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Departure From the Gallery



I have stopped posting artworks on DeviantART for several years now. This post however, finally make it official: I'm leaving DeviantART.

This is the last drawing I'm submitting here, intentionally made with cheap silhouettes as my departure piece. But that doesn't mean I'm going to stop making art really: in fact, I have made and posted several. If you would like to find me or any of my artworks (including post-DeviantART ones), head to this remote corner of the Internet:

If you have a URL of any specific drawing I posted here, you can simply replace the "", "", or "" part with ""; and it will lead you to the correct place.

(View and download this on my new art site)

With the new site, you may subscribe to an Atom feed to follow my artwork updates- just like the gallery RSS feed here but more reliable. Of course, my original art pieces are still freely-licensed as they have been.

You might ask why I'm leaving: the most important reason, as you probably already guessed, was the rollout of DeviantART Eclipse: a redesign that makes the site become unusable under a non-modern no-JavaScript browser configuration I normally use. Artwork downloads were also changed to member-only in the process, which voided one of the free content licenses I use (GNU GPL), and defeated the point of freely-licensing my artworks in the first place.

There were smaller reasons too, which they also added up: from DeviantART dropping SVG submission support, disabling anonymous view of those so-called "mature content", making endless scrolling a default browsing choice (and only choice for years), leaving interoperability feature like RSS feed half-baked, dumbing down the search feature, ripping away all the categorizations, to misrepresenting my sex information on my profile.

For all these reasons, especially the first two, I could not realistically use the site for my art purposes for any longer; and that led to my apparent "hiatus" here. All of my artworks already posted here would still remain up here for at least some time being, and will also link to itself on my new site.

DeviantART was once a great theme-neutral art gallery site that was accessible, browsable, with pieces individually downloadable anonymously, all without pesky JavaScript; and also accepted the libre SVG vector format. They were the reasons I registered back in 2014, now these "goodies" were long gone.

Thank you for sticking and trodding around with me here; hopefully you would visit me sometimes at my new and humble abode. Farewell folks.

Copyright (C) 2022 xwindows
This is a free illustration, you can modify and/or redistribute it under:

As already said, DeviantART turned downloads member only: this drawing could be be downloaded freely from my new site linked above. And if you need the 4:3 version, just crop for middle part of this drawing.

P.S. The progress bar on the sign and the background are actually inspired by a real art public gallery I have visited.
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masonicon's avatar

Just curious, what's the exactly operating system and web browser did you use?