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A DD is not an award but an art feature.


There. I said it. A DD is not a prestigious award that will change your life drastically, it's just a 24h feature. 

But why is it so important to make this distinction? 
It's just a way of naming something and therefore should not be of great importance, yet it makes all the difference in how people perceive a DD.


On the importance of terminology


As mentioned in the intro, the biggest problem when it comes to Daily Deviations arises with the choice of words used to describe what a Daily Deviaton is. When you call it an award, people will automatically assume that the Daily Deviation is the cream of the crop of every deviation posted ever on this site and that no art featured after it should be able to be perceived as "worse". However, when you call it a feature, most people are fine with the picked deviations and don't even hold them to the high standards of living up and / or overshadowing the previously featured deviations. And yet, behind the terminology the deviations that are featured are still the same.


award [əˈwɔːd] 
1. something awarded, such as a prize or medal an award for bravery


An award, in most cases, is something given at the end of a competition to the winner. Like the gold medals at the Olympics, or trophies at the end of Wimbledon. What an award is not, however, is something that's given daily to people who aren't even competing in something. To get your art featured site-wide may feel like winning a prize, but it's still just a feature. A daily deviation is nothing more than the name itself implies: it's not a Daily Award or a Daily Prize, it's just a deviation featured for a day. 


fea·ture (fchr)

tr.v. fea·tured, fea·tur·ing, fea·tures
1. To give special attention to; display, publicize, or make prominent.


So why is a daily deviation a feature then? When your art is picked to be featured, that's pretty much all you get: a day-long feature on the DD-page and in the footer. While it reaches more people than say, being featured in a journal, the idea behind it is pretty much the same. Your art was suggested to someone who thought it looked amazing and who then decided to share it with others. That being said, getting a daily deviation still is something to be proud of, since of all the works on the site, yours was picked to be featured! It still is an achievement that follows up hard work and creativity. To pick up on the analogy with a journal-feature:  where a journal-feature is a bit like a deviant saying "I  like this piece, you should check it out!", a DD is a CV's way of saying that a piece is worth looking at.


So now: questions to you, the reader.


1. What do you think the qualities of a good DD are or should be?
2. If you were a CV, how would you choose what to feature and what not?




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TheIntern55 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree completely. I've had people in groups I'm admin at say, "But it's a DD!" That doesn't make it auto acceptable, it means that an admin liked it. People who have them act so self-righteous about it sometimes, but it's just another feature. You can get those for joining a group.
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Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a fantastic article. :heart:

However, I think that everyone who gets featured (or anyone else for that matter) find it some kind of a prize or an award. So do I. Perhaps it's wrong, perhaps it's shallow - but getting featured on an art site which hosts millions of people thriving to share their art and get exposure for what they do, is most certainly an award in a sense of personal satisfaction if nothing else. Not to mention that the standards are really high so once you do get featured it means you've exceeded yourself in sense of creativity and technical skill. Means you ARE that good. It's a milestone. Of course, that shouldn't suggest that some other brilliant artworks which didn't get featured aren't as good or even better. But for those artists there's always a chance of being featured with some other artwork then, perhaps.
Also, if someone does get featured, it will bring them thousands of views in that single day and not to mention a lot of feedback and new followers. It isn't about numbers in the sense of popularity, it's about getting a wider audience of appreciators for what you do. If you get a DD, getting more appreciators IS your award, your prize.
There's a ton of majestic art all over dA which is seriously underappreciated. Getting exposure, a feature among all of those artworks even for a single day, truly is rewarding. And once you get featured there's a widget decorating your deviation for eternity :lmao: it's shallow, but it means something to all of us, not for being better but for being recognized. I think it's an award in that sense.
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If DD was a an award I think that the complains would be even worse :lol:
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Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed!
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Beholdentolove Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why does it seem like DD's are always such a source of frustration? I have only been on DA for 6 months but it seems that every time I turn around I see journals talking about DD's and the unfairness of it all.
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Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They will never cease to be controversial, I fear, as it is impossible to feature something that everybody likes. :saddummy:
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Damaged927 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A very well written article :nod: That being said, I disagree with it :giggle:

A DD is a reward/award. It is one of only a handful of things that can be accomplished on dA (E.G. Senior status, Devious Award, Bolt Award and a DD) and it get's a trophy becoming of such an award. You get a special section in your gallery dedicated to your DDs and the pictures that receive the DD get a shiny box below the artists description setting it apart from all the other art on the site.

It also isn't just a feature. I'm not really a fan of DDs being diminished to "just a feature". It is so much more than that. Like I already said, it's one of a only a handful of accolades that can be accomplished and to be called "just a feature" is just plain wrong. A picture I put in my journal/news is "just a feature"; a DD is a trophy.

Just my 2 cents :meow:
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Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're more than free to disagree, all I was hoping to do with this article is explain the current stance the CV-team takes when it comes to the feature.

I do agree with the arguments you use, but I still feel like calling it an award is more likely to evoke negative reaction since a reward implies it has to be the top of it's class, cream of the crop and the best of all things ever featured as a DD. Given that it's a daily feature, it's a bit surreal to keep every piece to this standard when in reality we look for interesting pieces that are of an outstanding quality. They do not necessarily need to surpass all DD's featured before it, if that makes sense?
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Damaged927 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes perfect sense and I agree with that stance. I look at it in the way that `parallellogic does. An award isn't only about winning a competition.

For instance, when I was in the Army I got my share of awards and medals for the work that I did. I wasn't competing with my fellow soldiers, I just happened to do a good enough job to be awarded the, for instance, Army Commendation Medal. I wasn't any better than anyone else but I still was awarded the medal on my own merits. This is just like a DD. It is being awarded on the piece's own merits and has nothing to do with who was DD'd before or after it.

Am I making any sense? :confused:

As for the negative reaction, well, let's be honest, they get a negative reaction regardless of what we call it :XD: Some people are very angry/jealous/unhappy people by nature and calling a DD a feature/reward/award isn't going to stop them from being angry/jealous/unhappy people who will try to ruin someone's 15 minutes *sad truth* :lol:
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Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are making sense.

It's a shame people tend to look at DDs as "Must be better than all the previous", though.
And it's noticeable from comments such as "DDs are getting worse" or "DDs used to be so much better".

And I honestly don't get why people feel the need to ruin a DD for someone.
I mean, it's a feature that only lasts a day. It's not like it's a life-changing experience like winning the lottery or something like that. :lol:
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Damaged927 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those comments have existed since, well, forever :XD: The reason for this is 2 fold. One, they are likely comparing do completely different art forms (E.G. Watercolor paintings to pixel art). Comparatively speaking (and with out knowing the art forms) the painting will almost always look more impressive because it is bigger and generally has a lot more going on because the pixel artist is probably working with a limited palette.

Just a general example but that is why I think these comments exist. The other thing is that they are not CVs. If they were to ever become one they would quickly realise that the god-like level that they expect in a DD doesn't exist unless you want to DD the same 20 (arbitrary number) artists over and over and over again :XD: That is part of the beauty of DDs: You don't always get "God Tier" and it makes you look at a piece of art that you may have otherwise overlooked.

Of course, the people complaining likely have no desire to be a CV anyways :lol:
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elysabet Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I absolutely agree with about everything in the journal. But if it isn't to be considered an award, don't mention it in such an eye-catching way on the deviations' pages. When an artist gets to showcase their art in a gallery, they aren't going to put a big golden plaque on it telling it once hung in a gallery for a limited period of time. I hope you get what I'm trying to say...
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
On the whole I like most of the DD's
I have no idea how many choices you have?
In Photography...............I usually look for:
Scenes: which make me FEEL like I am there
Portraits: very fresh. I don't like to feel a model or person has been made to 'Pose" However there are SO many different sorts of Portraiture!
Photo-journalism...seems to be the 'hottest' craze on here right now. Never staged. Would like to see more of this on D/D
Monuments and Buildings....difficult because there are so many good works. NOT particularly a 'fan' of HDR although sometimes it works.
Plants/trees/animals/insects..........always 'crisp' and clear
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mossy-tree Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always thought of DD as awards, for a silly reason: I associate the verb "to give" with awards. (it says "Daily Deviation, given (date)". )
You give an award, but you... select/chose/feature a DD?

