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Rick and Morty Contest
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InterdimensionallyDysfunctional Contest
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Enter Now
Alter the laws of the universe with the Rick and Morty Interdimensionally Dysfunctional Contest!
Create an illustration of Rick, Morty, and/or the rest of the Smith family in a crazy interdimensional situation. Make it original
Sapporo CANvas ContestCombine the past and present to reimagine the essence of Sapporo! Sapporo and DeviantArt challenge you to create an original piece of art using or featuring the Sapporo can that combines elements of both classic and modern Japan. Three winners will receive $1,500 USD and various prizes! With Sapporo’s strong ties to both the art world and their Japanese roots, your artistic options are endless!
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Summer Contest: Women in WarAlright guys, here is the deal. I haven't done my yearly contest so here it is. You want to watch this journal keenly because the prize list is going to expand rapidly after today.
The subject is women in war. I don't see enough of this in military fiction at all, let alone on dA, so I'm running a contest for it. I want realistic, historically accurate portrayals of women's contributions to war efforts, be they soldiers or pilots, camp followers, auxiliaries, or on the homefront. There are plenty of cool things to choose from, from female ambulance drivers in WWI, the Night Witches of WWII, Jean d'Arc herself if you want.
Go check out Women Warriors if you really want a list but be careful, it might be too kick ass and overwhelm you.
The point is, women were all over war from the beginning of time. You would never find a camp that had no women in it, filling various roles, and it is absurd to say war just didn't affect them as

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The Community Relations TeamThe Community Relations Team is made up of Community Volunteers who liaise with Director of Community Relations Moonbeam13
Community Volunteers help the community out by providing you – the community – with a specific contact point in relation to galleries, chat and forums. You’ll find them doing the following:
Helping run community challenges and educational projectsSupporting community eventsHelping moderate forumsBeing part of the #help teamBeing part of the team that moderate #devart and other official chatroomsLiaising with Moonbeam13 on community mattersBringing rockstar deviants to your attention via features, articles and Daily Deviations
Please read :faq85: before applying for a Community Volunteer positionNote that you must be 18 years of age or older to qualifyPlease do NOT send notes
Apply Now
This is a listing of our current open Community Volunteer positions within Commu
Pimps and Whoas - August 19, 2015
News from the Team
:bulletpurple: Profile Discussion
:bulletpurple: Search in Favourites is Finally Here.
:bulletpurple: Celebrating Deviousness - August 2015
:bulletpurple: Celebrate DeviantArt's 15th Birthday!
Official Contests
All "official" contests will begin at midnight PST on the start date and end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relation run contests and all DeviantArt sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest
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For the list of CVs, link to Community Relations Team and scroll to the bottom for a full-listing of current volunteers or click on FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?
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FAQ #502: Can I submit things which I made using different "games" like a doll maker or with other character generators?
FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?
FAQ #257: What sort of permission do I need to use someone else's work?
FAQ #809: What are DeviantArt's stock image guidelines?
FAQ #696: How does deviantART comply with COPPA?
FAQ #81: How can I create links to other deviants, deviations, or websites?
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And :please: please while there, link on each individual button to donate. The site is fully supported by sponsors and cost nothing to click!
:earth:Also, click on The Ecology Fund ~ daily clicks help to save land!
:silentkitty:Then there is help for domestic animals. Feed Kitties and Feed Doggies by answering fun questions each day (doesn't have to be a right answer to donate free kibble).
PutYourBraveFaceOn found a wonderful site, Click to Donate Free that has all sorts of charitable sites in one spot making it easy to donate. Just click on each link and click where marked and the sponsors make a donation!


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DeviantArt Give Aways to Celebrate the 15th Birthday!
Ira Kia and DA's 15th Birthday Cake (Free) by daniya-ART
10th DA Anniversary Give-Away! See Journal for Details (closed August 16th):
10th dA Anniversary Giveaway!!! Update!On Friday, August 14th I will be celebrating my 10th DeviantArt Anniversary. :party:  And because it’s my 10th year I have decided to do a giveaway.
:bulletpurple: The grand prize winner will receive a one year core membership to DeviantArt. 
:bulletpurple: EDIT: Ten other lucky winners will receive 200 points each. TWENTY other lucky winners will receive 200 points each. :D 
The giveaway starts immediately when this journal posts and will close on Sunday, August 16th at 12:00PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time.  The winners will be announced shortly thereafter.  Any names added to this journal after that time will not be accepted. 
The winners will be chosen via a list randomizer  https://www.random.org/lists/.  The top eleven on the list will be the winners with the first name being the grand prize winner.  The winners will be announced via journ

1200 Point Give-Away ~ Details Here (closes August 17th):
Giveaway: 1200 points!Hey all! Thought I would do a little giveaway, inspired by Farand and Cinnamoncandy(check their awesome giveaways here and here) . Hope you all don't mind :giggle:
To participate all you have to do is comment on this journal(or you can send me a note if you prefer) with your username. You may also nominate others by commenting with their usernames. This giveaway is open to everyone, you do not need to be a watcher or do anything special to participate :la:.
You have until August 17th 11:59PM PDT to write in your suggestions. Winner will be picked on August 18th by www.random.org/lists/, and will be notified via note. :eager:
Good luck to everyone!
Please note that multiple nominations of the same username will only be counted one time :)


