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As part of Daily Deviations PE week we have interviewed the lovely Minato-Kushina who has been suggesting DDs since November 2010.  She has since then had over 500 suggestions accepted and as a result of her regular suggestions, made her name known on the DD page.

What first got you interested in wanting to suggest DDs?



I don't really remember the exact point when I started paying attention to DDs. I guess, I saw these beautiful pictures at the bottom of my page. Gradually, I understood that they were a kind of "award" for outstanding pieces. I was also wondering how some people could suggest DDs! By searching here and there, I found the way.

I eventually decided to send my first suggestion to rydi1689, the then Fan Art Gallery Moderator. She is so kind, she accepted it immediately! This encouraged me to suggest more and eventually to love this task. I am generally shy with others. So this gesture, although it may seemed normal to her, it was a pleasant surprise and it had a great impact on me. :) I remember that I was so hesitant and anxious during my first note, while now I can do this very easily. :D

once upon a time by Nivalis70 My first DD. A birthday present to my dear friend Nivalis70. I am still grateful for this. :heart:

On average, how many DDs do you suggest per week?

 

Depending the days and weeks. Some days I can suggest around 10 or 20 DDs. So, I guess, approximately 50 DDs per week. ^^"

Do you feel like suggesting on a regular basis helps you to know what CVs are looking for in DDs, resulting in fewer rejections of your suggestions?



Indeed, I can see gradually what each one of CVs prefer. Some of them also reply to my suggestions and say clearly what they wish to see. It's like Suggesters and CVs help each other: CVs state what they like and Suggesters send them exactly this, thus making their job easier. Like they say, "practice makes wonders"!

How often does a piece you suggested get a DD, but you are not listed as the suggester, and how do you feel is the best way to deal with this?



It can happen around once or twice per week. I guess, it is not such a big deal if my name is not listed, because this is about the artist who received the DD, not about the suggester. ;) Mistakes can also happen, especially if the CV receives dozens of notes every day! I think the best solution if someone wants indeed to be listed, is to send a polite note to the CV and request to be listed.

What motivates you to continue suggesting DDs?



Seeing a beautiful picture is enough to make me think "this should be featured and gain more attention!" When I see other beautiful DDs I also think "I would like if I was the suggester of this one!" :D I think that the process itself of suggesting and seeing your suggestions eventually featured, is enough to encourage you to continue this "circle". :)

Where do you find pieces to suggest from? Do you browse certain areas?

 

From groups, from the Front Page, from Favourites of other people and from just random search. Generally, I like Digital Art, Traditional Art and Photography - People & Portraits. :)

What do you feel is the most rewarding thing about suggesting DDs?



The happiness and attention that a DD gives to the artist. <3 My favorite part is when the artists discover that their inbox is packed with messages and they are searching for the reason. Their surprise and happiness is priceless. :giggle:

Do you have any advice for users who are new to suggesting DDs or those who want to start suggesting DDs?



* Don't be shy, the CVs are there to help you and they like receiving your notes, they thank you for this. They are equally happy when they find a great piece suggested and they have the chance to feature it. :)
* Don't be discouraged if a suggestion is rejected or if you are not listed as the suggester. This can actually help you to continue your valuable job: helping and encouraging the others to continue their art. ;)
* A small description helps to "persuade" the CV to accept your note. (Even if the description is not listed in the feature.) Say honestly your opinion, why you think this piece should gain this honor. <3
* It's better not to tell the artist that they will be featured. Apart from some misunderstandings that may happen, the surprise is also better in this way. ;)
* Have fun! Enjoy the process of giving a "crazy" day to the others. :giggle: Maybe one day someone will give you this happiness too! :heart:


Analielle by fdasuarezFairy tale by Vitaly-Sokol  
Inner Universe by algenpflegerSakura by Claudia-SG 




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:iconspork-wolf:
Spork-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you submit one?
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PhotoLynx Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
[link]

Hope this helps! :D
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Spork-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks to you my page is bedazzled with awesomeness!:iconyeahplz:
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PhotoLynx Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha . . . glad to help :)
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Spork-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a glawb
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:iconpochapal:
Pochapal Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, 50 is quite a lot! This has inspired me...
:iconallthethingsplz: Submit ALL the DDs!
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pulbern Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Submit em allllll! :evillaugh:
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
It is a lot :)
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IceCreamBubblegum Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes ^__^
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
:)
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AnotherOddity Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for posting, though I thought this would tell you what the DD suggesters look for in a piece.

