The Problem of Fan Art: Part OneI suppose I've been musing over this for a long time, and since I have released my first big piece of "real" work, I've found myself reading more about the phenomenon of "toxic fandoms."
That's not really what I'm going to talk about, though, even though I think it's a very obvious element to consider. It plays its part in the Problem of Fan Art.
And personal disclaimer: it's not like I've never done fanart myself. I obviously enjoy the aspect of fanart that is creative and expressive, and acts like the proper machine of artistic joie de vivre #notallfanart. But that allows me to move into my introduction: artists do great fanart; fanartists will never be artists.
Is it 'Art'?
Well, I suppose it was at some point, in the hands of the original creator or the creative team. But is fanart 'art'? After all, Roger Ebe
New Profile URLsDeviantArt is constantly evaluating better ways to serve our community, from new features to smaller updates and bug fixes. Today, we're making a change to the format of profile URLs that will have a positive impact moving forward. In order to better serve you, we’re changing profile URLs from username.deviantart.com to deviantart.com/username.
Don't worry, your old URLs will still work, and you can continue to use them. Your old links/URLs will always redirect to your new ones.
We know a lot of deviants are attached to their URLs, so the decision to make this change was not done lightly. Part of the decision-making process involved surveying active deviants, and we discovered the overall sentiment was fairly neutral. Most people did not strongly prefer one or the other — as long as old URLs redirected. But, most importantly, we believe this change will be beneficial for you.
Why Changing URLs Is for the B
Pedophilia is something I DON'T JOKE WITHBefore getting started, I want to mention that what I'm saying here is in perfect cohesion with DeviantART rules, and so it is with LAWS !
Let's start with a little quote.
We cannot allow any nude works featuring individuals under the age of 18, nor may the works depict these individuals in a 'sexually driven' manner such as posing in lingerie or displaying a sexually suggestive or provocative pose.
This prohibition is for legal reasons; the laws in the United States are the governing laws in regards to all submissions regardless of the deviant's country of origin. Photographs which are suspected of depicting a minor in this manner will be temporarily suspended from public view and proper legal documentation (as outlined above) will be demanded while photographs which clearly depict a minor (including toddlers, preteens, and teenagers) in this manner will be removed without notice.
Submissions of a non- photographic nature which clearly depict a minor, fictional cha
Fan Art Vs. Original ArtI recently read a journal How I came to dislike fanart written by DamaiMikaz about the attention fan art gains as compared to the attention original art gains on DA. I have to say I agree with this journal. I do feel that DA seems to be a fan art community rather than an art community. Not all art should be a fan art in order to get the attention it deserves. Although I am relatively new to DA, I have been looking at artwork from the site for years now, and I have seen a growing concern: fan art gaining more popularity than original art.
Now, to be completely honest, a majority of my artwork in my gallery is fan art, but it's not so simple. What I mean is that they are not mere copies of original artwork colored in. I only have a few like that, and the only reason I did those in the first place was out of boredom or simply because I wanted to. That's another thing, I create ar
The ability to delete comments permanently...This subject seems to come up over and over again through the years here on DA. Usually, there are a handful of people that bring it up every time there is a Site Update notice. I will give my take on this, and you are more than welcome to comment with a different opinion...just know, that I will probably have to disagree with you in advance, heh heh heh.
So, I have long held the belief that we should be allowed to permanently delete comments off our own profile and/or deviation and journal pages. The recent influx of spammers is a good enough argument for this. Hide bars are ugly, and I know I'm not the only one that feels this way. Rarely does someone decide to unhide a message later on. My own personal view is that I have no intention of bringing back a comment that I've hidden. I'm getting rid of it for a good reason. What is the point of being stuck with those ugly hide bars?
Well, let's start with some reasons that I might hide comments from my profile. Spam...that one is obvi
A reminder to all artists (including myself)...This wonderful pasttime/hobby/profession we call art is not a contest. As we artists browse other's artwork, sometimes we get subconciously compare our talent to theirs. Over time, this can lead an artist to feel self-concious about themselves and their abilites. In these times, my suggestion is to remind ourselves why we draw. Some draw for attention, other draw for profit. But all of us draw...because we love it.
We love to create
We love to show off out talent to others.
We love the response we recieve for our art.
We are not competing agaist each other. We do what we do because we love it.
Stay unique, stay yourselfDear fellas, I decided to write this Journal after a longer
period when I had some serious doubts about my creation.
You all for sure know these days when you'd like to throw
away everything and just stay safely in your shell. But this
was quite a different time...
Everyone is an individual, everyone is unique, deviantART
is a large and bright gallery of all the unique people around
the globe. Why there is a hate towards people who differ
a bit? Why are we told that the way we go, the way we
do create is a wrong one?
To me are exactly the wonderful various styles the fun with art,
we shouldn't be blamed for being original, without various
original styles would art be much lesser bright.
When I was told so some time ago, first it only came through
my mind and I thought "Yeah, I had this one already..." but
then this one was special, I was supposed to do everything
wrongly, usually if people critisize drawings, they usually
point out a few things, which can help you in
Drawing is a way out...We all are sometimes going through very difficult situations
in our lives. The older we get the more issues do appear
right in front of us and sometimes we seem to to sink
as we are not able to find the way out.
Drawing is definitely a way which can help you out... After
the passing of my mom it was the thing which kept me safe,
which kept me looking foward for the next days, for the better
days. We keep encountering the moments when we slowly seem
to loose our sanity but we have to hold on the things we love.
From the nature I am a pessimistic realist and I have always
been that way. I always felt that I was an outsider in the
society around me and I think that a lot of you might feel
exactly the same way.
For me this Journal has a special meaning to support all of us
who live through some rough times as everyone of us does
have those times. We have to hold on living, keep drawing
and creating reality out of our dreams.
About DA's newest Favorites System...Haven't said anything on it yet buuuut...are you guys down with how it looks recently? It's no longer a list of favorites, but rather a continuous stream of them :s I'll be honest, I prefer my numbered lists because it was easier to just go to a certain page and find a favorite (or even the search bar, which we still have, thank goodness), but yeah. Also, it happens the same time Youtube BUTCHERS their notification system (I know they are separating from Google + and so forth.)
Edit: A friend of mine found out that you can change this option! Go to Settings > Browsing > General Browsing and check if you've got the "Paging" section as "Click through pages". If not, change that value from "Scroll through pages" to the Click one. (for NOW.....)
|Just a person who likes original art from manga, webcomics, comic books, and animation. I enjoy looking at original artwork where people can make their own characters and settings. But I like to submit my own art.|