As with any gallery moderator on deviant art, I have specific and set in stone guidelines for daily deviations. For those of you who don't know what a daily deviation is, or how to suggest one, this article is for you!
If you were to be browsing the Horror and Macabre Gallery one day, and suddenly, you noticed a photograph that sent chills down your spine, and you feel like it should be noticed by a wider audience, the first step is going to the deviants page.
Checking to see if they have had a daily deviation in the past three months is important! By clicking on their gallery, and clicking 'Browse', if they've had a daily deviation, a link will show up at the bottom of the first screen that will read '"Deviantnamehere"'s Daily Deviations." If you click on that, it will bring up their most recent, and older, daily deviation features. By checking the date, you'll notice if they have had a feature within the last three months, and you will know whether or not your suggestion can be accepted! The quick summerization deviation below gives you the basics of what you should be looking for when checking for a past daily deviation:
If they HAVE had a daily deviation within the past three months, I am not going to DD them again until their three months is up, if not longer. This is to allow room for other artists to have their chance to be featured.
As I am the gallery moderator for Horror and Macabre Photography, one thing to remember is that I only look after that one particular gallery. I do not deal with the following, and future moderators of this specific gallery will not deal with them either:
Digital or Traditional Artwork
Film or Animation
Deviant Art Related
Animals, Plants or Nature
Of course, there are some suggestions that come from galleries such as:
Photography > People and Portraits > Expressive/Glamour Portraits/Self-Portraits/Body Art
Photography > Conceptual
Photography > Abstract & Surreal
With the proper permissions, if the suggestion suits my Submission Guidelines, I can feature from these galleries as well, as long as the suggestion is related to my genre. Examples of such would be:
First choice would always go to the gallery moderator of the specific gallery, of course, but again - as long as it fits the range and scope of what I feature, the suggestions are highly welcome.
How NOT to suggest a Daily Deviation:
Basic and universal common sense applies right here. The first thing you should never do, when suggesting to me or to any other gallery moderator, is be rude. We're VOLUNTEERS, and we are people who have time constraints and we're here to assist you, and interact with you, but we're not going to listen if you are going to be rude.
If your suggestion is declined, there will be a reason. Be it the size of the photograph, or the quality, etc, most moderators (myself included) will give you a reason if you so desire.
By looking at folders such as: Penny for your Macabre, you can get a good handle on what I like to see, and what I don't is obviously not in there.
Something I have featured:
Something I can't feature:
Self Suggestions: YES YES YES!
I'm a strong advocate for self promotion. I encourage that you self suggest, as long as it fits in to my genre, if you feel comfortable doing so!
A few suggestions before going ahead and doing it though:
If you can't take rejection, don't do it. There may be mitigating factors in why I decline a piece. If you don't want me to say no, don't send it in. I have had, in the past, folks send me traditional artwork, which I HAVE to decline, and things have got a little messy. Please be aware of my guidelines before considering self suggestion!
Send your best. This doesn't mean you have to be some kind of super hero artist - just send me what YOU think your best is. And tell me why. I like to know why!
Don't self suggest (or any kind of suggest!) a piece of artwork that has been placed in scraps. It might be amazing, but if the artist doesn't deem it worthy to be placed in a folder for all to see and considers it 'scrap', it's there for a reason.
To end this, I have compiled a list of links that might help you on your journey to suggesting daily deviations!
For a list of past horror/macabre photography daily deviations from my term specifically, you may view them here:
| May 2010 Spooky Round Up | June 2010 Spooky Round Up| July 2010 Spooky Round Up| August 2010 Spooky Round Up | September 2010 Spooky Round Up | October 2010 Spooky Round Up | November 2010 Spooky Round Up | December 2010 | January 2011 Spooky Round Up |
For the FAQ on Daily Deviations, who chooses them, and how, as well as what to do when you disapprove of one, see:
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?
For a comprehensive listing of all the gallery moderators, you can go: Right Here.
All the moderators are different. These are just basic guidelines and if you had ever been confused about suggesting a daily deviation, I certainly hope they have helped!
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