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During my college days on a graphic design course, my fellow colleagues turned me onto the artwork site ~DeviantART~ a free site in which users from all over the world can upload their artwork of all sorts (within reason). Everything has its place, as you upload your work, or 'deviations' as they are known on site, you set it a category among others such as Photography>Animals, Plants & Nature>Domesticated, which in turn makes the site extremely well organised, everything in its right place. Like most creative sites, you have the option of paying for a 'Premium Membership' (around $5 a month) to unlock more features, skins, and most importantly the removal of advertisements.
Here's how it goes for new users.
Come up with an un-used username and password. (Mine is JosephTheVIIth)
Fill out your details and information. (age, occupation, favourites, whatever)
Upload your stuff! (photos, drawings, animations, writings, etc)
Scout the talent! (search for subjects, get inspired, comment and/or add to a collection)
Reply to comments & make friends (critique, praise, argue, urghh)
Write a journel entry. (Jot down anything you want)
First off, I'd like to praise the site for being a free source for submitting & viewing art. The fact that you don't have to pay is fine as adverts are (usually) discreet and out of the way, plus you can easily live without the features that the paid version offers. If anything this makes it a good, social, half hearted portfolio - good for showing friends and family your stuff but I cannot recommend it for work related showing off. Each month, there is usually a neet little poll thats about art and often user selected questions. Its universal and has practically every type of artist from all over the world, some who have risen to fame because of DA or seek to do so. This is how the 'watchers' system works - people interested in your art 'watch' you in a non sinister way (normally) being notified of your activity (unless altered in the settings) - essentially it comes down to 3 things , one - networking - commenting & favouriting everything in sight. Two - Genuine Skill - the better your artwork the more acclaim. And 3 - Genre - people who specialise in the most obscure or just plain random genre, will often struggle to accumulate views or watchers. Whereas say.. ANIME will gain you an unlimited source of losers!
This as you can imagine, is my main gripe with the site. Anime fans. In my eyes, the WORST 'art' imaginable as its incredibly specialist and well.. just plain unoriginal most of the time. Now this is just me, I don't mind watching it, in fact I enjoy the odd Manga film, but why is this a negative of the site? New artwork uploaded, automatically goes onto the front homepage of the site! Brilliant idea in theory, as you can see the waves of little images coming in at an alarming rate (this also changes depending on where you live in the world). What has made me a bit-part member though is the grotesque amount of anime that gets endlessly ploughed through and gawked at by children. Thats right, the answer to why it is not a suitable website for work or interviews using it as a portfolio. It is my strong belief that the average user's age is around the 12-15 demographic - the kind of age where "OMG ANIME RLZ XOXOX LOL!". This of course is 'my' issue, others may let rubbish brush over them, but even when attempting to be a serious, helpful member, you get ragged on. I do not recommend critiquing ANYONE's artwork as you have no idea how they will react. My experience of this was a simple one, I left a positive comment with "room to improve" attitude, I was then ganged up on by several of this users friends who claimed that the person in question had since gone through a difficult time, bringing up suicide, self harm, abuse, the whole shebang. Don't care, didn't need to know that.
Frankly, I'm rather glad that the site takes its time to load the images (fair enough) because the majority of submissions are from 'wasians' (wannabe asian) applying 'san' on the end of every name (I doubt the Japanese use this site), cat-porn and disturbing fetishes. Its adult art is however, well policed as some can be flagged as inappropriate while others receive warnings before viewing. Badges are a fairly useless addition to the sight in recent years, particularly the 'Llama Badge' which equates to a tiny piece of virtual rubbish being posted through your letter box. Which reminds me of the decent Inbox, which notifies you of comments, favourites and contests held by the site (mostly based in America) as well as the endless 'sale' for DA labelled hoodies and canvas specials. You get the latests news and general feedback on your stuff but the general idea of the site is (besides admire art) wh*re your work, commenting back and fourth to make yourself feel better. That is what most people seem to do, upload half a*sed doodles, claim autism and reel in the sympathy attention.
