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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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Noun: a friend who is usually only called upon by a friend when a more primary/prominent friend is unavailable.

Taken from the term “second string” in an athletic competition situation. In football, if the star quarterback gets injured during a play, the second string is called off the bench to replace him/her. A “Second String Friend” is essentially benched until needed, if ever.

Synonyms: Plan B, Second Choice, Secondary Friend, Benched Until Needed
I got a call from X the other night. She had an extra ticket to a concert she bought for a friend, but they couldn’t make it so she called me to ask if I wanted to go because I am her Second String Friend.
by Deus-ex-machina August 26, 2020
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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 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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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 free website (with a paid membership option) where people are able to upload their drawings, paintings, digital art, photos, etc. with virtually no restriction.

It is true that the site has the unfortunate downfall of having superfluous quantities of bad and/or mentally disturbing/sexually deviant artwork, but for the most part it is a very useful site for those who know how to use the search box correctly to find what they want.

It is also home to many creative minds and talented artists, and Deviant Art is not without humor either. Artists like myself mainly draw humorous "cartoons" or comic strips, among other things see Demotivational Posters.
I compose and submit humorous artwork and posters on my main deviant art account.

On my other account I submit erotic and romantic artwork with the appropriate tags so that innocent bystanders are not "traumatized" by my mildly deviant tastes (I am not a furry, and I'm not into tentacle porn or anything illegal).
by FoxShadowBlack April 02, 2011
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