I really enjoy Deviant Art. I've always appreciated the site because it provides a platform for any type of artist to show their work and thanks to the web they are able to connect with others who have the same artistic interests. A world wide 24/7 art show and community.
Since I first joined DA I've seen some changes. I've seen how many professionals have decided they need a "presence" on DA and they use it more for self promotion rather than creating and participating in an artistic community. Their approach is very old media. Very one way.
you love and buy
No real discussion and no real participation.
This is all followed by the ubiquitous "I don't have time to reply to everyone's comments" journal entry.
I understand most artists are followers. They see something that works and they jump on it and use it for themselves.
Artists for the most part are thieves.
Not to say that's a bad thing. It just is what it is. Artists have always learned from each other and stolen knowledge since the beginning of time.
The web has just moved it onto a global limitless scale.
The pros have seen the upside of promoting their artwork on DA meanwhile staying aloof and apart from the larger community.
Sad but true.
There are a few things I would prefer never to see again on DA. This is a personal list. Not a value judgment just what I'm tired of
Girls with pierced lips spitting up food coloring with corn syrup simulating blood. It's been done and done again and than done once more.
The underwater Alice and Wonderland photos. The first 28 were great. Time to send them back down the rabbit hole.
The flame sword /weapon gifs. It was cool when it was a sword. It was cool when it was a staff. It jumped the shark when they started writing their names with it.
Black and white photos of the midsection of a stripper with tattoos. Far be it from me to discourage pictures of strippers but at some point it's like Groundhog Day..without Bill Murray and the laughs.
Lastly. Lion Ass. Yes it seems every other day the main page has a picture of an Anthro lion or wolf showing their ass with a come hither look. I'm not saying there isn't an audience for this type of thing but (or should I say "butt") me thinks every other day is a bit much for sexy lion ass. I mean how much lion ass does one need to see before you start taking it for granted?
Have a great day. Time for coffee.