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Hello everyone! In this “Common Misconceptions” blog we’ll be covering the often-debated topic of Daily Deviations, more commonly known as DD’s. This topic is probably most talked about above any other here on deviantART and I don’t think it can be discussed enough when it comes to misinformation. So, let’s begin!

:bulletred:A Daily Deviation is an award
Deviousness is an award (and honor). A Daily Deviation is not. A Daily Deviation is a 24-hour site wide feature of the artwork of the community. Think of it as a showcase, not an award ceremony. Artists are supposed to showcase their work occasionally, and it’s not an award to have your work shown.
:bulletred:If you’re friends with a CV or $taff, you’ll get a DD/that person got a DD because they are friends with CV and $taff members
NOPE. First of all, our $taff and CV’s are great people, and if you don’t know any, take the time to get to know some. However, this does not make someone more likely to get a DD.

:bulletred: Only people with Premium Memberships can get DD’s
Like the previous myth, this one is also false. Anyone can get a DD, regardless of membership status.

:bulletred:______ shouldn’t have received that DD, because _______ was on dA longer!

It really doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a deviant when it comes to getting DD’s. If you feel that someone who’s been here longer “deserves” a DD more than someone who has been here maybe not even a week, you’re sadly mistaken.

:bulletred:Some things/people just don’t deserve to get DD’s

To be fair, it will be absolutely impossible for you to like every image you come across in the DD’s. Some subjects or art styles may not jive with you, and that’s ok. What isn’t is pitching a fit about it. I’m not sure where the phrase “this doesn’t deserve” originated when it comes to DD’s because a DD isn’t even something that can be earned.

:bulletred:DD’s have gone downhill

Once again, to be fair, it’s impossible for every DD to tickle you pink. To say that the selections that are in the DD’s are going downhill quality wise is absurd. If anything, I’d say that the features that are in the DD’s are not what you’ll come across in museums or public art forums, and it’s not because of quality. Sterility of images or more “traditional” subject matter isn’t an issue with DD’s. Quite honestly, the DD’s represent great works that can otherwise be largely ignored by the art world (such as cosplay and creative writing). Because the community here has grown so extensively since DA began more than a decade ago, there’s a much wider variety of art to showcase.

:bulletred:There’s nothing but naked women and Anime in the DD’s

Actually, no, there isn’t. If you’re not a fan of nudes, turn on your mature filter (seriously do it). If you’re not a fan of Anime, no need to venture as far as clicking on one of the images to leave a mean comment. To say that the DD’s are comprised of only two types of images is not only incorrect but lazy.

:bulletred:There’s no selection process in choosing DD’s, that’s why some genres are chosen all the time

There is a selection process in place and although each CV has their own finalizing methods, the community ultimately has a lot of say in what images are featured. Some genres are featured more often than others sometimes because of how active the CV is, other times because there was nothing satisfactory to that CV to feature. If you are in love with something and you’d like for everyone to see it, suggest it as a DD to the appropriate CV or $taff member for its category. On that same token, every gallery has a moderator, so if you see a DD for Pixel art two days in a row, there’s nothing to get bent out of shape about. It would be great for every gallery to have something in the DD’s everyday to show off the creativity of our community.

:bulletred:If you already have a DD, you can’t get another one in the future

There’s a six-month rule for deviants who’ve received past DD’s. So to answer this myth, it’s no, you can certainly have multiple DD’s; six months must have passed in between each feature however. If you’re curious whether or not someone you’re about to suggest for a DD has had one recently you can check by typing this url into your browser: username.deviantart.com/dds (replace “username” with the person’s name)

If you ever, for any reason at all, have a problem with a DD that you feel you need to voice, do so to the CV or $taff that featured it. Do not, do not, do not leave a message on the offending image stating your disdain for it or the genre. Remember also, anyone can suggest a DD! For your convenience, here’s a list of all of the CVs and $taff who feature DD’s along with the gallery they oversee:

All Galleries - Moonbeam13

Community Projects - namenotrequired

Anthro - KovoWolf

Anime/Manga - :devrydi1689 and sTiViA

Artisan Crafts - Talty and maytel

Body Art & Modification - Battledress

Comics & Cartoons - alexandrasalas and jcroxas

Cosplay - pullingcandy

Customization

Digital Dolls - IridescentStardust

Emoticons - ChaosEmeraldHunter

Icons & Handhelds - ValaSedai

Skins & Themes – neiio

Designs & Interfaces - princepal

Game Development Art - PolyMune

DeviantART Related - bradleysays

Digital Art - Thiefoworld and mamiffer

3-Dimensional Art - alltheoriginalnames

Fractal Art - SaTaNiA

Photomanipulation - Aeirmid

Pixel Art - ClefairyKid

Vector - ChewedKandi

Vexel - TheLastHuzzah

Fan Art - alexandrasalas and Lyricanna

Fan Fiction - JZLobo

Film & Animation - kingmancheng and Moonbeam13

Flash - SqueakyToybox

Literature - BeccaJS, thorns, Nichrysalis and :devneurotype

Photography - Kaz-D and 3wyl

Abstract & Surreal - arctoa

Animals, Plants and Nature - IsacGoulart

Architecture - AnaNaszynska

Artistic Nude - Nyx-Valentine

Darkroom - RockstarVanity

Fashion - Pixel-Spotlight

Fetish - Nyx-Valentine

Horror/Macabre - pullingcandy

Photojournalism - xbastex

Pin-up & Glamour - DistortedSmile

Resources & Stock Images - Elandria and PirateLotus-Stock

Space & Sci-Fi - :devalltheoriginalnames :

Text & typography - pica-ae

Traditional Art - deshrubber, Astralseed, SRudy and STelari

Street Art & Graffiti - kiwi-pdd

Other Staff Members with DD privileges who take suggestions from the community:

Anthro, Comics & Cartoons & Digital Art - kozispoon

Digital Art - ekud

Fan Art - aunjuli

All areas - Ikue

All areas - fourteenthstar

All areas - Thunderstatement

Now what are you waiting for? Go suggest some DD’s!

:snowflake:Xadrea

More useful tidbits on DD's: astralseed.deviantart.com/jour…

This installment of Common Misconceptions is covering DD's and some of the most prevalent whispering that goes on about them. As always if you have any questions, feel free to ask! I'll do my best to answer them, or find someone who can :D
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:icondracophobos:
DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
alexandrasalas told me that they're not a community volunteer anymore and can't feature DD's
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This journal's a bit old :) I'll update the CV/$taff list soon :D
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
ok
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Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is all very true and helpful to keep in mind once artists get a bit lost and discouraged in the realm of online exposure and start to judge it by the number of favs and views. but there are a few things to keep in mind that kind of of contradict what you wrote and are still true (and i'm pretty sure you addressed some of those because it's been brought up constantly by deviants).

- a DD is not a reward but getting one might feel like it is - because the CVs who choose from thousands of artworks everyday and feature YOURS for 24 hours is a big deal to most people. the CVs must take into account creativity, skill and that special something (whatever they choose to be that special something) to put an artwork on a featured page for millions to see. it means that with their trained eye in appreciating good art they chose yours and got you the exposure you never would have gotten otherwise. so you may not be winning a trophy, but it boosts self confidence about what you do and others actually appreciating it :) =P it's like you did win something just for a day. it may feel silly but it's the small things that count.

- the same types of art getting featured over and over again - as someone who has been checking the DDs on a daily basis for a really long time now, in my humble opinion - it is kind of true. and it is kind of frustrating. it's not necessarily that we don't like those 2 particular kinds of art that constantly get featured, it's that we don't really get how is that fair, and it gets boring. some people are really inconsiderate about expressing their discontent with something that goes on on dA, but there are many of us who like all kinds of art, media and styles and like to go through each and every single featured DD, regardless of what it is. and when speaking of 'fairness', i'm aware that this isn't some kind of competition or anything, i'm talking from the POV of artists getting exposure and other artists getting to appreciate art from different categories, getting inspired and motivated etc. that's what the CVs have the privilege of giving us, and that's why they're called 'community' volunteers. but featuring solely from their personal preferences over and over again seizes to be 'community' work, if we go back at the beginning of the discussion and conclude that it's about giving a feature for all different types of wonderful art. what personally bugs me the most (and obviously a lot of other people) is how much Anime gets featured constantly. and the reason is because there is a CV for featuring from the Manga/Anime category ONLY, and then there are 3 CVs in charge of the Fanart category. and surely, it's their freedom and right to feature art by personal preferences, but too much is too much - not really sure whom to suggest to out of the 3 CVs when all 3 have the same preference - Anime? I thought that picking more than 1 CV to manage one category had a purpose of taking variety of styles, media and preferences into account, cause Fanart is such a huge category in itself. and somehow we still manage to get the same type of art featured on a daily basis, over and over again. so what, you say, if you don't like it then don't look at it? -  well, i like to look at it, and i like to appreciate and suggest DDs myself, from all different categories. and so much beautiful art gets constantly ignored because the CVs just like anime so much. i'm sorry, i thought there was a special category for anime ONLY? it's ok to have a preference, but i think that with being a COMMUNITY volunteer, it's also okay to get out of own comfort zone every once in a while. they take suggestions from deviants, not just pick the features themselves, so instead of not even considering anything that isn't anime, put some variety into it. it sometimes happens that something else gets featured, but on most days it just feels like out of the 20ish pieces featured, there are at least 5 Animes. well, 'scuse me for wanting to see some variety :shrug:

