I'm really not sure if I should post to dA anymore, considering the site has literally gotten me nowhere and anyone I talk to on there, I talk to on here, another site, and Skype. Then again I doubt any of you will even read this.
dA has a lot of talented artists and shit, don't get me wrong. However it's just not doing it for me. I'm not saying I'm great, but I feel like I certainly deserve a bit more attention than the people that make sonic recolours and MSpaint warriorcats. I'm sorry, that's just how I feel.
I guess I'll just admit it now. I have an FA account (after Theo trying to convince me for a year and a half), and to be quite fair I just like it a lot more than dA. I'm not a furry, no; but it's an art sharing site all the same, and I feel like it's just been a lot more.. I'unno, friendly? Welcoming? There's a link for you right here: www.furaffinity.net/user/diari…
I've had my dA account for an extremely long time (it says 5 years, but it's been much much longer), and in that time I acquired about… 200 watchers? I've had my FA account for only a few months and I've already broken 170. On dA it's rare I ever get a comment or fav. This isn't about numbers, and art should never just be about numbers, but uh… y'know, some feedback to see that people are looking at it is nice???? Hell, even submitting a picture is easier on FA. I just feel dA isn't exactly the best place to submit your work or try and socialize with people. Oh, no, the social atmosphere can be extremely self-destructive. Hell, no; if you're not some retarded e-girl drawing MSpaint warriorcats bullshit who think they're perfect and don't improve whatsoever for five years or 13 year old boys making terrible Sonic OC's via recolours and dollmakers then you really won't get anywhere on dA unless you're a fucking professional and yeah this might be personal bias speaking but fuck, it actually pisses me off when I see artists who produce such AWESOME stuff and getting nothing while some kid scribbling terrible MSpaint porn gets 3940985948049 views and watchers and shit.
No, I actually firmly stand against the whole "every artist is equal" shit, cus then no one would improve and no one would inspire anyone. There would be no learning, no goals, no nothing, and it isn't fair to either party to put them on the same level. And no, this isn't something black and white where either you're 'good,' or 'bad,' but yes there are artists that are more skilled than others, and usually people want to improve and learn. Even the people that create this mind blowing art want to improve. It's not some competition either, it's one's desire to improve oneself at a craft that they enjoy, and then feeling fucking awesome when you make something you're proud of. dA is just so toxic when it comes to not understanding this, at least in my own point of view.
And for the love of god, dA is the fucking CHURCH of people who believe numbers = skill, because a majority of the userbase are disrespectful little brats who think they're entitled to free art and shit. "Draw my Sonic recolour for free, please!" Give me a fucking break. Your 50 llama badges given to you by your "dA family!!1" where your 'daughter' is 10 years older than you don't mean shit, hope you realize that.
Since I'm rambling on I might as well spill it out something extremely personal here too. I have a vore fetish. It's been a deep dark secret since I was 13, only ever telling people I could trust with my life. I never tell people because well, I don't wanna be judged. Am I ashamed? A bit, I guess. It's not something I could ever really just have a conversation with someone about unless they had it as well. But yeah, I like vore (being prey, specifically) and I guess just, FA's allowed me to feel more comfortable about it than dA ever did, and I've met some people I feel compatible with that share it, and even before then I've been best friends with Theo. Although at this point if I posted that to dA I'd be lucky someone even read more than the message in their inbox stating I posted a journal. Hell, 90% of people uncheck 'Journals' when they watch people, myself included. It's terrible.
The site's just done nothing for me and I'm really considering just packing and leaving, and only posting to Tumblr and FA. It's just… better for trying to gain an audience for my art. Especially tumblr thanks to features like 'Reblog,' which I'm happy to see a few of my pieces seemed to be enjoyed by a nice amount of people. I even became acquaintances with someone since they wanted to use my Jack Frost drawing (which has almost 60 notes) for their ask/rp blog (and credit/source me of course).
I'unno. I'll think about it, I guess.