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Happy Birthday, Michael!

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 29, 2013, 12:31 PM



Today Michael Jackson would be 55 years old. It's now more than four years ago that he passed away. It still feels as it was yesterday. And yes, he is still missed so much! Let's celebrate his life and his legacy today. He was such a brilliant and unique artist, who not only created incredible outstanding music, but influenced generations of artists that are making music today.

Happy Birthday, Michael Jackson!!!


:iconhrtplz:
In our hearts you will live forever!


The Break by Gegauff Michael Jackson by prialanis Michael by zimnika7


Credits:
Skin Code © anastasia-black
Artwork © Finnish-Penguin

Get your art boosted and earn points with dAhub

Journal Entry: Mon May 20, 2013, 8:51 AM


Hey guys,

I know a lot of people need points, favs, watches and/or llamas. So here is a place where you can get all this:

:icondahub: dAhub

You get featured and can receive favs, watches and llamas by donating at least 20 points :points: to dAhub's donation pool.

You can earn points by giving favs, watches and llamas to people who are featured on dAhub's profile.

Try it out!


My current Giveaway

Win 1000 points here:

1000 Points Giveaway - WINNERS by Lilyas

1000 Free Points Giveaway - WINNER

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 13, 2013, 9:19 AM


We have a Winner!

First of all: HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY  to all mothers and those who will be one!

Happy Mother's Day by Lilyas

And the winner of my Giveaway is:


:iconilionej: Ilionej

Congratulations by randomakatsukifan


:iconpointright: Check the randomized list to see where you landed in the ranking.


Ilionej has now the choice between

A Photo Print from my Shop
2 Stickers from my eBay Shop
and
1000 Points



THE GAME IS OVER. I'll announce the winners shortly.....

Giveaway Extension

I have started a giveaway project on April 11. I extend the running time and change the terms a bit.. All entries that have been done in the previous journal still count!

Here is how it goes:

  1. FAV this journal
  2. VOTE in my poll and SHARE it on your page:
    :iconpointright: Vote here

    Copy and paste this to your journal/widget:

    Are you an active user? I invite you to vote on this <a href="http://lilyas.deviantart.com/journal/poll/3615715/">Poll</a>. Thank you! :heart:
  3. Post a COMMENT and link me to your journal/widget..



:iconpointright: This is what you get

A Photo Print from my Shop
You select one and I get it delivered to you.

OR

2 Stickers from my eBay Shop
You select them from my eBay listings and I'll send them to you. Shipping is on me.

Flower of Life Window Sticker - dark by Lilyas Flower of Life Window Sticker - light - by Lilyas

OR

1000 Points


This project will run until Sunday, April 20, 2013.
Good luck everyone and thanks for joining! :iconshining-heart:

I am back and offer a free print or 1000 points

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 11, 2013, 10:56 AM


Check for the winner HERE.


Hello DeviantART, hello my friends! :wave:

I have been away for quite some time. To reconnect with you I make a special offer for your today. You are joining my little giveaway and I am offering you either a photo print up to 12 x 18 inch of your choice, a Flower of Life window sticker or 1000 points.

Here is how it goes:

  1. FAV this journal
  2. Post a COMMENT in this journal to tell me that you are in (only one please)
  3. LIKE my Facebook Page


  4. FAV this deviation:

    Rainbow Glamour Rose by Lilyas
    Rainbow Glamour Rose

    (If you don't have a Facebook account do only this.)


:iconshining-heart: Double Chance

You can double your chances if you WRITE A CRITIQUE on Rainbow Glamour Rose.

That means I will put your name two times into the list before I randomize it. Good luck! I will select three winners. They will be randomly chosen with the List Randomizer from random.org

:iconpointright: This is what you get

A Photo Print from my Shop
You select one and I get it delivered to you.

OR

2 Stickers from my eBay Shop
You select them from my eBay listings and I'll send them to you. Shipping is on me.

Flower of Life Window Sticker - dark by Lilyas Flower of Life Window Sticker - light - by Lilyas

OR

1000 Points


This project will run until Sunday, April 20, 2013.

If you want to join please follow the new rules and post your comment in the new journal.

Check for the winner HERE.


Win 1500 Points #3

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 5, 2012, 4:56 PM


Hello guys,

this is a new 1500 Points Giveaway for you. But before we start I want to announce - SURPRISE, SURPRISE - the winner of the last 1500 Points Giveaway from March (3 months ago, OMG!). I was away for quite some time so that's why I am belated big time! So here we go:

And the winner of 1500 DeviantPOINTS is

:iconhjlyn: HJLyn
Congratulations!

For runner ups read the :bulletred::bulletpurple: previous journal.


In order to participate you have to do this:

  1. FAV this journal
  2. FAV this deviation:
    ZODIAC - Sticker
    Zodiac - Sticker by Lilyas
    Buy the sticker here
  3. VISIT HJLyn's page and check her lovely gallery full of fancy fashion designs! She is my winner of the last 1500 points giveaway and she deserves much more feedback and recognition. Be sure to leave a few comments on her art!
  4. Make a quick Visit at my personal website and Like my Playing Cards (but only if you actually like them and have a FB account of course):
    Lilyas.com
    Alternative:
    If you already visited my website and liked my cards FAV the Playing Cards deviation instead:
    The Chromatic Deck - Order NOW by Lilyas

Use the triple chance

Write a journal yourself saying this:

Want to win 1500 Points? (title)
Visit :devlilyas:'s journal - http://lilyas.deviantart.com/journal/Win-1500-Points-3-306597124 - and join her Giveaway worth of 1500 points.

