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Featured Artist's Submission

Turn the light on by Cavemandd (Steve Griffith, of Canada):…

This new painting by Steve is incredible. In my opinion his best yet! He went all out this time, and achieved a bit of a masterpiece! He commented in his description:
This piece took me a long long time. I pretty much wanted a big cone of psychedelic visions erupting out of a head…

Some other paintings by Cavemandd which are already in the group's galleries:

Right in Two by SteveGriffith :thumb153489652:

NOTE: I featured this long before it was awarded with a "Daily Deviation".

Forgotten gems

+no title+ by Oreks:…

Machik by Oreks:…

Time of Rain by Oreks:…

This artist hasn't been seen nor heard from on DA in 162 weeks. He's gone, but the art's still here for us to enjoy. The top image only got 43 favs, the middle 6, and the bottom 24, in 8 years. No wonder he disappeared. But he is appreciated retroactively here, even if he got 2 Daily Deviations for other pieces! The color is really quite wonderful and impressionist. His images have a very subtle Symbolist feel that make them quite unique on DA.

Here are some other intriguing works by Oreks:

Dimin by Oreks Fodkarwlin by Oreks Abraxas by Oreks Lazarus by Oreks Everlasting Daredevil by Oreks

Featured Fav Artist!

Head in a Landscape by lung353 (Eric Penington, of USA ):…

Blue Lincoln by lung353 (Eric Penington, of USA ):…

Random from Favourites

Under-appreciated Gems

Rainforest ex-cruciate by brainwar23 (Bryan Kent Ward, of Seattle WA):…

This piece has been on DA for almost 5 years, and only has 9 favorites. I'm sure it's not for everyone, but it's quite exceptional in it's way, and, to quote the artist: "This piece was inspired by a trip I took to the Amazon jungle outside of Manaus Brazil."

Check out these other visionary paintings from this same under-appreciated artist:

Energy is the Only Life by brainwar23 Ascension to Nebula by brainwar23 Burning Womb, Burning Earth by brainwar23 War God Unleashed by brainwar23 Entheogenic Garden of Eden-oil by brainwar23


Submissions Guidelines

NOTE: DON'T JUST SUBMIT STUFF HERE TO BE SEEN IN AS MANY GROUPS AS POSSIBLE! Think about if the quality is good enough (not really amateur) and whether or not it's appropriate.

IT NEEDS TO BE "FINE ART" (or transcend its genre).

People are understandably confused about what "fine art" is. Imagine you were in a bookstore: the "Literature" section is like "fine art" and everything else isn’t . (Currently DA is a bit like a bookstore in which the literature collects dust in a corner by the restroom, and greeting cards, calendars, and soft-core porn are showcased. I don’t hope to change DA, but do hope to make a group that’s different.)

To help weed out some things, here’s a handy guideline for submissions (though there can definitely be exceptions to this, and people can sometimes, as in the case of great sci-fi, transcend the genre)


○ No schlock

○ No schmaltz

○ No whopping clichés

○ No kitsch

○ No fan art

○ No Kawaii, Desu art (that means really "cutesy" stuff.)

○ No fractal art (It has to be done by a human. Joke! But, seriously, while fractal art is fine, there are plenty of places to show fractal art on DA, and boatloads of fractal art DDs.)

○ No facile and glib still life, landscape, or model photography (There are plenty of other places for that, and it also gets tons of DDs.)

○ No ultra femme fantasy photomanipulation art (see above about schmaltz, and besides, those corny fantasy-manips are one of the most popular types of amateur art on DA and gets tons of exposure. Feminist photomanips, on the other hand, are accepted.)

○ No emoticons. (If you think that's serious art, you ARE an emoticon.)

○ No stock photography (something creative needs to already have been done with it.)

○ No (probably blissfully unwitting) sexist erotic art (in general, blatantly politically incorrect, socially unaware, misogynistic, or just kinda’ dim horny art doesn't cut it).

○ No furries (Um, I think there are fetish and self-help groups for this kind of thing).

○ No fucking unicorns. I'm serious!

○ No wolves with giant moons behind them (giant moons in general are way overdone. And what is it with wolves and big cats anyways? Gimmie a break!)

○ No dragons (schlock fantasy art), unless they transcend the genre, like by having been eviscerated or something.

○ No cyborg babes that obviously couldn't move because you didn't really think about the anatomy, and are just milquetoast, sexist, semi-erotic art. Which isn't to say I don't LOVE cyborgs, because I do, which is part of the reason I've seen enough trendy DD type one's that would last about 1 second against, say, the Terminator, and are actually "dolls" rather than cyborgs to begin with.

○ Commercial work would have to "transcend the genre," though things like album covers in the past often did.

If you’ve done something other than the above, and you were trying to do something meaningful and it is hard to pigeonhole, and it kinda’ kicks ass but gets rejected from mainstream groups who cater to mainstream art, it might be fine art.

NOTE: If something doesn’t get in it could very well be my own flat spot. If your art is new and experimental or challenging, there’s a chance it will go over my head and I’ll miss the point altogether. You can try to explain it to me, but if that’s no use, well, you can just assume I am a fallible, limited being with personal tastes and biases. I'll try to "get it" though.



Latest Favourite Artists

Nobody clicking on your art? Here's how to get a lot of views.

