Daily Deviations Week
What to look for when searching for DDs
In order to understand what it takes to choose and search for a Daily Deviation, let's look at what a Daily Deviation ( or DD ) is. Taken from DeviantArt's FAQ
"A Daily Deviation is a daily feature chosen from the galleries here on DeviantArt. A small assortment of submissions are chosen each day by a select group of staff/volunteer members who wish to showcase an image which they found impressive or otherwise interesting enough to deserve being brought to the attention of the community-at-large.
For more information please refer to FAQ 18: Who selects the Daily Deviation and how is it chosen?
Usually when you want to look for a Daily Deviation, you want to start on DeviantArt's front page and make sure you are on the browse
section. You can choose from the last 8 hours, 24 hours, 3 days, 1 week etc. You can even choose your favorite category on the left hand side just below the "sort".
After choosing your desired gallery, scroll away! Make sure to look at the daily deviation guidelines of that particular volunteer's gallery. To see a list of volunteers go here:
What To Look For
Imagine you are about to suggest a piece of art that could potentially be featured to millions of people on a single day. Center stage! So if you think about that, think about the quality of the deviation you are suggesting. Does it have style, technique and uniqueness? When I say "quality" I don't mean it has to be the best of the best because each and every one of us has our own opinion on how amazing something looks which is totally fine. However, when suggesting a DD consider how appealing it is and detailed it is. Or sometimes, how simplistic but how clean
Quality is the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something. So if you look at previous Daily Deviations, you can more or less get the quality in which each volunteer tends to look for.
Does it demonstrate enough skill to be featured on the front page? We are all at our own skill level and exhibit that through our art. There are pieces that can be featured that may seem simplistic but have a huge impact with vibrant colors, details where it matters and interesting composition.
Look for those fine details in the overall piece. Where is your eye drawn to the most? Is it unique? Does it demonstrate enough skill?
It's tough to be a critique on every piece of artwork, but these are somethings to consider when suggesting artwork for a Daily Deviation for these are some aspects volunteers will look for too!
Over All Impact
How interesting is the piece? Does it share a meaningful message? Is it appealing to look at? What is the over all impact the piece makes you feel? Sometimes these seem like trivial questions, but in fact they're one of the most important to ask.
Art is expression of someone's thoughts and imagination painted for you to admire or enjoy. There is no wrong or right piece of artwork because as humans, we have an emotional response to what we see or can relate to and there's nothing wrong with wanting to share that with the rest of DeviantArt! However, think about what the piece means to you and if it meets the suggestions above.
As A Volunteer - What We Look For In Suggestions
Everything stated above more or less applies to volunteers. Every volunteer has their own guidelines so make sure you take a look at them ( usually on their profile or in their journal ) when you are suggesting to avoid any confusion or misunderstandings as far as what Daily Deviation goes to what Volunteer.