeviantID, if a file uploaded to the widget was too large, the upload would fail without any indication. It will now issue an error message. Fixed by szlosek
  • In the Watch Feed, written deviations that had been shared by a deviant would have display issues related to the "Read more" button. Fixed by inazar
  • For Firefox users, trying to change one's email address on the Settings page would result in an incorrect error message. Fixed by baclap
  • Under specific conditions, trying to remove a deviation in storage from one's Favourites would not work, and the deviation placeholder would reappear upon reloading the page. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • The About Us page was not displaying correctly on mobile devices. Fixed by elhsmart

Your Feedback

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

We appreciate the feedback regarding the old Webcam widget; however, it won't be returning. The widget lost its original value as a way to stream a webcam through a static image URL. The widget also caused security issues where deviants were unintentionally embedding URLs flagged by browsers as malicious — causing some pages of DeviantArt to be inaccessible. We've absolutely noted your passion for Profile Page customization and self-expression, and realize we need to offer more ways for personalization in the near future.

Here's some of the additional feedback on last week's update:
  • Deviants were positive about the updated mobile website header, though a few deviants mentioned that they would like to see their message total at a glance.
  • The most common response to the Discuss topic was that deviants edit their deviations to correct typos or to add links in the artwork's description. 
  • Deviants also said that they edit their deviations when they spot an error in their work and wish to correct it, or else when they've uploaded a work-in-progress and want to replace it with the completed work.
  • On average, deviants said they edit deviations 1 to 3 times, though with particular deviations they may edit more or less than that.

Discuss!

Creation Habits

Do you find that you are more spontaneous when it comes to creating art, or do you prefer to work in a set routine? If you prefer a set routine, do you set a schedule with time for yourself to create, or do you fit it into unscheduled time in your day? 

Header artwork: Cooler by IgorWolski 

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