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Here at the Deviant Mentor program, we pair newer artists up with seasoned ones to give advice, critique, and encouragement. We're here to support new or growing artists of the deviantART community and to make a difference in their art lives.
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Hello friends!
I come bearing group updates...and cookies! :cookietease:  (And art, of course. Of course, art.)

As some of you might already know, the group has just gone through its yearly list update. That means, that means, that all the names on our two lists are up to date and current.

Exciting Additions Include:

  1. The mentee lists now also have thumbs, for easier browsing. Exciting! 
  2. Mentors who are no longer accepting mentees have the option of having "[Closed]" by their names (thanks for the idea, Nortya!). Eventually, we will also have an [Accepting] label too.
  3. Cookies for everyone! :cookie:

So if you're interested in helping an artist out with feedback and support, or you're an artist looking for feedback and support, check these lists out:

(Now, PageOHaraWriter and I did the lists and we checked them twice, but if your name should be on either list and isn't, let me know.)

:paranoid: rvmp 

The Chatter:

A few journals ago, DaggersnRoses asked us, why do mentors do what they do? Why do they volunteer their time? What's it all about?

Here are a few responses I got when I passed the question along to a couple of our mentors:

"I have learned so much from the dA community, this is my way of giving back and passing on the knowledge. It's also incredibly fun! I love filming examples and putting together activities for my mentee, and seeing someone improve under my guide is very exciting. I also learn a lot myself just from putting together and doing the activities that I create for my mentee. By trying to figure out how to teach things and what are the real factors that are holding back my mentee, I learn to see art differently, and I find myself looking for things that never even crossed my mind before. For me, being a mentor is as much a learning experience as being a mentee."

"Just to help others, I guess! I personally love to help people, and that is just the way it should be. We should all do our best to bring each other up, no matter what we can gain from it. And plus, you get teaching and social experience."
Twin highfive balloons 

Your Thoughts:

Some days it's hard to find time to draw, sometimes anatomy is crazy, and sometimes the thought of doing a background is just too much... What's the hardest part of doing art for you? Link or post a thumb to a piece you've been struggling with and tell us about it. 

:deviation: rvmp OMG - Watch that 

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exewon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Okay, this might sound a little bit stupid. I've read the submitting rules. Which told me where to submit which pieces of art and how many times you can submit art to this group.. but how do you actually submit something to a group? I've never done that before.
Carressa Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
mentee looking for a mentor 
Anatomy (human) I usually do traditional art though. Would that be a bother? 
I don't need a hardcore professional, but at least someone who knows what they're doing and has some experience. 
Haven't heard from a mentor yet 
Xiaooyu Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
please resubmit a member request with this information included in the message.
Carressa Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Okay :) 
PageOHaraWriter Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I would love to be a digital art or drawing mentor, my strength lies in portraits. I would also be happy to be a mentee if anyone is interested. Thanks!
DaggersnRoses Featured By Owner Edited Jun 25, 2014  New member
Hello Deviant-Mentor admins,

I understand how to join, but I was wondering if you would be able to explain how the mentorship works.

The mentor and mentee would communicate by private message, but does the mentor critique the mentee's work? Or do they offer generic advice through the private messages? Does the mentor give the mentee particular tasks to do?

I know the specific method of working with each other may depend on the mentor/mentee, but I would like a general idea of how the process works. Mentors in particular, I imagine, would be very busy people, and I wouldn't want to waste any of their time due to the fact I'm not sure how one goes about doing an online mentorship.

Also, would the mentee already have to have a gallery of works in place for the mentor to look over, or would they be able to add works after they've decided to do a mentorship?

I hope this all makes sense and I appreciate the assistance. Thank you.
ninebark Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are some really great questions. Unfortunately (and as you guessed) it's really up to the mentee and mentor to navigate what works for them.

I've been on both sides of the relationship, and as a mentor, I've supported some artists through positive encouragement, others by sending them tasks and mini assignments along with tutorials, and yet others with critique, redlines, and resources. People are different and they grow and learn in different ways at different times in their lives.

One thing I will say is that it's super important to talk about all this stuff when you invite someone to be your mentee or mentor. Laying out your expectations can feel a little weird, but it's the best thing you can do (ie, "I think the most helpful thing for me right now is having someone who can tell me how I can get better with critique" or "As a mentor, I can offer resources and links based on what I think you need to work on, but my busy schedule makes it that I can't do in-depth critiques.")

Does this help?
DaggersnRoses Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  New member
That's exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so much :) Your response was very helpful.
ninebark Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck on your hunt!
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MakarovJAC Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Anyone looking for a mentor in anatomy?
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