$500 Give-Away ~ Must Have a PayPal for Cash Transfer (Closes August 31st):

$500/40,000 point raffle! (Date changed)EDIT: New end date is the 31st of this month--August! This is entirely too much for me to handle singlehandedly, so I'm cutting it a bit short in terms of deadline. xD; I hope no one minds. After August 31st, no new entrants will be counted. I will assign numbers through the first week in September, and on September 5th at noon Texas time I will post the stream so you guys can see the random number generator do it's thing.
Original: I've been wanting to give back to the community for a long time, because I have been here a long time. 5 years, to be exact--and what better way to do so than to do a raffle?
:star: I'm holding a raffle for $500 USD--or it's equivalent in points :points: :star:
One hundred for every year I have been here on deviantART. (In points, I don't really know what the equivalent is. Everyone keeps coming up with a new number, and I'm not really familiar with the points conversion system. ^^; http://comme

Lily and DA's 15th Birthday Cake (Free) by daniya-ART
Black Divider by TheStockWarehouseChain  Break the Chain! Chainsaw 
Black Divider by TheStockWarehouse
Don't Believe the Hyperbole as it pertains to the alleged "Orphan Works" Law! 

This is the most recent update explaining the situation:
graphicpolicy.com/2015/07/20/d…
In the article there is a link to a full report from the US Copyright Office. Please read and be informed before spreading rumors, which is why the update warns to "Break the Chain"!!
Chain:la: 
I won a custom commission from Amarantheans and she created this adorable customization icon!

Wdwparksgal by Amarantheans

Figment is a creation of The Dream Finder from an attraction at Epcot at Walt Disney World. Always a fan favorite, Figment even has Meet and Greets!

Epcot Figment 10 by AreteStock

Many thanks to Amarantheans for this wonderful gift!

Thank you handwhriting ~  F R E E S T U F F by AStoKo

Edit: Am now using the Figment as an avatar for TheDreamFinder, a site used to find features for DisneyDreamers ~ :iconthedreamfinder:
Many thanks for permission to use the prize as an avatar :nuu:

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:icondevnews: DevNews 
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DEVIOUSNESS for August


Celebrating Deviousness - August 2015



In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.
Introducing DamaiMikaz
:icondamaimikaz:
“My name is Damaris, but most people know me as DamaiMikaz. I’m a self-taught artist from the Netherlands and I’ve been making art ever since I can remember. When I first came to DeviantArt I was pretty much dragged here by my friends, that all worked on original projects. Up until that time, I was primarily a writer and traditional artist. It was DeviantArt that sparked my interest for digital art, and it didn’t just spark my interest, but the community’s willingness to help out people really gave me a good start.
It’s remarkable how easy it is to connect to people on this website over things as simple as original projects and learning how to do art. Following other artists was what helped me to spa


DamaiMikaz has been a member of DeviantART for eight years! Features from her gallery:

[Kiriban] Mei-Hua by DamaiMikaz Face Variety Challenge [Emion characters] by DamaiMikaz Sketchdump april 2015 [speedpainting] by DamaiMikaz

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OFFICIAL CHALLENGES AND CONTESTS ~ LAST CALL!


August Hero Challenge   Rick and Morty Contest - Last Call!
How To Enter Official Rules Prizing View Entries
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InterdimensionallyDysfunctional Contest
Eligibility: 18+, U.S.
New Season • Sundays • adult swim
Enter Now
Alter the laws of the universe with the Rick and Morty Interdimensionally Dysfunctional Contest!
Create an illustration of Rick, Morty, and/or the rest of the Smith family in a crazy interdimensional situation. Make it original
  

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NEWS FROM SPYED!


Coffee to the COREFor those who are upset about CORE, you're right. We should have made a more formal announcement when we released to express the new CORE brand and what it means to us and you, and if nothing else in the interest of transparency. More information about CORE to follow this week. But even more importantly, you will see the release of many new Timeline elements that will give you much greater transparency into DeviantArt's direction as a whole. 
Let's talk about coffee for a minute. Cuz it's Saturday, and I woke up and thought about coffee a lot this morning.
I bought a Nespresso machine a few months back. Boy do I like it. I also like my french press. The thing is, Nespresso capsules cost $1.10 and make 1 cup, and I tend to drink two cups in the morning. When I wake up, and on the drive to DA HQ. I've had this theory that I should drink Nespresso on mornings that I work, and I should use the french press in the evenings and on weekends when I have more time. Because the nespresso sa
   DeviantArt and Angry MobsDue to the nature of DeviantArt it is quite easy to perceive that there's "a lot of people" who are upset with any given thing, enough so that you could even believe that "everyone" believes the same thing.
I felt that perhaps the community would like me to explain how DeviantArt views these types of things.
First of all, DeviantArt, Inc. is extremely deliberate. We don't do anything accidentally. Everything that hits the community is the result of a team collaboration that usually take weeks or months to complete. And so when we make mistakes they are felt by a group here or by our whole team. 
Things you should know:
First of all you must believe that our team is 100% motivated to ensure that DA is healthy, and that decisions we make turn out to be better than how things were before. Each decision is likely to affect different pockets of people, and so you will always see the group that's unhappy pool together. The happy group is happy, so they don't tend to band toget
   Happy 15th Birthday!In April I wrote a post reflecting on my 15 years at DeviantArt, since the project began in April of 2000 and was launched to the public on August 7th. I went back and re-read what I wrote, and wow, speaking of audacious I'm pretty hardcore in this post. I write from my heart sometimes and then I hit post and that's that. So for our official 15th Birthday I wanted to re-share a link to that post:

And then today, I wrote this reflection for you as a toast & thanks for all the llamas:  
Happy 15th Birthday DeviantArt! We are evolving, and soon we will be able to share exactly how you can be a part of our transformation, ensuring that the DeviantArt we all love grows stronger in supporting the visual & written arts for 15 more years to come! You will soon see us release many years of effort, repositioning DeviantArt from all we have learned over our 15 years of managing the worlds largest creator community.
Thank you for all of your support over the


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GOOD ADVICE, INSTRUCTIONS AND REFERENCES


Two simple steps for a happier art lifeI wrote an article on my other account :iconbahamutdawncreations: more of a rant but with some key facts about art jobs and studio work.
But I wanted to write something a little more aimed to all artists and a little less ranty (if that's possible for me lol. ). A very direct and simple but effective comment.
Practice All the time
Get thick skin

That's pretty well the best advice I could ever give someone in as simple as possible. There's no special ingredient or technique that'll make you instantly good except practice and it'll take years. Some faster than others, but everyone practices. There's no "i'm a master artist" button in life. 
Social media has stemmed into you'll see the complaints more than the praise and this is the reality. It's both in the eyes of an artist and in social media in general. We as artists tend to focus on those negative, or what we feel is negative, comments before the positive. From the masters to the beginners I bet you'll see more "critiques
   PE: How to embed thingsWritten by Astrikos for projecteducate's community week. 
You may have noticed GIFS and hot things in people's journals and profiles. 
With HTML and CSS, you can add some hotness to your journals and profile.
Pretty neat, yes? 
Embedding Images and GIFs
DeviantART Images
    Images on dA can easily be linked with thumbcodes. 
While on a deviation page, all you have to do is scroll down and look right until you see:

Copy and paste the thumb code. 
:thumb367944988:

And if you want it bigger: 
:bigthumb367944988:

And bam. There you are.
If that's not good enough, you can play around with the size like this.. .
<da:deviation width="Number"  id="deviationID">
It's the thumbcode number without thumb in it... 
Trying it out... 
<d
   Pimps and Whoas - August 19, 2015
News from the Team
:bulletpurple: Profile Discussion
:bulletpurple: Search in Favourites is Finally Here.
:bulletpurple: Celebrating Deviousness - August 2015
:bulletpurple: Celebrate DeviantArt's 15th Birthday!
Official Contests
All "official" contests will begin at midnight PST on the start date and end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relation run contests and all DeviantArt sponsored contests.
:flagus: denotes US only contest
:bulletpink:
   How to Improve Your WritingHow to improve your writing
In 2013 I wrote an article called How to get more views on your Literature. I wanted to give actual practical advice from people who know, writers established in the DA lit community.The article was (and still is) very popular and seems to have helped a lot of folks so I decided to tackle a different (but way more important question)... how can we make our writing the best it can be?
Because it's great to show work to your friends but self improvement, or working towards a goal (for a lot of us that's a writing career, a novel, publication, competitions etc) is a whole different thing. So I asked some of DA's finest to spill the beans and answer those commonly asked questions 'How did you get so good?' 'Will I ever be able to write like this?' and 'Hi, is this Dominos?' (wrong number).
In How to get more views... I promi
   Teach Me, Senpai! Vol. 8 - Photomanipulation!Hello! :wave: rvmp Welcome to the eighth edition of 'Teach Me, Senpai!' here at fella. If you're unfamiliar with what this is, it's essentially a monthly feature of tutorials, made by deviants, explaining individual tasks, which then come together into one whole project. This month, we'll be making a basic photomanipulation! :la:
Lighting


Hair/Makeup

Manipulating Hair by TheDarkRayneDigital Eye Makeup Tutorial by CutspringMakeup PS Tutorial SpanishEngl by TheDesignOfOurLifesHair Tutorial by moonchild-ljilja
Skin

Pale skin trick by sara-hel.: Smooth Skin Tutorial :. by KuramaPhoenixDodge and Burn Tutorial Part 1 by Nienna1990Skin Retouch by LoMiTa
Blending Images
Blending with grass - no paint by FrozenStarRo
   Stop the fade: Protecting your work.Traditional Art Week
You’ve just photographed or scanned your latest masterpeice and uploaded it to deviantart.com and the comments and favorites are rolling in. The image of your work is saved forever in digital form, but what about the work itself? How do you protect the original from a flakey, faded future?\ 
What follows are the basics with some *bonus* traditional artwork by your fellow deviants.

