Warning: Mindless rambling ahead. Stay sane.
See, normally I'm hesitant to submit a Journal on DA because it seldom has anything to DO with DA and more to do with just an opinion most people won't agree with. HOWEVER, this time I actually have a topic DA related.
I just encountered the 'new deviant ID' thing that pops up saying 'it's better! You can't turn back, but it's better! Click now!'. So, bemused I wandered through the thing wondering what was so different other than the plan to change where it shows up on the page, and that you can now call yourself a 'student, hobbyist, or professional'.
Now, I don't know about most people. But I find being an artist/art student with the prospects and expectations of having to do this for a living one day, leaves one very open to judgements. I think the internet has spawned this attitude, that you are judged by your tastes. Which to some extent I can understand... I really try not to judge Twilight fans, I really do... hell I have friends who are fans. But it's really hard. Maybe Twilight is a good example of just how easy it is to judge someone based on their likes and tastes. So putting titles etc on people's main pages like 'student, pro, hobbyist' etc, isn't that opening up even more room for judgement? We already judge by pageviews, even username any number of other things before we get to be judged by our art. So why is it someone has to come onto a page and needs to know if I'm a student or a pro or a hobbyist or not? Is that so that people who are hobbyists have a chance to be judged and critiqued with lesser expectations than someone who says they're a professional or a student? What if someone is a professional? Doesn't that open them up to criticisms of whether or not people deem their work worthy of professional status?
I mean, luckily you can leave the area blank. So this isn't as big an issue as if it were a required field. But why can't we all just be artists? Why can't we all be equal online? It just seems to open up the 'omg have you seen this person's gallery? Now look, they're a professional! Wow, no wonder everything they release now a days is awful...' I don't think people need to know what anyone does with their art... It's application has nothing to do with why the artist or their art is up on DA now does it?
My other quip is the 'interests' section. I was busy writing down all my favourite things and movies and games and stopped. The reason I like these things is meaningful only to me. Putting them up here is a way of what? Showing what inspires your work? Or just advertising your tastes? So unless you have a list of oscar winning movies, you're either seeking to attract people with similar likes, or just advertising what great taste you have. It seems bizarre to me. Ask yourself why you would go onto someone else's page and read their favourite movies list. Why would you do that? To see which movies you have in common? To see if any of the movies they like are any good? It doesn't seem to have anything to do with how we should be perceiving each other as artists...
I know I would judge people on their tastes and likes if shown a list and the artist isn't in front of me irl to discuss them. I have friends who judge people on their tastes. And even see it completely valid to treat people with conflicting tastes as them like dirt. I know this happens. The internet is the perfect breeding grounds for rancid treatment of people like this. We're in an age where we have to find other ways of judging people because we can't interact with them in a physical space.
I know the 'favourite things' list is probably meant to be harmless. But we should be judging art here, that's what the site is for. It would be thousands of times harder to treat someone in real life as badly about their art as people do online.
I don't think we need to be giving people contexts like 'i'm a hobbyist who loves twilight! please don't take anything I draw seriously!'. Sure, the art can still speak for itself, but it'll still be secondary information behind your self-proclaimed status as an artist and your likes. What if you're out of school but have never been paid for your art yet? Does that make you a hobbyist? Or a professional anyways? Doesn't this invite 'you're a hobbyist??? you should go pro!' or 'You're a pro? Kindly do the world a favour and quit.'
I'm an art student, and I feel what it's like to be compared to a wildly successful professional every single day. Instructors expect so much from you that they expect nothing from you. Unless you're on track to become the next big-name-someone-in-your-chosen-field, you aren't worth bothering with. They can treat you like someone to be respected in the future, or like someone who they wish would quit and become a 'hobbyist' and go work at starbucks. Maybe an online art site should keep it's artists' status anonymous as best they can...
Nevermind that, but NOT putting up your status will also inquire judgement. People may start thinking that you're a professional but don't think your work is up to par, so you don't disclose what you are.
I already have a big enough issue with people being judged based on their pageviews. Based on how 'popular' their art is. I have an absurd amount of pageviews, all due to my zelda fan art that is bordering on ten years old. Is my pageview count at all indicative of my skill? No. Most of my original art is ignored, so my pageview count means nothing. It is of zero relevance to my worth as an artist.
To finish off, I'll just simplify my point. I don't want my art to be judged, or myself judge others, on the context I deem my art should be viewed under. This also brings artists to undermine themselves without even realising it, mainly by telling people that their art is only worth as much attention and criticism as their 'artists status' dictates. That isn't fair. This is an online art site, everyone's art should have the opportunity to be judged on it's own merits alone.
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THE LIST............................1. Introduction--www.deviantart.com/deviation/3…
5. Seeking Solace--www.deviantart.com/deviation/3…
6. Break Away--www.deviantart.com/deviation/4…
10. Breathe Again--kyuumu.deviantart.com/art/10-B…
13. Misfortune14. Smile--www.deviantart.com/deviation/5…
16. Questioning17. Blood--kyuumu.deviantart.com/art/17-B…
19. Gray20. Fortitude--www.deviantart.com/deviation/4…
22. Mother Nature
24. No Time
25. Trouble Lurking
30. Under the Rain
34. Stars35. Hold My Hand--www.deviantart.com/deviation/4…
36. Precious Treasure
41. Teamwork42. Standing Still--kyuumu.deviantart.com/art/42-S…
44. Two Roads
50. Breaking the Rules
52. Deep in Thought
53. Keeping a Secret
56. Danger Ahead
58. Kick in the Head
59. No Way Out
61. Fairy Tale
63. Do Not Disturb
67. Playing the Melody
72. Mischief Managed
73. I Can't
74. Are You Challenging Me?
76. Broken Pieces
81. Pen and Paper
82. Can You Hear Me?
84. Out Cold
86. Seeing Red
89. Through the Fire
92. All That I Have
93. Give Up
94. Last Hope
96. In the Storm
97. Safety First
And ze Clubz: