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Core Is...

Wed Aug 26, 2015, 4:48 PM
Bg-1-color by marioluevanosCore is an announcement of material commitment to the future of DeviantArt. Core is the supporting sustaining the momentum that leads us forward in building a stable, strong future with the innovations necessary for the community to survive and to thrive.

Core is an announcement of material commitment to the future of DeviantArt. Core is the fuel supporting the momentum that leads us forward in building a stable, strong future with the innovations necessary for the community to survive and to thrive.

Core Members receive special privileges in return for their commitment — and the greatest of these are the thanks and gratitude of the community. We call it Core because Core Members sustain us at the core.

Millions of people find a personal creative voice on DeviantArt.  Hundreds of thousands of creative projects are launched on DeviantArt each year with thousands and thousands of collaborating artists driving them forward. Deviants as a group raise millions of dollars for their art through DeviantArt.

Core is about a different voice, one that contributes to preserve the others and one that is focused on supporting the community for the sake of the community itself.

With the proceeds from Core Members, DeviantArt is able to build.  This is the Internet.  Things change rapidly.  We have challenges to meet.

We are off to a good start.  We now have both an Android and an iOS App for mobile and two teams building them out with more features and improvements; we are planning changes to mobile web for tablets and other devices; we are improving browse and improving search; we are studying ways to dramatically improve traffic and audience for deviants; and, we are looking forward to even bigger initiatives such as site translation and better identification of content ownership and vastly improved commercial tools to reach and understand your audience.

Core is making this happen. You can follow this progress through the DeviantArt Timeline.

You use DeviantArt because it has value and this community is not a cost-free exercise. It actually gets more expensive every day.  We believe DeviantArt has a value of $5.00 a month to most deviants — probably a lot more. Advertising pays some bills, but the cost is watching ads that have nothing to do with DeviantArt. The more Core Members we have, the fewer advertisements we have to run. It’s that simple.

Core is more…

Many people contribute to DeviantArt with their work, their comments, their sense of community, their teachings, their personal outreach to others and their immense and deep sense of caring.  Core Members validate each of those contributions and in a sense thank everyone who is making those contributions with financial support at the core.

The Core Facts


“Core” is replacing the term “Premium.” Every Premium Membership has been changed to a Core Membership.


Core Members receive all the privileges of the former Premium Membership  including browsing without third party advertisements, eligibility for Beta testing, the option to change your username, expanded features on profile pages, discounts on print purchases, and the ability to set higher royalties for your print sales.  Core Members will receive additional special offers in the future.


Less than a movie ticket. We haven’t changed prices in years. The monthly rate for the old Premium Membership was $4.95, which has been increased for Core to an effective $5.00 per month when you purchase a three-month Core Membership at $15.00.  Discounts were previously available for three-month and annual pre-paid Premium Memberships, but are now replaced with only an annual discount for a Core Membership available at $50.00.  A $5.00 one-month purchase is available as a gift option.  Promotional opportunities will be offered in the future, such as the popular “Buy One, Get One Free” program.

Current Memberships

All Premium Members are converted to Core Members. DeviantArt will honor all of the time periods you have already paid for at the old rates. If you were a Premium Member with the re-billing feature on your membership fees, you will continue to pay at the old rate for Core.


We made the Core Deviant user symbol orange to call attention to the important contribution of Core Deviants. Orange is a highlight color in the branding scheme for DeviantArt, which you can read about in this Journal.


On profile pages, the logo CORE appears after the Deviant’s name in the top left hand corner.  In comments, the Deviant’s name is followed by this symbol: Orange Star.  If the Deviant is also a Beta tester, the name is followed by this symbol: Beta.  There is an interesting document on the development of the logo symbols produced by DeviantArt's Studio team during the design process for Core.

DeviantArtist Questionaire

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 7, 2015, 12:42 PM
HP B-Day 2015 DA by makepictures

  1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?  I have been working with DeviantArt almost since it was founded but my account is about 6 years old.

  2. What does your username mean? It means what it says: makepictures!

  3. Describe yourself in three words. Not Three Words

  4. Are you left or right handed? Right

  5. What was your first deviation? No recollection.

  6. What is your favorite type of art to create? Good art.

  7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? Would love to draw well.

  8. What was your first favorite? Can not remember, but I'm sure I liked it.

  9. What type of art do you tend to favorite the most? Mostly photography that's better than mine.

  10. Who is your all-time favorite deviant artist? Still up in the air. All deviants are contenders for that privilege.

  11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? MARX77 

  12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life? Just browsing the work done by Deviants improves a minute, an hour, a day, a month, a life.  Art does this and artists make it.

  13. What are your preferred tools to create art? Cameras.

  14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art? My head.

  15. What is your favorite DeviantArt memory? The 10th Birthday party at Los Angeles' House of Blues complete with the Llama Step & Repeat.

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Bolt Award

Each year, on deviantART's birthday, we honor one of our own with the Bolt Award the most prestigious award to be bestowed upon anyone. Ever. For his never ending enthusiasm and commitment to not just deviantART, but the empowering of artists on a global scale, we are extremely proud to present the illustrious Bolt Award for 2011 to makepictures. Josh's charismatic personality, and seemingly never ending knowledge enriches every person who interacts with him. A true living legend. Congrats Josh!
-awarded August 2011



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Varjoaine Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey thanks for the comment I appreciate it.
sallen623 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Attention, attention! This is a very important message. Read thoroughly!

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has just been published, and it is going to substantially threaten DeviantArt's life and future. This deal is dangerous for DeviantArt because of its intellectual property enforcement chapter, whose provisions could destroy this site's mission, which is to "[create] the cultural context for how [art] is created, discovered, and shared," and "to exhibit, promote, and share their works with an enthusiastic, art-centric community." On a larger scale, the TPP would also destroy the careers of nearly every artist who posts works on this site.
The TPP's intellectual property chapter includes provisions that could censor the Internet, endanger online privacy, impose draconian copyright standards, abolish freedom of expression, criminalize whistleblowing, and rob the public domain. Internet service providers could be held liable for hosting copyright infringement, and they could also be forced to become private copyright enforcers, forced to take down, filter, and block content with only a private notice from the copyright holder. So, under the TPP's provisions, DeviantArt could be shut down and its users and staff could be treated like criminals.
The TPP would push for the widespread use of Digital Rights Management software, or DRM, to prevent consumers from tinkering with devices or content for purposes that corporations fear will infringe their copyrights and patents. Consumers could be prevented from unlocking their mobile phones to change telecom carriers, and prevent documentary filmmakers and other artists from breaking encryption on DVDs or sampling online streaming videos, where legal threats could be faced even if the video is created legally. People with visual or reading disabilities could be prevented from changing the formats of books and movies to make them more accessible. Not only unauthorized content, but also unauthorized software, could be blocked under the TPP's digital locks provisions. There is NO EVIDENCE that DRM does much to combat copyright infringement or protect consumers from viruses. All DRM does is suppress companies that promote innovation, criminalize sharing, and hinder and break the Internet and new technologies.

This is an emergency. You need to take action before this extreme pact can be implemented. And if the TPP is implemented, our right to share, modify, and experiment with content and technology could be faced with overly severe restrictions. As such, this site could be brought to its end, once and for all.

You can help stop the TPP by signing the below petition:…
BaileyBushes Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there random deviantartist! I just want to offer you something... a hug. Glomp! Hug Huggle! Tight Hug
You deserve it! Forget all those pansy chains that say you need (insert
number) of hugs to be truly loved, all you need is ONE person to show 
their appreciation for you to know that you are beautiful and of amazing
worth! I just want you to know that no matter what, you are important 
to me, you deserve a smile on your face, and happiness in your heart. 
Have a very, very splendid day/night wherever you are!
love emote by snorasaurus :allyouneedislove: by stuck-in-suburbia :thatssocute: by stuck-in-suburbia :lovesquee: by stuck-in-suburbia Hug a heart by Colorcatcher ~Bailey, just a random friend!
Matt--Osio Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015
can you please help me?
makepictures Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015
In what way?
Matt--Osio Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
because people slap me in the face
maxime-terghem-0001 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
Rick-TinyWorlds Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015   Photographer
I see how you try to interact with your community trough the timeline.
This is a good idea.
You need more good ideas to nurture a healthy community/ customer base.

Inform members about changes at least 2 weeks before
• ask all members - not just people who happen to read this journal - what they feel about the state of the platform
be open to the community

To me deviantART is a great place to have meaningful conversations about your art.
I want deviantART to stay.
Ehsartem Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
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