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PE: Defining Community ProjectsDefining Community Projects
Today we are going to take a look at what exactly a Community Project is and hopefully dispell some misconceptions about them. Our group CRCommunityProjects has a great blurb explaining what Community Projects are that I'd like to quote here:
A community project is a project or contest that is designed by community members to promote a positive, supportive environment here on deviantART. Community projects build community spirit and help all of us to grow as artists and as individuals. They have specific goals and serve to bring people together. These projects are supportive of artists and of artistic growth and provide a stepping-stone to help people achieve their goals.
Community projects can be large or small. They may span multiple galleries and media, or they may be focused on just one. They could even be focused on forums or chats!
I think the blurb above gives a great general overview of what a community project
PE: Make Your Project a SuccessSometimes it happens that someone launches a Community Project and as things progress the project simply doesn't seem to be doing well. Today I'd like to discuss ways you can work at turing your project around and making it a success.
I imagine everyone has been paying close attention to the articles we've been posting this week for our Community Projects projecteducate week, but in case you've missed any let me recap those that will benefit you the most if you are struggling with moving your project forward.
PE: Defining Community Projects
PE: What to ask before launching a project
PE: Funding your project
PE: Promoting your project
Now that we are all up to date and hopefully on the same page, let's say you've read and considered all of these articles carefully, and made every
Artist's Toolbox: Social Media WebsitesIn this day and age, with the internet at just about everyone's fingertips, social media is making a big boom and is useful for so much more than just socializing with others. Each day more and more businesses jump on the social media bandwagon to help market and promote their goods. For artists this is no different, as these websites are an excellent tool to market yourself, your skills, and of course your art!
Benefits of using Social Media Websites
Starting out brand new on any social media website can be a bit daunting and building watchers/followers can take time though there are ways to get noticed faster if you are willing to put the time and effort into it. Some time ago I wrote an article about gaining exposure. While the article is geared towards gaining exposure on deviantART, a lot of the same concepts apply to other websites as well. Do take a moment and give it a read.
ProjectPorkchop Vol243ProjectPorkchop is all about bringing more exposure to the many talented yet under appreciated artists going unseen on deviantART daily. The artists chosen truly deserve more attention based on low counts of favorites, comments, and watchers, added to their incredible artistic talent.
Suggested by homunculus888
TODG Collection One: Nations by QuincMSK
ProjectPorkchop Vol178ProjectPorkchop is all about bringing more exposure to the many talented yet under appreciated artists going unseen on deviantART daily. The artists chosen truly deserve more attention based on low counts of favorites, comments, and watchers, added to their incredible artistic talent.
Dreamer by Redilion Stripes by Redilion
Suggested by JamminJo
Ode to Botticelli by jodyharrington Poor Little Sleepwalker by jodyharrington Revered Awe by jodyharrington Searching for the Essence by jodyharrington
ProjectPorkchop Vol210ProjectPorkchop is all about bringing more exposure to the many talented yet under appreciated artists going unseen on deviantART daily. The artists chosen truly deserve more attention based on low counts of favorites, comments, and watchers, added to their incredible artistic talent.
Maria met cosmonaut by SergVandreefAngels of the apocalypse2 by SergVandreef
What's up? by newfkaBambi by newfka
Snow by newfkaIn the forest by newfka
ProjectPorkchop Vol212ProjectPorkchop is all about bringing more exposure to the many talented yet under appreciated artists going unseen on deviantART daily. The artists chosen truly deserve more attention based on low counts of favorites, comments, and watchers, added to their incredible artistic talent.
Suggested by TinyWild
anaconda by leonsamar1 by leonsamar
Waiting by ArtbyAnuRCats by ArtbyAnuR
Mastiffs by ArtbyAnuROcelot by ArtbyAnuR
Sorry to bother you...Hello all,
I thought I'd take a moment today to write a journal which is probably long overdue. I believe there is a common misconception floating around that CVs are so busy, that when you send us DD Suggestions, or other messages, you are being a bother.
Quite regularly the DD Suggestions I receive start with something along the lines of "I am sorry to bother you..." or "I know you are busy but.."
I'd like to assure you all that no suggestions you send, or any other type of contact made with me (or any other CV for that matter) is something to feel sorry or bad about (unless you are legitimately harassing us or something).
I've often heard community members talk about how many notes CVs get daily (often this number appears to be near 100) and I feel the need to say that this is very far from the truth. On average I receive maybe 5 notes a day. On a slow day I may not get any at all and on a busy day I may get up to 10. While I can not speak
ProjectPorkchop Vol 216ProjectPorkchop is all about bringing more exposure to the many talented yet under appreciated artists going unseen on deviantART daily. The artists chosen truly deserve more attention based on low counts of favorites, comments, and watchers, added to their incredible artistic talent.
sunfire by panteraskull Purple by panteraskull
Suggested by Ashcat-desu
Psychic by Gearfish Titania and Bottom by Gearfish
PE: Site Updates and How to Welcome ThemSite Updates and How to Welcome Them
This article was written due to the recent uproar from some groups of the community because of the new username symbols.
Change is something handled differently by everyone. Some people accustom to change very quickly, others may take a long time or may not adjust to change at all. In regards to deviantART Site Updates, it's important to know ways to welcome change and embrace it. You are not expected to love every feature that is released, but giving it a chance before bashing it is a right step forward.
Before reading on, please note that this article is not directed at any one individual, but as a community as a whole. All views expressed in this article are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the views of deviantART.com.
When a new feature is released, most deviants give their first impressions of said feature. Some may even react like this:
This is compl
PE: Promoting your projectPromoting your project
So you have a community project. You think it is a really good project, but people seem to not care for it. But wait... what if they just don't know about it?
Step 1 - WRITE A JOURNAL ABOUT YOUR PROJECT
You can also use other ways to describe your project - in the comments section of a deviation, in a profile widget or gallery description, but a journal is usually the most effective way to get the word out. Write it in sta.sh, even if it's a group journal (we will get to this later). Explain clearly and concisely the main idea and goals of your project, then elaborate on the details if needed.
Step 2 - POST THE JOURNAL
You can post it not only in your profile, but also in your groups. You need to be an admin of a group to be able to post the journal to it directly (as a journal, not as a deviation). If you are an admin of a group that is relevant to the project, this is how
Project Educate: Handling Group SubmissionsHandling Gallery and Favourites Submissions in Your Group
Are you a part of a deviantART group whose Gallery and Favourites are messy or seem to be unorganized? This isn't an uncommon problem. There are many groups on dA that do not have a solid structure or even criteria for submissions to the Gallery and Favourites. The goal of this article is to help address this problem and inform you of a few methods to fix it!
How Can I Be Sure?
Here's a simple check list to help you determine if a group has a messy Gallery or Favorites:
Clarity - Are the names of the folders clear as to what they should contain? Are there descriptions of the folders anywhere?
Order - Are the folders ordered in a logical manner, or are they just randomly jumbled together in the same place?
Sub-folders - Do the sub-folders contained in a folder seem to be branches related to the main folder? The apples shouldn't fall far from the tree.
Privileges - Are the Members of
PE: Want to be a `Senior or ^CV?Community Week
»So you want to be a `Senior or ^Community Volunteer?«
Than follow your goal! Nobody will stop you.
Hello! I will tell you a bit about the basics on how to become a Senior or Community Volunteer.
The fine finishings and last step to be a Senior or Community Volunteer you must accomplish by your own.
Seniors are chosen by fourteenthstar. She reviews each Senior suggestion you send to her as a note and posts a Seniority Announcement Journal with a list of deviants she choosed who deserve a Seniority `tick. There is no set schedule for when these announcements occur.
Seniority Announcements 2013
January 13, 2013
But how do you FINALLY get on this list?
