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Seattle deviantMEET Wrap-Up!

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 2:51 PM


The Emerald City gave a warm welcome to its deviantART green brethren on Saturday, March 23, with one of the most successful deviantMEETs in history! With over 400 attendees, this event was the second largest deviantMEET ever, and the day couldn't have been more perfect. The Pratt Fine Arts Center had the honor of not only hosting the event but instructing the group on some awesome artistic techniques. More on that later.

Heidi, danlev, ewm and I arrived a bit early to witness the magic of this room...


...turning into a full house!

Photo credit: ewm

The gathering kicked off with deviants mixing and mingling with one another, meeting artists with similar interests. At 1 PM, the screenprinting tutorials began, led by instructors from Pratt. We were surprised to see that our friends at Pratt even created a special screen containing a deviantART logo for attendees to use in their design!


Photo credit: ewm

While we were nervous about the weather, given that there was a snowstorm the day before, we were extremely pleased to see that it was actually a beautiful day! As such, we opened the garage, and the festivities migrated outdoors. Sidewalk chalk was distributed, and an amazing collaboration was made.

Pratt-1 by Ayame-Kenoshi
deviantART Meet I by PoultryChamp


Photo credit: Ayame-Kenoshi, PoultryChamp, and ewm

A few deviants set up in the drawing room, where sketchbooks were exchanged and new masterpieces were made. Those who brought laptops or tablets were able to use Pratt's Wi-Fi to showcase their deviantART profiles, +Watch new friends, and work on digital pieces. We even had a few deviants creating unique forms of artwork -- including knitters, crafters, and even AutumnDogForge creating chain mail!

DA meet Seattle by llesliedesign
Photo credit: ewm and llesliedesign

This deviantMEET was held in honor of the Merrell Diorama Contest winners, who sent us their creations to display at the meet. All three winners were beautifully constructed and looked even more impressive in person. In fact, the first place winner, trinafool, drove all the way from Portland, OR, to share her diorama. It was a truly international deviantMEET, as we had attendees from all over -- even as far away as Vancouver, Canada!




Photo credit: ewm

After the festivities ended, a group of deviants headed to the nearby Moonlight Cafe to grab a bite to eat. It was unfortunately time to say goodbye to Seattle, but we knew we had created connections that will last a lifetime.

Special thanks goes to the Pratt Fine Arts Center for being accommodating hosts and giving us the tools to express our creativity! And, of course, thank you to all who attended, near and far. It wouldn't have been a success without you!

Check out what others had to say about the deviantMEET!




