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Adem and Dante 5-4-15 by Dark-SpectrumDS

I am surprised overall at the positive reception it got. When I say overall, I am including the other websites that I submitted this to. I also got this little old thing featured from a cool person on a forum I posted to recently.

Let me tell you all this. After taking a break from this piece as I had other shit to do that was more important than a silly drawing at the time, I lost the inspiration I had originally and I didn't know what I wanted to do with the background. I "winged it" and put this random and rather shitty background on it at the last moment after working on my more "perfect" Harpy Boy :Harpy Boy by Dark-SpectrumDS just days before I got back to working on this one above.

Well, when I finally brought it to class, because as you ALL should know by now, I am a Studio Art: Drawing major at my local university, we had a critique. I know for some reason there is this intimidation factor going on that they see from me so everybody acts all standoffish for some reason and I've done nothing to them, well, besides give people I don't like mean looks, but forget about those punk bitches. What really got me was how everyone, including my well respected professor, only ganged up on the negatives on my drawing above. Like, look, it's not that I ran out of time or anything, it's because I ran out of inspiration for the picture when I started on it so early but never promptly finished it. These are really big drawings at 18in x 24in when I normally work much smaller at 9in x 12in (practically double the proportions).

Well, you see? Normally I wouldn't focus on stuff like this but it was rather strange. I mean, is it that bad? Goddamn! I wonder what the other students' grades are like. I am an A student and they don't expect that from Studio Art: Drawing majors let alone any art major. :P Like damn. I actually have other shit to do and that forces me to not pay attention to my craft.

See, this is the kind of shit that makes me dislike showing my artwork to people. This is why I can't get a gallery of my own. I am very busy and I actually give a fuck about my grades so I can't work on art 24/7 like the rest of the art world. What you see is what you get. I'm much better at figuring out what's wrong with my own artwork. I don't need any other losers telling me anything, especially if we have never spoken before, like in my stupid art classes.

:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue:So yeah back on topic, what do YOU guys think about it? I really have no clue as to what else I should add or subtract in the background. I honestly wanted to make it all black but I thought it wouldn't be interesting enough. I guess I was wrong, huh?
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Frozenaccess Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I wish I could see the other pictures ... generally whenever I've had people gang up on my art or someone else's art, everyone else that was doing it was no where near my level. I happen to like your Harpy and the Picture above. :T So ... fack those guys, they're just jealous of your talent (I know I am XD)
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, that's a good idea! Here you go! I uploaded them to Tumblr: darkspectrum.tumblr.com/post/1…

These are just a few shots of the artwork there. Ignore the people who are there. They're just the students. A few of them are okay with me, others not so much and there are definitely some that I dislike. XD

Unlike 99% of them, I used 100% of my imagination and it actually looked good. There were people there who tried, but they don't have the skill to do stuff on their own yet. XP
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Frozenaccess Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yeah that's sad... some of that stuff is really good, others not quite as good as yours... and I've always wanted to be able to make photorealistic people from my own imagination so that's totally something I consider to be one badass skill!! So congrats on that! I'm happy you can do that I'm just super sorry that people think they're big and bad by taking someone down like you're said. But oh well, you can't please everyone, and a lot of people will follow the word of the person who seems to be the smartest -generally the professor- I know I've had a class -not art but still- where everyone agreed with me until the professor disagreed, then suddenly 90% of those people all had opinions that favored the opinion of the professor. But I never back down from my own unless presented with the proper evidence to show mine is incorrect, but opinions are just opinions, so don't them too seriously, always with a grain of salt.

I like your stuff so that's cool :U
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, thanks. I have to agree with you on that. See, normally I don't focus on such things but that one felt so strange because more people online expressed their opinions and thought it was actually good compared to the fickle people in real life. One thing I get pissed off at is the fact that I can't please everybody. That's my biggest flaw. That tramp who did the grandiose drawing at the bottom with the set of eight heads knows how to get idiots interested in her work because of the subject matter. Because it's so basic and so humane or whatever. I see that dumbasses continue to pass my artwork as something it's not just because I don't have the time to think up dynamic scenes to put my characters in just to please fools.

It's really difficult to explain. I can see exactly when people will be interested in a drawing just because of what it is and not the overall quality or whatever. I dunno. It's strange. I can feel it but I can't quite put it into words. It's like conformity. It's like history is repeating itself because it feels like I'm one of those artists in the artistic revolutions who did controversial things with art instead of what people are used to so it gets shunned by basic people. Kinda get it? >_<

But thanks again! I sincerely appreciate the support. I'm glad I can talk to you about such things. ;u;
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Frozenaccess Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm weird, I sometimes love things for their quality and sometimes for their concept or what the content is. But I can tell you I also have a stigma that if I'm like "the idea is good, but I know 5 years old that draw better than this" I tend to not like it. (Like I'm apparently the only person in the world who thinks that even for the time, Andy Warhol wasn't talented) but at the same time I've seen stuff where people are like "Gah! I know! all of the flaws! I'm sorry! I suck!" and I'm like "... damn I wish I could be half your level of detail, who gives two shits if you made a finger too long? People have amazing forms to their bodies, not everyone is perfect! Even anatomy fucks up in real life!!" But then again I'm weird, as I said, because I've had to vote on contests, and people HATE ME as a judge. Why? Because I don't give two shits if you did the most photorealistic image, if it's not on topic, you get a lower vote. I even have told people "the quality is amazing, but your lack of ability to read is why I can't vote for you, this image was suppose to be of (insert theme here) and you're not even close to that theme, so photorealistic? I don't care. You lose" and usually those people win because people get a stiffy for photorealism, even if it misses the point of the theme/assignment. 

And then in the same breathe, I've had people show me images of stuff that I'm like "I like the concept, but it'd be better if it was photorealistic" xD So I'm not the best judge, however, I don't believe in any artist selling out their beliefs or styles for interest. Someone told me "If you're so pissed about not having watchers and followers, make My Little Pony stuff or Five Nights Ay Freddie's Stuff or (Insert popular fandom here) stuff!!" and it's like "I'd rather be unknown, than sell out." If I did any of those things, it'd be because I want to make them, not because I want people beating off to my artwork and praising my name and my skill because I did some MLP or FNAF or whatever else is popular at the time. I mean, it's one thing to play to your audience, but it's another to constantly pander to the lowest common denominator. 

I ... also realize in my rambling I may have either lost my point or some how screwed it up ... but I hope you get what I'm trying to say, if not, I'll explain when I'm 80% more awake.
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No, no, no! You're fine! I appreciate the comment! I agree with you. You have made some interesting points! I would be a terrible judge, too. Ironically, it would take a whole lot for someone to impress me yet I wouldn't even watch myself at this stage in the game on deviantART or any other website!XD

Yeah, I agree with that point, too! If I see too much fan art, it honestly makes mt sick to my stomach. It's disgusting. I may support those who I know have been drawing fan art because they like it not because it's the fad. I know this one artist who only draws one character most of the time but a few of her other favorite characters, too. Yeah, I know she got popular drawing fan art and all, but she didn't do it for that. If she did, there would be some personified MLPs or FNAF characters in her gallery or something else from Steven Universe or maybe some fan art of popular Japanese animations out there for the time like Attack on Titan or Free!. That's why I respect her. She does what she likes. I will honestly have a difficult time believing any artist who says they like drawing the fan art just because they like it when all I see are changing fads throughout their gallery. Sounds like a liar to me. lol

