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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: (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


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 vowbreaker

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 - Beccalicious, thorns, Nichrysalis and :devneurotype

Photography - Kaz-D and 3wyl

Abstract & Surreal - arctoa

Animals, Plants and Nature - IsacGoulart

Architecture - anmari

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!


More useful tidbits on DD's:…

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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MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Writer
I don`t thin MANGA/ANIME is up there
Xadrea Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Third row in under Anthro. Each category here is listed alphabetically :) 
MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Writer
Thanks :)
miss-american Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
a really helpful journal, thanks for sharing this :D 
Xadrea Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome :D
miss-american Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D :D
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.
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. 
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. ^^;
Xadrea Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I think he's moved on from dA :giggle:
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