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PE DD Week: Why did an icon get a DD?

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 7:55 AM

Why did an icon get a DD?


Daily deviations tend to be a controversial topic within the community and whether or not a DD is worthy of the feature is, as such, often discussed.
As a CV for Icons & Handhelds I often find it interesting to read these discussions, since that way I can see what the community expects of the features, but the recent negativity on the Icons & Handhelds DDs is something I would like to address, which is why I'm thankful I'm given this opportunity during the Daily Deviation PE-week. I will try to explain why I think icons and handhelds are worthy of the feature and why they may be dismissed just a bit too quickly.


Let's begin at the beginning.


When deviantART first started, it was a site that mainly geared towards customization. Be it wallpapers or icons, if you take a look at some of the first DDs. So how come there's this sudden negative shift when it comes to customization? The works that are being shared are still of the same high standards, some even better and the resources allow for a lot of new user-themes and desktop-icons. It's a gallery that constantly releases new resources either by building on the resources release by others or by making an entirely new path for themselves. This is the first reason why I think that customization is worth checking out.

"If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of giants" -- Isaac Newton


"There are so much better pieces in this deviant's gallery, why was this tiny pixel featured?"



The short answer would be because a DD is also a feature of an artwork which is outstanding in its own media. not only the deviants gallery.

The long answer is that as the CV for Icons & handhelds, I'm tied by the boundaries of my gallery. I can not DD traditional or digital art, nor can I poke my nose into the anthro gallery. Every CV is assigned a gallery which they applied for in the confidence of doing it justice and being able to pick out the best works. While this doesn't mean I don't like traditional or digital art, it just means I focus on a very specific part of digital art and that I only pick DDs from that specific gallery. And when it comes to featuring DDs, I look at the entire customization gallery, not just at the gallery of one single person.


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Community Voices: What is a Daily Deviation?DDs: The deviantART definition
So, as the title says, What in the world IS a Daily Deviation (DD), anyway?
You know what deviantART says about it, right? Under :faq61: it says:
A small assortment of submissions are chosen each day by a select group of staff/volunteer members who wish to showcase an image which they found impressive or otherwise interesting enough to deserve being brought to the attention of the community-at-large.
That says nothing about a DD being a perfect specimen of art-- in fact, it doesn't even use the word "art" at all. :XD: Basically, as CVs, when we are giving a DD, we are doing so because we think the image is interesting and well-done and deserves your attention. It may be technically exquisite. It may be technically quite good but exceptionally thought-provoking. It may be exceedingly creative. It may be all of these things! Above all else, it should stand out in some way from others in that medium or gallery.


Pixel iconists are true miniaturists



First of all: most icons I feature are pixel art which, by definition, is art made one pixel at a time. You could essentially compare it to pointillism, but at a much smaller scale. For those of you who've ever tried pointillism, you will undoubtedly know that it's time-consuming and takes meticulous planning of colour and composition. When you relate this to pixel icons, not only are you working on a canvas that's at most 100x50 pixels big, you are also having to fit in tremendous detail and in most cases an animation on so small a scale. While the image can be zoomed in on to make it easier to work, you still have to make sure the image looks good when you zoom out and that all the details read correctly. This can often mean hours of working and reworking until the image looks simple enough to be recognizable, yet detailed enough to make the piece stand out.

I am of belief the amount of work that went into it should not be dismissed simply because it's a small piece. You wouldn't look at a Medieval book-illustration and dismiss it simply because it's tiny, so why do the same with pixel art? Instead, try to look at the intricate detail in the pieces, the animation which is often pretty complicated and try to imagine how long it would take you to make something like that on such a small scale.

It's like pointillism on a canvas the size of your thumb with a pencil the size of a needle, or as Moonbeam13 put it: "It's like micro lego.".
This dot: . is the size of the brush you work with. Pretty amazing, no? If you haven't tried pixeling yet, I also suggest you do. It is not something that is easy, but it is extremely rewarding when you finish such a small piece completely. 


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So what about those desktop icons?



Desktop icons, as the name implies, are made to freshen up or to customize your desktop. While they may have a more functional nature to them, that doesn't mean they can't be art.
When you stop to take a look at the many different ideas people come up with, you can't help but be blown away by the creativity of the people who constantly work to allow you to change up your electronics to what you want them to be.

These people work with watercolors to make the icons, or vectors, or pixels. Almost any medium is used and the results are always phenomenal!

Art Nouveau Icons by LineBirgitte Rolleiflex Camera Icon by bisiobisio Picnic basket by JackieTran


I still think icons are unimpressive, what now?



