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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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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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It's a site where you can showcase your images and stories. However, the more popular artists of dA gets their art viewed more often. Anime/manga fanart are usually viewed more often than original art.
I submitted my recent artwork at Deviantart.
by MisaTange July 05, 2009
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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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Also known as dA, deviantArt is an online artist comunity dominated by older deviants(or users) with giant followings and people who draw anime and pretend to be Japanese. Despite this, great art can be found without too much trouble (unless you like literature).

It is also a place emos often mistake with MySpace, and therefore flood it with self portraits and bad poetry.
Ex. 1: I love deviantArt. I have many good friends and access to great art. Wowee!

Ex. 2: Dammit! Every time I hit the random Deviant button, I get some depressed 13 year old or some dime-a-dozen anime jerk spouting "kawaii"! GO BACK TO MYSPACE AND 4CHAN!!!
by GnomeGobble February 08, 2008
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A bunch of idiotic brats who dump shit all over the place and call your pieces "Ugly" if it's not naked MIKU or some homo humping some pony oc
The worst art on deviantart:

1. Fursonas and adopts
2. OCs
3. FNAF shit
4. ROBLOX TMM roleplays
5. Ponies, fursonas, etc eating each other
by WildDefinitions April 02, 2015
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There is some good art don't get me wrong. But the worst, disproportional art is the most popular. People who use MsPaint, bases, or even the worst, Bases in MSPaint for shitty animes like Naruto. I wouldn't be surprised if someone whom was an art equivalent to Van Gogh got little to no views on this horrible abomination for a website. Most people communicate through a thing called notes, which is sort of like a forum between 2 people. Some role players on here are very good though.
Dude 1: Yo! Did you see what I posted on DeviantART?
Dude 2: How many people favourited it?
Dude 1: Like... one.
Dude 2: That must mean you have done a masterpiece.
by SeaBearCircle April 07, 2013
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