I just realized I forgot to update my journal at the beginning of the month. Shame on me. To be fair, I haven't been visiting dA as much lately as I used to. There are two reasons for that: I have a lot of work that's been keeping me busy, and I simply don't like the latest changes to dA's design and functions. DeviantART has the word ART in it's god damn name, but the devs seem to be going out of their way to demote that aspect of the site. The focus is being shifted to social media crap and niche appeal articles instead. The front page now shows visitors news and "hot" pics (aka random comics and porn), while deviants can more easily show off their activity or change their status. - "I am taking a dump. You'll get to see my selfies in a few minutes <3 XOX"
New talents are getting harder and harder to find, burried below tons of weird collections, news articles, journal updates, group folders and other unnecessary stuff. You literally have to scroll past "Mini Horror Reviews of the week" and a collection of comic-book villains to get to "undiscovered" art. Even the DDs have become a joke. Of the 22 daily deviations only 8 are shown on the front page. - And the selection never changes. The other 14 artists are basically getting an award, but are getting it in a dark, hidden place where no one will ever find out about it. Great.
Now, please don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to condemn news articles and social media features. None of this has to go away. Community features are fine, but they should be offered as a side dish with art being the main course, not the other way around.
meh... Enough complaining. I don't want to look ungrateful. Here, dA, I even made you a new logo as a peace offering:
Now let's get back to art. Enjoy these features:
Deviants I've met outside of dA: