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One of our members would like to know what your thoughts are about tastefully including a brush or paints when photographing paintings for dA 

62%
219 deviants said I like both, with or without art supplies
24%
86 deviants said NO, I don't like it, I only want to see the artwork
14%
49 deviants said YES, I like it very much, it looks even more artistic and personal
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:iconstettafirezero:
StettafireZero Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017
For me, it depends. I don't like it when you have a pencil alongside a pencil drawing (I have done this before, but I changed my opinion since then) for example. Or when you have supplies that you didn't use or are obscuring the image. However, if done properly it can help show the viewer how the piece was made. 

It depends. Most of the time I don't like it, but sometimes I think it's ok.
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you for your thoughts on this :hug:
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:iconindigoatmosphere:
indigoatmosphere Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I'm not a huge fan. 

At the risk of sounding like an art snob, I feel like I often see this method used to make a mediocre piece feel more "artsy" (think a pink "I love you" watercolored next to paintbrushes and a pineapple). Not always, of course, but even with the good artwork, it's often angled in such a way to obscure the art, as someone else mentioned.

Not to mention I don't want people to see what my desk and supplies look like... they're an absolute wreck. Giggle 
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017   Traditional Artist
I don't like to see the angled artworks too. For a work in progress shot it's ok. But for the final artwork to present it that way...no, I don't like it...because I can't see anything! :P

"my desk and supplies look like... they're an absolute wreck."
This only means that you use them!
It's the same as the kitchen...clean like brand new -> means no one is using it...no one cooks anything :D (Big Grin) 

The fancy art supplies are mostly shown by the ones who rarely use them Giggle  I hope I won't get EXO : Kai Slap  for this :lmao:
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:iconrhyssafireheart:
RhyssaFireheart Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't mind seeing the pics with supplies in them, but I still can't figure out hat the point of showing like that is.  I mean, if you're trying to show relative size, that's fine, but simply putting the dimensions into the description work as well.  I prefer to see scanned or images of just the artwork.  Makes it easier to focus on the art alone.

And what others have said, more "casual" art shown on other social media places and "formal" for dA.
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017   Traditional Artist
"casual" art shown on other social media places and "formal" for dA.
Agree Nod 

That art supply photographing...umm I am a dummy! ...I think it has more to do with Instagram and such social media where everything needs to look...fake :P
It's where the photograph is more important than the content (the artwork).

Some of those photographs make sense...others just don't...like putting make up supplies or shoes etc. beside a pencil drawing.

If you want to show artworks you need a proper cropped version of it shown, but if it's just for showing of "I have made a new painting" you can put even your cat's food beside it and photograph it Giggle 
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:iconrhyssafireheart:
RhyssaFireheart Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That makes sense.  Instagram is more for the immediacy of showing a photo of your artwork rather than showing a finished, more formal photo like here on dA.

Of course, my latest pics of pieces are all straight out of my camera with no editing, but I didn't deliberately include anything else in them.  Since I'm doing a 100 days project, I'm only uploading selected pieces and the ones I really like, I'll eventually edit in a more formal image.  I do feel guilty that I uploaded the informal pics here because because... it's just not right! Laughing 
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017   Traditional Artist
In art nothing is right.

It even doesn't have to be...the thinking part is for other areas...in art we can do what we want :giggle:
We just need to bahave...that's the only limit^^

100 days project :faint:
10 days would be hard for me...but 100.
That's an awesome dedication!
Good luck with it :happybounce:
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:iconrhyssafireheart:
RhyssaFireheart Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!  It's been a bit rough because you pick a theme and go with it for the full 100 days.  I picked "lacey vines" (and realized afterwards that I'd spelled lacy wrong, but whatevs) and the technique / look has morphed a bit over that time, which I like.  I'm trying to use it to be less rigid and more loose and fluid with what I do, but it's still tough.  And weird, considering I primarily do abstracts.

I've hit a bit of a wall at day 60 and have gotten myself behind again, so I'll be playing catch-up this weekend.  Which works, too.  It's kind of fun trying to do multiple mini-paintings at once because I can get into a groove and go with it. :D
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017   Traditional Artist
Respect...the time issue I know too well :cries:
Though this social media thing is fun and connects us artists...sometimes I feel like it takes too much of my artist / creativity time :P

Will have to make priorities :dummy:
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:icontheunconfidentartist:
TheUnconfidentArtist Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The scanned artwork feels more professional, the one with supplies more informal. I like both, but I prefer the first one. There's also another variant between these two: a photo of the framed artwork. I've heard that some groups don't accept this either, but I like that one as well.
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment.
Frames...umm...it looks nice. The problem is only when the frame is bigger than the artwork itself :giggle:
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:icontheunconfidentartist:
TheUnconfidentArtist Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha!
That's so true :D
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:iconewemad420:
eWeMad420 Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
i will not like it :|
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017   Traditional Artist
:-?
Don't worry, we won't change anything in the group.^^ One of our members wanted to know how others think about this, and since it's a good question we decided to put it in the poll.
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:iconewemad420:
eWeMad420 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
oh ^^;
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:iconjettiehier:
JettieHier Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Although I do enjoy pictures of artworks with the supplies used (and other often random stuff like flowers....) I 'd rather not see it in this group. Keep that for Instagram or your personal space on dA. For this group (watercolorists) I only want the artwork.
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you for your thoughts...we didn't want to change anything in the group...don't worry =D but since it's a good question we decided to put it in a poll.
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:iconjettiehier:
JettieHier Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks....
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:iconscyriel:
Scyriel Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
As long as it looks authentic AND As long as these don´t become the only kind of pictures, I don´t see a problem. 
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment =D
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:iconkhallandra:
Khallandra Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I tend to use the 'with art supplies' photos for other social media (Instagram, Twitter, etc), then a proper scanned version for my devArt. Mainly due to how I wish to use each site than anything else. So really depends on how an artist wants to display their arts.
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017   Traditional Artist
Great idea...I find it also more appropriate for the "designed displays" to be shown on Instagram and such.

I see DeviantArt also more as an artwork display...and other social media for "designing", showcasing of 101 things (candles, art supplies, drinks...)
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:iconlualady:
LualaDy Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
the info is irrelevant.
plus, more than often, then include supplies they didn't even use (that's always making me laugh)

as other may have commented, as a secondary short, it's cool. but not as the main one.

the ones that bother me the most is when they add flowers (dead ofc) or candles...
are you showcasing art or lifestyle???

in the end, it's just people following trends without even asking themselves: why do I do this?
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017   Traditional Artist
That's called the "sheep instinct" :P :lmao:
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:iconlualady:
LualaDy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah

:FeelingFree: 
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:iconjettiehier:
JettieHier Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
true
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:iconlualady:
LualaDy Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
^^
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:icondesigner356:
designer356 Featured By Owner May 30, 2017
artists can show their tools in another picture.
But art should be scanned in HD and presented that way. The best way possible.
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment =D
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:iconkailavmp:
kailavmp Featured By Owner May 30, 2017
Since in most photos with art supplies (and sometimes not even relevant supplies, like brush next to colored pencil work) I rarely see more than half of the actual picture and the angle is usually quite distorted (that half-pan of paint must be shown in 3D!), it started to annoy me quite soon, though I enjoyed such photos at first. In is fine to show a scale in case of small pictures, but even then I prefer seeing it as a secondary picture next to classing "ID-card shot" of a painting.
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you for your thoughts on this :la:
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