I like that you can personalise your profile with info and your best work, 2 pieces and 1 profile photo. The background green is also nice on the eyes and rathe unusual. You can even join specific groups, about genres or even web etiquette. To be honest though its mostly about fan fiction, anime and social networking. Its because of all the glaring negatives that I barely use the site anymore, my days of trying to feel better about my art and show off are over, instead I use the journel to rant and vent about life in the real world. So if it seems its best left for youngsters still in their teens or perhaps adults trying to rekindle their love for art or clinging on to the last dregs of youth. Just know that you can upload extremely large files, find decent people and build a bit of confidence in yourself.. just don't expect genuine critique/opportunity.
Deviantart is a website where you get to post your art that you've created and get some feedback, along with giving feedback to others. You can submit your artwork to groups to show off the work you've done or just to talk to like minded people about pretty much anything and everything. They will allow minimal mature content to be uploaded to the site which is a bonus for some people. As for the people that don't like it? They can put a mature content filter in place from their deviantart homepage and then they don't have to see anything with a mature content warning on it.
In my opinion, one of the best features offered by deviantart though is the fact that you can sell your work through them. They take the majority of the money from the sales to maintain their site and ship and create your products for you and you just have to upload them. You get 20% of all the money from your pictures and dont have to pay to get them put on canvas or shipped or anything, you just sit back and let them do the work while you earn money from the pictures you probably would have taken anyway. Not a bad deal in my opinion! Sure, you could get more than 20% if you sold them yourself but you would have to do the marketing and creating of the pieces. As it is, deviantart does all of that for you so you just get pure profits.
They set the price of the work for you however which means that you may not get the price you ideally want for your work. Some pieces only give you a profit of $0.17 whereas others give you $10.72 or even higher. It depends on how good the quality of your work is.
All money is paid through paypal (or cheque if you're a premium member) so this is fairly simple as well. Most people have paypal or a bank account after all.
When it comes to premium membership (which is entirely optional) you get better profits from anything you sell and better features on the site as well including ad free surfing, extra profile widgits and increased viewing of work. Premium membership, according to their site, is for as little as £1.51 a month which I think is a good deal.
Overall I would say the site is very good for anyone who likes art, whether you wish to sell or just receive feedback!
Wow I really love this site!
I've been a member since 2006 and I have to say I'm almost as addicted now as I was when I first signed up.
It's really easy to get started and as an art producer or just admirer it's easy to get lost in it the vast network and catalogue of art and artists. It's free to create an account and you can upload an unlimited amount of your art images.
I would say that the level of satisfaction you get from the site depends largely upon your passion for art generally. If your deeply involved in your craft then you will more than likely find the generous spirit of the other members and their comments greatly rewarding. Equally it's a good way to see art by other artists and although inevitably you will come into contact with plenty of art that is not to your tastes its easy to find plenty that is.
A certain amount of knowledge is required in terms of handling digital image file formats and sizes, but generally the site is very user friendly and the addictive nature of receiving feedback for your creations motivates you explore all corners and features of the site.
I have signed up to various other artist community sites and I have to say that NOTHING out there comes close to it's sheer size and flexibility.
I have my own website, but until you have really made it as an artist this is the best online method of getting exposure for your work. Counting the views and 'favs' that people reward you with becomes somewhat compulsive!!
There is an option to subscribe for a fee and this gives you a few extra options and greater features, but I have never felt the need to do this personally as most of the features are available for free.
You can also sell prints through the site or buy prints of others work on a variety of formats and sizes
I have found the great community spirit of the site one of the biggest motivators to continue producing work on a regular basis and would recommend it to anyone who needs feedback to keep their creative fires alive.
I've been a member of deviantart (members are known as deviants) for over 3 years now but the website itself has been around for much longer (2000).
It is essentially an art community with members from across the globe. Any one can join and all sorts of art form are accepted, from: writing (factual, fiction, poetry etc.) to painting, photography, photomanipulation, handmade jewellery - the list is extensive.
When you join you pick a username which then forms part of the website address for your page eg. my username is huomenna and my page on deviantart can be found at www.huomenna.deviantart.com
Your user page is divided into sections:
1) Your 'featured deviation' - this is where you pick something from your gallery to be displayed at the top left of your page and thus likely to get more attention and draw people in to look at the rest of your work.
