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PE: How to suggest a DD

Wed Jan 28, 2015, 3:00 AM by cinyu:iconcinyu:

Daily Deviation Week

How to suggest a DD


Before you suggest a piece as a Daily Deviation to a Community Volunteer you must know their Guidelines! All guideline listed in Kaz-D article are different from each other because of the Community Volunteers different experiences, common gallery issues, and personal preferences.
However, there are a few standard guidelines Community Volunteers use:

  • We only can feature pieces as Daily Deviations when the artist has not received one in the last 6 months,
    FAQ #313: How can I find out if someone already has a Daily Deviation?
  • Community Volunteers only accept suggestions of pieces that belong to their gallery,
    That means, for example, one of our Literature Community Volunteers cannot feature Digital Art! It must be Literature.
  • Your note should be titled "DD Suggestion",
  • Please add thumbs and not links of the suggested deviation,
  • We accept self suggestions.


After you are aware of your Community Volunteer's Guidelines, you can start to look for DD deserving pieces. But please pay attention into which gallery the piece has been submitted to. (This information is given right below the title of the piece.)
It is important that the piece you suggest belongs in the gallery of the Community Volunteer that receives your note.


It's okay William by nemurou
Manga & Anime / Digital Media / Paintings
This piece should be suggested to cinyu, the Anime & Manga CV.

Eliot by einlee
Fan Art / Digital Art / Painting & Airbrushing / Games
This piece should be suggested to Lyricanna or TheCreativeJenn, our Fan Art CVs.

Scene #13: 'The Toy Maker' by octavinavarro
Digital Art / Pixel Art / Scenes / Non-Isometric
This piece should be suggested to Lyricanna who is also the Pixel Art CV!

Barlangis II by ErikShoemaker
Digital Art / Photomanipulation / Sci-Fi
This piece shouldn't be suggested to our Photomanipulation CV, AbbeyMarie. This sub-gallery is the area from our Space and Sci-Fi CV cinyu!

Our DeviantArt galleries are not perfect. You will find various miscats in each gallery (Miscategorized deviations).
Fan art can be found in Manga & Anime and Manga & Anime pieces can be found in the Digital Art and Traditional Art galleries.

What to do with Miscats? Who should receive the suggestion?
Various suggesters directly suggest the miscat to the Community Volunteer they believe it is the correct one. But others feel more comfortable suggesting the piece to the Community Volunteer who looks after the gallery the piece has been submitted to.

Either way your suggestion will arrive to the correct Community Volunteer, because incorrect suggestions will be forwarded to the correct Community Volunteer.
When you suggest Vocaloid Fan Art to the Anime & Manga Community Volunteer this suggestion will be forwarded to one of our Fan Art Community Volunteers.


Fix that Miscat! ~Fashion Photography V.CommercialThere often seems to be some confusion over whether your Fashion Photography belongs in Photography -> People & Portraits -> Fashion Portraits or Photography -> Commercial Photography -> Fashion. Unlike other galleries that we are slowly defining and educating on through this series of articles, the difference between these two is quite clear cut and there are certain aspects of your Photography that will dictate where it should go. Have a read through the article and hopefully that will clear up some things if you were previously confused!
What are Fashion Portraits?
Photography -> People & Portraits -> Fashion Portraits

