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You're browsing deviantART or are simply checking your message centre and find a wonderful art piece. You want to suggest it as a Daily Deviation because you believe it truly deserves to be seen by the community as a whole. But how to properly suggest a DD? This article will explain the process.

Things to check before sending a suggestion:


The first thing you need to check is if the artist has been given a Daily Deviation in the past 6 months. Volunteers cannot feature anyone who's had a DD in that period of time with no exceptions, as this has been hard-coded into deviantART's system. 

"But how do I check an artist's Daily Deviations?" you may ask. Simply go to their gallery, click browse and scroll down. If they have any DDs, you'll be able to find a link to them at the bottom of the page. Alternatively, you can add "/dds" after their profile url and click enter on your browser's address bar. 


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If they haven't been featured in the past 6 months (the dates are visible under the thumbnails) you may proceed to the next step. But if they do, you'll have to wait until they can be featured again to suggest their art.  As a side note, keep in mind the number of DDs the artist has, some volunteers have a limit and wont feature anyone who surpasses that number.  

The next step is to check the gallery your suggestion has been uploaded to. Simply take a look under the deviation you want to suggest and you'll find it: 

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Each Community Volunteer who features Daily Deviations oversees a specific gallery or category and can only feature deviations from that gallery/category only. A Photography CV can't feature deviations from the Fan Art Gallery and vice-versa, for example. On that same token, please make sure the image is not a miscat as volunteers cannot give DDs to misplaced deviations. IE, a digital doll uploaded to Traditional>Paintings>Miscellaneous wont be featured by any of the Traditional Art CVs. If you happen to come across a misplaced deviation, please report it via the tools given on the deviation page. 

Once you have the category all you need to do is check which Community Volunteer is in charge of it. The complete list can be found in FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen? Another way of checking is this communityrelations' blog entry:

The Community Relations TeamThe Community Relations Team is made up of Community Volunteers who liaise with Director of Community Relations Moonbeam13
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Helping run community challenges and educational projectsSupporting community eventsHelping moderate forumsBeing part of the #help teamBeing part of the team that moderate #devart and other official chatroomsLiaising with Moonbeam13 on community mattersBringing rockstar deviants to your attention via features, articles and Daily Deviations
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More often than not, you'll come across galleries that have more than one volunteer in charge. In this case, send your suggestion to only one of them. Suggesting a deviation to multiple CVs will never increase its chances of being featured and may cause confusion among volunteers.

Now that you know who to send your suggestion to, go to their profile and look for their Daily Deviation Suggestion Guidelines. Some volunteers have said guidelines written in a journal entry and others have them as a widget on their profile page.  All Community Volunteers have their unique set of rules you need to be aware of before suggesting a deviation. Getting to know these guidelines will save you time because you'll know if the piece you want to suggest wont be declined straight away or if you'd be better suggesting to another volunteer who features from the same gallery, provided it suits their guidelines.

It is also a good idea to check the Daily Deviations given by the volunteer in the past. This usually gives you a good idea of the quality of art they feature. You'll usually find a collection of their Daily Deviations displayed on their profile as a widget or on their Favourites page.

Once you've made sure the deviation and artist meet the requirements to be suggested, all you need to do is send a note to the Community Volunteer. Remember, always send your suggestions via note as comments or replies might not be seen and for volunteers is easier to keep track of suggestions in notes.


Sending your suggestion note:


Since you're already on the volunteer's profile, the easiest way to send your suggestion is to click on the "Send a note" button located at the top right of your screen. 

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By doing so, a window will pop up. This is where you'll write your DD suggestion note:

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The first thing to do when writing your note is to copy and paste the suggested deviation's thumbcode.  Most volunteers prefer to see a thumbnail instead of a link.  The thumbnail code will work in notes, even if you don't have a Premium Membership. You'll find it to the right on the deviation page in two places. The first one pops up by clicking on the arrow icon on the Share section, but some deviants have this option disabled. If that is the case the second option is to scroll down a bit and select the thumbcode under Details:

Screen shot 2012-08-14 at 7.35.13 PM (2) by alexandrasalas

Copy the code and paste it to your note. 

Some volunteers prefer when suggesters include a short summary describing why they think the deviation deserves to be on the DD page, but it isn't always required. This is why, like I mentioned before, it's very important to check the volunteer's guidelines before sending a note. That way you'll now if you need to include it or not. 

When writing your reasons, relate them exclusively to the art itself. Daily Deviations aren't supposed to be gifts, awards or given because a deviant is a nice person or a good friend. They're an art feature and should be given for artistic reasons only. Be as short and concise as possible, you don't need to write an essay to make your point. 