Still good though!
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Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
If this helps you, I can tell you what I look in my suggestions. :)

I usually like the bright, colorful, positive pictures. Sometimes I like a picture thanks to some nice personal memories (for example, a happy child photo or a tender couple). It's often the concept too that attracts me. Some pieces are very artistically conceptual: the artist has an idea and indeed presented in a great way.

It's true that it's difficult many times to say with words what exactly you like in a picture! :giggle: A piece might seem gorgeous to one person, while it is just beautiful or mediocre to another.

For example, this picture: [link] When I found it, I thought it was so amazing that I was gasping from enthusiasm! I suggested it immediately, hoping that if it was accepted, it would receive MANY comments! It was indeed accepted, but it didn't receive more than 100 comments or 1,000 faves! I could not then understand why more people didn't think the way I did. :D

So, you can just have your own thoughts and wishes when you want to suggest something. That's why some CVs ask a description: they can easily see the picture, but they also want to learn what exactly YOU think about this picture, why you think it deserves to be admired by millions. Let alone that a nice, honest description can help to "persuade" the CV to accept the suggestion, as they start to see the piece in the same way you do. :)

I hope these tips help you when you suggest in the future. :hug:
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PhotoLynx Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, this really helped.
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Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
You are much welcome. :hug:
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AnotherOddity Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'm not really a suggester, I just wanted to know what a suggester would look for in my art. Still helpful, though.
I appreciate that you wrote me such an indepth reply.
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Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
You are much welcome! :hug:
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ahh, that would have been another great thing to ask about.
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Turtledove21 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
This is really inspiring. I think that I, too, shall now go looking for some beautiful artwork to suggest.... :heart:

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Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very awesome! :D
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lorreinegeralde Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*Minato-Kushina is such an awesome DD suggester. I have seen her DD suggestion accepted. :giggle:
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Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Thank you much for your kind words! :hug:
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:iconlorreinegeralde:
lorreinegeralde Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. You deserve so many hugs and loves from everyone for your contribution in DD suggestion. :tighthug:
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Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Thanks a lot! :huggle:
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:iconlorreinegeralde:
lorreinegeralde Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :aww:
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
She is :)
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lorreinegeralde Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod:
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LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Writer
*Minato-Kushina is an inspiration. :aww:
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Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Thank you much for your kindness! :hug:
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LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Writer
:hug:
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
:nod:
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Otaku-geek7 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Dude. Quit spamming everyone. Friendships aren't made just by asking anyway.
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Otaku-geek7 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Because:
1. It's very annoying. Beggers won't get anything here on dA. I know you're new and all, but that's not really an excuse.

2. Friends aren't made that way. They just aren't. So please stop asking/spamming people.
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Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never even noticed they were spamming here until I noticed almost everyone got the same message and follow-up reply.
It's not the best way to go about making friends here, that's for certain. :confused:
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IceCreamBubblegum Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Minato is Sooooo Beautiful ^__^
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Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Lol, I also think that Minato is handsome! :D
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
She is :)
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MirRoriel Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh Minato is just lovely!! The DD I have now is thanks to her :D!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us Minato!!:heart:!!
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Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Thank you very much, you so deseve your DD! :hug:

Keep up your talented job! :heart:
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
:nod: she is quite lovely!
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great interview with an absolutely lovely person. :tighthug:
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Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Thanks much, Astrid! :glomp:
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Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
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Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Becoming friends takes more than just asking to be friends though. :confused:
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