2) Journal - on the top right of your page. Here you can write about pretty much anything on your mind.
3) 'Newest deviations' - the 4 most recent deviations you have uploaded are shown as thumbnails on your main page, a link is also placed underneath of them which goes to the rest of your gallery.
4) 'Deviant ID' - your ID picture, doesn't have to be a photo of yourself.
5) Devious info - this is where you can fill out information such as your hobbies, favourite band/writer/film etc.
6) Deviantart community board - a random link to another deviants page (this is advertising which said deviant has paid for).
7) Comments - members can leave comments on your main page rather than individual deviations.
8) Random favourites - much like the 'newest deviations' section, this displays 4 deviations by other members, which you have added to your favourites.
9) Watchers - this displays the 20 most recent people to have added you to their watch list (you watch someone when you like their work and you get notified when they add something new.
10) News - a list of news articles you have written on the site (if you have written any).
11) Favourite news - news articles by other people that you have added to your favourites
12) Wishlist - a list you compile of prints you want by other artists
- Anyone can join
- Lots of media/art forms accepted
- Basic level of membership is free (with options to pay and recieve benefits such as no advertising, more art 'deviations' viewable per page, ability to customise journal etc.)
- You can make your work available for purchase as prints - there is a base price for these and you can adjust the prices up from here. Profit is split between the artist and deviantart.
- You can upload your work to your 'gallery' (deviantart does accept tiff files but these take alot longer to upload so I would recommend jpegs). When uploading you are provided with lots of options - category, largest viewable file size, whether or not to allow downloads (I would not recommend allowing them as people will a) not buy prints and b) use your copyrighted work illegally).
- Ability to comment and respond to individual pieces of art
- Private messaging system known as 'notes'
- Ability to block members eg. if they are abusive etc.
- You can search for others art by keyword or category and choose to order search results by poularity or most recently added.
- Print profits are, in my opinion, unfairly biased towards deviantart and even on the more expensive items the artist does not recieve much, plus the more you increase the price, the less likely people are to buy anything.
- It is very hard to sell prints on deviantart, generally speaking only the very popular artists sell what could be called a reasonable amount of work. In my 3 years on the site I've only sold 2 prints - both to the same person.
- There is alot of art theft - people often upload work that isn't there's, sometimes this is malicious, at other times they don't realise they're doing anything wrong.
DeviantART, which opened up in 2000, is a website for artists and photographers to upload various pieces of their work and show it off to the world for free! when you upload a piece, people who like your work will favourite it. this shows they enjoy your work and it saves in their favourites gallery which is on their profile. you will also receive comments on your work. this will mean that people can share their personal opinions and views with you about your work.
when you upload a deviation, you will be asked to choose a category for it to go in. on your profile you can upload a deviant ID which means when people visit your page they can see who you are. to be able to upload a deviant ID you must save your ID on the category which is deviant ID or else you wont be able to pick the picture as your ID
on your profile you can write journals, so you can updates friends about your day or week, depending on how often you update it, which is up to you. you may also tag friends in your journal. this will show up as your friends icons.
becoming a member is free but there is also a premium membership you can have for about £5 for 3 months. with a premium membership you get all the features unlocked so you can add more to your page.
talking to friends is simple on deviantART, you have a comments box down at the bottom where you can leave someone a comment or you may send them a personal message, which is located at the top of the page.
DeviantART is fantastic for meeting new people! they will comment on the pictures you upload and like and they will comment because they like it back, so you meet people with the same interests as you.
it can be quite an addictive site, but quite alot to handle sometimes. if your getting loads of comments and favourites then its alot to write back to sometimes, then once you've finally replied, you get the same amount of replies back .
anyone looking into getting an account, i would definitely recommend it. i have been a member for over a year now and its very enjoyable. as long you as your into photography and art, then this site is great for you!
Deviant Art is a website and online community which allows people to upload their various pieces of artwork and electronic/digital creations on the site. In order to submit digital works you have to become a member. I am actually not currently a member but you do not have to be one to browse the various pieces of work submitted by people around the world in a number of different categories.
