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Edit on Sept 3, 2013: I changed this article a bit after I had a friendly chat with some of the (former) volunteers and senior members of the website. I hope the details help you in making even better submissions :)


Everybody on DeviantArt seems to know about the Daily Deviations, or DD's. The handful of artworks that makes it to the frontpage every day. The artworks that are shown at the bottom of the site all day long, and get loads of exposure. I guess they're the wet dream for many people on DA. 

DD's are usually a reason for discussion. I can't even begin to count the topics on the forums that are about why some deviations are chosen over others, and how the quality of those deviations keep declining year after year. Not many people know, however, that's it's not entirely up to the staff which works are picked. And that we can have our own vote on this. 


:bulletgreen: So I can have an influence on which DD's are picked?

Yes, you can!
Every single member of DeviantArt can suggest an artwork for a DD. Every single one of them, so even you


:bulletgreen: What is the goal of DD's

Bringing exposure to artists that needs them. DeviantArt is a large website and, as there are many people out there, it's hard to get noticed. Having your work at the frontpage for people to stare at it all day, surely helps you to get seen by other people here. 

Personally, I sometimes think that DA seems to forget about this whole 'promoting unknown artists' thing. I see many of the great names of DA (the ones that have far over 50k watchers already) on the frontpage very often. And while they certainly do have nice artwork, I don't think they actually need the exposure. I mean... they're famous already. Luckily there are also staff members that do take that whole unknown-artists thing into account when making their selections.


:bulletgreen: Who should I suggest?

That's entirely up to you. If you saw an artwork that you think is amazing, and that many other people should see as well, then suggest it. This can be anything. Something from someone that you barely know, or something from your best friend that needs more exposure. The general rule of thumb for me is when I like something that much that you want many more people to see it. Especially from artist that isn't famous already. Or a very good tutorial. You can never have enough tutorials XD

You can suggest others, but you can also suggest yourself. Self-suggests are usually not mentioned in the comment, but are done on a regular basis. It might feel a bit arrogant to suggest yourself, and might be a bit harsh when you get turned down, but if you have a high quality work and are proud of it... why not?

The only rule is that the member you choose cannot have had another DD over the last 6 months. But this is easy to check. Just go to username.deviantart.com/dds to see the DD's this member has already gotten (if any). And for those that say "But there are people that got multiple DD's in less than 6 months". The rules used to be different. DA's staff said the 6-months-rule was made somewhere in 2012.




:bulletgreen: So how do I do this suggestion thing?

DD selections are made by the community volunteers (also called CV's) of DeviantArt. This is a varying group of people that helps promoting artists on DeviantArt, that you can recognizance by having a ^ in front of their name. 
Go to this page and choose the member for the category the artwork you want to suggest is in: help.deviantart.com/18/ (members will vary over time).

You can leave your suggestion via PM. Make sure to include the following in your message.
- A proper title. Something like 'DD suggestion' would do fine.
- The link to the artwork
- The reason why you think it should be at the front page (this might be a bit too much when you're suggesting yourself, though)

For additional information, you might want to check out the profile page of the CV you're submitting to. Many CV's have posted their 'guidelines' about submitting DD's on their page, or at least provide a link to it. This might include the maximum number of pageviews the artwork of the artist already has (a pageview limit), or might exclude certain things. Make sure to check this out before sending your message. It might save you the time of typing an entire message and getting turned down anyway. 

Remember to be polite. Being rude will get you nowhere. These people are volunteers. They're doing this job and taking the time to read all of your PM's, in their free time, and without getting any form of payment for it. Keep that in mind when talking to them!


:bulletgreen: How do I know the category the artwork is in?

That's easy. It's usually underneath the artwork title
(click image for larger view)

Make sure you submit your work in the right category. Artwork placed in the wrong category, or requests send to the wrong CV, will mostly get turned down without any notice. 


:bulletgreen: Be patient

After you've send your message: be patient. DA's volunteers get a lot of messages and are usually very busy. Because of that, it might take them a while to get back to  you. But my experience is: they usually do. From the many times I've send a DD suggestion, I usually got a reply back. Either that they're placing them, or that they chose not to place them for whatever reason. 

If you want to know why they haven't answered your message yet, feel free to send another PM... but make sure to include the original message/suggestion inside of that (it's usually still in your inbox). But I advice only to do so if you haven't heard anything for over one of two weeks, and the CV didn't post a reason/journal why he's away. 


