Have you ever logged into deviantArt, looked at the newest pictures on the front page and then thought to yourself: What the f*** is going on here?
Maybe I’m getting old. Maybe I don’t understand our modern world anymore. Maybe my definition of “art” isn’t that of the majority of people. In other words: maybe it’s just me.
But what if it isn’t?
As of writing these lines, the 24 most popular images of the last 8 hours include three pictures of cartoon ponies, a custom Xbox controller featuring a blue pony princess, a photo of a naked woman, a stock image of a naked woman, two drawings and a painting of naked women, a pixel-art picture of what looks like some sort of ferret, a screenshot of the front page (in order to celebrate the fact that another image of the uploader had made it to the front page), an Asuka fan-art (including boobs the size of watermelons) and some cosplay photos.
Switching to the today-page takes me to dA’s VIP-section run by techgnotic and sponsored by Sakimichan's Patreon.
Yes, I know this is deviant art, not serious art, but still ... Is this really all that dA has to offer? I know innovation and creativity can still be found amidst the collections of pin-up photos, memes, fan-art and cosplay images, but people don’t seem to care. At the risk of sounding like a broken record: dA is going down the drain.
The new today-page celebrates quantity over quality, while the popular page (aka “browse”) is a club-house for teenagers to discuss My Little Pony. New artists – no matter how skillful – will not be seen unless they paint well-known TV show or videogame characters or spam their pictures across dozens of group galleries. When was the last time you browsed dA’s newest images of a certain category? When was the last time you went looking for good art without the help of tags, curated galleries or group submissions?
This is not supposed to be a rant. I don’t want to complain, but I want to dare you to be different.
The next time you’re thinking of doing a fan-art, paint a character of your own. You may get less feedback from the community, but it will truly be YOUR feedback. People will comment, because they like YOUR picture and not some other person’s character you just happened to draw. Try something new. Change you color palette. Paint or photograph something from a different angle than you usually do. Experiment with perspective. Tell a story without the help of letters. Be creative!
I’m not sure where all that came from. I’m actually having quite a pleasant day.
Anyway, here are some features for the upcoming month of May: