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PE: Seniority, What Does It Mean?
Seniority on DeviantArt is that cool thing that gives a user a pretty medal next to their username. Today I'd like to shine a bit of light on what seniority actually means.
Before we dive into all of this though I'd like to start out by quoting :faq29:
"So what does it take to become a Senior? That's a question many have asked and have never really been able to get a straight answer on. Some have gained Seniority as a thank you for their time spent as a Volunteer, or to recognize their contribution to a particular project or collaborative action. Some have gained Seniority because of their community spirit, providing help and assistance to many other deviants and taking time out to promote the work of others in the community.
Some people have received Seniority because of their artistic endeavour, having a positive influence on their peers by sharing resources, providing constructive criticism and by being a voice that stands out above the many others who deviate to be reco
PE: Senior Week Wrap-Up
Welcome to projecteducate's and dAseniors' Senior Week wrap-up! We had very good articles and events happen last week; let's recap!
AM: Introduction by cinyu
PM: Pixel Challenge by Arichy
AM: Seniors Mentoring Project by MiloticScale
PM: My DeviantArt Story by pwassonne
AM: How to Make a Good Group by Arichy
Seniors Mentoring Project
IntroductionAs part of Senior Week at projecteducate and dAseniors, I'd like to share a bit about the Seniors Mentoring Project (SMP for short). SMP is based at the seniormentors group on DeviantArt and aims to be a supportive path for deviants to get real mentor support from DeviantArt's Senior Members.
Origin and PurposeThe group operates such that Mentors (Senior Members who have elected to join the Mentor team) may reach out to deviants on a one-to-one basis and provide instruction, detailed feedback, and constructive criticism. The group was originally founded in 2007 by cei- and is currently under the supervision of JenFruzz.
SMP TodaySMP was recently revamped in the hopes that more Seniors would like to devote their time and knowledge to mentor other deviants as well as in the hopes that deviants would like to receive help and feedback from whom they believe are appropriate sources of this information. Se
Pixel Challenge Week 18
PixelChallenges presents you our 18th challenge week which we will host alongside projecteducate!
Start: February 23th
End: February 28th
Winner annoucement: March 1st
Please read through our rules carefully or your entry may be disqualified.
Your entry must be new and created for this challenge. Pre-existing works won't be accepted.
Your entry must abide by DeviantArt's Terms of Service and Policies
All entries must be drawn in Pixels
One entry per participant
Pixel entry sizes should be 300x300 or smaller.
Important: Make sure you link to our current week's journal in the deviation's descrip
How to Make a Good Group
Have you ever wanted to make a group? Or already made?
When you made one, is it active and do you like it?
I want to express in this article my experience on how to make a group! - Hopefully a good one!
Make A Group
When you want to make a group, you need to think of an idea, what the group should be about and describe it with your own words first.
Such as, « Project Educate, originally launched in 2008 by the Community Relations team, is a project to promote and support artistic growth and knowledge throughout the community. The project includes contests, interviews, and various other events for artistic and community involvement. » - projecteducate
After the description DeviantArt ask to pick the location of the group. It may be a Global group or it is specific for a continent
Find and Have Fun!
Hello and welcome to our game!!
What you need to do?
Simply visit the senior list below and find a picture, words, badges, emotions, etc. and send a note to Arichy with all answers!
Please read through the rules carefully or your entry may be disqualified.
Everyone can participate!Do not ask for help from other deviants. Please find the answers yourself.Send a note to Arichy with the answers only, for example:
3. ...If you found yourself in our senior list, please do not mention which number of the finding list represents you.You only have 24 HOURS of time to find all answers!
These are things you need to find!
There are some scary horror & macabre traditional paintings on the page
Hidden Talent feature
General nerd (emoticon)
Find and Have Fun Winners!
