Thursday, July 12, 2012

Leaving dA

I've been thinking about leaving deviantART. The truth is, I don't visit there often, and I know that basically no one visits anything of mine. I'm usually bored when I go there. Sure, I've followed some amazing artists, my favorite being *sandara. (If I had my pick of artist for my book covers, I'd commission her.)  And I've had some really interesting conversations with different types of people.

But you know, there's... a big gap built into dA, and it's become a problem. See, it's really hard to find the lesser-known but fantastic artists. Basically it's built into two sections--most popular and newest, which seems like an okay idea... in theory. You can sift through the newbie pile or go straight for the stuff that's "guaranteed to be good." But what actually happens is, the people with lots of followers continue to stay popular forever, regardless of the quality of the individual piece, while blooming artists can't even find their own work without going to their home page, which is hard to find without. You have what amounts to a one-second chance of snagging a viewer. So unless you're posting constantly, you slip between the cracks.

Despite what I feel is quality work on my part, I have all of twenty followers, sixteen of which were following me in the first month I joined. I've been on deviantArt for more than three years. And while I am saying now that I rarely visit, that wasn't always the case. I've done my share in entering competitions, following and commenting on others' art, and sharing stuff that I liked, and it's just not satisfying the way this blog is. Writing there goes basically unnoticed, because the visual art gives instant gratification, where writing has to be slowly digested. So I shifted from showing off poetry to showing off sketches and colored works.

But that meant little.

I won't rant about the details or the statistics of failure there, but I and dozens of other great artists are practically invisible. I'm just tired of trying to be noticed by a place that tries really hard to push those like me into the voids of the millionth page. I gave and gave and got nothing in return, and I'm just done. I need to move on and show my stuff to someone who cares. 

Because dA certainly doesn't.

-Tsira

6 comments:

  1. I've been tempted to join deviantART in the past, but now I'm glad I never went through with it, since it seems to involve a lot of effort with little gratification in the end. Sorry to hear dA disappointed you as much as it did like that!

    And whoa, that art by *sandara is AMAZING. I wish I could make art as stunning as that!

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    1. It was a bumpy road. I had some friends there for a while, two in particular that left a mark, so it wasn't all bad. But after those two became less active, I basically had no one to interact with on anything but a superficial level (excluding those I knew in real life--but why talk on dA when you can do it in person?). So I gave up.

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  2. You and I left for the same reasons. I had given up long before I "officially" quit.

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    1. Yeah. My stuff is still up right now, but I'm going to clean house soon, make sure I still have all the files on my computer, and say goodbye to dA.

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  3. I am on dA but I never really got hooked into it. I used to be quite active at Elfwood, but I'm not there either nowadays. I guess it might be partly 'cause I hardly ever do fine art anymore.

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    1. I've never heard of Elfwood... Is it anything like dA, or more forum-based?

      Why stop your art? I don't think I could stand to leave the pencil and paper alone for very long. :P

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