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Celebrate deviantART's 12th Birthday!

Tue Aug 7, 2012, 12:00 AM























Posted August 7th, 2012 by $Ayame-Kenoshi
 









Today, August 7th, 2012, marks 12 years since deviantART's creation - aka, it's our 12th birthday! In the last 12 years, we, as a community, have grown by leaps and bounds, fostered creative thought and dialogue, and submitted a lot of artwork - over 220 million deviations. It's with great honor and pleasure that we invite you to party with us as we toast to another devious year of art!

























Introducing the First Ever Creative Grants Recipients!


On May 1, 2012, deviantART introduced the Creative Grants program - a source of funding allowing artists to make creative dreams a reality. We're pleased to announce the first cycle of funding has ended, and from the over 500 applications submitted, the Creative Grants Board has chosen the recipients! These were the projects that the Board found exciting and innovative, and will benefit particularly from a Grant. Check out these amazing projects!








Life-Size Skeleton Etch-A-Sketch Installation by pikajane



Creative Art Classes For Lower-Income Families by EverIris



RecycleArt: A Make-and-Take Event by SineMetuDesigns

















Free Premium Membership Day!


Yes, the day is finally here where you can use Premium Member features completely free!





For the next 24 hours, you will have access to these features







JournalSKINS!



Browse through the Installable Journal Skins category to pick your favorite JournalSKINS. Any journal published today that includes a JournalSKIN will keep its fancy design long after Free Premium Membership Day is over, unless it is edited. Might we suggest using our 12th Birthday Skin?



No Ads!


Browse deviantART to your heart's content with no advertisements.





Browse 120 Thumbnails!


Cruise through 400% more deviations by turning up your browse setting to 120 thumbnails per page.

Enable Critiques!


Enable Critiques on your work to encourage enhanced feedback, and help your fellow artists by giving Critiques freely. All Critiques approved by a deviant with an active Premium Membership will remain, even after the clock strikes midnight.

Exclusive 10% Discount!


All Premium Members receive 10% off of Prints or deviantART T-Shirts & Gear purchases.

And more!


See a full list of benefits here.


























Get creative with our 12th birthday contest! The objective is simple - complete a story by filling in the blanks. There's just one catch: you don't actually know anything about the story... yet! Your goal is to provide answers to the following prompts in order to make the story as hilarious as possible.



Here's how it works:




Choose your story.



Complete the form with whatever words you want that fit the criteria. Be creative!



When you're finished, hit the "Next" button. The words you chose will automatically be placed into the story.



After you've had a good laugh at what you've created, you may submit your work as a deviation to your Gallery and our contest category.





















Contest Rules


  • Must be a member of deviantART to enter. Membership is free;
  • No purchase is necessary to enter the contest;
  • Entries will be judged by the deviantART staff on the basis of the silliest,  stupidest, most fun, and most ridiculous;
  • All entries must be made using the contest tool or downloadable template and submitted to:  
    Contests > 2012 > Create a Story
  • All entries must comply with the deviantART Etiquette and Submission Policies;
  • Winners will be notified via Note and email and will receive a dA PRO Bag;
  • The submission deadline is Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 11:59:59 PM, Los Angeles, CA, time;
  • You can enter multiple times but you can only win once;
  • Void where prohibited by law.

















Chat


#devart


Stop by deviantART's Official General Chatroom for fun and laughs all day! Ongoing throughout the day will be a Rock, Paper, Scissors Game.



#CommunityRelations


9 AM PDT
Stock-Photomanipulation Challenge hosted by ^SanguineVamp, ^Elandria, and ^Dan-Heffer (Check here for local time)


11 AM PDT
deviantART muro Contests hosted by ^dekorAdum and ^Kovowolf (Check here for local time)



12 PM PDT
Trivia events hosted by ^Kaz-D (Check here for local time)



2 PM PDT
Meet and Greet with the Community Relations Team (Check here for local time)



#CommunityOperations


1PM PDT
Meet and Greet with the Community Operations Team (Check here for local time)






Forum


Be sure to check out all the Forums on the 7th for a variety of games and events, including a special Treasure Hunt!



Thumbshare Forum


Check the Thumbshare Forum throughout the day for a special game! Find thumbnails of deviations containing the number 2, or 12 similar things.



Deviants Forum


Plan a birthday party for the mascots of deviantART using only 12 things in the Deviants Forum.



Complaints Forum


If you need to let out some steam, stop by the Complaints Forum and complain about the worst present or cake you ever received.





Contests and Events



Birthday Hat Contest


Last day to enter! Get out your crafty scissors and gear up your imagination to make your own birthday hat to wear for deviantART's 12th birthday! Read on for all the details.



12th Birthday Card Contest


Thousands of Points are up for grabs in the 12th Birthday Card Contest! Using any medium, make a birthday card celebrating our 12th birthday. This contest ends August 10th.



Quirky Horoscope Contest


The Western Horoscope is comprised of 12 signs. In this contest, using any visual media, draw a representation of at least one of the Western Zodiac signs and create a daily horoscope for that sign set for the date of August 7th. This contest ends August 18th.



Chinese Horoscope Contest


In the Chinese Horoscope Contest, you are challenged to contribute art or poetry to the gallery which coincides with your own Chinese Astrology Animal. Details here. This contest ends August 30th.






















Celebrate in Style


With the new 12th Birthday T-Shirt!




Keep this day forever in your heart and wardrobe with this delightful new tee, only and appropriately $12.00.












































Today, August 7th, 2012, marks 12 years since deviantART's creation - aka, it's our 12th birthday! In the last 12 years, we, as a community, have grown by leaps and bounds, fostered creative thought and dialogue, and submitted a lot of artwork - over 220 million deviations. It's with great honor and pleasure that we invite you to party with us as we toast to another devious year of art!
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:icontoonfilms2:
Toonfilms2 Jun 9, 2013
deviantart will be turning 13 this year
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:iconpinoyfretzie:
PinoyFretzie Oct 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY belated :D
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:iconmilovanf:
milovanf Sep 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Happy birthday DA. And wish you huge success.
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:iconspeqqy:
speqqy Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh dA, you're underaged :P
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:iconshynelight:
ShyneLight Aug 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Not anymore! I'm from the future!
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WaterlightFading Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you decided the winners yet? I'm so curious!!
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:iconficticiousanimation:
FicticiousAnimation Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi happy birthday again. :D
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:iconlazerkitties:
Lazerkitties Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who won?!?!?
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Lazerkitties Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Where's my bag?
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:iconms-coffeepixie:
Ms-CoffeePixie Aug 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You have to win to get a bag. The winners were just announced.
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