I feel like it's been an age since I was able to login to this website and look around. Because of my low activity, I expected that there wouldn't be much to see here and YET you all continue to produce quality deviations that I absolutely love.
So. What's been going on?
I had hoped to be able to shoot stock and whatnot again, but since I'd logged in last I began to seriously invest in cosplay and begin attending cons again. I've been through so many phases of my life now that I'm not sure where to begin, and honestly I expect that no one will want to hear it.
In 2014 I contracted Lyme's Disease, caught in its late stages in which it hit my central nervous system and paralyzed half of my face permanently. This was compounded by my already existing immune deficiency, so my already low self image has since plummeted. I don't take photographs of myself anymore, but my friends remain beautiful people. I lost the ability to play the flute since I cannot move my mouth properly and I also cannot smile. Since I majored in theater and was a musician, you might imagine this took a heavy toll on me. Instead of dying on the couch, which nearly happened mind you, I got back into one of my first loves: Anime. Fruits Basket kept me sane, and then Attack on Titan came along and got me off the couch and trying to take my life back. I began going to the gym and needed tunes for such ventures, so now I'm into The K-Pop as well. This has led me to very strange paths, ones I thought I'd never be taking, but I have applied to go back to school in the fall for Asian Studies, largely to focus on Korean and Japanese, as my life goals have shifted to some commercial ventures in Baltimore City once I learn enough of what I need to know. And yes, I do fanart paintings. I've gotten better at that apparently.
I'm a ray of sunshine right now, lol! But I've been taken on as an official photographer for a Seventeen Fansite (which is a deal, tbh, for a nerd like me), have attended and photographed a number of concerts, and joined a dance group to cover various k-pop songs and choreographies. (Any ARMY here? lolz) I've performed at cons with them (the dance group), and it's something I never thought I'd be good at but once your previous avenues for expression are stripped from you, fiery people like me find a way I guess. Oh! And the stars aligned and I was actually able to meet the incomparable jademacalla in person!! He is every bit as wonderful a person as you think he is, truly.
We can all point and laugh, it's fine. Like me trying to figure out how in the actual hell to navigate this website now.
Enough about my bullshit. How is everyone doing? And should I continue to provide stock or just let this whole thing go?
OH RIGHT. Making sure I still have those passwords available, here's the link: CLICK ME FOR PASSWORDS YOU DONT HAVE TO EMAIL ME
Maybe I'm paranoid, but damn are there a ton of "F U DeviantArt" journals out there. Maybe it's because the people I watch are as opinionated as I am. Looking outward though, I've seen a good deal of civil unrest in real life also. It seems to be everywhere.
This is the condition by which I upload resources; I know all of this and I accept that I'm not worth a damn in the big picture. I don't make money for the site directly, and that's precisely what our worth is based on. If dA would like to create the illusion of a free for all (and let's face it, with the amount of art theft going on that is unchecked), they have done so and it is their prerogative to do so. If that's how a site wishes to view it's supporters and contributors, that's up to them and up to you to decide if you still want to be a part of that.
I still like my friends here, and I still think I have something to contribute to them, so here I am. I still enjoy creating art and sharing it with people, though I have to say that I've had better luck promoting my work far away from this site. In fact, I owe most of my own success as an artist to a couple of people who believed in me, NONE of which I have dA to thank for. That's also my advice to you; if you care about your work and you want to be seen, then YOU Have to be your biggest promoter. You must believe in what you are doing and carve your own place in the world; dA isn't going to do that for you. They're a bigass corporation concerned with making money through art, and they're allowed to be because they're following their vision too.
I suggest that you investigate local art shows and craft shows, and invest a little bit in yourself. Make print runs, number them, sign them. Frame them. Make art that YOU are proud of, and nothing else matters. You don't have to be on deviantART to get yourself noticed. With members even in the thousands, getting noticed would be difficult. With the number of members they have today?---don't even try, LOL.
I stopped referring clients to my art page because of the sheer amount of questionable content they would be subject to on the way to my page (you know, like the shit that becomes WILDLY popular in just a few hours because of it's questionable content, so it makes it to the front page. Some dudes screwing a panda or something that hasn't been removed because actual penetration isn't visible, or some crap). I recommend using the portfolio feature for the sheer purpose of sharing your art gallery, but should your clients accidentally wander elsewhere, there be dragons. In this world, your art speaks for itself, but ONLY if there's someone to listen. Be aware of what you reference, and who is giving you references. A good one can make you, a bad one can break you. Remember the screwing pandas.
I also recommend getting a good website going for yourself; your very own. If you expect other people to take you seriously, you're going to have to get serious. There, you can set your own parameters, like disabling a right-click save of your work. I've heard argument here that you can always take a screen cap instead of saving the image, but the print quality of a screen shot is laughable. Anything, no matter how small I can do to make life harder for art thieves, I would do. If you care about your art, you should too.
That's another reason I've been so absent; I've been working very hard on my own business in between the hospital runs. I will never be the world's greatest photographer or painter; I don't think such a thing exists anyway. Life is subjective, as they say. I'd just like to be happy, and I want you to be happy too.
Once again, NO ONE is going to White Knight for you in the real world. Don't expect dA to do it for you on the internet, subscribed or not.
( I wonder how many llamas I will earn for this. Hmm. )
(Also, what kind of stock do you want to see Zulias do on Friday? )