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Hello everyone!  I hope the new year has found you well and positive.  

Today, I want to talk about something that's been on my mind for quite a long time: Daily Deviation suggestions.

But it wasn't until I read Lyricanna's There is no nice way to say it but and alicexz's  New DD Suggestion rule that I felt the need to echo their words and add my two cents.

:bulletpink: Quality of art: When sending a Fan Art suggestions, please bear in mind that I want to feature unique works. The best of a fanartist's gallery. What I look for in a Fan Art Daily Deviation is not cuteness. Cute just doesn't cut it, like Lyricanna said. I search for emotions, technical skill (composition, shading, colour, etc), interaction of the characters with their surroundings and other characters. I'm looking for pieces that tell me a story and/or show emotion. Of course, there are cute pieces that can show that, but if you're going to send me Twilight Sparkle staring into nothingness, it's not going to get featured.

:bulletpink: Copies of official art or screenshots:  I'm not talking about direct traces, but pieces that have been "eyeballed" from said sources.  They're good for practicing purposes, but as I said above I'd rather feature a fanartist interpretation of their fandom of choice. And yes, I know I recently featured one of those, but I wasn't aware as I didn't know the fandom well. In any case, please send me fan art with original poses and situations!

:bulletpink: Old fan art: Another thing I've noticed is that people send me old works from time to time. Things that were uploaded back in 2004-2008 (or older). I have no problems featuring old work, but if you find something from 2008 or far back that you think it's good... why don't you look at the rest of that gallery and see how much progress the artist has achieved?  I'm pretty sure you'd be able to find much better art in their recent submissions.  Just look at it this way: would you rather have a DD with an old piece from your gallery or a DD with a newer piece that you believe shows your growth as an artist over the years?

:bulletpink: Number of favourites: Many people keep sending me suggestions with thousands of favourites. Once I received a note with a deviation that had more than 60,000. Do you think something like that needs more exposure? I want to feature artists who aren't as popular as to receive a thousand favs the minute they upload anything.  From now on, I wont feature anything with over 1,200 favs the moment I read the note.  Also, I WONT feature artists with more than 2 Daily Deviations. Let's give the spotlight to those who don't have exposure but with amazing fanart.

:bulletpink: Fandoms:  During my term, I've been doing my best to feature all kinds of fandoms.  Yet, I keep receiving suggestions with the same old: Harry Potter, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Pokémon, Touhou, Vocaloid, Zelda, Mario, Sonic.  I'd love to be able to feature different and obscure fandoms, so here's my challenge to you: think of an obscure or underrepresentedfandom and find me an amazing piece of fanart, something that makes your jaw drop and suggest it to me. You might be surprised! :D

:bulletpink: Thumbnails vs links: I've noticed that many deviants with no premium membership tend to send me links instead of thumbnails when they note me their suggestions. However, even if you don't have a Premium Membership, you can use the thumbcode in notes.  Simply go to the deviation page and you'll find the thumbnail code on the right column under Details and above Statistics. Copy, paste and voilá! It's not that difficult. I don't mind links, but remember: "A picture says a thousand words". :)

And I thinks that pretty much covers it all. Perhaps I should have posted this much earlier in my term as a volunteer, but most of these points are the result of the experience I had in the past few months.  If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to comment here or if you want more privacy, send me a note.

Disclaimer: these are my thoughts and points of view on what Fan Art Daily Deviations should be. Remember each Community Volunteer has their own set of guidelines.

PS. Please send lots of hugs to Hardrockangel and TommyGK. They need lotsa love. :love:

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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry if I sound like I'm digging around for more exposure, but would you ever consider being flexible about your limits on Daily Deviations? I've already received two in the past and I'm very grateful for that. but neither were for fanart, which is my primary passion and something that I would love to one day be featured for. One DD was a tutorial, the other was a pixel image. I feel like the user's artwork should be more important than the user's statistics. >o<
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, you still have 2 so in my book it's not impossible for you to get a DD.

The thing is, this isn't only about statistics but trying to feature more artists, especially those who haven't had the exposure of being on the DD page. But I wont feature people who don't have one just because of it, their art has to be of quality. I hope you understand what I'm trying to say.

Plus, there's also ^0JennxYukina0 and ^ChewedKandi featuring Fan Art Daily Deviations. They're guidelines differ from mine. That's why when noting a CV with DD suggestions people should always read their individual guidelines, because each one of us have different criteria when selecting what we feature.
Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay! Thanks for letting me know. I appreciate your answer! :aww:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No worries! Also, I meant to say "their guidelines differ from mine", not "they're". How embarrassing. :nuu:
PutYourBraveFaceOn Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Fair rules. I agree to them and I will do my best to take them into consideration from now on. :)
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
Kaoyux Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
oh, read and understood :salute: Sounds fair. I'll bear it in mind for next time I suggest a fanart picture.
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
joannastar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The other day I suggested an artist with two DDs for a DD. However, the DDs that this artist had had both been photographs, and the artwork I suggested was digital art. I think it would be a shame to say 'I don't want to bring you to the attention of the community as a digital artist, because you're too talented and too good at photography, despite the fact that people who watch you for photography may not be so interested in your digital art and others who may not have been interested in you as a photographer may love to see you as a digital artist'.

Or would you suggest that people have multiple accounts if they're multitalented?

I guess I'm saying that I hope that you'd always keep your mind open because on rare occasions it may be good to make an exception to any rule. :love:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I suppose a case like that would be the exception to the rule and I wouldn't mind featuring if the art is good enough for a DD. :giggle:
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