Fashion Photography is a genre of Photography that's dedicated to showcasing clothing and other items such as accessories i.e. shoes, scarves, hats, j
Photomanipulation vs. Digital Mixed MediaWhat is this series?
The "Fix that Miscat" series has been designed to help educate deviantART members about the different galleries to which they can submit their art. Tired of submitting to a particular gallery and having your art moved to a different one? We will help minimize this occurrence by examining pairs of categories that frequently get confused and doing our best to clarify them for you.
What is a Photomanipulation?
What it is:
On deviantART, we define photomanipulation as "two or more PHOTOGRAPHIC elements that have been combined to form something NEW."
This means that:
:bulletpink: At least 2 elements must be from photographs.
:bulletpink: The result must be something new and different, distinguishable from the original.
What it is not:
:bulletpink: It does not involve 3D images, even if there are also photos involved. 
:bulletpink: A
Manga and Anime vs. Fan ArtFix That Miscat! is a series of articles aimed at explaining the differences between the galleries that are commonly confused or abused in the category system here on deviantART.
Today we will be covering two galleries that are also commonly mixed and confused:
Manga and Anime vs. Fan Art
Fan art includes those artworks that are based on or contain material such as characters, settings, concepts or universes in general that are copyrighted to someone else other than the artist creating said Fan artwork. According to aunjuli "Fan Art is a way to show appreciation for someone else's creation.The root of it all is love, gratitude, and the desire to create more than what was originally handed to you."
Fan Art comes in many styles, including but not limitted to Manga & Anime.Manga, on the other side, is a defined style of art with very characteristic traits to it. It's also referred to sequentia
PE: Fan Art and Anime/Manga - MiscatsA miscat (or miscategorization) is how we usually refer to an artwork that was categorized incorrectly when submitted to deviantART. On this article, I'll talk about what is likely the most common case of miscategorizing within the Manga&Anime galleries: Fan Art.  And to start with, let's start by clarifying what each gallery is for.
What to submit to the Manga & Anime category?
On Manga&Anime and each of its subcategories (that were explained in detail by myself and cinyu yesterday), you must submit only original art, made with either traditional or digital media, that contains the features of the japanese manga/anime art style.That means the art style used by you has to be recognizable as manga/anime, but the character drawn by you mustn't be copyrighted, so it has to be completely created and developed by you.
PE S and R Gallery Guides - MiscatsMiscats
Miscats are as bad for your stock as missing keywords.  They cause problems in the categories you are wrongly submitting to, make our galleries look disorganised and messy, and ultimately inhibit the exposure of your hard work to other artists.
Miscats are one of the most frequently complained about issues on DA.
Common Miscats
There are several varieties we see regularly that include
:bulletred: Placing 3 quarter/cropped or portrait model stock into the full body category.
:bulletred: Placing Interior shots into the Exterior category.
:bulletred: Placing 3D renders and premade stock into the stock photography interior/exterior categories rather than into their own equivalents.
:bulletred: Placing 3D renders into 3D models - which should be reserved for the physical model files, not renders of the model.
:bulletred: Placing landscapes or scenery shots into the Places category which should be reserved for images that show man made objects.
PE: dAr Miscats [deviantART related]
When browsing through the deviantART related galleries there seems to be quite some misunderstanding as to what the single categories are about.
While some miscats (wrongly placed deviations) seem to be added without caring about where they are placed, a lot of them happen because the deviant is unsure about what the gallery really is about. Or the name - even though accurate when you know more about what to submit - could be mistaken and some deviants have a different understanding of what they are about (and haven't read the description).
This article will give you an overview over the most common miscats of the deviantART related gallery.
While it can always happen that there might be a better fitting gallery or more than one could be used, it is highly recommended to really pay attention to the gallery description. It helps presenting your art to the right audience.
In general you can keep in mind that no deviation of any kind that invol
PE: A/M and Digital/Traditional Art MiscatsGallery Month
Miscats (miscategorization) are a difficulty Community Volunteers run into everyday to pick Daily Deviations. These are artworks that was categorized incorrectly in the submission process.
Earlier today, VelCake posted an article about Fan Art found in our Anime and Manga category. Also STelari took part on the miscat topic and explained misplaced works in the traditional art category!
I will explain in my article that Anime and Manga art is found in Digital Art and in Traditional Art.
Manga styled artworks aren't completly wrong in Traditional Art and Digital Art


After a DD deserving piece has been found and you are aware of which Community Volunteer should receive your suggestion, you should start to write your DD suggestion note!

The best title for a DD suggestion is "DD suggestion". It directly says what the note is about.
As to the content, there it is the best to use the thumb code. The thumb code provides the Community Volunteer with a small preview of the image that can pique their interest.


Milaklou by Karadavre
Regular thumb size.

Milaklou by Karadavre
The word 'big' has been added in front of the word 'thumb'.

Below the thumb should be a reason written about why you think this deviation deserves to be featured as a DD.
The reason should relate to the piece and the best way to find words might be to ask yourself a few questions.

  • What is typical of this artist's style?
  • What is outstanding?
  • Why this piece and not another one from the artist gallery?
  • Is the piece telling a story?


Winter Sun by Amanda-Diaz
Winter Sun by Amanda-Diaz is an outstanding portrait, in which red and white contrast each other beautifully. The model's delicate pose and soft gaze give a sense of melancholy to the image, but a sense of warmth remains as we see the sun peaking through the trees behind her.

Undine gains a soul by Heylenne
Undine gains a soul by Heylenne is a beautiful image that transcends the story that inspired it.

Spaceskull Japanese Poster by JakeParker
With a preoccupation for traditional media, JakeParker embraces a penchant for prominent grain and texture in his work. He encourages artifacts through mark making and isn't afraid of imperfection; conversely, the presence of stains and ink splashes lends all the more endearingly to his final outcomes. Spaceskull is a recurring character for JakeParker, whose piece Spaceskull Japanese Poster is characteristic of the gorgeous visual traits encompassed throughout his gallery.

JakeParker is the creative mastermind behind InkTober who participates himself; whose ink drawings often further upon the pitted grounds with indents that lend gorgeously to combined textures.

So, now your note is ready to send!! :la:


Did you know? - Suggesting DDsDD is short for Daily Deviation and is - like the name lets you presume - a daily feature of artworks from different the galleries.
DDs can be featured by Community Volunteers and Staff members.
Suggesting DDs
While browsing it can happen that you come across deviations that you think should be featured as a DD, but how?
First of all you need to take a look at the gallery it was submitted to.
You can find this information in the description area, directly below the artwork itself.

With that category in mind, we are now heading over to communityrelations to take a look at this CV overview. It lists all volunteers and the gallery they take care of.
Beside the overview at communityrelations you can also find the same list at :faq18:
For our example we now need to search for the Photography CVs.

As you can see there are plenty of t
How to suggest a Daily DeviationHello!
According to one of our polls at Traditionalists, there are many people who don't know how to suggest a Daily Deviation - too many, really. In this article you'll learn all about suggesting DDs: it'll be focused on Traditional Art category, but the general rules are the same for all the categories on dA.
Getting started
So you've just encountered an outstanding work - or had one for ages in your favourites - and you'd like it so much to be seen by everyone on dA. Before you suggest anything, you need to check if its author had a DD within past 6 months, as one deviant can have only 1 DD per 180 days. How? Add "dds" to their profile address, so: would turn into
You may also reach that page by clicking "browse" in deviant's gallery (top left, between "feat
Let The Light In: Daily Deviations:icongood-intention:
'Let The Light In (LTLI) is a new  tutorial series from the group Good-Intention that will focus on  the hows and whys of committing good deeds around the deviantART  community. The first article can be found here: LTLI: Art Features
The second edition of this series will focus on the topic of Daily Deviations, and how you can contribute to the community by suggesting them!
What Is A Daily Deviation?
A Daily Deviation is a one-day feature of artwork from various galleries that is chosen by a Community Volunteer (CV). These are showcased at the bottom of most pages on deviantART, as well as displayed in a chronological archive.
There are many misconceptions regarding Daily Deviations, from users believing they're given away as prizes, or given only to friends and popular users of the community. My aim with this article is to help to shine a light on Daily Deviations, and h

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Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
Thanks a lot for this great article! :hug:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent article! :clap:
yuukipink Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I will suggest one! 
LadyAnnatar Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
man,  I recommended SO many awesome pieces to be featured in the DD section but they all got ignored. Not 1 answer from those who I I gave up.
cinyu Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You gave up to easily. xD
Depending on to who you suggested the DDs it is harder or easier to get a suggestion featured. Digital Art CVs get many, MANY notes a week and they only can pick 7 DDs a week. So over 100 will be denied.
CVs with smaller galleries get less suggestions a week and there it is easier for the CV to oversee all notes.

The number of suggestions they get is also one of the reasons if they answer or not.
Another reason could be that they consider to keep it secret if it is accepted or not. So that it will be a big surprise when it is featured!

There can be various reasons behind an unanswered note. But a suggestion is never ignored. :'D

If you wish for an answer you can mention it in the note. Maybe as first line of the note. :) I believe most CVs will answer you - but the ones with large galleries might be very slow in answering them. I suggest to have patience.
hosagu Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
A good summary.
Mrs-Durden Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome article! Very helpful and instructive :heart:
TheOwl68 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fabulous, thanks!
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for using one of my images as an example. :D
I wasn't exactly aware of the category subtleties myself. Thanks!
UszatyArbuz Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015   Digital Artist
So, when I accidentaly sent a note to Macro Photo CV but they are APN photos, he actually forwarded it to a APN CV or should I send anothern ote to them with this artwork? :P Even if I already heard that "Isn't not enough for a DD".
cinyu Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Usually, the notes will be forwarded to the correct CV. :)
In case you got no notification about it from MarcosRodriguez that it has been forwarded, you can resend the suggestion yourself to the correct CV to be sure it arrived. A note double in CV inboxes is like whatever. xD

But currently there is no APN CV, so it should go to Moonbeam13. She will decide if the photo is good enough to be featured as DD or not.
- CVs are different, for some the photo may be not enough for a DD and for some it is good enough. Just suggest and see what happends!
UszatyArbuz Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015   Digital Artist
Oh, okay then. :D

BTW I always though that Miscats doesn't have any chance to be featured in DD.
cinyu Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Miscats can be suggested. But the featureing is a whole different thing. That really depends on the CV.

I personally prefer to feature drawings that are submitted to my galleries. I avoid to feature drawings that are submitted to galleries I don't belong to. However, sometimes when the drawing is very outstanding - and clearly belongs to one of my galleries (Anime & Manga / Space & Sci-Fi) -  I make an exception.

Though, this is only me speaking. Other CVs manage miscats differently. :'D
UszatyArbuz Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015   Digital Artist
Okay, thank you for the additional info :)
Rhyn-Art Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015   General Artist
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