Thank you for participating in Find and Have Fun Game! Before the winners announcement, we'd to share right answers with everyone:
Evergreen - @ArichyGiggle cake - @TheGalleryOfEveThere are some scary horror & macabre traditional paintings on the page - @RhynWilliamsDon't blink! - @AryieaHidden Talent feature - @AstrikosViolet Unicorn - @AstralseedRose - @tiganusiGeneral nerd (emoticon) - @MiloticScaleWinter flowers - @fourteenthstarReading Fella - @Endorell-TaelosMeanwhile in Australia - neurotype"What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal" - @petrovaPicture - @Minato-KushinaGirl with cupcake - @JenFruzz7 777 777 in donation pool! - @phoenixleoBlue bird - @rainylakeElephant badge - @AnoyaTaco brigade - @SavageFrogOpen book - @SilverInkblotGiraffe - TiaVon
And we'd to announce winners!
The first deviant who has c
Senior Members: Diverse Artists Too
Even though we're often thought of as community icons and public personalities onsite, the community of senior members is wonderfully broad - both in terms of our personal experiences and activities onsite, and our artwork. Below I've selected some work across various genres and media by DeviantArt's senior members to showcase how diverse we actually are. Some of these pieces are iconic in the DA galleries, but others are less-known or by people from long ago who you might have forgotten.
Since there are so many seniors, I've had to limit the number I could post in this article. For an extended sample, see This Collection or check the gallery at dAseniors!
Senior Mentors Critique Night Recap: Feb 27th 2015
Thanks For Coming!
This week the projecteducate tie-in critique night in the :#seniors: chatroom surpassed our previous records for seniormentors crit sessions by leaps and bounds - with ten people offering pieces for critique, over fifty people in attendance, and an event that ran for nearly three hours!
Many thanks to all who came and helped make this event a success, and extra thanks to everyone who shared pieces and critiqued others' work. Critics this week included JenFruzz (who also reminded me what day it was, and stepped in to kickstart the ceremonies when I got pulled away for twenty minutes at the beginning, because she's awesome like that), Stygma, TheMaidenInBlack, Eitvys200, Dan-Heffer, RhynWilliams, Pickley, plus everyone whose critiqued work is linked below.
Please note our next seniormentors critique event in :#seniors: will be Friday, March 6th at
DA Chats: Why You Should Be Using Them
Have you ever heard of dAmn? "dAmn" stands for the DeviantArt Messaging Network otherwise known as the forum and chat network. For more in depth information about what dAmn is, check out the FAQ: What is dAmn?
This article will describe several reasons why you should be utilizing the chat network section of dAmn. It's fair to say I spend most of my DA time in the chat rooms. In fact, my closest friends on this website are those I met while chatting! The rooms can be a lot of fun and I have come across so much artistic talent that I showcase my findings in a weekly journal feature. My goal today is to give you several reasons why you should be using dAmn if you are not already. I'll include links to some of the more popular chat rooms at the end. Click one or two and give them a try!
So, why use the chat network?
Interview - Seniors Who Were Formerly CVs
Today we are interviewing Seniors who have been Community Volunteers in the past
We've all wondered at some point in our DA life "what does it take to become a Senior?" And when we read the official answer on :faq29: We see that there are many reasons for it, but all of those reasons talk about a positive contribution to the community. Well, today :iconSserenita: and :iconTheGalleryOfEve: sat down with some of those former Community Volunteers who are now Senior Members, to talk to them and see how they view Seniority from their perspective. Our interviewees are :iconastralseed:, :iconmaytel:, :iconrydi1689:, :iconthiefoworld:, :icontiganusi: and :iconTommyGK:
How do you feel about Seniority in general?
This is kind of difficult to answer because I don't feel like there is any one feeling attached to seniority. Seniority is a really cool thing and I am happy to be a part of it, but I also realize that it's n
My DeviantArt story
Hi, I'm pwassonne, the current manager of InternationalFAQ, and a Senior member since last summer. This is my DeviantArt story: the story of how a clueless French Internet newbie came to be... well, the deviant I am today.
I was not always into art. When I was in school, I didn't like art classes and I wasn't confident in my writing. I would sometimes write beginnings of fantasy stories (some of which I still remember, but would prefer to forget) but I never got past the first couple chapters because I had no idea what I was doing, and what sort of stories I wanted to tell. That was until I started using the Internet and discovered the wonderful world of fan art through a small French-language Pokémon fan website I had joined for its game walkthroughs. It was a dark and stormy night... or, much more likely, a merely cloudy afternoon, and I learned what fanfiction was. To my naive teenage self, fanfiction looked much easier to write than original stories (whic
PE: Senior Week Intro
Welcome to the Senior Week!
AM: Intro blog by cinyu
PM: Pixel Challenge Announcement by Arichy
AM: Seniors Mentoring Project by MiloticScale
PM: My DA Story by pwassonne
AM: How to Make a Good Group by Arichy
PM: Senior Members: Diverse Artists Too by tiganusi
AM: DA Chats: Why You Should Be Using Them by JenFruzz
PM: Find and Have Fun! with Arichy
AM: Seniority, What Does it Mean? by Astralseed
PM: Find and Have Fun! Results! by Arichy
AM: Interview - Seniors Who Were Formerly CVs by TheGalleryOfEve
PM: SMP Critique Event Summary by tiganusi
AM: Pixel Challenge Winners by Arichy
PM: Wrap blog by MiloticScale
Underrated seniors - a feature
Hello, fellow deviant!
Underrated seniors? They exist?!
Yes, indeed we do! Seniors that are active in the art as well as community parts of deviantArt yet get very little attention lost in the great ocean of seniors.
For this feature I went through round about 700 senior accounts looking for the ones that you have clearly forgotten about.
Let's give them some love, shall we?
:iconartsy50: Artsy50 is just one of those underrated seniors focusing on traditional art.
Senior Week Interview with :devendorell-taelos:
For Senior Week I received the pleasure of interviewing Alicia aka Endorell-Taelos, founder of the group SeniorSelections.
1. What is the purpose of your group SeniorSelections?
SeniorSelections stands to feature premier artwork from the deviantART community through weekly features from each gallery category.
2. When did you decide to start the group and what made you decide to start the group?
I decided to create the project itself after talking about the project proposal idea with fellow seniors in the Seniors Forum but it wasn't until shortly before April 18th that I had decided to create a group for the project, much easier to manage than a regular user account.
3. How are the selections chosen for each feature?
Every week a thread goes up in the Staff Area of the group and each of the Feature Team Administrators leaves their chosen selections to
PE: Senior Week--Giving Back to the Community
Giving Back to the Community
When deviants start wanting to be more active within their communities, they always begin by asking the same question:
How can I give back?
Whether they're new deviants, bright-eyed and excited to start making their mark on their community, OR older members looking to "return" the inspiration and support they've received, the first question they head for is the one above. It's easy enough to comment on artwork that held their interest, or leave their favorite deviants a thoughtful note when they think about it, but for those interested in "going the extra mile," there are other things to consider. Please keep in mind, you don't HAVE to be a Senior to do these things; good karma is good karma, you don't need a medal next to your name to "give back."
So, what can you do? Let's start with the basics.
Leave Thoughtful Comments/Feedback
It's a pretty common bit of knowle
PE: Seniors, who (or what) are you?
"It's not a position, it's a recognition, an accolade."fourteenthstar about seniority
Seniors, who are you?
Who the heck are those people with that medal behind their names? Are they called seniors because they've been here since forever? What's it like to recieve seniority? Can you suggest someone for seniority? Is it true that they have magical senior powers?
First things first: No, we don't have super special magic senior abilities (apart from being able to access the Senior Forum of course). We can't ban people for example, we're not admins. There's also no reason for you to be afraid of talking to us, we don't bite (we just sometimes want people off our lawns ).
We're really just regular people who happen to be dedicated to the dA community. Some of us got their medal (or tick when it was still the old user symbols) because of sa
PE Senior Week: A Home for Seniors
A Home for Seniors
There are many community projects specifically run by senior members on dA. This article aims to highlight a few of them and introduce different places on deviantART that serve as an online nursing home of sorts.
This channel highlights senior news, often hosts senior run events, and serves as a friendly hangout for all kinds of artists.
Groups on deviantART foster some of deviantART's tightest communities. Groups relating to the senior member community are no exception. Projects, article series, and contests are all held in these various groups. Watching them will help you stay up to date and connected with senior members.
