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Resource Roundup #7

Fri Apr 20, 2012, 7:37 PM by mattdanna:iconmattdanna:
The Resource Roundup is a regular feature showcasing some of the best resources deviantART members share with the world!

Whether you're a beginning artist or seasoned pro, deviantART's Resources Gallery is an inspirational and beneficial asset for art creation.  Take a look at a few of the incredible submissions below – they might help enhance your next artistic creation!

As the proverb goes...
Child: "I hate all this rain. Why does it have to rain?"
Mother: "April showers bring May flowers."


This month's theme is "Rain." Hopefully some of these resources will help you make a splash!





Stock Images

Rain Texture by funnybunny-stock cloud texture by NOS2002 rain texture by spoofdecator Rain by pendlestock 4 rain textures - set 3 by scout78 Rain by Sharpnel-14 Rain Pack by rivo3622 rain texture by orbitingasupernova


Tutorials

Crying In The Rain Walkthrough by CobraVenom Rain effect easy GIMP FR ENG by FrostBo Video tutorial-Rain by DevaPein :thumb92011978: .:The Rain Tutorial:. by Morteque Rain Perspective Tutorial by B1nd1 Rain Animation Tutorial by ervand PS Hard Rain Tutorial by RadenWA


GIMP Resources

GIMP Animated Rain Script by fence-post Mad Smudge 2 by lahabz Cloudy by basmann by Booler Cloud Brush for GIMP by FrostBo Lightning Brushes GIMP by FrostBo Cloud Splatter GIMP Brushes by stormingdance 5 Rain Brush GIMP SET 1 by FrostBo Raindrops Splash And Rain Set2 by FrostBo


Nature Stock

Lightning by Stock-by-Kai Midnight Storm by riktorsashen rain drops by dovestock Storm Brewing stock by mysticmorning .: After the Rain :. by rjdp1 The Droplets of Life by DustwaveStock rain protection by riviera2008 STORM AT SEA BG STOCK I by ArwenArts Sunshine and Rain by MogieG123 Background: Coming Storm by remidica-stock Water on Hand Free HUGE Stock by Houchi Stormy Hills STOCK by wyldraven




Art We Heart: Spring

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 1:03 PM by mattdanna:iconmattdanna:
Art We ♥ is a hand-selected art feature, chosen by deviantART staff members, showcasing art we believe the community will enjoy.


:iconthesmallwonder: Some thoughts from Katie (thesmallwonder)

Spring has sprung and April showers have started raining down here at HQ.

Winter rain makes me want to crawl back into bed, get a hot cup of coco, and read a book all day. But there’s something different about April showers...

Maybe it’s because it’s less cold outside, or that the days are longer, but springtime rain makes me want to play in puddles.I want to go outside and smell the fresh air, and I just feel rejuvenated. Spring is a time for me to dust off old projects and start new ones. Forget New Years, April's when I get inspired!

Rain by stakasI want to hear from you!
Do you play in the rain?
Does spring inspire you?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!










Resource Roundup #6

Tue Mar 6, 2012, 6:17 PM by mattdanna:iconmattdanna:
The Resource Roundup is a regular feature showcasing some of the best resources deviantART members share with the world!

Whether you're a beginning artist or seasoned pro, deviantART's Resources Gallery is an inspirational and beneficial asset for art creation.  Take a look at a few of the incredible submissions below – they might help enhance your next artistic creation!

Spring is closer than you think. Let Resource Roundup help you combat Springtime allergies by creating some awesome pollen-free art!





Stock Images

drops. by smokedval-stock mrs. shamrock green portrait by ClarabellafaireStock Spring Flower Close Up Stock by Enchantedgal-Stock Spring Symphony by riviera2008 shamrock by achmetsara-stock Cloud 11 by FreeakStock BG Spring In The Garden by Eirian-stock Cloud Background by jcantelo


Photoshop Brushes

Cartoon Cloud Brushes by PsdDude St. Patrick's Day Brushes by redheadstock Spring Sketches Brushes by redheadstock Dandelions and  Seeds Brushes by redheadstock Butterfly Brushes by VampyreGoddess Butterfly Brushes II by hawksmont Photoshop 7.0 Flower Brushes 2 by daniesque Flower brushes by camilla917


GIMP Brushes

Daisy Brushes -for The GIMP by BaNaNA-BOi Shamrock Brushes by webgoddess 16 Cloud Brushes For Gimp by darkdissolution GIMP Flower Brushes by Project-GimpBC Origami Paper Flower Brushes by Tumbril sakura brushes by ayaan Shamrock GIMP Brush by HippieKender


Textures

flower image pack by masterjinn Flower Texture by lovewillbiteyou Background- Shamrock Grunge by SweetAmorito flowery paper by valkiria-stock So green by TinyWild Spring by CozyComfyCouch Spring Pack 01 by panna-acida Original Green Texture by JRMB-Stock


Tutorials

+ Paper Flower tutorial + by RainCookie Tutorial: Creative Editing by Whimsical-Dreams Flower Nail Art Tutorial by Ivoneishn Ribbon Rose Tutorial by VioletLeBeaux Easter Bread Tutorial by abohemianbazaar Flower Polymer Clay Tutorial by beatus-vir Spring - tutorial by rosachinensis Spring Feeling Tut by TehAngelsCry




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Love Through the Ages

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 7:02 PM


I'm always astonished with the sheer amount of artwork on deviantART. As we approach 200 million deviations, you can find artwork on nearly anything: a movie, a story, an event, a celebrity, a tv show, etc. Even though I avoid Valentine's Day like the plague, I've been collecting some images of notable couples throughout history. I thought I'd share what I have so far. 

Let's keep this list going. Help me find some more! :eager:

The Birth of Eve by samantharobinsonAdam & Eve


Orpheus and Eurydice by ChisSweetArt
Orpheus & Eurydice


The royal couple by crayonmaniac
Pharaoh Rameses II & Nefertari (1276 BC)


Troy - Paris and Elena by MySpotlessMind
Paris of Troy & Helen (1194 BC)


Cleopatra and Anthony by Markovah
Antony & Cleopatra (41 BC)


Gwenevere and Lancelot by LathronAniron
Sir Lancelot & Queen Guinevere (1215)


Tristan + Isolde by spiritwolf77
Tristan & Iseult (12th century)


Paolo and Francesca coloured by dashinvaine
Paolo Malatesta & Francesca da Rimini (1285)


Leonardo da Vinci & Salaì (1495)


Romeo and Juliet by grummers
Romeo & Juliet, playright by William Shakespeare (1595)


Prema Kahani by freakypencils
Shah Jahan & Mumtaz Mahal (1612)


Encounter by alicexz
Pocahontas & John Rolfe ...not John Smith, Disney! (1614)


Tarzan, Jane and Friend by Tarzman
Tarzan and Jane (17th century)


Jane Eyre and Rochester by LizDouceFolie
Jane Eyre & Edward Rochester (1847)


Sing, My Angel of Music... by Luaprata91
Erik & Christine Daaé, The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (1909)


Titanic by AndyRidae
Jack Dawson & Rose DeWitt Bukater (1912)


Mr. Darcy and Miss Bennet by kakao-bean
Darcy & Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)


The Notorious Bonnie and Clyde by SwissDutchess
Clyde Barrow & Bonnie Parker (1930)


John n Yoko by Paups
John Lennon & Yoko Ono (1975)


Twilight by R-becca
Edward Cullen & Bella Swan, Twilight (2008)


Bright as the Sun by MissOrange94
Sam Flynn & Quorra, TRON: Legacy (2010)

William and Kate by Fandias
Prince William & Kate Middleton (2011)



The Resource Roundup is a regular feature showcasing some of the best resources deviantART members share with the world!

Whether you're a beginning artist or seasoned pro, deviantART's Resources Gallery is an inspirational and beneficial asset for art creation.  Take a look at a few of the incredible submissions below – they might help enhance your next artistic creation!

This issue is all about Valentine's Day. Below you'll find all sorts of fantastic resources for creating the ultimate valentine!

What should the next Resource Roundup theme be? You tell us!
• A different stock photo theme
• Crafts you can make at home
• Marketing yourself: website, logos, and business cards
• Awesome application resources (from Photoshop brushes to Gimp scripts)
• Or, suggest another topic!




Textures

Heart Bokeh Textures. by gloeckchen V-Day Papers by AFineWar Vintage Valentine Paper by Aramisdream Saint Valentine, 4 by ItSurroundsMe Textura Radiate Love by SmailyAlways Silk and Lace 2 by amethystmstock White Lace 5572 by DonnaMarie113 Glitter Bokeh Texture Pack by xKimJoanneStock Love Lyrics Textures by obscene-bunny Bokeh Pack 5 by joannastar-stock


Photoshop Brushes

12 Abstract Hearts by Diamara My Valentine's Day brush set by noema-13 Vintage Love by Diamara Love brushes by stardixa lace brushes by gimei Lace Brushes by kabocha Strands by spiritsighs-stock Sparkle Brushes by Tempting-Resources


GIMP Brushes

Floral Brushes by surfing-ant Bokeh Brushes by asphyxiate-Stock Heart Brushes For Gimp by inge123 Hearts Gimp Brushes by kward1979uk GIMP: Hearts by hawksmont Heart Icon Brushes by webgoddess Gimp Brushes: Tattoo Hearts by coffinkittie Hearts Gimp Brushes by kward1979uk


Designs & Patterns

X-Stitch Spirk Valentines Card by black-lupin 10 Seamless Valentine Patterns by Divenadesign Scrapbooking Papers Valentine by Divenadesign Rainbow Heart by alcnaurewen Scottish heart pattern by YokoEternalDiva Heart Equalizer - Card by vicexversa Heart Pixel Pattern Pack by Mirz123 Cris Affection Papers by only1crisana


Tutorials

Heart Shaped Pompom Tutorial by VioletLeBeaux Plush Heart Pin Tutorial by damaskangel Folding Pokeball Card Tutorial by Cristophine Heart within a heart tutorial by colourful-blossom How to make V-day Card Pockets by SapphireWarrior Rose-WalkThru-PS by Rach-Resources :rose tutorial: by WoO-angel Chocolate Filled Strawberries by ElwynAvalon


Photoshop .PSD Files

PSD O3 by mandiiehw Valentine's Day Retro Greeting Cards by kripalser :thumb279980758: Red rose petals PSD by StarsColdNight Beautiful Valentine Styles by Romenig Free Valentine Cards PSD format by Elliste Love Tickets by AFineWar Love Mini Kit by slavetofashion69 Love is in the air  PSD by ronnyyax


Art We Heart: Love

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 1:01 PM by mattdanna:iconmattdanna:
Art We ♥ is a hand-selected art feature, chosen by deviantART staff members, showcasing art we believe the community will enjoy.


:iconmattdanna: Some thoughts from Matt (mattdanna)

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, the word "love" is in no short supply. Stores are trying to get you to buy everything from chocolates and jewelry to vacation getaways for that special someone in your life. As someone who's been notoriously single on Valentine's Day, the L word starts to sound like nails on chalkboard leading up to the days before February 14th. Nevertheless, I thought it would be neat to explore art depicting different types of love.

