Sorry if there are repeats, i'm too tired to read the other comments
1. Larger (Targeted) Crowd- In real life, if I show my art to someone they're like "oh she's cute" and that's that. But on DA, where the entire site is full of creative people, I get actual feedback. I learn what people like best about my style, and what can be worked on. My aunt probably couldn't tell me that my facial anatomy is skewed, but someone on DA could! So basically more (useful) feedback from people that are actually interested in or good at the subject.
2. Support- I've met a lot of people on DA and I've noticed that, with a few exceptions, we all support eachother. When we're feeling down, we encourage eachother. It's really great to have a bunch of people with the same interests as you be your friends!
Oooo thank you for the feedback! It's really appreciated! c: I don't think there are many repeats actually. You bring up some very valid points.
1. That's very true. I agree with that. I feel like people in the real world can be very polite about it, and don't point out mistakes on purpose because they feel that it would hurt the artist as a whole, or just have no idea how to critique it. I do have some friends in the real world, who love to point out my flaws and give me ideas on how to fix it, and I LOVE it. (They aren't usually even artists either! Just people with really good eyes) But I definitely see where you come from, that's very important.
2. You also bring up some valid points here. That's very true- we all do support each other in a way. I do talk about this a little in my paper as well c: But your perception is slightly different than mine.
My comment is going to be pretty much the same as everyone else on here, but I'll give it a shot
For me, dA has been totally positive! In real life no one knows I like to draw and my sister is the only person I've ever shown my drawings, and half the time I'm too embarrassed to show her. Like drawing is a big part of my life, but not my "real" life, if you understand. In real life everyone knows me as the person who likes to write and read or work hard at school. I was pretty scared when I posted my first comic page to dA because literally none of my IRL friends know I like to draw comics even though I've been drawing them all my life. Seeing all the positivity from people I didn't even know and had no reason to lie and support my work has boosted my confidence in every aspect of my life. While I'm still not at the point where I can easily show my drawings to people I know, I at least have some faith in myself. dA has taught me that there are more people like me out there who waste their time thinking about their OCs and stories and all the things I wouldn't know how to live without. It honestly almost makes me tear up thinking about it
People hate on social media all the time, but I feel like if you go in with a positive attitude and recognize your limitations, you are bound to receive positivity back!! I'm super shy/quiet in real life and I worry that I come off as cynical sometimes. Here I try to show people that I only mean the best and that I only want to love people I've found so many people like that here too.
Ahhhh yay! Thank you for the comment / support c: I'm so glad you are beginning to feel more confident about your art c: You're really such an amazing artist, and you really have a wide variety of poses and expressions in your art. And you're a really nice person as well! I'm really glad I got to know you c: One day, hopefully soon... I'll read through your comic from the very beginning again and leave a lot of comments and feedback <3 I currently can't because of the lack of free time, but one day hopefully... I really want to, because I want to support you as a friend. You really have a lot of talent, and I admire that <3 Not everyone has the ability to make comics and stick with it... so prompts to you for doing so! c: I hope one day you gain the confidence to tell your friends and family about your art... because it's super duper amazing and I'm sure they'll like it c:
"Seeing all the positivity from people I didn't even know and had no reason to lie and support my work has boosted my confidence in every aspect of my life. While I'm still not at the point where I can easily show my drawings to people I know, I at least have some faith in myself." That's beautiful!!! Exactly what I'm looking for. I would love to quote you in my paper for that quote, if you're okay with it. (I use MLA format for it, and I want to stuff as much feedback from the community as possible in my paper. If you don't mind me using that quote, let me know. I would love to include it if I can. )
I so agree!!! That's what I do c: I approach Social Media the exact same way. I strongly believe in being kind to every person, and being courteous, even online. In the end, I only usually get positive feedback, and any negative feedback I get (as in: trolling and such) I block and move on. I am also very shy/quiet in real life, though I do get a little bit chatty from time to time, as I've begun to notice. In other words: If people talk to me, I can't quit talking... lol
Awww it's okay <3 I appreciate it c: I love feedback like this Thank you for taking your time to write such a wonderful, diverse comment
Aw, you can definitely quote me in your paper! I don't mind at all and I'm happy to help That's just what I'm talking about --- it's nice to meet such nice, friendly people on here
And ahhhh thank you! I seriously don't even know how to handle so much praise haha I'm so glad you like my comic and I can't wait to read all your lovely comments when you have the time! you always leave such wonderful comments! Like seriously my mind is struggling to come up with a decent "thank you" right now. I've struggled for a long time with confidence and dA has helped me so much, so I just don't believe people who say social media is detrimental to real life. How can gaining a little confidence online not help me in real life too? And I'm so lucky to have met awesome friends like you I really am so appreciative!!