It was originally created in 2000 and since then has expanded greatly with reports of around 11 million current users as of October 2009.
The various categories in which to submit and view art include photography, digital art, traditional art, literature, Flash, filmmaking, skins for applications and others, along with extensive downloadable resources such as tutorials and stock photography.
Once you go to the home page currently you will see some of the most popular recent pieces of art (deviations) on the site. It shows the most popular in the past 8 hours but by clicking on the tabs you can check the most popular in the last 24 hours, 3 days, 1 week , 1 month , All time or way back.
Above this there is a search bar which you can use to search for a particular piece of art work or a piece on somthing you may be interested in such as Batman or football for example. There is also now a shop where you can purchase deviant art products such as wall prints, t shirts and other accessories.
If you become a member you can also as well as adding your own pieces, comment on others as well. You also will get your own page where you can put a little information about yourself.
Deviant art for me is something I look at from time to time to see if there is anything interesting pieces of art work that I may like. There are some great pieces submitted by users and you can use them or obtain prints and t shirts if you really like some of them. Overall a good site with some fantastic pieces of digital art. If you are an artist and looking to get some of your digital artwork in the public domain this may be a good place to go.
In short, Deviantart is an online art community which allows users to upload their own artwork as well as view and comment on the artwork of others. There is also a somewhat less popular literature section for writers and poets as well as a forum and a shop.
The UI is well designed and I quite like the look of it, although it might be too dark for some. It's very easy to navigate. You can view statistics for each piece of art you've uploaded, create and organise galleries. You can even make a quick buck out of it by selling your prints, which is a nice touch but chances are you won't make a penny unless you're very popular.
At the moment, I have 62 images in my gallery (or "deviations" as they call them) almost exclusively photos. A big setback of this site is that the feedback is abysmal, many of my images have been up for well over a year without receiving a single comment. Which is perfectly understandable, as the stuff simply isn't even getting views. In fact, most of my year-oldish photos have less than 40 views despite them all being very well tagged. I think I have received about 7 comments in total and two of them were from a person I "watch"
Unfortunately, there's not a great deal you can do to improve the situation. Sure, you can add loads of art to your favourites, but usually all that gets you is a quick thank you then they never give a second look. Watching a lot of people is slightly better, but still largely the same
However, somehow I see some utter crap with tons of comments, views and favs. I don't know how they do it. I'm no Picasso but it's frustrating seeing some kiddy snapshot or inane scribble getting more views than something you actually put effort into.
To their credit however, the people on DA are a very nice bunch in comparison to other online communities. From what I've seen they're a generally very positive and not prone to the anti-social tendencies that are so common on online communities.
For me, it has instead now simply become glorified online storage, like a funkier Flickr, a place to keep some of my better photos rather than for any kind of social or critical reasons. It's enjoyable flicking through photos you've taken and feeling smug about just how good they are.
Another downside, for me anyway, is the ridiculous amount of fan art, the majority of it being anime. If you look at the newest deviations about a third of it is anime. It is saddening to see scrawlings of My Life as a Teenage Robot clogging up the DA galleries. To me, most of it looks the same anyway but if that's your sort of thing then you'll feel right at home here.
Luckily you're able to filter the galleries, only viewing photos/drawings etc. which counter-acts this although unfortunately it is by no means 100% effective.
Finally, I'll try to not sound like an elitist, I am certainly no art critic nor am I the next Salvador Dali, but I have to say that alot of the "art" is of glaringly poor quality. None of the content is reviewed before it is put on, so people can upload whatever slop they want without anyone batting an eyelid.
Deviantart.com is an American website launched in 2000 for artists to upload their work for display on a profile for free. I have been using this website for almost a year and it has been useful. People rate work and comment their opinions, I receive messages of support from other members and I find out how many viewers there are for each artwork.
Deviant art does not only display fine art, but also allows photography, poetry, sculptures, poetry and video art. On average there are over 100 000 new works uploaded every day. Artists can also sell their works via print on the website and keep 20% of the profits unless they upgrade to the premium print account at $25 per year, around £15.
