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My DeviantArt Story

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 21, 2014, 9:30 AM


So, I know the "My DeviantArt Story" thing was supposed to be done on our actual birthday but on that particular day when I sat down at my computer I had a ton of stuff which needed my attention and my personal journal CSS happened to be broken and I had no time to fix it up to display properly (It serves me right for letting months pass by between journal entries) but I wanted to participate and I decided I would just do it "later" and then somehow it's now August 21st and it's finally "later".

My Story actually starts way back in 1999. I came home from a long day at work at my retail job to discover that some of my friends had upgraded their personal home computers and had collaborated among themselves to put together a desktop set for me from the equipment which they were replacing so suddenly I had my very first computer.

Being an artist one of them gave me their old copy of Adobe Photoshop 5 which they weren't using any more and gave me a quick rundown of how to use it and then we hopped online where they showed me my first wallpaper and skins community; customize.org (It's still around it's just nothing like it used to be).

As a traditional artist I was pretty good, as a digital artist working with a mouse and unfamiliar software I was terrible but that didn't stop me; I eventually branched out into other wallpaper and skins communities- Deskmod, Skinz, and a couple of others (All you old timers who were around in the late Nineties probably remember them).

The sites would do "link exchanges" so I caught a link from one site to here and I wound up joining DeviantArt in September of 2000.

Early deviantart by kdso

It was new, it was small and it was close knit and it was far more active than the other artists communities I was involved with but most importantly it didn't restrict you to just doing wallpaper resolutions or skinning- it accepted a wide range of works in a wide range of resolutions and sizes.

As a digital artist back in 2000 I can't even tell you how big of a deal that last part was because while you trip all over art communities and image hosting sites now, back then if you weren't doing wallpaper resolutions then you weren't submitting online.

Gradually the fact that submissions weren't restricted to specific formats and the higher level of activity here made the other online communities I was a part of pale in comparison so I eventually drifted away from them and made DeviantArt my sole home.

I made some connections here which got me interested in printing my works so I delved extensively into copyright law so i could better understand and protect my work once things got that far and for a time I was even involved at an administrative level at another print oriented website so my knowledge there came in handy at knowing what could or could not be approved at a quality control level.

At the time, around 2001 I think, DeviantArt was starting to move towards offering prints as well so I brought my knowledge and my personal advice into the forums here to help out other deviants with their questions and concerns. My efforts and high level of involvement there earned me Senior status and a Deviousness award (Yes it says I earned Deviousness in 1969 on my profile page but that's the result of a server error years and years ago and there's actually a bunch of awards which probably say the same date if you know where to look for them).

Shortly after that I was brought on as a volunteer and things really started to develop around DeviantArt then.

Deviantart contest Design by jml2art

The galleries offered to the community started to expand rapidly, trying to offer every type of artist or genre a possible home and while the galleries expanded so did the community itself.

Around 2002 to 2003 online artist communities got hit badly with many of them closing or being sold (and as a result abruptly changing in ways their community didn't like) so our little, closely knit community suddenly expanded by leaps and bounds as all sorts of artists sought a new home or abandoned their old online community in favor of one which was more palatable.

Things got really crazy around here for awhile afterwards but we saw all sorts of new artists, new inspirations and new genres and fandoms appear in a crazy hodgepodge.

My art got better with the addition of my first Wacom tablet which served me well for over a half a decade and which helped translate my skill with a pencil into the digital space and I branched out into all sorts of stuff from fractals to 3D modeling based on really cool and awesome stuff which found right here in our galleries (not all these experiments wound up in my gallery since some were really, really hideous).

My own personal role at DeviantArt expanded as our policies needed to address all of these new peoples and the content that they submitted. I headed a team of other volunteers who were responsible for moderating both site content and community behavior. that team would go through a lot of changes and development to eventually be the Copyright & Etiquette Administration or CEA that currently serves that role today as a part of the Community Operations team.

Along the way I went from being a volunteer to being an outside contractor to a full time employee with the company. I also shifted from being the CEA team leader to my current role as project manager responsible for making sure that the team has proper support and advice.

It's been a long, long time as I count myself as one of the longest continuously active members of the DeviantArt community and while I could fill this journal with countless anecdotes and stories and hilarious (in hindsight) moments ("Guatemala Day" anyone?), I think I will end here with one of my favorite depictions of our quirky, weird and wonderful community.

Welcome to DeviantART World by MacDoninri

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realitysquared
Daniel
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
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I joined deviantART just about a month or so after it opened on September 22, 2000 and I immediately enjoyed the unique community atmosphere and vision which I found here. I've always attempted to put my full support behind the site, it's staff, and it's artistic vision for the future.
Because of my constant presence and supportive attitude I was invited to join the staff as a member of the Policy Violation Team in 2002, an invitation I was more than happy to accept.

The PVT was eventually reorganized as the Copyright & Etiquette Administration (or CEA) where I now find myself as a project manager. In this capacity I am responsible for overseeing the training and operation of the CEA staff, creation of training and other support documentation, maintaining the Policy section of the FAQ and directly handling several other responsibilities and tasks.
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Deviousness Award

Deviousness Award
We're pretty sure Realitysquared has earned deviousness before, but for some strange reason the award dissapeared from his deviantART page! In any case, he's one of our favorite deviants and has easily earnt the award for a second time. Realitysquared has been an avid supporter of deviantART since its inception and his excellent and unique art combined with a mature and intelligent approach to the site has resulted in the award going his way once more.
-awarded December 1969

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:iconuniquely-designed:
Uniquely-Designed Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually it depends on the circumstances .. The convo you just relinked (cause obviously you didn't actually read it or see the originals). The pose was the ONLY thing that was traced. the hair, the coloring everything else was different. You can't copyright a pose.

However, I looked at the images that were linked and You actually directly traced. You may not have added every single detail but the basics are there and it's still grounds to report.
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GeekyRockCandy Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
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MilkyAlmond Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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hans-sachs Featured By Owner 2 days ago
yeah, realitysquared always seems to be the fall guy for this sort of thing. i'm quite sure that this policy was not made for his own amusement, but rather is a company decision. and i'm also quite sure that deviantart discusses matters like this extensively with their lawyer, before they make it official policy.

however, as the faq clearly states, the original artist can file a dmca takedown request, if the tracing is too close to the original.

what more could one want?
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MovieMowDown Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I made an urgent reply to a ticket you are running. Please take a look.
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ValkyrieaKu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait, why did the year of your Deviousness Award change from 1999 to 1969?
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Uniquely-Designed Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a typo. 
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ValkyrieaKu Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's one heck of a typo.
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Uniquely-Designed Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It happens.lol
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