Where is the Devious Love?
An article promoting positivity in the community
And general warmth and fuzziness
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I wanted to put together a series of articles that focus on the opposite of drAma, instead focusing on positives. Here is a collection of messages I have gathered from members of the community, that highlight positive moments, be they success stories, kind words or general messages of encouragement for those who work hard.
"Okay, for starters, the biffle who convinced me to try DA in teh first place: ~kayleero! Seriously energetic, awesome artist, biffle of mine, even if she does purposely get anime characters wrong to set me off into fangirl mode (yes, i KNOW you're calling Al a robot just to annoy me at this point.) She sent a message 'bout me, and im returning the favour: she makes awesome emotes, and helped to teach me basic anime drawing skills! She's the best President of West Dakota ever!
Next, my totally awesome fangirl sister, ~ExSakura. She's a total fangirl (like me!) and can cheer me right up. She a much better artist than i-and before you say it, Em, no i am NOT better at backgrounds than you!-and totally deserves a good shoutout. she's really supportive, and one of mah best friends. she's mah nee-san!
~kyo, up to bat! She's a really good artist, and happens to be obsessed with Snake. She can be surprisingly random at times, such as the picture of a turkey she uploaded recently. She's an awesome friend, and a MUCH better artist than me. You go ~kyo!
~NinjaGrape. yes, she has a weird name. yes, she's obsessed with MLP(ur insane, lizzie.) yes, she's insane. but she's totally awesome, and has a really good talent of taking random lines i draw and turning them into pictures. She's also a fellow anime fan, and actually introduced me to Soul Eater. and she likes Legend of Zelda. (uve GOT to get Skyward Sword) She's totally awesome, and needs to come with me to otakon next year. u know it's true, u big AppleJack fan.
~WDMacro. The awesome child who likes to cut her shirts. Never understand why. but she's totally awesome, a wonderful artist, and helped ~kayleero to convince me onto DA in the first place. She's also so awesome as to run a ~kayleero fanclub. keep up the randomness, ~WDMacro!"
Love sent by ~Ayara012
I must say that you are one of the most unique persons that I ever had the pleasure to meet. You are so nice and sweet and you are always so kind to me, even when I'm sad you try to comfort me with your words! ^^ Believe me when I say that, it is really an honour to know someone like you, and I would love to talk more with you in our bad accent english! xD
Anna, I have to confess that when I met you I got a hell of a scare! xD But at the same time I thought that I never met someone that looked so much like me! xD You are funny, honest and friendly in your own way! And I'm very happy to had meet you becouse you are one amazing person. And sometimes is dificult to find people like you!
Fernanda, you are such a nice person. You criticise yourself so much but I think you never really realized how cool you are! ^^ And I and the other people on livestreams have told you this before. You are sweet and you always try to help if you can! And of course... I always love our snails related conversations! xD
Rita, what can I say! xD You're just awesome and so funny and sweet! ^^ I am so happy to have meet you, becouse our conversations are always something of the other world! xD Just continue to be the sweet and funny person you are!
Duda, you are one awesome person! I love how you try to hide your perv side, but when we are all talking, you just can't! xD And then... very weird conversations appear! You are very sweet and funny and I am so pleased to have meet you! "
Love sent by ~TheJoanaPADJ
"*PiichixChan , I know we don't talk nearly often enough, but I love you and you're awesome.
Seriously, this girl is an epic fangirl, her art is adorable and improving by the day, and she's always a great friend to everyone. Her overall positivity and cheerfulness is an amazing addition to the deviantART community. Plus, who doesn't love uber-cute coloring?
My second bit of love goes out to ~trainingartist .
Oh, my gods. Dear, you are just so very amazing. I literally had my first art-fangirl moments with your art, and I continue to get super excited every time I see you've uploaded another drawing. I will never get over figuring out how you draw and shade hair so perfectly.
Everyone, go say hi to her and bug her about her amazingness.
Next on the roster is ^ClefairyKid, for
being all bluehaving a lovely sense of humor, being Australian, and making such lovely art. Also for doing this whole Devious Love thing, which I support wholeheartedly. I also support rainbows wholeheartedly, and she appears to be an advocate of RRR (Rainbow Redemption and Revival).
