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deviantART policy defines a DD as an image that [a staff member or volunteer] finds impressive or otherwise interesting enough to deserve being brought to the attention of the community-at-large. In other words, it is a deviation that ROCKS and that we think everyone should have the pleasure of seeing!

DDs are important because:
  • They bring personal exposure to the artists who are featured AND, to a lesser extent, to the artists who suggest them
  • They bring attention to the photomanipulation community and show everyone what we are all about
  • They provide a way of touching or influencing people on a large scale by providing a powerful message
  • They give people something to strive toward and serve as a source of pride.
Thus, it is an honor and a privilege, but also a significant responsibility, to be able to award them.

While I select Daily Deviations, YOU are able to suggest excellent work (including your own) to be featured as Daily Deviations. (You can find my guidelines for doing so on my profile page.) Thus, it is a team effort!

What about specifics, and how is this definition relevant to the Photomanipulation community? I want to share my thoughts and opinions with you, but before I do so I am interested in hearing YOUR thoughts and opinions. :D

YOUR turn!



So, please reply to this blog and tell me:
  • What makes for an outstanding photomanipulation, in general?
  • What are the qualities we should see in a photomanipulation DD?
  • What other thoughts do you have about DDs? What do I need to know?

I can't wait to hear what you have to say! :eager: :la:


Thanks to all. :heart:

Jade

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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
hmm :lol:
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tsheva Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It should be well blended, different, not trendy-hard to do because it's DA-and tell a story. It should be a feast for the eyes and it should not have a thousand favs because then what would be the point? Getting a DD for something you took time to create is a great feeling, it's like someone patting you on the back, therefore it should definitely stand out.

Or...it should just be pretty :D

Learn the rules then break the rules...
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hybridgothica Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
An outstanding manipulation doesn't have to be 100% technically correct (but should look good overall). I feel that it should have good lighting, contrast, emotion and theme.

I also feel that DD's shouldn't have recurring themes all of the time. I have seen DD's throughout the years and I have seen some variations in theme and style, but I feel there should be more of a variation in terms of DD choice. There is a vast pool of manipulations out there that have hardly been touched because there is a preferred mindset of what "the right kind of manipulation" is. :P Every GM has their own preference of what deserves to be a DD, that I most certainly understand. :aww:

DD's are just awesome to receive. I've never had the privilege of receiving one but people close to me that have received one totally flip out. The exposure of a DD, especially a photomanip DD shows the community what photomanipulation is all about. It shows the vastness and awesomeness of the Photomanipulation community :)
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Awesome feedback. Thanks so much for taking the time to provide it! :heart:
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hybridgothica Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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MelGama Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you read the suggestions that we sent because I sent lots of them but most of mods don't read them! :hmm: :smooch:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Hmm. I read a couple from you; usually I will reply and say thanks. I do think most if not all mods read them; we just may not agree that they should be featured. But, I will always read your suggestions. ;)
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MelGama Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not only mine and not only you - I saw a lot of suggestions that I sent and they were not readen. I think this can discourage the people to send suggestions... ;)
I'm sure that is not possible to feature all of them or thanks to everybody... :smooch:
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DexterLexter Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome explanation : ) I also really liked your take on why it is so important to list all the references. In science we have the same situation. You add something to the big picture, but you stand on the shoulders of giants. One has to give them credit.
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tallouh Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
"you stand on the shoulders of giants. One has to give them credit."


best thing said today!
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DexterLexter Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. : ) Here is the credit, btw: [link]
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
:thumbsup:
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tallouh Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
What makes for an outstanding photomanipulation, in general?
Something different.

What are the qualities we should see in a photomanipulation DD?
Something different.

What other thoughts do you have about DDs? What do I need to know?
This kinda goes hand in hand with a recent vent/post I did in my journal actually yesterday and in no way am I trying to promote my work but someone had commented on my work and how it lacked focus and contrast. In which I replied...that is on purpose. I wonder when people look at things, do they come from the perspective of what 'art' should look like. A rigid point of view that only expands to 'tablet' art. I am not knocking people who use tablets. It's just an example because it's pretty common here. So for someone to see art outside of that perspective they automatically think the person has no skill, training or really talent and honestly I find that so far from the case.

Art should tell a story, have a voice when there isn't normally a voice ...or a voice that is often heard. There should be passion....not mass production.

