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When someone says "This is great, but not +fav material," I question why they even bothered commenting. Just to let the artist know it's good...but not that good?
So, like many around these parts, I've noticed dA is kind of failing. The front page is a mess, it's hard to just straight up find new art, and the community seems to be pretty weak too. I loved when originally I could have the front page set to the newest art and I'd get whatever people had just uploaded. Now it's all this stuff that I don't want to read and only work that's already popular from artists who are not necessarily overrated, but so exposed on here. I love Sakimi-chan. I watch her. But every front page has yet another one of her pieces on it and the same artists are featured over and over. (She's just an example, as she's a great user who puts up amazing work and amazing tutorials, so it's not personal.)

Tumblr has become the place a lot of people update first, and I think a major reason for that is if something is in the sketch category, dA stuffs it off where no one can find it unless they look. On the other hand, I think Tumblr is a much weaker community, and that's why I remain on dA. Sure you can post art and people can reblog it, ask questions, etc, but it isn't designed for the interaction. That said, so much of the community is underutilized on dA. I particularly feel this way when any artist (popular or not) won't respond to a comment. So many have all sorts of comments on a piece and never respond to a single one. It seems so high and mighty... "Love me people, but I am above you and will never acknowledge I've read anything you've written because I'm so great and cannot be bothered." Honestly, it's what it feels like. And this isn't saying they should respond to every single comment. But how is it a community when you don't even want to interact with people who really like your art?

Anyway, I understand dA's changes as they were losing steam with so many moving to tumblr, but I wish some things would change back. The articles featuring specific types of art are really cool, but let us look at art on the front page first before we have to scroll through articles we might not be interested in. And most importantly, I wish users of this site would try to keep the community alive, as that's what drew us all here in the first place. The staff is doing what it can, but it would be amazing to have the people that long ago found a home here to keep striving and make it feel like one. I've been here 12 years, and it isn't just because it was a place to display my art.

What are your opinions?
Book - Inked by Skuldier
Book - Inked
This was done for my weekly drawing challenge, and the word was "Book". I finally got around to inking it, and will hopefully color it soon. I'm trying to get back into inking as I've gotten kind of bad at it, so hopefully the next thing I ink will look better. :)
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Apothecary by Skuldier
Apothecary
Word for this week was medicine, so I went with a particularly shady apothecary. I'm currently making a couple of changes to the sketch and will ink it.
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So, like many around these parts, I've noticed dA is kind of failing. The front page is a mess, it's hard to just straight up find new art, and the community seems to be pretty weak too. I loved when originally I could have the front page set to the newest art and I'd get whatever people had just uploaded. Now it's all this stuff that I don't want to read and only work that's already popular from artists who are not necessarily overrated, but so exposed on here. I love Sakimi-chan. I watch her. But every front page has yet another one of her pieces on it and the same artists are featured over and over. (She's just an example, as she's a great user who puts up amazing work and amazing tutorials, so it's not personal.)

Tumblr has become the place a lot of people update first, and I think a major reason for that is if something is in the sketch category, dA stuffs it off where no one can find it unless they look. On the other hand, I think Tumblr is a much weaker community, and that's why I remain on dA. Sure you can post art and people can reblog it, ask questions, etc, but it isn't designed for the interaction. That said, so much of the community is underutilized on dA. I particularly feel this way when any artist (popular or not) won't respond to a comment. So many have all sorts of comments on a piece and never respond to a single one. It seems so high and mighty... "Love me people, but I am above you and will never acknowledge I've read anything you've written because I'm so great and cannot be bothered." Honestly, it's what it feels like. And this isn't saying they should respond to every single comment. But how is it a community when you don't even want to interact with people who really like your art?

Anyway, I understand dA's changes as they were losing steam with so many moving to tumblr, but I wish some things would change back. The articles featuring specific types of art are really cool, but let us look at art on the front page first before we have to scroll through articles we might not be interested in. And most importantly, I wish users of this site would try to keep the community alive, as that's what drew us all here in the first place. The staff is doing what it can, but it would be amazing to have the people that long ago found a home here to keep striving and make it feel like one. I've been here 12 years, and it isn't just because it was a place to display my art.

What are your opinions?

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:iconpitkon:
pitkon Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014   Interface Designer
Happy birthday, my friend :) :cake: :party:
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Megaseven Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! You promised to be more active on my page a little bit ago. So chop-chop!


You still up for commissions? Maybe I'll commission you to do something to make you be more active. :P
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OwO-Anne-OwO Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
hey, I saw your message from a few years ago :P
I hope you can remember tho :l
You said you wouldn't draw that much because you lines are all shaky
So my question was : What did you do to make it stop, cause when I draw on my tablet the lines are REALLY shaky, but when I use my niece her tablet they are completely fine and not shaky AT ALL

I hope you'll respond soon
And thank you already !! x
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JordanMichaelJohnson Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you kindly for the watch
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Steph1254 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hi there! :wave:

Just to let you know you're the Featured Forumer for November :) have an awesome day!
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Skuldier Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Thank you! =D
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Steph1254 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
My pleasure!
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photon-nmo Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Hey are you going to Wizard World in August?
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Skuldier Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
I don't think I'm going this year. It's so much money (for Saturday, the only day I can go) and the show isn't all that good anymore... How about you?
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photon-nmo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Yeah! I'm sharing a table with my friend who actually has a comic coming out, I just have prints.
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