Big rant... Grab a seat, drink and food of choice...
Summary down the bottom if you don't want to read all this.
I've not been one to comment about Deviantart
(DA) negatively before, but I feel I have to now.
The changes they have implemented have slowly given this site a more Facebook / Tumblr feel to it. Well, I have those so if I wanted to post my art there, I would have.
I came here nearly 9 years ago as I was just starting to get back into drawing after abandoning it throughout my Secondary School life and early part of college, and I wanted to see if I could learn from others. Back then, this site was very much about that. You'd see artists and think they were what it was to be an artist in the full sense of the word. It was about those who chose to express themselves or interpret the world around them in an artistic manner as well as demonstrate crafts and skill such as making ornaments, sculptures and food craft.
Then times changed and things became a bit more user friendly which made the site feel less like an elite club you were gatecrashing and more like you could actually do something and get responses.
Time continued and you saw new people come to the site and it took a less serious approach. More modifications then saw it take on a more social approach. Things seemed good, but we didn't want it to change too much from that. We wanted to keep it as it was.
For those who were not that good at art but were looking to improve, it was a challenge to improve yourself to get noticed. This was a good thing as it made you want to improve and really make an effort. People noticed that and gave advice, support or even offered to help with techniques. Exactly what an artist community was and should be about. You could also talk to someone who inspired you and they would help. It was all about the art and self improvement.
More people came and things started to go down hill with less care for what you were producing to what could be classified as art for the scrap folder, not to mention senseless nudity and general smutty stuff more suited to cheap dating websites and Facebook. Not something for people looking to find artistic inspiration.
(I know there are and always have been nudes on here, but they are done tastefully with emphasis on the human form, shapes and movement. I'm talking about the stuff you see where people have taken bathroom / bedroom photos of various private body parts and functions because they think that's a good idea)
Then DA decided to change how art was displayed, meaning that all the things you wanted to see
(good artists or up and coming ones) were now not that important. This meant that anything and everything was displayed which meant you had to really sift through many pages of stuff to get to what you wanted. Not helpful, nor a good use of time. This left people feeling disconnected from new people and any inspiration they came here to get.
Now everyone could get on the front page and it looks a mess! Where's the inspiration? The need to improve? The goal?
Some of us persevered and kept going. Finding what we wanted through community groups so it wasn't all bad.
They cut back on the emoticons so my favourites no longer exist
(hence the collection of them on my front page which I forget to use as it's a hassle to keep going backwards and forwards all the time instead of using a selection table which could be opened on the same page), removed the logos next to the names
(which they have since changed and put some back. Mine was a star originally, but too many people kicked off about that one so they've partially reverted. The new people and those who are not paying to have the adverts removed from DA don't get anything. If that isn't ignoring people, I don't know what is!) and they've raised the price of premium membership... Sorry, CORE membership
(which is what exactly?!) so now only those with money can really afford it. Most artists can't! I've seen many who have stopped being Core members or who have reverted to begging for points
(which no-one can afford either) to try and keep their membership going.
But now this Status Updates thing that we can't opt out of
(all the other modifications we could switch off) has annoyed me, so now if we want to avoid them, we have to ignore the artist completely!
There are also too many dead pages on here which is a waste of time and resources. DA is 16 years old! Other sites clean themselves regularly, why not here?
I have seen other artists also go to other sites
(some on Facebook, some to Tumblr) to show their art. As I have pages on those sites, I watch them there too.
Well, I am
(sorry to say,) following the crowd and looking to go to another place. I will be keeping this place open, but it won't be for anything other than stuff. I'm looking around to see what sites are there and what will suit me best. When I have worked that out, I will be copying various pieces over to the new place and possibly removing some from here. We'll see. Photo's I may keep here.
I have 18 months of my premium membership left
(which I bought years ago when it was cheap and when you could give one membership away and get one yourself free) but after it expires, I doubt I'll be getting another...
Shame really. I loved this place once...
Sorry for the negativity...
Thanks for reading if you made it this far down
TL : DR
I'm fed up with the changes on DA so I'm looking elsewhere but won't be leaving completely. We'll see what happens in 18 months.
Also still recovering from the shock of David Bowie and Alan Rickman passing away. Characters not to be seen again. So glad I grew up witnessing their talents...
Gone but never forgotten.