We need to go back I honestly feel to why such and such is a dd. Though I do wonder if I'd ever see "because this person is popular" under a piece when sometimes not to be negative, cynical or whatever that is obviously the case. I recall back when my first time here on DA the same people got recognized over and over and it's like...there's more to art then this and while there is still that going on I've just grown thicker skin and at the end of the day I know who I am as an artist and human being and this doesn't phase me much now.

I want to blurt out 'holy shit' regardless if I get it or not...that's the impact I want to have.

Hope this makes sense and that I don't appear too forward or bitchy.... lol


love your journal btw
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you. :) That is really good insight, and I think we think a lot alike! ;)
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tallouh Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
it's cuz of the name jade... im gonna assume that's your real name. if so that's my daughter's middle name and our cat we rescued a year ago in april. :)
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
My given name is Jaimie, but my friends have called me Jade since 3rd grade.
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tallouh Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
awesome friends :)
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damilepidus Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Something that grabs you, something that demands you look at it.

Something worthy.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
thank you :heart:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Also I think this journal is a great initiative :thumbsup:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Hi Jade, I'm good thanks you? :la:

In my opinion, one more reason for DDs to be important (or for a specific deviation being chosen) is because it's a good example from what a certain category/style is, which is especially important if it's a little known style or category, for example if it's a relatively new development in the art world. :nod:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Yes! that's so true. Thanks!! I will integrate that feedback in.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Welcome! :happybounce:
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Celairen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It should not only be beautiful, but have a story or a message. Lightning and composition should be well balanced, highlightning the important parts. All stock elements must be well done together, so you can only see a whole picture, not a collection of different elements. Of course it have a high level of skills..maybe some technical features, you have never see in this way by others. And I'm inevery case impressed if it's done in a very realistic way, for example, working with fire, water etc. to suggest a reality, which never can be, or if it's very painted like, so you think, that it never can be a manip.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Wonderful. Thanks so much for replying and telling me your thoughts. :heart:
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Demoncherry Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I love manips both creating and viewing them. For me, and I guess of course this is a personal taste thing. I really like manips that meld together well. On a technical side you know. Make it real for me people! Make me believe that it is possible! On the other hand as a big fan of fantasy, I love story telling manips ones that make you go woooow that's so epic! or magical! Its weird I see alot of cliched ideas in art but sometimes one artist will take that idea and throw it right out the box and make it really brilliant.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
You are awesome. Thanks so much for providing this feedback for me. :heart:
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NatsPearlCreation Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012   Digital Artist
nice.. :) I wish someday my Art was a DD..lol
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
People ARE watching you. Keep striving forward, and remember to create for yourself and not for a DD.... the rest will come.
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NatsPearlCreation Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
:) How many art works can a person Suggest ?
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
As many as you want, but only one thumbnail per note.
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Lokiev Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
What makes it outstanding, like ~StarlitNox said, is the story behind it, I think. If there is a driving concept behind it that comes out clear in the photomanipulation, I think that's brilliant.

I think the qualities we should see should be a good degree of technical capability, correct choice of stock etc. A piece that has impact and is capable of showing the idea behind it.

I think DDs are really a good way to showcase artists, but I think it would be brilliant if we went back to adding comments on the DDs as to why they were awarded. This could add further insight into the piece, add new ideas or shine new light on the work. I think we could learn from that as well, and that would be great. :D
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
:nod: Good point about the comments. I've been trying to add them lately, and I will continue to do so. Thank you very much for your feedback. :hug:
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Lokiev Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
No problem. (:
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Emerald-Depths Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not only do technical skills make an outstanding manipulation, but the subject matter does as well. The manip should be a "novelty," something we haven't seen 50 million times over. Emotion is a good thing to have as well. If it conveys something to the viewer, whether it be sadness, happiness, etc., the artist makes their work more meaningful.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Awesome... you're so right. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you're doing well! :heart: :love:
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Emerald-Depths Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure. :meow: I'm doing fine. I hope the same is going for you. :glomp:

And I just realized - you have my favorite quote in your signature. :happybounce:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
I love this quote! :D :bounce:
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hybridgothica Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:thumbsup:
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Noxy-Voorhees Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
What makes for an outstanding photomanipulation, in general?
-Story! :D
What are the qualities we should see in a photomanipulation DD?
-Not only should it be considered well-done, but it should be impressive to those who don't know a thing about manip. If an outsider even finds it impressive, then the job's been done right. ^_^
What other thoughts do you have about DDs? What do I need to know?
-They're only a waste of time to those who have their home page settings to Most Popular of All Time :XD: The rest of us, however, don't look down our noses at DDs.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012   Digital Artist
thanks so much for your reply. :hug:
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