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Journal Entry: Sat Nov 10, 2018, 9:46 PM

Found out about the new "Eclipse" format that DeviantART is planning to roll out in the near future. It's hard to appreciate how much this site has changed in only the last five years, but even compared to that timeline, Eclipse looks like a completely different site. In fact, it looks an awful lot like Artstation or Behance. That's not a bad thing, but I sometimes worry about the homogenization of platforms. Everyone wants to be Facebook, but I wouldn't want DeviantART to be like Facebook for the same reason I don't want my dentist to use the same tools as my auto mechanic. 

Speaking of social media platforms, when it comes to DeviantART, its identity in the webscape has always been split between, well, the art and the deviants (us). It's got perfectly adequate chops for exhibiting the art, and while the comment/reply/note system looks like what the IMDB message boards used to be on their best day, it worked. It was a good, solid platform for artists to network and provide feedback to one another. 

In short, what Eclipse feels like to me is DeviantART trying to put a greater focus on exhibiting the art while putting the community to the side. On the whole, it makes perfect sense. People often forget that DevART is older than Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Before that big social media boom brought on by MySpace and carried to dizzying heights by Facebook, DeviantART had to wear a number of hats. It couldn't settle for mere comments and direct messages. It had to provide a host of separate yet joined services in one complete package. It worked. It kept people happy and, most importantly for any website, keep people in one place. This multi-tasking has become unfashionable by now, which I honestly think is why Instagram is still flourishing despite complaints about its "non-chronological" feed and Vero is struggling to extend its proverbial 15 minutes. I can't find any good data on its traffic or revenue, but there's no denying they did not live up to their own hype, which wasn't even that terribly outlandish to begin with. 

Speaking of hyped up living, I'm going to go through some of the key features and give some very rough impressions of them. 

:bulletred: header art. 
It seems kind of odd how widespread the whole banner image thing took off. I kind of want to say it started on YouTube, but I don't think that's accurate. It's appropriate for DA as we're moving away from our profiles being tiled modules on a uniform page into something more personalized. Beta testers here have had options to customize their front pages in terms of color schemes and layouts, but to me it always looked like a MySpace page, and we've all collectively decided (somehow) we don't like that and prefer something that feels more like Minority Report and less like Hackers

:bulletred: personalized storefronts.
This just looks weird to me. I don't know how to put it. It reminds me of something I read about store brands. There was a European chain of small grocery stores that had an in-store brand which used the exact same packaging for everything, with only text to distinguish corn flakes from laundry detergent. The boxes were literally the same shape and size, same minimalist cloudy sky pattern, but one was cereal and one was detergent. It's somehow painfully mundane yet disturbingly surreal. 

:bulletred: love meter. 
As much as I dig the mystically mysterious "undiscovered" option for the front page and my search results, this love meter has a bit too much of an echo chamber vibe to it. I don't think it's anywhere near as dangerous as the echo chamber effect as it manifests itself on social sites like Facebook, Google+, or even Tumblr. It's only art, after all. If you're going to have confirmation bias about something, let it be about the art you like, see if I care. While politics are everywhere, and there's certainly no shortage of politically charged stuff here, I feel like it's a small slice of the pie at best and 

:bulletred: lots of squares. 
Eclipse feels very grid-like, with lots of square tiles only rarely offset by a few slightly more squat rectangles. Sure, this is most likely the result of the featured artists chosen who probably have stronger followings on Instagram, which has fetishized the square aspect ratio. I'm not knocking it for that; I adore Instagram and its Lomography-inspired aesthetics. I also won't deny it's had an impact on my own work, but going back to what I said about doing a root canal with a tire iron, there's stuff from IG that I don't post here and stuff from DA that doesn't go on IG, primarily because of the canvas dimensions. I also have to wonder how the new format is going to look for gifs and pixel art. 

:bulletred: PC master race?
What I truly wonder most about what the future holds for DeviantART with this new "Eclipse" direction is what it will mean for the mobile app? 

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Roland Matthew Joseph Ziemke
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
Medium: Longtime traditional artist who finally gave in to the digital deluge by way of a Sony Xperia smartphone and a little app called Zenbrush, along with a handy little tool called the Sensu Brush. I later upgraded to an iPad mini 3, followed by an iPad Pro 10.5, along with a small assortment of styluses. My apps of choice are Autodesk Sketchbook and Procreate, but I'm always trying new and different options. I've also sometimes used an Iskn Slate, though mostly for Inktober.

Style: Historically, my style has been surreal and abstract, focusing more on concepts and emotions rather than characters and narrative. More recently I've tried to move away from that and present more character-based art, especially with vector pieces. In the words of John Romita Jr., "I call my style the deadline style. Whatever comes out on time, that's my style."

Requests/Commissions: I don't like to talk about this, but it does get asked often enough that I can't leave it unaddressed. The short answer is: No, but never say never. It will not offend me for you to ask. Primary reason for not taking commissions is that I simply don't have time. Sometimes I like a challenge, but I've got plenty of my own projects to keep me occupied.

Llama Rule: If you give me a llama, you will get one in return, unless you're a bot or one of those "buy views" type of accounts. Incidentally, best way to get me to look at your gallery: give me a llama. May not :+fav: anything there, but I'll definitely peruse it. Speaking of :+fav:s...

Favourites: With few exceptions, I rarely give :+fav:s to fan art. I've got Pinterest for that. I don't mind people commenting on my profile with "thank you for the :+fav:" but I do get why some people are a little irked by it, so I tend to play it safe when someone gives me a :+fav:. Put simply, the best way to thank people for :+fav:s is to keep doing what you're doing.



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