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Daily Deviations, or DDs . . . for some deviants, receiving one is the epitome of awesomesauce in the deviantART world. For others, they are a nice way to show off the work of lesser-known artists. Still others treat them as a special way to bring attention to great art that exemplifies works being done by a particular gallery or community.

Perhaps because there are so many different ways of conceptualizing DDs, there are also many myths and misconceptions. I would like to address some of those myths by responding to the ones most frequently heard. Please note that these opinions are mine and reflect my experiences with the photomanipulation community, but perhaps they will be informative nevertheless.


Myth 1: DDs should always be perfect.



To many of us, the ideal Daily Deviation goes to an artist with amazing talent whose work draws you in and makes you think, "Wow, everyone needs to see this!" A DD should move you, inspire you, and provoke you to think, but there are many ways to do that. Something doesn't need to be technically perfect to be interesting and provocative. There are many different standards of what constitutes good art, and sometimes our opinions will differ. For example, sometimes, I want to show the world what is new and fresh in the photomanipulation community from talented, up-and-coming artists. These pieces may or may not meet your standard of "flawlessness," but they are creative, demonstrative of very solid technical skill, and worthy of attention. If you ever have a question about why a CV has featured something, feel free to note us, and we'll be pleased to tell you what attracted us to that particular deviation. But, please do not harass the artist. More about this topic later this week.


Myth 2: Getting a DD is about who you know.



Yes and no. Being a friend of a CV or staff member (yes, we do have friends!) does not make you a favorite for a DD. In fact, we are very careful when giving DDs to our friends because we know that people will cry favoritism if we are not! So, being our friends, or even simply being on our watch lists, may bring your art to our attention, but it does not increase your chances of receiving a DD.

People often wonder whether they need to be a CV's friend in order to suggest a DD, too. It's not the case. There is no such thing as having "the right person" suggest your deviation for a DD. To be honest, we don't even give any weight to who the suggester is, what their user symbol is, etc. Speaking for myself, I've even declined suggestions from other CVs before, and I've had mine declined.

Anyone can suggest a DD; in fact, you can suggest your own work as a DD! We even encourage self-suggestions! It is neither arrogant nor in poor taste to suggest yourself, and no one has to know. When you suggest yourself, we do not list you as the suggester, so you will not look like you are egotistical. :D

We very much enjoy and even prefer to give DDs to unknown artists. The truth is, it is PARTIALLY about who you know simply with respect to the fact that if we never see your work, we cannot DD it. Speaking for myself, I watch more than 200 groups and 900 individuals, and I plow through our galleries at least twice a day. But, it is impossible for any of us to see everything. Please, if you feel your work is worthy of a Daily Deviation, suggest yourself, or have someone you know and trust (ONE PERSON, not your entire watch list) suggest it for you.


Myth 3: If I complain loudly enough about not having a DD, I'll get one.



NO. We do not condone trying to pressure or guilt us into giving you a DD. If you want to know why you do not have a DD, ask us for a critique. We will be happy to point out where your strengths are and where you can improve. Who knows, maybe we'll see something in your gallery that we feel deserves a DD! Don't write a journal or a poll to cause drama over something that easily can be resolved without it. Doing so spreads negativity and does no one any good. Moreover, making a fuss about not having or getting a DD may make us less likely to give you one, assuming your work deserves it. If all anyone had to do to get a DD was write an upset journal about not having one, and if we gave in to those who did so, then dA would be full of negative journals. And we'd like to keep the place warm and cozy and conducive to artistic growth. Stick to the art; think llama, not drama! :XD:


Myth 4: I'm afraid to suggest. CVs are scary people.



Pssh. We're cuddly and loving and warm. Give us a chance.  We were regular members, too, and we will be regular members again very soon. We are not here to police you, judge you, or harass you. We are your cheerleaders and supporters. We want to promote you, and our main role is to serve as liaisons between you and the $taff of dA. Have YOU talked to a CV today?


Myth 5: CVs just ignore my notes.


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We're not ignoring. Promise! If you don't get a response, it's for one of a few reasons: (1) We have 20+ pages of notes, and we just haven't had a chance to reply to yours yet. (2) We don't have time to reply. Would you rather us spend time replying to your suggestion note or doing something positive for the community? (3) A lot of times, when we reply, people expect us to give them an answer about whether the suggestion will be featured. Sometimes we aren't ready to do that just yet, or we want to keep it a surprise. So, we don't answer. :D


Myth 6: Some things (e.g. stock, icons, pixel art, nudity) are not "art" and should not get DDs.