- As for the qualities of a good DD, well... I guess they should give the impression that either some work or thought was put into them, which seemed to be the case in most of the recent DD. (I know I'm totally biased against blurry photos with b&w filter and textures slapped on them so I will ignore those ^^' )
- And I would probably select DDs based on that totally subjective criteria.
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Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's mostly a question of semantics really.
I find it a bit silly for people to get so worked up over the fact that they think it's an award when in fact it's a day-long feature. And no matter what you call it, the art featured is the same. :giggle:

And they hsould look like work and thought was put into them, I agree.
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lacrimode Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I got a DD in 2010 or 2011 or something.. I felt like it was a reward for the hard work I put into the piece that got the DD, although I wish it were a recent piece that got one instead (this one was one I did in for high school art class and not one I was super proud of compared to something I can do now).

Anyway DDs seem to be like an award because of the nice star you get under the artwork and the fact that it's still there days, weeks, months, years after the feature was made.
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ink-wing-art Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Digital Artist
1. i'm rather biased in my standards, but color. the colors have to work together, fit with the overall comp, and not be painful to look at. anatomy, as well. if the anatomy isn't perfect, but not distorted either, than it's okay. but arms that are too short or hands too big.... but besides the technical aspects, i say, content. i mean, nice, well executed concepts that have a greater depth of meaning than something just beautiful. emotion and thought and creativity.
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great, informative feature! And something for everyone to keep in mind. :nod:

1. A good DD should be thought/emotion provoking piece. It should be excellent respresentation of that gallery, to people who might not normally see artwork/literature from it. It would be ideal if they came away with a new appreciation for that gallery, but that's not always possible.

2. I'm am more interested in literature myself, so if I were a literature-based CV, as I read the piece I would look at the grammar, spelling and punctuation. No matter how amazing a topic or plot is, if it's written poorly that will completely distract me from it. Then I would look at the content: the plot, its impact, how well it represents its gallery. I would also consider its presentation: the artist's comments, its preview image (if there is one), and whether it looks professional.

Great article! Thanks for sharing! :happybounce:
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SMOKER9 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   General Artist
lol, gotta just say that, I know features aren't awards, but I'd still be happy as, excuse my language, hell if if I got one, lol. :D
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Erumi-n Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If DDs are not an award, then why letting the DD on the pic after the day passed ? If you can keep it on your page for ever, then it's an award because it proves that you have been featured at some point.
Being featured and being rewarded is not the same thing, thus you can't just mix both of them and then complains about people's view of it. Also why dA would put a tool which members can use to see someone's DD if there are nothing else than a feature ? Sure looking for a rewarded picture is normal, but looking for a one-day featured picture isn't really...

People have mixed feelings about DDs because DDs are both a feature and an award the way it is right now. While the feature only last a day, the DD is going to be for ever in the artist's gallery. So it's normal people tend to think that it's an award more than a feature.

At least, it's how I see them.
(sorry if my english sounds strange, I'm not fluent at it)
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Inemiset Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, that's part of the problem of saying that it's not a reward but a feature, but them giving people a badge that lasts forever.
Disclaimer: I personally see nothing wrong with keeping the DD badge and featuring for a day, but I am just saying that I understand how this causes a lot of confusion and skepticism.
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Erumi-n Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, that's what I think too. I don't really care that much about DDs (if I find a piece interesting, fine, but if nothing suits my tastes, it's fine too) but telling people it's a feature when it's obviously not only that is a bit strange...

