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Let The Light In: Daily Deviations

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 9:27 PM
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'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?
FAQ #61: 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 how you can impact these in your own way.

Who Selects a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?
The above FAQ has an updated list of the current Community Volunteers that choose Daily Deviations. All of these volunteers accept suggestions for Daily Deviations. The real answer to this question, however, is that you have the power to select Daily Deviations, by simply suggesting deviations you feel deserve exposure to the proper CV. While the corresponding Volunteer has the final say on what does and does not get featured, the bulk of DDs are chosen from the suggestions they receive.

How Do I Suggest a Daily Deviation?
1.) Once you've discovered a deviation that you would like to suggest for a Daily Deviation, the first thing you should do is check whether or not they have had previous DDs.  The CVs have a rule that a deviant is not eligible for another DD if they had received one within six months.

To check this, go to the deviant's profile, and type in /dds/ afterward. I suggested a piece by Violetessa, so the URL read: violetessa.deviantart.com/dds/
At the time, she did not have any previous Daily Deviations. If the user does have any, it will show which deviations, and the date it was given.

2.) If they did not receive any previous DDs, or if they received one over six months ago, return to the deviation you wanted to suggest, and check the gallery that it belongs to.

Screen Shot 2013-01-12 at 1.44.30 AM by Kendra-Paige

3.) On the same page, go ahead and copy the Thumb Code from the appropriate box on the right side of the page.

Screen Shot 2013-01-12 at 1.44.12 AM by Kendra-Paige

4.) Since we now know the gallery the deviation belongs to is 'Photography / People & Portraits / Emotive Portraits', I know who to look for to suggest it to, by visiting the Gallery CV list.  On this list, I see that Kaz-D and 3wyl are in charge of the photography galleries that are not taken by the other CVs listed below.  I chose to suggest this piece to Kaz-D.

Screen Shot 2013-01-12 at 1.48.30 AM by Kendra-Paige

5.) Create a Note, or visit the appropriate CV's profile and select 'Send a Note.'  The title of the Note should show that it is a DD Suggestion, and if you'd like to include the specific gallery, feel free.  In the note, I added the Thumb Code, and some formatting to neaten it up. This is just my personal preference, but I've also chosen to include the reason why I feel it should be featured, and let the CV know that the user did not receive any previous DDs.  Most Communtiy Volunteers like to showcase artwork from unseen artists, so this can be a deciding factor for some.

Screen Shot 2013-01-12 at 1.46.40 AM by Kendra-Paige

6.) You'll also notice that my Thumb Code has 'big' in front of it, which makes the thumbnail larger, and gives the CV a bigger image to look at.  This is also preference, but I've shown the difference below, despite the window cutting off some of it in the preview.

Dd1 by Kendra-Paige

7.) It's a big difference. It doesn't hurt to grab the CV's attention, and a larger thumbnail will help to accomplish that.

Dd2 by Kendra-Paige

8.) Make sure everything looks the way you like it to by using the Preview option, and send it on its way!  If you've chosen a piece the CV feels deserves to be featured, then you might just find your suggestion has been chosen, and you've helped an artist gain exposure!


Screen Shot 2013-01-12 at 11.48.39 PM by Kendra-Paige

An Interview Regarding DDs with Kaz-D
Speaking of Kaz-D, she has been gracious enough to participate in an interview for this article, to help shine some light on the subject of Daily Deviations.

What are general aspects of a deviation that you look for when selecting a Daily Deviation?
:bulletblue: Photography, firstly. The piece must be manipulated as little as possible. Then I look for quality, concept, execution and creativity. :)

What advice would you give someone who is new to suggesting DDs?
:bulletblue: Don't just  pick from the most popular pages. Delve deeper and you'll find some fantastic hidden gems. Don't be disheartened if your suggestions aren't  immediately accepted either, we do get a few!

What sort of research do you perform to ensure authenticity of the deviation?
:bulletblue: I run all images suggested through a multiple image checker add on for  firefox. That includes tineye and google images as well as a few other  sites. I check metadata, I check the rest of the artists gallery to ensure the same level of artwork there and I sometimes even ask the  artist.

