Been a great year so far. My band Zombie Death Stench got signed to Turkey Vulture Records/ Bungalo Records/ Universal Music Group Distribution. We played tons of awesome shows and I've been doing tons of commission artwork for bands and clients. Which brings me to Deviant Art...
I don't write many journal entries cause well...I feel like DeviantArt is dead and dying. There are a million artists on here that offer commissions yet I don't know too many people that actually pay for art. And those that do hire usually hire amateurish anime anthro furry artists. No one leaves comments on anything anymore and when they do it's always "wow, this is fantastic" no matter how terrible the art is. I feel like the community is dead or at least overrun with 13 yr old anime fanatics or hopeful college kids wanting to get a job working for a video game company designing the same boring sharp toothed aliens, knights, robot soldiers and exaggerated cartoony disney-ish characters. Because large eyes and wide mouths are the only way to give personality to a character apparently.
The artists I watch and interact with I will continue to do so. Lately though I have not seen anything remotely appealing. I have not seen a single Daily Deviation in the last year that I thought deserved the title. Part of the problem might be DA's TOS guidelines. More and more I am seeing at that pushes the boundaries be taken down not because it is explicit but because it is "implying" something explicit. Nowhere in the rules does it say it is forbidden to submit something that is "implying" an explicit act. I feel like the amount of censorship on this site is beyond staggering. Too many children don't know how to use the mature content filter and they end up complaining and reporting art that still falls within the rules. The admins obviously don't care and delete said art without seeing if it followed to TOS rules or not. DA has let uneducated, sheltered anime obsessed children and amateur photographers that upload shitty cell phone shots of their naked crack whore girlfriends take over. It's too bad because this site had to potential to be something great.
Here's hoping 2014 will be a better year and DA will clean some of the trash (like shitty photomanips, fan art wallpaper in game screenshots, erotic nude grainy shots of some old fat ladies cellulose ass, etc...) In the mean time, I'm full time on bad business. I would mention I'm for hire for commissions - for money - but no one here has any money and no one ever actually knows what they want.