Overall there are many cons and pros I have to consider for this website, and they all mainly depend on what type of artists use the site.
For the basic artists, such as students or anyone who has a general interest in making art, deviantart.com is a very good place as you can share your work and people can express their opinions as well as you being able to.
For professional artists it is also good for making money by selling your prints.
Not to sound judgemental, but there are a lot of childish, very amateur people using the website, a great deal of work submitted are cartoons or just general photographs of people posing...does the word 'emo' ring a bell. It's because of these people who disrespect the artworld that devianart's reputation is partially ruined when it could be so great. I personally think deviantart should review work before accepting to make sure all the work is of a real quality. But saying this, they are a buisness and the more people using the site, the more money they make, so they might not care for this idea.... but if they truly cared for art, they would start cleaning up the work.
To sum up it's a good site, a good place to share work and for professional artists to make money. But throughout the site, there is so much 'art' that is not really art, which is a disappointment. It's worth a look around though, and I would recommend any shy artists or beginners to upload there work for the world to see.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS REVIEW IS ALSO FEATURED ON CIAO, UNDER MY USERNAME "MONSOONBABY88".
Want a site where artists of all ages can come together to share their work? Well look no further than deviantART. Established in 2000, deviantART has allowed users to showcase their artwork of any form to the rest of the dA community. It is a free website, although users can choose to purchase a Premium membership to unlock more customisation for their profiles.
Users work is organised in a number of categories, making it easy for anyone to search for a particular topic in the search bar presented at the top of any page. Giving such a comprehensive category list allows users to put their work into completely specific categories, such as many different forms of photography work. [eg. humour, horror & macabre, people]. The art submissions on deviantART are so diverse. Users are able to upload almost any form of art to the website, so long as they fit underneath one of the pre-fixed categories.
One other function that users may enjoy is the ability to post journal entries. Here users can update as often as they like their journal entries, which those watching them will be notified of.
deviantART is a perfect place for the newbies to art. With a premium membership, users can request for users, and more of the established artists to critque their work. This feature allows these budding artists to then take the feedback and use it to improve on their art style. Alongside this, deviantART really has a community based feel to it. Users are able to "watch" another user, which basically means that they can add someone to their friends so that they recieve messages each time this member posts up a journal entry, or artwork.
The good thing about deviantART is that you do not neccessarily need to submit art if you do not want to. Many users have an account purely to browse others work, and favourite those that they have appreciated the most. Within a users favourites, or their own art gallery, they are able to create folders to split up the work that is saved there by them. This makes viewing for other viewers much easier, especially if they are only viewing a gallery for a particular form of art that this user has submitted.
Unlike social networking sites such as Facebook or Myspace, deviantART allows for a certain amount of anonymity. Members do not have to display their gender, relationship status, age, photograph, or interests, like these social networking websites, and status updates unlike these other websites are avoided. deviantART is purely here for the art element.
For those users who are intrigued by their page statistics, their deviantART page comes with a daily updated statistics section. Here they are able to see how many times their page is viewed, how many times their work has been favourited or viewed individually, and which of their work is the most viewed, favourited and commented. The stats get very specific, such as how many comments the user posts per submission, and when their busiest month on deviantART was. If these are not enough, members can buy a Premium membership for the year to unlock more statistics, and bonus customisation for their page to make it stand out from the usual free profiles.
One criticism I have with deviantART is that a large majority of what can get uploaded can be classified as porn. Often a simple search for something that may be of interest to the user, such as a game for example, would come back with at least a few pornographic images. For the more sensitive person, the ability to upload photographs of a naked body, often in compromising positions, and greatly focusing on the genital area may cause some offence. However overall, if you can overlook these pictures, the vast majority of artwork on deviantART is friendly enough to view.
Overall, deviantART is a fantastic place for budding artists to display their own work. There is a great sense of achievement when a piece of your own work has been favourited by other users, or commented on with words of encouragement and praise. For those who do not consider themselves to be artists, but hold an appreciation of art, deviantART is a great place to browse millions upon millions of other users submissions, and favourite those worthy of being in their favourites gallery. A real community driven website that does not seem to stand abuse, it really is an enjoyable website to interact with.