The basic information in short is told in
The 365 Photography Challenge - How to Stick at itBefore I start with this article, a little disclaimer. I just finished the 365 photography challenge - known as a 'photo a day' but I blogged and took more than one photo on most days, so it was that little bit more challenging. So I'm feeling pretty smug right now, that I achieved it. But I am by no means toting myself as an expert. This is just my humble advice on how to keep going when it does nothing but rain, or when you feel like giving up.
Before 2012, some weeks would pass when I wouldn't even pick up the camera, let alone think about shots, or how to compose one. Photography still excited me, but I was lacking inspiration. So on the 2nd of January last year I decided to throw everything up in the air, and let go. That is to say, I stopped being precious about the camera (because you can't when you have to take a photo a day) and I forced myself to take rubbish shots, as well as half decent ones.
Start as you mean to go. Don't over-set yoursel
Essentials of Writing a CritiqueEssentials of Writing a Critique
DeviantART has a wonderful feature that allows people to give constructive criticism about other people's artwork, or receive it for theirs. But this can be rather limiting when you can only give one critique per deviation. You have to make it as perfect as possible - so the other person can understand your perspective clearly. Here's my opinion on how you could go about writing a critique. Enjoy~
Describe: I suggest that you always start off by describing the other person's piece. Sometimes, even addressing the obvious can help to 'set the background in motion' so the artist knows whether his piece's significance got through or not.
Analyze: Try to think critically. Though you want to share your opinion, it is sometimes helpful to see it from everyone's eyes. Also, divide the main aspects while writing a critique. If you're writing a critique on a digital art piece, you can divide it into line-art, then shading et
Seniority Announcements - January 2013
This article marks the latest additions to the dizzy height of Senior members in our community. With just over 1000 deviants holding the highly saught after ` -- it's clearly a moment that deserves recognition.
So what does it take to become a Senior? That's a question many have asked and have never really been able to get a straight answer on. Some have gained Seniority as a thank you for their time spent as a Volunteer, or to recognise their contribution to a particular project or collaborative action. Some have gained Seniority because of their community spirit, providing help and assistance to many other deviants and taking time out to promote the work of others in the community.
Some people have received Seniority because of their artistic endevours, having a positive influence on their peers by sharing resources, providing constructive criticism and by being a voice that stands out above the many other
PE: 6 steps to create a successful articlePE: 6 steps to create a successful article
Have you ever wanted to write an article but didn't know how to start, what to write about and mainly - why bother? This guide wants to present 6 steps of an article creation.
1 Picking a topic | 2 Researching the topic | 3 Getting creative | 4 Writing | 5 Dressing it up | 6 Posting & sharing the article.
Step 1. Picking a topic
What do you think is the main purpose of an article like this one? It's written for you - members of our community, to provide information that we feel are either missing or are misunderstood, incorrect or we just want to research them
Groups Directory Update
deviantART is an artist dream come true and caters to artist from all artistic mediums. I know of no other
online community that is in constant contact with their members and
allows members to run their own groups with specific rules and
guidelines that you have decided for your group.
If you are not interested in becoming a founder or administrator of a group, deviantART has hundreds if not thousands
of groups for you to search and find one or more that is to your
comfort level and liking. Groups are a fantastic way to find other
artist to discuss techniques, share idea's, collaborate and make new
Question for the Reader; How often do you
search for a new group to join or to find a group that is centered
around your interest Discuss in the comments area of this journal
Welcome to Community Projects WeekHello all,
welcome to Community Projects week here at projecteducate. We hope that you will find the articles we will be posting over the course of this week educational as well as inspiring. So without further ado, I present this week's schedule.
introduction journal - Astralseed
definition of a community project - Astrikos & Astralseed
Interview 1 - 100 Premiums Project: Interview with winehaus - rainylake
What to ask yourself before launching a project. - Aeirmid
interview 2 - dACompliments - SimplySilent - BWPhotographry
Funding your project. - SimplySilent
Promoting your project. - MirachRavaia
interview 3 - projecteducate - Kaz-D and others - Magical525
how to use the grou
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