But yeah, about that other journal I made, I do have that feeling that those punks dropped out on me for several reasons. One is definitely about popularity. I haven't even made it to 1000 watchers in almost 6 years since making this account yet you get people who have been here 3 months and they get 100,000 pageviews and all these 10,000 fans outta nowhere, like geez. How the hell'd they do that, I wonder? lol The other thing is that my style isn't the one thing that people want it to be. It is not "anime" enough and it isn't "manga" enough. Also, it's not "realistic" enough or should I say, my characters don't look 100% like specific White actors, actresses or supermodels. I also do believe that i have attracted the wrong audience. I wanted girls, females or even those with that type of mentality or maturity to respect my themes and designs. I don't trust a typical "male" audience unless they are open-minded because I know the backlash from them as soon as they see one of my scantily clad men without a woman on his arm. I hate to sound like I'm being too generalized or biased or something but this reception is not at all what I expected. I expected the same attention that the other "yaoi" artists get here with their "sexy men" and whatnot. It's not fair! XD
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Frozenaccess Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I love the scantily clad men! I think of "hey, if women can be, so can men!" or even more recently the HawkEye Initiative (i think that's spelled right) where you take any of the females in comics that are dressed or posed like pornography actresses and put HawkEye (or any other man) into the same pose/clothing/etc 

But also, I like scantily clad men, it's sexy to me XD But who am I to judge, I haven't even decided 100% my own gender (I say this because while I feel a lot like a guy and like I think like a man, I don't exactly want to change into having a man's body, even though there are things I could live without, and I do still like being girly sometimes, but I digress) and D: what? You don't have even 1000? Damn I thought you would have . _ . because to me your stuff is that amazing. I like that it has a realism to it but doesn't look like models or actors that it looks ... I guess honestly to me your stuff looks MORE real because it's something real to you and it's not people pretending to be these characters, those characters are themselves (if that makes sense)

Perhaps I'm wrong ... but still I personally like your stuff >_> And I am going to have to feature you more often because you're amazing (though sadly a lot of my friends who I've shown your work that like it, don't and won't have dA accounts so ... I wonder how many watchers you REALLY have, like, tons of people you don't even know about because they don't wanna make an account)
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, same here. The only problem I have with things like this is that they didn't do it right. What, do they really think that all women have to do is dress up in booty shorts and a bra and then it's okay? I don't think so. If they have a lot of body hair, they gotta get waxed and/or shaved depending on the "beauty standards". Also, they need to be put on a harsh diet if they haven't been taking care of themselves since day one. They never put the men in such beautified conditions. They never expect the men in this situation to adjust their bodies accordingly which still makes things like this ironic. I also can't believe that they continue to do this half-assed thing they do but criticize men for taking good care of themselves and calling them less than a man just because they don't have a lot of body hair and so on. The whole concept is disgusting to me really. Like, if they want what women have, they gotta work for it, too, and ignore the negativity as well, you know? The artists who do this type of stuff still continue to restrict themselves in the fear of being judged negatively. D:

Same here. I actually struggle with being girly like nobody would ever know. I barely know anything about being a "girl". I have never done a lot of the things that girs normally do in my entire life. All I wanted were my video games and actions figures, as well as my character-themed shirts and other merchandise. I also have trouble letting people know that I am a girl online. I'm not one for posting pictures of myself a lot to disprove people's "suspicions". I guess it's my style that's masculine and there are boys who have my name as it is unisex though probably not spelled the same way.

Hey, it's not problem!^^ Haha, nope. I have my stats for all to see so there's nothing to hide, especially in the case someone wants to "troll". But yeah, that's why I blame it on my dedication to school. I put my academic studies before my artistic studies (even though I am an art major) and online time and for some reason or another, I haven't had enough people to support this, you know, they never understand and most don't really want to since most people act like they "don't believe in grades". This is an honest excuse. I only ever have the most time and motivation to do a lot during long breaks. I am on my summer break now so I can try to be more active. This happens every year. I've mentioned this earlier but I was doing well for myself back in 2011-2012 but I got really pissed that I had to focus on school and keep those good grades which stripped me from my activity and made me lose fans and my target audience. I have a feeling that this trend will continue until I graduate next year unfortunately. I am envious of those who don't need school to be successful or get a fair chance at life. ;u;

Not to keep you too long, but hey, that's good to know. I appreciate the feedback. Did they say what they didn't like? I could always try to improve on it because I'm currently not very happy with the direction my artwork has taken ever since those damn breaks from my artistic studies. :) It is unfortunate, however, that so many people are quietly watching me from the shadows though. I want that activity. Like, how can people expect me to be active if they do not reciprocate, you know? X3
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