I've taken hiatus from deviantART before, but this is not that.
I feel like deviantART has turned into a popularity contest that favors fandoms over genuinely good art.
Most of the people I stuck around to socialize with have been gone for over a year, maybe more.
I don't feel like deviantART is the right place for me to seek critique for my artwork anymore.
After being on here since... 2008, I was at a point where I was habitually uploading my artwork.
Once I drew something, it just went on deviantART
. It was simply routine. A routine that I don't really care about anymore.
I often feel obligated to draw and upload, and I don't like that feeling. Ideally, I'd upload my artwork so a small core of friends can look, and see, and offer insight and critique.
But it just feels like aside from a couple regular visitors (who are awesome, you know who you are) I'm just tossing my work out there for the off chance someone might say "Cool"?
I mean, I'm all about critique and I can't seem to get that here anymore.
I'm not a fame junkie. I don't need a thousand watchers to feel at home. But due process is crazy on here. It's almost more effort than drawing the pictures themselves.
Submitting to groups just to get my art noticed? Getting featured in journals? The entire ordeal has become a hassle, and one I haven't honestly felt is worth it in a long time.
DeviantART is a great place to find inspiration, but I'm going to remove myself from the race, so to speak.
I appreciate all of my watchers and don't worry, my artwork is not disappearing into a black hole forever.
I regularly post on facebook and tumblr.www.facebook.com/joseph.shelda…brutalbeta.tumblr.com/
I encourage you to send me a friend request on facebook or follow me on tumblr.
So in conclusion, I'm not really "leaving" deviantART so to speak, I'm not disabling my account, and I'll more than likely still comment and favorite stuff every once in a while.
But you can be sure I won't be posting my art here.
There's already a ton I haven't bothered uploading.
I love you guys, and deviantART has been my home for a while, but it doesn't seem like the right place for my art anymore.
I wish you all well, and I'm never too far away if you still want to chat, but at this point I'd prefer friends to watchers, and conversations to comments and favoriting.
a.k.a. Invisiblepredator, NiteOwl94