Hi everybody! I've been thinking on something for a while, and I was hoping to get some input on the matter. Would you mind taking a few moments to share your thoughts with me? It's nothing major, just a thought.
For a long time I've gone way out of my way to make my dA gallery very clean and non-offensive. Whenever I do post something that could offend someone I'll mark it mature or put it in my scraps. But I do draw a lot of things that are very controversial - in particular, yaoi/yuri. I also do draw gore and sometimes slightly suggestive material. I am not one to draw porn, though.
With that being said, I've been toying with the idea of using my dead account and using it for my not so friendly artwork. Mostly Sonadow. What do you think? Should I stop being a pansy and post all my artwork on this account, or should I separate it and post it over there?
I don't see a problem with using a second account for other work. It'd mean that people could browse your 'clean' gallery and know it was SFW every time. The other one would have the "Hello, you have entered the Twilight Zone."
I'm pretty clean, but I do draw some more... questionable material. You don't see that from this account though. And actually i post it on another art site, not associated with DA.
I think that you should go ahead and use the second account for it. Reasons: Let's face it. There are going to be haters of anything in that line of artwork. Whether you care what they think or not isn't really a problem, it's more of the fact that those stupid, hateful comments will at least be separated in another account that way the people who come to see your awesome work here won't be exposed to any of it.
I am a fan of your work so I'd pretty much follow anything you work on ;3
Personally I think if you like that style of art by all means post it here. You may draw and post things here to get feedback and criticism, but at the same time I'd like to think that if someone isn't fond of it they don't have to look at it. They can still appreciate the rest of your works that they do find appealing and you don't have to compromise your gallery for the sake of anyone. You could use your other account, but if you're proud of your art including Sonadow stuff then I'd say post it here and be proud of it here. If you piss off a few people over it then they need to learn a little tolerance anyway IMO. Gay isn't going away and those who support it or happen to be homosexual shouldn't have to be worried about it.
I'm personally on the fence with it. I understand the idea of wanting to keep this account clean and not upsetting people, but at the same time I think you shouldn't be too afraid to express what you like. So long as you don't shove these interests down other peoples' throats (which you don't, by the way ), they should be able to respect you. If not, well they clicked the "show deviation anyways" button and it's their fault for being butthurt.
What I'd recommend for your more touchy submissions is to put a key word in the title or the first line of the artist's comment. The mature filter on Deviantart is nice, but not so helpful all the time. For instance, stuff like your Sonadow work falls under the "ideologically sensitive material" tag Deviantart offers. It's too ambiguous a term; it can mean yaoi, yuri, a non-canon shipping, a stab at religion, a character dressed as a nazi, someone performing an act of violence to kittens, etc. It will greatly help clear the confusion if you were to bluntly put "SONADOW" in the title of the submission, or to write something like "Sonadow alert" in the first line of the artist comments. That way people can distinguish what exactly the "sensitive material" is in a couple of words.
You should ask yourself this. Should you care what other people think? You should be free to do what you want. You should not care if somebody doesn't like it. Stop hiding what you really like and just show the world! America is all about freedom of expression. You express who you are and what you like in your art. Don't give a damn about what everybody else thinks because it all comes down to you. If its marked mature nobody is forcing them to look at it, that's all the warning they should need. You should decide whats best or easier for you.
Maybe making a poll for this sort of thing would be the best since you're a subscriber? Personally, I wouldn't mind if you posted your more mature art here since I would like to see it and I wouldn't have to watch one more account. But I can see how some people would like to keep it separate for different reasons, so I'd probably use the poll to determine what would my watchers want...