Feature Contest Winners!!!This was seriously one of the hardest contests I have ever judged, but alas we finally have winners
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Thank you everyone who entered! Regardless of winning you all had AMAZING features! I definitely found some very talented deviants to watch and a some favorites along the way as well! I hope you all enjoyed it, we may have to do this again!
Features are awesome! Getting them, making them, seeing them... it's pretty much like this:
***Perhaps one of my favorite things dA did was making thumbnails available for all users; not just premium.***
The first thing to do is pick a theme you want to centre your feature on. Do you want to do something specific [music, hearts, green, dinosuars, redheads, ballet] or you can do a media [photography, literature, digital, etc.] or a category [street photography, watercolors, beads, etc.] by deviants [watchers, undiscovered/unknown, etc.] or just your recent favorites [weekly favorites, monthly top faves, etc.]... so really you can pretty much feature what ever the blank you wish.
Finding your artwork: [for the sake of decent explanations we're featuring flowers of the rainbow]
This is probably the most time consuming, because depending on your feature; finding the artwork you're going to feature. Now; how do you find all these works?
- Basic browsing art: you can get here through the front page.
- If you're doing a specified theme like we are you can type flowers into the search. We can narrow it downe ven more by adding for example "blue flowers". Additionally say you only want to feature photographs, can select your media [in this case photography] on the left side.
- Groups: Groups are also a pretty good way to find art to feature; especially if you're familiar with your theme, you'll know where to go, but if you're not you can do a search [i.e. flower photography]
- ThumbShare Forum: Post a forum thread asking for what you're looking to feature. Something simple like
- Share 3 thumbs of your best flower photographs! BONUS: add two flower deviations from your favorites
- Galleries & Favorites: this is another method of browsing; and it can take you to amazing places! Say person A 'd your work, you go to my page and see their gallery then go onto their favorites where you find a pretty cool artwork from person B. You find something in their gallery to feature then their favorites you find person C, D, and E to feature as well and continue doing the same thing... this is an excellent way to find great artwork to feature; especially if you're not using a specific theme or you're looking for undiscovered artwork.
7 Tips for Putting Together an Awesome Feature:
Limit yourself! In this case less is more! I generally use about 25 artworks per feature. If you have more; make it a 2 part feature and save the rest for later. Too many and people won't want to wade through them, just a few and they'll take their time.
Use your resize options! Make deviations next to each other same in size; you can square off the layout [where all sides come down straight] or stagger them [like I did below]. Mess around with it until you find what you think looks good
Use CSS if you can. Find a CSS journal that works well with your theme [if you have a theme]. It's like adding an extra piece into be featured and adds character to your feature itself [keep in mind this may change your layout; so make sure you preview it in the correct widths]
Try to feature active artists! You don't have to if you don't want to; but if you feature a bunch of people that were active back in 2005 and have fallen off the face of deviantART since it doesn't get things moving with finding active artists to watch and any attention they receive will fall on long since gone ears.
When featuring literature thumbs can only be full width or regular square thumbs; depending on which you decide to use if you mix them with visual work you can a. put lines of say 3 throughout the feature breaking up the visual feature b. feature them at the top to catch attention first c. use big thumbs throughout [like the lines] - if you're featuring just literature I recommend using the big thumbs
Treat your feature as though it's an artwork in it's own right; when laying it out and styling it; make it visually appealing.
Have fun! if you make featuring a chore it will get tiring and not so fun... have fun featuring the work you find!
*** As always: if you have any questions feel free to comment or send me a note, I'll be happy
to answer anything that may not be clear or I forgot! ***
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- Must be new & created for this contest [make sure to mention in the feature that it is for this contest & a link back to this journal]
- Must feature at least 15 deviations
- You must pick a media/theme. [i.e. fantasy, music, blue, etc.] whatever theme you want, there just needs to be one
- Deadline: Friday 04.April.2014 at 9pm EST.
Features will be judged on:
- layout and visual appearance
- sticking to a theme
- activity of artists featured [are they still using dA or did they disappear in 2005?]
- Personal preference: undiscovered artwork; not something that already has 300+
How to Submit:
You can submit all your feature THIS FOLDER.
Open your feature and along the left side you'll see "Featured in Groups" and the "add to group" button,
click the 'add to group' > click or type projecteducate
submit to the gallery folder titled "Feature Contest"
***if you have any problems submitting please leave
a comment or note WorldWar-Tori
Winner: 6 month subscription
2 runner ups - 250 points each