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draweverywhere always asks me, "What are you drawing?" - I love this question. He texts it to me or messages me somehow on a pretty regular basis. I love the prompt, the inquiry, the intent. 

I'm doodling lately. I've been reduced to doodling. In meetings 24/7 so I just fill up sketchbooks with decreasingly attractive lazy sketches. That's the thing about drawing, everyone can do it. It's just that trying to do it is like lifting a heavy weight, it doesn't just pour out if you don't practice. It takes a lot of your concentration. 

If you don't draw, has anyone explicitly told you this? I feel like the little subtle things make all the difference and people all too often tell you to do things like "draw" but they don't give you the little insights that actually make it possible for you to start. For example, if you look at something across the room no matter what it is and begin to sketch it, if you concentrate really hard on how it looks, and try really hard to represent it on paper: YOU WILL. It will be charming. You should do that. And if you keep doing that, eventually you perceive it better. That's the practice. Plus, you can read up on it when you get curious to compound the knowledge. 

So, I need to step up my game and stop drawing lazy sketches and actually concentrate. Meanwhile... 

What are you drawing?

(pass it on) :)
Humanity, yes.
Tribalism, no.
We are one.
- techgnotic
Found this in the wild. You know, it sure does feel good to know we are even inspiring llamas to motivate people to deviate!

Filename by spyed
The Commissions Widget used to default to 100 Points.

It now defaults to 800 Points.

Depending on how that goes, the default price may go up again. 

We're also considering the following changes as time goes on:

* A floor. Commissions below X Points won't be possible anymore. We don't yet know what the floor price should be, but we are fundamentally opposed to 15 Point commissions. They devalue the work of artists, you should ALL RAISE YOUR PRICES.

* Local Currency alongside Points currency. Buyers want to see the amount of real money (in their country) next to the Point amount. This should help clear some things up for buyers.

* Easier ways to see Commissions from people you +WATCH.



5D MII 50MM 1.4
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States

I have the privilege of making the ultimate day-to-day decisions on deviantART in my acting position as Chief Executive Officer. I Co-Founded deviantART in April of 2000 with jark along with a founding team of individuals including matteo most of whom joined around launch in August. Honorary founding team members include: mccann, chris and spot.


I've had a passion for building online communities since my addiction to game BBS's (doom, doom 2, heretic, hexen, etc.) when I was 12. I co-sysop'd the Netherworld BBS in Northern Virginia at that time (till I was 15) and fell in love with the possibilities; especially as they applied to a global community. deviantART mirrors many aspects of BBS's and as time progresses you will find even closer comparisons to the quality of community MajorBBS and other platforms were able to support. Of course, most of you have no idea what I'm talking about when I say BBS's. Ugh.

I've now spent more than half my life building online communities. Seeking to deliver a mainstream application that captures the depth and passion that I felt for BBS's in my youth youth, rather than my now youth. :D

I'm very proud of the success of deviantART. Especially the fact that we took the road less traveled and arrived a little later, but on our own pure and untainted terms. We're doing it our way.

And that ladies and gentlemen ... feels like a milli-millillion dollars.


Before you read about the future, read about the past. And I think with a past like that and a team like this, it is a bright future indeed.

It is our intention to create the most powerful outlet in the world for known and unknown artists alike.

Most importantly we intend to take our time to do it right. For the first time in history there is connection and communication between artists and fans on a massive scale. deviantART represents a breakthrough for the promotion and exposure of otherwise stranded artists in all corners of the globe. Our job is to make sense of the possibility, and craft it in a responsible manner.

And that's what I'm here to do along with the strong team we've assembled here at deviantART; until the job is done.

(If you have something real and tangible to propose that may help deviantART in one way or another; Feel free to send me a note. I read every note even if I don't respond. Forgive me on the responses, there are thousands of notes!)

