Hello Again, Fair Deviants!
Please tell me in the comments if there's anything missing you feel should not be missing! It's very important to me that you do this, because this guide is not for me, it's for the whole dA community and I want to know what you want to know!
dA MurodA Muro was released August 7th, 2010 as dA's 10th birthday present to everyone! Muro is basically a digital drawing program, designed with opacity, smoothness, and density settings in every brush (there are 21 in all).
- You can find the complete list of Muro brushes and their functions in a guide made by Gashu-Monsata: MURO-An Ultimate Premium Guide.
- Muro has spawned many groups and guides. I would recommend my friend Gashu-Monsata's guides, because I learned from a guide he made especially for me that was incredibly helpful.
- Check out Gashu-Monsata's Muro art and resources folder to view Gashu's incredible Muro art and the many guides she's made, including the one she made for me, Muro speedpainting video-Ocean.
- If you're curious, you check out my (horrible) attempt at waves here.
- Look into the official deviantART Muro release news article! It tells you about the purpose of Muro, and contains a special note from spyed.
- Here's a few of the largest Muro groups in order of watcher size:
dAmnITdAmnIT is basically a place to post funny quotes you witnessed/heard/made while chatting! It's fun to
- There's actually not much to tell about dAmnIT, so the FAQ section would be best, this one in particular.
- The most quotes are listed here and they'll really make you laugh!
Chat Network (dAmn)dAmn, the revolutionary (not really, just wanted to say that) chat network on deviantART has got thousands of deviants talking (pun intended)! Just click on "Chat" in the drop-down menu next to the dA logo at the top of the page, and away you go, to new worlds and new opportunities! Just scroll around on the chat menu, and find the chatroom that you connect with! There's lots of diversity among chatrooms. There's chatrooms for just chatting, role-playing chats, contest chatrooms and more!(Wow I've used lots of ! in this description...)
- BloodshotInk created a guide explaining how to use the chatrooms! Here is the guide.
- You can also create your own chatroom! It's very simple. All you have to do is go to the chat homepage, click "Create a Chatroom" at the top-right corner of the page, name the chatroom, and then describe it.
ForumsThe Forums on dA is a place to to talk, fix problems, greet people, get jobs, and more! There are many different thread categories, and you can check them out at the forum main page, here. There are even special threads for Senior Members and Premium Members, which I have not had the opportunity to check out because I am neither of those. Anyways there's also a thumbshare feature (for both premium members and regular ones) that allows you to showcase your artwork by basically trading thumbs. You start a thread with a couple of your deviations thumbed (you can find your deviation's thumbcode on the right side of the deviation), but in exchange you view some other people's artwork which will be thumbed in the thread! Very useful and helpful!
- Little-Vampire's guide, "Forums for Dummies", is a very straightforward and comprehensive guide that goes over everything you'll need to know about the Forums!
- Although the Forums may look complex, but it's actual pretty easy to navigate around, so that was basically it for the Forums!
SymbolsOK, so I'm sure that most of you dA newcomers will not know exactly what the symbol next to your name is and what it means, and maybe some of you not-so newcomers don't know the connotations of each symbol. Basically, there's only one guide you need to see for this one:
- mushir's "deviantART Symbols Explained" is a fun and thorough guide that explains (and jokes) about every symbol in dA existence.
CritiquesCritiques are, to put it mildly, incredibly useful. They give an artist valuable help and information that they can then put to work in the following art pieces they make. Critiquing is the most powerful and quickest way to improve as an artist. Although critiquing is a premium member feature, regular members can still make your own critique in the comments. This section of the guide will show you how.
- The Help and FAQ section is actually a very good resource in this topic. Here's the FAQ.
- If you're a visual learner, check out liiga's two part guide to giving and receiving critiques!
WELL FOLKS, THAT'S IT!
It's been a month and two days since I started this guide, and it was well-worth the time! I hope you newcomers learned a lot, and you veterans at least learned a little!
So thank you for checking out my guide, please show my news articles and deviation some love here:
CitationsIn order of appearance
Some places are repeated in different sections, so I didn't list them more than once.
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
- SweetDuke's "Guide to Text Formatting"
- Chu-Cheshire's "HTML guide for dummies".
- deviantCSS's "HTML Limitation Guide"
- Glittercandy's "Llama Badge Tutorial"
- MrBurnZ's "deviantART Llama Level Guide"
- CigsAce's "The Llama Hustle"
Emoticons and PLZ Accounts
- FAQ #53: How do I use Emoticons? Where are they?
- FantasyStock's news article, "Plz Accounts Database!
- Gashu-Monsata's "Muro art and resources"
- "Muro speedpainting video-Ocean"
- "deviantART Muro" release news article
Chat Network (dAmn)
- BloodshotInk's news article "A Guide To Using The Deviantart Chat Rooms"
- Tachy-on's lessons, "First Lesson", and"Second Lesson"
- FAQ #95: What is the Critique Feature and how do I use it?
- liiga's "Giving a Critique", and"Taking a Critique"
Whew, 34 days, 1-2 hours a day, and it's finally done! All 100 groups, owners of guides, owners of journals used, and news article posters have been notified!
Thank you for all of your support!