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Celebrating Diversity #1

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 6:29 AM
Welcome to this new series of Art Features! Even tho most of you are aware of the many many galleries and categories here on dA, I think most of us move in a sort of "comfort zone" between Galleries, Channels or Groups that provide us with a constant flow of new art. And sometimes we forget all the other great artforms, styles and media that are out of our "comfort zone". And today I want to step out of that warm and cuddly place and feature some awesome works from places on dA I don't usually visit! 

Since this is the first entry, I thought I should explain it a bit more, so that is why there is more text in this article ;) The topic of celebrating diversity is something that I really want to cherish. I am guilty of not fully experiencing dA myself and I want to put an end to that! 

And now, to the Art!


My motivation?

 
We live in a world full of diversity, every day in real life and every day on dA. And it happens so often that a work of art is "slashed" simply because it is different than others. Because someone sees it and doesn't understand it and doesn't take the time to think about it. 
People who react like that to art, follow the same thought process, that so many many people follow when it comes to Racism, Sexism, Homophobia: "This is different to me, therefore it must be wrong." You may wonder if that comparison may not be too harsh, but when we open they way for people to condemn what is different in the small things, like in this case Art, we open the path to that thought process taking shape in many more places. 
Instead of hating on differences, we need to embrace them! Because differences make life so great! We don't want to live in a dull world where everyone thinks and does the same and everything is dull and boring and repetitive. 

Do you celebrate diversity?

  • How do you feel looking at something that is different, something that is unusual to you?
  • Are you willing to open your mind and experience new things? 

I have a little task for you!

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Go to the deviantART.com Homepage and browse thru a gallery you never visited before and share with me/us some amazing Art that you found by doing so :eager:

And you know what? If what you find is really awesome, maybe suggest it as a DD to a Community Volunteer! :eyes: 


"If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear."
- Gene Roddenberry



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:iconartbycher:
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013   Traditional Artist
Great article! I'm still learning so much. I always liked this project :D
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you :huggle: I hope you will join the series :eager: 
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
I plan on it. May be a couple weeks but I plan on it :D
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Sure, take your time :) 

Btw, and I do that too, you can start it in sta.sh and add a thumb whenever you come across something awesome :D 
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
That is a very good idea!
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
:D 
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Painmistress Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a good article. Most people see in black and white so they`ll scorn you for simply being different. Plus, I am diverse when it comes to my gallery since I have three photos, several poems, a short story, three story with chapters, and a few pieces of digital art.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
People are very lazy when it comes to seeing more than the obvious and simple things. Being diverse can be both good and bad, but that is just how life works :) I wish more people were willing to accept that there is nothing simple, really :B
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Painmistress Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is true.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:hug:
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artstrac Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
good article.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you :aww::hug:
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jadisofeternity Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Diversity. I am diverse.

I probably have things in more different categories than anyone else on DA.

diversity might be about all I got going for me but I do got that :D

I might never earn a daily deviation award or a community involvement award but if they had a diversity award, I might have a chance :D

DA is a good place to find lots of diversity though, so great topic choice.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:huggle:
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ReinaHW Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012   Writer
Being trans-gender - male to female - and bi-sexual myself, as one as a coping method that gives me a great deal of emotional support but it looked down on by society because it doesn't conform to narrow social ideals, then I embrace diversity and difference.
Life would be boring if we were all the same because of the demands of the ignorant.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:tighthug:
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Satsumo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The sad thing is, the modern thinking appears to be that you should pretend you can't see the differences, be colour blind as the term would have it. Even worse though is when people makes barriers out of them. I lived in a city which had posters for Black Art Month and the Asian Radio station. The thinking seemed to be that you brought people together by creating separate things for them.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Well, I believe that everyone should be treated equally. Despite the differences :)

But it is important to be aware of the differences and not ignore them. It's not an easy topic, but I believe we can all be individual, yet treat each other fair and the same :) (In a perfect world, anyway ;) )
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012   General Artist
This is lovely. :heart: Great article!
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you :huggle:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   General Artist
:glomp:
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RandomSearcher Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
I did, recently. Occasionally, I discovered stencil artists and was shocked by their pieces! Have a look at *abcartattack, *Tony231, ~HEGERART, ~selfhaircuts01, ~23rdkey, ~snikstencilstuff :dance:
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
That is awesome :la: And damn, they have some amazoing stuff :O_o: you should suggest some of their work as a DD ;)
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Talty Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012   Artisan Crafter
And here's my homework! I never visited the Cartoons & Comics gallery so here's what I found, it made me giggle like crazy XD [link]
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
lol I'm not sure I get it, but the "frog" at the end is hilarious :lol: I may get it a little :paranoid:
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Talty Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012   Artisan Crafter
:giggle: well it's just that some people write the weirdest haikus because of the syllable count and they end up having no sense :lol:
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
yeah :D
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Excellent project! It's definitely something that we needed, also I love the skin :la:
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you :huggle: :heart:
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012   Artisan Crafter
No problem :huggle:
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PassionandPromise Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Writer
Gosh, thats amazing!!! Well done, and thank you for highlighting a truth in art today-- many artists, even famous ones, all stick to their comfort zones, and are afraid to come out of them. It's nice to see that there are others out there who agree.
xxxx
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jadisofeternity Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student General Artist
comfort zones what's a comfort zone? I don't think I have one of those.
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PassionandPromise Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student Writer
It's like where you've always tried to train yourself to one area... for instance, a painter might be very good at painting landscapes, but might not like to do anything else, so he sticks to his "comfort zone" because he is afraid to try anything else...
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you :blush:

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lindelokse Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012   Digital Artist
:wow: thanks a lot for the kind feature, such an unexpected and nice surprise :heart:! I'm honored :thanks:!
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
you are very welcome :huggle: It's beautiful :love:
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alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesomesauce! :la:
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:happybounce:
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I took your task and wow I never thought to look under the glass area before. So beautiful! [link] and [link] are two beautiful!
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
oooh those are awesome :la: :hug:
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student General Artist
That's what I thought!
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
:la:
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:squee:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Beautiful collection, and journal skin!:D I promoted this in What's Going On?? :)
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
awesome, thank you :love:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Welcome :hug:
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Craftycraftgirl12 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Some art that I have found! I totally agree with this article, celebrating diversity is amazing!

I recently looked into a bunch of different artwork that people should DEFINITELY SEE.
ecstaticallylennychu - :thumb316607994: :thumb305909059: :thumb304971125: she is a beautiful, and sweet deviant!
And definitely check out - Maiyuki < she creats her own games based on anime and unique drawings!
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Craftycraftgirl12 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Sorry links are , [link] Blue Harvest Moon

Flower Girl [link]
and
Magical Shroom!
[link]
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Oh those are awesome pictures :D
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Craftycraftgirl12 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Agreed! Everyone should go check out her positive gallery!
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