deviantArt was originally launched on August 7, 2000 by Scott Jarkoff, Matt Stephens, and Angelo Sotira, as part of a larger network of music-related websites called the Dmusic Network. The site flourished largely because of its unique offering and the contributions of its core member base and a team of volunteers after its launch, but was officially incorporated in 2001 about eight months after launch.
deviantArt was loosely inspired by projects like Winamp facelift, customize.org, deskmod.com, screenphuck.com, and skinz.org, all application skin-based websites. Sotira entrusted all public aspects of the project to Scott Jarkoff as an engineer and visionary to launch the early program. All three co-founders shared backgrounds in the application skinning community, but it was Matt Stephens whose major contribution to deviantArt was the suggestion to take the concept further than skinning and more toward an "art community". Many of the individuals involved with the initial development and promotion of deviantArt still hold positions with the project, from administrators to volunteers serving as gallery directors and Message Network Administration. Angelo Sotira currently serves as the chief executive officer of deviantArt Inc.
As of June 9, 2012, a search of "Total Drama" on deviantArt will yield a result of approximately 68,971 pieces of artwork related to the Total Drama franchise.
- 3,221 under Digital Art
- 592 under Photography
- 1,015 under Traditional Art
- 2 under Film & Animation
- 9 under Contests
- 877 under Customization
- 117 under Artisan Crafts
- 118 under Designs & Interfaces
- 16,034 under Cartoons & Comics
- 1,215 under Manga & Anime
- 21 under Fractal Art
- 2,905 under Literature
- 16 under Game Developmental Art
- 107 under Flash
- 92 under Resources & Stock Images
- 35,894 under Fan Art
- 138 under Anthro
- 28 under Community Projects
- 2,654 under deviantART Related
- 1,352 under Journals
- 2,557 under Scraps