Finished doing your writing? Now's the time to hit the send button. Voilá! You've sent a DD suggestion!

Note: If you're already familiar with a Community Volunteer's guidelines, you may skip going to their profile and instead suggest the deviation by clicking the note icon on the Share section to the right, writing their username on the recipient field, then adding your reasons if needed and hitting send.  


After sending your note:


Now the waiting begins.  While some volunteers will reply to your note, this isn't always the case. This doesn't mean they haven't read your suggestion or that they don't care. Most of them are quite busy and get many notes a day so it's practically impossible to reply to every single one they receive.

Be patient and wait for your suggestion to appear on the DD page. If this doesn't happen, don't feel discouraged.  Keep suggesting more art!  By keeping track of the volunteers' DDs and guidelines, you'll increase the chances of sending a suggestion that will be accepted.


Other things to keep in mind:


  • Sometimes you'll come across art that was submitted years ago. Why not check the artist's gallery to see if they have something newer that is much better?  The idea of a Daily Deviation is to display the best of an artist's gallery and you never now how much progress someone has made until you check their work as a whole.

  • Maybe you sent a suggestion to one volunteer, but you find out that the deviation has been featured by them but suggested by someone else. As mentioned above, volunteers receive many notes daily with suggestions. Someone might have the same suggestion before you or in some cases, the volunteer might have found the deviation by themselves. Complaining about something like this in public (and/or privately to the volunteer in question) will only make you come across as someone who suggests DDs for personal gaining. Suggesting someone else's art is not about you getting your name on the DD page: it's about making another artist happy because they work is so good it deserves to be there.

  • Suggesting your own art is ok! We as artists need to promote ourselves and get our art out there. Don't be afraid and suggest your own work!

  • In some cases like Photomanipulation, citing references and resources is a must in the description. If an artist hasn't cited their sources, the deviation will not be featured.


Useful links and references to keep at hand:







How to properly suggest a Daily Deviation.
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:iconelectrofire55:
electrofire55 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 10, 2014  Student Photographer
Thank for helping me. I am still a bit confused though.
Can I suggest a daily deviation if I am not 18 years old? Are the artworks picked each day actually posted that same day? Can suggesters submit ones with multiple genres?
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You can suggest a DD no matter your age! 

You can suggest Fan Art to the Fan Art CVs only, Photography to the Photography CVs and so on. Please remember to check FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen? before suggesting a DD. 
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:iconelectrofire55:
electrofire55 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Student Photographer
Can I picks different categories through the week?
And are any artworks chosen actually posted that day?
Thanks for replying!
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
DDs are set in advance, not on the same day the CV read the suggestion.  You can suggest from as many galleries as you please, there is no limit to the suggestions from different categories you can make, but please make sure you're following the corresponding volunteer's guidelines. 

I am not a volunteer anymore, so I'd suggest you direct any more questions you have about Daily Deviations to a current CV. 
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:iconelectrofire55:
electrofire55 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Photographer
ok. thanks.
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:iconcyan-airus:
Cyan-Airus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for these question, I'm probably just being stupid. 
1. How do you know someones DD guidelines?
2. If they require no description, do you just title it DD Suggestion and put the thumb in?
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Go to the CV's profile. They'll have their guidelines linked there.  If no description is required, just put DD suggestion in the subject and paste the thumbnail code in the body. :)
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:iconcyan-airus:
Cyan-Airus Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay. Thanks!
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:iconthegimpstory:
TheGimpStory Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I found something i want to suggest... but itīs only really getting artistic because of the artistīs description. Is the main picture the focus or would a composition of both make a nice DD aswell? :)
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I feature Fan Art, the picture has to speak for itself. However, that's how I do it. Other CVs may have different opinions.
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:iconthegimpstory:
TheGimpStory Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, thank you for the info!! :)
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:iconpeiridae:
Peiridae Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great! Very helpful, perfect for a new suggester. :) Thanks!
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D
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:iconxjrosex:
xJRosex Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the help, I have a few questions:
How many pictures can you send per theme?
How often can you suggest a new DD for a different theme that you suggested for before and/or haven't?
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
What do you mean by theme?
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:iconxjrosex:
xJRosex Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Like different subjects of artwork, there's a journal somewhere on this page with it
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Daily Deviations are given by gallery and categories. How many suggestions you can send in a note depends on the Community Volunteer you're messaging as each one of us has a different set of guidelines.
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:iconxjrosex:
xJRosex Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Alright, thank you very much. Is there a certain page with the guidelines for each Community Volunteer?
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No, you need to go to their profile and search for them. Most of us have them on our profile or in a journal.
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:iconxjrosex:
xJRosex Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Alright, thanks very much
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:icondigikijo:
digikijo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just wondered: if a picture has a water mark on it, like the pale dA water mark, how likely is it to get a DD? Does it even worth sending it as a DD suggestion?
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think that's a case by case situation. Depending on how disruptive the watermark is and the CV's tastes when it comes to watermarks.
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:icondigikijo:
digikijo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ok, thanks :)
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:iconsaiyan-frost:
saiyan-frost Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello I have a question... I was wondering, is it okay to resuggest an artwork after a few months? I know that some categories get totally inundated with other great suggestions, and so not all artworks can be featured or the que for features is often long, but there's this one piece that I really really like and for many reasons feel it deserves a feature. Also, how long can suggestion ques be? (I know some take a few days, but I wasn't sure if they might be a few weeks even?).

Oh and don't worry I'm not about t spam every CV I can think of just to get the person's artwork featured :lol:. I'm a bit more intelligent than that. Thanks for your time!
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The queues mostly depend on each CV and the category, but they come in waves. However, if you send the same suggestion to a CV that didn't feature before, it's likely that it wont be chosen as a DD again. I mean, if they didn't think it was DD material back then, I doubt they'd change their mind, even after a long time. You can send it to another CV (if the gallery has more than one)... I'd say about 2 months after.
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:iconsaiyan-frost:
saiyan-frost Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the info and answering my question C: :thumbsup:
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's my pleasure!
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Okay, I have another question about categorization! If you find an image that's fanart, but it's not placed in the fanart category, who should it be suggested to? A fanart volunteer or the volunteer overseeing the category it's in? (For example, let's say a drawing of Batman has been placed in the Traditional art -> Drawing -> People category and I'd like to suggest it for a DD.) Or should I consider that a miscat and suggest it be moved into the fanart gallery before suggesting it?
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That is indeed considered a miscat. In those cases, the best thing to do is to report it since as I said before, we as CVs cannot feature miscats. The staff will take care of moving it.
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you, that's very helpful! Too bad though; I see that all the time. It was must take up so much of the staff's time to move reported miscats. :(
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:iconsauerine:
Sauerine Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
If a DD I suggested gets chosen will I be notified of it, or do I just have to check everything myself?
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You have to keep track of the DD page, I'm afraid. As I said before, we receive so many notes daily that it's impossible to reply to all of them.
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:icongenius-skills:
Genius-skills Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Double Ds = Daily Deviation which is also called "DD".

Throw a girl and take a picture, there you go a DD.
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:iconpakuhatake:
PakuHatake Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I sent you DD a suggestion categorized as traditional fanart. I just wanted to know if that's your category?
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The Traditional gallery doesn't have a Fan Art category. However, if the suggestion you sent me is Fan Art > Traditional, then it's okay.
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:iconpakuhatake:
PakuHatake Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok, thanks^^
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:iconteaphotography:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Added to #DevNews Aug. 17th's Edition.
:heart:
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconwaterfaerienaomi:
WaterFaerieNaomi Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
WOAH. You can simply check an artist DDs by simply typing that after the url. That's awesome. Good to know. XD
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:iconraph1966:
Raph1966 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I've suggested quite a few arts for DD candidates but none got it. (I'm sure it's because 1.) there's MANY suggestions at once and 2.) maybe what I suggest just isn't "worth" a DD :shrug: ) But this might be helpful, Thanks! :thanks:
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem!
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:iconinpuupuaut:
InpuUpUaut Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I do not have one... :B
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:noes:
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:iconazurelly:
Azurelly Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I may say, in my view it's just a hopeless try to find and to suggest appropriate artworks which deserve to be featured as DD (especially in the "Fanart" section it's just too difficult :no:)
It seems that they have to be drawn perfectly, not in a loosely, creative way.
Although I followed the guides what is essential of a good artwork to suggest them as DD and I tried several times ... however all of the suggestions probably doesn't fulfill the expectations, don't they?
So why trying always and ever if the suggestion is a work for other people who can see the details of a good artwork more than a wannabe-appreciator like me ... :no:
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:iconxalalax:
xAlalax Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i suggested some to the fanart gallery volenteer no response Oo
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
As mentioned in the article, we simply do not have time to reply to all the notes we have since we receive so many on a daily basis. That doesn't mean we don't read your notes.
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:iconxalalax:
xAlalax Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
k
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:icongold-buster:
Gold-Buster Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
It takes a while for them to respond, if at all.
These people get bajillions of suggestions a day. :)
Gotta hope you're lucky! ;)
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:iconxalalax:
xAlalax Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx ^^
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:icongold-buster:
Gold-Buster Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
No prob! Happy to help. :)
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