Leave a comment with a link to your journal.


I will use the random list generator to find the winner. If you wrote a journal your name will be added three times. This game will run for 1 week until June 13, 2012. Good luck!

For all who love points please check :icon100millionpoints: 100millionPOINTS. She is helping out with points for people who need them and she is currently running a lovely contest where you can win subscriptions and points.

Win Another 1500 Points - WINNER (finally)

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 27, 2012, 4:38 PM


Check the NEW giveaway HERE. This one is closed.

THE WINNER
First of all: THANKS for your extraordinary patience! I am so damn late, I hope you can forgive me. Thank you! :heart:

And the winner of 1500 DeviantPOINTS is

:iconhjlyn: HJLyn




Runner Ups
Due to the huge delay I decided to select a few runner ups. The following people won 20 points :points: each:

:iconcjwilde: CJWilde
:iconemshrapnel: Emshrapnel
:iconlilyofthesword: LilyOfTheSword
:iconjayaprime: jayaprime
:icondecadia: Decadia

I kindly ask you to visit all their pages and galleries to give them a hug and some kind comments on their art. They all do very nice art and deserve more feedback! Thank you! :heart:



Update April 4, 2012

This is just a short visit to let you know that I am sorry for being away for so long. I was sick for a few weeks with a persistent cough and fatigue and now I have to keep up with a big backlog. Also the winner fom this giveaway hasn't been found yet. I am so sorry for the delay! I will be back with news as soon as possible! Thanks for your patience, people! :heart:

Hi again, the first 1500 points giveaway was awesome so here is another chance for you to win 1500 precious points at once. In order to participate you have to do this:
  1. FAV this journal
  2. FAV this deviation (this time I am serious):
    The Truth is....
    The Truth is.... by Lilyas
  3. VISIT Art-by-Cricket's page and check her lovely gallery full of traditional and digital fantasy drawings! She is my winner of the first 1500 points giveaway and she deserves much more feedback and recognition. Be sure to leave a few comments on her art!
    Please also VISIT lindelokse's gallery! Believe me when I say she is one of the TOP Fractal Artists on DA (on the part of the quality and skillfulness) and if you don't exactly know what fractals are but want to learn about them she has the perfect gallery to look at! If you got hungry check my Fractal Favorites Collection for many more jewels!
  4. Make a quick Visit at my personal website and Like my Playing Cards (but only if you actually like them and have a FB account of course):
    Lilyas.com
    Alternative:
    If you already visited my website and liked my cards FAV the Playing Cards deviation instead:
    The Chromatic Deck - Order NOW by Lilyas

Use the triple chance

Write a journal yourself saying this:

Want to win 1500 Points? (title)
Visit :devlilyas:'s journal - http://lilyas.deviantart.com/journal/Win-Another-1500-Points-287561645 - and join her Giveaway worth of 1500 points.

Leave a comment with a link  to your journal.


I will use the random list generator to find the winner. If you wrote a journal your name will be added three times. This game will run for 1 week until March 6, 2012. Good luck!

For all who love points please check :icon100millionpoints: 100millionPOINTS. She is helping out with points for people who need them and she is currently running a lovely contest where you can win subscriptions and points.

Win 1500 Points - WINNER(s)

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 22, 2012, 5:53 PM


THE WINNER
First of all: THANKS TO EVERYBODY who joined this game! The response was just overwhelming! Thank you!

And the winner of 1500 DeviantPOINTS is

:iconart-by-cricket: Art-by-Cricket




Runner Ups
Due to the huge influx of comments to this journal I decided to select a few runner ups. The following people won 20 points :points: each:

:iconzwiezda: Zwiezda :star: :iconmiss-nevermore: Miss-Nevermore
:iconkaiter: kaiter :star: :iconkaptynqerq: KaptynQerq
:iconzedna7: Zedna7 :star: :iconethanmilesgrey: EthanMilesGrey

I kindly ask you to visit all their pages and galleries to give them a hug and some kind comments on their art. They all do very nice art and deserve more feedback! Thank you! :heart:


Hi people, here is a new chance for you to win 1500 precious points at once. In order to participate you have to do this:
  1. FAV this journal
  2. FAV this fun deviation:
    I don't give a damn
    I don't give a damn by Lilyas
  3. Visit Anthiem's page and check her lovely anime and fantasy drawings! She will be really happy about some feedback.
    Visit kethwef's page instead if you prefer Fractal Art and Literature. He creates lovely fractal galaxies and writes fantasy short stories and poetry. Go to his literature gallery right here.
    [Previously featured artists: GeraldII, IJS-Creations, Magentia, NiaNook33 + phryseth]
  4. Make a quick Visit at my personal website and Like my Playing Cards (if you like them):
    Lilyas.com

Use the triple chance

Write a journal yourself saying this:

Want to get 1500 Points for free? (title)
Visit :devlilyas:'s journal - http://lilyas.deviantart.com/journal/Win-1500-Points-286628056 - and join her Giveaway worth of 1500 points.

Leave a comment with a link  to your journal.


I will use the random list generator to find the winner. If you wrote a journal your name will be added three times. This game will run for 3 weeks until March 15, 2012 until February 26. Good luck! (Closed now)

For all who love points please check :icon100millionpoints: 100millionPOINTS. She is helping out with points for people who need them and she is currently running a lovely contest where you can win subscriptions and points.

Sorry, double post

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 22, 2012, 5:53 PM


Sorry, guys, this is some strange double post. I didn't post it actually. Switch to the right journal:

Win 1500 Points

Hi people, here is a new chance for you to win 1500 precious points at once. In order to participate you have to do this:
  1. FAV this journal
  2. FAV this fun deviation:

    I don't give a damn
    I don't give a damn by Lilyas
  3. Visit GeraldII's page and check his wondeful photo gallery! He will be happy about some feedback.


Use the triple chance

Write a journal yourself saying this:

Want to get 1500 Points for free? (title)
Visit Lilyas's journal and join her Giveaway worth of 1500 points.


I will use the random list generator to find the winner. If you wrote a journal your name will be added three times. This game will run for 3 weeks until March 15, 2012. Good luck!


Valentine's Day Giveaway Special WINNERS

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 13, 2012, 2:17 PM



1000 Free points :points: to give away - 10 Rounds COMPLETED


My Giveaway Project is done! Over more than one month I was running 10 Giveaways for 100 points worth each. Today I announce the last winner and several runner ups.



to all winners!



(Scroll down!)

Do you want to win some free deviantPOINTS and additionally get a triple chance to win? This is Round #10 of 10 rounds where 1000 points altogether will find new owners.

:iconlyna-human-da: 600 Additional Points for Valentine's Day


Because this is the last round of my Giveaway Special and because it's Valentine's Day I was thinking about some more prizes for the persistent participants of the Giveaway Rounds who didn't give up trying to win one round but didn't win.

:heart: All people who participated in 10 rounds receive: 30 points :points:
:heart: All people who participated in 9 rounds receive: 20 points :points:
:heart: All people who participated in 8 rounds receive: 10 points :points:


:iconpointright: Winners of 10 extra points are:

101dewdrop :star: Jazzs-girl-4ever :star: Miss-Nevermore :star: ZenithOmocha :star: bcbdrums :star: espeonluvs :star: flufferBug :star: LaClef-a-Verite :star: LeonieZurakowsky :star: Lola22 :star: CookiesNLazars :star: pokefan444 :star: rockgem :star: sachiko2189 :star: Tigercaramelrecinos

:iconpointright: Winners of 20 extra points are:

Somebodylost :star: TheMoonAndSun :star: Alyssa921 :star: DemonicMystery :star: moulinrougegirl77 :star: NikkiiQ :star: piercingemeralds2 :star: SavageFrog :star: SterlingSpirit :star: spyu98 :star: MasterMorning :star: Yenna-Savil

:iconpointright: Winners of 30 extra points are:

HalfInane-HalfMental :star: heart-WORM :star: Marzarret :star: jaspering :star: seprisite


:iconttaasst: Round #10 - Winner


Round #10 ended Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 - 11:59 pm PST
Participants: 150

The winner of Round #10
and 100 Deviantart points is

:iconlissa-loo: Lissa-loo



In order to participate you have to do this:

Important Info: I just want to inform you that you will not win even if you were chosen when you didn't fav the journal and didn't do one of the options! It happened a few times that I had to run the list randomizer again.


  1. FAV this journal
  2. Post a COMMENT in this journal (only one please)
  3. Do ONE of the 3 following options:


:iconhrtplz: Triple Chance

You can increase your chances threefold if you JOIN GETWATCHERS by using the following link:


        
#GetWatchers help artists to share their creativity, increase their audience and get more feedback by getting more exposure and pageviews. If you want more exposure of your arts, constructive criticism, watchers and/or if you would like to discover new talented artists, you can join us :pointr: Here :pointl:.

That means I will put your name 3 times into the list before I randomize it. Good luck! Please write in your comment when you have joined GetWatchers via my invitation!


Round #1 - Winner: MrD0ll4r
Round #2 - Winner: rokelle2012
Round #3 - Winner: ShiningPirate
Round #4 - Winner: anarchistdragon
Round #5 - Winner: YumeHimura
Round #6 - Winner: TwistedPhae
Round #7 - Winner: Itayram
Round #8 - Winner: Nhyer
Round #9 - Winner: Luna0404


on right by 1m3 Round #10

Attention! Round #10 is CLOSED Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 - 11:59 pm PST!


Rules

  1. You can participate in all 10 rounds but you can win only one
  2. For every new round I will create a new journal, for every round you want to join you must post a new comment - one per journal.
  3. Winners will be randomly chosen with the List Randomizer from random.org
  4. I will do one round every one or two days starting on Friday Jan 13, 2012
  5. Let me know in your comment what option you have chosen.

Good luck everyone and thanks for joining!


Lily Seidel Fanclub & Website

Rainbow Rose Icon Commission by ClefairyKid Lilyas Fanclub on Facebook



Rainbow Rose Icon Commission by ClefairyKid Lily Seidel Website


Order Your Deck Here

ITG Arrow - Custom Rainbow by realdeal2u4u

Visit my personal website!


♣ ♠ ♥ ♦ Lilyas.com ♣ ♠ ♥ ♦


10x 100 DA Points Giveaway - Winner #9

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 7, 2012, 5:16 PM



1000 Free points :points: to give away- Round #9 CLOSED!

Do you want to win some free deviantPOINTS and additionally get a triple chance to win? This is Round #9 of 10 rounds where 1000 points altogether will find new owners. In order to participate you have to do this:

Important Info: I just want to inform you that you will not win even if you were chosen when you didn't fav the journal and didn't do one of the options! It happened a few times that I had to run the list randomizer again.

  1. FAV this journal
  2. Post a COMMENT in this journal (only one please)
  3. Do ONE of the 3 following options:


:iconhrtplz: Triple Chance

You can increase your chances threefold if you WRITE A CRITIQUE on Happy Valentine's Day.



That means I will put your name 3 times into the list before I randomize it. Good luck!

