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Hello everyone! How are you?

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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tsheva 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 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 Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Awesome feedback. Thanks so much for taking the time to provide it! :heart:
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hybridgothica Mar 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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MelGama 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 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 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 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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"you stand on the shoulders of giants. One has to give them credit."


best thing said today!
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