Today is the Vernal Equinox. Spring brings new life, and with it, new perspectives.
Previously, my experience of this website had been significantly spoiled by the rampant immaturity and callous disrespect displayed on the forums (which I advise you to avoid like the plague). But, over time, I've come to a conclusion. I miss sharing my art with the world (and though I do keep a blog, I don't get the feedback and sense of community that comes with a photo/art sharing site such as this one). Plus, I've discovered that there are much less productive ways to spend my time on the internet than managing my sizable (and ever-growing!) body of work.
Also, it must be true (however loath I am to admit it) that I suffer more without deviantART than deviantART suffers without me. Boycotts are too much like voting, and voting is incapable of wresting power from the majority. A better approach would be to work from the inside. After all, the best way to deal with people who don't appreciate erotic art is to produce more of it, and spread it everywhere you can.
Art is hard - not just because it takes skill, but because it requires sensitivity, and sensitive individuals are affected more strongly by criticism, which is a natural part of the life cycle of a piece of art (and the lifestyle of an artist). I want people to like me, it's true - but I want them to like who I am, I don't want to become whatever it is they like. And I won't be silenced just because some people don't like what I have to say.
"I want them to like who I am, I don't want to become whatever it is they like."
A profound remark. You need to be true to yourself, Zharth.
So very glad you're back. I missed you very much!
glad you're back