Hey everyone! I suppose it's a little late to say happy new year lol
Also yesterday was my Birthday
I just realized that I didn't have it showing on DA lol. I didn't do much as I haven't been feeling well, just getting over being sick! Also, winter break is over and I'm starting school up again. I have some art I've been working on, but I have been to lazy to keep updating my DA. Even so, I'm still here, and I still plan to upload my work when I have the time
So lately I've noticed some journals about people leaving DA or complaints about DA etc... I just felt like pitching in my word on why I stay on DeviantART.
My NovaArt18 account is 5 years old now but even before that I had an earlier account, So I've been on DA for about 7 years.
So why DA? I know there are plenty of other sites like Facebook, or Tumblr, or conceptart.org, etc, that one can upload pictures to and receive feedback. For me it's because every social website has a specific agenda and audience. There is a different feel for each site. Facebook is a place for more personal updates, while Tumblr is a blog to share images to see how many reblogs someone can get. Tumblr is for amusement and quick links. However both are seen as a cleaner, more professional way to share work amongst social media. DeviantART is not recognized by employers as a professional way to display a portfolio of work.
So again, why DeviantART? Because to me DeviantART is WHAT YOU MAKE IT TO BE. DA Has been around for a long time. I understand all of the constant changes they do are not always preferable to everyone, and some people point out that they are trying to be more like Tumblr or Facebook etc. But you know, DA is allowing you to customize the experience YOU want. You can choose what to see and how to see it. Sometimes it's annoying to have a bunch of messages that you don't always check in your inbox but you can customize that as well. Being on DA you have a lot of options to control what you see.
It is up to you as a person to decide what you want. I have only ever followed artists who's work I'm genuinely interested in. If I come across an artist with a few works I like and the rest is not for me, then I can just Fav the works I like and check back another time. Also, DA has the most BROAD community. Any fandom can be found here. With Groups, one can find images and other artists with similar interests. At the same time you can avoid things you don't like.
DA is a place for artists of all ages and skill levels. Yes deviantART is not a professional portfolio site, it's a SOCIAL website with the goal of sharing art of all sorts. You don't have to post good work and you don't have to post anything at all. But if you want to be active then you can. Even though DA is still unprofessional, they still offer the "Portfolio" option. You can create a separate clean page for your work if you needed a quick portfolio site.
For artists that are very active and popular on DA I'm sure it's fun and encouraging to have so much love and support. However, at the same time, it's understood that more popular artists may run into issues like trolls or art theft. If it's someones goal to become a professional or popular online artist, and you want to share your work on a place like DA, you should protect your images with watermarks and small files. People have complained about the drama on DA, but to avoid it, it's as easy as not getting involved. If someone questions you or makes a comment you don't understand it's best not to rage out, but instead clarify the situation. Most people here are not trying to offend or hurt feelings, they are simply voicing their thoughts.
Overall, DeviantART is easy, simple, customizable, non-intimidating, and tries to offer a different experience for each person based on their preferences. You can view your notifications like a blog and still add comments. It's possible to find a niche here and enjoy yourself and the art. By all means I'm not saying that people should never leave DA, it's your own decision what you want to do.
I don't think people need to feel pressured into being active on a site like DA or anywhere for that matter unless it's your job. Even so, at the same time, once you get a bit of a following who look forward to seeing your work, it is motivation not pressure that drives you.
I enjoy DeviantART because having a small following is what motivates me to keep drawing, because the best part about making art is showing it to others and seeing their reactions. Also there are plenty of professionals on DA who have inspired and showed us that it IS possible to make a living with art. DA is a community that can be molded to what you want it to be.
I know I myself haven't been the most active here. But it's simply because I don't have to be and I'm not gonna stress about it. I'll be active on DA when I can, open commissions when I can, but I'm not leaving this site anytime soon.
That's all for now,