Current Residence: Hollywood, CA
deviantWEAR sizing preference: M
Print preference: Fine Art
Favourite photographer: coxi
Favourite style of art: street
Operating System: OSX
MP3 player of choice: there are no choices
Shell of choice: Sea.
Wallpaper of choice: (changed often)
Favourite cartoon character: Stewie
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spyed Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a lot of things said about users getting "Hacked" but, the term "hacked" which is commonly used is as slippery as the words "Art theft."

What do you mean "hacked" ? 

As example, people give out their passwords to friends, then those friends turn on them, and we're somehow supposed to prevent this? :P

Meanwhile, the community calls this (among other things) getting "hacked."  Not that there aren't more legitimate cases, but they are far fewer than you'd think. So, make sure to dig into it when someone says this, it's most likely a sibling or a family member that sits down at the computer or borrows their phone to mess with them. 

The help desk does its best to serve millions of people! Be nice :)
Saiyajin-Pride Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Do you know about the hackers?

There is actual, real hackers going around the site and hacking members.

They're also putting disgusting images on their pages and changing their usernames to terrible things too.

Are you guys going to do anything about it?
EdicionesTitiLove Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist
Donate me?Thank
Good day♥
Jack-the-hedgehog15 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Spyed you need to review the DA staff members. There are corrupt admins making this site hell. Please read this, all of it.…
spyed Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
When you're right, you're right. When not, then not. There's a little of both going on here.

We are a top network and so we are a target for spam, we work so incredibly hard at controlling spam it's not even to be fathomed. However, it's an escalation war. As we improve in protecting you from spam, spammers improve at attacking you with spam. On and on this arms race goes, where does it stop? Nobody knows!

You can help us by maintaining h active Premium Membership and continuing to persisit in your reporting of the problem. We will continue to fight the good fight. We often win major battles and the community feels the positive effects, and other times a new "drug" of sorts is invented by spammers and we all get infected with it. We will not stop working for you in improving this problem.

As for the not, then not. The procedures we have in place in managing our community teams ensure that there isn't any "corruption" as you are suggesting. Early on in DeviantArt's 15 year long existence we had issues like this, and we created practices that ensure that this doesn't continue. Our moderators are aware of each others actions, and the community bubbles up issues like these.

Actually if you're being banned, you're likely in violation of our policies and most likely that's all there is to it. People tend to be upset by these things and react in all kinds of ways. As a result of this I sometimes jump in and review a case that seems particularly valid, and virtually every time I do this I find that our team has acted appropriately. As with anything, this isn't always the case because we're all humans, but our team does a fantastic job under constrained resource in managing the community.

DeviantArt is a wonderful place, with a particular purpose. Please re-read Our Story (found here) as it might help you to best align with our cause. 

-- Angelo 
milovanf Featured By Owner Edited Jun 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
As for the not, then not. The procedures we have in place in managing our community teams ensure that there isn't any "corruption" as you are suggesting.

If there is no corruption then why things like theses are allow to post?…

And 2) one of your admins threat to a member that she will suspend her just because she ask her how we can contact the original owner if they don't have a dA account.
3. Nylten got suspended on whole one months just because she reported deviations which are a violation of the dA policy.
4. dampyr threat that she will suspend me because I told her that a pedo figsexual [the account that I link you above.] have tons of guro images, children torn it apart. kozispoon told us that if case gets invalid when a deviation in question is reportable, it must be brought to staff members attention. So it means, she don't reserve any rights to [dampyr] threat us like that. 
Jack-the-hedgehog15 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
and I'm not talking about spammers, I'm talking about the hacking situation that happened a few days ago and how one of your admins decided to treat it. your giving me false hope for this site. People will be afraid to even make an account once the problem gets out of hand. 
Jack-the-hedgehog15 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
are you kidding me. I went to lengths to try and contact you. I even went as for as to contact scott jarkoff and he provided more help and closure. But when you finally responded, this is what we get?
VanuInfiltrator Featured By Owner Edited Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
There have been petitions against the deviantART staff since August 2000, it's obvious that it's not going to work.
Jack-the-hedgehog15 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
But when things get way out of hand. People have to call the staff out because DA can get into serious trouble. Also I'm sure when the CNN report comes out, they will have to.
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