Seriously? Who are we to say what is and is not art? Moreover, have you looked at the the galleries you are criticizing lately and taken the time to explore the work that goes into creating those deviations? Do you know the details, the intricacies . . . the techniques? We will have a series of articles on this issue very soon, so I won't belabor it now. Suffice it to say that it's wonderful to live in a world in which we all have differing opinions, tastes, and preferences and to have an art site that embraces our diversity.


Myth 7: If I get all my friends to suggest my latest deviation for a DD, or if I send suggestion notes to more than 1 CV, my chances of getting a DD will improve.



That's just not true. Also, intentional multiple suggestions will likely frustrate us and decrease your chances of getting a DD. Really. One is enough, and we DO look at every suggestion we get. If we aren't going to feature it on the first suggestion, we are definitely not going to feature it on the fifty-first. :D


Myth 8: The 6-month rule [i.e. one DD per six months] doesn't apply to me.



Uh, yes it does. ;)


Myth 9: Those who suggest lots of DDs get their names known among the CVs and get more DDs themselves.



This is kind-of true. Sort-of. Speaking for myself personally, I frequently visit the galleries of people who suggest DDs to me. That's because I am a "give-and-take" kind of person; if you are willing to give someone else a shot at a DD, I'm willing to consider your work as well. But, I think what it boils down to is that, if you are "putting yourself out there" and being a part of the community, you are more likely to be seen and recognized. That doesn't mean that you can't be unknown and still get a DD. It just goes back to what I said above: If we don't see your work, we can't give you a DD. And even though we search and watch and wait and check our messages, looking for unknown artists, there are some things that slip by us. Visibility is important, though it is certainly not everything. Oh, and I will also say that we prefer quality over quantity in DD suggestions. We prefer 1 good suggestion over 10 mediocre suggestions any day, so please don't start tossing every deviation our way just to try to gain visibility; you might end up frustrating us.


Myth 10: DDs are just a popularity contest.



See the point, above, about it not mattering how many people suggest your deviations, or who suggests it, or whether you are friends with a given CV. It doesn't matter how many page views or watchers you have. What matters is the art. I can name 5 people off the top of my head who get less than 100 faves on most of their deviations but have multiple DDs to their name. You don't have to be known, but you DO have to be VISIBLE. Again, we search and search, but no one can find everything. So, I would recommend you post in groups, make some friends by supporting their art, and of course suggest your own work if you really feel that you don't have enough "popularity" to receive a DD. Oh, and I should also note that getting a DD does not make you popular. In fact, it can have the opposite effect.


Myth 11: You have to have a DD before you can be a CV.



Nope, not true. There are several of us on the team who have never had a DD. And furthermore, we don't have to all be immaculate artists, either. We just have to care, have some time to share with dA, be motivated and knowledgeable, and love this community.


Myth 12: DDs are a prize you need to "win."



Wrong. It is a one-day feature designed to expose your work to a wider audience.


Myth 13: DDs are a great way to get feedback on your work.



Oh goodness no! No, no, no! We try to DD things that are clearly finished, not works in progress. Why? Because receiving a DD unfortunately makes you a magnet for people who just want to criticize your work. You WILL receive feedback--wanted or unwanted. But, we've seen people get torn apart for receiving DDs as well as people get praised and boosted in popularity. Feedback is important to helping you improve, but this may not be the type of feedback you are looking for, nor is it the purpose of the DD.


Myth 14: Only people who have a ton of views get DDs.



This goes back to what we were saying above. It has nothing whatsoever to do with their popularity. It has to do with their exposure. So, get involved in dA! Join groups! Come to a critique event! Talk to your CVs and your fellow deviants! Join contests, and participate in critique groups! If nothing else, write journals and display others' work, and make sure to tell them about it! Do something, anything, to get involved. When you are involved and have exposure, people start to take more notice of your art. Regardless, please note that "unseen" artists with very few faves and DDs get featured as well. In fact, we enjoy featuring them.


Myth 15: Suggesting DDs helps improve your chances of getting senior status.



I'm not equipped to talk about seniority with any sense of authority, except to refer you to the FAQs about it: FAQ #29: How do I become a Senior Member?




Many thanks to the deviants who brought these myths to my attention!

We hope this clears up at least the major misconceptions about Daily Deviations. Above all, we hope it will help you feel more confident in suggesting yourself or others! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or any of the other CVs: FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?

Thanks, and enjoy DD Week! :D




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:iconjust-to-look1:
Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
And is this a myth?