Round #9 - Winner


Round #9 ended Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 - 12:00 pm PST
Participants: 150

The winner of Round #9
and 100 Deviantart points is

:iconluna0404: Luna0404

Congratulations!


Round #1 - Winner: MrD0ll4r
Round #2 - Winner: rokelle2012
Round #3 - Winner: ShiningPirate
Round #4 - Winner: anarchistdragon
Round #5 - Winner: YumeHimura
Round #6 - Winner: TwistedPhae
Round #7 - Winner: Itayram
Round #8 - Winner: Nhyer


on right by 1m3 Round #9

Attention! Round #9 is CLOSED!


Rules

  1. You can participate in all 10 rounds but you can win only one
  2. For every new round I will create a new journal, for every round you want to join you must post a new comment - one per journal.
  3. Winners will be randomly chosen with the List Randomizer from random.org
  4. I will do one round every one or two days starting on Friday Jan 13, 2012
  5. Let me know in your comment what option you have chosen.

Good luck everyone and thanks for joining!


Lily Seidel Fanclub & Website

Rainbow Rose Icon Commission by ClefairyKid Lilyas Fanclub on Facebook



Rainbow Rose Icon Commission by ClefairyKid Lily Seidel Website


Order Your Deck Here

ITG Arrow - Custom Rainbow by realdeal2u4u

Visit my personal website!


♣ ♠ ♥ ♦ Lilyas.com ♣ ♠ ♥ ♦


10x 100 DA Points Giveaway - Winner #8

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 4, 2012, 4:59 PM



1000 Free points :points: to give away - Round #8 CLOSED!

Do you want to win some free deviantPOINTS and additionally get a triple chance to win? This is Round #8 of 10 rounds where 1000 points altogether will find new owners. In order to participate you have to do this:

Important Info: I just want to inform you that you will not win even if you were chosen when you didn't fav the journal and didn't do one of the options! It happened a few times that I had to run the list randomizer again.

  1. FAV this journal
  2. Post a COMMENT in this journal (only one please)
  3. Do ONE of the 3 following options:


:iconhrtplz: Triple Chance

You can increase your chances threefold! Just WATCH ME.



That means I will put your name 3 times into the list before I randomize it. Good luck! Oh, and just in case you are already watching me - you can donate me 2 POINTS :points: and you'll have your triple chance, too!

Round #8 - Winner


Round #8 ended Monday, Feb 6, 2012 - 12:00 pm PST
Participants: 160

The winner of Round #8
and 100 Deviantart points  is

:iconnhyer: Nhyer

Congratulations!


Round #1 - Winner: MrD0ll4r
Round #2 - Winner: rokelle2012
Round #3 - Winner: ShiningPirate
Round #4 - Winner: anarchistdragon
Round #5 - Winner: YumeHimura
Round #6 - Winner: TwistedPhae
Round #7 - Winner: Itayram


on right by 1m3 Round #8

Attention! Round #8 is CLOSED!


Rules

  1. You can participate in all 10 rounds but you can win only one
  2. For every new round I will create a new journal, for every round you want to join you must post a new comment - one per journal.
  3. Winners will be randomly chosen with the List Randomizer from random.org
  4. I will do one round every one or two days starting on Friday Jan 13, 2012
  5. Let me know in your comment what option you have chosen.

Good luck everyone and thanks for joining!


Lily Seidel Fanclub & Website

Rainbow Rose Icon Commission by ClefairyKid Lilyas Fanclub on Facebook



Rainbow Rose Icon Commission by ClefairyKid Lily Seidel Website


Order Your Deck Here

ITG Arrow - Custom Rainbow by realdeal2u4u

Visit my personal website!


♣ ♠ ♥ ♦ Lilyas.com ♣ ♠ ♥ ♦


10x 100 DA Points Giveaway - Winner #7

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 26, 2012, 4:09 PM



1000 Free points :points: to give away- Round #7 CLOSED

Do you want to win some free deviantPOINTS and additionally get a triple chance to win? This is Round #7 of 10 rounds where 1000 points altogether will find new owners. In order to participate you have to do this:

Important Info: I just want to inform you that you will not win even if you were chosen when you didn't fav the journal and didn't do one of the options! It happened a few times that I had to run the list randomizer again.

  1. FAV this journal
  2. Post a COMMENT in this journal (only one please)
  3. Do ONE of the 3 following options:


:iconhrtplz: Triple Chance

You can increase your chances threefold! Just LIKE my regular Facebook Page LilyAS.




That means I will put your name 3 times into the list before I randomize it. Leave a comment on my wall with your DA name so that I know who you are. Good luck! Oh, and just in case you don't use Facebook - you can donate me 2 POINTS :points: and you'll have your triple chance, too!

Round #7 - Winner


Round #7 ended Monday, Jan 30, 2012 - 12:00 pm PST
Participants: 835

The winner of Round #7
and 100 Deviantart points  is

:iconitayram: Itayram

Congratulations!


Round #1 - Winner: MrD0ll4r
Round #2 - Winner: rokelle2012
Round #3 - Winner: ShiningPirate
Round #4 - Winner: anarchistdragon
Round #5 - Winner: YumeHimura
Round #6 - Winner: TwistedPhae


on right by 1m3 Round #7

Attention! Round #7 is CLOSED!


Rules

  1. You can participate in all 10 rounds but you can win only one
  2. For every new round I will create a new journal, for every round you want to join you must post a new comment - one per journal.
  3. Winners will be randomly chosen with the List Randomizer from random.org
  4. I will do one round every one or two days starting on Friday Jan 13, 2012
  5. Let me know in your comment what option you have chosen.

Good luck everyone and thanks for joining!


Lily Seidel Fanclub & Website

Rainbow Rose Icon Commission by ClefairyKid Lilyas Fanclub on Facebook



Rainbow Rose Icon Commission by ClefairyKid Lily Seidel Website


Order Your Deck Here

ITG Arrow - Custom Rainbow by realdeal2u4u

Visit my personal website!


♣ ♠ ♥ ♦ Lilyas.com ♣ ♠ ♥ ♦






:pride: Update
I received many comments that made me see that many people misunderstand the idea of a splitted DeviantART. I made further explanations at the end of the journal.



Lately I wrote an article about the recent changes on DA - Bye bye, Popularity! - not really knowing what was going on. Now hq released an article about the recent site updates that sheds light upon some of my questions.

Summarized: Deviantart is using an algorithm called "Fair Exposure"to showcase the most popular art on the front page. The task is to expose a varied cross-section of all kind of art concerning styles, genres and art forms - meaning not biased toward any topic, yet still based on popularity.

But as many of us have realized - this is not working very well. I appreciate that DA wants to make the popular system "fair" so that many other great but lesser known artists get a chance but to me it seems quite the opposite occurs.

Fair Exposure isn't Fair

In former times the vast majority of pictures that were loved and faved by many people ranked high. Now the system seems to be more random, selecting pictures that a lot less people truly like and want to see on the front page. And it shows in the number of favourites compared to the number of views that "the most popular pictures" of the last 8 and 24 hours are by no means the most popular pictures in any way. How is that fair to lesser known talented artists who have to rely on luck or fair to widely known and professional arists who earned their popularity with diligence, gained experience and talent?

Reading the comments on that article about the updates makes me see that I am not alone with my observations. A lot of people are upset because they don't find what they like on the front page anymore. Or they are upset because they worked hard to gain more attention, almost even made the front page but now are set back to zero. Others are upset because they try to make a living from their art but won't get commissioned anymore because they can't be found anymore (maybe I am among them). Some are complaining that deviations with only few favs are being ranked way higher even within the same subcategory than deviations with thousands of favs which seems to be totally random. Or they're complaining that many deviants abuse the current algorithm that follows a certain pattern concerning styles, genres and art forms by miscategorizing their deviations.

I still think it's positive to try to make the exposure of art fairer than it was but I see a major problem in this benevolent intention: the phrase "fair exposure" combined with "most popular art" is a contradiction in terms. How can a popular list ever be fair - no matter on what it is based on? It doesn't matter WHO makes the front page - popular artist, not popular artist, new artist, experienced artist, hard working artist, beginner or expert - those who are exposed on the front page gain much more attention on their art than anybody else, not because they are the best but just because they are at the top. So forget about fairness as long as Most Popular lists exist.

Suggestions

A lot of deviants have been made a few very interesting and useful suggestions in my opinion and I trust that DA will take those changes into consideration if this is technically possible. I support the idea of 4 different tabs on the front page:
  1. Newest Deviations
  2. Most Popular Deviations (based on popularity concering views, favs and comments, independent from styles, genres and art forms)
  3. Fair Exposure (exposing art from lesser known artists, independent from styles, genres and art forms)
  4. Random Deviations

Let me know what you think about these ideas. spyed wrote in a comment that more updates are coming so let's see if things take a turn for the better.

The Ever-Growing-Community Issue

We are a huge group of very different artists of all ages, backgrounds and tastes that is ever-growing day by day which is not exactly working to the advantage of this place. 20 new deviants are joining DA every 30 seconds on average. That makes 57,600 new deviants in one day. Already years ago I held the opinion that the DA community is getting far too big to be a nice and inspiring place where like-minded people get in contact, comment on each others pictures and journals and discover new art step by step. Today our Message Centers are flooded with an ever new influx of new deviations coming from the group submissions, many journals and featured events but lesser comments and feedback on our art. A lot of deviants are experiencing that. It's getting harder to keep up and deal with that massive overload of new deviations so that many of us aren't able to take the time for commenting anymore. We have thousands of new pictures to view, some of them we fav and go away and the major rest just gets deleted from the inbox and remains unseen. Everybody thought that the new group system was a brilliant new feature and it truly was in beginning. But now it consumes us because there are too many groups with too many new almost random submissions that we can't view or don't want to view. Stupidly, many artists depend on the groups now, otherwise their art wouldn't have a chance to get attention at all anymore. Isn't that ironic?

My Suggestion

That this site is getting more and more unmanageable is nobody's fault but it makes me thinking about a radical solution for a long time now. What happens in natural systems when something gets too big? Either it splits into a few subdivisions OR - it's doomed! What I want to suggest is to split Deviantart into 4 subdivisions: Deviantart-MAIN, Deviantart-PROFESSIONAL, Deviantart-EROTIC and Deviantart-KIDS. This way you can keep the conflicting main target groups separated and a lot of problems will be solved at once. When a new person joins the site they will be asked what sub-communities they want to be part of and so they can roughly filter their preferred art in advance. They can select one division or even all if they want  (unless they are minors who aren't supposed to see mature content). The access to all divisions would be granted of course but you wouldn't see art in your messages from divisions that you didn't choose.  An artwork can be submitted to more than one division, too. It would appear in different galleries but with the same unique URL. The categories in each division would be quite similar.

1. DeviantART-MAIN
In the main subdivision goes all general art of all levels from amateur and free time artists.

2. DeviantART-PROFESSIONAL
In this community all professional artists are gathered who wants to offer their commercial services.

