Friday, January 4, 2013

A little bit about deviantART

... see these and others offered for purchase at my dA Gallery here

DeviantArt (stylized as deviantART abbreviated as dA) is an online community showcasing various forms of user-made artwork. First launched on August 7, 2000 by Scott Jarkoff, Matthew Stephens, Angelo Sotira and others, deviantArt, Inc. is headquartered in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California, United States.

DeviantArt aims to provide a platform for any artist to exhibit and discuss works. Works are organized in a comprehensive category structure, including traditional art, photography, digital art, literature, Flash, filmmaking, skins for applications, operating system customization utilities and others, along with extensive downloadable resources such as tutorials and stock photography. Additional utilities include journals, polls, groups and portfolios.

As of August 2010, the site consists of over 14.5 million members, and over 100 million submissions, and receives around 140,000 submissions per day. In addition, deviantArt users submit over 1.4 million "favorites" and 1.5 million comments daily. The domain attracted at least 36 million visitors annually by 2008 according to a study. As of July 2011, it is the 13th largest social network with 3.8 million weekly visits.

Even with the large audience of artists and viewers, it is easy to target other photographers via the array of groups established by genre and interests. One can offer their work for sale which is printed by dA. I've had 3 - 16 x 16 giclée prints made by them – the quality is excellent and economical as well!

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