Deviant Art logo


[View Related Sub-entries]

Updated Nov 14, 2022 at 12:18PM EST by Jill.

Added Jul 04, 2011 at 11:14AM EDT by Chris.

PROTIP: Press 'i' to view the image gallery, 'v' to view the video gallery, or 'r' to view a random entry.



DeviantArt[1] is an online artist community that focuses on curation of user submitted artworks and collaboration among its users. The website's content pool is sectioned into a number of categories including digital art, photography, traditional art, film and animation, cartoons, manga, flash animation and literature. Aside from showcasing artworks, the site also hosts a discussion forum where users can discuss their artworks and a category section dedicated to educational resources and tutorials for artistic techniques.


Launched on August 7th, 2000, deviantART was founded by Scott Jarkoff, Matthew Stephens, Angelo Sotira and others as part of the Dmusic Network, a larger network of music-related websites and blogs. In the beginning, deviantART was designed as a place to upload and share custom designed skins for applications, similar to other projects like Winamp Facelift, Customize, Deskmod, Screenphuck and Skinz. The site was well-received upon its launch and quickly gained a strong and loyal user-base as well as a team of voluntary moderators.

[home] [become a deviant] [new] [forum] [help] [contact] WHERE ART MEETS APPLICATION Nick: Pass: in I Become A Deviant | Recover Password Deliciously Devious Deviant Art Opens! deviously serving the art and skin community for 62 days established August 7, 2000 Deviations Search New Deviations- in All Deviations - Application skins Section: Designs Fonts New Deviations All IndyArt □ Screenshots | | Application Skins / Themes seire- 1+1 Spruce by alexandre Insanity by seven boomBox by id my desktop by auto Community contribute to these sites too: Textures Themes 미 Techno by alexandre + Thredz by alexandrie + WinStep by alexandrie Madonna by ckc Web Interfaces 미 [1837 Deviations] [41 Today] QNX RTP by alexandre Echo by dangeruss rowdy by hagman brax by id Baka by pilaf Raves by id my thingie by inimical- empty the sheeley trilogy by nataku DeskMod Deviants skinzdotorg New Deviants - Deviants Online - Deviant Director Daily Deviation Nick: Deviation Pass: 本Futurengine by daguy Login III remix by tech13 Become A Deviant Recover Password - , 111 by tech13 fear mixes a wonderful array of photographs that eclipsed by anriel

In less than a year after its foundation, deviantART was officially incorporated in April 2001. Later that same month, deviantART user switched submitted a mascot artwork of a robot cat named "Fella,"[2] which went onto win the site's contest and became adopted as the official mascot of deviantART.

As the community continued to grow, one of the co-founders Matt Stephens proposed a plan to expand the scope of the site from application skins to a general art community. In November 2006, deviantART enabled a new option for users to submit their works under Creative Commons license, which gave the artists the right to specify how their contributions can be used and shared by others. In September 2007, a film category section was added to the site where users could upload their own videos and add annotations for comments or critiques during playback. Many individuals who were involved in the early development and promotion of the site continue to work for the site, including the co-founder Angelo Sotira who serves as the chief executive officer of DeviantArt, Inc.

Browse Popular 3 days Deviations Prints Shop T-Shirts & Gear Groups Category Digital Art Photography Artisan Crafts Plush Owls All three sizes In A Rainbow City Courting Death in Free Verse If tears left scars... Fillm & Animation 398 Comments 1,156 Comments Designs & Interfaces Cartoons & Comics Manga & Anime Fan Art Resources & Stock Community Projects deviantwEAR Design Clockworker in Cosplay Korra n Movies & TV SAMURAI CAT Simplifying bodies Tree Branches ragazza falena In Futuristic & Sc-F 101 Comments 240 Comments 236 Comments deviantART Related Just a ball of co... in Wild Animals vertigo in Raw Fractals Let's look for angels Tears of a flower... One Ordinary Evening Fantasy Hair 1

In a major update in December 2014, the traditional spelling of "deviantART" was changed into "DeviantArt" simply.


