In light of DeviantArt's recent effort to censor my latest artwork, I pulled together this open letter. As some of you may know, yesterday I published a piece of digital artwork that mods decided to immediately delete. Although I did mark it as NSFW (I am not naif, and I am perfectly aware that the content was suggestive in nature), the image I uploaded was in no way pornographic, or offensive. As soon as it started gaining traction, it was removed. You can see a bastardized, and worst, version of my artwork on my profile. I am in no way happy about this, and I wish to start a dialogue with the community and with DeviantArt.
Why was my artwork not allowed, while hundreds of thousands of much suggestive images remain on the site?
We need to speak about your Terms of Service.
About what you consider art, and what you do not.
About what we, as creators, are allowed to upload.
And what you, as a platform, consider offensive and pornographic, rather than artistic.