But for this post, I would like to make a comparison between YT artists and YT Deviantartists. This is based on some observations of mine from watching many many hours of YT videos by artists.
I watch tutorials, I watch speed paints, I watch discussions, I watch creative videos, skits, entertainment videos. This is what YT is for.
But there is a subsection of ArtYT that does what no other artist on YT does.
Deviant YT reflects DA itself: mostly teenagers. Apparently, that means there needs to be entire YT accounts dedicated to bullying other teenagers and kids. I'm 28 and have been on and off DA for years, so maybe it's gone over my head because I'm too old, but...I don't get this 'art'? And yes, I can ask that question because nothing on their channel shows their actual art. Just hours and hours of video tearing apart and bullying some other teenager. So is this their art?
Or are these channels less about art and more like glorified drama channels?
That's cool and all. Drama is entertaining. I also watch a few drama channels myself.
But do I really want to see kids getting bullied just learning how to draw by teenagers who can barely draw themselves?
And no, calling your vids 'criticism' won't magically wash away your sins of bullying. I think you need to go to Jesus for that.
Honey, I was top in the class for painting at school. I went to polytech for art. Over half of my family is musically gifted. I've had criticism. I've given criticism. This isn't criticism. This is bullying. There is an ART (see what I did there?) to constructive criticism. But that's a whole other post. And I think blogs and vids and classes and books have done the topic of 'how to constructive criticism' to death. You can get the answer to the question on the first page of google. You have no excuse to not know the difference. At this point, it is purposeful bullying.
The blatant hypocrisy in these videos have completely turned me off DA on many occasions. I have seen this shrieking teenage drama all over DA years ago and I have deleted entire accounts over it. At 28 I am absolutely over it and am too busy trying to work on my own art to scream and shriek at someone for some tiny insignificant drivel.
And it probably puts off younger potential artists from ever trying. I have met a number of artists that have completely given up on art thanks to this bullying. Once they are finally convinced to just try practising again, I am watching their progress on their personal FB page now. They are actually getting better. This is what practice does! I would have thought these other 'artists' posting their 'criticism' on DA/YT would know how art 'magically' gets better through even a month of practice. If they don't, 1. I question what qualifies them to 'critique' art in the first place and 2. I question if they even made their own art or how much of their own 'art' is stolen. Thus, again, if their art is stolen, how can they critique anything at all, let alone art done by a 12-year-old brony who is just figuring out how to hold a pencil?
But then again I find it interesting that their art remains stagnant for years while they are screaming and shrieking at other 'bad' artists that are actually practising more than them. Because they have more time to do so. Because they didn't waste it all being snotty. IDK THAT MIGHT BE A HINT OR SOMETHING, I COULD BE WRONG. GO PRACTICE, YOU WHINEY POS!
There is critiquing a beginner to help them grow and encourage them to practice, then there is bullying an innocent kid out of drawing for their own happiness when they could possibly be the next Alex Ross or John Howe.
As for just your average garden variety YT artist, the comparison is like chalk and cheese.
In these YT vids, art is treated as a process and a journey, that can be rewarding and damn painful.
In the DA teenage 'art critic' vids, art is treated as a vehicle for the artists own bigotry. Once the views and clicks start rolling in, all from other snotty bigots, the 'artist' becomes gluttonous for more views. They start churning out the vids guaranteed to get these views: Less vids about art, more 'critiques' built for entertainment more than actually critiquing an art piece.
But the 'artist' can still get bored of this. Because apparently bullying under the guise of 'critique' isn't entertaining enough. Suddenly they are literally picking fights with other artists, over complete bullshit. (We haven't already seen that all over DA before ) And thus the channel is now completely irrelevant to art. It is a Drama Channel. Let's call it what it is.
There is no art on your channel, besides your avatar. You're a Drama Channel.
And this is how DA becomes High School.
I seem to be posting more journals than art lately. Hopefully, this will inspire me to art and write more.