Thanks so much for all your opinion and comments on my last journal! lerato.deviantart.com/journal/…
It helped me to understand two things:
Also, I understand that people just left DA because they find it limiting (oh, horrible rules against fan art porn!) and it’s way easier to find all kind of works on Tumblr.
…which takes me to share a few additional thoughts about this site, that will help me to finally close this topic and get them off of my mind to move on (beware, they’re mostly flaws, are based on my likely biased opinion and neither of them necessarily mean Tumblr has not good things).
When a really good artists publish his/her works only/mostly there...It’s kind of sad, because their work is often reposted (for God’s sake, I’ve seen an artist on Pixiv that have asked not to be reposted on Tumblr…and guess what? People don’t give a fuck). When they upload something, they can get plenty of notes, but not what they actually need the most: feedback. Yes, getting attention and fans that spazz over their work is fun, but interaction has not the same depth as in other sites (I’m not saying there is not spazzing of fangirls/boys in art communities, but its much more frequent in Tumblr).
They can get lots of favourites and reblogs there, and only a few favourites in the art communities, but it’s also obeys to trendy matters (for example, that thing of gender bent Disney princesses, as far as I remember), especially when it comes to fan art. Once the initial fuss over a show/videogame/anime pass, their artwork is promptly forgotten, and the trends change as fast as the users change their blogs themes according to their current fandoms.
And their fans sometimes cannot follow their works, which can get lost among the waves and waves or reblogs and updates.
Tumblr is so easy to publish and share, that some bloggers keep posting and posting and posting (and queueing). It's easy that users lose track of their friends, team workers or admired fellow artists.
However, I’m not saying that posting your work on Tumblr is wrong, but pointing the disadvantages. Especially when you just are ONLY in there and forget all your other accounts. It is, as in all the other social networks, a good way to show your art…as long as you keep it balanced (many admirable artists have their Facebook, Pixiv, Y!Gallery, Twitter, Tumblr and Deviantart, all updated and active).
Personally I find sad that wonderful artists that don’t even have Tumblr accounts get thousands of notes there (via reposts, sometimes) and practically no followers/viewers in their art pages, where they show their actual efforts.
It’s understandable that they migrate to Tumblr if you they don’t produce/create anything. After all, they probably just got a DA account in order to follow artists and/or fav and run, so they just abandoned this place and went to another, much easier to use community, that allows them to see and share things that are not allowed to Deviantart and why not, get lost in the fandom bliss (and hate).
Also, many of them limit themselves to roleplay blogs (it’s very hard to me to read or even understand what’s going on in these, at least to me).
Tumblr, with all its benefits, it’s like a drug and a very toxic place if you spend all your daytime (and nighttime) there and you have little to not control over the reaction (positive or negative) to other’s comments.
I have a few fan arts in queue to finish, and they’re all almost complete. I also have a few giftarts and commissions….
So, time for an...
Sesshoumaru and adult Rin AU
Gambit and Rogue
Cecil and Rosa
Yang the monk
Ib and Garry and Mary
Ansem and Guardian AU
Study on Umbraus -
My mate -
Shirts are comfortable -
Hoodie travel -
If for some reason I'm missing something, please tell me!
Thanks for reading my rants and for your support and friendship!