So super kudos to her. ^-^"
Love sent by ~Prettyodd7
~sonxfanchara, You're very special to me and extremely nice. You're the sweetest and nicest person that I know. I'm really glad to have you as a sister. Seeing your art makes me really jealous of you, and that makes me want to work harder on my art and do better, until someday I can be as good as you. I love you sister! "
Love sent by ~MyselfIsMagicalXD
"Dear *Miosita and *SweetLhuna,
You guys really inspired me to... LOOK and seek for friends who can make your time here on dA more worth it! Yes the reason why I draw SO MANY lovley gifts is... because of you guys! when ever I feel like drawing then I ALWAYS pick some of your guy's charcters! And the happy look in you guys faces (or emoticons) makes me even more motivted to do that too for others! And also you guys UNDERSTAND me and KNOW me ;-; I shared secrets with you guys because I know they'll be save! And also thank =ClefairyKid for letting me know about her love project! it is worth it! I recommend you guys check it out too! and also... I wanna feature you guys! the awesome gifts you have made for me that I really like! I LOVE you guys! you are the most wonderfull friends I would ever had!
Lots of love, Lune (*LuneTheTiger)"
Love sent by *LuneTheTiger
"~Chaltiere is a wonderful friend of mine. We only know each other from being online, but I like to think we've gotten close after talking about our own unique problems with one another. She's a hard worker and good artist. I just want to say to her: never give up on your dreams, hun!! Keep trying, keep persevering through thick and thin. The trials we go through in life are tough, but we can turn out better in the long run, if we overcome those trials unscathed. Know that I'm here for you when you need an ear to unload your problems on, even if it is a figurtive ear through the net. I'm praying for your success and that your hardships will become few, hun.
And, this is a shout out to all the people of devArt. Don't be discouraged by the lack of watchers, comments, DDs, ect. Do not stifle your growth and improvement by such needless worries! I've encountered this more times than I can count as I scroll through my quiet, empty deviations. Or, while I read through a story that has been awarded a DD. There are always going to be people that are better at things than you are. However, don't be disheartened by that statement; instead, find your drive to succeed and excel along with those people! Improvement in anything comes with practice and positive motivation, and all people must strive for it!"
Love sent by ~Tavia-chan
"~ybag2108 deserves so much more attention than she has! She's an absolutely AMAZING artist and definitely needs some more love!
!Cyndaquilly has a SUPER DUPER CUTE gallery, and lots of awesome Hetalia fanart! I smile every time I look at her gallery!
~inkling97 has some awesome works in her gallery, both digital and traditional! She is very dedicated to her art, and whatever she does always turns out awesomely!"
Love sent by ~OtakuSun
"I would like to send a "devious love" message regarding my friend Henry Blat, his screen name is ~henryblat.
Henry Blat is a good artist with unique vision, that I am envious of even as I admire it and am great friends with him! He is a bold and brave artist, and has done amazing things to stand up to the government and the army of his native land (which he cannot divulge due to the sensitivity of his material). Every time he does a new work it is of a great surprise to me, because it is always different from the last and demonstrates a new "side" of his talent that I did not know about before. Thank you."
Love sent by ~BernardFazling
"~GreenFeline777 inspires me. She talks about how she enjoys making the lives of others better. Her artwork is adorable! She's the one who got me to open an account on dA, and I've made quite a few good friends since then. I love my friends! God bless you, Green! "
Love sent by !ChristianCanid
I think it's really awesome how you wore that tutu to the movies. You are an awesome llama burrito of epic awesomeness, and if you forget that I will shove a pepperoni pizza in your face. With barely any sauce, of course.
Also, to =bigfunkychiken,
Well, let's list the awesome things about you, ok?
-your username is pure GENIUS.
-you make awesome emotes.
-you took not one, but TWO pictures of a frog!
-you can make really cool animations.
-and last but totally the epicest is that you're a really nice person.
And to ~The-Letter-H,
Join the fan club cuz you're super epicly awesome! "
Love sent by ~kayleero
"I like to say that *Princess-Peachie is a really good artist especially with the way she does with her pixels and icons. Her work is very pretty and very colorful. Not too dark or too light, it is just right. I do hope that she keeps up the good work and I do enjoy having her around in DA."
Love sent by ~Celestialien86
"!BlOOdLuSt16 was the first person I started talking to on dA and the first to offer open critique on my drawings. Her drawings inspire me to improve, and Ive learned countless techniques from her. Beyond the art aspect, she's been a wonderful and trustworthy friend to me since I met her. As a friend, I admire a lot about her. Shes hardworking and determined to get somewhere with her art and music. Her personality mixes the straightforward with the compassionate, and it shines through in all forms of her art. Its an honor to know her.
~Solarune is one of the most interesting people Ive talked to. In every one of our comment marathons, she offers something new for me to think about, so the comments blossom into something completely different from the original topics. The best part is that she really considers what someone else says and you can tell in her responses. Every time I talk to her, it brightens my day. So much positivity shines through in her words and its obvious shes a compassionate and very understanding person. Not to mention, her writing style is beautiful and unlike any other. When I read her pieces, I find myself caught up in the writing style and happenings of the work.