People who go online to be mean are just immature and can usually be avoided, thankfully. And haha it's not bad to be a little chatty now and then! I think I'll always be a better listener than I am a talker, but it's fun to have one of those 4 AM conversations every now and then!
I'm so glad my feedback could be helpful! I always worry I just start to ramble hehehe And you betta get an A on that paper, girl! I can tell you're working hard!
Awww yaaay! You're the third person and last source for my paper c: (unless anyone else leaves important feedback, but I think 3 sources is plenty looool ) I'm so glad everyone decided to participate in this c: Makes me feel good that people are willing to let me use their feedback for my paper
You deserve a lot of praise <3 I know what it's like to feel very low confidence. It's not fun at all. That's why I'm thankful for dA for bringing my confidence upward. I think you will go far with your art, a lot of people tend to think they'll never improve, but one day you look at your art and you think: Wow, I've really become a good artist. That's what it's like for me... one day, I just looked at my art and thought of how incredible my journey as an artist has been. The road to get there may be long and sometimes very hard, but once you get upwards, it helps you begin to see things in a better light. And the more confident you feel about your art, the more confident you'll feel about sharing it as well. Because I know for a fact, that what you have right now is incredibly wonderful, and anyone who says otherwise is jealous.
Very true! I always stay up late talking to people on Skype hahahaha It's fun c:
Ahhhh yes! Hopefully I'll get an A hahahaha so far, I've gotten nothing but As on my assignments c: My teacher seems to like the subject I've picked, and he's a very nice man! We have a lot in common as individuals too, so I think that helps
Good luck with that paper! I'm so glad I could be one of your sources! It makes me feel useful hehe
Awwwww, stawwpit! Too much praise haha You're too kind! You're right. Low confidence is a real bummer I definitely still get those feelings sometimes, but I'm doing better (a lot thanks to dA!) I completely get what you're saying with artwork. Sometimes I look at my art now compared to my old stuff and I'm like "Jeez and I think I'm bad NOW!" haha I'm sure that'll happen again in a few years though Your art is so lovely too! I'm glad you feel confident about it and share it with us online!!
You are one smart cookie! I'm sure you'll do wonderfully!!!
Awww thank yooou <333 I'll try my best of course! It's looking super good so far
Hahahha, but you deserve it, really! I'm glad you're doing better at feeling more confident You know, for me... I grew up lacking confidence in other areas than art, so I completely understand. Shyness for me, wasn't so much my art as it was my lack of social skills
Ahhh but that's the fun of it though! Looking over your old work and realizing your improvement as an artist! Actually, if you don't mind: I'd like to show you a comparison meme I did a while back c: I was actually proud of the left one, and the right one I am super proud of now!!
Awww thank you! Now that I remember it, when I first joined dA 7 years ago, I was incredibly shy about how people would view my art on this website. It took a long time for me to interact with others, but once I did: I ended up getting a lot of positive recognition as a whole
Ah, I understand about the shyness. I've always had social anxiety, so I feel ya there. But your improvement is incredible!!!! Ahhhh look how lovely the teapot and the sleeves and hands are in the second one! If you continue like this, you'll be a famous artist someday no doubt!!
I hope you continue getting lots of recognition and support!! You deserve it!!
For me, I think, DeviantART encourages people to share what they have and what they are capable of. In real life people are generally afraid to share because of the fear of others judging them. But here, because everyone is here for the same reason, we find encouragement and friends when we share with the world what we have, even if it isn't super professional. That's what I like about DA anyway...