by marcellobarenghi
Light
The number one cause of faded, bland paintings is light exposure. It’s common knowledge that light from the sun causes skin damage. In the same way, when light hits a painting it causes damage. This can result in yellowing, flakiness, or the dreaded color fade. Once bright magentas and fuchsias can fade to peachy beige in a few hours of direct sunlight.
Pencil, or paint. Oil, acrylic, tempera, watercolor; It doesn’t matter the medium. No work is immune to aging and discoloration, but t
   Editing of infrared photographs using PhotoshopInfrared Photography
I would like to show you my way of editing infrared photographs using Photoshop CC and the NIK plugins Viveza 2 and Silver Efex Pro 2. I started about 10 years ago with infrared photography using a Fuji S3 Pro body and two Nikon lenses. Having not been satisfied with the endless exposure times, I bought a used Nikon D70 having taken lots of infrared photographs over some years. In 2013 I decided to buy a new Nikon D90 body and had it converted to 720 nm.
 
My newer infrared photographs are all taken with the Nikon D90 converted to 720nm by Optik-Makario, Germany. At the moment, I am using a 18-70mm and an 18-200mm lens by Nikon. I have used other lenses such as a 50mm, 105mm and even a 85mm Petzval lens too. Using anything other than the 18-70 and 18-200mm lenses make things a bit more complicated because I have to use the camera's liveview.
 
 Now let's talk about how I edit an Infrared photograph...
 
 Below is the original photograph fro
   To Share or Hide - That is the QuestionCommunity Week
If DeviantArt asked
Do you want to share this art?
on every submission, you'd probably frown as you clicked yes. Complaints on the feature would probably outnumber those over the removal of the webcams.
But the site actually does ask you that every time you submit something.
In order to explain, I'm first going to provide you a link to spyed's article on this matter.

"Well, this is great! This will help keep my art from being stolen!"
Actually, no. spyed explains quite well in that journal article why precisely it isn't the best idea to discourage sharing.
But I can understand why some people want to hide their deviations, and why they want to restrict them to those logged in to DeviantArt. With that in mind, because I know there are many people who do want to use this feature, and newer members may not be aware that it exists, I'm going to show you how to do this, both on new uploads and en
   Enabling the Stick MenuCommunity Week
Change is scary.
We all become accustomed to certain things, especially the interfaces we're using when we access the site. You might remember former views of the site, and if you're feeling nostalgic, you can always take a look through the Timeline to see them again.
While there are many user scripts available on the site that can help to return the site interface to something you're more comfortable with, you might be interested to know that DA actually has something offered as a feature to everyone that allows you to modify your personal browsing experience to some degree.
The Stick Menu
A typical screen might look like this (though I'm running a user style script for the submit button):

If you want to get to the Daily Deviations from a screen like this, you have to either type the URL in, or click on the logo
   How to earn ,buy or WIN DA Points !Community Week
Hi my name is George-B-Art and in this article i want to help you with some advice and suggestions for earning, buying, or WINNING DeviantArt points. But first i want to familiarize you with what points are!
What are DeviantArt Points?
Points (sometimes seen as Points) were created by DeviantArt as another way to buy Core Memberships, commissions, give as gifts, or donate to other deviants.
How to Buy DA Points.
If you want to buy Points, do this:
1.Click on SHOP option in the top menu bar.
2.You will see the Points section at the top along with your current Points balance. If you don't have points the Balance will show 0 points.
3. Click on Points

4. It will take you to this page:

5. On this page you can see there are many ways to buy or gai
   PE: What is Patreon?Community Week

Introduction
More and more the icon and word 'Patreon'   is being seen across the site, but just what is it and how are Deviant Artists using the site? This article aims to just lift the veil on what it is and why artists want to use it.
What is Patreon?
Patreon is a site that is a way for artists to be crowd funded and have Patrons of their artworks. It is not limited to visual artists, musicians and any type of creators are welcome to create accounts.
Other crowd funding sites often have monetary goals that once reached production starts, however Patreon is a little different, it is a monthly subscription instead. Goals and levels are still available and it is up to the Creator to determine what additional items the levels of support give.
What would I get out of it?
It depends on the Creator, most visual ar


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HQ, COMMUNITY RELATIONS, FELLA AND DEPTH RADIUS


Thank You AbbeyMarie
Please join me in thanking AbbeyMarie for her time and efforts during her term as a Community Volunteer focused on the Photo-manipulation community.




Thank you AbbeyMarie :heart:
   Thank You Waluigi-Prower and BrookettePlease join me in thanking Waluigi-Prower (Emoticons) and Brookette (Artisan Crafts) for their time and efforts as Community Volunteers :) 
Waluigi-Prower 

Brookette 



A million thank you's to you both! :heart:
   What's in the Undiscovered Section?, #15This fortnight's media: Fan ART!
 
  
  
  That's too many weapons by Jedi-Art-Trick
Heart of the Mountain by kallielef Elektra by MicahJGunnell lets make a bet by Larkles
Fan Art Friday - Holo-Pearl by Ghotire SU: evening by Sangcoon
   10 x 10 Flowers:icondistortedsmile:
The 10 by 10 fella Feature
10x10 is a Monthly Feature from fella showcasing 10 images with under 10 faves +favlove 
These can be from any genre, deviant or gallery.
If you would like to suggest a theme please note DistortedSmile or comment on this article!
Party 

Today's theme is Flowers! Flowerpot 

Bullet; Red Bullet; Orange Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Green Bullet; Blue Bullet; Pink Bullet; Purple
From the tiniest Snowdrop to giant Sunflowers, our fixation with the beauty of floral designs and colours are clear in the Art we make!
 

  

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DD ARTICLES, NEWS FROM VOLUNTEERS


Updated stock #1Packs so far updated and moved to my main account, they no longer need a password for the zip and everyone can use them according to my normal terms of use for unrestricted and restricted stock :D  Theres more to sort yet, but this is the first bunch,  most haven't been "watcher updated" so they won't have popped into your watchlists.
I highly recommend you take a look through as a lot of this stock has never been used and will therefore give your art a little bit more of an original take - given how well used some of the other shots are from my model stock! :D
UNRESTRICTED STOCK: http://elandria.deviantart.com/gallery/40354736/UNRESTRICTED-STOCK
    
    
   Stock and Resources DD Roundup July 2015:iconpiratelotus-stock: Features by PirateLotus-Stock








:iconcelticstrm-stock: Features by CelticStrm-Stock

Pixel eye tutorial + Blinking by miiarosmile staw hat by eyefeather-stock
Dragster 138 by Colourize-Stock
Foggy Dirt Stock by Snowenne
snow leopard cubs by Quiet-bliss
Happy Birthday Simona ! by A1Z2E3R
fairy land 2 by blue-horse-stock
Stairway through the rock by ArtistStock
Stock by La-Catalina
   Have your heard about...This group?!

Ladies, and Gents,
don't hold back your attention to this really awesome idea
from Aeirmid and LiliaOsipova :heart:
I guess this group will be awesome for many devious deviants, 
anyone of us...
Please, fave, spread the word,
join it!!! 
Thx for your attention :hug:
   Winners of July's Architecture ContestHi All, fellow Devious Deviants, Members of CRPhotography and Everyone!
:woohoo:
CRPhotography held last month 16th edition of the Monthly Contest,
with the theme Architecture.
We asked admins of the group to vote for their three favourites entries and a runner-up, by opening wide their eyes and feelings, their sensitivity and appreciation of lines, diagonals, buildings, composition...
Now that the entries have been judged, we let you know the photos awarded and the runner-ups.
1. First place

"Brudges" by DaRaPhotos  
2. Second Place

"The Cube" by Argolith
3. Third Place
   Halloween 2015:iconhalloween-hq:   Photography Exposed: SurrealPhotography exposed is a brand new series of articles brought to you by your General Photography Community Volunteers! Kaz-DMrs-Durden and tiganusi are going to be exposing the popular and the not so popular galleries within main Photography gallery here on DeviantArt. For this 7th edition I've chosen to focus on Photography -> Surreal. Surrealism as an Art Genre was a movement that flourished in the early twentieth century and aimed at expressing imaginative dreams and visions which were outside of rational thought and control. When I hear the word 'Surreal' I instantly think of Salvador Dali, an influential surrealist painter, and Jean Cocteau who was considered a master of surrealist film. If you're looking for influential surreal photographers right here on DeviantArt then look no further than lauren-rabbit who has always amazed me with her ability to   Photography Newsletter This month, silber-englein highlighted a fantastic article that showed most of the CRPhotography team something that we actually didn't know. It happens. But seriously, this was something very simple, easy and important that we had no clue existed. It turns out you can put your name in your camera. This is important on so many levels, but the article that highlighted it was just amazing. A Photographer had $15k worth of gear stolen and because he named his camera he was able to get it back. Find out more here - did you know that this existed??
Let's talk about Drones. In the past few years drones have become more afordable, popular and accessible for many and that has led to an increase in air activity. Drones can capture all sorts of useful
   My Daily Deviation Highlights! Welcome to a Community Volunteer project in which we will be highlighting our favourite Daily Deviations featured within the recent weeks! We would like to encourage the community to join in on this project by simply going through the Daily Deviations page and collecting some of their favourite pieces of art within a journal titled "My Daily Deviation Highlights"! We hope this project will help spread awareness and love for Daily Deviations and our fellow deviant artists!
Use the hashtag #DDHighlights so we can find your journals! Love



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   My Daily Deviation HighlightsWelcome to a Community Volunteer project in which we will be highlighting our favourite Daily Deviations featured within the recent weeks! We would like to encourage the community to join in on this project by simply going through the Daily Deviations page and collecting some of their favourite pieces of art within a journal titled "My Daily Deviation Highlights"! We hope this project will help spread awareness and love for Daily Deviations and our fellow deviant artists!
Use the hashtag #DDHighlights so we can find your journals! :love:
   
  
 
   DeviantArtist QuestionnaireLet's celebrate DA's 15th Birthday! Heidi has invited us to fill out this fab Questionnaire: Staff and CVs will be doing it, so you should too!
Just copy the survey questions and answer them from your own perspective! Also, tag your journals #DeviantArtistQuestionnaire and other DA tags like #DA15 #DABirthday La la la la 
1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?
Literally just had to go check; Deviant since Mar 8, 2004 - 11yrs yo! I think I've fainted. 

