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Submission rules
No mature content, nor any other inappropriate content. Nothing offensive, no nudity, no gore.
Beyond that, any deviation relevant to this group will be accepted. Here is what that means:
Flying-Islands-Here is looking for any flying grounds, platforms or surfaces. Deviations have to contain objects being visibly in the air. From the deviation alone, it should be clear that the object is above the ground and not being stabilised by the ground, not (mainly) floating on water, not resting on pillars, not resting on a smaller object that is resting on the ground. Hanging is allowed.
Exceptions have been made and will be made.

Folder guide
We encourage you to use our folders as much as possible. We are not strict about this and will accept any deviation with content related to our group.
Here is how we currently sort deviations:

Priority list: From top to bottom, the first folder that applies to the deviation is the one it belongs into.

  • contests - Group contest submissions
  • Previous Contest Entries - artwork from previous contests.
  • Tutorials and Resources - Stocks, step by step deviations, tips and advice.
  • Flash & Animations - Flash games, Flash animations, animated GIFs, films, any interactive game that is playable on dA
  • Fanart - All deviations containing characters and objects from existing works and their fanart-extended universe. This includes fanart OCs and it is not limited to existing works already containing flying grounds.
  • Pixel Art & Icons - Pixel art, deviations with dimensions less than 150x150px and single floating grounds with white or transparent background
  • Flying cities - Structures able to contain a lot of inhabitants or several buildings that are somehow connected (standing on the same ground, floating in groups, bridges between them, wires, etc.)
  • Flying Islands - All deviations with focus on the main topic of the group: original floating islands. Islands should have a surface with sufficient space to be inhabitable (but not necessarily otherwise friendly to life). Islands should also be made of stone, earth, sand or similar materials.
    As a rule of thumb: If a house fits on it, it's an island, if not, it's a rock.
  • Floating rocks - Flying grounds too small or too uneven to be inhabitable, but still based on stone, earth, sand or a similar material
  • other - Flying platforms that are visibly above grounds, but do not fit into any other folder. This includes grounds made out of clouds and bubbles, spherical worlds, abstract things and flying trees.
  • non-member submissions - Deviants who are not in our group or an affiliate group can only submit here. It will be sorted from there when or if an admin finds the time.

Gallery Folders

Floating islands by cookyderpanda
Thinking about things by RubyTheWhiteRabbit
Floating Forest by Levest
Island in the Sky by whaate
0.5 - Previous Contest Entries
The last tree (hanging tree contest) by Calhingil
Nomadic Isles by Remuko-E
WDV - 600 - The Drift by wetdryvac
Farewell  (hanging tree contest) by Calhingil
0 - Contests
1 - Tutorials and Resources
Floating Island png by DonkeySneakers
Floating Island png by DonkeySneakers
Island PNG - Winter Time by PsdDude
Laputa: The Castle in the Sky - Animated gif by Syntetyc
2 - Flash and Animations
Building Engines by Nimasisdtist
Christmas 20 day challenge day 1 (animated) by Thierry-ThefoxGamer
floating island by CH4R4DREEMURR
Floating Island by KellyJTF
3 - Fanart
Feel good Inc. by Zucker-Maus
Spyro Hype! by drmambo199
WCA | Acorntail by TheosThongQuest
WCA | Adderkit by TheosThongQuest
4 - Pixel Art and Icons
some weird thing i made i guess by DatCinos
Castle in the Sky by mofufuu
The Rod! by ArtesDeRatzyu
Floating Island of Love by konstantinTru
5 - Flying cities
welcome to cloudtown by theyellowroom27
Floating Island WIP by CalmAndDeadly
Station by alexandreev
Time to fly by alexandreev
6 - Flying Islands
float by cutiepatoodie
Lost Within A Desert Dream by Jarrod44
Under the Cherry Blossom Petals by Mythical-Mischief
Floating Island by DragonJarod
7 - Floating Rocks
SkyIsland by rk3Omega
I sang by ByrdieRose
Kaikouri by CalypsoVantas
Contemplator by Ler-ac
8 - other
Terminal by tigaer
9 - non-member submissions
DOOM - Hell by emersontung





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Flying islands and floating cities are found everywhere from books to movies, TV shows to classics. Whether it's Laputa from Gulliver's Travels, the LionTurtle cities fom Legend of Korra, or The Castle in The Sky, we are looking for your art! Join today if you have art related to the topic or if you are simply interested in flying islands! :)

Tags: flying, sky, air, float, island, fantasy, scifi, science fiction, sci-fi, ghibli, levitation, levitate, gorillaz, surrealism, surreal, gravity, antigrav, antigravity, anti-gravity, hover, hovering
Founded 4 Years ago
Mar 8, 2014


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Welcome back to some floating news, in our fourth issue in which I inform you about new or even upcoming content with our favourite trope: floating islands, flying rocks, hovering cities and more levitating platforms.

