- Not all of these have to be links!
(rant ahead...but this might actually be the reason why this site seems to go downhill)
Points.. Aha, now I think I finally got it...
Until now I didn't really notice or care about the whole points story, since I'm not a big fan of virtual currencies, but only yesterday I've discovered that part of deviantart that's loaded with people ,literally, selling favorites,watches and views or go begging for points wherever there's the chance to do so...
I admit I was tempted and I actually donated to some place for a feature to see if I would get some exposure, maybe some people who enjoy the kind of stuff that I draw would notice my works and come take a look..
But the taste of that try out was quite bitter..
For short I won't ever be doing it again and I'll ask that person to take me off the feature list..
This is not why I'm here... to crave for watches,favs,llamas .
Maybe when I was younger,I was hoping for some day to get a million views,it felt like it was a goal and made me think 'you're a good artist if you have many visitors' ...but I think that's absolutely pointless now..(I guess it was a phase of teen age,when you want to stand out somehow ).
I don't think that way anymore.. you can have only a few visitors or watchers,and that would be just enough to make you a good artist if those few people truly enjoy your works.
I'm here to share the things that make me happy and hopefully bring a smile on someone else's face as well.. Every true favorite means a lot,because I'm hoping that person enjoyed the picture.
A nice picture can sometimes brighten up someone who's in a bad state,or even motivate them to draw as well..
That's my true goal.. to hopefully have some feel nice when seeing my drawing.
And if you watch me,I really hope it is for the same reason,and because you want to come back some day and see more stuff that might make you happy..
I think that's what my gallery is about for the most part..
I do have to earn a living out of art,because that's the path that I chose,but even so,I try to hope that my work made someone happy.
This is deviantart, not deviantTRADE ,where you come asking for points in return for a fav or two..
That's really not what art is about in my opinion! If you don't really see something in a picture,then there's no use faving it,that's not the point.
It's not that I'm against people who want points for different stuff. I grew in a family where we never use credit cards,so until I was 18 I could only watch and hope that some day I might get myself a premium membership. I just simply wished for one. I got my first premium after winning a contest.
So maybe many people rely on those points to get a premium,or different stuff on deviantart,without involving real money, and that's really ok in my opinion.
I certainly would have done the same when I was 16,try and gather points for a sub or something...
but probably not by 'selling favs' or watches...
Selling art for points is ok,because you actually provide the buyer with a drawing,so it's selling art..
I don't usually draw for points,unless there's an offer I can't refuse and I want to get rid of what I had left from randomly donated points.
I'll certainly never need points again..I'll probably just donate what I have left after having bought that premium, and I don't want anything in return, really.
I could go on about this subject all day,but I guess it just happens.. some people really need and want those points for whatever reason,so I'm not judging anyone.
It's just that selling/buying some short attention kind of perverts the whole concept of enjoying art..
I'd like to thank everyone who decided to give me a favorite and/or a watch. Like I said,it means a lot to me
and I sincerely hope my drawings made you happy.
I don't want to be the best. I'm happy with being good enough to make someone smile.
If I'll ever end up being popular,it will hopefully be because of many people enjoying what I draw, not because they were paid by someone or got something in return to come to my gallery.
I love you and thank you for supporting me unconditionally!