What is the average amount of DD Suggestions that you receive a day?
:bulletblue: Around 20 - 30 :)

Is there a certain format that you prefer for users to use when sending you a DD Suggestion?
:bulletblue: I love getting notes with explanations! Reasons behind why you want a  piece to get a daily deviation are always welcome. Also so are  thumbcodes :D

Is there anything else you would like to add on the topic of Daily Deviations?
:bulletblue: Daily Deviations aren't prizes, they're not awards. They're features, for one day :)

Daily Deviation: Tips & Tricks
When it comes to suggesting Daily Deviations, here are a few tips and tricks you may want to know.
:bulletblue: You can suggest your own work to be featured, as most of the CVs welcome it.
:bulletblue: Research the CVs previously selected DDs for a better idea of the type of work they like.
:bulletblue: Most CVs will have a journal explaining their own guidelines and preferences for Daily Deviations.
:bulletblue: The DD system does not allow for the same user to be featured more than once within 6 months.
:bulletblue: Be sure your deviation is in the right gallery, because it could prevent you from receiving a DD.
:bulletblue: Users are not informed prior to being featured, it's a complete surprise to them!
:bulletblue: Most Daily Deviations are the result of suggestions, so be sure to contribute your own!

Thank You for Reading!
As always, I very much appreciate those that take the time to read these articles, and I hope you'll have found this useful. A big thanks to Kaz-D for collaborating with me on this tutorial.  If you have any suggestions for a future installment of Let The Light In, then please do leave a comment here!

Please :+fav: to help promote this article! :iconkendra-paige:


A tutorial teaching users how to properly make a Daily Deviation suggestion, featuring an interview with ^Kaz-D.
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:iconzafts-prince:
ZAFTs-Prince Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Daily Deviation usually have a lovely selection of creative/helpful pieces, I hope I can make it there one day :meow:
Any way, this journal nicely lays out how to suggest one, I myself have suggested some before but never like this, I think it's more of an professional approach which I'll consider doing in the very near future :3
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:iconstygma:
Stygma Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never thought of using the big thumb! Good point!
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Photographer
I started doing it one day and was like "why have I not done this before?!"

Happy to help!
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:iconvelvetfish:
VelvetFish Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
good read.

(hopefully, i get a DD one of these days. :la: )
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   Photographer
Thank you. Hopefully! Perhaps in the meantime you could suggest some pieces yourself of other deviants that you feel are deserving. =)
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:iconvelvetfish:
VelvetFish Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
nah; I want all the DD's for myself. :iconkakapoplz:
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Photographer
Omg, that gif. :rofl:
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:iconvelvetfish:
VelvetFish Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Filmographer
wanna see a tinier one? :icongetsomeplz:
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:iconsystemcat:
systemcat Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'd like to state once again I think this system is very unfair. I think the Daily Deviantions should be chosen by a small group of CVs and not one. For example artisan crafts, that there be a small group the decides yes or no with a suggested deviant. The Daily Deviations aren't solely being picked by the show of skill of the presented artist or author. It's also a matter of taste of what the CV likes seeing. This explains why some members have their work rewarded over and over with getting Daily Deviantions. I drew this a long time ago as a satire piece over how these are handed out. It holds true whether you want to believe it or not. And before any one attempts to give me beef over this image, no I never expect it to gain a DD. It was made simply to try to raise a point.
Image: [link]
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:iconxerafcz:
XerafCZ Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh thank you for this. I was thinking about suggesting some stuff for dd quite a few times, but i never really knew how to do it. Well i knew, but i didnt know what to write.
Thanks to this i sent my first suggestion today :D
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Photographer
That's awesome! I'm so glad that it helped, and even more that you got to submit your first suggestion! :w00t:
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:iconbrightenyoursmile:
BrightenYourSmile Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The best tutorial I can find :D
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Photographer
Thank you! :glomp:
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:iconbrightenyoursmile:
BrightenYourSmile Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Welcome :D
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:iconepicstormmage:
EpicStormMage Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: Wonderful tutorial!