While I can't change your mind if you truly do not like pixel art or icons, I would like to end this article with several types of art that tie in with pixel art, be it in different mediums.
When you're cross-stitching, the chart you're using is pixel-art. When you recreate a sprite from a game you like with Hama-beads, the beads you are using are like the pixels in pixel art. When you make a Pikachu out of lego-blocks, based on the Gameboy game-art, you're pixeling with lego. And when you're making a mosaic, you are basically making a work of pixel art as well.


Pixell art in Cross stitch by syosa Link the Brave Bead Sprite by SerenaAzureth Sonic 2x2 Lego Pixel Sprite by Technomancer-Prime :thumb50346167:

While all of these examples may seem a bit unconventional when compared to what most people recognize as pixel art, it is in a way reminiscent of the art made with a 1ppi brush on a small canvas. 
And the people who have the nerves of steel to make these pieces deserve all my respect.


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:iconjedi-dame:
Jedi-Dame Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist
I'm so happy you wrote this. :tighthug:
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! :w00t:
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PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I agree!
I have some pixel art in my gallery, and it's hard to make it look like I want it to. When it does, I feel so much joy! :happybounce: Pixel icons are pretty hard to make.
As for desktop icons, I really love 'em! :love: They're awesome to use, and make your whole experience so much cooler even if they're visual modifications of programs and/or really great icons for this software!
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
So true, so true. deviants who do not do pixel art have no idea how intricate and time-consuming it is. The DDs given not only feature amazing pixel work (that has to be done one, tiny little pixel at a time), but give exposure to a wonderful gallery full of fun works to enjoy. Excellent article and very timely :aww:
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Late reply is late, but indeed! If only it would be a prerequisite to have tried what you are about to complain over. :noes:

And thank you! <3
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:iconrequiemachina:
Requiemachina Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
I enjoy pixel art, and i feel you have explained the whole idea greatly.

:clap:
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :tighthug:
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:iconbeholdentolove:
Beholdentolove Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Art is anything that the mind creates.
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. :nod:
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
not an artform for me :XD: to tiny and way too much patience needed for *lol*
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How is it not an artform when you said yourself that it takes a lot of patience?
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
you got me wrong I meant its not an artform I would try to do not that it is not art!!!
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, my apologies! ^^;
I can't believe I misread that.
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
hehe np probably language barriers I am no native english speaker
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:iconisolitude:
ISolitude Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Anyone who thinks that making pixel art or icons is easy is stupid. That's right. Stupid. :grump:
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed. :highfive:
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:iconhatty-hime:
Hatty-hime Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, pixels art is really fun! I was happy to see a lot of my favorite artists featured here too.
Sometimes I think pixels take more time than regular digital art. I guess it varys, but still! Its not like they're slacking!
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think all types of art take a lot of skill, time and patience. :nod:
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:iconfriedmetaki:
FriedMetaki Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
People honestly still bitch about the DD features? I never thought it was all that difficult to understand that it's the admins who pick the DD's not the deviants themselves. XD
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Snowy-Ninja Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
I must say i have the greatest respect for Pixel artists, i tried a pixel piece a while ago and i found it was far more complicated then it first looked.

I think the problem with people's idea of DD's is that its a place where only the so called "greatest" can be and they want to see those fabulous artists get the spots. Yes i admit i have seen some DD's and thought WTF but still if they got the DD happy news for them.

Personally i don't really see why some people want them so much, it seems almost pointless because in the end all it gets you is a couple of new watchers, page views and one piece of art with a gazillion more comments then your others...
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:iconpizzapotatonbacon:
PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Agreed.
The true award is a Deviousness award. :)
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Personally i don't really see why some people want them so much, it seems almost pointless because in the end all it gets you is a couple of new watchers, page views and one piece of art with a gazillion more comments then your others...

While a DD is definitely something lovely to get, I agree with what you said. it's not something lifechanging, it's just something that's nice as a feature. :)
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:iconkiller954:
killer954 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As an "artist", I have no problem to say that about every piece of art, in every kind of art, requires a lot of effort and express the artist itself.


P.S. DA rules, but there are so many people in there that's really hard to be seen, and this may hurt some artist that are not that much confident about their works... I just wanna say something to those artists: Keep drawing, or writing, or painting, or whatever you do, because those are the most expressing a beautiful things a human being can do, and a lot of people envy your skills.