As probably one of the best free art sites around Deviantart stands tall and proud among its contenders. The site allows you to browse every member's artwork from around the whole world for free. The art itself can be anything from drawing, painting, sculpture, pixel work, body art, writing, photography and much more. I have been a member for around a year and a half, not being the best artist in the world I was at first intimidated by a lot of the popular art on the site. This did not last long as within a couple of days I received a couple of welcome messages and a few people selected the work I had uploaded as favorites.
It is probably the friendliest community I have seen online, not all of the members contribute by uploading images some simply just use the site to look at others art, watching, downloading and following members. If you are a total beginner or a pro deviant art is the place to be, the community aspect allows everyone to get noticed and it does boost your confidence. Occasionally getting a watcher is an amazing feeling, someone who wants to gain notifications whenever you upload something new, such followers tend to comment on your work regularly and keep your spirits high.
Anything can be uploaded to Deviantart and with the sheer amount of options it encourages you to broaden your skills. Maybe trying your hand at photography or trying your hand at poetry. This broad range encourages people who even are not artistic to start being creative. My girlfriend who could barely draw two weeks ago made an account and has been welcomed into the community with open arms. Since she started she has had a steady influx of page views, favorites and even a couple of watchers.
So far in all of my time on Deviant art I have not seen anyone be negative, this could be seen as a criticism by a more skilled artist, but if critisicm is what you require you can donate some money to the site (£3 a month or £20 a year) to gain professional criticism of your artwork. Donating money also allows you to gain greater customization to your own page and also allows you to refine your searches.
Deviant art does offer artists to sell prints of their work, I do not use this feature but I know a couple of better artists that do. It raises very little money at all but I guess the thrill of knowing someone out there has one of your pictures on a wall must be quite fulfilling. An artist can also offer their work for free download, I always allow this as I get a lot of satisfaction when I see someone has downloaded one of my pictures or animations for free. It is nice knowing the work is appreciated.
The only downsides I have encountered are that at first it can take you a while before your work really starts getting seen. This is due to the enormous flood of artwork on the site. Don't let this get you down however. I now usually gain twenty plus page views a day even if I do nothing and I am not amazing by any means.
The second downside I find is the sheer amount of "artistc nude" photographs. Every time I do a random browse of the new work that has been uploaded 9 out of 10 times I will see either a pic of some poor girl that thinks shes going to be a star, stark naked shot without any real talent, or just some guy who has taken a picture of his penis. Now don't get me wrong I do belive you can have classy and good nude photography, I am no prude. But I feel there is a difference in an ameture shooting a nude with some sort of angle attached to it. Or just someone who likes taking photos of nude people whenever they get the chance without style or grace.
This is merly a personal annoyance as I am sure there are many out there that love this aspect of deviant art. I could put the filter on but often there is some good work that has a filter attached, or some people that are simply over cautious and their work is not offensive by any means. I feel that it would be a shame to miss some potentially great art at the expense of some mans genitalia.
Deiviantart is a great site and there are even groups within the community and competitions that take place to win materials and other goodies. I intend to stay a member for a long time and I defiantly recommend that you give it a chance.
DeviantART is a website hub for all things art.
I've been on DeviantART (DA) for over a year now, although a lot of that time has been inactive due to slacking on my behalf. I mainly use it to view peoples art work for inspiration and information. The artists on there range from, like me, complete novices to utter genius'. Even if you're not looking to upload any art but just want to appreciate some other peoples, this is a good place to start.
Not only can you upload and view other peoples art you can comment on their work, favourite it and buy it!
Commenting on some ones work is easy, you don't have to be their friend you just click the comment button and you're away!
Favouriting a piece of work is just as easy, one click and its on your home page under the favourites tab for you to admire any time you may want to. The website also displays how many times a picture is favourited and if it has been done enough times it is displayed on the front page or in the "Most popular" category.
Unfortunately I've never bought a piece of work off the site so I cannot fully fill in the details on that but I do know you simply click the size of the print you want and I assume it will take you to the checkout page.
