Website: DeviantArt

There are two major factions of the deviantART community. The first one is people who draw so well that they make you feel like shit and the second one are people that make you feel like shit because you are a member of their species.

DeviantArt (styled as deviantART from 2004-2014) is a website featuring art from registered users. Art types include full-fledged paintings, sketches, digital art, photography, sculptures, writing, fan art, fanfics, comics, and more; there are extensive downloadable resources such as tutorials and stock photography. "Fella", a small, robotic, cat character, is the official DeviantArt mascot.

DeviantArt was originally launched Monday, August 7, 2000 by Angelo Sotira, Scott Jarkoff, and Matt Stephens as part of a larger network of music-related websites called the Dmusic Network. The site flourished largely because of its unique offering and the contributions of its core member base and a team of volunteers after its launch, but was officially incorporated in 2001 about eight months after launch.

DeviantArt was loosely inspired by projects like Winamp facelift,,,, and, all application skin-based websites. Sotira entrusted all public aspects of the project to Scott Jarkoff as an engineer and visionary to launch the early program. All three co-founders shared backgrounds in the application skinning community, but it was Matt Stephens whose major contribution to DeviantArt was the suggestion to take the concept further than skinning and more toward an "art community". Many of the individuals involved with the initial development and promotion of DeviantArt still hold positions with the project, from administrators to volunteers serving as gallery directors and Message Network Administration. Angelo Sotira currently serves as the CEO of DeviantArt, Inc.

DeviantArt has a reputation for deleting artwork that they find to be risqué or outright pornographic, a great irony considering the site's name (and the fact that a good-sized portion of the artwork that doesn't get deleted is still pretty risqué) and the "Artistic Nude" category. Not-too-un-relatedly, it also has a reputation for being populated by furries, oversized egos, and bad fanart. There's even a game about making a search with at least two words or more and trying not to find Mary Sues, Naruto, Anime, Comics, Manga, Sonic the Hedgehog, Transformers, My Little Pony or Video game/Five Nights at Freddy's. All in good fun of course, and the fanart/"creepy"-art-to-"normal"-art ratio is not as high as some parts of the Internet may claim. Nevertheless, it's still widely derided for the tons of Rule 34 art that avoids deletion by playing to various fetishes, and the site's become the butt of many jokes relating to such imagery. It is also rather infamous for occasional bouts of paralyzing bugs. Trying again shortly never works.

DeviantArt also has a reputation for how many people think there should be a "Quality Control", however, because "Quality" is extremely subjective, a lot of peoples' "Quality Control" wouldn't be to remove poorly-drawn work from the site, but to remove entire genres of art that the people don't like from the site in general. It's also known for blocking criticism from some art, meaning you can be banned for criticizing the art. However, this was put in place due to the amount of people who didn't seem to realize that constructive criticism has to be constructive and were flat-out insulting the artists personally or mocking the work. It extends to people who don't want to hear criticism at all; constructive or no, but you do hear people who want critique on the site and specifically request it. As you could tell by us locking away the YMMV namespace for this site, it was that ugly.

Other communities that offer a similar focus include Pixiv, which is essentially a Japanese counterpart of DeviantArt and tends to have less censorship regarding suggestive themes and is limited to just drawings and literature, so sorry, photography fans. is for people who actually make a living drawing all day and will eat you alive if you're not prepared to take criticism (the real kind). Elfwood is an older fantasy art gallery that DeviantArt may have been later inspired by, and had its own share of backdoors drama in its heyday. was a site purely for professional artists, but effective censorship of suggestive pictures was sacrificed in exchange for a massive amount of truly talented work (for those interested, archived snapshots of several artists' pages can be found online).

Check out the DeviantArt Recommendations page here or our Tropers group we have over there!

Unusually, this wiki had an It Just Bugs Menote  page for DeviantArt before this page existed.


  • Can't Take Criticism: A sad commodity in the DA community is that of people who react rather violently to the slightest form of negative feedback, sometimes even when constructive. This has led to a rather bad reputation for the site as a whole.
  • Everything's Better with Llamas: One of the site's beliefs. Users can even give other users one free Llama Badge each. When the site held a party to celebrate their tenth anniversary, they brought in real llamas to the party.
  • Fan-Art: Yes, they do indeed allow this.
  • Fan Fiction: Also allowed as an extension of the above, as a subcategory under "Literature".
  • Furry Fandom: They are a significant enough presence on the site to have an entire category for anthropomorphic-themed art.
  • Plagiarism: Art theft is a very known problem in this website. It proved to be too much for the admins, that now they're attempting to limit the art theft reports to the authors only. Users are not amused. This problem is also why visitors tend to see a lot of watermarked artwork on the site, including watermarked fanart of all things.
  • Rule 34: Expectedly quite common.
  • Sturgeon's Law: As should be expected for a social art site. Search for a subject that's popular enough and you'll get some things good and many things bad.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A common occurrence on the website's forums: a comical regular (often a troll, but sometimes just a regular poster with a sense of humor that pushes the limits) breaks one too many rules and gets banned... only for a "new" person to show up shortly after with a suspiciously similar personality and name, and often the exact same avatar. Since the offenses said people were banned for are considered fairly benign by most people who recognize them, everyone is more than happy to turn a blind eye to this.

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Deviant Art