this doesn't go out to you, but since you addressed the issue i figured i'd give my 2cents about some things, cause many people obviously have a problem with it. perhaps explaining in such detail might make more sense as to why :)

keep up the great work with your journals :heart:
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MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I don`t thin MANGA/ANIME is up there
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Third row in under Anthro. Each category here is listed alphabetically :) 
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:iconmegaanimefreak7:
MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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miss-american Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
a really helpful journal, thanks for sharing this :D 
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome :D
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:iconmiss-american:
miss-american Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D :D
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Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah thank you so much for making that. My palette that was mostly aimed towards beginners was bashed for reaching the front page, as if it were somehow "stealing" or inhibiting other artists to be seen. The only reason it got there is because a lot of people apparently found it useful, nothing else I make ever reaches it. But it's another extension of that kind of attitude and it really bugs me. People work hard for their skill and featured as a result of that effort. Those people wouldn't be complaining if they were the ones receiving the DD, but I'd laugh if other people of the same mindset complained about them getting the DD for the same reasons they have.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm sorry that happened to you! that was really unfair! I think part of it is deep rooted jealousy. A troll who's been blowing up the forums (I think he's suspended as of right now XD) complained to no end about DDs, and then of course admitted he was cynical of DD choices because he wanted one. I've noticed that the negativity within DD choices has waned a bit in the last few months, and that's probably from efforts by #projecteducate above anything else. 
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Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? I guess I don't venture around the forums enough because I never saw him. I think it's the best way to handle it though, educating instead of attacking. ^^;
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I think he's moved on from dA :giggle:
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:icondislexas:
Dislexas Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
this is a bunch of lies, I PERSONALLY knew two staff members in many meetings, I also knew some other local DA users, there was when I realized that those staff members almost always gave DD to one of their friends (around 12 of them) even two times the same year.
And they are not nice, I was kicked off the group for mentioning that one of those staff members was stealing prints from his job, we are talking about almost $1,500 usd on prints each year, because he printed material for a local convention and for selling. And his boss happened to be... tatadadaah: my sister in law.
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I've got no reason to believe that story :lol:
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:icondislexas:
Dislexas Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
I've got no reason to care if you believe it or not.
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's perfectly fine. Do keep in mind this is blog is based upon facts, not rumors or speculation :)
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:icondislexas:
Dislexas Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
from the same gang and with the same speech, I believe you know what I'm talking about.
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No, I don't actually. I'm not sure which "gang" you're referring to. If you're insinuating that there's some kind of conspiracy surrounding DDs and I'm in on it you're sadly mistaken. You are however entitled to your opinions on the matter, just make sure you know what you're talking about next time ;)
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JugYug Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Photographer
No matter what you say, haters still gonna hate. :<
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lapedas Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ohh..so DD is miracle and talent uh :iconimspeechlessplz:
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:iconspudfuzz:
Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, it's just hardwork, time and effort. People should try it more often.
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:confused: I don't quite understand your question?
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
\o\

That whole being a friend with the CV.

How in the hell did then regular suggesters START the first time round then? :lol:
Logic? :lol:
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:lol: must have!
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
I remember suggesting something the first time on impulse while on chatroom because others encouraged me. And I was too freaked out, so told someone else to cosuggest with me. And it worked. \o\ My first suggestion was to `PurpelBlur. He is awesome! :happycry: Everyone should start their DD suggestion experience through him. :la:
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Woot :D yeah he seems like a real chill guy :meow: everyone should suggest away!
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Yess! :la:
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djwagLmuffin Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just get sick of seeing the same people over and over again in the galleries that I follow.

Like...there was one artist, despite the art itself, would get a DD every 3 months. No kidding. Almost everything in their gallery is a DD and it really is unfair to other people who work as hard or had a noticeable improvement in their work.

And I know some people are like "Then maybe you should suggest people." I have. Several times. And still, the same people are getting DD's.

Anyway. I think it's turned DA into a festering popularity contest. Like we're back in high school or something.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
There's a 6 month rule for DDs now so there's no need to worry about seeing the same people more frequently :) I've only seen a few recently that I've noticed get DDs in the past. What it comes down to is suggestions, that's all pretty much
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djwagLmuffin Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Let me give you a recent example that pissed me off:

Last year's April Fools event. Genzoman, god bless him and his art, got a DD that day.

I mean. Was that REALLY necessary? Genzoman? Dude could draw a stick figure and get 25K views on it. As far as exposure goes, he doesn't need help. And I name dozens of others just like him and it's been going on for years!

When they promote people like Genzoman and yet don't pull from the drudges of "Wow, this is really solid" to "Oh, this shows a marked improvement over other things in your gallery" we've got ourselves a little problem. Again, I fully acknowledge DA is a business...doesn't mean they have to make some of us feel like useless jackwads in the process.
I, for one, will probably not be renewing my subscription again until it changes and a lot of people have left/are leaving in lieu of other places like Tumblr.

Does DA care? Who knows.

And this whole "you should suggest more" argument. I have. Lots of times. And nothing. It all goes to the same people, or naked women photos or...whatever.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
DDs aren't about artistic ability though. The reason genzoman got a DD tht day was to continue the cats taking over gag with his creation nyan cat (whih is now a cultural phenomenon in itself) DDs can be about giving an obscure artist exposure, but there is almost always at least on DD daily that does that anyhow. It's simply a feature, nothing more. DDs have about as much to do with the business of DA as tricycles do with cake baking. It's not a popularity contest, or an exclusive club, or a prize. Part of the reason a lot of people here feel disjointed from things is because they don't purposely engage in the community. That means talking, participating and simply getting to know the folks who volunteer their time to dA. If you suggest, good. Keep it up. You're most likely not going to get a hit the first time or the first 10 times, but that's no reason to turn in the towel. Also to say that DDs only go to the same people is unobservant. There are more than a million users here. Even before the six month rule, it was still only possible to get a DD three times a year. The bit about nudes is also wrong, they may not be your taste, but the nudes that get DDs really are the cream of the crop here on dA.

Honestly, if people are only here to gain popularity and be worshiped than by all means, I think they belong at tumblr. DeviantART is about community. If you aren't experiencing it, you should give it a try ;)
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you really don't think the art merits the added exposure, FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?

:)
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djwagLmuffin Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey. I suck it up and honestly stopped caring a long time ago.

I never said the art was bad. I'm also entitled to my frustration.

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neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am simply suggesting a way to do something productive with that frustration that isn't more suggestions, as that doesn't seem to be working for you. There's no need to suck things up, there's an official venue for complaints.
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Pilvi91 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty interesting. Seems like every day that I check there's at least one piece that I like in the DDs. (Though not always things I find utterly amazing, but that's a matter of personal taste.)
Didn't know about the username.deviantart.com/dds thing.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave:
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconomghaiplz:
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconomghaiplz:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
Informative and awesome :la:
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:meow: ty!
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013   General Artist
:heart:
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Captain-Kiryu Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
im just glad they have dd's
cuz most people probably set their front page to whatever is most popular
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Moyashi-chan Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I always look at it as a matter of skill, even if I don't like it I'll always admit that there's a high level of skill and many hours of work into that piece and that it's deserved.
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Tokosha Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you suggest yourself? I think you can right?
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Currently self-suggestions are encouraged. :)
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:icontokosha:
Tokosha Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You'll have to look at the suggestion guidelines for each CV but I don't think that's a problem :)
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:icontokosha:
Tokosha Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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