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Daily Deviations: Love or Hate?

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Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Recently, I've been taking a lot more notice of the comments written on deviations featured to be a DD.

Now, while most of the comments are positive "job well done" comments, there have been deviations that are getting more bashing and flames than needed.

Many of these comments are generally ones that state the the DD in question does not deserve a DD at all.

I'm not sure as to just how long this kind of behavior has been going on, however, my personal discovery of this has made me, quite frankly...appalled at the reaction of the community at times.

Let's back up for a quick moment and think about this art site in general:

DeviantArt is a site for a wide variety of artists, from students to professionals to people who simply do art for a hobby. We are also a community with a variety of age range, starting from 13 (supposing everyone follows the rules =P ) to people that could be 40, 50, or even older.

For many of us younger users this is a site for us to communicate, share, appreciate, and learn. (If you're solely here to flame and troll, then may the mods take care of you, soon. Have fun while it lasts.)

Now, back to the issue at hand.

For those of us that have gotten a DD, I think I can say that it's not something to get to our heads to. It's an honor, yes, but I can't say it's anything like winning a Golden Globe or the likes.

Yes, I have gotten a DD before.

If you look at my art gallery in general, I really don't have a lot of exceptional material. (Or much time to even work on art.)

Yet, out of the blue, I had received a DD for this: [link]

In all honesty, as proud as I am of this project, I really don't think it was all that mind-blowingly exceptional. (And there are a few things in this deviation that's starting to peeve me, and I oh-so-wish I had the time to fix. But I'm no art major, and I have many other things to take care of in life.)

I often find that my collaborator partner, =MoonPhyr, has much better art and talent (in addition to time spent practicing) than I, and yet to this day, she has yet to receive a DD. Neither has her sister, who has been pinning for a DD almost since day one. (And I can't say I was very happy to deal with the momentary jealousy from the girls, as brief as it was.) And I HAVE suggested their deviations before. They just weren't ever picked. (And I HAVE suggested deviations from other people before...and one of them HAVE been picked a few years back.)

My point is, a Daily Deviation, although nice and helps possibly broaden your viewership and even broaden your horizons and skills (which, I would like to add, it did not make me popular by a landslide,) a Daily Deviation is not SOLELY for those who are visual maestros.

It is a showcase that is to help the community see MORE of the art community, and to learn and appreciate, and sometimes to even find HOPE and an added boost to creativity and drive for improvement.

A Daily Deviation is a highlight for just about one single day, and maybe trickle into the next three days if anyone ever bothers to go back a few days. It does NOT make you extremely famous.

It's okay to be a bit envious, but to tell someone that they "did not deserve a DD" is quite a depressing thing. For the many people out there who have yet to get a DD because their art is "not as amazing as [insert name here]," then they might as well not ever have the hope of receiving a DD.

Also, on a more personal note...I'm no "artist" in the sense of "professional." I CAN'T be one. My family, my life situations...I cannot invest my life into studying art to improve myself to the point where I could be as distinct as artists I admire, such as =BluC, `yuumei, *xuza, *tazsaints, and, well, a WHOLE big long list of other pretty well-known artists out there. (And I would also like to add that I still really admire my best friend, =MoonPhyr, over all others, not only for her art but what art has done for BOTH of us.) Receiving a DD was a great indication for me that despite being just another one of many of "mediocre" artists out there, what I'm doing is not being just another fish in the waters...that somewhere, even by just a small bit...that my work has been noticed, that what I'm doing isn't just going out into the winds and scattered out to never be seen again. I don't ask for immense popularity. I'm sure that all of us here are on this site at LEAST for the one fundamental reason to share and be seen even in the slightest positive way...because so many people take for granted that just the simplest acts of appreciation can go a VERY long way.

Yes, yes...there is no single picture that is perfect in the eyes of the world.

However, the world should also not be so harsh as to lash at imperfections so often and so painfully.

So let's not hate on what we do not like to see in the DD section, and love what we do like to see, shall we? Beauty is but in the eye of the beholder, after all.

[For any of you who patiently read through my entire little "speech" here, I commend you for your patience, and thank you for you time.

Also, just a note to the general public, in case I actually get a torrent of replies here: I am full well prepared for ANY kind of answer. However, if you want to be mean and just be a troll or be utterly rude here, please don't waste your time. I will not be amused, and I will not give you the fun argument you are looking for. You are welcome to try and piss off some others on this site, but me? I will NOT be stepping in to satisfy your need for trouble.]
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Bashing and trolling over DDs is a trend as old as the DDs themselves :P Nothing new. But yeah, I agree, I think in some cases the reason why people complain about them is because they have unrealistic expectations of what they should be, it's foolish to expect them to be perfect or that you'll like all of them everytime, they won't. I also agree with the point of -they're nice and all, but it's not like winning a Grammy either- It's just a feature that last for 24 hrs. and then is gone! Let the artist enjoy the spotlight while it last for God's sake! XD
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Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, indeed!
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Mikriluna Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
In my opinion, if you disagree with a DD, then you shouldn't go bashing the artist. Instead talk to the person who suggested it.
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:iconrubixa-seraph:
Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree whole-heartily.
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xHyacintho Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I ''discovered'' DDs not so long ago, and I must say that, even if I noticed few that didn't deserve DD, I support Daily Deviations.
And, even if I or someone else think that some DD is not deserved, that maybe isn't true at all.
Beauty is in the eye of the viewer. Maybe it's not the problem about DDs, maybe it's about people.
I must admit that very most of DDs are completely fair chosen.
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Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes...so why would one or two that "does not quite meet certain people's eye" have to be bashed? Picasso certainly is very appealing to my eyes. Well, I'm certain he was bashed a lot in his time, too...but can't society move forward a bit? Especially since many artists here are trying to draw as a hobby, not strictly as a profession...
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xHyacintho Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I agree ;)
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deVere Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Tl;dr - but to answer the very short and precise question in the headline: Neither. I rarely look at them. :-)
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Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see.

I'm also beginning to think that I should have chosen a different title.
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deVere Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
:lol:
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SulfuricAcid Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be honest, until two years ago, I didn't even know those Daily Deviations existed (although I'm a member for over 5 years now xD) and I still don't care about them much. If I'm browsing through deviations, it's certainly not through the DD's. And I understand your point and have observed the same issue not only with the DD's but on every "more than normally popular" deviations (meaning: every deviation with more than 500 likes & comments)- People are literally becoming more and more rude and idiotic these days. I personally don't have the slightest clue why this is the case, but I definitely hope it's going to end soon. Maybe it's because DA is experiencing so much more new and especially young members...
Also, as you said there are just sooooooooooooooooooooo many "undiscovered" gorgeous & breathtaking artists here on DA, about whom nobody cares a straw. And that's really saddening. Because they would certainly 'deserve' a DD (or more attention in general) :hmm:

PS: I really enjoyed reading this! And you're right: "Beauty is but in the eye of the beholder"! :nod:
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:iconrubixa-seraph:
Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D

Thank you!

And I can't help but be worried for future generations...
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saxeh Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You may not believe it , but I never browse it .
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0rg Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I stopped paying attention to those a long time ago.
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Engelsblau Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I think some of them are pretty cool. And the bashing... well that must suck. It's not like the artists could help it to be choosen.
But I must say that a lot of great deviations with potential get overlooked.
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:iconrubixa-seraph:
Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, right? But everyone should deserve the chance, or at least the respect.
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:iconkawaii-cookies:
kawaii-cookies Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
I like to look at them :meow: I admit, some of them don't deserve it but others well and truly do :lol:
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:iconrubixa-seraph:
Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. :) I just wish that is people don't like a piece...to know when not to speak.
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kawaii-cookies Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Agreed. some people think just because it's the internet. they can say whatever they want. and sadly, that's true and most of the time you get away with it..
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:iconrubixa-seraph:
Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a metality fostered by not having brought up with good conscious, is what I suspect.

Sure, on the "legal" and "lawful" side of things, a person can "get away" with it.

But they're also "getting away" with it because they are too selfish to realize how real the Internet can become to the other person...or how real it can become to themselves. (It's probably already taking up most of their lives.)

We're realizing less and less how more and more the Internet is an actual, physical part of our lives, and an extension of ourselves. And when something is a part of us...that means it's damn well going to hurt when attacked upon.

Pain is always a part of life.

But the interenet wasn't invented to make access to such tortures easier.
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kawaii-cookies Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
I agree so much :stare: especially when you can go anon. that's the worse. unless you have an IP tracker :lol:
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Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True, true.
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Narwalmilk Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student General Artist
The saddest response to a DD I ever saw was people just downright ignoring it.
It was a photo of a fur suit the user had made - But everyone hates furries, right?
Now I'm not into the whole furry thing either, but it was a well crafted suit, fully deserving of recognition and the creator was clearly talented.
But when I looked at it, it only had around 10 comments maximum, most of which where variations upon "Why would this get a DD?!" or "Wtf is this... Nice job though I guess..."

I mean, flaming is one thing (You could even chalk it up to jealousy in some cases), but you usually get just as many positive comments, don't you?
Almost totally ignoring it is just awful, though.
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Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my! I agree with that, that is very sad.

I think that there also should be an educational awareness on what furries really are.

Someone wrote a very good journal on that. I should dig it up later and also spread the awareness on that.
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I used to look at DDs, but now, most of the time I'm like, "eh, thats so -deviantart-". I just, cba anymore.
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Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm...

