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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 Island at Night by Slisby
Huevember Day 12: Vast by Pffycat
Floating Island Wood Burning by Alicia-Imagination
Aurora - Floating City by EternalEyes123
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
Laputa: The Castle in the Sky - Animated gif by Syntetyc
Floating Island by DonkeySneakers
Floating bulb island png DonkeySneakers by DonkeySneakers
Floating island png by DonkeySneakers
2 - Flash and Animations
Floating island animated by Nimasisdtist
Floating island by Hi-Im-Humble
Acnl mayor animated by hazelrebecca
Pixel Islands by Nimasisdtist
3 - Fanart
laputa by faQy
Laputa by TerryLH
Laputa by agnidevi
Who Dares Enter my Chamber? by Dogwhitesector
4 - Pixel Art and Icons
Ara Fell Title Screen by Caladium
Pixel practice scene by r0se-designs
Pixel Art: Personal Paradise by stripypanda
5 - Flying cities
sky castle by zhowee14
Sky sphere castle by JUSTinnator4
Witch Town by ChrisCold
Tolamor by Agura-Nata
6 - Flying Islands
Nova Paradisum by TalonV
The Floating Islands by Whendell
Stairways To Heaven by Paulo-Bert
Imitation game by Leaquoia
7 - Floating Rocks
Rising sun trail by PiotrDura
Flight of the intruder by delic
Avatar of Might by Raiddo
my eternity.01 by Lerrno
8 - other
Private space by DrawingMySoul
9 - non-member submissions
{A Re-imagining of Cloudsdale} by Amura-Of-Jupiter





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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
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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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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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Juh-Juh Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2017
Aye, thank you for requesting my picture to your group! As again, I really appreciate it! :D
DergonKeeper Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017   Digital Artist
Sorry, but the flying islands are not the focus of this account's deviations. ^^;
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Papermelodic Featured By Owner Edited Sep 20, 2017  Hobbyist
Thanks for choosing my piece as worthy enough, to claim a place in your gallery <3 
so proud right now *-*
vallahara Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for requesting my work in your group! I'm flattered! 

Have a great day! 
FragileBlare Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
thank you for the request i'm faltered that you think my piece deserves a place in this group <3
SoulessStranger Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the request! :D
Emquake-Cupcake Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
May I join? Please?
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HarukoDrakoiju Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for adding my floating Island:D (Big Grin) :happybounce:  . Reading the preview of this group I admit I was inspired by the windmill floating island of feel good inc:D (Big Grin) Sweat Emoticon Sweat Drop 
OniVrask Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for adding Floating Rocks to your group.
itsmerockz Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for featuring my deviation to your group! Much appreciated! :)
Zaccura Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for adding my deviation to your group!:D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) 
rake-nopo Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017   Digital Artist
heyy thanks so much for adding my works to your collections :D
GBAluna Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Student Filmographer
I've accept, thx for your request to add World of Aluna -Day Two- to this group!
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