If I tell a bad reason why I want a piece to be a deviation, then it will not be featured.
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Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I am very concerned about Myth #15.
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Eraili Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is true in so many ways :D
I, myself, love to sugest DDs once in a while, but sometimes I don't suggest any in months just because I don't come across a picture were I think it needs to be seen by more than one, and sometimes I suggest like once a day for a week xD It really depends ^^
Also to the ignoring part - I also sometimes feel ignored, but only if I see that my note has never been read ^^ But I still understand it and don't take it personally, or anything ^^
I also like if the CV's answer me ^^ Thiefoworld i guess was it, who always answered my notes, even though he didn't feature them always (but sometimes x3 ) and it still made me feel more likely, that he has looked at the picture than if I didn't get a answer to my note ^^
I hope that everything is understandable, my english grammar isn't perfect when I am tired xD
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014   Digital Artist
made perfect sense. Thanks for the great comment and feedback! :love:
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Brunild Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
Very interesting article! Thank you ;)

About the point number 5; eh eh it would seem true that they ignore the notes, they not respond even to say that the suggestion it has not been accepted =P (Razz)   I have a feeling, maybe wrong, that in DD the choice falls cyclically with the same people. 

However, thanks again, and sorry, my english is not very good :)
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Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
No, that's not true. At first, I felt like that too.

Here's a tip: After a couple of hours after suggesting a DD, go to your notes, click on "Sent Notes", and if the suggestion note title has gone from bold text to normal text, then that means the CV has read your note. :D
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Brunild Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for your reply! 

I had almost forgotten this post, but my attitude in this reagard it is more positive! I had have recent experience with CV, and I admit that they are very lovely and kind person!  Maybe my attitude in the past was the result of a misunderstanding ;)

Sorry for my English is not very good :)
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:iconjust-to-look1:
Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :)
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iDJPanda Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Hooray for being cuddly! :'D
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Iskander1989 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
But DD's still could be changed in according for our needs ok? not in the day of DD, but after...
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013   Digital Artist
You mean can you upload a new file? I think so, but if you're not sure, check with the Help Desk.
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Iskander1989 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yes, the main file could be changed? not for other totally diferrent logically, but to improve some details... =)
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013   Digital Artist
My understanding is yes. But again, check with the Help Desk to be sure. I'd hate to tell you wrong.
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Iskander1989 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thats fine, thanks for all the support =)
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ATEL1ER Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student General Artist
The fourth one.
Always. :iconuhuhuhuplz:
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BWPhotographry Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
CV"S THEY ARE MONSTERS AHHHHHHHHH
^SanguineVamp :P
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013   Digital Artist
rawr! :D
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ATEL1ER Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconscreamsplz:
I actually pretty much stalk CV galleries but I've only commented on one or two's Deviations often...
:iconrunplz:
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Writer
This is really the best and most comprehensive article I've read on the subject. Well done. :thumbsup:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Digital Artist
thanks!
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Enough of myth and legends, I have the horrible truth about DD, I will probably not see the next day and my bug eye will be eternally cursed in the dark caves of DA, but I must tell the truth...

Truth 1 : the lochness monster have 50% of all DD in deviantart, yeah he moves to California, Scotland is just too cold.

Truth 2 : having a DD is about who you pay, seriously, do you really think CV read your notes ?

Truth 3 : to have a DD you just have to put a gun on a CV head. Cheaper and faster way than the precedent one =P

Truth 4 : the lochness monster is the ultimate CV and have the final word on DD...

Truth 5 : notes without the correct secret DD stamp never reach the CV, postal service are everywhere ^^

Truth 6 : to get a DD you must have some boobs in your gallery, double your chances if they are yours :lol:

Truth 7 : no money ? no gun ? afraid of Nessie ? Mount your army ! Pressure groups work ! just look at politic.

Truth 8 : the 6 month rule does not apply to Nessie

Truth 9 : howl at the moon on the roof of deviantart will not help you to get a DD.

Truth 10 : you're still alone without boobs in you gallery ? Don't worry ! Nessie organize gladiator fights between deviants to choose the remaining DD, it's the DD challenge

Truth 11 : you have to kiss Nessie's ass to enter the DD challenge... Sad but true (yeah you can put some Metallica sound here)

Truth 12 : yes a DD is the reward for killing the other deviant in a gladiator fight

Truth 13 : having a DD will make you more intelligent and will bring to super models in Lamborghini to your house. DD worth the fight :thumbsup: Why do you thing Nessie keep 50% of them ?