:bulletgreen: Don't be afraid to be rejected

DA has over 26 million members, and even more artworks. That means there's a lot of artwork that can be suggested. It could be that your suggestion doesn't apply to the members of DA's gallery staff. Don't get angry over this, but ask for the reason why (if they didn't provide it to you already). There's a high rejection rate. From the 20+ times I've done a suggestion, I was rejected every single time, except for once. These are the statistics. Don't be bothered over it. At least you tried.

Keep in mind that DA has a policy of giving preference to unknown artworks. This goes for unknown category's as well. A well done artwork in the category 'male stock' might for example get to the frontpage easier than a digital artwork, for the simple face that there are not many good male stockphoto's out there, and DA wants to promote that category. DA gives only little openness about what category's are easier to be selected, just like they give little openness about the whole category filtering in their search. The general rule of thumb here is that the more popular an art-form is, the less likely it is to get chosen. This results in culture that, even though it seems like many selected artworks, the category's digital art and anime/manga are extremely hard (if not impossible) to get through. Keep this in mind when submitting, and (if it's your own artwork that you submit) don't get depressed over it. Those are the numbers.


:bulletgreen: "Why was my suggestion not placed? I've seen worse stuff on the frontpage!"

It might be frustrating (especially when suggesting your own work) that your work is never selected. Yet you see other work on the frontpage, that you don't like. And you wonder why that artwork got selected and yours wasn't. I think everybody has had such an occurrence, in which they frowned upon what was on the frontpage, or what wasn't there. 

It's important to keep in mind that not everybody on DA has the same tastes. The artwork you like, might not appeal to certain people. Just like work other people like, might not appeal to you. As selecting DD's is done by humans, it's dependent on their tastes. And their taste, might not be quite the same as yours. As for quality guidelines. DD's are focused on getting unknown people known on this site. This might mean their skill level isn't yet professional. I too have seen work at the frontpage and thought to myself "but I could do that too. Why wasn't I selected?". And then I looked at the number of pageviews the artwork or artist had, and I understood. 

What's very important to keep in mind, even when you do not agree with a DD, is that selecting DD's has nothing to do with the artist. The artist made the artwork because he liked it. He didn't chose to be on the frontpage (especially not if someone else suggested him) and doesn't deserve to get insults about an artwork he spend his time on, just because YOU can't stand he's on the frontpage and you're not!
Keep in mind that whatever you do; NEVER BLAME OR INSULT THE ARTIST!!!


:bulletgreen: Get out there!

Like I wrote in my earlier article about promoting yourself: you need to get out there. Don't stand on the sideline of the community, but be immersed in it! Suggesting DD's a such a feature that helps you getting more involved with the community. It helps you getting into contact with other people. And if your suggestion actually makes it to the frontpage, your name will be mentioned as well. 

So what are you waiting for? Get out there! Try to suggest at least one artwork, to know how it's done. And spread the word! Maybe someone suggests you as well :D
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Luciana-Lu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Hahahah I have suggested something around 50 Deviations to them (or more) but only 3 were accepted by the CVs.

People close to me also suggested my works to them, but i never got one xD

Cv's seems to be a lot strict to the DDs. Thank you for your article, this will help me a bit more when suggesting deviations to the CVs!!! :)



And btw your articles/journals are always great :heart:
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TY :)
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Anisa-Mazaki Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Ok...but what if you submitted something for an official contest... How does that work?

And what exactly do you say to them when promoting yourself. I get that you have to state why etc...but how really?
Do you have to give a long description or what??
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Otaku-Mom Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your journals that help out other deviants. Your like a dA art professor! :D
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kxeron Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Need to keep this in mind - there are a lot of awesome people who should have a DD :)
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boxingglovehands Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
daily deviations are this bottom of main frontpage of dA, we can choose who would have their work there, i'll give it some thought.
ok?
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Danilov89 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Thank you kindly for your hard work on helping others, thank you for the time you put in to keep everyone that follows you up to date, and thank you for your kind heart that always wants to help! It is greatly appreciated! Big hug from Romania, Damai!
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darkhunt1 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student Artist
what do i have to do actually?
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KenLit Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
All good to know. Thanx again for the update :)
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Azurelly Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got advices from the CVs and other people what is important to suggest an artwork for a DD feature. I used to suggest Fan artwork and Anthro art. I tried a lot. But don't expect that those works from these categories will be approved. I personally find they're the hardest categories for suggesting works.
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think they're in the 'hard category' section, due to many people making that kind of art here. 
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Azurelly Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I totally agree. I've sent so many suggestions of the fan artwork and Anthro category that I forgot counting xD
Anyway, I'm happy that I made someone happy that one of their digital artworks were featured :)
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ClassicOku Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I suggest your work but to no avail
-Oku
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My work? Nah... it's unlikely that I even get through those quality checks anyway XD
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ClassicOku Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see it worthy
-Oku
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Shichiyo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I suggested a DD twice so far and they didn't promote it (what a surprise 8D), but I'll keep trying until I suceed :D 
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
On miscats:

Apparently, CVs will accept miscat works & fix them but miscats may also turn off people from suggesting your work. Attempting to submit said work into the category you have miscategorized it in can also lead to your suggestion being declined (ej. photomanips in photography) or if by some miracle it's accepted & noticeable, prepare for the shitstorm that is the deviantart community blasting you for underhanded methods at popularity.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well... that whole thing wouldn't be necessary if category's were treated the same. That's why I am against those category differences. It might be there for a good cause, but on a community as large and young as this, it's a lot of hate fuel as well.
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They are separated in order to promote equality & chances of exposure of different artists/art styles. It's actually important to help teach about the galleries since a lot of times, galleries like emoticons & nude/fetish have been the targets of attacks simply because of some who don't appreciate them as art forms. Treating all galleries the same would be expecting each one to have the same size & popularity which would lead to one type of art edging out another constantly due to art preferences.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And that's exactly what you're doing: taking control over what people see. 
I can partly agree with that. Educating people about art is a good thing to do, in some kind of way. The thing I don't agree with, however, it that isn't not openly communicated throughout DA. People, especially in the manga/anime digital art section, do have lower chances of getting selected. I don't say this because I do a lot of manga/anime-ish stuff. It's just putting the total amount of artworks submitted against the ones that are actually selected. It's simple to do the math. If these numbers were communicated via this site in a honest way, I would definitely appreciate that. 
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Anyone's free to join in at any moment. Most just don't know how & I agree that it is not communicated in an effective manner. In fact, there should be a little tutorial that helps newbies learn about it & the basics of the site when you first join.

Manga/anime digital art is actually a very popular category; most suggestions happen to be from said category (some CV reports indicate over 80-130 suggestions a week) but the vast amount of it isn't typically high quality stuff & there's a load of miscats in it. Preference currently on occassions goes to traditional works within the gallery due to lack of representation during previous CV cycles. CVs would mainly feature digital works without considering their traditional counter parts (& if you notice, most suggestions are of female characters-it would be nice to see more males) ; it wasn't until recently when some of us started a movement to get at least 2 trad pieces featured every week. These are from all the M&A Cvs since I joined DA.

rydi1689.deviantart.com/favour… (this is Rydi's featured pieces)
damaged927.deviantart.com/favo… (damaged's featured pieces)
miss-it-girl.deviantart.com/fa… (miss it girl's featured pieces)
stivia.deviantart.com/favourit… (stivia's featured pieces)
nyiana-sama.deviantart.com/fav… (Nyan's featured pieces)
kit-y.deviantart.com/favourite… (kit-y's featured pieces)
mzzazn.deviantart.com/favourit… (azn's featured pieces)

I would like to have a 3rd M&A CV like before; 4 would be pushing it since the overall gallery needs work; there's a lot of pieces that have potential but are left unfinished (they could get a DD at some point...just not now), suspicious works that may or may not belong to said deviant (no descriptions/written in other languages/disabled comments-combined with little exposure tends to scare people off since secretly you'll wonder if the person is who they claim to be), the miscats (fan art mainly), the people with 5 DDs (they always appear in the popular section), the ones with over 5k views (also appear in the popular section), beginners (still trying to grasp things), MMD users (under the grey area of the law), genuine art theives ("editores" as the spanish ones call themselves) & what's left after that is undiscovered talent (that one is the hardest to find).

Also, deviations with hints of M&A elements manage to sneak into virtually every gallery except Photography or Fractals so calling it underrepsented would be questionable to some.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can understand making a selection is quite hard when it comes to this. Especially when a lot of 'amateurs' submit to said gallery's. It still feels a bit unfair, however, to just manipulate the numbers without the majority of DA knowing. 
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's how they work sadly. Only they have to know the numbers
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So even you, volunteers, won't know them?
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Neuracore Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
I wonder by what means specific art piece can unlock other achievements, like "popular 1 week" or " popular all time"...
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Self suggestions are very well accepted. The thing is, when you are self suggesting, you have to sell it. That's the point (other than having good work).

