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Part I
Part II


Here in Part III, the final section of this article, I'll take us on a walk through of a typical selection process when I'm deciding what to feature for a Daily Deviation.

Of course there are times when I come across a piece of art myself or by suggestion note that just screams out to me, "Oh yeah, this has GOT to be a DD!" But more of the time, I'm out there browsing the gallery, checking out journal and news features, :+fav:'ing, and collecting art like every other deviant.  Then when I'm in my "GM Mode," I go back and consider some of the factors I've already mentioned to decide what pieces might make good DD's at a given time.

When I'm actively looking for works to feature for a DD, I usually start with my two prime sources: my own :+fav:'s collections amassed through all of my browsing, and my file of DD suggestion notes.

So today, I'm going to select and schedule my next few Daily Deviations.  I start by taking a look at my Daily Deviations I Have Featured collection, and I notice that my four most recent features were all monochrome works. I think it's time for more color!  I go to my :+fav:'s. And immediately I see the 3 beautiful figure nudes I found and :+fav:'d in the last couple of days - all in black and white.  Alrighty, those will have to wait till later!  They 're not going anywhere, they won't "miss out" on being featured, but it might be next week or next month instead of right at this moment.

I keep scrolling down the page and see a fine color piece.  And drat it, I immediately recognize the artist's name as someone I just gave a DD to for another piece recently. No surprise, if I loved one of their works, I may well have loved several!  But I had to pick only one to feature for a DD, and thus the rest of their gallery isn't eligible at this time.

Continuing.  I find another likely candidate.  I click on the deviant's info and see that they have five prior DD's and the most recent one was 6 months ago.  Grrr... Ok, maybe... again I would prefer to feature someone who hasn't been featured quite so many times. But the deviation is deserving, eligible, and at some point I still may feature this piece.  It may or may not be right now, depending upon what other candidates I find on this particular search.

I'm not seeing a real standout choice in my collections for the moment, so let's take a look at deviations that have been suggested to me for a DD lately.  I open up my notes folders, clicking open tabs for any likely looking suggestions.  Then I start checking recent DD's by the artist of each piece I'm considering.  

The first one is an artist whose work I hadn't seen myself before.  But, it turns out that the deviant received a DD for a Fetish piece only 3 weeks ago. Darn. The second deviant I look at a suggestion for was featured for a Glamour piece two months ago.  Double darn!  This actually happens fairly often.  It's good art, and it's being sought and found and featured by more people than just me. I file both of these suggestion notes in the "maybe to feature later" folder. They're great pieces, and despite my cheerful mock-curses, I'm actually quite happy that these artists received a well-deserved feature. But I'm also still on the hunt for a good AN DD for today!

The next suggestion that catches my eye turns out to be a piece by one of dA's most popular artists. It makes sense that certain deviants will get suggested a lot.  They're already really popular, so lots of people see their work, like it, and suggest it. But again, what is the purpose or the fairness of giving DD's to the same artists over and over again?  Some of the most popular artists on dA have even said that they don't want to receive another DD.  It doesn't mean a lot to them anymore, and they themselves would rather see someone else featured. I'm going to bypass this one and probably not feature it.

Back to my search, yet one more note for a really excellent DD suggestion turns out to be an image from the very same series that the deviant was featured for a year ago - same model, same set, another pose.  Argh!  The issue isn't the time frame - it's that I really don't want to feature another piece so similar to what that artist already received a DD for.

In this case though, since even though I'm setting aside that particular deviation, I see nothing preventing the artist him/herself from receiving a DD right now, I take a closer look into the gallery. And lo and behold, I find another excellent deviation that is a beautiful full color nude and will make a great DD. I've lost the element of featuring "by community suggestion" in this case, but there will be plenty of other suggestions I can feature. And, I'll still mention in the DD description the deviant whose suggestion led me to this gallery, even though I ended up featuring a different deviation.

The process continues, and finally after looking through my own collections and a list of notes, I have found several eligible deviations with nice varying qualities that will be my next few Daily Deviations.  At this point I go about entering these into the admin DD planner - assigning each DD to its own date, and writing up the DD description or copying in the description given by the suggester.  I can tell that most people suggesting for a DD put some time into writing their descriptions, and I do the same, making a real effort to give an idea of what makes the work stand out to me.

