Winter has come!
Greetings everyone, this is my monthly update so I'm not totally dead on DeviantArt.
I noticed there's a decline in activity all around for dA. This hasn't been anything new to me, mostly because a lot of people have taken to mass social media (such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram) to share their art. I feel that ever since social media and hashtagging has become a thing, designated art sites have experienced a decline. Not to mention Patreon probably plays a part in that too because artists that use Patreon create an inner community just for their fans/supporters. It's probably a long time coming now, especially since dA doesn't really circulate their art a well as Instagram. The only problem I have with IG is that it's fast paced but that could also mean a good thing, encouraging artists to always create and always share to keep up with the stream of art content that's always coming. dA has made it pretty difficult for new people to come in and share their art too. Pretty much if you haven't started off in the early 2000s or at the latest in the mid-2000s, you won't really get much exposure. Whereas Tumblr (as toxic as it might be depending on your content and which dashboard your art winds up in) circulates really fast thanks to the reblog and hashtag function.
I can literally go on all day about analyzing the whole deal with social media and art sharing and exposure. It'd be a really long rant though. I guess my main concern with myself
is that I lost that sense of go-to when it comes to sharing my art. I take to Tumblr these days and honestly, the worst of it is anonymous trolls leaving hateful messages in my inbox but that's a very fixable hiccup. Unfortunately I've known some people who've gotten nothing but backlash for posting art on Tumblr, which is really shitty. It makes me concerned whether that will happen at some point with me. And so, I made it a habit to try and get art up every day on Instagram. Twitter is okay too, I guess, but that's more microblogging than art sharing. At least, I feel that it's NOT entirely designed for art sharing.
Still busy these days. Very tired. Swamped. Overall good but I don't want to sound ungrateful by saying how exhausted I am.
How are you guys holding up?