  • Both unregistered visitors and members can browse millions of user-submitted artworks through thousands of category sections by medium, genre or style. Once signed in, a user can easily "favorite" bookmark any artwork by clicking and dragging it into the user's collection page. Users can upload an unlimited amount of artwork at no cost.
  • Users can also create and customize the profile page to introduce oneself to the community at large. The user profile section also offers journal entries and custom widgets, as well as pageview statistics on submitted artworks.
  • Users can also earn revenue through selling prints of their artworks, receiving 20% of the profits in transaction. With a premium account, users can be rewarded 50% of the profits.


On November 11th, 2022, DeviantArt introduced DreamUp, an AI art generator that would cull all of the pieces on the site to generate images. Many users were angry about this, particularly that DeviantArt had all images on the site eligible to be used in the generator by default and users would have to opt out of the service if they didn't want their pieces used. After hours of outcry, DeviantArt reversed course, making it so users had to opt in to allowing their pieces to be used by DreamUp.


According to one of the co-founders Angelo Sotira, the site had over 14.5 million members, 100 million total submissions and generates roughly 140,000 submissions, 1.4 million favorites and 1.5 million comments per day, as of August, 2010.[3] The site holds a Compete[4] rank of 344, a Quantcast[5] United States score of 97, and is the no. 121 in the entire world on the Alexa[6] scale as of July 2011.

Art fads are popular amongst deviantART users, and often consist of a sort of challenge to draw certain things, such as one's OTP, original character, or favorite things in different situations like Nyu’s Art Meme, Sparkledogs, and the DeviantArt Age Meme. In addition, Emoticon-based fads, such as Pyong or Lick Icons, can be commonly be found on the site as well. The site is also notable for popularizing template-based survey memes; there is even a group (and a supergroup at that) on deviantART dedicated to these called "Meme Station".[7] Many of these memes are designed to create humorous situations and are often used as brainstorming tools for new art or fanfiction.

  • List format memes:* The user makes a list of 10 characters, assigns each of them a number, and then follows the given situations. (eg. 2 and 5 get into a fight, who would win?)
  • Shipping memes/Draw your OTP*: These memes usually open with a series of questions that the user answers about their favorite pairing. Then they must draw their pairing in the given situations.
  • Art challenge memes*: These are often listed as "The ___ Meme" (eg. The Guro Meme, the Yaoi meme) and give the user a list of things to draw that surround a common theme.
  • Switcharound memes*: Two or more users collaborate on several pieces of art, each user doing one stage. For example, Users A, B, and C do a meme. A draws lines, B colors, C shades. They do this 3 times so the result is 3 different complete drawings.

Search Interest

External References

[1] DeviantArt – The largest online art gallery and community

[2] DeviantArt (via Wayback Machine) – devart mascot fella again by switched / Posted on 04-29-2001

[3] YouTube – deviantART 10th Birthday Bash at House of Blues

[4] Compete – (page unavailable)

[5] Quantcast – (requires registration)

[6] Alexa –

[7] DeviantArt – Meme-Station

Recent Videos 8 total

Recent Images 130 total

Top Comments

Jokes Joestar 👌ꙮ
Jokes Joestar 👌ꙮ

So 7 hours ago the official Deviantart account made “this tweet”:

As the wording implies, all the art on their site was automatically opted in to being open for 3rd party AI datasets. Up until 4 hours ago, with “this tweet’,”: users had to manually opt each piece out. On a website where some artists have almost literal decades of art uploaded.
Also, that’s only for third party datasets. For DreamUp itself? You have to send in a request to opt out.

A request that can be denied.
Suffice to say, I have yet to find a single person, let alone a single artist, who thinks this is a good idea.


+ Add a Comment

Comments (444)

Display Comments

Add a Comment

Greetings! You must login or signup first!