In Greek culture, there are several different words for "love": philía, storgē, agápe, and éros. The Greek language distinguishes the different ways "love" is used. Philía is the type of love and affection you feel with friends and community. Storgē is the love and affection felt by family, especially parents for their children. Agápe is the unconditional and all-consuming love that felt from admiration and mutual respect. And last but certainly not least, éros is the love of passion and intimacy.








Love is complex. Love is delicate. And as we get ready for Cupid's holiday, I leave you with this quote by C.S. Lewis:
"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell." - C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Love by dreaming-star I want to hear from you!
- Are you ready for Valentine's Day?
- Do you look forward to Valentine's Day?
- Do you celebrate Valentine's Day in your country? 

Spill your thoughts in the comments below!














Philía (φιλία): "Friendly Love"

Our Hands. by EsaNanySterling Heart Friendship Pendants by strawberrylollifriends will be friends by L-N-E:thumb166911166:Brainy Best Friends Necklace by beatblackhug me by acupofcoffeFriends by AlbinoNialfriends by Rona-KellerFor all my friends - Friends by SkategirlBest Friends by SinfulEyes FriendFriend
You're the greatest
Friend I'll ever know,
I care for you more than
I'll ever show.
I'm here for you,
As you're there for me,
I feel we are family,
You are a sister to me,
And as sisters can grow apart,
You'll always have a special place in my heart.
We laugh, we cry,
With you,
My fears are set aside,
Knowing there's nothing I can't face
As long as you are near.
I know that someday,
Our paths will fade away,
We will have to say goodbye,
Nothing lasts forever,
Just know this,
No matter what the end,
I feel privileged to call you
Friend.
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Storgē (στοργή): "Family Love"

Brother by chechulia MomYou are the one who has shown me the lights.
You are the win who wins my fights.
You are the one who stands by my side.
You are my wings that make me glide.
Without you in my life I couldn't carry on.
Everything I have, it would all be gone.
So thank you Mummy for keeping my strong.
You are the one who keeps me holding on.
You are the tissues that wipe away my tears.
You are the one who fights away my fears.
You are the one who gives me a shoulder.
You are my strength, you are my boulder.
Without you in my life I couldn't carry on.
Everything I have, it would all be gone.
So thank you Mummy for keeping my strong.
You are the one who keeps me holding on.
You are the one who has put a roof above my head.
You are the one who has taught me not to see red.
You are my guide, whom has shown me the way.
You are the sun that brightens my day.
Without you in my life I couldn't carry on.
Everything I have, it would all be gone.
So thank you Mummy for keeping my strong.
You are the one who keeps m
Grandmother by landzeroAffection. by little-miss-pinkTiny Twins by Angela4 A FamilyA family is like a circle
the connection never ends
and even if at times it breaks
in time it always mends
a family is like the stars
somehow there always there
families are those who assist
who  encourage and always care
A family is like a book
the endings is never clear
but throughout the pages
the love is always there
A family is many things
with infinite words that show
who they are and what they do
and how they've taught you.
Your family will always be
they help define who you are
and will be a part of you forever.
Brother and Sister by tafelrandgrandmother by limajoserwild love by ittybittynidhiBNA Brother and Sister by ba-nhan-aPortal - Companion Cube by Terror-Inferno:thumb125951924::thumb28727401:Love by jpdeanmother by MartaSyrko SisterSister
I love you for who you are
you have your flaws
but so do I
I love you for who you are
You treat me like a hero
You follow me everywhere
and you copy everything I do
But I see another hero
And that hero resides in you
You are an innocent angel
and because of that I can smile
you are a reminder that there is
at least one pure soul left in our world
I come home happy knowing that I will see
that angelic smile again
You are the closest friend I've ever known
And you know me like your favorite book
I can be what I truly am
and never fear ridicule
because I am with you.
I love you
my little sister.




Agápe (Greek: ἀγάπη): "Unconditional Love"

Affection by ALBITARWedding rings by ygulevaBest Friends by Eibo-JeddahMy Heart, Your Hands by LacerationLove:thumb127238061::thumb280168127:Cute old couple by GurbzMother and Child 03 by Coffee-Monster:thumb278998084:love by idilsalihakuntuzJohnnyP with puppy 3 by khavibest friend by sigprasImaginary friend by kittenkraze Definition of True LoveI wonder...have you ever thought that your heart is born with a piece missing? And instead of that piece, there's little broken pieces of other hearts. And when you date someone, you give them back their piece of heart and they give you yours. That's why you love each other. You love the feeling of being whole again. But then you break up and those pieces are gone forever. You both lost some of your heart. But then you find the next person.  And the process repeats. Someday, you won't have any pieces of other's hearts left. You will have used them all up. It's just your heart left with a hole in it. 
But then you meet Him. And you love each other without giving back the missing pieces of heart. You love each other as you are, broken and missing. And when you are together forever, you  willingly take a piece of your heart and give it to Him. And He does the same for you. Your hearts are never complete now, but they don't have to be. You live because the other person lives



Éros (ἔρως): "Intimate Love"

kataang - elements in love by molokoloHug by Mymadhatterlove by princessambrosiaa Letter by AlephunkySweet Date by NanaLanyLust by Skatefreak14passion by neasek The LetterDear my love,
It's been so long.
I'm writing now
For you to know
I'm thinking of you
As these letters meet your eyes.
You might not remember me,
I'm probably just a memory
Or a secret
You know nothing about.
Yet I think of you
Every morning when I wake,
Every evening when I dine.
I remember your voice
So well,
As if it were my own.
I do not ask for much.
I never have
And never will.
But I've a request for you
And only you.
Would you be so kind
To meet me
One last time?
You already know
The dwellings of my heart.
Till then,
Your stranger.
Where Friends Become Lovers by dOlli3cOutur3True Love by Slag-Heapprospect by heartworkingIs this Love by aNdikapatRyawords of love by opriscoWhat is Love? by blindbandit5THE PASSION OF THE FAE by Rickbw1I see your tears.. by LinaDominaLove by CuellarDeclaration of Love by kuschelirmellove love love by Grinch7






2011 As Seen Through Art

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 8:13 PM







When a major world event occurs, human beings naturally gravitate together, express feelings, and share memories. And while news websites have a responsibility to present stories as a matter of fact, deviantART has the unique ability to showcase emotions and humanity through art.


