I'm so excited I can't even. To do my job properly, I will need your help as community.
If you have any idea that you'd like to put into practice (contests, special features...), or any other problem or questions, feel free to send me a note. Every opinion matters.
First of all, keep in mind that a Daily Deviation is a feature, not an award. It brings exposure on a site scale for 24 hours. I felt I had to specify it...keep it in mind for the future.
I also invite you to read a few FAQs.
FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?
FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #313: How can I find out if someone already has a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?
I can only feature artworks that belong to Digital Art > Fractal Art gallery.That includes Raw Fractals, Fractal Manipulations and Fractal Animations. I cannot feature anything else (like Scraps). If you come across a fractal wallpaper, a fractal resource or a fractal animation submitted as video, suggest it to the proper Community Volunteer:
Resources and Stock Images > Fractal Resources shall be suggested to Elandria, PirateLotus-Stock or CelticStrm-Stock
Customization > Wallpapers > Fractals shall be suggested to TehAngelsCry
Film and Animation > Animation > Fractal shall be suggested to TimberClipse or kingmancheng
Make sure the artist HAS NOT BEEN FEATURED IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS.Check by going to the artist's page and adding /dds at the end of the HTML address. Example: c-91.deviantart.com/dds
Send your suggestion to one Community Volunteer!This is to avoid confusion. There's no other CV for Fractal Art, but you can still send your suggestion to one of the admins: Moonbeam13, Ikue, fourteenthstar, Thunderstatement and Shyree.
Self-suggestion is not only welcome, but encouraged!I heard a lot of people complaining "yeah, thanks for DD but I preferred another piece from my gallery". If you don't tell the CV, how are they supposed to know? Don't be shy and promote yourself shamelessly!
Send your note with DD Suggestion (or similar) as subject!
Write a brief reason why you think that piece deserves to be featured (either you're suggesting somebody else or yourself).Doesn't need to be a flowery description, but I'd really like to know why you suggested that particular piece.
Include the pieces as thumbnails (:thumbxxxxxxxx: ).I immediately get an idea of what you're going to suggest.
Unless stated otherwise or suggested a piece of yours, I will assume you want to be listed as suggester.Regarding this, I can mention only one suggester, so I will go for the person who suggested the piece first (I will go for the second on in case the first doesn't want to be listed). A Daily Deviation is about the artwork, not who suggested it.
I won't make a distinction between famous and unknown artists.If they both have an artwork that deserves a DD, I will feature them. However, the priority will be of the rather unknown artists over the already famous ones.
You should write me a note in case you don't want to be featured (on some particular pieces or whole gallery).I'd rather not give a Daily Deviation instead of seeing one being removed. I already know some people who don't desire DDs, so I'm going to keep a list of them to avoid any unpleasant consequence.
I don't reply to notes (unless you're suggesting me a piece I can't feature or some other cases).In case the fractal doesn't get featured within a month, you're free to forward the suggestion to one of the admins.
Strongly avoid to leave unpleasant comments on the artwork, in case you don't agree with the choice of a DD.It's not the artist's fault. You can send a note to my way and I will be glad to give you an explanation of my reasons. For more infos, read FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?.
I won't feature pieces that are taking part into contests.You can send them my way: if they deserve to be featured, I'll keep them until the contest has ended.
Every note should be written IN ENGLISH ONLY.
What I'm looking for in a fractal artwork:
You can follow the "critique rule" (meaning that you try on your own to rate the fractal following the dA Critique system and see how many stars you get from that...the more, the better! ).
Basically, I check four things in a fractal:
- Use of colors
- Quality of the render
USE OF COLORS: A wise use of colors, in a fractal, can make the difference. It can highlight details you wouldn't notice with other color settings. tatasz recently wrote an article about that for the Artist Toolbox week. Color Theory for Fractal Artists
ORIGINALITY: It doesn't only mean creating an awesome never-seen-before fractal that everybody start to worship asking "HOW DID YOU DO THAAAAAT?". It also means being able to take a really common type (for example, flowers and mandalas for Apo, spirals for UF, AmazingSurf formula for MB3D) and make it stand out among the "already seen" examples, by renovating and adding personal elements to that.
QUALITY OF THE RENDER: Please, pay attention to the quality of the rendered image. It doesn't need to be super extra smooth to be featured, but not even the lowest quality possible. Try to find values that fit for that particular fractal.
Shamelessly long guidelines, but I really care that every point is clear. And now...FLOOD ME WITH YOUR NOTES!