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Culture Shock: Different Strokes

This artists' community is all about sharing

 by Megan Salisbury
 published on Thursday, September 21, 2006


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In a world of recycled creativity with a lack of opportunities for artists to thrive, the Internet has once again come to the rescue.

DeviantART.com is a Web site that gives artists that break they are searching for. Whether you are rummaging around for interesting art or looking to sell, deviantART will satisfy any need for online art.

After six years of business, the main theme behind deviantART's Web site is all in the name. It's a collaboration of all categories of art; from writing to painting to photography, these pieces of art are all atypical in nature.

DeviantART is a starving artist's paradise - its membership is free and it gives artists an opportunity to get exposure for their talent. Members can upload their personal art, collect favorite art, make friends and save their favorite artists.

Members can also set up their own store in order to sell their prints or writing, which can even be purchased framed.

Instead of browsing for popular mass-produced posters and pictures on Web sites like posters.com, deviantART gives users an opportunity to be original and support rising artists.

With categories of art from fantasy to emotive portraits, this online world is an endless canvas for interested artists.



Reach the reporter at megan.m.salisbury@asu.edu



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