 


2011 was full of emotional events the world around, and our community responded at unprecedented levels. From natural disasters to historical celebrations, entertainment milestones to tearful goodbyes, our community spoke out like no other community can — artistically, creatively, and emotionally. In many ways, last year marked the final chapter of a few eras, opening the door to new beginnings for 2012. Let's take a look...









January











The Arab Spring movement continues with Zine El Abidine Ben Ali ousted from Tunisia.

14















25

Egypt's revolution begins.












February











AOL Inc. announces
its acquisition of
The Huffington Post.

7












Nintendo's successful game franchise "The Legend of Zelda" celebrates the 25th anniversary of its first game's release.

21















17

Libya's "Day of Rage" protest is held, kicking off what will eventually become a successful full-scale rebellion against Muammar Gaddafi.







Libya, 2011

i. cartography

revolutions
fly east, a
21st century
trans-saharan
trade, where
the desert
grit-wind
blows. the sahara
kicks sandstorms,
brief, wavering
oases, gashes
into the skin
of your people.

brega falls.
the westerners
arrive in time
for benghazi,
and your land
bends subject
to sanded annals
of hindsight
battle jargon.
routed. ras anuf, lost.
two killed, five wounded,
one missing.


ii. ajdabiya

a boy
spray-paints
viva la libye
under the overpass.
you crunch
over bottles
and brown grass,
wait. he turns,
the rebel flag
tied around
his head:
red, black,
true green.
grab a gun,
you say.
a fighter plane
roars overhead.
his eyes
are dark
and young.
grab a gun,
or go home.


he fancies himself
a revolutionary;
you fancy him
stupid. and thank
allah
, you think,
as he hesitates
before flipping
over the fence,
he is afraid.

iii. the government channel

everything is okay.
flash green.
fine, okay,
everything
in its place. the
newscaster's eyes
run black. flash
green. flash green.

iv. great socialist people's libyan arab jamahiriya

he would
have you
as terrorists
in your own
country. his
spokesman, mid-speech,
pauses. he sweats.

they say
these bullets
touch humans
for the first
time. five inches
in your brother's
leg. flash green.

v. the news

"even his mother
could not spell
his name,"
she mutters,
rolling her eyes.
you mess
your daughter's
hair. short moment
of laughter.

vi. the parisian summit

his son, they say,
and raise
their eyebrows,
sip water,
pass copies
of his letter
to a foreign
president. the
lady american
mutters something
about the republicans
loving this. the
africans peacekeep
on their own
continent; they
roll tanks
and order lunch.

vii. the road

in egypt,
they vote
on their next
coup. your
brother, back
from medical
school, teaches
the younger boys
how to roll
cigarettes
in the bed
of the truck.
you snort
and stop
at the gas station,
come out
with a pack
hitting your palm.
I buy quality,
you say, grinning;
your brother
scowls. you
tell the boys
to watch
his leg
and themselves.
you rumble
into tripoli, and
a few of you
return. the desert
blows around
your feet.

viii. ghibli

and you
will know us
by the wind
that dries
our blood
and carries
our names.

Libya, 2011 by ~soporous








22

A magnitude-6.3 earthquake rattles Christchurch, New Zealand, toppling buildings and claiming 181 lives.














March











A magnitude-9.0 earthquake rocks Japan, setting off a series of catastrophic events that claim the lives of more than 15,000 people.

11















23

Academy Award winning actress Elizabeth Taylor passes away at age 79.













April











5

The viral sensation "Nyan Cat"
is posted on YouTube,
eventually garnering more than 50 million views.












Powerful tornadoes devastate the Southern US, claiming over 300 lives and causing nearly $11 billion in damages.

27















17

The first episode of "Game of Thrones" airs, HBO's hit series based on "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin.












29

Prince William marries Kate Middleton in a televised spectacle broadcast around
the world.














May











Osama bin Laden is killed
by a team of highly skilled United States Navy SEALs during a raid on his compound.

2












An EF5 tornado nearly 1 mile wide stampedes through Joplin, Missouri, claiming 161 lives.

22















6

The season finale of the animated smash hit "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" airs on The Hub.












25

After 25 years on the air, the last episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" airs.














June











Actor Peter Falk, most well-known for his portrayal of "Columbo," passes away at 83.

23















24

New York becomes the largest state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage.















July











"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," the final film in the acclaimed Harry Potter series, debuts in London.

7












The Space Shuttle Atlantis lands, ending NASA's 30-year space shuttle program.

21












Long-troubled singer Amy Winehouse passes away from alcohol poisoning at 27.

23















9

South Sudan declares its independence from Sudan.













22

A man in Oslo, Norway, detonates a car bomb then goes on a shooting spree at a nearby summer camp, claiming 77 lives.














August











Riots and looting break out in North London, lasting 4 days and eventually spreading to several London boroughs and other English cities.

6













September











The "Occupy Wall Street" protest begins, eventually sparking demonstrations around the world.

17















24

Nearly 20 years after becoming law, "Don't ask, don't tell" is repealed, allowing homosexual and bisexual citizens to openly serve in the US military.














October











Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and Pixar Animation Studios, passes away from cancer at the age of 56.

5















20

After over 34 years in power, Muammar Gaddafi is shot
and killed by members
of the Libyan National Liberation Army.













November











Police pepper-spray student protestors on the University of California, Davis campus sparking international dialogue about freedom of speech.

18













December











North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il passes away at the age of 69.

17















18

Nearly 9 years after it began, the Iraq War ends and remaining US troops
are withdrawn.















2011 was full of emotional events the world around, and our community responded at unprecedented levels. From natural disasters to historical celebrations, entertainment milestones to tearful goodbyes, our community spoke out like no other community can — artistically, creatively, and emotionally. In many ways, last year marked the final chapter of a few eras, opening the door to new beginnings for 2012. Let's take a look...




deviantART turns 11!

Fri Aug 5, 2011, 3:37 PM
Sunday, August 7, 2011 marks deviantART's 11th birthdAy and we want you to celebrate with us!  We're spending one whole week doing something special for the community each day.  We've got contests, chat events, and special announcements planned, all of which you can find in this news article.

While normally reserved for our Premium Members, we're allowing everyone sitewide the ability to install journal skins for the birthdAy week!  We especially encourage you to use this amazing skin to show off your dA birthdAy pride.  Check it out here to install it!

11th Birthday Journal Skin by erickthedesigner


We've also launched a brand new community contest called Skribble, challenging you to use a few sketched lines to make a creative masterpiece. This contest is open to all deviantART members, and prizes include Wacom Tablets and iPads! View all the details about this contest here.

For the complete listing of everything that's going on during the week, head to this news article!

I hope to see you there...party hat and all! :party:

Face Your Avatar

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 18, 2011, 1:57 PM

...A Social Experiment



Some Background


Being a member of deviantART and having developed many amazing connections with other members, I feel that deviantART is a very personable and friendly place.  However, depending on where you go on deviantART, what symbol you have, or the kind/quality of artwork you submit, you could have a very different perspective of the deviantART community.  With such inequity, I got thinking about the communication dynamics that exist deviantART.  Having taken too many communication classes in college, I can tell you that the fundamental principle of communication is that communication does not happen in isolation.  Interpersonal communication is contextual, and it’s something that we need to always be mindful of when crafting social experiences. That said, I'm starting a social experiment to improve interpersonal communication on deviantART. Please allow me to explain...

Hypothesis


The deviantART community will be more personable, friendly, and healthy if we can increase the amount of members who represent themselves with their photo.

Concept & Rationale


In online communities, communication is fundamentally impersonal.  There's a simple reason for this: it's unnatural. If you ever experienced a long distance relationship, a phone interview, studied abroad, or worked remotely, you know how much effort is required to overcome communication barriers.  Barriers exist because natural communication incorporates non-verbal context—things like body language, expressions, tone, voice, presentation, etc.  Fundamentally, one of the best ways to improve context is to incorporate face-to-face communication.  With that in mind, I believe that you can make yourself more available to connections with others if you set a portrait of yourself as your avatar.  The ‘intimacy’ of talking face-to-face undoubtedly fosters more personal behavior and natural communication.  After all, it's harder to be a jerk to someone in person than it is behind their back. Likewise, I think it's harder to flame someone if you see their face instead of an anonymous pixel image.  And subconsciously, I think message recipients can invest in a more genuine conversation if they can associate a face to the message sender. That said, I believe that deviantART's community would be quite different if most people used their picture as their avatar.  Sure, we're an art site and photo avatars may not be as awesome as some animated pixel art; however, there's still plenty of ways to get creative with photography.

Join Us


If you're feeling up to it, join in the experiment and face your avatar! Set a picture of yourself as your avatar (and deviantID if you're really motivated). Let's test and see if my hypothesis proves true... Thanks for your support!


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:iconallixsenos::iconaunjuli::icony2jenn::icongodofodd::iconrenonevada:
:iconsgonzalez::iconvhm-alex::icondistortedsmile::iconbdwfh::iconmegturney:
:iconartbit::iconaunnyd::iconbeautifulyuki::iconfartprincess::iconclassam:
:iconerickthedesigner::iconikue::icononlythegoodnotes::icontheryanford::iconmarioluevanos:
:iconcodenamepanther::iconmakepictures::iconkouiskas::iconbionikdesign::icondevlant:
:iconmhalpert::iconadkbamf:
(more dA folk coming soon)

Face Your Avatar Stamp by mattdanna


Thoughts on Image Protection

Tue Mar 29, 2011, 4:59 PM


I need your feedback!



Background
At deviantART, one of my on-going responsibilities is to find ways of increasing their satisfaction. To learn more about how our members feel, I administered a lengthy survey last December. The survey was very successful and gave us tons of insight into our community's stakeholders. We received some awesome data and feedback--some of which I am still analyzing. As I go through the survey results, I have been addressing any problematic trends as I discover them. One area of concern was the amount of users who felt negatively about deviantART because our website doesn't protect their images from being stolen. Here's some of my personal thoughts...

Some details
A while ago, we had a lot of issues regarding share links on deviation pages. Basically, a portion of users were pissed off because we added Twitter, Facebook, and other sharing buttons on their art pages. They felt that these buttons did not allow them to "be included" in the transaction of sharing their work. Our goal with adding these buttons was to avoid visitors coming to deviantART and sharing artwork by Right Click->Copy Image URL-ing. If users use the proper share links, traffic is sent to the deviation page (with artist info, copyright details, etc.) instead of just the image source. Because we try our best to listen to the community, we added a "discourage sharing" option to the submission process which hides the share links. Well, as you can assume, this does not discourage sharing at all. In fact, it just encourages improper sharing. Because the internet is a free-for-all, there is no way to "discourage sharing" of public images on the internet. If someone wants to share an image or download it as their wallpaper, they will. Regardless of this false sense of control, that's what the portion of the community asked for ...and it's what we implemented.