This is a good networking site with people off all age ranges and tastes. The people I've met are ever-so friendly and will always help you out if you have any questions. Branching out to commenting and favouriting peoples work also helps get your name and profile out there to increase the likely hood someone will stumble onto your page so there is even more reason to let people know when you like their work!
The only down side of DA is the complicated navigation when trying to upload a piece of art. It requires you to put your work under a category and I some times find myself clicking blindly trying to find or place my work under one.
You can also upgrade to a Premium account which lets you customise your home page and remove the adverts (Hey, they need to get some money some how!) but you're not punished or unfairly limited if you don't feel you want to upgrade. The premium account also allows you to display more pictures on your home page at once and other little things that make life just that little bit more comfortable. The price is around £3 per month or around £20 per year with another option in between.
In conclusion: If you're out to share art with your friends or to the entire world, what better place to start than DeviantART!
Deviant art is a great website for artists to share their work with the art world. The site has a fantastic themed layout and it is easy to access, upload images and stay in contact with other members.
I joined about a 2 months ago and it is extremely great community. They are friendly, helpful and constructive with your works. What's more they often hold competitions with great prizes which gets everyone together to participate, eg good and evil (which was recent theme).
However, the site as a whole is complex, and it takes a lot of time to scour the whole web page and all the features within. I am only really capable of managing my page and viewing the pages of friends and uploading and so on.
What's more, with its subscription service, it means free-users like me miss out on some great features, and make being a "deviant" less fun, but nevertheless a great site.
If you're an artist of somesort, or just want to view some artwork, this is for you!
If you want other people to look at your creative work without them actually knowing you then this is the site to go to.
DeviantART gives you the opportunity to receive comments on writing, artwork or photographs without a bias opinion. Being that a lot of the time family and friends are more than likely going to say that your inventive items are all very good whether they are or not it means you can get an honest opinion. With constructive critisism available to you, it makes it easier for you to improve rather than leaving your pieces alone, as if they are completely finished.
It is exceptionally easy to sign up to the site as long as you already have an email address which you need to confirm so you are an official member. At the top of the screen there should be a link which says 'Not a member? Become a Deviant!'. By clicking on it, it will activate a page which is very self explanatory-the usual username you want and password plus stating whether you want a free membership or to include a subscription which will cost you a minimum fee of £2.69 for a month to a maximum of £16.25 if you choose a prepaid account for 12 months.
By subscribing you get to have a look at sections such as favourites, time lines and also on your front page see which people have had a look at your profile.
If you want to access your profile page for yourself at the top left hand side of the screen it will say your username, just click on it and that will enable you to the page.
Having done that you can create a more detailed profile by hovering the mouse over the list on the very right which will start off with a link called 'submit deviation' If you look further down you will see another link called 'edit settings and profile' Again this is all very obvious but it gives you the choice of blocking other people from viewing your work, choosing avatars, and jot down any information you would like other people to see like your interests or maybe where your come from or how old you are!
Now then, the most important part of the whole site, submiting your work. There are so many categories which you could fit it into, so don't be fooled into thinking you could just add a story. You have to judge for yourself if it should go in general fiction, or maybe occult, or horror, or romantic. Seems easy enough but then you've got traditional art, will it come under paintings or printings and so on and so forth.
The main categories are:-
Paintings, traditional art, illustration, abstract, animals, fantasy, landscapes & scenery, macabre & horror, miscellaneous, people, political, pop art, portraits, psychadelic, sci fi, still life, surreal and finally space art.
By clicking on 'submit art' you'll come to another straight forward section.
Put in the name of the title of your work.
Choose a category to put it in.
Add a file ( if you are putting in a piece of writing you don't have to have it saved onto your computer, you can just type in into the box allocated)
Put in any comments you want to make about your item
Pick from the drop down box whether you want to encourage critisism, discourage it or if you just don't want any comments at all.
After that just tick the boxes at the bottom if you agree with what is said and then click on submit and you're done.
If you specifically want people to look at your work, because a lot of the time it's only the really good stuff people bother to look at, you should make lots of comments on other peoples work or pop along to the forum which is found in the link called 'more' near the top of the screen.