Now that my next few Daily Deviations are chosen and logged, I have the pleasure of watching each day as each piece appears on the front page. Once it's featured, I add it in turn to my "Daily Deviations I Have Featured" collection.  And I usually check back at least a time or two during the day to see if the piece is getting comments and :+fav:'s, and see if there are any dramas developing, or inappropriate comments that need to be reported.  

When I see something like this, along with reporting severe cases myself, I usually drop a note of support to the deviant, and make sure they know how to use the reporting system too. Thankfully (in spite of the sometime frequency that we hear about "DD dArama"), these situations really are the exception. It's much more usual, and makes me very happy, to see the featured deviant receiving numerous positive comments, thoughtful critiques, and congratulations for their feature throughout their "DD Day."  

So, with all this said, I hope a few of the "mysteries" of Daily Deviations might now be a little clearer.  First, these are some of the reasons why I don't feature a DD every day. Second, these are some of the reasons why there are some excellent artworks that I can't or won't give a DD to. And third, these are some examples of how much time and consideration really does go into selecting a Daily Deviation feature. It's a privilege and a responsibility, and something that I (and I think it's safe to say my fellow GM's) do respect as well as enjoy!
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A recap of my Daily Deviation Suggestion Guidelines for Artistic Nudes:

**The deviation does not have to be submitted to the AN gallery, but still must meet the criteria of the Photography -> People & Portraits -> Artistic Nude gallery.
**I prefer to feature deviants who have not received a large number of DD features already, but this is a preference not an absolute.
**The deviant may not have received a DD in the last 90 days. How to check any deviant's past DD's
**Please send a note with "DD Suggestion" in the subject line.
**Please include the thumbnail, not just the link to the deviation, in your note.
     FAQ #511: How do I post thumbnails of my art on the Chat Network or Forums?
**Please include a short description of why you feel the piece should be a DD.  If you would not like to be named as the suggester, or have your description used if the piece is featured, please let me know that with your suggestion!
**Please send your suggestion to only one Gallery Moderator.
**I will not respond to every suggestion note, although I keep every suggestion note that I receive.

Suggesting DD's for Dummies
FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?
FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?
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:iconbdwfh:
bdwfh Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
i can only imagine what a nightmare it must be.
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner May 24, 2009   Writer
I never really considered how much time goes into choosing DDs, and so for all the GMs' hard work and consideration, I applaud you! :clap:
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vanzandtjr Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
This collection of articles was most enlightening, thanks for sharing! Very well written.
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:iconwynnesome:
wynnesome Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks for reading. I'm glad you found it worthwhile.
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vanzandtjr Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Very much so.
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DCZed Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
These are absolutely brilliant articles. Absolutely fan-bloody-tastic, in fact.
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:iconwynnesome:
wynnesome Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Professional Photographer
I'm really glad you found the information helpful. It's something I've seen a few GM's talk about, but not necessarily as much in depth, so thought I might talk about it since none of what I'm saying here is any kind of "secret."
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JacquiJax Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Once again, Love it!
Is all a treasure hunt! LOL
I have long time that i dont go myself through the AN gallery, now im more motivated so.. im gonna be bugging u soon! LOL :hug:



PS: I think that if u use bullets to write ur article will be more digestible ;) this way looks sooooo long lol but is amazing and worthy!
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limnides Featured By Owner May 20, 2009   Artist
..."and I notice that my four most recent features were all monochrome works. I think it's time for more color! I go to my 's. And immediately I see the 3 beautiful figure nudes I found and 'd in the last couple of days - all in black and white."

Oh, I know that one - very, very well. I find myself circling in trends and sometimes it's fairly hard to break.


Hah, I featured two Polish watercolourists back to back and almost featured a third before I realised it.
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:iconwynnesome:
wynnesome Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
Especially in fine art nudes, b/w or monochrome is so common that it's easy to get a string of DD's looking very uniform on the surface no matter how different each pose is. I'll fav studio b/w figure nudes all day if that's what I see and like when I browse,and that's my personal browsing, so I don't consider anything wrong with that. But I try really hard to make sure my DD's don't look like I'm featuring the same technique and style all the time.

Now featuring two people of the same nationality, that's crazy! I've never considered that part at all! At least I only have to worry about photographers and models, not mixed media, oils, acrylics, watercolors, and other media all to recognize!

I had someone note me recently to discuss in great detail the statistics of male nudes being featured for DD's, and of those, how many were full frontal vs implied... Frontal vs implied nudity is something I have never even given a thought to the numbers of, since I consider the image to be about the entirety of it, not just about whether it shows genitalia of a model of either gender. But I guess it goes to show some of the many many factors people can consider important in categorizing images!
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limnides Featured By Owner May 20, 2009   Artist
I failed to mention before that not only were they of the same nationality, but at the time they listed themselves in the same city and their usernames both began with an "n". I kid you not. I had to do a double-take the second day to make sure that I hadn't accidentally DD'd the same person.

but yeah, I imagine that it must be a little bit different for you to find variation. I try to feature from all the different categories in the main Traditional root - I have a wide variety of mediums, executions, and surfaces (just to name a few) to choose from.


It's good that person contacted you about that. It's insane how much goes into any medium - sometimes we can miss something. I've been contacted in the past requesting to see more of this or that which I, like yourself, am entirely grateful for.
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wynnesome Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
...well, really, I'm actually not going to feature based on whether genitalia shows in an image or not. They had put a lot of research into their note, but I simply don't consider "whether there is a penis in the image" to be something to factor in to giving a DD or not. Same as whether or not a female model is posed such that labia or more is visible. Sometimes that is part of a nude, sometimes it isn't, but someone's no less nude just because the pose or angle doesn't show their genitalia! At least that's my firm stance on that side of things. I don't feel a need either to seek out or avoid that particular quality in the art.

Sounds like that was quite a run of coincidence with your Polish watercolorists. That's ok, the other day I scheduled several DD's.... and yesterday I was over at ^Battledress's place working on projects with her. She checked her dA page and I saw a familiar looking image in the DD "channel" at the page footer. I thought, did someone just feature something I had scheduled for a DD, right before I was going to??? Then realized, dummy, that IS my own DD for today... why on earth I wouldn't immediately jump to that conclusion instead of being confused by it!

I think it's gotta be different in some respects working in a gallery like yours that has several or many subcategories. AN is a fairly significant subgallery I think, but at least it is only one category to work in. Probably easier in some ways and more challenging in others. Sometimes it feels like there should be subcategories within the nude genre, and I need to give that even more thought to send $Moonbeam13 a proposal for AN in regard to the "streamlining" project. Not that it's going to be based solely on my requests, but I'm still not sure what I myself would feel to be the very best overall option for dividing or redefining the AN gallery!
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limnides Featured By Owner May 20, 2009   Artist
I think I would've given almost anything to see the expression on your face when that happened. Please tell me ^Battledress snapped a photo of it. Hah.

We're streamlining Traditional at present. In our case we posed the reform to the community. It seemed like a good option, and it's definitely proving to be right. I know the case is very much different. Pooling the community offered insight to mostly every sub-category we offer (along with some we don't and should). I also realise that this is mostly irrelevant to you. Hah. If you feel that there should be sub-categories branched from AN perhaps ask your community? Disclaimer that it may not happen, but you just want to see how they feel about being able to specify their AN photographs more acutely.
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wynnesome Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
Ah, I'm not sure she even knew what I was muttering about at that moment. I mutter a lot. I'm known for it, and am on notice that I'd better speak up and/or address someone clearly by name if I expect an answer! :)

I've watched your journals for the Trad Art streamlining and it seems like it's really well planned. It's definitely different than something like AN, once again covering a much wider range of independent fields of art!

For AN, an ongoing issue that has been handled a few different ways throughout dA's history is what to do about gratuitous nude snapshots, and what to do about/allow/disallow/categorize in terms of nudes with greater or lesser erotic content that are still within the acceptable limits set by the pornography policy. Those are both things that are mentioned a lot and that I talk to people a lot about, in the community. Sadly, the community discussions I've opened up often degenerate into heated arguments about art vs porn, and artistic freedom vs censorship. They're valid topics of course, but arguing about them doesn't often get anything constructive accomplished in terms of possibilities for categories or policies! And one of my other big ones is that most "partial" nudes are glamour, fetish, or fashion pieces being submitted to AN, but there's no clear rule on it, and it really confuses things.

So it's all things I'm thinking about for suggesting some ideas to Danielle, hoping to see some progress that at least addresses some of those issues.
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limnides Featured By Owner May 20, 2009   Artist
Oh, you're preaching to the choir about muttering, ahaha. I'm always being told to speak up - and when I do I end up blushing. I think I'm afraid of my own voice.

I continue to ignore that, and for that - I apologise. I'm seeming to forget that AN comes with its own stigmas, taboos and special handling. I think you're doing something of a fantastic job with it, though... and I'm quite sure that you've the deft hands needed.
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wynnesome Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Professional Photographer
I'm just muttering thoughts out loud most of the time, thoughts that move faster than even I am usually doing a good job of keeping up with. Voice in my head is pretty loud and seeming just to get louder and louder, even when it's only my own.

Thanks for the votes of confidence. My own stands within AN aren't necessarily the same as someone else's, which is why I understand the volunteer positions changing at intervals, and also why it's great when there are two GM's with complementary positions. I've been the only one for a while now, and I don't mind that, but also wouldn't mind having a strong partner again, like `arachnid15 was.
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HenrikeD Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Student Artist
These series of articles were really interesting, thank you for the insight. That`s a lot of work for you moderators and I and, I think a lot of people with me, appreciate your work!
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:iconwynnesome:
wynnesome Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you for reading all of it, and I'm glad it makes sense and gets you thinking a little bit! Being a GM is satisfying and a lot of fun, but definitely carries responsibility too!
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HenrikeD Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Student Artist
Yes, I can imagine that. Good luck!!
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:iconwynnesome:
wynnesome Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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LovittGirl Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
These three articles are so well written, highly informative, and just downright interesting to read. Thank you for sharing your thought process. :)
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:iconwynnesome:
wynnesome Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you, and you're welcome. I've seen a few GM's mention similar topics in journals and so forth, and once I started writing, I discovered I had even more to say, in hopes of just letting people know some of the thought that goes into this aspect of being a GM!
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
:heart: Awesome! thanks for sharing a little of the process you follow, even for a fellow GM its something interesting and enlightning :)
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:iconwynnesome:
wynnesome Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Professional Photographer
I know we each have our own thoughts and selection processes, some similar and some different! Thank you for reading and I'm very glad you enjoyed checking it out.
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:iconinerlogic:
inerlogic Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Professional Photographer
damn... i thought this was going to be about b00bz....
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:iconwynnesome:
wynnesome Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Professional Photographer
Sorry, you'll have to look for articles by the GM of the b00bz gallery for that.

Oh, wait, this is deviantART, not deviantb00bz.

Yeah, you're looking for the wrong thing.
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
:lmao:
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:iconinerlogic:
inerlogic Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Professional Photographer
sometimes it's hard to tell...
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:iconwynnesome:
wynnesome Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Professional Photographer
There are a lot of people who focus on the lewd and crude of nudity.

The reason I object so much to your attitude in posting this comment, is that you're directing your derision toward the wrong person. As the a nude photographer and the GM for Artistic Nudes, and as the author of this article which very clearly focuses on looking for excellence in nude art, it should be more than obvious to you that I am here to promote the artistic values of fine art and figure nudes, and not to lust and drool over genitalia.

So, by attacking me, you are becoming part of the problem. If you're also looking for quality in nude art, please help by suggesting quality DD's, reporting miscats and pornography violations through the appropriate channels, and supporting myself and other artists in the community who are creating and promoting fine art nudes.

Otherwise, you're part of the problem, and insulting me by insinuating that I'm "all about the b00bz" as well.
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inerlogic Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Professional Photographer
yeh, the comment was a joke, way blown out of proportion, chillax....
trust me, i don't think anyone who is not a staff member reports more miscats than i do....
i hate people from poland and turkey who seem to be the biggest offenders in the "throw random crap in A/N" category... and yes, even after the hard work and diligence of the miscat crew it still seems most of the time that DA is less about the art and more about myspace/facebook rejected photos.....

now why isn't everyone reporting the webcam/cameraphone crap that gets stuck on here?
and why aren't they re-reporting it when whatever admin handled the thing said "oh, there's nudity, quality doesn't matter, clearly it's an artistic nude photo"

i wasn't attacking you, i was being sarcastic, had i wanted to attack you i would've made a snide remark about the favoritism clearly shown in DDs and `'s and all the other popularity contests on this site, which i realize you have nothing to do with....
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Synthetamine Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
if you want it you can find it
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:iconinerlogic:
inerlogic Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Professional Photographer
if i want it, i can shoot it myself....
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:iconsynthetamine:
Synthetamine Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
yepp, I just get tired of the actual scheduling of shoots
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