This group highlights senior projects and serves as a homebase for senior related activity. A lot of important articles come through :devda
PE Senior Week: Crossword Puzzle Challenge Winners
On November 28th we announced the Crossword Puzzle Challenge as apart of projecteducate's Second Senior Week. Today we find out who are our three winners! But first let's check out what the answers were!
5. Another word for what is commonly known as a widget. - BOX
7. Another word for dAmn. - CHAT
8. DeviantART is made up of a COMMUNITY.
10. From time to time deviants and staff can run an EVENT.
11. What is the website you are on right now? - DEVIANTART
12. DeviantART's equivalent to a diary. - JOURNAL
1. Deviants recognized for positive contributions to the community. - SENIOR
2. An initiative that promotes and support artistic growth and knowledge throughout the community. -
PE Senior Week: Crossword Puzzle Challenge
Greetings Senior Week and projecteducate followers!
It's time to have fun and fill out a crossword puzzle. Are you ready?
Upload your answers via sta.sh!
Send your answers via note to Endorell-Taelos
Don't show anyone answers, please!
Anyone can participate!
First place: 300
Second place: 150
Third place: 100
The Crossword Challenge starts now and will end in 24 hours from now!
The winners will be announced on November 30th
One Perspective on a Low Light Exercise
Welcome to one artist's experience with the use of very low light techniques for the photography of the human portrait and figure. I might also mention that while you can use this with animals, it can be quite difficult and dangerous since you are working with open flames. Another tutorial I am working on will cover using safer light sources such as lamps and LED sources. It does however work well with still life images as long as you are careful how you place the candles.
As I look out over a sea of shining lenses,
"unless those are actually glittering eyes, in which case I may be in the wrong auditorium,"
the thought comes to me that there are a few very important points we should address at the very beginning of things.
1. Understand your camera. Quite possibly the most important point of all. Nearly every camera out there has a manual, somewhere. If you have the one that came with it, then dig it out and do some reading. If you do not, then in many cases y
Current Projects Hosted by Seniors
Current Projects Hosted by Seniors
There's a nice variety of projects currently hosted by Senior Members all around DA They've all been created with one thing in mind: "Bringing the community together"! We all know that DeviantArt has a huge presence in the Art community as a whole, bringing together people from all around the World! It allows us to express and enjoy the site in all imaginable ways, we can upload artwork to get an idea of what catches people's attention the most, we can get feedback on our work to improve our skills, we can learn new skills from tutorials, we can get connected with other artists in our preferred art categories, we can make friends who have things in common with us, we can just observe and enjoy deviations, and we can also participate in "projects" that can be in the form of contests, chal
Misconceptions about Seniority
Browsing the site, it's not that uncommon to find out people expressing their thoughts and beliefs about Seniority related topics. Do you need to be popular in order to become Senior? Can Seniors ban people? Do they have influence on staff decisions? ...and so much on. Unfortunately (or luckily, depends on the point of view ), most of these opinions are just urban legends, meaning they're totally not true. With this journal, I'd like to clarify some of the most popular common beliefs and explain you why they're wrong.
Before we start, I'd like you to read :faq29:. I will be covering this matter several times, but I think it can help to understand the whole thing better.
You need to be famous in order to be choosen as Senior member
WRONG. Fame might help in order to get you suggested, but it's not a crucial requirement. The number of watchers or pageviews on your profile doesn't really influence the choice, since there are members
10 useful things to make your life easier on dA
Sometimes, as well as the real life, our virtual adventure on deviantART can get tough. Changes on the site, trolls, lack of points or premium memberships...many things that can make you go mad.
But fortunately, there are some useful tools you can take advantage of to make your experience a little bit easier. So, here it goes...
10 useful things that can make your life easier on deviantART.
#1: The Stick Menu
Actually, this is the thing that gave me the idea for the article. I already covered this tool in my journal as escamotage against Daily Deviations gone from the footer.
The Stick Menu is a customizable toolbar that every user can activate from their Settings. It allows you to have shortcuts to the main pages on deviantART, including Daily Deviations, Help&FAQ, Sta.sh and Chats.
How to activa