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1.
A web based art community with many users. Users can submit their art to this community where it can be viewed by others. There are many great artists in this community. However there are many crappy artists as well who only submit pictures of half naked women in order to get a massive amount of page views and comments on their pictures by young testosterone loaded teenage boys.
"deviantart is awesome apart from all the people submitting shit just to get attention."
by Ain'tNoThang June 18, 2004
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2.
An empire of mostly average art, though there are quite a few that are good. Sadly, this empire is overruled by fanart rather than creative, original art. Anything else other than fanart hardly ever gets noticed.

Your drawing/photo/movie/poem may get viewed by some, but usually no more than 30 times. If you get a comment on it by someone, that's usually the last comment you'll ever get on it, unless you have some friends (AKA DeviantWatchers) that like your artwork. If you're lucky, it might even get a favorite.

On the other hand, if you submit a drawing of a character from, say, Full Metal Alchemist, or Inu Yasha, You may get as much as 100 views or more within the same hour that you submitted it. These usually get more comments and favorites, especially if you draw the male characters looking all bishie-like (The deviantart community is mostly girls, so it's natural that they'd like this kind of stuff).

Then there are the Deviants that are extremely popular and worshipped by thousands. I have no idea how they got this popular, but the case with these people is that, no matter WHAT they submit, no matter how stupid it looks, or how simple it is, it appears on the front page in the "Today's Favorites" section. Their artwork gets about 500 favorites per picture, as well as about 8 pages of comments by people saying how cute it is, how much they love Edward Elric, or how much they love the artist, despite the simplicity of the work. There ARE some photos/drawings/movies though which I agree deserve to be there, but most of them are just random new pictures submitted by "a popular artist"

There are some less-popular artists out there who submit more interesting things than what appears on the front page, but sadly, since their name is not "Rimfrost", or "bleed-man", nobody notices their work.

So, to sum it up, deviantart is a nice place. I just wish that others' original artwork would get noticed as well. I go there too, and submit drawings of my own characters, but the only ones who see it are my friends. It would be good if all art was appreciated, and I'm not simply talking about the original art of ONLY the popular artists, but EVERYONE's art.
An original drawing on deviantart:
"........... yea."

A Fanart drawing on deviantart:
"LIEK OMG I LUVVV IT!! ITS THE BEST THING I EVR SAW!! OMG I <3 INUYASHA ^_^_^_^" (repeat this x100 and you have a popular artist's drawing)
by SomeBadJoke March 12, 2006
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3.
A website where various artists can submit their work. However, within less then a minute after submission, the art quickly is archived to make room for new submissions. Because of this, it is not uncommon for some work to go entirely unseen. The only way to get noticed is to either draw fan-art, anime, or take a black and white picture of your slit wrists and call it "emotional."
Guy: I was on DeviantART the other day, my picture got six views! I even got one favorite!

Me: I was on SheezyART the other day too. After customizing my user-page, I submitted some art. It stayed on the front page for more than 8 minutes. Then I found pirate gold in my basement.

Guy: Sheezy art is for gay fags who are gay and like to be fags that are gay.

Me: Ok.
by MooseFOOD February 04, 2005
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4.
An online art community, where users, called Deviants, can sign up for a free account and upload their artwork, called Deviations. You can subscribe for a fee to receive additional benefits (such as ad-free browsing). Generally a nice place, with many intelligent and friendly members who can offer helpful insight and advice. And yes, there ARE some really amazing artists on dA who fully deserve the recognition they get.

And the abundance of mediocre manga fanart isn't even that bad - at least they tried to put some sort of artistic effort into it. What's truly horrible are the countless adolescent girls who feel the need to pepper dA with cam-whoresque pictures under the guise of expressive portraiture. Please, do it somewhere else. It's extremely selfish and egocentric, and it ruins the experience for those of us who take dA seriously.

If you truly enjoy art and put thought and effort into your work, and are willing to offer insightful, intelligent comments, please, sign up. deviantArt needs more people like you.
I found a gorgeous painting on deviantArt yesterday, so I added it to my favourites and left a comment.

If deviantArt turns into MySpace I swear I'm going to strangle something.
by KCLlama March 06, 2008
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5.
a place where you submit art and communicate with others and comment about art.

though deviantART has undergone numerous changes, the only people who believe it to be gay or homosexual are the people who failed to read the submission agreement and thus lost their submitted work
Person1: OMG I submitted a movie to deviantART and they banned it!
person2: did it have nudity in it?
Person1: duh!
Person2: then that's why it was removed, stupid fuck.
by Archaicdemon February 22, 2006
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6.
A site dedicated to art. Most of the people who use it just want to feel special because they drew a picture, but there are a select few users who are actually good at "art".
Lamer:
D00D. 1/\/\ T3H 3l337 h4x0r 4r7ist. CH3k 0UT /\/\Y l337 D3VI4NT4RT!!!!!!!!!1 1 H4V3 A P1Ct4RE OF A TR33 ON TH4R!

Non lamer:
Perhaps I'll use Deviantart to showcase my last drawing, which I think is one of my best
by RickR August 23, 2004
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An online community where people from all over the world can share art, poetry, "prose," and more.

Although there are people that dislike this sort of place, more often then not, these are the same people who use the word "fag" in a degrading manner and who hate Dance Dance Revolution and those who play it.
DeviantART is certainly an active web site.
by Dark Chaos December 28, 2003
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