Today, I present to you: Action Movie Kid.
This YouTube channel, made by father and DreamWorks animator, chronicles the short adventures of James, a small boy with the power of imagination - an imagination that comes alive!

Sooner or later, he had to touch our topic in one way or another, so here he is, building his own flying platform with nothing but chalk and imagination:

Awesome, right? I love the concept of this YouTube channel.

In other news, you might have heard about a game with an interesting premise: No Man's Sky, where everything is procedurally generated. Procedural generation means: Instead of having a designer place all elements of the gaming environment on a map, your position on the map determines your environment through an algorithm, the plant life and the animals are made by an algorithm, the resources, the planets, the kinds of ships you encounter, what conversations you have with aliens, everything is made by an algorithm, not by a human designer (not entirely, that is).

While the game apparently isn't without its controversies, I enjoy watching it - it really relaxes me and the graphics are gorgeous. And there are floating rocks:

Do you know some new or upcoming stuff for Floating News? I'd love to check it out! Tell me in the comments below. Of course, if you would like to write something yourself, old or new, please do!

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drmambo199 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thank you very much for featuring my art here! <3
Pom-Lover424 Featured By Owner 5 days ago   Traditional Artist
WHOA, I didn't know such a group existed! Hee hee, I'm honored to lend a piece of my floating island passion to the place. :)
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perzarus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for the  request! :)
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nerdynordic Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, er, thanks for adding one of my things on here!
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vanyelashke1980 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the request!!
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Jonilo5 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
Thank you for the request! Heart Heart Heart :happybounce: 
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mydas5 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018
Thank you for requesting my photo-manipulation. Really appreciate it. Have a great week-end
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Jasesaster Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the flying Island request :)
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D-A-Skye Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the request!
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Aneel555 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the request :D it means a lot to me
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annewipf Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018
Thank you for the request :hug:
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HerculeDevantrien Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018
Thanks a lot for the request!
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Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018   Digital Artist
Thanks for the request! I didn't know there was a group dedicated to floating islands, but that's a great topic! I hope you don't mind if I join (even though I probably won't submit art anytime soon) ^^
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Paulo-Bert Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Lexidus Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the request! :> Such a cute group!! Keep it up :D
Agura-Nata Featured By Owner Edited Dec 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist

There are good news!
We already have almost two months ice fog in Bavaria and then suddenly this mail for Christmas, a gift of heaven.

Hi Agura, I'm the editor of the free Digital Art Live magazine for science fiction artist. Our January issue is to be themed "To the Skies!" and will feature floating cities, floating islands, airship and airborne adventure. We're leading with an interview with the maker of the movie "Sky Captain and the The World of Tomorrow". We've seen your... floating islands pictures on DeviantArt, and we'd like to do an in-depth interview with you for the magazine, please.

I hope to show some pictures of Terragen to show my appreciation to TG.
I am full of hope and joy :)

I would not be surprised if he had found my pictures in this great group Heart 

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Damir1982 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
hello all:D have a great day!
Brony220 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for including my piece of artwork! I really appreciate it!

NovaDragonEx3 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for including my piece! ^^
creatinginthestars Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, thank you very much for featuring one of my paintings in your group its an honour to have received your message :aww:
Happy Halloween to all!
lostprophetxtian Featured By Owner Edited Oct 27, 2017   General Artist
Hi! Thanks for choosing my art! More power to this group! :D
Nemhain8 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you to add my photomanipulation to your Gallery ^-^
Adoulie Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017
Thank you very much for adding my work to your gallery :)
ColdRetaliation Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for choosing my art ^~^
Akrinias Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Student General Artist
Hi, so I submitted an artwork several days ago but nothing's happened. I also haven't been receiving updates of new artworks from this group for those few days, except one, when I used to receive notifications daily.

What's happening? Is this group inactive? Did my artwork get rejected? D:
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