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You Don't Deserve a DD

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 11:56 AM
You might deserve a Nobel Prize (pluripotent stem cells omg).

You might deserve an Olympic gold medal.

But you're never, ever going to deserve a Daily Deviation.




neuropls what is this.

Dudes, a DD is a feature, not an award. There's no objective standard that goes 'here you deserve a big prize now.' Hell, it's not even about the artist being a talented young newbie or a curmudgeonly old fart.

It's about the art.

It's about bringing underexposed art to the forefront for a whole day—yeah, as far as features go this one is probably a bigger deal than being in a journal only twenty people click on, but at the end of the day it's still a feature. Nothing wrong with getting excited over it (or peeing yourself or wondering whom you managed to piss off), but it's not exactly resume material.



So now that we've gotten that out of the way…. There's the occasional journal or forum post floating around, wondering how the hell these things get picked and, usually, why they haven't gotten one yet even though they post so much writing. And the funny part is that despite concerns being responded to at length and by a much nicer person than myself, people keep doing it. So these blogs keep being necessary. (Hi, StJoan!)

I want to say now that if you're sour grapes over never having got a DD, this isn't the journal for you. Actually, this isn't the site for you. Your attitude needs a major adjustment. Hating on someone for making you think you need to work harder or put yourself out there more doesn't make any sense. And it's not doing the community any favors when you spread your hate around and get other people to jump on the baww bandwagon.

Frankly, I don't see anyone go around claiming they 'deserve' a DD for spending two hours making a drawing with bad anatomy and inaccurate lighting, especially if they know they're just starting out in the world of drawing. (Not that there aren't well thought out ideas on what a DD is from Digital Art GMs CVs.)

I get that literature is a lot more subjective, but you need to respect the fact that anyone who gets featured has put in a lot of hard work. Maybe not into that particular piece, but into developing themselves as a writer. There's nothing stopping you from doing the same, but until you do, don't expect a thing.



But yeah, a little bit of insight: picking DDs is a lot of work okay.

There is no super-secret special tool we get to make finding awesome literature easy. It's literally the same thing you do, except since this isn't personal favorites, the criteria have to be even stricter. (Okay, fine. I'm anal about what goes into my favorites anyway. Hush, you.) And, while you can favorite stuff as infrequently as you like, it's important to get at least one lit piece featured a day, so omg hunt hunt hunt.

Sifting through every vaguely interesting piece that floats by, looking for the unnoticed gems, takes forever. WHICH IS WHY YOU SHOULD SUGGEST MORE THINGS, INCLUDING YOUR OWN STUFF. Even if they're not selected, that's another artist on my radar who wasn't there before! And that's a little more time I can dedicate to finding ridiculous GIFs working on community projects!

Now, there's this huge misconception that getting a feature is a game-changer. I can tell you from experience that it rarely means more watchers or even hits on the non-featured stuff. And that's how multiple DDs happen. If someone has an amazing piece with ten whole views then it doesn't matter how many previous features they've gotten, that work deserves its own place in the spotlight. (Check out each person's suggestion guidelines, there's usually something about this.)

Yes, there's a preference for first-timers—of course there is—but at the end of the day, what matters is the art. I don't get the kind of people who feel the need to comment "tl;dr" on anything more than a hundred words, but it's a lot more honest than the people who say everything sucks when they're too busy being resentful to read it. Guys, the site knows not every feature is going to get all the fans. FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?



Anyway, this is your open invitation to ask any and all questions about the process. I can't guarantee my answers apply all the time, but there are a lot of misconceptions that need a kick to the face and this is where it starts.

Again.

:iconbeccalicious::iconthorns::iconnicswaner: <- your friendly lit CVs!

:iconcrliterature: <- WHY AREN'T YOU WATCHING THIS ALREADY

The awesome skin is still ^pica-ae's, and the awesome GIF stash is still ^Pixel-Spotlight's. I hope you weren't expecting more of a different Doctor, =LadyofGaerdon. (David Tennant makes the best faces OKAY. ;p)

But, seriously, talk. If you're afraid of voicing an objection here, note one of us.
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eV13il Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
I, personally, don't understand why so much photography gets featured.
But other than that, I think the whole system of DD's is a good one. It helps promote exposure and although some people have more trouble than others getting featured, it's still nice to see a wide variety actually getting the feature.
I know how it feels to be a DD-hopeful, but like you said, you can't let it be the only thing you work for. It's better to work for a grand motivating cause that's specific to yourself rather than something you view as a competition when it's actually not.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a lot of photography on the site--and some of the subcategories are pretty underrepresented ;p you could say the same thing about digital art.

Yes, absolutely!
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012   Writer
I am glad you communicated this, especially in such an entertaining fashion. I like DDs simply because they do focus on the art. We have plenty of other ways in which individuals are honored or celebrated, whether they deserve these accolades, favs, watches, seniority, etc. is another matter, entirely. But a feature is just a way of saying "hey, take a look at this! Maybe you'll like it". I've been very fortunate to have had 4 of my pieces featured as DDs. What was so awesome about it was it was done by my peers, my fellow artists. I was always very surprised and honored when it happened, and it never crossed my mind that i had earned it. And I obviously don't believe that somehow i've arrived or that i'm somehow superior to any other writers who haven't yet had a piece featured. I have read many wonderful poems that are far, far better than anything i've ever written, and they have few views and no recognition and the artist is not jumping up and down demanding that they should get their turn in the spotlight. There's something very cool about that. Maybe i just find humility attractive in that way. And to the people who feel their art deserves to be featured, i would ask this one question: how will you derive real and unassuming joy from the moment when your art is finally featured if it was something you expected, something you felt you were owed? The best you could hope to feel in that case is vindication; a poor substitute for the happy surprise of a selfless act made by your fellow artists.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, seriously :highfive: I've seen people be all 'aww this wasn't the piece I wanted featured,' to which it's like a) self suggest, come on and b) just enjoy it dude. (I have to remind myself of the latter :shifty:)
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:icondonrondo:
DonRondo Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not so much about the art or not even the artists who get them, I have nothing against them. But what bugs me the most is, that some CVs give DDs to artists who have already received multiple of them, and quite possibly even very recently. If it's about exposing underrated artists to the audience, why feature people who already have thousands of watchers and millions of pageviews again and again, be their art divinely gorgeous or not? I do realise with literature it might be a lot harder to find decent pieces out there, but there certainly is not a shortage of visual arts.