This also worries me...because it's as if the general public may also come to see this site as general as...well...bad.

The "never good enough" feeling is a really sad one.
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Atlantech Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
one thing for sure, it aint easy to get a DD.
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:iconrubixa-seraph:
Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed. Whether by hard work or by luck...

And like success in life, hard work is not EVERYTHING, and NEITHER is luck.
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Atlantech Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
true that
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ARTificialphanTOM Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't always like the DD's, but more often than not you can tell a lot of work was put into them. Yet like any contest especially with this many participants included there is a portion of luck involved. Anybody who receives one should be proud and ignore the naysayers.
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Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly. Luck is indeed involved, as it is with success in life. Luck is not everything, but neither is hard work.

I just find that the way people can be so easily forthcoming in their harsh words is appalling. I will not deny that such behaviors will never perish in the world, but the AMOUNT of it...the increase of the lack of basic social etiquette, on the Internet or in physical settings...It's very distressing.

I suppose I have made one small issue suddenly apply to the vast (and yet so small) world...
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OrangeKrissy Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
DD's are picked by a small amount of people. I look at some and think THAT is a DD?? even though I know there are a lot better candidates. My opinion is that DD's are political and they are chosen by favor, not by those deserved.
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Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm...I'm not too sure I understand exactly what you mean. Elaborate, if you will? :hmm:
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Jade-Dragoon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well, I'm glad no one has trashed your DD. You well deserved it. (Am I the only one that reads through entire rants/speeches?)
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Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm...kudos to you. *shrugs* LOL of course, to you I'm always nonchalant. How's school? Still in touch with Sean?

I'm glad I deserve it...but to others, I really hope people would stop being so RUDE. There's a certain point where a line ought to be drawn, but people, now seem to have more and more of a lack of restraint and courtesy. It's appalling...The lack of basic etiquette in everyday life is already lacking...what makes people think that the Internet is not a real-enough world where basic good behaviors can be thrown out the window? (Yes, I have read studies on cyber-bullying and such, but knowing WHY is not enough. Something more should be done...and I think basic everyday life behaviors and good habits is the key to it all.)
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Jade-Dragoon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's why if I ever, for some odd mistake, get a DD, I'm going to disable comments. People can say they like it through :+fav:

And yes, I have kept in touch with Sean. We actually went to a glow in the dark volleyball game at his church two days ago. We stunk.
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:iconrubixa-seraph:
Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glow in the dark...volleyball? ...
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:iconjade-dragoon:
Jade-Dragoon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah. They had a darklight so white and light colors glowed, and they had reflective tape, glow sticks, and glowing paint if people wanted to use it. It was fun.
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Neiot Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am a teal deer now. As a writer, I am a disgrace.
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Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...

Not sure how to reply to this...

But now that I think about it, I don't think this was meant to have a reply, was it?
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UnknownSingularity Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't understand anymore what is art :gallery:
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:iconrubixa-seraph:
Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, isn't that a question to list as a sub-question under "What is Life?"

I don't think everything can have a definite answer, and more often than not, it will have to be up to yourself to find out.

The world can't help but have different views in each person.

But we can help by not being so closed-minded or overly defensive about everything. :)
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UnknownSingularity Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck with that :(

Humans are horrible creatures, cruel, evil, stupid and ignorant :no: The world is a mess thanks to them, and the future isn't looking better.

I have no faith in human kind :nod:
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Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes, neither do I. But since I'll still be living in this world for a while, might as well try to make the best out of what I can. Something to hope for is sometimes good for the soul/heart, too.

I hope you won't always only see the bleak, either. :) Because, that would just be depressing for you. :( May there be a ray of light for your eyes, okay? :)
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UnknownSingularity Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't hope for the best. I don't expect people to do what is right, or what is the best for the common good.

I cannot change human nature, I just deal with it 8-)
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WizardOfUnseen Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
At times I have had a problem with how talented artists get overlooked I do not mean to criticize I shall do my best to bring a spot light on those who do and hope I can get them a DD I got two of them last year and I shall try again next year
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Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed, talent is often overlooked, also...But talent is like beauty...different to the eye.

To this day, I STILL can't bring myself to fully appreciate Pablo Picasso.

But I sure wouldn't try to go back in time to try and tell him "you suck." (And not appreciating, in my dictionary does not mean hate. I just don't LIKE it. And the opposite of love/like is not hate. It's indifference.)

Every bit of good effort for the better can accumulate like water drops would make a river. :)
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WizardOfUnseen Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is true! I have taken upon myself to suggest as many DD as possible in the photography and literature section
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Rubixa-Seraph Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)

Spread the love!
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WizardOfUnseen Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah! :iconlaplz:
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