:hmm: Maybe you could make an article explaining how to give an in depth critique, or something about the basics of running a group? :shrug:
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Photographer
Ooh, those are both very good ideas! I'll definitely add that to the to-do list. Thank you! :hug:
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:iconepicstormmage:
EpicStormMage Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: No problem! :hmm: What about tips on suggesting someone for seniority, that may be able to help someone...
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
:thumbsup:
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Photographer
:thanks:
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:iconcoreyeacret:
CoreyEacret Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I actually have gone through with this in the past, and a friend of mine ended up getting a Daily Deviation because of it. It was funny getting that frantic message from him :P Good little tutorial though :)
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Photographer
That's awesome! That's exactly the type of reaction that makes suggesting DDs worthwhile. Thank you! :heart:
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:iconyolen:
yolen Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful tutorial! I do wish there was a link to the list of DD-able staff members in the drop-down menu up top, it's a pain having to hunt it down in the FAQ every time someone wants to suggest something. (Unless there is a shortcut and I just looks silly for not knowing it. ^^; )
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Photographer
It would definitely be nice if there was an easier reference for it! It might be something worth suggesting!

Thank you for your feedback, I really appreciate it! :hug:
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:icontvlookplay:
tvlookplay Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i've suggested :thumbsup:
More people should do it its a nice thing to do ;)
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Photographer
That's the spirit! I definitely agree. Hopefully this article will create some new DD Suggesters!
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:icontvlookplay:
tvlookplay Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope!

i bet 85% of the community doesn't know about suggesting :P
im hoping this gets really popular! :D
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Photographer
I don't think they do either, I know a lot of people view DDs as this sort of mystical thing, but it's all very community driven, so hopefully some users take note and suggest!
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:icontvlookplay:
tvlookplay Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
then the people featuring would need some more help :lol:
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:iconquolia:
Quolia Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic :love:
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Photographer
Thank you so much! :hug: I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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:iconquolia:
Quolia Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It was excellent, I'll have to share it in my next journal :la:
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Photographer
That would be wonderful! :heart:
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:iconof-the-skies:
of-the-skies Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great article! :D
I never knew you could suggest your own work for a DD... :saddummy:
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!

Not a lot of users do, really! It seems a lot of users are adverse to the idea, but if you're trying your hardest at your craft, and perhaps you're active in the community, a CV may be inclined to feature you. They never show that a user suggested themselves when it happens.
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:icondraconianrain:
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful article!
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Photographer
Thank you so much! I hope you've found it useful. :hug:
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:icondraconianrain:
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful. There's many things I didn't know.
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:iconthe-evil-legacy:
the-evil-legacy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
interesting !! ^^
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Photographer
Thank you for your feedback! :heart:
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:iconthe-evil-legacy:
the-evil-legacy Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem !! ^^
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:iconkarasunezumi:
KarasuNezumi Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Thank you for writing this!
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Photographer
You're very welcome, I hope you've found it useful!
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:iconarichy:
Arichy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:la:
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Photographer
:woohoo:
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:iconardy-cardy:
ardy-cardy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing article! It cleared up a lot of the curiosity I have about DDs. Thank you for sharing!
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Photographer
You're very welcome! I'm glad it helped! :hug:
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:iconthomasjergel:
ThomasJergel Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic article and initiative. :)
Good research as well. :)

I still think DDs are somewhat popularity based unless you actively go searching for good art among lesser know groups/users.
If you already are popular - you already have more exposure and your chances are better that more people will like or suggest your work.
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!

Popularity can play a part, but a lot of people who consistently suggest DDs will often search through people's favorites, or 'Newest' work to find a piece that was unseen. About a dozen of the DDs I suggested were found that way.

Thank you again for your feedback! =)
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:iconthomasjergel:
ThomasJergel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe more people will do so then, encouraged by your journal post. :)
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:iconm-g-studio:
M-G-Studio Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've only ever suggested a few and it was crazy that like 95% of those few already had a DD in the previous 6 months. Only one didn't and they still didn't get featured.
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