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About Varied / Professional Danelle MalanSouth Africa Recent Activity
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Yes... sadly, I think the time has come. I've been humm-ing and haah-ing about this for quite some time, as those close to me know.

I think it's time to leave.

I've been on here since 2002. I don't know if anyone actually really follows this account anymore. I don't really use it for art. I get no commissions via this site, so it's not even financially useful. The site is overrun with terrible, terrible art, selfies, screenshots, trolls, angst, and straight-up porn. And stolen work. SO MUCH STOLEN WORK. Which brings me to my next point: art theft. It's no secret that deviantart is a one-stop art and porn shop for the entire internet. 99% of the times when I've spotted stolen art, I could trace it back to deviantart. I've been really lucky to date and have not had anything stolen off here, but I'm going to err on the side of caution in this case.

This site is an embarrassment. I've met some amazing people on here, including the amazing Ben-G-Geldenhuys , but I find that the crappy stuff far, far outweighs the cool people on here now. Deviantart is a money-hungry, exploitative company which cares more about making money than running a tight ship. That really bothers me. They really honestly don't care, unless it directly benefits their pockets. I don't like it. I also don't want future clients to see my name on here, and associate me with a site that contains 90% trash. That's not how I want to do business.

So, my portfolio has been moved to Behance. I post doodles, drawings, blog posts, silly things, and some fun reblogs on my tumblr. I have a quiet-ish Facebook page for my own art, and a not-quiet-at-all Facebook page for my and Ben-G-Geldenhuys ' comic, Cottonstar. And of course there is the Cottonstar site itself, where I post things about the comic and our doings surrounding it. Lastly, I'm pretty active on my Twitter account, where you are more than welcome to follow me and talk to me. DO NOT send me notes on deviantart. I will NOT be responding to notes from here in future. If you desperately need to get a hold of me, tweet me, or use the contact details on the Cottonstar site's "About" page. 

This account remains active for the sole purpose of notifying artists of their work being stolen, something I have to do regrettably often.

I'm going to delete all my deviations and journal entries and leave this journal up for the odd person or so who might want to know where I've gone.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.


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michaelsboost Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello Danelle, Would you be interested in a cake for cake?
WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist
How sad :(
Vallestin Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Have a llama :)
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ShamiesArt Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
So like hi!
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Goregoat Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey Danelle! 
I've just moved down to Cape Town and am testing the waters here, looking for work and (semi)permanent accommodation. I'm not sure whereabout you are, but I'm near the Long Street area for now. Let me know if you'd like to meet up some time!
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