Try using "Get Watchers". Here is how it works = you click on one person's art and one person will see yours. It's that simple. It's a trade. You will see one work at a time, in a custom viewer, and then you click to advance to the next one. Now you will get a view in return. Actually, you won't get a full credit for a view unless you vote on the art you are looking at, but that's painless because you just have to click on a number between 1-10.

Within 10-15 minutes you can insure that your new work will be seen 50 or 100 times. This actually works, and is the ONLY way I've found on DA to definitely get exposure for my work. When I've finished a new work I put it up and view up to 100 or so pieces by others, and that guarantees the same amount of people will view my new piece.

Mostly people seem to submit their work to as many groups as possible in the hopes of anyone seeing it, and yet it still may only get a few dozen views and a handful of favs. But if you use Getwatchers, you basically get out of it exactly what you put in.

My ulterior motive in promoting this group is that: 1) there will be more fine art in it and we can all see and promote each other's work better that way. 2) there will be more people on there in general. 3) If people sign up through me I get bonus points (as will you when people sign up through you).

Give a view, get a view. Use the link to sign up and start getting more views and favs, which means still more views…

:pointr: Here :pointl:
I don't seem to have the time lately to give this group the attention you deserve. I'll re-open it at some time in the future when I have more free time. For now it exists as an archive of fine art on DA.
I'm looking for original material. And if it really is unique, probably it's not popular on DA. To save you all trouble, here's stuff I'm not looking for.

1) Don't bother submitting something if you've already submitted it to dozens of other groups. If you are in 20 or more groups, you don't need mine, and therefore I am much less likely to include you. Otherwise all the groups will have the same stuff in them, and everyone will dump their work their and not even bother to look at what other people have contributed.

2) I don't like watermarks. I don't use them. You won't see them on famous artists works reproduced online. I don't include watermarked stuff because the watermark interferes with the ability to appreciate the piece.

3) Just because it's a drawing or painting doesn't mean it's "fine art". Conventional drawings of nudes and still lifes and other weekend art class stuff is not interesting enough for me to include. I've done plenty of charcoal drawings of nudes myself, in art school, and I just think of "art assignments" when I see those.

If you know your work is really good, but other people don't get it, this might the place to show your stuff. And if every stinking group out there is accepting your work, it's probably far too mainstream for my tastes.
This is long overdo folks. I've been meaning to do a feature on artwork influenced by Francis Bacon for well over a year. I just finished a long article defending Bacon against several critics who dismissed him. Have a look if you are interested in Bacon (there are lots of his paintings) or art history in general.…. Soon I'm going to do a feature about artists who continue in a similar tradition of trying to make new and original imagery in a unique style of their own, and which shows the influence of Bacon. If you want me to consider you work for the feature, submit it to the folder called "Under the Influence of Bacon":…

There is already enough outstanding work in there for an indepth feature, but I'm sure there's still more out there.
Hi folks. I'm really pleased with the response to my last feature. Artists discovered each other's work because of it, and half the artists whose work I shared responded already (here, on their submission page, or on my blog post). I checked and the featured images got at least 40 more views each, and a lot of those are coming from people outside of deviantart (mostly from Wordpress and Goggle+). I wasn't sure about doing a feature on my own blog, as opposed to here, but, it does have the benefit of attracting a different audience, and also allows me to easily do a lot more formatting.

I have a new folder for "Collage and mMixed Media". You can submit one piece per week.

I caught that my "Greyscale" gallery was locked in administration. Ooops. Unlocked it. It's for B&W works where being in grey is part of what makes it special.

Some pieces will appear in two places. For example, if I scouted out something and it's in the normally accruing "archive" folders, I might also copy it to the "style" folder so people can find it either way.

I featured 6 members in a post on my blog. I'd do it here, but it's too cumbersome to work out the necessary html coding to do the kind of formatting I want, which I know from doing my prior extensive journal entries. I tried copy pasting the code from my blog, but it didn't work, so, I can just notify you here of the post. Check it out if you are interested. The blog lets me do image galleries, etc.

I linked back from the images I featured to member's submission pages, and also to their own websites if they had a link.…
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Elena-Palenko Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014

Thank you for accepting me!

StilleSkygger Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014   General Artist
Thank you Huggle! 
W-out Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014   General Artist
big grtzz and peace to all
partiallyHere Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
thank you :sun:
katiousa15 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Thank you for the request!
Jasmine-Jean Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013   General Artist
Hi Eric! Do you need any contributors....... 
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
I don't have any. Not sure what they do, since anyone can already submit work or suggest it.
artpearl Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
My understanding is that contributors help you moderate the group, they have privileges  to decide if work submitted by the deviants (or suggested by others) is accepted or not. Seems to me you DO need help running the group as your responses to submissions is pathetically slow. I just had (again) one of my submissions expire... So, I think you need to do SOMETHING. Otherwise this group seems more dead than a dodo:)
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
The quality of fine art makes the group. Sorry, but it's my policy to not reject works. I leave them there and reconsider. Sometimes I change my mind. I don't have the heart to flat out reject people. This way stuff just times out. But sometimes I change my mind. Everyone is submitting work to tons of groups, but I feel like nobody is looking at what's in the groups. I'd like to keep a level of quality that I can control, so if people do look at what I'm showing, they're going to find very creative and interesting stuff. If that's dead to you, than so is art dead to you.
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Senecal Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work and articles!
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