I have to admit, I feel a bit stranded when it comes to my deviantART account lately. My tumblr and twitter aren't particularly overflowing with people, i get one or two reblogs and retweets occasionally, however I'm used to that. But when it comes to my deviantART account, I'm really beaten up over how little people seem to pay attention.
DeviantART has been my source of inspiration for many years now. I have learned everything I know with regard to digital illustration work from this website, and my motivation has always been my deviantART friends and watchers. Your comments and your support has pushed me throughout these years beyond my limits to create better and more refined work. Without you, I surely wouldn't have come this far.
Some of you make funny comments that made me smile, even when I was going through a tough time. Some of you shared brilliant ideas with me, which florished into some of my best pieces. Some of you are even on my Facebook, and have become my closest of friends.
I'm always made it a point to answer every comment I have received. I cultivate my relationship with the people who care for my work, cause you are more than words on the screen to me. You are someone who is glancing at a piece of my heart through my work and acknowledging/appreciating it when supporting my art in any shape or form.
Unfortunately since my slight absence, watchers participation on deviantART has changed drastically. And I cannot just blame it on myself for being gone for personal reasons, cause this has affected every artist I've spoken to about it. Trust me, I've beaten myself enough on my own for being gone for a while there, but it couldn't be helped.
Even looking at the top "popular of the past 24 hours," the amount of comments on the top daily deviations on the website are as low as it gets, and that's very disappointing to see.
You have no idea how important your participation on our accounts is to us. How motivating it is for you to answer our polls, or leave a comment on our deviations and journals, to give us your honest (and not trolling) opinions to help up amateur artists move forward in our career.
I don't know if this is a rant or an appeal to my watchers really. I'm just really let down for many reasons. It just feels that before, a good 3 years ago, people cared so much more for our hard work, and now it's just another picture online which they can click to +fav but never bother with as much as reading artist comments or try to help the artist that brought a smile to their faces.
... unless you're some popular artist who farts and gets an applause, hah.
Anyways, enough moping. With this sad note, I'm off to bed.
- Gilles B.