!Drowningfireflies is another writer with a unique perspective. Her prose is heartfelt with a very honest quality to it, setting it apart from others. Not only is her prose honest and thoughtful, but her conversation is, too. I always look forward to her replies, regardless of length, because I know there will always be something in there that will make me think deeply. There is encouragement, even comfort in her words because theyre straightforward and obviously truthful. This makes the critique she offers a delight to read, and Im more than happy to return the favor, knowing she looks forward to it. She is truly a lovely person to get to know.
*SiSero is a skilled artist who utilizes traditional media in one of the most incredible ways Ive ever seen. I admire her greatly, not only because of her success as a manga artist, but for her bright, optimistic personality. Shes an inspiration to many, and her work is magnificent. She has a kind and generous personality, and on top of that is very supportive of the work of others. Im always glad to talk to her."
Love sent by ~zerosilver
"Dear `MzzAzn, you've been so lovely leaving your comments even whilst I didn't have the chance to be active on the site, and it meant the world to me to see your bright, happy comments around my page . It was a tough time for me and I want you to know you always bring a smile to my face.
Dear *Loonaki, it might be weird considering I've never had the chance to meet you in person, but I think about you and refer to you in conversations as if you were around here as much as anyone else, you're so gorgeous with any hair colour, and so inspiringly talented, I still have the picture you sent me and I pick it up and look at it almost every day
Dear ~bloodline009, you inspire me so much, I literally sit there and stare at the lines and shading of your artworks. I'm so glad your a part of dA and share your artworks, I can't get over how much it inspires me to improve seeing your art.
Dear *f-wd you do such a brilliant job of getting through so many commissions, and of being capable of different styles, not only are your animated chibis unique and eye-catching, but your CG portraits make me want to drool with their glowing, lineless style. You're an incredibly talented deviant and I wanted to make sure you knew that.
Dear *EliseEnchanted, your a special deviant, that's very much for sure, and even though we've not had much chance to talk lately, I still look forward to your new deviations and sparkly magical style. You're a great deviant, don't worry what others say just go with your instincts and do what makes you happy."
Dear ^ladygagz, I wanted to thank you for the role you play in the community, and to let you know that your helpful articles, resources and consistently hard working presence here on dA doesn't go unnoticed. Keep working hard to improve at what you do and branch out into new things. I've watched you for some time now and I can see you've been moving forward as an artist.
Love sent by ^ClefairyKid
"I would like to send out some devious love to ~Unicornya she's a brilliant new artist on DA and her gallery blew me away. I was really sad to see that her work wasn't getting the exposure it deserves and just want to say:
"Keep up the brilliant work, your pieces show a LOT of skill and detail in every single one. Not only that but your grasp on colour palettes and lighting is fantastic. Your work really inspired me to appreciate art a whole lot more, that flame was sort of dying, but after seeing your gallery it was rekindled."
"I would like to send a huge gigantic hug to ~Deyran for making me love coming on here again just to see what you has to say! You've made me appreciate my characters a lot more and I really enjoy our conversations! You're my new Muse and I would really love to read some of your story when you get it written!"
And last but not least:
"Loads of appreciation and love to ~monstroooo for stepping up to the challenge of being my co-founder. He's been a rock and guiding force to the group and has really pulled it in the right direction. Without him and his dedicated work, I'm sure it would not be running today. Wise and innovative in his decision making, he's a great right hand man and I think no group founder could ask for a better choice.""
Love sent by *sleyf
Gift Art Features
As well as lovely messages, I would like to share some artworks that have been made as gifts:
Spread the Love!
With these happy and positive stamps!
Make a Difference!
By making some artworks that make others smile! You could make a loving, sunny or colourful picture, anything to make someone else smile and feel warm when they look at it. Check out the group for examples of artworks that deviants have made in the spirit of happiness!
"If you're ever suffering from an art or writer's block, just remember that inspiration is everywhere.
Just look around you. Take a moment to think about things, perhaps even in a way that is different from your usual way of thinking. Something will spark your imagination, don't worry."
I am always looking for more people to send in messages for these articles, so never hesitate to do so! Please send a note to ^ClefairyKid with the subject "Devious Love" with any lovely messages or words of encouragement you might have for members of the community. Remember that they can stories of success, small triumphs, a simple "You're awesome!" or whatever you think is something positive that could be shared with the community. If someone has sent some kind words about you, please consider continuing the love and spread some of your own for others