To look at other peoples work on the home page there'll be a list with the title 'Browse' above it. Just click on your chosen category which you are interested in looking at. If you are looking for a particular sort of work, say maybe a picture of your favourite tennis player, near the top again there is a small box which says 'search' just type in the name and click 'go' It will then churn up however many pieces of submitted work which have the same words you've put in.
At the bottom of a persons piece of work you've clicked on there's a nice box which will allow you to make any comments, maybe if you like it or think that they could of put a bit more description in their words etc. If you like it immensily (?) there is the chance to favourite it, showing your appreciation of it. You can do this by clicking on a link on the left hand side which says 'add to favourites' Generally by doing this you'll have that person come to your page and look at your stuff. Great! More views!
If you are really impressed by it and want to look at some of their other work by the title there will be their username and by clicking on that it will direct you to their profile page where you can look at even more of their stuff. And then if your really really liking it you can even watch them so when ever they happen to add a new picture maybe you'll know about it instantly. On the right side of their profile page click on the link 'watch this deviant' and voila, instant watchability!!
Phew got through that all right!! DeviantART is a great site which I have become thoroughly addicted to. It is so incredibly simple to pick up, a monkey could do it...in fact it's so simple I've probably wasted a lot of my time and yours explaining it to you in the first place
Deviantart.com is a great site for artists and appreciators of art alike. Unlike so many other online galleries, it's completely free to join and upload art, and to simply browse art you don't even have to be a member (although obviously to upload work you must first join). It's an online community, much like dooyoo but for art, where you can message members, comment on their work and 'watch' them .... that is, be messaged when they upload new work not literally take up stalking.
Another great feature of the site is the opportunity to offer prints of your work for sale, alot like cafepress. However, while I suppose this might be handy for pocket money, you wont get rich through doing this, as like most sites you only see a small percentage of the selling price as the artist, so personally I don't use this feature. However, when uploading work you are automatically asked if you wish to include a watermark on the large view, which is great if you are worried about your work being 'stolen'... if not, you can offer your work for free download.
You can upload pretty much anything to deviantart.com, there are heaps of categories and subcategories to which you can upload your work. A great aspect of the site is that although anyone can join and upload work, the standard tends to be extremely high, and you can search according to keywords or category. You can also choose whether you wish to allow comments on your work and I have never seen any unfriendly or unhelpful comments on the site.
This is a great site for uniting artists worldwide, meaning it's fantastic for inspiration. There are also heaps of stock images available for download and photoshop custom shapes etc. (just remember to give credit where credits due if you use someone elses images in your work). Deviantart also offers some great competitions to win design tools/software etc. which you can enter by simply uploading an image that fits the brief.
Overall a great website for sharing your work and getting helpful feedback. Don't expect to be discovered and made a world famous designer or illustrator though - the quantity of work is extremely vast and the quality often exceptional, meaning alot of fantastic work is often overlooked and doesn't appear on the 'most popular deviations' page.
Worth a visit even if just to browse the art on offer.
What I like about this site is the large array of pieces of art, from fine art drawings, to still life photography, there is something for everyone. I love the fact that you don't have to be a member to browser users collections and enjoy some of the wonders people can create; I'm sure not everyone like to give away their personal details, so in this respect it's nice they don't force you to join.
However, join and you are able to join the community in uploading some of your favourite pieces, share comments about other peoples work, and find other like minded people, who may just like drawing similar themes as yourself.
This site is the pinnacle of good art, and it recognises people's work who have not been already recognised. Think of all the thousands of good artists there are in this world, just a small selection actually get their pieces in world renowned art galleries, so think of this as an online gallery to show to the world what talent you have. If you've signed up, you can start to make money from the pieces you upload. Finally people will get something back for what they create which I think is a brilliant prospect. Yes Deviant take a cut, but once subscribed, you can set your own retail prices and base rates.
There are the downsides of the site, but really they aren't such a problem. People can upload anything and everything, and you do have some pretty strange and sometimes obscene pieces on the site, but don't worry, you can turn on a mature filter to filter out these results.
One the whole there isn't anything bad to say about this site, even if you don't like to create art, there are bound to be some pieces that will look nice on a canvas above your fireplace.