Though the drama is more about "why such a picture got a DD while this one doesn't", trying to avoid it by saying it's only a feature is a very simplistic way to deal with it.
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Inemiset Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it doesn't deal with the problem at all.
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ragnaice Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"special attention" - I think that's enough for most recipients. Or was for me anyway :shrug: Maybe it's more like a reward for hard works, good ideas and good executions, rather than award. Of course, I'm not entirely clear on the distinction of the words, but it sounded right :confused:
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Salemik Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
It does make me laugh how upset some people get when they don't like something that has received a DD. Like the poster said it's just a feature to show what others are producing on the site. I try to make a point of checking them out everyday. Sometimes there's not much I like but on other days I find some great stuff that I would not have otherwise come across.
Some people have had several and they are usually deserved. I myself would be chuffed to bits to get one so there is obviously a little bit of me inside (probably my ego) that would see it as a prize :)
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Jok3rboy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't have ADD but I have ADHD does that count?
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simoneheld Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
1. For me, two things should be the most important: technical quality and (original) concept.

2. It's hard to answer this question without being able to give examples of artworks.
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nobodythefreak Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
1) I think that daily deviations should be original pieces that deviants have obviously speant time working hard on. It doesn't nessasarily have to be the most eye catching or be made with the latest camera or vesion of paint.net it should show an artist puttin effort into their craft. It should also be original, since finding enjoyable fan art is like trying to find food in a supermarket.
2) Id I was a CV I would look for pieces that not only showed hard work but were maybe not the most popular medium, or done by a deviant who wasn't extremly well known. I'd want to feature not only work that reached a hundred watchers and had a fifteen page long thread of comments but also try and show deviants who work hard but don't instantly recieve the spotlight. I'd try and incperate both kinds of work by both kinds of deviants. I'd also want to try and have at least one form of art each day, so there would be something for people who like all kinds of things to enjoy, something for poety lovers and for people who are looking to find some unique jewelry.
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GSnail Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1. I think a good DD is one which shows a viewer something they don't usually see. This can be in terms of genre, media, style, method, technical prowess, and hopefully many of those at a time.
2. I would look in my gallery-section-area for the best examples of dfferent styles and subgenres, with a push toward lesser known artists (it's a feature for a reason)
I guess ideally a DD is something that makes you want to spend more time browsing through a side of the site they don't normally see. DA is a little cliquey, If you are relying on your friends journals to find new good art, you can stay in the same little group forever.
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sydodragon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1. What do you think the qualities of a good DD are or should be?

• They should have depth, inspiration, soul, charm and/or any type of personality

• They should display effort, technique, and quality

• They should show love, care, and patience from the artist

2. If you were a CV, how would you choose what to feature and what not?

• Honestly, I would try to cover as many categories (and sub-categories) as possible.

• I would try to discover as many art pieces as possible.

• I would gather others who would like to assist me.

• As long as they have the correct qualities, I would feature them.
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1. What do you think the qualities of a good DD are or should be?

A good DD should have the ability to inspire people but it should also have good quality.

2. If you were a CV, how would you choose what to feature and what not?

I'd feature more unique works but we seriously need more literature, crafts & traditional art (there's plenty of subcategories in there that need more love).

I also believe that storybook illustrations should get their own category in the long run since they get easily buried regardless of if they're traditional or digital.

Something else that irks me is that despite fan art having it's own category, it pops up in various other galleries...
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
PS. Awesome article!

A bunch of people mentioned how what really matters is how the community sees it, and aside from posting this article like once every few weeks, the only way I can think of to emphasize the 'feature' rather than 'award' aspect is to really deemphasize the things that make it seem like a feature. In short, make the DD info on the image a lot less noticeable so it's more like 'oh made it to the popular page' instead of 'hey, special thing'. The other option--way easier to do--is to start acknowledging that it's like an award (even though seriously guys, there's 33-39 a day, how the hell could you think this is something super unique) internally and then feature pieces that should be 'awarded'.
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PwnKage Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
1. Effort. You can generally tell when an artwork has effort put into it.

2. Good stuff which hasn't necessarily been given much attention. Gum.
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ixDenial Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012   Digital Artist
My 2 cents.. really if you yourself get a dd i really think you should jump around the house. and yell. that you're awesome. for a day, at least.

i love how people are going all "People's optimistic-ness lead to --" "people's ego-ness" but really, you just don't like someone boasting about their success for a little while? You are such a jealous person...
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Astrall-Cooties Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
I find the qualities of a DD to be something new, refreshing in the artworld - lately ive seen the same thing over and over again in the DD box so it kinda takes the special quality of it away; then theres those lovely pieces which really give the term 'Daily Devination' a purpose. Having said that, question two also ties in with question one - things that need featuring are the stuff that gets passed over easily yet it makes you stop and look, but not really do anything. Something that atracts attention, something that is tasteful in its own right and something that will make you stop and think about it after you have clicked off the page.
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NerysGhemor Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
2) I would also add that I would look for the under-represented and the under-appreciated in terms of what I would feature as a DD, both in terms of underappreciated artists and underappreciated aspects of a genre. (For instance, the idea that "fanfic cannot be literature," or that novels get so little attention here.)
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NerysGhemor Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
I agree with those who are saying that because those who get a DD are automatically catapulted to higher status in the community--a higher number of watchers, increased respect, and an overall improved dA experience, that whether or not there is a "prize" or payout for it, there is in fact a reward, making it inherently an award of SOMETHING to that artist that they did not possess in most cases before then.

Think of it as similar to the conferring of knighthood; dA has essentially knighted that artist and placed them into a status of nobility above other artists, whether that is what they intend or not.

1) A good DD should be free of major technical faults (aside from those introduced with clear deliberation and planning by an artist who is in full control of his or her basic technique), aesthetically pleasing, representative of the artist's gallery, and properly and honestly categorized (I saw a DD go to a blatantly miscategorized piece on one occasion, which really irked me--i.e. claiming to be real photography when it was clearly a photomanip).

Also, a good DD should NOT simply be picked because it is the most shocking, gory, naked, depressing, angry, edgy, sacreligious thing you can find. There are times when it's appropriate to push the envelope, but when this is done gratuitously, for attention or ratings, or out of trend-following (and believe me, there is a LOT of trend-following in the emo, goth, nihilist, and other such crowds!), then that should not be rewarded with attention or validation.


2) I would look for what is not only good in all of the respects outlined above, but I would also look for art that reflects positively on what dA's artists and clientele are like. DD's are advertisement for the site in addition to "promotion" of that artist to a higher status and following. Would I want to post here or and be in a place where this is what's valued? I would be looking for artwork that makes a positive contribution to the community in addition to satisfying all of the other criteria.
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The-Monoblos Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Writer
The optimism in people is what leads to them thinking they've been awarded and that their work is good. It often is aswell but the optimism spreads and it spreads so much we believe our thoughts are facts. Thus we now have the beliefs that from across dA about DD's: 1) a DD is an award. 2) People who get DD's flout their opinions. 3) DD's become second nature as statements of power over a product.
Some people get pessimistic at the result of this and become spiteful, either claiming to look through the artist/author or taking their beliefs out on the piece itself. Thus escalates the debate/ conversation/ argument/ whatever you want to call it.
Those who don't fall into either camp usually have people from one side trying to force their views onto them and then more people get engaged. I think this statement should hopefully help to make people look at themselves and at the arguments going on about the system of a feature. Many of these arguments in my opinion are frankly petty but only the people who create them can have the ability to do something about it.

In answer to question 1 the qualities of a DD firstly depend on what the piece is. What is conceived as good qualities changes over pieces. For instance a painter will believe one thing but an author will believe another. Authors of poetry and prose will collide over matters and sub-categories into each minor category spring up. My first thought about general good qualities is that the piece has to represent what the creator is trying to get through to his/her audience. Also, how does it represent the genre/ category as a whole? "Does the piece offend people to please others?" is a negative belief that typically isn't a good quality of course. Overall - does the piece present some level of appreciation at, foremostly, what it is.

To the second question: If I was a CV I would likely do my nut in for one. If I had to pick DD's then first it would go down to the category I was in: let's say literature because that's what I submit. It would have to be something which first needs a feature. Let's say novels, or rather chapters for novels. (This is just me banging on about novels again - sorry people who see this regularly on chats and via other mediums :D). It would have to represent the ideals of a novel, or the important points of the chapter (for once character development). Some people out there have written huge novels, many chapters long for nothing. I would hope that they gain some recognition for the work and effort they put in. For me it would be about what things represent and the effort to represent them in short.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
a lot of people are getting unessesarily bent out of shape about DDs, it truly is just a feature, a very cool one, but nothing more than that. it's human nature to make a hierarchy of things.

1. i think a good DD should be a good representation of the variety of work that comes from it's category, this is not limited only to technical skill, because all the technique in the world does not make a great artist (even the old masters had plenty of issues with the basics :giggle:)

2. if i were a cv, i would look specifically for originality in an image. if i've "seen it" before, i wouldn't feature it. there's really nothing compared to looking at a work of art and being knocked flat in awe!
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Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it truly is just a feature, a very cool one, but nothing more than that.

Indeed. :faint:
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
oye, there's no pleasing folks these days :XD:
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DTKinetic Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whether it's a feature or an award , nevertheless it's still an honor. :shrug:
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ixDenial Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012   Digital Artist
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
but there's still a world of difference between the two, just like listening and hearing :D
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JAMsEye Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It has the colour of reward,
It has the taste of a reward,
But it's not a reward!

Sounds familiar? ;)

In the facts, deviations being *chosen* (or elected) based upon *criteria* makes this DD event felt and tasted like a reward. And *(s)elected* exposure *is* a reward, regardless of how #HQ sees it.

Just my 2¢.
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Asher-Bee Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
you do know you can *elect* your own work right? You can note them and *elect* your work for a DD. It's not a reward for doing a good job....it's a "hey, I saw this and thought it was cool. thought someone else would like to see it too kind of thing." If it was a reward, wouldn't there be some sort of tangible item received?
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JAMsEye Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I know I can self-promote. But you say «*if* it was a reward...» Don't you think it mainly is a reward for an artist to be granted some wide scale exposure? Don't you think it's any artist's aspiration?

Why wouldn't a reward be but tangible? Can't non-material things like, for instance, «consideration», «acknowledgement», «recognition», «admiration», «respect», «exposure», «audience» be considered rewards as well?
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Asher-Bee Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I guess we both have different views on what a Daily Deviation is. I have seen lots of artists who are sooo much better than I am, and still don't have even one Daily Deviant feature. I myself have (6). Yes, I have more watchers, but the ones who watch me can't afford any of my artwork, so it's not really advancing my career at all. It's only a day's worth of "exposure"...which means ultimately that it's just a way of getting comments and looks faster. It doesn't mean you've hit some sort of plateau, just that someone out there...or even yourself took the time to write a note to ask for others to see it easier and more conveniently. I don't feel that it has gained me more respect, rather I felt humbled by the kindness of another person going the extra step for me to have my work on the front of the website. I think that within a year's time, I can average the same amount of views I received from a DD on a regular piece that I've done, and it's during those times far between the DDs that I've received commission requests. Realistically they had never even seen my DD features in the first place, so in my opinion it has no real value or reward like feeling except to make you feel good about yourself. You can get all of the:«consideration», «acknowledgement», «recognition», «admiration», «respect», «exposure», «audience» all by yourself. ^^ It's totally up to you how you achieve it if that's what your goal here is.
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JAMsEye Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't really comment on how it really feels like to receive a DD given that I have yet to receive one :D nor am I able to share the impact upon commissions given that I don't do commissions. However, it is true in what you said that it's up to you how you feel when you receive a DD. I simply understand it has the same effects as being rewarded (for that very work at least), due to the exposure boost. However not everybody feels that way, it's also true.

Note that if we have different views, it's [based] on what deviations *represent*, most probably. I sure agree that they *are* just a feature, from the view point of whom gives them. But in the facts they *represent* a reward to many artists. And to many people it's more important what they represent than what they actually are.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
The article doesn't use the word "reward" at all.
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