Where is the Devious Love?
An article promoting positivity in the community
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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.
Devious love for rayray18,
"Almost 2 years ago now (1st of july to be exact) I met *rayray18 here on dA. We met in the silliest way ever, I asked her how you can make a big llama emoticon appear since by then, I was still such a dA noob! xD But she kindly told me how to, and explained me even more stuff. We started watching each other and when I moved accounts for a fresh start, we immediately watched each other again. Later that year she drew me a birthday gift and that's "where it all went wrong" xD Now, every year we draw each other something for our birthday's, and for our "friendship anniversary". We comment on all of each others stuff, talk alot of about random things, she's like.. a friend who lives maaaany miles away from me, but it still feels like she's my neighbour or something haha. *rayray18 has become very special to me, and a while ago I saw her for the first time in action. Through a webcam, but still, we saw and heard each other and promised that we'd once meet <3 She said the sweetest thing someone ever said about me. "I wouldn't mind breaking all my bones if it was just to get a hug from you". And that's exactly how I feel about her. If people ask me who my best friends are, I mention her as well "
Sent by ICanReachTheStars
Devious love for andal13 and Fiarene-Art,
"andal13 is one of the deviants I have known the longest here on deviantART. She is always so supportive and kind, and her artwork is brilliant as well as being wonderfully varied.
Fiarene-Art is such a sweet deviant! She's always lovely to talk to, and her art is beautiful - particularly her doll photography (which is mostly on her other account, Fiarene). "
Sent by cality
Devious love for EmmyIsAZebra and several others,
"Squashies They're warm, friendly, and fill my days with support and hysterical laughter. I love them all as family.
EmmyIsAZebra is the center of Squashy Land that holds all the crazy Squashy characters together. Mama Zebra is an apt description if I ever heard one. Whether you're having your best day, your worst day, or something in between she's always there and armed with loving comments. As an artist she's always trying something new and learning interesting skills like baking, sculpting, plushies, paper cranes, and writing. She generously creates many of these as gifts for others.
Euxiom, the baby squashy, is a brave ball of energy. Never afraid to be herself, speak her mind, or foil teasing plots with the hard truth! Plus, she handles critique and advice with grace and maturity, striving to improve her natural writing talents. I'm happy to indulge in Super Secret Exclusive Fun Time with her as company.
KingGrim Face the Jerk Face, is exceptionally generous, witty, reliable and a class act all around. Dragged into a room full of crazy women, he rolls with our incessant teasing and user page assaults like a champ. In the middle of all this he still finds time to write and contribute on dA. I don't know anyone else who works as hard on as many lit community projects and manages to remain consistent.
TheTerrorOfTheDeep. Armed with a direct sense of humor and more plz accounts than you can shake a stick at she's a shameless havoc creator. (Don't think I forgot that assault on Panda's page!) Beneath all that chaos and bee stinging she's also a lovely lady and talented writer.
PandaCat-Productions, a super rare species, is loads of fun. When Panda is around, belly aching laughter isn't far behind. She's also an amazing writer who reads to us in her fabulous character voices (and her neat accent!). I can listen to her read about Mr. Sexy Top Hat all day.
squeezelouise is a genuine sweetie and talented artist. She leaves a trail of positive comments wherever she goes which make me all warm and fuzzy on the inside. It's always a pleasure to speak with her.
TheStorageGnome may be short but don't let it fool you. She's clever and her love of villainy has taught her an extra trick or two. Evil plotting aside, Gnomey is an awesome writer, animal lover, and the voice of (villainous) reason. She excels at giving and receiving constructive feedback."
Sent by thorns
Devious love for Si3art and others,
"First I'd like to say a few words about Si3art . I've discovered her just today, but I have to admit she's an amazing artist. I'll just have to repeat some words that I wrote about her gallery in a comment:I believe it consists of immense fantasy, extraordinary talent and pure magic! I mostly love her watercolour works. I'm sure you won't regret visiting her gallery.
Nick, a.k.a. TheScorpionBoy is a young, aspiring British writer. Judging from his journals and his deviant ID I believe he has a great sense of humour and he must be a very interesting and fun person in real life. His works are deep, sensitive and well-structured. I'm sure he will go far.
Elanor90 is a sweet, Russian lady who's helped me a lot with my group ArtAuthentic. I owe her a big thank you. She also has a lovely gallery that needs more exposure. Check her out!"
Sent by TheAppleScientist
Devious love for bradleysays,
"I wanted to say that bradleysays is a deviant I have known for a very long time on this site, and was one of the first who I looked up to and learnt from. I want to congratulate him on all the hard work he's done over the years working in various groups and community related events, and for continuing to work as hard as ever. Thank you for your contributions to the community, and all the best with your artworks in the future."