...sour grapes, of course. ;D
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Interface Designer
the system doesn't allow us to feature someone that had a DD over the past 6 months, at least, so they shouldn't be that recent :D
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:icondonrondo:
DonRondo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh? Is that a new feature then? Because I remember seeing DDs given in a shorter time span than 6 months. But I can't point you to an example right now, since I have no clue whose gallery it was. And it was some time ago, so perhaps the site didn't have that restriction available yet? I have no idea. : D But I am sure of what I found, though.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Interface Designer
It used to be once every 3 months, earlier this year it was upped to 6 :D
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:icondonrondo:
DonRondo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I see. That explains something. Thanks for the info. : )
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Interface Designer
No problem :hug:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally...it's not about exposing underrated artists, it's about exposing underrated art. With lit it's a lot less obvious because even the popular stuff will only have a few hundred faves, but even so the motivations for me are a) someone suggested it and b) it is really damn good and that genre/style/whatever (so for digital, could be stuff like content or technique) are rarely seen.

:B quick, make ridiculous art!
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:icondonrondo:
DonRondo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I came to think about that once I had posted my comment. ^^; I do see your point, however, and actually don't disagree with you at all. It's just the fact that the DDs accumulate to some people when there are just as clever or marvelous pieces by other artists that irritates me. But now I'm repeating myself and will stop before I start sounding like a broken record too much.

In any case, your journal is full of the win and I found it both entertaining and... hum, educational. Or informative. Or something like that. :B
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: Thanks!

Remember that if you see stuff you like, you should suggest it :P we can't find everything!
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:icondonrondo:
DonRondo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll try to keep that in mind. :p
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:iconvenry:
Venry Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I LOVE YOU.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:love:
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:iconvenry:
Venry Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student General Artist
:iconiloveyouplz:
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:iconpencil-of-power:
Pencil-of-Power Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Loving the gifs. XD
I will probably start to suggest some DDs now, you inspired me. (have a cookie!) All I have to do is send you a note?
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!

Well, for the next month you should direct suggestions to one of the other three (see my comments below the post for links to their page). But yes. That's basically it, just a thumbnail in the note :nod:
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:icongregorkerle:
GregorKerle Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
:clap::w00t::clap:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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:iconwithin-a-nightmare:
Within-A-Nightmare Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
By the way, I want that journal skin! :love:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's amazing :clap:
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:iconwithin-a-nightmare:
Within-A-Nightmare Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I have it? :eyes:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The CR logo is probably an issue :B
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:iconwithin-a-nightmare:
Within-A-Nightmare Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, then without that! Do you think you can ask to make it a swirl design instead - that would be cool.

Or a big version of: *
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No idea, shes pretty busy :o
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:iconwithin-a-nightmare:
Within-A-Nightmare Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Could you ask? Or should I?
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll ask :B
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:iconwithin-a-nightmare:
Within-A-Nightmare Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: Well done!
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SnapBanditWolf Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd marry you just for punctuating your well thought out points with David Tennant.
This is exactly right. I wish people would stop flaming an artist for receiving a DD. What's the point?
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol:

Makes them feel better? Because it's such permanent angst. I don't know.
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SnapBanditWolf Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's one of those things where it should be easier just to hit the back button and move on with one's life, rather than taking the time to write out a pointless complaint aimed at somebody who had no choice in the matter.
I guess it's an internet-wide phenomenon that people permanently ignore the "If you don't like it, don't look for it" rule.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Seeeriously. Although people also seem to be unaware that they can switch the thing at the bottom to not show DDs :lol:
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great article.:thumbsup:
I agree very much.:D
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:highfive:
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:iconhermetic-wings:
Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Agree!
The problem is I got it serious...There is no way for an artist to be awarded by the community. <I can get many positive and encouraging comments to my submissions. But this kind of things are so personal, when you got a DD this shows that you are choosen ( even if you are deserve it)...

I still hope one day, maybe I deserve it :nod:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck :la: And remember, if you do think you've got something worthy, you should suggest it yourself.
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:iconhermetic-wings:
Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I can try, thanks but it writes you only accept the literature suggestions. Do I have to write something worhty !?
Thanks for your kind interests with me :D
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I only accept literature, but there's a whole team :) FAQ #18: Who selects the Daily Deviation and how is it chosen?
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd tattoo some of your words on my forehead!!!
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: If you do, I demand pictures.
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That might just come true :P
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooooo.
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:iconjamminjo:
JamminJo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Big :)

:love: this journal and so very true :nod: a DD is not an award :#1:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:highfive:
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:iconjamminjo:
JamminJo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconfurryhighfiveplz:
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:iconkoppo:
Koppo Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
interesting. I hope to never have one.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's kind of annoying when you realize it's been featured before you could fix it. D: (I have a skin up where I didn't add the credits dialogue until later...keep seeing and being like 'do I tell them I have a new version posted omg')
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Koppo Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
if it ain't broke don't fix it.
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