Saying "I would like to have a DD because: it's going to make my day/my boyfriend or girlfriend would be very happy/ I just want to see what happens" among other things won't cut. And even if it does, are you willing to bet on it?
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is that why it is so rare?
I mean... I rarely see stuff that is not suggested by other people, so I always suggested that it wasn't really good to suggest yourself.
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
How do you know it's rare? Self suggestions are not titled "self suggested".
There are other reasons that people feel like having someone else suggest is somehow better than they themselves suggesting it. It's that most suggest others work rather than theirs. And if they do, they hope it's somehow done by others telling their friends or etc to suggest it rather than doing it themselves as though that somehow makes it better. :shrug:
There's absolutely nothing bad by suggesting yourself. That's like saying it's bad to apply for a job you want in the arts field, showing your portfolio to someone, or trying to sell your work by promoting it is bad.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh. That makes sence.
I've seen a few occassions in which the self-suggestion was actually mentioned in the description. Therefore, I assumed it were only those occasions, and those were actually pretty rare. 

But thanks for the feedback on self-suggestion anyway. I will add it to the article later today :)
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Sometimes slip ups happen. :P And that was pretty well pinched out afterwords.
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think it's fair to name the self suggester as the "suggester" because it usually generates a backlash from the community. I prefer to feature those without naming any suggester. But they are more common than you'd expect it to be, I have featured more than 30 self suggestions and received a greater deal of them that weren't featured.

But contrary to what `phoenixleo thinks, I don't need peole to sell me their works, for self suggestions I prefer that the work speaks for itself but it's nice to have some sort of interaction with the suggester but it won't affect my decision :nod:.
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
What I meant with 'sell' was 'saying something about the deviation itself. While, obviously the work can speak for itself, there are cases, when a bit of explanation regarding it helps. A CV not liking a particular style or subject in a work suggested due to personal reasons does not mean someone suggesting it with some points regarding it for others to see doesn't merit it does it?  :) But in general, yes. It also helps the artist come out of the shell. Simply noting a CV is just part of breaking out of that silent shell. :nod:
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah but not always, if the piece is not good enough, even if the suggester claims that this and that are good, if there is a major flaw, it won't make it. I apply the same criteria for self suggestions than for non-self suggestions, so the art needs to speak for itself and the description comes as a complement, not the other way around.
But what you said is true.
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Oh, of course, this doesn't count for flaws. Not saying that there is or needs to be a different criteria either. It's that, when some regular suggesters are often noted to "can you suggest this as a DD" then I  feel like, as self suggestions are promoted, a bit of information from what the artist themselves want to say helps. This is kind of like an abstract, or rather, a focussed intro about the work. Something that you would see in a gallery for example, or art sales.
That other example I gave was being devil's advocate of course. I hope you didn't take it seriously. o_O
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess that depends per CV, then 
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As almost everything, except for the 6 month rule that is something we don't get to choose. The rest is pure preference.
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MiloticScale Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are a few topics left undiscussed here, and a bit of your terminology concerning deviantART is a bit off; otherwise, this was a great, educational journal. :clap:
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome to add improvement here and there.
I'm only a member, so I only tell from my perspective and the things that I know :)
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xLaurx Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for writing this journal! =D
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Also forgot to mention: miscats are the no. 1 killer of all hopes & dreams for DDs. You don't wanna know the amount of pixel art I suggested that was turned down because it actually belonged in customization>icons or fan art that is in every other category except fan art.
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's weird.
I suggested a tutorial that originally wasn't placed in the tutorial suggestion. The CV told me that he liked the suggestion nevertheless, and was going to place it in another category, and then give it a DD :/
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:iconsavagefrog:
SavageFrog Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Also: was it literature related? (since there's actually 2 lit tutorial categories that coincide with each other so they wouldn't require to be moved)
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:iconsavagefrog:
SavageFrog Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
some actually fix the miscats & others...well, it takes time (this story is actually a year old, have avoided miscats since then but I'm going to test it again soon)
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student General Artist
"to place it in another category" ? :confused: by what means? I mean, how? you mean the CV forwarded the suggestion to another CV or?
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah... I submitted a tutorial request to the corresponding CV. But the artwork wasn't placed in the tutorials category ^^
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student General Artist
was going to place it in another category

what do you mean by that? :dummy:
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well... the person I made the request, told me that. I have no clue how they did it or whatsoever XD
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student General Artist
:hmm:
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PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student General Artist
:worship: True dat.
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