Sent by ClefairyKid
Devious love for robinpika and others,
"For: robinpika You are a wonderful artist and you impressed me so much and you made me just speechless. The shots of you are really amazing and one photo is better than the other and it felt as if I have faved more than 100 photos of your gallery. You are just amazing and wonderful.
For: Loonaki You are a dear friend of mine and we know each other for 13 years now. And I'm so happy that we are friends. You always impressed me again and again with everything you do. You are simply a wonderful,amazing friend and artist and very, very talented. Thanks for everything!
For: holdingmymemories You are a very sweet and nice person that I had the pleasure to meet. You are so talented and just amazing. I've never had the chance to meet you in person, but I think you are even that wonderful you are online. Thanks that you are a friend to me. "
Sent by FairyFunny
Devious love for RabiesGirl and Dovelie,
"First, I'd like to thank RabiesGirl, They were very kind and donated prizes in my membership raffle ! The winner was really happy ! The prize was really impressive for a random freebie, too ! They said "I would gladly donate more prizes for your give aways, at least until I can get people to show up for my own give aways. then I can make people happy all by myself ", I thought that was one of the nicest things ever ! I don't know her personally, but from what I've seen, she's got an awesome personality and great works ! You should totally go see her !
Second, I'd also like to thank Dovelie for donating a prize to my raffle ! They were also very kind and patient with me. They've got some good work, too !
I'd go on, but then I think the list would get too long ! ;A; Thanks, everyone ! ; 7; I have yet to come across someone to be rude to me. "
Sent by Deviant-Light
Devious love for SleepyRaccoon,
"SleepyRaccoon Is such a crazy and awesome friend that I admire very much. Her style and characters always change which keeps things exciting and fun She's my greatest inspiration, teacher, and friend and I thank God everyday that I get to spend time with her."
Sent by Forestchildling
Devious love for "The Staff of dA",
"To the staff and everyone who makes deviantART deviantART,
Thank you. deviantART is a wonderful, friendly environment many deviants, including myself, cherish! Thank you for all you hard work and dedication!"
Sent by pixiepot
Devious love for JamminJo and ClefairyKid,
Thank you so much for all of the kind words you have given me, the support you've given me over the past couple of months. You are someone that I can turn to, someone that I can confide in and ask for advice if I need it. Without you, I think my most recent project would have floundered and been dead in the water four days in.
Lots of love to you...
Martha a.k.a. Caedy
You are fantastic, you are wonderful, and because of the critique that you gave me, such detailed information you have inspired me to keep going with the stamps that I am making and even to in the new year, start delving into learning more about pixel art including emoticons and things of that nature to improve my stamp making.
Lots of love to you,
Sent by Caedy
Devious love for Sleyf and others,
"I wish to thank so much those people who met me here, in DA
And first of all I wish to send my gratitude and love to Sleyf. I never expected there are so kind, benevolent and nice people in such societies I registered here just because I wanted to upload my pictures and show them to some friends in order not to send them through email, ets. But I've found much more here Creative people, who are united by common thoughts and goals They share their works, seek for inspiration in other people's works, inspire them with own works and so on and so forth. Sleyf, you say my works had inspired you That the great reward for me. And I wish you to know that your words have inspired me the same way! I haven't been painting for some time since I'd registered But now I'm so eager to return to painting! I thank you so much! I wish my future arts will please you the same way! I'm eager to do my best
And of course I'd like to thank Deyran and BottomlessPitStudios for their kind and inspiring comments and wishes! Thank you! Everything what is said above concerns you as well! You all have made me see the world another way it's much better and kinder. And you make it so beautiful and rich!"
Sent by Unicornya
Devious love for lnstinct and others,
"lnstinct and I haven't been in touch for a while now. She's a great artist, and she was always very friendly and kind. I'm not entirely sure if she's active here anymore, but I thought I'd take the time to send some love to an old friend. Hun, I remember when we had some fun and crazy times on the DGM forum! xD Those feel like the good old days... I remember you helped me out a lot with being a moderator and all that. You were (and I'm sure you still are) so responsible. I want to thank you for all the advice that you gave me so long ago! I haven't ever forgotten you and the others on that forum, and I doubt I ever will. I'll always keep you in my prayers and thoughts, hun! <3
I also want to send some love to UlquiorraEspada4. I can remember when I first met you when you commented on an Ulquiorra drawing I did long ago. Lol, we both shared are awesome fangirlisms and we've never really fell out of contact since. I know sometimes things can be stressful in life, and it can feel as if you're utterly alone. But, don't be discouraged, hun! I wish you the very best with your school (and the homework you don't finish >_> haha). Keep up with your great drawings, too!