I agree! Deviant Art is definitely a place to post content for people who are too afraid to do it in person. I feel like a lot of people feel that way about this site, so your opinion definitely has a lot of merit to it. c: I like dA for a very similar reason too, though I do have multiple reasons why I keep going back as a whole
Well I believe DeviantArt has definitely affected me positively! For me, it's a place where I can come and talk to people I never would've met otherwise about things near to my heart - not just art, but common passions and interests. For me, it's really hard to find people with mutual interests, so a site like this with... well, deviant people who are a bit different from the mainstream, is something of a safe haven. I feel as if I belong here more than I belong to the mainstream society. The multicultural aspect is really awesome too - it's allowed me to connect with the outside world more intimately than anything else I've ever experienced. I actually feel as if I know the world better just from having spoken to foreigners on dA. I don't know if that's quite what you wanted (not really getting over shyness or gaining self-confidence) but it's definitely affected me as a person
I can definitely relate to that. That's what I mentioned in my paper- that sometimes I find it hard to meet other people with my interests. I feel the same way- it's very hard to meet people who are just like me. I've only met one person who's remotely similar, and he lives literally 1 block away from my house Funny how that works, lol. I also really love the multi-cultural aspect of dA! I once was talking with about food, and we shared all sorts of dishes with each other It was so fun to see all of the different Chinese food that she made, and she got to see some American food as well! It's a really nice advantage when you have multi-cultural friends, because you get to discover different cultures and immerse yourself in them.
Nooo you're totally fine! I asked for opinions as well, so it's very nice to see your viewpoint! If you're okay with it, I was wondering if it's possible if I could paraphrase and /or quote you in my paper. Kinda a weird question, I know... I'm sorry lol I would have to MLA format it (US standard for basically linking back to the source and saying it's not yours, to prevent plagiarism ) just so you know. I'm sorry if this request sounds ridiculous If you need to know more, feel free to ask / PM me. It was not my original plan, but with multiple people's POVs, it would make my paper much stronger... because it would justify that it's not just me who's thinking about Social Media being a positive thing, but a lot of people. Plus I just think it would be the coolest thing It's definitely okay if you say no, though!
Yeah, it can be really hard if you're a little bit outside of the norm like us XD And wow, that's pretty cool! One block away would be nice The only person I know who's like me is my best friend, who made me like I am XD And we don't live near each other anyway. Ah that's really cool! It would be really great to share aspects of your culture like that Yeah of course you can! Go for it, I totally understand You don't have to apologise, it's not weird at all Yeah, that's true, it could make your paper stronger (my teachers always say have as many sources as possible!) so go right ahead! I'd love to be able to help out :3
Ahhhh sweet! Thank you for allowing me to share your thoughts c: So far, you're the second person I've asked, and both of you have said yes so far, so I'm thankful c: I always like giving a second voice in my papers, so it's a wonderful opportunity to use quotes from my friends on dA for this assignment c: Now I just have to double check with the teacher and make sure he doesn't mind it... but I'm sure he won't <3 I also have to ask him how to cite this site... because I have no idea LOL Thank you once again! c:
No problem! Yeah it is a really good opportunity I'm happy to be a part of it! No, I'm sure he won't either. I think it's generally a good idea to have outside opinions :3 Ah yeah, citation is the worst I really hate citing because I'm in two different faculties (arts and science) and each has a different way of citing so I have to switch between them constantly and it gets confusing. You're very welcome!
Well I can't speak for everyone, but for me... It gives me a place to escape to and a safe place to talk about how I feel. My experience with it has been the same as yours. I started posting my writing and art on different social media, and later on, it actually developed into a career for me. Doing so also helped me to overcome my extreme shyness in the real world. It helped me realize that there is some merit or value to what I do, and that some people actually do care about me. I only do things in moderation because I have good self control and I wouldn't say I'm addicted to it because I can and do spend time doing other important things. Yes, there are downsides, but the positiveaspects vastly outweigh the negative.
I've had a lot of emotional/mental problems and social media has helped me with them in so many ways... Joining support groups on Facebook helped me cope with certain mental problems that I have. Even seeing my friends post uplifting things help me stay motivated and that's where I learned the importance of positivity in the first place. Being able to vent to people or post random thoughts as I have them on Twitter has helped me feel less depressed since I'm getting it all out. And DeviantArt has helped me in thousands of ways by providing a community full of support with like-minded people. DA gave me a way to feel useful, like I'm actually making a difference in the world through my poetry and my art. I never even tried to draw before I joined DA, but since I did it's really helped to improve my outlook on life over all. I used to be a really negative depressed person before, I was never really happy... When I finally felt happy for the first time, it made me feel very strange because I didn't understand what I was feeling, it was a foreign emotion to me. So... It's really made a huge positive difference in my life. My life definitely wouldn't be the same without it.