Image Protection Options
In terms of the dissatisfaction with deviantART's image protection, there is honestly no good solution for protecting images on the internet. Trust me, we've researched it. Heavily. Here are some of the options out there:
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:no: Disabling right-click with javascript
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Difficult to save images
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Besides being freaking annoying, visitors can still screenshot, view page source, turn off javascript, or grab it from browser cache.
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:no:  Embedding images into Flash
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Visitors can't right-click to save/copy the image
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Not everyone has Flash plugin, it's slow, and it's a dying technology. Visitors can still screenshot the image.
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:hmm: Clear image overlay
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Visitors can't right-click to save/copy the real image
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Besides giving visitors a false sense of saving/copying URL of the image, visitors can still screenshot, view page source, turn off page styling, or grab it from browser cache.
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:no: Set image as CSS background-image
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Not as easy to save
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Visitors can still screenshot, view page source, disable CSS, or grab it from browser cache.
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:no: Splice image into 1x1px div tags with background colors
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If you can hide the source image, prevents copying and sharing.
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Will crash most user's browsers and visitors can still screenshot the image.
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:no: Dynamic image file name
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Prevents sharing of images
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Brings users who click the shared URL to a 404 error page. Also doesn't prevent screenshots or saving.
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:no: Digital Watermarks
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Adds additional information to image source (like EXIF data)
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Can always be removed. Doesn't make the image look visually different.
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:hmm: Visual Watermarks
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Always provides credit to artist
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Invasive and distracting to viewer, can be cropped out or removed if too subtle
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As you can see, none of them provide full image protection. Because watermarks provide the "best" protection, years ago we included automatic watermarking as an option in submission. Beyond that, we always felt that we would be misleading you if we implemented any other possible "solutions".

A Possible Solution?
Regardless, I think we can make a user interface modification that can prevent some improper image sharing by making proper sharing really easy to do--it needs to be easier than Right Click->Copy Image URL. With that in mind, I came up with the following idea. Basically, we would "bury" your artwork under a transparent gif image, and when someone right clicks to copy the image URL, they would be shown a little sharing menu. Easy right? Sure is. Again, this does not "protect" your images from being stolen. It is just overtly encourages better art sharing practices...almost like killing bad behavior with kindness. So, what'cha think?







I'd love to hear you thoughts on this. Can you think of any reasons why we shouldn't implement this like right now?

A Journal about Journals on deviantART

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 14, 2011, 6:48 PM
It's been a long time since I've written a journal. There's 2 reasons for that... Primarily, I've been insanely busy working on some awesome stuff. Secondly, I tend to avoid writing journals because I feel that they intrinsically require polished communications. For me, I feel uncomfortable posting journals that only contain minor updates, brain dumps, or small blurbs that I find interesting.

A few months ago, I was at Mel's Diner with pachunka. I was spacing out and staring at the jukebox (example that they have at every table. I had an "ah ha!" moment. I just realized where Apple got their inspiration for the "Cover Flow" browse method, now commonly found in many software applications and all over the web. I took a pic with my iPhone and uploaded it to Twitter, telling my followers about my not-so-revolutionary discovery: the origins of Apple's Cover Flow. Having talked to Simon all dinner about site features, I admitted that I felt a little sad and disappointed. I was upset because I instinctively shared my design-related communication with Twitter, but I had no way of sharing it with deviantART. Not only have I been using deviantART for 7 more years than Twitter, but deviantART is 100% focused on art, design, and creativity while Twitter has a total mainstream audience. To me, this wasn't acceptable and left me feeling uncomfortable with the lack of options for communicating on deviantART. :X

From my perspective, the web has very much transitioned away from the days of Blogger, Live Journal, and AOL. I find the behavior of micro-communications (tweets, updates, statuses, tumbles, etc.) much less burdoning and far more natural. It's less work because it's not a process... you generally don't title posts things, or proof read them before you share. And you probably don't even feel a sense of obligation to respond to comments that are in reply to your original post. So yeah, I said it, the process of writing a journal is work. :work: Hell, even the button is titled "Publish Entry", implying both formality and finality. Many argue that because our journal writing process is work, it promotes more meaningful or quality communications. I'm sure it does. Conversely, it also promotes TL;DR and babbling, like what this journal has turned into. Personally, I much prefer reading 100 one-sentence updates from people I'm watching rather than receive 5 long journals in my message center. I think we should allow for journals to always be written; however, it would be nice to have an option to share something a bit more brief, spontaneous, digestible, and frictionless. There's something to be said for brevity. ;)

I've asked some of the higher-ups if we could reevaluate the user experience for posting journals. We'll see what happens... In the mean time, I'd love to hear what you think about Journals. Do tell! :eager:

dA's Birthday Bash!

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 1, 2010, 12:34 PM

Just in case you are completely out of the loop, deviantART is turning 10 years old on August 7th! Not only is it a huge deal for a social media community to last 10 years on the interwebz, but it's a time to celebrate!

If there is any possible way for you to get there, join us in Hollywood, California for our Birthday Bash! There's going to be tons of fun, admins, art, and fuzzy llamas*! Be sure to check out all the details in the news article here and take a look at the event program. Pretty awesome party for only $12!




Hope to see you therez!

*I don't think we can ride the llamas, but I'm pretty sure lolly will give anyone a piggy-back ride for $1.

  • Mood: dA Love

Happy Christmahanukwanzaa

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 26, 2009, 4:27 PM


Here's my annual Christmahanukwanzaa journal. Hope you all are enjoying the holidays and time with your families. I know Heidi and myself have been rather sick with the flue, so previous Christmas's have been much more merry. Nevertheless, breaks during school always feel like slow motion. I'm always running around doing 100000 things then I come home, watch tv/movies, and play some games. I feel pathetically unproductive (especially this break having the flu), but I guess that's the exact purpose of breaks.

Nevertheless, I hope you all had very awesome holidays and a great new year. Btw, we're about to hit 100,000,000 deviation. Pretty badass eh?

  • Mood: dA Love

Share Links Lunacy: The Verdict

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 17, 2009, 4:46 PM
So, we've come to a conclusion about the share links. You can read all about it here.

Basically, we've allowed for 3 sharing options:
:bulletblue: Encourage
:bulletblue: Discourage
:bulletblue: deviantART members only

Even though I still have some gripe about "discouraging" linking, it is a very emotional problem for some users (as I have come to find out). So, please enjoy the new features and thanks for all the feedback through this educational process. Just know, that there is nothing deviantART can do to stop linking or sharing. It is the internet and if you don't want stuff shared, don't upload it. But until there is an internet that doesn't allow for sharing, we will give you all the options that "discourage" it. :)


:peace:

  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: Sam Riley remixes

6 Years

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 13, 2009, 2:37 PM
Today officially marks my 6th deviantART Birthday! I originally joined from matt17, and later changed accounts to mattdanna. Thanks for 6 amazing years! :happycry:

cake


  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: My Computer Fan

Back to Rochester & Share This Lunacy pt. 2

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 23, 2009, 3:00 AM
So, as of last Tuesday, my summer dA HQ time ended. I leave for home tomorrow to work for dA remotely again. I'll definitely miss LA and all my co-workers/friends here...I had a great time this summer working alongside people who care about deviantART just as much as I do. However, it will be nice to head home to catch up with my family for a bit before off to school to finish my senior year. I'm excited to close the formal "education" chapter of my life and move onto the real world. Interesting times!

Anyways, it seems a lot of the "Share This" Lunacy has settled down, which I'm glad about. However, there are still a handful of deviants who are pissed. Some people are quoting me out of context and I think I should clarify a bit for those of you who are on my page:

Misunderstood Quote #1:
"While working at deviantART, you could ask pretty much anyone else on staff about my commitment to the community and artists. Various people, including $spyed, ask for my opinion on a daily basis about community issues because they know I grew up with dA. However, for this community issue, I can't help but face-palm. I am beyond disappointed, disgusted and disheartened by some of the responses I've seen lately. You give nice, thoughtful responses, and then get morons who don't understand the internet trying to insult you. Pro top #1: sending admins notes with threats and harassing remarks won't get us to add an opt-out feature. Pro tip #2: sending admins notes with threats and harassing remarks can still get you banned, even if it's not in public."

In this, I am not calling all users morons, not calling your mom or your cat a moron, not even calling your little brother a moron. I am calling a particular few trolls of our community morons, as they have emailed spam, noted hatemail, and IMed with junk. I apologize if you thought that I was calling you a moron. Unless you are spamming me with hate (or are lemontea), you are not a moron. ;) Kidding about lemontea, I luff him...sometimes.


Misunderstood Quote #2:
"This feature isn't for the convenience of the artist; it's for the convenience of the user--the user who comes to the site and wants to show the world one of the images. Why would we let the artist control the user experience for other people using deviantART? That is something we monitor and work hard on everyday. It's kind of like letting an architect build a structure out of whatever he wanted (wood, titanium, sand, gold, boogers, etc) regardless of what kind of building the client wanted. Silly right?"

Let me clarify this a bit, even though I believe I was pretty clear in the above comment. The "SHARE THIS" link area was not added for the artist's convenience, it was added for the artist's benefit. I'm fairly certain artists know how to link their own artwork on the internet. The artists are not our target use case for this feature...it's the random user who visits deviantART--most of which do not have deviantART accounts and do not know how to properly link artwork. Fairly recently, there have been many deviations in the news and press (including one on Perez Hilton's blog...craziness!). It infuriated me that these people embedded the image source on their articles instead of linking to the deviation page. Sometimes even worse: they download the image and then reposted it as an ambiguous name (girl.jpg, dog.jpg, etc). Because of these cases of poor linking etiquette, the artist was unknown. They would be receiving lots of credit for their work, but weren't. That would be a complete non-issue if those new sources use the "SHARE THIS" links instead. I do believe that this is a feature that is a win-win for both parties: the artist and the random user. The artist gets their due credit (as the deviation page shows copyright info, artist username, and description), and the user gets a frictionless way of linking the work they want to share. While you might want an opt-out feature so that people "cannot" promote your stuff, the address bar and right-click -> "save image as..." still exists in all browsers. Going back to my point about artist control of the user experience, it is absolutely true--we control how close your name is to your artwork, we control how your copyright info shows, and we control how the share links properly link. We do this for your benefit--we know how non-deviants and random users browse deviantART. Believe it or not, all these user experience components that we control are done to help you. deviantART (and I) love you. :aww:


If I need to further clarify any of that, please let me know. We only have but the best intentions for our user base and we hope that every change we make only enhances your experience. In the event that you feel a change doesn't positively affect your experience, please let us know. We need to know about what the exact problems are before we can come up with a solution. Raising your concerns with tact and without mobs is always appreciated. Getting comments on my userpage saying "you should be fired and spyed should take your job" doesn't help me understand the problem and doesn't help you get your point across. This is a partnership--we can made deviantART awesome together. After all, we both want the same thing: an awesome artistic and creative community powered by an epic website.

That is all. kbye.

  • Mood: Angsty
  • Listening to: the air conditioner

Share This Lunacy

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 13, 2009, 4:51 PM
Disclaimer: Mah views are my ownz. Obviously these views do not reflect deviantART's opinions. kthx

So you may have noticed, there has been some recent controversy regarding the new sharing links. I've done lots of on-site reading about how deviants feel and thought it was time I ranted a bit--after all, it's been a while since my last one. :B

Anyways, I'll keep this brief... I feel that 90% of the reasons against the new share links on deviation pages are complete and utter bullshit. The 10% that have even a hint of validity are not compelling enough for me to advocate for an opt-out option.

I have been arguing in favor of the share links for a while now, even before the shit hit the fan. Why? Well, several reasons. Read on:
  1. Share links are easy to use. Yup ezsauce.
  2. Share links refer to your deviation page. They do not copy the image or do any other kind of voodoo magic.
  3. Share links promote the sharing of other people's art. Who doesn't want free promotion?
  4. Share links promote proper linking. If someone links you to a source image (i.e., this)...only people who are familiar with deviantART will know who the artist actually is.
  5. Share links contribute to deviantART's mission of sharing art with the world. 'nuff said.
  6. Share links are NOT for the artist ease. They are for the random user or freeloader who comes onto dA. I would expect the artist knows how to link the deviation page and not the image source...but others don't.
  7. Share links, in no possible way, can promote art theft or image tracing.


While working at deviantART, you could ask pretty much anyone else on staff about my commitment to the community and artists. Various people, including spyed, ask for my opinion on a daily basis about community issues because they know I grew up with dA. However, for this community issue, I can't help but face-palm. I am beyond disappointed, disgusted and disheartened by some of the responses I've seen lately. You give nice, thoughtful responses, and then get morons who don't understand the internet trying to insult you. Pro top #1: sending admins notes with threats and harassing remarks won't get us to add an opt-out feature. Pro tip #2: sending admins notes with threats and harassing remarks can still get you banned, even if it's not in public.

What's actually been kind of interesting, is that I remember similar outrage over Pasties when those were first implemented. Many of those who bitched, hid their gallery, and "left dA"...are clearly back, pissed, and still not understanding how the internet works. I have one thing to say to those people: If you don't want your artwork linked or shared, do not upload it to the fucking internet. It's as simple as that.

So, if you don't like them, go make deviations about it so I can link it. :eager: </rant>
Feeling much better... I kind of miss the days I was a senior and could say whatever I wanted.

On a more positive note, danlev and I have been working for a while on the new Welcome page. Be sure to check it out and send it to all yer friendz!

Also:
eStunt Luv by Eevachu $eStunt Chart by boxheadhero
Debi62-9thBDay-Contest_eStunt by Debi62
Love for Estunt II by Doubtful-Della eStud by DivineError

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Jack's Mannequin

deviantART's 9th BdAy!

Fri Aug 7, 2009, 2:30 PM



So, alas, it's upon us! Today is the day to rejoice the 9th Birthday of our thriving and ever growing community. Who would have known that 9 Years later, deviantART would have grown this big?

The Numbers of deviantART: 9 Years in Review*
11,073,020 Users
18,206,723 Journals
1,152,780,690 Comments
88,772,195 Deviations
8,206,002 Scraps
71,801 News Articles
659,753,300 Favourites
1,331,722 Forum Threads
76,186,372 Friends
119,145,042 Notes
97,503 SVN Updates (since we started subversion a couple years ago)
504 Emoticons

*data as of August 6th, 2009


If you haven't seen what we're doing today, you must be living under a rock. But be sure to check out what's happening today! I'll be on dAmn doing chats all day. :D

Happy dA BdAy guys!!! :party:

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Mr. Hudson - Supernova
Want a shinny new Birthday Badge for your Profile Page?  

Screenshot

Some of you have been asking what that little cake icon on the top right of userpages is...Well here are some ways you can get one:

1. Purchase the new 9th birthday deviantART shirt!  These are limited edition, so get one quick before supplies run out! To purchase, visit the deviantWEAR page here.

2. Submit to and/or participate in any of the contests that are listed in the Contests > 2009 > deviantART 9th Birthday categories. Check out this link for a list of our current contests!

3. Be noticed in the dAmn chat rooms on Friday, August 7th for being a super awesome deviant and get awarded a Birthday Badge by a Core admin!

Hope to see you on our Birthday for much fun and many shenanigans! :party:

Fo' Realio Results

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 3, 2009, 8:12 PM
Finally!  The judges have consulted the local unicorn, Pink Panther, and Michael Jackson's son, Prince.  After much deliberation, we've come to a conclusion.  

But not before we had to ...
- Explain what lightbulbs were to the unicorn...his family is Amish.
- Ensure that the Pink Panther wouldn't favor all the pink emoticons.
- Get Prince to stop re-coloring all the emoticons to #FFFFFF in mememory of his later father, Michael.  Weirdo.

Anyways, here's our collective decision:

:snowflake: Winner: :snowflake: by capncraka

:lightbulb: Winner: :lightbulb: by Mrichston

:horny: Winner: :horny: by MenInASuitcase

:kiss: Winner: :kiss: by Droneguard


The winners each win a 3-month subscription and $25 of deviantCASH. :clap:
Hope you enjoy the new revamps! I think they're pretty awesome.


In other news....the deviantART 9th Birthday is coming up this Friday. Be sure to be online all day, as there will be many, many shenanigans and prizes, and more shenanigans.

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Placebo - Every You Every Me