3. DeviantART-EROTIC
All mature content art goes into this section.

4. DeviantART-KIDS
This is the place for all very young artists who mainly have a passion for fanart or other pictures suitable for children.

What do you think about this idea?

Update
I realized that my idea was widely misunderstood by the people so here are further details:
  • The main purpose of this idea is to keep art from your messages out that you don't want (or are not supposed) to see.
  • The 4 subdivisions are meant as a filter. They are not meant as categories, they merely subsume the main target groups.
  • All categories for each division are the same or similar except for a few exceptions ( e.g. no nude categories in the kids section)
  • Everybody has access to all divisions unless they are minors who don't have access to the erotic section
  • Everybody can post their art in one or more divisions (in some cases certain requirements must be fulfilled) independent how many divisions they have selected.
  • Everybody can select the membership in all 4 divisions (except minors) and can switch between them at their convenience. If all 4 divisions are selected nothing would change and everything would be same as usual. But if only one, two or three divisions were selected you wouldn't see images in your messages from divisions that you didn't select.
  • With your memberships YOU decide what you will see on the DA front page and what not.

I hope that makes the idea clearer. Thanks for your feedback!


Vote in my Poll and share your opinion! Thanks for that. :heart:

:pride: What do you think about splitting DA into 4 subdivisions?

Lilyas :heart:




10x 100 DA Points Giveaway - Winner #6

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 22, 2012, 6:41 PM



1000 Free points :points: to give away - Round #6 CLOSED

Do you want to win some free deviantPOINTS and additionally get a triple chance to win? This is Round #6 of 10 rounds where 1000 points altogether will find new owners. In order to participate you have to do this:

Important Info: I just want to inform you that you will not win even if you were chosen when you didn't fav the journal and didn't do one of the options! It happened a few times that I had to run the list randomizer again.

  1. FAV this journal
  2. Post a COMMENT in this journal (only one please)
  3. Do ONE of the 3 following options:
  • LIKE my Facebook Page

    The Chromatic Deck
  • if you don't have a Facebook account FAV this deviation:

    The Chromatic Deck
    The Chromatic Deck - Order NOW by Lilyas
  • if you have liked the page and faved the cards already GIVE A LLAMA  to:

    :iconofficialllamatrader: OfficialLlamaTrader


:iconhrtplz: Triple Chance

You can increase your chances threefold! Just LIKE my regular Facebook Page LilyAS.




That means I will put your name 3 times into the list before I randomize it. Leave a comment on my wall with your DA name so that I know who you are. Good luck!


Round #6 - Winner


Round #6 ended Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 - 2:00 pm PST
Participants: 184

The winner of Round #6
and 100 Deviantart points  is

:icontwistedphae: TwistedPhae

Congratulations!


Round #1 - Winner: MrD0ll4r
Round #2 - Winner: rokelle2012
Round #3 - Winner: ShiningPirate
Round #4 - Winner: anarchistdragon
Round #5 - Winner: YumeHimura


on right by 1m3 Round #6

Attention! Round #6 is closed - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 - 2:00 pm PST


Rules

  1. You can participate in all 10 rounds but you can win only one
  2. For every new round I will create a new journal, for every round you want to join you must post a new comment - one per journal.
  3. Winners will be randomly chosen with the List Randomizer from random.org
  4. I will do one round every one or two days starting on Friday Jan 13, 2012
  5. Let me know in your comment what option you have chosen.

Good luck everyone and thanks for joining!

Lily Seidel Fanclub

My friend Julia ElphabaTheGreenWitch created a Fanclub for me on Facebook. Isn't that cute? Join the club if you like:

Cheerleader by CookiemagiK Lily Seidel Fanclub




My New Website

Visit my personal website!
ITG Arrow - Custom Rainbow by realdeal2u4u
♣ ♠ ♥ ♦ Lilyas.com ♣ ♠ ♥ ♦




Lily Seidel Fanclub & Website

Rainbow Rose Icon Commission by ClefairyKid Lilyas Fanclub on Facebook



Rainbow Rose Icon Commission by ClefairyKid Lily Seidel Website


Order Your Deck Here

ITG Arrow - Custom Rainbow by realdeal2u4u

Visit my personal website!


♣ ♠ ♥ ♦ Lilyas.com ♣ ♠ ♥ ♦


10x 100 DA Points Giveaway - Winner #5

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 20, 2012, 7:50 PM



1000 Free points :points: to give away - Round #5 CLOSED!

Do you want to win some free deviantPOINTS and additionally get a triple chance to win?? This is Round #5 of 10 rounds where 1000 points altogether will find new owners. In order to participate you have to do this:

First of all:
READ THE RULES!
(Scroll down a bit!)

  1. FAV this journal
  2. Post a COMMENT in this journal (only one please)
  3. Do ONE of the 3 following options:


:iconhrtplz: Triple Chance

Increase your chances threefold by donating me 2 points :points:. That means I will put your name 3 times into the list before I randomize it. When you make your donation put "round 5" into the message field. Use the "Give" button at the top right of my profile, not the "Donation" button in the Donation Pool. Please note: You cannot increase your chances sixfold by donating me 4 points and so on.


Round #5 - Winner


Round #5 ended Sunday, Jan 22, 2012 - 1:00 pm PST
Participants: 138

The winner of Round #5
and 100 Deviantart points  is

:iconyumehimura: YumeHimura

Congratulations!


Round #1 - Winner: MrD0ll4r
Round #2 - Winner: rokelle2012
Round #3 - Winner: ShiningPirate
Round #4 - Winner: anarchistdragon


Rules

  1. You can participate in all 10 rounds but you can win only one
  2. For every new round I will create a new journal, for every round you want to join you must post a new comment - one per journal.
  3. Winners will be randomly chosen with the List Randomizer from random.org
  4. I will do one round every one or two days starting on Friday Jan 13, 2012
  5. Let me know in your comment what option you have chosen.