Wow... we've had a very similar experience as a whole. I used to feel the same way... always being super duper negative and depressed all the time. I've really changed with dA- I've become a much more positive, happy person. It's really helped benefit me as a whole. c: I feel like everything you say is very very valid and true. Yes- I agree with the concept of what "addiction" is, although I probably would call myself addicted- because my whole life revolves around the computer. I do however, do college work as well, governing my classes enough to earn me a solid A. And I agree, the positive sides really do outweigh the negative! It's really contributed to me becoming a better person as a whole c:
That's so true... that's how it was for me as well. It took me quite a while to get into the swing of being positive, but once I started I became a better person. And man, what you're saying about making a difference in poetry and art... and learning how to draw... can I quote / paraphrase you for that? (What you said here: "DA gave me a way to feel useful, like I'm actually making a difference in the world through my poetry and my art. I never even tried to draw before I joined DA, but since I did it's really helped to improve my outlook on life over all." Seriously, it's beautiful, and I would love to include it in my paper. I have just the right place for it too! c: I may have to MLA format it, just so you know, and if you need to know more- feel free to ask / PM me c: But still: I couldn't have said it better myself! I think it would be wonderful if I could use your opinion for my paper! c: But you definitely don't have to, of course
That's really cool, haha! It does help a lot. I guess my life does sort of revolve around the computer too, haha... With all the things you can do on the internet, it's not surprising. It has many positive aspects. DA has helped me in so many ways, with all of the resources and tutorials. This site and the community here sort of taught me how to draw, or at least helped give me the courage to learn myself. That in itself is pretty amazing, when you think about it. It also helps me stay motivated, by seeing all of the other beautiful things people make. And I'm glad I'm not the only one it's helped. c:
Aww thanks! It's totally okay to use anything I've said for any part of your paper, I don't mind at all. ^_^ I'm familiar with MLA formatting because I had to do a lot of it myself. So that's cool. I'm just happy to help in some way. I hope it comes out awesome and you get an A on it, but I already know it will be amazing. ♥
That's awesome c: I agree. I've used many tutorials on here as well I enjoy almost every aspect of dA, and I've met some pretty amazing people in the process.
Ohhh I'm so glad! I was worried you wouldn't like the idea, I understand how personal some things are that we talk about. I'll definitely find a place for it then <3 And I'll be emailing my professor about it, since I have no idea how to format it LMAO I hope I get an A too! Thank you for trusting me with your thoughts hahahaha
It's been so helpful and impacted my life in so many positive ways. Of course there's always a negative side to everything, but over all I think it's good. Oh, I don't mind at all. Thanks for being so sweet and considerate though. It's no problem, and that sounds great!
So about this essay: we're supposed to write a cause and effect paper about technological advances or misrepresented entertainment. I have no idea how to write this paper, because all I can find is the negative side effects of Social Media, or papers that are biased in the sense that it is a negative thing overall. I am challenging myself to prove that Social Media can be a positive thing for certain people, because it's changed my world as a whole. My time spent here with you all has proved that... and I've improved mentally and emotionally as a person, because of my uses of Social Media.
My viewpoints on Social Media are simple: Social Media can help introverts learn how to speak to others, can help people learn to maintain friendships, and help people to sympathize / empathize with real world elements. What I will be focusing on, is people getting over shyness and / or becoming more self-confident and more willing to take positive risks in the real world. The paper only has to be 3 pages, so what I'm hoping is to cover at least 3 different topics related to the positive effects of Social Media. My paper may include a few concession rebuttals stating that while Social Media can have that effect on people (such as Addiction or Narcissism ) when it is controlled, and people attempt to use Social Media to form friendships outside of being on the medium, it can be beneficial to one's health as a whole (but really, I understand that there are some people out there who have a lot of physical and emotional problems talking to people as a whole, and although they may or may not be included in this essay, I do know that some people need an positive outlet to talking to others online verses face to face. I was once one of those people. )
I feel like this is a very interesting topic for me... so I hope that you all think it'll be an interesting topic to talk about as well. I try to base everything on facts though, but opinions are appreciated as well. c: