IMPORTANT~ PLEASE READ
To all followers, watchers and passersby: first and foremost I want to thank you for all of the interest and the support over the years. I know I am often inactive for large amounts and time and don't post nearly as often as I used to, but I am so grateful for each and every one of you. You are amazing, and I love you. ❤
I'm sorry to say that I was just recently notified about an instance of theft of some of my work, and it's called into question whether or not I should remain a part of the DA community. Not due to any issue on the part of DA, or its users, or even the theft itself - although that is a small part of it. While I still design and plan on doing so far into the future, I don't finish/polish and post things at the rate I used to simply because of life demands and because I have been spending much of my time working with other mediums (including actually creating some of the things in my brain with actual fabric and such). I realize that much of the reason people follow this page is in the hope of seeing more pieces, which isn't something I can promise with any speed or regularity. The question I have is whether I should keep this page up if I can't be active enough to produce regularly.
This is not a hasty decision made in reaction to something happening, but one that I've been mulling over for a few years now. DA has played a significant part in shaping me as an artist and as an online presence, and in helping me understand my value as both. I don't want to leave it. But to be perfectly honest, I've never seen my art duplicated and used like this anywhere else on the web. This is at least the fourth time I have had to address theft here; and while I understand that the risk of theft is simply a part of using the internet, that to expect it is almost a part of the contract of its use, I am simply tired of having to police (or having others policing for me) this site that was founded for artists and for a love and respect for the art community. And as sad and hurt as it makes me feel, I am strongly considering taking down the content and wiping the page altogether because I don't know what else to do.
I am not writing this to ask for pity, or attention, or to call for a persecution of those who have wronged me. I simply want to know what you all think. Considering that the work I post is not fine art, astounding, innovative, or truly entertaining - should I keep the page up regardless of whether I update more? I can't promise a decision one way or another, but I will certainly take DA opinions into consideration.
Once again, thank you all so much for being you, and for being here. I love you. Take care of each other.