dAhub

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I'm looking to be more active on deviantART, so the other night I joined :icondahub:. I found them through a contest group I belong to, and I was initially a bit skeptical, because the account is a bot and the contest prizes for their current contest are much better than most of the user-run contests I've come across. 

It turns out, dAhub is not that bad of a deal! It works similar to the way WebRings worked back in the day (and yes, I just dated myself; if you don't know what a WebRing is, get off my lawn :p). The main difference is that you're not forever chained to the same group of users! The Watch, Fav and Llama groups change out frequently as donors change and new donors join at different levels.

I found a few members of dAhub had posted Journals responding to critics who said they were "buying" watches/favs/llamas. After going through the lists myself, I can tell you two things: 
  1. It's a lot of damned work, even if it's just clicking...and clicking...and clicking. Looking at all of those accounts ate up a couple hours of my time, and that was before I responded to anyone who thanked me for my time or traded back llamas. 
  2. There might be room for a very small subset of greedy or desperate deviants to watch/fav/llama absolutely everyone to try to max out their points gain, but I very much doubt it is the majority of the members there. In the end, I received 32 points for all of my work there; there were plenty of accounts I clicked back out of almost immediately because it was clear they were simply pandering for attention or because I just was not interested in the sort of art they offered. 
The upside? I found a lot of art I did like, including the group I want to feature here. These artists are simply exceptional, and it's likely I would have never found them if not for dAhub.

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:iconsarilain: Of course, the first one I list has to be the exception to the above statement. :p I was already watching Sarilain when I joined dAhub. I am in love with Sarilain's adoptables art, and I've purchased several of her P2U bases and linearts for use in upcoming projects. Definitely check her out, especially if you like cute! :heart:

[CLOSED] Dreamkit #17 by Sarilain   [CLOSED] Puraki #1 by Sarilain

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:iconriboo: I am always stoked to find amazing artists who do fan art in their own style, and Riboo's Pokémon art is exactly that. With a style that is reminiscent of both Disney and contemporary American cartoons, yet retaining the smooth color and line quality of Japanese animation, Riboo brings a fresh and bold look to some of the most familiar character faces, as well as new original characters, commissioned characters, and non-anime characters. This gallery is a must-see. 

Meowth - [Pokedex Project] by Riboo   Doggie And Guns Yo by Riboo

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:iconvvlad-vvolfen: It takes a particular mix of skill and creativity to get me interested in either anthro art or horror art, and Vvlad-vVolfen has both. Because I so rarely look for it, I know I would have never found his gallery by chance, so I am incredibly grateful for having dAhub and the network it's built. If dark, striking, anthro and horror art is your thing, give Vvlad-vVolfen's art a look! 

  

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:iconxenonia: Xenonia's stunning use of color nearly overwhelmed me when I first opened her gallery. She is an artist who has mastered the use of saturated color, yet doesn't go overboard with using it exclusively; her muted portraits are every bit as powerful as her colorful environmental works. She's also another artist who is not afraid to use her own style for fan art, which is a double-plus in her favor for me. 

Forever Lost by Xenonia   Sanctuary (original) by Xenonia

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:iconmarcellyne: I was instantly intrigued by Marcellyne's work. On first glance they have a quality reminiscent of collage, but a closer inspection reveals an aesthetic for drawing and digital painting that is rarely taken advantage of when creating emotive art. There is a sense of heaviness verging on foreboding in the majority of her works that falls just shy of horror and instead gives a powerful psychological component to the art. I was first exposed to this sort of art during my Bachelor of Arts program, and I am thrilled to find it here as well. 

CORONA CONSTELLATION by Marcellyne   New Life by Marcellyne

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:iconellysiumn: The incredible light and atmospheric quality of Ellysiumn's paintings and photomanipulations is simply breathtaking. He is able to combine a fantastic aesthetic for light with brilliant color to create vivid landscapes and rich portraits. This is the sort of gallery that inspires imaginations and sets fire to a passion for art in other artists. If you love art, visit his gallery. 

Waiting for Twilight by Ellysiumn   Nature goddess by Ellysiumn

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 That's the first six of twelve total deviants I selected as stand-out artists from my first experience with dAhub! Stay tuned for Part II, containing the second set of six. :heart:


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Ellysiumn's avatar
Thank you so much for the feature and words! :hug:
IslandheartStudio's avatar
You're welcome! Your art is gorgeous, and I am happy to feature it! :hug:
Vvlad-vVolfen's avatar
Thank you for sharing your thoughts in such a well composed constructive critique of dAhub, as well as my own artistic contributions to dA. I'm glad to hear my work is having an impact.

Yes dAhub is quite misunderstood. Though it can be misused, it's still an outstanding means of advertisement without equal. Sure you end up with some empty or bail-out watches (I just pay as a means of advertisement and charity so I don't mind) But when you think of it. An artist that has naturally gained 15,000 watchers over 5 years, will still have a great many empty watches thanks to members leaving. So I wager I'm still on par for views and favs in spite of the fact many of my watcher are paid, but apparently loyal, as my art gets in the top 24 regularly, So I must be doing something right. :D
IslandheartStudio's avatar
You're welcome! :D Yes, I've found that my watches, views and llamas have continued to go up, even a few days later. It really is a great idea for exposure for artists, especially considering just how many artists are on this site total.
Marcellyne's avatar
Thank You :love:
Interesting insights!
IslandheartStudio's avatar
You're welcome! :D I'm glad to give the feedback! :heart:
Riboo's avatar
Aw, this is so super nice of you to do, I really super appreciate the mention 'w ' thank you so much!
IslandheartStudio's avatar
Not a problem! It was a pleasure! :heart:
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