2. What does your username mean?
I wou
   July 2015 Traditional Art DD Round-up:iconstelari: Features by STelari
La Primavera De La Noche by thinhnguyenartSeer by EsekBazgroliIlluminate by SamanthaJordaanThe Astronomer by RainerKalwitzYou are my strengh by MattBarleyBus ride by ThecreakyatticWaiting (On the Other Side of Wonder) by dillonpringleNot knowing what lies ahead by ImaginaryLealliGloom by helloiamlliSelf-bullying by ZarinaSitumorangQorvos and Anna by Creature-CaveLe Temple des Millions d'Annees by Adeline-MartinNyarlathotep by arenhausThe First Secrets by RubyRyn
:iconagaave: Features by Agaave
Nevermore by richardcgreenThe little match girl by QuentinvcastelLana in her cage by KatarineaNina con Gato by PsartangelaPintail by DrKujoThe Omen by JessicaMDouglasAnnabelle by LadySybileAlps by eleth89Devotion VII - Love is Lost by BenGoodspeedOvernightExpress by ThaoArtsMy Sanctuary by dawndelverBlueberry Braiding by EleihnaThe little giant girl and her dog by veracauwenberghsPick Your Poison by cyndavalleAbandoned House Blooming by SloppygeeFishes by MarmaladecookieSozopol by kalinatonevaOwl painting by gimgamsPrince on the Run by Mokinzialla fine dei conti, si tratta di morire by leilaliliumAramis by drachenmagierThe Murmur of the Innocents 23 by gottfriedhelnweinfar away by r-lilieAutumn Red by BLUTKIND-antiZOLOFTHoney in the Hair by DarlingDeerestEtude by elena-nekrasovaChampignon by awaicuGarden by the Shed by rooze23Blank Space by ffnanaJuillet gris by BlueCarolineTree House by nokeek
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   DeviantArtist QuestionnaireSo we are 15 now!! Many things have passed trough all these years, we've grown together as community and as artists, and many more things will happen in the near future. Come join us with this funny questionnaire Heidi told us to do, you'll learn a lot about the deviants you follow!!
How long have you been on DeviantArt?
- Seven years, I became Deviant on March 28, 2008 
What does your username mean?
- Well it's quite easy, it's my name and my first surname, :aww: although it's not my original username, When I joined DA my username was finomrs, fino because someone called me that, cause I'm slim, and mrs because those are my complete name initials.
Describe yourself in three words.
-Shy, patient and of course deviant!!
Are you left or right handed?
- Right handed.
What was your first deviation?
- A crappy wallpaper...

What is your favourite type of art to create?


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PROJECT EDUCATE AND ART HISTORY


An Interview with MarcosRodriguez Macro Photography
Meet Marcos - our loveable Macro Photography Community Volunteer who was absolutely made for the job not least because of his talents - but also because his name makes Macro! Marcos is from Galicia which is located in the North-Western area of Spain. He is known on DeviantArt for his passion and insight with regards to Macro Photography and can be found on DeviantArt as MarcosRodriguez.

The Bio...
I've been working in a car factory since 2012. I fell in love with photography about 7 years ago, when my girlfriend gave me my first digital compact camera. I always did every kind of photography, for me it's a pleasure to take pictures of anything in any situation, my girlfriend sometimes says that I love my camera more than her... (that's not true), but what I like the most is Macro Photography.
The Gear...
Now I have a Nikon D600 as main camera body, I also
   Still Life Photography Week - Get involved!News
 Photography CVs are planning a Still Life Photography education week here at projecteducate and we want you to get involved! We already have lots of lovely people to interview but we're looking for your tutorials, educational bits and pieces and more! Do you have some great tips for capturing the perfect Still Life Photos? Or maybe you have a bit of knowledge of the History of Still life Photography?  Whatever you'd like to write about, providing it relates to Still Life Photography, we want to hear from you! Just send projecteducate a note with your ideas and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Still Life Photography Week - August 31st - September 6th 2015
~ Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden and tiganusi.
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   An Interview with LDFranklinInfrared Photography
Meet Lindsay, an Infrared Photographer in the USA. She has been on DeviantArt for just over eleven years and agreed to be interviewed to provide us with some insight into Infrared Photography and in particular to find out more from someone who has converted their camera specifically for Infrared Photos!

The Bio...
I first got interested in photography 12 years ago when I got my first point and shoot digital camera. I’ve been hooked ever since! I started out teaching myself, but then took a few photography classes in college to hone my craft. I joined DeviantArt back in 2004. My day job is working as a preschool teacher, so photography is just a hobby/side gig.

The Gear...
My main camera is a Nikon D300. I also have a Sony NEX-3 that I use quite frequently because it is convenient and super lightweight! My infrared camera is a Nik
   Fan Art Week - Call for ContributorsNews + Happenings

Hello :wave:  I would like to host a Fan Art Project Educate week from September 28-October 4 but to do that I need 2 things from you guys!

It's nothing big!  But hosting a week alone can be, so the first thing I need is some contributors.  Do you know a lot about Fan Art on dA?  Is there a Fan Artist that you are dying to interview?  Do you have some Fan Art specific tips and tricks to share?  Is there a new trend in Fan Art that you'd like to feature?  If you answered yes to any of those, please note me with your ideas :la:
The second thing I need is to know what about Fan Art you want to learn about.  Is there something confusing in the category structure?  Do you need resources on copyright?  Is there a Fan Artist that you want to hear tips from or have a featured chat with?  Something else entirely?  Comment here and let me know! :eager:

Let's g
   Special Uses Of Some WatercolorsTraditional Art
Hello Dear deviants!Love  I'm back again with some articlesI am a dummy! ! This time I'll be discussing about some special uses of few commonly used colors: WHITE, BLUE and YELLOW
So to ease your reading experience, I've divided this article according to the following index
WhiteBlueYellowA Word of Thanks
So here we GO!
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White
As we all know that white is a color that is not very commonly used in your paintings, but this color has its own special properties that we all can use to make our paintings look more fabulous! So, what's so special about white? It is its property of being a really good mixer that can mix any two or more than two colors to create a number of shades! Only white has this property because all the
   Painting With A Knife! (The Practical - 1)Traditional Week
                Difficulty Level: ★★★✩✩
                In the last article, I talked about painting knives and the differences, and how to get accustomed with the technique. You may refresh the memory of the old lesson here Painting With A Knife!
Those were all the theories and tips. This time we will get to the actual thing — How to paint with a knife!

        The knife can be used in various ways in a painting — to apply paints or to give fine touches, straight lines and many more. But painting an entire piece with a knife is going to be much more hard. Yes, it is true that no tips or tricks can give you the "Easiest way to paint with a knife". There i
   Little Red Riding HoodTraditional Art
Introduction

Who hasn't heard of Little Red Riding Hood? It is the story of a little girl with a red hood going to see her grandmother in the forest... yet she must be careful of the wolf. This tale has inspired many artists, and I welcome you to discover some of the traditional artworks from deviants and the stories on the same occasion.
The oldest versions
Although the story has been told for centuries, the story has two main versions, one more positive than the other.
The first printed version is the French version from Charles Perrault (1698). There, Little Red Riding Hood goes with a pie and butter to see her ill grandmother. On the way she meets the wolf. Learning that she's off to see her grandmother, he races forward to arrive before her. There, he says he is Little Red Riding Hood to come in, then eats t
   Drawing the Figure in InkTraditional Art
Hi everyone, I'm back again for another Traditional Art Week!
I've done a couple tutorials in the past, but this time I'm gonna change it up a bit with an article encompassing a figure drawing class I attended recently over the summer. I'm not sure what the term for this is... a Drawlogue maybe?
As you can probably infer from the title, I used primarily ink during the four week class; in fact, it was the first time I've been encouraged to focus on ball point pen in an academic setting.
So here we go!
The tools featured here are:
ball point penink wash and calligraphy brushsharpie marker
Day 1

This was my first time drawing the figure from life for an extended period of time (25 min) in about 5 years. For this drawing I chose to use ink with dry brush techniques to loosen up. When using ink, I like to use the wash (water with a bit of ink in it) to sketch in a gesture. The purpose of this is to get a handle on the volume
   Drawing the PortraitTraditional Art
Welcome to this humble overview which presents some thoughts on how to approach drawing the portrait. 
Bear in mind that we won't copy the photo like in the photorealism style, instead we will use the reference as a guide and we will create our own vision of the subject. We will explore simple drawing, a more elaborated sketch.
So let's get started!

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Choosing Reference

(It's essential to study and draw the head from life, but here we will focus on working from photo references)

This step is the most significant part. Let's take a look at some examples, bad ones and good ones.
(I randomly picked a well known face for our purpose, in this case the actress Charlize Theron)







Now we have our reference.
This next step is to make things a bit easier for the less experienced eye.
   Introduction to ACEOsTraditional Art
Forewords
Wouldn't it be awesome to own a collection of original, handmade artworks from various artists?
Unfortunately having a large collection of big paintings or drawings is not often possible because original artworks and their shipping around the world cost money and they also need lots of space at your home to be presented in the best possible way. However, this does not mean you couldn't own a piece of art from your favorite artist: the solution is artist trading cards, also known as ATCs or ACEOs.
At the beginning of this article I introduce what these little cards are. To trading and creating ACEOs in DeviantArt us take the artists themselves by interview: The artists let us know how they started trading and what keeps them doing it. They also share their best tips of creating and trading these cards!
What is ACEO?
ACEO is an acronym that stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. ACEOs are variants of Artist Trading
   PE: Traditional Art Week Wrap-upTraditional Art
Traditional Art Week at projecteducate has come to its end. We hope you have enjoyed the week with us, learned new things and found inspiration! Many thanks to the contributors and everyone who participated and made this week happen! Thank you also for all the readers and visitors who stopped by and left feedback. :heart:
In case you missed some of the week's articles, you can find all of them linked below:
July27August02
Traditional Art Week
27th Monday
AM: Introduction by Agaave
PM: Special Uses of Some Watercolors by Tudalia
28th Tuesday
AM: Painting With A Knife! (The Practical - 1) by Goodnight-Melbourne
PM: Mixed Media Colouring Tutorial by Eleweth
29th Wednesday
AM: Comp
   Interview with @GrotesqueDarling13Macro Photography
GrotesqueDarling13 is a passionate artist from Detroit. Her gallery is not only full of great macros but also a lot of other pieces of art from various mediums such as photography, drawings, artisan crafts and more! In this interview we get to learn more about her passion for Macro photography...
1.- What is Macro for you?
    Macro to me is almost like stepping outside the world we see every day to really take in the worlds that are over looked more then they are seen. Its always an adventure, something beautiful is always waiting to be found.
2.- What made you decide to start Macro Photography? 
     I always found Macro to be interesting and so beautiful. I followed many Macro Photographers whose works inspired me to try it for myself. And when I finally did, I had fallen in love with it.



