This community has changed tremendously over the past 6 years that I have been here, I remember starting here and many of the now popular artists were just like myself; unknown, friendly and I will be damned were they so helpful!
DA has now became this place where people don't seem to have this tolerance for artwork and people who create art have less admiration, than those who create crap (I don't mean artwork that could be improved but I do however mean the deviations being uploaded are not unique.)
This used to be a place where artists of all kinds could show their work and it was a lovely community. Now it seems like nobody here gives a shit about how hard someone has worked to get where they are. Over the past week or so I have been searching for the brilliant artists here whom I had forgotten long ago due to many account moves and it dawned on me how much these people have lacked in their motivation and gave up their true passion for art after having their artwork stolen, unrecognised and even as low as belittled. I don't just mean the odd few artists here... I mean over fifty well known artists!
It is such a shame to have such a feeling like this, this community was once my social life from the age of 13. I would be excited to come home from school and upload my artwork and talk to the wonderful people here (many of which have now left here for good.) It quickly became the place that made me very happy. I had a lot of good support from many people and this site made me realise just how much I needed art, how much I could learn from it and became a part of the creativity.
I also do have the mention the premium, now core membership. I think this is rather a low blow for the admins and staff at DA. It is way too expensive for those artists wishing to earn a living from their commissions and sales. I don't think I would ever buy one if I hung around here much longer, which is one thing I was hoping to do now that I have my own bank and PayPal. There is no extra features that the premium didn't already give you and it is now more pricey. I miss things such as the original DA logo. The times before the llama badges became a big thing and people were just so sweet and generous and actually had the time to stop and chat. Has society seriously changed THAT much in the last 5-6 years???
Well.. my rant is now over.
I will no longer be active and I will keep my page visible for others to see if they wish.
I will be leaving here very shortly for good.
Listening to: Second Chances - Imagine Dragons