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dA's Guide to the Galaxy pt. 2

Thu Sep 8, 2011, 4:19 PM

Hello Again, Fair Deviants!


I am Prince Charming Shroomkin, and here is the final installment of dA's Guide to the Galaxy! I decided to add another little intro to the this section (I was going to merge this with part 2, but it exceeds the 60kb cap on journals! :omg:) because I feel cool when I write intros.

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 Muro

dA 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).
  • 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.
    • 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:
  • :bulletorange::icondeviantart-muro: :bulletorange::iconmuro-da: :bulletorange::iconshow-off-ur-muros: :bulletorange::iconmuro-addicts: :bulletorange::iconmuro-art:


dAmnIT is basically a place to post funny quotes you witnessed/heard/made while chatting! It's fun to harass be empathetic for the poor guy who just got pwned, though generally it's not at someone else's expense. I have actually just learned about dAmnIT (a play on words; I'll leave you to figure out what it means, and no it's not just the word "damnit"), so I didn't post any of the several hilarious situations I've been in. But, hopefully, you won't have to lose those hilarious conversations by learning now with the next section of my guide!
  • There's actually not much to tell about dAmnIT, so the FAQ section would be best, this one in particular.
  • The most :+favlove: 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.


The 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!


OK, 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:


Critiques 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.


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:

News Articles

  1. dA's Guide to the Galaxy pt. 1
  2. dA's Guide to the Galaxy pt. 2
  3. dA's Guide to the Galaxy Complete!


  1. dA's Guide to the Galaxy pt. 1
  2. dA's Guide to the Galaxy pt. 2


  1. dA's Guide to the Galaxy Complete!


In order of appearance
Some places are repeated in different sections, so I didn't list them more than once.


Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)

Llama Badges

Emoticons and PLZ Accounts

News Articles

Daily Deviations

dA Muro


Chat Network (dAmn)




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! :heart:

  • Listening to: Show Me the Money- Petey Pablo
  • Reading: your mind.
  • Watching: your face melt.
  • Playing: with your severed hand.
  • Eating: your soul.
  • Drinking: your bloo- grape juice! :)
BigBlueSkyFotos Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I've been ignorant so long, thank you, thank you, thank you!
Shroomkin Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
No prollem! We ain't done yet either!
BigBlueSkyFotos Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hope not! I'll keep watchin' for more! Many Thanks!!!
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