Good luck everyone and thanks for joining!

Lily Seidel Fanclub

My friend Julia ElphabaTheGreenWitch created a Fanclub for me on Facebook. Isn't that cute? Join the club if you like:

Cheerleader by CookiemagiK Lily Seidel Fanclub




My New Website

Visit my personal website!
ITG Arrow - Custom Rainbow by realdeal2u4u
♣ ♠ ♥ ♦ Lilyas.com ♣ ♠ ♥ ♦




Lily Seidel Fanclub & Website

Rainbow Rose Icon Commission by ClefairyKid Lilyas Fanclub on Facebook



Rainbow Rose Icon Commission by ClefairyKid Lily Seidel Website


Order Your Deck Here

ITG Arrow - Custom Rainbow by realdeal2u4u

Visit my personal website!


♣ ♠ ♥ ♦ Lilyas.com ♣ ♠ ♥ ♦


Last year I wasn't active on DA for a few months. When I started to submit art again I realized that my work didn't get the attention anymore that it used to get. I thought, well, you deserted your online family so they probably lost interest in your art. Deal with it!

But I suspect there is something else happening around here. I became aware of the fact that the DA popular ranking system must have changed somehow.
  1. A lot of Traditional Art, naked butts and breasts, Artisan Crafts and mediocre misc. stuff with many views but little favourites rank high in the popular lists of the last hours and days
  2. pictures from popular artists with many favs and views fall back in the lists
  3. a lot less manga and anime stuff than usual appears
  4. The All Time Popular list is totally rearranged, now the pieces are almost in order of the number of their favs
What do you think of that? Aspiring artists with great skills seem to have smaller chances to be widely seen by the community while less creative or artistic work (in the eyes of some front page observers) gets featured.

 Exclamation "Rol" by Neoshin84 Update: Jan 24, 2012
hq released an article about the recent changes in the popular ranking system, launched in December 2011:

Seizure Bullet by winehaus Fair Exposure 2.0 and 2.1




What it means for me


For 3 years two of my works resided on the very front page of DeviantART:

Luxury by Lilyas :iconplusplz: Perfection by Lilyas

You will not find them there anymore.

My style and techniques have improved a lot over the years but my best recent works (in my opinion) are hopelessly underappreciated compared to my popular pieces.

Some examples:

One Great Power - LOVE+ by Lilyas Singularity by Lilyas Ace of Diamonds CARD by Lilyas Rainbow Dream Rose by Lilyas Lust PRINT by Lilyas Poker Cards Front Cover by Lilyas First Rose by Lilyas AVATAR: Na'vi - Sylwanin v.3 by Lilyas Earth Queen's Paradise by Lilyas

Don't get me wrong, I grant other people the success but I start to question if Deviantart is still the right place for me. So many very very young beginning artists (and I am getting no younger), so many preferred styles and content that I can't or don't want to serve, less and less feedback from old friends and experienced artists and so on.


15,000+ Watchers and hardly comments/feedback on my entries


See examples: :bulletred: Journals | :bulletblue: Polls | :bulletorange: Artwork

I got more and more confused about the fact that the bulk of my watchers hardly visits my page anymore, let alone commenting on pictures and journals or voting in polls. I do comment and fav on other artists pages but I am curious what else I could do to get back in contact with my DA friends?! What do you miss now what you had before? Is this somewhat connected to the new popular ranking system (Fair Exposure 2.0)? The more I think about it the more I attribute the lesser attention to journals, polls and deviations also to the new groups system that have been launched more than two years ago. Our Message Centers finally are totally spammed with an ever new influx of new deviations coming from the group submissions. That's a complete overload on a daily basis so none of us has the time anymore to visit friend's pages and their new pictures, not to mention to take the time to comment. Too many features and widgets, too many possibilities, too many new people and their stuff to deal with.....


Starting Giveaways


Since a few days I have a little Giveaway Project running to promote my new Chromatic Deck Playing Cards. Even artists need to live on something! I am happy that so many people join these fun games but it also confuses me to see that it is so easy to motivate people to do things like commenting and faving while without giveaway it is not. For example: I received 45 Critiques on my work Rainbow Dream Rose, some of them really well formulated. Why don't I get those critiques just because I asked for it?
1000 Free points :points: to give away - Round #4 CLOSED

Do you want to win some free deviantPOINTS and additionally get a triple chance to win? This is Round #4 of 10 rounds where 1000 points altogether will find new owners. In order to participate you have to do this:

First of all:
READ THE RULES!
(Scroll down a bit!)

  1. FAV this journal
  2. Post a COMMENT in this journal (only one please)
  3. Do ONE of the 3 following options:


:iconhrtplz: Triple Chance

You can increase your chances threefold when you write a critique on my Rainbow Dream Rose. That means I will put your name 3 times into the list before I randomize it.

Rainbow Dream Rose by Lilyas




Round #4 - Winner

Round #4 ended 5:00 pm PST - Jan 20, 2012
Participants: 206

The winner of Round #4
and 100 Deviantart points  is

:iconanarchistdragon: anarchistdragon

Congratulations!



Round #1 - Winner: MrD0ll4r
Round #2 - Winner: rokelle2012
Round #3 - Winner: ShiningPirate



Rules

  1. You can participate in all 10 rounds but you can win only one
  2. For every new round I will create a new journal, for every round you want to join you must post a new comment - one per journal.
  3. Winners will be randomly chosen with the List Randomizer from random.org
  4. I will do one round every one or two days starting on Friday Jan 13, 2012
  5. Let me know in your comment what option you have chosen.