Sent by Tavia-chan
Devious love for Ultra-Adeline,
"I saw this series and I just had to write something for Ultra-Adeline. Woman, you are one hell of a fun person. Your work always puts a smile on my face, and it's just awesome. Your attitude gets the best of me sometimes, but it just makes me adore it even more. You're an ego maniac, funny, realistic (and that's hard to come by nowadays), and you're really intelligent. I am so so glad that you were my first friend here on dA, you made the beginning experience so much better than it would've been, and I hope that we can stay friends until hell freezes over. I always find it humorous that we met simply because you told an artist her artwork was being stolen. It proves that some good can come out of bad things. I really don't care how late it is as I write this, I could go on for pages worth. But, that would require a lot of reading, and no one wants that. ;'D Have fun in your new apartment and everything else you do in life~! P.S. You're really beautiful, so don't say that you ain't! c:"
Sent by JA-Riv
"eevee1767 is a really awesome big mac friend. She lets me be myself. Hours upon hours, we have conversed to each other about the most bizarre things, ranging from Michael J. Fox to the Russian language.
metal-boo is the most brosome of all bros. He was one of the first users I met after joining dA, and we have been bros through a lot of situations, good and bad."
Sent by Sailor-Pikmin
Devious love for NihuAndEdwick,
"Dear brother, You have always been there for me, always helped me when I was down, when I was alone, Helped me learn I would never be lonely, Helped me through the rough times, Even helped me out of suicide once. I wanted to feature you in this journal because I love you brother, and because your work is beautiful and clever, and you don't care what others think, and will do as you please, and to please me. I think, and I know, and All my friends know, That you are probably the best big brother out there. I know we've had some rough times, I being a jerk, and you putting up with me, but you always kept a smile on your face and made my days happier. I love you NihuAndEdwick, I always will, Love, Your little sister, Maple-less"
Sent by Maple-less
Devious love for Wolf-At-Dusk,
"What to say about devious love ???
Well that I met my girlfriend through DA thats what! My lovely Wolf-At-Dusk
I came across her profile while pressing the random deviant button and noticing she's dutch too I left a comment.. she commented on my journal of the time and from there we started chatting and after long chat sessions we finally met in real life and became a couple.. we will be boyfriend and girlfriend for one year in the beginning of March 2012 !!
Oh how time flies when you're in love!"
Sent by robin1992
Support A Deviously Good Cause
This issue, I would like to introduce the Support A Deviously Good Cause section, as a replacement to the group section. This means I can bring to your attention not just a group, but anything that anyone may be doing that you can get involved in around the site, to help promote things of a deviously good nature.
I received a note very recently from Shadoritos, who shared with me a stamp they made to help raise awareness of a project they decided to undertake in order to make a difference in their community.
"The purple ribbons represents general cancer awareness. At first I was thinking the pink ribbon but then i decided to look around and found this one. It represents many things really but I felt that it was a good choice. Why I made this is this month (June), my uncle was diagnosed with Cancer and a week later with all of his family around him passed. This is the 3rd person close to me who has died of cancer in two years. I felt that it was almost a sign that I need to do something about it. While I have no plans on becoming a doctor I felt I could help in my own way by opening commissions in honor of my uncle and send all of the money to cancer research. By faving this stamp you are showing support! And If this stamp gets 200 faves I will do what I can to donate 100 dollars to cancer research along with the money from commissions! But there is more you can do to help than just faving and showing this stamp. you can also open commissions of your own with the same goal, or even help from outside of the artistic community and volunteer." -Shadoritos
If you would like to become more involved in helping Shadoritos, please check out their stamp, and contact with them if you would like to get involved.
Deviously Lovely Artworks
Again, I would like to introduce a new section, this time replacing the two separate sections of gift art and positive stamps, and showing you a range of positive artworks, including those two things and anything else that might put a smile on your face. If one of these does put a smile on your face, how about passing that smile on with a fav, comment, or feature of your own?
Finishing off with a quote as usual, this time from Tavia-chan;
"To all deviants, I'd like to direct you to one of my favorite encouraging and so true quotes:
"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew." -- Saint Francis de Sales
Never stifle yourself and your growth by believing you can never change in life. Young or old, an individual can succeed in doing the most amazing things in the world sometimes."
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 be stories of success, small triumphs, a simple "You're awesome!" or whatever you think is something positive that could be shared with the community. You can also include quotes, positive images or stamps and ideas for good causes that people can get involved in. Remember that it doesn't matter whether you send a line or paragraphs, every bit of love is appreciated by the community and all messages are included the next available issue.