See ya all :D
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:iconwaterpieces:
waterpieces Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Anything can be art these days, so I'm not gonna care. People have different opinions on what art should be and it's always going to be a grey matter. Icons are pretty cool if you ask me though. It's much harder than it looks.
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maoThePirate Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
An icon got a DD because it is just as much worthy as any other art..? And those icons turned out amazing and perfect and therefore deserved DD's, of course. :aww:
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An icon got a DD because it is just as much worthy as any other art.<
Definitely! C:
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:iconmaothepirate:
maoThePirate Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yup ikr ! ~
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:iconwhispyy:
Whispyy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for taking your time to type this, letting everyone know pixel icons also require lots of effort!!
It makes me happy to see icon DDs, fitting so much detail on a 50x50 canvas is really amazing and pixel artists create amazing pixel work too!! Also the pixel DDs often belong to artists who are unknown-- which I think is great exposure for them, they really deserve it.

Seeing pixel icons becoming DDs make me want to improve my pixel art!! Thank you once again q v q/ !!
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so glad you like the article and the DDs that are being picked! :tighthug:
Seeing pixel icons becoming DDs make me want to improve my pixel art!
If you need help, feel free to poke me via note!
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:iconzheris:
Zheris Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Devaintat is the shithole of the internet. Nuff said.
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:iconhouse-of-kadamon:
House-of-Kadamon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So kindly fuck off and die then?
Why are you even here if this is such a shit hole for you?
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:iconzheris:
Zheris Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, that little flamewar I started makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Why would I kill myself if Im enjoying the grief and misery I create just bu being here.

And thats why I remain here, to make it worse, to draw out devaintfart's true colors, users like yourself.
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:iconhouse-of-kadamon:
House-of-Kadamon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It seems my point has been misunderstood, over and over again here. As aforementioned, it's difficult to convey tone over the internet, let alone text.

Well anyways, seeing as you enjoy misery and supposedly bringing out the worst in people, then there is nothing I can say or do to argue my case. Truthfully? I can see now why I shouldn't even bother, because there is nothing to argue against.

Thank you however for the ... well, somewhat enlightening chat revealing the cold, dark, depths of your melancholic hobby of drawing out the 'worst' in people. I will certainly keep the old adage in mind that is "Don't feed the trolls."
Take care. ;)
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:iconzheris:
Zheris Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dunno, you kinda already "fed the trolls" twice...
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:iconhouse-of-kadamon:
House-of-Kadamon Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did what I say blow completely over your head? Just checking..? Please read the last paragraph again and if there is any confusion ask for clarification.
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:iconzheris:
Zheris Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tl;dr. And you are still feeding the trolls :u
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:iconhouse-of-kadamon:
House-of-Kadamon Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconfacepalmplz: Once again proving my reasoning, you cannot converse with an uneducated human being.
You clearly do not understand the fundamentals behind this conversation. All you're doing, or trying to do, is feed your ego by trying to prove you're right, despite the fact I've pointed out numerous times that the opposite of what you think you are achieving is in fact what is taking place.

I am not a fan of repeating myself, despite your apparent lack of culture and backbone so I shall refrain from conversing with you further. If this is also a tl;dr for you then you'll find my short response when you hit the reply button.
Have a nice day now.
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While I can understand voicing your opinion, I would like to ask if you could please not tell other users to "fuck off and die" on my profile.
This article is to promote discussion, not anger and while I wouldn't have responded to the original comment since there's not a lot to discuss if they truly feel that way, it's also not a reason to tell someone to go die. ^^;
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:iconhouse-of-kadamon:
House-of-Kadamon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tone is hard to convey over the internet.
Point noted.
That is all.
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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:iconhouse-of-kadamon:
House-of-Kadamon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. ;)
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:iconschadenfruede:
Schadenfruede Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL christ you just proved it's a shithole.

don't ever tell someone to die.

ever.
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:iconhouse-of-kadamon:
House-of-Kadamon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're right.
It's called sarcasm m'dear. Hence the question mark at the end of the sentence.
Anything else?
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:iconschadenfruede:
Schadenfruede Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah.

You're a horrible human being. It's not even something you joke about.

"lol go die for having an opinion"

Fuck off, man. Just fuck off. Lower than goddamn scum.
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:iconhatty-hime:
Hatty-hime Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You didn't help out either.
I think you should both just ..stay out of it really.
:/ telling someone to die is one thing.
Telling them they're a horrible human is just as bad.

Seriously >_>; common sense.
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same thing as I've said to the other person: I would like to ask if you could please refrain from starting a fight on my profile?
The article is to promote discussion, not hatred. ^^;
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:iconhouse-of-kadamon:
House-of-Kadamon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's nice.
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:iconfeelin-free:
Feelin-free Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Dont be mean, or rude
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:iconcloneddragon:
cloneddragon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
some one hasn't seen 4chan yet
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:iconhogia:
Hogia Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What are you doing here then if it's really that bad? O_o
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