The Emerald City gave a warm welcome to its deviantART green brethren on Saturday, March 23, with one of the most successful deviantMEETs in history! With over 400 attendees, this event was the second largest deviantMEET ever. Relive the memories and read all about the devious shenanigans.
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CheshireSmile Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
@ anyone who attended last year, we are trying to sprout interest in peoples journals, and otherwise for there to be another seattle devmeet this year! ;D
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Vasa2012 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Hmm.... I couldn't be there because I live on another continent ....
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Kenneth-D Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Regret that I didn't know anything about this.
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Rosary0fSighs Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Wish there was one this big in Australia sometime soon!
Looks like a hell of a turnout! :la:
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DesignsByFro Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish I was paying attention and went to this event. Grrr to me.
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canofoilstuff Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
I wanted to go but I just had a baby a few weeks ago and I am still recovering
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xEarthbendingGirlx Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
looking at these made me sad...because my mom didn't let me go...:(
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SofiaERamirez Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Damnit, I wish I hadn't fallen off of the DeviantART radar :( It would have been nice to meet with some of my fellow Deviants from the Pacific NorthWest... Seattle is only 2 hours from Olympia D:
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eViLe-eAgLe Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
D: When was this? I could of gone D:
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TamazakiMichiko Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
DM was awesome this year! Even though I'm pretty shy and kinda introverted (this stressed me out so much) I'm so glad I went! I met so many epic people, and I feel great to have been a part of the--holy guacamole--400 attendees!!!
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h8d8withmyself Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
oh gosh I'm in three of those photos!!! met some really amazing people and artists there. It's a shame the location was so small though?? I would love to see another Seattle meetup at a bigger location (with more chairs! drawing while standing up isn't that fun) lol but thanks you guys I'm glad I went
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Den12 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Sooooo wish I could have come, you must do another one some time soon. PLEASE!
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CrystalBlueDragon Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
I hope that Seattle can host another devmeet again, I couldn't attend this one since I was out of town.
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Den12 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
I totally know how you feel. It was crazy busy that day so I couldn't come iether.
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CrystalBlueDragon Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
It looks like it was a blast. I hope there is another this year or going for an annual event would be awesome.
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Den12 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Totally agree.
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caffeinegoddess Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
fun fun!
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ssceles Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Snowstorm the day before"??? Was I in some alternate dimension? The weather has been great lately, although a tad on the windy side.
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Ayame-Kenoshi Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
We're from Los Angeles. Any bit of snow is a snowstorm to us. ;)
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Blaze-5 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
too bad i couldn't go.:(
glad you guys had fun:D
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Eehli Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student Writer
IT was a blast guys!!! must do it again
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nicotinemonkey Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Great event! I'd go again.
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amen-no-suomynona Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was just there too! How did I miss that!?
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Puffyrilamoni Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Everybody seems to be so talented! :3
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whitetiger11 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I went there!!!!! it was fun but was a little creepy at first!!!!! didnt do much drawing more talking!!! :D
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Apfelninja Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i had a blast. a bit of a young crowd, though.
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doyoulikeyourmom34 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
I use to live in Kirkland but know i'm back where I belong
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Jennycallie Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Sounds awesome; I'm actually moving to Seattle (from Columbus) in July so hopefully there will be another dA meet next year. :)
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FangirlAndProud Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I live so close, and yet I didn't go... Hold another deviantMEET in Seattle someday, okay?
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designergrl Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
if it had been a smaller gathering....**whistful sigh
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ReQuay Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
This looks awesome, and like there was a great turnout. Unfortunately, I was stuck at work that day... or I woulda been there in a heartbeat.
Come back to Seattle again next year, dA! I'll catch ya on the next one. :eager:
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deerzii Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
lol wow there goes me in the pink hair xD
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Awesomesaucical Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol I love your hair XD
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deerzii Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
haha thx XD
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Awesomesaucical Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wish I was there...
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deerzii Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
It would have been nice to meet you~
Where do you live?
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Awesomesaucical Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Southern Cali; no way I could have made it up there... =(
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deerzii Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
aww dang :\
hopefully they'll have a meet down there soon :aww:
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Awesomesaucical Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's hoping ^_^
Comic Cons coming up; maybe they'll have a DA thing
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JustDMarie Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll go to one, one day I live so close but I'd have to pass the border and take a ferry :/
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Sounds so lovely! I was tempted to drive up from San Francisco, but couldn't make it unfortunately. Definitely going to be a the next west coast dev meet though!
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StopShootingM3 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student Photographer
Wow that looks amazing i wish i could of gone it is very close to where i live but i was busy that day
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7Knights Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I went and didn't show up in any pictures and my neon chalk flower didn't show up either....
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dragonluver98 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I had a BLAST! unfortunantly I was shy so at first I didn't speak to anyone but in the end I talked with a lot of WOULa rtists. I just wish I had my sketch pad and was able to show others my art.Plus I wish I took the names of the people I met because I really enjoyed talking to them...and id like to see more of their art..
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DanikaMilles Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I got sick and wasn't able to go. I was so upset...
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Anonymous-Lizard Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That was the funnest event I've ever been to. I got to meet my people! >u<
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MadcapMarquess Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was there! It was a ton of fun!
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actinggirl Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
what!! i didnt hear about that!! I live in seattle. that looks like fun!!! :) i wish i came :(
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LabLayers Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Come to Washington DC or Philly one day! :D
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gahoolefreak13 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
i like seattle. thts a kool place. oh! n my dad had one of those things where u.... ugh, i cant describe it but its on the 4th picture
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