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For Fun or For Pageviews?

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 1, 2013, 5:51 PM
Commissions - Open by SweetDukePoint Commissions - Open by SweetDukeTrades - Closed by SweetDukeNo Requests by SweetDukeGifts - Friends Only by SweetDuke

I'm probably going to sound like an arrogant, shallow jerk right now ^^; But this has been something I've been thinking about recently and I just wanted to know what you guys thought.

So... I really like stamps (I guess that's a good place to start) and whenever I go to someone's page I instantly look for stamps. And I see a lot of stamps like this:

True Artist Stamp by chibibarrage Draw for fun-Stamp by Dinoclaws Stamp: Pageviews vs Points by Emotikonz

Now I used to agree with this whole-heartedly, but then--as some of you may remember and may even visit every so often--I got a second deviantart art account for my own personal artwork that doesn't involve PPGs or Pokémon of my IT characters that I never draw that nobody remembers... Anyway, I did it not to appease watchers or any of that but because I'm working on a story right now that I want to stand alone and earn interest without all of the people who have come to watch me because of PPGs. I don't own PPGs. They're not mine. I just draw them. Everyone knows that already. But I'd like to have characters and stories of my own that could be liked by people without having to piggyback off of a fandom.

No offence to anyone who does that because I love looking at fanart :meow: Funny how that works.

So I've had this new account for a while now and I'd forgotten what it was like to start over with next to no watchers. I've gotten so used to having people comment on my work as soon as it's up, with new watchers showing up every now and again, faving, etc. and with my own work I need to submit it to several groups just for a few pageviews. Now it may not seem like it at times because I don't always answer, but I love comments. Even if I don't respond I read them. They make me laugh, make me think, make me consider new drawing strategies and ideas...

Back when I first joined deviantart I didn't really know what I wanted to focus on. I always knew you were supposed to have a concentration, like how our AP teachers told us in high school, and then you could try other things on the side. And well after DuckxDuck got me into PPGs that just sort of became my focus and my other ideas just didn't get uploaded as much. It wasn't a conscious decision. I just didn't feel like it belonged...

Arg, listen to me, I sound like I'm blaming people and complaining... I'm just going to say this now because otherwise I'm going to be repeating this every paragraph but I'm not trying to point fingers or blame anyone or any of that. I'm just curious and want you opinions.

So the point is on my other account I have been going more and more out of my way to try and get pageviews. Why? Because I want to share my characters and stories with people. I wouldn't post my artwork online if I didn't. Sure I enjoy drawing just for the heck of drawing, but feedback is nice too and a lot of people like to hear what others think of their work. I enjoy drawing and writing in and of itself, but a big part of artwork in my opinion is getting others to think. Even if your work isn't conceptual and doesn't have a message behind it, if you can touch someone with it it's the best feeling in the world. And artwork shouldn't just go unnoticed and unshared. Even if nobody faves or comments, at least they saw it...

view stamp by UmiHoshi Thank You... by jennyleigh I Love my Watchers. by Hurricane-Hannah

So where do you guys stand on the fame vs. fun debate? ^^; Do you want your artwork to be noticed? But then again, do you only do art to appease others? Are you perfectly happy keeping your work to yourself and away from others?

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Also, Happy New Years! :dummy:
I have a lot of messages to go through on this account ^^; Sorry I haven't gotten back to all of you yet, I'll work on it.

Him Brick Stamp by JKSketchyPsychotic Bubbles Stamp by JKSketchyGhost Boomer Stamp by JKSketchyBlossom's Bow Stamp by JKSketchy

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SadYukino Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
know this is a little old post but ohh well
i always have had a problem beliving in myself. so dA became a place i turned to show my "Good" drawings and only the "good" drawings. im not saying i didt have fun drawing. but when i was drawing i could take thing that i didt considered "Perfect" which killed most of the fun for me. feeling i had to be so good for it to be worth it. which is why i dont draw anymore, i just cant take the feeling that what im drawing is not "perfect"
by good i mean at my standard
by perfect i mean style look like the original style of the cartoon
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JKSketchy Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
If you worry too much about your artwork being perfect, you'll never give it the chance to be great! :noes: I have a good friend of mine who has a similar problem. You should draw because you want to, not because your work is perfect. And eventually, if you do that, it will be. It may not even seem perfect to yourself, but to somebody else it will.

Einstein wasn't always a genius. He wasn't born knowing how to talk. He learned.
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SadYukino Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
true :)
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SadYukino Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
"i could't take"
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sweettwinks Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Personaly, I draw for fun. I started this account two years ago, but I just now started adding art. I draw, because I feel like it. Of course, everyone wants to be noticed. They want a little fame. But when you have no watchers, its an amazing feeling when someone so much as comments on your pictures. So yeah personaly I draw for fun, but it would be nice to have some fame.
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JKSketchy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student General Artist
I remember that feeling :aww: It's always nice to recieve a few unexpected comments.
And it makes perfect sense ;p
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MotoNeko Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
i cant find the part of you sounding like a jerk ó.0
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JKSketchy Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student General Artist
That's good then ^^;
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MotoNeko Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
yupp ^^
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EpicOruUlterra Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist
So, what is your other account?
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