I like DA.
I've been to many art sites and DA is the one I stick with the longest. I heard a lot of people considering DA an armature site, or use phases like "this is DA stuff" on artworks they look down upon. Granted, DA has a heavy presents of anime art, but consider "anime" armature is simply ignorant and obnoxious.
DA is very supportive. I mean, really supportive. It's "make you feel good" supportive, instead of "your art work sucks, but you can do better if you do exactly what I did for the next 100 years then you might be half as good as me" kind of supportive.
DA has variety. Before I get to DA, I look at one kind of art and thought it is what art supposed to be. Now everyday I look at all kinds of different art, paintings, cel-shading, sketches, 3D works, sculpture, anime, photography, photo manipulation, crafts, animations, pixel art, icons... I'm more open minded and learn to appreciate all kinds of beautiful things.
DA is more fun than other sites. It's really about express your art, and you get a lot of support regardless of your level. Art shouldn't be painful, creating art shouldn't be "you need to paint 80 per week to be as good as who and who". And I feel that most people at DA do art because it is fun, you kind of feel it. while on other sites..... it's more about "you need to work hard to improve".
And there's a lot of stuff you can do with other people, without being competitive. Yeah sure, we all do art competitions, we all say "we're here to learn". but in the end, every competition has more losers than winners. And when DA has contest, there's usually a real reward.
A lot of people hate meme, I actually quite like it. I didn't do much, but I had fun with every single one. So they're completely useless doodling, so what? Andy Warhol used to say:" an artist is somebody produces things that people don't have to have." Art, by its nature, is useless. Who are you to say this is pointless, that is timeless?
There're show offs, but it's not "in your face suckers!" kind of show off, but rather "peacock in a zoo" kind of show off.
What I hate about DA.... well, not necessary DA, but art sites in general...
1, "This is my first 3D/Oil/Digital/.... work" and it looks awesome.
I absolutely... Hate it. OK, I confess, I did it when I was young and stupid. I like to flash around my "first blah blah blah" and feel how talented I was, how I did at the first try someone spend years to achieve. That's just lie. From beginning to intermediate level, how much effort you put in it carry a lot more weight than how much talent you think you have. I used to have this art professor, who said: I've been teaching art for 30 years and every student of mine is talented, it is the effort that separate the best from the rest.
So next time when you show off your "first blah blah", try to be proud for what it is: your first, and you have many more left to do.
2, Photo paint over.
Find a high res picture, throw some filters on top, paint over it, add a background and call it yours... whatever you're telling yourself, doesn't matter if someone use it on magazine cover, it is what it is. It is a photo paint over.
I can tell, so can many others. That eerie feeling of "realism", that strange mushy blending...something you can't quite put your finger on.... Yeah... You know what I'm talking about. We don't normally point out because it doesn't really matter to us, and it's very difficult to prove unless we just happen to have the exactly reference picture you're using (actually for once, I did have that exact photograph someone is using, and I pointed it out). But trust me when I say it, I can tell. It's lazy and cheap and cheating.
It's OK to use photo reference, in fact, I rarely paint without photo reference. It's OK to use part of a photograph if you not sure how to paint muscle or hand, or use photographs for inspiration when creating weapons and accessories... There's all kinds of better way to make the most out of your reference pictures. It is not OK to paint on top of a photograph.
3, "farewell DA" Drama
Man I hate Drama! I just hate it. And for all the internet Drama, the one thing I hated most is "farewell" drama. Normally happens when someone consider himself a victim of an online community, this said person will post something like "because of DA sucks, I'm leaving for good!" As if people give a damn.
On the same line, there's "my friend really hate DA", or "none of us will join DA", or "I have all these money and I'll subscribe another site" drama. Every time I saw something like this, I want to laugh and slap this person at the same time.
Well, that's all the random whining I have for today.