Truth 14 : the lama emperor can help you to get DD without all the precedent problems... And yes you have to call him master.

Truth 15 : the senior super secret saloon for sanitization of sailors is the actual power behind Nessie.
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012   Digital Artist
>Pixel art is not art

:XD:
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Nameda Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great article, but, I couldnt suggest my own work. It just feels... wrong. It indeed feels egoistical :XD: plus for me it would feel much better to get a DD because of a suggestion because at least for me it shows much more that someone really appreciates my work :)
And suggesting DDs enhancing the chances... I tend to disagree. Before I went on hiatus here on dA. I suggested DDs quite regularly and I never got a DD from the galleries I suggested to.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Digital Artist
As far as people suggesting you... if it makes you feel any better, the selection process is every bit as rigorous if you suggest yourself than if someone suggests you. So, it's not like you're getting off easily or something. It could be that you have amazing work and we just haven't seen it. :D
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Nameda Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
haha I didnt doubt the process, just my own feeling about such a DD
though with some of that real awesome works which got a DD
I am not sure if my works qualify :)but I love suggesting and
after christmas and new year I might start again to suggest
like I did before I went hiatus
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Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for this. It took my fear away....:)
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm glad it made a difference for you :)
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Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
It did! Really! I just had fear to suggest my work because i thought i would seem to be arrogant and big-headed. But now...i dare to do it :)
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012   Digital Artist
Actually I'd say for me personally, in photomanips I get maybe 1/3 self-suggestions. So, it happens frequently. For me personally, if I am not going to take them I will usually give a reason why. So, you can't lose, right?
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Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sure. But i suggestet my thing to someone who is responsible for traditional things.
But sure, i dont expect anything. I just try. :)
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012   Digital Artist
They are all very kind, too, and I bet if you asked they would give you feedback. :hug: Good luck. I really hope you get a DD feature someday. ;)
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Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. Hope dies last! :)
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Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Argh...and sorry for my awful english...
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Wonderful article! I have found a few new things. :aww:
Thanks for putting it up.
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Regarding the 6 month rule,

What I don't get about that, is that there are artists who did in fact get DD's less than 6 months apart. I saw an artist get another one today, and it's the 3rd DD they have recieved in 1 year and 2 months.

[link]

They totally deserve features though :XD: . I'm just a bit confused by it, that's all. The math doesnt add up- unless it's a glitch, or something..
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012   Digital Artist
It's only been 6 months for maybe a year, if even that. Before that it was 3.
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Ah I see :nod: That makes sense now :P

Thank you! :hug:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Added to #DevNews for the Aug. 17th Edition.
:heart:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012   Digital Artist
thanks! :D
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Ilenora Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great article, I'm glad there's finally a place that answers all the common myths that a lot of people complain about! :w00t:
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Fangy-From-Shadow Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand all CV people can not answer for notes, because they got already " work to do ". ^^
Perhaps i can suggest ever more art, who knows if i get help, too. :meow:
And we need more this kind journals. Keep going like that.
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CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap:
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Le-Regard-des-Elfes Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you for the information, really helpful! :)
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012   Digital Artist
our pleasure.
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operaphantom21 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Thank you for writing this very informative article! I've been on dA for a few years, but didn't really understand the process behind the Daily Deviations. Thank you for clearing up my confusion.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Sure. I'm glad it was helpful. :)
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Farewell-Spring Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a little comment/question on "Myth 4: I'm afraid to suggest. CVs are scary people."

This is just from my own personal experience, but back in the day when CVs where called GMs I did encounter a really rude person after I suggested something to them, so to me that isn't much of a myth as it is word of mouth (not sure if that's the correct expression) that has been passed along, because if I encounter someone rude, I'm guessing other people have too and they will mention it to someone else and that person will mention it to another an so on.

Now, even though I know it's only a volunteer position, to some extent CVs are representing dA, my question is, are CV's being trained or coached in some basic customer service?

Other than that, thank you for the great article and clarification on some of those myths. :heart:
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Lyricanna Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This might be a question better asked of $Moonbeam13 =)

And one rude person, while unfortunate, should not be enough to judge 60 other people by; just don't go to that person anymore :hug:
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Farewell-Spring Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks you very much for your answer :tighthug: and yep, I totally agree with you I still suggest even after that incident, all other CVs I have suggested to have been awesome! :hug:
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Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
A really helpful and well-written article! :clap: I didn't even know that some of these myths existed! :D

I hope that this will now clarify everything around DDs. ;)
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