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April 2, 2009


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Journal Entry: Thu Apr 2, 2009, 8:22 PM
Yeah, it's that time of year again, I have to rewrite my DD guidelines journal. Same old crap, based on common sense. These are my personal rules, they aren't universal, but please keep them in mind when sending me suggestions or I will ignore your note. I get so many god awful suggestions, it's just getting out of hand.

1) The piece has to be good. I mean, really good. I don't care how lovely the artist is or how hard they've been working, the piece needs to be top notch stuff. Look at the art I see every day running my collective ( If the piece isn't as good as the stuff on there, there's no chance I'm giving it a feature here.

2) The DD is a feature, not an award. I get dozens of notes from people suggesting pieces with tens of thousands of views, and several thousand favourites. Honestly, you think that piece needs more attention? 100 favs is the ceiling - anything above that doesn't need a DD.

3) Perhaps should be the first one, I only feature digital art. No photos.

4) Don't suggest yourself. Two reasons for this; you're going to take it personally if I knock it back (which happened on one occassion recently and really annoyed me - this guy suggested his own work, I said it wasn't DD standard, then he got incredibly pissy told me I shouldn't be so quick to judge other peoples work. What the fuck? That's exactly what he had written to ask me to do). Two, it's just a bit of a wank. If you're that desperate, ask a friend to do it.

That's pretty much it. I'm getting a ridiculous amount of notes these days, and so far this year have actually featured two suggestions. I read everything and look at all the pieces, but henceforth notes that don't pay attention to these pretty logical and simple rules aren't getting a note back.

New dC coming soon, and even a small update on my folio ( - yes, already! It's amazing! Wow! Follow me on twitter ( for updates.


DD'sby ekud

Journals / Personal©2009-2014 ekud
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crns Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, what Aloe said, I kinda feel sorry for you :P
SHAP00PI Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Hobbyist
gah, the lack of common sense, here, and all over the interwebz startles me, this journal shouldn't have to be written, but once again, peoples with no common sense need word for word guidelines!

can't wait for the new dC pack, good luck.
ekud Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Won't be long!
CTRLgs Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
lol. Some guy actually told you not to judge other people's work....

I've gotten backlash from critiquing people's work several times, mainly from fans of the deviant. Ridiculous.
milktoday Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009   Interface Designer
Bouncing like a DD cup.
coolmarvin Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should probably have like a DD section in your favourites so people can see your past DD's and just base it of that. You know, for people who didn't think of looking at depthcore.

Not me, of course. :paranoid:

Pretty solid guild lines to me though. :thumbsup:
ekud Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Good idea.
Helewidis Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009   Photographer
and maybe ask that guy who created the dd suggestions app to take off your name from the list? that'd help you stop getting notes form people who don't go to your page :)
hazimsak Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Student Interface Designer
hey Justin,
reading this I felt a bit ashamed as I have recently sent you a message, and I wasn't intending on adding to your work load, no hard feelings, I do very much respect your work and I would always appreciate a truthful criticism from an established artist like yourself.
All the best with helping out this great community.

Have a good day mate,
ekud Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
No need to apologise mate! Sorry for my lack of reply, it just gets overwhelming somedays.
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