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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 is a website featuring art from registered users. Art types include full-fledged paintings, sketches, digital art, photography, sculptures, writing, fan art, 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. Unusually, this site had a It Just Bugs Me page before it had a regular page.

deviantART was originally launched on 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 unrelatedly 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 or My Little Pony. All in good fun of course. 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 criticising the art. However, this was also 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. However, it extended 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.

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).

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Deviant Tropes:

  • Acceptable Hobby Targets: Anyone whose entire gallery falls under the subcategory "deviantART Related" tends to look like a talentless dork. What makes them especially unlikable is their constant spewing of their political/religious/social ideologies.
  • Awesome Art: Criticisms of the site's community aside, there are good artwork here. Heck, we wouldn't have made a recommendations page if there weren't any.
  • Can't Take Criticism: Sadly, a 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.
  • Never Live It Down: When you hear about DA being discussed on many sites you will often hear something revolving around badly-drawn fetish art, egotistical artists, overly-sensitive people, abuse of block options, Tumblr-level hugboxes etc. This is despite the increasing amount of Awesome Art on the site, making this stereotype outdated and some DA artists who did not fit the stereotype wonder why the vocal haters even resort to such insults to this day.
  • Rule 34: Subverted. Though there is rather smutty art on the site, porn is only allowed as long as there is no visible erections, sexual body fluids, masturbation, sex toys in use and some other restrictions. This will usually lead to artists uploading a censored version on DA while writing in the "Artists Comments" section that they have an uncensored version on other sites.
  • 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.
  • Tear Jerker: This.
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