Good luck everyone and thanks for joining!

Lily Seidel Fanclub

My friend Julia ElphabaTheGreenWitch created a Fanclub for me on Facebook. Isn't that cute? Join the club if you like:

Cheerleader by CookiemagiK Lily Seidel Fanclub




My New Website

Visit my personal website!
ITG Arrow - Custom Rainbow by realdeal2u4u
♣ ♠ ♥ ♦ Lilyas.com ♣ ♠ ♥ ♦




1000 Free points :points: to give away - Round #3 CLOSED!

ATTENTION! Round #3 is over, it ended 2:00 pm PST - Jan 16, 2012.


Do you want to win some free deviantPOINTS and additionally get a triple chance to win? This is Round #3 of 10 rounds where 1000 points altogether will find new owners. In order to participate you have to do this:

First of all:
READ THE RULES!
(Scroll down a bit!)

  1. FAV this journal
  2. Post a COMMENT in this journal (only one please)
  3. Do ONE of the 3 following options:


:iconhrtplz: Triple Chance

Increase your chances threefold by donating me 2 points :points:. That means I will put your name 3 times into the list before I randomize it. When you make your donation put "round 3" into the message field. Please note: You cannot increase your chances sixfold by donating me 4 points and so on.

Round #3 - Winner

Round #3 ended 2:00 pm PST - Jan 16, 2012
Participants: 190

The winner of Round #3
and 100 Deviantart points  is

:iconshiningpirate: ShiningPirate

Congratulations!



Round #1 - Winner: MrD0ll4r
Round #2 - Winner: rokelle2012


Rules

  1. You can participate in all 10 rounds but you can win only one
  2. For every new round I will create a new journal, for every round you want to join you must post a new comment - one per journal.
  3. Winners will be randomly chosen with the List Randomizer from random.org
  4. I will do one round every one or two days starting on Friday Jan 13, 2012
  5. Let me know in your comment what option you have chosen.

Good luck everyone and thanks for joining!

Lily Seidel Fanclub

My friend Julia ElphabaTheGreenWitch created a Fanclub for me on Facebook. Isn't that cute? Join the club if you like:

Cheerleader by CookiemagiK Lily Seidel Fanclub




My New Website

Visit my personal website!
ITG Arrow - Custom Rainbow by realdeal2u4u
♣ ♠ ♥ ♦ Lilyas.com ♣ ♠ ♥ ♦




10x 100 DA Points Giveaway - Winner #2

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 14, 2012, 9:38 AM



1000 Free points :points: to give away - Round #2 CLOSED!

Do you want to win some free deviantPOINTS? This is Round #2 of 10 rounds where 1000 points altogether will find new owners. In order to participate you have to do this:

First of all:
READ THE RULES!
(Scroll down a bit!)

  1. FAV this journal
  2. Post a COMMENT in this journal (only one please)
  3. Do ONE of the 3 following options:


Round #2 - Winner

Round #2 ended 12:00 pm PST - Jan 15, 2012
Participants: 219

The winner of Round #2
and 100 Deviantart points  is

:iconrokelle2012: rokelle2012

Congratulations!



Rules

  1. You can participate in all 10 rounds but you can win only one
  2. For every new round I will create a new journal, for every round you want to join you must post a new comment - one per journal.
  3. Winners will be randomly chosen with the List Randomizer from random.org
  4. I will do one round every one or two days starting on Friday Jan 13, 2012
  5. Let me know in your comment what option you have chosen.

Good luck everyone and thanks for joining!

Lily Seidel Fanclub

My friend Julia ElphabaTheGreenWitch created a Fanclub for me on Facebook. Isn't that cute? Join the club if you like:

Cheerleader by CookiemagiK Lily Seidel Fanclub




My New Website

Visit my personal website!
ITG Arrow - Custom Rainbow by realdeal2u4u
♣ ♠ ♥ ♦ Lilyas.com ♣ ♠ ♥ ♦




10x 100 DA Points Giveaway - Winner #1

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 12, 2012, 9:33 PM



Free points :points: to give away - Round #1 CLOSED!

Hey Guys,

do you want to win some free deviantPOINTS? I am starting a little journal game over 10 rounds where 1000 points altogether will find new owners. In order to participate you have to do this:

  1. FAV this journal
  2. Post a COMMENT in this journal (only one please)
  3. Do ONE of the 3 following options:


Round #1 - Winner

Round #1 ended 8:00 pm PST - Jan 13, 2012
Participants: 206

The winner of Round #1
and 100 Deviantart points  is

:iconmrd0ll4r: MrD0ll4r

Congratulations!




Rules

  1. You can participate in all 10 rounds but you can win only one
  2. For every new round I will create a new journal, for every round you want to join you must post a new comment - one per journal.
  3. Winners will be randomly chosen with the List Randomizer from random.org
  4. I will do one round every one or two days starting on Friday Jan 13, 2012
  5. Let me know in your comment what option you have chosen.

Good luck everyone and thanks for joining!

Lily Seidel Fanclub

My friend Julia ElphabaTheGreenWitch created a Fanclub for me on Facebook. Isn't that cute? Join the club if you like:

Cheerleader by CookiemagiK Lily Seidel Fanclub




My New Website

Visit my personal website!
ITG Arrow - Custom Rainbow by realdeal2u4u
♣ ♠ ♥ ♦ Lilyas.com ♣ ♠ ♥ ♦