   Cheap and Cheerful MacroMacro Week
My Experience With a Macro Attachment
If you'd like to try macro photography but don't have lots of money to spend on a macro lens, or want to experiment a bit before forking out for new equipment, there are some easy and inexpensive options you can play with. The one I'm going to talk about in detail is my new favourite toy - a Polaroid macro lens attachment.

Sometimes you just know. From the first moment, you feel it in your heart, an almost magnetic draw. You feel weak with desire and you know that you’re going to surrender. You whisper, “Together, we will experience so many beautiful moments. With you, I will see the world in a new way. I want you. I need you. I must have you. Plus, you’re totally affordable and compatible with my existing lenses”.



And that’s the moving tale of how I met my 
   Being Motivated on DACommunity Week
Heya People! Back Again! This article will be giving you some tips to take your boredom away and get motivated when you're hanging on DeviantArt. Here is what we'll go over:

Introduction
How to Get MOTIVATED
My Experience
A word of Thanx!

So we begin!
Introduction
All Deviants, Staff, Seniors, and Community Volunteers are a part of this awesome, socially-artistic networking site where we can interact and help each other by critiquing, featuring, commenting, and collecting artwork or finding new artists by searching the cool, yet small, corners of the site. But with all this awesomeness, some or many of us are sometimes stuck in a situation where we become bored and shut our computers down or senselessly move our mouse pointer in a circular direction. To keep such events from occurring, and with such an amazing site in front of you, I'll be giving you some ti
   Novels and Shorts - Plotting the Easy WayCommunity Week
Hi guys! My name's Forever-Eve, and I would like to talk to you about basic plotting tricks for those of you new to planning novels and short stories.
To some people, planning may seem like more work than it is worth, especially for shorts. Sometimes we have ideas that we're just so in love with, we just want to pour it onto the paper, even if we don't always know where it is going. And that's where we tend to get stuck. We look back and are either at a loss for where we need to go, or have dug ourselves into a hole. Or, in less severe situations, we finish and end up with plot holes, which as authors we may or may not catch before publishing.
So if you've never plotted before, how do you begin? There's so many suggestions out there, it can be overwhelming. Today, I'm going to list some of my favorites, and in what situations they can be useful.
Short, But Descriptive, Overviews
You might have an idea that you feel you just have to get onto paper
   PE: Community Week Wrap-upCommunity Week
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Community Week
17th Monday
AM: Intro by cinyu
PM: Being Motivated on DeviantArt by Tudalia
18th Tuesday
AM: To share or hide, that is the question by RogueMudblood
19th Wednesday
AM: Enabling the stick menu by RogueMudblood
20th Thursday
AM: Chat Event Annoucement by JenFruzz
PM: How to avoid Spam on DeviantArt by Pascua-Tanya
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SPOTLIGHT on Sserenita   DeviantArtist Questionnaire:iconcheerplz::iconcheerplz:
Happy 15th Birthday DeviantArt!!!
Ok, so I've been seeing this lovely "DeviantArtist Questionnaire" that our dear Heidi started ( #deviantartistquestionnaire ) and I'll do it!!! :iconlawooplz:
So without further ado :drumroll: :drumroll: :drumroll: Here are my answers to the questionnaire!!! :iconepiclaplz::iconlajumpplz::iconepiclaplz:
How long have you been on DeviantArt?
I've been on DA for almost 6 years now!!! :iconyaayplz: But before that, I hovered around the site many, many times, looking for tutorials and ispiration!!! :gallery:
What does your username mean?
EveStare Ohhh that is absolutely TOP SECRET!!! :staranoid: Th
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   DeviantArtist QuestionnaireHappy birthday DeviantArt!
Green Square Bullet How long have you been on DeviantArt?
I have been here since January 2008, which makes 7 and half years. Half years are small but they’re important too. It means that I have been a Deviant half of the time this site has existed!
Green Square Bullet What does your username mean?
It is a name of a plant. It is agave in English but because I am a Finn there must be extra vowel hiding somewhere.
Agave is a useful plant too, it is used in a production of tequila! Sorry DA, even if you’re 15 now, you’re not allowed to drink tequila.
Green Square Bullet Describe yourself in three words.
Fun, friendly and fabulous.
And a very modest human being, apparently.

Green Square Bullet Are you left or right handed?

Right.
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