I've been a member of DA for about 5 years now on another account. You see some absolutely amazing things here, sometimes. Though on that note, recently while surfing the front page, I saw the most... absolutely horrible drawing. Not only was it horrible, it was adjacent to a fantastically executed work of art.
Since then, I've come to realize that the vast majority of Deviantart is under-aged children with some really weird MSPaint fetish. It's sort of disheartening because more often than not, these kids get more attention for their art than actual professional artists here do for their outstanding and breath-taking work. I at one point even gave up attempting to critique works, since a lot of the creators on here are children (or behave like children) and just scream and cry when you offer constructive criticism.
To be an artist, you need to feel. By feel, I don't just mean that you should enjoy doing it, no. By feel, I mean that you should be inspired to create. Don't just create because you have to for a class or because it's what's the "in" thing to do. You create because you NEED to. It's what drives you. It's what makes you who you are as a person.
Not every artist has "talent" with absolutely every medium. I, for one, am pretty so-so at traditional pencil and paper work. But put a computer in front of me and a time limit and I can crank out some pretty decent 3D models. Everyone's artistic talent is something else, so if something doesn't work for you, look elsewhere. Perhaps instead of traditional work, you'd be more interested in pottery, clay work, sculpture, wire work, artisan crafts, costuming, make up, the list goes on. Do NOT simply think the only thing that makes you an artist is your ability to draw.
On that note, everyone has different abilities. Some people have the raw talent, like a few of my close friends here on DA. They're astounding at what they do. And that's just the way life is sometimes. There are those with raw talent (who seemingly need to put forth very little effort to execute amazing things), then come the people with the ABILITY who (if they work hard enough at it) can aspire to greatness. But then come the people who think the world should hand them a free pass. Those people never get very far.
It's hard to admit to yourself which category you fall under, but one day, you will see clearly which one you're akin to. This applies to everything in life. You can't be good at everything now, can you? Of course not. So don't pretend you are. On that note, remember that even if you don't have the raw talent that some people have, that doesn't mean you can't reach greatness. With practice and drive, you can do anything you want, and do it well.
If people like me make you cry when we comment on your work, then maybe you should look at it from an unfiltered outsider's point of view; I have no obligation to like or even compliment your work if I think it's crappy or poor. Then, I want you to look at it from a logical point of view; people will goad you all throughout your life, and you need to learn how to handle it. If you cannot handle it over the internet, then you will be hopeless to handle it in the real world. There is no face here save for the ones I permit you to see. Learn to control yourselves and be gracious and humble to trolls. It might feel demeaning but you become the better person.
Some of you seem to think my "goal" here is to chase people off of DA. This isn't entirely true. My main goal by being such a blunt bastard is to condition people for the real world. The art world is cruel and unforgiving, and there's a lot of cut throat competition. I understand most of you are hobbyists, but that doesn't mean you can't benefit from my bluntness.
I'm trying to help people in a way. A very bastardized way, I'll admit, but I still feel that I'm helping. Running your mouth to an elder or someone who's had more experience than you is not a very good idea in the real world. It's important to watch what you say and who you say it too. Calling someone like myself a pedophile or deciding to gay-bash is a very detrimental thing to do to your own reputation.
I'm trying to give YOU the opportunity to be the bigger person. Either that, or flip your shit so I can screencap it and post it to my Tumblr for my followers to enjoy. Learn to deal with your aggression. Learn to deal with negativity, it will be there for your entire life.
If you're like that one girl I messed with who said that me saying her art looked like scribbles made her want to kill herself, you need to get off DA and seek professional counseling.
Instead of getting Angry at me, funnel your anger into art creation. So many of you squander emotion on having a bad day. Instead, turn that into something constructive instead of destructive. Someone says your art is bad? Concentrate on getting BETTER so they cant say that anymore. Keep working harder the more people put you down. Don't just shut down about it and give up or rage about it. Constructive outlets are better than raging at me and giving me fodder for my blog.
Let me tell you all a story.
I got accepted into an international show. I was floored! I get there to drop off my work and the curator takes me aside and says "Now, i want you to understand. This is your first show. But you need to realize that no matter how notable your name or how good your art is, you will be rejected from shows 9 times out of 10. I've seen amazing artist quit over that."
The point is, the art world itself makes artists quit. If my comments make an artist up and quit, that's a crying shame. But it's more humane of a way for them to go than expecting to get into shows and having the dreams crushed submission after submission. On that note, if you give up, then that's your prerogative. I don't think you should though. NEVER give up on something you love. Keep working at it and perfect it!.
I might seem outwardly like an asshole, because I AM an asshole BUT… if you log-in to find your work in my collection, feel free to ASK WHY it's in there and maybe even ask for critique. So if you want, shoot me a note to ask for critique. I know some of you will just rage and be mad that I put your work into a folder with possible negative connotations, but for those of you interested in expanding your artistic experiences, give me a shout and I'll do my best to help. Keep in mind that I am in no way a master artist, nor do I pretend to be. But I can at least give you advice on how to improve some things based upon my skillsets. I also have friends who can also give proper 'traditional' artistic advice, should I not know the answer to something. I don't know everything, and I can't do everything, but I can point out what needs work and how to possibly go about fixing things.
I know we all start SOMEWHERE as artists, so it's nothing personal against YOU if I laugh at your work. That being said, if you're going to rage at me for speaking my mind, there's nothing I can do to stop you, and it will really only just entertain me.
Another reason I'm on here is to both entertain myself and entertain others. I'm not going to even try to lie about that. I'm here to push limits and boundaries.
Remember kids, Deviantart is NOT your Photobucket account.
If there's one thing I dislike, it's people using DA as a damn image hosting site like IMGUR. Seriously if you need image hosting, try out photobucket.com or imgur.com .